Camp 2002



5th Youth Leadership Development Camp
Happy 5th year anniversary to Lên Đường


Location: Huntsville, Texas, USA
DateMay 24 - 27, 2002
Camp Master: Huyền Thanh Trần Lưu, Houston, TX
Number of Camper: 312

Keynote Speaker

Nguyen Tran Huong, National Outstanding Teacher of the year 1994.

Mrs. Nguyen Tran Huong, born on November 16, 1953 in Hai Phong, Vietnam. Ms. Huong married Mr. Nguyen The Phu, an engineer in 1983. She graduated from Marie Curie Lycee High School, Saigon in 1970. She went to the US to study at San Diego State University in 1971, graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1976. She received Master of Arts in Curriculum Development and Supervision at Point Loma College in 1984.

From 1980 to 1982, Mrs. Nguyen served as District Resource Teacher for San Diego Unified School District. From 1986 to 1992 she was an ESL Specialist in charge of training teachers, student teachers, intern teachers and paraprofessionals in second language acquisition teaching techniques and approaches. From 1992 to 1995, Mrs. Nguyen served as Chairperson of English Language Development and Bilingual Department at Polytechnic High School, Long Beach United School District.

Among her many awards, Mrs. Nguyen Tran Huong won two prestigious awards: the National Outstanding Foreign Language (ESL) Teacher of 1994,and National Outstanding Teacher of 1994, both from Walt Disney Co. American Teacher Awards. Los Angeles Times reported in 1984: ”Nguyen (Huong) was one of 12 teachers nationwide honored for their “teaching skills, rapport with students and ability to inspire.” She serves as a role model for students, particularly non-English speaking students, as well as fellow faculty members at Polytechnic High School, where she established and now heads the school language program.”

During 1995-1996, Nguyen served as a senior fellow at the US Department of Education, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs. She had the opportunity to help draft key federal policy initiatives set by President Clinton regarding the nation’s education priorities. Mrs. Nguyen currently serves in “Distinguished Teacher in Residence Program” at College of Education, California State University, Long Beach.

Ms. Nguyen is currently on loan from Long Beach Unified School District to California State University, Long Beach, as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence. As a full-time faculty member of the College of Education, Department of Teacher Education, she teaches a course in Intercultural Education and a Supervision seminar for emergency permit credentialed teachers; guest lectures; collaborates with faculty; and actively serves on a number of committees. She is presently enrolled in a doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of California, Riverside.

The Honorable Thang Nguyen Barrett, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Thang Nguyen Barrett came to the United States in 1977 when he was 17. In 1997, at the age of 36, Barrett was appointed to the bench by California Governor Pete Wilson. Judge Barrett became the first Vietnamese-American in California to sit on the Municipal Court. Following court unification in 1998, he became California's first Vietnamese-American Superior Court Judge.

Judge Barrett graduated with honors in Philosophy from American University in 1985. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1988. Judge Barrett began his legal career as a research attorney for the San Francisco County Superior Court. In 1989, he became the first Vietnamese-American Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County. As a prosecutor, he posted an undefeated felony jury trial record and was the first prosecutor in Santa Clara County to obtain a jury conviction under California's hate crime statute. Judge Barrett has taught Legal Writing & Research at Hastings College of the Law, Moot Appellate Court at Peninsula Law School, and Trial Techniques at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Barrett served as a member of the board of directors of the Asian Law Alliance, the Center for Southeast Asian Refugee Resettlement, and the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. His many civic activities included sitting on the City of San Jose's blue ribbon committees to select the police chief, the independent police auditor, and the city manager. Judge Barrett is also a frequent keynote speaker at community events. He was the commencement speaker at Mission College in 1988, and at San Jose City College in 2001.

Judge Barrett received the Freedom Award from Asian Americans for Community Involvement in 1977. He was selected in 1988 as a Fellow at American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley. In 1999, he was named Grand Marshall of the Vietnamese Tet Festival Parade in San Jose, California. In 2000, in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam, Judge Barrett was chosen by New Horizon publication as one of the 25 Vietnamese- Americans "who have made significant contributions to the Vietnamese community and to the fabric of American society in the past 25 years." In 2001, he was the recipient of the Legal Impact Award from Asian Law Alliance.


Resource Staffs
Ms. Duy-Loan Le, Texas Instruments Fellow.
Mr. Minh Le, President and co-founder of the Wilfred Jarvis Institute, a training and consulting organization, based in Cupertino, California, dedicated to achieving lasting effectiveness and results in leaders and their organizations:
Mr. John C. Nguyen, Doctoral Candidate of Leadership Studies Program at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX.