Cincinnati Country Day School will say "Ni hao" to a Chinese language program this fall.
"We've been wanting to add a third language for quite some time," said Modern Languages Department Chair Jeanette Hecker. "With the arrival of Tony Jaccaci, it seems like Chinese is the best choice, and also with China's increasing role in the world." Jaccaci came to CCDS after five years as executive principal at YK Pao School Secondary Division in Shanghai.
Rhoda Weston has been hired to teach Chinese in the Middle and Upper schools, as well as work with the international student program. She comes to CCDS with more than 20 years of teaching experience, including Chinese I-IV and AP.
Among other duties, she will develop outreach strategies for promotion of CCDS in foreign markets, act as advisor to Chinese language speaking students while enrolled at Country Day and work with the college office to develop and implement college counseling information sessions for international student parents and host families.
Weston is originally from Taiwan and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and English. She has a Master's degree in education from Xavier University. Her children, Frank '19 and Jack '21 are the third generation of Westons to attend Country Day.