In an effort to better know our members both new and old, we’ll be posting a brief introduction to one lucky JETAADC member each month. If you’d like to be featured as our Member of the Month, please contact Kat Kovacs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Paul Champaloux
Nicknames: Po-Po Sensei (while teaching in Japan)
JET Placement: Minabe-cho, Wakayama-ken
Where I’m from: Maryland, North Dakota, Wisconsin, France, Spain
What brought me to DC: Opportunities in international exchange / Home area
The strangest food I’ve ever eaten: Shirako
What I miss most from Japan: the fresh sushi and katsudon for the winter months!
The lesson I learned while on JET: Using the phrase “Sou desu ka” can help you through any conversation even when you have no idea what’s going on
The game my classes always went totally crazy for: Banana-Monkey game (question-answer based game with funny monkey pictures)
The perfect JETAADC event would be: All-expense paid trip to Japan for JETAADC members!
I knew I lived in Washington, DC when: DC metro woes and suits and cellphones as far as the eye can see.
Celebrity/historical figure I am convinced that I would be best friends with…if only we could meet: Daft Punk
Where you’d find me on the perfect weekend: If I was still in Japan, the Round One game center
Who is your favorite Japanese TV personality? Downtown (Hitoshi Matsumoto and Masatoshi Hamada)
The question I’d most like the next Member of the Month to answer is: What is one habit or tradition that you’ve carried on from your time in Japan?