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, 2021-22, 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. Thus, we will also use part of our computer time to check-out books. Here's a video clip.
Frost Lake Elementary,
Computer Science Specialist
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visited Atlantis inside Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida
July 4th Tournament 2017 at McMurray Field in St. Paul, MN.