Cupertino, California, United States
Born and raised in the Bay Area, I started working with young children at the age of 10 as a volunteer in the Community Center Preschool infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms. Inside every wonderful teacher is an aspiring learner. My college studies led me to receive a BA in Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures from Smith College. Although I temporarily placed my career as a teacher aside to explore other fields as a learner, I returned to my childhood passion and completed my MA in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia. During my graduate studies, anecdotal observations, and student teaching experiences, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of watching children explore, discover, and make sense of their world. It is not the product, but rather the process of learning that has invigorated me to stay in the classroom for the past 7 years. As a Chinese American and now bilingual educator in the Cupertino Language Immersion Program, I am excited to be able to share my cultural and academic learning with my students. My motto is: "If Ms. Lee can do it, you can too!" In addition to working with students and parents in the classroom, I am working to enact change on a greater scale at the school site and district level.
My current, and most recent charge is to develop as a digital educator. With young children being well-versed and adept at technology coming into the classroom every year, it calls upon us as teachers to grow along with our students. Although tablets and smartphones may not have existed in our childhood, these devices are now familiar, and perhaps even indispensable to children living in the 21st century. Therefore, we must make ourselves more aware and knowledgeable about apps, podcasting, and other technological tools to meet the changing needs of our students in the classroom. Not only are we responsible as educators to add to our technology toolkit, but we are furthermore responsible to share our new learnings with our colleagues by expanding our digital presence. I look forward to learning and expanding my tech tool belt with all of you!