Mar 2

Matthew Cook leads 4th & 5th year JETs in a game of karuta at the Mid-Year Conference

Matthew Cook (Osaka-fu, 2007-Present) has been elected as National AJET Chair for the 2011-2012 JET year. Cook has been particularly focused on the challenges faced by the JET Program to its future existence.

According to fellow Osaka JET Cailin Arena (2008-Present):

“Matt has spent the past year completely re-defining Osaka AJET. He and the other members have taken the organization in a new direction – using events planning and fundraising to promote JET within their community, which has been experiencing a diminishing number of requests for JETs every year. In just the past 10 months, Osaka has set up volunteer relationships with local orphanages and public service workers, and it has begun developing a study abroad scholarship for students of JET teachers. AJET has been working hard to show Osaka exactly what the benefits of choosing JET are.”

In addition to his work with AJET, Cook has been extremely active within his Board of Education, developing an English curriculum to help Japanese teachers make the transition to elementary school English education as easy as possible. Using his experiences as both a mid-year conference presenter and Tokyo Orientation presenter, Cook will also be leading training seminars this spring. Together with AJET, he hopes to bring support to both JETs and their contracting organizations.

For more detailed information on Cook’s plans for AJET, please visit the AJET website and read his campaign platform:

You can also visit his discussion page to voice any opinions you have about the direction you’d like to see AJET go:

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  • Marilyn Flanary Said on March 2nd, 2011 at 2:19 pm:

    So proud of you, Matt!! Congratulations!!

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