Meet the Hunter Team

Dr. Chao is a professor and head of the Chinese Program at Hunter College. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from New York University. Dr. Chao received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2001 to establish the Chinese Literacy Project, which led to her pioneering teaching approach of using web-based instructional materials to help students learn characters and build literacy. Since 2007, Dr. Chao has directed STARTALK high school and teacher training programs at Hunter. In 2008, she founded the Hunter College M.A. in the Teaching of Chinese program. Dr. Chao has been the director for the Hunter Chinese Flagship Center since 2011. She was the president of the national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) in 2013. She also serves on the advisory board on CELIN World (a newly established national initiative by Asia Society to promote Chinese early language immersion) and the SAT II Chinese Subject Test Committee.  Dr. Chao is currently working on an online course management system, Chinese For All. Her research interests include second language acquisition, teacher education, and the history of Chinese language instruction in the U.S.


Ms. Bing Ying Hu received her M.A. in the Teaching of Chinese as a foreign language from Hunter College. She coordinated and taught the Hunter STARTALK program for high school and middle school students for the past three years. She is especially familiar with the blended learning model. She has helped develop blended learning curricula, created individualized study plans for students, and trained qualified online tutors.  Currently, Bing Ying is a language instructor for Hunter College and the curriculum coordinator for the Hunter Chinese Flagship program. As the associate director for the K-12 Blended Pilot Project, Bing will assist in developing the curriculum, arrange teacher training workshops, supervise assessment, and conduct research on blended learning best practices.

Mary Marks

Ms. Mary Marks has 16 years of experience as a Public Information Consultant. During that time, she coordinated various projects for school districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as endeavors with private clients. She served as the Jericho School District’s Director of Public Information and Community Relations for 13 years. She has received more than 100 state and national awards for her newsletters, calendars, budget brochures, writing, photography, and special purpose publications. In addition, she received 8 national achievement awards for exemplary public relations activities. She has presented at various professional conferences on budget strategies, crisis communications, cultural diversity, and building positive relationships. Mary is currently an independent public information consultant and serves as the Coordinator of the K-12 Blended Pilot Project. Mary helped to establish the relationship between the Hunter Chinese Flagship Program and the Jericho School District.

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Mr. Shouqian Shi is the lead instructor for the K-12 Blended Pilot Project at Jericho. Mr. Shi received his M.A. in Adolescent Chinese Education from Hunter College. He is certified in teaching of Chinese in Grade 7-12 and in 1-6. He is also certified to teach Social Studies in Grade 7-12. Mr. Shi has taught STARTALK program for high school students and middle school students in face-to-face as well as online setting for the past 2 years. He has past experience of teaching Chinese to toddlers at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York City and to early primary-school students in Washington D.C.. He will be teaching all the group class sessions at Jericho and will be developing study plans for online sessions.

Meet the Jericho Team

Hank Grishman began his career in education as an elementary and middle school mathematics teacher and held posts as an elementary and middle school principal. Since 1978, Mr. Grishman served as superintendent for four school districts before taking his post in Jericho in 1995.

Mr. Grishman is the past president and past member the Executive Committee of the NYS Council of School Superintendents; past president and officer of the Executive Committee for the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, Inc.; Member of the NYS Public High School Athletic Association, Inc., Central Committee; NYSPHSAA Section VIII, Chair Superintendent’s Board; Governing Board Member of the American Association of School Administrators and Past president and current member of the Executive Committee of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents.


Barbara Bauer has served as the Jericho School District’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the past 7 years. During that time she has supervised curricular development and augmentation of academic and social/emotional programs throughout the district while consistently striving to meet Jericho goals for all students.

As the Cantiague Elementary School principal for 9 years, Barbara led her faculty to reach new goals and realize standards of excellence. She successfully piloted an early-intervention reading program, initiated theme-based character education programs to improve social skills and instill values, and established a peer mediation program to teach students conflict resolution strategies and to provide a mechanism for resolving issues among students. A highly motivated and dedicated professional with more than 30 years of experience, Barbara is creative and innovative in the quest for excellence with an emphasis on placing the needs of children first.

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Dr. Elaine Margarita is the Curriculum Associate for World Languages and Family & Consumer Science at Jericho Schools.  She received her B.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literature at SUNY Stony Brook, her M.A. in Education from SUNY Stony Brook and her administrative degree and doctorate in Educational Administration from Hofstra University. Dr. Margarita is also an Assistant Professor at Dowling College and Hofstra University where she is a professor of methodology.  She is currently the president of FLACS (Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors for New York State).  Dr. Margarita is very involved in the development of curriculum and assessments in world languages.  She has presented at conferences throughout the state on researched-based instruction and she serves as consultant to many school districts for a variety of professional development needs as well as the implementation of early language programs (FLES).