Eric Xiong, Computer Teacher

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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 26th year in the district.  I've been a sixth & fourth grade teacher before becoming a computer teacher.  This will be my first year at Frost Lake and I'm excited to be here.  I hope I can be a resource to all students, staff and parents at Frost! 

Click on the Q & A and my Blogs to find out more about me.  Thanks for visiting my web page. 

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

~Mr. Xiong

Frost Lake Elementary,

Computer Enrichment Specialist

Office: 651-293-8675

Direct: 

 

  • 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 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 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 was recently cut from the technology position at Farnsworth PreK-4 Lower Campus and have accepted the same 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.

     

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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.  While working at Farnsworth I had the opportunity 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.

    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 summer (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 a heart by-pass 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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  • June 2019

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 6/27/2019

    Every time I get ready to post on my blog, it's always at the end of the month.  As you know it, it's the last week of June and summer is halfway done already.

    Have you accomplished anything this summer yet?  Have you been traveling or are you stuck in summer school.  I've been busy moving to my new position at Frost Lake.  Everyone I've met have been so welcoming and excited about technology.  Makes me want to get started right away!!

    What's new?  My oldest son got married to a wonderful daughter in law during the Memorial Weekend.  They are currently living with us until they save up as they've just started their careers.  My son is currently doing tech support with Metronics and my DIL is a RN with Mpls Children Hospital.

    Lastly, I'm still in training for our annual July 4th soccer tournament for Over 40.  It's so hard to lose weight or to get in shape. 

    Let me know what's going on with your story!  See you at Frost Lake if you stop by.  Have a great summer and see you in July!

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  • May 2019

    Posted by Eric Xiong on 5/7/2019

    I apologize.  I don't know what happened to March & April 2019.  Like a blur, we are in May already.  This is what happens when testing season begins!

    We are finished with our annual state MCA testing for our 3rd & 4th grade students.  The teachers and students put in a lot of effort and we're hoping for great results!  You should congrat your son/daughter as well.

    We are finishing our flight simulator classes as well.  This will be our last week of flight sim due to fourth grade field trips to Oshkosh, WI.  I know they will have a great time in the Aviation Camp in Oshkosh.  I had a blast teaching flight simulators to our fourth graders.  I applied for the AOPA scholarship to hopefully allow me to optain my pilot license.  Cross your fingers!!

    Lastly, this will be my last year at Farnsworth as I was told that the technology position has been cut for next year.  There are other positions I could apply for but the chances are slim to none.  I did apply for the Aerospace position as Mrs. Schreiber will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Haven't heard anything yet..which is not good.  Cross your fingers for other opportunities!

    Update: 5.10.19

    The aerospace position was announced and Mrs. Harris is the new aerospace coordinator at Farnsworth Lower.  Congratulations and good luck!

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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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