Meet Our Staff: Mori no Ike | Concordia Language Villages

Meet Our Staff: Mori no Ike

​Meet the Deans

Hanna Hana Brandt

Hanna Hana Brandt is dean of Mori no Ike (first half), the Japanese Language Village. Hana has been with Concordia Language Villages for 21 years as a counselor, credit teacher, and abroad program leader. This is her 9th year as dean. She is currently the academic year program Leader for Japanese youth, adult and family programs. Hana was a villager at Lac du Bois for four years before joining the Mori no Ike community.

Hana earned her B.S. in Japanese language from Georgetown University. She also has a M.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a license in Japanese language and culture education from the University of Minnesota. ​She currently teaches Japanese at Harding High School, an IB school in St. Paul, Minn. Hana has spent over three years studying and working in Japan.

Along with her husband, Hana also leads a family-week program at Camp Manito-wish YMCA in Northern Wisconsin.

Jack Tamaki Shimizu

Jack Tamaki Shimizu is dean of Mori no Ike (second half). 2020 is Tamaki’s 11th year on staff at Mori no Ike, and he has also held leadership positions as Two-Week Curriculum Facilitator and Credit Facilitator. This is also his 4th year as dean. Tamaki also previously attended Concordia Language Village’s Japanese program as a two-week villager, credit villager and credit abroad villager in Japan.

In his home state of Virginia, Tamaki earned his Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary with dual majors in Psychology and East Asian Studies. During his undergraduate studies, Tamaki also studied abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He went on to earn a Master's in Japanese Language and Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, with a focus on pedagogy and sociolinguistics. During both his undergraduate and graduate years, Tamaki spent many semesters in his universities’ Japanese classrooms as a teaching assistant and later as an independent instructor of his own Japanese courses.