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What is your full name?

My name is Zhang Jing aka Sandra.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Shanxi Province in the north of China. I moved to Haikou, Hainan, in the south of China when I began atttending Hainan Normal University.

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

I got my bachelor’s degree in English in 2009, and a master’s degree in comparative literature and world literature in 2012. I taught at Haikou College of Economics for four years.

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

I came to the U.S. at the end of August 2016, and it is my first time to be here. I will be there to teach mandarin for two years and go back China in June, 2018.

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

I am now a third grade teachers’ assistant at Barnard in Room 14 with Zhang Shengnan. I have almost completed half a year of teaching mandarin at Barnard.

What are your favorite foods?

I have developed a love for pizza, donuts, ice cream, all different desserts, wine and coffee here in the US. They are not only beautiful but also very delicious.

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

If I have the chance and time, I wish I could attend an American university to experience and learn. I would like to see the differences and similarities

between Chinese and American college classes.

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

I am so surprised Chinese Immersion School can do such a good job in making sure every student can speak Mandarin to express their ideas and

learn math in Chinese classrooms.

Why did you go into teaching?

I was a very normal student in my class when I was a little girl but my teacher gave me a lot of attention. I knew how important a teacher is in a student’s heart

since that time, and I believe I can give my whole heart to my cute students and love them.

What is your biggest hope for our students?

I wish I could meet my students in China one day and talk with each in Mandarin and remember the beautiful days we spent in classroom 14 at Barnard. I asked one of my

students, Danila why she studied Mandarin and she said so she can speak mandarin if she goes to China someday. Danila just transferred to Barnard last year and caught

up with English and she is trying her best to catch up with her Mandarin this year. At the beginning of this semester, she was with me in a small group at the back table of our

class and now she went back to the big group because she works hard and made great progress. I am so proud of her and she is also very happy and has gained a lot of

confidence after catching up with the rest of our students.

What do you do in your free time?

I usually run or take a walk on the beach or go hiking with my friends during my free time because I want to have a healthy life.

What is your favorite Chinese phrase?

My favorite Chinese phrase is “ 路漫漫其修 远兮,吾将上下而求索” which means the road ahead will be long; I see no ending, yet high and low I will search with my will

unbending and never give up on the way to pursue my dream and ideal.

You can contact Zhang Jing at sandrazhang85@gmail.com