Student Services Coordinator of Institute for International Perspectives & Advisor to the International Club and the Chinese Club
Aubrey’s commitment and passion for international education is evident in her interactions with international students and the community. Each year, she works with students to present a Chinese New Year celebration that draws hundreds of people to the Oceanside Campus. The program includes the traditional Lion Dance, a dumpling party and lectures on the significance of the centuries-old cultural event.
“The two-week festival gives students and community members a new appreciation of Chinese culture that goes beyond politics,” says Aubrey.
Aubrey and her students make Chinese dumplings from her family recipe and present Asian Theatre performances with songs, storytelling and puppet shows.
“By sharing the Chinese culture with students and the community, I am taking a journey of self-discovery that connects me to my roots.”
As a former international student from Taiwan, Aubrey understands the challenges students face when they come to a foreign country to study. To bridge cultural differences, Aubrey organizes an annual International Day for students to present their cultures and share something unique about themselves.
According to Aubrey, “MiraCosta College is a diverse campus where students can learn from each other’s cultural backgrounds.”
Aubrey also helps students far away from their homeland feel at home at MiraCosta College. Along with teaching three levels of Chinese courses and a Chinese internship course, Aubrey serves as student services coordinator and is the primary contact for international students. She helps students fulfill visa requirements and gives ongoing support to ensure they reach their academic goals.
"I can relate to their struggles by sharing my personal experience as an international student when I first came to the U.S.,” says Aubrey, who was named MiraCosta College Associate Faculty Member of the Year by students in 2010. “I hope that all of my students will carry with them an understanding and appreciation of Chinese language and culture that they can draw upon when they establish careers in today’s global economy.”
Aubrey knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl when she visited her father’s office while he was assistant principal at the hometown high school.
“He devoted himself to education for several decades and that inspired me,” Aubrey says.
Looking back, she believes that the cultural diversity in her home laid the groundwork for her career teaching Chinese.
"When my parents met, they did not even speak the same language—my father spoke Mandarin and my mother only spoke Taiwanese. My unique upbringing provided me with the best language and cultural exchange.”
Aubrey joined MiraCosta College’s faculty in 2005 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Providence University, a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from State University of New York at Albany, and a master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Cooking Chinese dumplings continues to be one of Aubrey’s hobbies along with leisurely motorcycle rides along Coast Highway with her husband.
“I love teaching. I always feel energized as soon as I walk into the classroom,” says Aubrey.
Aubrey is an active presenter in local and national conferences for the American Council on The Teaching Foreign Languages, California Language Teachers’ Association and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.