Hey there! Thank you for visiting my profile. Here, I go in depth about myself, including my:
- Reason for Coming to Japan
- Business Experience in the US
- Teaching Experience in the US
- Teaching Experience in Japan
- Vision for the Future
- Broad Interests and Experience
- Zones of Genius
- Personal Interests
- Other Information
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Reasons for Coming to Japan
I had an interest in art from an early age. When I was a child, I enjoyed drawing and creating stories. In high school, I was in my school’s illustration and photography clubs.
When I started junior college in 1995, I heard about a new club called the “anime club”. I was quickly hooked on the entertainment genre.
My love of Japanese animation quickly grew to include Japanese music, drama, manga, and other forms of popular culture. I also loved the beauty and style of more traditional Japanese culture, like kimono, bonsai, and woodworking.
Through connections I made when I joined the Japan Society of Northern California, I had the opportunity in early 2001 to teach a young Japanese girl conversational English in her home. It was at that time that I decided that teaching English in Japan was my calling and life’s purpose.
I love calling Yokohama “home”, and I have no plans to move back to the US.
Some of the things I love about Japan are:
- And, of course, the beauty of washlet toilets
Business Experience in the US
- Over seven years of administrative support experience, from reception to C-level support
- Five years at The Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose
- Worked as Division Secretary for Finance and Administration
- Contract work in the following fields/environments:
- Community center
- Computer hardware
- Computer software development
- Ice rink operations
- Information Technology
- Internet startup
- Nonprofit agency
- Program management
- University online learning
- University operations
Teaching Experience in the US
- Licensed Substitute Teacher in California since 2014
- Professional Language Tutor between 2013-2014
- After School Enrichment Coordinator for Fair Oaks Elementary School
Teaching Experience in Japan
- Owner at Amy’s English Lab (2015 – present)
- Create custom English solutions using existing and original materials to provide English excellence
- Facilitating learning by encouraging discovery
- Native English Instructor at N○VA (2014-2019)
- Received monthly Top 50 award 12 times (customer satisfaction)
- Earned Bronze and Silver status (reliability bonuses)
Vision for the Future
- I want to give motivated Japanese professionals the opportunity to take their English knowledge and use it, fine tuning their skills to respond flexibly in authentic English situations.
- I want to help people improve their English not by memorizing grammar points, but by using simple English to express their feelings and stories to the world.
- I want to provide high-quality, structured basic English lessons to children in Japan who live in unfortunate circumstances, eliminating the gap between these children and those fortunate enough to have parents that prioritize extracurricular English lessons.
Broad Interests and Experience
- My mom studied to be a nurse, so I was always looking through her Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary as a child.
- I worked at a biosciences firm for about a year.
- I studied/practiced Theatre Arts all throughout high school and in university.
- I majored in Film/TV and Computer Science in junior college.
- I worked at my junior college’s television station for over three years and had an internship at a local TV station.
- Logistics / Transportation
- Though my mom studied to become a nurse, she realized that her dream was to be a bus driver, so she did that for 20 years. I would accompany her on her routes frequently and got a great sense of direction.
- I spent three years at a medical supply warehouse, checking in trucks carrying overseas containers from the port and checking out domestic trucks with reorganized supplies. This experience really made me realize the importance of the supply chain in our everyday lives.
- I’ve always been obsessed with gadgets, especially wearable tech (I thought my calculator watch was cool) and small portable electronics (I remember begging for an electronic address book that could store up to 10 memos. So high tech at the time!).
- Though it was one of my weakest subjects at school, I find it endlessly fascinating. I love learning about the world around me, its history, and its future.
Zones of Genius
- Proofreading/editing documents in English, including presentations
- American culture, particularly west coast culture
- Soft skills training, including public speaking and career management
- Pronunciation and the rhythm of English
- Resume writing and job interview preparation
- TOEIC preparation
- Chatting about complex topics, such as:
- The long-term consequences of offshoring labor
- The myth of privacy in a digital world
- The downfall of the US as a superpower
- The rapid effects of climate change and the future of food
- Video games
- Fast cars
- Member of Language Teaching Professionals (2015-present)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N5
- Member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority
- TESOL Certificate
Young Learners | 2019 | Language Teaching Professionals | Tokyo, Japan
- Bachelor of Arts
Theater Arts | 2013 | California State University, Stanislaus | Turlock, CA
- Bachelor of Arts (incomplete)
Business Management | University of Phoenix | San Jose, CA
- Associate of Arts
Multidisciplinary Studies | 2000 | De Anza College | Cupertino, CA