Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
info@shurenschool.org
510-841-8899
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

Meet the Shu Ren Community

As part of an effort to introduce the unique, talented, and diverse individuals who make up the Shu Ren community, we have asked Sarah Hilgers, a Shu Ren parent and current PTO President, to answer a few questions about herself and her work with our school. Could you introduce yourself and your family for us? My name is Sarah Hilgers and I am this year’s PTO President. I have two children, Henry and En. Henry is a first grader at Shu Ren and En will be entering PreK-4 next year. My husband, Hunter Hubby, is the Welcome Chair this year. We live in Berkeley and love being part of such a muti-cultural community. Besides my roles as the PTO President, mother and wife, I work at Kaiser Permanente as an Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist. I have been with Kaiser for the past 10 years. When I can catch a moment, I really enjoy reading, and entertaining. Why is it important to you that your children receive a bilingual education? A bilingual education has always been extremely important to me as a mother. I think it is important to be exposed to different cultures at a very young age and to think beyond ourselves and see the bigger world. I was not raised bilingual and wish I had been. I have been studying Spanish for many years but have never been fully immersed in the language because of lack of time. When we had our first child the goal was to send him to a Spanish school but since having our second (who is Taiwanese by birth) it made much...

Language Immersion, Especially Early On, Helps Kids

New research shows the cognitive and developmental benefits of not just language learning at an early age, but specifically language immersion programs. From Education News: Theresa Caccavale, president of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), (www.nnell.org) states, “Children who learn a foreign language beginning in early childhood demonstrate certain cognitive advantages over children who do not.” Some of those advantages are understanding object permanence, problem solving, greater critical thinking skills and increased creativity. “There is also a relationship between foreign language study and increased mathematical skill development.” In the same article, Martha G. Abbott, the Director of Education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), (www.actfl.org) says that immersion programs work because the learning of the second language is a tool, a vehicle, for content for general education curriculum. Consequently, two things are accomplished: the student learns content (for example – math) and the second language. Abbott also insists that all students can learn a second language in this way. Some students will have a natural talent for learning language and learn it quickly. But all students will benefit from the...