Joyce He

Product Manager
A bit about Joyce...

Grew up in a family of educators in China and in the schools my family ran, I was school-homed for the first 17 years of my life before studying abroad in the UK and then in the US. Before coming full circle developing my career in Education, I first studied at UC San Diego where I explored my interests in Cognitive science and Marine Biology and pursued graduate study in Education. After graduating from the Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) Program at Stanford Graduate School of Education, I took on different roles and projects including doing educational research with Stanford HCI Group, developing web applications for an early-stage EdTech startup, providing operational support for an educational content provider, and conducting product research for another EdTech startup. Now, I've found my dream role that allows me to be an advocate for learners, educators, and parents, and to be able to learn and grow every day. When I'm not working, I'm probably practicing Ashtanga yoga, climbing rocks with friends (or plastic holds), in the ocean surfing or scuba diving, or simply playing with Tonin, my Australian Shepherd baby boy :)

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What piece of advice would you give parents with unengaged students?

Don't just focus on learning outcomes. We can't make people learn. Focus on creating a great learning environment to empower our learners. Allow them to explore and play, and create opportunities for them to build connections with the world and with people. Create psychological safety that would empower them to find and refine their identity.

What was the most surprising part of the college experience for you?

How much I don't know what I don't know.

Why is passion so important as it pertains to learning?

We're intrinsically motivated to learn when we're passionate about a topic. Even if we are not good at the topic or subject yet, passion gives us a sense of autonomy and purpose which in turn help us persist despite difficulties and setbacks and achieve mastery.

What kind of impact would you like Curious Cardinals to have?

Creating productive and inclusive learning environments for all learners, and creating a unique and personalized experience for each of them.