Teachers

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Tristan Scholze aka Biscut

Tristan Scholze (Biscut)

Managing Partner, Teacher

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Nationality:

USA (from Champaign, Illinois)

Teaching experience:

Has been teaching since 1999

Has lived in :

Kumamoto and Fukuoka Cities since 1999 (including 2 years in Hawaii)

Education:

*MA in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

*BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

*Multiple certificates for teaching English to Japanese children and adults.

Other:

*Currently also teaches at Nakamura Gakuen University

*Is the Fukuoka Coordinator for the nationwide teachers' assiciation English Teachers in Japan

*Regularly presents at English teaching seminars and conventions around Japan

Hobbies and interests:

*Travel: has been to 30 countries on 4 continents

*Is a semi-professional photographer

*Is also interersted in international film, graphic design, computers, guitar, ice hockey, the outdoors, languages, history, science and literature.


David Borgeson

David Borgeson

Managing Partner, Teacher

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Nationality:

USA (from Champaign, Illinois)

Teaching experience:

Has been teaching since 1999 in Japan and the USA

Has lived in :

Fukuoka City since 2001

Education:

*BA in Religious Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

*Cambridge RSA Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Certifiacte

*Multiple other certificates for teaching English to Japanese children.

Other:

*Currently also teaches as an ALT at Nishijin Elementary School

*Regularly presents at English teaching seminars and conventions in Fukuoka

*Has traveled throughout Europe, East Asia, North and South America, and lived in Venezuela during elementary school

Hobbies and interests:

*Music: has played bass and sang in several bands, also plays the guitar and keyboards and writes music

*Is also interersted in cooking, continuing education in educational and developmental psychology, business management, science, and web design.

*Enjoys going to the park with his wife and son.

 


Mari Yoder

Teacher

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Nationality:

Japanese (Native English-Speaking)

Teaching experience:

Has been teaching since 2000, with Rainbow Bridges since 2009

Has lived in:

Fukuoka City since 2008

Education:

*Business/Communications certification from Christian Vocational College in Tokyo

*A certificate for teaching English to Japanese children

Other:

*Has been to 26 countries on 4 continents, and lived in 8 of them

*Has volunteered at hospitals, orphanages, handicapped centers in 6 countries

*Is the oldest of 12 children

Hobbies and interests:

*Traveling, music, art, shopping, cooking, reading, making jewelry, sewing

 


Joel Van Loon

Teacher

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Nationality:

Canadian (From Victoria, Canada)

Teaching experience:

Has been teaching since 2007, with Rainbow Bridges since 2012

Has lived in:

Sapporo, Morioka (Iwate), Usa (Oita), and now Fukuoka

Education:

*MA and BA from the University of Victoria, Canada

*A certificate for teaching English to Japanese children

Other:

Has been to over 20 countries

Hobbies and interests:

Sports, cooking, traveling, reading, writing, weightlifting, studying Japanese and contemporary Japanese film

 


D'Arcy Palmer

D'Arcy Palmer

Teacher

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Nationality:

Canadian (Toronto)

Teaching experience:

Teaching since 2007 with experience in Korea and Japan, with Rainbow Bridges since 2012

Has lived in:

Japan since 2009, in Hamamatsu and Fukuoka

Education:

Master of Law (Political Science) from Kyushu University

Other:

Is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Asia Pacific Studies from Ristumeikan Asia Pacific University

Hobbies and interests:

Travel, film, photography, the outdoors, and raising his daughter

 


Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Teacher

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Nationality:

British (Bristol)

Teaching experience:

Teaching since 2009 with experience in Nepal and the UK, with Rainbow Bridges since 2016

Has lived in:

Fukuoka since October 2016

Education:

Licentiate Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL from International House Bristol

Other:

Currently studying for JLPT Level 5

Hobbies and interests:

Kendama, juggling, rock climbing, cycling, cooking and music (especially Dub)