About Daniel J. Stone
In 2004, I took a leap of faith and elevated my passion and interest of Japan and teaching to the next level as a participant on the prestigious Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program. As an English as a Foreign Language Teacher for three years, I was able to develop and perfect the skills necessary to become an instructor at junior high and elementary schools under the tutelage of Japanese Teachers of English in Kawaguchi City, Saitama, due north of Tokyo. After three-years of team teaching, I was able to experience several different teaching styles allowing me to take parts of the best teachers to make my own.
It was two long years since completing the JET Program before I received a classroom of my own in the era of the Great Recession of 2008. At Clemson University, one of the premier institutions of the Palmetto State, I was one of the founding instructors for a program that prepared graduate students that spoke English as a Second Language (ESL) for the rigors of Clemson graduate and doctoral programs. In doing so, I became the new Intensive English Program's (IEP) "go-to guy" not only with the other teachers and admin staff but as well as with the students. My strong belief system that promotes teamwork got the attention of senior management and after a year of teaching at Clemson, I was promoted to Director of the new IEP on the campus of Ohio Dominican University (ODU) in Columbus, OH.
In June 2010, I relocated from my home state of South Carolina to Ohio to start the Intensive English Program, ELS Language Center, on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. As founding director at Ohio Dominican Univ. (ODU), successes and challenges happened on a daily basis. In establishing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other necessary groundwork that is still being carried out in my departure, the following is highlighted:
The IEP at ODU passed a very critical accreditation under my direction justifying the IEP existence on the campus of ODU. To understand the degree of difficulty that this process was, the IEP at Clemson didn't pass its initial accreditation after I had already departed.
In addition to this, I created a business unit that ultimately became a head-to-head competitor with The Ohio State University's American Language Program. Never at any time in ODU's rich 100+ year history had the private Catholic school on Sunbury Road ever been in the same category as one of the largest public institutions in the US as head-to-head competitors.
Furthermore, I architected the expansion of the IEP to the ODU adult education building just off campus on Airport Road due to the popularity and success of the school that he managed.
How successful was it? The IEP was generating approximately $2 million annually on the campus of ODU. This calculation is based off of language student's tuition. However, the indirect revenue generated on the campus of ODU such as percentage payouts per the contract, fees for the dorms, meal plans, etc. are not included.
After four distinguished years at ODU as a director and graduate student, I graduated from ODU in May 2014 with a degree in Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
In June 2013, I wrote a marketing plan as part of my MBA which eventually became a full-fledged business plan. In November 2014, less than 18 months after putting my vision in writing, Two Birds One Stone Learning, LLC has become a reality.
In March 2014, I served as special consultant to a supplier to Honda by providing my unbiased account of Japanese engineering student's training at an area English school.
In January 2016, while my former work site, Clemson University was competing for the football national championship, Two Birds One Stone Learning had grown to double the enrollment of Clemson's enrollment when the school operated on the Clemson campus.
My wife and I have a home in Northwest Columbus. While I'm the "One Stone" of Two Birds One Stone Learning, the "Two Birds" are my wife, Mayuko and daughter, Madeline Ayako.
When I'm not busy with Two Birds One Stone Learning, LLC, I spend time serving at Columbus-area career centers as an English to Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) instructor for newly arrived immigrants, trailing spouses of automotive professionals "Honda wifes" and refugees. Since 2014, I have served as the Vice President representing the state of Ohio for the Great Lakes Chapter of the JET Alumni Association. In this role, I have mentored new teachers bound to Japan with training sessions and assists newly returned participants readjust to life in the US.
My key accomplishments include:
* Successfully rolled out one-of-a-kind standardized testing center in Central Ohio, International English Language Testing System. IELTS is an international standardized test of English proficiency used by international students for admission to universities in the US, and by international professionals for work and immigration purposes.
* Established two new schools for adults in South Carolina and Ohio, from fulfillment to investors and delivery of services to stakeholders. Main duties consisted of hiring and training instructional and administrative staff. Also, I oversaw the financial and day-to-day operations. My biggest accomplishment in this position was the successful facilitation of the accreditation process.
Honors and Awards
- Honorable Discharge, US Navy
- English in the Workplace (20-hours)
- Daily Life & Survival English Course (20-hours)
- TOEIC Test Prep Course (20-hours)
|January 2012 ‐ February 2014||MBA, Ohio Dominican University|
|September 2004 ‐ July 2007||Japanese Language, Bunkyo University|
|January 2000 ‐ December 2002||BA, California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|August 1997 ‐ May 1999||Grossmont College|
Teaching Works (3)
Elementary School Visits in Japan- English through games, listening and ...
Elementary School Visit in Japan- Shiba Elementary School, Kawaguchi City Board of Education, Saitama, Japan (2006)
Summary: In February 2006, I led a model lesson at one of the many elementary schools that I served at in ...
Research Works (6)
Featured Works (14)
Interview- John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange
Connect: A bi-monthly newsletter by the John-Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange (2005)
The John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange is a joint cultural exchange between the nations of the US and ...