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Location

171 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Suite 202

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

© 2004 - 2018     Jeng Academic Center, Inc.

Serving Local Communities since 2004

Dr. De-Yin Jeng

Founder and Instuctor

     Dr. De-Yin Jeng is the founder of Jeng Academic Center, Inc. He graduated from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in material science and metallurgical engineering, came to the US in 1986 as a student, and received his Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla ( now Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he taught in the Material Science Department at UCLA as a visiting assistant professor, and later spent eleven years in industry ( YTC America, Inc.) as a research scientist developing various ceramic CO2, O2, CO gas sensors. In 2004 he began his life-long dream of learning and teaching English at Jeng Academic Center, where he has been teaching all math subjects for primary and secondary schools, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, various English reading and writing classes, and particularly the highly acclaimed SAT/ACT workshop.

     Dr. Jeng’s teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that intelligence, or academic excellence, alone is not sufficient in satisfying the intellectual, mental, and spiritual needs of young minds. Young students are endowed with latent intellectual and spiritual needs yearning to be guided and helped, usually first through academic achievement, followed by a healthy growth and fostering of their active minds. Young students are naturally thirsty for meaning and value in life, and academic excellence is only the first step in directing their minds. For this reason intelligence is seen as the primary means with which clear, critical thinking skills can be acquired. Armed with high intelligence, young students will be better able to make the best judgment for their lives. The three teaching goals highlighted by Dr. Jeng are a habit of “clear thinking, orderly mind, and deep understanding” of all subjects studied. These three traits pave the way to further development of intelligence, cultivation of virtues, and attainment of wisdom, which is considered as the source of happiness and meaning in life. When all teaching and learning is properly done and achieved between a student and a teacher, both the student and the teacher feel a profound sense of joy, pleasure, and fulfillment.

Chandra Herrera

English Instructor

     Chandra Herrera has over a decade of teaching experience at several southern California private schools.  Having taught the gamut from fourth to twelfth grade, she brings a wealth of English language experience.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a primary emphasis in English and a minor in Spanish.  

Candac Newton

Instuctor for SAT/ACT Test Prep, English Reading, Writing & Etymolog

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Justin Tseng

Instructor for SAT/ACT, Math/Ap Classes

     Justin Tseng studied Physics and Material Science Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, graduating in 2011. Ever since high school, he has worked both privately and as a part of student groups as a tutor. He has also taught as a substitute teacher for Agoura High School’s AP Computer Science class, and has been teaching SAT, math, and science at Jeng Academic Center since 2012.

Michelle Bitting

English Instructor

     Michelle Bitting is an award-winning writer, having published creative and critical writing in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has received many writing awards, including Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, Glimmer Train, Beyond Baroque Foundation, DeNovo First Book, and Sacramento Poetry Center Awards. Michelle teaches over 500 students a year at the elementary, middle school, high school, college and adult-writer levels. She has received grants and commendations from the Garland California Foundation, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Optimists Club and been a finalist for multiple State and National Foundation grants, including the Poets & Writers Magazine California Exchange and Rona Jaffe Foundation, among others. Her work has been published in periodicals and papers such as The American Poetry Review, The L.A. Weekly and New York Times, She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in Mythological Studies and is a PhD candidate in Mythological Studies with an emphasis on Poesis and Depth Psychology. 

     Most importantly, Michelle loves to teach and is a devoted lover of language and the inspiration that comes from helping others grow as thinkers and writers. She is forever delightfully surprised by how much she is inspired by her students--their unique words and how they flourish as creative thinkers. She looks forward to assisting young writers in growing their strengths as essay and story writers by helping them acquire skills in understanding sentence structures and patterns as well helping them build their paragraphs towards a clear and original voice. It is her goal that the students might fall a little bit more in love with words, become more self-expressive through writing, and perhaps develop a palpable feeling of creative mastery of the English language.

Allan Burin

Instructor for ACT Test Prep, SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL, English Reading, English Writing, and ESL

     Allan Burin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has over 16 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language with specialization in TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), accent reduction and business English.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Allan ran his own accent reduction and business English company and worked for some prestigious English language schools, including National University and Kaplan International, with a focus on pre-MBA classes, and test prep.

     As a multifaceted educator, Allan has instructed a wide variety of students from various backgrounds and educational levels.  As a result, he has always been able to cultivate and maintain an honest, open and communicative atmosphere where each student feels confident and self-assured.

Kaitlyn Fung

Biology and English Instructor

     Kaitlyn Fung graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCSD in 2016. She is a Phi Beta Kappa initiate and a member of UCSD's prestigious Caledonian Society. Kaitlyn majored in pre-medical biology at UCSD and is a published clinical researcher. She has been an official UCSD teaching assistant and private instructor since 2013. She loves teaching and mentoring young minds, and strives to ensure that students not only comprehensively understand their subjects, but also develop a life-long love of learning. In addition to teaching, Kaitlyn is currently pursuing her medical ambitions and is thrilled at the opportunity to help young students achieve their own medical dreams. 

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