Meet your GAJET 2021-2022 Team
Meet your GAJET 2021-2022 Team
Ladies and gentlemen, here they are: Your 2021-2022 crew! We look forward to another great year in Gunma as we (hopefully) move out of the bad bad COVID times and back into our wonderful Gunma full of tons of fun events. Now, without further ado, let’s meet the team!
My name is Ciara Malone and I’m a 5th year elementary school JET in Yoshii, Takasaki. This is my third (AND FINAL) year as GAJET President! よろしくお願いします！
Gunma is definitely different from my hometown in London, but it’s been an amazing experience exploring, hiking, canyoning, and more across the great inaka. If you want any recommendations on places to visit, food to eat, mountains to hike, or random matsuris to visit, just let me know!
I’m looking forward to bringing back some of GAJET’s great events, including Gunma Games, Canyons, Art Share, and more, so keep an eye out for what’s to come!
My name is Geoffrey (Geoff, Joff, Goph, Jee-off, etc.) from the great plains of YeeHaw, Texas living in Takasaki. I’ll be a third-year Elementary School JET in the fall, and I’ll be representing y’all as treasurer for the coming year.
I like to consider myself a jack-of-all-trades, a bard if you will. I’m a classically trained musician of 15 years, an avid cooker of all things edible, and a video game playing, d20 rolling, cardboard spellcasting nerd. My free time is spent either hitting the gym with the guys or playing fantasy RPGs and trading card games with my friends, so if you’re looking for a Dungeon Master or a friend to play Magic with, hit me up!
Takasaki is a great place full of wonderful people, so I’m very happy to be representing you as part of the GAJET crew. Let’s enjoy drinks and burgers and the many things to come in the future! 宜しくお願い致します！
Hello everyone! It’s Kelley. I’m entering my 3rd year in Takasaki and looking forward to all the opportunities this year may bring. I’m back again as secretary to hopefully give you all a more eventful year this time around! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to enjoy Gunma in all it’s glory – whether it be the city life or it’s natural beauty! よろしくね!
Why, hello there!
My name is Anthony Ninthara and this August I’ll be a third year elementary school JET ALT in Takasaki, with a starring role as the webmaster for this upcoming year. Pleased to meet you!
I’m from America, specifically Merced, California (yes, people live in the center of California), so I feel right at home here in Gunma! In fact, on my JET Application it was my number 1 request for placements. Now that I have been here for nearly 3 years, I can confidently say that Gunma is amazing and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
When I am not at school working, or underneath my car trying to fix or upgrade stuff, I can generally be found either playing video games at home, enjoying boba or other sweets, or going on a drive at one of many of Gunma’s beautiful mountain roads! Once all of this pandemic craziness is over, you may catch me at one of Japan’s many circuits hucking a car sideways around a corner (otherwise known as drifting).
You ever hear of Initial D? Well, if you want the tour just let me know. I’ve got the pilgrimage all ready to show off. Stuck with your car and can’t get a mechanic? Let me know and I’ll try to lend a hand! Otherwise, I can recommend a great friend who is a proper Japanese mechanic who speaks amazing English and lives in Maebashi. Sky’s the limit and we are just getting started! Hope we can be friends! I’m keen on networking so if you ever need help with anything, let me know! I may know someone.
Looking forward to helping, please let me know if I can help you! Let’s have an awesome year, and get back to some GAJET traditions like Canyons!
Kia Ora! My name is Abigail Marshall – but please call me Abbie! This is my 3rd year as an elementary ALT in Takasaki, Gunma. If you couldn’t tell from my greeting, I’m from New Zealand! I came to Japan hoping for a change of scene, but honestly, Gunma is very much like New Zealand with its mountains, vast fields and friendly people. The only difference is that the fields here are filled with rice and cabbages rather than sheep and cows 😂. Despite the virus-who-shall-not-be-named, having to stay within our prefectures for the past year has meant that I have explored so much more of Gunma than I imagined I would; and I have come to the conclusion that we are blessed to live in a prefecture so rich in nature and Gunma Chan goods. So, let’s enjoy Gunma! As your new… ✨General GAJET member✨ I will try my best to make sure the coming JET year will have enough events and activities to make up for the lost events and social interactions we lost to The Rona! よろしくおねがいします！
Hey y’all! My name is Lady Ashton Elizabeth Acree, and I’m a JET placed in Maebashi from their sister city, Birmingham, Alabama. I’m your all-powerful Chubu Representative! I will take great joy in welcoming new JETs into the Cult of Chubu and establishing myself as a go-to member for information, community involvement, and mild shenanigans. I am a go-getter who strives for victory. I came in second-to-last place in the cabbage toss at the last Gunma Games, but no one had more heart in yeeting that cabbage than me. I love adventure and keep myself curious. I never turn down offers to travel somewhere new and am delighted to explore all of the nooks and crannies of Gunma. One of my past times has been to visit new shops and restaurants to equip myself with an arsenal of recommendations.
Send me an email if you need any recommendations around Chubu (or a hankering for cornbread)!
My name is Victoria Barrette. Y’all can feel free to call me Tori. I’m a fourth year SHS Takasaki JET and I’ll be helping out on the general committee this year for GAJET.
I came to Gunma from Swartz Creek, Michigan, which is a small town just outside of Flint. I’ve lived in Michigan a good chunk of my life, but I’m an army brat so I’ve done my fair share of moving around. If you need advice about adapting to a new place or help figuring where to go for something you need, I’m your girl!
I hope I’ll be seeing you all soon as we hopefully come out of quarantining and can do some more in-person events. I’m terrible with sign offs, so I’ll leave y’all with a よろしくお願いします!