Donna Liu Ashworth
Donna Ashworth 劉秀敏 was born in Taiwan, she studied sociology in Tung Hai University before she moved to the US in1986. Donna has three grown sons, they are her jewels even now, and her husband for 34 years! Taking care of her family has always been her priority in life. On top of teaching language classes, she also enjoys the coffee culture. She has been working for a coffee giant for quite some time.
- 1992-1997 Taught Mandarin Chinese in Richmond Chinese School (RCS).
- 1997- 2002 Family relocated to HK, Donna earned two teaching certificates from Hong Kong University School of continuing education on subjects of Putonghua teaching and teaching Chinese as a second language. Donna was employed by Kumon educational Institute as a Chinese language teacher during the period of living in Hong Kong.
- 2003-2014 After moving back from HK to the US, Donna continued to teach in RCS.
- 2004- 2008 Taught Mandarin Chinese to the engineering department at Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex corporation.
- 2009- Currently serving as a Mandarin interpreter for C&M Multilingual Inc.
- 2014- 2016 Relocated to Mainland China.
- 2017- Currently serves as the principal of RCS.
Adult Conversation Class Teacher
Yili Huang 苡瓈 was an Occupational therapist in Taiwan for 8 years. She led adult and children's groups during that time. After moving to Richmond in 2019, she began to be the substitute teacher in the Richmond Chinese School. During the pandemic, she started teaching Adult online classes. She invests lots of time improving Chinese teaching skills and online teaching methods. She is always enthusiastic and makes the classes interactive.
Preschool Class Teacher
Laura Garzon is the pre-school and kindergarten teacher for RCS. Laura graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A in Chinese. Within the years of her undergraduate career, she had the opportunity to travel to China during summer 2016, 2017, and 2018, through the Intensive Chinese Language in Suzhou program and study Mandarin at Suzhou University. Afterward, Laura received a master’s degree in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture through The Ohio State University. The two-year program consists of one year of research and class study in the U.S, and one year of class study at Shanghai Normal University, while completing her research thesis. Her research topic, “Coffee House Culture and the 3rd Space; Analysis of Shanghai Coffee House Customer Behaviors （咖啡馆文化与第三空间 ——上海咖啡馆顾客行为分析, was researched from a sociological and cultural anthropological perspective.
Laura enjoys working with young children and learning about other culture’s way
Elementary Class Teacher
Julene Sledd (林綠津) teaches the elementary level class. She has two years of experience teaching at a 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.
Juyin (pronounced as roo-een) Chen (陳如茵) grew up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and came to the States to pursue master’s degree in Urban Planning. She currently works in the Construction Division of Virginia Department of Transportation as the Data Management & Analytics Team Lead. She joined the Richmond Chinese School in 2017 as one of the school board members for one year. Starting from 2021, she volunteers as the chair of school board. She is hoping more people would choose Chinese as the second language to learn as 1 out of 5 people live on Earth speaking Chinese!
Jason Maa (馬德明) was from Taipei, Taiwan. He has been to the US for 36 years and living at Richmond for 34 years. He is a first-year board member and is also a parent of a student. His son has attended the Richmond Chinese school for 4 years. He is currently working at Amstedrail at Petersburg as an Inventory specialist. He hopes to see everyone have fun learning Chinese culture here at the RCS.
ShangHuei (Mary) Kuo (侯上慧) involved with the Richmond Chinese School in different roles as teacher, board member or principal from 1994 to 2014. Returned to school as a board member this year to help school toward a sustainable future.
May Liou（劉惠君）was born and raised in Taiwan. She has been living in Richmond since 2012. Before moving to the USA, she was a registered nurse in Taiwan with 9 years of experience. May has one year of teaching experience in the Beginner’s Class of the Richmond Chinese School. Starting from 2021, she joins the school board as a member to help the operation of our school.
I volunteer as the Richmond Chinese School(RCS) Treasurer starting this semester 2021. I am also working as an Auditor for the state of Virginia. I used to teach RCS Adult I class and enjoy the students, faculties and our school very much. I hope you come to our school to learn Chinese culture and meet new friends with different background.
Welcome to join us!