Instructor Bios

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Japanese language instructors are native Japanese.

Abe, Kana (BA, MS, PhD)
Kana Abe received an M.A. in Communication Studies from Baylor University in 2009 and an M.A. in Japanese from The Ohio State University in 2011. She received her Ph.D. degree in Foreign Language Education from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Kana has taught beginning to advanced level college Japanese as well as intermediate levels for K-12 students at Japanese immersion summer camp.

Koga, Aya (B.A., M.A.)
Ms. Aya Koga started calligraphy at the age of six. She was awarded Yomiuri Newspaper Calligraphy Prize when she was a student. She holds the second level (2-kyu) calligraphy license from Official Calligraphy Association of Japan. She has been teaching Shdo at JASGA since 2014.  She studied Economics and received a (M.A.) from Osaka University in Japan.

Koike, Kae (B.S.)
Kae Koike holds a BS degree of Animal Resource Science from Nihon Daigaku University. She has a Japanese language teaching certificate and experience teaching Japanese at language schools in Japan and the Philippines. She’s been teaching JLPT exam preparation online; she has taught grammar, listening, and reading, and she has joined many cultural events in the language school, such as Tanabata celebrations and speech contests. She also has experience as a customer service representative in Japan.

Legris, Chihiro (B.A.)
Ms. Legris has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Over the last 20 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 a praivate college.

Megumi, Maeri (B.A., M.A., PhD)
Maeri Megumi holds M.A. degrees in Linguisstics, Japanese Language Pedagogy, and East Asian Languages and Cultures from University of Iowa, University of Southern Californa, and University of Texas at Austin, and Ph.D degree in Asian Cultures and Languages. Her B.A. in Asian Cultures and Languages was received from University of Queensland and Japan Women's University in Tokyo. She has taught Japanese at the University of Texas at Autin and at St. Edwards University.

Ono, Kenichi (B.S., M.S., PhD)
Kenichi Ono holds biology from Yamagata University (B.S.) and Hokkaido University (M.S., PhD) 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.

Shorb, K Terumi  (B.M., M.A., ABD for PhD)
KT Shorb lived in Japan from age 12 through 18 and attended International Christian University (ICU) High School. Her mother is Japanese and father was professor at a college in Japan. She holds a bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, and a Master's degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught most of their life, including ESL to Japanese children during high school, tutoring Japanese and English and writing. She is writing a dissertation in Performance Studeis at the University of Texas at Austin and currently lectures courses in Theatre at the University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward's University.