Elaine Wu, Primary Homeroom Teacher

June 12, 2020

Where did you grow up/study?

I grew up in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, Canada. When I was in Junior High, my family moved to Calgary, AB, because of my parents’ business. I attended university in Edmonton, AB, and after obtaining my BA in Psychology, I graduated from the After-Degree Education program at the University of Alberta.

Can you tell us more about your role at CAIS.

I will be a Primary Homeroom Teacher!

How did you wind up here?

I had known since my first missions’ trip when I was 16, that I would eventually make my way to teach in Asia. However, as life happens, I had pushed the idea aside for a later time. I wasn’t quite ready to leave my home, family, and friends just yet. After completing my Education Degree, I took a trip to Hong Kong with my family and met up with some old friends from that first missions’ trip. They reminded me about what God had once put in my heart, and I couldn’t ignore it any longer. After wrestling with the idea in thoughtful prayer, I sought out to find a teaching job while I was still in the city. Two days after submitting my applications, I received a call for an interview for the next day. My first teaching position brought me through an incredible 7-year journey. While teaching at a non-faith-based school can be equally as rewarding, it had its limitations which is why I wanted a change, and I’m looking forward to the amazing new faith opportunities CAIS will bring!

Biggest challenge and rewarding moment working in education?

Over the years, there have been so many rewarding moments that I cannot name just one. Some of the most rewarding moments have been when past students come back to visit and tell you all the ways in which you have helped make a positive difference in their lives!

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about music and the creative arts. I also love travelling and playing tennis!