I was born during the height of the New Wave music era. Unfortunately, my parents were unaware of this fact as they were faced with living in poverty in the aftermath of a war-torn Vietnam.
When I was still an infant, my family and I sailed off in a boat, headed for the unknown. The unknown ended up being Taiwan, where we were placed in a refugee camp. After living there for a year, we were able to immigrate to the United States and start our new identity as Southerners, eating grits and guzzling sweet tea just as well as our native-born neighbors and friends.
Despite many obstacles, I was able to overcome Asian stereotypes to achieve success in my education even though I did not major in science, computers, or math. Instead, I earned my BA in English Literature from Mercer University in 2003 and an M.Ed in Secondary English Education from Georgia State University in 2005.
After graduation, I returned to my high school to teach English, becoming more popular as a teacher than I was as a student. I have taught 9th grade Literature, World Literature, American Literature, and IB Theory of Knowledge. During my tenure, I've also won multiple awards: National Honor Society Teacher Dedication, Beta Club Teacher Dedication, 2011 and 2015 STAR TEACHER, and the 2013 Yearbook dedication. I have also been nominated as Teacher of the Year 3 times. Then, after 11 years of teaching and 2 years of being the International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, I decided to focus on my family and my writing. I currently live in Atlanta with my husband and our three mini-princesses.
Human Rebellion on Hadrani is my first book, a creative summation of the thoughts and ideas my students and I would discuss in my IB Theory of Knowledge class. I am currently working on a new book entitled The Unearthly Stranger.
Greatest Person of the Day: Linh Pham
Tucker High School IB teacher and "Tucker Citizen of the Year" gives selflessly and inspires greatness in her students.
I have published before! My nonfiction essays on teaching at my Alma Mater was featured in Up Close and Personal in Tucker twice. Several articles were also written about me in the Tucker Times and Atlanta Journal & Constitution when I won the "Tucker Citizen of the Year" award. Unfortunately, only prints of the articles are available. Pictures of the prints are below.