Jeff Johnson – (Mr. J.)
“If I were rich, I would do exactly what I am doing now. I wouldn`t change a thing. I would teach English in Sapporo everyday.” Jeff Johnson
I have been teaching English since 2003, in Sapporo since 2006. I have taught at various English conversation schools, colleges and special English events around Sapporo. I finally decided to open a school where my students can no only learn “about” English, study to do well on their tests, but also learn to speak English confidently while having fun.
The adult in me likes city life, live theater, opera, rock, classical and jazz music, photography and fine steaks. The kid in me loves snowboarding, snowball-fights, singing out-loud, laughing, stupid jokes, kakigori (water-ice) and pizza.
My previous life – I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, in the USA. After graduating from university in with a BA in Journalism / Advertising and a degree in fine art photography, I began my first career in Advertising.
Throughout my life I have taught photography to children and volunteered to teach reading skills to underprivileged kids in Philadelphia.
My current life – I worked for 10 years in Advertising before I realized I needed a change in my life. I traveled over three years to 11 different cities and chose Sapporo as my new home. I have been live in Sapporo since February, 2006. When I first landed here I was amazed by how much snow was plied up all over the city. (If you remember, the winter of 2006 had a lot of snow, even for Sapporo.) It was like living on another planet. I did not mind though. I moved here because of the weather. I love that Sapporo is cool in summer and snowy in winter.
I have had so many interesting experiences since I moved here. I have met so many good people. Japanese an non-Japanese.
Saori Johnson – (Mrs. J.)
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Thoughts on teaching. Why are you good at it? Why is the school good? How have you learned to be so confident?
About me – Just a bit about you, your hobbies, your loves…
My previous life – Wanna talk about working as a CHef, school, etc?
My current life – Studying English, New York. Meeting and getting to know my family friends, using English, opening the school.