Pitzer Spotlights

Traci Kutaka ‘06, Fulbright Teaching English as a Foreign Language in South Korea

Traci Kutaka
Traci Kutaka '06 will be teaching English in South Korea

A native of Hawaii and a psychology major at Pitzer, Traci Kutaka views learning about other cultures as a precious cycle of reciprocity. “I hope to enter Korea not only as a teacher, but as a student of my peers, of my pupils, of my host family, and of a culture that has much to offer the world,” Kutaka said.

Kutaka said that the opportunity to experience and learn about other cultures has fueled her passion for teaching art history, poetry and analytical writing. While at Pitzer, she completed an internship program in London where she worked with children with multiple learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder.

Pitzer College and Southern California introduced Kutaka to a large Spanish speaking population. She found that reading books to her assigned ESL student in the Jumpstart Program bridged the gap between cultural and linguistic worlds.

In South Korea as an art history enthusiast and teacher, Kutaka will use her non-teaching time to conduct a research project on the revitalization of traditional Korean painting styles. Her passion for the painting of Song Soo-Ryan whose work is reflective of Lao Tzu’s philosophies has inspired her artistic direction since observing her exhibition at the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center.

—Susan Andrews