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.
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.
Tianwei 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.
Yukie Chan / チャン幸恵
I have studied Mandarin as my major for four years when I was university in Japan. Also, I joined a summer Mandarin program in Qufu province, Mainland China during my sophomore year. After I graduated, I have worked at Japan Airlines as an airport service agent for three years and a half and was assigned to handle the flights to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. After this job experience, I wanted to improve my Mandarin and deepen my knowledge, I studied abroad at Taiwan Teacher’s University in Taipei brushing up my Mandarin for a year. I had experience of teaching Mandarin at junior high schools in Japan.
In addition, I am also a certified yoga instructor there and US.