Teacher Feature: Weng Lao Shi

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Teacher Feature: Weng Lao Shi

Jessica Burger, Writer

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Mrs. Weng, known as “Weng Lao Shi” by her Mandarin students, is a very distinguished and loved teacher at New Milford High School. She has been teaching for 21 years (since 1996) and graduated from Nanjing University with a Bachelor degree in English Language and a Masters degree in Chinese Language, specifically, teaching Chinese. In the 2015-2016 school year, she was rightfully awarded the New Milford “Teacher of the Year” award. Being the only Mandarin teacher at NMHS, Weng has many responsibilities, such as teaching grades 9-12 and directing Mandarin club for those who wish to explore Chinese culture outside of school. She works very hard to give children a culturally immersive experience and even presents students with the opportunity to travel to China.

Robert Collins (‘18), a former Mandarin student, commends Weng on her creative lesson plans and innate ability to keep things entertaining. He remembers her as a “very energetic teacher. I enjoyed her class because she was able to make learning an exciting hands-on experience.”

When asked why she became a teacher,  Weng Lao Shi replied, “I come from a family of teachers, teaching has always made sense to me; it’s in my blood!” Mrs. Weng admits that every day she tries to do better than the last. Her long-term goal is to expand the Mandarin program in order to benefit more students.

Shane George (‘18) has the utmost admiration for the unique educational experience provided by Weng. With a joyful smile, George claims, “Mandarin has broadened my experience as a student by teaching me a new language and allowing me to immerse myself in a culture separate from my own.”

Mrs. Weng draws our pleasant conversation to a close with wise words. “I hope all my students can achieve something, no matter how little, every day, to make their lives as full as possible.”  She is a much-loved addition to the NMHS community. Students and faculty alike rely on Weng to broaden cultural horizons and brighten the halls with her infectious enthusiasm.

 

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