The Great Lakes is a great place, filled with even greater alumni! What better way to connect our alumni across Michigan and Ohio than by featuring one every month? Alumni Spotlights will “spotlight” one alumnus each month, asking them about their time in Japan and what they are doing now stateside. Each installment of Alumni Spotlight will also include a way you can reach out to the featured alumnus if you would like to build up your network or ask questions about their experience. If you would like to be featured in an installment of Alumni Spotlights, please email Andrew Esterline. So, join me in getting to know our great alumni around the Great Lakes, enjoy a good story or two, and build a few new bridges with your fellow JET alumni.

Featured Alumni

July 2021

Rhea Young

June 2021

Jamie Mucaria

Lauren Gassman with her students

May 2021

Lauren Gassman

About the Author

Andrew Esterline is currently the Events Coordinator for Great Lakes JET Alumni Association. He was placed at a combined junior and senior high school in Numazu, Shizuoka (2014-2017). Andrew spent most of his time outside of school hours café and bakery hopping, cycling the Shizuoka coastline, and soaking in some onsen till he turned into a “boiled octopus.” Andrew is from Hillsdale, MI, and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco. He can be reached via email or Linkedin.