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Here is my Biographical Sketch...

Personal
I'm a California native, married, with two children, currently living in Tokyo. I've lived here for 4 years this time around, and 3 years previously. My interests include bi-lingual education and community work, both of which are related to raising children in a foreign land. Hobbies include photography, finding great food in Tokyo restaurants, Japanese ceramics, California wines, touring around on bicycle.

Education
B.A. in psychology from USC.

Skills and Employment
Mostly in publishing/communications. Published Japanese-language newsletter in Silicon Valley (1989-91) for families new to the area. Helped to transform newsletter idea into a non-profit center for newcomers, which is still running today. In Tokyo, worked for American School in Japan. Managing editor of K-12 newsletter, co-editor of alumni magazine.

Skills in desktop publishing (Pagemaker and some Photoshop), writing and editing, Japanese language.
Now teaching English part-time while exploring a pressing interest in bi-lingual education (since youngest is now attending Japanese public school).

Objectives for Course
I'd like to be able to put together a website for a community group or future employer. There seems to be a lot of overlap between print and web publishing, especially in researching and writing the content. I have experience in researching, writing, editing and soliciting content, but need to learn new skills to organize information into a web page. I may apply this to a future job in communications, or my work with community groups.