Tan Lam, Math Teacher
Email: Tanl@eastsideacademy.org
Tan has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College, a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Education from Western Governors University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Chemistry from Oral Roberts University. Tan is a Washington State certified teacher. Previously, Tan taught Math and Science at several Christian schools and Seattle Public Schools.  Before becoming a teacher, Tan was a research scientist working on T cell responses to retroviruses in vaccine development for 10 years.  His research was published in many professional medical journals such as American J. of Medical Genetics, J. of General Virology, Cellular Immunology, Viral Immunology, and Experimental Cell Research.
Tan wants to be a teacher due to his own story.  Tan failed elementary school in Vietnam for two years. The last day of the Vietnam War was also his last days of school. After the war, the Communists used schools for propaganda, so his dad decided to pull him out of 4th grade. In 1980, Tan escaped Vietnam using a small fishing boat, and became known as one of the “boat people.” After two years as a refugee in five refugee camps, Tan finally established himself in Dallas, Texas. After many years of dropping out of school, enrolling back in high school without English skills was extremely difficult. Tan worked hard to catch up and advance.
As a former refugee, Tan has received plenty of assistance from churches and Christian schools.  Tan was a product of Christian education. His Christian teachers and professors went the extra mile to help him through both high school and college.  Tan feels he owes everything to God, his teachers, schools, and this great country.  Tan has always wanted to be a Christian teacher, which is, in his opinion, the best way to honor God, to repay his debt to America, and to show respect to his teachers.  Finally, Tan wants to help students to succeed in school and be admitted to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges.
Tan enjoys sports such as rowing, soccer, and volleyball. He was a member of the soccer and volleyball clubs at Oral Roberts University.  At Dartmouth, Tan established Tu Luong Foundation to provide free medical services for refugees.  He loves traveling with medical mission teams.  Tan loves his new position at Eastside Academy and being a part of its amazing work.