International School of Innovation

The Reggio School of Tokyo

Our team come from a total of over 15 different nationalities. The staff is made up of a combination of early childhood or elementary qualified head teachers and and expererienced teachers who contribute a variety of additional backgrounds and skillsets to the school. Through this mixture of dedicated educators with dynamic backgrounds we are able to provide a wealth of experiences to our students as we support their inquiries.
Click on any of the photos below to find out more about our team.

  • Jeremy
    School Director

    Aloha! I’ve taught at schools in Hawaii and Japan for a combined 13 years. I believe that education, especially early childhood education, is one of the most important things we can focus on in the pursuit of bettering things for all people.
    One of the great things about working in the early childhood and the international educational field is that it affords me the opportunity to focus on two topics I am very passionate about: culture and language!
    There is phrase, “To speak two languages is to have two souls.” This is something we often learn too late in life.
    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, and 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.
    There is also a phrase we have in Hawaii. I ka noho pu ana a ike I ke Aloha. It is only living with another that one knows the meaning of Aloha.

  • Benjamin
    School Development & Design Coordinator

    Being an educator, artist, musician, and father of 3, 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. I have been involved in the field of early childhood education for 20 years and have spend the entirety of that time either working in, or trying to create Reggio Emilia inspired programs. Having been with RST since its inception, every day I continue to be amazed and inspired by the singularly unique educational community we have developed. I believe that education needs to be rooted firmly in placing children at the center of the story. A wonderful learning environment allows children the space to grow, express themselves, and discover and develop their interests. I feel extremely fortunate that I have been able to watch my own children develop and grow under The RSTApproach. I am filled with not only pride in their accomplishments here, but pride in the wonderful program we have here at RST!

  • Haru
    Head Teacher

    Greetings everybody! My name is Haru 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 RST and I will strive to give your child the best education/experience possible!

  • Yuko
    Head Teacher

    Hello my name is Yuko.
    I was born in Tokyo and spent my childhood in Connecticut. My childhood dream was to become a kindergarten teacher. The dream led me study early childhood education in both Japan and the United States. I learned how important it is for kids to learn through experience and how they gain international perspective when I taught in the Japanese-English Bilingual preschool in New York. Therefore, ever since I started teaching in international schools in Tokyo, I have been motivated to create an exciting environment, and to support little explorers to foster their nature curiosity, and of course to see their bright smiles everyday.
    I like sports especially water activities, travels and exploring new places. I am very happy to be a part of the RST family and look forward to having fun together!

  • Franck

    "Bonjour les enfants!" or "Hello children!" in French. I am Franck, a teacher at RST. I was born and raised in France and came to Japan in 2001.
    I am very happy and proud to be at RST 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 RST. for some musical fun!!!"

  • Denise

    "Oi! My name is Denise and I am an Atelierista at RST.
    I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil where I studied Music Education, Naturopathy, Yoga and Art therapy.
    My curiosity about my family roots as a Japanese-Brazilian and my passion for all forms of traditional arts brought me to Japan in 2014 to study Jiuta style of koto and shamisen.
    Throughout the years I have been teaching, I realized that watching kids growing up and discovering new abilities is what brings me joy and as a teacher I believe that all students are individuals that learn in their own unique way.
    I am very exited to be part of RST team in order to felicitate children to achieve their highest potential."

  • Kim
    Head Teacher

    Hey everyone my name is Kim and I was born in the Philippines but moved to Japan what 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 there at RST through these activities and find something that they would possibly want to pursue in the future. I believe 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 RST with such an amazing program and to be able to work with such hard working teachers and amazing kids.

  • Kathleen
    Head Teacher

    Hello everyone! I’m Kathleen from the Philippines!
    Growing up in an ethnically and neuro -diverse setting, I have seen how our similarities and differences could inspire learning in beautiful ways. This awakened in me a passion for understanding different types of people and how we learn.
    I have taken up Special Education and have been applying what I have learned to the Early Childhood setting for 6 years now.
    Children are special and powerful, which is why I believe that fostering values of empathy, kindness, and respect makes them more open to learning about different forms of life, environment, and culture. I am happy to facilitate their learning experience as a Maples teacher, and I am very excited to learn and discover new things alongside them.
    I look forward to working hand in hand with you all as we take this journey together! See you in DIS!

  • Alyssa
    Head Teacher

    Hello there! I’m Alyssa.
    Before coming to Japan, I never had the opportunity to travel very much. I worked as a preschool teacher for a few years and was interested in experiencing being able to teach in a different part of the world.
    I came to Japan from the United States in 2017. Since I was young, it was always my dream to write a picture book.
    I also really enjoy singing and making songs. When writing or drawing something, I often would share what I had made with students. Sometimes, I would make a song and sing it with them.
    The connection I was able to feel in this exchange, changed the way I viewed teaching. It made me understand just how important their creativity, their stories, and their ideas are.
    I am excited to meet and work with everyone at RST!

  • Ezra
    Head Teacher

    Hello, hellooo! I am Ezra and I am from the Philippines. I graduated in 2017 and I  majored in Special Needs Education, having a great passion for teaching learners of diverse abilities. After a year in Manila, I decided to come to Japan and taught 3s and 4s for three years.
    Later on, I then challenged myself and have been teaching 1s and 2s—it’s just amazing that as much as the toddlers are learning so many new things daily, I am also learning alongside them!
    When I’m free, I spend my time creating art, kickboxing, reading, gardening, playing ukulele as well as taking photos in random locations.
    I am looking forward to making the Acorn Class our little friends' second home and at the same time make them feel so loved, free, creative, and adventurous—all while nurturing their empathy and affection for others!

  • Amelia
    New Zealand
    Head Teacher

    "Mālō e lelei, Kia ora and Hello!
    Hey, Amelia here. I’m Tongan from Auckland, New Zealand.During University, I studied a bachelor of Fine arts and enjoyed participating in a lot of projects in the community with children. Thus, the inspiration to teach.
    I have a deep love for the arts and dance. I can speak Tongan and English fluently and am part of the Nag Hau E Wha Maori performance group based in Tokyo.
    Coming from a big family of six children, I'm always reminded when I'm away from home of the beautiful Maori word : Whanaunagtanga - it's the sense of family connection through shared experiences and working together that provides a sense of belonging.
    I believe I have found my ‘Whanaungatanga` at RTS - Dual School. I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Tu’a ‘ofa atu (with much respect)."

  • 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.

  • Andra

    Hello everyone! I'm Andra, I was born in Romania and I did my Higher education studies in England.
    I have always had a great interest in the Japanese culture and language which eventually brought me here. I have also been passionate about teaching and I got my teaching certifications as soon as I finished my university studies since I was sure it was a career I wished to pursue further. I believe that despite all hurdles teaching children poses, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences and there is never a stopping point for improvement.
    RST challenges teaching through its innovative and revolutionary teaching methodology and I'm really excited to help facilitate that to all the students walking through the RST doors. Looking forward to meet you all soon!

  • Tui
    New Zealand
    Head Teacher

    Kia Ora and Greetings! My name is Tui and I’m from the beautiful New Zealand!
    I love dancing, singing and learning new languages! I can speak 5 languages already! I came to Japan in 2019 and have been teaching as an Assistant Language Teacher in Elementary and Junior High Schools here in Tokyo. I have been in education for 6 years!
    Now it’s time for me to teach here at the Reggio School of Tokyo! The school’s vision reminds me of a New Zealand Maori phrase - Whiria te Tangata, Weaving the people together! I’m excited to start this new journey with you all and I’m looking forward to classes with you and your children! It’s going to be an amazing adventure, so let’s go!

  • Momoko

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  • Miki

    Hi everybody! I’m Miki and I was born and raised in Tokyo.
    I have also lived in San Francisco, where I studied Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. I have always had a strong passion for working with children. I have been working with children for about 5 years now, both in a classroom setting and in a home environment.
    In my free time, I love playing video games and working out! I also love to go the beach and going scuba diving on long holidays!
    I believe that I can provide a warm and comforting environment for the children, while also being a fun and goofy teacher in the classroom!
    I believe that children have infinite possibilities and I am looking forward to being a positive impact to their lives. I am excited to be a part of the RST team and getting to know you all!

  • Ayuko

    Hello, I’m Ayuko. I was born and raised in Japan, spent a year in Germany, then later relocated to England. After 10 years in London, I moved back to Tokyo in 2020 with my husband and two young children. We are currently fighting the battle of keeping our kids fluent in both languages, which I know many people here can relate to. I look forward to assisting you with any and all your admin queries.

  • Taylor

    Hey! I’m Taylor from Canada! Over the past few years I have had incredible opportunities to work with students young and old, and of all abilities, in both Canada and Japan.
    After pursuing my education degree in Canada I worked with many performing arts companies as an actor, teacher, and curriculum developer. My passion for providing education and support for people who have disabilities has truly shaped my teaching philosophy, and I strive to bring excitement and energy to each class. I cherish moments filled with laughter and curiosity! When I am not in the classroom, you can find me singing karaoke or taking far too many photos of every exciting place I go to!
    Every child has incredible abilities. As a teacher, it is so exciting to watch all of these abilities grow and foster new abilities, skills, and interests in my students.
    This will be a year filled with imagination, happiness, and wonder. Let’s grow together!

  • Sherri

    Hi there! I’m Sherri from Canada. I have strong ties with Japan as I have lived here since 2003. Now I am raising my 3-year-old son with two languages, two cultures, and a love for all people. We love reading books, exploring the outdoors, and having new adventures. There is so much wonder in the world, especially when we see it through the eyes of a child!
    I have over 25 years of experience teaching children of all ages in both Japan and Canada. I delight in the milestones and uniqueness of each individual. I am passionate about education and lifelong learning. As an educator, I want to support students by listening to their voice and challenging them in different ways. In strengthening a growth mindset and supporting thinking routines, we can explore interesting questions as we dive deep into our inquiry together. I am very excited to be part of the RST team and look forward to meeting you!

  • yuki

    Hi everyone! I'm Yuki. I was born and raised in Japan.
    I studied Early Childhood Education in the States. I have 7 years of experience working in this field in the United States, and this year will be my 5th year teaching at international schools in Tokyo. I love to let children explore and experience the world around them to build a foundation for life long learning! I strongly believe that each child is special in their own way, and will follow each child's interests and support them to shine in various ways. I hope to support your children to learn in a global society and become happy and confident for their bright future! I am so excited to get to know you and have full of adventures and discoveries with you all at RST!’

  • Aissa

    Mabuhay! A Filipino greeting, which literally means “live long". My name is Aissa and I was born and raised in the Philippines, where teaching as a profession is a source of pride, and of respect and esteem.
    I am also a licensed nurse, and even at that time I took an interest and fascination in the broad social benefits and outcomes of Early Childcare Development. Later, I would pursue a career that helps children learn and thrive under my care.
    I realized being a life-long learner goes hand in hand with teaching. I am very grateful to be part of the RST family in pursuit of a long, blissful, and healthy teaching career at the same time I am so eager to play a big role in your child’s adventure to discovering the world.

  • Janelle
    New Zealand

    Kia Ora! I’m Janelle from Auckland, New Zealand. I have been teaching in schools both in Japan and New Zealand for 10 years now. I have experience teaching a variety of age levels and truly believe that a strong early childhood education is the backbone for instilling a love of learning. I’m extremely passionate about helping our young learners build a strong foundation to explore the world and develop the skills to face any challenges life may present. It’s always exciting to explore and be creative while learning.My teaching motto is: `every child, every day, every possible way.' Each child brings their own unique perspective to the class and together we get to explore the world through different perspectives. As a teacher, I love the moment where a child feels confident expressing their ideas with others.
    In my spare time I enjoy learning about history, reading, exploring traditional cultural activities and fashion. Any chance to try something new or creative often sparks my interest.I’m thrilled to be part of the RST family and to experience the saying ‘he waka eke noa- we’re all in this together.’ Teamwork between students, families and teachers is what makes learning so amazing.
    I look forward to seeing you at RST soon!

  • Lia

    Hi everyone! My name is Lia, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I recently graduated from California State University, Northridge, and obtained a B.A. in Child in Adolescent Development (with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development). I have experience working at my university’s preschool and teaching at a Japanese Language School for various ages. I decided to move to Tokyo to continue my teaching journey and be a supporter of young children.
    I have dreamt of being a preschool teacher since I was very young. Ever since I had the opportunity to work with children, I have loved every moment of it. Watching children acquire new skills and abilities motivates me to work alongside them to support their growth and development.
    I'm very excited to be a part of the RST family!

  • Gabby
    USA / Philippines

    Hello everyone, my name is Gabby!
    I was born in the Philippines, but I grew up by the beaches of New Jersey, USA.
    My hobbies include painting, reading, exploring new places, and eating delicious food.
    As someone who has had about a year of experience teaching children between the ages of 2-12 years old, I find myself learning something new each day about how to work with students and encourage their education in the most fun, interactive way I can. One of my favorite moments as a teacher so far are the times when I see students so interested and engaged in a lesson that their eyes light up, and their curiosity awakens as they ask questions and eagerly discuss the topic. In these moments, I truly feel connected to my students, because as a class we're able to have meaningful conversations that can help foster the students' love and excitement for learning. I'm so excited to facilitate such moments and more along with the amazing staff of RST!

  • Cristoph

    My name is Christoph and I am a licensed early-childhood teacher from Germany.
    I have experience working in various early-childhood schools including a bilingual Reggio-inspired parents' association.
    I chose RST because I am very enthusiastic about their philosophy and idea accompanying children in this truly unique age. Seeing children as competent learners and creating an environment where they express their already existing inner richness, therefore enhancing the intrinsic motivation, suits my style of teaching the most. I feel privileged sharing many wonderful and inspiring moments with your children every day and look forward to the adventure lying ahead.
    In my free time I like to travel around Tokyo and it's surrounding areas, finding hidden gems and cozy diners for some comfort food, but most of the time you can find me on one of the many observation decks Tokyo has to offer.

  • Happy

    Hi Everyone! It’s a pleasure to join the RST team! My name is Happy, yes, Happy. I’m from Tanzania, the land of the beautiful Kilimanjaro mountain and Serengeti plains. I love traveling, laughing and learning about different cultures and places. I’m always amazed by the children and how they think, play and communicate their needs. They are always teaching me the meaning of human connections. I’m happy to be here support, care and give love to the children.

  • Agu

    My name is Kazumi, you can also call me Agu, which is my short name in Spanish. I have Japanese ancestry but I was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For ten years, I have worked in the artistic field in my home country, always involved in film and advertising behind the scenes. Therefore, I carry art with me everywhere.
    Just as I consider myself Argentine, I also consider myself Japanese; I carry my second country very present with me. I think I am a lovely combination of contradictions at times, but I am a big fan of football, good food, always defending my values, family, friendships, animals, and my concern for environmental care.
    I had the opportunity to live abroad for three years, both in Germany (where I did a small specialization in childhood development) and in Japan, a country that opened the doors to this new world for me.  I am happy to be part of RST, this philosophy is very promising nowadays, and I truly want to contribute my creativity to the children. I believe that creativity is a key element in anyone’s life.