Currently teaching English and American Cultural Studies at a university in northern Japan. Prior to my current position, I served in the US Navy for 21 years as a Russian interpreter and instructor.
I use communicative teaching methods with a lot of small group and pairwork in my classes. For my more lecture-oriented courses, I try to use Project-Based Learning activities to reinforce my students' learning.
Member of Learning Support Team of the Year at NSA's Associate Directorate for Education and Training (2007).
MA in Teaching Foreign Languages (Russian) from Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, CA, in Dec. 2006. BS in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College in Dec. 2001 Graduate of both the Advanced and Basic Russian Courses from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.
I am a huge proponent of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and technology in the classroom. I am active in the JALT CALL Special Interest Group and the TESOL CALL Interest Section and I love sharing my knowledge and experience with my fellow teachers.