Armanda Gossuin grew up in Oregon and attended the first public Japanese
immersion elementary school in the United States. Her early studies of Japanese
led to a passion for Japan and Japanese culture that influenced her academic work
in college and graduate school. Armanda graduated from Occidental College,
where she studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan and conducted research on Japanese art
as an intern at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
After college, Armanda travelled to the United Kingdom and completed a master’s
degree in art history at Oxford University. Her research interests included material
culture studies and museum studies. When her course finished, Armanda moved to
Japan, where she studied Japanese and taught various subjects at high schools and
colleges. She then spent a couple of years in Malaysia before returning to the
United Kingdom in 2015.
Armanda has worked with students in every country she has visited. She has taught
English as a second language, art history, English composition, and SAT
preparation courses. She specializes in assisting students with their college
applications and has completed training in college counseling with the University
of California Los Angeles’s college counseling program. Convinced that students
can achieve great things if they believe in themselves, Armanda strives to create a
supportive learning environment that builds up her students’ confidence.
In her free time, Armanda enjoys traveling, studying French, baking cakes, and
spending time with her family. She has a two-year-old son and can often be found
on a slide at the park or in her living room building duplo castles.