Chinese Immersion School at De Avila

2nd Grade Teachers


I am the youngest of four and was born and raised in San Francisco. I went to Daniel Webster Elementary School, Francisco Middle School and Galileo Academy of Science and Technolo- gy. Furthermore, I went to Central Chinese High School in America five days a week right after regular school. I attended the University of California, Davis and graduated with a BA in Human Development as well as a minor in Education.

I have a passion for teaching and have always wanted to educate young students. I have worked with infants, toddlers and preschool children. I had the wonderful opportunity to work in West Portal Elementary School’s GLO program and as an intern at West Portal Elementary School’s Chinese Immersion Program where I was able to learn and gain many valuable lessons.

I enjoy watching Korean shows and am really interested in the Korean culture. I like to learn to new languages. In my free time I like staying at home, listening to music, watching television and relaxing!


Greetings to you!  I am Sandy Ma, one of the second grade teachers.  I am a native Chinese speaker born in Macao.  In 1996, my family and I immigrated to California.  Being a Chinese immigrant, I was and still am proud to speak dual languages.  After teaching many years at a Chinese school and tutor center, my passion of sharing and educating the new generations in Chinese language and culture has developed.  It also brings me joy to work with children and to be a part of their growth.

After I graduated from Concordia University of Irvine and got my teaching credential from San Francisco State University, I was ready to start my teaching career.  This is my third year of teaching as a classroom teacher.  I have taught 2nd grade and kindergarten classes at a private school for the previous years.  However, teaching Chinese has always been my dream.  I am blessed to be able to each in Chinese Immersion School. If you need to contact me, please choose one of the following options:

  1. Email me
  2. Write me a note and I will reply to you either through email or phone.
  3. Parents can talk to me in person or call me through the school number after school.

I am looking forward to working closely with you and your children as they continue in their learning journey.


Hi, my name is Janet Yu and I’m a new teacher at Chinese Immersion School. I am very happy to be here and be able to teach Chinese.  I believe being bilingual will help the children in their future aspirations. I was born and raised in San Francisco and my mother insisted that I go to Chinese school. I’m glad she did because now I love learning languages. In college I double majored in Human Development and Mandarin. Now I can speak three dialects of Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Toysan). Before becoming a teacher I worked in after school programs and found myself enjoying the creativity behind teaching and creating lesson plans that were meaningful and fun. I especially enjoy teaching reading and writing. That passion has only grown since then. I hope to continue to make a difference in students’ lives and help them love learning as much as much as I love teaching.