Kazumi Yamashita-Iverson, Nicole Johnson, Haruka Nitani
Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School
Japanese Language and Culture preK-5
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
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!
I try my best to create my classroom comfortable and welcoming environment
so that every students can enjoy learning Japanese!
My name is Nicole Johnson.
I’m so excited to share Japanese with Pre-K through 5th grade Maloney
students this year!
I like reading books like Harry Potter. I have a dog named Kramer. My
favorite holiday is Halloween!
Let’s have a fun time learning Japanese and getting to know each other!
I’m Haruka Nitani. I am happy to be at Maloney this year. I am from Nara
prefecture which is known as the ancient capital of Japan.
My favorite animal is cats, my favorite fruit is watermelon and my
favorite color is purple!
I like to go to the park, read, sing, cook and watch movies. I played
Kendo from age 10 to 17. I plan to start playing Kendo again in CT this
year! I’m very excited.
If you see me somewhere, please say “Konnichiwa”, ”Ohayo gozaimasu” or
“Hello” to me. I’m looking forward to talking with you alot!