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JETAAMC holds annual elections to choose its Board, which is responsible for getting the JET returnee community in touch with other returnees as well as locals and Japanese expatriates in its jurisdiction.


Amanda Cantrell, President

Ehime, 2015 - 2016

Amanda studied Organizational Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to graduation, she accepted an ALT position with the Jet program. She lived in Ehime Prefecture and worked with the Uchiko Town International Association and nine prefectural schools for one year.


Since returning to Nashville, Amanda has been active in JET recruiting and JETTA activities. She maintains her ties with Japan by keeping in touch with her friends in Ehime, sharing her stories with anyone she meets and frequently importing her favorite Japanese snacks.


James Shively,


Nagano, 2014 - 2017

As an Early Departure JET, James was an ALT on a small island of 8,000 people called Izu-Oshima from April 2015 to August 2018. Though receiving such a rural placement was a bit of a shock at first, he grew to love the island and became active in local sports teams, community events, and volunteer efforts to help foreign tourism on the island. He strongly encourages anybody who visits Japan and the Tokyo area to take the ferry to Oshima for a few days and enjoy everything the island has to offer.


In addition to his time on the JET program, James also has spent time studying abroad and experiencing a homestay in Osaka at Kansai Gaidai Daigaku. He regularly keeps in contact with his host family in Osaka as well as his friends in Oshima and hopes to visit them as much as possible. Since returning to the US, James began working as a salesman for Sato American Metal, INC. in Nashville, TN.


Frances Takemoto

Gunma, 2016 - 2018

Departing from Washington, D.C. shortly after graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from University of Maryland, College Park, Frances taught for 2 years as a 1st - 6th Grade ALT in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture (only 1 hour drive from her grandparents’ home!) She joined the local taiko drumming team, planned community outreach events with fellow JETs to promote international exchange, and chilled in Gunma’s famous onsens. Frances continued to teach abroad at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. 


Her interest in second language acquisition brought her Nashville, where she studies English Language Learning at Vanderbilt. Frances currently teaches K-2 multilingual learners at Nashville Classical Charter School. She is excited to join JETAAMC to practice Japanese and create a community for JET returnees, the local community, and Japanese expats!

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Tye Ebel,

Member Ex Officio

Kagawa, 2007 - 2010

Tye was born and raised in Chattanooga. After earning his undergraduate degree in International Studies at Elon University in North Carolina, he joined JET and worked for three years as an ALT in Kagawa Prefecture. Upon returning to North America, Tye earned a Master of Asia Policy from the University of British Columbia where he was active with the BC JETAA Chapter. He then spent a couple years traveling and working remotely before moving to Nashville in 2013. He has been an active JETAA member and has served as both Treasurer and Vice President in the Music City JETAA Chapter. Since September 2015, Tye has been the JET Program Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville. When not working in support of the JET Program, Tye likes to travel. To date he has visited nearly 90 countries spanning 6 continents. His last visit to Japan was in the fall of 2017 when he got the opportunity to introduce his wife, Sarah, to his former "hometown."


Contact Tye at

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John Gale,
Webmaster - Advisor

Kagawa, 2003 - 2006

John taught at two junior highs and one elementary school. Coached 25 speech contest students in three years and loved it. Went on to get JLPT Level 1 and an MA in Japanese. Worked in the auto industry at Japanese companies for about five years. JET Program Coordinator at the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville from September 2012 through September 2015.

Currently a Media Consultant for the Consulate. You can also find me at my website,

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