Colleen Lee-Hayes teaches Japanese in a public high school in Coquitlam (Vancouver) BC Canada. At age 17 she told her educator parents that she’d never be a teacher...and look where she is now! Her classroom is her laboratory and her teaching is a ‘hybrid’ of methodologies as she seeks to find what resonates with her students. Colleen tells her classes that her goal as a teacher is to help them develop the skills (& courage) to use their language in the ‘real world’. She blogs regularly and credits her involvement with the #langchat PLN for the evolution of her teaching. Colleen holds Bachelor degrees in Asian Studies/Japanese & Education and an MBA in Finance & Marketing. She has been a moderator with #langchat since 2013 and has presented locally/provincially in Canada as well at ACTFL.