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Student receives national award to teach in Japan

Apr 29, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

AnneMarie Echols, ’19, has been selected as a JET scholar through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. The JET program is a national opportunity for select individuals to live and work in Japan to teach English to children or work as interpreters and translators. Participants have the opportunity to serve as cultural ambassadors to Japan and promote mutual understanding between Japan and other countries through language and cultural exchange.

Of the 4,000-5,000 applications received each year, only 1,000 are selected to participate. Echols, a philosophy and religion major, will serve as an English teacher at the elementary, junior high or high school level.

“JET opens doors to career development, life experiences and invaluable skills building within the international context,” said International Center Director Lisa Fiala.

Echols is a notable scholar at Flagler College. She presented a project at Honors Day titled, “The Florida Ballet: Laurie and Michael’s Legacy,” which is now an exhibit at the Florida Ballet in Jacksonville. She was also awarded the Dean’s Award for public history in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Echols’ work with the JET program will allow her to extend her academic study to Japan and continue to build her legacy on an international scale.

“I can’t wait to start this new adventure. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and working with students of another culture will allow me to not only continue teaching, but to continue learning as well,” said Echols.

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