Shizuha is a Residential Assistant and Ethics and Leadership teacher at SEGL in South Africa. she was born and raised in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the United States, where she studied government and gender, conducted original research in New York City, studied abroad in Denmark, and earned a Freeman Asian Scholarship (a merit-based full tuition award given to one “exceptionally able” student from each of 11 Asian countries). She is a Board Member of the Ryugaku Fellowship, a non-profit Japanese organization dedicated to “empowering youth and making global education more accessible to schools in Japan.” She also designs curricula, mentors students, and fundraises for the Ryugaku Fellowship. In her spare time she teaches and practices Japanese drumming, and enjoys hiking.