By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate

By now, most parents and family members have heard about the new teacher this year.  Du Hongwei (pronounced as Mr. Due to the students) has been introducing Mandarin Chinese to students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade at all three schools across the county.

Mr Du prior to his first class of the day at TVEMS

Du graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2015 and started his travelling right away.  He started by teaching in Thailand for three years where he also became quite fluent in Thai.  “I think my Thai is even better than my English,”  he laughed.  After his time there, he returned to China when he saw an ad for the opportunity to teach in the states.  “My parents were excited and very supportive,” he commented on their reaction when they learned of his travelling opportunities. After he applied, he was informed he got into the program and would be making the journey to our little corner…

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