Staff List


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.


Charles Moore

Dean of Students/English Dept

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Mr. Chuck Moore received bachelor degrees in African History and Ethnic Studies from UC Davis; received his master’s degree in Education from UCLA, along with a Secondary Teaching Credential. Moore is nearing completion of dissertation for doctoral studies in Transformational Leadership (Education). He has served as a high school teacher and as a university lecturer for ten years. While teaching is his true passion, he developed extensive administrative skills at the university level. Mr. Moore worked 29 years in higher education serving in Enrollment Management and Student Recruitment roles. This career began at UC Davis and included administrative leadership roles at: Cal State Long Beach, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, and Cal State Fullerton. Moore taught high and coached several sports at Grant High School in Sacramento. Through these roles Mr. Moore gained and honed an ability to guide students from kindergarten through high school to attain competitive college eligibility and completion.

Arvin Ghazarian

Science Dept

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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.


Mary Tascanian-Williams

Humanities Dept

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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.

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!