Let me introduce myself!
My name is Amy Troeger, though my students call me “Troeger-sensei." I began teaching Japanese at Dewey in fall 2015. I have a degree in Japanese Language & Literature and Education from Washington University. From 2009-2011 I taught English in Japan to elementary and junior high school students on the JET Program
. I also taught Japanese to students ages 8-18 at the language immersion summer camp Mori no Ike through Concordia Language Villages
. I spent a few years working at a Japanese company in Los Angeles, California so I can also share firsthand with my students some of the career opportunities that come from speaking Japanese!
My own interest in Japan and Japanese language began in elementary school, so I am especially passionate about the world language program here at Dewey. It is such an advantage to learn a new language as a child! We use songs, videos, pictures, games, crafts, TPR (listening and responding with a physical motion), and storytelling to learn and practice Japanese. We also explore Japanese culture through books, film, and food. 5th grade students will take a field trip to a Japanese restaurant at the end of the year.
I am always thrilled to see the excitement and insights my students bring to their understanding of Japanese language and culture! I have provided some resources in the menu to the left for virtual learning in 2020 and supplemental learning any time.
It's wonderful to meet you!