Chinese Immersion School at De Avila

1st Grade Teachers

AMY CHOW - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

I love children and enjoy spending time with the energetic little ones. They are so very pure and innocent. My heart overflows with joy when I see children who speak more than one language. Their talents and learning capability amazes me!

I was born in Hong Kong. At the age of 10, my family and I immigrated to San Francisco, California. Due to the length of time I have spent in the US, many people suspect that I am a “half-ABC” (American Born Chinese). I would not disagree, especially on the cultural levels. Growing up, I was surrounded by other native Chinese speakers and did not meet my first native English speaking friend until college. It was such an asset to grow up with so many other Chinese speakers who continually helped me to improve my spoken and written Chinese. In my leisure, I like to travel, do jigsaw puzzles, and spend time with friends and family. I spend most of my weekends at church where I serve joyfully. I have a BA in Liberal Studies and received a Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My passion lies in working with children. Prior to joining the Chinese Immersion School, I worked as a Children’s Ministry Director and as a Chinese Bilingual teacher in SFUSD. I am now very eager to begin my work at Chinese Immersion School and am ready for a fruitful school year!

STELLA LAU - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful, energetic, and life fulfilling team! I am very excited!

I am a first-born child to Chinese immigrants who migrated to San Francisco. My parents did not want me or my siblings to lose our Chinese identity while growing up in America. They believe knowing the language is being part of who we are as Chinese people. We were enrolled in Saturday Chinese school and every time we got home, EVERYTHING was in Chinese, including the television shows we watched! This tactic worked out for my brothers and I because we are all dual language speakers.

I am a product of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD); I went to Garfield Elementary, Marina Middle School, and Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. I attended California State University, Hayward (now known as Eastbay), and graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. Why Liberal Studies? I once tutored middle school students afterschool and they told me I would be a good teacher, because I was patient and I made learning fun. Believe it or not, I took their statement literally!

I volunteered at Chinese Education Center Elementary School (CEC) during 2002-2004. I read and tutored small groups of students. Through 2004-2006, I was a CBET Site Coordinator, a program offered by SFUSD to provide a certificated teacher to teach parents English. And in the beginning of 2006, I decided to become an elementary substitute teacher for SFUSD. I have substituted at many locations in the district. Since subbing, my passion to become a classroom teacher urged me to enter the credential program.

I graduated from the San Francisco State University Credential Program with a Cantonese Bilingual Credential in December 2009. While in the program, I taught students with Mrs. Miriam Fong and Mrs. Jennie Lee. Mrs. Miriam Fong is a teacher at CEC, an elementary school for Asian new comer students to learn survival English for a year. This program is to prevent these specific students from culture and language shock once they immigrate to the United States. I used Cantonese to teach English to the students. Mrs. Jennie Lee is a teacher at West Portal Elementary School. She is a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher for West Portal’s Chinese Immersion Program. I was able to learn the ins and outs of the immersion program.
 

AIMEE YU - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

I am a native Chinese speaker born in Hong Kong.  In 1982, I immigrated to the United States with my family.  In addition to learning English as a Second Language, I was able to continue my Chinese Language development after school at St. Mary’s Chinese School in San Francisco, Chinatown.  I have been a primary grade teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for 13 years. During those years, I taught in both Chinese Bilingual and English Language Development classrooms at Cesar Chavez School in the Mission District.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling with my friends, and playing a Chinese musical instrument call the guzheng.  I find that these activities help to rejuvenate and energize me.   

I  look forward each year to this exciting and challenging professional opportunity at Chinese Immersion School to teach Chinese and work closely with the staff and parents to help build a successful immersion program so our students will become bilingual and biliterate individuals.

  1. Parents can talk to me in person or call me after school (NOT during school hours please!),
  2. Write me a note and I'll return your call at a more convenient time, or
  3. Email me at my district email

Lydia Tang - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

Greetings to All!

 

I am very happy to join the amazing CIS family this fall. As many of you know, Aimee Yu recently gave birth to a baby, and will be returning back to CIS in January. While she is raising her newborn, I will be leading English instruction for her 1st graders and Ms. Ma’s second graders. As I take on this role, I will be working closely with the first and second grade team, who have already been incredibly supportive to helping me get on board for the school year. I can already see and feel the passion and that the entire team of teachers, staff and parents at CIS have for this school community, and I am very grateful to be a part of it all. There is no doubt in my mind that CIS is a special place to learn and grow, and as the school year unfolds, I look forward to meeting and getting to know many of you!

 

Prior to coming to CIS, I was a third grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary during the first half of the 2015-2016 school year, as I was covering for a teacher who was on maternity leave. For the second half of the school year, I took the time to be a substitute teacher in classrooms around the city. Then over the summer, I was a fourth and fifth grade teacher for the YMCA in Chinatown. Every opportunity I had to work with kids has been an adventure, and has left me more passionate to be an educator.

 

To share with you a little bit about me, I enjoy spending time with family and friends when I am not working, as well as dragon boating with my teammates on Lake Merced. My favorite movie of all time is The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and it would be extraordinary to get to travel to New Zealand one day. In the meantime, I love exploring the California Coast. There is so much beauty around us, and I feel very thankful to be able to call the Bay Area my home.