Nebraska Students Get Teachers From 2 Continents

Japanese language classes already are scarce in Nebraska: Southwest is the only high school in Lincoln Public Schools — and one of the few in the state — that offers them.

And, for the next two years, students will get to learn the language not only from Tammy Cunningham, the teacher who began the program at Southwest, but from Yu Hiraoka, who taught in her native Japan, as well as Africa and France, before landing in the middle of America.

Southwest was selected as one of nine sites in the country to host a teacher exchange program called the Japanese Language Education Assistant Program through the Laurasian Institution, a nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization.

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