Instructor Bios

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Aya Koga  (Shodo)
Ms. Aya Koga started calligraphy at the age of six.  She was awarded Yomiuri Newspaper Calligraphy Prize when she was a student.  She holds second level calligraphy license from Official Calligraphy Association of Japan.  She has a M.A. from Osaka University in Japan.
Chihiro Legris
Ms. Legris has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Over the last 15 years, she has taught at various high schools in San Antonio, including St. Mary's Hall, Incarnate Word High School and Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA). Currently she is an instructor in Japanese language at the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Anthony Catholic High School.
Kenichi Ono
Kenichi Ono holds biology (B.S., M.S., PhD) from Hokkaido University in Japan and worked globally for R & D of Oncology field.  He has experience in teaching Japanese as a private tutor for elementary school students who are interested in Japanese culture. He has practiced Kyu-do, Japanese archery and enjoys Igo or Go game, painting (Sumi-e, water color, pastel), and gardening.
Kimiyo Maruo
Ms. Kimiyo Maruo studied British and American literature at Kyoto Koka Women’s University in Kyoto, Japan and earned B.A. She has a teacher’s license and taught English at public junior high schools in Japan. She studied psychology at the Austin Community College and graduated in spring 2016. She has three children and has read thousands of books to them in English and Japanese. Japanese visual arts, antiques, and traveling to historic sites are some of her interests..
Sachiko Suga Fernandz
Ms. Sachiko Suga Fernandez has a B.A. from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from Indiana University.  She was an English teacher at high school in Japan.  She has a certification to teach Japanese as a Foreign Language from Elenaor Jordan Program in Bryn Mawr College.  She taught Japanese class at Lamar University in Texas and was an instructor at East Asian Language and Cultures Department in Indiana University.