Joy Simmons

Joy S.

Upper Darby, PA
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Lesson Details

Mandarin Chinese

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Mastering fundamentals is extremely important when learning a language. This is especially true for Chinese. We'll first practice the basic sounds and tones. Then we'll learn practical travel Chinese--practicing simple conversations. Once you get your footing, we'll expand your vocabulary and understanding of grammar.
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Joy teaches



Joy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2014

I am a graduate of UC San Diego (bachelor of arts, sociology) and UCLA (master of public policy). As a child of immigrant parents, I value diversity and love learning languages. I read, write and speak Spanish fluently, and have intermediate command of both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in reading, writing, and speech.

Photography has been one of my main areas of focus for over ten years. I am trained in both film and digital formats and specialize in demystifying the DSLR so that you gain a good understanding of manual settings and how to use each to improve your photos.

Caring, compassion, and understanding are essential for learning and I strive to do my best in these areas.


Master of Public Policy
Sep 2000 - Jun 2003
BA Sociology
Sep 1992 - Dec 1996
University of California, San Diego


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

28 Reviews

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Marietta S. Apr 15, 2019
Spanish · Online

Jennifer K. Mar 15, 2019
Cantonese · Online

Easy to follow the structure and encouraging - which was much needed!

Jamie Mar 6, 2019
Mandarin · Online

First lesson went very well. She is patient and very helpful. I know exactly how to prepare for the next lesson!

Trina Marie Feb 12, 2019
Mandarin · Online

Claire Jan 18, 2019
Photography · Online

I had a wonderful first lesson with Joy and learned so much. Thank you!

Anne B. Nov 12, 2018
Cantonese · Online

Great first lesson. Joy introduced the tones (which had previously scared me!) in a sequential and well-paced way. She had good resources for the lesson and assigned homework to practice what we learned. Excited to practice and continue learning!

David May 5, 2018
Cantonese · Online

She is very nice and helpful

Lynn R. Apr 6, 2018
Photography · Online

Very nice and helpful.

Vinicius Apr 4, 2018
Cantonese · Online

David O. Mar 31, 2018
Mandarin · Online

thanks Joy

Michael Breckley Feb 26, 2018
Microsoft Excel · In home

Joy is a great Excel teacher. I highly recommend taking Excel lessons from her.

Marietta S. Jan 5, 2018
Spanish · Online

Rachel Dec 16, 2017
Cantonese · Online

Has so far taught me so much about Mandarin and is a really great teacher and if you want to learn Mandarin then this is the teacher you should choose to learn it.

Nancy Nov 15, 2017
Photography · Online

Joy is lovely and has been very flexible with my schedule. You can tell she loves photography and enjoys teaching. If I was more of an online learner I would have rated the session a 5. I am now realizing I am more of a hands on person it is personally challenging for me to learn using this method. In an ideal world we would be learning by shooting in real time.

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Anne Oct 30, 2017
Photography · In home

Joy was very helpful and patient. She answered my questions in a very understandable and clear way. I look forward to future lessons with her.

Rachel Sep 30, 2017
Mandarin · Online

Nathan Sep 9, 2017
Cantonese · Online

Great first lesson. I look forward to the next one!

Vincent C. Aug 10, 2017
Cantonese · Online

I just had a wonderful first session with Joy. She is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions. I'm looking forward to our next session.

david Apr 6, 2017
Photography · In home

Joy was patient and knowledgeable.

Monica R. Oct 20, 2016
Cantonese · Online

Very patient and encouraging. A time I look forward to each week.

Mackenize M. Sep 17, 2016
Volleyball · In home

Mckenzie had great instruction.

William P. Aug 19, 2016
Cantonese · Online

Top Shelf Instruction along with a great personality.

Michelle Britt Aug 15, 2016
Photography · In studio

Great first lesson!

Daniela L. Mar 10, 2016
Yoga · In home

Good instructions, professional and prompt. Will use her again.

Harry Q. Mar 8, 2016
Microsoft Excel · In home

it was great having Joy as my teacher

Tracy Dec 5, 2015
Yoga · In home

Calm and focused. Perfect for yoga. Great lesson.

Anthony K. Nov 16, 2015
Mandarin Chinese · In home

Explains everything to my understanding.. Very professional and organized. On time to the lesson.

Anthony K. Nov 16, 2015
Mandarin Chinese · In home

Explains everything to my understanding.. Very professional and organized. On time to the lesson.

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