Ying Jin, Guest Instructional Lead
Ms. Ying Jin has more than 15 years Chinese language and culture teaching experience in diverse settings, including middle school, high schools and colleges in both the U.S. and China. She is currently a teacher of all levels of Mandarin Chinese at the Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, California. Ms. Jin has presented many times in conferences, such as ACTFL, CLTA (California Language Teachers Association), and STARTALK. She enjoys interacting with other teachers and promoting Chinese language teaching in the K-12 realm. Ms. Jin received her M.A. degree in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University (1998), and B.A. degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University, China (1986). Additionally, Ms. Jin volunteers for numerous educational and cultural organizations in the SF Bay Area. Ms. Jin has received 2016 Teacher of the Year from CLTA, 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award From CLTA, and 50th Annual Murphy Educator of the Year Award in 2014. She is currently the nominee for 2017 Teacher of the Year from ACTFL.
Yuri Liu, Program Director & Instructional Lead
Ms. Yuri Liu has been a research and teaching fellow in the field of Chinese as a foreign language education since 2006. She is currently the Chief lead Chinese immersion teacher and Director of Chinese immersion program at Hope Chinese Charter School. Her teaching experience in Chinese as a foreign language education ranges from early childhood to higher education (K-16). Her work experience has been affiliated with Chinese Flagship Programs, STAMP 4S Test Development, and several immersion programs in the U.S. Since summer 2016, she has been the program director and instructional lead for the STARTALK STEM-Integrated Chinese Summer Program at HCCS. Ms. 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. Ms. Liu has been invited to present her several research projects in Chinese Pedagogy at multiple national Chinese language conferences in the U.S. since 2013.
Angie Chien-Fu, Instructor
Ms. Angie Chien-Fu (M.A., Educational Technology, San Diego State University) started teaching to early-childhood learners in 1994. In the past decade, she has been teaching Chinese to K-12 students in the U.S. She is currently teaching Kindergarten at HCCS and has been actively developing creative learning activities to reinforce early-childhood literacy in Chinese. She has been invited to present at conferences such as the National Chinese Language Conference and the Chinese Language Education Forum about how to improve Chinese oral proficiency and literacy through meaningful practice.