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 26th year in the district.  I've taught sixth & fourth grade 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! 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. 

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

 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT 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 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.  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 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 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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  • 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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  • May 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 5/8/2020

    Today was a somber moment for SPPS and it's school board.  News broke out that the board Chair Marny Xiong and her father were in critical condition with COVID-19.  This hits really close to home.  Last week, I attended a funeral for one of Marny's close relative.  It was just a one day event but there were limits as to how many could be in the funeral at one time.

    Some of you may have been directly or indirectly impacted by news of relatives or friends getting infected with this deadly virus and this could be overwhelming.  I just hope and pray that this pandemic rapidly disappears so that things can return to normal.  I am just so happy that Governor Tim Walz took measures to secure the safety of all the people in Minnesota before it became drastically worst.

    Teaching and learning definitely has a different twist to education since March.  Teachers had their first strike ever in a long long time this past March.  Every student K-12 were given a device to take home for Distance Learning.  Teachers had to quickly develop and modify their teaching and put everything online for the students.  Students and parents had to adjust to the online learning while being ordered to "Stay At Home" to limit the spread of the virus.  This is definitely something we have not had since I've been in Minnesota (35 years).

    May 18 was the latest date the Governor has set for the state of Minnesota to return back to normalcy.  Cross our fingers although death continues to climb.  I hope people are still keeping their distance and staying home.  In the meantime, let's do our part and make sure we are safe at home while learning new ways to stay engage and be with our loved ones.

    God bless and see you next month!

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  • April 2020

    Posted by Eric Xiong on 4/10/2020

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    Spring Break was supposed to be March 30-April 3.  However, many of us were grounded, meaning we couldn't go anywhere due to the Governor's #stayathome executive order.  I was planning to go down to Arizona for a few days but had to cancel due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Did most of you stayed home like I did over Spring Break as well?  What did you do that was fun?

    Since March 16-27, Governor Tim Walz had ordered all non-essential workers to work from home.  This included teachers so schools were closed and teachers packed their belongings to begin working from home. This was a new beginning for most, if not all of us.  Teachers and all the support staff were given two weeks to prepare for the Distance Learning challenge, students were handed their iPads to take home so they can use for their online learning and meals were literally on wheels as our Food Service personnels delivered food to bus stops or had parents picked up meals for their child.  This felt confusing, challenging but optimistic at the same time. 

    School was resumed on April 6 with most students working from home.  I say most because I didn't see all students working on their online assignments.  It must be hard for everyone but we will get through this if everyone puts forth their best efforts.

    In the next month, second graders will finish their Shuttle and then start on their Big Book project.  First graders will be working on a Coat of Arms assignment and Kindergarten will continue on their Dinosaur picture.  At the same time, everyone should spend 10-15 minutes on their Keyboarding (typing) and Coding activities.

    Third & Fourth graders are working on a designing a Mission Patch.  This is actually a third grade project but since fourth graders have not been exposed to designing with shapes in Keynote, this would be a good time for them to learn.  Fifth graders are using the same skills to design a Logo.

    As we embark on this new opportunity, I encourage for everyone to do their best with the situation at hand.  Provide lots of hugs & kisses!  Stay home and be safe!

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