Royal Spotlight: QQ Tisdell

Royal Spotlight: QQ Tisdell
Portrait photo of QQ Tisdell.
QQ Tisdell has taught Chinese immersion in Hopkins for 15 years. One reason she enjoys teaching in Hopkins is the community and how we value, love, care, and have respect for each other and each student. She believes in leaving a positive mark on every student. Tisdell lives by the motto "Students won't care about what you know until they know how much you care." Her favorite part of teaching is seeing students learn before her eyes.

“We have high standards and high expectations for every student,” Tisdell said. “To see those young learners speak in native Chinese accents is the most rewarding part.”

Q: Can you share a proud moment that made you feel great about doing your job?
One student I taught a couple years ago struggled emotionally and academically before entering first grade. I worked closely with him from day one to encourage him to believe in himself and discover the power of working hard. It was not easy at first. I used the positive class community to let him feel included and and give him a sense of belonging. One day, he said to me “Teacher, I think you love me.” A couple months later, he said to me, “I love you!”

Q: Why do you think immersion is beneficial to young students?
Young students are better at learning a second language. They are not afraid of making mistakes and are eager to show off their new superpower. That is a key part of learning a language. The best way to learn a language is to live in a language. What is better than an immersion program?