I teach regularly with four Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs): Kumiko-sensei (at my smallest school–under 30 students total), Fumiko-sensei (at my second smallest school–about 60 students total), and Michiko- and Ryoko-sensei (both at my largest school, and the largest middle school on the island, with about 250 students).
This is Kumiko-sensei, who very graciously accepted when I asked to take her picture today. She’s originally from the Nagasaki city area, and a delight to work with because she’s so relaxed. If I want to do something random, or if I’m feeling lazy and want the students to write a dialogue, she’s okay with it. In fact, sometimes she’s lazier than I am! (But not usually, thank goodness–one of us has to be responsible.) So here’s to Kumiko-sensei: 本当にすごくて楽しい先生ので、ありがとうございます！私はあなたと教えることが大好きですよ。
(I promised her I would write at least one sentence a day in Japanese from now on. In return, she’s journalling in English for at least one sentence a day.)