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。

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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 and has passed the Texas teacher's license test. She teaches our kindergarten and has several years of experience.

​伊藤 沙梨先生は、バチェラーサイエンス幼児期から小学6年の教員免許をアメリカ、テキサス州で合格。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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Sue Yi has a Master's degree in education, a BA in Elementary Education, a teacher's certificate, a TEFL certificate, and 15 years of teaching gifted and talented classes in public school in Chicago, Illinois.  She also taught in Thailand for over 2 years. She loves teaching, and students love her!  We are very blessed  to have her in NLIS.



Jonathan Rasson teaches language arts and math to grades 7 and 8, social study 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:

 ジョナサン ラッソン先生は、中学1-2年生を受け持ち、また、小学5年生〜中学1年生の体育も教えています。これまでに、山梨県の中学校で4年間JETプログラムで教えてきた経験があり、早稲田大学の修士号も持っています。

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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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Claudia Stadius is a trained, licensed teacher. She teaches our 1st/2nd class.  She has a BS  in education, and she has years of experience of teaching in Japan. 

クラウディア スタディウス先生は、実習を受け、教員免許を持つ常勤の先生で、年長-小学1年生を受け持っています。教職の学士号を持ち、日本で15年以上教えてきた経験もあります。

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Christian Brown teaches our 5/6 grade class and physical education to grades 3-6.  He has a BA in Communications from Dallas Baptist University, and he has many years of teaching in Japan.



Miss Minshull teaches our high school.  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.  She plays the keyboard, acts, and sings.  We are thrilled and blessed to have her in our school.

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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! 


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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!




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. 

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。

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Yukiros Shinohara is our assistant teacher in the 1/2 grade classroom.  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.