Ms. Faustine Chien (otherwise known as Ms. Chien) is known for being the most spirited Honors Algebra 2 teacher on campus, but that wasn’t her original plan. Ms. Chien had started her life’s journey all the way across the world in Taipei, Taiwan, moving to the United States when she was just 13. Growing up she had taken interest in becoming a surgeon when she was older, but decided to major in business after having a bad encounter with blood.
She graduated from University of California Irvine (U.C.I) as business major with a minor in mathematics. As she realized her potential as a math teacher she went to the UCI credential program where she continued to learn; whereas those who had a 3.5 GPA were not allowed to continue. Her education had continued furthermore to Cal State Fullerton where Ms. Chien had received a Master’s degree in Mathematics, after several years of already instructing math classes.
Although, she hasn’t always been the Spartans favorite Algebra 2 teacher, for when she first came to Villa Park after receiving her credentials, she had started out teaching both Algebra 1 and Media Tech video editing. Ms.Chien is also an undiscovered polyglot, and can speak five languages fluently: Taiwanese, Mandarin, Japanese, English, and Spanish. When asked, she said that English was the hardest language to learn due to the necessity of it saying, “It felt like I was dropped into the ocean.” The other languages she had picked up were either taught at her schools (i.e Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese) or her home language, which is Taiwanese.
Ms. Chien is known for using the phrase BINGO! on the regular, when asked why she disclosed that it was because of how happy of a word it is, and her lack of accent. From this assignment, I’ve learned that there is a lot more to teachers than what meets the eye.