One of the aims of the Regional Prefectural Advisor (RPA) system is to create a more efficient support network for JETs in Gifu Prefecture. Acting as their region's peer support, RPAs conduct regular check-ins on their fellow JETs, help create resources for them, and lead workshops at orientations and conferences. They also help their respective regions build a collaborative community of JETs.
Nicole is a third-year ALT from the American Southwest, currently working at a senior high school in beautiful Takayama. Before coming to Japan, she worked as a musician and teacher in the USA. She enjoys talking with and learning from students and is always looking for ways to improve English classes. She spends her time outside of school playing music, reading, and going on pilgrimages around Japan. She loves classical music, Japanese history, and Hida area.
Jordan is a 4th year JET from Canada. He lives in the small village of Hongou surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Hida. As with many Canadians, he has a passion for ice hockey, something that he has continued to play even in Japan. Besides the occasional outings to explore the countryside on his motorcycle, he likes to relax at home in his retro game room.
Chevaughn is a third year JET from Jamaica, living in the High Mountains (Takayama) of Hida and yes, he likes reggae music. Other than his dedication towards his students, he also plans to be an aikido master within next 2 years. He enjoys anything that has to do with being outdoors, which includes: hiking, chasing waterfalls and swimming in random rivers. So, if you’re interested in going on epic adventures through the inaka (countryside) of Japan please feel free to hit him up for any advice or suggestions.
Clinton-Khile Brägger is a half-Swiss, half-American boy from Los Angeles. He graduated from the Film and Television program at University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in film production and directing. Now he is putting his film skills to use on his YouTube channels, where he chronicles his life in Japan, as well as makes tourism content for Mizunami City. Upon arriving in Japan, Clint quickly found a passion for Kyudo — a traditional form of Japanese long-bow archery — and has recently passed his second level skills test. Clint’s dream after JET is to open a Swiss fondue and raclette restaurant in the heart of Nagoya, and continue working on his film passion projects in his free time.
Lindsay Lamp is the newest member of the Tono RPA team She is from St. Louis, Missouri, home of Budweiser, Fitz's, Imo's Pizza, Ted Drewe's, toasted ravioli... probably some non-food things, too. She majored in Psychology at Truman State University, and minored in Asian Studies. Before she came to Japan, she was working (and far more often, playing) as a behavioral therapist for children with autism. Lindsay moved to Japan in August of 2019, so she is currently a first year JET. She lives in Mizunami (same as Clint), and teaches at three different junior high schools in the area. She usually cooks or plays video games, and she also loves hiking, music, watering her plants, and wandering around Nagoya. She looks forward to getting to know everyone, so please feel free to contact her.
Logan is an Irish-American third year municipal ALT from Wrentham, Massachusetts (just off Boston’s front yard). With a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and two-year’s experience pointing out turtles and swans for grade schoolers at a wildlife sanctuary, he made the courageous leap to teaching English in Japan. He lives just shy of the northernmost tip of Toki, where he likes to play Pokemon Go when the weather is nice. With the hub of the city being a thirty-minute walk away, he often hits the town for beef bowls at Sukiya or butter soy fries at Hamazushi. In any given week, you can find him chilling with Clint and Lindsay (see other Tono RPAs), making music and videos, or battling claw machines in Nagoya.
Andy Kirk Vern Lee
Kirk is from the land north of the country in the west with fifty states. He likes big cities and of course ended up in Gifu. Despite that he has adapted and has found some appreciation for the beauty and charm of the countryside thanks to his trusty friend, his bicycle. He hasn’t had the chance to explore Seino too much, but hopes to do so more in the future. He is excited and is looking forward to helping other JETs as an RPA.
Vanessa Ann Liwag
Vanessa is a 2nd year ALT currently living in Ogaki City (Seino Region), and she is from the bustling city of Manila, Philippines. She has a fondness for food, travelling, taking pictures, watching dog videos online, and of course, rice! Contrary to popular belief that all Filipinos are great singers, Vanessa is NOT. Instead, she will happily cheer you on if you ever go to a Karaoke with her! When she’s not thinking about exercising, trying to make halo-halo world famous, and playing Christmas music all year round, you will find her exploring her city and planning future trips. She is looking forward to meeting you all and is excited for the great year ahead!
Jared (Judas) Hoffman
Judas is an Australian CIR from Melbourne. He is outgoing and loves to hang with friends. He has lived in Spain and has taught English in Madrid and Spanish in Melbourne - languages are a big passion. Apart from Spanish and Japanese, he has had several flings including Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and Dutch, his father’s native tongue, and wants to become fluent in them when he has the opportunity and time. He likes politics, reading, cooking, yoga and music. Always down for banter or a deep convo (known as “a D and M” in Australian).
Alicia LaPoint (Chuno RPA in September 2020)
Alicia is a fourth year ALT working in Gifu city with a bachelor’s in Linguistics. Before living in Japan, she lived in New York, USA and worked in the capital (Fun fact: It’s Albany!). Even living in Japan, she still maintains her favorite activities: hiking, karaoke, telling people she’s not from New York City, and maintaining her coffee addiction. She’s always looking for excuses to go out for coffee, so if you have any qualms or just want to sit down for a cup of coffee (or tea!), call her up!
Shirin Lee is a second year high school ALT in Gifu City and she is from Belfast, Northern Ireland (and no not everyone is a leprechaun). She has studied English Language Teaching and Linguistics, and has taught English to students from different language proficiencies. She may seem quiet at first but once you get to know her, she is actually a Mad Hatter. Shirin has too many hobbies but she particularly likes singing, playing music, bouldering, reading and cooking. When Shirin moved to Japan, she did everything wrong and made a lot of mistakes; if you think you have done something embarrassing, she probably did something worse.
Hannah is from the lovely Washington State, USA. She currently works at Gifu Shotoku Gakuen High School in Gifu City. Outside of work, she can be seen walking around Gifu or Nagoya, reading, or feeding her slight obsession with Pokémon (mostly the last one). Feel free to come to her with any questions. She is looking forward to working with everyone.
Sebastian is a 2nd year JET, from Washington State, USA. He has a degree in Psychology and Political Science and spent close to a year in Brazil on a research program in university. He lived in Mongolia for 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer before becoming an ALT in Kitagata Town in Gifu Prefecture. Sebastian’s hobbies include photography, videography, and long scooter rides through the mountains. He is no stranger to moving abroad, learning a new language, and being the odd one out so please feel free to contact Sebastian if you have questions, need a wall to bounce ideas off of, or just want to go out and take some pictures with someone.