I am from Burlington,Vermont. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Comparative Religion, I began a short but fulfilling career working and living with the mentally disabled population, which is how I became interested in the field of education. I have a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and I have been living in Japan for 17 years, during which I’ve taught learners of all ages, I have also spent a considerable amount of time teaching on the campuses of such reputable firms as Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, UBS, Tokyo University, and McKinsey Consulting.
My best students were always the boss … even when they were receptionists or interns. My best paying clients always hired me because they wanted me to meet the particular needs of their employees. You know that the text book is right when the learner puts it down for a moment and asks you a question you never would have anticipated. You know that the curriculum is right when the learner says “very interesting, but I really want to talk about ….” Over the course of my career, I have learned and relearned that the only way to teach well is to follow the learner. “Follow the learner and the learning will follow.”
I love it here. I want more people to consider building a life here because in so many ways, Japan is a model society. I love learning, learners, and learning communities. That basic love has been the constant and enduring impetus of my career, culminating in the founding of AlphaGENIUS.