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First Year of Employment at AGBU-MDS: 2019



B.A. in International Relations and Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

M.A. in International and Comparative Education, Columbia University, New York City, NY

M.A. in Teaching, Single Subject Social Science, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA


Credentials: California Single Subject Teaching Credential (Social Science)


Education Philosophy:

Inspired by educators and philosophers such as John Dewey and Edward Everett, I came to believe that high school is one of the most critical periods in one’s life. During this period, students develop knowledge, skills, personal characters, and habits of mind to build up a competitive profile for college and for future career advancements. To achieve these goals, persistent, well-trained, and passionate teachers play a vital role. Specifically, I believe that good teachers should inspire their students to view education as the process that will give them the chance to liberate their thinking, expand their views of life, succeed in their choices of careers, and make a positive contribution to our society. Becoming a high school social science teacher may only add a tiny weight to make this belief happen, one student and one class at a time. But I will give everything I have to make this weight worthwhile in students’ pursuit of their life goals and dreams.


Personal Information:

I want to briefly introduce my journey of becoming a teacher/educator: During my time at Emory University, I had the opportunity to teach abroad in Galway, Ireland, and volunteer/fundraise for a local school in Moshi, Tanzania. After my undergraduate studies, I went to China and taught one year in both public and private education institutions. Realizing that I needed a systematic understanding and training in education, I applied and was admitted to the Master of Arts Program in International and Comparative Education at Columbia University. During my time there, I took an internship at the Institute of International Education (IIE), the NGO that administers the Fulbright Scholarship (and many other scholarships) on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Eventually, I realized that my vision for vocation rests on school teaching. Thus, I completed a second Master's degree in Teaching (MAT) at UC Irvine and received a California single subject teaching credential in social science. With a full year of teaching at a local high school in Orange County during my UCI program and all the international education experiences, I am excited and ready to teach and help our wonderful students at AGBU MDS to grow and prosper!


Hobbies: Ardent tennis player, ping pong enthusiast, Tai Chi Quan devotee, passionate theater, museums, and concert attendee.  


Favorite quotes: "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ---John Dewey

                           "Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam" (The wise heart seeks knowledge) ---Emory University Motto

                          "In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen" (In Thy light shall we see light) ---Columbia University Motto


Interview Video with Mr. Cox