2012 Tokyo Program

2012 Tokyo Program

EDUC 500 Members

Dr. Noriyuki Inoue (Professor)
I am originally from Japan, but have stayed in the U.S. for about 20 years, starting from graduate studies in the East Coast, and moved to San Diego about 10 years ago. I am interested in the role of culture and cultural epistemology in professional development of educators and action research methodology. I am convinced that this kind of cross-cultural exchange program would allow us to come to many new realizations on improving educational practices in the globalized world. The following is my website in case you would like to know more about my work.


Outside the university, I am an ardent tennis player, and participate in official tennis tournaments held in Southern California. I have two kids born here while I was a graduate student. They are now grown up - one in college and the other in high school. My wife is a Japanese teacher at a private school in Los Angeles, and we enjoy walking our beagle dog in the neighborhood after work or in weekend.

Students in EDUC 500

Annie Reyes
My name is Annie and I am a graduate student at the University of San Diego. I am currently in the M.Ed. program, specifically in Math, Science, and Technology Education as well as the Single Subject Credential in Biology. My bachelor's degree is in Biology Education as well as Early Childhood Education.

I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and enjoy doing things outdoors like hiking, surfing, and snowboarding and I currently play on a few co-ed softball and soccer teams during the week. My first real international travel was last summer when I participated in a study abroad to Costa Rica and I am continuing my study abroad journey when we return from Tokyo to Nairobi, Kenya where I will be visiting the Daraja Academy as well as other sites in Kenya.  This past year, I have also traveled to Anguilla (British West Indies island in the Caribbean), Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I will return to the Caribbean and South America next year on vacation.  I am really excited to meet all of you and explore Tokyo!

Ari Gass
My name is Ari Gass (my first name sounds the same as the beginning of arigato) and I am a graduate student at the University of San Diego. My area of focus for my graduate studies is secondary school mathematics education. My reason for taking this course is that I am interested in learning how to improve my own teaching through the process of reflection associated with action research. I completed my undergraduate studies in Mathematics at Berkeley.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing sports like soccer, ice hockey and basketball. I help coach my 9-year-old nephew's baseball team - they will be in the semi-finals of the playoffs this weekend. I love to cook; I think I make a pretty good oyako donburi. I am also learning how be a better baker and even took classes in cheese making this year.

Carolyn Roesser
My name is Carolynn and I am a graduate student at the University of San Diego getting my masters and credential in special education. I also work at an elementary school as a paraprofessional and special education aid. I received my received my B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona. Although I loved working in the elementary classrooms, I really wanted to focus and help those students who have disabilities which is why I am now getting a masters in Special Education. After I get my masters I would like to work at a elementary school working and teaching students with disabilities.

I am originally from Los Angeles but I was raised in San Diego. I have come back to live in San Diego after four years of living in Arizona to be closer to my family but also because I love living in San Diego. In my free time I love to go to the beach and play tennis. I also spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy watching several sports including tennis, football, basketball and baseball especially the sports from my college at the University of Arizona. I have traveled all over Europe but I have never been to Japan. I am really excited to visit Tokyo. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you when I arrive in Tokyo.

Fahmida Shuely
My name is Fahmida Sheuly (pronounced exactly as spelled: Fah-Mi-Da). I love to learn through experience. I feel enlightened every time I travel, regardless of the destination. I mostly like to travel alone or in a study group as I am constantly traveling to search for knowledge and wisdom. While I learn a lot about other cultures and people, I feel like I learn more about myself. I know exactly what I'm looking for in my travel experience this summer and I have no doubt that Japan and ALL of you will surprise me! I studied Asian and Asian American Studies in my undergraduate career, however, did not have an opportunity to focus on East Asia. I have learned a lot about Japanese Americans, but I am more curious to meet Japanese individuals in their homeland to have a better context to understand diaspora. I am also very interested in your education system (specifically, secondary math instruction and curriculum).

I just got hired by the San Diego Charter Schools in a part time position. My passion is in learning how to help adolescents with Autism. When I go to Japan, I'd like to see how Japanese students with Autism are treated and hope to learn new strategies and techniques to better address their needs.

For my personal enlightenment, I would like to learn about your outlooks, and philosophies in life, including education and self-empowerment. I hope to make some connections that will make my life more fulfilling.

Farheen Kaka
My name is Farheen and I am also currently a graduate student at the University of San Diego, pursuing my Masters in Education within Curriculum and Instruction.

A little about me:
I grew up in San Francisco and came down to USD to complete my graduate degree about a year ago. I have a Bachelors in Marketing and 2 minors (International business and Spanish) from Santa Clara University. I currently work for Cisco Systems, work in Project Management and conduct online courses in Oracle Project Management for Project Managers all around the world (in Japan too)! When I'm not working or studying, I spend my free time traveling, playing music, snowboarding and having a good time with my friends. The last time I was in Japan (Tokyo) was about 25 years ago as a child and I am definitely looking forward to seeing how much Tokyo has grown, observing the education differences and experiencing the culture as an adult.

Jessica Hoffman
My name is Jessica and I am currently a graduate student at the University of San Diego pursuing my M.Ed. in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education along with my Single Subject Credential in Physics. I received my B.A. in Physics from the University of San Diego and I am currently the Physics Laboratory Manager for the University of San Diego.

When I am not completely consumed by work and school I like to play and watch sports; especially baseball and the San Diego Padres. I was born and raised in Southern California and have only traveled internationally once, and that was to Uganda. I am extremely excited to meet all of you and work with you while we are in Tokyo!

Krishelle Hardson-Hurley
My name is Krishelle Hardson-Hurley. I am in the Masters for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Program at University of San Diego. I did my Bachelors Degree at USD in Mathematics and Spanish. I currently teach Math and Spanish at a high school in San Diego.

Other than school, I am really interested in fitness. I play soccer, do CrossFit and coach my high school cheerleading team. I also am an amateur cake decorator.

I have been studying Japanese education and lesson study for about five years now and am so excited to learn from you!

Michael Wootress
My name is Michael and I am a graduate student here at the University of San Diego. I cannot express with words the excitement I have about visiting your beautiful city of Tokyo. I have never been there but I am fortunate because my twin brother and sister-in-law lives outside. He teaches English in the city.

I am currently studying higher educational leadership within the leadership studies department. I really enjoy education and I think that everybody regardless of class, ethnicity, etc. should be able to enjoy such an experience. I want to help those that have lack of access into higher education gain that knowledge and access.

I very much look forward to meeting and learning from you all and getting the opportunity to immerse myself in the Japanese style of action research.

Steven Lenox
My name is Steven Lenox, and I am a graduate student in my second year of graduate school studying Special Education. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in English and Creative Writing at University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2009, where I was fortunate enough to study abroad for one year in England. I've always wanted to visit Japan--especially Tokyo--so when I learned about this opportunity I pursued it immediately. When I'm not working or studying, I enjoy rock climbing, road cycling, or just about anything else to get my mind off of busy work. Anyway, I can't wait to meet everyone in person!

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