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Alice Woodman-Russell

7th & 8th Grade English and Social Studies Teacher

Location: 888 Turk Street

  • B.A. in French, Wesleyan University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Wesleyan University

BEGAN AT CAIS: 2014

Ms. Woodman-Russell brings a passion for cultivating “an unflappable love of learning” in students. She has a proven track record of making students feel known and valued, which is especially key for connecting with and motivating middle schoolers. In addition to holding bachelor’s degree in French and psychology from Wesleyan University, Ms. Woodman-Russell has deepened her tools and frameworks with training in Developmental Designs, mindfulness, project-based learning, iPad integration, differentiation and leadership. Ms. Woodman-Russell came to CAIS from San Francisco Day School, where she taught differentiated lessons in reading, writing, social studies, and math. In addition, she designed and taught test preparation courses for eighth grade students.

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Warren Wright

School Library Media Specialist

Location: 150 Oak Street

Work Phone: (415) 865-6014

  • MLIS SJSU
  • BA Religious Studies UCSB

BEGAN AT CAIS 1992

Mr. Wright started working at CAIS in 1992. He has been the library media specialist for most of that time. He helps Preschool-5th grade teachers get teaching materials, and meets with K and 1st grade students for classes. He studied Chinese at UC Santa Barbara, Hong Kong Chinese University, and the Normal University language center in Taiwan. He has a BA in Religious Studies from UCSB, and an AA in library science from SF City College. He took all the classes for a BCLAD from SF State. He received an MLIS from San Jose State. He loves to hike in the woods and drink tea at home.

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Waresa Hu

Second Grade Red/Gold English Teacher

Location: 150 Oak Street

Began at CAIS 2022

While Ms. Reid is on maternity leave through late October, we are so pleased to have Ms. Hu step into the lead teacher role. Following Ms. Reid’s return, Ms. Hu will continue with second grade as English Teaching Associate. A San Francisco native, she graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Digital Arts. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching Reading with Credential at USF and will be graduating in May 2023. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, biking, and hula hooping.

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徐明皎 Mingjiao “Lizzie” Xu

Fourth Grade Bilingual Teaching Associate

Location: 150 Oak Street

Began at CAIS 2022

Mingjiao Xu is from Shenzhen but originally was born in one of the biggest panda reserve areas in China and home of the hotpot–Sichuan province. She is very excited to work at CAIS and looks forward to meeting all colleagues, students, and parents. At the same time, she is curious about the difference in the education methodology and school culture. In her free time, water sports and hiking are her biggest passions. 

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Yanmei Yang

Kindergarten Red/Gold Lead Chinese Teacher

Location: 150 Oak Street

  • Majored in Children’s Education, Beijing Professional College

BEGAN AT CAIS 1999

With a wellspring of enthusiasm, Yang Laoshi gets children singing and smiling their way through the day. An alumni parent herself (Aaron ’07), Yang Laoshi has been teaching kindergarten at CAIS since 1999. Originally from Beijing, Yanmei also taught Kindergarten for over ten years in her hometown upon graduation with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves singing and dancing, and her hobbies include gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

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杨炜雯 Weiwen Yang

K-3rd Chinese Language Specialist

Location: 150 Oak Street

BEGAN AT CAIS 1999

We are celebrating Yang Laoshi’s 22nd year educating and supporting students at CAIS. Prior to joining CAIS, Yang Laoshi served as editor for the Taiwanese National Math Curriculum and as math master teacher and consultant for the Taiwan Province. She continues to bring her expertise not only to her classroom, but to her peers as well.

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Kai Jie (Henry) Ye

Chinese Program Assistant

Location: 150 Oak Street

BEGAN AT CAIS: 2014

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Ada Yu

Kindergarten Red/Gold English Teaching Associate

Location: 150 Oak Street

  • B.S. in Developmental Psychology, University of California, San Diego

BEGAN AT CAIS 2021

Ms. Yu is excited to begin her first year at CAIS as an English Teaching Associate. She recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a B.S. in Developmental Psychology and minors in Education Studies and Cognitive Science. She has experience working as a teaching assistant for classrooms ranging from preschool to 5th grade. She’s excited to help create a welcoming and inclusive learning environment, and can’t wait to create fun memories with the students! When not in the classroom, she loves taking film pictures, drinking boba, and painting!

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Annie Yu

Information Technology Manager

Location: 150 Oak Street

Began at CAIS 2014

See School Spotlight—Annie Yu

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Daisy Yu

Front Desk Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Location: 150 Oak Street

BEGAN at CAIS: 2019

Daisy Yu speaks fluent Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, and English. She grew up in China, and immigrated to the United States 10 years ago. This year is her third year in CAIS and she is in her third year of college. Her major is Childhood and Adolescent Development. As she explains, “This job has given me a lot of experience in working with kids. I had been working in the Afterschool program, and this inspired me to continue working with children. I am looking forward to continuing my journey at CAIS.”