Get to Know Thu-Nga

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What book is currently on your nightstand?

    I am working through a number of books to stay current in the areas of character development, neuroscience, equity and social justice, and change leadership. Of particular interest is examining how these factors systemically influence cognitive, social, and emotional growth in children and adults.

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Grit by Angela Duckworth

    Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better by Anthony Byrk, Louis Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul LeMahieu

    Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

    Raising Race Questions: Whiteness and Inquiry in Education by Ali Michael
  • Q: What would surprise people to find out about you?

    I am a fairly new driver. After living in New York City for eight years and becoming reliant on public transportation, I finally received my driver’s license in the summer of 2015. It was a huge learning curve. Be patient if you see me on the road!
  • Q: What have you learned from your students?

    It’s important to maintain a good sense of humor, to lead with optimism and humility, when we experience disappointments in life!
  • Q: Why do you love teaching at St. Edmund’s Academy?

    St. Edmund’s Academy is a tight-knit community that places great value on meeting the individual needs of children. I enjoy going to work every day because we have talented educators who impart enduring core values and an appreciation for intellectual and emotional engagement. We strive to create a learning environment that challenges young people to ask questions, to test assumptions, and to imagine the limitless possibilities.
  • Q: What is your favorite travel experience?

    I enjoy exploring and appreciating marine life while traveling. A few years ago, I picked up scuba diving. Since then I have gone diving mostly in the Caribbean and have acquired my rescue diver certification. My favorite part about dive trips is that I am constantly gaining new perspectives about aquatic life and connecting with people from around the world.