• family  It is with a very warm welcome that I introduce myself to you. I am delighted that your child has chosen such a rich and exciting language that will no doubt strengthen his/her business prospectus and complement his/her academic standing. Japanese class will no doubt prove fun and memorable! J
    Students will be able to read, write, speak and interpret Japanese languages I use a variety of learning modalities in class and am excited to share this rich language and culture with you. Students will do dialogues, skits, songs, videos and games in class to make it dynamic and active. Typically I have students for 3-4 years so I get to know them pretty well. 

    About me: I
     have lived in Japan for more than three years as a student, teacher and professional. I attended Doshisha University in Kyoto for one academic year while living with a host family. Upon graduation from Whitman College, I returned to Japan as an English teacher while rigorously studying Japanese. I received my Masters degree in Japan studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and also did graduate work at the University of Washington. At the University of Michigan, I taught as a Graduate Student Instructor and served as a research assistant for several professors from the Center for Japanese Studies. Upon graduating, I became a translator, interpreter and cultural liaison for Sumitomo, a Japanese corporation, and additionally worked as a Japanese interpreter for the University of Michigan Hospital Systems. I created, implemented and taught Japanese levels I, II and III to adults at a community college in Michigan and also taught Japanese at Steppingstone, a K-8th private school for the gifted. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association, am co-Director for the Kent-Auburn-Tamba Sister City Committee and obtained my teaching credentials from St. Martin’s University. I have twin baby girls that will turn three-years old this fall.


    I am thrilled to be a part of Mountainview’s world language team and look forward to engaging your child in an exciting new year! I anticipate that your child will want to involve you in his/her learning process through sharing their experiences and initiating dialogues with you regarding cultural comparisons and insights. We will be simulating a Japanese classroom and as such, Japanese tenets of discipline and cultural practices will be emulated. Practices such as collective learning and group processing will be an integral part of this class. Indeed, as Confucius illustrated, Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.


    There are several Japan-related events in the surrounding community and I encourage you and your child to attend; I will periodically be sending home event information for your perusal. In fact, the first FREE event is at Bellevue Community College the first week of school. The festival, AKI MATSURI, features the cultural arts of Japan including fine art & craft exhibits and demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, on-stage performing arts, and food booths. Hands-on activities will include shuji (calligraphy), origami, Kiri-e (paper-cutting), and go games. I hope to see you all there! Veteran students are required to attend and will receive their community service hours at this event.


    shichi go san otokoIt is with great pleasure that I participate in the education of your child and I look forward to getting to know you and working with you and our school’s administration to ensure the best possible education for your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me throughshichi go san onnaout the year with any questions, concerns, and/or insights. I welcome feedback and will do whatever possible to reach the needs of your child; please let me know if there are additional ways in which I can support your child. Thank you in advance for your support and consideration.



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