Faculty & Staff


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.

Xinyi Xu 許昕怡, Director of Lower School (K-2)

Xinyi Xu, Director of Lower School, has held several positions since joining the Yu Ming team in 2012. Prior to her current leadership role, she served as the Chinese Program Coordinator at Yu Ming after teaching in multiple Chinese Immersion programs for 7 years. Xinyi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from East China Normal University and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University. She holds a California Administrative Service Credential. Xinyi is passionate about serving students with diverse background. She 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.

Celia Pascual 葉如琳, Director of Upper School (3-8)

Celia Pascual, Director of Upper School, has worked in public education for 20 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.

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!

Cindy Liu 刘德心, Director of Strategy and Operations

Cindy Liu, Director of Strategy and Operations, earned her Bachelor in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business, her Master of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and her Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Cindy has worked as a strategy consultant in leading consulting firms such as Bain & Co., Bellwether Education Partners, and some international schools’ internal strategy teams. She has also worked extensively with underprivileged children around the world for over 15 years to provide educational access and social emotional support. In recent years, she participated in innovative school model design and new school launches and operations in the Bay Area. Cindy is passionate about serving all students and families, and strongly believes in applying the strategic thinking and efficiency from the business sector to achieve operational excellence in schools. Cindy greatly respects cultural diversity and deeply believes in personalized learning and creative expression. She is excited to begin her work with Yu Ming and the new community she will serve!