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School Faculty

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Suzy Brown, the founder, and principal of the school has an M.A. in Language and Literacy, a B.S. in Elementary Education, a teacher's certificate for grades 1 through 8, and a gifted and talented certificate.  Mrs. Brown has a lot of experience teaching for 9 years in the public school system in Texas, USA, 18 years in several colleges, and over 8 years of teaching at NLIS.  She loves teaching, and she loves the students!

この学校の創設者で、校長でもあるスージー・ブラウン先生は、初等教育の学士号を持ち、語学や文学に関しては修士号を取得しています。また、教員免許を持ち、アメリカ・テキサス州の公立小学校で9年間教えた経験もあります。 ブラウン先生は、甲府の山梨英和大学で非常勤として18年間教えてきています。

Aiko Veale is our accountant and secretary.  She is an experienced and licensed bookkeeper and teacher.  She can answer any questions in Japanese and English.


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Sari Ito has a BS in Early Childhood to 6th grade from the University of Texas. She passed the Texas teacher's license test and the Japanese kindergarten license. She teaches our kindergarten and does a great job!  She is Japanese, and she is bilingual.  She teaches everything in English.  

​伊藤 沙梨先生は、教職学士号を取得。幼児期から小学6年の教員免許をアメリカ、テキサス州で取得。完璧なバイリンガルなので、英語ですべて教えます。アメリカテキサス大学の学士号をもち、現在幼稚園生を教えています。


Khristine Ilagan will teach 1st grade from 2023.  She has a BA in Elementary Education, an elementary teacher's certificate, a TEFL (Teaching English) certificate, and 3 years of teaching in an international Christian school in the Philippines.  She is working toward a Master of Arts in Education English language teaching. She has also trained in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.  Her students are going to learn a lot and love her!

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Claudia Stadius teaches 2nd grade.  She has a BS  in education and a teacher's license.  She is an American with years of teaching in Japan.  She pours herself into her teaching and the students learn a lot from her.  


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Sue Yi teaches the 3rd and 4th grades.  She has a Master's degree in education, a BA in Elementary Education, a teacher's certificate, a TEFL (Teaching English) certificate, a gifted and talented certificate, and 15 years of teaching in a public school in Chicago, Illinois.  She also taught in Thailand for over 2 years.  Miss Yi is a Korean-American. She loves teaching, and students love her! We are very blessed to have her at NLIS.



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Christian Brown teaches the 5th and 6th-grade classes, and physical education to grades 3rd through 6th.  He has a BA in Communications from Dallas Baptist University and has many years of teaching in Japan. He is an American but was born and raised in Japan. He is a gifted teacher, and the students love his sense of humor. He is very talented musically and teaches the ukulele to the classes.  


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Jonathan Rasson is an American from Colorado.  He teaches language arts and math to grades 7 and 8, social studies to grades 7 through 11, and the electives PE and computer to grades 7 through 11.  He has a BS in Asian History and a Master's degree from Waseda University. For more information about Mr. Rasson, and a look at the subjects he teaches in junior high and high school, please look at his site:


Miss Minshull teaches our high school.  She is British-Japanese. She has a BA (honors) in drama and English literature and a Master's degree in theatre. She has ten years of teaching and management experience.  She teaches British literature to grades 9 and 10, biology and earth science to grades 7 through 10, and art to grades 7 through 10.  We are thrilled and blessed to have her in our school.



Andrea Boko will teach in junior high and high school from 2023.  She has a bachelor of secondary education with a major in English,   a secondary teacher's certificate, a TEFL (Teaching English) certificate, and 3 years of teaching experience.  She will teach English literature and writing, earth science, home economics, photography, and art. She hopes to start a class blog with the students.  She is a young, vivacious teacher with lots of energy.  We are truly blessed to have her join us!

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Mrs. Tomoko Furuya is a highly qualified and experienced Japanese teacher with a master's degree.  She teaches Japanese to the 3rd and  4th grade class.  She is a blessing to NLIS!


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Mr. Naoyuki Furuya is a highly qualified and trained language teacher.  He teaches the 7/8 class. We are thankful for him! 


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Reiko Maruyama has a Japanese for foreigners license, a kindergarten license, and an education degree.  She teaches Japanese to grades 1, 5, and 6.  She also teaches two after-school classes, one for Japanese as a Second Language, and the other for more practice for our Japanese speakers.  She is a fantastic teacher and the students love her!


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Yukiros Shinohara is an assistant teacher. She helps with recess duty, in classrooms, with office work, and teaches the Japanese class for non-native learners.  She is a Japanese-Filipino who was raised from junior high in Japan. Her language ability is a great help to the parents and teachers, but her kindness is why the children love her. She is a wonderful asset to NLIS.  



Kiyoyasu Kawaguchi teaches Eiken classes and ESL classes after school.  Mr. Kawaguchi is a highly qualified and experienced teacher with over 30 years of college teaching. 




Takeshi Ikeda is a teacher with a wide background of experience including acting, narrating, directing, announcing, and teaching Japanese. He is also a ventriloquism instructor.  He teaches grades 5 and the high school classes. 

池田武志先生はこれまでに俳優、 ナレーション、演出、アナウンサーへの日本語指導など、様々な経歴をもっている先生です。また、腹話術の講師でもあります. 先生は5年生と高校生のクラスを担当しています。

Stephen Veale is the chaplain.  He teaches the children stories from the Bible every Friday.  He is an experienced teacher from New Zealand.  The students absolutely love "Chapel Guy."  


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Dr. Danny Brown is our consultant for NLIS and pastor of New Life International Church.  He has a B.A. in Religious Studies, an M.A. in Teaching E.S.L., and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education.  Dr. Brown is a full-time English teacher at Yamanashi Eiwa College.


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