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Who is Mr. Liu?

Born in Taiwan in 1970, I attended my early elementary school years there, learning to speak Mandarin at school and Taiwanese at home. In 1982, I came to the United States and attended Freedom Elementary School in Watsonville, California, where I learned spanglish. For middle and high school, I attended Monte Vista Christian School for a sink-or-swim English-only education. I attended San Jose State University in 1989 where I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 specializing in machine design. This led to a project engineer position for several years at SierraTherm Production Furnaces where I designed conveyor furnaces for the semiconductor industry. In 1998, I left engineering and joined my brother to start, an online bakery business selling Cookie Greetings®, my registered trademark for the world's first shippable photo cookies. In 2003, I sold the San Jose branch and decided to become a teacher.

In 2006, I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with an MA in Math Education and a preliminary teaching credential in mathematics. By 2009, I cleared the teaching credential via the Real McCoy of BTSA, the New Teacher Project at UCSC, and was authorized with a complete set of teaching credentials for all secondary mathematics and sciences. In 2013, I added the ITE credential in response to our state's focus on career technical education. In other words, from 2006 to 2013, I cleared about one credential per year. In chronological order, they were: 1) mathematics, 2) calculus, 3) physics 4) biological sciences, 5) geosciences, 6) chemistry, and 7) industrial and technology education.


In addition, I went back to San Jose State in 2014 for further study. In 2016, I earned an MA in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Administration and Supervision. My thesis was titled "Advocacy for Students At-Risk: Psychological Needs. An Ethnographic Study of CBUPO". As a result, I received the Certificate of Eligibility for Administrative Services Credential in 2017.


All of my teaching experiences were exclusively with students at-risk and alternative school settings... seven years at a charter school, one year at a community day school, and last two years here at East Side Union High School District, teaching physics and forensics at Calero High School, a California School of Choice. I am still at Calero High School. My goal is to become an expert in working and guiding students who are at-risk of not graduating from high school.