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 28th 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 Lake! 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: This year, 2021, I will be teaching computer skills to all PreK-5 grade students.  However, my space has been moved to the new Media Center on the South end of the building.  Here's a video clip.

2020 Introduction Video

~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, 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.  We all have our own families and live in different states.

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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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  • June 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 6/8/2021

    I did not know that May had passed when I posted this blog.  Time really is flying by and we sometimes forget to smell the flowers.  One day we wished for warmer weather, the next day we're looking for anything cool.

    I started to see my friends post graduation pictures and realized that either I'm getting old or time really does not stand still.  I think it's both.  They were once little kids and now they have graduated from high school.  Remember when we were in middle school and wanted to get into high school?  Then it took like forever to graduate from high school?  Now, we wish we could turn back time and relive the good ole days.  Unfortunately, that is not how the whole works or yet, how life works.

    I hope that you've learned as much as you can or have done as much as you can this school year.  I also wish that your summer will be filled with laughters and adventures.  Let me know if you experience something great!  You can always email me at eric.xiong@spps.org or text me at 612-314-3399.

    Have a great summer and we will see all of you in the fall if you're not going onto middle school.  Let me know if you need an iPad help over the summer also.  Take care!

     

    Love, 

    Mr. Xiong

    Update (6/9/2021):  Yesterday, Tuesday, June 8th around 2 pm we were notified by email that this would be the last day for students.  Due to the heat & no air condition in the majority the buildings in St. Paul, the district had decided to cancel the remaining 3 days and let students out for the summer.  This was an extremely quick turn-around as teachers and other staff had to scramble to get all the students packed and ready for dismissal.  There were little to almost no goodbyes.

    I was able to say goodbyes to the students that were in parent pick-ups.  I hope everyone has a great summer!

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  • April 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 4/27/2021

    Something about April showers during this month that always hold true..it rains!  This year, along with the rain, there were even traces of snow and cold temperatures.  Well, I hope you were able to find a warm place to visit during Spring Break.

    I did manage to travel down to Oklahoma and Texas for a couple of days before return to work.  My buddies and I went down to Dallas to golf in a small tournament.  Before we went there, we spent a night at one of our buddy's place in Oklahoma.  I can't believe the amount of people moving to Oklahoma.  Many families in Minnesota are now in Oklahoma to buy land so they can start their harvestation. 

    I was also able to spend a few days with my cousin who lived in Austin, TX.  He recently built a home there and it's massive compared to my humble house.  We had a great time sharing old memories of our time in Des Moines, Iowa.  He even bought me a first class ticket flight back to Minnesota.  If you're ever in the technology field, Austin is the place to go now I guess.  

    This school year is winding down with a little over one month left as I wriite this blog.  Many students will work on their Keyboarding skills as the laptops become more available to them.  Due to restrictions, each class gets to come down to the computer lab atleast once per week to complete their projects.  Otherwise, specialists are still going into the classrooms to give instructions.  Definitely will be happy when the year ends.

    Last day for student is June 11.

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  • March 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 3/17/2021

    Happy St Patrick's Day!  It's fitting that I'm blogging on St. Patrick's Day.  My favorite color is green so I made sure I wore by colors proudly. 

    I'm also happy to announce that I have gotten both of my COVID vaccine shots.  The second shot resulted in light headed and fatigue.  I couldn't keep my head up much.  I hope your family will get the vaccine shot soon as well.

    We are getting close to Spring Break!  This means we'll have a little over two months left of school.  This has been another interesting year.  This week we were hit with another snowstorm.  However, the warm weather will probably melt it all away by this weekend.  Some of my friends are alread setting up tee times to hit the golf course.  They must know something I don't.  Anyhow, do you have any plans for your Spring Break?  I'm hoping to go down south for some vitamin D (sunshine).

    In computer science, students are finally getting the opportunity to use the laptops and be able to come into the computer lab.  Our principal is allowing one class per day and the students are excited about the fact that they can go to the computer lab versus having to stay in their room for computer.  Third through 5th graders are learning about the operating system as they manipulate the desktop, screensaver and dock.  The younger students are learning how to take screenshot of their iPad, cropping their pictures and finding clip arts from their google search.

    I hope the weather gets better in the upcoming weeks.  The Daylight Savings time has really given us more light and that has been nice.  Now, we can all enjoy more time outside with our families.  I hope to see you guys soon.

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