Faculty

Discipline: All


HINAKO TAKAHASHI-BREINES
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Takahashi-Breines holds a BS in Biology from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. After working in marketing in both Japan and the US, she moved to the US to work on her graduate studies in Second Language Education. She earned a MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from University of New Mexico. Her studies focused on Second Language Education and Bilingual Education. She was an Elementary School teacher in New Mexico for over 10 years. She also taught Undergraduate and Graduate Education classes, and worked for a School Reform Consulting Organization as a Literacy Specialist. She is Japanese native, lived in Spain in her teenage years, and then as an adult, lived almost 20 years in the US. As a result, she is tri-lingual, fluent in Japanese, Spanish and English.

NORIKO TANABE
Location: Japan
Ms. Tanabe earned her bachelor's degree in language and literature from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan, and received a certificate in the teaching of Japanese from Kokusai Kaiwa Gakuin, also in Tokyo. She began teaching with the Asian Division in 1989 after conducting Japanese language classes at the Tokyo Culture Center and for officers and enlisted personnel at Yokosuka Naval Base. Ms. Tanabe also has experience in teaching Japanese life and culture to members of the Yokosuka military community through base-sponsored programs.

RICK TANNEY
Location: Korea
Mr. Tanney was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1948 and has also lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Germany, Texas, and Maine. He is a retired US Army Behavioral Sciences Non-Commissioned Officer and holds several degrees including: a BA in English from The Ohio State University, a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland University), and an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. Currently, Mr. Tanney is working on a dissertation on the effect of familiarity factors on the perception of relative nearness in map space to complete a PhD in Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine. His extensive teaching experience includes having taught computer science since 1985 and philosophy since 1997. Mr. Tanney joined UMUC Asia in the summer of 2010 teaching in Korea.

RAY THOMPSON
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Thompson holds a B.A. in biology and science education from the University of South Florida and an M.Ed. in science education and marine biology, also from the University of South Florida. He took additional graduate training in chemistry, geology, and oceanography from the University of South Florida and other institutions. Mr. Thompson taught at the middle school level in Florida and has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Torrejon, Spain; Iraklion, Crete; Yokosuka, Japan; SHAPE, Belgium; and at the Daegu American School in Korea. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1995 and taught in Yokosuka, Japan and more recently in the Daegu, Korea area.

MICHAEL TISHER
Location: Japan
Mr. Tisher received his B. S. in computer science and earned two M.S. degrees in mathematics, one from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and another from Louisiana State University. Mr. Tisher has taught mathematics at Louisiana State University and at McNeese State University. In the latter university, he taught not only to college students but also to children in a developmental math program, and has also worked as a counselor and administrator in a program for gifted children. He has had experience in the scheduling and executing of computer tape and print jobs at the Exxon Computing Services Center in Houston and has experience in the editing and revising of math textbooks. Since joining UMUC Asia in 1999, Mr. Tisher has taught in various locations in Japan and in the online learning program, and received the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.

MIEKO TOMA
Location: Okinawa
Ms. Toma received her B.A. in Asian Studies from UMUC Asia, with an emphasis on the courses in Okinawan and Ryukyuan culture and history made available to UMUC students on Okinawa. Subsequently she earned a certificate in teaching Japanese as a foreign language from the International Center of Language and Culture. Ms. Toma also completed historical guide training offered through the Okinawa Tourist and Convention Bureau. She joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1987 and has taught courses in Japanese language and culture regularly at all UMUC locations throughout Okinawa.