Meet our language teacher: Summer Xie – ChinesePod
Summer was born and grew up in Qinghai-Tibet plateau of China. She obtained a bachelor degree in English Language and Literature in Shanghai, China, and received a master degree in Education from UMASS. She is a licensed teacher in both ESL (English as a Second Language) and Mandarin Chinese. Summer has been working as a language educator for years, and she is currently working at an independent language school in Massachusetts.
What is your favorite sport?
I started watching NBA games since middle school. San Antonio Spurs is my favorite team. I also like to play baseball with my friends. Living in Boston area has made me a fan of Boston Red Sox.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
There are always great moments in teaching, which remind me of how fortunate I am to be a teacher. Students send me holiday cards with warm words, write positive feedback for class, and share what they’ve learned with their friends. And even just the simple words “thank you” from students make me feel rewarding and happy every day.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Get up with a feeling that everything is brand new again; drink a cup of coffee with milk and sugar; eat French toast with avocado; put on my favorite outfit; have a productive work day; read some books; watch a good movie; hang out with my cat; have dinner with friends; and plan future trips at night.
What is your next travel destination?
There are so many choices, but if I have to choose one, I would say it is Machu Picchu. I’ve been thinking of going to Machu Picchu since I read a book by a famous Chinese writer Sanmao years ago. She talked about her experience there and described how unique and spiritual that place was. I strongly believe that in ancient places like Machu Picchu, there exist some certain kinds of connections between the past and the present, between the extrinsic world and our intrinsic world. Machu Picchu is definitely the place I would like to go in the near future, and it is the place that I know for sure that will make an unforgettable experience in my life.
What does Mandarin teaching mean to you?
Teaching Mandarin Chinese is where my passion is. This is something I’ve been hoping to do since I was a little girl.