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Montara Avenue Math/Science/Technology Magnet


About Mrs. Ngai

Mrs. Ngai in computer class

This is my seventh year at Montara Avenue Elementary School, and my sixth year as a teacher in the Math/Science/Technology Magnet. Right now I am attending California State University, Long Beach, to obtain a Master's degree in Educational Technology. I want to learn as much as possible about technology so I can teach it to my students. I enjoy using our computers as often as we can in the classroom.

Before coming to Montara, I was living in Japan for four years, teaching English to Japanese students in high school and junior high school. Sometimes I also visited the elementary schools to teach English words, songs, and games to Japanese children. I always enjoyed teaching the younger children and I think that's why I enjoy teaching elementary school.

I wasn't always a teacher, though! I went to California State University, Long Beach, and received my B.A. in Sociology. After that, I went to Columbia University in New York City and got a Master's degree in social work. After spending a year studying Spanish at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, I worked as a social worker in Los Angeles for 4 years. I had wanted to go to Japan for a long time, though, and when I got the chance I went, and that's where I decided to become a teacher!

Now, let me tell you a little bit more about me. Anyone who has been a student in my classroom will tell you that the thing I love most is chocolate! Well, this is true! But in addition to chocolate, my favorite things are traveling, studying new languages, and meeting people all over the world to find out what their lives are like. I also love to try all kinds of new foods and I love to find new adventures. I like to go to new places and try things I've never tried before.

On this page you will find some pictures of me, my family, and some of my adventures!

Taj Mahal

With my sister Theresa at the Taj Mahal in India


Hiking in Yosemite National Park in California

Icelandic horses

Riding horses in Iceland.


Some Photos

My Family

My family

Mr. and Mrs. Ngai

With Mr. Ngai in Japan

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru, with family and friends

Machu Picchu

Macchu Picchu in the morning mist

Peruvian Llama

Saying hello to a llama on the Inca Trail

Kayaking in Iceland

Kayaking in Iceland