Staff List




Mary Tascian-Williams

Principal/Humanities Dept


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Master’s in Education and Organizational Leadership ABD in Organizational Leadership “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin My philosophy of education is to empower students with the knowledge to become self-motivated, exemplary citizens, and lifelong learners through a student-centered active learning environment. Higher achievement comes when students are intrinsically motivated and excited about learning.

Sally Wu

Executive Director

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Sally Wu is a renowned educator who has extensive expertise and knowledge in international related fields. She has been working with schools in the U.S. and East Asia in promoting exchange programs for cultural understanding and language learning since 1998. Ms. Wu has used her outstanding communication skills to help numerous students learn the necessary tools to be competitive and succeed in schools. Before joining Orion International Academy, Ms. Wu worked with international programs associated with cultural exchange, second and foreign language learning, academic preparation, teachers and administrators exchange events. She is also innovative in creating tailor-made programs that meet the schools’, parent, and student needs. Sally Wu received her Ph. D. from the department of Education Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Additionally, Ms. Wu has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from California State University, Pomona, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from National University.


Fatima Saenz

Foreign Language Dept

Moore

Fatima is skilled at understanding students’ needs, proactively connects the dots, and is relentless at tailoring educational plans to meet the unique needs of individuals and deliver results.


Fatima is passionate about helping students realize their educational goals. She obtained her BA from UC Davis and completed a Masters from Loyola Marymount in 2005. She has over 17 years of experience in the educational field. She launched her teaching career in Culver Unified School District where she taught Spanish at the beginner, intermediate, and Advanced Placement (AP Spanish)levels to students. She then pursued a career as an Educational Consultant with the Los Angeles County of Children & Family Services. In this role, she advocated for the educational rights of Foster, Homeless, and Probation youth. Thus her background as a teacher and advisor gives her an advantage in the classroom because she is able to CONNECT . THE . DOTS swiftly and set her students up for success early through strategic planning, direct teaching, and active listening. With a personable professional like her by your side, you will be reassured and motivated along the way in your educational pursuit. An as the Chinese proverb reminds us ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. Let’s go! Let’s get started!

Arvin Ghazarian

Science Dept

Moore

Arvin Ghazarian was born in Tehran, capital of Iran. As a kid he was fascinated by science and flight, and dreamed of becoming a pilot. But over time his interest switched from the air to the living world, and he decided to become a doctor. After taking an advanced biology course at high school, he rediscovered his true passion and decided to become a geneticist, despite being accepted to medical school. He graduated from Tehran University, the highest-ranking university in Iran with a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology, and decided to earn a master’s degree in medical genetics. In order to do so, he had to be among the top 3 in a nationwide entrance exam, which he ended ranking second.


Vishali Rakheja

Math Dept

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Mrs. Rakheja, is passionate about teaching Mathematics with a focus on real life applications. Her background in Engineering and Finance give her a unique perspective while teaching High School Mathematics. She encourages her students to achieve perfection not only in Mathematics, but also in any endeavor that they undertake. She is the parent of Aviraj, and Amey who is pursuing Mechanical Engineering. In addition to encouraging students to excel in academics, Mrs. Rakheja promotes a healthy lifestyle by using her free time to bike and hike.

Maria Yeh

Elementary School

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Hi! My name is Maria Yeh and I am very excited to be joining the team at Orion International Academy. I am thrilled to be a teacher here, and am looking forward to a year of learning, fun, and adventure. I was born into a large family and was raised in Southern California. I went to college at BAU and worked as a Special Educational Advocate for many years. After, I decided to be a teacher and went back to school where I took classes in Early Childhood Education because I love working with kids. I have taught for over seven years, from Pre-School to Jr. High. My family and I currently live in Norco where my son attends UCI and my daughter will be starting 3rd grade in the fall. There is much to learn in the school year to come and I can’t wait to meet you all!!!

James Kuo

Elementary School

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I have lived in Southern California my entire life. I went to Cal Poly Pomona and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Growing up, I have always held close the memorable and nostalgic experiences that I had in kindergarten and first grade. The great impression my teachers left me in my childhood ignited my passion, which has always been to do the same for someone else: teaching and inspiring the next generation, leaving them with valuable lessons and memories they can hold for the rest of their lives. I’m excited to be a part of your child’s education and join the Orion family!