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TCNJ students named “Teacher of the Year” by the Chinese American Cultural Association and Edison Chinese School


Lin (left) and Pretty (right) receive “Teacher of the Year” awards at the 2013 Edison Chinese School graduation ceremony.

Tara Pretty (Class of 2013) and Patricia Lin (Class of 2014) taught Chinese to students–kindergarten up to 12th grade–at Edison Chinese School on weekends from September 2012 to June 2013.  Pretty and Lin were honored for their dedication and commitment to teaching Chinese language and culture with “Teacher of the Year” awards from the Chinese American Cultural Association and Edison Chinese School in June 2013.



Lin and Pretty are honored on stage with other teachers at Edison Chinese School.


Lin and Pretty with President of the Chinese American Cultural Association (CACA), Sherry Rodriguez (left 2nd), and Director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in NY, James Chang (Left 4th) at CACA’s Annual Sports Fun Day after the awards ceremony.


Lin and Pretty at CACA’s Annual Sports Fun Day with Celia Liu, professor of Chinese at TCNJ, who introduced them to the teaching opportunity at Edison Chinese School.

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Graduating Senior receiving Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from Chinese American Cultural Association

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