Meet the Teacher

Melinda Okasho

Melinda Okasho is from Sunnyvale, California, a suburb near San Francisco. She started babysitting at the age of eleven at local Jazzercise classes and from there built a network of other families to take care of. She has always loved children and, being of Japanese decent, she was interested in visiting Japan; so after graduating from the University of Southern California she moved to Nishinomiya, Japan to teach a at children’s English conversation school. She taught all ages, from six months to adult, and gained experience teaching various levels and abilities. After teaching there for two and a half years she was promoted to train teachers at the company’s headquarters in Okayama. While training teachers, she also assisted in the curriculum development and creating of new original textbooks, as well as visiting branch schools and substituting when there was an emergency. She got married and moved to Sakai where she started Gomoku. From her experience teaching in Japan, she has developed a unique curriculum for her school and what she believes is the ideal environment for teaching English.

 

メリンダ・オカショ  アメリカ カリフォルニア州サンフランシスコ郊外のサニーベール市出身

11歳の頃より、地域のジャズダンス教室でベビーシッターを始めたのをきっかけに、10年以上にわたって多くの家族の多くの子ども達の面倒を見てきました。日系の血を引いていた事から日本に興味を持ち、南カリフォルニア大学卒業後来日し、子ども英会話教室で講師として働き始める。6ヶ月の乳児から高校生までの幅広い生徒を受け持ち、多くの経験を重ね、日本人英会話講師の指導者も務め、カリキュラム編成や教材作成にも携わりました。結婚後、堺市に引っ越したのをきっかけにゴモクをはじめました。