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Shiga, county's teacher of the year, speaks at Rotary Club of Long Meadows gathering

May 12, 2013
  • Ayako Shiga, who teaches Japanese at Boonsboro High School, spoke to the Rotary Club of Long Meadows on April 22. From left, Rotary member Sila Alegret-Bartel, Allyson Sikes, Shiga, Randi Stavrou and Samantha Juedemann.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Ruppenthal

Ayako Shiga, Washington County Teacher of the Year and member of the Boonsboro High School faculty, spoke to the Rotary Club of Long Meadows on April 22.

Shiga, who teaches Japanese, is a native of Tokyo. During her speech she explained that as a high school student she competed and qualified for a spot in the Rotary Youth Exchange student program. The Rotary program brought her to the United States and she enjoyed the experience to the degree that she decided to make the U.S. her new home.

Shiga brought three Boonsboro High School students, who introduced themselves in fluent Japanese. When asked why they chose to learn Japanese, as opposed to languages such as Spanish or French, Boonsboro freshman Allyson Sikes said, “I took six years of Spanish, but I’ve learned 10 times more in one year with Miss Shiga.” 

Boonsboro freshman Samantha Juedemann and junior Randi Stavrou added that they chose to study Japanese because of their interest in Japanese culture.

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Shiga was invited by Sila Alegret-Bartel to speak to the Long Meadows Rotary.

Rotary International is a world wide network of local service clubs that believe that youth exchange and education is part of creating global peace.

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