Happy Holidays! We hope you are all bundled up and warm for the coming winter. As we approach the end of the year, on behalf of the Ambright AHSP Administration, we wish you all a festive holiday and a Happy (Western) New Year. Without your continued effort and expertise in your respective fields, this program would be nothing without you. May your holiday be filled with peace and joy. In this month’s edition of the AHSP Newsletter, we share with you a meaningful Chinese phrase just in time for both the Chinese and Western New Year holidays, and introduce an enlightening teacher based in Yangzhou High School.
|Teacher Spotlight: Steven Fitzgerald|
Steven Fitzgerald snapping a 自拍（selfie）with his students at Yangzhou High School.
Q: What has your experience teaching in China been like?
A: A major driving force in me eventually making my way to China was learning martial arts. When I was 16 years old I began learning Kung Fu, so naturally I wanted to come to the country of origin for this art form. Currently, I’ve been training for about 10 years, and have started a martial arts club for my students here at Yangzhou high school.
Q: What surprises have you found on your way as an educator in China?
A: I’d say my experience teaching in China has been pretty awesome! I’ve taught students of all ages in two different cities. I’ve been an ESL teacher for 2 years and I currently teach English composition and Earth Science.
Q: What attracted you to China initially?
A: I’m surprised that even though my students are always so busy doing work and extra classes, they are somehow still able to laugh. This spirit makes me want to work hard for them and make their high school experience as amazing as possible.
Q: What has been your favorite subject to teach?
A: I’m enjoying teaching Earth Science because I think it’s important for students to know more about the planet, ways of life, and science that is directly related to their every day lives.
Q: What do you think the future of education in China looks like?
A: In my opinion, the future of education is looking brighter as newer teaching methodologies are introduced and put into practice in China.
Chinese Phrase of the Month:
Best wishes, and may all your hopes be fulfilled.