First, the leavers:
Akiko-sensei was accepted to a position with JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, to teach Japanese in high school in Tonga for two years! If you have a message for her, we’ll be happy to pass it along!
Etsuko-sensei moved to Tokyo for work, and to take care of her parents.
Next, the new arrivals:
Natsuko-san is our highly capable office assistant, and also a fully-qualified Japanese teacher to boot! She’s in charge of student events, and arranging private apartment accommodation.
Yuuji-sensei was the first male teacher we hired, and is still the youngest, but after seeing a few of his classes, most of the other teachers have stopped bullying him now!
Tetsuya-sensei speaks great Korean, and has a lot of experience from teaching at other schools, as well as a quick wit, so he’s quickly built up a tough reputation.
Chihomi-sensei is new to the school, but has already become like a mother to a lot of us – she has a great ear for listening, and a barrelful of ideas in the classroom too!
Junko-sensei put in the most class hours of all teachers this summer, but never once even looked tired, despite also spicing up Friday night parties almost every week!
Takako-sensei is surprisingly small, but makes up for it by working twice as hard.
Machiko-sensei has taught Japanese both within Japan and overseas, as well as training teachers, so has a wealth of experience. In addition, she’s like a walking grammar dictionary!