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 27th 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: I will be teaching computer skills to all PreK-5 grade students.

~Mr. Xiong

Frost Lake Elementary,

Computer Enrichment 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.

    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 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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  • 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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  • February 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 2/9/2021

    Black History Month-Valentine's Day & President's Day

    These are the first three major events that comes to mind when I think of February.  I'm sure there are other events happening in February that are just as significant but consider those three if you don't remember any.

    Remember to spread love to your neighbors and friends.  Be kind to one another no matter what your skin color is or what nationality your from.  If we do this, we can all get along and live in a happy place.

    February 1st was the first week of in-person for St. Paul Public Schools.  This means out PreK-2 students returned to school to be taught in their classroom.  The 3-5 grade students are still doing Distance Learning (DL) until the third week of February.  And then, they will also return to in-person along with the rest of the students.  Middle and high school are no where close to returning since they are older and have more procedures to follow, I guess.

    I didn't get to teach in-person until the second week because the first week, my rotation was all VLS (virtual learning school).  This was for students who had elected to stay at home instead of returning to school for in-person instructions.  Either way, all students are getting the same lessons.

    I also got my first dose of the Moderna vaccination in the first week of February.  I don't know how I was selected but an email came and said I was randomly picked so I took advantage of the opportunity.  It was a painless shot to the arm.  My next one will be in a month.

    I hope you are doing well and may you continue to show love for one another during this historic times in our lives.  God bless and be safe!!

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  • January 2021

    Posted by Ying Xiong on 1/14/2021

    Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope this year brings you happiness and health as we plunge deeper into this COVID pandemic and the political issues of our country.  

    Yes, I skipped my December blog.  It didn't seem busy but somehow work and the holiday break was busier than I thought.  I hope you had a great relaxing winter break with your family and friends.  I did get to escape to Dallas, TX over Christmas break.  My buddy and I drove down to Tulsa, OK and then eventually Dallas, TX to play a few rounds of golf.  Did you do anything fun?

    This new year feels a little empty.  Maybe it's because we missed the new year celebration!  It's always a festive time ringing in the new year but this year was very different, right?

    As usual, every January begins with a New Year's resolution?  What are your New Year's resolution?  Did you make a promise to yourself that you will change something in your life?  I just began my weight loss program again. I recently found out that I might be diabetic if my numbers keep climbing up.  I'm one of those people that gains weight breathing air so it's really hard to lose weight.  However, I'll do my best and will let you know when I give up.  Haha!

    Well, we got the message that students and staff will be conducting In-Person learning come February 1st.  In November or early December, I had asked for 2 personal days. Thus, I will not be at school on the first day back.

    President elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20th in Washington, DC.  Biden will become the 46th President of the USA and Harris will become the first female Vice-President ever!  Also in January, President Trump becomes the first President to ever be impeached twice during his term in office.

    Congratulations to our next President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and Happy New Years everyone!

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