John Broman Grape City
Executive with MeySen Academy and Grape City
With a background in English as a second language (ESL), John Broman helps manage MeySen Academy in Sendai, Japan, and the affiliated software company Grape City. His experience as a K-6 teacher dates back to the early 1970s, and he became a vice principal of the school in 1980. In this position, John Broman manages operations and coordinates guest groups. As required, he takes on a substitute teaching role and also oversees the recruiting of additional ESL teachers. He helped launch the MeySen High School English Program in the late 1990s, which attracted evening students from the local community, and taught classes with the program during its first several years. Mr. Broman also has extensive experience overseeing MeySen Academy’s international student exchange program, which initially focused on the United States. Over a 30-year period, he facilitated overseas exchange programs for 7,500 students. He also instituted similar programs in Australia and Europe in 2002. Mr. Broman has taken a number of sabbaticals from his full-time teaching responsibilities with MeySen Academy and its sister company, Grape City. During the period from 1975 to 1992, he lived in countries such as Thailand, China, and India, where he immersed himself in the various languages and cultures.