Hello! こんにちは!I primarily wrote this blog from 2010-2014, during my time as an English teacher in rural Japan. I lived in Namerikawa, Toyama as a teacher with the JET Program for two years and spent another year working for an English conversation school and translation company in Matsuyama, Ehime on Shikoku Island.

Prior to starting my position in Japan, I was a freelance journalist and local news reporter for the Chicago Tribune and other publications.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in science writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

I currently work as a grant writer and communications specialist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where I support the hospital’s researchers and clinicians in the development and writing of federal grant proposals.