Ayako (Aya) Anderson has been teaching Japanese at Nobles since 2008. She extended her classroom to Global Online Academy in 2012, where she designed and launched Japanese Language through Culture. In addition to her role as a brick-and-mortar and online teacher, she is involved in diversity, equity and inclusion work as a faculty advisor for the Asian student affinity group (A2A) and Big Sibling Program at Nobles. Anderson earned her M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University in 2018. Most recently, she taught Japanese at Harvard Summer School in 2019. When she is not teaching, she enjoys painting and cooking.

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