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Reading Apprenticeship Training
Mandarin Chinese


International Affairs, Current Events, Government, Geography, Linguistics, Reading, Coaching, Cultural Exchange, and Learning

Awards and Scholarships

2012 Michigan State University Intern Conference Presenter and Speaker

2012 Michigan State University Asian Studies Fellowship 1st Runner-Up

2011 Michigan State University Asian Studies Fellowship Winner

2009,2011 Michigan State University Dean's List

2008 Michigan Promise Scholarship

2006-20008 Morley Stanwood High School Honors Society


I hope to become an individual that has a focus in both International Studies and Mandarin Chinese. I am especially interested in helping my students become globally aware citizens and multicultural individuals that can adapt to the modern and future world. Through this mutual understanding, I believe that the next generation will be able to successfully thrive in society. 

Work experience

Sep 2012Present

Student Teacher

Highlander Way Middle School

As a student teacher I plan daily lessons for multiple classes, push the students to perform higher order thinking, and continually push myself to become a successful and influential educator. I also created a SMART goal in order to better gauge my students' learning and successes in my classroom. I served as the 7th grade boy’s basketball head coach and ran a weekly after school Chinese Language Club. In the Chinese Language Club, I push the students to work through a simulation-based classroom to promote authentic language learning that will be relevant toimproving their language and fluency.

May 2012Sep 2012

ESL Teacher

Spicus USA

This position included daily interactions with Korean businessmen who were studying to improve their English language proficiency. As their teacher, I was required to cover the material and supplement the lessons with my own creative ideas for the clients.

Oct 2011May 2012

Field Observer

Mason High School

This placement included 4 hours of observation per week in a high school classroom. The observation hours included teaching specific lessons over select topics, including classical republicanism and being an active member of the Civics classroom.

Sep 2008May 2012

Language Group Facilitator

Michigan State University Chinese Conversation Club

Groups of American and Chinese students came together for linguistic cultural exchange. This experience allowed for opportunities to both learn and teach language to each other. After participating for two years, I was appointed as Language Group Facilitator where I oversaw group activities and ensured that the time was efficiently spent exchanging cultural differences and improving language.

May 2011Aug 2011

International Relations Intern

China Entrepreneur Club

Excluding daily duties that were required within the operation of the business, I had the opportunity to tutor the company department managers in English on a daily basis for two hours.

Jun 2010Aug 2010

Field Observer

New City Academy

This placement included 2 hours of observation per week at a middle school charter academy in Lansing, MI. Observation hours included opportunities to tutor one-on-one with students from a variety of classrooms including Social Studies, English, and Mathematics. I also worked to be an active member of the teachers’ classrooms.

Sep 2009Dec 2009

Field Observer

Eastern High School

This placement included 2 hours of observation per week in a high school Government and United States History classroom. The observation hours included opportunities to work with many students in a group basis to help finish class assignments.


Sep 2012Apr 2013

Continuing Education

Michigan State University
Aug 2008May 2012


Michigan State University

OPI-C Advanced Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese


Apr 2013Present

Social Studies, RX

State of Michigan
Apr 2013Present

Chinese Language and Culture, FR

State of Michigan


Xiaoshi Li

Chinese Professor for the duration of my Senior year at Michigan State University. 

Suzanne Van Hall

Mentor teacher for the duration of my student teaching experience.

Kyle Greenwalt

Field Instructor and Mentor for the duration of my student teaching experience.