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Megumi Smith has been volunteering with YOLA at HOLA since the day the program started in the fall of 2010. She fills in wherever she is needed most, subbing when a teacher is out, helping at break time and supporting the teachers in their classrooms. Megumi is also the reason that HOLA was lucky enough to have the Fukushima TV Junior Orchestra visit YOLA at HOLA this summer. Always with a big smile on her face, Megumi has become a regular fixture at YOLA at HOLA. She loves being around the kids and the kids clearly love her. Having arrived from Tokyo six years ago speaking no English, today she teaches music at two schools, teaches an after-school music program at the UCLA Lab School, gives private percussion, drumset and piano lessons and works as an assistant in a local Japanese school. Megumi spends her spare time (whatever there might be) gigging around town.


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