We’re back this week to introduce you to Dr. Vinh Pham.
I’m a country western dancer.
Q: What attracted you to working at Aloha High School?
A: I went to a school that was very similar demographically to AHS. When I was interviewing, this was a major selling point.
Q: What do you like most about coming to work every day?
A: I get to work with students who one day will change the world.
Q: Have you ever lived anywhere else besides Oregon?
A: I grew up in the South. Although there are certainly cultural differences, I like experiencing the differences. Portland is a prime example of this!
Q: What is one word that best describes you?
Q: Do you have any odd or awesome hobbies or talents you’d like to share?
A: I am a country western dancer.
Q: Why did you want to work in education?
A: “Want” implies a reason. There is no reason. I became a teacher because it is my calling.
Q: What’s the most fulfilling thing about your job?
A: Years after the fact, I get emails and/or letters from former students about how I made a difference in their lives.
Q: What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
A: I saw my sifu (a title for and role of a skillful person or a master) get into a fight with his wife, who’s also a martial artist. It was better than any movie fight, absolutely jaw-dropping amazing.
I saw my sifu get into a fight with his wife, who’s also a martial artist. It was better than any movie fight, absolutely jaw-dropping amazing.
Note: Answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.