Meet the New Teachers: Ms. Keiko IshidaAs we embark on the fall semester of our school’s 250th year, the Rutgers Prep upper school welcomes many new members of our community. However, it’s not just the incoming freshman class experiencing the RPS Upper School for the first time. We have introduced a number of new faculty members, one being Ms. Ishida, who will be teaching Japanese. Ms. Ishida was born and raised in Japan, and she has previously taught at the College of New Jersey. Ms. Ishida comments on her transition saying, “Teaching at a private high school is a new experience for me. In a way, I feel like I am a freshman myself.” Looking towards the years ahead, Ms. Ishida is excited to be a part of Rutgers Prep, particularly because of our unique relationship with Japan. Ms. Ishida is currently working to organize the school’s Japanese homestay program. Through this program, Rutgers Prep either hosts Japanese students or sends some of our students to Japan, depending on the year. This year, members of the upper school will be sent to our Japanese partner school, Jinsei Gakuen High School in Kagawa, and there they will be able to immerse themselves in the richness of Japanese culture and language. Ms. Ishida highlights the importance of international homestay programs saying, “Personally, I home-stayed in California for a month when I was a college student. Even that short stay broadened my perspective on the world. I really recommend that students take this opportunity.” 9th through 11th graders are greatly encouraged to take advantage of this program, and they can learn more about it with their families at the information session that will be held on September 29th at 7pm in the ADR. In her short time at Rutgers Prep, Ms. Ishida has already noticed our welcoming community: “Students here are polite and good listeners. It reminds me of my high school days in Japan.” Ms. Ishida hopes to encourage Japanese study at this school, and she has high hopes for the department. Ms. Ishida says, “Japanese is a complicated, challenging language for English speakers, but I like making class fun, enjoyable, and a little bit challenging, so students make the most of their creativity to express themselves.” Her goal is to get students excited about the language, and she hopes to hear students speaking Japanese not just in the classroom, but all across our campus. The Upper School community would like to welcome Ms. Ishida, and we are excited to see everything she will bring to our school’s growing Japanese program.
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