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How I got Here: Kirsten O’Connor

 

I decided at age 7, quite resolutely that I wanted to be a teacher. All my decisions thereafter created the path to a teaching qualification, a first teaching post in London, a promotion and then the biggest decision of all – to apply for a teaching job overseas. In Japan no less. Accepting a job offer at a school in a country I had never visited really was a leap of faith, and understandably a great shock to my parents!

 

Teaching is my passion. Inspiring children to love learning and be thoughtful and kind is magical. In my 24 years of teaching I have never underestimated the privilege it is to teach children to read and write – both skills they need and use for the rest of their lives. My passion led me from Heathrow to Narita.

 

I moved to Tokyo for two years. In August 2001. Almost the minute I arrived I fell in love with the city and everything it offers – well perhaps not quite everything but almost! A two year contract turned into five years. Then a promotion to Deputy Headship and another six years flew by. When the opportunity to become Head Teacher presented itself, I grabbed it. Being a Head is the best job in the world – most days! To say it was a challenge would be somewhat of an understatement but seeing the children thrive and happily skip into school each morning made all the newly acquired white hair more than worthwhile.

 

So why on earth did I leave in July 2018? Well it was time. Time for a new challenge for me and time to meet a need in the community I have seen for many years.  So many families are looking for extra educational support in a range of areas and I am keen to meet those needs.

 

Setting up QUEST TOKYO has been a steep learning curve so far and I know that will continue. Joining FEW and particularly the FEW Start Up Club over the past 18 months has been invaluable; I have met so many inspiring and supportive women. I hope I can offer something useful back to the community in the months and years to come.

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Sponsor Spotlight: eCornell

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Published on 1st November 2018

November 2018 Sponsor Offers & Member News

Check out the latest offers and opportunities from our Sponsors and other FEW Community Events here! Our Sponsors are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about all of FEW’s Sponsors, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services benefiting […]

Published on 1st November 2018

Upcoming Fall 2018 Community Service Events

With the changing of the leaves comes many opportunities to support various NGOs and their efforts. Take a look at the events below and reach out to the organizations through the contact information provided if you’re interested in lending a helping hand! The Big Draw Festival 2018 The world’s largest cross-cultural drawing festival, led by […]

Published on 15th October 2018

Recap: WSC — Creating Your Story & Brand with the Help of Masterminding Groups

“A brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon For the 2018-2019 season, Women’s Startup Club focuses on helping you create YOUR story and brand, kicking off the season with Masterminding—Supporting Your Success. Thirty women from diverse career backgrounds, a wide variety of […]

Published on 7th October 2018

October 2018 Sponsor Offers & Member News

Check out the latest offers and opportunities from our Sponsors and other FEW Community Events here! Our Sponsors are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about all of FEW’s Sponsors, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services benefiting […]

Published on 30th September 2018

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