Chinhuei Yeh, 57, of Shrewsbury

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Chinhuei YehShrewsbury – Chinhuei Yeh, 57, a loving wife, mother, and dedicated Chinese language teacher at Shrewsbury High School, quietly passed away at home in her sleep on August 5, 2022 after a brief illness.

Chinhuei is survived by her husband and her two children.

She was born in Chiayi, Taiwan. She graduated high school at Taipei First Girls’ High School, and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in History from National Taiwan University. She further extended her studies and earned her Master’s Degree from National Taiwan Normal University in 1992.

Chinhuei was a devoted teacher, dedicated to promoting Chinese culture and language learning. Over the course of many years, she taught Chinese language classes at multiple levels, first teaching at a local heritage Chinese school, then moving on to teach introductory Chinese language at both Sherwood and Oak Middle School before becoming the lone Chinese teacher at Shrewsbury High School for all levels of Chinese, including AP Chinese. She believed that her role as a teacher extended beyond the classroom, chaperoning multiple exchange trips over the years, as well as advising the local chapter of the National Chinese Honor Society.

Apart from her regular teaching job, she enthusiastically participated in various professional organizations. In 2011, she was elected president of the New England Chinese Teacher Association (NECTA). She served as a board member representing Chinese Language in the Masschusetts’s Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) and for the Chinese Language Association for Secondary Schools (CLASS). In 2019, Chinhuei was elected president of CLASS and spearheaded efforts to more widely enable methods of online teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

In her years of teaching, Chinhuei has been awarded numerous accolades, but the greatest reward she received from her efforts will forever be witnessing the joy of her students’ learning.

Beyond teaching, Chinhuei was a woman of many creative talents and a deep generosity. Over the course of her lifetime, she found joy in painting, cross stitch, calligraphy, cooking and baking. She had a good eye for capturing and appreciating the beauty in everyday moments, and loved to take pictures, especially of flowers and the changing seasons. Her unique sense of humor brightened the day of many.

Any whose lives she touched are invited to attend a celebration of life at Chiampa Funeral Home, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center, from 9AM to 11AM on Friday, August 19. At the conclusion of this event, her family will accompany her remains to Newton Cemetery and Arboretum, where she may peacefully rest forever.