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Fourth East Side teacher nominated for Teacher of the Year award
Ong Xiong teaches at Phalen Lake magnet
St. Paul Public Schools announced a fourth teacher from the East Side has been nominated for the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.
Ong Xiong, a dual-language immersion kindergarten teacher at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet, has been added to the list.
Xiong grew up on the West Side of St. Paul. She attended Roosevelt Elementary and Cherokee Heights Grade School, and graduated from Humboldt High School. She earned her teaching license from the University of Minnesota and her first teaching job was at Achieve Language Academy (formerly ACORN Elementary) on the East Side. This is her sixth year teaching in the language immersion program, and her seventh year at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet. Overall, Xiong has been a classroom teacher for 20 years.
Xiong is married and has three children, one of whom is a student at Phalen Lake. She and her family live in Maplewood.
This year’s program will name the 53rd recipient of the Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade and adult basic education teachers from public and private schools.
Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists. The 2017 winner will be announced Sunday, May 7.
Education Minnesota, the union representing teachers and school support staff, sponsors the competition.