The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.
Meet Jodi James from our Foreign Languages Department.
Faculty Profile, Jodi James, 任有利, 任老师
Chinese, French and ELL Teacher
- Favorite movie: To Live 活着; Huózhe, directed by Zhang Yimou
- Favorite book: Spring Moon by Betty Bao Lord
- Favorite color: Norwegian blue
- Favorite food: Kale, Kale stir-fry, kale salad
What’s something cool about your subjects?
It is popular. Over 1 billion people speak Chinese. The Chinese and the French have the best cuisine in the world.
What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?
Run with our dog, Kujo.
How did you spend your summer?
I hung out with Chinese student guests.
Where is the best place you’ve lived or visited and why?
Toisan, China. Food, family, festivities.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
We met a 9’ grizzly in Glacier Park. That was cool.
If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Learn languages. Be global.
What’s something you’re planning to do this school year?
Go to the Apostle Islands.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?
Antarctica, because I have not been there; I would camp and kayak, see penguins & whales.
If you weren’t teaching, what job would you want?
A canoe guide in the BWCA.
What is your favorite time of day?
Dawn, when the birds sing, the sky is pink, and the smell of dew on the grass is in the air.
Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?
I experienced culture shock when I first taught middle school. I recalled my own middle school years.
What’s something interesting or unique about yourself?
I was in a band – guitars and all – that travelled throughout West Africa. We had many adventures on the road.