Meet Our Team
Our Site Director Clarissa Chan-Lee is an educator who works with East Bay high school students during the school year. Clarissa is also a former Hip Wah student:
"As a camper who grew up within the Hip Wah community myself, I am honored to be able to return every summer as the Site Director. Like many of our students, I was able to gain life-long friendships and cherished memories, an appreciation for Chinese culture, and a deepened sense of pride in my family's heritage. Returning to Hip Wah as an adult, it is easy to see the strong foundation that has always guided the program, as well as the development and growth that supports the diversity and changes in our community. We have an exceptional teaching staff who continually build exciting experiences for our students and the unwavering support from our families. Hip Wah is truly special and there is a tremendous sense of pride for the work we do here. Although our program only runs for one month of the year, we are able to create relationships and memories that last a lifetime." - Clarissa
Experience and dedication are key! Our classrooms are led by credentialed teachers passionate about giving children this Chinese experience. During the school year, they teach at schools throughout the East Bay. Their experience is evident on the first day of camp in how skillfully they orient the children, new and returning, to the summer program. Most of our teachers return year after year.
We also have specialized instructors teaching brush painting, choral and instrumental music, Mandarin language, and martial arts or lion dancing during the core camp hours. In addition, after the core camp hours, supplemental Mandarin language and Chinese instrumental music classes are offered. Supplemental Mandarin language classes are open to all grades, and supplemental Chinese instrumental music classes are open to entering 4th graders through Hip Wah 3.
Camp Aides and Site Assistants
They come from the Hip Wah summer program! Children who complete Hip Wah 3 are eligible to apply for a position as a Camp Aide. The Camp Aides are enthusiastic in sharing their past Hip Wah experience with our young campers. Camp Aides are assigned to the classrooms and the office. Camp Aides assist the teachers and the students during class time, accompany students traveling to and from classrooms, and join them for recess and lunch. Campers develop a special bond with their aides, and many strive to become aides themselves! The Site Assistants support the Site Director, and they are also former Hip Wah students. Site Assistants are generally entering or current college students.
Our Extended Care director and his team are ready to watch your children before and after camp. They’ll be ready with games, arts and crafts, outdoor play and afternoon snacks.