• kuribayashi

    Rie KuribayashiFounder and Head of School

    Rie is the founder and Head of School. She graduated from the University of Birmingham (MBA), UK. She has spent 19 years working in children’s learning and development including 14 years of overseas experience in Europe and Africa. Rie Speaks English, Japanese, French and Arabic and utilized these skills while working as an international broker at an investment firm in Morocco.

  • James Hoyle

    James HoylePYP coordinator

    James has a degree in Law from the University of Cardiff, and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of London (SOAS). He speaks Japanese, and used to work for the British Government in London. James has now spent six years teaching English in Japan, as well as training other English teachers.

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    Brigitte HawkinsElementary Class Homeroom Teacher

    Brigitte has a Diploma of Teaching Primary (The University of Southern Queensland), and is a Cambridge CELTA qualified teacher. She was a Queensland Education Department employee and registered with the Queensland College Teachers for 31 years. During this time she taught English and other subjects in lower junior, upper junior and middle school. This is her fourth year teaching at ISN.

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    Keiko KagitaElementary Class Japanese Program Teacher

    Keiko graduated from the Department of Education, Niigata University. She has been working in elementary schools for 15 years. During this time, she has worked as a classroom teacher, Head of Curriculum Editor of elementary school.
    She holds an Elementary School Teacher’s license and a Teacher’s license in Junior High and High School Social Studies.

  • Igor Coric

    Igor CoricTeacher Elementary Class

    Igor graduated from his hometown University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2017, completing a bachelors and masters degrees in Business and a bachelors degree in Japanese studies. While still a student, he has worked in administrative positions in city offices and in hotels in his home country, South Korea and Japan, which is when he fell in love with Nagano prefecture for the first time. He speaks fluent English and Croatian and intermediate level Japanese and Korean. He contributes communication between the school and all ISN community through his specialty, marketing via Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other social network. He is currently the homeroom teacher for the Milky Way class.

  • Gregory Breen

    Gregory BreenThe Project B Teacher

    Greg, from New York USA, completed a bachelor of arts in Sociology with a Religion and Philosophy minor at Mars Hill University in North Carolina USA (2017) He has taught English in Paris France (2017) in private and small group classes of all ages for several months. Later taught in Spain with small groups, mostly children, for most of a year (2017-2018).He has a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate and has practiced these methods in multiple nations while collecting the best approaches to create a more effective teaching approach.

  • Rachael Cramp

    Rachael CrampHomeroom Teacher Rainforest
    (Pre School5-6years olds)

    Rachael Cramp has worked with children for many years as a nanny, after school care coordinator and more recently a teacher. She studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in German and Political Science in 2004. In 2013 Rachael completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in Melbourne, Australia.. Since then she has worked as a grade 3/4 teacher for 3 months and a substitute teacher for 2 years. She has worked in many classrooms teaching a variety of ages and subjects such as art and physical education. Rachael has taught many children aged 5 and 6 and enjoys their enthusiasm and curiosity for learning. Please try and speak Japanese with her as she would love to learn more.

  • Chris Nilsen

    Chris NilsenMilky Way Homeroom Teacher(5-6 year-olds)

    Chris studied at University of Southern Queensland and then received the vice-chancellor's award for academic excellence at Griffith University, Australia. He worked in neuroscience research for several years before spending two years working in the Whitsunday Islands overseeing a water recycling station and property development & landscaping. He has been teaching English for 7 years now in Japan and has been at ISN for 3 years.

  • Sayo Ito

    Sayo ItoEC, Milky Way, Rainforest
    (Pre School5-6 year-olds)
    Assistant Teacher

    Sayo graduated from the Department of English Language Teaching at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan in 2012. She holds a Teaching License of English Language for Junior High and High Schools. Sayo also taught English to the local students in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 2 years. She joined ISN in 2015 and works as an administrative staff and an assistant teacher for students aged 5-6 years.

  • Daniel Blaauw

    Daniel Blaauw Shooting Star Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 2

    Daniel is from Cape Town in South Africa. He studied in Ireland, and lived in the UK for a short time after finishing high school. He has a great interest in martial arts and Asian culture. He has lived in Thailand, China, South Korea, and Malaysia. He got a TEFO certificate when he was in Thailand. He moved to Japan in 2015, and has a passion for the people and the culture.

  • Guy Martin

    Guy MartinSavanna Homeroom Teacher
    Kindergarten 2

    Guy is from the Gold Coast in Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Business at the University of Sunshine Coast and has a TESOL certificate. Guy has vast experience teaching in schools in both Japan and Korea. He has a passion for travel, Japanese culture, and education.

  • Rieko Okamura

    Rieko OkamuraAssistant Teacher Shooting Star/Savanna Kindergarten 2

    Rieko has studied Childcare/Elementary Education in Japan (Diploma of Primary Education in Osaka Shinai Women’s Junior College), and Childcare/Pre-school Education in Australia. She holds a Japanese Teacher’s License for Preschool and Kindergarten, Childcare CertificateⅢ (nursery certification in Australia), and a J-shine License (certified English teacher for Elementary schools in Japan). She has worked for over 10 years as a qualified teacher for Japanese nursery schools, a private international preschool in Kyoto, and a childcare center in Australia. Rieko has been at ISN as a homeroom teacher for students aged 3-4 years since 2014.

  • Courtney Carroll

    Courtney CarrollAurora Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 1

    Courtney graduated from Christian Life International Bible Collage in California. She has been working with children of all ages for 8 years. During this time, she volunteered as a 5th grade teaching assistant at an elementary school. She also took many Child Development classes at her local college. She has a TESOL certificate and taught English at her previous school in Japan for 2 years.

  • Shizuka Tateiwa

    Shizuka TateiwaAurora Assistant Teacher
    3-4 year-olds
    Kindergarten 1

    Shizuka graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature in the Obirin Junior College (currently J. F. Oberlin University), and she has spent time studying overseas in Canada and U.S.A.. On returning to Japan, Shizuka worked for 3 and half years as a city hotel clerk. Also she was a export clerk and translator for one of the biggest industrial company in Nagano for 3 years. In addition Shizuka worked at an English conversation school as a teacher for students aged 3-12 years for 7 years and owned her own English school for 8 years. She holds a nursery school teacher license and a J-shine License (certified English teacher for Elementary schools in Japan). Shizuka is currently working as an English teacher for ISN with students aged 2-3 years.

  • Marlyn Iregan

    Marlyn IreganRainbow Homeroom Teacher (Nursery)

    Marlyn graduated from Manuel L. Quezon University in April 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After graduation. She has worked in accounts and administration for 7 years in Taiwan and 2 years in Doha, Qatar. Marlyn has taught English in Vietnam in Kindergarten school for 6 months and an English Communication teacher for grade 10 and 11 including Business English. She speaks English, Tagalog, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

  • Ayako Ishida

    Ayako IshidaRainbow Assistant Teacher (Nursery)

    Ayako acquired her Childcare and Kindergarten certificates in Tokyo in 2009. She worked in Childcare centers for 6 years in Nagano. Ayako traveled to Perth, Australia and studied Childcare services for 12 months. Ayako is currently working as an English teacher for ISN with students aged 2-3 years.

  • Hitoko Shiroya

    Hitoko ShiroyaMeadow Assistant Teacher (Nursery)

    Hitoko graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the United States with a Diploma of Communication speech, and a major in Communication for Masters Degree (MA). She worked for a Industrial equipment manufacturing company in Japan, and contributed in establishing the section, “Overseas’ Support Service” within the company. Hitoko holds a nursery school teacher license and a J-shine License (certified English teacher for Elementary schools in Japan.). She has been teaching English for 6 years and has been at ISN since 2013.

  • Serena Ho

    Serena Ho Meadow Class Main Teacher (Nursery)

    Serena has been a preschool teacher for the past 7 years in Singapore. She was an English language teacher in nursery and kindergarten classes. She was a teacher assistant in the Australian International School, Singapore. She has also taught in a secondary school for 5 years. Serena has 2 teaching licences - Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood and another for Secondary level. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with majors in English Language and Geography.

  • Aiza Morada

    Aiza MoradaLagoon Homeroom Teacher (Nursery)

    Aiza completed bachelor of Technical teacher education major in business technology in far Eastern polytechnic college. She took and passed a diploma in office management technology course major in legal management in Polytechnic University of Philippines. She has more than 3years of English teaching experience in elementary and secondary school, she also used to be a private tutor for 2years wherein she taught English as second language(ESL). She acquired the national certificate in bread and pastry production NCⅡ in 2016. She also attended training and seminars for “Math teacher association of the Philippines(MTAP) 2017 training for teachers”.

  • Taeko Ogasawara

    Taeko OgasawaraLagoon Assistant Teacher (Nursery)

    Taeko had been living in Toronto, Canada since 2000 and moved to Japan in summer of 2017. She has spent 17 years of her life in Canada, graduated from York University with Bachelor degree along with a Geographic Information System (GIS) Certificate. After her graduation, she started working for the Canada's largest bank/insurance company as an analyst. She had worked there for ten years until she came back to Japan in 2017. She has also taught Japanese to 4 to 5 years old Japanese/Canadian children in Canada for a few years.

  • Lance Cord

    Lance CordSaturday Camp Teacher

    Lance completed two bachelors degrees, Geology, Federation University, and Visual Arts, Deakin University, both Victoria, Australia, further coursework was undertaken toward a bachelor degree, Biological Resource Management and two graduate diplomas: Secondary Education and Remote Sensing. Lance has worked in crop and livestock farming, national parks fire management, historical materials conservation, mineral exploration/engineering geology in gold, base metals, diamond, uranium, coal and mineral sands, all mainland states, Australia. Teaching: Conversational English, Elementary School assistant teacher and Medical School preparatory course teacher, Japan, Tokyo and Nagano, Prato, Italy.

  • Yuko Nakajima

    Yuko NakajimaHead of Administration

    Yuko completed for her final year of high school as an exchange student in Washington state, U.S.A.. She then went on to study economics at the Minneapolis community college and University of Minnesota. On returning to Japan, Yuko worked at an international sales department of a medical and industrial equipment manufacturer and she was in charge of the North American and Oceanian regions. She has also had one and half years experience teaching students aged 3 to 12 years at a private English school.

  • Nakako Tsuji

    Nakako TsujiAdministration / Accounting

    Nakako has acquired a degree in Integrated Technology and English literacy. She worked in management for an English conversation school in Osaka. She completed her School English Teaching license with J-Shine in 2008. Nakako has also gained experience in Childcare and is currently in charge of accounting at ISN.

  • Atsushi Yahagi

    Atsushi YahagiAdministration

    Atsushi graduated from the Rikkyo University, Japan with a Bachlor of Arts, Sociology in 2005. He has worked in Japan and the United States as a stage manger and a professional modern dancer. Atsushi also worked as a rehabilitation training teacher at TAI Chiropractic, PLLC in the United States. He currently works in administration and public relations for ISN.

  • Mika Jongerius

    Mika JongeriusAdministration

    Mika spent three years in Sydney, Australia. She went to a technical school in Sydney to study international tourism. She worked in the local area and also helped and supported many international students. After graduating from this school, she worked as an English teacher in an English language school for two years. During this time she taught students from age two to adults. She currently works in administration at Minami campus.

  • Chisaki Maejima

    Chisaki MaejimaAdministration

    Chisaki graduated from Midwestern State University in the United States with a bachelor’s degree in Business Computer Information Systems. She lived in Texas for six years. After returning from the Texas, she worked for an IT infrastructure solutions & services company in Tokyo as a help desk engineer for two and half years. She provided problem resolution to technical issues regarding Windows OS, Microsoft Office, and Linux. After that she worked at an international digital camera manufacturing company in Nagano as a secretary to the New York-based headquarters, and as a document translator for about 5 years. She also has experience with raising her children in Texas.

  • Miyu Motai

    Miyu MotaiAdministration, Assistant Teacher
    (on maternity leave )

    Miyu studied English in Canada and U.S.A. for 2 years. She completed her certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages) in 2008 and since 2010 Miyu has been an English teacher in Japan for students aged 2-10.

  • Shino Shimosato

    Shino ShimosatoEC PE teacher /
    Preschool Japanese Teacher

    Shino graduated from the Japan Women’s college of Physical Education. She has worked for an theme park and entertainment company and and contributed in performance section (in Disneyland) within the company for seven years. Currently she is a member of NPO Wing, offers general gymnastics lessons. She holds an Elementary School Teacher’s license and a Teacher’s license in Junior High and High School Physical Education.

  • Naomi Kitahara

    Naomi KitaharaEvening Program Teacher

  • Etsuko Uezato

    Etsuko UezatoEvening Program Teacher

  • Natsumi Komatsu

    Natsumi KomatsuEvening Program Teacher

  • Keiko Kojima

    Keiko KojimaEvening Program Teacher

  • Yoshiko Kubota

    Yoshiko KubotaEvening Program Teacher

  • Naomi Ichikawa

    Naomi IchikawaEvening Program Teacher

  • Noriko Kato

    Noriko KatoEvening Program Teacher

  • Masayuki Hojo

    Masayuki HojoBus driver

  • Fujio Aoshima

    Fujio AoshimaBus driver

ISN has several members of volunteers:



Minami-Matsumoto Campus

1-2-2 Minami-Matsumoto, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano 390-0832


Shimauchi Campus

7779-1 Shimauchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano 390-0851


Nagano Campus

2-5-6 Minami-Takada , Nagano-shi , Nagano 381-0033


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