Teachers


Directors

Ingrid

Primary School Director

Ingrid

Greetings! I am Ms. Ingrid, an educator for almost six years in the field of Early Childhood. I was born and raised in Gingoog City in the Philippines. I hold a degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education major in Special Education from the National Teachers College. Becoming a primary education teacher has been my dream since I was a young girl. After gaining some years of practise at schools in the Philippines, I decided to move to Okinawa for three years and worked as a preschool teacher. Then she decided to continue her passion for education and joined the Marie International School in Aoyama. I believe that the most rewarding aspects of teaching are to have a combination of creativity, intellectual challenge, and fun, paired with the opportunity to create constructive changes every day. My role as a teacher is to help students view the world in a forward-looking attitude and find the potential they need to lead a successful life. Following children’s interests, supporting their ideas, fostering positive guidance, and letting them have the freedom to discover truths in their own ways are my main philosophical goals as an educator.

Preschool/Kindergarten Director

Chris

Hello everyone. I’m Mr. Harper. I was born and raised in Kansas City in the United States and have about ten years of teaching experience. I have a Bachelor degree in Health Science and Sport Fitness from the Texas State University in San Marcos. I have taught all ages from toddlers to adults. I spent 2 years teaching in Korea before moving to Japan to teach. For myself, teaching is more than just fun. I look at every child as a competent learner and consider teaching as a new and exciting way of discovering the world. It’s exciting and truly rewarding when you see a student understand what is being taught. It is one of the greatest aspects of being a teacher. I like to motivate all students by making the classroom an exciting and fun environment that is both stimulating, engaging and a place to keep students both challenged and interested.


Aoyama School

Jasmin

Primary School Teacher

Jasmin

Hello everyone! I’m Ms. Jasmin. I was born in the Philippines. I hold an Associate Degree in Comprehensive english course and have been teaching English for three years. Teaching English has been my passion. I love to see smiles on my students’ faces when they learn new things. Aside from simply teaching, I aim to instill good manners, and help them develop their talents and skills during these very important years of their lives. With this in mind, I am excited to create a fun, motivating atmosphere in which students can develop themselves for the future.

George

Primary School Teacher

George

Hello! My name is George and I am from England, U.K. I graduated with a degree in film from Exeter University. I have been teaching in Japan for around 4 years now. I started my career in education as an English teacher in Kobe, where I taught at elementary, junior high and senior high schools. This proved to be an invaluable experience for me as I gained not only an insight into all aspects of the Japanese education system, but I also learned about Japanese culture pragmatically. During this time I harnessed a real love and passion for education and encouraging young learners to achieve their best. Going forward my teaching philosophy is to build upon this further to broaden the minds of my students, enhance their international understanding and of course, assist in helping them achieve their dreams. I am so excited and privileged to call myself a teacher at Marie International School and to be able to impact the lives, even in a small way, of these brilliant students!

Lawrence

Primary School Teacher

Lawrence

Welcome to Marie international. I'm Mr. Lawrence and I've lived in Japan off and on for six years. I originally hail from the United States of America where I obtained a bachelor's degree in Japanese Studies. I recently graduated from Soka University with a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). I've also studied music extensively and am a credited performer in multiple musical works. My teaching experiences are primarily in English education and I've taught most levels from early elementary school to adult learners. I am especially interested in the development of young learners' abilities to self-regulate their learning. As such I completed my masters research on the topic of different happenings that allow learners to bring their learning beyond the classroom. I believe education is the foundation of society and that foundation is built on varied experiences. I myself grew up learning not only through the typical classwork but through my peers and activities. It is my desire to assist in providing a holistic education to students at Marie International. One where we learn not just though content but all of our daily experiences.

Janechin

Kindergarten (Big Kiddies) Teacher

Janechin

Hi, I’m Teacher Jane! I was born and raised in Davao City in the Philippines. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from San Pedro College. I am a registered nurse that also has IELTS certification. I have been teaching English in different age groups for 6 years and have been an Early Childhood Educator for two years now. I aim to foster young minds to be independent, to create a positive and well-balanced self-image, to instill learning habits and to adapt to new surroundings with a fun and nurturing atmosphere conducive to learning. I am a passionate reader. I believe that reading can widen the mind’s horizons and fully transform the view of the world. My goal is to use my experience and knowledge that reading has gifted me to expand children’s minds towards becoming tolerant, independent and competent learners. I am inspired by Plato’s teaching philosophy in which the teacher’s role is brought to leading, not directing. I am committed to providing funny and exciting activities as a way to encourage young minds to discover their educational potential.

Meg Albes

Kindergarten (Little Tikes) Teacher

Meg

Hello! I am Teacher Meg. I was born in Cavite in the Philippines then moved to Japan in my early twenties. As a certified TESOL teacher, I have decided to promote the importance of exposing children to English as a second language and committed myself to apply the holistic teaching approach to support children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. This is my seventh year teaching. I believe that teachers can make a difference and influence the lives of their students. As an educational mentor, I aim to encourage creating a positive attitude and finding meaning in life. Children should be appreciated for all improvements and initiatives. By teaching forgiveness, understanding, and healthy communication, I aim to influence children to resolve problems and issues, so they learn and let go of past hurts and open themselves to trust one another. Gentleness is the key.

Cindy

Preschool (Tiny Tots) Teacher

Cindy

Hi, I am Teacher Cindy. I was born and raised in Nueva Ecija province in the Philippines. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business and Economics from the prestigious University of the Philippines. After that, I decided to pursue my passion for education and gain experience of living internationally. I got accepted at Meiji University in Japan, and took the Global Japanese Studies Program, focusing on culture, art, business, society and globalization. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in 2020. Teaching kids has been the most fulfilling life’s experience for me. In my opinion, by observing, listening, questioning, and reflecting it is possible to identify and support a child’s strengths, needs, interest and development. In my free time, I like to dance and play the ukulele. I am passionate about the promotion of multiculturalism across Japan and the Philippines. I think that being absorbed in an activity that connects with other people is a secret of happiness.

Dianne Miriano

Admin Head

Dianne

Hi there! I’m Teacher Dianne! I was born in the Philippines and raised in Japan. I have a Bachelor degree in Science in Tourism from the University of Santo Tomas and have attended Professional Teacher Training Program; TAIP 2017~2019 Workshop; IB Online Workshop Leading early years in PYP schools Primary Years Programme; Reggio Emilia Approach seminar; Emergency Child Care First-aid and CPR. I have been an Early Education Teacher for six years. I love to provide guidance and mentorship to students to stimulate their proactive attitude towards life. I like to share my wisdom with a gentle passion and inspire students to search for true happiness beyond laughter. I believe that the most important thing to do is to love and care and be more kind to the people in your life. That is why while maintaining a fun and nurturing environment, I treat the students like my own and love them the way that you parents want for your child.

Yu

Japanese Teacher

Yu

私は神奈川県横浜市で生まれ育ちました。趣味は畑で野菜を作ることと料理です。特技は誰とでも分け隔てなく話すことです。人と話すことは簡単なようで実はとっても複雑な行為です。相手を喜ばせることもできるが、言葉を誤ってしまうと相手を気付つけてしまう可能性があります。だからこそ、言葉を上手に使えるようになることは生きていくうえで重要であると私は考えます。そこで、日本語のクラスでは、相手の気持ちを考え、自分の意思をはっきり伝えることができるようになることを目標とします。そのほかにも漢字や文章の作成、日本の文化などを幅広く取り入れた授業を展開していきたいと思います。よろしくお願いいたします。

I was born and raised in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. My hobbies are growing vegetables in the fields and cooking. A special skill is to talk to anyone without distinction. Talking to people seems easy, but it's actually a very complicated act. You can please the other person, but if you make a mistake, you may hurt the other person. That is why I think that being able to use words well is important for living. Therefore, in the Japanese class, the goal is to be able to think about the feelings of the other person and clearly convey one's intentions. In addition, I would like to develop lessons that incorporate a wide range of kanji, writing, and Japanese culture. Thank you.

Naoki

Art Teacher

Naoki

I believe art is a divine force for critical, creative action for life. Our class expects students to question without expecting an answer. Questioning in itself is the answer to it all. We will be experimenting with a variety of subjects within art making, from drawing to sculpture, creative writing to performance. Assignments in class will introduce basic knowledge of each field of art that is uniquely selected for the personality of the class. Most importantly, I expect the class to provide a safe environment for students to confidently question and share their interests regardless of the form of art in which each student creates. My professional research is on the ontology of Art, An intertwinement of Art and Everyday. I want to provide Art learning experience in motion with our current social, political and cultural background. I want students to take a closer look to the public, surroundings and find freedom within confinements. Creativity is not only to be completely free, but to work within rules at times.


SUKUGAWA SCHOOL

Primary School Teacher

Richard

Hello everyone! I’m Mr. Vidal. I was born and bred in Birmingham, UK. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. I also hold a Master’s level International Postgraduate Certificate in Education. I have been teaching now for close to a decade. I have experience teaching in London, Taiwan, China and Japan. During this time I have taught a wide range of learners. I taught students of all ages in Arida, Wakayama for one year. Following that experience I moved to Osaka to teach kindergarten, elementary school and high school students for five years. Teaching for me is more than just a career. We provide a safe environment for our students to express themselves and learn about the world around them. When I was a child, I was the one who always asked ‘why’. As a teacher I always aim to provide a fulfilling answer to students who ask me who, what, where, when or why something happens. I’m very passionate about learning and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with my students. Teaching young learners is not only about the subjects. We are raising the future generation, so it is our responsibility to ensure we pass on good manners and a thoughtful, respectful attitude.

Meghan

Primary School Teacher

Meghan

Hello, I’m pleased to meet you. My name is Meghan Carroll. I am originally from Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. I came to Japan 15 years ago to teach English, and have fallen in love with living here. Over the past 15 years of my teaching career, I have had many wonderful opportunities to work with all kinds of students and educational institutions. I am passionate about education, and consider myself a lifelong learner. I’m especially enthusiastic about teaching children. Their bright spirit cheers me up, and their curiosity inspires me to grow and and become the best teacher I can be. I am strongly committed to providing my students with the right educational as well as social tools, so that they can grow into their dreams and achieve their potential. I consider it a privilege to be a part of your child’s education and am so excited to be on this journey together!

Aarone

Kindergarten Teacher

Aaron

G’day mates! How’s it goin? I am Teacher Aaron. I was born in Esperance, Australia, I moved to Japan in my mid twenties. I have worked in many fields growing up and I use that knowledge in teaching. I have completed courses in Information Technology as well as teaching English as a second language. I have been teaching in Japan for more than a decade, I like to encourage independent thinking and creativity in my students. I want them to enjoy learning English while they are still young and able to gain the ability to use both their native language as well as English.

Kindergarten Teacher

Rechie

Good day everyone! I am Teacher Rechie and I am from the Philippines. I have a degree in Psychology and worked for 5 years as an HR- Human Resources professional. I have been teaching English for two years to different age groups here in Japan. As an educator, I aim to create an ideal, positive and comfortable environment for learning, safety, understanding and fun. I like to make my lessons where every student will be inspired to learn and encouraged to share their individual interests.

Janeen

Preschool Teacher

Janeen

Hi everyone! I am Ms Janeen, a licensed teacher, born in Bicol Region, Philippines. I hold a degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education from Bicol University, Legazpi City and Post Diploma of Early Childhood Education at the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City, Camarines Sur. For two years, I have been a school teacher in our hometown. Searching for a greener pasture, I was fortunate to teach in an International School for pre school age children in Singapore and for four years now, I continue to teach preschool children in Japan.

Photography, is one of my big passion. I love capturing nature, life and the genuine smiles of the people around me.

I am enthusiastic and dedicated in providing the best learning experience for my students. I do believe that every student is unique and watching them grow is a special experience. Being able to provide them with a strong foundation to pursue on their studies and continue to achieve their life goals means a lot to me.

Teaching is a lifelong love of learning and to be a good and efficient teacher, we must have the quality of being patient, having constant communication and love for young children.

Preschool Teacher

Saya Ota

Hello all, I am Teacher Saya. I was born and raised in Okayama prefecture. I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Otani University in Osaka. It has been my dream since I was a child to become a nursery teacher, and I am very happy to be involved with children every day. I believe that play provides children with the opportunity to gain social skills by interacting, collaborating and negotiating with others. By learning about the natural environment, they gain knowledge and appreciation for the world and find joy in seeing new things. I would like to grow together with the children. I do believe that every moment, and every new experience that I am exposed to, will have an impact on the rest of life.

Akane

Preschool Teacher

Akane

私はOide Akaneと言います。私は大学を卒業して幼稚園の先生と保育士をしていました。今は女の子2人のママで、子どもと遊ぶことが大好きです。日々の保育では、子どもたち一人ひとりの個性を大切にし、一緒に笑ったり喜んだり、気持ちを共有しながら、笑顔のあふれる毎日を送りたいと思っています。保育園のことや子育てのことなど、何か気になることがありましたら、ぜひ遠慮なくお声がけください。

Hello. My name is Akane Oide. I graduated from university and worked as a kindergarten teacher and a daycare provider. Now I am a mom of two girls and love to play with children. In my daily childcare, I cherish each child's individuality and want to spend every day full of smiles as we laugh, rejoice, and share our feelings together. If you have any concerns about our daycare or childcare, please feel free to ask me.

Yuichiro Ishihara

Gymnastics/P.E. Teacher

Coach Yu

Hello. I am Coach Yu. I was born and raised in Ibaraki Prefecture. I hold a Bachelor in Physical Education from Tokai University. After finishing my athlete’s adventure in 2010, I became a gymnastic coach successfully bringing young athletes from various gymnastic schools. I believe that the learning process should be fun and is committed to building students confidence and self-esteem through discipline in sport. Most gym routines are boring while repeating the same uninspiring exercises day in and day out. I deliver inspiring and exciting training, where every session feels like play. Life’s too short not to find out the potential of the body!

Mariko Takimoto

Japanese Teacher

Mariko

Hi, I am Ms. Takimoto. I was born and raised in Nara Prefecture and graduated with a Bachelor degree in the Japanese Language from the Kobe Shoin Women’s University. I am also the admin for Primary. If you have any questions or need help feel free to ask me. I lived in Shanghai before deciding to join the Marie International School in 2020. As motivation plays a significant role in the process of learning the language, I am committed to creating a safe and comfortable classroom environment with a friendly atmosphere where all students feel recognized and valued, and that gives them the motivation to learn and participate in activities. I believe that students are motivated by their sense of accomplishment. For that reason, I apply positive feedback as a method to develop students’ passion for learning and build their self-confidence, competence and self-esteem.

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