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For additional information about my work, career and my proud 1st’s in Japan…


I was featured in the Tokyo Journal, a leading Japanese English magazine as

   “One of 50 foreigners who had made a difference” in Japan. 




  • Bachelors of Art  Fine Arts, University of California at Los Angeles

  • UC Education Abroad Program Participant   International Christian University in Tokyo

  • The 1st UCEAP student approved to pursue Independent Research abroad

  • California Standard Elementary Teaching Credential   K-9 Life Credential

  • Masters of Arts  Multi-Cultural Education, University of San Francisco

  • Bilingual Specialist Instruction Credential  (English/Japanese) University of San Francisco

  • Tokyo Ningyo Gakkuin  Doll-making Certificate, 1st degree

  • Certificate of Recognition from Mayor of Ventura for Ocean Songs and Year-Round Beauty artworkfor the City of Ventura’s Utility Box Community Art Project.




Alphabet City Cuts  Library of Congress

Creative fine motor/phonics cuts manual: cutting, tearing, folding techniques. Upper/lowercase alphabet songs.


Teri’s Magic Scissors Series  Iwasaki Publishers

This 3 book series on Scissor Education and free-hand cut-paper  techniques. Awarded placement in nationwide libraries in Japan.


The Adventures of Shiny and Sparkle  ALC Publishers  Picture book with cassette

Bilingual book/cassette based on my concept design for Nihonbashi Takashimaya’s SPACE 5 Children’s Floor, the 1st department store to do a complete renewal of a children's floor based on a story.


I CAN Series  Britannica, Japan

Multi-media English language program for children. The program concept was based on traditional Japanese children’s songs and stories. 4 picture books, 4 videos, 4 cassettes.


Playtime for Toddlers  Benesse Corporation

The 1st English multi-media educational product for toddlers in Japan.

DVD/CD/Board Books. Over 65,000 copies sold the first year.


Ookina Poketto  Kirigami Chokin   Fukuinkan Publishers

 Free-hand cut-paper story for monthly journal for elementary students.


Bilingual Action Apron Theater  Meito Publishers

 1st bilingual Action Apron Theater and CD for ECE educators and children. The apron included puppets, a bilingual teacher manual, a small fishing pole, manipulative to teach colors, numbers, fruits, vegetables, and shapes.




Songwriter,Vocalist,Narrator,Jacket Cover Design

  • All We Need  Nippon Columbia

  • Mrs. Santa Series, Thanks Santa  Nippon Columbia and TKM Productions

  • Teri’s Happy Animals  Nippon Columbia and Meito Publishers

  • Mama to Asobo  Nippon Columbia

  • Doki Doki Family  Nippon Columbia and Meito Publishers

  • Playtime for Toddlers. Benesse Corporation

  • Kawaii Eigo no Uta Nippon Columbia

  • Yasashii Eigo no Uta Nippon Columbia



  • Yume no Yochien  lyrics, Teri Suzanne  Music, John Davis  100 Year Commemoration Preschool Song

  • Te wo Tsunago  Familiar company song   Lyrics, Teri Suzanne Music, Kan Ogasawara

  • Oji-chan Oba-chan Daisuki   Lyrics, Teri Suzanne  Music, John Davis  2nd Place, All Japan Songwriter Contest

  • Magic Words    Department Store Theme Song   Lyrics, Teri Suzanne  Music: Makoto Yamamoto

  • The Future’s in Our Hands  Lyrics, Teri Suzanne, Kunimi, Mayuka  Music: Steve Tootell  Theme song for World Junior Chamber of Congress Convention for Children in the UK.





  •  Schoolarts   US Art educator magazine, Scissors: More Than A Cut Above  article

  •  Akachan to Mama (Baby and Mother)  Writer/Illustrator  for magazine and website

  •  Teri’s Oyeah! Ko Memories, Teri’s Super Bonding   Illustrator/writer for 7 years 

  •  All Japan Childcare Association Journal  Hello from America columnist 2013-present. Monthly Japanese journal  for 10,000+ childcare professionals, pediatricians, principals, nurses, dentists, government officials. 

  •  Hoiku no Hiroba (Children’s Playspace)   Meito Publishers  Collaborated with daughter to create monthly ECE  art education ideas for teachers.

  •  Japan Journal of Well-being   All Japan Childcare Association  Teri’s Talk, Author/illustrator for monthly column  for childcare/healthcare professionals for 15 years.

  •  Mainichi Elementary Student Newspaper Hocus Pocus Ookoku Created the 1st 2-page weekly bilingual,  illustrated columns for  nationwide newspaper for elementary students, followed by 2 other popular columns for  Middle School students.





  • Department Head of the National Children’s Castle’s International Department

  • 1st foreign, female Department Head for a government foundation under Japan’s Ministry of Health & Welfare.

  • Artistic Conceptual Advisor for the Japan’s 1st department store Children’s Floor renewal at the Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store in Tokyo.

  • Author/Curriculum Developer  “Action 8, Dosa de Manabu”  NHK Software, Image Science collaboration.

  • Action/8 Senses/Learn by Doing, selected from 90 proposals, was awarded the Ministry of Science/Education’s 1st government contracted Interdisciplinary Internet English Program mandated nationwide.

  • Consultant to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Science and Education, and the Ministry of Health and Welfare.  Served on municipal and governmental panels for issues relating to children, parenting, education, inclusion, city planning, transportation, volunteering and creativity.

  • Chief Advisor, Japan’s Science and Education Ministry’s National Children’s Centers

  • 1st foreign female appointed Chief Advisor to Director of 14 National Children’s Centers.

  • Consultant, Co-Author for Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education

  • Family Education Booklet to improve communication between Junior High School parents/students.





Lead Actor for Children’s Television Programs

NHK’s 1st all-English summer pre-school educational television special, Teri’s Magic Scissors.

Ministry of Science/Education Children’s Broadcasting Network’s Saturday program, Let’s  Open the Door.

SkyPerfecTV!  Mrs. Santa’s Doki Doki Family  1st daily bilingual family program.


Lead Actor, Director, Producer of 150 Bilingual Family Theater and Family Disco productions on Japan’s 1st theater-in-the round, the Aoyama Round Theater at the National Children’s Castle. Created PAG, Performing Arts Group, to train children aged 4-12 for bilingual stage performances.


Consultant, Translator, Voiceover Actor for numerous works including: Ehon-ya, iTunes App. The 1st trilingual App (English, Japanese, Chinese) of famous children’s stories illustrated by Japanese artists, and GYRO’s Ego-Ryokosha Bilingual ESL iPhone, iPad, iPod App for Japanese adults.




  • Professional Development Seminars/Workshops   California, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China

  • Otis College of Art and Design, Instructor and Lecturer

  • LAUSD Goethe International Charter School Teacher

  • City of Ventura Office of Cultural Affairs, Guest Artist for 100+ Children’s Celebration of the Arts multi-cultural Kirigami classes for TK-6th grades in the Ventura School District. 

  • Port Hueneme and Oxnard School Districts   K-9 Substitute teacher

  • San Francisco Unified School District, Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program Kindergarten educator and K-6 Bilingual Curriculum Developer.

  • International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo  Kindergarten Teacher

  • American School in Japan Nursery Kindergarten, Tokyo  Kindergarten Teacher

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