Xiaojie grew up in Shanghai, China and has always had a heart to embrace a wider world and explore different cultures. Her passion for travel and languages led her to Chicago, where she had opportunities to experience various aspects of the world as well as pursue a teaching career. She earned a B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University. She has been teaching and tutoring students of all ages and levels, both in classrooms and online.