Publicity Chair, 2022–present
I came to Japan after graduating from Lancaster University in the UK in 2005. I was an ALT on the JET Programme in a small town in Shimane Prefecture before moving to Aizu-Wakamatsu in Fukushima to work in a small private language school.
In 2011, I opened my own English school in Akita City and have been here ever since. I have participated in several JALT Akita meetings over the years and was delighted to give my first presentation in 2021 on investigating corrective feedback in the ELT classroom as a novice researcher. I am currently conducting research into data-driven learning and young learners as part of my MA dissertation at the University of Birmingham.
The members of JALT Akita are part of a close-knit community that seek to support each other in our professional development goals. It is my role as Publicity Chair to assist the other officers in helping to not only maintain the chapter, but also allow it to grow. I will do my best to ensure that events are promoted to a wide audience and try to get as many participants attending as possible.