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.

Kevin Bellini
Aurora/Shooting Star Homeroom Teacher


Kevin grew up in Los Angeles and Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BA Educational Studies. During University he taught a variety of grades in a number of different primary schools. He moved to Nagano in April 2017 and worked in an English language conversational school for two years, teaching children of all ages. He completed a TEFL qualification, receiving an A grade. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, watching rugby and eating Japanese food.

Ole Kenneth Nicolaysen
Rainbow Homeroom Teacher


Kenneth is from Oslo, Norway. He worked with IT in Norway for about 10 years before moving to Japan. Most recently he worked as an application manager for the IT subsidiary of Norway’s biggest regional health care provider. He first visited Nagano city in 2011 and finally moved here together with his wife and toddler son in 2018.

Nao Ogihara
Rainbow Homeroom Teacher


Nao graduated from Kingston International College with a certificate III and Diploma of Children’s services,  and she also graduated from International Institute of Workplace with an Advance of Children’s service in Australia.  She studied children’s services for 3 years in Perth.  Following that she has worked in the local child care centers (daycare, after school care, vacation care and family daycare) in Australia and New Zealand for 10 years.

Yukari Suzuki
Aurora/Shooting Star Homeroom Teacher


At the age of seventeen, Yukari began her overseas journey on the island of Bermuda. She attended the Bermuda High School for Girls as their first Japanese student. Since that time, she has explored many different cultures and languages. She graduated College Of the Desert in California where she studied early childhood education. She then spent several years gaining valuable experience working in childcare institutions and preschools across the United States, Canada and Japan.  She is raising a son now.

Miho Watanabe
Assistant Teachher


Miho spent five years in New York State,U.S.A.. She went on to study business administration at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York city. On returning to Japan, she worked at an English conversation school as a teacher for students 3-12years for about 7 years.

Akiko Tanaka
Head of Nagano Office


Akiko studied Intercultural Communication in graduate school at the University of Bedfordshire, after she completed a bachelor in Education in Japan.Following that, she started teaching in public elementary and junior high schools in Nagano.She has acquired licenses in teaching, special needs education, J-Shine English teaching, child gymnastics, and child coaching. She has also raised four children.

Kazue Ihara

Kazue Ihara
Evening Program Teacher


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Kazuko Takita
Evening Program Teacher


Hideo Minemura
Bus Driver


ISN has several members of volunteers:
ISNには数人のボランティアが生徒と活動を行っています。お話会(日本語)の主催をしたり、日常のサポート(主に英語)を行います。

Campuses

Minami-Matsumoto Campus

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

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Shimauchi Campus

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

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Nagano Campus

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

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