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 2nd Grade 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.

Denise Svenson, MYP Coordinator & Math/Science Coordinator - Denise Svenson joined Shu Ren in 2013. Previous to working at Shu Ren Denise worked in public schools and public charter schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Denise received an MEd from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, a BS in Building Technology and a BArch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Denise has taught for twelve years and holds Georgia certifications in middle grades instruction in Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and K-12 Special Education. Additionally, her certification has endorsements for Primary Reading and Teacher Support Specialist. Prior to teaching, Denise worked as an architect in Atlanta. In 2012, Denise was named as a Georgia state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Denise enjoys gardening and playing tennis. Traveling to China with her two children this summer has reinforced her commitment to and appreciation of the Mandarin immersion education at Shu Ren.

Queena Zhang , PreK-2 Teacher – 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.

Coco Cong, PreK-3 – Coco joined Shu Ren in September of 2013. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Coco operated her own Lego Center School in 2009-2013, Shanghai, China. She worked at Shanghai United International School (an IB world School), Yew Chung International School, and Wen Yu Shun Kindergarten in Shanghai, China. Coco has been working in Early Childhood Education for over twenty years. Coco received a master’s degree in educational management in 2013 Shanghai, China And a Psychological Counselor Certificate in 2005 in Beijing, China. Coco is the author of the book, Worries in Growing and Methods in Parenting, (Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2010). She loves to work with young students. Coco’s mission statement in teaching is “Support You To Be Yourself.”

Yi Que (阙宜), Chinese Classroom 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.

Kai-Yao To (塗凯姚), Chinese Classroom Teacher 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.

Clara Li, 3rd Grader Teacher, MYP Language and Literature Teacher – Previous to working at Shuren, Clara Li (李慧)has worked in Shanghai United International School (an IB school) and Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School (an IB school) over 12 years. The students whom she has taught ranged from age 6 to 13. She has adequate 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.

Clair Ma, 1st Grade Teacher – It is my pleasure to introduce myself as Clair Ma. I am a very enthusiastic teacher, starting my fifth year as an elementary teacher. I have taught all of the grades from first to third grade, and have been teaching for over seven years. I have 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. My 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, I am obtaining an elementary teaching credential at St. Mary’s College. I have a wonderful family with my husband and four-year-old daughter as well as my pets – a fish, Lala and two parakeets, Pica and Pico. My philosophy is to provide a happy, interesting, challenging environment where my students will flourish emotionally, socially and academically. They should give their best effort in all they do at school. I believe that as a community happily working together, teachers, parents and school staff can help our students accomplish this.

Natasha (Yinxia) Tao (陶银霞), Chinese Classroom Teacher – Natasha’s major in university was Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and she started teaching CSL when she was a student in university. Natasha also taught at an international school in Jakarta, Indonesia as a Chinese subject and CSL teacher and at an IB school in Jiangsu, China as a Classroom teacher and Primary Coordinator. Natasha thinks that all children are unique and we should adapt our teaching style for every child, so we can inspire kids to become life long learners. Natasha likes reading and swimming very much.

Lam Tsoi (蔡琳) Chinese  Program Coordinator & Classroom Teacher - 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.

Adrian Clark, 3rd Grade Teacher and K-6 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.

Zhiling Xu (许志玲), Chinese Assistant Teacher – 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 prek3 and prek4 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.

Jianing Liu (刘嘉宁) Teacher Assistant - Working with children has always been a dream of Jianing. Jianing Liu joined Shu Ren in August of 2013. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Jianing worked as an intern at Albany Children’s Center. Jianing received an AA degree in Early Childhood Development from Merritt College and has also earned a Child Development teacher permit. Additionally,Jianing received an AA Degree in Business Administration in 2011. Jianing has been an assistant teacher at Pre-K4 for 2 years. Jianing chose Early Childhood Education as her career because she recognizes that the first five years of life are very important to children. Jianing’s goal is to make sure the students enjoy learning in a safe and loving environment. Watching children learn, explore and grow is what Jianing enjoys best about teaching. Jianing feels happy and comfortable when she is working with young children. In her free time, Jianing enjoys traveling around the world, playing badminton, and socializing with friends.

Shanshan Xi, Pre-K3 Teacher Assistant – Shanshan Xi joined ShuRen in June of 2012. Previous to working at ShuRen, Shanshan was a Chinese teacher at an elementary school in Wuhan, China, for nine years. After she moved to the U.S., Shanshan continued to teach Chinese in weekend schools. Shanshan received a BA in Chinese Linguistics and Literature from Hubei University. Currently, Shanshan is in the Early Childhood Education program at Contra Costa College, and has already got Preschool Teacher Permit. Shanshan loves working with kids, and helping kids to learn Chinese. Shanshan enjoys music, table tennis, and travel.

Jiecai Xu (许洁彩), Teacher Assistant – 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.