President’s Message

Bradley J. Wilson

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

皆様、welcome to a new academic year! Though we had one of the hottest summers in Arizona on record, as we settle into our fall routines, hopefully the weather will become more temperate. This year, AATJ has managed to yet again pull off another successful speech contest. Students from all over Arizona came together at Gilbert High School to show off their hard work in Japanese and a good time was had by all. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of AATJ’s membership that events like this can succeed and be maintained for nearly thirty years. What started out as a humble idea has turned into an event spanning decades of time and hundreds of students of Japanese. Yet it began as a simple belief of “We can do this.” While Phoenix doesn’t boast as large of a Japanese population as cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, the tenacity and motivation of its teachers of Japanese have built a solid and lively community here in Arizona. This community that we build creates a space of inspiration, awe, and comfort for our students. Because we believe in the value of Japanese education, because we believe in our students, because we believe in ourselves nothing is impossible. As President Roosevelt said, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Let us allow our conviction in our work to continue to generate even greater events and opportunities for our cohort and our students. All it takes is a little belief and determination, which our members have in spades. Furthermore, new Japanese programs are springing up all over the Valley. Please point your new colleagues towards AATJ and encourage them to become members so that we might continue to strengthen the quality of our membership. Lastly, we hope that you will join us at the AZLA Fall Conference for our Annual Business Meeting to take place on Saturday, October 1st 2016. The Arizona Language Association is a useful organization to be a member of as it provides many opportunities for meeting other language instructors from across the state. The Fall Conference is a great chance to earn some professional development hours and brush up on the latest teaching techniques and research. For more information on AZLA, please see their website: http://azla.info/events/FallConference. I look forward to working with you all again this academic year. 宜しくお願い致します。

The Arizona Association of Teachers of Japanese