by Michelle Tremblay | photo by Soul of Photography

The Lins are Proud to be a Family of Many Different Customs

The Lin family is a colorful mix of culture and traditions. Between the parents, Jennifer and Carlos, the family celebrates both Jewish and Chinese customs. “Every year we spend Passover in the desert with our synagogue family,” shared Jennifer. The three Lin children, Jacob (age 17), Agnes (age 13), and Ira (age 12), stay true to their heritage by attending Chinese school and Hebrew school on the weekends and evenings. “All of the kids are bilingual in Spanish,” added Jennifer. “They are in the Dual Immersion program at the school.”family_lin2

Apart from their academic and cultural studies, the Lin children take part in many other activities. Jacob is part of the marching and jazz bands and enjoys ceramics and swimming. Agnes plays the clarinet in the school band, is part of the track team, and likes art; Ira plays soccer, flag football, and basketball. Both Agnes and Ira are also very involved in Scouts, where Jennifer has been the troop leader for quite some time.

Parents: Jennifer and Carlos Lin
Children: Jacob (17), Agnes (13), and Ira (12)
Community: Encinitas
Hometowns: Jennifer – Long Beach, CA; Carlos – Taipei, Taiwan
Occupations: Jennifer – Teacher; Carlos – Software Engineer
Pets: Churro and Stella – Rescue Chihuahuas
Favorite Places to Visit in Encinitas: Beach and tide pools


family_lin3Through their participation in Scouts the Lins have enjoyed traveling to many places including San Francisco, the Kern River, and New York City. Of their time in New York, Jennifer shared, “We visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the crown of the Statue of Liberty, Columbia University, and skated in Central Park.” They have also volunteered in various service projects. They’ve cooked a meal and donated books to Ronald McDonald House, donated supplies to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and have helped feed the homeless.

family_lin7The Lins are pleased to give back to their community, as they have had a long history with San Diego. Jennifer, whose hometown is Long Beach, and Carlos, who is from Taipei, Taiwan, first met while attending school at UCSD. “Jennifer got her Bachelor of Science from UCSD and Masters in Special Education,” the couple stated. “Carlos received a Bachelor of Science from UCSD as well.” Today Jennifer is a math teacher and an AVID teacher (she also works as a lifeguard and archery instructor), while Carlos is a software engineer. The family has been living in 92024 for almost 20 years and enjoys the area for its relaxed feel, good weather, great schools, and proximity to the beach. “We can see the ocean every day!” exclaimed Jennifer.