ORANGE COUNTY
Renascence School International
 
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Srta. Arciniega, L4 Spanish Teacher
Srta. Arciniega is currently working on completing her Associate of Arts degree at Santa Ana College and will be transferring to California State University of Fullerton in the near future. Srta. Arciniega has completed two internships in the district of Anaheim and has worked with children ever since she was in high school. Her passion is to support the success of children and families through early childhood education as well as being an advocate for those who do not have a voice. She is a proud mother of two beautiful girls and loves going to the beach, reading, and exploring new places with her family.
Sra. Burket, L5 Spanish Teacher
Sra. Burket was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Studying at Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón, in the La Molina District, Peru, 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. Sra. Burket 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
Sra. Cajal, L40, L50, L60 & L70 Spanish Teacher

Sra. Cajal was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Music Teaching and in Elementary Teaching in the Universidad de Alcala, where she also received her Master’s Degree in middle and high school music teaching. Her passions are teaching, traveling and languages. Sra. Cajal is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English. These passions made her participate and lead Cultural Projects with European Union programs in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain. Before coming to California, Sra. Cajal lived in Rome and moved to Utah to teach her mother language. Sra. Cajal believes we never stop learning, there is always something new to be discovered.

Cao Laoshi, L3 Chinese Teacher
Cao Laoshi was born and raised in Weihai, China. She eared her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development at Shandong Yingcai University. She received her early child education units from San Bernardino Valley College. Cao Laoshi has been working in the field of Childhood Education for the past 5 years. Her passion within the field of education is promoting the healthy development of children both physically and mentally. Cao Laoshi is a volunteer helping children with special needs and in the foster children ministry in her church. She enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her church family and her dog.
Patricia Perkins - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Spanish
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Ms. Casillas, L40, L50 & L60 Science Teacher
Ms. Casillas graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a major in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology and a minor in Chicana/o Studies. Ms. Casillas has completed an internship with UCLA Healthcare Extenders doing rounds with pediatric doctors and nurses. She has worked with children since high school and looks forward to continuing this in the future. Ms. Casillas hopes to apply and enter medical school and become a pediatrician. Her hobbies include reading, going to the beach, baking, volunteering at local clinics, and enjoying time with her family.
Chen Laoshi, L10 & L20 Science Teacher
Chen Laoshi received her Master's degree from Claremont Graduate University and has worked in the field of education for five years in Shanghai, China. She believes that learning can be both fun and creative. She also feels passionate in encouraging her students to use creativity in order to solve both real world problems and school tasks. Ms. Chen has a strong background in fine arts and she loves to help the kids explore science through multi-medium activities. In her free time, Ms. Chen loves to explore arts in different museums and volunteering her time in non-profit organizations.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Victoria Zhiqin Wu - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Mandarin Language Arts, Math and Science
Chen Laoshi, L5 Chinese & Math Teacher
Chen Laoshi 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 a Motessori preschool for four years. Chen Laoshi 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 Chen Laoshi enjoys traveling and spending time with her kids.
Mrs. Cox, L70, L80 & L90 English Teacher
Mrs. 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.
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
Ms. Davis, Preschool Coordinator
Ms. Davis grew up in Southern California and has 5 years of experience working in the field of Child Development. She has worked with children ranging from infants through age six. Ms. Davis believes that learning can be fun, and is invested in providing a loving, nourishing and positive environment for the students. She encourages children to express themselves through creative play, art, communication and more. Ms. Davis enjoys supporting her staff and students every day. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, hiking and exploring new places. You may also find her on Pinterest always looking for new ideas!
Mrs. Flournoy, L4 & L5 English Teacher
Mrs. Flournoy is a “third culture kid.” She was born in Brazil, and at age five her family became missionairies and moved to Mozambique. From her experiences here and abroad, she has seen how a nurturing and safe environment can encourage children to reach their full potential. Mrs. Flournoy received her Associate of Arts degree from Orange Coast College with an emphasis in Communication. She has since continued to study early childhood development to pursue a career as a preschool teacher. Mrs. Flournoy is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the next generation. She enjoys incorporating art and music in the classroom, and encourages children to use their imaginations in all aspects of learning.
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Ms. Franco, Preschool Director
Ms. Franco graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Throughout her years in the university, Ms. Franco spent 2 years on the board for Student California Teachers Association, a department mentor, and would volunteer at a low-income school in Santa Ana. Ms. Franco has four years of experience working with preschool and school- aged children here at RSI and other school settings. She strives to provide an excellent education experience to every child. When Ms. Franco has spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, amusement parks and traveling.
Ms. Gallardo, L40, L50, & L60 English/History Teacher
Ms. Gallardo graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a major in English with highest honors and a minor in Chicana/o Studies. Her passion for education and belief in the potential of all students has led her down the pathway of elementary education. Ms. Gallardo hopes to nourish a profound love of learning in her students. Throughout her years at UCLA, she was involved in a variety of human rights and education organizations and committed countless hours to English tutoring. In her free time, Ms. Gallardo loves to read and spend time with her family.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Gao Laoshi, L20 Math Teacher / L30 Science Teacher
Gao Laoshi received a Master's Degree in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Southern California. Born and raised in a family of teachers, she always knew that she wanted to teach. Her passion and curiosity of languages lead her to become a Chinese teacher. She believes in the power of second language learning at an early age, and that education is the most powerful catalyst of change in one's life. In her spare time, Ms. Gao loves to travel and experience the local culture and food on her adventures.
Ms. Garcia, Preschool Administrative Assistant & Support Staff
Ms. Garcia graduated from Cal State University Fullerton, with a Bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Studies, with an emphasis of Family and Community. She also received a minor in Human Services. Ms. Garcia also has an Associates in, Child Development from Fullerton College. She has 8 years of experience working in the field of Child Development. Ms. Garcia has worked with children of all ages. She is striving to go back to school to continue her education and graduate with a Masters. She loves shaping and helping young minds reach their full potential. Besides teaching and helping young children, Ms. Garcia loves traveling, scrapbooking and dancing.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Gu, Elementary & Middle School Director
Ms. Gu has been working at independent schools for over a decade. As an educator, she taught children of different ages from 4K to 12th grade and worked with families as well as fellow educators of diverse backgrounds. For the last ten plus years, she has launched a new language program, chaired the language department, and helped grow an international student program. She is also involved in assisting families to navigate the independent school application process. Ms. Gu feels wants to empower young people to learn and explore. The belief in the excitement of learning and the faith in the learner’s potential are the reasons why she chooses to work in the field of education.
Mrs. Guzman, L70 & L80 Science & History Teacher
Mrs. Guzman is an experienced cross discipline teacher who taught in both the US and the Middle East. She was the head of the Electives Department and has had extensive Discovery Ed and STEM training. She has also coordinated and implemented science fair. Mrs. Guzman holds a B.A. in Music from Vanguard University and a M.A. in English from National University. She completed her multi-subject teaching credential program through Florida State University while teaching abroad. Mrs. Guzman places a high value for education and community. In her spare time, she loves cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Sra. Guzman, L3 Spanish Teacher
Sra. Guzman received her Bachelor degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills majoring in Liberal Studies with an option in Human Development.  She has six years of experience working in childhood education ranging from Preschool to High School. Prior to joining the RSI family, Ms. Guzman worked as an elementary school teacher’s aide and also served as a college mentor in a High School. As a mother of two beautiful girls, she sees the importance of allowing children to express their creativity as well as find their voice. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places.
Ms. Kelly, Program Director
Ms. Kelly grew up in Orange County where she spent time as an aide in special education classrooms and volunteered with Best Buddies. She assisted professors with various research projects at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a Bachelor’s in Communication. Ms. Kelly’s past work experience as a marketing coordinator and event coordinator, along with years of volunteering with non-profits, align with her passion of making other’s visions a reality. She believes that being a catalyst for change begins by creating meaningful connections with those in her community.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Huang Laoshi, L30 Math Teacher & Online Class Instructor
Huang Laoshi has been teaching English in one of the top elementary schools in Shanghai for more than 8 years. She graduated from a teaching program in UCI and had great hands-on opportunities with young children. Through her experience, she understands young children learn from concreteness and interaction. In her class, students have opportunities to play, collaborate with peers, and to experience ultimate success. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her family, going for hikes, traveling and cooking.
Huie Laoshi, L3 Chinese Teacher
Huie Laoshi finished her education for early childhood teaching at Cerritos Community College and Penn Foster College. Before coming to the United States in 2007, she studied Kindergarten Teacher Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She also received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Charles Stuart University in Australia. She is fluent in Mandarin, English and Cantonese. Huie Laoshi enjoys working with young children and has been teaching in preschools since 1999. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys helping with the toddlers at church on Sundays and spending time with her family doing anything family related.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Sonia Song - Panama City Renaissance School First Grade Teacher
Liu Laoshi, L4 ChineseTeacher

Liu Laoshi was born and raised in Tianjin, China, and earned her Associate's Degree in hotel management at Normal University in Beijing. She also studied Child Development at Long Beach City College. For the last decade, she has worked with children from pre-k to fifth grade and is also very involved with her children's schooling and extracurricular activities. Liu Laoshi takes a particular interest in looking to advance the education of children. This has led her to help raise money on behalf of her children's school for extracurricular educational opportunities, as well as sponsoring a girl from Gambia until she graduated high school. Liu Laoshi loves reading, hiking, and traveling with her family.

Sra. Milliken, L4 Spanish Teacher
Sra. Milliken graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Before graduating from school, she worked in an elementary school in Brea, CA. and has experience working with children in kindergarten and third grade. Sra. Milliken was born and raised in México and she understands the importance of becoming proficient in other languages. She is married and has two beautiful daughters. During her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the movies, and traveling with her family (including their French Poodle Maximus). Sra. Milliken is passionate about teaching children to appreciate other cultures and traditions.
Patricia Perkins - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Spanish
Victoria Zhiqin Wu - Panama City Renaissance School teaches Mandarin Language Arts, Math and Science
Ms. Miranda, L20 English/History Teacher
Ms. Miranda was born and raised in Anaheim, California. Ms. Miranda majored in Child and Adolescent Development at Cal State Fullerton, and was involved in multiple educational clubs. She is in the process of applying to the Multiple Subject Credential Program at Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University. Ms. Miranda has been in the field of education for six years, and loves to teach and make a difference in each child’s life. Ms. Miranda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and trying different types of food.
Mrs. Mizera, Executive Director
Mrs. Mizera brings a blend of business acumen and a passion for education excellence to the Renascence School International. She was educated in the U.S. and China and received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Irvine. In addition to working in the investment management field, she is a past President of the Orange County Chinese American Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Mizera believes learning is fun and is passionate about providing Orange County children with an education option that combines advanced academics 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
Mr. Mizera, Director of Development
Mr. 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.
Sra. Negrete, L3 Spanish Teacher
Sra. Negrete graduated from CSUF with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Studies, and has an Associate’s degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Social Behavior. She took Spanish Honors AP/IB classes all throughout high school and into college. Sra. Negrete lives in La Mirada, CA with her husband and three daughters and loves to scrapbook, sew, and make DIY crafts. Sra. Negrete’s go-to place for ideas is Pinterest and her cricut is her best friend for crafting. She loves going to new places with her family and taking a lot of pictures to use in her scrapbooks. In her spare time, she also enjoys shopping and Starbucks.
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Pang Laoshi, L30, L40 & L50 Chinese Teacher
Pang Laoshi received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Shandong University 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. Pang Laoshi loves to teach the Chinese language and culture and enjoys Chinese Taichi martial arts and calligraphy.
Pao Laoshi, L4 Chinese Teacher
Pao Laoshi has been a math teacher for 18 years. She grew up in Taiwan and graduated from Takming University of Science and Technology. Pao Laoshi has also been a mathematics championship competition trainer for consecutive years. Pao Laoshi believes that working problems in an organized way is key to student success. She likes to teach her students to work with their eyes and their hands and encourages them to maximize their creativity. Pao Laoshi enjoys doing simple things in life, such as, spending time with her family, walking her dog, and gardening.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Ms. Peng, Accounting & Finance
Ms. Peng brings new vitality to RSI that encompasses a breadth of experience as a professional in the accounting and finance fields. At RSI, Ms. Peng has the opportunity to bring together her expertise in accounting and her passion for education. Ms. Peng earned B.A. degrees in both Finance and Business Administration from Cal State, Northridge while minoring in marketing and economics. Subsequently, she earned her master’s degree in Professional Accountancy at UC, Irvine and became CPA eligible upon graduation. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, swimming, good food, and time with her friends and family.
Mr. Reed, Director of Student Affairs
Mr. Reed was born and raised in Huntington Beach California. He attended Vanguard University where he received a bachelors degree in Communication as well as a minor in Religion. Mr. Reed has spent most of his life working with children and believes in the greatness that each child carries. He and his wife have worked together in schools for the last 3 years, including working as directors of an International School in Tanzania, Africa. Mr. Reed loves the RSI family. He believes in all of our children and the impact they will make on the world! When Mr. Reed is not at work he loves to spend time with Mrs. Reed and their daughter Emmie.
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Reed, L10 English Teacher / School Event Coordinator
Mrs. Reed was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She graduated with a B.A degree in psychology from Vanguard University. Over the years, Mrs. Reed has spent her time volunteering at orphanages, churches, and schools throughout different African nations. This is her fifth year at RSI. During this five-year span, she moved with her husband to Tanzania, Africa to be the directors of a private international school. Mrs. Reed has years of experience working with children of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. She is passionate about developing the whole child, championing her students to be the best they can be, and empowering a generation to live to their full potential.
Sra. Sanz, L10, L20, & L30 Spanish Teacher
Sra. 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. Sra. 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
Jian Yao - Panama City Renaissance School Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Shih, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Shih graduated from TungHai University in Taiwan. She has three years of experience as a teacher's aide in a trilingual program during college. She has experiene and is comfortable working and helping students and families from different backgrounds. After graduating from college, she worked in a language school as an English and math tutor. Ms. Shih has recently completed both the Project Management and the International Business certificate programs from UC, Irvine. During her free time, she loves to travel and play sports.
Mr. Stretz, Physical Education Teacher / Administrative Support
Mr. Stretz has ten years of experience working with kids and he is very excited to be a part of the RSI community. Mr. Stretz was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He moved to Costa Mesa to attend Vanguard University in 2006. David graduated with a business degree and continued his education at Vanguard University obtaining a master’s degree in Leadership Development. David has been married for 4 years to his wife and they have an 18-month-old son. He enjoys recreational sports and seeing new movies. David is motivated to touch the lives of those around him. 
Kate Estes - Panama City Renaissance School teaches English and History
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Tan Laoshi, L50 & L60 Math Teacher / Academic Support Coordinator
Tan Laoshi has an M.A. degree in Teaching from the University of Southern California. She has been working as an educator since the year of 2011. She believes that a high quality education helps dreams come true. Her teaching focuses on how the students learn, implementing various teaching strategies to accommodate different learning styles and needs. Tan Laoshi’s goal is to nurture student confidence and learning autonomy. She aims to help the students fall in love with learning and guide them to fulfill their individual potential. Tan Laoshi enjoys literature, fine art and Chinese Regimen. She loves linguistics, philosophy, psychology and world music. During her free time, she also loves traveling and photography.
Xiong Laoshi, L10 & L20 Chinese Teacher
Xiong Laoshi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Literature and Education from Sichuan Normal University in China. She pursued her post bachelor study at California State University Long Beach, where she received a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Chinese. Xiong Laoshi enjoys teaching Chinese to students of all different levels and backgrounds. Years of teaching experience has developed in her a love for helping students find their inner strength and embrace their full potential.
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Zhao Laoshi, L20 & L60 Chinese Teacher
Zhao Laoshi received her first master's degree in Psychology of Communication in Communication University of China (CUC). She worked as an international news editor at the prestigious Xinhua News Agency in China, where she grew to be a professionally accurate Chinese language expert, and developed a profound understanding of Chinese society and culture. With an inherent enthusiasm for teaching, Zhao Laoshi accomplished her second master's program in Bilingual Education at CSU. She loves kids and would like to apply her psychology and education academic knowledge to daily language teaching. For Zhao Laoshi, teaching is more a calling than a livelihood.
Zhang Laoshi, L70 & L80 Chinese & Math Teacher / Online Class Instructor
Zhang Laoshi achieved her Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2004 from the Chinese Academy of Science. Employed as a lecturer and researcher in Liaoning Normal University, she was invited to participate in different research projects that cooperated with the University of Tokyo and Ghent University. After moving to the U.S. she dedicated herself to teaching Chinese at different education facilities. Zhang Laoshi is an experienced Chinese teacher with a strong science background, who feels passionate in helping her students achieve their full potential.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three lovely children and world travel.  
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Zhang Laoshi, L40 Math Teacher

Zhang Laoshi received her bachelor degree in Human Resources from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China. She has been working in the Chinese immersion elementary classroom for two years. She is currently working on completing her ECE certificate.She enjoys being an active part of children’s growth and helping them learn and develop to the fullest. Zhang Laoshi believes in striving to make learning fun and meaningful for her students. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family.