Japanese Language Teacher
Boonsboro High School
Ayako Shiga, Japanese Language Teacher
Washington County – Boonsboro High School
Ayako has an M.A. Degree in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University, an M.A. Degree in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University, and a B.A. Degree from the University of Hawaii in Teaching English and Japanese as Second Languages. She began teaching in Maryland in 2004 and later wrote the county curriculum and assessments and developed and implemented the system’s Japanese instruction program which now represents 10% of all Maryland public school students studying Japanese. She provides opportunities to her students such as the National Japan Bowl competition and Cherry Blossom Festival parade and has received multiple grants including a full scholarship trip to Japan for her students and a grant for a fully paid teaching assistant through the Japanese ministry of foreign affairs.