Bay Area Language Immersion Schools
Whitney is a tenured Reading instructor at West Valley College where she serves as Reading Department Chair, Academic Senate Representative, and Student Success Coordinator. She has a M.F.A in Film Production from Ohio University and a M.A. in English Composition with a Certificate in the Teaching of Post-Secondary Reading from San Francisco State University. Her graduate studies at San Francisco State focused on the theory and pedagogy of teaching college-level reading and writing. As Reading Department Chair, she has been in charge of writing and revising curriculum as well as hiring and mentoring Reading instructors. As Student Success Coordinator, she the faculty leader for the campus implementation of CA Senate Bill 1456, the Student Success Act of 2012. Whitney is a Bay Area native who values and celebrates the diversity of the Silicon Valley, particularly in terms of culture, food, the arts, and innovative thinking. While Whitney and her husband are both monolingual English speakers, they want and value language education for their twin daughters because it promotes cognitive development and cultural awareness in addition to developing practical life skills.
Dr. Felicity Miao is one of the lead petitioners and heads the Wei Yu team of Founding Parents and volunteers. She brings to the Wei Yu team tremendous knowledge of the chartering process plus an extensive network of Mandarin immersion experts, charter school advocates, and educational consultants. She holds a BA in psychology from Stanford University and a PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia. Beyond her charter school knowledge, Felicity's expertise is in cultural similarities and differences in psychological well-being and has had her work published in top social psychology journals. Felicity grew up in Hong Kong learning English at school and Chinese at home in order to fulfill her parent’s dream of growing up bilingual. She has the same dream for her sons and firmly believes that immersion is the best approach for achieving bilingualism and biliteracy. Felicity speaks and writes Cantonese, English, and Mandarin fluently.
Roy R. Stanley is a principal and founder of Wilkerson Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation; a Business and Employment Law firm located in Oakland CA. Mr. Stanley is a Graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and Current Past President of the Santa Clara University School of Law Alumni Board. Upon admission to Santa Clara Mr. Stanley was awarded one of four dean’s fellowships. Prior to entering Santa Clara University, Mr. Stanley attended University of California at Davis and was awarded a Bradford Borge Fellowship in Analytical Chemistry. Prior to his study at the University of California; Mr. Stanley earned an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University of Louisiana.
After graduating from Santa Clara University, Mr. Stanley began his legal career at Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Serving as In-House Counsel from 2006 – 2014. Earlier this year Mr. Stanley founded his own boutique law firm specializing in Business Litigation , Business transactions, Civil litigation and Construction Law.
Jun Dong is a manager of engineering in a semiconductor company. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai JiaoTong University. He has been working in the high tech industry for more than 17 years, working for different companies in China, Japan, and USA as well as in engineering, marketing, and business planning. He has experience leading and managing large teams to complete tasks such as business training, software development, and ASIC chip tape out. He is a mainland-born Chinese who values traditional Chinese culture, language learning, and is especially passionate about early childhood language acquisition. He believes learning Chinese characters gives children’s brain a completely different type of training that brings tremendous benefit to children. He promotes bringing diverse cultures to children’s learning environment.
Tom is the Avram Goldstein Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and of Neurology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. A German native, Thomas was born in Göttingen, and a graduate of the Hanover Waldorf School. He obtained his MD and doctoral degrees from the University of Göttingen. After postdoctoral training with Drs. Mike Brown and Joe Goldstein (recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1985), Thomas became an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an assistant professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He moved to Stanford University in 2008. Thomas’ seminal contributions to neuroscience research were recognized by several prizes, including the U.S. National Academy Award in Molecular Biology, the Kavli Prize, the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013. Influenced by his early education in the Waldolf school, Thomas is a firm believer of play-based education that inspires creativity and promotes artistic expression and social capacity.