Instructor Bios

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Aya Koga (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 studied Economics and received a (M.A.) from Osaka University in Japan.

Kae Koike (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.

kt Shorb (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.  KT 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. KT has taught most of their life, including ESL to Japanese children during high school, tutoring Japanese and English and writing. KT is writing a dissertation in Performance Studeis at the University of Texas at Austin. KT currently lectures courses in Theatre at the University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward's University.

Kimiyo Maruo (B.A.)
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 Austin Community College and graduated in spring 2016. 

Kenichi Ono (B.S., M.S., PhD)
MKenichi 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.

Maeri Megumi (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 is currently teaching Japanese at St. Edwards University.

Randy Reese (B.S., J.D.)
Randy Reese spent ten years from 4 to 14 yeas old living in Hyogo, Japan as the son of a missionary. During his 20 years as an interpreter in the Marine and later the US government, he has interpreted for generals, ministers, secretaries, governors and ambassadors of both the United States and Japan, and is widely known as one of the best Japanese interpreters in defense circles, having assisted in the creation of Japanese vernacular for various military doctrines that did not before exist. Mr. Reese has a (B.S.) in Political Science from the University of Maryland, and a (J.D.) from the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii and is currently working on a book concerning the decreasing population and immigration in Japan.