By Edlynne Harrell-Sanchez
Ka La staff writer
This article was published in the Ka La’s April/May 2014 printed edition.
April Ching likes to help people. Maybe that’s why she is such a good teacher.
Ching, who grew up in Kansas and taught for a while in Finland after going there as as an exchange student in college, helps students at Honolulu Community College.
“I’m a people person and I believe in my students,” said Ching, who teaches English 22.
Ching enjoys teaching because it allows her to meet many interesting people, and it allows her to practice some of her favorite things: reading and writing.
She earned a bachelor’s while going to school in Finland, where she also taught others to read and write English. But she decided that she needed an American degree if she wanted to come back home to teach.
So Ching came to Hawaii at escape the cold of Finland and graduated from UH-Manoa with master’s in English. She taught at several other schools, including Hawaii Pacific University, UH-Manoa and Wayland Baptist University before coming to Honolulu CC.
Ching brings high expectations for her students, expecting them to learn to be confident in their writing.
“Never be afraid of a blank page,” Ching said.
Ching also hopes that students will remember the writing process — drafting, writing, editing, rewriting — to make their stories better.
In her spare time, Ching reads a lot: everything but romance stories because the stories there are “just so predictable.” One of her favorite books is the Secret Garden.
Amber Kono, a student in Ching’s English 22 class, said she enjoys starting her day off with Ching’s English class and likes the journals that are part of the class, which give her time to reflect on her own life.
“I’m glad that I took this class because I’m really starting to learn how to write properly,“ Kono said.
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