Eric Xiong, Computer Teacher

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 26th year in the district.  I've taught sixth & fourth grade 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! 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. 

NOTE: I will be teaching computer skills to all K-5 grade students.

~Mr. Xiong

Frost Lake Elementary,

Computer Enrichment Specialist

Office: 651-293-8930

Direct: 651-744-4319

 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.

    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 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.

    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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  • March 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 3/16/2020

    Wow!  What a month!  We are truly walking on unchartered territory.  

    First, a teacher strike!  First teacher strike since 1946.  That's before Mr. Xiong was born for sure!  Teacher's rally for a better education for all students on March 10-12.  The contract was approved Friday morning on March 13th and teachers reported back to work on that same day.

    As we prepared for students to come in on Monday, March 16, the weekend took a turn for the worst.  The governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, closed all the schools in Minnesota beginning March 18-27.  However, St. Paul Public Schools closed their schools on March 16-17 so that teachers can prepare students for online learning.

    What does online learning going to look like?  We don't know but we will work together, collectively, both teachers, students and admin.  Teachers will prepare lessons to be accessed and completed by students via Seesaw (K-2) and Schoology (3-12).  Many students are already doing this on a routine basis in school, now they just have to complete them outside of school, in there own home.  This also means, students in all K-12 grades will be taking their iPads home so that they can have a device to complete their school work.  I don't know how students will access their assignment if they don't have Internet access at home.

    Whew!  With that said...Spring Break is just around the corner.  As of now, it's still scheduled for March 30-April 3.  My wife and I planned a vacation trip to Arizona but that's also up in the air.  If the airline closes all flights, I'll be grounded and will remain in Minnesota.  Do you have any plans for Spring Break?  I would be interested to hearning them.

    As COVID-19 comes into play in our daily life, many of our routines will need to be modifed or adapted.  We must come together and make all situation work for the better good.  This too will pass and we will see you soon.

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  • February 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 2/13/2020

    I feel accomplished!  This February, I started my diet again..counting calories!  I was so bloated after the holiday and gained a few more pounds didn't help either. It's amazing how ones body feels after a week of exercising and managing what we eat!

    I also feel accomplished last month as I had helped a former soccer player from Johnson H.S. with her senior project.  I told her it was going to be a lot of work but she stuck with it and we managed to get it done.  She said she did really well on her class presentation.  Her advisory teacher even emailed me to confirm it!

    February is love!  Appreciate the people around you and be a good example to others how you want them to be. Most importantly, love one another for this is the greatest commandment anyone can ever give you!

    Fourth & Fifth graders finished their Wish List after the holiday.  I hope they were able to convince someone to purchase something on their list for them.  I bought myself a shoe. Fifth graders learned how to use Excel spreadsheet & Google Mail while fourth graders used Google Doc to share.

    Third graders created a flyer for the school.  Some will be posted in March, just in time for Spring Break!

    Everyone is still typing and coding in computer class.  They are making a lot of progress.  Remember that March is grading month.  That means Spring conferences are just around the corner.  If you have any questions about computer class, please don't hesitate to ask.

    See you in March everyone!

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  • January 2020

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 1/16/2020

    I can't believe how fast this year has gone by.  I thought I had submitted a blog page for December but I guess the holiday came and went faster than I had thought.

    What did you do for your holiday break?  Students in fourth and fifth grade were putting together their Wish List/Project and sooner than later we are already in January.  Some of the students didn't get a chance to finish.  For one rotation, it was due to a school cancellation (snow storm).  Anyhow, I hope you got what you had wished for this year.  May your New Year be filled with blessings also!

    This holiday break, my wife and I along with our youngest son went down to Florida to relax and enjoy the sun.  However, when we got there, I came down with the flu and had to be bed rest for 4 days.  It was horrible but the beautiful weather made up for it.  We enjoyed Clearwater Beach (1st time), Tampa restaurants and golfing (only me).  We then went up to the pan handle, Panama City, and relaxed with my siblings there.

    We hope your break was just as relaxing!panamabeach

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