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.

Noah Wong
Rainbow Homeroom Teacher


Ole Kenneth Nicolaysen
Aurora 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
Shooting Star/Milky Way 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
Aurora Homeroom 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, child gymnastics and childcare. She has also raised four children.

Kazue Ihara

Kazue Ihara
Evening Program Teacher


Kazuko Takita
Evening Program Teacher


Masayo Kurita
Evening Program Teacher

Hideo Minemura
Bus Driver

ISN has several members of volunteers:


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