Lesson Two: Meet Your Vice-President!

Stand, sit, bow: it’s time to take your seats, everyone because class is in session!

Our second lesson brings us Michelle, the other part of the 2018-2019 Co-Presidency as our Vice President during this year.

Michelle is a 2nd Year ALT that comes from sunny Pretoria, South Africa, but now calls in Shirakawa her home abroad.

An always active ALT, Michelle finds herself in new places, whether that’s lost on a mountain or with friends. You can certainly look forward to an active Presidency this year, and once more, can find out more about Michelle on the Current Council page. I think that she’ll be bringing an interesting perspective this year.

Once more, I took a digital coffee break to ask Michelle a few questions so that you all can get to know her personally. Please read and review to learn more about your new Vice President.

Q. If you could choose anyone, dead or alive, in Japan (Celebrity, friend, politician, historical figure, ect.) to team teach with for one day with, who would you choose and why?

Chihiro’s first meeting with the mysterious Haku, who’s closer to her than she remembers.

Michelle: Hayako Miyazaki.

I fell in love with the movie Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (famously known as Spirited Away under its English name) as an eight-year-old when the movie was released and have watched it at least once a year ever since for the past 17 years

(I am getting old…)

Miyazaki was my motivation to take up art for 12 years and still today I sketch. I love the deeper meanings of his films and because of that I decided to pursue a career in literature and languages.

I teach literature with many illustrations at an SHS level and I mean who doesn’t like anything from Studio Ghibli??? This man shaped me and I would go all out fan-girl if I had the opportunity to even just see him form a distance. I would most probably have a heart attack if I ever met him!


Q. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would it help you in the classroom?

Michelle: The ability to transfer my knowledge by touch.

Imagine how much easier it would be if we could insert the knowledge we have in our brains by means of copy paste into others.

We could rule the world!


Q. Which Pokémon best represents your teaching style and why?

Cute and Dangerous: no wonder Satoshi wanted to be good friends with Bulbasaur, the Mean Green Machine of Kanto Region Pokemon!

Michelle: According to Buzzfeed I am Bulbasaur:

“You’re the Venus flytrap of the Pokémon world. Such a tiny, delicate thing with such murderous tendencies. Equal parts cute and dangerous!”

I kind of do not disagree… I will leave it at that!


Q. What’s the one thing (item, a snack, ect.) you think every ALT needs to have to have a successful class?

Michelle: The chocolate which my supervisor sneaks to me before class, and swears you under oath not to mention that I got it from her…

This happens only sometimes though. I am not a big snack or sweet lover.


  Q. What’s your favorite music to lesson plan to?

I can’t listen to music and work at the same time, it confuses me and I end up writing down the lyrics and not focusing on my work. I do however break out my best dancing moves in the kitchen while music is blasting in the background.

You can contact Michelle directly via president@fujet.org. She’s eager to make lots of new friends in her new role as she continues to help the prefecture and all of us here. Also, she’d love to answer any comments you leave on this post!

You’ve made it through your second lesson, but remember: there’s still six more. I hope to see you on Wednesday, May 30th for our third installment of FuJET Council 101. Don’t worry: there’s not a quiz at the end of all of this…yet.

(Don’t tempt your proverbial teacher!)

Stand, bow, and see you later: class dismissed!