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I grew up in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the Carolinas in the southeastern United States, in Greenville, South Carolina and Brevard, North Carolina. I played baseball and basketball often, hiked in the mountains often, went fishing often, and enjoyed many other activities that are typical in the American south. I was raised in a musical family (both of my parents are performers and professors of music), and the arts have always been an important part of my life. I have a bachelor’s degree in art from Furman University; and after graduating, I moved to southern Japan to teach English, to study the Japanese language, and to study Japanese art and crafts. After a wonderful 6 years in Japan, I moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, to study in the Department of Second Language Studies. In the spring of 2014, I completed an M.A. in second language studies; and during my 3 years in Hawaii, I taught English for academic purposes at the university’s Hawaii English Language Program. In 2014, I returned to Japan. Presently, I am teaching English at Tokyo International University in Saitama Prefecture.

In total, I have taught English to speakers of other languages for about fifteen years.

I enjoy making friends, making music, making art, teaching English, and studying foreign languages. I feel most satisfied when I am surrounded by nature, engrossed in a good book or movie, or traveling to an exotic place. I am married and enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife, Satoko (who is from Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan). We have a son named Alex Yūki (アレックス優樹) who was born in Japan on September 21st, 2014. We also have a daughter named Amy Hana (エイミー花) who was born in Japan on August 10th, 2016.

I always look forward to meeting my colleagues and students. I care deeply about everyone at my place of work, especially the people I teach, and I strive to help them to achieve their goals and dreams. I am always available to help my students and colleagues in any way. I am available before class, after class, and months or years after a term has ended. I am available for questions about a class, questions about life, or simply for good conversation.

Passions, Interests, Avocations, and Hobbies:

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
– Mother Teresa

  • My Wife
    • Satoko Tsuda Schoonmaker
    • from Isahaya City, Nagasaki, Japan
    • Satoko
  • My Son
    • Alex Yūki Tsuda Schoonmaker
    • born in Isahaya City, Nagasaki, Japan
    • Alex
  • My Daughter
    • Amy Hana Tsuda Schoonmaker
    • born in Isahaya City, Nagasaki, Japan
    • Hana
  • My Mother
    • Gail Graham Schoonmaker
    • from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
    • Gail
  • My Father
    • Bruce Warder Schoonmaker
    • from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
    • Bruce
  • My Brother
    • Geoffrey Noel Schoonmaker
    • from Greenville, South Carolina, USA
    • Noel