SET-J (Sending Educators to Japan)

Organizers: Hitomi Kaido, Ai Hashimoto, Miwa Raita

“Sending Educators To Japan” (SET-J) is a PTO program that offers Lawrence school educators an opportunity to participate in a short trip to Japan.  The program has been sending a selected Lawrence School teacher to Japan each year since 2002. Funding for the trip is provided by the Lawrence PTO.

Teachers who have participated in this program were able to observe the Japanese educational system in various settings and experience Japanese culture firsthand.  Upon returning, they  have shared their experiences and discoveries with the Lawrence community, thus giving our community a glimpse into another society as well.

We know that this experience has been enriching for the teachers who have made the trip, and believe that colleagues, students and community members back at Lawrence have benefited from it too.

Check out the SET-J Blog at, and contact with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Click here to download the Power Point Presentation. If you are not able to view this presentation, please email Harold Price for more download options.

Grant recipients

(click the links to see available blogs and reports)

2019-20 Ms. Gabby Mahesh (Special Education)
2018-19 Mr. Jon Weingberger (4th grade)
2017-18  Ms. Katy McGraw (Math specialist)
2016-17     Ms. Jessica Gordon  (Kindergarten)
2015-16     Ms. Terry Jewell (Literacy specialist)
2014-15     Ms. Keryn Gannon (2nd grade)
2014-15     *Ms. Maggie Russell (2nd grade) *BEF’s Adam Russell Gelfand Award
2013-14     Ms. Dianne Muendel (Literacy Specialist)
2012-13     Ms. Emily Romm (ELL)  Read Ms. Romm’s trip report.
2011-12     Mr. Ryan Keser (7/8th grade, Science)
2010-11     Ms. Kirsten Alper (Computers)
2009-10     Mr. Greg Porter (5th grade)
2008-09     Ms. Kris Frye (1st grade)
2007-08     Ms. Jill Puleo Demsey (2nd grade)
2006-07     Mr. Mark McAneny (4th grade)
2005-06     Ms. Erica Cifrino (PE)
2004-05     Ms. Dominique Ferdinand (Kindergarten)
2003-04     Mr. Jeremy Ward (3rd grade)
2002-03     Ms. Pamela Charpentier (6th grade, Social Studies)