Teachers


Directors

Chris

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.

Richard

Shukugawa Primary School Director

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.


Aoyama School

MarK

Primary School Head Teacher

Mark

Hello everyone,
My name is Teacher Mark. I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I went to an international school myself since the age of 6, so I can understand what it is like to study and learn English as a second language. That experience created in me a passion for teaching and helping others develop their academic and social skills, not only for school, but also for life.
I majored in Teaching of English as a Second Language and I have been a teacher for 21 years now. I strongly believe in the power of education to change and improve people's lives and to open the doors for a brighter future.
In my free time, I love to study Japanese, play and listen to music, and travel to places with beautiful nature. Besides English, I can also speak Japanese and Spanish. If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know.

Garret

Primary School Teacher

Garret

Hello! I’m Garret and I’m from Tampa, Florida in the United States. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education in 2018. During my time at university, I volunteered with students with special needs at the elementary school and junior high school level. I also worked as a substitute teacher at a K-8 charter school. After graduating, I moved to Japan to be an English teacher in Kobe for three years. I’m very passionate about teaching, and I hope I can use what I’ve learned so far in my career to give MIS students the best education possible.

Ezra

Primary School Teacher

Ezra

I’m Ezra and I’m from Long Beach, California! I attended San Francisco State University where I studied English. I also spent a year at Aoyama Gakuin studying Japanese. I have been teaching for over three years and it is a true joy. I love the look of awe on a student’s face when they learn something new. My goal is to guide children in understanding not only academic subjects but how to be a good citizen and a thoughtful friend. Primary school is a time of immense growth. I hope to provide my students with a safe and supportive environment so they can flourish intellectually and socially!

Yvette

Primary School Teacher

Yvette

Hi, I’m Miss Yvette but my friends and colleagues call me Vee. I was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines. I got my Bachelor’s degree in education at Cebu Normal University, one of the leading state research universities in the Philippines. I passed and got my teaching license right after graduation and worked as a grade school homeroom teacher and faculty member for two years. (2016-2018)

After which I became an English Instructor for foreign nationals at an English Proficiency Academy where I taught general to business English subjects to mixed level learners of different nationalities from Asia to Europe.

Nine months later (March 2019), I came to Japan to work as an assistant language teacher of English for the Japanese public school system. Alongside this I taught part time for an after school program, a conversation school and an international school. I also teach some of my former Taiwanese and Japanese students online as well.

Growing up, teaching wasn’t my first choice for I have always wanted to become a surgeon. It was only during my internship that I realized I was bound to be a teacher. I feel so connected to the kids and I am so drawn to help and see them become the best version of themselves.

Fun fact about me:
I’m learning violin as a hobby since I was 11 years old.

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.

Hashim

Kindergarten Teacher

Hashim

Hello my name is Hashim and I am proud to finally be apart of the MIS family. I have been teaching in variously places in Japan and I am happy to bring my skills and knowledge to teach and nurture the children of MIS. I find success in watching the children grow and become more independent and that is what I strive to do. I believe that everyone is capable of learning and becoming the best that they could be. Let’s all try out best together!

Yuka

Preschool Teacher

Yuka

Hello. I am Yuka. I was born and raised in Okinawa. I studied early childhood education and English in college, and obtained a kindergarten and nursery teacher license. After graduating, I worked as an aupair and learned English in the United States for two years. What I value most in early childhood education is give children lots of opportunities to think, and develop their creativity. Also, I always want to be the person who understands them and give them love. I will do my best to make sure that your child is happy and safe every day. Thank you.

Raychel

Preschool Teacher

Reychel

Hello. I'm Reychel from the Philippines. I have a Bachelor degree in Psychology. I am an energetic and enthusiastic professional with over four years of proven teaching experience in Japan. In my career, I had the opportunity to work with people of different ages and backgrounds. My passion for teaching, together with my creativity, helped me build a great bond with all the students I met over the years. My goal is for every child to be able to be more open and confident and help them develop their potential.

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。

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.

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.


SUKUGAWA SCHOOL

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.

Sara

Kindergarten Teacher

Sara

こんにちは。私は野崎さらと申します。 私は甲南大学で、英語英米文学科を卒業しました。 英語を学ぶこと、子供と過ごすことがとても好きです。 私は、子供達が何かを学ぶ時に最も大切なことは、 楽しんで取り組むことだと考えています。 毎日を楽しみながら、 英語や、また英語以外の沢山のことを共に学んでいけたらと思います。 子供たちの、かけがえのない子供時代が素晴らしいものになるように、 楽しく、安心して過ごせるような環境づくりに取り組みたいです。 また保護者の皆様もサポートできたらと思います。 何かご相談などあれば、お気軽にお声掛けください。

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。

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!

Akiko

Admin/Japanese Teacher

Akiko

みなさん、こんにちは。MIS夙川で日本語の先生とadminをしています、Akikoです。私は、大学時代に教員の免許を取得し、その後、作文の添削など様々な形で教育に携わってきました。言葉とは、自分の想いや考えを伝えることのできる素晴らしいコミュニケーションの道具だと思っています。子供たちの興味・想像力を大切にしながら、一緒に学んでいきたいと思います。

Inna

Admin

Inna

MIS夙川でAdminの仕事をしているイナです。
MISのチームの一員であることを楽しんでいます。毎朝、学校に戻り、生徒や先生たちの笑顔を見るのがとても楽しみで、そのうちに同僚から大切な友人になりました。学校に入った瞬間から、愛と笑いに満ちた温かい雰囲気が伝わってきます。 これらは、幸せな人間を育てるために最も重要な要素であると確信しています。私たちは、生徒たちに知識を与えるだけでなく、自分自身を自由に表現する可能性を与えています。私たち自身が模範となることで、彼らの小さな心を育むことができるのです。感謝すること、愛すること、楽しむことがいかに大切かを教えています。私たちは皆、子どもたちが成長した暁には成功することを望んでいますが、それよりももっと大切なことがあることを忘れています。幼い頃から幸せや充足感に触れることで、成功に対する真の感謝が自然に身につきます。 この貴重な贈り物を手にした子どもたちは、どこに行こうが、何になろうが、自分の可能性を最大限に生かした人生を経験することができるのです。 このような思いから、私は先生方と保護者の方とのコミュニケーション作りのお手伝いをさせていただいています。私たちの学校が日々直面している組織的なプロセスを円滑かつ効率的に維持するために。 何かご希望やご心配なことがありましたら、いつでもご相談ください。
成長するMIS夙川ファミリーへようこそ。

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