Best of Irmo Chapin Life 2018
Best NIche 2018

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Mrs. Saining Lee

Teaches: Mandarin Chinese 1, 2, 3 (Honors), and 4 (Honors)
Other Responsibilities: Boarding Program Assistant

Mrs. Lee (then Miss Zhang) joined Ben Lippen in 2015. She has since married her husband Robbie and is still a newlywed! Her family lives in the Northeast part of China in Harbin. Her hometown is famous for its ice sculpture festival. She is the only child in my family, but she grew up (until elementary school) with seven of her cousins in her grandmother's house because both parents worked at that time. Because of that experience, her cousins are like siblings.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love cooking and baking which help me to relax. I also love running, reading, and drawing.

What do you love most about Ben Lippen? What I love most about BL is definitely my students. I have been teaching at BL for three years. I love all my students. They all have different gifts and personalities. I enjoying being in class, teaching them and learning from them. I teach them Chinese and Chinese culture. They teach me so many things about America that I don't know even though I have already lived in America for more than six years.

What do you love most about teaching the subject you teach? I love teaching my subject because I can relate to them so well. English is my second language and I had to learn it when I was in high school. I didn't have an English native speaker to teach me and I didn't like learning English at all. I struggled so much in my language class. However, now I have become a language teacher and can teach Chinese in my own way. I want to make learning Chinese more fun and more enjoyable. I also enjoy bringing an authentic Chinese cultural experience into my class and combining a Christian worldview into my lessons to make my teaching more meaningful.

What has been your most memorable moment at Ben Lippen so far? My most memorable moment is Ben Lippen graduation. I love to see that our graduates come from different nations. It makes me praise God for His wonderful work to bring these students together and when they graduate, they will use what they learned and the relationships they had at BLS to impact the world.

What do you love most about teaching your students? I love that they ask questions and make comments about what they learn, what they observe, and what they are curious about. Their questions and discussions always inspire me and motivate me to learn more. At the same time, I want to influence in the same way and to encourage them to learn more.