Sanae received her first M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Puerto Rico (1994), and a second M.A. and a Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy from the Ohio State University (1997, 2004). She held a position as an Educational Exchange Program (EEP) Lecturer and taught Japanese at the University of Puerto Rico for three years, where she was the first teacher ever to teach Japanese. Sanae taught at the Middlebury College Japanese Language School for eight summers between 1994-2004 and served as an assistant director of the Japanese School in 2004. She held a position as an Assistant Professor and taught Japanese and linguistics at University of Kansas from 2004 until the spring of 2010, before returning to Middlebury in 2010 as the director of the School in Japan. Sanae loves jogging and learning foreign languages.