Meet Our Staff

Dr. Tina Tsai, Ph.D
Founder/Lead Instructor
Dr. Tina Tsai is the founder of The Literacy Guild (TLG) and manages curriculum and instruction for the program. She has a Ph.D. in Education from USC, an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College. Along with 20 years of professional teaching experience at all grade levels including as a graduate school professor, she obtained a California Multiple Subjects Clear Credential with BCLAD (bilingual) in 2000. She also writes and publishes in educational research, print and online publications, and original novels. Her goal in life is to change the face of education so that all students have rich and truly productive educational experiences they can value and draw upon for life.


Lisa Lu, M.S., LMFT, PPSC
Program Manager
Lisa Lu is currently the Program Manager for The Literacy Guild (TLG) and oversees scheduling, enrollment and program communications. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and also has a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) for academic school counseling. She received her B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley and has experience teaching English to middle and high school students. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and some Spanish. Besides working at TLG, Lisa also provides college counseling to help students succeed academically and prepare for college. She enjoys working with students of various ages and believes that all students, with the right motivation and tools, have the ability to reach their highest potential.


Esther Chen, B.A.
Teacher
Esther has over ten years of experience working with children of all reading levels and of all ranges of personalities. She enjoys the challenge of shaping her teaching to best navigate each student on their learning journey and firmly believes that personality quirks are a positive thing. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Thomas Edison State University and is TESOL certified. In addition to English, she also speaks Mandarin and some Spanish. She is an avid writer and reader, having read more sci-fi and fantasy books than she would care to admit. Outside of TLG, Esther also offers her services as a freelance editor and a private tutor for students who are looking to sharpen their skills in English.


Elizabeth Frausto, B.A.
Teacher
Elizabeth graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in English. She has experience working with all grade levels and is certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She enjoys reading, writing, stand-up comedy, traveling, and spending time with her family. In addition to teaching at TLG, Elizabeth is also an Instructional Assistant at Santiago Canyon College and plans on pursuing graduate studies in English. She strives to help her students acquire the tools needed for success as lifelong learners.


Marissa Ayala, B.A.
Teacher
Marissa Ayala graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a bookworm all her life, and her reading interests range in genre and form, from historical fiction to science fiction, from poetry to playwrights. A small sample of her current favorite authors include Ursula Le Guin, Haruki Murakami, and Octavia Butler. While at UC Berkeley, she enjoyed attending poetry readings and author signings, and you could often find her volunteering hours at either the student radio or the student organic garden. She has been involved with student reading groups for over ten years–in high school she was a passionate member of Book Buddies, and in college she mentored local high school, middle school, and elementary school students in literacy development. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking and camping in the California mountains, listening to records, and practicing her most recent hobby: roller skating. She is a firm believer that all academic success is intensified and made possible through a love for reading. She credits a strong vocabulary and a knack for reading and writing for her own academic success.


Vivian Chang, B.A.
Teacher
Vivian graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Linguistics. She plans to pursue her master degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has always been interested in teaching English, especially to ESL students. She has experience tutoring elementary students. Besides English, she also speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. She enjoys reading, writing, and watching environmental documentaries. She is an animal lover and an environmentalist!


Joyce Wang Moncayo, M.A.
Teacher
Joyce graduated with a M.A. in 20-21st Modern American Literature from Durham University in the U.K. and earned her B.A. in English Literature from Cal State Fullerton. Now that she is back from northern England, she is ready to rekindle her love for teaching and helping students find their voice through their writing. After tutoring and teaching students of all grade levels, Joyce wants to focus on making sure that every student is challenged to reach their full potential. Joyce graduated with a M.A. and B.A. in English, and she is also fluent in Spanish; in her free time she enjoys reading books in both languages. However, whenever she can’t pick one, she enjoys reading books that experiment with the open-endedness of language and intertwine languages to create something new for those who live in-between them.


Annette Ortiz Diaz, B.A.
Office Manager
Annette Ortiz Diaz is a studio manager, freelance video editor, and musician. She loves watching films, from foreign language films, independent shorts, all the way to Hollywood blockbusters and Disney/Pixar favorites. When she is not working, you can find her performing in either of her two rock bands or taking her young children out to Disneyland. If you are planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, feel free to ask her for tips on navigating the parks. Her favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz.