Born and raised in Kunming, Xiaolei received a bachelor’s degree in English from Yunnan University in 1989. She worked as office staff and translator for Yunnan University’s Foreign Affairs Office and for companies in Zhuhai and Hong Kong from 1989 to 1997. She has been teaching Chinese to foreigners at Yunnan University, Yunnan Normal University, and Yunnan Minzu University since 2002 and has been teaching SIT students since 2003. Xiaolei has served as an SIT language program coordinator since the fall of 2007. Xiaolei is a certified ACTFL OPI tester.