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FACULTY @ Soko Gakuen, San Francisco's nonprofit Japanese language school

S. GRELLER, Instructor (1/05-).  *photo*    -- on leave --
BA in English literature, Kwansai Women's College, Nagasaki, Japan; MA (2006) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.  Taught Japanese at California State University, East Bay (2006-) and at the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2007).

S. HALPER, Instructor (6/89-).  *photo*
BA in English, Shoin Women's University, Kobe, Japan; MA (1986) in language studies and MS (2006) in computer science at San Francisco State University.

A. KAZAMA, Instructor (4/10-).  *photo
BA in sociology, Rikkyo University, Japan; second BA in linguistics, University of Hawaii at Hilo;  MA (2011) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.

M. KONDO, Instructor (1/14-),   *photo*
BA in English literature, Shirayuri College, Tokyo, Japan; MA (2014) in teaching English as a second language, San Francisco State University.  Certified to teach high school, Japan (2007).

R. KONDO, Instructor (9/07-).  *photo
BA in linguistics, Shinshu University, Japan;  Currently working on her second MA on teaching Japanese as a second language at San Francisco State University; MEd (2006) in teaching English as a second language, State University of New York at Buffalo.  Taught at University of California, Berkeley (summer 2008).

S. KOSAKA, Instructor (9/02-).  *photo*

BA in business, Nihon University, Japan; MA (2004)  in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.  Taught Japanese at the University of California, Berkeley (2004-2008), at San Francisco State University (2004-2006), and at CCSF (2005-). Taught also at Overseas Service Corps, YMCA in Taiwan (1999-2001); and at Bothell High School, WA (1996).

Y. KOSAKA, Instructor (9/13-).  *photo*  
BA in English and American literature, Kanto Gakuin University, Japan; MA (1990) in linguistics, West Virginia University;  studied doctoral courses in curriculum and instruction at West Virginia University (1990-1991).   Taught English at Kanto Gakuin University, Japan (1993-2001);  taught Japanese at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada (2010); and at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada (2001-2013).


T. NARUI, Instructor (4/12-)  *photo*
BA in speech communication, San Francisco State University;  MA (2011) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.

S. NISHIDA, Instructor (1/05-).  *photo*    -- on leave --
BA in English, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Japan; MA (2006) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University. Taught Japanese at the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2007).

M. OTA, Instructor (9/07-).  *photo*  
BA in language and culture, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan; MA (2007) in teaching English as a second language, San Francisco State University.  Certified to teach Japanese (2001), ARC Academy Japanese Language School, Osaka, Japan.

H. RUSTIGAN, Instructor (9/88 - 6/91, 1/14-)    *photo*
BA in education, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan;  MA (1991) in pedagogical Japanese, San Francisco State University. Taught Japanese at City College of San Francisco (1989- ), at Skyline College, CA (1990-1994); at University of California, Berkeley extension (1991-1993); and at San Francisco State University (2001 & 2003).

T. SAKUDO, Instructor (4/07-).  *photo*
BA in English language and literature, Kyoto Notre Dame University, Japan; MA (2007) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.

K. SATO, Instructor (9/95-).  *photo    -- on leave --
BA in Japanese, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan; MA (1997) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University. Taught Japanese at San Francisco State University (1997-) and at LIC Kokusai Gakuin, Tokyo, Japan (1984-1987, 1992-1995). Diploma (1982) in education (English language teaching) by the University of Exeter, England. Certified (1981) for teaching Japanese by Asahi Culture Center, Tokyo, Japan.

Y. UDA, Instructor (1/06-).  *photo*      -- on leave --
BA in international language and culture, University of Shizuoka, Japan; MA (2006) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.  Certified (2000) for the promotion of Japanese language education, Osaka Arc Academy, Japan.  Taught Japanese at City College of San Francisco (2007-2012), and at the University of San Francisco (2007-2011).

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TEACHERS FOR CHILDREN'S CLASSES
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Soko Gakuen teachers are dedicated bilingual professionals who have master's degrees in second language teaching or language-related fields and/or many years of teaching experience

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Mission Statement
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
F. KUNZE, BCSF exBoard  *photo*

Y. McCORMICK, Ed.D., USF-fac  *photo*
Y. SHIMAZU, Ed.D., Consultant  *photo*
K. SUDA, Ed.D., USF-fac  *photo*
A. UCHIMA, Laney & Contra Costa College-fac  *photo*
B. YOSHIKAWA, Board Chair  *photo*
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