Senri-Yamada School Jonathan PhippsProgram Director, Yamada SchoolJonathan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in California, and graduated with honours from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds certificates in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), teaching English to young learners (CTEYL), and is also currently enrolled in a masters program with an emphasis on education. Jonathan has been a teacher for more than 12 years, the last 7 of which have been in Japan, and he has been with the Global Village Saturday Program for five years. He began as a classroom teacher and has since moved into designing and implementing the curriculum and lesson structures for the program. Shayne SeeleyClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolShayne was born, raised, and educated in Adelaide, Australia. He worked in the coal mining / iron ore mining industry operating heavy machinery before moving to Japan in August, 2000. He has been a teacher for over 15 years now, working with both young children and adults, and he began his work with the Global Village Saturday Program in 2015. Shayne works primarily with the younger aged children and the energy and fun that he brings to his classes is unparalleled. Romano RizziClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolRom was born and raised in London, England where he went to University to study IT (Information Technology). He has been working for Global Village International Preschool for more than five years and has taught at every level within the school. He has also worked for the Saturday Program for several years, again proving his versatility by excelling with both the preschool and elementary level children. Jason KajiClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolJason was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been living in Japan for 24 years. He has been working in education for nearly 12 years and has experience working with a wide age range of students that spans from early years in kindergarten to high school students. He is currently studying computer science as well to expand his knowledge base and to make better use of technology in the classroom. Jason has been with Global Village since 2012 and he specializes mainly in elementary school classes. Jason’s vast experience in the school and his teaching background (his mother is also a teacher) gives him a vast wealth of knowledge to draw from, always bring fresh ideas into the classroom each week. Nicholas EgglingtonClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolNicholas, or Nick as the children call him, comes to us from a town called Leigh-on-Sea in the south east of England in the UK. His hometown is famous for its beach and touting the longest pier in the world. He attended university in the north of England to study Film and he fell in love with many Japanese movies, which led to him making a plan to visit Japan. When he first arrived in the country he found himself teaching adults and children English and he has continued on that path for the last 8 years. This will be Nick’s second year with GVSP. Nick has worked with both the preschool and elementary levels in his time with the program and has done wonders in developing all of his children academically, socially, and emotionally. George GillettClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolGeorge came to Japan from Dorset in England. Dorset has some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. He studied History at the University of Exeter, and after that spent time volunteering at a Special Needs school in England. He has taught English to children here in Japan for six years. He loves teaching kids because they are always so curious to learn new things and they love to speak out. In his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, studying languages and, in spring and summer, holding BBQ parties Kaneshia Knight-LaurieClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolKaneshia was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She started volunteering at different children’s programs at the age of 12, and then went on to study Early Childhood Education. She has taught different curriculum of preschool in Toronto, including Montessori and the Reggio Emilia Approach. This is her second year teaching full time at Global Village in Japan, and has loved it. She enjoys working with young children because they are so unique and she is passionate about holistic development. During her free time she enjoys drawing, reading and exercising. Julian Houseman Classroom Teacher, Yamada School Mitsuyo KitamuraClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolMitsuyo has engaged in English education both at home and abroad specializing in Early Childhood care and has now been working at Global Village for over 10 years. She has taught at various levels throughout the school and has gained valuable knowledge about childcare through each of these experiences. Mitsuyo understands that English as a language contains many possibilities as a tool for communication. “My goal is to create an environment that aids children in having fun while learning English”. Aya FujiwaraClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolAya is from Osaka, Japan and she has been working for Global Village for several years now, specialising in younger aged children. She attended Kansai University and has been working with nursery age children for the past two years. She was born and raised in the Osaka area. She loves playing disc golf and traveling. Naoko YoshizawaClassroom Teacher, Yamada SchoolNaoko is from Nara, Japan and this is her first year with GVSP. She attended Mukogawa Women’s University where she majored in Preschool Education. After obtaining her preschool teaching license she taught for five years in a Japanese nursery school as well as a year teaching Japanese in Australia. She has experience with children from birth to five years old and she feels that learning English is a good opportunity for young age children to experience the wider world. She hopes she can share an enjoyable time growing and learning with the children in our school. Eri ItoMusic Teacher, Yamada SchoolEri was born and raised in Japan and she graduated from the Osaka University of Fine Arts with a major in voice. She has been teaching music at Global Village International Preschool since the school opened in 2001, more than 15 years ago! She has also been teaching music with our GVSP since it opened and has an incredible reputation for her ability to organise and execute her music lessons. The goal of her teaching style is to teach the fun and enjoyment of English through music. She understands that the point of commonality between English and music is that it is understood through listening, understanding, and then producing. She believes that learning English is very important and always strives to make lessons which will lead the children to develop ‘good ears’ for English. Shota UnagiPhysical Education Teacher, Yamada SchoolShota is a native of Tokyo, Japan and he graduated from Osaka Seikei Junior College. He is a holds a license in early childhood education and has been working for Global Village for more than 10 years as a classroom teacher and head of the physical education program. His main aim is to provide an active lesson that allows the children to build connections to their friends through movement and fun. Takatsuki-Ibaraki School Steven KayoProgram Director, Classroom Teacher, Takatsuki-Ibaraki SchoolSteve was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and has been living and working in Japan for almost fourteen years. In that time Steve has spent the last ten years teaching English, which he has found to be both an amazing and truly fulfilling pursuit. Steve has been with GVSP for three years and works primarily with the elementary school levels. Steve brings a lot of energy and laughter to his lessons and the connection he creates through it is truly amazing. Kyoko KitamuraProgram Administration, Takatsuki-Ibaraki SchoolKyoko was born in Takatsuki City, and grew up in Yokohama･Osaka and Fukuoka. She works in the office as an administrator on Saturday but she is stationed at Yamada school during the weekdays. She studied commercial science at University in Fukuoka, after that worked at some companies in there before returning to Osaka. In her free time she enjoys reading and traveling. She really hopes that we will have a great year together! Serena Da RosaClassroom teacher, Takatsuki-Ibaraki SchoolSerena was born in America and has been living in Japan for over 9 years. After graduating with a bachelors degree in Business Management & Administration, gaining certification as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and working at a daycare center in America, she decided to pursue her passion of teaching in Japan. She has gained a lot of experience as a teacher in Nursery, Elementary and Junior High schools in Japan as well as experience in managing an international school. She has been working as a Nursery teacher for Global Village for over a year and has worked in the field of global education for over 9 years. She has been apart of our Saturday School staff since the beginning of this year. She strives to create a learning environment that is inspiring, motivating, and fun. She is passionate about teaching, enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures and spending time with her family and friends. Kazumi FukaseClassroom Teacher, Takatsuki School Yui KimMusic Teacher, Takatsuki-Ibaraki SchoolYui was born in Okinawa, Japan and she attended University at Berkelee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She holds a Kid’s Music Program Instructor license called, “Music Together” and she has been teaching music to children as young as 3 and as old as 11 for more than 7 years.