Our teachers take a holistic approach to the development of young and talented students in our secondary school program. The rigorous study will meet students’ needs, interests, and abilities. Flexibility in course offerings permits those with outstanding ability in one or more academic areas to move forward at a pace that allows them to reach their fullest potential. In addition, Xian Yun’s faculty members provide a positive outlook on life for each student.
|Dr. Sherry Zhang – Principal
Dr. Sherry Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oregon State University. Dr. Zhang worked for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a post doctoral chemist conducting research on Lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles. She later worked as a consultant at a medical device company for 2 years. Dr. Zhang started her own company in the Silicon Valley in 2005. She has a passion for traditional arts and has helped Xian Yun Academy of the Arts California to open its door in San Francisco in 2010. Dr. Zhang served on the board of directors until she became the principal for Xian Yun Academy of the Arts California in 2015.
|Ms. Fengxuan Cao – Assistant PrincipalMs. Cao is a performing artist experienced in dance choreography and teaching. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, the leading dance college in China, in 1997. She became a performer in the Chinese Coal Mining Art Troupe and later on became a teacher at the Chinese Coal Mining Art School. Before she was nominated as principal of Xian Yun CA, she was a choreographer with the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company located in New York from 2008 to 2010.|
|Ms. Lona Lou, M.A. – Academic DirectorMs. Lona Lou received an M.A. in Finance Management from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Before leaving China, she was a division Chief and Senior Economist for the International Department Research Division at China Development Bank in Beijing, and taught Finance and Investment at Henan University of Finance and Economics. Ms. Lou worked in several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area before joining Xian Yun Academy of the Arts California.|
Visual Art Faculty
|Ms. Qiu Yan Hao – Visual Arts InstructorMs. Hao has loved painting since childhood. She received three years of professional art training at an arts high school. In 1991, she studied art at the Fine Arts Department of Hebei University of Science and Technology. After graduation, she began to study and practice Western classical painting, traditional Chinese painting, graphic design and sculpture. Many of her works are customized and collected privately. In 2014, she participated in the “World Realistic Portrait Painting Contest” and won “Outstanding Humanities Award.”|
|Mr. Perry Uzunoglu, B.A. – Visual Arts Instructor, Operations DirectorMr. Uzunoglu graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in 2009. His studies included traditional western drawing and oil painting as well as graphic design, screen printing, and paper making. Mr. Uzunoglu wishes to provide solid training in the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and design while helping students realize and develop their own artistic purposes and to tell their stories through their art.|