Ashleigh Clausen is a teacher from New Zealand who has studied and taught in New Zealand and has also taught in England and America. Ashleigh has studied a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Level 4 Certificate of Te Reo Māori (the indigenous language of New Zealand). Ashleigh has always been heavily invested in children and the education of children in a variety of ways her whole life. She believes in the importance to connect with the individual and understand their needs and interests and to create individualized learning journeys to meet each child’s needs. Ashleigh’s grandmother travelled to China and shared many happy memories and cultural artefacts with her, this inspired Ashleigh to want to explore China- the people, places and culture!