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Yukiko Yamada Schrock

​​Founded Japanese program at Whitney Young Magnet High School in 2000 and taught for 17 years. During the tenure years, I have taken my students to Japan every other year through an exchange study aboard program I developed with a high school in Yokohama. I have applied for and successfully received funds to support such programs internally and externally.  This is one example I accomplished based on my belief that foreign language learning is not, and should not be limited to the classroom.  The language learners should develop their interest and skills outside of the classroom in many different ways.  Therefore, I have also encouraged my students to participate in the speech contest, the Japan Bowl competition, and many other Japanese cultural events organized on- and off-campuses. 

My teaching philosophy is to develop joy in the learning process and to create life-long language learners through an attachment to the culture.


  • ​M.A. Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University, May 2000
  • B.A. Elementary Education, Northeastern Illinois University, December 1997
  • Undergraduate credits at Indiana University,  Bloomington, 1980-1982

Conference Presentations

  • ​2016 November     “Using Films and TV Dramas for Authentic Learning of Culture and Language”(Co-presented with Fukumi Matsubara and Joanne Quimby) in ACTFL Annual conference, Boston, MA.
  • 2012 November     “Articulating Online Resources for Thematic Units in the Japanese Classroom” (Co-presented with Yasuko Makita and Jeunghee Park) in ACTFL Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2010 November     “Lessons Using Smart Board” (Co-presented with Yasuko Makita, Ryoko Manabe and Jeunghee Park) in ACTFL Annual Conference, Boston, MA.


  • 2019-2020     Judge for Japanese speech contest for heritage speakers.
  • 2017     Served on the Bias Review committee by ISBE.
  • 2016     Planned and organized CPS Japan Fair for Chicago Public School students and families. 
  • 2003-2015     Planned and organized the Japan Day in Whitney Young Magnet High School.
  • 2009-2010     Served as a member of AP Curriculum Development Committee by College Board.
  • 2008     Hosted East Asia Fair 2008 co-sponsored by East Asian Department of University of Illinois and Indiana.
  • 2008-2015     AP Reader (worked as an evaluator on AP exam) for College Board.                          
  • 2004-2008     Chicago Public School (CPS) Consultants.
    • Worked as a member of Chicago Public School K-12 Curriculum Development and Writing Team under federal funding.
    • Co-wrote high school curriculum, skill mapping, learning scenarios and reference.
  • 2006     Presented draft stage of the above curriculum in ACTFL 2006 and International Japanese Teachers Conference at Columbia University in New York, NY.