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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  • 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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  • August 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 8/26/2020

    Less than one week before teachers report back to work (August 31) but most staff have already been actively working, trying to get a head start on Distance Learning 2.0.  I hope you've enjoyed your extended summer break!

     

    As you've probably heard, St. Paul Public Schools will begin with DL (Distance Learning) and then a decision will come at a later time to see whether it will be safe to construct a hybrid setting or return to classroom for everyone.  I don't know what to feel like at this moment.  Education is best when it's one to one contact.  Because we have such a diverse background of students, it's very hard for teachers to get the message across to everyone.  I hope that you will do your best as teachers prepare to give the instructions the best we can as well.  This soon will pass.

     

    My family went camping for the first time this year.  We didn't go far because we wanted to test out our new travel trailer that was bought in July.  That was our crazy pandemic purchases; a used truck & a travel trailer.  The whole family went so it was well worth it.  We went to Shades of Sherwood down by Zumbrota, MN.  Last time the kids were there they were still in grade school.  We also went & stayed at a resort up in Alexandria, MN but that's not considered camping I don't think. 

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    My nephew from Georgia had a wedding at our church in Maplewood.   Some family members made the trip but we were limited in numbers of participants.  It was good to get out and visit with families & friends. 

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    Lastly, I was able to attend two of my former soccer players and former Farnsworth student's high school graduation party.  One was a drive by party and the other one was held at a park.  It was quick & easy!  Oh, I almost forgot.  I own son, Elijah, had a graduation party at our house as well.  He graduated this year and will be attending Century College to start off.

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    Did your family do anything fun this summer as well?  I hope you had a really relaxed and safe summer.  Share with me your stories!

     

     

     

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  • July 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 7/15/2020

    Tax Day today!  What does that tell ya!  Everyone's schedule has been effected by COVID-19 one way or another.  Normally, Tax Day is April 15 but this year it was moved back due to this pandemic.  June came by and gone and I didn't even get to blink an eye.  I thought by not being able to do much, time would move a little slower but I guess it's even moving faster than I thought.

    Well, what did you do after school was let out?  It was disheartening to witnessed the death of George Floyd on social media and on tv.  It was a sad day for America ask this incident instigated riots and looting across the nation.  I know we as a nation can do better but it starts with each and everyone of us.  We need to be vigilant and speak up when it's wrong.  As well, we need to acknowledged what is right so that peace will not be overshadowed by darkness.  Speaking of darkness, COVID-19 has taken the life of St. Paul Publc Schools' Board Chair, Marney Xiong, last month.  She was only 31 years old.  I hope everyone is safe and well!

    In June, I got to watch my youngest son graduate from high school via streaming.  I know if was not live because I son was out fishing and could not make it back in time.  It was nice to watch the kids I had taught and coached at Farnsworth graduate from high school as well.  Also, I pretty much played golf most days to relieve stress and get my much needed vitamin D supplements.  I played in 4 golf tournaments and didn't didn't placed at all in 3 of them.  However, I did play well enough on a scramble tournament and got 10th place at Midland Hills Country Club, a private golf course by the U of M's golf course.  I will soon be learning some cool stuff to prepare for next school year.  Can't wait to show you guys what it is..provided we get back into the classroom this coming fall. 

    Recently, my family went to rest at a resort for four days.  The boys fished everyday and I got to golf two times.  We ate so much food!  It was very relaxing up in Alexandria, MN.

    Tell me what you did so far this summer.  Be safe and hope to see you soon!

     resorteating  eating at Lake Darling Resort

    birdieputt  made a birdie putt

    sponsored  Nchaiv Txoov sponsored by outfit

     

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