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MEET 2nd GRADE BARNARD CI TEACHING ASSISTANT: ALICE

“I love the kids and cherish the time I spend with them..”

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I came from a big city in central China, named Wuhan. It’s a city with four seasons, very hot in summer and very cold in winter.

What are your favorite foods?

My favorite food is Oujia, a Chinese food. You cut the lotus into thin slices, put the grounded pork in the middle of the slices, dip them into sticky

flour and then fry them. It’s very delicious.

Where did you graduate from college? What was your major?

I graduated and got my master degree of linguistics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, a top ten university in China.

After that, I stayed in the university to become an English teacher. I have been teaching for about 15 years now. I mainly taught freshmen and

sophomores. I also gave intensive listening and speaking training courses for postgraduates and doctors every September for three years.

When did you first come to San Diego? Is this your first time in the U.S?

I stayed in Austin, Texas in 2009 for one year and at that time I was a visiting scholar to the University of Texas at Austin. That’s my first time to the U.S.

I came to San Diego last August, and work with second grade teacher Jessica Chang in Room 8. I am here until June of 2018.

What’s your impression of San Diego and what would you like to do here?

I am really impressed with the city’s beautiful scenery and enjoy the wonderful weatherhere. I like to experience American culture and want to know more

about people’s values about the world. I also hope I could travel to more places in the U.S. There is so much to explore in this big and beautiful country.

What has surprised you most about the U.S.?

What surprises me most is the huge workloads of primary school teachers. They need to teach the students from 7:45 – 2:10 with only two breaks, one is recess;

the other is the lunch time. I am really surprised by the teaching schedule here. It’s too different from China.

What is your biggest hope for our children?

I am so happy to see the achievements of Chinese immersion program in Barnard. The kids are good at reading and writing characters and they could

understand Chinese well. My biggest hope for the student is that they could have more chances to speak Chinese. They could express themselves freely

in daily life conversations. For them, listening and speaking should be more important than reading and writing.

Why did you become a teacher?

I wanted to be a teacher when I was a small child. It was my dream. Also, in China, teacher is an occupation respected by the whole society. I think I am lucky

because I am doing something I really like.

What do you do when you’re not working?

In my spare time, I don’t do anything special, busy with family chores and my daughter’s activities. When I do have time, I will listen to music, read some books

and take a walk at the beach.

What is your favorite Chinese phrase or saying?

My favorite Chinese phrase is “人无远虑,必有近忧”, which means “Those who do not plan for the future will have trouble close at hand.”

Anything else you would like parents and students to know? I want all the parents and students to know that I am very grateful to have this chance to

teach in Barnard. I love the kids and cherish the time I spend with them.

You can contact Gengxin (Alice) at: huanggx2004@gmail.com