This is Part 2 in the series Smith’s Otsu Teacher Profiles. Part 1 can be read HERE.
At Smith’s School of English in Otsu we currently have a team of 4 teachers working together. Each teacher is unique in their own way and they all bring different teaching styles to the classroom. I wish to take this opportunity to introduce the members of our team to you. The first coach we introduced was Chi-Yow Lee from the United States. The second coach we will introduce is Chris Mungioli. Here is his self-introduction:
Hi! My name is Christopher Mungioli, but please call me Chris. I have been living in Japan for 14 years or so and I really love it here. I first came over in college as an exchange student to the Japan Centre for Michigan Universities in Hikone. At that time I fell in love with Japan, it’s beautiful scenery, appreciation for nature, food and most of all the friendly people. After graduation I knew I wanted to come back so I signed up for the Jet Program. While on it I was stationed in Keihoku Town, a small rural town an hour north of Kyoto City. Adjusting to life in the country was hard, but by the end of my three year term I had come to enjoy it very much.
Still not wanting to leave Japan I moved to Kusatsu to teach at a junior high school. Over ten years there I had the pleasure of working with many wonderful students and teachers, helping to coach the school ice hockey team and setting up a sister school in my hometown. During that time I also met the love of my life, Aki, to whom I am happily married.
However I couldn’t forget my time living in the country, and with the birth of our first daughter, Amelia, we moved out to Shigaraki to start farming and living a rural life. Now we are living in an old Japanese house, growing our own vegetables and rice and trying to be as self-sufficient as possible. I enjoy my days working outside in the fields and in the forest and spending time with my family. I love nature and enjoy hiking, camping, cycling and being outside. I also enjoy playing ice hockey, drinking Japanese sake and listening to music! I look forward to having class with you!
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