Justine Chu (2020)
Miss Chu is a rising junior at TJHSST. She has been interested in creative writing since she was very young, leading her to attend writing classes over many summers. These classes varied from essay writing to creative writing, which helped enhance her writing ability. She likes writing fantasy and realistic fiction in her spare time. Ms. Chu completed a novel in 7th grade by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and has written many short stories and other pieces.
Eric Feng (2020)
Mr. Feng is a rising sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). He loves writing stories since he was very young. In the 8th grade, he finally got the chance to receive formal training for creative writing from Dr. Hight, the author of Siege and The Saladin Trilogy. At TJHSST, Eric is enrolled in the journalism program and has been the staff writer for TJ Today. In his spare time, Eric has attempted several short novels. Recently, he started to post one of his novels on a young writer's site and got 200+ followers.
Isabella Cai (2020)
Miss Cai is a rising freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). She participated in numerous creative writing workshops and classes in the past, including those for other areas of interest such as journalism. She has also entered and received awards in various recent writing competitions, including the AAUW 2019 STEM Essay Contest (1st place), For Love of Country 2018 Writing Contest (1st place), For Love of Country 2019 Writing Contest (Honorable Mention), Scholastic Regional 2019 Writing Competition (Gold Key), and Scholastic National 2020 Writing Competition (Silver Medal).
Harrison Lin (2020)
Mr. Lin is a rising freshman at Oakton High school. He has completed many writing courses and classes and participated in writing competitions such as the Scholastic Competitions. He has been taught by many well known teachers and private tutors. Additionally, he has attended multiple public speaking and debate classes.
Brian Zhou (2020)
Mr. Zhou is a rising freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). He discovered his passion for creative writing in fourth grade through depicting an alternate history set in fantastical and modern roots. Brian enjoys works of poetry and history, and participated in Poetry out Loud. He has a passion for math, physics, public forum, and Quiz Bowl. In his spare time, Brian enjoys worldbuilding, creating maps, and works of literature all set in fantasy settings.
Michelle Ru (2020)
Miss Ru is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). She has always had a passion for writing and loves grammar, editing, and research. She also has taken writing classes in the past and loves to write in her free time. In addition, she has experience in Journalism and is on her school's TJ Media team. Miss Ru also represented her school in 2018 for the Promising Young Writers program. Aside from writing, her passions include computer science, chemistry, and gymnastics. She is looking forward to meeting everyone!!
Maribelle Chu (2020)
Miss Chu is a rising freshman at TJHSST. Reading and writing interested Miss Chu from a young age, allowing her to develop her skills through multiple high-level classes and workshops throughout the years. In addition to taking classes, she has experience teaching students and is a registered tutor for GIVE, a non-profit organization. As an experienced writer, Miss Chu has participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), giving her the opportunity to complete a novel. She has earned multiple first place medals and awards from Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, piano composition competitions, and schoolwide academic competitions.
Eugene Gonzalez (2020)
Former Instructors and Officers:
Samuel Hsiang (2013 – 2015)
Mr. Hsiang is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He has consistently earned recognition in the PTA Reflections contest since second grade, most recently ranking second at the cluster level in 2012 and second at TJ in 2013. Co-captain of the TJ Varsity Math Team, he has qualified for the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad three times and recently ranked twelfth in the nation. Samuel was also captain of the TJ Freshman Computer Team, winning the American Computer Science League's national championship. He is also a member of the TJ Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team. In his free time, Samuel enjoys reading the classics and writing short stories and essays.
Grace Huang (2013 – 2015)
Miss Huang is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She enjoys reading and writing short stories in her spare time. Grace has also participated in her middle school's Science Olympiad team, and is a part of TJHSST's Future Problem Solving team. She also received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence in elementary and middle school. Grace has also been a Girl Scout since 4th grade, and was a part of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life program. She has also volunteered at Hutchison Elementary school and Frying Pan Farm Park. Overall, she loves helping others and is looking forward to helping students improve their writing skills.
Lauren Huang (2011 – 2013)
Miss Huang is a sophomore of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology. She began writing chapter stories when she was eight years old. In 8th grade, her Reflections story “Star Light, Star Bright” won an Outstanding Interpretation Award at the PTA Northern Virginia District Level. Lauren was a Spelling Bee champion at Oak Hill Elementary School and Rachel Carson Middle School, and placed second in the 2007 Fairfax County Spelling Bee. Miss Huang was also a quarter-finalist at the 2011 WACFL Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate MetroFinals, and qualified for the 2012 Public Forum Debate MetroFinals in the Varsity Division. In the 2011 Reflections contest, she won an Outstanding Interpretation Award in Music Composition and an Award of Excellence in Literature within her high school. In 2013, she was named one of the three Presidential Scholars in Virginia. Lauren enjoys reading novels and writing stories, and she loves to teach kids.
Katherine Lee (2011 – 2013)
Miss Lee is a sophomore of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She enjoys math, physics, reading classic novels, and writing poetry and short stories in her spare time. Her poems were published in the Creative Communication’s collection of student poems multiple times. The past two years, she won awards in photography at TJHSST. Katherine has been tutoring for three years, and works as a counselor and director of Champion Debate Camp for the past three years. Throughout her debate career, she qualified for WACFL Junior Varsity Policy Debate Metro Finals, and was publicist for the TJHSST Policy Debate Team. She is looking forward to spreading the joy of writing to more students.
Michelle Wang (2011 – 2012)
Miss Wang is a sophomore of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is the Co-President of the Women in Leadership and Development Club at TJ, and she loves working with children as well. Miss Wang enjoys teaching web-design, math, and photography through local summer enrichment programs, and she is also the Public Relations Officer of Aspire Debate Academy, a program that promotes debate education. As an officer, she competitively debates through her school's Model United Nations program where she has won four local awards and one national award. She is also a winner of the Virginia Affiliate NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. In her spare time, Miss Wang manages her own tutoring company and is a freelance photographer and web designer. She enjoys writing and is looking forward to improving the skills of childrens' writing.
Jennifer Peng (2011 – 2012)
Miss Peng is a sophomore of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Her hobbies include reading and music. She started writing stories and essays at the age of eight, and since then she has participated in many different writing workshops and classes, including the Northern Virginia Writing Project’s Student Summer Institute. She also participated in the Reflections program for many years, and in eighth grade her creative story “Chippy in the Big Playhouse” won first place in her school and got sent on to the county level. In addition, she received an award in English at her middle school graduation. Miss Peng is a two-time USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist as well as a Future Problem Solver at TJHSST, and this past year her Future Problem Solving team placed second in Virginia and qualified to the International Bowl. She also has experience working with elementary- and middle- schoolers; she has been a counselor at Champion Debate Camp for the past two summers and has been assisting and teaching a local middle-school level Science Bowl team. Overall, she thoroughly enjoys being able to help others, and looks forward to being able to help even more students!
Madhu Karamsetty (2009 – 2010)
Miss Karamsetty is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). She loves working with kids, and previously assisted in teaching a Summer Writing Workshop. On the weekends, she teaches chess to young kids at a local Chinese School. In 2009, Miss Karamsetty was placed 1st in the state at the Virginia Grade Level State Chess Championships, and her current USCF rating is 1650. She competes with the TJ LD Debate Team on the JV level. As part of the TJ Keyettes and the leading committee member for TJ WILD (Woman In Leadership), she plans to conduct charity events especially for young woman. In 2007, Miss Karamsetty received the Certificate of Excellence and Achievement in English from Rachel Carson Middle School. She hopes to help make a difference in your kid's writing skills!
Katherine Wang (2009 – 20010)
Miss Wang is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). She is the current Co-President of ThinK. Her other leadership experiences include being the Publicist of TJ Lincoln-Douglas Debate and an officer of the Women in Leadership and Daring club at TJ to empower, train, and help women to develop leadership skills. Miss Wang enjoys creative problem solving, and her Odyssey of the Mind team won third place at the Odyssey of the Mind 2008 World Finals for the "Tee Structure" problem. She also enjoys studying language. She studies Chinese, is a member of the French Honor Society, and was a National Laureate for the National French Exam. Miss Wang has previously been involved in a Creative Writing Workshop and loves to teach and work with kids.
Ellen Huang (2007 – 2009)
Miss Huang is a sophomore of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). She is the co-founder of TJ Teens-Helping-Kids Club, and was the Vice President of TJ Future Problem Solving Club. Her Future Problem Solving team won the 2009 championship in the senior division of Virginia State Bowl. In the 2008 PTA Reflections Program, Miss Huang won an Outstanding Interpretation Award in Photography and an Award of Excellence in Literature at TJHSST. Besides Creative Writing Workshops, she has conducted Prublic Speaking Workshops for middle school students. She enjoys sharing her writing techniques and personal stories with children.
Lily Hsiang (2007 – 2009)
Miss Hsiang is a sophomore of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). She was the President of TJ Future Problem Solving Club and the Captain of TJ Debate Team (Lincoln-Douglas). Miss Hsiang was a semi-finalist at USA Biology Olympiad and received the 2008 RSI Scholarship for summer research at MIT. In 2009, she was selected as a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education. Her 2007 Reflections piece "Home, Sweet Home" won an Outstanding Interpretation Award at TJHSST, and an Excellent Interpretation Award at the Fairfax County PTA Council level. Miss Hsiang enjoys writing stories and loves teaching kids.
Ryan Xiao (2007)
Mr. Xiao is a senior at the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of William Fremd High School, an Illinois Blue Ribbon School of Excellence recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. While in high school, he was captain of the chess team for two years, winning a conference title and achieving a player rating of 1261 in the Illinois Mid-Suburban League. He scored a perfect 800 on the SAT verbal test, received the Illinois State Scholar Award in 2007 for outstanding academic achievement, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Mr. Xiao is well versed in literature. He loves writing poems and enjoys working with kids.