Ming: I was born, raised, and educated in China where I taught four years of English before coming to America. I then started to teach adult education at a community college and community center. Since 1995, I have been teaching in an American, inner city school district, grades K-3 as well as ESL classes./ Paula: I am a retired teacher, after having taught 37 years in an inner city community, and have had extensive teaching experience with both regular and special needs children. My first teaching experience was with middle school aged learning disabled and behavior disordered students. I then went on to teach pre-school learning disabled and behavior disordered students. Following that, I taught in a self-contained BD classroom for over 20 years and then spent the last 8 years of my teaching as a K-5 resource teacher.
Ming: I consider myself a very compassionate and sensitive teacher, who gives students the structure needed to learn, while also using creativity to keep them motivated. As an eager learner myself, I encourage my students daily to explore and learn about the world around them. I am constantly giving my students new and different ways to practice those skills they have learned./ Paula: As a teacher of Behavior Disordered and Emotionally Disturbed students, I always thought of myself as a "humanistic behaviorist". My classroom provided enough structure for all students to be safe and productive, while I always remained sensitive and adaptable to the individual needs and strengths of each of my students. When teaching any student, I apply the same style so that each child I teach can grow beyond their potential. Because I love to learn, I try to model that for my students to increase their enthusiasm and curiosity about learning new concepts.
Ming: Excellence in Education Teacher Award 2001/ Paula: Nominated by Principal in 1992 for Teacher of the Year Awarded several small grants while teaching- Public Education Fund Providence Teacher's Union CVS Very Special Arts
Ming: I received my Bachelor of Arts in English in 1985 from Beijing Normal University, and a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in 1991 from Rhode Island College. After that, I completed courses in a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Curriculum Design./ Paula: In 1974, I received my Bachelor of Science from Rhode Island College in Pre-School/Elementary Education with a concentration in Teaching Learning Disabled Students College. In 1979, I received my Masters in Educating Behavior Students, also from Rhode Island.
Ming: I am the founder of Smart Test, Inc., a non-for-profit organization that designs quality educational, recreational, and cultural programs for afterschool activities. I authored and edited Summer Pathway to Success- Kindergarten, Summer Pathway to Success -1st grade, and Summer Pathway to Success -2nd grade with Paula. I co-authored a series of Exercises for Brain booklets with Paula./ Paula: I am the Educational Director of Smart Test, Inc., and design our programs along with MIng. I also supervise, and sometimes teach, our after-school sessions. I was a formerly published author in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, and have currently authored and edited Summer Pathway to Success-3rd grade and Summer Pathway to Success-4th grade with Ming. I have also co-authored a series of Exercises for Brain booklets with Ming. We have also been awarded several small grants from Target and CVS which have helped us fund our after-school programs. Our books are available on www.amazon.com Our website: www.smarttest.org