James Sugihara

James S.

Austin, TX

About James S.

James teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2015
Last sign in: More than two months


I began studying Japanese when I was in high school. I grew up in Hawaii, where the Japanese culture is mixed in with various other cultures, and I had an immediate interest in Japanese culture and language, as well as the way the English language differs for many people and why a dialect of Hawaiian Pidgin came about. I have a lot of respect for those around me who pursue interests in other languages.

I have a lot of hobbies. I like board games, video games, tennis, weightlifting, and reading, among many other things.

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In-Class Tutor
Jan 2012 - May 2012
Austin Partners in Education (APIE)

Worked with Austin's Independent School District (AISD) to tutor students individually and in groups in classrooms in mathematics.


Bachelor of Arts - Communications Studies
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Texas State University
High School Diploma
Sep 2002 - Jun 2007
Kapolei High School

Languages Spoken

Professional Proficiency


TESL / TEFL Certification
Aug 2013
Oxford Seminars

Certification in Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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Elisa Portillo Feb 24, 2016
· Japanese · In studio Very kind and, very patient!
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