Degrees and Certifications:
BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Elementary Education MEd (Master of Education) in Bilingual and Bicultural Education
Hello. My name is Michio Okamura but my students call me "Sensei" which means "teacher" in Japanese. I was born and raised in Japan, came to U.S. at the age of 18. I went to a college in Iowa and obtained Elementary Educaiton degree. While I was doing my student teaching in Chicago, I found this job in AJLA. I have been teaching since 2003.
I wanted to become a teacher since I was in 5th grade. I love my teaching job in AJLA because people here (students, parents, and teachers) are awsome! II am a very lucky person because I can make my living by doing what I love to do.
In 2015, I finished master's degree in Bilingual and Bicultural Education. My favorite authors who wrote about educaiton are: Lev Vygotsky, Mikhil Bahktin, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, and James Paul Gee. Reading, thinking, and writing about these thinkers educational philosophy had a tremendous effect on my way of understanding what it means to learn a language.
Please feel free to stop by and say hello to me. You are always welcome to my room.