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Fumi Cook

Fumi Cook was born in Akashi, Japan, but moved to Sendai during middle school due to her father’s work. She has a BA in English Literature from Tsuda University in Tokyo, and a Diploma in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from the Institute of International Education in London. Before moving to the US, she taught Japanese Language for three years to international students who wanted to enter the higher educational institute at Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center within Kyoto Computer Gakuin. She speaks both Kansai-ben (western dialect) and Kanto dialect (Standard Japanese), and she loves ramen! 

Miki Diem

Miki Diem was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, a city famous for tonkotsu ramen and fresh seafood. She has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, and has been involved in foreign language instruction in both the U.S. and Japan for over 20 years. She relocated to Eugene, Oregon with her family from Japan in 2014, and currently teaches Japanese at Lane Community College. She enjoys having interesting conversations with students, as well as watching squirrels in her front yard.

Kayoko Fukushima

Kayoko Fukushima is originally from Kisarazu City in Chiba, Japan. She has a BA in Education from Chiba University and an MA in International Education and Development from Sussex University in the UK. She has taught at public elementary schools in Japan and as a calligraphy and Japanese language teacher at the Japanese Cultural Center in Kazan, Russia. Now she teaches Japanese kids and kids who have Japanese heritage at the Washington Japanese Language School in DC. She loves coffee and ramen!

Yuki Gokita

Yuki Gokita was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. After graduating from the conservatory in Tokyo with a major in Music Education, she came to Boston to study music. Since then, she has been a teacher at the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston in Medford for more than 30 years.  Currently, she is the Elementary Department Chair at the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston. She has also been working in the public school in Brookline since 2007 as a paraprofessional for the English Learners program. She likes music and sports, and she's a big Celtics fan!

Chiharu Hall

Chiharu Hall majored in Primary Education at Kyoto Women’s University in Japan. After graduation, she taught in Sapporo elementary schools for 13 years. Today she teaches elementary school children at the Washington Japanese Language School in Maryland.

Jun Hogan

Jun Hogan graduated from Wako University in Tokyo, Japan, with a major in Psychology and Education. She has been teaching for the last 18 years at the Washington Japanese Language School for DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) and is currently the Chief Educator of the junior high and high school departments. She also teaches Japanese language and culture to local boys and girls.

Yoko Hotta

Yoko Hotta started her teaching career in Japan as an English teacher at both the high school and university level. She got her MA in TESOL at the University of San Francisco and her MA in Education in Melbourne, Australia. A current resident of Boston, Hotta-sensei is interested in language acquisition and passionate about global competence through language teaching.

Kaoru Minagawa

Kaoru Minagawa was born and raised in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. After graduating from Sophia University, she worked for the Japanese Airline Company ANA until she went to Moscow to study Russian at Moscow State University. She has lived in Russia, UK, New Zealand, and now America for 7 years. She taught Japanese at Towson University and currently teaches at the  Washington Japanese Language School in DC.

Sanae Nagai

Sanae Nagai graduated from the University of Tsukuba with a BA in Japanese Language and Culture. She received her MA from the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught Japanese at all levels from K-12 to graduate school in the US (CT, HI, AZ, and CA,) China, and Japan. She believes that motivation, exposure, and practice are the keys to success in language learning and she promotes them through her lessons.

Keiko Arakawa

Keiko Arakawa is originally from Japan, where she earned her MA and completed a doctoral program of psychology without a degree at Nagoya University. She has worked as a lecturer at various Japanese colleges. After moving to the US, she worked in the neuroscience field as a teaching assistant, lab assistant, and a specialist in universities including Binghamton University, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Maryland Baltimore. 

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