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Gary Wong

 

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Gary Wong graduated from BYU-H in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in both Computer Science and Mathematics. For Wong, BYU-H was a place where he prepared himself for his future career and graduate study and could connect both spiritual and secular knowledge. BYU-H became his safe haven where he was able to prepare himself for spiritual growth and where he could learn how to serve others through what I learn. Something that has proved to be beneficial in his life was the balance of work, study, serving the church, and having a  family all at the same time, something that BYU-H taught him . Fast forward to 2016 and he is now a husband, a father, a counselor in the bishopric, and an assistant professor.

For his first 2 years as a student at BYU-H, he worked at the PCC, both in the kitchen and in the village. After that, he got a job as a student programmer in the MIS at the admin building until he graduated. He also served as a teaching assistant for multiple faculty members around campus.

Since receiving his Bachelor’s degree at BYU-H, he has went on to earn his MPhil in Electronic and Computer Engineering at the HK University of Science & Technology in 2009, his PhD in Computer Science at the City University of Hong Kong in 2012, his EdM in Learning Design and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2014, and his LLM in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law at the University of Hong Kong in 2016. From 2009-2012, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Lingnan University, followed by a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Information technology at the Education University of Hong Kong between 2012 and 2016. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Education University of Hong Kong, which ranks No. 6 in the whole world. He works with local schools to improve their teaching and learning and has taken upon many projects to help school teachers learn how to use technology they can use as they teach, to change curriculum in order to teach kids coding and STEM education, and to implement more pedagogical changes in local classrooms. He has also given talks at schools to raise awareness and to spread knowledge on issues in education as well as continues to help and guide students in Hong Kong to prepare themselves to attend BYU-H. In addition to his professional and academic achievements, Wong has also served as a Ward Young Men President, a Ward and Stake Sunday School President,  a high counselor, and is currently serving as a counselor in the bishopric.

 

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 daughters, and his son,  dancing, singing, playing soccer, and going to different park, especially Disneyland Hong Kong.

In the future, he looks forward to coming back to BYU-H to give talks and share his experiences with current BYU-H students in a way to influence them for the better.

 

 

Ke Alaka’i

Link: http://kealakai.byuh.edu/

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