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Dolphin Tales

A Tale from the US East Coast

Mari, Class of 1984, works as a Library Technical Assistant and fondly remembers the friendships nurtured at NIS.


Where are you living now? 
I live in Greenwich, CT which is about 45 minutes away from NYC and I've been living here since 1999.

What kind of work are you doing?
I am a Library Technical Assistant at my local library where I acquire and manage a large and diverse selection of Japanese materials.

What's the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days? 
Now that travel restrictions are being lifted, I am really looking forward to traveling overseas again!

Was there a teacher at NIS who stood out or had a positive influence on you?  
There are many teachers who made me who I am today but Ms. Duval and Mr. Kahlenbeck definitely had an impact on me.

What's your fondest memory from your time at NIS?  
I have many fond memories from NIS but I would have to say my school bus ride to/ from NIS would have to be my fondest. I was one of the first to be picked up and last to be dropped off so I remember chatting, laughing and listening to music with everyone from all different grades on the bus everyday.

What's the one thing you miss most about NIS? 
The one thing I miss most about NIS is the close friendship. Because NIS was a small school, we were very close. Even if you were in different grades or came from different cultural and economical backgrounds, we all were friends and that is a very special feeling.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for today's Dolphins? 
Be kind, be brave and spread the joy!