Teacher Profiles

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Teresa Tseng

Principal

B.A., Chinese Literature,

National Chung-Hsing University

M.S., Education, California State University, Fullerton

For the past fourteen years, Ms. Teresa has been the backbone of the school. She served in multiple positions: from teacher to school administrator, utilizing her knowledge and passion in education. As the former assistant director of PA College Prep, she has established and implemented effective and engaging courses. Ms. Tseng enjoys her daily collaboration with teachers and students, discovering and implementing new methods that spark creativity, critical thinking, and interactivity in the classroom. In her leisure time, she loves gardening, exploring nature, and learning about new technology.

Ilenia Chen

Director of Admissions

B.A.Diplomacy and Political Science

National Chengchi University Taiwan & Seoul National University

M.A., International Relations, New York University

Ilenia Chen received a Masters in International Relations from New York University, and a B.A. in Diplomacy and Political Science from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and Seoul National University. Before moving to the west coast, she worked at the United Nations Headquarters as a diplomat stationed in a Permanent Mission in New York. There she participated in national policy decision-making and drafting resolutions for crises. She also previously worked with the British Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan, and Supervisor Campaign Office for San Bernardino County. Aside from government work, Ilenia has experience in both international and domestic non-profit organizations prior to joining Pacific Academy Foundation. She has also volunteered at a youth care foundation in Taiwan for almost a decade to assist students in need to complete secondary to undergraduate educations. Ilenia is ecstatic to be the latest member of the Pacific Academy family and to continue her passion and dedication to service.

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Kelley Goodale

K-6 English Teacher

B.A., Liberal Studies, Cal State Fullerton

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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Jessica Kimi Karatsu

K-6 English Teacher

B.A., European Studies, University of California, Irvine

M.A., Teaching, University of California, Irvine

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential,

University of California, Irvine

Kimi has spent the past eight years working with students throughout Orange County. After graduating with Multiple Subject Credential and a Masters in Teaching, she became well-acquainted with Irvine schools and students. Her goal is to foster independence and persistence in students. She holds my students to high expectations, seeing the potential that within every young individual. Outside of class, she enjoys the quest for new foods and confections. Her interests include traveling the world and expanding her knowledge of foreign languages.   

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Allie Chen

K-6 Chinese Teacher

B.A., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

M.A., Education, San Diego State University

As a progressive Mandarin immersion educator for more than seven years, Ms. Chen has gained rich experience of teaching Chinese language and culture with project-based and inquiry-based approaches. Throughout the years, Ms. Chen has been embracing the philosophy of teaching students to be creative, life-long learners and independent thinkers. She strongly believes that students not only need to be equipped with academic knowledge but also socio-emotional well-being. By providing ownership for students to grow and reach their best potentials, Ms. Chen supports and challenges students with scaffolded and individualized curriculum. To ensure learning by doing, she is passionate about creating theme-based and interdisciplinary activities, in order to foster a joyful learning classroom environment for students. During her free time, she enjoys singing and exploring new food and travel spots.

Vivian Kuo

K-6 Chinese Teacher

B.A., Child and Family Studies;

English Language and Literature, Fu Jen University, Taiwan

TEFL Professional Seminar Program, UCI

Chinese Instruction Teacher Training Program, National Taiwan Normal University

Ms. Kuo started working with students when she was in college. She was a YMCA camp counselor in Taiwan and also spent one summer in Frost Valley YMCA, New York. She has taught English, Math and Chinese to students in K-12 grades at several public and private schools in Taiwan. After relocating to the states, she continued her passion in teaching in ACI Academy ( PA College Prep). She has a passion for k-6 students, especially enriching young minds through play and mindful experiences. She also enjoys inspiring the students to give things a try and overcome the challenges together.

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Leyla Aguad

K-6 Spanish Teacher

M.S., Psychopedagogy, Universidad de los Andes
B.S., Psychopedagogy, , Universidad de los Andes

Before moving to the U.S. in 2019, Ms. Aguad was the head teacher of a private school in Chile for the past 6 years. She demonstrates strong adaptability working with students with diverse cultural backgrounds and educational needs. She enjoys creating teaching materials and projects to motivate her students. Ms. Aguad also implements classroom games and outdoor recreational activities to promote physical, mental and social health of pupils. In the leisure time, she enjoys travel, outdoor activities, and movies.