JETAANC Monterey Bay Subchapter
The JET Alumni Association of Monterey Bay (JETAAMB) is a subchapter of the JET Alumni Association of Northern California. JETAAMB serves as a connection for JET alumni, the Japanese community, and those with an interest in Japan in central California. Our mission is to foster understanding and interest in Japanese culture and language by providing a variety of social, cultural, and professional events throughout the year.
Executive Committee, 2016
Amy Russo, Communications Officer
From 2010 to 2015, Amy was a JET in Maebashi, Gunma. She taught at 2 high schools. While in Japan, Amy presented at several Gunma professional development conferences and worked as a member of Gunma New JET Orientation Committee. After returning, Amy was active in the Atlanta JETAA chapter and has recently moved to California. Currently, Amy is a master’s candidate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Clarissa Stewart, Web and Media Coordinator
Clarissa participated in JET from 2010 to 2015 in Maebashi, Gunma. As an ALT she taught English at one junior high and three elementary schools. While in Japan she was involved in curriculum development for the Gunma Board of Education and contributed to numerous Gunma JET Association (GAJET) events including the I Can Japan Charity Fundraiser and Art Share Night. After returning to the U.S., she participated in JETAA New York events and volunteered at a Columbia University JET information session. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.
Melissa Golden, Operations Coordinator
Melissa was a JET from 2007 to 2012 in Akabira, Hokkaido, where she taught at five elementary schools and two junior high schools. She was also heavily involved in the Hokkaido Association for JET (HAJET)’s English musical, directing productions of “Alice in Japan”, “Aladdin”, and “The Jungle Book”. After returning from JET, Melissa completed her MA in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is now Program Operations Director for VIA, a Bay Area non-profit which facilitates immersive experiential learning programs for students in the U.S. and Asia.