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About Us

Our Mission

We Help Parents Raise Happy, Confident, and Resilient Children.

1. Equip children with essential skills to:

  • Become happy, confident, and resilient individuals

  • Overcome storms in life

  • Have a successful future to create a better world

2. Empower parents to be that ONE person every child needs to:

  • Cheer for the child

  • Coach the child through life's challenges

  • Support healthy brain development in the child to help the child succeed

Our Team

Candy
CEO

My name is Candy! I was born in Hong Kong, lived in the upper part of Canada where I could see the Northern Lights, and moved down to California to pursue sunshine and graduate studies at Stanford University. 

 

Reasons for starting Hoppity Learning:

My passion is to help children feel loved and become confident and resilient individuals. More than a decade ago, many high schoolers in the SF Bay Area attempted suicide and one of them was taught by me in a volunteering setting. I realized that many social and life skills should be taught at a young age, so I left my research engineering job, went back to school to pursue a Master of Divinity degree and a California Child Development Permit, and started my own preschool.

 

During COVID, I came to know two college students who committed suicide and they were from loving and caring families. With 10+ years of teaching experience plus 20+ years of volunteering in guiding college students and young professionals, I knew that these students needed a good foundation of social-emotional learning (SEL) skills to overcome life challenges.

Parents are actually the most influential people to support their children's SEL growth. Their positive parental support can provide tremendous benefits to children's brain development, so that these SEL skills can be wired in their brains and applied in their daily lives. I know that it's effective as my dad, who passed away 10+ years ago, had coached me through many valleys in my study, career, dating, marriage, and parenting. So, I started Hoppity Learning to teach both parents and children SEL skills, and equip parents to become their children's SEL coaches, even well after graduation.

Mon
Mentor Coach

Hi, I'm Mon! I'm originally from Hong Kong but have been living in California since 2017. In Hong Kong, I was a secondary school teacher with a master's degree in counseling. I also have 8 years of supervised training and professional experience in play therapy. In my work, I help children and students to deal with their emotional and behavioral issues. My husband and I have one daughter and one son who are currently attending middle school. When I have free time, I like playing games with my kids, jogging, hiking, and cooking.

 

I love kids and I am passionate about helping them grow up to be happy and mentally healthy. I view life like a tree and I believe a happy and healthy childhood is the root system of that tree. These little trees need to be nourished with a warm, loving, and accepting environment. If parents can provide such an environment, children will have a good foundation to grow up naturally. From my personal experience as a mother, counselor, and educator, I know that being a parent is very challenging. I would like to provide parents with effective parenting skills to deal with daily struggles and my main goal is to help parents build closer relationships with their children so they can nourish each little tree to grow up and live abundantly.

 
 
Some of our coaches:
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Lillian Lai
Coach
(Fluent in Cantonese & English)

Cathy

Cathy Tanguma
Mentor Coach
(Fluent in English & Spanish)

June Pena

June Peng
Coach
(Fluent in English & Mandarin)

Heidi Cheung

Heidi Cheung
Coach
(Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, & English)