I am a Junior Web Developer interested in Full Stack development. I graduated from the University of Kansas and came to Japan in 2007. I've worked as an English teacher and translator for many years, but changed direction in 2016 and began to learn Web Development. I've always been interested in coding, having dabbled in Java, C++, and QBasic when I was a child. However, it wasn't until joining Launch School, an online school for developers, that I I progressed beyond the basics and learned the fundamentals to become a Web Developer.
My interests include board games like Japanese Mahjong, Chess, and Shogi. I also enjoy reading, and learning about new technology.
I'm the type of person that when I decide something, I do it 100%. When I picked up running, I practiced for a half-marathon in my area. When I started weight lifting, I joined a local amateur body building competition. I apply myself fully to whatever I'm committed to.
Collaborating with online groups to create fan translations of manga and other creative media. Translated medical documentation for an unreleased mobile application. Translated various online articles about gaming and social welfare in Japan.
Taught private and group business lessons to office and factory workers of all skill levels. Managed recruitment for a branch of 90 instructors from countries all over the world. Created and managed schedules for monthly instructor training with seven different Boards of Education including venue reservations and transportation details. Analyzed questionnaire and interview data from schools and instructors in order to better place individuals and create training programs suited to the needs of a particular area. Developed problem solving strategies to quickly address individual instructor problems or complaints from schools. Created effective presentations for initial training and yearly full branch training to keep teachers up to date on recent government guidelines for English education and new teaching strategies.
Worked at over five different middle schools during the school year. Taught private English classes at all skill levels from kids to adults. Assisted in sales presentations to Boards of Education and new clients.