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.
Nagano, 2015 - 2017
Ashley was an ALT in Ueda-shi from 2015 - 2017 who taught senior high school and special needs students. During her time in Japan she was both her prefecture's AJET Vice President, and the national AJET Block 3 Representative. When she wasn't busy helping with events, she participated in her school's tea ceremony club and hosted dinner parties for her friends.
After returning to Nashville in 2017, Ashley joined Music City JETAA's executive board as their Event Coordinator. Her goals now as President are to assist upcoming and returning JETs and to organize events that further strengthen the US and Japan friendship at a grassroots level.
Ashley currently works at the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville as their Social Media Manager. She can be reached at
Amanda Cantrell, Vice 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.
Amanda currently works at Nissan North America in Franklin, TN.
Nagano, 2014 - 2017
Cheryl is a newly-returned JET who worked for three years as a junior high school ALT in Shiojiri City, Nagano. During her time there, she served as a member (and eventually president) os Nagano AJET, as well as became a Nagano Block Leader. In her free time, she traveled all over Japan and Asia, and hopes to continue her travels in the future.
After returning to the US, she moved to Tullahoma, TN where she now teachers 8th grade Language Arts at a small but fantastic middle school. She works hard to include things she's learned in Japan and other countries in her lesson plans and hopes to begin a Japanese Club at her school next year. She's looking forward to getting to know everyone in the JETAAMC community.
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.
Social Events Coordinator
Hyogo, 2016 - 2018
Originally from Chattanooga, Alyssa was a JET from 2016-2018 in Toyooka (Hyogo prefecture). She taught at Toyooka SHS, a MEXT-designated science specialty high school. Toyooka (豊岡) and the Hyogo area are famous for their beef and sake but did you know that this region is also home to the San’in Kaigan Geopark? As a member of the Toyooka SHS staff, Alyssa worked with the geopark, assisting with high school research projects, trips and a summer camp. She also spent some time learning ikebana (生け花), or flower arrangement.
Alyssa’s vision as Social Events Coordinator is to find new ways to connect people of all ages and backgrounds in the Music City area to Japanese Culture. Whether you’re a fan of spring cherry blossoms, delicious Japanese food, or are interested in learning more about JETAA and JET, please come see us! If you have any ideas, comments or questions about events, please let her know.
Ishikawa, 2010 - 2013
After graduating from Macalester College with a degree in Japanese and Cognitive Linguistics, Joanna became an ALT and Prefectural Advisor in Kahoku from 2010 until 2013. She taught at a junior high school and two elementary schools. She also co-led the city's adult eikaiwa classes and the annual summer city-wide elementary school English camp.
After returning to the United States, she worked for three years as an Expatriate Support Specialist and Senior HR Generalist for a Japanese-owned auto parts manufacturer. She currently works as a Project Consultant at Vanderbilt University and is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.
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
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 for about three years. JET Program Coordinator at the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville from September 2012 through September 2015.
Currently an entrepreneur out to help others learn Japanese and advance their careers. You can also find me at my website, johnsensei.com.