Staff

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.

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.

Li Qin

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

Mr. Takahashi is a rising senior studying Biology at the Stanford University. In 2013, Jack was selected as an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist in the Health & Medicine Category. In 2015, he published his research on lung disease at Stanford. Mr. Takahashi has experience with tutoring students in Chemistry Honors and AP Chemistry as well as physics, biology, and math. His love of explaining scientific concepts to others shows in his student's knowledge.

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.

Samuel Tsao

As a senior UCSD student majoring in Computer Science, he has a strong foundation of software principles. Combined with his teaching experience of various subjects, he has proven himself to be a promising teacher of software engineering. 

Nelson Niu

Nelson is a junior at Monta Vista High School who has been involved in math contests since elementary school. He was a two-year member of Kennedy Middle School's MathCounts team and helped the team place second in the State division in eighth grade. He has consistently scored high scores in the AMC contest series, having first qualified for AIME in seventh grade and USAJMO in ninth grade. He has been teaching math to elementary and middle school students for over three years and served as a teaching assistant for an immensely popular MOEMS class at the Quinlan Community Center.

Francis Fan

Jeffrey Fan

Jeffrey Fan graduated from Lynbrook High School, and UC Davis with a major in Chemical Engineering. He is very familiar with the requirements of chemistry tests and has experience in teaching and tutoring for many years. He received 800 in SAT II subject Chemistry and 5 for AP chemistry when he was at high school.

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)

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.

Jimmy Z.

Accepted into MIT Class of 2018
USACO finalist (2013)
USACO gold division (2012-2013)
Gunn High Programming Contest: 1st (2012), 2nd(2013)
Harker Programming Invitational: 1st (2012), 2nd(2013)
Lynbrook Exemplary Student Award for AP Computer Science (2012)
Physics Olympiad Semifinalist (2013)
Science Olympiad: silver medal (2011), gold medal (2013)

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.