Welcome to this slice of JFMF heaven. I will be your travel host,
Mrs. Sandra Rivas-Cole, art teacher from Lake Howell High School in
Orlando, FL. I guess you should know a little about me before
I explain the site...
Like I stated, I am an art teacher from Orlando, FL who was chosen
to be a part of the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund Program.
I have been at my school since 1998 and I have pretty much taught every
class in my department - Art 2D, Art 3D, Painting 1&2, Drawing 1&2,
Photography, Cinematography, Stage Craft, Humanities, Advanced Placement
Art History, and Advanced Placement Studio Art are just a few. I also am the Junior Class Sponsor
and have sponsored several groups on campus including the LH Cheerleaders
(but that was years ago and I'm glad that phase is over). I am
happily married to Justin and we own a very fat cat named Simone.
Yes, the red head in the corner over there. Can't you see how
happy I am that I am a part of this great program? You can
wish you were me. It's ok.
Oh, why the
dragon? Only my family and friends really know why...
This website will be updated daily (or whenever I can get to a phone
jack) while I am in Japan.
Please check back to read new things every day.
a website? Well, as part of my follow-on project, I decided
that my students, friends, family, co-workers, and those in the community
should be able to see and read what I will be going through. I
wanted them to "be there with me" so to speak. With a website,
I can update it from Japan almost daily so that no one could miss out
on the adventure.
My main vision is that with this site, I can write, add
links, lesson plans, pictures, videos, and other goodies that
everyone can use. On each page, with the exception of the blog,
I will add common knowledge information about Japan. I will then
add my own observations on the subject(s). I know that this site
is dedicated to Japan but, as teachers know, we always take information
and tailor it to what we are teaching. Feel free to take and use
my ideas and words but please, do not use the pictures or videos without
my consent. Please email me - more than likely there won't be
a problem but I would like to know how you plan to use the photos and
hope that everything on this site can be of some use to you. If
you have ideas or would like to ask any questions, please feel free
to email me. There are little icons on the left menu - click there.
Again, thank you for your time!
like to thank the following people for their support during this time...
Without these guys, I would have been a "hot mess".
my wonderful husband - He is amazing (he cooks me dinner!!!) and without him, I would
have never eaten sushi. Oh, and I can't forget Dusty who
allow me to sleep in late if her little kitty life depended on it.
Diane, Kathy, & Po - The lovely ladies at the county office
who not only gave me the knowledge and the know how to use technology
properly and effectively in class but they also are my Harry Potter
Support Group. Thanks ladies!
Paul & Ed - The tech guys at school who patiently
answered all my questions and helped me start my first website.
They also fixed my computer every time I would do something to make
it "go crazy". Thanks!
Sandra B. - Look at me, I'm Sandra B.! I found her
because someone told me that she had gone on the JFMF trip in 2003.
She has been nothing but a blessing and I wish she was going on this
trip with me. Thanks Sandy... wait - am I thanking myself here?
Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund Program
- Thank you for the opportunity that you havve given me. This can
only lead to bigger and better things for me, my students, and those
around me. I am so excited that I can barely stand it.
Oh, and they probably think I forgot them but thanks to my family
and friends for their support. I know I've been crazy lately
but you'll still love me. :)