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Janet was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1987. She is the 25-year old daughter of immigrant parents from China. Her family moved to California when she was 11.

During her high school years, she revived the school’s Environmental Club to promote environmental sustainability, became an editor for the campus newspaper, and challenged her increasing knowledge of the U.S. Constitution by joining their national award-winning Competition Civics debate team.

A self-described “shy nerdy bookworm,” these leadership opportunities led her to blossom into an ambitious young woman by the time she reached college at UCLA. She became intensively involved with UCLA’s Project W.I.L.D., a student-run tutoring organization that aims to improve immigrant literacy development for first and second generation ESL students in the San Gabriel Valley.

To help pay for her tuition, she took on a part-time job as an assistant with the National Center for History in the Schools by outreaching to K-12 teachers and students with history resources and curriculum. Inspired by the outstanding teachers of her past and disheartened by the recurring problems of California’s educational system, she realized that her future was in teaching.

Janet’s dream is to become a teacher and obtain a master’s degree in public health or social work.

Close friends know her as a warm, sympathetic, compassionate, and down-to-earth person. Strangers regard her as a friendly and surprisingly engaging individual.

In her spare time when she’s not a workaholic or sleeping, Janet loves eating at buffets, singing with friends, and globetrotting around the world.

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