Ting-Yi Oei is a lifelong educator and pleased to join Advancing Justice | AAJC as the Director for the Asian American Education Project. Prior to this position, he was the Education Director of the 1882 Foundation.
Ting-Yi holds a BA in History from Hamilton College and a MAT from Brown University. He joined the Peace Corps after college, spending two years in Korea in a rural agricultural development program, and served after his return in Washington as the Korea Desk Officer for Peace Corps. After his MAT, he went on to a 25 year career teaching social studies to middle- and high-school students in Virginia’s public schools followed by 10 years as a high-school administrator in Fairfax County and Loudoun County. He also found an opportunity to teach in Scotland as a Fulbright Exchange teacher, and a few years later, spent a year teaching in the Dominican Republic. He also was the recipient of a fellowship at Teaching Tolerance (now Learning for Justice) at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
In 2019, Ting-Yi was recognized by Governor Northam as the Community Leader of the Year by the Virginia Asian Advisory Board for his civic work. Among his achievements was the passage of a resolution in Virginia’s General Assembly recognizing the efforts of Chinese laborers in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. The fact that up to 20,000 Chinese workers made the Railroad possible is under-appreciated and often overlooked. His work for the 1882 Foundation led to two grants from Virginia Humanities to develop multi-media teaching resources on the Asian American experience for use in grades 9-12.