Mrs. ChiaChyi S Chiu
MA, San Jose State University
BA, Soochow University
Chiachyi was born and raised in Taiwan. As a social work major at Soochow University, she worked as a volunteer with seniors and juvenile delinquents. She also worked with children with autism and developmental issues at the Liu Foundation, a special education institute in Taiwan.
Chiachyi came to the United States in 1989 to pursue a master’s degree in college student personnel at Eastern Michigan University. She interned as a counselor at EMU’s Counseling Services for a year. She then pursued a second master’s degree in education at San Jose State University. She worked as an intern at Palo Alto Elementary School and led weekly group counseling sessions to help new foreign students transition into the new culture.
After she started teaching at SAS in 2006, Chiachyi started and led International House as one of the advisors. She works with international students and parents to help the students have a smooth transition into SAS community life and help the parents have a better understanding of American culture.
Outside of SAS, Chiachyi worked with a team of esteemed educators to write a set of Chinese textbooks for K-6 graders, Flying with Chinese, which was published from 2008 to 2011. She was the master teacher and developed the curriculum of the STARTALK summer camp for the Cape Henlopen School District from 2010 to 2015. She has been invited to be an instructional lead teacher for STARTALK teacher training programs from 2014 to now; she enjoys working with Chinese teachers nationally. Chiachyi presents at ACTFL annually to share her teaching experiences and strategies.
In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading and cooking. She lives with her husband, Pei, and her sons, Ryan '14 and Evan ’18, in the Motter House.