Kazumi Yamashita-Iverson, Johanna Yokokawa, and Chieko Yamada
Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School
Japanese Language and Culture preK-5
Johanna Yokokawa teaches grades 3,4,5 and PreK.
Kazumi Yamashita-Iverson teaches grades K,1, and 2.
Chieko Yamada J-LEAP Assistant teacher
See below for messages from the teachers:
Konnichiwa! I have been at Maloney as a full time Japanese teacher since
August 2001. I was JALEX assistant for Jessica-sensei in 1997-1998. That is
how I got to know this program for the first time.
I was an exchange student for one year in Michigan when I was in high
school. That is how I learned speaking English!
My daughter starts Kindergarten this year. I am very excited for her, but
time very anxious. I try my best to create my classroom comfortable and
welcoming environment so that every students can enjoy learning Japanese!
Konnichiwa. I am new to Maloney but have taught at both the elementary and
middle school levels for some years. I went to Japan as an exchange student
during college meaning to stay for a year but ended up staying for 17 years.
I am privileged to be able to share my deep appreciation for Japan with
Maloney students. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!
Konnichiwa!I came to Maloney in August 2011 through Japanese Language
Education Assistant Program(J-LEAP). The program is 2years, it means this is
my last year.
I studied English as a college student. I had visited NYC twice before I came
here but this is my first time to stay long term in the U.S.
Before I came here, I worked at a convention company. But I really wanted to
be a Japanese teacher so I studied about it. Then I could attend J-LEAP and
come to Maloney.
I try my best to give students a lot of "JAPAN"!!!
Please feel free to talk with me either in Japanese or English☺