Chinese and Science



When I was in Middle School, I would gather up the neighborhood kids and teach them random things I had learned in summer school. I guess I had teaching in my veins since I was very young! My passion is to get people excited about learning. I love tailoring topics to individual interests, understanding and background knowledge to increase intrinsic motivation. I also enjoy helping students discover how they learn best because we each gather information differently.

I have always been interested in world languages and the process of acquiring them because it opens up new worlds and paradigms. There are some words and phrases that just can't be accurately explaind English! Taking Spanish in High School and spending 18 months in Taiwan instilled a spirit of teaching language to others. 

I'm currently a Full-time HS Biology teacher and have found an added affinity toward helping Middle and High School kids with academics and career goals.



My Education:

  • B.S. Physiology and Developmental Biology, Minor in Music and Chinese

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching Science from The University of Southern California, emphasis in supporting students learning English as a Second Language (ESL)

My Teaching Experience: 

  • Served a Full-time Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern Taiwan (18 months)

  • Immersion Chinese P.E. for 2nd-5th Grades at Wasatch Elementary in Provo, UT (6 Months)

  • Chinese and Gospel Teaching at the Missionary Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah (1 Year)

  • Level 1 Teacher at STARTALK-BYU Chinese Language Learning Camp (1 Summer)

  • 8th Grade Science at John Muir Middle School in Burbank, CA (Student Teaching)

  • High School Biology and Biotechnology at John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA (Student Teaching)

  • High School Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Jr. High Science at Hillside School and Learning Center in La Canada, CA (6 Months, Long-Term Sub)

  • 9th Grade Biology at Gabrielino HS in San Gabriel, CA (5 years)

  • Member of the English Language Development Team at Gabrielino High School (3 Years)

Skills and Accomplishments

  • 2-time winner of the Gabrielino High School Staff “Creativity Trophy”

  • Site Technology Coach for Gabrielino High School staff (2 Years)

  • Known for creativity, patience, humor, encouraging personality and enthusiasm for teaching and learning

  • Able to tailor lessons to students’ needs, goals, and learning style



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30 min. or 1 hour

Have some fun learning Mandarin Chinese with 劉老師

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30 min. or 1 hour

Get help with homework and reviewing for:
- Middle School Life/Physical Science
- High School Biology




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