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8th Grade and Distance Learning

March 31, 2020 | Sam Choi

Social distancing is the phrase of the year as many of us hunker down at home, limiting our interaction with the outside world.  However, social distancing is not quite correct because socially we should be connecting even more during this time while we are physically distancing ourselves.  For schooling, applications like Zoom and Google Meet have been indispensable in helping us keep connected with our students.

However, we are far from being where we want to be in terms of distance learning but we are getting there.  We are figuring out ways to make sure students are getting the content as well as the social connections with their peers and their teachers.  In that regard, we are scheduling more face to face time and more opportunities to talk to each other whether as a whole group or in small groups.  Dr. Smith is also trying to figure out how to worship together as that is such a huge component of our community as well as trying to connect us all together for school celebrations.  Finally, I want to say thank you, to you, the parent community, for your willingness and support during this time.

Totally out of context but you know the quote “absence makes the heart grow fonder”?  Well, this seems to fit with what is happening now.  Never have I heard so many students say “I miss school” or “I wish we were back at school” then this past week.

Sam Choi

Teacher, Grade 8; Science, History, and Ethics, Sixth to Eighth Grades

Mr. Choi has been teaching for over twenty years. Prior to Mustard Seed, Mr. Choi taught at a high school and a middle school for students with language based learning differences. He has also taught at an after school tutoring center and a standardized test prep center.

Over his career, Mr. Choi has taught high school Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Computer Programming, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and US and European History. He has also taught middle school PE, Health, Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, World History and Language Arts, as well as Ethics, Civics, Economics, Christian Studies and Geography.

Mr. Choi enjoys running, watching movies, and cheering for the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs; he has been an avid fan of these teams since 1980.
He is married to Abby Hall Choi and is the father of Noah (MSS Class of 2027) and Jacob (MSS class of 2030).

Mr. Choi was born in Pusan, South Korea, and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his parents and older brother and sister. He first lived in Kansas City, Kansas and then moved to San Diego, California in 1986. In 2007, Mr. Choi moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. He quickly discovered that living in Southern California does not equip one to survive anywhere outside of Southern California.

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