Faculty and Staff
Jie Moore (郭捷) and Tony Moore, Founders
Jie received her B.S. in Biology from Beijing University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the 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 continues to offer her expertise in various areas of school development. As a member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants, Tony has played an instrumental role in setting up Shu Ren's financial administration departments. 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. She is passionate about sharing and growing her knowledge with others, and 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.
Yi Que (阙宜), Assistant Head of School & Early Childhood Director
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. She enjoys playing music instruments with orchestras and students choirs.
Jill joined Shu Ren International School in 2017. She was born in China and moved to the United States in 2010. She obtained both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. From 2014 to 2017, Jill worked as a logistics specialist for AMZ Intl. Before moving to the USA, Jill was a patent examiner at the State Intellectual Property Office of China. She has enjoyed living and working in both China and US. Jill has a son and a daughter; she loves kids and enjoys spending time with them. After work, she loves cooking, reading, and watching movies.
Alyssa has always had a passion for helping and educating others. After receiving her degree in Japanese Language and Culture from San Francisco State University, Alyssa thought it would be best to move to Japan so that she could further immerse herself in the culture. She loved it so much that she spent five and a half years teaching English at both the preschool and grade school level. After moving back to the United States, Alyssa taught for another year at a private preschool but discovered that she enjoyed connecting with parents and helping them with their needs more; so she decided to take a back seat from teaching and become a part of the administration team. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with friends and family, horseback riding, and traveling!
Michelle Peng (彭明瑄), Admissions and Marketing Director
Michelle started her career in Management Information Systems, she was in the corporate world leading cross functional technical programs and projects for fortune 500 companies. Growing up in Taiwan and the States, she attributed her success to wonderful teachers and mentors. They shaped her into a resourceful, determined, and level-headed global thinker that gets things accomplished no matter what obstacles stand in the way. It’s always been a dream of hers to serve as a catalyst to help educators ignite greatness in others. The silver lining in this pandemic is that her dream came true, Michelle joined Shu Ren International School in August of 2020. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys traveling, and spending quality time in the backyard over wine and boba tea with family and friends!
Queena was born and raised in Southern China. She worked at Shu Ren as a Pre-K2 head teacher from 2013 – 2017, and she is so excited to return to Shu Ren after several months apart. Previous to working at Shu Ren, Queena 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. She also studied 12+ units of Early Child Education from both SFSU and CCSF. In her spare time, she likes shopping, listening to music and spending time with her precious family.
Annie Chen (Yanru 陈燕如), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K2)
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 becaus and is the mother of her own two children. She enjoys volunteering, hiking, fishing, playing tennis, and socializing with friends. She is very proud of our students; especially when they start speaking Mandarin to us, without having any prios Chinese language experience at home. She thinks everyone should learn a foreign language, and it is always better to start earlier than later.
Manli (Keira) Li, Assistant Teacher (Pre-K2)
Manli was born and raised in China. She completed her design and marketing management major at College in China. She also completed Associate in Arts degree in Child Development at Merritt College in the US, and obtained relevant certificates such as teacher and assistant teacher in child development. After graduating from Merritt College, she worked in a Chinese Preschool for a year. Working with children makes her feel happy because of the children's smiles. She is very happy and honored to be able to help and witness the growth of children. Providing support for children's learning and development skills is her responsibility as an early childhood educator in her work. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, paintings, travel and hiking with friends.
Chien-Hsuan Chen (陈粁嬛), Head Teacher (Pre-K3)
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 at the 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 enrichen her understanding of secondary 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 Lei (Yan Rui 雷嫣), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K3)
Born in China, Lillian has an Associate Teaching certificate from Merritt College, Oakland. She has a Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Laney College, and 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. Lillian truly enjoys working in early childhood education. Lilian likes arts, outdoor activities, traveling, dancing, and listening to music. She is always happy to show her love to children and watch them grow.
Yannu Li (李雁女), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K3)
Yan joined Shu Ren International School in 2019. She was born in China and moved to the United States in the early 2000s. Yan started to study Laney College in 2008, later she started her study at City College of San Francisco in 2018, studying children's development. Yan has been in the early childhood field for 4 years, she began her career in early childhood in a Montessori international school, where she adapted and developed the different methods of early childhood education. Yan is passionate about early learning, to enrich the young minds through education. In her free time, Yan enjoys cooking and traveling with her family.
Vivien Jen (Wei-Chen 任维真), Head Teacher (Pre-K4)
Vivien got her master’s degree at National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan majoring in Broadcasting and Television with a minor in Education. After immigrating to the United States, she took ECE credits at De Anza College. Vivien have been teaching Mandarin for twelve years. She provide students with inquiry-based and hands-on learning strategies to meet their needs. She really enjoyed doing it by learning and working with young children, which also urged her to get a site supervisor permit in 2014. Vivien loves to learn from her students. For Vivien, every single student is like a special and unique book, they give her such wonderful and unexpected surprises all the time. In her free time, she loves to plant fruits and vegetables with her family, or enjoy classical music.
Ava Luo was born and raised in Guangzhou, China where she studied accounting and was a trained accountant in China. After emigrating to the United States, and raising her two children, she decided to leverage my experience and passion for education in working with young learners. She has been working in a Montessori preschool for two years prio to joining Shu Ren International Schoo. She is certified in Early Childhood Education and CPR. Ava is also a professional GuZheng player. Besides playing theGuZheng, she also enjoys cooking and volunteering at the local temple in her spare time.
Chia-Pin Chen (陈嘉萍), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K4)
Chia-Pin was born and raised in Taiwan where she received her B.F.A. and MA degrees. She worked in the museum as an exhibition planner for several years. She also had experiences in teaching children art in Taiwan before she commits herself to being a preschool teacher. A few years ago, she took two Child Development classes and found the subject is fantastic and was aspired to explore more. Because of her art background, she views each child's unique potential to the fullest and is excited to see each child thriving. She likes art and nature. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, watching movies, hiking and camping.
Jiecai Xu (Cindy 许洁彩), Assistant Teacher (Pre-K)
Jiecai was born and raised in Guangdong Province, China, and graduated from Guangdong AIB Polytechnic College. She studied Child Development at Merritt college and received her Child Development Teacher Permit in 2017. Jiecai started working at Shu Ren International School in 2015. She has been an assistant teacher in the Pre-K classes since 2016. She loves children very much, and hope to grow up with them. It is her greatest satisfaction to see the smiles and progress of children at every stage. Her usual entertainment methods include listening to music, traveling, and enjoying food.
I am a fourth-generation teacher originally from Hamburg, Germany. I attended the Atlanta International School and graduated with the IB bilingual diploma. I studied Child Development at Vanderbilt University and will soon graduate with a Master's of Education in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of the Pacific. The diversity and open-mindedness of our community at Shu Ren is so special to me. Supporting my Kindergarten and Grade 1 students gain fluency and confidence in reading is my favorite part of teaching! Outside of the classroom, I enjoy making paper art and drawing - my mother is an artist and I moonlight in her footsteps. I also love the outdoors and incorporate yoga into daily life.
Tanya Tian (田梦雪) , Head Teacher (Kindergarten Mandarin)
Hailing from Beijing, China, Tanya received an 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 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.
Ning Jiang (姜宁), Assistant Teacher (Kindergarten Mandarin)
Jian Laoshi obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education of Chinese Language and Literature from Liaoning Normal University. She held Chinese teaching credential and Qualification Certification of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in China. She has 6 years of lead immersion teaching experience with school age children and 2 years experience working in special education program at the mean time. Before moving to the Bay Area, she taught Chinese language and culture in public middle school in Dalian, China for 13 years. Jian Laoshi enjoys helping children open up their unlimited potential with my respect and love. In her leisure time, she loves gardening and enjoying spending quality time with her family.
Shanshan Yang (杨珊珊), Head Teacher (Grade 1 Mandarin)
ShanshanYang is originally from Sichuan China. She became a Kindergarten teacher in a Reggio-inspired Kindergarten after getting her Education M.A from East China Normal University in 2009. Shanshan then moved to Western International School of Shanghai (an IB world school) as a homeroom teacher and a Lead Chinese teacher in Early Years for 6 years. During this time, she also became a PYP Workshop Leader and School Visitor. She believes that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. It is her goal to create an environment that fosters student-agency which help students to be life-long learners. Shanshan loves hiking, boxing and reading in her free time.
Zhou Xiuhong (周秀红), Assistant Teacher (Grade 1)
graduated with an MA degree in Chinese linguistics and philology from Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China. After graduation, she taught linguistics at the college level in China for several years. After coming to the United States in 2012, she directed her attention to elementary and middle school Chinese language pedagogy, completing the “Methods and Materials of Teaching Chinese I-II at UC Berkeley Extension Chinese Teaching as a Heritage/Foreign Language Certificate Program. From 2013-2015, she worked as a teaching assistant at Shuren. After 4 years working at home, she returned to Shuren in 2019 as an assistant in grades 1/2. When not working, Xiuhong enjoys hiking with family and exploring the world with her son.
Lam Tsoi (蔡琳), Chinese Program Coordinator, Head Teacher (Grade 2 and 3 Mandarin)
Lam Tsoi joined Shu Ren in December 2010 as a volunteer. Tsoi has been a homeroom teacher for grade 2 to grade 5 since 2013. Besides teaching, Tsoi has also acted as our Chinese curriculum coordinator since 2014. 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 both Chinese and Mandarin teaching credentials in Hong Kong and has also passed the California Single Subject Test in Chinese. She has completed the certificate program in Teaching Chinese as a Heritage/Foreign Language awarded by UC Berkeley. Tsoi enjoys reading, traveling and eating.
Alexandra Ditchey, Head Teacher (Grade 2 and 3 English)
For the past nine years Alexandra has been teaching and promoting life-long learning for a variety of grade levels; from first to seventh grade. After receiving her Master’s in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, she began her international teaching journey in Shanghai, China. Beyond Shanghai she has also lived and taught in Hanoi, Vietnam and Rome, Italy. Through several years teaching the PYP curriculum, Alexandra is inspired to cultivate student agency, confidence, and open-mindedness in order to foster a safe and powerful learning environment. Beyond the classroom, she loves reading, camping, cooking and playing with her dog. Alexandra is thankful for the opportunity to join Shu Ren’s warm and strong community.
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.
Jackie Beutell, Head Teacher (Grade 4,5 and 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!
Anny Chen (陈曦), Head Teacher (Grade 4,5 and 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 six 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.
Rong Ji (姬蓉), Assistant Teacher (Grade 4,5 and 6), Interim Librarian
Born and raised in China, Rong received her B.S in Telecom Engineering from Beijing University of Posts &Telecommunication, and M.B.A in Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Before joining Shu Ren, Rong worked as an engineer at Ericsson in China, an analyst in equity research at Merrill Lynch in New York, and a corporate strategy consultant in Knowledge Center at McKinsey & Company in Shanghai. Approaching the age of 50, Rong has been pivoted her career towards education. Since then, she passed the California Single Subject Test in Chinese, completed the certificate program in Teaching Chinese as Heritage/Foreign Language awarded by UC Berkeley, and earned an Associate Teacher Certificate from Diablo Valley College. Previously she has two years of experience by working at Rocketship Public School Concord (Rocketship Futura Academy) as an after-school program coordinator and assistant teacher of TK (Transitional Kindergarten). Inspired by Shu Ren's mission and core values, Rong is excited to grow together with Shu Ren families and children to becoming a lifelong learner.
Alex Carroll, Art Teacher (Grades K-6)
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 the 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.
Ben Kramarz, Music Teacher
Ben Kramarz was born and raised in the Bay Area. From an early age he was immersed in music, spending summers at Camp Tawonga, a Jewish summer camp near Yosemite where his father was the director. Ben received both a BA and MA from UC Berkeley, where he researched and composed a thesis on music at Jewish summer camp. Ben has been a music educator for over a decade, singing and making music with people of all ages in synagogues, preschools, camps and schools. In addition to his work at Shu Ren, Ben is the songleader at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. In his spare time, Ben enjoys bike riding and hiking in the woods. Ben lives in Berkeley with his wife, Noa.
César Martínez, Spanish Teacher
A native of Toluca, Mexico, Cesar studied Accounting at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City. In Mexico, he worked as a summer programs counselor, where he helped children with their schoolwork, offered enrichment activities and taught them how to swim. Cesar joined Viva el Español in 2010, and every year receives accolades from his students in elementary and middle schools all over the East Bay. Cesar has taught a wide range of ages and proficiencies, from 1st grade beginning students, to bilingual elementary school students, to Los Chavos (teens), with whom he has a particularly great connection. He loves to teach and says “I feel like I’m a child again when I work with children”.
Leo Daniel Kirkpatrick is the founder of one of the Bay Area's largest tennis academies, East West Tennis. Originally from New York City, he has been coaching primarily tennis for ten years, and other sports and activities throughout that time. He has coached at the tennis clubs of John McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale (two legends of the game) and has, most recently, gotten recognized by Venus Williams for his work in the community, by bringing tennis to underdeveloped and underprivileged school districts. Leo seeks to be the mentor he never had. His youthful, empathetic, and assertive energy creates a unique bond with his students; a bond he feels is critical to bridging that gap between adolescence and adulthood.