IB school / Licenced Japanese childcare professionals

Rie Kuribayashi
Founder and Head of School

Graduated University of Birmingham (MBA), UK. Have 14 years of overseas experience in Europe and Africa and have spent 18 year in children’s learning and development. Speaks English, Japanese, French and Arabic which helped well while worked as an international broker at an investment firm in Morocco. CEO of the turism association (Japan’s Center Point) in Matsumoto-city, Japan that aims to widen ISN network and students’ leaning environment. Loves the nature that has been giving her five and seven years old boys wethly variety of outdoor activities.

Keiko Kagita
G1/2/3 Japanese 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.


Misae Kobayashi
G1/2/3 Japanese teacher


Sumiko Nitta
G4 Japanese teacher

Sumiko graduated from the Department of Education, Shinshu University. She has been working in elementary schools for more than 35 years.


Noriko Unohara
G 5/6/7/8 Japanese teacher

Noriko graduated from the Department of Education, Shinshu University.


Hisashi Saito
G 5/6/7/8 Japanese teacher

Hisashi graduated from the Department of Education, Shinshu University. He has been working in elementary and middle schools for 42 years. He likes reading books.

Phoebe Arido

Phoebe Arido
Grade1 Homeroom Teacher

Phoebe believes that a balanced education is the key to academic and life achievement. This is her 1st year teaching at International School of Nagano and her 13th year teaching kids, teens, and adults. Ms. Phoebe received her National Board Certificate for Teachers in 2009. She has taught English to students of various ages and different language backgrounds in Asia like the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. She loves language and majored in English with a specialization in Reading at Philippine Normal University-Manila, where she is currently preparing for a thesis defense for her Master of Arts in Linguistics. She is excited to begin the best year ever!


Priscilla Ramie UY

Grade2 Homeroom Teacher

Priscilla graduated from De La Salle College Of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. She has 3 years of experience in the customer service industry where she worked as a Front Office Agent and Concierge Agent both in the United States and in the Philippines. She developed a passion in teaching when she moved to Japan and worked as a Daycare English Teacher in Tokyo for 3 years before she moved to Nagano. She is a certified TESOL teacher and plans to expand her horizons by getting more certificates in the future.



Thapelo Dube
G3 Homeroom Teacher

Thapelo graduated from University of Johannesburg, South Africa, completing a bachelor degree in Public Management and Governance. He holds TEFL certification. His hobbies include soccer, listening to music and writing poetry. South Africa has 11 official languages, and although he is a native English speaker he also knows a few other native language from South Africa, such is iZulu and seSotho.


Martyn John Hatori-Singleton
Grade4 Homeroom Teacher

In 2001, Martyn graduated from Middlesex University, London, UK, with a BA Honours in Sonic Art. He then worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Central St. Martins’ Art and Design College. During this period he also produced and directed an experimental education show on Resonance Fm (the UK’s first Radio Art station). In 2005 after completing a CELTA, he moved to Japan where he taught English at a variety of levels, i.e. Elementary, High School, University and Business. In 2010, Martyn travelled to Nicaragua, Central America and interned on a Permaculture Farm. He later completed a Permaculture Design Certificate with Oregon State University, USA and moved to Chiba Prefecture, Japan, where he became involved with numerous local community action and education groups. In 2019, he was registered as a United Nations Climate Change Teacher.

Igor Coric
Grade5/6/7/8 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.

Atsuko Tanaka
Elementary supervisor

Atsuko lived in Ireland for 6 years, in those times she has cared for children aged 0 to 9 while given birth to her son in 2008. After returning to her hometown Matsumoto, she has studied Photography in Osaka Art University, and has worked in Ryokan while running an art gallery. She is also a photographer and enjoys making art.


Kumi Hayashi
Elementary assistant teacher

Kumi lived in Republic of Malawi in Africa for 2 years as JOCV(Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer ). She had done several activities as HIV/AIDS coordinator, for example she established ART(Anti-Retroviral Therapy) clinic where the people who needs medicines living very far from the hospital. And also she established some CBCCs(Community Based Childcare Centre) in her catchment area. Now she is taking care of 2 daughters.

Rieko Okamura
Chief of Minami campus

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
Milky way Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 2

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.

Miyu Motai
Milky way Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 2

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.


Richine Bermudez
SS Homeroom Teacher Pre School 4-5 years old

Richine studied Mass communication at Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines. Her love for kids motivated her to take up a short course in Child Psychology to enable her to have a good understanding of them thus will equip her to extend the appropriate help they need. She is a TESOL certified teacher and has been working as an EFL educator for 3 years now. She is currently taking up TEYL ( Teaching English To Young Learners ) to further her studies.

Taeko Ogasawara
SS Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 1

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.

Emi Saito

Emi Saito
SS Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 1

After graduation from the early childhood education department, she worked at a children’s facility with a medical/ nursing school/ child welfare facility.
She also worked in nursery school sand kindergartens because she wants to get involved with regular development children .
She moved to Matumoto city with her family.

Hitoko Shiroya
AuroraHomeroom Teacher Kindergarten

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.

Marlyn Iregan

Aurora Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten

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.

Aiza Morada
Meadow 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”.

Etsuko Uezato
Rainbow Homeroom Teacher (Nursery)

After obtaining a kindergarten teacher and nursery teacher license, she worked at a private kindergarten in the prefecture total over 17 years.
Moved to Matsumoto and worked at ISN as an evening staff.

Sayuri Iwahara

Sayuri Iwahara
Rainbow Homeroom Teacher (Nursery)

After graduated from Kinjo Junior College, she worked at JTB and such as travel agencies for over 30 years. She traveled around the world as business trip or as her own hobby and got many friends who lives abroad. She loves Travel, Gardening, Crafts and of course Children.
She has Teacher’s license of Junior high school as well.


Grenda Togle Yaguchi
Meadow Homeroom Teacher(Nursery)

Grenda graduated from RIVERSIDE COLLEGE Bacolod City Philippines with the degree of Bachelor Of Science in Nursing in April 1997. After graduation, she worked in the hospital in my hometown. In 1998, she moved to HongKong and worked as a private nurse and done English tutorials to children ages 2-7years old for 3 years. In 2013, she completed her TESOL Certificate(Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages) in Japan. Since then, she started home teaching for kindergarten, Junior High School, and adults. In 2018, she had been an English Conversation Teacher for elementary and adults in Matsumoto. She lived for almost 17 years in Japan and can speak an intermediate level of Japanese and can read Kanji.

Shizuka Kuroiwa

Shizuka Kuroiwa
Meadow Homeroom Teacher(Nursery)

After graduating from college,  I was in charge of imports at a large agricultural firm. When I relocated to Nagano prefecture, I began teaching English for young children between the aged of 3 to 12 at a cram school.  At that time,  I got qualified to teach at a nursery school where I worked for a few more years.  Based on my experience as an English instructor,  I will obtain my J-Shine license this May in 2020.

Mariko Kuribayashi

Mariko Kuribayashi
Meadow Homeroom Teacher(Nursery)

Majored in design at Onomichi City University, Department of Fine Arts. After graduating, she has been mainly involved in graphic design production and planning for 10 years at a manufacturer.  She holds an art teacher license and a childcare worker qualification.  Her hobbies include mountaineering, camping, traveling and scuba diving.  She struggles every day to raise her two son.

Shizuka Tateiwa
Cheif at Shimauchi campus/PYPC

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.


Michelle Wong
Rainforest Homeroom Teacher Pre School 5-6 years old

Michelle came from Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a bachelor of science in Child and Adolescent Study. She has worked 20 years as a preschool teacher at both public and private preschools in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Taiwán, and Osaka. She spent six months in Uruguay assisted at a local church’s children mission program, mainly working with children living in poverty. Her motto as an educator is treat the children with respect and love, promote and nurture their curiosity towards learning, so that they enjoy coming to school each day. Michelle enjoys spending her free-time exploring the quaint little towns and unique places of Japan, hiking or biking in nature, and scrapbooking the places that she has visited.


Aiko Otake
Rainforest Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 1

Aiko finished English course at Matsumoto Agatagaoka High School. She majored in German and studied in Manheim, Germany for a year. After graduation, she worked for some global companies in Nagano. She holds a nursery school teacher license.

Fronielyn Tenerepe
Canyon Homeroom Teacher Kindergarten 1

Fronielyn earned a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education- Major in English at Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Maragondon Campus in 2016. In the same year, she obtained National Certificate II in Tile Setting. She started working as a teacher in a private school teaching English langauge and literature at Kindergarten, Elementary, and High School until March 2018. She took and passed the license Examination for Teachers last March 2017. In a public school, she taught English Language and Arts to grade five pupils from June 2018 to March 2019. During her teaching, she attended seminars/training and acquired certificates such as MTAP 2017 Training for Teachers, District Roll Out Training on PRIMALS 2018 (Pedagogical Retooling in Mathematics, Languages, and Science), Ika- 5 na Panrehiyong Kongreso ng mga Guro sa Filipino, and 2018 International Mind Education Specialist Training: Seminar Workshop on Leadership Enhancement.


Miyuki Iijima
Canyon Homeroom Teacher

She’s from Nagoya City, Aichi.
She is a certified kindergarten teacher and nursery teacher and Recreational Instructor. She served as a nursery teacher at a private nursery school in Aichi prefecture. Then, she became the secretary of the president at a trading company. While she worked there, she opened a branch office in China. After that, she served as president at the subsidiary and opened branch offices in Nagano, Yamanashi, and Tokyo. Afterwards, She worked as a nursery teacher in Azumino City before she came to work at ISN. She has a son in college and a daughter in high school.

Yuko Nakajima
Head of Minami Matsumoto

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.

Chisaki Maejima
Head of Shimauchi Office

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. 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.

Atsushi Yahagi
System&Curriculum Coordinator

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.

Nakako Tsuji

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.

Shino Shimosato
EC 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.

Soichiro Arima
Japanese teacher

Soichiro Arima graduated from the faculty of Education, Nigata University. He taught English at Horigane Junior High School, Okaya-Minami High School(HS), Matsumoto-Arigasaki SH, Matsumoto-Misuzugaoka HS, and Omachi HS. He currently works at Matsumoto-Arigasaki HS as a part-time teacher. He holds broad knowlege and experience on how to help students pass high school and University entrance exams

Keiko Kojima
Evening Program Teacher


Ayako Ishida
(on maternity leave)

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.

Mika Jongerius
Office staff (on maternity leave)

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.


    Sachiko Saeki

Evening Program Teacher



Kyoko Aoki
Evening Program Teacher


Masayuki Hojo
Bus driver


Fujio Aoshima
Bus driver

ISN has several staff members who join us as volunteers.


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Minami-Matsumoto Campus

1-2-2 Minami-Matsumoto, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano 390-083


Shimauchi Campus

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


Nagano Campus

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