Kindergarten

ALISON HAGGETT
Australia
ALISON HAGGETT

Kindergarten Class Teacher
Kindergarten Coordinator

Bachelor of Children’s Services, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Bachelor Early Childhood Education, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Ms Haggett has been working in Early Childhood Education for the past 22 years, principally in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary classes in Australia and Singapore. She likes to incorporate her love of music and singing into daily routines with children and hopes to learn with the children she teaches and share each other’s culture and values. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, walking and experiencing different cultural languages, food and countries and practising her Bahasa Indonesian.

BRYAN CROWE
United Kingdom
BRYAN CROWE

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BA, Nottingham Trent University, UK
PGCE, University of South Queensland, Australia

Mr Crowe came to Japan in 2006 and taught as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in various elementary schools in Tokyo and as a kindergarten and elementary teacher at an international school in Kichijoji, Tokyo. He joined Makuhari International School in 2011. He enjoys watching sports, having BBQ’s and playing computer games.

INDUNIL HERATH
Sri Lanka
INDUNIL HERATH

Kindergarten Class Assistant

BA, the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.
Dip. Teach (Primary Education), National Institute of Sri Lanka

Ms Herath worked as a primary school teacher in a number of government schools for four years in Sri Lanka. Before joining MIS, she took a course on Early Childhood Education based on Reggio Emilia philosophy at Stockholm Institute of Education (Sweden). In her spare time Indunil enjoys listening to music and singing as well as playing with her daughter.

RACHEL HOEBEKE
USA
RACHEL HOEBEKE

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BA in English, University of Virginia, USA
Teaching Certification, University of West Florida, USA

After graduating from university, Rachel moved to Tokyo to teach English in Japanese kindergartens. She then worked as an early childhood teacher in Seattle, Washington. Most recently, Rachel has finished two years as a kindergarten class teacher at a bilingual school in Beijing, China. Rachel is thrilled to be joining MIS and to be back in Japan. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and travelling.

LORRAINE LOH
Malaysia
LORRAINE LOH

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BA Psychology and Education, University of Otago, NZ
DipTeach Early Childhood, University of Otago, NZ

Lorraine joined MIS directly from New Zealand where she taught in Kindergarten for five years. Situated in Queenstown on the South Island, Lorraine had ample time to explore the outdoors. She enjoys learning about other cultures and strongly believes in learning through play.

KATIE MAGUIRE
United Kingdom
KATIE MAGUIRE

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BA (Education), Roehampton University, UK
PGCE (Primary Education), Roehampton University, UK

Katie has experience teaching Kindergarten and Lower Elementary classes at an independent school in London. She has a passion for teaching young children following her specialisation in Early Years education at university. Katie has previously volunteered in Lima, Peru teaching English. She is looking forward to experiencing living and teaching in Japan. In her spare time she likes to go to the theatre, play football, travel and socialise with friends.

MUDITHA MATARAARACHCHI
Sri Lanka
MUDITHA MATARAARACHCHI

Kindergarten Class Assistant

BA (English), University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Higher National Diploma in English, Advanced Technical Institution, Sri Lanka

Ms Mataraarachchi graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She came to Japan in 2008 and has over nine years of teaching experience in different kindergartens in Japan. Ms Mataraarachchi has taught pre-school through to high school during that time. In her spare time she enjoys running, baking and reading.

MAKIKO MOCHIZUKI
Japan
MAKIKO MOCHIZUKI

Kindergarten Japanese Teacher

Associate Degree (Early Childhood), Kanto Gakuin Women’s Junior college, Japan
BA (Early Childhood Education), Walla Walla Community College, WA USA
Associate Degree (Early Childhood Development), Lewis Clark State College, ID USA

Ms Mochizuki has been working at MIS since the school opened. Before she started at MIS, she worked in Japanese schools as well as schools in the USA. Makiko likes to travel, read and visit museums. Also, she likes meeting new friends!

SAYURI NONAKA
Japan
SAYURI NONAKA

Kindergarten Japanese Teacher

BA, Josei International University
Elementary Teacher Qualification, Japan

Ms Nonaka joins MIS for the second time having also gained extensive experience at elementary schools in Chiba Prefecture. Ms Nonaka enjoys flower arranging and playing Jazz in her spare time.

ANDREA ONG
United Kingdom
ANDREA ONG

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BA (Hons – Media and Cultural Studies), Middlesex University, UK
PGCE (Primary Education), Middlesex University, UK

Ms Ong has been teaching in London, the city that she was born in, for 9 years and is inspired by working in a multi-cultural city. She has travelled throughout Asia and is excited to live and teach in Japan. In her spare time she loves walking, exploring cities, art, cooking and literature. Andrea incorporates her love of children’s books into her lessons by sharing the magic of story-telling.

WEENDY SAITO
Philippines
WEENDY SAITO

Kindergarten Class Assistant

Bachelor in Elementary Education and Diploma in Early Childhood Education Southwestern University, Philippines

Ms Saito joined MIS in 2013 and became a member of the K1 team. She previously taught in preschool in Cebu, Philippines working with children aged between 3 to 5 years old. She moved to Japan in 2012 and she has had experience in working in several kindergartens.

YORIKO SEKIGUCHI
Japan
YORIKO SEKIGUCHI

Kindergarten Japanese Teacher

BA Education, Japan
Kindergarten Teacher Qualification, Japan
Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education, Canada
Certificate in Early Childhood Educator, Canada

After completing her studies in Canada, Ms Sekiguchi worked in international schools in Aichi Prefecture and Tokyo. She has about 10 years of teaching experience with the ages 2 to 6 years old. She enjoys outdoor activities, such as travelling, camping, hiking and skiing.

FUMIKO UEDA
Japan
FUMIKO UEDA

Kindergarten Japanese Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher Qualification, Fukuoka Educational College

Ms Ueda worked for three years in a Kindergarten in Fukuoka before spend time abroad to develop her English proficiency. Following stays in both Canada and Australia she is now picking up her career as a teacher at MIS.

YUMIKO YAMAZAKI
Japan
YUMIKO YAMAZAKI

Kindergarten Japanese Teacher

California Teaching Credential, Pasadena City College, USA
Associate Degree in Science, Pasadena City College, USA

Ms Yamazaki’s educational background from the US, combined with more than 10 years of experience working in international schools in Tokyo with the children from ages 1 to 6, gives her a unique perspective enabling her to understand, effectively communicate with, and individualize teaching for each child. Outside of school, Ms. Yamazaki enjoys cooking and making crafts as well as traveling and exploring.

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