Phone: 651-744-4319


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 29th year in the district.  I taught sixth & fourth grade before becoming a computer teacher.  I taught at Daytons Bluff, Farnsworth PreK-8 and Eastern Heights before coming to Frost Lake in 2019.  I hope I can be a valuable 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, 2022-23, I will be teaching computer skills to all PreK-5 grade students.  We are back to having a regular computer enrichment schedule.  I am in a new location as well.

~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 left us in October 2016.  Recently, November 2021, my brother passed due to Covid-19.  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.

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



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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.  In Des Moines, I attended Roosevelt High School during my freshman and sophomore years before attending Como Park Sr. HS (in St. Paul, MN) 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 you 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.  I stopped coaching after my by-pass surgery.  Now, I am working at Phalen Lake Golf Course in St. Paul.

    Someday, I hope 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.

    Lastly, I enjoy playing golf.  That's about the only recreational activity that I'm involved in.  This past February, I played 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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  • May 2023

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 5/5/2023

    And just like that, it's been 30 years of teaching for me in the education field.  I've been a classroom teacher, a specialist (computer science), and a coach (soccer, basketball) in Saint Paul Public Schools.  The only other school district that I've taught at was Bloomington Public Schools.  This was right after I had graduated from college in 1992.  Thus, technically, I've taught for 31 years.

    I remember coming into the district in my 20's and people were retiring left and right.  I was already envying them because they can now rest easy from their daily routines.  Now that I am at that age when retirement is just around the corner, I am often reminded of how cool it would be to retire and rest easy.  Congrats to those that are retiring after this school year!  

    Sometimes we teach with what resources we have available for the students.  When I came to Frost Lake four years ago, they had just recycled all the desktop computers and bought a new cart with 30 MacBook Pro laptops.  Each student also received iPads so they can use them in their classrooms and take them home. There were no other resources available so I had to make due with what was available to me.  Thus, I made it a point to teach students how to use laptops and the apps associated with them.  We used Microsoft products until Google Drive was able to be implemented for students' use.  I was using a sketch program until Seesaw was adopted for all lower level grade students.  There have been so many changes in apps and projects but I remain grounded in the necessary requirements from students; learn life-long skills to benefit them in the near future.

    We continue to work on keyboarding skills and coding skills.  We learn how to copy and paste photos from outside sources to make our documents more presentable.  We learn how to modify our text documents and change our fonts, size and color to make them attractive to our audience.

    I am glad the school year is coming to a close. Mentally, I've had a draining year.  I hope that next year will be better.


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  • December 2022

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 12/6/2022

    I can't believe it's already December and we have less than one month until the new year, 2023!  Who is excited about the holiday break that's coming up, however!!

    This winter, Mr. Xiong has been more sick than any other COVID related year (since 2020).  I've just had the common cold (cough and stuffy nose) but lost my voice in the process.

    Fourth and fifth graders are doing their Wish List project where they get to spend a certain amount of money doing online shopping.  They are learning how to search for online items, copy/paste as well as take screenshots.  This will help them in the near future as they continue to use computer skills.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, everyone has a wish.  What do you wish for this holiday?wishlist

    Everyone has started their keyboarding with the exception of PreK students.  I wish I had a better program for the little ones to just do letter recognition on the keyboard.  As well, everyone seems to like Coding while using


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  • August 2022

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 8/30/2022

    Yes, it's been awhile since I've blogged.  Last year was a crazy year due to the schedule changes...mainly because of the pandemic.

    The pandemic hit my family hard last school year.  I've lost a two cousins, a brother, a niece and a cousin's spouse.  These were just people closes to me.  I don't wish anyone to have to go through this with their family.  It was really hard on the whole family as a whole.

    Now, what did you do this past summer?  Here are three things that were on top of my list: Family/church, camping and golfing.  That was my daily routine.  I guess you can through in work as well but that only happened two days a week.  I worked at Phalen Golf Course over the summer. The furthest place we went camping was in Ely, MN.  It was beautiful up north but there were so many mosquitoes!  At the beginning of August, my friends and I went to a golf tournament in Michigan.  We drove there and did karaoke in the car.  That was fun!  Lastly, we did a bunch of church activities and they were so fun!

    So, are you excited about this school year?  This will be my 30th year teaching since I started in the Fall of 1992.  I hope you enjoy your teachers and have a great school year!  See you at school.

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