Karina Cervantez is an educator and researcher with broad experience in education, working with community-based organizations, and service in local government.
Karina believes in strengthening the educational pipeline by investing in education so that every child has the opportunity to succeed. She has worked with, and served as a mentor, to previously incarcerated youth focusing on job placement and alternative education programs as a pathway for youth transitioning from the juvenile justice system. She helped to establish Girlzpace, an after-school program in leadership development for young women and was part of the development team of Digital NEST, a high-tech training and collaboration space for young people. And as an educator, she has taught courses in psychology, feminist studies, and Latino Studies.
Currently, Karina is a PhD candidate in the program of social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include access to higher education, leadership, and collective action in communities of color. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Psychology, also from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, writing, and mastering kickboxing.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Yanjun brings his systematic understanding of education and educational methods to the operational side. Given his previous experiences in teaching and school administration and his passion for education, Yanjun will bring his insights into the decision-making process of My Online Academy.
Yanjun realizes that it is essential to provide adaptive learning methods to students with varying levels of academic knowledge, so that they may internalize the knowledge and achieve their full potential. This expectation echoes what MOA is working to accomplish for every student that is served.
Sug Kitahara brings a wealth of experience to My Online Academy. He has served as the executive director of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, the president of his local Rotary Club, and the president of the local Toastmasters club. He has also served as chair for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in high schools throughout Orange County for the past 7 years. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Sug believes that online learning is here to stay and that we are only at the beginning stages of a monumental shift from the traditional school model.
In his free time, Sug goes hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and playing hockey to stay in shape.
College Advisor/CEO of Yamei Academy of Excellence, she graduated from UCLA with a BA in Asian American Studies, and NYU with a MA in Applied Psychology. She is a licensed Bilingual School Counselor and a WACAC member. She specialized in college & career path, at-risk youth, and ESL.
Lin is a part-time professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University Hangzhou College of Commerce in China, College entrepreneurship and innovation training coach for Hunan Technology & Science Department, and the China region college admissions and recruitment director for multiple high schools and universities in the United States such as Cal Poly Pomona CPELI, Professional Golfers Career College, Concordia University, South Hills Academy, Linfield Christian and Rancho Christian School, etc.
From 2006 to 2011, Lin taught at schools at Rowland School Unified and New York, LA Chinatown youth services centers, and at Mt. SAC College-college4kids. She also launched the reading literacy program for Project N.E.O., a non-profit organization in 2011. That program won 8th place in the nation for improving reading literacy for youth in 2012.
Lin loves to work with international students and students with special needs. As a 1.5 generation immigrant herself, she understands the struggles students have. She wishes to provide more support and opportunities for Asian students. During her spare time, Lin enjoys traveling, cooking, and family activities with her daughter.
Eric Danielson is an experienced curriculum developer and researcher. Graduated from George Washington University as a Ph.D., Eric has rich experience in organizational management, curriculum development, and teaching.
After earning his teaching certificate in Washington, D.C., in 1997, he received an offer to teach at a small business college in Shanghai in 1998 and has lived there ever since. Eric firmly believes that blended learning is an efficient way to minimize the achievement gap and enrich the learning environment, given the available resources and social-cultural context. It is crucial to contextualize students’ learning, and online course is the key to this process. Currently, Eric is researching various ways to incorporate MOA’s product into today’s instructional and curricular approach to support the learning that we want to have.
During his two decades of living in China, Eric has traveled widely throughout the country, including rural areas and small towns seldom visited by foreigners. Eric loves writing and doing historical and cultural studies. You can find his work in Amazon under the name Eric N. Danielson.