Edmonds resident and University of Washington graduate Michelle Rockstead has been appointed Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) by the Hekinan Board of Education in association with the Edmonds Sister City Commission.
As an ALT, Rockstead will be responsible for teaching English to students at five middle schools in Hekinan, Japan. She said she wants to use this opportunity to “cultivate the kids’ interest in building strong relationships with people from different parts of the world.”
It will be a return visit for Rockstead, who first went to Japan as a delegate with the 2013 Edmonds Sister City Commission Adult Exchange. She has volunteered with the commission by hosting Japanese students, coordinating student volunteers and serving as the commission’s student representative for two years.
“We are thrilled the program encouraged one of our delegates to continue learning about Japanese culture and language throughout high school and college and now will provide her an opportunity to live and work in Japan,” said Commission President Pam Erickson.
The commission has coordinated the exchange of over 500 people between Edmonds and Hekinan in the past 29 years. There are numerous options for getting involved in this unique program: