Author: Andrew Esterline

July 2021: Rhea Young

Rhea and some of her many students

July brings us into the hot season of summer, and we can almost imagine being in Japan again with the sounds of cicadas filling our eardrums. Summer is also a busy time for our next guest, Rhea Young, as she is usually busy getting all the new JETs together for orientations, last-minute document checks, and finally shipping JETs out to their new homes. This month we take a step away from the consulate and get to know about Rhea’s time as an ALT in Oita City and why “lack of water pressure” is a good excuse for daily sento visits (jealous).

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June 2021: Jamie Mucaria

Jamie and his students at a prom-themed English camp

It’s June, and with a new month comes a new alumnus to the spotlight! This time we’re talking to Jamie Mucaria, a unicorn five-year JET! Not only does he have that coveted status, but he also has a story or two about broken bones and wheelchair rides in the hospital. Also, don’t get between him and his 7-Eleven. Come along, get to know your fellow JET alumnus, and wonder how Jamie was able to do so many activities while on JET!

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May 2021: Lauren Gassman

Lauren and her seniors on graduation day

Welcome to May’s edition of Alumni Spotlight, where we are taking some time to meet Lauren Gassman. Lauren has been stateside for almost ten years now and has been enjoying her time as a Japanese teacher, making visits back to Japan and furthering her studies of Japanese language education. Join me (and be jealous) in hearing about Lauren’s cooking track students and their annual cooking showcase!

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April 2021: Tiffany Spearman/Trager

Tiffany on her final day of school, where she taught only three students.

For our very first installation of Alumni Spotlight, I talked with Tiffany Spearman/Trager, one of GLJETAA’s newest returnees. Tiffany has only been back since October 2020 but has been busy with her new job teaching Japanese and aims for more in the future. Get to know Tiffany, and you may find yourself as excited about nine schools a week as she was.

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