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Spotlight on Jiaqi, Confucius Institute Teacher



“I am interested in how children grow by learning new things.”

What is your full name?

Jiaqi Teng

Where did you grow up?

I was born and grew up in Tianjin, China.

Where did you graduate from

college? What was your major?

I earned a Master of Science, Educational Science and Technology, at University o fTwente ( 屯特大学 ) in the Netherlands

I also earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Chinese language and literature, at Tianjin Foreign Studies University ( 天津外国语大学 ) in China.

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

I first came to San Diego in August 2016. Yes, it’s my first time in the U.S. My term ends here in June of 2018.

What grade do you teach? How long have you been teaching?

I teach 5th grade at Barnard, I have taught the 5th graders since November 2016.

What are your favorite foods?

I like all different kinds of food, but especially love noodles.

What are some things that you want to experience in San Diego/U.S?

The first thing I want to experience in the U.S. is to be a teacher in an elementary school, which is the reason

why I am here at Barnard. Except that, I also want to experience the amazing natural scenery in the U.S., and experience the American daily life.

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

I feel surprised there are so many homeless people in big cities in the U.S.

Why did you go into teaching?

I love children and I am interested in how children grow by learning new things. In addition, I love to go

abroad to experience different life and culture, that is why I became a Mandarin teacher for foreign students.

What is your biggest hope for our students?

I hope they always be positive, happy and helpful for others.

What do you do in your free time?

I usually do some sports after work, e.g. jogging, hiking. If I have long-term holidays, I

would travel to a new place.

What is your favorite Chinese phrase? (please translate)


The top virtue is like water, benefitting all, contending with none, and is content with

what all others disdain. Therefore it is close to the Tao.

What is the one thing you want all parents and students to know about

you that we may not have already asked you?

I did bungee jump before, which made me feel proud.


Jiaqi is celebrating her birthday March 16!

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