Nerissa Wong-VanHaren

Nerissa W.

Palo Alto, CA

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Nerissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello! I'm a woman of many interests and talents. I have taught many things in my life: middle school English and Social Studies, Mandarin Music classes for preschoolers, Zumba, Hula (Hawaiian) Dance, Vegetarian and Asian cooking. I'm an avid home gardener and dancer of many styles, from flamenco to ballroom to bachata.


Group Exercise Instructor (Zumba, Hawaiian Dance)
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
YMCA of the Silicon Valley

Taught beginning hula dance (Hawaiian dance) and Zumba (latin dance exercise class) at the Palo Alto Family YMCA.

Mandarin Music Teacher
Jan 2004 - Jun 2007
Music Around The World

Taught songs and rhymes in Mandarin Chinese to preschoolers

Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher
Aug 1996 - Jun 1998
Whisman School District, Crittenden Middle School


Masters in Education, California Teaching Credential
Jun 1995 - Jun 1996
Stanford University STEP Program
Sep 1991 - Jun 1995
Stanford University


Mandarin Chinese
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Spanish Level B2 (Advanced)
Jun 2015
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas, Barcelona, España

I studied Spanish at the Official Language School in Barcelona, Spain, during the three years I lived there.

California Teaching Credential
Jun 1996
Calfiornia Commission on Teacher Credentialing

English and Social Studies, secondary level


Phi Beta Kappa
Jun 1995

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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