Toyoko Leonard

Toyoko L.

Westbrook, ME

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Toyoko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello, my name is Toyoko, but everyone call me Yoko because they make mistake to call me Tokyo or even Toyota. Yoko is your new Japanese friend/teacher who teach you anything you want to learn about Japan. I am a mother of two daughters one is 27 and another one is almost 17 years old. Older one was born in Japan, younger one was born in Maine. I was from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. I moved to Maine in 1995 with my older daughter to study English, now I have lived here in Maine as a professional in both Social work and Education field for 22 years. I am still passionate in teaching and teaching is in my blood.

I graduated University of Maine, Orono with BS in Education. I also have Social Work degree with Child Psychology minor in Japan.
I am working at University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine as a Nursing Lab Specialist. I have taught in University of Maine, Orono Campus as Japanese instructor back in 2003-2004 and also had variety of students in past outside of University, age between 12-80. They are from middle school students, business personal to retired people. I have worked with special needs students in past work, so any people who have disabilities are welcome. I understand that life is more bright to start new things, and I have patience in my teaching. I am very friendly, my time is flexible if you request other lesson schedule than listed here, but I work full time, evening online lesson hours are the most flexible. Please pick the topic what you like to talk about and start from there, you will be surprised how fast you can learn Japanese!
I am open to everyone and open to your needs in education.

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Japanese Instructor
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004
University of Maine, Orono

Romance Language Department, Japanese.
My class was filled with 8 college students. One of them went to Japan with Jet Program, another one married to a Japanese student from the same college and they moved to Japan.


Elementary Education B.S
Sep 1998 - Dec 2003
University of Maine, Orono


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Mandt System
Mar 2010
Volunteers of America

Human Relationship and Communication, and non physical restriction of emergency response to who suffer from destress.
Ongoing Certification.

CPR: Adult/Infant
Apr 2009
American Heart Association

Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED
Ongoing Certification.

Mar 2009
Maine Department of Health and Human Services

I also have been working as a Residential Mental Health Counselor in past 3 years with Volunteers of America. I have some medical back ground with other social work job I had in order to support my clients life needs. I am still per-diem for the work and Medical/Medication Aid and Mental Health Residential Counselor is ongoing certification.

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My two daughters

Me and my two daughters

Me and my friends


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Karly Dec 31, 2017
Japanese · In home

Excellent teacher. She has decades of experience and is very enthusiastic about her work. She will truly take the time and cater to your individual learning style to ensure that you get the most out of her sessions. I would highly recommend this instructor.

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