Sister City Commission chooses Edmonds representative

Price recently received her B.A. in both International Studies and Japanese
By Ray Olitt, Edmonds Sister City Commissioner | Jun 20, 2013
Lauren Price, left, will be representing Edmonds as assistant English teacher, in Hekinan, Japan. Edmonds Sister City Commissioner Michelle Van Tassell, right, congratulates her on her appointment.

The Edmonds Sister City Commission recently chose the Assistant English Teacher (AET) for Edmonds’ Sister City, Hekinan, Japan. She is Lauren Price, a recent graduate of the University of Washington.

The AET is hired by the Hekinan Board of Education to teach English for two years to students in five of the city’s middle schools. Edmonds has provided this resource over many years with great success.

It is one of the most significant ways that the two cities work cooperatively to foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. Price will begin her teaching in September 2013.

Price recently received her B.A. in both International Studies and Japanese. She served as a “campus friend” for exchange students from Tokyo and as a teacher’s assistant and an international peer advisor for the Asia University America program at Eastern Washington University.

Her college studies included a year abroad in Kobe, Japan, where she tutored youth in English.

Her passion for Japan was formed when she was 15 and watched Japanese movies, practiced Japanese anime art style, read books on East Asian art and history, listened to Japanese music, and enrolled in Japanese language courses at the local university, since these were not available at her high school.

As a senior in high school, she interned at the Mukogawa Japanese Cultural Center in Spokane where she learned about Japanese holidays and traditions, flower arranging, traditional Japanese dolls, and instruments.

Lauren was chosen from 17 applicants for the position.

Paul Anderson, the Chair of the Selection Committee, said, “I think we found a well qualified person who is very vivacious and will fit in perfectly with the people of Hekinan.”

When asked about her selection, Lauren said, “I'm so grateful and extremely excited for this opportunity to teach in Hekinan and represent the City of Edmonds.

“I've grown up in love with Japan, and it felt like a second home by the time I returned from Kobe the year before last.

“I’m looking forward to making new friends, and learning and exploring new things as much as teaching.”

This is why she was chosen.

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