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Celia Yu, School Secretary

Dear Families and Guardians,

Hello! My name is Celia Yu and I’m going to be your new secretary at CIS. I have been hearing a lot of great things about the school, the staff and I’m so excited that I will be part of this amazing team.

I immigrated to the U.S when I was a teenager and I am able to speak and write fluently in both Cantonese and Mandarin. I have been working with children since my early college life, with experience in different school settings and children from different age groups, such as Chinese School, tutoring and babysitting. After completing my bachelor degree in Child & Adolescent Development and minor in Special Education, I worked as a preschool teacher for more than 10 years. It is exciting to meet some of my past students from preschool who are now studying in CIS. I always have a passion in working with children and their families. I enjoy seeing them grow day by day and it is the most precious thing in my life.

I look forward to working with the CIS team and to serve the students and their families. I can’t wait to meet everyone.  

親愛的家長及監護人,

您們好!我的名字叫Celia Yu,我將會是廣東話中文沉浸學校的新一任學校秘書。我一直以來都有聽到外界對這所學校和各教職員的種種讚賞,我深感興奮我將能夠成為其中一員。

我十多歲時與家人從香港移民到美國,所以我能夠流利的去讀寫廣東話及國語。我從大學開始就一直在不同的範疇裡從事有關不同年紀的幼教工作,例如在中文學校任教、補習導師及保姆的工作。我在大學裡完成主修幼兒及青少年發展及副修特殊教育的學位後,我一直在學前班任教十年多。 我很高興能在廣東話中文沉浸學校裡,重遇我從前的學生。一直以來我對於服務兒童及其家庭都有著濃厚的興趣及有一份使命感。我十分享受每天看著小朋友一天一天的成長,我相信這是我人生其中一件最珍貴的事。

我十分期待與學校的各教職員工作及去服務每位學生和其家庭。我萬分期待與大家見面。

 

Karen Tai, nurse/counselor

It has been a privilege and one of the most rewarding experiences of my career to work at Chinese Immersion School.  We have grown from 80 students in 2009 to now almost 400 students.  I cannot believe we will be celebrating our ten-year anniversary next year!  I feel that I was one of the fortunate ones to be part of its inception.  It seems like only yesterday that I first started at CIS; my daughter was then in Menlo high school and now she is in her last year of law school at Stanford.

I look forward coming to school every day to work with children and their families, as well as our principal, teachers and staff in supporting physical health and social-emotional wellness in the classrooms and school-wide activities.  I am deeply grateful for the generosity of CIS parents’ fundraising in complementing the District’s funding so that the school could expand my role to a full-time position six years ago.  It requires a partnership of the school and the family to raise and nurture a child.  It is thus my hope that every one of our students will be physically, emotionally, socially and academically prepared when they leave CIS.  It truly takes a village!  During my school years, my teachers and the dedicated staff were some of my greatest mentors.

Like some of our staff, I was born in Hong Kong. I then immigrated to Canada, where I received my first nursing degree from McMaster University, before settling here in the Bay Area. I have always been passionate about working with diverse communities and their children, through first working in the public health department and the inner city schools in Toronto.  This experience inspired me to further my education in public health and later obtain a school nurse credential in California.  

In my spare time, my husband and I, even my daughter enjoy traveling and trying different cuisines, especially new seafood dishes.  My goal is to one day reach all seven continents!

I am honored and excited to be part of this community dedicated to the educational success and overall well-being of your child.  I welcome open communication with parents; please feel free to leave me a message in my mailbox at the school or contact me through the district email.