Our Staff

Gulu Gulu teachers and staff want to form a strong and trusted partnership with you to ensure the best possible relationship with your child. Our teachers provide daily communication with families and seek to understand your unique needs.

Karen Chan

Founder of Gulu Gulu learning program starting from 2010.

Starting in 2000, Karen has been dedicating herself to a career in young children’s early development and education. She studied Education/Multiple Subjects Teaching (Liberal Studies) at Fresno State University, California. Before she started Gulu Gulu, she had been working with different age groups of children, as well as volunteering in special education classrooms. All these experiences prepared her well for her future teaching path to serve more children and families! 

Moreover, with the benefit of her Asian heritage, she is determined to bring diverse cultural values into her classrooms. She believes that teachers should provide a positive and caring environment for children to bolster their skills and achieve possible accomplishments. 

As director of the program, Karen has been playing a leadership role with her staff, as well as being a team player! In order to reach this goal, Gulu Gulu offers staff development opportunities and staff events to build up team spirit.

Besides, parents and teachers should also work as a team! Therefore, Gulu Gulu offers parents ongoing communication platforms through email, phone meetings, Saturday play dates, and family events. 


“As adults, we can inspire and encourage a love of learning in our children, but we can’t push them to learn. We can do far more good by creating an environment of support — both at home and at school — in which children can develop their own ideas, express feelings, take chances, make choices, share their opinions, and most of all, grow to be strong individuals. By knowing what interests your child has and discovering how she/he learns best, we can help him/her build skills in the context of his/her strengths and assist him/her to explore the fully potentials.”   Karen Chan, Director

Ms Amanda

Preschool to kindergarten teacher, English teacher and Math teacher

I have an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I have been teaching preschool and kindergarten for over 14 years. My passion in life is helping other people in any way I can. One of those ways is helping students learn, grow, and mature.

Mr Daniel

ESL teacher

I have been working with children in the past 3 years. I have experience in teaching preschool, kindergarten, and 6th Grade classrooms. Patience and Guidance are the two strongest areas of teaching. I am able to be fun when needed and able to be serious when needed.

Ms Anh

Math and On-site teacher

I have a bachelor degree in English and I am currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Software Engineering. I love everything about Math and I would love to spread the love to all my students. I am excited to be a guide in your Math’s journey and I am looking forward to seeing you in my class.

Ms Jacquline

English and ESL teacher

I have graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing with my dog, reading books from various genres, and spending time with my three younger siblings. My classroom philosophy is focused on having children actively work, encourage, and build each other up.

Ms Rae

Chinese Mandarin Teacher

I have a bachelor degree in calligraphy and a Master of Teaching Arts (Chinese Content) at Clarkson University. My teaching style is geniality. I love to create a warm and friendly learning atmosphere. I have two years online teaching experience and 6 Years of experience teaching in Korea/ Cambodia/ Lebanon School District in PA U.S.
My teaching qualifications: Chinese Public-school Teacher Qualification Certificate/ International Chinese Teacher Qualification Certificate/ Han ban Excellent Chinese Teacher

Ms Rana

Education Coach + Math , French, Public Speaking teacher

My name is Rana Abourizk and I am proud to be an Educational Coach at Gulu Gulu Learning Academy. I have held many positions like TOEFL Instructor, Kids Teacher, Lesson Writer, Teacher Supervisor, Lead Instructor, Teacher Recruiter and now Educational Coach at Gulu Gulu.
I have trained students for taking various exams like TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT and Accuplacer. I have written well over 300 English lessons for an online school while I was a Teaching Supervisor and over 30 Business lessons while I was a Lesson Writer. I recruited several qualified teachers for a few online schools.
I still continue to recruit teachers, write lessons and teach. I love teaching children especially because I believe teachers help children build good foundational skills to do well in the classroom. I have a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in E-Learning in addition to an M.B.A. Currently I am working on developing the ESL program. The focus for the ESL program is to develop students’ English Language skills using various teaching styles and strategies that cater to each individual student’s needs.

Ms Christine

Prek, Zumba, music, singing teacher and camp leader

I have an associate degree in Sociology at Chaffey College. I was a teacher and administrator at Tutor Time, Kindercare, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga. I love doing gardening, cooking, painting, ice skating, and roller skating. I believe all children have the potential to do great things, it is only a matter of how we as teachers nurture and build those interests to keep that light in children while they grow.

Ms Ava

Family education and Yoga teacher

I have a master degree in Telecommunication Management and a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering. My educational training helps me to be a practical, logical, and methodical person. I also have a MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) instructor License and a Yoga 200-Hour teacher certificate. These training sessions help me develop skills of being a good listener, communicator, and peace of mind.

Mr Jacob

ESL Teacher

I love teaching and writing, and feel that education is of fundamental importance. I hold a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in History with cognates in Political Science and Geology. I was an English Language Instructor in South Korea for two years, which was one of the most remarkable and rewarding experiences of my life. I am a Youth Services Librarian by trade, and worked in libraries for four years with a large and diverse group of children, preteens and young adults. My teaching philosophy is that education can be tailored to each specific individual in order to meet their unique needs and learning objectives, all while having fun!

Ms Eve

Chinese Mandarin Teacher

I have a bachelor’s degree in child development from California State University, Los Angeles. I enjoy exercising, cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family. I believe all students are capable of learning and being excellent. I will strive to create a welcoming environment where all students can develop a love of learning.

Ms Julie

Math Teacher and English Teacher

I have a master’s degree in economics, a bachelor in education, and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. As my hobby, I like to do painting, singing and book reading. As a teacher, every child is unique and special to me. I will assist my students to express themselves as well as developing their potential and learning styles.

Mr R

Math Teacher and English Teacher

Mr. R. has raised students’ reading and math scores using brain-based pedagogy. He has taught students of all ages to achieve success in school and beyond. He teaches language roots to young students through teaching about the Taxonomy of animals, writing by teaching about the Hero’s Journey, and Math by teaching students how to multiply with their fingers, among other lessons in the vast array of brain techniques that accelerate learning and advance students beyond their grade level. Most of his students double or triple their reading speed in one lesson, reading with greater accuracy, retention and recall. Mr. R. is available to teach your child the skills necessary to be successful in school as well as in passing standardized tests from the Common Core to Regents and SAT tests in individualized classes for Home Schooling or after school.