Mike Smart, 2007
I have a number of hats that I wear during the course of the day. During the mornings, I teach Japanese at Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. Even this is not as simple as it sounds, because I work for Intermediate District 287, who in turn contracts my services out to Armstrong High School, which lies in District 281. In the afternoons, I work as a Technology Integration Specialist at four of Intermediate District 287’s Alternative Learning Centers. Lastly, I spend time each week (usually evenings) teaching, designing, and creating online Japanese classes for Northern Star Online, which is a consortium of school districts on the western side of the Twin Cities.
I’ve been teaching in Minnesota for more than 15 years, all of them with Intermediate District 287. For the first eight years, I taught Japanese via Interactive Cable TV in five high schools. Before teaching in the public school system, I worked one year as a manager for a small Japanese company in the Twin Cities. Prior to coming to Minnesota, I taught English in Japan for four years.
Educationally, I have a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. My undergraduate degree, in Economics, is from Harvard College. I also spent a year as a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar at Stockholm University in Sweden.
When I’m not working, I usually am spending time with my lovely wife and our two young children. With whatever energy remains, I like to exercise, read, and play games. And I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, so it goes without saying: I am a Red Sox fan.
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