I am a business professional with experience in Financial Services, Real Estate and Information Technology. I am Japanese bilingual, having lived, worked and traveled in Japan. I developed a love and appreciation for Japan, the language, and the people. I want to share that fascination with others.
I like tutoring because the content can be tailored to the individual, based on their circumstances and interests. I establish a solid foundation in understanding the sentence structure and build the vocabulary on top of it. I teach hiragana early to further aid in building a strong foundation for learning.
I've been a computer programming tutor and instructor for two separate groups of Japanese employees of an Information Technology company, teaching them in their native language. I've taught introductory Japanese to a variety of people, including:
- a business person preparing to relocate to Japan
- children 5 to 12 years old
I've also taught English as a Second Language to a number of Japanese and other foreign expats.
Those I've worked with find that I'm very personable and enjoy working with people. I relate well to learners of Japanese because I've gone through it and understand their perspective and issues. I'm also a long time user of Microsoft Word and Excel, willing to help with pivot tables, conditional formatting, vlookup and other functions.
I moved to Japan as a 19 year old missionary. Two years later, I returned to the US and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Utah State University, with an emphasis in Finance, and minors in Japanese and Economics. I also have a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, graduating with High Distinction (top 10%).
I completed an internship in Tokyo for the Mitsubishi Corporation and have traveled to Japan otherwise on several occasions for business and pleasure.
I enjoy teaching, reading, learning, and participating in sports. I mountain bike and play basketball, tennis and soccer.
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