Eric Xiong, Computer Teacher

Phone: TBD

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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.

    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.  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.

    Atlantis KSC

    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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  • September 2019

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 9/18/2019

    I've met most of the students at Frost Lake with the exception of three classes.  Most seemed to like working on the computer and learning how to use it properly.  I am excited to see what they can do.

    I had to volunteer for my church at the state fair during Labor Day weekend (Saturday and Monday).  We were doing a fundraiser.  It's easy work but just a lot of standing around.  I'm glad it's over with now.  Did you attend the fair this year?  I hope you were one of the people who helped broke the record for number of people attending the Minnesota State Fair this year!

    Got back to swinging some good golf again.  However, the shorten daylight hours and late start to work does not allow time for me to do any practice until the weekend.  What are some of the things you like to play?

    Lastly, my friend, Seng, his wife and his daughter that played for me at Johnson, treated me to the USWNT soccer game vs Portugal at the Allianz Field in St. Paul, MN.  It was a great game!

    If you see me around, say "hi".  A student asked if I was Hmong.  Yes, I am!  Stop by and chat if you can.  See you at the Open House if you do come!!

    uswnt

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  • August 2019

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 8/26/2019

    Wow!  I missed July and went straight to August!  

    Today (August 26th) is the first day back for teachers!  I'm at Frost Lake Elementary for the 2019-20 school year and I'll be teaching Computer Enrichment classes to all K-5 grade students!

    July was a busy month!  Of course we started with a big BOOM during the July 4th weekend.  We had a lot relatives come to the annual July 4th festival at McMurray Fields in St. Paul.  My over 40 year old soccer team participated in the event.  

    I also went to Philadephia, PA with three of my sisters to celebrate our aunt's 75th birthday.  We were able to experience the famous philly cheese steaks in which they didn't quite like.  We drove to New York City and spent the day there, riding the ferry from Staten Island to NYC and using the subways to get around the city.  It was the first time for two of my sisters so they really appreciated!

    August was spent on a lot of golf!  I spent most of my mornings playing golf with my buddies.  We went as far as Sauk Center, MN to play.  

    Lastly, my family went to Pella, Iowa to fish down at Red Rock Dam.  It was basically a camping trip with my nieces and nephews from Omaha, NE.  Incidentally, three of my nieces are also teachers in the Omaha Public Schools District.  We also went camping by Duluth before returning to school.  It was relaxing!

    Did you go anywhere this summer?  Let me know where and we'll compare notes.   Hope to see all of you at Frost Lake this year!  Have a great year everyone!!camping

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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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