Current Chairs

2018-2020 Chairs and Executive Board Members

President & Programs Chair: Matthew Kocourek

The President is the face of the chapter, speaking at conferences and events in and outside of Japan, and the chief executive of the chapter, guiding the direction of the chapter and supporting the various Chairs as needed.

Rikkyo University

After receiving his Masters in TESOL from Columbia University's Teachers College, Matthew taught in New York at LaGuardia Community College. Since returning to Japan in 2015, he has taught at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages, Temple University, and New York University School for Professional Studies. Currently, he teaches at the Center for English Discussion at Rikkyo University.


TokyoJALTpresident@gmail.com, TokyoJALTPrograms@gmail.com

Treasurer: Darla Cornett

The treasurer oversees all financial aspects of the chapter; this includes the funding of events, donations to other Chapters and SIGs, and planning the yearly budget.

Interac

Darla is an assistant language teacher at Japanese public schools in the Tokyo area. She received her BA in International Studies and her MA in Japanese Culture. In the process, she discovered her love of teaching by working with second language learners at writing centers. She's also involved with the growing English Parliamentary Debate activities in Japan.


TokyoJALTTreasurer@gmail.com

Publicity: Haruka Ubukata

Haruka's main responsibility is to confirm our event information and then put it together into our monthly newsletter as well as to update the content of the website.

Haruka received her B.A. in International Communication from Kanda University of International Studies, part of which included one year studying at Aarhus University, Denmark. She completed her M. S. Ed. degree in the TESOL program at Temple University, Japan Campus. She currently works as an Eikaiwa school manager and teaches English.


TokyoJALTpublicity@gmail.com

Membership: Jeffrey Martin

Jeffrey's main duties are to keep track of membership counts and to send relevant correspondence.

Jeffrey Martin teaches at universities and at a vocational school in the Tokyo area. He hold s a master's degree in TESOL from Temple University. His interests lie in vocabulary acquisition, task-based language teaching, assessment, and English for specific purposes.


tokyojaltmembership@gmail.com

External Outreach: Liz Shek-noble

As the External Outreach Chair, Liz communicates with SIGs, research groups, and universities to create opportunities for collaboration on future events. Please contact Liz if you are interested in working with Tokyo JALT as a co-sponsor or convenor.

Liz holds a PhD in English from the University of Sydney. She has taught literature and EFL courses at the tertiary level in Australian and Japan. Her research interests include Disability Studies in Education, Australian postmodernism, and language learner psychology.


TokyoJALTOutreach@gmail.com


Webmaster: Decha Hongthong


tokyojaltwebmaster@gmail.com

Research Chair: (open)

Tokyojaltresearch@gmail.com


Tokyo JALT Journal (TJJ) Editor: Darla Cornett

The Editor oversees the publication of the Tokyo JALT Journal, from the initial request for manuscripts to the release of the latest issue. The Editor also maintain relations with the Editorial Review Board and is involved in the selection and revisions of manuscripts.

Interac

Darla is an assistant language teacher at Japanese public schools in the Tokyo area. She received her BA in International Studies and her MA in Japanese Culture. In the process, she discovered her love of teaching by working with second language learners at writing centers. She's also involved with the growing English Parliamentary Debate activities in Japan.


TokyoJALTEditor@gmail.com

Secretary: Maiko Sawada

Maiko Sawada has worked as a translator for the Financial Times, the French Embassy in Japan, UNHCR Tokyo Office and other established global media outlets, businesses and administrations. As a result she has a great deal of experience in the organization of sophisticated and multi-lingual work environments. In addition she graduated with a B.A. from the International Christian University, Tokyo, and earned her M.A. in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Currently she teaches English Communications and International Studies in Japan as she just likes people.

TokyoJALTSecretary@gmail.com

Social Events: Michele Joel

TokyoJALTevents@gmail.com

Grants: (open)

TokyoJALTGrants@gmail.com

Young Learners: Marian Hara

As Young Learners chair Marian coordinates the organization of regular events (3 times per year) for teachers of preschool through high school learners with the Younger Learners SIG and the venue. This involves finding speakers, communicating with possible presenters and scheduling events. We need help to find great speakers and presenters at all levels and to spread the word to more teachers in both English & Japanese as well as student teachers, ALTs and JETs. Those with skills in Japanese, producing flyers and helping extend our online presence are welcome to join the team.

Marian has taught Japanese preschool, elementary, junior and senior high students for many years and has an RSA post-graduate diploma in teaching English as a Foreign Language from Edinburgh University.

TokyoJALTYL@gmail.com

Facilities: Daniel Beck

TokyoJALTFacilities@gmail.com

Social Events: Michele Joel

TokyoJALTEvents@gmail.com

Public Relations: (open)

TokyoJALTPR@gmail.com

JET/ALT Coordinator: Lydia Leung

Lydia works closely with the YL coordinator and liaises with the JET community to bring Professional Development events to public and private schools JET ALTs.

Lydia has an MA in TESOL and teaches at various universities in Kanagawa and Tokyo.


TokyoJALTCoordinator@gmail.com