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Instructors & Staff

Infor­ma­tion on instruc­tors and staff will be updat­ed when avail­able.


Our teach­ers will have expe­ri­ence teach­ing Man­dar­in Chi­ne­se to young chil­dren, whether it is from week­end Chi­ne­se schools, or as Chi­ne­se teach­ers in Asia or as a Man­dar­in immer­sion teacher in the Unit­ed States.

Chen Laoshi / 陳孟君

I teach Man­dar­in lan­guage to kindergarten-age chil­dren at the Tzu Chi Acad­e­my, an affil­i­a­tion of the Tzu Chi Bud­dhist Relief Foun­da­tion. Pre­vi­ous­ly, I worked as an admin­is­tra­tor at GMIS, a Man­dar­in immer­sion Montes­sori preschool. In April 2009, I vol­un­teered as a Chi­ne­se teacher at the Instill­ing Good­ness School at the Gold Moun­tain Monastery in San Fran­cis­co. As my involve­ment in teach­ing increased, my desire to work with young chil­dren grew. I enrolled in cer­tifi­cate pro­gram to sharp­en my lan­guage teach­ing skills.

I have a mas­ter degree in Pub­lic Health from UC Berke­ley and a Ph.D. in Behav­ioral Sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cis­co. I have worked on var­i­ous research projects cen­ter­ing on social and envi­ron­men­tal influ­ences on sub­stance use and oth­er prob­lem behav­iors among youth.

Chang Laoshi / 張聖涓

San­dra is an art teacher with teach­ing expe­ri­ences in var­i­ous insti­tu­tions. She has taught studio/digital art at Alv­in High School and ele­men­tary art at Yu Ming Char­ter School. San­dra pilot­ed the art pro­gram at Yu Ming, teach­ing art in Man­dar­in.

She holds Cal­i­for­nia sin­gle sub­ject cre­den­tial in art. San­dra has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and a M.A. in Art Edu­ca­tion from Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton.  She is excit­ed to be part of the Han­wen com­mu­ni­ty.


Tang Laoshi / 湯天煒

My name is Hen­ry Tang. I have been teach­ing Man­dar­in since 2008. Because I deeply believe that edu­ca­tion is the key to stu­dents’ future, I set the goal of becom­ing a great edu­ca­tor who can help stu­dents learn and grow for myself. Besides my edu­ca­tion at UC Berke­ley, in the past sev­er­al years in the U.S, in order to gain expe­ri­ence and improve my teach­ing skills, I have worked in the edu­ca­tion field as a teacher in Pomona Val­ley Chi­ne­se School, a Decal instruc­tor at UC Berke­ley, a Man­dar­in and ESL tutor at Chaf­fey Col­lege, a men­tor and an after-school pro­gram instruc­tor in a few pub­lic schools in the Bay Area, and a pro­gram lead­er in a sum­mer camp orga­nized by Grad­u­ate School of Edu­ca­tion at UC Berke­ley. The pos­i­tive feed­back from stu­dents, par­ents, and schools doesn’t make me stay where I was, instead, today, I keep improv­ing my lessons through research, and I also share ideas with pro­fes­sors and teach­ers aim­ing to provide best edu­ca­tion qual­i­ty to my stu­dents.