San Francisco High School of the Arts

Our Faculty and Staff

Administration

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Dr. Sherry Zhang

Principal
Dr. Zhang has a PhD in Chemistry, and completed her postdoctoral work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab conducting research on lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles. She was a founding member of High School of the Arts’ governing board and became Head of School in 2015. She also teaches high school chemistry.
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Ms. Fengxuan Cao

Assistant Principal
In addition to serving as assistant principal, Ms. Cao teaches dance at High School of the Arts. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, the leading dance college in China, in 1997. Before she came to High School of the Arts, she was a choreographer with the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company.
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Ms. Lona Lou, M.A.

Academic Director
Ms. Lona Lou received an M.A. in Finance Management from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to High School of the Arts, Ms. Lou taught Finance and Investment at Henan University of Finance and Economics, and later worked in several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.

College Counselor

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Dr. Shalina Fung

College Counselor
Dr. Fung has many years of experience working with education leaders and college admission directors. She has organized many college fairs, and has worked as the Chief Editor for a well-known Chinese educational magazine. Dr. Fung is currently completing the Certificate Program in College Admission and Career Planning through UC Berkeley, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology. She holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Southern California.

Academics Faculty

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Ms. Cornelia Ritter

Math Teacher
Ms. Ritter obtained a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Bern, with a minor in mathematics. In 1997, she received her teaching credentials for secondary schools in mathematics and physics. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience.
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Mr. Lee Randazzo, M.A.

English & History Teacher
Mr. Randazzo has an M.A. in ESL teaching for all ages and is certified in general education elementary school teaching (for all subjects, K-6). He is a licensed teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience in public and private schools.
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Ms. Christina Simpson

English Teacher
Ms. Simpson earned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. Her classroom experience includes teaching English, History, and Music at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley and the Educational Enrichment Center in Pleasanton as well as coaching chamber music at the College of Marin.
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Ms. Jennifer Zhang

Science Teacher
Ms. Zhang graduated with a B.A. in Education and B.Sc. in Biology. Her specialist teaching areas include Biology and Computing. She has more than ten years of experience teaching math, computing, and the sciences.
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Mr. Qining Cai

Chinese Teacher
Mr. Cai was a professor of Chinese in China before coming to High School of the Arts. He has taught Chinese language for thirty-five years. He also taught media production and also has extensive knowledge in Chinese literature and culture.
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Ms. Emily Csikszentmihalyi

English Teacher
Ms. Csikszentmihalyi received her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. In addition to teaching English, she brings her writing and editing skills to the school’s publications division and tutors the elementary school students in the afterschool program.
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Ms. Min Zang

Chinese Teacher
Ms. Min Zang graduated from the Department of Chinese Teachers College and has many years of teaching experience. She currently teaches Chinese at the San Francisco High School of the Arts.
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Mr. Ray Chen

Science Teacher
Mr. Ray Chen received his Master of Science degree from Purdue University. He brings decades of work experience from global enterprises like Apple and Oracle, as well as years of experience from teaching previously at High School of the Arts and at other private schools.
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Ms. Linda Chang

History Teacher
Ms. Chang has a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah. She has previously worked as an education reformer in elementary and secondary schools.

Dance Faculty

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Ms. Fengxuan Cao

Assistant Principal
In addition to serving as assistant principal, Ms. Cao teaches dance at High School of the Arts. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, the leading dance college in China, in 1997. Before she came to High School of the Arts, she was a choreographer with the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company.
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Mr. Mike Lai

Dance Teacher
Mr. Lai graduated from Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in New York and received a degree in Dance Pedagogy from Fei Tian College. He trained and performed with the world-renowned dance group Shen Yun for 5 years. He is an experienced choreographer and teacher of Classical Chinese Dance.
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Ms. Cinthia Conlon

Ballet Teacher
Cinthia Conlon earned her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University and has a background in classical ballet, visual art, and science. Ms. Conlon specializes in ballet pedagogy and received her teacher training through the ABT/NYU Master's Program where she became certified in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She genuinely enjoys working with young dancers and is dedicated to helping them achieve their highest potential.
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Ms. Caroline Sercombe

Dance Teacher
Ms. Sercombe obtained a B.F.A. from Fei Tian College, New York. She toured around the world as a principal dancer with Shen Yun for 8 years. In 2012, she won the bronze award in NTDTV’s Classical Chinese Dance competition in the Junior Female Division. She has taught dance for 4 years.
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Ms. Alyssa Puleo

Ballet Teacher
Ms. Puleo, a professional dancer and teacher, began her ballet career under Hanna Karacic in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from the University of Oregon, with a focus in Kinesiology. She has over ten years of teaching experience and specializes in preparatory ballet, folk dance and technique coaching.

Music Faculty

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Ms. Ani Bukujian

Music Teacher
Ms. Bukujian received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from The Juilliard School. Currently, she attends the San Francisco Conservatory. She is the winner of numerous musical competitions, including three gold medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts, and first place at the Bach Competition, the ASTA Annual National Solo Competition, and the Pasadena String Festival.
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Ms. Christina Simpson

Music Teacher
Ms. Simpson earned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley, where she served as Principal Violist for the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for four years. Her classroom experience includes teaching English, History, and Music at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley and the Educational Enrichment Center in Pleasanton as well as coaching chamber music at the College of Marin.
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Mr. Matthew DePasquale

Trumpet Teacher
Mr. DePasquale is a talented and experienced trumpeter who also serves as Conducting Apprentice with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Merced Symphony. He is currently working on obtaining his M.A. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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Mr. Lucas Jensen

Tenor and Bass Trombone Teacher
Mr. Jensen received his B.A. in Music from the New England Conservatory. He is an active local bass trombonist that plays in orchestras and chamber groups throughout the Bay Area. He has taught privately and in schools in Mountain View, and worked with the San Francisco Symphony’s Education Department through their Adventures in Music Program.
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Mr. Evan Kahn

Cello Teacher
Mr. Kahn received his B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.A. in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He holds principal positions in four orchestras in the Bay Area, including the Silicon Valley Symphony and the San Jose opera.
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Ms. Erika Miras

French Horn Teacher
Ms. Miras holds degrees from University of Southern California, University of Michigan, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has performed with many orchestras and currently holds the position of co-principal horn in the Palm Beach Symphony.
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Mr. Andrew Barnhart

Saxophone Teacher
Mr. Barnhart received a B.A. in Music from UCLA, where he also earned a minor in Music History and a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School. He has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.
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Mr. Kenneth Miller

Bass Teacher
Mr. Miller is a San Francisco native and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has many years of performance experience, including with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras, as well as the Kronos and Turtle Island String Quartets.
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Mr. Alden Jenks

Music Theory and Composition Teacher
Mr. Jenks received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. from U.C. Berkeley. He has years of teaching experience at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Naropa Institute, and the Golden Gate Philharmonic. Mr. Jenks has composed music in a wide variety of forms, and will be teaching Music Theory and Composition at High School of the Arts.
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Ms. Mikako Endo

Music Composition Teacher
Ms. Endo is a talented piano teacher and composer with over twenty years of teaching experience in the US and Japan. She received her B.M. in Music education and Composition from Tokyo Gakugei University and her M.A. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has composed music for concert performances, computer games, and videos.

Visual Arts Faculty

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Ms. Qiu Yan Hao

Visual Arts Teacher
Ms. Hao studied fashion design at the Fine Arts Department of Hebei University of Science and Technology. Her artistic specialties are Western classical painting, traditional Chinese painting, graphic design, and sculpture. Ms. Hao worked in one of the largest state-run television stations in China for many years and has extensive work experience in stage and prop design.
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Ms. Yue Vera Wang

Visual Arts Teacher
Ms. Wang studied Western oil painting at the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts in the Ukraine, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In San Francisco, she is currently working on her Master’s degree at the Academy of the Arts, expanding her professional repertoire to encompass Digital Painting, Graphic Novels, and Perspective for Illustrators.
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Mr. John de Groot

Media Arts Teacher
Mr. de Groot is an experienced video professional with special expertise in producing, writing and editing broadcast news. He teaches Media Arts at San Francisco High School of the Arts. He received a Bachelor of the Arts degree from UC Davis. Mr. de Groot also does freelance work as a producer and editor.

Auxiliary and Summer Faculty

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Ms. Anne Sohn

Auxiliary and Summer Program Director
Born into a family of artists, Ms. Anne Sohn has had a passion for the arts from a young age. At the age of six, she started learning traditional Korean dance. In 2006, she was accepted to Fei Tian Academy of the Arts New York where she received training in Classical Chinese dance. She toured with Shen Yun Performing Arts for two years and then went to study abroad. Upon returning to the United States, she began teaching Chinese dance at High School of the Arts in 2010. After finding great interest in early childhood education, Ms. Sohn joined our Extended Education program in 2015 and is currently pursuing a degree in education.

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