Eric Xiong, Computer Teacher

Phone: 651-744-4319

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MS in Education-Winona State Univ BS in Education-Winona State Univ Technology Certificate-Hamline Univ

Eric Xiong, Computer Teacher

I've been teaching in St. Paul Public Schools since Fall of 1993.  This will be my 27th year in the district.  I've taught sixth & fourth grade before becoming a computer teacher.  I've taught at Daytons Bluff, Farnsworth PreK-8, Eastern Heights before coming to Frost Lake.  I hope I can be a resource to all students, staff and parents at Frost! Please check out my monthly blog to find out more about me and what the students are doing in computer science.

Click on the Q & A to find additional facts about me.  Thanks for visiting my web page and I hope you'll find this page informative.

NOTE: I will be teaching computer skills to all K-5 grade students.

~Mr. Xiong

Frost Lake Elementary,

Computer Enrichment Specialist

Office: 651-293-8930

Direct: 651-744-4319

Tech Support

  • 1. Where were you born?

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    A. I was born in Nam Hia, Sayaboury, Laos!  It's a small town on the western side of Laos.

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  • 2. How many brothers and sisters do you have?

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    A. I come from a large family.  I have 8 sisters and 4 brothers, including me.  A younger brother passed when we were still in Laos.  The nice thing is all of my siblings live in the states.  My dad passed away in 2001 and my mom recently left us in October 2016.  Below is a picture of all of my siblings, oldest to youngest from R-L (Kha, Shoua, Cha, Pheng, Me, Tia, Hua, Chong, Ying (me), See, Yia & Bao) during my mom's funeral.

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  • 3. What high school did you attend?

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    A: We lived in Des Moines, Iowa over 9 years before moving to Minnesota.  Therefore, I went to Roosevelt High School during my freshman and sophomore years before attending Como Park Sr. HS for my junior and senior year.  I guess you can say I'm a product of St. Paul Public Schools.  Althought, I still follow my Roughriders!

     

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  • 4. What college did you go to?

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    A: Although I graduated from Winona State University with a BS in Elementary Education degree, I attended Iowa state University my first year and a half in college and tried to major in Mechanical Engineering!  I later obtained my Master's from Winona State University as well.  Along the way, I gained my Technology Certificate from Hamline University.

     

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  • 5. How long have you been a teacher & where have you taught?

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    A: I started teaching right after I graduated from college.  In the Fall of 1992, I began teaching sixth grade at Oak Grove Intermediate School in Bloomington, MN.  The year after, I came to St. Paul Public Schools and have worked in this district ever since.  I've taught sixth and fourth grade at Daytons Bluff Elementary from 1993-2000.  In 2000-2001, I took a sabbatical to help kick-start a charter school called HOPE Community Academy.  After that, I returned to St. Paul and worked at Eastern Heights and Farnsworth Elementary.  I  accepted the computer science position at Frost Lake Elementary starting 2019-2020 school year.

     

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  • 6. What else do yo u do besides being a teacher?

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    A. Good question.  I was the Head Coach for the Boys Varsity soccer team at Johnson HS (2016).  It was challenging as we went 4-10 but it was still fun & rewarding!  I was the middle school girls soccer coach at Farnsworth 5-8 campus before coming to Johnson.  In 2017-19, I was the Girls Varsity soccer coach at Johnson .  Our 2017 record, 4-12 and 2018 record, 4-12-1 does not show progress, but believe me, the girls have shown a lot of improvements.  Next year, I will not be coaching due to my health and new work location.

     

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  • 7. What would you do if you were the President of the United States?

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    A. First of all, I wouldn't want to be President of the greatest nation.  But, If I was to be President, I would build a Boys & Girls Club for every neighborhood in the US.  I grew up with the Boys & Girls Club so I know how important it is to have one in each community.

    Interesting fact: I've lived through seven Presidents; Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

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  • 8. What do you like to do during your leisure time?

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    A. A couple of things.  I love to travel.  When I worked at Farnsworth, I had the opportunity that I would've never gotten anywhere else.  I traveled with students & staff to Washington, DC, Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, the Jet Propulsion Lab in Anaheim, CA and even the John Glenn Research Center in Ohio.  The best place was probably getting to see Gettysburg, PA on our way to Washington, DC.  That was an eye-opener!  If you haven't been to Gettysburg, you should! I've not traveled any place else since 2012 except to Oshkosh, WI.

    Recently (2019), Tammy and I (along with our youngest) went to Cocoa Beach, Florida.  We had a great time just relaxing by the beach.  Two summers (2017) ago, Tammy and I also went with our youngest son on an East Coast trip and visited Mytle Beach, Washington, DC and New York City.

    Lastly, I enjoy playing golf.  That's about the only recreational activity that I'm involved in.  Well, three years ago, I started playing soccer again.  However, in June 2018, I had an open heart surgery so now I'm just picking it up again.  This will be my last year playing at July 4th soccer tournament with the over 40 guys.

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    Visited Atlantis inside Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida

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    July 4th Tournament 2017 at McMurray Field in St. Paul, MN.

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  • January 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 1/14/2021

    Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope this year brings you happiness and health as we plunge deeper into this COVID pandemic and the political issues of our country.  

    Yes, I skipped my December blog.  It didn't seem busy but somehow work and the holiday break was busier than I thought.  I hope you had a great relaxing winter break with your family and friends.  I did get to escape to Dallas, TX over Christmas break.  My buddy and I drove down to Tulsa, OK and then eventually Dallas, TX to play a few rounds of golf.  Did you do anything fun?

    This new year feels a little empty.  Maybe it's because we missed the new year celebration!  It's always a festive time ringing in the new year but this year was very different, right?

    As usual, every January begins with a New Year's resolution?  What are your New Year's resolution?  Did you make a promise to yourself that you will change something in your life?  I just began my weight loss program again. I recently found out that I might be diabetic if my numbers keep climbing up.  I'm one of those people that gains weight breathing air so it's really hard to lose weight.  However, I'll do my best and will let you know when I give up.  Haha!

    Well, we got the message that students and staff will be conducting In-Person learning come February 1st.  In November or early December, I had asked for 2 personal days. Thus, I will not be at school on the first day back.

    President elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20th in Washington, DC.  Biden will become the 46th President of the USA and Harris will become the first female Vice-President ever!  Also in January, President Trump becomes the first President to ever be impeached twice during his term in office.

    Congratulations to our next President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and Happy New Years everyone!

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  • November 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 11/30/2020

    I'm a little late on my November blog. Did we really thought that this pandemic will be slower than normal?  It seemed slow but each day goes by so quick with the planning and virtual lessons.

    How was your November?  November is usually a festive time for the Hmong community as we participate in the annual Hmong New Year events during Thanksgiving time.  It's a time where families come together and give thanks.  Well, none of that happened.  What did happen was we got to see how the election or democracy in the US could be corrupt if there are no system of checks and balance.  I'm glad the American people have spoken.  What I'm still concerned about is how we are solving this pandemic issue as a country.  While some countries know how to stop the virus through strict guidelines, others just simply ignore it like nothing it is not happening.  Yet, thousands are gone due to this virus.  Evidently, this November has been hard on most families because of the COVID deaths that impacted them personally.

    I was sadden by the passing of our uncle, Lt. Col. Tou Fu Vang, who passed during Thanksgiving week.  For someone so prominent, the family was only able to conduct a private funeral.  Two of by golfing friends have also passed.

    In light of all the sad events going on around the world and in this community, we are still together as a family.  My family is spending more times together at the same dinner table.  The weather has been relatively warm for all of us to enjoy.  We are making the best of what we have available.  I hope that you and your family are doing well.  We hope to see each other face to face in the near future.

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  • October 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 10/1/2020

    I just realized that today is Thursday, October 1, 2020.  This means I've forgotten to submit a blog for the month of September.  That's pretty sad since September is the first month of school.  Maybe the "No State Fair" or "early winter blues" made me forgot to write one.

    All of a sudden, it got really cold and October just rolled around the corner.  I don't know why I forgot to blog in September.  But, trust me.  I did do a lot in September.  Labor Day weekend was spent camping in Wisconsin Dells.  This was a much needed break for my family, just to get away before the start of school.

    Then my buddies and I (12 of us total) went to Superior to play golf at Superior National Golf Course in Lutsen, MN and witness some beautiful scenery.  This was the first time I've been up to the north shore during the fall.  The colors are manificent!  Everyone should go witness it at least once. golflutsen

    After that week, my family and I went camping in Big Stone City, South Dakota.  People were raving about the fishing there so we decided to camp over the weekend.  We had a successful time with the fish and camping.  First time this year my boys were able to catch a few walleyes!  campingsd

    The month of September was dedicated to training students on Digital Citizenship.  The three components that needed to be covered were Digital Citizen, Online Safety and Cyberbullying.  This is part of the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) that requires school district to train all students.

    I also helped provided iPad support for parents and students.  Many are still unable to find success in logging into their iPads so it was helpful to be at outside the school so parents could walk up and get help.  I will continue to do this every Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm for the month of October.  Stop by if you still need help.superiorgolf

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