Japanese Program Director
Phone: (801) 863-5650
Yasuko Saito is from Nagoya, Japan. She has taught Japanese at UVU since 2003 and served as the coordinator and now as the Director of the Japanese Program. Before her employment at UVU, she taught at Missionary Training Center of BYU and developed textbooks and training videos. She received her BA from Brigham Young University. She has lived in Indiana and in New Jersey, where she received her MA in Asian Studies with emphasis on Japanese language at Seton Hall University, and now lives in Utah. She loves traveling and has been to Asian, European and Central and South American countries as well as Canada and many parts of the United States.
She is preparing to offer a 5-week Study Abroad program in Japan beginning May, 2017. She is also in the process to offer two G/I courses of Japanese Culture and Civilization very soon: JPNS 251G taught in English and JPNS 351 G taught in Japanese.
Kyoko Herlevi is from Nagoya, Japan. She has taught Japanese at UVU since 2011. She received her BS in Math Education and MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on ESL from Utah Valley University. Before working for UVU, she taught Japanese at Lone Peak High School and she also taught Math at a private school. While she was working for the private school, she earned the Special Education (mild/moderate) endorsement. She has lived in Hawaii and Colorado Springs, where she received her BS in Computer Science at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She met her husband in the file structure class at UVU. She loves milk chocolates with almonds, strawberry and banana ice cream, and strawberry shortcakes.
Hillary Hideko Howell received MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and TESOL Certificate from Brigham Young University. She previously taught beginning Japanese at BYU as a graduate student as well as for Japan Society in New York City. She has worked as a patent translation (English to Japanese) reviewer/editor for over 10 years. She and her husband have six children. She loves tonkotsu ramen and okonomiyaki, and enjoys playing Scrabble.
Shizuka Purdon is from Kumamoto, Japan. She received her MM from Brigham Young University. She has taught Japanese at UVU since 2016. She has worked as a Japanese Teaching Assistant at Brigham Young University and as an instructional Designer Assistant in creating online Japanese courses at BYU independent Studies. She is also working as a Technical Linguist, translating for a website. She like to hike, travel, play her instruments, and try new restaurants.
Timothy G. Stout, EdD, lived in Japan for 20 years, and has taught Japanese language in public and private schools in the United States and Japan for over 20 years. While working at the American School in Japan he conducted original research on the use of keyword mnemonics in the instruction of Japanese. Stout earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University (2013), an MA in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University (2002) and a BA in Japanese Teaching from Brigham Young University (1994). He currently teaches Japanese and Chinese at Waterford School, as well as evening classes at UVU. He and his wife have five children. Stout is the author of Japanese Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners, Japanese Kanji for Beginners, and Tuttle Japanese for Kids Flash Cards.