スタッフ紹介Staff

スタッフ紹介Staff

  • 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.

  • Efrain Sausedo

    Efrain SausedoPYP coordinator

    Efrain has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Texas State University and holds an international certification through TESOL as well as a national certification in the United States. He has taught elementary bilingual education in the state of Texas and has taught English at language centers in Mexico. Prior to teaching, Efrain worked as a teaching assistant and a behavioral support specialist where he gained experience working with behaviorally developing students as well as at-risk youth.

  • hawkins

    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.

  • kagita

    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 CoricMilky Way (5-6 year-olds) Homeroom Teacher

    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.

  • Rachael Cramp

    Rachael CrampRainforest (5-6 year-olds) Homeroom Teacher

    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.

  • Sayo Ito

    Sayo ItoEC, Milky Way, Rainforest (5-6 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.

  • Amy Carlson

    Amy CarlsonShooting star (4-5 year-olds) Homeroom Teacher

    Amy has a Masters of Education degree from Southern Oregon University and has recently earned her TEFL certificate. She has been teaching 6-7 year old children for the past seven years, first in reading instruction and then as a classroom teacher. Amy values all that she can learn from the students she works with, and strives to create an engaging learning environment.

  • James Hoyle

    James HoyleSavanna (4-5 year-olds) Homeroom Teacher

    Jimmy 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. Jimmy has now spent six years teaching English in Japan, as well as training other English teachers.

  • Rieko Okamura

    Rieko OkamuraShooting star and Savanna Assistant Teacher

    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 (3-4 year-olds) Homeroom teacher

    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.

  • Hitoko Shiroya

    Hitoko ShiroyaAurora (3-4 year-olds) Homeroom teacher

    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.

  • Taeko Ogasawara

    Taeko OgasawaraAurora (3-4 year-olds) Assistant Teacher

    Taeko graduated from high school in Japan and moved to Toronto, Canada in 2000. She then graduated from York University and started working at one of the biggest bank in Canada in 2007. She has worked there for almost ten years. Since 2013, she was teaching Japanese language to 3 to 5 years old children at a Japanese school in Toronto. This year in July she has made a very big decision to come back to Japan to start a new life here. Her unique teaching and professional experience allows her to build a strong relationship with children as well as the ISN team members.

  • Marlyn Iregan

    Marlyn IreganRainbow (2-3 year- olds) Homeroom Teacher

    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.

  • Shizuka Tateiwa

    Shizuka TateiwaRainbow (2-3 year- olds) Homeroom Teacher

    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.

  • Lance Cord

    Lance CordMilky Way (5-6 year-olds) Saturday 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 Tuji

    Nakako TujiAdministration / 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.

  • Ayako Ishida

    Ayako IshidaAdministration , Assistant Teacher

    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.

  • 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

    • Yoko Miyawaki

      Yoko MiyawakiEvening Program Teacher

    • Sachi Takeda

      Sachi TakedaEvening Program Teacher

    • Etsuko Uezato

      Etsuko UezatoEvening Program Teacher

    • Ayaka Tanaka

      Ayaka TanakaEvening Program Teacher
      (on maternity leave )

    • Tomoko Fujisawa

      Tomoko FujisawaEvening Program Teacher

    • Natsumi Komatsu

      Natsumi KomatsuEvening Program Teacher

    • Masayuki Hojo

      Masayuki HojoBus driver

    • Fujio Aoshima

      Fujio AoshimaBus driver

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