Michiko Olson, Kindergarten Japanese Immersion



I was very excited to join McDonald School as a Japanese Immersion Teacher in 2011. I look forward to continuing to help build the new program with all the wonderful staff, parents and students. 

I am looking forward to sharing Japanese culture and language with the McDonald School students and parents this year. I will use my Japanese culture, to help the children expand their global perspective and give them an opportunity for a deeper understanding of their own culture.  

I graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University in Japan where I studied early childhood education and elementary education. My university emphasized teaching children in a way that connects with real life and using art as an educational tool. In my classes at McDonald, when we study math and science, and Japanese language, students will also experiment with the knowledge that they learned in the class, by doing a variety of activities. For example, we will grow some small vegetables for science class and then cook Japanese food using the vegetables that we grow.  While cooking, the children will use the math skills that they learn. 

After I graduated from university, I taught at St. Rafael Kindergarten for 3 years in Niigata, Japan. Then I studied teaching Japanese as a second language and art while we moved several times between Japan and America. Since then, I have been teaching children and creating art as an artist. I also have taught for the past few years at the Artist in Residence program at Islandwood, the outdoor environmental learning center based on Bainbridge Island. 

I live on Bainbridge Island with my family. When I’m not teaching, I create art, cook, play tennis, travel, ski, backpack, and enjoy time with my family, husband Steve, Max (22), Liana (18), Sonia (14), Brody (Dog), Mavis, Lelo, Autumn, Shawn, Gus, Wiz (chickens). I also enjoy visiting Japan where I was born and raised.

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