Teaching Traveling: Welcome to Rashaad Jorden, a remarkable man who has taught abroad in Japan and France.
Tell us about yourself, Rashaad.
Rashaad: I was actually born in Yokosuka, Japan (My dad was in the U.S. Navy), but I grew up in New Jersey.
After graduating from college with a degree in English/Media Arts, I returned to Japan to teach English at a private language school (which is really a big business) in Yokohama.
I left Yokohama a bit earlier than I wanted, but I knew I wanted to work in Japan again.
However, I didn’t initially get the position I wanted so instead, I went to France to work as an English assistant at a high school in Normandy. I enjoyed my seven months (the length of my contract) so much that I decided to do another seven months in France.
My second seven month stay was in a small town in France named Eu pretty much on the English Channel. I didn’t enjoy my time in Eu as much as I had enjoyed my time in Rouen, but I’m glad I did another seven month stay in France. After France, I returned to Japan as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. I lived in Tsuruoka, a city in Yamagata Prefecture.
TT: Amazing! Tell us more about your travels and teaching!