Third Grade Teachers

Laura DiGioia

Laura DiGioia

3rd Gr - English & ESOL

Ms. DiGioia earned her Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Education from Georgia State University with an endorsement in ESOL and Reading. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education with Teacher Certification from the University of North Georgia. Before joining the team at YHALE in 2021, Ms. DiGioia taught 2 years of 4th grade and was the Director of a non-profit tutoring program for elementary students in need of support in reading, most of whom were English learners. Before that, Ms. DiGioia has countless years of experience working with young people in an educational setting, including being a camp counselor and outdoor skills educator for kids. Ms. DiGioia enjoys being outdoors, hiking and camping in the fall, and traveling to new places in the summers. She also loves reading, and sharing the joy of reading with others.

Sarah Dunn

Sarah Dunn

3rd Gr - English

My name is Sarah Dunn and this is my 5th year teaching. I have taught 4th and 5th grade in Gwinnett County Public Schools, and took some time to teach kids on film sets! I have an Early Literacy and ESOL endorsement along with my Bachelor’s degree. I enjoy incorporating art and social-emotional learning into my teaching. I come from a family of five sisters and a niece whom I love dearly. Because of this, building relationships with students is a priority to me. From my experience, students learn best when they feel connected, respected, and heard. I grew up in Lawrenceville/ Duluth so I enjoy serving students in this area. I’m very excited to be here at YHALE, and have the opportunity to work with our students and their families! 

Youngsim Jeon

Youngsim Jeon

3rd/4th Gr - Korean & Language Coordinator

Ms. Jeon earned a master’s degree in Education Administration in Korea. She studied chemical engineering, environment and health, and Korean at university and has three bachelor’s degrees. After graduating from her college, she taught chemistry in high school for 13 years. During that time, she earned her technical teacher certification after a year and a half of training.  She taught technology in middle school for 10 years, comprising the basics of electricity, electronics, chemical engineering and architecture in Korea.  She felt the need to learn Korean, so she completed a Korean language course and obtained her certificate. During her 23 years of teaching, she won many awards, including Minister’s Award and District Superintendent’s Award. She emigrated to the United States in 2016 when she honorably retired as Assistant Principal.

She started living in the United States in February 2017.  She has been teaching Korean to her students at the American Saturday Korean School since 2011. Also, here at YHALE,  she has been teaching Korean language, science, and arts and sports to Korean language students for 3 years.  In 2021, she was certified as a teacher in the state of Georgia, USA. She likes to go for walks with her 3-year-old dog, and she feels happy eating Korean food.

Dr. Gloria Yang

Dr. Gloria Yang

3rd Gr - Mandarin

Dr. Gloria Yang is a Chinese native speaker. Her love for Chinese language and literature began early.  She received her Ph.D in Chinese language and literature in Peking University. She holds the GA Teaching Certificate. She completed the World Language Teaching Certificate Program at Georgia State
University, and she is studying on Dual Language Immersion Teaching Certificate Program at Georgia State University. Before she immigrated into U.S.A, she worked for Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for nine years. She has broad and deep knowledge on Chinese language and literature, Chinese history, culture, and  rare books studies. She is very knowledgeable in Modern Chinese, Classic Chinese, and Pinyin. She was a professor at Emory University, where she taught the highest level Chinese class. She has superior communication skills in both oral and written in Chinese. As a middle school Chinese language teacher in China for 6 years, she was twice honored with “Excellent Teacher” award Certificate twice. Dr. Gloria Yang has been teaching at YHALE since August 2020, for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. She loves teaching and sharing her passion for Chinese language and culture, elementary science, and other subjects.

 

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