College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

World Languages and Cultures

Kiara Yvonne McLaurin, JLC 2016

Kiara posing for selfie


After I graduated in 2016, I went on to work in Tottori Prefecture for three years as an Assistant Language Teacher via the JET Programme. There I worked at one junior high school and five elementary schools. After working in Japan I moved to Missouri at the start of the pandemic and worked in childcare for two years. I worked with infants, taught kindergarten, and ran an afterschool program for elementary students. This past July I returned to CSUMB to pursue my Masters in Education and credential in Secondary Education to become a Japanese high school teacher. I am enjoying my classes and learning a lot at my field placement. I am excited to share my experiences as a person of color learning a second language with my students.