My name is Irene Somyk. I lived 3 years in northeast China and 17 years in Kyoto, Japan. I taught English in both places, and taught myself Chinese and Japanese in my spare time. I received my BA in East Asian Studies from SUNY Albany and my MA in Chinese Pedagogy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

I am certified to teach Chinese and Japanese in six states, K-12 for most states, and 7–12 in many. I have been teaching at Proximity Learning for five years, and I teach Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. I love being outside and being active. I love riding my bike all over Baltimore.

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