Meet the Teachers


Pey Jaw, Director

To believe, to reason, to play; I feel the child should be the center of education. A child’s foundation at a preschool age is highly critical for them to develop their senses to ensure a stable future. An excellent formula such as Montessori is set up for these children, as well up to the educators to keep it alive. This formula shall be unique and maintained at a consistent rate of teaching. Montessori Method requires the instructor to study each child’s characteristics and create tools for them to advance to the next level. The environment around the classroom will be planned with designed curriculum and materials to cover all the knowledge to prepare the child for the future; however, it is up to the teachers to decide the proper timing to introduce the next activity. It is the teacher’s duty to know a child’s status on developing and their needs for success. To embrace Chinese immersion education, the techniques of teaching must be as exciting

Ph.D. Candidate in Education/Teaching, Educational Psychology, Alliant University
MEd in Early Childhood Education-Montessori, NDNU, Belmont
B.A. in Sociology and Social Work, Soochow University, Taipei
Director Permit of Early Childhood Education Certification, CA Educational Department Montessori Teaching Permit Certification, American Montessori Society
Adult/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (American Red Cross)

DSC_0141Charles Thomas Sullivan, Master Teacher

This year marks my 20th year as a pre-k educator. I began college as a graphic design major but found my calling in teaching when I took early childhood education courses. In 1997 I helped develop the pre-k program and was one of the first educators for St. Joseph the Worker School (Archdiocese of Los Angeles). I remained there until 2011 when I got married and relocated to the Bay Area from Los Angeles. From 2011 until June of this year, I taught Montessori based pre-kindergarten at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Belmont and have also substituted in the pre- k at St. Pius in Redwood City. My past summers have been spent as Head Counselor and Assistant Program Director for youth summer programs in Los Angeles and Alameda, in addition to coaching soccer. Outside of school I enjoy being active and taking advantage of what the bay area has to offer in outdoor recreation and good weather by cycling, running, hiking, mountain biking, playing soccer and basketball, and spending time with my wife and family. Thank you for giving me a warm welcome into your school community and I look forward to getting to know you and your children this coming school year.

img_0190Jenny Hsu, Teacher

I was born and raised in Beijing, China. I immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area 20 years ago. Previously, I had worked at a reputable organization offering a modified Montessori program to young children as a teacher for six years. I had a real interest in human behavior and obtained a B.A. degree in Psychology at San Francisco State University.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to work at St. Mary’s Preschool. I believe in its philosophy and the Montessori teaching method. I strive to create a classroom where children are well cared for and safe. I value each child as individuals, and his or her need for attention is supported. I am very aware of cultural differences in education. Chinese people value education and career, while Americans put more emphasis on good character and faith. When I teach, I ensure that not only the children’s academic needs are met, but also that their favorable behavior is praised and encouraged.

B.A. in Psychology, San Francisco State University.

PingXuePing Xue, Teacher

Love Chinese teaching and love children, Over 23 years of
teaching experience, working as full time Chinese teacher,
Extensive experience teaching Chinese to both children and
adults, Familiarity with teaching Pinyin, simplified and traditional Chinese characters, Expertise in teaching Chinese cultural activities such as arts and crafts, origami, storytelling, cooking class and etc.

Abby LiAbby LiTeacher’s Aide

I was born and raised in Guangzhou, China.  My educational background is in accounting and finances, but when I came to the United States in 2016, I began working as a language research assistant at the University of Colorado.  There, I developed an interest in the bilingual development of young children. Since moving to San Francisco, I have taken several courses in child development and bilingual language learning.  Given my interests, I am very happy to be working at St. Mary’s Preschool, and look forward to engaging with the children and further supporting their language development.

20190922_085716Joni Wu

I have BA degree with Liberal Study for teaching credential program and was a teacher aide in my home town for many years. I graduated from City College with Child Development major in 2014. I am now holding a current Master Teacher Permit and Site Supervisor Permit. I have been teaching in preschool for 5 years. Seeing children learn and succeed in their early educational path is one of my goals. I also enjoy being with children and learn from them. Besides having joy with children, I also pay attention to their safety when they are in school. In my leisure time, I would like to read and watch
scary movies.