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早期幼児教育資格者 Early Childhood Education

One of the pillars of our program is helping our students to become world citizens, children who are fluent not just in communication, but can adapt and be comfortable anywhere in the world regardless of culture or customs. Because of this we find it essential to fill the school with a team of educators who can provide a multicultural experience for our students. Our diverse staff comes from The USA, The UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Thailand, The Philippines, and a great many more countries!

DISの考えるインターナショナルスクールとは、単に英語で教える幼稚園ではありません。 世界の様々な文化、価値観、を身につけ世界のどこにいっても、社会性、順応性を持ってコミュニケーションを取れるWorld Citizenに育てるスクールであります。 DISではその考えのもと、アメリカ人、イギリス人、カナダ人、オーストラリア人、フランス人、ドイツ人、メキシコ人、タイ 人、フィリピン人、日本人のTeachersにて世界中の文化を学べる本物の環境を整えております。

早期幼児教育資格者 Early Childhood Education

Qualified and Dedicated Head teachers are with experience teaching at preschools both overseas and in Japan. As a child’s education is the most important experience of their life they should be supported by only the best and most committed teachers.

DISのHead Teachersたちは教育に関わる資格保持者で、日本国内外のインターナショナルスクールなどにて経験豊富なエキスパート勢です。人生の一番重要な時期の教育を担うものとして、子ども1人1人の性格、日々の成長を理解しそれぞれの過程にあわせたプログラムを日々生み出します。

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  • Benjamin

    BENJAMIN
    Being an educator, artist, musician, and father everyday I wake up extremely excited to be spending my time in an environment that allows me to combine all of my interests and skills together so fluidly. It never ceases to amaze me when I see all of the wonderful, creative, and unique experience children have here at DIS! Every day I am reminded of the opportunities an excellent Reggio influenced program can provide young children.
    I feel extremely fortunate that I get to travel to our facilities with my daughter and watch her develop and grow under the DIS approach. I am filled with not only pride in her accomplishments here, but pride in the wonderful program we have here at DIS!


  • Jeremy

    JEREMY
    Aloha, Previously, I’ve taught at schools in Hawaii for many years. One of the great things about now working at DIS is that it affords me the opportunity to discuss two topics I am very passionate about: culture and language! There is an oft quoted phrase, “To speak two languages is to have two souls.” Imagine beginning your journey through life knowing how to look at the world through more than one mindset. To see the world with more introspection, more empathy, more understanding. By placing an emphasis on your child’s language development and learning in a global setting early on, you are giving them something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives: a deeper and more expansive understanding of their world and themselves. I will leave you with a saying we have in Hawaii. I ka noho pu ana a ʻike I ke Aloha. It is only when one has lived with another that one knows the meaning of Aloha.


  • Franck

    FRANCK
    "Bonjour les enfants!" or "Hello children!" in French. I am Franck, a teacher at DIS. I was born and raised in France and came to Japan in 2001. I am very happy and proud to be at DIS in order to share with the children what i love most : Music. I have played bass and percussion since i was 14 in different bands and now I compose electronic music for various projects such as documentaries, theater, exhibitions. It appears to me that music is a perfect activity for children : It's fun to listen to it ( learning songs is an excellent exercise for memory and singing them is perfect for concentration ) and, of course, fun to dance to !!!! It is also great fun to make and play music as well: Teaching how to play drums and percussion at school gives chances to the children to improve their motor skills and their hearing capacities. "Oh ! time for my drumming practice!!!! I'll see you soon at DIS. for some musical fun!!!"


  • Claire

    CLAIRE
    Originally from northeast England, after five years in Shizuoka I made the move to Tokyo, and previously lived in Taiwan. My love of literature is what inspired me to travel and I have a deep regard for children's stories and their role in shaping a child's vision and personality as they grow. As the kind of person prone to missing their train stop through being engrossed in a book, it's a good thing I commute to school via my other great love - my bike! Cycling is my favourite way to both exercise and explore. I am also a keen (amateur!) photographer and outside of school I work as a volunteer photographer with two Tokyo based NPOs. Utilising my interests to spark curiosity about the world in young minds is a great privilege and every day at DIS brings something new!


  • Haru

    HARU
    Greetings everybody! My name is Haru Eileen Iwanami and I will be the head teacher for the Sprout class! I was born and raised in Ireland and have had the opportunity to live in Italy, America, and Japan. Since graduating from Boston University, I have been teaching at international schools for over 7 years in Tokyo! I have always had an enormous passion for early childhood education ever since I was a teenager in high school. The highlights of my days at school are when I see a toddler’s eyes light up when they learn/try something new. Teaching challenges me to be more creative, patient, and compassionate each day. My hobbies include fashion, art, sports, music, socializing, and cooking. I look forward to meeting everyone at DIS and I will strive to give your child the best education/experience possible!


  • Melinda

    MELINDA
    Hello everyone! My name is Melinda, and though I’m originally from New York, I’ve lived in Connecticut, Texas, and California within the United States, as well as in London, and Japan. I started my international education career teaching English as a Second Language to children in Nagoya, and have gone on to direct young learners programs and teach in Miyagi and now DIS. I am fascinated by political science, languages and cultures different from my own, which is why I pursued my Masters in International Relations. I enjoy sharing my love of traveling and learning about other cultures with my students, and am excited to help shape young minds to be aware of the larger world outside of their own. I’m looking forward to sharing lots of experiences with the Sprouts!


  • Ema

    EMA
    Hi everyone. I'm the head teacher for the Sprouts class at DIS. I was born in Tokyo but lived half of my life in the States. I fell in love with teaching ever since I studied Early Childhood Education & Special Education in college. I have been fortunate enough to apply my knowledge and experience with the children in the international community here in Japan. I hope to help your child become happy global citizens, and at the same time learn to become a better mother and teacher for my daughter. I look forward to getting to know you and your child here at DIS!


  • Jessica

    JESSICA
    Hello, hello! I’m Jessica and I’m from Portland, Oregon. Although I grew up in Portland, I spent a lot of time traveling with my family since I was a baby. I love visiting new countries and learning about new cultures. During university I studied psychology which inspired me to want to work with children, especially children growing up in bilingual environments as I, too, grew up learning Hindi and English. During high school and college I also studied French and Japanese. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you during your time at DIS!





  • Kim

    KIM
    Hey everyone My name is Kim and I was born in the Philippines but moved to Japan when I was 10 years old. Since I was a kid I have been very active and into things that require moving such as dancing, playing sports, and singing. I used to teach gymnastics, dancing, singing, and sports from toddlers to elementary kids for nearly 5 years. Hopefully I get to inspire kids here at DIS through these activities and find something that they would possibly want to pursue in the future. I believe that being a teacher is one of the most rewarding jobs because teachers have the opportunity to guide and influence kids and they will remember and carry it with them for the rest of their lives. I feel very privileged to be a part of DIS with such amazing program and to able to work with such hard working teachers and amazing kids at DIS


  • Kate

    KATE
    Hello, nice to meet you! I’m Kate and I’m originally from the north west coast of England. It’s a pretty rainy place, but it never stopped me from having a sunny outlook on life! I’m an artist, and I’ve been making and exhibiting my work both in the U.K. and internationally since my teens. I’m fascinated by people, language and learning, which is what inspired me to become a teacher. I began my teaching career in 2013, providing free English classes for immigrants as part of a community project in East London. Since then, I’ve taught in schools both in the UK and in Vietnam, where I lived for 2 years. Outside of teaching, I love capoeira, cycling and Polaroid photography, and I never sit still for very long! I love helping children to discover the many ways in which they can be creative and feel free. It builds a really positive relationship with learning and a strong foundation for future development. To quote Bob and Roberta Smith, “Art makes children powerful!” I’m really looking forward to all the adventures we’re going to have together at DIS!


  • Ainna

    AINNA
    G’day! My name is Ainna and I am originally from Sydney, Australia. Before moving to Tokyo, I was living in London for 4 years where I was able to further develop my teaching experience, whilst also delving into my love and obsession for travel. From hearing the cracking of glaciers in Iceland; to watching the sunrise over the Himalayas in Nepal; and eating delicious tagine in Morocco, I am drawn to awe-inspiring landscapes and cultures that are rich in history and cuisine. When I am not on a plane, I also enjoy photography, drama and going on hikes. Having 7 years of experience teaching a range of year groups in Australia and the UK, I’m very excited for the opportunity to be immersed in Japanese culture and to teach early learners in an enriching environment at DIS.


  • Maria

    MARIA
    Hi! My name is Maria! I was born and raised in Chicago, but I've been living in Japan for about 3 years now, in Tokyo for two of them! I studied textile and fiber art in Undergraduate and language and translation in Graduate, so I hope to weave (get it?) those two loves together and help to create inspired children who aren't afraid to try new things (in any language)! Besides teaching, I love going to concerts, getting shrine stamps, and finding retro coffee shops! I'm very excited to have this opportunity at DIS and I hope we can all grow together!


  • Mayvelle

    MAYVELLE
    Hi, everyone. My name is Mayvelle. Born and raised in the Philippines. I am a nurse by profession, teacher at heart. I am a person who loves spending most of her time with her family. I love doing things with them like swimming, hiking, gardening, roaming around the city, etc. Being with my family, especially the younger generations (my nieces and nephews) made me fell in love with kids. Spending time with them helped me better understand the different developmental stages that they go through in life. I enjoyed learning, building and creating new things. Listening to music, and dancing lightens up my mood. At a young age, I was exposed to teaching profession since my mother is a teacher. She influences me a lot in providing a fun learning environment for the kids where they can explore, develop and discover their own potentials, abilities and capabilities. I believe that learning new things are fun, but, when you're having fun, you learn more. Looking forward to meet you all at DIS!





  • Bo

    BO
    Sawasdee ka! I'm Bo from the land of smile,Thailand. I'd been teaching at international schools in Bangkok for 8 years in total. I am a D.I.Y person, a bookworm, a baker, a gardener, art museum explorer, an origami lover and a mother of a male spotted dog. The smell of wet soil & herb are the best medicine to heal my body and soul so i turn the tiny space at my apartment's balcony to a little herb garden, my sacred space. Analogue photography is also what I passionate about. I take my buddy (a compact film camera) everywhere I go so if you walk along the street and then spot a suspicious lady shooting a rock, a manhole cover, a tree, a dog, an electronic pole or even a trash! That person could be me!! For me, the real joys of being a teacher is to see their sparkle eyes and shiny smile when they eager to share their story and let me be a part of it.


  • Crystal

    CRYSTAL
    Hola! Hello! I’m Crystal. I’m from Dallas, Texas. I moved to Tokyo after falling in love with Japanese food and culture during a study abroad trip. My love for helping others led me to teaching. I think it’s vital to show children the importance of dreaming and giving them the opportunities to learn and grow. I consider myself lucky to be able to combine many of my hobbies with teaching. I love cooking, jogging, singing, and roller skating. On rainy days, I like to stay inside and play the piano or the drums. I look forward to meeting everybody. I’m excited to create lots of fun memories with everyone at DIS.





  • Sofia

    SOFIA
    Hejsan allihopa! My name is Sofia and I’m from the very cold but beautiful country Sweden. I was fascinated by the Japanese language and after traveling to Japan to study Japanese I fell in love with the country and the culture. For me working with kids is a privilege and pure happiness. I always try to be the teacher I want my daughter to have. A friend, a guide, someone your child can come to with anything and I will be there with open arms, a big heart, listening ears and support. I’ve been teaching English to children in Japan for more than three years and also worked in daycares in Sweden. I also love to sing and dance (thou I’m afraid I’m terrible at both) I especially love to sing and dance with kids! I look forward to make fun memories and new friends at DIS!