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Suzanne and Hide in Tokyo
Welcome! Bienvenue! Wilkommen! Youkoso!
My name is Suzanne Bonn. My parents decided to give me a name that could easily be pronounced in English, French, German, and Hungarian because of my parents' backgrounds.

I was born in
Windsor, Ontario, Canada. My mother Gabriella is a retired lawyer, my father Gordon is a scientist who works for the Florida Department of Agriculture, and my younger brother Geoffrey is a university student and future financial planner. Starting at age 4, I attended a French elementary school (K-8); in other words, I grew up bilingually. Here's an interesting fact about me: I have dual citizenship; I am Canadian and American.

At age 13, I left my home in Canada and attended
Interlochen Arts Academy, a private boarding high school in Interlochen, Michigan focused on the arts and college preparatory education. There, I majored in visual arts and studied photography and weaving. I graduated from high school in 1994 and went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I double majored in French and German Linguistics. I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany in 1996-1997, and I graduated from university in 1998.

After university, I worked at a translation company
The GEO Group in Madison, Wisconsin.

After realizing that translation was not my calling in life, I decided to go to graduate school. I went to the
Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California where I received my Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2001.

After receiving my MA, I taught ESL full-time at
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan from 2001-2003 and taught EFL at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nisshin, Japan from 2003-2007 and at Sugiyama Jogakuen University in Nagoya, Japan from 2007-2009. I am currently teaching at Nanzan University in the Department of British and American Studies. I have been teaching ESL/EFL  part-time and full-time for over 14 years! I truly enjoy teaching English to non-native speakers. I especially enjoy teaching at the university and college levels.
On a personal note, I have been living in Nagoya, Japan for over six years. I have a wonderful Japanese man in my life named Hidenori. I call him Hide which is pronounced "Hee-day". We have been together for over four years, and got engaged in November 2008. No wedding date has been set at this point. He works for Japan's largest logistics company, Nippon Express in its Dry Cargo Imports Customer Service Department at Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). Hide and I love to travel; he has been to 45 countries and I have been to 46 (we are in competition!). We have travelled to the U.S., Bahamas, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, Singapore, and Palau together.
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Created: September 6, 2006
Last updated: March 16, 2009