Our Educational Philosophy
WOW Academy’s unique blend of global educational philosophies is based on research and effective practices. Our philosophy is a melding of the educational theories of John Dewey, Jean Piaget, David Elkind, Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Chinese educational practices acquired through years of educational research and observations of early childhood teaching practices and learning in England, the United States and China. We have taken the best parts of the different educational theories and created our own unique curriculum.
We recognize that children learn through active investigation and discovery from their environment and that they love meaningful, hands-on, play based activities. With a balance of strong academic instructor guided learning and hands-on developmentally appropriate inquiry-based experiences, children move through thematic and project-based curricula in an environment which promotes differentiated levels of difficulty in order to meet each individual child’s need and interest. We plan sequentially more challenging curriculum, emerging from their interests, to help children naturally work to refine skills that help them become independent and more capable. We recognize that their self-confidence is derived from independence and independence skills give them the confidence necessary for future learning. We believe that all children are born with unique abilities, and given the opportunity to pursue them; each will discover his unique gift.
Meet our Team
Founder & Program Director
Olivia Chang received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California at Berkeley. She was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a strategic consultant before she decided to become an educator. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Oxford, specializing in literacy and bilingualism in early childhood education (preschool to grade 3). She was awarded Distinction on her Master’s thesis which was titled, ‘Recent Developments in Early Childhood Education in Shanghai.’ Her PhD. thesis was on “What skills do high-skilled, high technology workers in Shanghai need?”
She has been conducting educational research in England, France, Shanghai and the United States since 2001 in order to develop her own unique teaching method and curriculum. She has taught over 4500 students from preschool to community college level, trained over 45 teachers, and created her own special literacy and science curriculum.
Olivia has two boys of her own who keep her very busy. She is heavily involved in her boys’ education and schools. She was awarded a Golden Acorn Award by the WPTA for her volunteer work as a room parent, PTA STEM Chair, and Destination Imagination Coach.
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