Eric Xiong, Technology Integration Specialist

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, 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 teaching Flight Sims to all fourth graders and technology enrichment classes to K & 1st grade students.

~Mr. Xiong

Farnsworth PreK-4 Lower,

Technology Integration Specialist

Testing Coordinator

Office: 651-293-8675

Direct: 651-744-4319

STUDENT SURVEY

  • 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.

    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 & rewarding!  I was the middle school girls soccer coach at our 5-8 campus before coming to Johnson.  Since 2017, I've been 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.  We hope for better results next 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! I've not traveled any place else since 2012 except to Oshkosh, WI.

    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 playing golf.  That's about the only recreational activity that I'm involved in.  Well, I just started playing soccer again.  However, in June 2018, I had a heart by-pass surgery so I'm out of commission until further notice.

    Atlantis KSC

    Visited Atlantis inside Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida

    unitedfc

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

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  • February 2019

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 2/22/2019

    I can't believe February is almost over and I'm just now posting my blog.  What a month to remember, right?  This month alone, I counted 6 snow days or weather related school cancellations.  One week, we had four days off...unbelievable!!  And, yes!  2019 is the year we break record for having the most accumulated snow fall.

    It almost felt like we didn't get to celebrate Valentine's Day or President's Day with our love ones due to the weather.  However, this Valentine's Day, my wife bought me a new Apple iWatch so I can't forget about that right?  We  had a nice quiet dinner together at one of her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.  I hope you were able to celebrate Valentine's Day with your love ones also.

    Our school yearbook is taking shape.  This year will be another combine effort from our wonderful staff!  We will be having a limited amount of yearbooks this year so make sure to order yours right away to secure one for you or your family.

    Since my operation, I've gained all of my weight back.  I'm trying to lose it somehow.  I have not begin to hit golf balls yet.  I don't know how that will feel but I'm hoping Spring will be a good time for me to start hitting the range (outdoors).  I have been playing futsal since January.

    See you next month!

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  • January 2019

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 1/25/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Welcome to 2019!

    I hope you had a great holiday!  As we turn the page and welcome 2019, let's remember the wonderful things that happened in our lives and dwell on the new things that will come your way.

    My family and I started this year by going down to Orlando, FL for the weekend.  We went to see Lily (my friend's daughter) play soccer and just to relax at the beach.  Lily plays for the Minnesota Thunder Academy (MTA) in the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League).

    We enjoyed the beach at Cocoa Beach but it was rather cold the day we were there.  My son and I both got to try the Boston Lobster Feast buffet.  We were overwhemed by the amount of seafood!  Other than that, it was fun to be in the sun!

    This year, I've been selected as an elder at my church.  I just hope I have enough energy to withstand the long meetings.  It's always a blessing to be able to serve and help others.

    Enjoy this year and make it a great one!!

    cocoabeach19

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  • December 2018

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 12/4/2018

    I love December!  "It's the most wonderful time of the year" as one holiday song would put it.  What are your wishes for the holiday or are you on the giving mode instead.  Whatever it is, I hope that you have a blessed month!

    I am officially back at work.  Flight Simulators with fourth graders have just begun and we are busy reviewing and flying our Cessna 172 Skyhawk plane.  The students are learning so much!

    Kindergarten and first graders are enjoying their computer enrichment classes as well.  December 3-7 is Code of Hour week so we will be doing some coding for the week.  Below are the apps & website we are using.

    I can't wait for the holiday break!  Do you and your family have any plans this year?  Where will you guys be going?  We hope to go down to Orlando, FL in January sometime.  I would love to hear from you!  Happy holidays if I don't see you.

     

    Code of Hour:

    Tynker

    Lightbot

    Kodable

    Code.org

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