Mr. Yeung helps create Mandarin program at WA

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By Casey O’Connor
Staff Writer

Neil Yeung is a new teacher in the foreign language department at Westford Academy. He will be teaching Mandarin, a new program for this year.

Mr. Yeung is thrilled to start his teaching career at WA

Q: What made you want to work at Westford Academy?

A: The main reason for working at Westford Academy is that it is close to home. I’ve also heard Westford is a great school with high performing students. Also, since the Mandarin program is new, it’s cool that I get to help be a part of creating that.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This was actually my first week. I’ve never taught before.

Q: So what led you to teaching Mandarin?

A: Well I am half Chinese and I’ve been going to Mandarin school since birth. I worked in China for seven years speaking Mandarin everyday. My job there was stressful and I wanted to be a teacher to help better students.

Q: How do you like working here so far?

A: It’s better than my expectations. I have a great class and everyone is supportive and helpful. I love the friendly environment.

Q: What college did you go to?

A: UMass Amherst and Columbia for grad school .

Q: What was your favorite subject when you were in school?

A: I love art, that’s my favorite. But I also liked English and Latin.

Q: What do you like to do outside of the classroom?

A: Well now that I teach I don’t have too much time for myself, but I love to write, take pictures, and travel.

Q: Where are some of the places you’ve been?

A: India, Italy, Japan, Cambodia, Scotland, Korea, Greece and New Zealand. When I lived in China I took advantage of being there and traveled a lot.

Q: One last question. what  is you favorite part of teaching?

A: I love imparting my knowledge on students. My main goal is just to teach.