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 have been teaching at St. Paul Public Schools since the Fall of 1993.  This will be my 28th year in the district.  I taught sixth & fourth grade before becoming a computer teacher.  I 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 Lake! Please check out my blogs 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: This year, 2021-22, I will be teaching computer skills to all PreK-5 grade students.  We are back to having a regular computer enrichment schedule due to the shortage of teachers available.  Thus, I am no longer in the media center but have taken over the Inquiry Science room.

~Mr. Xiong

Frost Lake Elementary,

Computer Science Specialist

Office: 651-293-8930

Direct: 651-744-4319

Cellphone/Text: 612-314-3399

                                                                             Student Engagement Survey

 

  • 1. Where were you born?

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    A. I was born in Nam Hia in the province 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 away 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.  We all have our own families and live in different states.

    Update: My brother Chong passed away November 29, 2021 due to COVID-19.  We buried him on December 27, 2021.

    Siblings

     

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  • 3. What high school did you attend?

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    A: We lived in Des Moines, Iowa for 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 years.  I guess you could say I'm a product of St. Paul Public Schools.  However, I still follow my Roughriders!

     

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  • 4. What college did you go to?

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    A: Although I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University, I attended Iowa state University my first year and a half in college and tried majoring in Mechanical Engineering!  I later obtained my Master's in Education from Winona State University.  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 a school called 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 kick-start a charter school called HOPE Community Academy.  After that, I returned to St. Paul and worked at Eastern Heights and Farnsworth Aerospace Elementary.  My longest tenure was with Farnsworth, where I was there for 18 years.  I accepted the computer science position at Frost Lake Elementary starting the 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.

    Someday, I wish to get back into coaching again.

     

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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 8 Presidents; Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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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 an 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, my travels have been limited due to the pandemic.  Most of my travels are for Covid related funerals.

    Lastly, I enjoy playing golf.  That's about the only recreational activity that I'm involved in.  This past January, I went to play in a golf tournament in Las Vegas, NV.  This has become an annual event for me now.  I can't wait til every summer so I can spend more time outside.

    Atlantis KSC

    Visited Atlantis inside Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida

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  • March 2022

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 3/11/2022

    Spring is in the air!  Today's windchill did not help, but at least the sun was out.  I hear this weekend is also Daylight Saving Time, so score!!

    So much has happened at school and around the world since I last posted in January.  The Russian-Ukraine war is never a pretty sight to see.  I pray for the innocent and that this war will be over sooner rather than later.  The St. Paul Public Schools avoided a last minute strike by the SPFE union this week.  A last minute tentative contract agreement was reached just in time.  Meanwhile, Minneapolis Public Schools are on their 3rd day of strike.  Hopefully, things will also be resolved for our neighboring city.

    In the classroom, most of the 3-5th grade students have created a Flappy Bird game.  I posted all those that have created one onto our school website.  You can play them. PreK-5 Student Links.  They did a really good job!

     

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  • January 2022

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 1/25/2022

    This has been a sobering year thus far.  Last an older brother to Covid and buried him towards the end of last year, Dec. 27, 2021.  Lost a niece (my sister's child) due to a heart attack and buried her on Jan. 1, 2022.  Lost a cousin's wife due to brain aneurism and was buried on Jan. 22.

    Besides the multiple family run-ins with testing positive for Covid and other family health related issues, we've been overwhelmed with everything that's going on.  God has been good and has brought our families closer together. 

    I know my family is not the only family that's going through these dark and tragic events.  We only pray that this sickness may pass us all one day.

    Teaching has not been easy since resuming from the holiday break.  I've been absent more days this holiday than I've ever had during my 29 years of teaching in St. Paul.  Most of the classes at our school had students who were either sick or out due to Covid related issues.  It's dishearting but we must purge on as professionals in our field.  

    Fewer students at school means fewer disruptions and more production.  Students are getting their work done on time and have been doing much better.  Maybe smaller class size is the way to go (wink wink).  I wish we had enough assistance in every classroom, particularly in the lower grade classes.  Kindergarten students are having a hard time logging into their laptops because they don't know their numbers.  All the other classes are forgetting previously taught skills because they've been out of school.  It will take a few years before we can catch up to where we were before the pandemic I guess.

    This winter has gotten worse with the temperature.  I can't wait til summer again.  My next blog will be in April.  I hope by then things will have warmed up.

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  • September 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 9/29/2021

    The start of the 2021-22 school season started like a mad rush on a Black Friday after Thankdgiving!  It felt like everyone wanted to get into the school because they have not been in it for quite some time.  There were those who had their list ready and knew exactly where they were going.  There were a lot of the tired individuals who didn't want to be at school at all.  Outside the school, the line of students was long.  The cars that lined up to drop of their students were long.   The bus seemed like it was always late.

    Almost one month in and it's beginning to look like regular school again.  

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