Faculty and Staff
Jie Moore (郭捷), Founder & President – 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. Dr. Moore is involved in informing the school’s strategic direction, the advancement of our China International Exchange Program, and offer her expertise in various areas of school development.
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.
Rebecca Zipprich, Head of School – Rebecca began her career in education advocating for early childhood, elementary, and special educational students in underprivileged communities in the city of Chicago. After developing student-centered curriculum for diverse learners, she traveled to Shanghai, China, in 2006, to explore culturally responsive teaching and learning in an international context. Through her overseas experience, she has held positions ranging from Curriculum Director to Head of School. With over ten years of leadership experience, she is invested in implementing effective strategies and practices for nurturing productive and collaborative school cultures. As a trained International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) workshop leader, her knowledge of the IB PYP is expansive, and she is passionate about sharing and growing her knowledge with others. After eleven years in China, she is thrilled to return to the States to a school that embodies values of life-long learning, multilingualism, and our shared responsibility to work towards a better, more peaceful world.
Simon Clark, Assistant Head, PYP Coordinator and MYP 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 7th Grade. Simon is a workshop leader and site visitor for the IB as well as supporting schools around the world with their written curriculum. 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 in 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 Schools 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 the language and culture in college and living in China. Ms. Morgenstern has a Master of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and Nanjing Universities and a Bachelors Degree in Mandarin and Sociology from the College of Wooster. 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.
Lam Tsoi (蔡琳), Chinese Program and MYP Coordinator, Head Teacher (MYP Individuals and Societies Mandarin) – Lam Tsoi joined Shu Ren in December 2010 as a volunteer. Tsoi has been a homeroom teacher for grade2 to grade 5 since 2013. Besides teaching duty, Tsoi has also been taken up the role as Chinese curriculum coordinator since 2014. While she is still responsible of the development of the Chinese curriculum, starting from 2017, Tsoi will also be the Middle Year Program (MYP) Coordinator of Shu Ren International School. 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 has completed the certificate program in Teaching Chinese as a Heritage/Foreign Language by UC Berkeley. Tsoi enjoys reading, traveling and eating.
Preschool Campus: 1333 University Avenue
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Kate (Qian) Tian (田茜), Head Teacher (Pre-K2 Mandarin) – Kate was born in China and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in the United Kingdom. She immigrated to the United States in 2013. Shu Ren International School was her first job as a Summer Camp Head teacher in the United States. Within the same year, Katie decided to go back to school to study Early Child Education Development at Contra Costa College. She is deeply passionate about her future career as a teacher, and is happy to come back to Shu Ren as a head teacher in 2017. As the mother of a two year old herself, Kate knows well how to tend to the needs two year old children. She aims to bring her own love and understanding of children to her job. In her leisure time, Katie enjoys calligraphy, painting, cooking, as well as visiting other countries whenever she has the opportunity.
Yanru (Annie) Chen (陈燕如), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K2 Mandarin) – 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) – Chien-Hsuan was born and raised in Taiwan and received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education Chia Nan University of Pharmacy ＆ Science before finishing her masters degree in Curriculum Design Dominican University of California. After graduating, Chien-Hsuan worked at Shu Ren International School as the preschool director and Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 teacher from 2008-2012. She later went to work at a a Reggio Emilio/IB school in Tokyo, Japan as a Chinese homeroom teacher for 3-5 years old in order to enrich her experience in the filed of second language acquisition. Students in Chien-Hsuan’s class will gain Chinese communication skills in a secure environment through student initiated inquiries and hands on projects, while also experiencing new media forms that enhance children’s creativity and imagination. During her spare time, Chien-Hsuan likes to get as close to nature as much as possible.
Lillian (Yan) Lei (雷嫣), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K3 Mandarin) Born in China, Lillian has an Associate Teaching certificate from Merritt College, Oakland. Lilian has a Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Laney College. She completed the Associate Teacher and Teacher Assistant program at Merritt College in 2010. Before joining Shu Ren school, she worked at Chatham school for 3 years. She enjoy working in early childhood education so much. Lilian likes arts, outdoor activities, traveling, dancing, listening to music. She will be always glad to show her love to the children and watching them grow.
Jessie (Che-Chun) Lin (林哲珺), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K3 Mandarin) – Jessie was born in Taiwan. 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. She joined Shu Ren in August of 2016. She is looking forward to help our students become independent learners. Aside from work, Jessie loves making handmade crafts and enjoys finding little surprises in life which why she enjoy working in early childhood education so much.
Yi Que (阙宜), Preschool Director, Head Teacher – 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 (Pre-K4 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 (Pre-K4 Mandarin)- 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 been working on the administration side at Shu Ren since December 2015 and this past March took on the additional role of ancillary program coordinator. 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.
Christina Spencer, Head Teacher (Grade K and 3/4 English) – Christina is new to Shu Ren this year and was born and raised in the Midwest. She previously taught 3rd grade at Colegio Anglo Colombiano in Bogota, Colombia. Her 11 years of teaching experience also included work in public and international IB schools in North Carolina, China and Michigan. She holds a BS degree in Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6) from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. It is her goal to create an environment that inspires life-long learning while having fun. Her personal interests include cooking, singing, and dancing.
Qiao-Yun Ku (顾巧云), Assistant Teacher (Kindergarten Mandarin) – Chiao-Yun grew up and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Taipei, Taiwan. When she immigrated to the United States, she earned her Master’s degree in Rhode Island. She has also received her Early Childhood Education certificate from City College of San Francisco. Chiao-Yun has continued to achieve annual certificates from the Educational Training Commission since 1996. She also earned a certificate for teaching Advanced Placement Chinese Language in 2006 and a certificate in the Chinese subject test portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure in 2005. Before coming to Shu Ren, Chiao-Yun was teaching at the Global Montessori International School for two years. In total, she has been teaching Mandarin Chinese from 1997 to 2014 in Chinese Language Schools and for a couple years at the Sharon Public School system in Massachusetts. She also have been tutoring students ranging from preschool to college since 1996. Chiao-Yun especially enjoys working with young children and has received many awards for outstanding teaching from the Association of Chinese Schools.
Jackie Beutell, Head Teacher (Grade 1 and Grade 5/6 English) – Jackie Beutell has been teaching elementary ages, from Kindergarten to 6th Grade, for six years. 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 at an inquiry-based, college preparatory charter school while becoming an accredited teacher. It is her honor to empower all students to succeed through engaging, collaborative lessons that can ignite students’ love for learning. Jackie is looking forward to another great year at Shu Ren!
Jing-Yi Zhang (张婧怡), Head Teacher (Grade 1 Mandarin) – Jing-Yi was born and raised in Shanghai, China and has been teaching in an IB international school in Shanghai for seven years as early childhood Chinese teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. She received her B.A from Shanghai Normal University and M.Ed degree from Boise State University in Early Childhood Studies. Jing-Yi is passionate about the IB PYP Curriculum and nourishing young learners with international mindedness. Her teaching philosophy is that children learn through experience, when their minds are engaged, their curiosity and creativity are stimulated, and their environment is both challenging and rewarding.
Tanya Tian (田梦雪) , Head Teacher (Grade 2 Mandarin) – Hailing from Beijing, China, Tanya received Education B.A from Beijing Union University. She has taught in IB International schools for 4 years in China, and 4 years in Singapore. Tanya has acted as the Chinese editor at the “Preschool Pictorial Magazine” for 3 years. She wrote and produced the Chinese children’s rhyme ” Close Your Little Eye”, and co edited the Children’s five book series ” Red Kangaroo Protects Himself” in Chinese. As a Chinese teacher, she is always excited when her students and herself are interested in their learning and when they develop a learning attitude that will support them as global citizens now and in the future.
Adrian Clark, Head Teacher (Grade 2 English), English Curriculum Coordinator, 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.
Ren-Jie (Jerry) Yan (严人杰), Head Teacher (Grade 3/4 Mandarin) (MYP Mandarin) –This is Jerry’s second year in Shu Ren and 5th 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.
Trisha (Jun) Ma (马君), Assistant Teacher (Grade 3/4 Mandarin) – Trisha joined Shu Ren international School in 2011. At the same time she was working 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 the Western Academy of Beijing. She has many years of experience tutoring Mandarin as a second language to both young kids and adults. Trisha has been working in the classroom as a assistant teacher for the past 2 years in kindergarten, and she also teaches summer camps every year in both Beijing and the U.S. She has always had a passion for teaching, and she is very enthusiastic to teach 3rd and 4th grade this year. She likes arts, photography, movies, swimming, outdoor activities, going out with friends and families and, of course, shopping.
Annie Chen (陈曦), Head Teacher (Grade 5/6 Mandarin) – Originally from China, Annie has a B.A. in Chinese language and literature and an M.A. in teaching Chinese as a second language. Before coming to Shu Ren, Annie taught Chinese language and culture in Conway High School, Arkansas for two years and then worked as a grade 5 homeroom teacher and a Chinese Second Language teacher in Shanghai United International School for 6 years (an IB school). She has also worked as a grade level coordinator for sixth grade and organized the PYP exhibition for her previous school. She is very experienced with the upper primary IB PYP curriculum, and always enjoys learning and inquiring with the students.
Lan Miao, School Librarian (缪蓝) – Lan attended preschool in Lansing, Michigan, elementary school in Keelung, Taiwan, and completed middle and high school in Los Angeles, California. As someone who grew up traversing between Chinese and English, Eastern and Western, Lan is passionate about bringing the best of both language-worlds to her students and hopes to inspire in them a love for books, reading, and storytelling. Lan holds a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a BA in Visual Arts from UCSD. When she’s not reading and organizing books, she likes to write songs and hang out with her guinea pigs.
Gabriela del Campo Martinez, Music (K-Grade 2) and Spanish Teacher (Grade 3 – 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).
Alex Carroll, Art and Design Teacher (MYP) – Alex Carroll is a visual artist and arts instructor who strongly believes that participation in the arts and arts education are integral to the social, emotional, and intellectual development of our youth. Originally from St. Louis, Alex has spent the majority of the past twenty years living and working outside of the United States. He received his Master of Fine Arts from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia and, upon graduation, was awarded for his outstanding efforts by the faculty of the School of Arts. He then traveled to Shanghai, China where he was captivated by the excitement and constant motion of the city. While in Shanghai, Alex led the visual arts departments at two IB accredited international schools and was an art instructor for children in PYP, MYP, and DP. Alex, recently took a break from education to focus on his own art practice that examines notions of time, movement, and the body through the creation of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings. He has exhibited his work extensively in the U.S., Australia, and Asia and recently completed a successful six month residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel located on Shanghai’s historic Bund.
Natalie Bladis, Science and Math Teacher (MYP English) – Natalie grew up in New York and moved to California five years ago after teaching abroad in Ghana, West Africa. She received her degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo), with a state license to teach secondary mathematics and a minor in Asian Studies. For the past four years, Natalie has taught AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and Algebra /Trigonometry at a project based learning school in Davis and is looking forward to building out math and science curriculum for Quantum Camp as well as teach several Quantum Camp courses. Outside the classroom, Natalie loves to experience the laws of physics through rock climbing, and after climbing half dome in Yosemite, her dream has been to climb El Capitan.
Laurie Croft, Art Teacher (Grade 1-6 English) – Starting in March 2016 Laurie Croft has been the Shu Ren Art Teacher for grades 1-MYP. For over six years to current she has been a Teaching Artist at MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Art) teaching at numerous Bay Area schools and also teaches art at The Renaissance International School in Oakland. Laurie had a ceramics studio for many years and has consistently created art in a variety of mediums that have been exhibited at many galleries. She has a BFA in painting and has an Associate Teachers credential in Early Childhood Education. Laurie’s goal is to inspire creativity and self expression in all her students.