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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD - Shirley Li


In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Shirley Li, Mandarin Teacher.

Shirley was born and raised in the Shandong Province of Mainland China. She received a B.A. in English from Yantai University and completed her teaching certificate, in Chinese Mandarin, from California State University, East Bay. She is a journalist and a freelance writer, and she continues to work as a columnist, with the “Chinese World Journal,” an international publication. She is also an Executive Committee Member of the Chinese Language Teacher's Association of California (CLTAC). Shirley immigrated to the United States, 25 years ago, and is the mother of two daughters, Rena and Taylor. She has taught extensively for the last seven years and employs engaging and interactive teaching methods, using the Total Physical Response (TPR) method and has fully followed the 5C's of the California Foreign Language Teaching standards: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Q. Full name?

A. Shirley Li

Q. Where were you born?

A. Yantai, China

Q. Favorite word?

A. Sunrise.

Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?

A. I am the Mandarin Teacher, here at San Domenico. My favorite part of the job is interacting with the students, watching them learn and grow, and being a part of the amazing SD community!

Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)

A. This week, Community inspires me the most: our school recently worked together to reduce our carbon footprint by finding innovative and efficient ways to get to school.

Q. What might an average weekend look like, for you?

A. It might involve: gardening, lesson preparation, translation, and eating delicious food.

Q. List 1-3 of your most significant personal accomplishments, to date.

A. Raising two daughters (one of whom is a working professional and one who is headed to college) to be great adults!

Q. List 1-3 of your most significant professional and/or academic accomplishments, to date.

A. Joining the SD community for sure. It's such an honor to be here!

Q. What was your best, professional "I wish someone had seen this" moment?

A. I wish folks could have experienced the fantastic Chinatown field trip that I led, recently. One particularly memorable moment was when one of our students started, and held, a whole conversation with the waiter of the Chinese restaurant we went to for lunch. It was such a proud moment!

Shirley, from the moment you stepped on campus, you have been a warm and bright light in our community. Thank you for the many ways in which you share your culture and language with us. From your help with translating, to your wonderful cooking skills, and of course, your teaching, we are so grateful for all that you bring to San Domenico!