P E O P L E
Ms. Huey-Chiang Huang 黃惠姜, Director
Ms. Huang began teaching abacus and mental arithmetic as a hobby; she wanted to share the skill with her then elementary-age daughter and her daughter's friends. Witnessing the positive impacts of practicing mental math in her own child, she decided to start PowerMath in San Jose, CA in the early 1990s. Her goal was to share abacus and mental arithmetic as a skill and learning tool for young children, in addition to introducing new generations to Chinese cultural heritage.
She had taken courses in abacus and mental arithmetic in her schoolgirl days growing up in Taiwan, and her interest in the subject never waned. Determined to further develop her skills, she returned to Taiwan as an adult to take courses with experienced educators there and to research varying curricula and teaching methods, all culminating in her own unique and upbeat approach to teaching today.
In 1996, she and a group of like-minded peers started the Chinese American Abacus Association in the San Francisco Bay Area as a medium for further community outreach to raise awareness about the benefits of learning how to use an abacus and mental arithmetic. Under her leadership, CAAA developed relationships with Bay Area public schools and introduced abacus and mental arithmetic programs into some elementary schools. As a veteran instructor, she created the curriculum for and heads the teaching staff for CAAA's biannual Teachers' Training Courses.
As a caring educator, she encourages her students to take part in volunteer activities, and they have been seen participating in Chinese school performances, regional cultural activities and so on and so forth.
She is currently serving a term as President of the Chinese American Abacus Association.