Born and raised in Kitakyushu, Akiko Kuriyama has always felt close to Seinan Jo Gakuin (she actually went to Mt.Zion Kindergarten of Seinan Jo Gakuin). Though this will be her first year teaching at Seinan, she doesn’t feel like a brand new teacher. She is going to teach Extensive Reading, English Composition, and Eiken & TOEIC classes.
Akiko Kuriyama has spent several years in the US for her undergraduate and graduate studies. She has experienced various types of jobs related to English and foreign language education: English teacher at the elementary school and high school level, Japanese teaching assistant at a university, English teacher trainer, and TV program translator.