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.
Farnsworth PreK-4 Lower,
Technology Integration Specialist
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Visited Atlantis inside Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida
July 4th Tournament 2017 at McMurray Field in St. Paul, MN.