Eric Xiong, Technology Integration Specialist

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Eric Xiong, Technology Integration Specialist

I've been teaching in St. Paul Public Schools since Fall of 1993.  This will be my 25th year in the district.  I've been a sixth & fourth grade teacher before becoming a computer teacher.  My current position is called Technology Integration Specialist.  Click on the Q & A and my Blogs to find out more about me.  Thanks for visiting my web page. 

NOTE: I am currently on Medical Leave until October 24th.

~Mr. Xiong

Farnsworth PreK-4 Lower,

Technology Integration Specialist

Testing Coordinator

Office: 651-293-8675

Direct: 651-744-4319

Johnson High School,

JHS Girls Soccer Head Coach

STUDENT SURVEY

  • 1. Where were you born?

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    Here are some Q & A:

    1. Q: Where were you born?

    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.

    Siblings

     

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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 attend & did you graduate?

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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 starting 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 taught sixth and fourth grade at Daytons Bluff Elementary from 1993-2000.  In 2000-2001, I took a sabbatical to help start a charter school called HOPE Community Academy.  After that, I returned to St. Paul and worked at Eastern Heights and Farnsworth Elementary.  I am currently teaching at the Farnsworth PreK-4 Lower Campus.

     

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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!  I was the Girls soccer coach at our 5-8 campus before coming to Johnson.  This year (2018), I remain the Girls Varsity soccer coach at Johnson .  Our 2017 record: 4-12.  We hope to be better this year!

     

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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.

     

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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.  Farnsworth has provided opportunity for me that I would've never gotten anywhere else.  I've traveled 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!

    In December 2016, my family and I went on our Christmas break to Cocoa Beach, Florida.  We had a great time just relaxing by the beach.  This past summer (2017), Tammy and I went with our youngest son on an East Coast trip and visited Mytle Beach, Washington, DC and New York City.

    Lastly, I enjoy the challenge of playing golf.  That's about the only recreational activity that I'm involved in.  Well, I've just picked up soccer again so we'll see how long that will last.

    Atlantis KSC

    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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  • November 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 11/14/2018

    Hello, Farnsworth!

    I started by comeback on Thursday, October 25th.  However, due to my health, the doctors limited my work schedule to half days until I'm better.  Monday, November 19th I will begin full time at Farnsworth PreK-4 again.

    This year I'm slated to teach Flight Simulators and computer enrichments to both the Kindergarten & 1st grade students.  My schedule is pretty packed!  I'm just happy to return to work without any complications.

    This past summer on a Friday, June 22, 2018, I had a quadriple by-pass heart surgery at Regions Hospital.  I wanted to prolonged the surgery as long as I could but the doctors insisted that I should get it done ASAP due to the known blockage in my heart.

    Due to the surgery, I missed out on the July 4th festivities (soccer tournament, golf tournaments & family gatherings).  I also missed out on Hmong District's annual Bible Conference held in Wheaton, Illinois in which I've been a part of since 2006.

    I was able to coach the Varsity Girls Soccer team from August 13th til September 10th.  That's when my medical leave was approved so I could no longer teach or coach in the district.

    I'm doing better now, so I hope to see some of you during conferences this week.

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  • September 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 9/6/2018

    Wow!  We are almost one week into the new school year.  A lot has changed but we are excited for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

     

    Houston, we have a NEW PRINCIPAL!!  Mrs. Saatzer left us in the middle of summer and is now at Bruce Vento.  Mr. Bjoraker (Mr. B for short) is not the principal at the lower campus!  Please stop by to meet him if you haven't done so.  Welcome to the Farnsworth family Mr. B.

     

    This year, I am charged with the Flight Sims as well as teaching Enrichments to K and 1st grade classes.  However, I will not work with the 1st graders until after MEA (middle of October). 

     

    As noted, I thought I was just having stints in my heart but it turned out that I had a major open heart surgery done over the summer.  Thus, my summer was reserved for resting & rehabbing.  I am in the process of optaining my medical leave from work.  Hopefully, my doctors will approve my leave.

     

    The Johnson girls varsity team is in full swing.  We started the second week of August.  Luckily, I have an assistant that has been very helpful.  So far, we are 1-2-1.

    Updates:

    I was granted medical leave September 10th and will be out until October 24th.  Girls soccer team is now, 3-3-1 and my assistant is now the interim coach.

     

    Stop by when you get a chance so we can chat!  See you soon!!

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  • June 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 6/1/2018

    Blog 6.13.18

    And just like that, serenity in the classrooms and halls!  Soon summer school voices will take over Farnsworth PreK-4 and it begins all over for those that are lucky enough to attend the summer sessions.  This year, Farnsworth will host as one of the summer school sites.  Make sure to sign your child up if you haven't done so.  Also, around the school district, we have available Free lunch for all students.

    This Thursday, June 14th, I will have my second angioplasty surgery.  Hopefully they are just putting two more stints to help with my heart.  I've been training with my soccer team and found out that I couldn't run a full ten minutes without having to stop to catch my breathe.  It's determined that I have some irregular blood flow in my heart.  Cross my fingers!

    Well, summer is hear!  The Johnson Girls Soccer team will have informal practices on Monday & Friday from 9-11:00 am at the turf field.  Girls in grades 7th-12th grades are invited to attend eventhough they don't attend Johnson.  Our family only have one trip planned this year.  We plan to be in Chicago for a volunteering opportunity July 14-20th.  This is for a youth bible conference.

    Let me know your plans and stay safe in whatever you do.  See you in the fall.

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  • May 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 5/1/2018

    Blog 5.22.18

    Today, I'm working with Mrs. Wall and Mrs. Schreiber on the videos for our 15-Years of Aerospace Celebration that will be held on May 31st at Johnson High School.  We have over 700 students, parents, staff and community partners that will be participating.  If you have not signed up, you're missing out.  Former students, staff and administrators will be on hand along with the current school population as well.  Can't wait to see everyone!

    We are down the stretch of this school year already!  Less than 10 days left by the time you read this blog.  The last day for students will be on Friday, June 8th.  Teachers' last day will be on Monday, June 11th.  It's sad to hear that other states will be off for the summer after the Memorial Day weekend.  That's crazy!

    My high school girls soccer team are recruiting for players already for next year.  This week they will be doing sign ups in the Johnson cafetaria.  We'll see if we can fill two teams again this year. We'll have a summer program for girls in 8th-12th grade.  If you're interested in joining us for the summer, let me know!!  We would love to have  you!

    Do you have plans for the summer already?  I would love to hear from you.  Who knows, we might run into each other in Chicago or at the golf course.  See you in June for my last blog for the year!

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  • April 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 4/1/2018

    Blog 4.27.18

    Finally!  Spring is in the air.  This will be our shortest Spring ever!  Students are finishing their MCA's and the weather is getting much much nicer!  Soon..summer will be here!

    Well, my wife and I did go to Las Vegas during Spring Break and we had a really good time.  I know I did at least.  I was able to play 3 rounds of golf and got a little sun burn as well (I always forget my sun block until after the fact).  I hope you had a great time during your Spring Break because the weather was not really cool in Minnesota.

    Can you believe it's already been 15 years since we had aerospace and aviation at Farnsworth?  I wonder if our focus has made changes in our students' lives?  We'll find out.  Come join us on May 31st at Johnson High School.  We will here from students, parents and former employees!  I can't wait!!

     

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  • March 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 3/1/2018

    Blog 3.16.18

    I can't believe it's March already and I missed my blog for February!  Snow starting to melt away as the weather warms up.  It would be so nice to see the first flower bloom in the Spring!

    What actually happened in February?  Well, I went to Florida during the President's weekend and got a little R&R.  My buddy and I was able to play a few round of golf together, just to get away from the cold weather.  I don't know why but I keep getting these heat rash around my neck and hands whenever I return from a hot climate in the winter.  Not enough vitamin D I guess.

    February was also my birthday month.  My soccer team surprised me with a little birthday gathering.  I was taken in by the surprised because I did not expected it from these HS students.  In my 50 years, this was probably the best surprised party ever!!  I will always remember it.  Well, I hope February brought you sweets and a lot of love. 

    As a birthday gift from my wife, I will be in Vegas during my Spring Break, April 2-6.  I will report how it went the next time I blog.  Did you do anything fun this winter?  Let me know.

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  • February 2017

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 2/7/2018

    Blog 2.22.2017

    My President's Day weekend was spent in the Orlando area.  It was just a way to get out from the cold and bask in the sunshine.  As much time as I've been to Florida this year, it might be a good idea to consider relocating (just a thought).  While I was gone, I heard that the temperature in Minnesota got into the 50's.  This is unheard of in February!  I hope the trend in the weather continues.  This will mean an early summer for everyone!! 

    The yearbook is coming along but we have a long ways to go.  I do need help so if any parent would like to volunteer and help, that would be greatly appreciated.

    Blog 2.7.2017

    Yes!  The best month of the year is among us!  I love February for two reasons..It's the sweetest month and it's the month of Love!  I guess the third reason would be that it's my birthday month but that's not as important as the first two reasons.   This also means that we are closer to warmer weather.  I hear that our neighbor down south of us (Iowa) has reach 50 degrees and their golf courses are open already.  That's crazy!

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  • January 12018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 1/1/2018

    Blog 1.3.18

    And just like that, we are in the new year, 2018!  I hope you had a great time with your families over the winter holiday break!  I hope that you were able to spend quality time with your families and friends.

    We decided not to go anywhere this year.  It might have been a bad mistake not to do so because somehow, this holiday break was frigid cold.  What made it worst was that I had forgotten to clean my filters in the furnace and the hot air didn't blow out for almost a week until my uncle reminded me.  It was 60 degrees in our house until New Year's eve when I invited my family over.  I hope everyone was kept warm at your place.

    I watched two Korean Dramas and it really made me reflect on my parents and my family.  I don't know if this was a wake up call but it really opened my eyes as to who I am.  This was my first time watching Korean Dramas since my siblings and I were living together in the same house and my parents were still alive. The kids and I did go see the new Star Wars movie that came out.  What movies did you watch during your break?

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  • December 2017

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 12/1/2017

    Blog 12.11.17

    Today marks the 3rd Jill Wall Day at Farnsworth.  Jill Wall is a retired school teacher at Farnsworth who helped established our Aerospace focus for our school.  We also have a busy week this week before going into our Winter Break!

    Last week (Dec. 6), one of my brother-in-law passed in Auburn, Georgia.  He was the oldest brother-in-law, married to my oldest sister.  He has 5 daughters.  He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the community.  My family will fly down to Georgia this weekend to celebrate his legacy.

    In order to be better, one has to practice every day!  In this case, the high school girls soccer team has optional training on Mondays and Fridays.  Only a few come on Fridays so I may have to cancel Mondays.  I have a feeling we will be right where we started next year! You would think that at 4-12-1 team would want to practice harder but I guess not.

    How's your Christmas shopping list coming along?  This year we decided to have the boys list 5 items they want for Christmas.  It's a stretch but we were able to accommodate their wishes.  I am thankful and feel blessed!  If I don't see you, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • 2017-18 Blogs

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 8/28/2017

    Blog 11.20.17

    We are approaching the busiest time of the season; Thanksgiving & Christmas!  Our holiday breaks are as follows: Nov. 23-24; Dec. 22-Jan. 2.  Schedule your vacation or holiday events around those dates and you'll be fine.

    Speaking of holiday breaks.  Were there any specific place that you and your family wanted to go this holidays.  For my family, I think we will stay in town for Thanksgiving!  The brothers in Minnesota are planning a meal together.  I wish I could go to a warmer state in December.  I wanted to visit a cousin down in Austin, Tx but we'll see if time will permit.

    I am disappointed that my shed is still not finished.  A friend recommended his brother to do the job and we trusted him to finish it.  But, since July, all the materials that he bought in July are still outside the side of my house.  He was supposed to finish the shed and then work on our kitchen.  We even bought new appliances as well.  Now, we've depleted most of our resources and we are stuck with no shed or a new kitchen.

    I went to see an ECNL match in Omaha, NE this past weekend.  It was an eye-opener for me since I've not seen a competitive soccer match for clubs in a long time.

    Blog 10.27.17

    On the day of Conference Prep (NO SCHOOL for students) we had our very first snow fall!  It's been going on for two hours now so this looks like it's going to we a white holiday!  Makes me want to go out for a bowl of Pho!

    As the seasons change, please make sure to have your child bundle up for the weather.  It's an easy way to reduce getting sick!

    Well, the JHS girls soccer team has ended.  Our final record was 4-12-1.  We lost our section game to our rival team, Como Park.  Although it was our biggest lost, this game was also our best game.  We just had our team banquet last night and I couldn't be more pround of them.  Can't wait til next year!

    Blog 9.28.17

    Wow! Time flies when you're having...in this case...too much to do!  I told myself to post something at the beginning of the school year but didn't get around to it til now.

    Well, the students are settling in on their classroom rituals and routines.  Teachers are finalizing their data, downloading their apps and inputing names into their subscriptions so students can start using their apps with their assigned iPad.  Oh, yeah!  We passed out iPads earlier than normal this school year!  Every student has an iPad in their hands, except for the PreK students.

    My high school girls soccer team has 4 games left on their schedule!  Seems like a long season, especially when you're losing!  But, I love being around these girls!  They are teaching me more than they know.

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    Blog 8.28.17

    Well, today is the first day for staff!  This means that students will be coming in the door very soon. As staff prepares for the new school year, I hope that you are preparing your child for school as well.  Remember to go over expectations for your child while at school and at home.  Each teacher has more than 20 kids to work with at school.  In high school, some teachers see more than 200 kids a day.  It's impossible to remember each student and get to know them on a personal level.  Teachers have more than one hat to wear at school as well.  Most are in committees or have other duties at school so their day is pretty much occupied.  Note that we also have families to tend to as well.

    Let me give you an example of my day.  I support all classroom teachers and students at Farnsworth Lower.  At the end of the day, I go straight to coaching high school girls soccer.  If it's a game, I will probably not get home until 8-9 pm.  If it's just practice during the school year, I'll get home around 6-7 pm.  It's basically a 12-hr day at times.

    What I'm trying to say here is that we need everyone invested in our children in order to make education work.  Teachers will do their best at school.  Parents/Guardians need to do their best at home.  Students need to do their best in everything.  Good luck and have a great school year!

    Blog 8.1.17

    August 1st! I can officially say that teachers have less than 1-month before they report back to work.  This means students will follow suite!  That's not funny, I know!!  My summer seemed a little too fast.  How about you?  What did you do this summer that is worth telling?  Let me know and we'll see you in September!

    Blog 6.8.17

    And, just like that...we have one more day of school left for the 2017 school season!  Sometimes you wonder why things take so long or why they happen the way they do?  Well, it's days like this that you know all the reasons.  It's because we deserved it!  The summer brings out the best of us eventhough most of us will just sit and hide under a tree or stay up late into the night like there's no tomorrow.  It's because we worked hard all school year and we deserve a little break before we do it all again.

    Whatever you're doing this summer.  Take it easy.  Enjoy your time with your family.  Enjoy the activities that you love.  Enjoy the time that you have for you!  See you next season!!

     

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