2023-24 Fellow: Jing Dai

9th-12th Grade Chinese Language and Culture Teacher in Fort Meade, MD – Meade High School

2023-24 Fellow: Jing Dai has been teaching for 12 years. She is a recognized leader and award-winning Chinese teacher at Meade High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Jing is a strong advocate for multilingualism and believes that learning another language allows us to describe more of our life and gives us diverse opportunities and perspectives on the world.

Jing is a collaborative, student-centered, creative problem-solver. She develops student language skills in fun, engaging, and authentic ways. Jing creates strong relationships with her students and families and provides intensive academic support and promotes holistic well-being in her students. A nationally recognized educator in her field, she is the previous president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association-National Capital Region and a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences.

In honor of Jing’s work on promoting cultural proficiency for equity and inclusion, she was selected as Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Maryland Teacher of the Year Finalist and Washington Post Teacher of the Year Finalist. Additionally, she has earned the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Chinese School Association in the United States, and the Outstanding Performance and Achievement in Teaching Confucius Classroom.

Favorite Food Education Standard: FES #2: Foods Have Sources and Origins.

FES #2 resonates with me the most because I grew up in China. There are eight major cuisines of China based on the regions. While there is a variety of styles of cooking in China, most Chinese chefs have classified eight regional cuisines according to their distinct tastes and local characteristics.

A Favorite Food Memory or Recipe: 

My favorite food memory is the special Chinese food my grandma made for us during the Chinese New Year. My grandma made the best Braised Duck with Shredded Konjak. She made the Shredded Konjak by using the stone grinder, so it is super fresh and chewy.

Why I Became a Fellow: 

I am most excited about meeting another fellows and collaborating with them. I also can not wait to implement the strategies I learned from the PD sessions into my lessons.

23-24 Fellow Jing Dai
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