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     This month, The ASK Academy is proud to shine a spotlight on Dr. Yu Chen, our Reading Interventionist and Resource Project Manager.
     Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Chen moved to the United States at the age of 20. Choosing New Mexico as her new home, she was drawn by the connection with a middle school classmate already residing in the state. Dr. Chen pursued her education at the University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). 
     Furthering her expertise, she obtained her Master's degree in TESOL with a specialization in secondary education from New York University. Dr. Chen then returned to Taiwan, where she dedicated 8 years to teaching English as a foreign language in higher education institutions. Her educational journey continued as she pursued a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies with a focus on TESOL and Special Education at the University of New Mexico.
     Prior to joining The ASK Academy family, Dr. Chen taught 6-12 Reading and was an integral part of the Special Education department at the Public Academy for Performing Arts. Passionate about her work, she finds joy in working with diverse groups of scholars, fostering a collaborative learning environment.
     Beyond her professional life, Dr. Chen shares her home with her husband, son, and two senior dogs. In addition to her love for teaching, she is an avid animal lover, with a dream of establishing an animal sanctuary upon retirement.
     The ASK Academy extends a heartfelt acknowledgment to Dr. Chen for her valuable contributions to our academy and the lives of her scholars. We consider ourselves fortunate to have her as an essential member of our team.
Dr. Yu Chen