After teaching in Wuhan fomr 1997-98, Michelle returned to the States and had the distinct pleasure of spending all but two weeks of her tenure as PiA Program Director (1998-2000) in the Dillon Court trailers. She then went on to Columbia University’s Teachers College to become what Carrie referred to as a “real” teacher. Since graduating in 2001, Michelle taught in Brooklyn, Greenwich, Connecticut, and is now teaching at a private school in Danville, California. One aspect of teaching at an independent school that Michelle loves is that she is able to use her Asian Studies degree and experience in China to teach courses such as Ancient Chinese History, Chinese Literature, and Modern Chinese History. While China has been a clear focus of Michelle’s, she recently had the opportunity to go back to her home country, the Philippines, for the first time in 20 years. She had an amazing time reconnecting with family and the Philippines itself, and she plans to return for an extended period of time in the near future. In the mean time, Michelle is still getting accustomed to life on the West Coast. Among other aspects of living in New York, Michelle misses the many opportunities to meet other PiA alum—from interviews to breast cancer fundraisers and other impromptu get-togethers. While there have been a few Bay Area PiA alumni functions, Michelle hopes to get in on the planning. Karaoke anyone?