Faculty & Staff

Administration

Sue Park 朴素英, Head of School

Sue Park 朴素英, Head of School

Sue Park, Head of School, joined the Yu Ming community in the fall of 2015 from Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a network of Los Angeles charter schools serving 3400 students in preschool through grade 12.  As Senior Vice President of Programs Sue 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. Prior to this role, Sue served as Vice-Principal and Principal at the Burlington campus of Camino Nuevo before departing to work with Teach For America as the Vice President of State and District Relations. Sue also 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.

Celia Pascual 葉如琳, Director of Upper School (4-7)

Celia Pascual 葉如琳, Director of Upper School (4-7)

Celia Pascual, Director of Upper School, has worked in public education for 19 years. Prior to joining Yu Ming in the fall of 2016, Celia was a District 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 after 8 years as an elementary and middle school teacher. Celia earned a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and received her Administrative Credential and MA in Educational Leadership from Reach Institute for School Leadership.

Xinyi Xu 許昕怡, Director of Lower School (K-3)

Xinyi Xu, Director of Lower School, has held several positions since joining the Yu Ming team in 2012. Prior to her role as the Chinese Program Coordinator at Yu Ming, Xinyi spent 7 years in the Chinese immersion classroom in Michigan and California, teaching Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Xinyi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from East China Normal University in Shanghai (2009) and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University (2011). She holds a clear California Elementary Multiple Subjects and K-12 Chinese Language Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization. Currently, Xinyi is enrolled in the Instructional Leadership Academy and expects to get her Administrative Services Credential in 2018. Xinyi actively participates in national Chinese Immersion projects, including CELIN, Mandarin Institute, and STARTALK programs. She is also a regular presenter at state and national conferences on topics of Chinese immersion curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Meredith Hanson Favero, Director of Student Support Services

Meredith Favero Hanson, Coordinator of Student Support Services, earned her Education Specialist Credential from San Diego State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential from Mills College. Meredith has served under multiple roles at a K-8 charter school. She began her tenure as an Education Specialist, teaching literacy and math classes, along with case management. In recent years, she took on the roles of Intervention Coordinator, Assessment Specialist and Data Manager, where she practiced using data to drive program decisions that improve outcomes for students. Meredith is committed to serving all students and supporting their academic and social/emotional success. Meredith has a strong belief in the power of community, and prioritizes building quality relationships with students and their families. She is excited to begin her work with Yu Ming and the new community she will serve!

Wendy Larson, Business Manager

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

 
 

Andrea Siu 許謹, Operation Coordinator

Andrea Siu, Operations Coordinator, serves as the main office manager at the Alcatraz campus. She also coordinates our school enrollment process and meal program. Andrea is a Yu Ming parent of a Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 6th grade students. She was born and raised in California. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Geography and Urban Studies and her Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She has worked in a variety of industries and took some time off to focus on her family. She is beginning her second year of work to support the school that has given so much to her children.