About CAIS

Faculty & Staff Directory


Julie Y. Chu

Preschool Float Teacher

Location: 42/52 Waller Street

Began at CAIS in 2001

This is Chu Laoshi’s 22nd year working at CAIS. She loves the CAIS community and loves to play with the children. By playing with them she learns about their personalities and the uniqueness of each child. She is looking forward to another fun and exciting school year.


Mami Chun-Takahara

Kindergarten–Fourth Grade Counselor

Location: 150 Oak Street

  • M.A. in School Counseling, University of San Diego


Miss T. is originally from Japan, but spent about 10 years of her childhood in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Guangzhou. She went to undergrad in Tokyo and spent a year at University College London to study Development Studies and International Relations. In 2021 she moved from San Diego where she graduated from a master’s program in School Counseling at the University of San Diego (USD). She loves all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking and biking, loves playing and watching sports, loves eating all different types of delicious food, and loves going to a dog park with my pug. She is excited to be part of this amazing community at CAIS and teach little ones to embrace their uniqueness and individuality!


Connie Clark

English Language Specialist Second–Fifth Grade

Location: 150 Oak Street

  • B.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Began at CAIS in 2013

Originally from the Midwest, Ms. Clark graduated from Cal with a B.A. in Anthropology. After working in China as a tour guide for American medical professionals, she returned to Berkeley and pursued a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology. Before joining CAIS, she was the learning center director at Immaculate Conception High School in the Mission. Ms. Clark lives in San Francisco with her son and husband, and her beloved, ancient chocolate lab!

Favorite quote (Victor Hugo): “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”


(John) Jack Crow

7th & 8th Grade English Teacher

Location: 888 Campus

  • M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, San Francisco State University
  • B.A. in History, San Francisco State University

Second Tenure began at CAIS in 2015

Veteran CAIS teacher Mr. Crow studied history, French and theater as an undergraduate before completing his master’s degree in applied linguistics and teaching English as a second language (ESL) at St. Mary’s College, UC Berkeley, and Golden Gate University. Living abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Tokyo, Japan, he continued teaching English to young adults intent on matriculating into English language universities. Building on his theater background and professional development at the Broadway Teachers Workshop in NYC, Mr. Crow has directed two musicals at our 888 Campus. He is a certified yoga instructor, avid actor, long distance biker, trumpet player and enthusiastic vocalist.


Michele Douglass

Physical Education Teacher Kindergarten–Fourth Grade

Location: 150 Oak Street

  • M.S. in Sport Psychology
  • B.S. from West Chester University

Began at CAIS in 2004

Coach Douglass joined the CAIS community in 2004 as a physical education teacher for grades K-8. She is originally from Maine and returns to Maine every summer. She served in the United States Airforce before receiving a B.S. degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and completed her M.S. degree in Sport Psychology in the East Bay. She is passionate about physical activity and feels fortunate to be able to share her passion with children. Some of her favorite activities are running, skiing and mountain biking. It is her belief that physical education can be used for much more than teaching sports. It provides students an opportunity to use games for self expression, cooperation, confidence, cooperation, health, and wellness.


Genny Elias-Warren

7th/8th Grade Science Teacher

Location: 888 Campus


Julie Farrell

Global Learning Coordinator

Location: 888 Campus

Began at CAIS in 2020

Ms. Julie Farrell fell in love with China on her first trip as a high school student and enrolled in Mandarin classes immediately upon return. Her passion for Chinese language continued well into college and beyond, amplified by language intensives with Middlebury College and the US Department of State. Ms. Farrell holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from New York University and an M.Sc. in Agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She spent several years working with NGOs across southwest China, supporting farmers in rebuilding robust sustainable food systems. She also served young learners as an experiential educator, developing school garden curriculums in Chinese public schools and designing courses in China and Taiwan for American high school, middle school, and college students. Ms. Farrell’s favorite place on earth is a rural kitchen. As a long time resident of Sichuan, she never turns down a spicy hot pot.


Ruiting Feng

Preschool Gold Teaching Associate

Location: 42/52 Waller Street

  • B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development, San Francisco State University

Began at CAIS in 2020

Ruiting was born and raised in China and has been in San Francisco for seven years. Her passion from early on has been for teaching, especially early childhood education and curriculum design. She studied Early Childhood Education at City College of San Francisco and then completed her BA in Child and Adolescent development with a focus on School Age Child and Family at San Francisco State University. Ruiting is honored to have graduated summa cumme laude in her class. Before joining the CAIS community, she taught at Bright Horizons, Presidio Knolls School, and Saint Anne Chinese School. She enjoys helping children learn to love learning, both in language acquisition and social emotional development. Ruiting’s hobbies include traveling, learning about others’ life stories, and discovering new cuisines. (Ruiting is also fluent in Cantonese.)


Daniel Fettinger

Director of Technology

Michigan State University

Serving as Director of Technology at CAIS since 2017, Daniel brings not only deep expertise but also a well-rounded, people-focused perspective to his work. In his nearly 30 years as a Software Engineer and in Senior Technology Leadership, he has built software and technology departments from startup to acquisition for multiple companies, including StubHub and TheFind. His work outside of traditional tech—as a children’s book author and also as a certified reiki master—informs his understanding not just of systems, but even more importantly, of the needs and expectations of the people who use them.

Penny Fisher

Administrative Assistant to Lower School Head

Location: 150 Oak Street

Began at CAIS 2022