Leona Donaldson was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After Leona earned two degrees—one in Japanese and another one in Education—from two universities in Japan, she moved to Oregon and earned a master’s degree in Education at Portland State University. She is a certified teacher of Japanese and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Oregon. She taught Japanese at public high schools in Oregon. She moved to Philadelphia to pursue a PhD in the School of Education at Drexel University in 2016.


I am very excited to teach Japanese in Philadelphia. I am hoping to help more people get interested in Japanese language and culture. It is not easy to learn a foreign language, but I will do my best to create a fun class. I am looking forward to meeting you in class.

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