My name is Michael and I am a native New Yorker. I have been helping language students for over 20 years here in New York and all over the world including Japan. I started out as a music teacher here in the 1980′s and then began helping international students with English in 1989. I began my formal language teaching career in Sendai, Japan in 1994. Since then, I have worked in the ESL field as an instructor, a teacher trainer, an academic director, and a language school manager. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree from a local college, and in 2004 I earned my MBA. I am a native English speaker and have been studying and speaking Japanese since 1990.