Renascence School International
Mariela Burket, L4 & L5 Spanish Teacher
Mariela Burket was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She studied at UNIFE, where she received a bachelor's degree in Education and her Professional Title of Licentiate in Special Education. She completed a Post Graduate International Teaching course in Havana, Cuba. Mariela likes being a part of the children’s lives as they go through their early learning period. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and visiting her relatives and friends in Florida and Peru.
Patricia Perkins - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Spanish
Sonia Song - Panama City Renaissance School First Grade Teacher
Feiji (Helen) Chen, L4 & L5 Chinese Teacher

Ms. Chen has been an English teacher in China for seven years, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in International Trade. She then acquired her Montessori preschool teacher credential in the U.S. She has been working in Motessori preschool for four years. Ms. Chen also created and built the first Chinese Immersion Program in a preschool. She believes that every child has the ability to learn if given the opportunity, and ensures that she gives each child her best. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her kids.

Steven Chow, P.E. Teacher
Mr. Chow attended California State University in both Los Angeles and Long Beach. He has worked much of his career as a Graphic Designer. Mr. Chow has also held numerous positions, such as Teacher's Aide, English Conversation instructor, and Substitute Teacher in the Santa Ana and Tustin School Districts. Currently, he is the Education Center Director at the Boys and Girls Club in Tustin. Mr. Chow loves to teach about the importance of exercise and character building. Some of his hobbies are music, comic books and yard sales.
Patricia Perkins - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Spanish
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Courtney Gonzales, Preschool Director & L4 English Teacher
Courtney Gonzales has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fullerton in Child Development. She also has a child development site supervisor permit licensed through the state of California commission on teacher credentialing. Courtney has worked for years in the Fullerton Unified School District system and as a lead preschool teacher. She believes all children should be celebrated and seen as important. In her free time she enjoys the creative arts, such as painting, dancing, drawing and singing.
Colleen Kerrigan-Cox, L40 & L50 English
Colleen Kerrigan-Cox has taught English literature, grammar, and writing to high school students and to international students studying in the Intensive English Program at the University of California Irvine Extension. Mrs. Cox completed a double major at Stanford University, receiving her Bachelor’s degree with distinction in English and Human Biology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University and a California Secondary Teaching Credential. As the mother of three elementary age children, Mrs. Cox is keenly interested in early childhood and elementary education. She loves reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Victoria Zhiqin Wu - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Mandarin Language Arts, Math and Science
Minru Liu, L30 Science, L40 & L50 Math
Ms. Liu, is a native of Beijing, China. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and has a certificate for teaching Chinese as a second language. After working as a software engineer for eighteen years, Ms. Liu transitioned to teaching. She enjoys working with students of all ages, but finds teaching young students especially rewarding. In addition to math and science, Ms. Liu is firm believer in the importance of multi-lingual education.
Carrie Mizera, Executive Director
Carrie Mizera brings a blend of business acumen and a passion for education excellence to the Renascence School International Orange County. She was educated in the US and China and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.C., Irvine. In addition to working in the investment management field, she is the past President of the Orange County Chinese American Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Mizera believes learning is fun and is passionate about providing Orange County children with an education option that combines advanced academic and foreign language learning.
Victoria Zhiqin Wu - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Mandarin Language Arts, Math and Science
Victoria Zhiqin Wu - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Mandarin Language Arts, Math and Science
Thomas Mizera, Director of Admissions, Development Officer
Thomas Mizera has a background in business, finance and fundraising. He has degrees from the Talbot School of Theology and Biola University. Before joining Renascence School International Orange County, he served as Executive Vice President of China Source, a non-profit company that assists organizations with work in China. Mr. Mizera has experience teaching advanced students as well as students needing remediation. Mr. Mizera believes that schools that offer advanced academics and an international perspective are the wave of the future.
Yu (Raymond) Pang, L30, L40 & L50 Chinese
Mr. Pang received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Shandong University, one of the top universities in China. He has been in business with Europe for two decades, and received his Post Graduate degree in Business Management from the University of Foreign Economy and Trade in Beijing. After transferring to the teaching field, he received certification to be a Senior Grade Chinese Language Teacher from IPA in Utah. Mr. Pang loves to teach the Chinese language and culture and enjoys Chinese Taichi martial arts and calligraphy.
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Sarah Reed, L5 English Teacher, Enrichment Coordinator
Sarah Reed graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Her passion and love for children has led her to obtain certified training, allowing her to work with children suffering from deep emotional trauma. Over the years she has spent time in Mozambique and Uganda, working at schools, orphanages, shelters, and churches. Mrs. Reed has experience with children of all ages and backgrounds. She believes in stopping for the "one" and empowering a generation to live in their full potential. 
Maria Sanz, L10, L20, L30 & L40 Spanish Teacher
Maria Sanz, a native of Spain, has a bachelor´s degree in Childhood and Elementary Education from the University Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid. Her emphasis is in Special Education and she has a Master´s Degree in Journalism. She has been working in Kinder and elementary classrooms as a Spanish and Spanish as a Second Language teacher and enjoys being part of the children´s lives as they learn and grow. Ms. Sanz believes in trying to make learning fun and meaningful for her students. In her free time she loves to travel.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Yan Xiong, L10 Chinese, Math and ScienceTeacher & L20 Chinese Teacher
Ms. Xiong earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Literature and Education from Sichuan Normal University in China. She pursued her post bachelor study in California State University Long Beach where she received California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Chinese. Ms. Xiong enjoys teaching Chinese to the students of all different levels and backgrounds. And years of teaching experiences have developed in her love to help students find their strength and embrace their potential.
Florey (Fang) Yuan, L20 Math & Science Teacher & L30 Math Teacher
Ms. Yuan has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business Trade from Beijing Forestry University in Beijing, China. Upon her college graduation, she worked as a television program editor at China Central Television. Ms. Yuan then went on and received a Post Graduate Degree in Integrated Marketing from Hong Kong University. After moving to the States with her family, she attended California State University, Fullerton and received her second Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. Ms. Yuan gained experience teaching Chinese and Chinese arts and culture to the Foreign Service and Embassy Diplomat families in Beijing. She is currently attending school for early childhood education units in Saddleback College and is eager to pursue a passion for teaching children.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History