This month, we are honoring Ms. Yunchi He, who has devoted her life to teaching for over 20 years. Yunchi first came to our attention when she was nominated by the Associate Principal, Teresa McCasland, of their school, Texas Garland Elementary School. Teresa had this to say about Yunchi,
Yunchi possesses an infectious excitement for learning and the staff and students alike are uplifted by her enthusiasm, encouragement, and expertise. She models others before self and cultivates a caring and respectful atmosphere. She is preparing students for exceptional leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering the Chinese language, and strengthening the mind, body and character. She uses a variety of strategies such as Total Physical Response, and creates developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate activities that capitalize on her students' intellectual strengths in learning to communicate effectively. - Teresa McCasland, Texas Garland Elementary School
Texas Garland is a trilingual model in which Spanish/English is 45/45 and Mandarin Chinese is 90/10. Yunchi first began her career teaching college students English in China. She then received her certification in Texas and began teaching in the US. She now teaches Mandarin Chinese- which her students pick up quickly as Yunchi provides them with opportunities to perform in the Chinese Spelling Bee, sing in Chinese in front of an audience, have conversations, and understand the culture of our Asian friends.
Yunchi says she was inspired to be a teacher by her first English teacher. When she was in fifth grade, she first encountered English.
I was fascinated by the beauty of the language and I fell in love right away. My English teacher, Ms. Dong, was a very inspiring and encouraging teacher. She was patient and always went above and beyond to make sure we spoke correctly and understood everything. I progressed fast and well in English and I knew becoming an English teacher was what I wanted to do one day. My dream was becoming a reality after I graduated from Dalian Foreign Languages University. I became a college teacher.
Yunchi first heard about her school when she was in the process of getting her teaching certification. It was exactly what she was looking for.
Continue reading to learn more about the February Dual Language Teacher of the Month…