Away for a while:
Mika-sensei is currently in the US on a GenkiJACS internship at the College of New Jersey, teaching Japanese to students there for a little over a year. She left this January, so plans to be back at GenkiJACS in 2012. We all miss you, Mika-sensei!
Tsugumi-sensei is in the Dominican Republic, teaching Japanese and offering humanitarian aid with JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, for a couple of years. She’ll complete her wonderful work in 2013, so should be back at GenkiJACS then!
It’s actually Mai-san‘s last day today as she enters 産休 (sankyuu, maternity leave). She’s due to give birth early next month, so will be away from GenkiJACS for a half-year or so. Wish her luck!
Natsuko-sensei is in the UK studying English for a couple of months, and should be back just before summer starts, hopefully with a perfect grasp of the English language!
Finally, Rie-sensei is currently in the north-east of Japan, visiting the disaster area to arrange for a donation to children’s charities there. Hopefully she’ll be back very soon, though!
Back from abroad:
Yuuji-sensei returned from his year in Germany this January. His year of studying there gave him many insights that have made him a better teacher than ever and, dare we say it, an even better human being.
Takako-sensei returned from her JICA stint in Bulgaria with a new perspective on Japanese education.
Yuuki-san is our new office staff member. With Mai-san gone for a while, the ever-capable Ayako-san will take over her duties, while Yuuki-san slips in to Ayako-san’s role, and helps out with culture classes. Give her a warm welcome!