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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. Maggie Li

1st grade Dual

I am born and raised in China and am fluent in both Mandarin and English.  I received my Bachelors of Arts in English-Chinese translation in China and a Masters of Arts in Education (ESL) and my credentials in the U.S. I have been teaching in a Mandarin immersion program since 2015.  I have been the 1st grade Mandarin teacher here at Mesa since 2018.  

I am a lifelong learner and particularly love to attend different conferences and trainings.  I have also been a Presenter at the National Chinese Language Conference in 2018.  I am also a mom of a toddler girl as well! :)

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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. Jane Lan

2nd grade Dual

With 13 years of experience teaching a second language at the K-12 level in China and the United States, teaching has become my passion. As an educator, I believe all students can learn and I want to help them meet their fullest potential by providing a safe, risk-taking, and collaborative environment. My teaching style is very adaptable. I enjoy using various strategies to interact with students in the classroom setting and I always try my best to adjust my teaching to best suit the needs of all my students.

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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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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! :)