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Higashiomi, Shiga, 527-0013 | (080) 6214-1778 | lpiernick@gmail.com
Expecting and willing to relocate for work


Experienced, enthusiastic, and highly motivated EFL teacher seeking challenging and exciting
opportunities in a position with emphasis on higher education and professional development.


6+ years of full-time public school teaching experience in the USA and Japan.
Native English and JLPT N2 level Japanese language abilities.
Remarkable personal and team working skills.
Utilizes the latest technology and background in design both as part of the curriculum and in
the classroom to increase student engagement.
Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.


Aug. 2013 Present Assistant Language Teacher, Seitoku JHS, JET Program,
Shiga, Japan.

Created unique and engaging lesson plans in English for JHS level students using the standards
established by Japanese Ministry of Education(MEXT).
Lead as project manager in organizing and overseeing quarterly intensive English camps for
elementary school children through the Higashiomi Board of Education.
Prepared students for international travel and business through cultural and language education
geared towards real life situations.
Contributed significant extracurricular time to English speech contest, study abroad counseling, and
eiken examination and interview practice.
Presented at a variety of professional development conferences and workshops centered on student
engagement, cross-cultural exchange, curriculum standards, and technology.

Sept. 2012 May 2013 Student Teacher - Japanese, Clarkston HS, Clarkston JHS,
Pine Knob ES, Clarkston, MI, USA.

Designed and maintained lesson plans for a full academic year in various preps (6-12th grade).
Assisted in developing and implementing a comprehensive study plan for IB/MYP students in Japanese.
Constructed meaningful assessments and tasks for increased student engagement.
Organized, supervised, and ran the Japanese Club after school.
Supported logistical planning and hosting of an exchange with a Japanese school.

March 2011 Aug. 2013 Wyzant Tutor, USA.

Planned individualized lessons for one-on-one tutoring with gifted and talented students, students
with learning disabilities, and at risk students in a variety of subjects.
June 2012 July 2013 Interpreter / Translator for Japanese Media Guests, JAFAX,
Grand Valley State University, MI, USA.

Fielded questions, emails, and performed on the spot Japanese-English interpreting in a casual and
professional setting including during a recorded open hall FAQ and Live Concert.
Served as the guests liaison and interpreter for the duration of their visit.

Jan. 2012 June 2013 PESG Substitute Teacher, MI, USA.

Supervised and directed students to finish assignments in an orderly and effective routine.
Coordinated educational activities in the absence of the scheduled teacher
Managed classroom behavior and keep students in a manner that is conducive to completing work.

Dec. 2016 JLPT N2 Certification
Sept. 2013 Michigan Teaching Certification - TESOL
Sept. 2013 Michigan Teaching Certification Japanese

Sept. 2012 May 2013 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Student Teaching Certification Internship - Secondary Provisional
- Cumulative GPA: 3.9 /4.0 - Summa Cum Laude

Sept. 2007 May 2012 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

College of Arts and Letters - Bachelor of Arts Degree
Major: Japanese / Minor: TESOL
- Cumulative GPA: 3.5 /4.0 - Magna Cum Laude

Sept. 2009 May 2010 Japanese Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)
Study abroad program: Hikone, Japan

Advanced experience with Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher.
Advanced experience creating with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Intermediate experience in utilizing HTML, CSS, Java, and SQL.

Higashiomi Board of Education - ALT coordinator, Shiga, Japan 2014 present
Oumi Block Leader, Shiga, Japan 2014 present
Shiga AJET (webmaster / event coordinator), Shiga, Japan 2014 2016


Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan (JTAM), 2012 present
Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) Scholarship recipient, 2010
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship recipient, 2009 2010
Golden Key International Honour Society Member, 2007 2012
Michigan State Universitys Deans List, consecutively, 2007 2013