Michael Tompkins, Representative, Japan

Michael Tompkins, Representative, Japan

I grew up in a multi-cultural neighborhood in Vancouver, BC and have experienced the Canadian Mosaic first-hand.

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria. I then travelled to Japan, where I spent ten years teaching in Kyoto and Osaka, first as an ALT then as a full-time faculty member in a private girls high school. Deeply involved in the international exchange section at that school, I led trips to Canada and Italy and brought Canadian students to the school in Osaka. Following 3 years in Toronto as Director of a language school, I returned with my family to Japan. My connections with Japan, Japanese education, and Japanese-Canadian relations have covered one third of my life. After working in the management side of language education for six years, I greatly missed the challenges and successes of working with high school and junior high school students. Joining MLI allowed me to include my teaching skills into my job and to work with students and teachers to enhance their Canadian experience.

What I love about MLI: I know from my personal experience that a global life is a rich life. In the students that I taught, I clearly saw the dramatic effect of studying in Canada on both motivation and skills. I am eager to work with schools to create exciting customized programs, including pre-program study and post-program review, which fit the vision and goals of the schools and students and help to create Global Citizens.

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