Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
Role: Site Director (Secondary School)
Favourite Quote/Words to Live by: "Leave this world a little better than you found it."
Do you have a favourite place that you’ve travelled?
I have been to several places and I have unique memories in each place.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
"Solutions are our business."
What’s the best thing about Taiwan?
It's easy to get around. For example, you can live in vibrant Taipei City, which has the most clean and efficient MRT system famous all over the world, and travel to the beautiful seaside or mountain side in 1~1.5 hours (or less) by car, MRT, bus, and train. Taiwan has breathtaking mountain sides and unique landforms to explore. Also, night markets are everywhere!
I love travelling in Taiwan and I know places for good coffee and food.
How do you support Foresight teachers in your role as Site Director?
My role as Site Director is to ensure our teachers feel comfortable to work in this cross-cultural environment. I am like a filter and a bridge between the Taiwanese school system and our Ontario-based education philosophy. It is important to maintain the quality of our ESL program and to support students to learn English in a meaningful, authentic way, especially when exams are still a major part of the education system in Taiwan. I have always tried to presume the positive intent when I encounter any issues related to (subtle) cultural differences, which is very essential when it comes to communication for both sides. Teenagers are complicated and sensitive. Some students don't know how to communicate their struggles, even though they perform well in class; therefore, in such a case, I would also support teachers to better understand their students. Also, I (very) often bring snacks and treats to spoil my coworkers.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
The students grow so much and so fast. When they first come into the program in grade 7, most of them are quiet and not confident in English (or themselves). Within a year, I can see a big difference. They gradually feel more comfortable and confident speaking in English to share their thoughts and feelings. After a few years, they have no problem conducting critical academic discussions. I am glad that I can participate in their lives to see them grow. Also, working in such a multi-cultural environment inspires me to be more understanding. It's so good to work with my team; we are like a big family!