Kindergarten

Laura MacKeown
United Kingdom
LAURA MCKEOWN

Kindergarten Class Teacher
Kindergarten Coordinator

Bachelor Degree Primary Education, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
PGCE Supporting Teacher Learning, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Masters Inclusive Education, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Mrs McKeown has been working in Education for the past 11 years. She is passionate about creative learning environments where children are active participants in their learning enabling them to become confident individuals and successful learners. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, travelling, climbing, board games and fitness.

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.

LAURA GANSON
United Kingdom
LAURA GANSON

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BA (Hons), University of Reading, UK
PGCE (Primary), Oxford Brookes University, UK

Having worked in Education for 13 years, in Australia, England and Malaysia, Ms Ganson has had the pleasure of working with lots of different children, families and settings. She began her career as a Nursery Nurse before moving into Primary Teaching. Her passion for helping children learn and grow has inspired her to take on previous leadership roles in the Arts and English. Ms Ganson loves the creative arts and enjoys seeing children’s confidence and love of learning grow every day through fun, meaningful and engaging opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, art, exercising and reading.

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.

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.

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.

ROSEMARY TOWNHEAD
United Kingdom
ROSEMARY TOWNHEAD

Kindergarten Class Teacher

BSc (Hons), University of Nottingham, UK
PGCE (Primary with SEN), University of East London, UK

With a background in special educational needs, Rosy developed a particular passion for early education when she was training to be a teacher. Rosy helped to open and develop an outstanding OFSTED rated school in East London, before moving to Tokyo where she has supported a kindergarten in developing their curriculum and raising attainment. Rosy is inspired to provide the best foundation possible for children in the early years and is enthusiastic about fostering a love of learning in children from a young age to ensure all children reach their full potential. In her spare time, Rosy enjoys nature, food, hiking, gardening and travel.

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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