School Faculty

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Suzy Brown, the founder, and principal of the school has a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Language and Literacy.  Mrs. Brown is a licensed teacher with 9 years of elementary teaching experience in the public school system in Texas, USA.  Mrs. Brown also taught for 18 years in several colleges.

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, as needed.


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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。

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Claudia Stadius teaches our 1st/2nd class.  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.




Jonathan Rasson is an American.  He teaches language arts and math to grades 7 and 8, social studies to grades 7 through 10, and the electives PE and computer to grades 7 through 10.  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 the junior high, please look at his site:


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Christian Brown teaches our 5th and 6th-grade classes, and he teaches 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 ukulele to the classes.  



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 the electives music (pop choir and keyboard) and art to the secondary students. We are thrilled and blessed to have her in our school.



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Mrs. Tomoko Furuya is a highly qualified and experienced Japanese teacher with a master's degree.   She teaches Japanese to grades 2, 3, and 

8.  She is a blessing to NLIS!


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Reiko Maruyama has a Japanese to foreigners license, a kindergarten license, and an education degree.  She teaches Japanese to grades 1, 4, 6, and 7. 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!


Mr. Naoyuki Furuya is a highly qualified and trained language teacher.  He and his wife share teaching grades 2, 3, and 8. We are thankful for this couple! 



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 will teach students how to use Japanese correctly.  Students are going to love him!  He will teach 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。日本語の正しい使い方を教えてくれます。生徒は先生が大好きになることでしょう!先生は5年生と高校生のクラスを担当しています。

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Yukiros Shinohara is our assistant teacher in the 1/2 grade classroom.  She is Japanese-Filipino.  The children love her, and 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. 



Stephen Veale is our chaplain.  He teaches the children stories from the Bible every Friday.  He is an experienced teacher from New Zealand. 


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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.


NLIS Keeps Growing!  Teachers Wanted from April 2023!

1. Full-time 1st Grade Teacher

  • Teach a small sweet class of 1st graders using mostly American textbooks.

  • About half of the children are not English speakers but they learn very quickly in immersion.  

  • It’s a fun school, and the students and parents are great!


  • at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an English-speaking country

  • a teacher’s license from an English-speaking country 

  • teaching experience is preferred

  • English as a Foreign Language experience is preferred

  • regularly attend church and live a Christian life

NLIS Teacher benefits:  

  • salaries start at ¥3,108,000 a year, plus bonuses and benefits

  • great hours, 8:30 to 4:00 Monday to Friday

  • great vacations

  • a sense of purpose

How to apply:


Part-time Japanese High School Teacher

  • teach Japanese one hour a day, four days a week to a small class of high school students

  • use the Japanese national textbook and a kanji workbook to a small mixed class of 9th graders and 11th graders

  • speak in Japanese only

  • pay is ¥2,800 per class Monday through Thursday from 9:40 to 10:45 daily

  • face-to-face in the classroom or ONLINE from any location 


  • have native Japanese-speaking ability

  • at least a bachelor’s degree

  • be a regular church attender and live a Christian life 

  • English proficiency is not required

  • Experience teaching Japanese is preferred 

How to apply:

  • send a resume (CVC) with a letter in Japanese to Aiko Veale at


Part-time After-School English Teacher     

  • teaching ESL experience required

  • be a regular church attender and live a Christian life 

  • The teacher can pick his or her own schedule from Monday through Friday from 2:45 to 5:00. 

  • Groups and private classes are available

  • Good hourly pay

How to apply:

  • call the school at 055-287-9577


Full-time High School Teacher from April 2024


  • at least a bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking country with a math and science specialty

  • teaching experience is preferred

  • regularly attend church and live a Christian life


High School Position:

  • teach about 5 classes a day, including Bible, math, science, and an elective of the teacher’s choice

  • The students are smart and a lot of fun to teach!


NLIS Teacher benefits:  

  • Salaries start at ¥3,108,000 a year, plus bonuses, and benefits

  • great hours, 8:30 to 4:00 Monday to Friday

  • great vacations

  • a sense of purpose

How to apply:



New Life International School is sponsored by New Life International Church, a Protestant evangelical church located in the same building.  Teachers and students are not required to go to New Life International Church.  There are a lot of good churches in Yamanashi.