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Education specialist fluent in English and Japanese with three years experience in the field of educational design, e-Learning, and ICT in education. Develops print and digital learning content for use by 22,000+ students in Japan. Areas of expertise include:

  • Content Development
  • Language Theory & Acquisition 
  • Project Management
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Digital Media Production
  • e-Learning App Development
  • Instructional Scaffolding
  • Information Architecture
  • UX Design

Work History

Apr 2013Present

Academic Development Leader

Gaba Corporation - Tokyo, Japan
  • Leads team of 7-10 individuals designing educational content for use in one-to-one lessons, self-study, and group seminars
    • Consults with key stakeholders to assess needs and form concrete plan of action
    • Applies scaffolding techniques to effectively meet targeted learning objectives
    • Authors and manages content using Nucleus CMS and in-house LMS
    • Writes and edits graded content for extensive reading portal with 7,000+ readers
    • Used ADDIE design principles to introduce new company workflow for producing revised textbook editions with  improved accuracy and teachability
  • Proven ability to deliver large volumes of content under strict time constraints
    • Expanded the Gaba curriculum with 160 new lessons in nine months, using curriculum mapping to integrate new content with existing lessons
    • Developed 120 lessons in six months for new textbook series targeted toward junior high & high school students
    • Created 440 video assets in three months and 160 audio assets within six months for blended learning modules
  • Works in cross-functional groups to develop e-Learning tools for web, iOS, and Android platforms
    • Led development of spaced repetition (SRS) vocabulary learning web platform, performing needs analysis, use case writing, and UAT testing
    • Rigorously ensured technical compliance to scope by external developers, resulting in savings of more than $5,000
    • Designed website information architecture for vocabulary system to integrate with Gaba’s existing student learning platform
    • Met architecture milestones while leading simultaneous projects
    • Provides support for educational content in English and Japanese
      • Prepares sales tools and training collateral for teachers and school staff
      • Visits area schools to give on-site demonstrations of new educational products
    Jul 2012Mar 2013

    English Instructor

    Gaba one-to-one english - Tokyo, Japan

    Created a differentiated learning experience for EFL students using the communicative language teaching method. Performed assessments to determine level and evaluate student progress.

    Sep 2011Jun 2012

    Customer Service / Sales Associate - torrance, california

    Managed daily operations of e-commerce company specializing in wedding invitations and personalized gifts. Led small cross-functional team working under strict deadlines. Inspected large volumes of orders for accuracy and quality control.

    Jan 2010Dec 2010

    ESL Specialist

    California state university, long beach - california

    Augmented ESL students classroom learning with one-to-one instruction. Developed curriculum appropriate to students learning abilities and academic goals. 

    May 2009Sep 2011

    Disney College Program Intern

    Disneyland resort - anaheim, california

    Delivered exceptional guest service at a high-volume location serving thousands of guests. Maintained high levels of customer satisfaction while conducting over 20 transactions per hour.

    Education & certification

    Sep 2004Dec 2010

    B.A. in International Studies & Japanese, Minor in Economics

    • Graduated magna cum laude with 3.94 GPA; 4.0 GPA within major
    • International Studies Program Distinguished Student Award
    • College of Liberal Arts Exceptional Student Award
    • CSULB President’s Scholar
    Dec 2010

    N2-level Certification

    jApanese Language Proficiency Test

    The Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services

    Sep 2007Jul 2008

    School of International Liberal Studies

    Waseda university - tokyo, japan
    • One-year study abroad program
    • Received JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

    organizations & ACTIVITIES

    • The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) member since 2014
    • Yosakoi Dance Troupe TENKU SHINATOYA SHIN since 2013
      • Tokyo Yosakoi Festival running title-holder with four consecutive grand prizes
      • Super Yosakoi Festival Grand Prize, 2013
    • The Undisclosed podcast volunteer transcript editor for the Adnan Syed Trust since 2015

    Tools, Skills & Software

    audio-video production

    Audacity, Premiere Pro, and After Effects

    adobe creative suite

    Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

    DTP & e-book authoring

    Adobe InDesign, Namo Author, Calibre, and Microsoft Publisher

    Web design

    HTML, CSS, and Wordpress