Chikako Hara, an MATESOL alumna and winner of the Gebhard Family M.A. TESOL Award for Creative Excellence, has become an outstanding EFL teacher in Japan.
Recently, one of Hara's students became a prefectural representative of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado's English Speech Contest. That is the highest-level contest for junior high school students in Japan. Hara's student took part in the semi-final and final in Tokyo. C. Hara was invited to observe the semi-final and the final of this competition as a guest of honor. Hara says she felt proud of her student and of her work as an EFL teacher.