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View From Vis: Meet Chinese Teacher Ms. Huang
Meet Ms. Johanna Huang! Ms. Huang teaches Chinese here at Visitation and is featured in our Middle School Virtual Visit Video. Let’s get to know her a little better!
Ms. Huang has her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Hamline University. Before moving to the U.S. in 2014, she worked for a K-12 international school in Shanghai as a teacher and as the Director of Administration. For the past two summers, she has organized and led a Learn Chinese and Support Social Justice summer camp for the Chinese immersion learning community in the Twin Cities. About 80 families participated and raised nearly $10,000 for Minnesota-based racial equity organizations.
How long have you been teaching here at Vis, and which classes do you teach?
This is my second year teaching at Vis. I teach Middle School Chinese and Chinese level 1 and 2 in the Upper School.
What do you like best about teaching at Vis?
I have been an educator for 16 years. The Salesian philosophies in a Vis education really impressed me and will continue to guide me in all aspects of my teaching.
What is your favorite Vis tradition?
The Vis tradition of building faith communities which call their members to understand the value of diversity and to respect the dignity of each person.
Lightning round! What is your favorite...
Michelle Obama’s Becoming is one of my favorite books. Here is a quote from it: “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” This fits perfectly with our guiding principle at Vis--"Non Scholae, Sed Vitae; Not for School, but for Life."
I listen to many musical albums with my own children. "Tomorrow" from the original Annie soundtrack is one I kept listening to in 2020. “The sun'll come out tomorrow, so you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow”--and we did! We got through 2020 together!
Chinese street food of course! I miss it every day and cannot wait to go back to China and eat original Chinese food again with family and friends when Covid restrictions are over.
Memory from 2020?
There were so many precious moments with my students in 2020. We learned Tai-Chi together, made Chinese music videos singing and dancing six feet apart in the snow, did several Chinese language projects and captured our unique Covid-year learning experience together. I am so proud of my students and all the staff who have dedicated themselves to teaching at Vis.
Thank you to Ms. Huang for sharing her thoughts. She makes us #visproud, and we are so happy to have her on our faculty!