South Pointe High School’s very first Mandarin Chinese teacher has arrived! –Robin Johnson has now joined the stallion family this semester to offer Mandarin Chinese.
Grateful of coming to South Pointe, Johnson said, “South Pointe students have been respectful and not that difficult.”
Last semester she taught the course at Northwestern High School. This semester she will teach at Rock Hill High School first block, and South Pointe third block.
Johnson, who is a native of Columbia, S.C., lived a total of 9 years with her late husband and two sons in China. They moved back to the United States in 2009, where she got a job as a substitute teacher for Mandarin Chinese.
She was there for a month until a permanent teacher filled the position. Due to her quality work at Ebinport, she gained attention from the Rock Hill School district and decided to accept their request to continue teaching in the district. Despite Johnson earning her Master’s Degree in linguistics and education, she still spends time studying to maintain her knowledge.
She said that characters usually tend to be the most challenging part of learning this language for students and represent ideas and expressions such as the wind, a dog, or an action and there are over 1,000 characters in Chinese and by the end of the semester students will be exposed to at least 300 as they learn about Chinese culture and history.
Inspired by getting an offer Johnson said, “I enjoy when they learn new things and get excited. I love that they now have Chinese in the school district, it’s a great opportunity.”
By Dara Khalid, news editor