Our Faculty and Staff

    Peter Gur (葛延台) is Chairman on the board of directors, the Richmond Chinese School. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1987, a Master degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000, and a Master degree from the University of Virginia in 2007. Peter has served as the Richmond Chinese School principal during 2001-2002 and 2008-2011. Peter is also the official photographer for the Richmond Chinese School.
    Kevin Kao (高國員), a new board member for the Richmond Chinese School, serves as the school treasurer since 2016. He is a native from Taiwan and has lived in Richmond since 2002. Kevin received his master degree in Finance from Boston College and works as an inventory manager in Evergreen Enterprise.
    Phoebe Gur-Chiang (蔣慰祖)is the Principal of the Richmond Chinese School. She has also been a teacher at school since 1997 and currently teaches Adult Conversation II class. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. The most interesting part of Phoebe’s work is the networking with RCS team and local communities. Phoebe considers her students’ learning to reach their optimal potential a great joy. She also feels rewarded when she sees positive attitude and motivation in students. Besides Chinese language, Phoebe also teaches Chinese yo-yo and Reader's Theater.
    Jianru Yang (楊建茹), a native speaker in Mandarin Chinese, teaches adult conversation in the Richmond Chinese School since 2014. Jianru received her degree and Certificates on teaching Mandarin Chinese in the U.S.. She has been teaching and tutoring Mandarin Chinese at various public and private schools from Kindergartens to Universities in both the U.S. and China since 1992. In addition, Jianru is also a member of traditional Chinese dance team in Richmond and conducts performances for various Richmond Communities regularly.
    Marina Lu (呂 承昭) is a new teacher at the Richmond Chinese School. She is a native speaker in Mandarin Chinese. Marina considers her five year old grand daughter's learning at this school is a great beginning to build up the solid foundation of Chinese Language and Culture. Besides the children's intermediate class, Marina also teaches Chinese calligraphy.
    Susan Chen (陳淑惠), a native speaker in Mandarin Chinese and a fluent speaker in Portuguese, joins the Richmond Chinese School in 2015 and teaches elementary class.Susan graduated from college with a degree in Education and has many years in teaching and tutoring Mandarin Chinese in kindergarten, elementary and middle schools in both Brazil and the United States.
    Jenny Chen (陳貞如), a new teacher for the Richmond Chinese School, serves as the sub teacher for children's classes in 2015-2016 school year. Jenny is a native speaker in Mandarin Chinese and has two sons in the Intermediate class and Elementary class respectively. With her strong class management skill, besides the Beginners class, Jenny also teaches the Chinese Art.
    Allen Huang (黃重達) is a graduate and teacher at the Richmond Chinese School. When he was a First Grader, his parents brought him to this school to be equipped on Chinese language and culture. Allen is especially fond of Chinese Yo-Yo. His passion and skills on Chinese Yo-Yo are advanced by attending summer camp and self training at his spare time. To have a positive feedback toward this school, out of his busy working schedule, he teaches monthly Chinese Yo-Yo class and be a role model for each student to reach his/her optimal learning status. Allen is a former Richmond Chinese School graduate who has taught Chinese Yo-Yo for over 10 years. He was a Linguistics major at William and Mary and has performed Chinese YoYo all throughout Virginia.
    Donna Liu Ashworth (劉秀敏) arrived in the USA in 1986. Donna began teaching Chinese at the Chinese School beginning in 1992. In 1997, the Ashworth family moved to Hong Kong for five years. During those five years Donna earned her two “teaching of Putonghua” certificates from “Hong Kong University School of Continuing Education.” She also did her teaching at Kumon Institute in Hong Kong and numerous private tutoring towards the international students in Hong Kong. In 2002, while the family relocated back to Richmond, Donna was invited back to Richmond Chinese School. In 2014, she left school again for China with her husband. She and her husband lived in Dongguan City of Guangdong Province for two years and returned to the USA end of 2016.
    Donna is aware of the cultural, language and political differences between Mainland China, Special Region Hong Kong, and the Island of Taiwan. She is is very passionate about Chinese teaching and that's why she is back with us again!
    Deborah Gur (葛德瑋) was a student of The Richmond Chinese School through grade school and has many wonderful memories as a student. She is pleased by the fact that her past experience as a Lion Dancer can be passed on to current and future students interested in this traditional form of New Year Celebration.
    While Deborah is not a teacher in the school, she enjoys giving back to the school as the Drama and Dance Instructor when it comes time for performances. With a background in Live Theatre Arts, Deborah hopes to make each experience memorable, if not enjoyable.