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UC Davis (Anthropology)
Hi! I'm Margaret, and I'm currently a student at UC Davis going for my Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology while living in Sacramento.
My three biggest passions in life are the Japanese language and culture, Swimming, and working in EMS (emergency medical services), and more than anything I love to share my love for these things to those around me. Most often, I do this by teaching interested people who want to improve their skills, are struggling to grasp concepts, or simply want to learn more.
Having grown up with my Japanese grandmother (and a bilingual mother), I have been surrounded by the Japanese language and culture (while living in the US) from the time I was born.
I attended Saturday Japanese school from pre-kindergarten until I graduated from the high school program (all classes taught only in Japanese using the same textbooks as public schools in Japan). Most of my classmates were the children of Japanese businessmen, researchers, etc who needed to be up to speed/keep up when they inevitably returned to Japan (and resumed going to school in Japan). In addition to focusing on schoolwork, the school integrated many important cultural traditions, events and activities outside of school, to which I was exposed.
This foundation in the Japanese language and culture has allowed me to open many doors to amazing opportunities, such as living in Japan for a total of about 6 months, participating in an internship at a hospital in Kyushu (southern Japan), working as a freelance translator, and being able to help those interested in learning more about Japan (both the language and culture).
I'd be more than happy to share about my experiences with you (or not... it's up to you! ;) ), and whether you want to learn Japanese because of anime, upcoming travel, or simply because you're interest in Japan, I will do my very best to help you achieve your goals.
To me, swimming is more than a sport or pastime... it's a way of life. Not only is it a great exercise, but it's also a useful (and potentially lifesaving) skill to have.
I've been swimming competitively from the age of four, and have been teaching swim lessons for nearly 10 years. I have taught children to adults (there's no age limit to learning how to swim!), beginners who are afraid of getting their face wet to swimmers who are simply looking to improve their speed/technique. I also have experience teaching swim lessons to those with physical and/or developmental disabilities.
I have also been a head coach for summer league teams for the past 6 years. I can help your child (or you) get ready for swim season, improve times, give guidance on how to prepare for swim meets/races, set swim goals, etc.
I can also help people interested in taking lifeguarding courses prepare for the pre-course test.
I am currently a certified EMT-Basic working part-time for an ambulance company. I've worked at water parks, events, and briefly did 2 semesters of an internship which allowed me to gain experience working in the ER and on a fire department ambulance.
After becoming certified as an EMT, I became an official tutor for the EMT class offered at my community college. I did that for two semesters until I transferred to UC Davis. I have many resources for studying for the NREMT exam.
I am also an instructor for Advanced First Aid for Public Safety Personnel and CPR for the Professional Rescuer (as well as Lifeguarding). If you need help studying for any of the above EMS subjects (EMT-Basic level and below), I'd be glad to help you learn!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have, and I look forward to helping you to reach your highest potential in whichever of the above subjects you are interested in! Hi! I'm Margaret, and I'm currently a student at UC Davis going for my Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology while living in Sacramento.
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I graduated in 2009 with the equivalent of a HS diploma from the Port of Sacramento Japanese School. I attended classes every Saturday morning from Pre-Kindergarten through high school.
(The Port of Sacramento Japanese School is a weekly Saturday Japanese school run by the Japanese Ministry of Education, all classes taught in Japanese using the same textbooks as the students in public schools in Japan).
I grew up exposed to the Japanese language and culture through my Japanese grandmother (who lived with my family) and my mother (born and raised in Japan).
My grandmother could not speak any English, so in order to communicate with her, I needed to speak Japanese. Because I was speaking Japanese from such a young age, I have no accent when speaking it (So I can help with pronunciation and speaking).
Recently, I have spent a total of 6 months living in Japan, during which I had the amazing opportunity to participate in an internship in a hospital in Kyushu (Southern Japan), where I also attended a conference for Emergency Medical Physicians and workers from all over Japan (and the world).
From this experience, I was able to present research on the topic of the effects of culture on medical practices at an anthropology conference this year.
I am also currently a freelance translator (Japanese --> English) while studying to take the JLPT level 1 exam.
So whether you want to improve your Japanese language skills or want to learn more about the Japanese culture (or both), I'd be more than happy to share my knowledge with you! :)
I am a swim lesson instructor (9 going on 10 years) for the City of Sacramento.
Swim Lessons: I have taught all levels of swim lessons possible, including:
*Mommy-and-me (water acclimatization courses for infants/toddlers)
*Children's swim lessons (from basic to advanced, from kids fearful of the water to kids who have too little "fear" of going in before being able to adequately swim)
*Adult swim lessons (from no swim experience/fearful of the water to advanced)
*Stroke and turn: for those who know how to swim, but want stroke refinement or time improvement, pre-swim team preparation, or training to make it onto a swim team.
*Special needs lessons: Although I do not have specific certifications, I do have a few years of experience teaching one-on-one swim lessons for those with both physical and developmental disabilities.
*Other: I have also trained people in being able to pass the prerequisite tests for lifeguard certification classes.
Coaching Experience: I have also been a head coach for various City of Sacramento swim teams for the past 6 (going on 7) years. Each year, I (along with assistant coaches) have been in charge of between 70 and 150 swimmers ages 7-17.
Swimming Experience: I have been a competitive swimmer continuously from the age of 4. I've had experience with summer league, year-round/USA, high school, college, and Master's swimming.