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Interview with Principal Dai of Huagen Chinese School

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2019年4月30日 下午6:29   [ 更新时间:2019年5月1日 上午7:40 ]

Interviewed by: Annie Zhao

Written by: Annie Zhao Rachel Xu

Recorded by: Jennifer Fu


4/7/19


On April 7, I interviewed Principal Dai to better understand his profession, talk about his passion, Chinese culture, the Chinese school, and life lessons. Principal Dai is the first candidate I have interviewed, and I found that he is a very open-minded, open-hearted person who contributes great efforts to his community. His focus is on serving the community through his ways, being a parent, adviser, and principal. Through him, I learned pieces of information that tied into my life. It was truly wonderful to be able to interview Principal Dai. He is a very bright person with strong leadership skills. Also, he knows how to work with children and adults to make a school that has prospered for many years. Principal Dai is a goal oriented and driven person; he knows where he is going, and there is no turning back.

Interview:

1. Annie: When did you become principal of Huagen Chinese School?

Principal: I became principal two years ago, in 2017.

2. Annie: What inspired you to take that position?

Principal: I think that it is important to serve the community. Also, my children go to Chinese School, so as a parent, I want to help the community as much as possible. I think that is very meaningful, and being a principal, I need to set a model for children to follow.

3. Annie: How would you describe a successful principal?

Principal: I think the “successful” I define is not much of how famous you are, but how well you do something and help others. So in my opinion, I think being successful is allowing children to come to school to get an education. Yeah, that to me is a success.

4. Annie: What do you do as a principal, besides signing documents and things like that?

Principal: Um, I’ll summarize it in three points: 1. Managing Chinese School and its education,  2. Supervising extracurricular classes,  3. Unifying the teams of Huagen and bringing out the specialties in each person. That is what I do, basically.

5. Annie:  Could you tell us about the history of Huagen Chinese School?

Principal: Yes, so Chinese School was founded in 1997, and the founder was a professor at UF. I actually know him! He is in China now, but over the years, Chinese School has changed a lot. At first, there were only about 20-30 kids at the school, but now there are around 200 students. Chinese School certainly gained popularity, people knew more about it, and the school has been better than ever!

6. Annie:  What do you think will be the future of this school? What will it be like in five, ten years? Do you still want to be principal then? Any goals?

Principal: I would love to keep on serving the community just as long as the community thinks the same. I think the Chinese School is definitely going in a good direction. Something I want to see in the future is for Chinese School to be a place for everyone, a place where everyone gathers and enjoys learning.

7. Annie: As principal, what is your top priority?

Principal: Well, of course, Chinese School and its education. Everything revolves around the school, basically. It is important to spread more culture to others.

8. Annie: And, what are the three goals you would like to achieve for the school?

Principal: I want for the Chinese School’s education to at the least keep its quality and become even better, allow students and parents to have fun while learning, and to spread more of the Chinese culture.

9. Annie: What is an ideal environment for children, in your opinion?

Principal: I will split the environment into two: the geographical environment and cultural environment. With the geographical environment, we can’t really do much because we rent rooms for Chinese School. However, with the cultural environment, an ideal environment is something that is made up by everyone. Teachers, students, parents, all have to work together to make this. Making this environment takes time, and right now, we are trying to make this ideal place by having older children or teachers setting good examples for the younger ones.

10. Annie: For Chinese school, a problem is that there are many students who are unwilling to come to Chinese school. There could be many reasons for that, like laziness, or fear that they are too old. I certainly know people who regret not learning Chinese, and they feel embarrassed and even ashamed to be in Kindergarten Chinese with four or five-year-olds. What thought do you have on that? Do you think it is ever too late for someone to start learning a language?

Principal: Yeah, I totally understand what you’re saying. I also know people who are like that. I guess I would say that for people like that, I think the number one thing is excuses. Also, they do not put Chinese as a priority, or else they would not come up with those excuses, or whatever hinders them from attending Chinese School. I want to encourage the students who do not come to Chinese School to learn the language because first of all, it is never too late to learn. I know Indian families and non-Asian families that are learning Chinese. I know a family that drives from Ocala to Huagen Chinese School to learn Chinese. Language is like wings. You don’t have to have them to survive. But with them, you can reach higher places, do more things. It all sounds very nice, but putting it into action is harder than it sounds.

11. Annie: Are those extracurricular classes a major pull factor for Chinese School, or does it not have an effect at all?

Principal: Yes, it does pull students, but how major, it depends. Certain classes, like soccer, attracts more people. They hear that Huagen offers soccer, so they become interested and play. Soccer is the fourth period, so instead of waiting until soccer, they would look to see what is in third period? Well, there’s Happy Chinese, a class for non-natives. So yeah, and there are also classes for adults. There is Zumba, zither class, etc. Those classes allow adults to spend time together, talk about what classes their children are taking, things like that. Usually, adults bring their children with them and sign them up for a class while they exercise or play instruments. It’s things like that that pull people in.

12. Annie: As Chinese is being more widespread, do you think everyone should attend Chinese School, or do you want Huagen Chinese School to be exclusively for Chinese people?

Principal: I don't want it only for Chinese students; everyone is welcome. If we look at reality, though, there are more Chinese families than American. We offer Happy Chinese class to the whole community, but even with that, there are fewer Americans/ non-Chinese students. Most people have the perception that Chinese School is only for Chinese people. That is false and in fact the opposite. Chinese School is open to anyone who wants to learn Chinese.

13. Annie: With many students being American Born Chinese, do you think this Chinese school has helped them connect more to their roots?

Principal: The simple answer is certainly, yes. One of the pillars of this school’s foundation is for that exact reason - to introduce our students to Chinese culture. We help them learn more Chinese and more about Chinese culture - and not just with one or two other people. They are surrounded by peers working hard just like them, much like a Jewish or Indian group. The students are all very connected with each other and other people.

14.Annie: As we all know, the parents of students are most likely immigrants seeking the American Dream which is why they came here - they want a better future for their children - but when their children are here here, their children are surrounded by all the American influence, and what they do and their culture. The Chinese culture is probably lost by at least 50% - it’s either the children don’t speak Chinese, or they don’t understand it, or it’s just lost completely, or the parent will try to let the children speak Chinese, learn about the culture, do a lot of Chinese things, etc. But even if their parents push them with Chinese, around half of the culture - that root -  is lost, and so do you think Chinese school will help gain back a lot of percentage of that, or is Chinese school just a learning facility to just help them learn the language?

Principal: I think, my way of interpreting that, this is the reality, so I think like what you said before, the English language influence is too strong. Our kids are mostly in American schools, English is spoken primarily, so Chinese is not that apparent, so it’s hard to motivate them to learn Chinese. From the beginning of me running the school, I understood the reality was there was no clear way to establish a goal like how many people we wanted to get learning Chinese because that would be too futile, as all the households are varied and different. Rather, the first thing we do is provide an opportunity and a place, right,  for the children to return to. If the children are insistent that they don’t want to return, you can’t force them to come. Then my perspective is that I myself expect, or work towards, that, most importantly, our school can at least help 1/3 of the parents or those who didn’t know Chinese previously come back. Recently, we’ve had an example of this with a family, where the mother, four or five years ago, used to be one of our Chinese school teachers. Her child used to attend the Chinese classes as well. Later, we don’t know what happened, but they stopped coming. Then, this year, the child returned because the child was really adept at chess, they received awards and the such, and they also had the heart to come back to the Chess Club. And the Soccer Club and the Chess Club have joint awards, so on Saturday, they had a trial class where a renowned Chess master gave a trial to give the parents a sort of feeling about it. Like this, the child came back again. So I think, regardless of what happens, Chinese school will still stay there. Moreover, it should get better and better, and slowly, more and more families will come back. But they need time. And these things are all connected, so we must make sure the teachers’ skills are up to the requirement, etc. and all these things must be kept at a standard. If one aspect is lacking, it will carry over to the entire thing. So there will be many challenges to face. And we have many teams that all work together.

15. Annie: What is one life lesson you want everyone to know?

Principal: Hm, what life lesson? If it’s based on my experience, then it’s if you have found something to focus on, for example, if you have decided to do something - firstly, making sure there is a purpose to it - don’t stress so hard about it. This is probably what I’d say to be a lesson. If you are faced with challenges or are given chances to improve, and you miss out on it, you will never know what would’ve happened if you had taken that opportunity, and after many years it will pass. If you feel the opportunity has merit or even has a tiny bit of potential, let yourself try it, do your best. If you have space to grow and learn, don’t worry too much about the consequences of trying. I know some kids, and adults, too, for example, who will decide to do something, but they keep dragging it out because of their reluctance. So I think don’t hesitate. If you want to do something, be proactive and do it. Don't hide away from it. Time is precious, and don’t waste it. Don’t procrastinate. Just take action. Just do it.

16. Annie: On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like your job?

Principal: Certainly, at least nine, nine to ten. Because it is also - well, if you mean how much I enjoy it, I don’t really, that much. But I do definitely feel a responsibility. This work is very important and necessary for me to do. So if I complete my task, I will recognize the worthiness of my work and therefore have a greater appreciation for it. Also, working together with my co-workers, I’ve realized how meaningful my position is. So yeah, like a 9-10, I do find it a very essential job.


2018-2019 HUAGEN CHINESE SCHOOL Yearbook

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2019年3月24日 下午6:59   [ 更新时间:2019年3月24日 下午7:00 ]

CONTENT:

The 2018-2019 yearbook includes the students’ writing, pictures, prefaces from teachers, etc. Pictures include day-to-day school activities, the Spring Festival Performance, and many others. This 2018-2019 yearbook will be amazing! You can keep the memories in this brand new yearbook that’s coming up!

TEACHER NOTICE:

            Teachers must submit all pictures, writing pieces, statements, etc. to the google drive https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nVcZNG9EeI8nrBOeI5QZcNrTuOzzEoHs by Saturday, April 20, 2019

PRICE: $25!

Portable Library Design Winner

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2019年3月24日 下午6:55

Purpose: The Portable Library Design Contest was a contest among Huagen Chinese School students to create a design of a portable library.

 

After Student Association members judged all the entries, we have determined two winners. All the designs were very creative and well-thought, but this year’s winners had extremely innovative ideas that would be good for Huagen Chinese School.

 

Winners:

Mia Zhou (First grade, First class)

Eric Diao (Ninth Grade)

 

Congratulations to the winners!

Their respective Chinese classes classes will receive a pizza party on May 11th. 

华根中文2019班级流动书箱设计大赛Best Design for Portable Class Library Competition

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2019年2月26日 上午11:29

Best Design for Portable Class Library Competition

Huagen Chinese School is hosting a bookcase designing contest open to all classes! Create the best design for a bookcase together as a class for a chance to win a class party! The winning class will have a party on May 4.

Deadline

The deadline to enter is March 16. Winners will be announced by Principal Dai on March 23.

Rules

1.    Make sure designs are appropriate and positive.

2.    All designs must be original.

3.    Digital designs are allowed.

4.    If there is any plagiarism or the copying of someone else’s work, the design will be automatically disqualified.

5.    Submit design by March 16 3:30 to room 20 or email ruiqile@gmail.com.

6.    If submitting a hand drawing, please submit no larger than 8.5 by 11-inch paper.

7.    If submitting by email, please submit using a jpg. and as a pdf. file.

8.    The Hua Gen Chinese School Student Council reserves the right to make adjustments and alterations to the winning entry to ensure that the reproduction of the image is of the best quality. Hua Gen Chinese School will have all rights to the winning design. By submitting your entry, you agree that if your design wins, it will be used by the Hua Gen Chinese School.

Hua Gen Chinese School T-shirt Design Contest

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2018年9月11日 上午7:40

The Hua Gen Chinese is hosting a T-Shirt design contest for the school year 2018-2019. 

The T-shirt design contest is open to all current Chinese school students. Students in all grade levels are invited to create an original design. 

The T-shirt design contest will start on Sept. 3rd, and end on 20th, and the winning design will be chosen by Student Council and announced by Sept. 22. The winner will receive a Bluetooth Speaker and his/her design will be used for the Hua Gen Chinese school uniform for the UF  Homecoming parade and Hua Gen Chinese New Year Party volunteer uniform. 

 

Guidelines for the T-shirt Design

●        T-shirt fabric can be almost any color so consider that in your design

●        If submitting a hand drawing, please submit no larger than 8.5 by 11-inch paper

●        Digital Designs are allowed

 

Submission Deadline: Sept. 20  


Email your design to vshi082605@gmail.com with email subject “Haugen T-shirt Design  Contest”. 

Formatting: For purpose of submission, please submit the design in .jpg and as a .pdf file. 



By submitting an entry, the artist consents that it is his/her own original work and that he/she has all necessary rights and permissions to use included elements. The Hua Gen Chinese  School Student Council reserves the right to make adjustments and alterations to the winning entry to ensure that the reproduction of the image is of the best quality. 

Hua Gen Chinese School will have all rights to the winning design. By submitting your entry,  you agree that if your design wins, it will be used by the Hua Gen Chinese School

 

2018秋季学期即将开学(2018 FALL Registration August 18)

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2018年8月14日 上午9:48


各位家长好!

华根中文学校将于8月18号开学。以下是几项通知:

1)请大家尽早网上报名 www.huagen.org,以便于我们做班级调整。
2)新学期增设手工,音乐,书法,成人瑜伽,成人书法,古筝课程。
3)具体信息请查收邮件。没有收到邮件的家长请发email到info@huagen.org咨询。

谢谢!

华根春晚2月10日晚上6点举行!

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2018年2月3日 下午7:43   [ 更新时间:2018年2月3日 下午7:43 ]

一年一度的华根中文学校的春节晚会将在2月10日晚上6点举行!晚会上将有各个班级的同学们精心准备的节目,还有游戏抽奖环节!欢迎大家参加!

本周末中文学校因飓风暂停Classes Canceled for Hurricane

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2017年9月7日 上午11:42

亲爱的同学和家长:


由于飓风的原因,华根中文学校决定取消周六的所有课程。OakHall周末也会取消所有活动。

接下来的课程,我们会视天气情况而定,请随时关注我的网站,微信群。

请大家务必注意安全。


此致,


华根中文学校


Dear Students and Parents,

 

We will be canceling classes on Saturday, September 9th due to the Hurricane.  The Oak Hall School are also closing from Saturday to Monday. 


We're keeping our eye on the storm and will let you know if there will be any other changes to our schedule.

Please stay safe during the storm!

Sincerely,

Hua-Gen Chinese School

2017秋季学期即将开学(2017 FALL Registration August 19)

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2017年8月3日 下午9:19

各位家长好!

华根中文学校将于8月19号开学。以下是几项通知:

1)下周将开通网上报名 www.huagen.org 请大家尽早报名,以便于我们做班级调整。
2)新学期学费有所上调,每节课每学期为$90。教材费不变。
3)课后班有所调整,不开设手工课,同时新增学生会班。具体信息请查收邮件。没有收到邮件的家长请发email到info@huagen.org咨询。

谢谢!

本周上课时间为周日(1/22/2017)

发布者:华根网站管理员,发布时间:2017年1月19日 下午6:59

各位家长,由于Oak Hall School学校周六占用教室,本周,下周,下下周上课时间均改在为周日,上课时间分别是1月22日,1月29日,2月5日。

请及时查看学校校历,提早安排上课时间,谢谢。

https://sites.google.com/a/huagen.org/hua-gen/my-calendar

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