Ms. Bai joined the Science Department in August. She first came to the United States as an 11th grade YFU exchange student during which she met students from around the world and spent the year translating between English and Chinese for AP Language & Composition. Her exchange year in the U.S. exposed her to many challenges and adventures as well as diverse knowledge and culture, and she decided to return to Maryland after completing high school in Tianjin, China. Ms. Bai attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she received her Bachelors of Science in Biology, Minor in Chemistry and Master of Arts in Secondary Biology Education. During her stay at UMBC, she worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and an adjunct professor.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love seeing kids grow throughout the year. It is a privilege to be a part of their journeys and share my passion in science with them. I love that I can stand in front of kids and tell them how much I believe in their ability to succeed and to make a difference.
What were you like in high school?
I had a lot of friends for the most part. It was a slow process of building self-confidence and understanding the world. I spent a lot of time wishing that my society could judge a student more than just their test scores, which college they go to, and how much money they have.
If you could live anywhere on this planet and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?
New Zealand. I heard many people were happy and friendly there, and I could live near the ocean.
If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?
I think I would like to be a potato. Most people like potatoes. Potatoes can be turned into all kinds of food that make people happy and different types of products that are beneficial. Potatoes have so much potential; they can even be used to study osmosis and diffusion!
If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?
A dog. Dogs are the happiest animals who bring so much happiness to others. Their minds are simple; they are easily satisfied. Dogs have so much appreciation to everything around them, and they won't look at another dog with a better yard and feel bad about themselves. My goal in life is to be happy and be satisfied with my life wherever I am, and bring happiness to others. Dogs do exactly that.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is coming to the United States. I came to Rockville for the first time as a high school exchange student, and my exchange year taught me more about myself than I could ever imagine. I got to meet and become friends with students from all over the world. You never truly understand how amazing the world is until you see it with your own eyes and learn about culture and customs that are completely different from yours. That year completely changed my life and gave me the chance to consciously improve and grow. I would love to share my experience as an exchange student with anyone, and I am forever thankful that I had the chance to live in a different country.