A native of Toronto, Amy first became enamored with Japan after two years of teaching English to over 12,000 junior high students across Kanazawa, as well as studying judo and performing in an all-female taiko troupe. After returning to North America, Amy worked for many years as a museum exhibit designer and project manager in Hawai’i and San Francisco before finding her way back to travel and education. Along with creating itineraries and coordinating the operations of educational cruises, she has lectured on ships in Japan and Southeast Asia, co-led groups to Japan and Mexico, and conducted field research in Japan, China, and South Korea. In addition to her passion for travel, Amy is fascinated by the interplay between language, thought, and behavior. She holds her master’s degree in English language education, and teaches at universities and community colleges in northern California. Amy loves sharing her enthusiasm for culture and language with guests, and delivers lectures on everyday life, language, and cultural history.