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Sayoko Maeshima

Japanese Teacher

Sayoko has teaching license of Japanese language, a B.A. of linguistic from Osaka University of Arts. She worked for a Kosaido publishing as writer and editor. Sayoko is very dedicated to her teaching craft, having been a teacher for over 25 years. She has taught students of all levels, and worked with corporations including Marubeni, Mitsui and Nissho Iwai (Sojitsu). 

Ann Kim

Korean Teacher

Ann has a masters degree from NYU and vast experiences teaching Korean, such as at the New School and Korea Society. At Hills Learning she has been teaching for over seven years. She also has many years of corporate experience in working in Korean companies. 

Kaoru Komi

Japanese Teacher

Kaoru has a B.A. of archaeology from Meiji University. She has a strong international background, having lived and taught Japanese for refugee and locals in Cambodia in the 1990’s. Kaoru developed the teaching method, direct method, through her experience in southeastern Asian countries and has been teaching Japanese for 25 years. Besides teaching Kaoru has also worked for newspapers both in Tokyo and New York.

 

Prachak Seniwong

Thai Teacher

Prachak graduated with a masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He has taught a variety of students in both group and private settings, from complete beginners to conversational level Thai students.

Janet Lai

Cantonese Teacher

Janet taught for many years at NYU before coming to Hills Learning as a Cantonese language instructor. She has a masters from the University of Hong Kong and is a Hong Kong native speaker of Cantonese. 

Nobuko Allman

Japanese Teacher

Nobuko has a B.A. of English from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and has a teaching license of English. Nobuko also has an M.A. in Communications from the University of Arkansas and obtained a teaching certificate for teaching Japanese as a second language. Nobuko has worked as an interpreter, translator in Houston, TX, and a Japanese teacher in both the private and public sectors for over 20 years.

Yuriko Yamaki

Japanese Teacher

Yuriko has an English Teaching Certificate for secondary education and holds a B.A. of English Literature from Waseda University. Yuriko works as an editor/writer/columnist for the ALC Press, English Journal, and the Asahi Weekly. She is also the author of several books about language. She holds a Japanese teaching certificate and has taught Japanese for 15 years.

Mira Kim

Korean Teacher

Mira was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She has a bachelor's degree from Ewha University and a master's degree from Ohio State. She has over 20 years teaching experience with various subjects, including dance and Korean. 

Yunhi Yu

Korean Teacher

Yunhi has unique experiences as a teacher, as she has taught both children and adults the Korean language. She has a bachelors degree from a University in Korea and a masters degree from Syracuse. She has 7+ years teaching experience. 

Jariyaporn Udomsap

Thai Teacher

Jari has a bachelors degree from Thailand and holds a certificate for Thai to foreigners in person, as well as online. She has multiple years teaching experience and has also studied foreign languages herself, as such as Italian and French. 

Michael Chan

Cantonese Teacher

Michael received a bachelors degree in Iowa and a masters degree in Hong Kong. He is a Hong Kong native who can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin. He really enjoys teaching and has had various experiences over the past 20 years teaching students of all ages. 

Tess (Chin Fen) Lai

Chinese Teacher

Tess has a B.Ed. from National Taiwan Normal University and an M.S. from National Taiwan University. Tess has designed teaching curriculum for the instructors of the core teaching team and evaluated and analyzed students learning progress. Tess has been teaching Mandarin since 2009 and has experiences in teaching both adults and children.

Senna Zhao

Chinese Teacher

Senna has a B.E. from Zhanjiang Shifan University in China. Senna has trained 2,000+ cabin crew and 1,000+ ground staff of China Southern Airlines as an English language trainer. Senna worked for Shaanxi History Museum as a bilingual docent and did translation and interpretation. He has been teaching Chinese at Hills Learning since 2016. 

Suk Mei Man

Cantonese Teacher

Suk Mei has a bachelors from NYU and a masters pending at the New School. Suk Mei is a Hong Kong native who enjoys teaching Cantonese. She has multiple years teaching experience and has also worked in education administration. 

Limei Bao

Chinese Teacher

Limei has a B.A. of Japanese literature from Liaoning University and a M.A. of Sociology from Tokyo International University. Also, Limei obtained the certification in English as a Second Language from the English Language Institute of Virginia Tech. She has completed coursework in Methodology for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at the City College of New York. Limei has been teaching Mandarin over 20 years. 

June Lee

Korean Teacher

June has a bachelors degree from Korea and a masters from New York City. She has been teaching for over 10 years. She teaches both English and Korean as a second language, and is well aware of the nuances between both languages. 

Momoe Hirao

Japanese Teacher

Momoe has a B.A. degree of arts from Kochi University. Momoe in Japan was a licensed art teacher and worked for Elementary and Jr. High Schools for over a decade in Hiroshima. Momoe has a certificate for teaching Japanese to foreigners and has been teaching Japanese to all ages of students since 2002. Momoe works also at MoMA in New York.

Mana Kobuchi

Japanese Teacher

Mana was trained in a Japanese teacher training program in Japan. She also has a bachelors of Linguistics and English from the University of M.A. at Amherst, a master of TESOL from the School of International Training in VT, and a Ph.D of Linguistics from CUNY Graduate Center. She has years of experience teaching including at colleges, private language schools and high schools. She has an international background having resided in Japan, the Netherlands and the US.

 

Porhatai Apirachadaporn

Thai Teacher

Porhatai has a bachelors from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, a masters from Monash University in Australia, and a graduate diploma for teaching Thai as a foreign language. She has 6+ years teaching experience, teaching Thai as well as also teaching Mandarin Chinese. 

Susan Chen

Chinese Teacher

Susan graduated from National Taiwan University, majoring in Foreign Languages and Literatures, and has a Master’s degree from the School of Education in City College of New York in TESOL. Susan have taught Mandarin at Bard High School Early College in New York for years and currently teaches at CUNY Hunter college.

Gilsang Jo

Korean Teacher

Gilsang has a bachelors degree from Incha University and is currently enrolled in a masters degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Columbia University. Gilsang has taught as a public school teacher in Korea, and at a university in Minnesota. He has many years teaching experience.  

Warqaa Albakirat

Arabic Teacher

Warqaa has a bachelors degree from University of Babylon and has a masters degree pending at Emporia State University. Originally from Iraq, Warqaa is proficient in Egyptian, Levantine and the Iraqi dialects of Arabic (as well as MSA). She has many years teaching experience. 

Maki Fujita

Associate Director

Maki has a B.A. from Tokyo College of Music and has worked in public education for many years. Maki has a B.A. from SUNY Fredonia and also an M.A. from New York University. Maki is certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester of Japanese by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Maki has years of experience teaching at private and public sectors.