Shirley Yang
7th and 8th Grade
English as a Second Language
EXPLORE - When I was younger, my little brother and I used to bike to small villages outside of our hometown. The lives of the village people, the crops they grew, and the different styles of architecture of their villages were all very fascinating to us. This curiosity is still within me today. My husband and I sometimes take short weekend trips out-of-state to explore and experience new places. For me, traveling, whether near or far, is always an eye-opening and enriching experience. CREATE - I loved learning to knit/crochet. One of my best friends taught me how to crochet. Even though I did not master it, I still used the basic skills I learned to knit a few scarves for my family and myself. That was a great feeling. I also love to create artwork. I took my daughter and son to a weekend art school when they were younger, and I joined in on their classes. We made various pieces of art using acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, and simple pencil & paper. I still paint every so often when I have free time. ACHIEVE - One of my proudest moments was when I created a costume piece for my son’s kindergarten school performance. I crafted a headpiece for his role as ‘Rafiki’ in their rendition of The Lion King. The class teacher liked it so much that she adopted the idea for the entire class. That was, for sure, one of my ‘crowning’ moments! Another one of my proudest moments was when I became a teacher. I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age—it has always been my passion. I love working with kids because they are so filled with natural curiosity about the world around them. In a way, I see my younger self within my students. I feel extremely happy to have been blessed with the opportunity to help my students explore, create and achieve.