Hello, my name is Kalie Mackey. I come from a very small town in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States of America. When I was in high school, I became very bored in my small town, so I decided to go to college in the city of Philadelphia. I chose Philadelphia because it is one of the largest and most historic cities in America. There are many great universities in Philadelphia, and I chose to attend Temple University because of its diversity and also because I knew it had a campus in Tokyo, Japan.

In America, it is very common for high school students to study European languages and history, and because of this I did not know much about Japan or the rest of Asia. In my last year of high school my grandmother gave me a book about Japanese history that made me interested in learning more about Japan. In college, I took Japanese language classes and became so interested in Japan and Asia that I majored in Asian Studies and minored in Japanese. I also majored in Geography and Urban Studies, and even though I was a very busy student I made sure I would have time to go to Japan. So, during my sophomore year of college I studied abroad at Temple’s Japan Campus in Tokyo for 7 months. While living here I lived with a host family who helped me so much with the Japanese language and adjusting to a new culture that they inspired me to similarly help students learning English. When I returned to America I received an English Language Teaching Certificate in Temple's Graduate School of Education TESOL Program. I also spent 2 years at Temple as an English writing tutor and speaking partner for international students learning English, and I just graduated this past spring.

So far, I have really been enjoying my time at Miwada. I am very excited to meet all of Miwada’s bright students, and I sincerely hope I can help them to feel comfortable and excited about using English in and out of the classroom. Lastly, I want to express that I am equally excited about learning as much as I can from Miwada’s students, not only in terms of how to become a better teacher and mentor, but also how to grow as a person.
Thank you.