Cornerstone Chinese Immersion Program
Pre-5th Grade, After School Program, Summer Camp


Ms. Helen Wong is the former, founding Principal, Head of the Chinese Program, Chinese teacher at Wellspring International School. Previously, she worked for Yew Chung International School Hong Kong and Silicon Valley for 13 years serving as a teacher, Head of Chinese and Vice Principal. Ms. Helen Wong taught at Jinguang Elementary School, Fu Jian before she immigrated to Hong Kong. Ms. Wong has taught students from preschool age to high school in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the U.S.
Ms. Helen Wong holds a bachelor degree in education from Hong Kong Baptist University and a master degree in Chinese from San Francisco State University. She is studying her Ed.D from University of San Francisco.


Ms. Gaya Gao completed her master degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in teaching Chinese. Ms. Gao has four years of Chinese teaching experience in the United States. Her speciality is preschool age and lower elementary age students. Ms. Gao is a current member of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA), University of Pittsburgh Council of Graduate Student of Education (CGSE) and the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS).


Mr. Haiqiang Chen graduated from San Francisco State University with his Master’s degree in Education, concentrating in teaching Chinese as a second language. Before coming to the United States, Mr. Chen was a qualified Chinese teacher in China. He has 18 years’ teaching experience in teaching students individually, or in regular classes. Mr. Chen is an experienced, self-motivated, confident and open-minded teacher.


Ms. Fong earned her Bachelor’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and majored in Education and Psychology at Cambridge College in Massachusetts. She is an experienced educator teaching Chinese from preschool students to adult and has been in the education field since 1993 in Hong Kong, Boston and California. She worked as a Chinese Language Teacher in Government Elementary School, Hong Kong before she immigrated to the United States. She also worked as a Director in Beijing Language Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Believing in fact that success comes from effort and motivation, and everyone can be successful; she always gives her full effort dedicated to teaching her students. She has a Teaching Certificate from Beijing Language University specializing in teaching Chinese as second language. She also received the Mandarin Chinese Trainer Certificate from both the Hong Kong Baptist University and Beijing Normal University. She passed the California Subject Examinations for Mandarin Chinese Teacher.


Ms. Zhang is a passionate and creative Chinese teacher. She got a bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Zhejiang University, China. Additionally, she worked in the biggest foreign language training institute, the New Oriental School in Hangzhou while she was in college. She obtained a master’s degree in Chinese program of San Francisco State University and worked in the Confucius Institute at SFSU. She has taught students for various ages in the bay area for two years. Ms. Zhang provides an enjoyable learning experience and helps students build a bridge to connect two different cultures through integrating the Chinese Language and its cultural background.


Ms. Yiwen Cheng graduated from the University of Shanghai Donghai where she earned her teaching degree in 2007 with a focus on arts education. After graduation, she spent two years teaching Chinese in Xiangyi Municipal Kindergarten in Shanghai. Ms. Cheng moved to the United States in 2009 and she continued to teach Chinese to local students. She joined CLF in 2013, and her warmth and intuitive connection with young children allows them to thrive in a nurturing environment. Her classroom incorporates her experience of the arts with the teaching curriculum. Ms. Yiwen is currently enrolled in the Early Child Education program at a local college, where she continues to improve her teaching skills.


Angel Hu graduated from Hubei University of Education in China and obtained her Chinese teacher certificate in 2007. Angel has been a Sunday school Chinese teacher since 2009. Angel's specialty is preschool aged and lower elementary aged students.

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Ms. Liu graduated from Xi’an International Studies University, majored in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and she earned her Master’s degree in Education from Texas A&M University, USA. Ms. Liu recently moved to California. Before joining Cornerstone, Ms. Liu worked as an elementary language teacher in a Chinese Immersion Program in Texas for three years.

Ms. Liu makes great efforts to get to know each individual student and their learning style.  By doing this, she adjusts her teaching approach to meet the academic needs of every student. To empower her students with their language learning, Ms. Liu proactively creates a challenging, enjoyable, and caring classroom environment.

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Ms. Huang graduated from the National Taipei University Taiwan. She has been involved the education field in Silicon Valley as a teacher, manager and an organizer since 2000. Her previous roles have included designing and producing curriculums and supervising educational programs for the local community.   Ms. Huang completed her Chinese Language Teacher’s training program in 2007. Additionally, from 2009 to 2012 she participated in the The Overseas Cultural and Traditional Arts Teacher Training Program and received the Hero Award in 2012.  Her focus has been on teaching students from Kindergarten to the 5th grade.

One of Ms. Huang’s specialties is art/crafts and the facilitation of creative activities in the teaching plan.   She integrates Chinese cultural and art elements into her programs as a learning tool.  Her particular strength is making learning fun and enjoyable. Lastly, Ms. Huang enjoys an open line of communication with her students’ parents.


Ms. Fu majored in Chinese Linguistics andLiteratures at Shenyang Normal University in China. She earned her MA inTeaching Second Language at California State University, East Bay. Ms. Fujoined in CLF in 2015. She has a strong interest in teaching Chinese, and wantsto create knowledgeable and vivid learning environments in her class. Ms. Funot only tries her best to improve her students’ reading, speaking, listening,and writing skills, but also strives to motivate them into becoming life longlearners.


Mr.Frank Yang has been teaching Chinese at all levels in China, UK, and US tostudents from various backgrounds for over 20 years. He is a teacher with enthusiasm,experience, and solid knowledge of Chinese language and culture. Hisstudent-centered teaching emphasizes engagement by promoting activeparticipation and constant interaction in an encouraging, conductive, andenjoyable environment.

Mr.Yang earned his MA in Modern Chinese at Beijing Normal University and BA in ChineseLanguage and Literature at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Hewas certified by China’s Department of Education to teach Chinese as a ForeignLanguage.

Besidesteaching, Mr. Yang also enjoys spending time with family, reading, listening music,and sports.

Ms. Jinyi Li has two masters degrees- one in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa and one in Developmental Psychology from Hunan Normal University. With a strong passion for teaching language to children and 6 years of teaching experience in China, she is excited to help develop your child's Chinese skills in Cornerstone Learning Foundation.


Mrs. Wency Toriyama is excited to be joining Cornerstone Learning Foundation as an English teacher to the new full day program.  She was born and raised in the Bay Area.  Wency obtained her bachelors degree from UC Irvine and her Multiple Subject and Special Education teaching credentials from National University.  Her teaching career began with educating fourth graders in Newhall School District. Wency then joined Bullis Charter School as a Kindergarten teacher, Mandarin Specialist and an associate teacher working primarily with first and Kindergarten grade levels after she moved back to the Bay Area. Wency believes learning should be a life long pursuit and her role as a teacher is to make continuous improvements to maintain enjoyable lessons for her students.  When not teaching, Wency enjoys going on day trips in the Bay Area with her family.  She has a creative 6-year-old daughter and an energetic 4-year-old son.


Mr. Dai graduated from Yang Zhou University in China. He moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to continue his education through the State Universtity of San Francisco. Mr. Dai joined Cornerstone Learning Foundation in June, 2015. Mr. Dai devotes himself to the excellence of education. Mr. Dai's caring personality and his dedication and talent makes his class a welcoming and stimulating learning environment for his students.


Ms. Chen majored in Chinese Linguistics and Literature at Hefei Normal University, and earned her Master’s degree in Chinese Philology from Shanghai Normal University.  Ms. Chen obtained her Chinese Teaching Certificate in 2011.  She has taught  in one of the biggest public elementary schools in Shanghai before joining Cornerstone. Ms. Chen committs to make every her lesson interesting, exciting and meaningful. In her spare time, she likes to do yoga, jog, and play badminton.

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Ms. Liu is a certified in teaching Chinese as a second language. She came from Shandong, which is well-known as the birthplace of Confucius and Chinese public education. She holds a B.A. degree in Chinese Language  Education. After graduation, she traveled to multiple places in China and abroad to teach and promote Mandarin and eventually settled down here in California. Ms. Liu believes in happy learning, curious learning and is devoted to teaching. She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband. She loves swimming, hiking, reading.


Ms. Han comes from Chongqing, China and has obtained her Master degree in Applied Psychology from Southwest University, China, and her second Master degree in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston. Ms. Han has taught the upper elementary classes since she joined Cornerstone in 2015.  Ms. Han enjoys cooking and sightseeing in her spare time.


Ms. Shuang Liu graduated from San Jose State University with major in Child and Adolescent development. She has worked in preschool and elementary settings in China and local elementary school before joining Cornerstone.  She makes great effort into knowing her students. She always adjusts her curriculum, content, pace and pedagogy to tap into every student’s need and interests. Ms. Liu loves Chinese traditional dance and singing.

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Ms. Lai graduated from Guangdong University of Education in Guangzhou, China. She has been continuing her study since she moved to the Bay Area, which is focused on Early Childhood Education. Ms. Lai joined Cornerstone in January 2018, her passion and commitment toward high quality education are reflected on her daily interaction with young children, parents and professional training at Cornerstone Learning Foundation.