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Mr. Roy Chan with distinguished scholar Bill McKibben, Founder and Executive Director of the 350.org international movement.

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Roy Chan, a recipient of the 2009 National Excellence Leadership Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success, is an American educator, humanitarian, international peace-maker, and social entrepreneur. He is currently an M.Ed. candidate at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Education in Higher Education, Leadership and Policy Analysis. Chan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine in Criminology, Law & Society along with three minors in English Literature, Cultural Anthropology, and Educational Studies on June 14, 2009 and was nominated as 2009 Homecoming King finalist by the Department of Student Government Associations at UC Irvine. Chan is currently teaching English overseas at Hengyang, Hunan Province, China through the WorldTeach program from the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He is current co-founder and President of the "China Institute for Higher Education(CIHE)" as well as the "Rural Kids China, Inc." During his free time, Chan regularly trains in contemporary, jazz and modern dance either at the "L.A. Contemporary Dance Center" in Los Angeles, CA.

Chan was born from Long Beach, California on August 24, 1986. He has two older brothers. His oldest brother, Walter Chan, attended the University of California, Riverside as an Economics major and his mid-age brother attended the University of California, San Diego as a Structural Engineering major. Roy attended the most populous high school in California, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where famous alumni like Snoop Dogg, Cameron Diaz, Tony Gwynn, Billy Jean King, Marilyn Horne, Van Heflin, and Samantha Larson have graduated. Chan was heavily involved with the choral program with the Chamber Choir ensemble under the direction of Brian Dokko where the choir received the 2004 Grammy Signature Schools Gold Award as one of the top seven high music departments in the United States. He was also involved in Best Buddies, FSEA, Key Club, and the American Mathematics Competition where Chan placed first to partake in the American Invitation Mathematics Examination to qualify for the highly prestigious United States of American Mathematical Olympiad. Chan prepared and studied for the SAT exam with ACI Institute.

After his four years in high school, Chan entered his freshman year of college at the University of California, Riverside. During his freshman year, he served under the ASUCR Office of Academic Affairs. In addition, he was involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Choral Society vocal ensemble under the direction of Edward Bruner. During his free time, Chan competed in several marathon races, including the Long Beach Marathon, Surf City Marathon, and the Carlsbad Marathon.

He later transferred during his freshman year to the University of California, Irvine as one of the very few UC undergraduate student to transfer from one UC to another UC school in less than one year. During his four years at UCI, Chan was involved in numerous extracurricular and on-campus activities, including ASUCI Office of Academic Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Education, Phi Alpha Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Alpha Pi - National Society of Leadership and Success, Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cal Teach Science and Math Initiative, Community Service and Leadership Program, The Rotary Foundation, Latin and Ballroom Dance Association, Maple Conservatory of Dance, the Concert Choir/Chamber Singers vocal ensemble, as well as the award-winning Madrigal Dinner at UCI. He was a founding member for the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as a chartered member for the Rotaract Club at UCI. During Chan's final year at UCI, he was nominated as a finalist in the Homecoming Court 2009 sponsored by ASUCI on February 7, 2009.

In fall 2008, Chan taught a University Studies class as a Discussion Leader within the Division of Undergraduate Education. He also served as a ASUCI Professor Luncheon Intern under the Office of Academic Affairs at UC Irvine, where he was selected as "Intern of the Quarter." In addition, he was nominated as one of the key finalists to receive the 2008 Living Our Values Student Honor Roll under the UCI Office of the Chancellor with Michael V. Drake. During his free time, Chan was involved with the Maple Conservatory of Dance and performed in the 2008 The Nutcracker production under the direction of award winning American Ballet Theatre choreographers Charles Maple and Chris Martin.

In winter 2009, Chan was rehired to serve as a University Studies Discussion Leader again within the Division of Undergraduate Education. In addition, he was hired by the California Coastal Commission under the California Department of Fish & Game to conduct a Field Study experiment for three months under the UCI School of Social Ecology. He also participated in the University of California Students Association LobbyCORE in the Sacramento, California in March 2009.

In spring 2009, Chan was recruited by the City of Santa Ana as Director of Photography under the leadership of Michael Q. Nguyen, currently serving as the youngest
City Commissioner and Library Board of Trustees in southern California. On April 7, 2009, Chan accepted an invitation to become a pledge member for Alpha Phi Omega at UC Irvine. He was appointed as Sergeant-at-Arms to represent the Omicron class of 97 pledges, and became an official member of the Rho Rho chapter on May 29, 2009. The following day, Chan was inducted as a founding member into the Sigma Alpha Pi: National Society of Leadership and Success chapter at UCI. Chan was also a chartered member of the Rotaract Club at UC Irvine under Rotary District 5320 of The Rotary Foundation. Moreover, Chan was invited to study for the GRE exam by graduates from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School with Plan A Prep.

Chan's most significant life changing event occurred during the summer in 2007, where he studied abroad in Beijing, China and studied Mandarin Chinese with the American Institute For Foreign Study, the same organization that he went with his high school choral group to Rome, Italy four years ago with Encore Tours under the division of ACIS. During his free time at Beijing Language and Culture University, Chan had traveled and conducted a short term mission project with the Beijing International Christian Fellowship in Shenyang, China. He later taught English at the world's famous institution in Peking University at Beijing with the TeachOverSeas program under the renowned Educational Services Exchange With China, Inc. (Total Immersion Program) in mid-August 2007 during his final four weeks of the summer.

Perhaps Chan's most notable experiences occurred last summer in 2008, where he went to Llangollen, Wales and competed in the world-renowned Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with the Concert Choir/Chamber Singers ensemble at UC Irvine, where the choral program placed second in the youth category while the women's choir won First Prize and participated as finalists in The Choir of the World for The Pavarotti Trophy under the direction of Joseph Huszti, currently in his 32nd consecutive years as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at UCI. The UCI choral program was founded by the world renowned choral musician Roger Wagner in 1967. Chan later traveled to over 5 different countries with Contiki Holidays, including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, and Switzerland . In addition, he served as a team facilitator for Soul Survivor United Kingdom Christian camp in Staffordshire, England as the first person ever in its 30 years of history to attend the conference coming from the United States.

From the entire UCI Class of 2009, Chan held the highest completed UC quarter units at the University of California Irvine, graduating with a total of 373.4 UC Quarter Units.
During the 2009-2010 China year-long program with "WorldTeach," Chan had taught both middle school and high school students as a full-time faculty member at ChengZhang Middle School and Hengyang Number Eight High School at Hengyang, Hunan Province, China. He had taught a total of 28 classes per week, ranking him as the highest number of classes taught per week among all "WorldTeach" China volunteer teachers and the highest paid "WorldTeach" volunteer teacher since its program founding in 1989.

On June 9, 2010, Chan was awarded a TEFL certificate from "WorldTeach" as the first group of volunteer teachers to ever receive such certificate at the Center for International Development at Harvard University.

Outside of teaching, Chan leads English worship for the Hengyang City Church in Hengyang, China; participate in the inauguration of the WorldExpo 2010 in Shanghai, China on May 1, 2010; attend the highly acclaimed World Choir Games in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China on July 16, 2010; as well as serve as a volunteer in the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games on August 14, 2010, the first Youth Olympic Games organized by the International Olympic Committee. In addition, he is expected to attend the 106th annual China Import and Export Fair at Guangzhou, China on October 2009; backpack to Vietnam with Contiki Holidays on February 2010; as well as enroll in a summer course at Peking University through the 2010 London School of Economics-Peking University(LSE-PKU) Summer Program in Beijing, China.

In the future, Chan will be pursuing a postgraduate degree in Higher Education at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Education this Fall 2010. He plans to participate in The Vine Church weekly in Hong Kong.

During his free time, Chan likes to sing, dance, run, take pictures, and read. He has traveled to more than twenty independent countries in the world. You can usually find him in local coffee shops all around Southern California, specifically in "Panera Bread". He also enjoys serving at Rock Harbor Church, watching movies, traveling, and taking random pictures.


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