Since it’s beginning in 2012, Julie has been the founding Principal at HCCS. She holds an Administrator license as well as a Continuing Teaching License with over 25 years experience in teaching. Julie has a Master’s of Education Degree in Curriculum and Development with an emphasis on literacy. She believes children are our greatest treasure; therefore, it is her mission to provide them with the best learning opportunity possible to become globally fluent and outstanding world citizens.
Robyn brings more than 15 years of management experience in various roles and industries, demonstrating leadership, resourcefulness and continuous improvement of the organizations he worked for. Robyn started as an active volunteer during the establishment of HCCS, was co-chair of the HCCS site committee and played a critical role in the development and delivery of the new school location. In his role as the Advancement Director for HCCS, Robyn is responsible for the implementation of a development strategy which includes strengthening community ties and expanding fundraising and donor support in alignment with the mission and vision of the school.
Eden Samiee - Administrative Assistant
Eden graduated from Willamette University in 2014 with a major in International Studies with a emphasis on China. She is the eldest of 5 adopted Chinese girls and was the 2nd Chinese adopted child to arrive and reside in the state of Oregon. She is interested in HCCS because when she was growing up, resources to learn Chinese, in school and as an extracurricular activity, was very limited and she is excited to be involved with helping provide a Chinese immersion school to students.
Holly VanderPloeg - HR/Business Manager
Holly received her BS in Accounting from the University of Oregon. She has over 10 years of experience working at Intel and Nike in the Accounting and IT departments.
Yuan (Yuri) Liu
Yuri Liu graduated from the University of Oregon with a M.S. in Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching Specialization. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from East China Normal University with an emphasis in teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language. Yuri has been a researching and teaching fellow in the field of Chinese as a foreign language educator since 2006. Her teaching experience in Chinese as a foreign language ranges from early childhood to higher education (k-16). Her work experience has been affiliated with Chinese Flagship Programs, STAMP 4S Test Development, as the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, CA. In summer 2016, she was the program director and instructional lead for the STARTALK STEM-Integrated Summer Program at HCCS. Yuri has been invite to present her several research projects in Chinese Pedagogy at multiple national Chinese Language Conferences in the U.S. since 2013.
Mark Johnston - Instruction & Technology Specialist
Mark received his Masters from Concordia University after acquiring his BA from Portland State. Mark brings with him years of experience with behavioral and at-risk students and curriculum development, as well as experience in law enforcement and child support services. Apart from teaching, Mark is a skilled musician, author, magazine editor, and photographer. He enjoys serving the community as a volunteer firefighter and business consultant and working with students and staff to make HCCS a positive and productive environment.
Angie (Chien Laoshi) grew up in Taiwan; she earned her college degree in Mass Communication. She completed her graduate study in the US and received a Master’s degree in Education from San Diego State University. She started teaching children in 1994, mainly in Chinese heritage schools and churches. In the past few years, she has taught at Portland Chinese School and also substituted at the International School and Portland Village School. She also enjoys being a craft teacher at Chinese Culture Camps. She has a great passion in teaching Chinese language and cultures. Angie has been an assistant and substitute for us for almost 3 years.
Huiqiong Su has over 10 years of teaching experience in the US, China and Singapore. She has been with HCCS since the beginning. Prior to that she taught students at multiple grade levels at a Portland-area Chinese immersion school. She brings to HCCS a special skill in music and dance. She has a BA in musical education from Xiamen University in China, where she majored in piano. She also has received extensive training in singing and choreography, and has previously taught music and dance to Chinese immersion students.
Shu-Han (Sylvie) Kuo
Sylvie has 3 years of experience in K-6 education, teaching both English and Chinese. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Yuan Ze University in Taiwan and her Master’s degree in TESOL from the Ohio State University. Besides teaching, Sylvie also has great interests in singing, music and art which she would love to apply more in her classroom to make learning more effective and fun.
Hanya received her BA from UC Riverside and her Master of Fine Arts from UC Irvine. She has been a K-5 teacher for 19 years and has certified teaching credentials in both California and Oregon. She spent a portion of this time teaching and developing curriculum for ESOL as well as designed a website resource for teachers of English learners. Additional certification includes a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate from San Diego State University, as well as a GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) certificate. Hanya has experience teaching both regular and special education.
Dana earned her BA of Chinese Language and Literature from Shaanxi Normal University. She also studied Instructional Technology at University of Tennessee. In the past 5 years, she taught students at multiple grade levels at a Chinese immersion elementary school in Beaverton, Oregon.
Jeannine has earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Maryland. Now after ten years of teaching elementary students, she is continuing her education. She is pursuing her master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at PSU. In addition, she is working on her reading endorsement to boost her students’ reading. She was our English kindergarten teacher for 1.5 years, kindergarten assistant for 1 year, and is now our second grade English teacher.
Sara received her BA from National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan and her Master of Arts in Language Teaching from University of Oregon. She has been an 7-12th grade English teacher in Taiwan for 4 years and had extensive training and experience in teaching Chinese to elementary students in Eugene, OR. She has both a teaching credential as a high school English teacher in Taiwan and teaching credential as a k-12 Charter school teacher in Oregon. She had 5 years of experience in educational administration, with a focus in curriculum design and foreign language activity organization.
Carrina comes to HOPE Chinese Charter School from San Francisco where she taught 2nd and 8th grade at a bilingual Armenian school. She has a passion for teaching and for learning about new cultures and languages. She received her Masters in Education and teaching Credential with a focus on Social Justice from UCSC in 2012. She is thrilled to be here at HOPE teaching our wonderful students and discovering a new culture each day.
Tieyu (Irene) Yan
Irene received her Master’s Degree in English Applied Linguistics from Northeast Normal University, China and her BA in English Language and Literature from Jilin Normal University. She was as an Associate Professor of English at Changchun University. She helped co-edit several books on English composition and authored several essays. After coming to the United States, she served as a Chinese Mandarin teacher at the Portland CCPA Chinese School for four years. Irene also taught Mandarin at KinderCare for over two years. Irene is a kind, caring teacher who instructs the students in Mandarin, Math and Science. Irene has been an assistant, RTI teacher and has taught second, third and now teaches fourth grade at Hope for almost three years.
Yannie received her BA and Masters in Art and Teaching at Pacific University. She worked with pre-school to college-aged students and obtained her ESOL endorsement. She is multilingual native English speaker who has experience in teaching in English, Cantonese as well as Japanese.
She was born and brought up in Beaverton and enjoys traveling, playing sports, and learning languages. Yannie believes that when students celebrate that they are growing and improving is the most rewarding thing in being a teacher.
Christian Li is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at George Fox University. Before he came to the U.S., Christian had been an elementary school teacher for 13 years. During this time, he first worked at an international school as the ESL teacher there, and then taught at a Chinese private school. So, He has the working experience of teaching both international and Chinese students.
Rachel Peizer is the 5th Grade English Teacher and Special Education Coordinator at Hope Chinese Charter School. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in Curriculum and Teacher Education in July 2015. Prior to this, she worked in New Orleans at a different charter school where she held many roles. She was a kindergarten classroom teacher for two years, a 1-1 paraprofessional support for a student with special needs, and a general classroom assistant (K-2). This is her second year at Hope (last year she taught 4th Grade English and was known as Ms. Laing before getting married this past summer). In addition to teaching, Rachel loves hiking, biking and adventuring with her new dog, Beignet. She is thrilled to be teaching at Hope again this year!
Olga earned her diploma at NW Personal Training Institute in Portland, Oregon in 2012 and she has been a personal fitness trainer since then at her studio in Hillsboro, Oregon. Olga also holds a Computer Science degree from Moscow Aviation Institute in Moscow, Russia, and she used to work as a database developer before she had kids.
Olga’s family is from Russia. Both her children are students at HCCS. She enjoys being outdoors. During the year, she spends her free time with her family hiking, camping and traveling.
She is looking forward to introducing the President Fitness Awards program to the HCCS P.E. curriculum.
Casper is a guest teacher from China through the Confucius Institute. She earned her BA in English Education from Hubei Normal University and earned her masters degree from Sichuan International Studies University. She has been working as an English teacher at Sichuan International Studies University for the past 5 years.
Qun Lu earned her teaching degree from Shanghai Nanshi Educational College and has had various teaching positions throughout her career. She taught Middle school in Shanghai, was a bilingual teacher at Spring Leaf Chinese Language School, and most recently taught Mandarin at Northwest Chinese Academy.
Manliu is from Xi’an, China. She got her Bachelor’s degree from Xi’an University of science and technology, then worked as an engineer at an institute for 7 years before she moved to USA. She is a mother of three, and loves to teach her own kids as well as other young kids both Chinese and math. Manliu has been teaching Mandarin at a weekend Chinese school for 6 years, and has been an assistant teacher for Tiny Dragons and Hope for 2 years.
Hang (Jacky) Ren
Hang Ren (Jacky) is from Shandong, China. He holds a BA of English Linguistics and Literature from Shandong University of Political Science and Law. He worked in Shanghai as a teacher assistant in Education First for a year and then as a English teacher in Web International English for 2 years. He loves language teaching and working with children. He also has a variety of interests such as reading, cooking, traveling and all sorts of sports/exercises.
Leina Song graduated with two Associates degrees from Dalian University of Technology in China, with majors in Computers & Accounting as well as in Computer Science. Leina also holds a degree from Dalian Foreign Language University in China, where she majored in Business English. In addition to her degrees, Leina also has a Chinese Language Teacher Certification from the International Profession Certification Association.
Tara is originally from Guangzhou, China. She received her BA in History from Jinan University in China and her Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from RMIT, Melbourne Australia. For the past 15 years, Tara has worked in various early childhood programs in Hong Kong, Melbourne, and the United States. Tara has been with Tiny Dragons for 5 years.
Previously, Sharon worked part time as a lunch assistant and also substitute teacher. Before HCCS, she assisted in teaching at San Marino Chinese School for three years. Sharon studied at California State University of Los Angeles before she worked at a computer start up company. Apart from work, Sharon enjoys sports, traveling and cooking. She taught snowboarding for all ages at a ski resort for years and has traveled to many countries. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family.
Jacqueline has a diverse work experience ranging from multinational corporations to startup and nonprofit organizations. A native of Taiwan, she has a BS in International Business Administration from Soochow University in Taipei and has made Portland home for the last 22 years.