Faculty Friday: Xiaoping Liu

Joining Dwight School Seoul family is an exciting step closer to home for Xiaoping who is originally from Leshan City, Sichuan Province, China.  She lived in the US for almost ten years where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  Before joining Dwight, Xiaoping taught at an IB international school for seven years in Louisiana.

What is your role at Dwight School Seoul? 
I am the Head of Department for Language Acquisition and I teach Chinese.

What made you decide to work in an education setting?  And what is your philosophy?
Teaching and seeing students speaking Chinese is fun. But what is more significant to me is to see the personal and holistic growth of students. Deeply influenced by Paulo Feire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, I believe that learners are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge passively. In my class, I position myself as a facilitator who guides students’ learning. My aim is to cultivate a dynamic learning environment with lifelong learners who exhibit international mindedness and understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What do you like the most about working at DSS?
My favorite part about working at DSS is working with my students who never cease to amaze me.

What are your interests and or hobbies? 
In my leisure time, I love abstract painting where I combine modern elements and traditional Chinese elements – two seemingly contradictory elements together. I have held three art exhibitions in the US.

Who inspires you and how?  
There are a lot of inspiring people out there. But one of the strongest inspirations comes to me from my language team where I get to work with many experienced language teachers and learn from them. They inspire me to continue to do better.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately?
I recently watched an online lecture on “What is China?”. By looking at some interesting cultural phenomena in history, we understand better who we are, why we are how we are, and how this affects our future.  Knowing oneself is a difficult and yet one very important thing.

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire? Or, what one particular social issue calls out to you and why?  How do you see yourself contributing to making an impact/being the solution?
I am passionate about marine wildlife protection. I constantly find myself amazed by the beauty of the ocean and all of its living creatures.. But their habitat has been severely affected by human beings and our behavior.  Raising greater awareness about ocean and marine wildlife protection in the people around me is one thing I strive to do.

If you were given one wish, what would it be?
If I was given one wish, I would like to see the global community find an effective way to develop our economies without bringing so much harm to our planet earth.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose DSS?
You should join us because DSS has so much to offer! Students will have fun learning and socializing. Additionally, DSS offers language acquisition selection in German, English, Chinese, Spanish and Korean!

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