Happy Memories and "Thank you all!"
(photo by Prof. Levin: June 2006)
Thank you for being there to support me at the ceremony! Mikiko Imamura-Seyller sensei ｍ→Department Chair Carlos Gomez→ Professor Monique Atkins.
Mikiko-Sensei passed away two years later,
Monique had her house burned down in the San Diego Fire in the fall that year 2006.
I hope she is well! Carlos retired the following year.
I can't say enough how much I appreciated your friendship as
2006 was the most difficult year in my life.
My deep appreciation also goes to the following inspiring teachers whose kind heart still remains in my heart when I look back upon my life in the US: Takako Izumi sensei, Mikiko Imamura sensei, Poet/Professor Steve Kowit, Prof. Manuel Cortes, Dr. Carlos Von Son. I miss them all! My big thank you also goes to Dr. Dan McLeord, Professor Emeritus at SDSU, the most important person for the initial support via SDSU.. The classroom was my favorite place where I could be myself. My most active period was at Palomar College (1999 - 2015) after my life was spent in the college classrooms in Japan and San Diego. Students were my Takara. I had the pleasure of winning the Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching perhaps recommended by the students I taught and took to Japan?). I was also recognized the following year 2007 by the Board of Directors of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce as Palomar college's Most Distinguished Faculty the following year. Wonderful Memories!