Special Project: Japanese Brazilian school counselor

Steven Ono immigrated to the United States at age 11. Music helped him through the struggles of learning English and figuring out the school system. Twenty years later he is in his first year as a school counselor at a Bellevue middle school. He hopes to become the kind of counselor he needed as a student.

Mr. Ono becomes the school counselor he needed

Steven Ono

“If I did have a counselor who was Japanese from Brazil and he was my middle school counselor, I think I would have had more questions answered then I had at the time. And I think that’s what every student wants is to have somebody that can answer those questions.”

Saxophone recording session with a middle school counselor

Ann Kane recording Steven Ono playing the saxophone.
Ann Kane records middle school counselor Steven Ono in her living room. October 21, 2014

Ann Kane stands on a chair to get the best recording of Steven Ono playing ‘Wade in the Water’  on his saxophone.

Japanese Brazilian becomes the middle school counselor he needed as a young immigrant

RadioActive Reporter Ann Kane interviews Japanese Brazilian middle school counselor Steve Ono in Seattle.

Ann Kane interviews Steven Ono, Japanese Brazilian middle school counselor in Seattle. October 21, 2014

RadioActive Reporter Ann Kane interviews Japanese Brazilian middle school counselor Steve Ono in Seattle. He has become the counselor he needed as an 11-year-old immigrant to the U.S.

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