Lital Webster

With over 10 years of tutoring and editing experience, Mrs. Webster specializes in teaching biology, preparing students for standardized testing, and editing college applications. Funny, articulate, and knowledgeable, she is often referred to as "the best teacher" by her students.

Raised by Jewish parents, Mrs. Webster was a National Merit Scholar. Funded by a thirty-thousand dollar writing scholarship, she earned a BS in biology minoring in Studio Art at Lake Forest College, Illinois. She the studied neuroscience at UAB and received a M.S. in Biomedical Science.

Chunlai Yang

Dr. Yang graduated from Peking University and Boston College with a Ph. D. in Physics. With his knowledge in Physics, he had the ability to teach in the Department of Physics at Peking University and Boston College. While working at Boston College, Dr. Yang received the "Teaching Excellence Award" and also co-authored the textbook: Introductory Physics Laboratory Manual.

In recent years, Dr. Yang has devoted himself to tutoring high school students. He teaches several kinds of math and physics classes, including training for competitions. Many of Dr. Yang's students have made distinguished performances in math and physics competitions, and have achieved excellence in their own school courses. His own child has graduated from Harvard University and is now continuing his studies at Stanford Medical School.

Takyiu Liu

Dr. Liu graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering under Prof H Kroemer (who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2000) and Hong Kong University with a BSc, also in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Liu has extensive research background in semiconductor physics, was a session chairman for various international conferences in semiconductors and Molecular Beam Epitaxy, holds 8 US patents and 2 European patents, coauthored ~70 semiconductor publications and was ranked the best researcher in Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

Currently Dr. Liu is an enterprise consultant for Oracle, training corporate customers on Java/JEE programming, Java application server, SOA/service bus, and enterprise security and was awarded Leadership Circle Award (highest honor regarding quality of training) at Oracle University a record 11 times.

Dr. Liu has been tutoring and mentoring middle school and high school students in the areas of (1) Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trig, Pre-Calc, AP Calculus AB and BC; AMC 8/10/12 (2) Physics, AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Physics C (Mechanics and E/M); F=ma and USAPhO (3) Java programming, AP Computer Science A (4) Science Fair, Arduino (as instrumentations for science fair), and IoT (Internet of Things).

Awards his tutored students have achieved include: (1) Semifinalist, USA Physics Olympiad (2) Gold Division, USA Computing Olympiad (3) Qualifier, USA (Junior) Math Olympiad, American Invitational Mathematics Examination (4) Top awards in Physical Science Category in Regional Science Fairs (Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship); Qualifier, California State Science Fair.

Qing Song

Dr. Qing Song is our chemistry teachers with a focus on the honors, AP, SAT subject test, and USNCO levels. His teaching philosophy is to emphasize the fundamental concepts of chemistry and chemical principles, and knows how to apply the key points in those concepts or principles to solve problems. All of his students at SpringLight enjoy his teaching and their school grades increased quickly in a short time. Dr. Song received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Masters in physical chemistry from JiLin University. He has been teaching general chemistry and organic chemistry at a college level for many years.

Prithvi Raj Maipady

Prithvi Raj Maipady (Prit) is an educational specialist holds BE degree in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University India and MS degree in Software systems from BITS Pilani India.  He has been a faculty of Computer Science in engineering colleges and universities in India and US. He was an Education Specialist at Cisco and L&D Program manager at HP. He has developed e-learning courses and managed L&D projects. He started his career as a software developer. He has been training students in Python, C++ and web programming languages - HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. He has a passion for teaching and his Python class attracts students of all ages.

Grace Zou

Ms. Grace Zou received a MS degree from CMU in computer science. As a software engineer, she was employed in several companies in the Silicon Valley and is proficient in Java and JavaScript. Grace has experience with many big companies’ interview question topics, such as: various data structure/algorithms, and system design. She has been teaching USACO bronze, AP CS and Java at SpringLight Education.

Matthew Sloane

Matthew Sloane graduated from Pomona College in 2015, majoring in computer science and minoring in philosophy. The summer after his first year, he received funding to work alongside a Pomona English professor to do research in Seoul. Throughout his time at Pomona, he was a teacher's assistant for a number of courses in the computer science department.

Mahama Nyankamawu

Mahama Nyankamawu graduated from Georgia Tech with a MS in environmental engineering and MPA from Columbia University in Environmental and Energy Finance. He has 15 years teaching experience in Science, Math, and Finance. Mahama is a practicing professional who enhances students’ understanding by linking theoretical concepts with their real world applications.

He co-authored the book entitled ‘Career 3.0: Career Planning Advice to Find your Dream Job in Today's Digital World’ published in 2016.

Mr. Qin

 Mr. Qin has more than 3 years teaching experience for programming, AP CS and all level of USACO and more than 8 years programming contest experience. All of his students at SpringLight got level promotion. Several of them got perfect score to silver, gold and/or platinum levels. He will not only systematically teach the algorithm and other concepts used in USACO, but also problem solving skills with logic thinking.
秦老师有着丰富的programming,AP CS 和USACO计算机奥赛的教学经验,并取得了显著的教学成果:去年夏天开始跟秦老师从USACO最初级铜级(Bronze)在USACO竞赛中取得了最高级白金级(Platinum)。而且不少同学满分晋级银级Silver和金级Gold和白金级Platinum,以及正在努力finalist。秦老师将他丰富的教学及竞赛经验结合生动的例子整理出了一堂堂干货”满满的系统性教学来帮助学生夯实基础,详解算法,解题技巧,逻辑思考,开拓思路。

Anthony Jordan

Anthony J. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a double major in History and Philosophy. He grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In middle school, he earned the Most Outstanding Student in Social Studies award in sixth grade, and the Most Outstanding Student in Science in the seventh grade. Both awards were yearly accolades decided by the teachers and given to one student in the grade. He entered into the Soil and Water Conversation state-wide speech contest in the 8th grade and placed 2nd in the state of North Carolina. The contest tested student’s essay-writing ability as well as their public speaking skills. In high school, he participated in the school’s Mock Trial team, as well as being the first chair trumpet and band captain in the Flying Falcon Marching Band.

Jay Kang

Dr. Kang received his Ph.D. degree from Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic University in New York City. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for many years at the CAEFF Center in Clemson, South Carolina and at the NTC Center in Orlando, Florida. His bioengineering research experience are demonstrated with his publications in the Scientific Journal. Dr. Kang has several years of experience teaching SAT II Chemistry and AP Chemistry. He has a great passion for teaching and exploring different facets of science.

Jack Takahashi

Jack Takahashi is a first year medical student at the UCLA School of Medicine. He previously studied Biology at Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has experience in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Ecology & Evolution, Plant Biology, Organic chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biostatistics. Jack has taught the USABO camp for 2 years in 2015 and 2016 and also has experience tutoring students in AP Biology, physics, and chemistry. Jack loves explaining scientific concepts to others and loves to teach.

Jessica Zheng

Jessica Zheng has experience with multiple computer programming languages, including C, C++, Java, and more. Since 2013, she has been actively involved in the USA Computing Olympiad, where she reached Platinum level and finished as one of the top 26 finalists of the nation. She also has plenty of teaching experience at SpringLight and is helping various educational nonprofit organizations teach science and computer programming.

Francis Fan

Mrs. Milon

Mrs. Milon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism, from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University School of Law. After practicing law for nine years she turned her attention to raising her family. For the last ten years has been homeschooling her two children. Her great love of language arts and literature is evident in her passion for teaching her children well in these disciplines and in their other school subjects. Carolyn is dedicated to helping students excel in their language arts skills.

Peter Tang

Peter Tang, Computer Science Minor from the University of Chicago and a software engineer. He graduated from Lynbrook High School and scored 5 on the AP Computer Science A test.

Peter is known as one of the best teachers at SpringLight. Peter's teaching reflects his clear understanding of his students as well as Computer Science. He has a seven-year teaching experience of tutoring groups and individuals.

Mr. A. Chou

Mr. A. Chou received his Bachelor Science degree in double major, EECS/MSE(Electric Engineering and Computer Science / Material Science Engineering) from University of California, Berkeley. He worked at semiconductor companies for over 20 years. With strong science background, he teaches all levels Math, Physics, Chemistry, including AP courses. Also he has excellent time management control and problem solving skill which will benefit students to become more efficiency under pressure for study.

​ Yujie Zhang

Oklahoma State University PH.D in Applied Mathematics
Strong background in mathematics, algorithm design and advanced skills in programming
6 years experience in research using programming language C++
4 years experience in teaching college-level courses
First Prize in China Undergraduates Mathematics Contest in Modeling (CUMCM)
Honorable Award in Mathematics Contest in Modeling (MCM)

Sherry Wang

Sherry Xiaorui Wang graduated with a Master's in Chemistry from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1990 and a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Tongji University in Shanghai. She continued working at Shanghai Jiaotong University, doing extensive research, teaching classes, and mentoring college students for six years. After moving to the United States in 1996, Sherry focused her efforts on helping the community through non-profit organizations such as the Shanghai Jiaotong University Alumnus Association, Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, Silicon Valley Women Association, and her church. In 2010, Sherry began mentoring high school students through the Bay Echo Association, which “seeks to inform, counsel, and support both teenagers and parents by offering valuable insight on social issues encountered in the everyday lives of teens and creating a safe environment for conversation.” Inspired by these high school students, Sherry founded Springlight Education Institute in August 2012 with "Faith, Hope, and Love" as its educational philosophy.
Through the Bay Echo Association and Springlight Education, Sherry has had the opportunity to meet and get to know students of varying backgrounds. She is passionate about remedying the education achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic backgrounds. With extensive knowledge in Chinese and American instructional methods and experience in teaching in both the non-profit and private sectors, Sherry has fresh ideas to remedy the disparity in the quality of California public schools. She is confident that the right reforms can help change California education for the better.