Faculty & Staff

Meet the Yu Ming team that brings a wealth of experience — professional and cultural — to our school.

Administration

Sue Park Head of School
Celia Pascual Assistant Principal of Academics and Upper School
Sonia Martin Assistant Principal 
Wendy Larson Business Manager
Xinyi Xu Chinese Program Coordinator
Lisa Jordan Dean of Students and Grade 2 & Grade 4 English Teacher
Andrea Siu Operations Coordinator

Lower School Chinese Immersion Teaching Team

Isabel Hsu Kindergarten Teacher, Dragon Class
Eve Wu Kindergarten Teacher, Panda Class
Kristina Lau First Grade Teacher, Monkey Class
Wei Willa Song First Grade Teacher, Tiger Class
Wenting Wang Second Grade Teacher, Horse Class
Dandan Liu Second Grade Teacher, Lion Class
Yue Shao Third Grade Teacher, Dog Class
Jiaying Kate Xu Third Grade Teacher, Phoenix Class
Jingyu Li Fourth Grade Teacher, Qilin Class
Han Han Fourth Grade Teacher, Sea Turtle Class
Betty Hsuan-Pei Wu Lower School Teaching Intern
Ying-Rou Wang Lower School Teaching Intern
Lin Chen Chinese Teaching Associate
Melody Yu-Hsuan Wu Lower School Teaching Intern
Anita Ting-Chieh Cheng Lower School Teaching Intern
Jia-Shin Lee Upper School Teaching Intern
Summer Yu-Ning Hsia Upper School Teaching Intern

Lower School English Teaching Team

Jenny Suen Kindergarten and First and Fourth Grade English Teacher
Lisa Jordan Second and Fourth Grade English Teacher and Dean of Students
Teresa Lucan Third Grade English Teacher

Upper School Teaching Team

Steve Trowbridge Grade 5 Math and Grade 6 Math/Science Teacher
Wei Shen Fifth Grade Chinese/Science Teacher
Helen Min Grade 5 English/History and Grade 6 English Teacher
Jamie Gao Grade 6 Chinese/History Teacher

Enrichment Teaching Team

Sandra Chang Art Teacher
Laura Lee Music Teacher
Patricia Ong Design Lab Teacher
Scott Tay PE Teacher and Technology Specialist

Student Support Services Team

Siao-Charn Ling School Psychologist and Special Education Coordinator
Emily Gribble English Teaching Assistant
Esther Yoon English Teaching Assistant
Minh Ngo Special Ed/English Paraprofessional
Christina Edwards Behavior Intervention Assistant
Julia Hsieh Behavior Intervention Assistant
Heather Collins School Counselor
Bethany Avila Health Services Coordinator
Yu-Shuan Tarango-Sho Family Resource Liaison
Edric Kinsey Lunch & Recess Supervisor
Brian Lu Lunch & Recess Supervisor
Danny Lau Custodian
Jamie Friedland Speech Language Pathologist
Sonja Baumer Counselor
Kafka Xu ASP Staff
Cecilia Maravilla ASP Staff

 

Administration

 

Sue Park 朴素英, Head of School


Sue comes to Yu Ming from Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a network of Los Angeles charter schools serving 3400 students in preschool through grade 12. Serving as Senior Vice President of Programs she was responsible for leading the strategy and execution of the Camino Nuevo Continuum of Care working towards building a comprehensive continuum of integrated support services from Pre-K through college completion. Sue returned to Camino Nuevo after having previously served as Vice-Principal and Principal at the Burlington campus. During her years away from Camino Nuevo, Sue worked with Teach For America as the Vice President of State and District Relations, lived in Hong Kong where she headed The Women’s Foundation, and was a founding staff member of the international education organization, Teach For All, as the Managing Director of Development Resources.

Sue has also worked as a bilingual K-through-3rd grade teacher in LAUSD and a private-sector attorney. Throughout her career, Sue has been committed to addressing systemic challenges that limit educational access and opportunity for students in under-served communities in the U.S. and globally. Sue earned a B.A. with honors from UC San Diego, her J.D. from UC Berkeley, and her M.A. in Administrative & Policy Studies in Education from UCLA through the Urban Principal Leadership Institute.

Celia Pascual 葉如琳, Assistant Principal of Academics and Upper School


Celia has worked in public education for 18 years. Prior to joining Yu Ming, she was a Mathematics Specialist at Oakland Unified School District. In this role, she led teams of teachers to develop curriculum and assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards. Celia has led professional development for hundreds of teachers each year and served as an instructional coach to several elementary school sites across the district, supporting both teachers and administrators. She is a former Project GLAD trainer, with expertise in second language acquisition. She earned her National Board certification as a teacher after 8 successive years in elementary and middle school. Celia earned a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and received her Administrative Credential from Reach Institute for School Leadership. Celia is completing her MA in Educational Leadership this year.

Sonia Martin , Assistant Principal

Bios coming soon.

Wendy Larson, Business Manager


I was born in Taiwan, but most of my childhood was spent in sunny Southern California. I received my BA in Human Development from U.C. San Diego, and my MA in Teaching from U.C. Irvine. Prior to my move to the Bay Area four years ago, I lived in San Diego where my daughter was born. When not chasing around my labradoodle and my five year old, I enjoy baking, crafting, and dreaming of tropical vacations.

Xinyi Xu 許昕怡, Chinese Program Coordinator


Xinyi has over 7 years of experience teaching Chinese immersion. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education has given her a strong background of education pedagogies and policies. After earning a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University, she worked at a Lead Teacher in Chinese immersion programs and earned a clear California Elementary Multiple Subjects and K-12 Chinese Language Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization. Xinyi has participated in national Chinese Immersion projects and presented at state and national conferences on topics of Chinese immersion curriculum, instruction, and assessment regularly. Her cross ­culture education experience in both China and the United States forms her deep understanding of cultural contexts and students from diverse cultural backgrounds. She believes in the potential of every learner!

Lisa Jordan, Dean of Students and Grade 2 & Grade 4 English Teacher


Lisa Jordan was raised in the Bay Area. After receiving degrees in psychology and English, Lisa pursued a California teaching credential. For the past twelve years Lisa has served diverse student populations in East Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Oakland. She has taught kindergarten through fourth grade and has also worked to support students in Junior High and High School. Lisa is motivated by the knowledge that all children can succeed and she finds no greater joy than watching a child learn something new. In addition to teaching, Lisa has worked as a school leader for the past seven years. Lisa is an enthusiastic member of the Yu Ming Team and loves working with the teachers, students, and families.

Andrea Siu, Operation Coordinator

Bios coming soon.

Lower School Chinese Immersion Teaching Team

 

Isabel Hsu 許銀珊, Kindergarten Teacher, Dragon Class

Eve Wu 吳怡玟, Kindergarten Teacher, Panda Class

Kristina Lau, First Grade Teacher, Monkey Class

 

Wei Willa Song, First Grade Teacher, Tiger Class

 

Wenting Wang 王文婷, Second Grade Teacher, Horse Class

Dandan Liu 刘丹丹, Second Grade Teacher, Lion Class

Yue Shao 邵月, Third Grade Teacher, Dog Class

Jiaying Kate Xu 徐嘉莹, Third Grade Teacher, Phoenix Class

Jingyu Li 李婧瑜, Fourth Grade Teacher, Qilin Class

Han Han 韩寒, Fourth Grade Teacher, Sea Turtle Class

Betty Hsuan-Pei Wu 吴于瑄, Lower School Teaching Intern

Ying-Rou Wang 王穎柔, Lower School Teaching Intern

Lin Chen, Chinese Teaching Associate

Melody Yu-Hsuan Wu 吴于瑄, Lower School Teaching Intern

Anita Ting-Chieh Cheng 陳亭潔, Lower School Teaching Intern

Jia-Shin Lee 李家馨, Upper School Teaching Intern

Summer Yu-Ning Hsia 夏佑寧, Upper School Teaching Intern

Lower School English Teaching Team

 

Jenny Suen 孫婕, Kindergarten and First and Forth Grade English Teacher

Lisa Jordan, Second and Forth Grade English Teacher and Dean of Students

Teresa Lucan, Third Grade English Teacher

Upper School Teaching Team

 

Steve Trowbridge, Grade 5 Math and Grade 6 Math/Science Teacher

Wei Shen 沈 薇, Fifth Grade Chinese/Science Teacher

Helen Min, Grade 5 English/History and Grade 6 English Teacher

Jamie Gao, Grade 6 Chinese/History Teacher

 

Enrichment Teaching Team

 

Sandra Chang 張聖涓, Art Teacher

Laura Lee, Music Teacher

Patricia Ong, Design Lab Teacher

 

Scott Tay, PE Teacher and Technology Specialist

Student Support Services Team

 

Siao-Charn Ling, School Psychologist and Special Education Coordinator

Emily Gribble, English Teaching Assistant

 

Esther Yoon, English Teaching Assistant

 

Minh Ngo, Special Ed/English Paraprofessional

 

Christina Edwards, Behavior Intervention Assistant

Julia Hsieh, Behavior Intervention Assistant

Heather Collins, School Counselor

Bethany Avila, Health Services Coordinator

Yu-Shuan Tarango-Sho, Family Resource Liaison

 

Edric Kinsey, Lunch & Recess Supervisor

Brian Lu, Lunch & Recess Supervisor

Danny Lau, Custodian

Jamie Friedland, Speech Language Pathologist

Sonja Baumer, Counselor

Kafka Xu, ASP Staff

Cecilia Maravilla, ASP Staff

Alex Gonzales, ASP Staff