Elementary

SAMANTHA PRICE
United Kingdom
SAMANTHA PRICE

Grade 6 Class Teacher
Upper Elementary Coordinator

BSc (Hons) QTS with Mathematics, St. Martin’s University, Lancaster, UK
PG Cert – Primary Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Samantha has served as a classroom teacher at our school for a number of years. She joined MIS from Manchester, England where she taught Year 6 for the past four years. She was made the Maths Coordinator and Y6 Lead Teacher after her second year in-post. She has a particular passion for Mathematics and Art and enjoys reading in her spare time. Samantha enjoys exploring Japan.

MAUREEN MARAZZI
United Kingdom
MAUREEN MARAZZI

Grade 3 Class Teacher
Lower Elementary Coordinator

BMus (hons) Royal College of Music, London.
PGCE (Primary) Southbank University London.

Maureen has had 15 years’ teaching experience in British schools and has taught extensively across the 3-12 age range, before joining MIS. Previous teaching roles have also included running parental workshops in supporting Literacy and Numeracy for adults. Maureen began working as an Instrumental Music Teacher before taking on various curricular roles. Interests include travel, playing the guitar and ukulele, reading, theatre, cookery, exploring new places and cycling. She has hiked around Switzerland, France, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and the British Isles and enjoys hiking and other adventures in Japan.

TATSUKI ENDO
Japan
TATSUKI ENDO

Japanese Teacher
Japanese Coordinator

BSc (Phys. Ed.) Nihon University, Tokyo
Japanese Primary Teaching Qualification (Chiba Prefecture)
Japanese Secondary Teaching Qualification (Physical Education)

After teaching for several years in his hometown, Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture), Mr Endo spent six years working in the UK and New Zealand. He taught Japanese and Mathematics in Wellington, New Zealand before returning to Japan and joining MIS in 2010. As well as teaching and learning about education, Mr Endo enjoys organising sports events such as Sports Day, soccer for classes, and the MIS teachers’ football team.

WENDY HAYDEN
United Kingdom
WENDY HAYDEN

Learning Support Coordinator

BEd (Hons), University of Lancaster, UK
MA, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
MSc, University of Edinburgh, UK

Wendy has taught in primary and special schools in England and Scotland, and in international schools in Asia. Early in her career she developed an interest in teaching children with learning difficulties and has undertaken postgraduate study in this area. Her most recent teaching post was as a Learning Support Coordinator at the British International School in Vietnam. She enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the Japanese countryside.

HEINRICH BERSALONA
Philippines
HEINRICH BERSALONA

Elementary Class Assistant

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Philippines
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education), Benguet State University, Philippines
Elementary Teacher Qualification, Secondary Teacher Qualification (Science), Registered Nurse

Mr Bersalona worked for two years in a primary and secondary school in the Philippines, he taught several subjects including Arts, Biology and Maths. He also volunteered as a staff nurse in a public hospital in his hometown. Before joining MIS, Mr Bersalona had previous experience of teaching in Japan as a Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher. His interests are biking, photography, drawing and music, especially playing drums.

SEBASTIAN BURTON
United Kingdom
SEBASTIAN BURTON

Grade 1 Class Teacher

BA (Hons), University of Birmingham
PGCE (Primary), Kingston University, London

After completing his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham, Mr Burton worked as an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea for two years. Upon returning to his home city of London, Mr Burton undertook his education qualification at Kingston University before teaching at an ‘outstanding’ rated school in North London. For the last year Mr Burton has been working as an education consultant, training teachers in London. Outside of the classroom, Mr Burton’s interests include travel, literature, practising his ukulele and surfing.

DOMINIC COX
United Kingdom
DOMINIC COX

Grade 4 Class Teacher

BA Primary Education, QTS, Roehampton University, London

Before moving to Japan, Mr Cox taught in primary schools in London and worked as an English language teacher in China. He has worked in a variety of management and curriculum leadership positions including his most recent post as Academic Adviser to an international education company in Beijing. He enjoys reading, travelling and is currently learning to play the piano.

JOSHUA FOLLETTE
USA
JOSHUA FOLLETTE

Grade 2 Class Teacher

Masters in Teaching, City University of Seattle, USA
BA History, University of Washington

Josh joined MIS in 2013 after teaching in Kindergarten and elementary schools in Seattle, Washington, USA. Previously, he taught English in elementary and junior high schools in Ibaraki Prefecture. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing with his two daughters. He also enjoys playing and watching sports.

KATHRYN FREDERICK
United Kingdom
KATHRYN FREDERICK

Grade 5 Class Teacher

BEd (Hons), University of Wales, UK

Ms Frederick has spent most of her career teaching in England, mainly in leadership roles, including Assistant Head Teacher in a large Primary School. Kath has had the opportunity to teach students of varied abilities and disabilities. She has been involved in university action research looking at the decision making of students in schools. Kath has undertaken roles as diverse as leading school councils to participating in making a DVD with her students for the National Health Service in England. Interests include reading, walking and interior decorating.

CHERIE MAE GARIN
Philippines
CHERIE MAE GARIN

Elementary Class Assistant

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Literature, Philippine Normal University,
Philippines Professional Licensed Teacher

Ms Garin previously taught in a catholic school in the Philippines as an English and Research teacher. She came to Japan in 2015 and worked as an Assistant English Teacher (AET) in seven elementary schools under Ishioka Board of Education for two years. In her spare time, she loves reading novels, singing J-pop songs and watching anime.

BRIAN HALL
USA
BRIAN HALL

School Librarian

BFA (Fine Arts), State University of New York at Oswego, USA

Mr Hall has been working in Chiba at various public schools in Japan since joining the Japan English Teachers Program (JET) in 1998. He joined MIS when the school opened in 2009 as School Librarian and in-charge of our Media Center. He is also one of the contributors to the development of MIS’s Art Curriculum. Some of his many interests include illustration, reading and learning traditional Japanese music.

JOANNE HASSAN
Canada
JOANNE HASSAN

Grade 2 Class Teacher

BA (Hons) McMaster University, Canada
BEd (Hons) Western University, Canada
MSEd, in TESOL Temple University, Japan

Joanne has over 15 years’ teaching experience in both public and private schools in Canada, Japan and the Middle East. With primary, junior and intermediate qualifications, Joanne has taught a variety of ages, from Kindergarten to Junior High School, working both as a classroom instructor and as a program coordinator. Joanne also worked as a continuing/corporate education lecturer at Temple University Japan Campus for four years before joining MIS in 2013.

MIDORI HAYASHI
Japan
MIDORI HAYASHI

Elementary Class Assistant

BA (English) Sophia University, Japan
Certificate for Teaching Japanese Language

Midori has experience teaching Japanese language for international students at high school in Kashima, Japan. She also volunteered in five Asian countries teaching English and Japanese language, in four European countries participating in several work camps. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

TAKUTO IKEYA
Japan
TAKUTO IKEYA

Japanese Teacher

MEd, Hiroshima University, Japan
Japanese Primary Teaching Qualification.
Japanese Secondary Teaching Qualification (Science).
Certificate in Teaching Japanese Language.

Mr Ikeya has worked at MIS since 2013. Before joining MIS, he served as a Science teacher in Singapore for three years. Prior to that, he taught Science at a junior high school which runs an English language immersion programme. Takuto also applied his combination of practical and academic experiences from the Master of Education study to a teaching experience in Zambia, Africa organized by JICA, where he served as a High School Science teacher for two years. Outside of professional interests, he enjoys travelling, reading, and writing.

MIYUKI KADOYA
Japan
MIYUKI KADOYA

School Nurse

Nursing and School Nurse, Kanazawa University, Japan

Miyuki has worked at MIS since April 2014. Prior to this she worked in public elementary schools in Ishikawa, Japan for two and a half years. She also stayed in Canada for 1 year and 3 months to study English. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and watching DVDs.

MADALSA KHANDELWAL
India
MADALSA KHANDELWAL

Elementary Class Assistant

BA, Sophia Girls College, India Diploma in Early Childhood Care, Education and Administration, Podar Institute of Education, India
Diploma in Teacher Training in Learning Disabilities, Podar Institute of Education, India

Ms Khandelwal is passionate about teaching children and has 6 years of experience teaching at various international schools in Japan, Singapore and India. She has taught using various approaches including Regio Amelia and multiple intelligences. She has also volunteered in the National Social Service as a teacher for underprivileged children while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in India. Her interests include yoga, swimming and travel.

AKIKO KUBO
Japan
AKIKO KUBO

Elementary Class Assistant
Japanese Learning Support Assistant

Japanese Secondary Teaching Qualification (English)
Japanese Primary Teaching Qualification
Japanese Special Needs Education Teacher’s Licence

Ms Kubo has more than eight years’ experience in education, both as an English teacher and as a Japanese teacher. She has also worked in the USA as well as schools in Tokyo. Ms Kubo is also a qualified youth leader and has worked as a camp counsellor.

JUNKO LOCKLEY
Japan
JUNKO LOCKLEY

Japanese Teacher

BA in Education, University of Tottori, Japan
PGCE, MFL, University of Sheffield, UK
Japanese Primary Teaching Qualification
Japanese Secondary Teaching Qualification (English)

Mrs Lockley was founding member of the MIS staff, starting in 2009. After graduation, she initially taught for state primary schools in Japan for 4 years before moving to the UK in 2003 where she taught GCSE and A-level Japanese at Bradford Girls Grammar School as well as taking on a number other educational assignments. She has a great passion for the piano, singing and dancing. She also enjoys playing with her children at home.

Hineira Maitland
New Zealand
Hineira Maitland

Grade 4 Class Teacher

B.Soc.Sci, University of Waikato, New Zealand
BTchg (Primary Education) University of Waikato, New Zealand

Moving to Japan in 2017, Miss Maitland first worked at MIS as a substitute teacher. Prior to that, she taught Grades 2 and 3 in New Zealand, working at multicultural schools. She is excited about the new experiences that come with working at an international school in Japan. Outside of the classroom Miss Maitland loves spending time with friends and family, going to the gym, and of course eating Japanese food.

NOBUKO MISAKI
Japan
NOBUKO MISAKI

Japanese Teacher/Kokugo

BA Childhood Studies, Japan
Kindergarten & Elementary Teacher Qualification, Japan
Diploma in Nursery Nursing, UK
Certificate in Advanced Skills of Teaching Japanese Language, Japan

Ms Misaki has worked at MIS since 2011. Previously she worked at an international school in Tokyo for ten years, where she enjoyed working with children from Nursery (K1) to Year 2 (G1). She enjoys travelling, reading books, listening to music and watching films in her spare time.

MAIKO NAKAYA
Japan
MAIKO NAKAYA

Japanese Teacher

BA Education, Japan
MA Art Education in Canada
Japanese Primary Teaching Qualification

Ms Nakaya has worked at MIS since 2012. While staying in Canada, she taught Japanese as a heritage language to Japanese Canadian children as a volunteer. After completing her studies in Canada, she taught in both public and private elementary schools in Japan. Ms Nakaya likes traveling and watching movies.

ROBERT SATTERWHITE
USA
ROBERT SATTERWHITE

Music Coordinator

BA in Music Education, McMurry University, USA

Mr Satterwhite taught high school band at public schools in Texas and Missouri before teaching K-12 music at Access International Academy in Ningbo, China. Robert enjoys playing many different instruments and learning new ones. In his spare time, Robert loves playing baseball, watching movies, and playing video games.

AYAKO SHIMADA
Japan
AYAKO SHIMADA

Elementary Class Assistant

Bachelor degree of Business Administration, Asia University
Bachelor degree of Primary and Middle Education, South Australia University

Ayako grew up on the west side of Tokyo. She enjoyed basketball and lacrosse at school. About 10 years ago, she moved to Australia to study Education and then worked as a Japanese teacher for six years at a private school in a small outback town called Alice Springs. She had experienced to teach Year 5 to 8 students who had variety of background and family issues. She loves to spend time with her rescued dog.

JOHN SMITHERS
Canada
JOHN SMITHERS

Grade 6 Class Teacher

BA (Geography)
BEd, HBOR
BA, Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada

Mr Smithers has spent over 15 years working in international and language schools in Japan. He has held numerous curriculum and leadership positions and has taught in elementary and junior high school settings. Before coming to MIS he worked as the program director at TYIS International School in Tokyo. Mr Smithers is currently teaching Grade 6. In his spare time John enjoys cycling, playing frisbee, reading, roller skating, swimming and hiking.

HISAYO TAKASHINA
Japan
HISAYO TAKASHINA

Japanese Teacher

BA (English) Japan
Japanese Primary Teaching Qualification
Certificate in Japanese Language Teaching Competency (JEES)

Ms Takashina has worked at MIS since 2010. After graduation, she taught Japanese at high school in the USA for two years. She subsequently taught in both public and private elementary schools in Japan. Hisayo’s interests include travelling and sewing.

ELIZABETH TAKEDA
Philippines
ELIZABETH TAKEDA

Elementary Class Assistant

BA Communication Arts, Centro Escolar University, Manila

Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. She taught English in both public and international schools around Tokyo; at a variety of Kindergartens, Elementary, and Junior high schools. She has been teaching English in Japan for eight years. Her interest in Japanese Culture and language brought her to Japan. She likes cooking, baking, reading, singing, travelling and learning different languages.

SOPHIE TEMPLE
United Kingdom
SOPHIE TEMPLE

Grade 1 Class Teacher

BA Primary Education with QTS, University of Winchester, UK

Before joining MIS Ms Temple had previous experience of teaching in Japan as an English Teacher at the University of Seinan Jo Gakuin. Subsequently she graduated with first class honours in primary education, specialising in drama. She has since been teaching a lower elementary class in London. More recently she has been year-group leader as well as History curriculum coordinator. Ms Temple has a particular interest in helping children develop their reading and writing skills. Away from school she is a keen on travel, pilates and yoga, being an accredited children’s yoga teacher.

LEWIS WARDE
United Kingdom
LEWIS WARDE

Grade 5 Class Teacher

BA (Hons), Greenwich University, London
PGCE, Melbourne, Australia

Mr Warde first came to Japan in 2005, teaching in Saitama. He has been a primary class teacher on four different continents, including a cold year in Moscow, Russia. He joined MIS in April 2012, teaching Grade 5. He lives in Makuhari and enjoys exploring Japanese cuisine, reading and travel.

ANDREW WOLFENDEN
United Kingdom
ANDREW WOLFENDEN

Grade 3 Class Teacher

BA (Hons) Music and new Media, University of Central Lancashire, UK
PGCE (Primary) Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Mr Wolfenden spent nearly eight years working in Nagoya as an ALT and English Language Instructor across all age ranges before returning to the UK to qualify as a primary teacher. He subsequently worked in Bradford as a classroom teacher and music and ICT coordinator before joining MIS as Music Coordinator. Andrew enjoys composing and recording music, travel and photography especially in Japan. He also enjoys making pottery and graphic design.

YOSHIYUKI YAMAGUCHI
Japan
YOSHIYUKI YAMAGUCHI

English Support Teacher

BA (English), Takushoku University, Tokyo
MA TESOL, Sunderland University, UK
PGCE, London Metropolitan University

Mr Yamaguchi majored in English before moving to England. He qualified as a primary school teacher in London where he taught at state primary schools. He also has an English teaching qualification in Japan and previously taught in a private Japanese junior high school in Chiba. He loves languages and has travelled in 56 countries whilst back-packing.

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