Phoebe Gur-Chiang : Chairperson

Phoebe Gur-Chiang


Phoebe Gur-Chiang (蔣慰祖)is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Chinese School. She has also been a teacher at school since 1997. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. For her, the most interesting part of Phoebe’s work is networking with the RCS team and local communities. Phoebe considers her students’ learning to reach their optimal potential of great joy. She also feels rewarded when she sees a positive attitude and motivation in students. Besides Chinese language, Phoebe also teaches Chinese yo-yo and Reader's Theater.

Peter Gur : Treasurer

Peter Gur


Peter Gur (葛延台) is the Treasurer 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.

Donna Liu Ashworth : Principal

Donna Liu Ashworth


Donna Liu Ashworth (劉秀敏) is the current Principal of the Richmond Chinese School. Originally, she had arrived in the USA in 1986. Donna began teaching Chinese at the Richmond 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 for international students in Hong Kong. In 2002, while the family relocated back to Richmond, Donna was invited back to teach at the 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!

Winny Chen : Adult Conversation II

Winny Chen

Adult Conversation II

This is my second year teaching at Richmond Chinese School. I am teaching an Adult Two classes this year. I enjoyed my students very much and we had a great time last year. I had taught 2 years class in the other Chinese school and one private Chinese lesson a while ago.

I wish more students will come to our school to learn Chinese language, culture and friendly Chinese people that will increase your knowledge and help relieve the Chinese American trade tensions.

I care for my students and welcome all suggestions from you. Come to learn with us and wish you have a great learning experience in RCS.

Julian Baum : Adult Conversation I

Julian Baum

Adult Conversation I


National Taiwan Normal University, Mandarin Training Center

Attended: 1989-1991, Chinese language certificate

 Beijing Normal University

Attended: 1985, Chinese language certificate

 Columbia University, Dept. of Political Science

Comparative politics, international relations, Southeast Asian history

MPhil - Certificate from South Asian Institute

 Monterey Institute of International Studies (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

MA - Comparative Politics, International Relations, Indonesian/Malay

 University of Virginia

BA - Foreign Affairs, East Asian history and Chinese foreign policy

 Relevant work experience

Beijing Bureau Chief, The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, USA), 1984-87

Taiwan Bureau Chief, Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), 1990-2001

Freelance writer on Taiwan-China affairs, 2005-present

Julene Sledd : Elementary II

Julene Sledd

Elementary II

Julene Sledd (林綠津) teaches the level ll class. She has two years of experience teaching at Chinese school in Newport  News, VA. Currently, she lives in New Kent,VA. Julene came from Taiwan to the U.S. in 1994. She is married and has two daughters.