Hong An Doan
Master's: Multicultural Education, Spring 2011
Hong An completed a Master's Degree in the College's Multicultural Education program. The Multicultural Education graduate program explores theoretical and pedagogical issues of bilingualism, multiculturalism, educational equity, and social justice, offering courses and experiences to assist educators to work successfully in classrooms, schools, and educational agencies within our diverse State.
Project: The Stress Factors of Vietnamese 1.5 Generation Adolescents
Undergraduate Institution: B.A: Liberal Studies. California State University, Sacramento.
Why did you choose the College of Education for your degree/credential program?
I have always been interested in multicultural studies. I identify myself as a multicultural individual and am fortunate to live and grow up in a multicultural setting. Furthermore, my desire for traveling and learning about different people and cultures has motivated me to engage myself in this field. I graduated from the BMED teaching program one year prior to my enrollment in the MA multicultural education program. BMED has provided me the valuable tool to help me in becoming a better educator who advocates for multicultural and social justice in school. I believe that the fundamental change starts with education.
How has your degree/credential impacted your professional and personal life?
The MA in multicultural education has helped me to become more aware my own cultural identity and multicultural issues in our society and in education. It provides me the knowledge to become more flexible when dealing with cultural differences. Living abroad is challenging because the cultural environment is unfamiliar and often can become problematic if I don't know how to approach my disputes appropriately. I am required to be more patient, adaptable, knowledgeable, and critical when dealing with difficult cultural situations abroad. Furthermore, this program has helped me to become a better educator. I am applying the knowledge I have learned from this program in my daily teaching. My Korean students enjoy learning and are benefit greatly from this program. I continuously share my knowledge with other educators in Korea through workshops and dialogues. I believe multicultural education is applicable to any society and any country.
Current Professional Position
Institution: Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education
Describe your current position: I am contracted to serve the Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education for two consecutive years in South Korea. I am teaching English and working with Korean educators to develop and improve the current Korean ESL curriculum. Besides working in school, I develop English camp curriculum and assist the school in creating workshops to educate college students and new teachers on multicultural and bilingual teaching.