Janina is a teacher. During her thirty plus years here in Kobe she has taught at an English conversation school in a corporate setting, an elementary and junior high school, in a preschool and daycare, and at a university. In 2005, with just ¥200,000, she opened a small English classroom to supplement her university work. Eighteen years later this classroom is now (Kobe Bilingual School,*) a thriving bilingual international elementary school, kindergarten and licensed daycare, supported by a happy motivated team of teachers and staff who teach resilience and a love of learning to a diverse group of talented and creative children. Janina is also the proud mother of two resilient and talented grown-up bilingual children.