During Founders’ Week at Shanghai American School, we celebrate the day we first opened our doors on September 17, 1912 by featuring some of the people who have walked through those doors since. Like Jessica Chiang ’09, who joined our Puxi campus back in 2000 as a fourth grader, and again in 2020, this time as a high school science teacher.
“Having been an Eagle before, I immediately felt like a part of the community when I returned,” says Jessica. “Obviously, this time I’m coming back as a teacher. But I’ve remained in touch with many other alumni. We all grew up together. Many of the friends I graduated with are friends I’ve known since fourth grade. Even though I call them my high school friends, they’re actually my elementary school friends. So I’ve always been blessed to be part of such a close knit community.”
On being back on campus in a space that she spent so much of her formative years in, Jessica describes feeling an interesting blend of foreign and familiar. “So much has changed, but underneath all that, it still feels the same,” she says. “For example, some of my old teachers are still here! I had Ms. Pek for band, and Ms. Yuan taught me math (she was crazy in class, she hasn’t changed at all!).”
“I also remember Ida, who is now the college counselor secretary, and Tommy of course, as well as many of the other support staff,” Jessica continues. “The campus has changed so much, especially the high school, all the facilities feel completely new. The CID is amazing, there is so much high tech. The soccer fields and cafeteria still feel the same, so that makes it feel like coming home.”
“I’m just so happy to be back!”
HOME. EVERY DAY AT SAS.