New Hats and Old Hats

It seems that for the past 3 years, I’ve had various jobs to do at our school. I am thankful for the opportunity to try new things and to be able to say, “This one is not for me. Yes, I could do the job, but it really is not using my gifts and passions […]

CAJ Elementary Knights

CAJ Elementary Knights are Grateful, Faithful, and Caring. The mascot of Christian Academy in Japan is Knights. This elementary staff  wanted to create an ethos and chose Grateful, Faithful, and Caring as our three pillars. For our first chapel all of the elementary staff were asked to choose something to work on. Our principal, Jacquie […]


Presently I am participating in an online Connected Coaching course. Many people will think of a sports coach, but that is not the coaching I will be writing about. This is the first all online course I’ve been involved in and it is the first time I’ve actually created a learning pledge to express what I […]

For Such a Time a This

I wrote this on Saturday in the shinkansen on the way to Hiroshima, but didn’t get to post it until I got back to Tokyo today. Those words are from Mordecai in the book of Esther 4:14. Several years ago I read Ann Voskamp’s blog and words about the Esther generation. Shortly after that I […]

Summer Reading

The 2014-2015 school year has come to a close. One of the best things about summer is time to read! I know I’m looking forward to reading a variety of books this summer. For those students who will be going into 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade in the fall, we want you to share about […]

Report card and Goal Setting

Last week was the end of the first semester. Teachers have been working on report cards, continua and comments. The continua are for reading and writing. Several years ago we decided to report reading and writing achievement using Bonnie Campbell-Hill’s continua. I posted about that here. The report card is divided into  sections one is on […]

Biblical Perspective and Student Objectives

What does teaching from a biblical perspective mean? What are Student Objectives and why are they important? These were the topics that we discussed at the December Elementary Parent Café. At Christian Academy in Japan(CAJ) we do not use a Christian curriculum, but rather use textbooks that are used in public schools in the US […]


Christmas isn’t just a day, but a season, this was the message from one of the ambassadors who attended the Parliamentary Christmas Party at the New Otani Hotel on Thursday, December 4th. She spoke of the first “Christmas” when Jesus was born and the angels brought the message to the shepherds of “Glory to God […]


How often do we say? “When I was in school.” “When I was little …” “They use to …” November and December are holiday months for most people from the USA and many other parts of the world. Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US, the fourth Thursday of November since the time of President Lincoln […]