Joy Palmer is currently a graduate student at Brigham Young University, where she is studying Language Acquisition and Teaching. Her first contact with Japanese language and culture came as a child when she lived with her family in Okinawa, Japan for several years. After returning to the U.S., she studied Japanese in high school and college before going to Japan to participate in the JET program in Hyogo Prefecture. After JET she continued working in Japan before returning to the U.S. to work in the Japanese travel industry. Even while working in different industries, she never forgot the dedicated teachers who helped her learn Japanese. Because of all the wonderful opportunities learning Japanese has given her, she decided to return to school so that she could become a Japanese teacher and help future generations of students achieve their goals of learning Japanese.
Joy enjoys teaching all levels of Japanese and is particularly interested in reading development. She looks forward to using the scholarship to improve her own teaching ability and build relationships with reading specialists in Japan, as well as provide valuable reading materials for her students. She plans to travel to Japan to purchase reading materials, meet with members of the Japanese Extensive Reading Research Group and observe extensive reading classes in Japan.
Joy sends her message upon her acceptance of the scholarship as follows:
"I am honored to have been chosen for the Aurora Foundation scholarship.
Thanks to this scholarship I will be able develop my teaching ability in ways I would not have been able to otherwise. I look forward to using this opportunity to improve as a teacher so that I can better serve my students. "
To welcome the recipient of the JLSF scholarships, the Aurora Foundation is holding the Aurora Foundation Benefit Dinner & Auction in Los Angeles in Autumn, 2012. There will also be a benefit auction (live & silent) which is a fundraising event for the Aurora Foundation (EIN: 31-1639219).
For more information, including sponsorship, please contact the Aurora Foundation at (323) 882-6545 or by e-mail at AuroraFoundation@usa.net. Please check the JLSF website at www.jlsf-aurora.org.
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