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Mrs. Sandy Yang

TK Dual

I was born and raised in Taiwan and immigrated to the US in 2008. I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at UCSD and Bilingual Authorization at UCLA. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Chinese Literature, and a Master's degree in Literature from Taiwan. Prior to coming to the U.S., I taught Mandarin and English for several years ata public elementary schools in my hometown, Taiwan. I currently live with my husband and two lovely children in San Dimas. I love teaching because I love making learning a language fun for younger children. I am so proud to work with amazing students at Mesa. 

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Ms. Angela Munoz

Kindergarten Dual

Being a teacher holds a very special place ni my heart.  My mom worked in a Kindergarten classroom for over 25 years. I volunteered many hours in her class and from that moment on, I knew this was my path! I loved working with the kids, helping them learn, and seeing their bright smiles every day.

I am currently the Dual Immersion Kindergarten English teacher. This marks my 6th year teaching for Covina-Valley Unified School District. I’ve taught Kindergarten here at Mesa for the past 5 years, and this is my 4th year as part of the Dual Immersion Program.

I am a proud alumni of the University of La Verne.  In 2011, I graduated Cum Laude receiving a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Human Development.  In 2014, I earned my Master's degree in Education.

I believe in creating a great, students-teacher-parent connection, which promotes a positive learning environment.  I strive to incorporate differentiated learning styles in my instruction, provide engaging material that makes learning fun, and create everlasting bonds amongst classmates and families.

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Ms. Lilu Li

Kindergarten Dual

I was born in Mainland China, where I completed by K-12 education and earned by Bachelor's and Master's degree.  I obtained by Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.  I am also Bilingual authorized by the state of California.  I have been teaching Kindergarten in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program since 2016.  I am a strong advocate of Learning Through Play and Project Based Learning.  I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, drawing, and playing musical instruments in my spare time.  

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Ms. Cathy Liegler

1st Grade Dual

I have been teaching for 28 years in Covina Valley Unified School District.  I taught for 23 years at Lark Ellen Elementary until it closed.  This is my fifth year teaching at Mesa.  This is my second year teaching in the Dual Language Program.  I have taught 3rd grade, 1st grade, Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten, and combinations of these grades.  I am excited to be teaching in-person again this year  and enjoy working in the garden, playing with my pets, and going on adventures with my son.  

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Ms. Vicky Wong

1st Grade Dual

I have been an English Language Teacher for 17 years- 6 years in College, 7 years in Youth and Children Center, 3 years in Canada teaching new immigrants. Having a comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture and history, I enjoy sharing Chinese culture with people from diverse backgrounds.  

 

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Mr. Brandon Gilden

2nd Grade Dual

I enjoy traveling and hanging out with smart people, like my friend Albert Einstein and all the wonderful students I’ve had the honor of teaching throughout my 22 + years at Mesa. Some of my hobbies are fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, camping and off-roading. I also love to play and watch most sports. 

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Ms. Vivian Ma

3rd Grade Dual

Hi there! This will be my first year teaching 3rd grade dual at Mesa! I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with my Bachelor’s in Education, and from the University of Southern California with my Master’s in Teaching. Some of my hobbies include trying out new food places, traveling, reading, and exercising. I am beyond excited to begin my journey here and support your children in all aspects of their growth!

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Ms. Linda Wu

3rd Grade Dual

Hello!  I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year.  This will be my 7th year teaching, 3rd at Mesa.  I attended Cal Poly Pomona.  Teaching has been a dream of mine since I was very young.  Let’s work together and make this year a wonderful and exciting year!

A few of my favorite things…Traveling, Disney, green tea, Target, books, movies, and music.

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Mrs. Christine Guzman

4th Grade Dual

I'm Mrs. Guzman, this is my first year with the dual language Mandarin program and my 9th year teaching. My teaching approach is all about making learning hands-on and transforming content into memorable experiences for my students. I take pride in fostering a warm and inclusive classroom environment where students collaborate on projects and learn from one another. Outside the classroom, you'll find me spending time with my family and embarking on exciting adventures on tropical beaches.

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Ms. Yumi Lin

4th Grade Dual

Hello! 你好 I am super excited to be teaching 4th grade dual immersion here at Mesa! 

Learning a new language can be challenging but my goal is to make it fun and exciting for all of my students using various strategies to help them reach their highest potential.

My interests include traveling and visiting new cafes! 

It is very nice to meet everyone! :)

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Mr. Gary Shea

5th Grade Dual 

Hello! I am delighted to be a part of the dual immersion team here at Mesa.  Learning two languages at once can prove to be challenging. My goal is to make the process fun and engaging. A few of my hobbies are line dancing, playing chess, riding my motorcycle, traveling, and trying new things (food, coffee, tea etc). 
Let's work together to have an unforgettable year!