I am an Associate Professor in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I am originally from Japan and earned a B.A. with 1st - 6th grade teaching licensure in Elementary Education in the Education Department, Yokohama National University, Japan. I also attended Tamagawa University for my Pre-K teaching licensure. After teaching in mostly Pre-K settings in Japan over 8 years, I decided to come to the United States to continue my education. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Meanwhile, I taught in varied settings including teaching as a University Field Experience Supervisor in the Early Childhood M.Ed. Program, an instructor for some courses including Introduction to Children’s Literature, in the Ohio State University, and a 6th grade classroom teacher in a local Japanese Saturday School. My research interests are focused on the population of children and their families, and teachers from diverse backgrounds, especially immigrant-ELL populations in and outside of school contexts. I find how the children and adults from diverse backgrounds develop their voices fascinating. I am also interested in their development of multiple identities and agency in the intersections of varied social aspects such as cultures, languages, societies, and nations. I believe this is important to study in order to explore and co-create better educational environments and pedagogies for all children. I use qualitative research epistemologies and methodologies such as narrative inquiry. I am also interested in critical literacy and critically engaged learning using multicultural/international children’s literature and drama in teaching and research.
B.A. in Elementary Education, Yokohama National University, Japan, and , M.A., Ph.D, The Ohio State University
Immigrant children, Children of immigrants, ELL, ESL, Literacy, Language and literacy identity, Diversity, Multicultural Education, Asian-American, Children their families and teachers from diverse backgrounds especially immigrant-ELL populations in and outside of school contexts, The development of multiple identities and agency in the intersections of varied social aspects such as cultures languages societies and nations, Critical literacy and critically engaged learning using multicultural/international children's literature and drama in teaching and research