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Jenny Xia Gao

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I was born in Southwest of China (geographically kind of the same area as Texas or Oklahoma) and grew up in Southern China (similar to Kentucky or Tennessee). I went to college in Beijing, which is a political, cultural, and educational center (an enormous city, like a combination of Boston and Washington, DC). I earned my B.A. in English at the Beijing Language and Culture University in 1995. I immigrated to America in 2000 and earned my MBA from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. I consider myself a Marylander where I have been living since 2005.nbsp;

I have been teaching Chinese language and culture for over 15 years in America. I had taught hundreds of military personnel and diplomats in several government schools, college students at Wheaton College, high school students at Notre Dame Preparatory, and worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation. I have adopted flexible blended teaching methods and co-designed and developed effective teaching materials, which earned 36 college credits from the American Council on Education (ACE) and has greatly helped students improve their linguistic and cultural knowledge. Currently, I’m also serving as a language consultant for the National Language Service Corps.

As an educator, I love to share knowledge and am always interested in learning and expanding horizons. I want to help students build more knowledge to communicate with the East and understand Asian values – have the long-term point of view, invest energy in creativity, and focus on living a positive life with purpose, goals, dreams, and visions, and strive for balance and be a better and happier person. My career goal has always been to make contribution to American society and act as a bridge between the two cultures. In my spare time, I love to travel, I like to attend culture and literature workshops. Since 2017, my essays, travel writings and news articles have appeared on top Chinese-language media platforms. I love nature, visiting historical sites. I enjoy gourmet cuisine, yoga, and photography.

Jenny Xia Gao

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