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New Staff: Ma-Chen Tu
September 21, 2015
Tu is an Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) veteran who has taught Mandarin for a decade at Acalanes. This year, she became a traveling teacher, teaching a combined Mandarin 1 and 2 class during first period at Campolindo before driving across town during 2nd period, and then teaching 5 Mandarin classes at Acalanes for the rest of the school day.
Both Tu and Shih-Min Holland, the other Campolindo Mandarin teacher, are traveling teachers in the district. Tu said, “We need to be very organized, because we need to travel, then teach two different schools. We need a lot of time for preparation, and then we only have one period for prep. Usually teachers get two, but one period we need to travel.”
As Tu has only been on campus for a few weeks for only one period a day, she has not had much time to familiarize herself with the staff or the school. She has, however, felt good about her start. “Students seem happy. I think I need more time to discover,” Tu said.