Yi is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in the program. She is a Holmes scholar of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and a reviewer for William & Mary Educational Review. Additionally, she is also a proud Tribe member, serving School of Education graduate Honor Council and International Students Advisory Board.
Prior coming to William & Mary, Yi obtained her master's degree from Beijing Normal University. Whent talking about her decision of coming here, Yi said:"I had a one-year experience working at Williamsburg - back in 2013-2014: I was a volunteer Chinese teacher at the William & Mary Confucius Institute. I definitely loved William & Mary and Williamsburg, especially how 'Small. Smart. Historic' it is. Deeply influenced by my last experience at W&M, I was determined for a academic path and thrilled to get admitted. At first, I was a bit uncertain if this would be a good fit for me. After working with my cohort which is a brilliant group of talents and the faculty and staff members who are extremely devoted to what they do and always willing to help students, I am so glad that I chose W&M. Now that I really feel School of Education is where I belong."
Yi aspires to become a faculty in the future, with interests in research methods, professional development for faculty, and comparative studies in global higher education. As the field of higher education is facing unprecedented challenges of a diverse student population, Yi wonders how research could bridge with practice to provide support both to students and faculty to enhance lifelong teaching and learning experiences.
Feel free to email Yi if you would like to learn more about her research or perspectives on the program.