Rita Mizuno/ELC/all levels (most recently AP4 & C3)
Favorite View from Campus:
Snow-capped mountains & the ocean
Surprising fact about you:
I was born and raised in Japan.
Things you collect:
Jogging, reading, fishing
Unusual item in your office:
A Lego character I found under my fridge
Favorite teaching memory:
Realizing that I had persuaded a student from making a very bad life decision.
“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them.” (by Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon).
What inspires your teaching?
My desire to maximize my students’ learning experience
I like the 50’s (Audrey Heburn’s) style.
Favorite travel memory:
Experiencing the generosity of the poor in the Philippines
Words of wisdom from teacher to ESL student:
Read, read, read!
What do you think about your teaching and VIU:
I love it. In my department, especially, I have the opportunity to meet people from around the world on a daily basis. How cool is that?