Faculty and Staff
Jie Moore (郭捷), Founder & Head of School – Jie received her B.S. in Biology from Beijing University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Washington. After graduate school, Jie worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington for six years during which she studied a variety of issues related to academic and social/emotional development among children and adolescents. Through her research, she began to think it might be beneficial to children in the United States if we could combine the best educational approaches and cultural perspectives of China and the United States. This early thought, coupled with a series of events in the last few years (such as having a child of her own and failing to find a satisfactory Mandarin immersion program in the East Bay area), triggered her decision to start Shu Ren.
Tony Moore, Founder & CFO – New Zealand, ACA and member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants. Tony’s role at Shu Ren is primarily finance and administration. He is currently President of Kiwi Consulting, Inc. providing financial and accounting consultation services to federal contractors and the construction industry.
Simon Clark, Assistant Head, PYP Coordinator and Classroom Teacher– Simon Clark joined Shu Ren in August 2013. Prior to working at Shu Ren Simon has worked at a range of public and private settings around the world, including Mexico, Switzerland, North Carolina and the United Kingdom. He has extensive knowledge of the International Baccalaureate and through 11 years of teaching has taught all grade levels from Kinder to 5th Grade. Simon received a BA (hons) in Theology with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of York St John, United Kingdom. In his free time Simon enjoys eating foods from around the world, traveling internationally and exploring the Bay Area, as well as looking after his Bernese mountain dog, Sierra.
Melissa Morgenstern, Director of Admissions – Ms. Melissa Morgenstern started with us on August 1, 2016. She has a wide range of experience in international education and cross cultural communication. Prior to joining Shu Ren, she was the Office Coordinator/International Camp Manager at LePort School in Orange County, California. She has also worked as a Business Development Associate in an organization that specializes in international student exchange programs. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, after having studied it in college and living in China. Ms. Morgenstern has a Master of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and Nanjing Universities. A true believer of international education, she is excited about the opportunity to work with everyone at Shu Ren, to help grow our school both locally and internationally.
Laila Kamaruddin, Head Teacher (MYP) and Marketing Consultant – Laila’s appreciation and passion for learning and teaching came at an early age. Teaching Saturday playschool activities at the age of 12, she had her first TA position at her British Secondary school by 15, and began teaching English and Math through cartooning at 18. She is also academically excelled in that she began programming at 11, studied artificial intelligence at 16, 10 GCSE’s, 4 A’ Levels. A very extensive BA and double Masters (which she completed simultaneously in 2.5yrs with a GPA of 3.93) which are MBA in marketing and management and an MIT in Applications development, and several certifications. Currently she tutors and teaches over 63 subjects, high-stakes standardized tests and study skills. Her secret is her aggressive desire to learn and having a highly skilled memory system does provide a great tool. She uses visual cues, technological mediums and traditional learning methods in order to provide the best possible results. She works with students from K-12, undergrad, and grad, from different learning curves including those with ADD and dyslexia.
Preschool Campus: 1333 University Avenue
Winnie (Lei) Dong (董磊), Administrative Assistant – Winnie first came to Shu Ren as a substitute teacher in May 2016. She has a B.A. in Chinese with a minor in Linguistic Education from UC Davis. She has been tutoringstudents in Chinese for many years and she has worked as a teaching assistant in various schools. During the summer, she provided administrative support at the Jefferson Campus, acting as liaison for students from China who attended our English Immersion Summer Camp. She is fluent in both Mandarin and English and has lots of experience translating Chinese to English and vice versa. We are very happy to have her at Shu Ren. She will be primarily based at the University Campus.
Queena Zhang (郑晴岚), Head Teacher (Pre-K2 Mandarin) – Queena joined Shu Ren International School in 2013. Previous to working at Shu Ren, she was a teacher at a bilingual preschool in San Francisco since 2007. She enjoys helping children happily grow and develop to their full potential. To her, it’s always a pleasure to hear her students giggle and laugh. Queena earned a B.A. degree in both Liberal Studies and Chinese from San Francisco State University, and has also acquired a Child Development Site Supervisor permit. In her spare time, she likes shopping, listening to music and spending time with her family.
Yanru (Annie) Chen (陈燕如) – Annie is from Guang Dong, China, and has worked as an Assistant Teacher at Shu Ren since December 2013. Annie completed the Associate Teacher and Teacher Assistant program at Merritt College in 2013. She enjoys working with children because she loves children. Annie is mother and has two children. She enjoys volunteering, hiking, fishing, playing tennis, and socializing with friends. She is very proud of our students when they start speaking Mandarin to us, especially when they have no Chinese background at home. She thinks everyone should learn a foreign language, and it is always better to start earlier than later.
Chien-Hsuan Chen (陈粁嬛), Head Teacher (Pre-K3 Mandarin)
Yi Que (阙宜), Preschool Director, Head Teacher (Pre-K4 Mandarin) – Yi Que joined Shu Ren in October of 2012. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Yi Que worked at Shanghai United International School (an IB world school), Yew Chung International school, and Shanghai Musical Kindergarten in Shanghai, China. Yi Que has been working in Early Childhood Education for over twenty years. Yi Que received a B.A. from Shanghai East China Normal University, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Sunderland. She is a specialist in Music in China, and has traveled with her students to Australia and the UK for music tour performances. She has also been an accreditation visitor of the NCCT (National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development) in China. Yi Que likes children. She enjoys playing music instruments at orchestras and students choirs.
Zhiling Xu (许志玲), Assistant Teacher (PreK4 Mandarin) – Zhiling Xu joined Shu Ren in 2010 as summer camp preschool head teacher. Zhiling earned a B.A. degree from South China Normal University and had been teaching in Guangzhou for 12 years. Zhiling has been an assistant teacher at Pre-k 3 and Pre-k 4 class since 2011. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Zhiling has been teaching at Berkeley-Albany Chinese School and Keystone Chinese School in Albany for over 10 years. Zhiling has been taking courses in Early Childhood Education in the U.S. and she worked at UC Berkeley Family Resource Center with infant and preschool children for two years. She enjoys reading, swimming, and hiking
Jiecai Xu (许洁彩), Assistant Teacher – Jiecai Xu was born in China, Guangdong Province and has been living in the US for almost eight years. She is currently enroll in Merritt College in Oakland where her major is Childhood Development. She is very glad to be a part of the ShuRen International School Staff. Of her many interests, her favorites are traveling, listening to music and eating different foods. Her love of young children and of watching them growing little by little led her to become a preschool teacher. Seeing the children’s smiling faces is a great encouragement to Jiecai.
K-8 School: 2125 Jefferson Avenue
Gloria Chen (陈家宁), Admissions Assistant – Gloria Chen is a graduate from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Human Development and a minor in Education. She was a head sports camp instructor in the summer of 2011 and has provided instructional aid to a variety of grade levels ranging from primary level to college undergraduate classes. Gloria has currently been working on the administration side for Shu Ren since last December. Aside from her pursuit in education, Gloria would love to travel around the world some day. She is an active “foodie” adventurer who loves trying different cuisines and yearns to become elite yelper!
Kai-Yao To (塗凯姚), Head Teacher (Kindergarten Mandarin) – Kai was born and raised in Nantou, Taiwan and moved to Berkeley, California in 1991. She obtained a degree in Communication Arts in Taiwan, and since then, has worked as a Graphic Designer and an Art Director for companies in both Taiwan and the United States. Having taught art classes in the East Bay area for more than 7 years, she decided to further her teaching experience when she discovered a deep-rooted passion for working with students. This led her to joining the Albany Unified School District, where she taught in the Chinese Program at Cornell Elementary School. Kai is enthusiastic about engaging students through the concept of inquiry-based teaching, a learning style that allows students to self-explore and develop independence within their own educational experience. Since joining Shu Ren, Kai continues to incorporate her artistic background into her lessons by designing her own materials, and developing creative learning activities. Aside from teaching, Kai enjoys hiking, traveling, biking, cooking, and immersing herself in nature.
Jun (Trisha) Ma (马君), Assistant Teacher (Kindergarten Mandarin) – Trisha joined Shu Ren international School in 2011. At the same time in 2011, she was worked as a part-time Third Grade Chinese Teacher at Starr King Elementary School. From 2005 through 2011, Trisha was the Middle School Principal’s Assistant at Western Academy of Beijing. She has many years experiences tutoring Mandarin as a second language to both young kids and adults. She has always had passion for teaching, and she is very enthusiastic to teach Kindergarten this year. She likes arts, photography, movies, swimming, outdoor activities, going out with friends and families and, of course, shopping.
Jackie Beutell, Head Teacher (Kindergarten and Grade 4/5 English) – Jackie Beutell has been teaching elementary ages, from Kindergarten to 6th Grade, for five years now. After college, an opportunity to teach Kindergarten in South Korea sparked a passion for education and making a positive difference in children’s lives. Following this invaluable international experience, Jackie completed the highly-selective Nashville Teaching Fellows program in Nashville, Tennessee. She taught 6th Grade English Language Arts for two years at an inquiry-based, college preparatory charter school while becoming an accredited teacher. It is her honor to empower all students to academically succeed through engaging, collaborative lessons that can ignite students’ love for learning. Jackie is happy to now call Berkeley and Shu Ren School her new home!
Jung Chieh (Clair) Ma (马容洁), Head Teacher (Grade 1 Mandarin) – Clair is a very enthusiastic teacher, starting her fifth year as an elementary teacher. She has taught all of the grades from first to third grade, and have been teaching for over seven years. She has found first grade to be the school year with the most marvel and magic, as it is a child’s unique first year in school. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Shi-Hsin University in Taiwan and a Master’s degree in TESL from the University of San Francisco. Right now, she is obtaining an elementary teaching credential at St. Mary’s College. I have a wonderful family with her husband and four-year-old daughter as well as her pets – a fish, Lala and two parakeets, Pica and Pico. Her philosophy is to provide a happy, interesting, challenging environment where the students will flourish emotionally, socially and academically. They should give their best effort in all they do at school. She believes that as a community happily working together, teachers, parents and school staff can help our students accomplish this goal.
Eva Imbsweiler, Head Teacher (Grade 1 and 2 English) – Eva joined Shu Ren in 2015. She previously taught Kindergarten at the Berlin Cosmopolitan School. Her four years of teaching experience also include work in public and charter schools in Louisiana. She holds BS degrees in Child Development and Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Eva was born in Hamburg, Germany and attended the Atlanta International School, where she received her bilingual IB Diploma. Eva is also trained as a yoga teacher for children. Her personal interests include hiking, crafting, and cooking.
Yilan Liu (刘一览), Assistant Teacher (Grade 1 Mandarin) – A graduate of East China Normal University and McGill University, Mrs. Liu got her Master degree in art education. She was sent by the Chinese government as a visiting scholar to the United States. Liu has many years experience in teaching arts in China and in Canada. Her research include children’s arts and its impact on the psychological development, art appreciation, visual culture of children and teachers. Her main teaching areas cover children’s creative arts, acrylic painting, water ink painting, sketch, digital arts, design and art appreciation. Her students received first-tier prizes in various competitions and exhibitions. She received Best Art Teacher Prize awarded by Shanghai Educational Committee due to the contribution she did for art education. She is also the founder of artzdream.com in Canada.
Lam Tsoi (蔡琳), Chinese Program Coordinator, Head Teacher (Grade 2 Mandarin) – Lam Tsoi joined Shu Ren in December 2010 as a volunteer. Tsoi has been teaching in the after-school Chinese program and assisting in K-4 classes at Shu Ren since 2011. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Tsoi worked in a public high school in Hong Kong for 10 years teaching Chinese, Chinese History and Mandarin. Tsoi received a B.A. and a Master of Philosophy (Chinese Literature) degree from Hong Kong University. Tsoi holds Chinese and Mandarin teaching credential in Hong Kong and has also passed the California Single Subject Test – Chinese. Tsoi enjoys reading, travelling and eating.
Ren-Jie (Jerry) Yan (严人杰), Head Teacher (Grade 3 Mandarin) (MYP Mandarin) – This Jerry’s first year in Shu Ren and 4th year working in IB. Previous to working with Shu Ren, Jerry has worked at Shen Wai International School(an IB World School) in Shenzhen, China. He received his B.A from Hunan Normal University and an M.A from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies both in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. He enjoys teaching Chinese under the IB framework because he strongly believes it is a much more profound way for children to learn a language and build knowledge of the world within that language. In his free time, he likes music and reading.
Adrian Clark, Head Teacher (Grade 3 English), PE Teacher – Adrian joined Shu Ren in 2014. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Adrian worked at a public school in England (UK), teaching 4th and 5th grade. His first degree was a BSc (hons) in Crime & Investigation from the University of Teesside. After working as a sports coach and teaching assistant in elementary, middle and high schools, Adrian’s talents for working with young people were recognized by a number of colleagues, who encouraged him to go on and make a difference in young people’s lives by becoming a teacher. In 2010, Adrian pursued a career in teaching and a year later received his Postgraduate Certificate in Education along with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Northumbria (England). Adrian’s teaching philosophy is to allow children to be individuals and express themselves freely, while carrying out lessons that are meaningful and creative. Furthermore, he considers the IB model to be the most effective way of teaching, as it not only delivers an engaging approach through inquiry-based learning, but also has the ability to develop the ‘whole child’ both emotionally and socially. In his free time, Adrian enjoys playing a range of sports including golf, tennis and soccer. Additionally, he is a keen visitor to the movies to see all the new releases.
Hui (Clara) Li (李慧), Head Teacher (Grade 4/5 and MYP Mandarin) – Prior to working at Shuren, Clara had worked in Shanghai United International School (an IB school) and Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School (an IB school) for over 12 years. The students whom she has taught ranged from age 6 to 13. She has years of teaching experience in Chinese and PYP curriculum. She graduated from Shanghai Normal University and Jiaotong University respectively in 2 Majors which are Primary Education and Business English. And she has continued learning on her master degree in Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation. She is an open-minded, enthusiastic and humorous person who has various hobbies such as reading, writing, singing, story telling, cooking and traveling. She writes funny stories for children and runs a story telling radio station on Lychee APP. She enjoys working and staying with children very much and absolutely believes never too old to learn.
Erik Roberts, Head Teacher (MYP), Music Teacher, MYP Coordinator – Erik comes to Shu Ren from Atlanta, Georgia where he worked as a middle grades teacher from 2013-2015. Erik earned a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education, Summa Cum Laude in from Georgia State University. He has taught integrated Math/Science/Technology, Humanities, and Elementary Music Theory and Practice. In 2014-2015, Erik’s leadership was recognized and he was selected to serve as a 2014-2015 Mentor Teacher for New Teacher Residency Project. In 2013, Erik co-taught in Homeless Immersion Project, a four-day learning experience for 7th and 8th graders, during which all participants lived on the streets of Atlanta in an effort to gain perspective and information about a city’s concern for and approach to homelessness. Erik has worked as a guide for adult campers with special needs through day-to-day routines and events at Miss Ella’s Camp for Special People on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Prior to public school teaching, Erik trained as a musician and worked as a guitar instructor for students aged 8-45 in beginner and intermediate guitar and has also worked in music production, assisting producers in recording, editing, and mixing music. He looks forward to encouraging and supporting students who explore passion, fulfillment, and through those, the world around them.
Gabriela del Campo Martinez, Music and Spanish Teacher (Kindergarten through MYP) – Gabby began teaching at Shu Ren in 2012, and brings over thirty years’ teaching experience to the classroom. Gabby began her career teaching music in Mexico and has over ten published works ranging from preschool through high school music to pedagogical publications. Gabby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Pedagogy/Teaching) and Master’s Degree of Arts in Social Communication from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico; and a Music Teacher Credential from the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, Mexico. She is a certified Elementary School Teacher in Mexico and is credentialed in California as a child development site supervisor. Gabby is an experienced IB teacher and has recently attended IB workshops, “Art for Kids” and “Social Development”. Gabby enjoyed refining her music-teaching skills by becoming certified in the highly renowned ORFF Schulwerk (a dynamic approach to music and movement education created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman).
Lan Miao, School Librarian (缪蓝) –
Laurie Croft, Art Teacher (Grade 1-MYP English) –
Che-Chun (Jessie) Lin (林哲珺), After Care Teacher (Mandarin) – Jessie is from Taiwan and she has a strong interest in being a teacher for young children, despite earlier experience in the business world. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Ming Chuan University and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Tatung University, both in Taipei. She is currently studying Child Development at Merritt College in Oakland.