At TIS, all of our homeroom teachers are fluent English speakers and are qualified to teach in their home countries (currently Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States). They also have teaching experience in elementary/junior high school settings and are comfortable working in an international environment.


Mrs. Judy Alfuen (Philippines) – PYP (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Alfuen graduated Cum Laude from the Philippine Normal College now Philippine Normal University with the degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education. She passed the Professional Board Examination for Teachers which qualifies her to teach K-12. She began her career at the age of 20 and whilst teaching she decided to pursue her post graduate studies. Mrs. Alfuen finished her Master of Arts in Education in 1998 and Master of Early Childhood Education in 2004. After 17 years of teaching in her native Philippines she moved to Vietnam and spent 3 years as a curriculum and test writer in a school in Ho Chi Minh City. She then became a Middle School Math Teacher in an international school there. She became an active member of the Saigon Mathematics Competition League of Coaches, where her school received the champion award for three consecutive years. Mrs. Alfuen was also one of the organizers of the SEAMC 2014 (a well-known Math Competition Group for South East Asian Countries). Her passion for teaching math led her to further study. She is currently enrolled in the online program of the University of the Philippines taking a Diploma in Mathematics Teaching which will conclude in 2016. Mrs. Alfuen’s teaching philosophy is to provide a high quality education and to empathize with and respect students, as she believes that each one has something special that can be built upon.

Mr. Craig Coleman (United States) – PYP, MYP (Music: Violin)
ColemanMr. Coleman was born in Jefferson City, Missouri. He began his violin studies at an early age and later continued his music studies in New York City as a student at the Mannes College of Music. After graduating from Mannes, he became a member of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and NYC Symphony, and toured Asia in 1988. He is currently performing as a recitalist in Japan and teaching violin in Tsukuba at Coleman Violin Studio.

Ms. Laura Dalgleish (United Kingdom) – PYP (Physical Education)
Ms. Dalgleish is from Edinburgh, Scotland. She graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She then gained her postgraduate diploma in teaching in 2014 from Strathclyde University (Scotland). Prior to coming to Japan, Ms. Dalgleish completed a qualification in Teaching English for Foreign Languages (TEFL) before starting at TIS in December 2015. Ms. Dalgleish’s past experience includes working as a physical education teacher at a high school in Scotland, in addition to having previously worked with both The University of Edinburgh and Dundee University as a tutor for higher education learning and management skills. Ms. Dalgleish also has experience as a primary years education sports coach and has gained coaching qualifications prior to her becoming a teacher. She enjoys rock climbing, basketball and all varieties of dance.

Mr. Jared Dano (Canada) – MYP (Individuals and Societies)
DanoMr. Dano graduated from the University of Manitoba, Western Canada’s oldest university, with two degrees. He has a B.Ed which he graduated from with the dean’s distinction. He is certified to teach kindergarten to Grade 12. Along with his B.Ed, he has a B.A with a double major in Asian studies and geography, and a minor in history. In addition to these credentials, he also completed the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL) program certified by TESL. Canada. Mr. Dano has had a variety of teaching experiences including teaching early years and middle years for the Aomori City Board of Education, early years at Lertlah School in Thailand, international students at the University of Manitoba, and middle and high school level in the public school system in Canada. To further his teaching expertise, he has completed many professional development sessions, including: An Introductory Workshop for the IB MYP, Implementing the MYP, Delivering Individuals and Societies in the MYP, Designing Authentic Assessment, and Global Contexts in the MYP. Mr. Dano’s teaching philosophy is to provide a high quality education that helps every child to become a responsible and productive member of the global community.

Mr. Andres Eguiguren (Chile / United States) – MYP (Individuals and Societies)
Mr. Eguiguren was born in Chile and grew up in that country as well as Venezuela and the United States. He obtained a B.A. in Plan II (Liberal Arts) with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. After obtaining his Texas Teacher Certification in Elementary and Bilingual/ESL (Pre-K to 6th Grade), he taught fourth grade in Texas and was the director of a pre-school and daycare in St. Louis, Missouri, before deciding to work and live overseas After briefly teaching at a university in Zhengzhou, China, Mr. Eguiguren was the Lead Teacher at two local high schools in the United Arab Emirates before pursuing his Master of Education in TESOL at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He went on to take on posts as Academic Director and Acting General Director at two language schools in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before joining the British International School Vietnam in that same city. It was at this time that Mr. Eguiguren became both an IELTS Examiner and an IGCSE English examiner. In 2005 he joined the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he taught MYP Humanities (now Individuals and Societies) and IB Diploma History as well as taking on the role of Head of the Humanities Department during his last two years there. He was also an IB Diploma examiner for two years and an MYP moderator for three years while at IST. Mr. Eguiguren has since continued to teach IB Diploma History, Theory of Knowledge and IGCSE History, as well as acting as a university and careers adviser, at Hiroshima International School and Nexus International School Malaysia. Most recently, he successfully helped Albanian College Tirana obtain IB Diploma candidate school status as the Deputy Head in charge of the high school programme. With his ten years of IB Diploma experience, Mr. Eguiguren looks forward to helping Tsukuba International School in its efforts to be authorised for the Diploma Programme and is delighted to return to Japan with his family.

Mr. Andrew Hayes (United Kingdom) — MYP (English)
Born on a small, idyllic island in the north of Kent in the United Kingdom, Mr Hayes went on to study Media and Journalism at Bournemouth University in England. After graduating from university in 2003 he went to teach English in Hanoi, Vietnam for three years, working with children and adults. He returned to the UK to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, majoring in English, at Canterbury Christ Church University. He then taught English Language and Literature at a secondary school in England, before embarking on an Eastern European odyssey in Hungary for six years. There, in the university city of Szeged, he taught English to high school students and later worked as an English Communications Manager for a large Hungarian conglomerate. Arriving in Japan in 2013, Mr Hayes commenced work at Tsuchiura Nihon University Secondary School, teaching English to 13-18 year old students. Now working at TIS, Mr Hayes is assisting the school with the English syllabus and developing the Diploma Programme. In his free time, Mr Hayes enjoys nothing more than sampling local Japanese delicacies and trying out interesting and innovative new restaurants. A keen traveller, his hobbies include scuba diving, cooking and reading as often as possible.

Mr. Youichi Hembo (Japan) – PYP, MYP (Music: Recorder)
HemboHaving graduated with a Physics degree from Tsukuba university, Mr. Hembo went on to study early music for 4 years with Pedro Memelsdorff at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona. He then moved to Zurich, Switzerland to continue his studies with Mr. Kees Boeke. At the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts, ZHDK) he was awarded a scholarship from the Swiss government (ESKAS), a rare opportunity in his field. After 2 years study there, he achieved a master’s degree with the highest mark and returned to Tsukuba in February 2009. He currently teaches at TIS in addition to the Nakal recorder school and Meikei High School. He regularly performs in Japan, notably playing Vivaldi’s Concert with the strings members of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and a duo concert with Mr. Kees Boeke.

Ms. Yoshie Hirano (Japan) – PYP and MYP Physical Education (Grade 1-10)
Ms. Hirano is from Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. She has a Master of Physical Education Degree in Education from Nihon University. She has specialized Teacher’s Certificates for Physical Education (Junior High School and High School). Her previous experience includes teaching swimming to Kindergarten and primary school students and teaching physical education at Nihon University as a teaching assistant. She was a physical education teacher in Bhutan for two years. She taught students who were from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and learned many important things in her life from them. She loves camping, cycling, relaxing on the beach, and exploring new places and cultures.

Mr. Mathew Kennedy (United States) — PYP (Kindergarten)
Mr. Mathew Kennedy is from Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania in the United States. He is a graduate of both Temple University and Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania graduating Manga Cum Laude at both universities. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Temple and his master’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from Drexel. While at Drexel, Mathew also worked in a local elementary school working as a paraprofessional in an emotional support classroom for K-3. He also obtained his Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in pre-kindergarten through 4th grade while at Drexel. After graduation, he immediately obtained a long term substitute position in a 1st grade classroom in a local elementary school. He continued in this position until being hired by Tsukuba International School. Mathew has extensive experience in both kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms with his time as a paraprofessional, student teaching and teaching experiences. Mathew is also a communications officer in the United States Army Reserve. He has been in the Army Reserve for 8 years. He is currently a Captain and will soon be promoted to Major. In his free time, Mathew loves distance running, DIY projects and being with his family.

Ms. Kim Marie Loupas (United States) – PYP (Pre-Kindergarten)
Ms. Kim comes from Columbus, Georgia. She graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education. She has two teaching certifications, Georgia Educator Certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Georgia Educator Certificate in Middle Grades (4-8) Math. After graduating university she spent five years in Shimane prefecture, working as an A.L.T., teaching English at two junior high schools. While in Shimane, she also volunteered at a Japanese preschool and participated in a local high school taiko group.

Ms. Peggy Marsh (United Kingdom) – PYP (Grade 2)
MarshMiss Marsh has experienced teaching all over the Middle East and Asia, but for the last 5 years has settled in Japan. She has over 5 years experience teaching a variety of PYP age groups and is currently the PYP Co-ordinator at TIS. Miss Marsh became a qualified teacher in 1997, earning a BA(Hons) degree from Bretton Hall College in northern England. She has continued her teaching education by attending many workshops and completing extra courses such as: Teaching ESL in mainstream classrooms; First Steps, Second Edition Writing; Attachment Disorders: Understanding and Behaviour Management Strategies; Planning, Teaching and Assessing the Five Essential Elements; The Role of Mathematics; and the Concept Driven Curriculum. Miss Marsh keeps up to date with the latest developments in education by reading many publications and subscribing to numerous web-feeds. When not teaching she love to exercise, go diving, take photographs. She completed the Tokyo marathon in 2012 and has been an assistant at a workshop held by a world famous photographer.

Ms. Nisha Mathson (India) – PYP (Grade 3)
Nisha completed her A-Levels and continued on to graduate from the University of New Delhi in United Arab Emirates with a Bachelors in Accounting and from Ryerson University in Canada with a Bachelors in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Upon graduation, she was in the corporate field teaching and working with adults in Canada and the United States of America before moving to India to pursue teaching children. It was the time spent at an international school (I.B. curriculum) in India that solidified her belief that teaching was an important aspect of her career and working with children was where her focus stayed. Her specialty was in teaching Math for students with learning differences from Grade 1 to 7. Nisha was the Math Coordinator for the PYP school while she completed her PGCEi (Post Graduate Certification in Education International) from the University of Nottingham before moving to Japan in 2015.

Ms. Hiroko Momohara (Japan) – PYP, MYP (Visual Arts)
MomoharaMs. Momohara graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies with a Bachelor of Arts. She is qualified to teach English at the junior high school and high school level. She worked as an English teacher in Japanese high schools for 11 years. While she was in Vienna with her husband and two sons for a year, she became interested in different educational paradigms, such as Waldorf/Steiner education. From 2000, she began to study education through art. She now holds art programmes for children and their parents and she enjoys playing the lyre (a small harp).

Mr. Stephen Okyne (United States) – PYP (Grade 4), Well-Being Coordinator
OkyneMr. Okyne is from New York. He has a Bachelor of Science (Behavioral Science) and a Masters of Science degree in Education which includes New York certification for grades 1-6. He has worked in public schools there and in Japan. He is a dedicated, resourceful and goal driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every student. Mr. Okyne enjoys listening to music, gardening, basketball and good game of football, American of course! Although, he is not a great cook, he does like to experiment and try new dishes. He likes to travel and his journeys have taken him to Taiwan, Korea, Mexico, Ghana, Thailand and England among other places. Mr. Okyne enjoys meeting new people and exploring different cultures.

Mr. Travis Pardy (Canada) — MYP (English)
Mr. Pardy is from the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. After completing a Bachelor of English, which included two years on the Dean’s List as a top-performing student, he worked in Japan for 6 years as an English instructor and office manager in the Tohoku area. After completing his Bachelor of Education back in Canada, Mr. Pardy taught for 3 years as teacher to both children and adult learners in Canada, while also volunteering on local boards and committees in the areas in which he worked. He then returned to Japan to work here at TIS with his family. He is delighted at the idea of teaching IB curriculum, as the IB’s mission statement fits well into his own personal educational philosophy of creating open-minded and reflective learners. Mr. Pardy holds Level 2 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Mr. Cameron Paterson (Australia) – PYP (Grade 5)
PatersonAfter completing a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University in Australia at the age of 21, Mr. Paterson moved to the United States to work for two years in a camp setting. During this time, he instructed students in outdoor education. Upon returning to Australia, he was director of a before- and after-school care program at a primary school for three years. These experiences convinced him that teaching was the right career for him. He returned to Monash to obtain a Graduate Diploma of Education. Since that time, Mr. Paterson has taught primary school students for twelve years in Australia, Singapore and Japan. Seven of those years have involved teaching in the Primary Years Program. To further his teaching expertise, he has completed many professional development sessions, including: Introductory Workshop for the IB PYP; Inquiry in the IB Programs From PYP to DP; PYP: Reading and Writing Through Inquiry; Maths in the PYP; Promoting Cyber Safety in our Schools; Differentiated Instruction; Independent Learning Time; Community Circles; First Steps Second Edition Writing Course; PYP: Planning, Teaching and Assessing the Five Essential Elements; and PYP: The Role of Mathematics. Mr. Paterson’s personal teaching philosophy is to provide a high quality education which ensures that every child fulfills his or her potential – academically, personally and socially. This occurs in a fun learning environment that fosters respect, a desire to learn and a commitment to achieving one’s best.

Ms. Thao Phan (United States) – PYP, MYP (Visual Arts)
Ms. Phan is from Austin, Texas. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts Studies with an emphasis in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Texas in Austin. For the past three years, Ms. Phan taught at Vandegrift, a public high school in Austin, where she grew and developed the sculpture and AP 3D programs. Ms. Phan`s primary goal is to help develop her students` appreciation for art, to help them become mindful and thoughtful members of the world. Ms. Phan wants to provide every student that leave her class with a healthy outlet of expression, to be able to think more creatively, not only in art, but in every aspect of life.

Ms. Naveeya Pumhiran (Thailand) – PYP (Pre-Kindergarten)
Ms. Naveeya graduated from Chulalongkon University, Bangkok, Thailand, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, First Class Honor. She studied Broadcasting and Performing Arts as her major and minor subject respectively. Being fluent in spoken and written in English, she became an English Tutor at a private English Institute for 3 years as well as instructing drama classes and workshops at various International Schools around Bangkok. Her teaching experience assured her that she’s on the right career path. She then decided to study her Master Degree in Drama and Theatre in Education at the University of Warwick, UK and graduated with Distinction. Naveeya came back to Thailand to teach drama for a year before moving to Japan with her family. She joined TIS as an afterschool care assistant for 2 years before becoming the preschool teacher’s assistant in 2016.

Ms. Rae-Ann Reyes (Philippines) – Learning Support (EAL)
Ms. Reyes graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (major) and Education (minor) in 2003 and a Master of Family Life and Child Development degree in 2012. After graduating, she taught preschool children in a local Chinese school for four years. She spent a year at Bannister Academy in the Philippines where she was a preschool program director and designed the preschool curriculum and policies. She then pursued further teaching experience in IB schools such as Cebu International School and Chinese International School Manila where, apart from preschool, she was also an elementary homeroom teacher, an elementary art teacher, and an IB Visual Arts teacher. In between teaching, she has also worked for Scholastic Books as an educational program consultant. Her hobbies include sewing, arts and crafts projects, travelling, and cooking. She makes handmade clothes and learning toys and resources as a passion project.

Ms. Rebecca Rooney (United Kingdom) – PYP (Pre-Kindergarten)
Miss Rebecca has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honours from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). During her time at university she volunteered in a variety of different capacities that allowed her to gain experience with children of various age groups, which led to her decision to attain a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Education from the University of Reading (England). After qualifying as an Early Years Teacher, Miss Rebecca was offered a teaching position in an IB kindergarten in Hong Kong where she taught pre-nursery children for one year before deciding to move to Japan. While working at the Victoria Educational Organisation in Hong Kong, Miss Rebecca attended numerous professional development opportunities including “Making the PYP happen in the classroom in the early years” Category 1, “PYP 3-5 Year Olds” Category 3, and the HKIS Literacy Institute’s “Reading and Writing Workshop”.

Mr. Goro Sakaguchi (Japan) – MYP (Sciences)
SakaguchiMr. Sakaguchi was born in Shizuoka, Japan and spent most of his childhood years in the United States. After completing his compulsory education, he returned to Japan and studied Geology at the Shizuoka University. He achieved his Diploma and teaching qualification in 1995, and since then, he taught at various schools and institutions both domestic and abroad. Mr. Sakaguchi has seven years of teaching experience in the IB MYP Program and he is very excited to implement the philosophy at TIS. On holidays he loves to travel, but on weekends, he cooks, swims, plays the piano, takes photos and much more.

Ms. Chiaki Shirata (Japan) – PYP (Japanese)

Ms. Satoko Sugaya (Japan) – PYP, MYP (Music: Recorder)

Ms. Dianne Suzuki (Australia) – PYP (Grade 1)
SuzukiWith three uncles as teachers influencing her childhood, it’s no surprise that Dianne dreamed of one day becoming a teacher. Graduating from Northern Rivers CAE (Southern Cross University) with a Diploma of Teaching, she set her sights overseas and found herself teaching English in Japan. Dianne was involved in TIS in its infancy, initially as a volunteer teacher, then a part time teacher, then finally as principal teacher before leaving to concentrate on her own family. Dianne’s many years as a teacher in a variety of settings and as a parent gives her a unique insight into the challenges that multi-lingual, multicultural and internationally-minded families face in Japan when trying to find the right educational setting for their children. Dianne is excited to be back at TIS to see the school grow and become what its founders dreamed it to one day be. “Education is not the filling of a bucket but rather the lighting of a fire”.

Ms. Mariam Tebourbi (Tunisia) – MYP (Design)

Mr. Douglas Thompson (Canada) – PYP, MYP (Music)
Douglas Thompson comes from Kingston Ontario Canada. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University at Kingston and an ARCT in piano from Toronto’s Royal Conservatory. While still living in Canada, Douglas taught piano to school aged children as well as lead church choral groups with both adults and children together. From the early 1980s to the early 1990s Douglas lived in the UK where he studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Alan Rowlands, and taught music at Benenden School for Girls in Kent and Montessori schools in London. He also became a qualified Montessori teacher. Later, Douglas trained as an English language teacher and broadened his work experience in Japan teaching English at schools in Saitama and Ibaraki Prefectures. He also studied Japanese. He holds an MA TESOL from the University of Surrey and a Master of Education from the University of Exeter. Having most recently finished 14 years teaching English in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, Douglas and his family have now settled permanently in Tsukuba where he now applies both skills of music and ELT.

Ms. Misako Wada (Japan) – PYP (Japanese) (Currently on leave)
Misako Wada graduated from International Christian University (Tokyo), with College of liberal arts. She has a certificate for teaching Japanese as a foreign language and teaching certificate for high school. She has been teaching Japanese as a foreign language at Japanese language school in Tokyo, University of San Carlos, Guatemala (as a JICA volunteer), and a private high school in Kochi prefecture. Although this is the first experience teaching at international school, she is very excited to explore this great opportunity.

Ms. Ayumi Woollard (Japan) – Librarian
Mrs. Woollard graduated from Capital Normal University (China) with a degree in Modern Chinese after 4 years living and studying in Beijing. She achieved the highest level in the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) (National Chinese Language Exam). Ayumi spent 5 years living in the UK where she studied English at London Metropolitan University before moving with her family to the English Lake District, home of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Ayumi’s experience as the parent of a lively 2-year-old has driven her interest in early years education and she is enjoying the opportunity to develop her professional knowledge at TIS.

Ms. Hiromi Yagishita (Japan) – PYP (Pre-Kindergarten)
YagishitaMrs. Yagishita has a degree in English Language and Literature from Meikai University. After graduating, she worked at Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel for five years before deciding to attend Seitoku University in order to obtain her license to become a nursery school teacher. She has five years’ experience teaching in a Japanese nursery school. Mrs. Yagishita joined TIS in 2009, specialising in working with our youngest students. She helps the students take their first steps towards developing their motor skills and reading and writing skills, and she also introduces them to various elements of Japanese culture. Mrs. Yagishita has attended three official IB PYP workshops (Making the PYP Happen (twice) and Teaching and Learning in the PYP) and attended an “Early Years Job-Alike” at Tokyo International School in 2011. She has also visited several international schools to observe and learn from their early years programmes.

School Counsellors

Ms. Kiyoko Koganei (Japan) – School Counsellor
KoganeiMs. Koganei completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at Salve Regina University and a Master of Science (Marriage and Family Therapy) at Fuller School of Psychology in the Unites States. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and a clinical psychologist in Japan. She worked in several counseling centers associated with a graduate school and in local schools from elementary through high school. She is currently working for a clinic in Tokyo with psychiatrists and other clinical psychologists and also going to another graduate school to advance her career and learn more about research in Psychology. In addition to the work in the clinic, she owns a private practice, Hope International Counseling, in Tokyo for people who seek a healthier emotional life. Her daily life is filled with meeting and listening to people and reflecting on the amazing journeys that individuals take. Her goal is to not lose the spirit of enjoyment even in the busy moment and to balance work and relaxation. She misses the cultural experiences which she enjoyed while she was overseas. TIS is giving her the joy and excitement of being around people from different parts of the world.

Ms. Naoko Saito (Japan) – School Counsellor
Ms. Naoko Saito completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Biola University and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in the Unites States. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Japan. She worked in a counseling center associated with a graduate school in the U.S., also in a mental clinic and a public child developmental center in Japan. Over the years, she worked with hundreds of children and their families as well as individuals and couples, and visited many nursery schools and preschools as a clinical therapist. She is currently working as a school counselor in local schools from elementary through junior high and also working in several public health centers providing counseling for parents of 1 to 5 year old children. She loves working with children and intends to further grow as a counselor. She enjoys taking a walk in the neighborhood sensing the change of seasons, also loves traveling to experience different cultures, including ethnic foods. She enjoys spending time at TIS especially because of its cultural diversity and beautiful nature around it.

Japanese Program Director

Ms. Akane Kono (Japan) – PYP, MYP (Japanese), Japanese Program Director, Guidance Counsellor
KonoMs. Kono has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Tsukuba and a Master of Arts in International Studies, also from the University of Tsukuba. She received an award for her master’s thesis. She has a certificate for teaching Japanese as a foreign language from the University of Tsukuba and teaching qualifications for both junior high school and high school (both in the “specialized” category, the highest one available in Japan). She has taught Japanese to both Japanese and foreign students at the Japan Aviation Academy and the University of Creation, and has given guest lectures at the University of Tsukuba and Ami International Exchange Association. Ms. Kono’s students have won awards for Japanese speech contests, Sakura Medal book trailers and haiku (Itoen haiku challenge). She has attended several IB PYP, MYP and DP workshops, both in-school at with other schools. She has also passed the 2nd Grade of the English Proficiency Test (Eiken) and Level 2 of the Secretarial Skills Proficiency Test. She is a member of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Second Language, Society of Japanese Language Education Methods (JLEM), the Japanese Association of Second Language Acquisition (JASLA), Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe (AJE) and the Mother Tongue, Heritage Language, and Bilingual Education Research Association (MHB) and Japan Association for Research into IB Education.

IB Programme Coordinators

Mr. Ian Woollard (United Kingdom) – Learning Support, PYP Coordinator, Vice Principal (Elementary School)
Mr. Woollard graduated from the University of Leeds (UK) with a distinction and honours in BA Chinese (Major) and Politics (Minor). After Leeds, he undertook a Master’s degree in International Development at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, completing a Master’s dissertation on education and economic development in Rural China. He completed his teaching qualification at the University of Cumbria (UK) and has since added a postgraduate certificate in Special Needs education. Ian was attracted to the IB Programme because of its strong emphasis on responsible international mindedness and social action. His professional interest in teaching remains tightly aligned to his belief that education should be emancipatory and have the capacity to effect positive social change. Ian has lived and worked in the UK, Romania, India and China and is enjoying his time in Japan. He is married to Mrs. Ayumi Woollard. They have two children, Sora and Haru.

Mr. Vincent Jan Africa (Philippines) – MYP (Mathematics), MYP Coordinator, Vice Principal (Middle School)
Mr. Africa is from the Philippines. He is a graduate of De La Salle Lipa, Philippines of BS Secondary Education Major in Mathematics with honors. After teaching High School Physics and Mathematics for two years in the Philippines, he moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where he worked in an international school. During his stay, he worked as a middle school mathematics teacher, discipline coordinator and programme coordinator. Mr. Africa also does work for the IB Asia Pacific Region as a Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Member and Building Quality Curriculum Reviewer. He has been sent to lead workshops and evaluate IB school programs in several different countries such as Indonesia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Australia.

Mr. Peter Congreve (Australia) – MYP Mathematics, DP Coordinator, Vice Principal (High School)
Mr. Congreve is an honors graduate of engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia. His specializations lie in engineering, design & technology, physics, the earth sciences and mathematics; he also holds additional qualifications in computer programming. After graduating, Mr Congreve found himself drawn to education and spent many years tutoring in Australia and Japan before winning a coveted scholarship from Education Queensland to return to his alma mater to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Mr Congreve graduated with a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and spent several years teaching science, mathematics and senior physics in Far North Queensland, before returning to Japan. As a passionate believer in the IB and its role in building multicultural understanding and empowering young men and women to engage socially and professionally at an international level, he is excited to have joined TIS in 2014. Mr Congreve is married with two children, and lives in Tsukuba.

(Note that we are a candidate school for the DP; candidacy does not guarantee authorization.)


Ms. Shaney Crawford (Canada) – Principal
CrawfordMs. Crawford is originally from Canada. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Language and Linguistics from Queen’s University (Canada), a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University (Australia), and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Tsukuba (Japan). She has received several academic awards including the Governor General’s Academic Medal for highest standing graduate in her high school, an annual provincial scholarship and a one-time scholarship for high standing in her faculty at Queen’s University, a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Japan, and an award for her master’s thesis at the University of Tsukuba. She has completed three PYP workshops (Pedagogical Leadership in the PYP in 2011, Making the PYP Happen in 2010 and 2011), three MYP workshops (Delivering the MYP in 2011, Global Contexts in 2015, Approaches to Learning in 2016), three DP workshops (DP for Administrators in 2014, Academic Honesty in 2016, Librarians, also in 2016) and two cross-programme workshops (Governance in 2016, Creating Inclusive Classrooms in 2017). She has also attended job-alikes and visited many of the IB schools in Japan, and a number of schools in Hong Kong, to observe classes and learn more about their IB implementation. She has passed Levels 3, 2, and 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Levels 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 of the Japan Kanji Aptitude Test, and Levels 7, 6, 5 and pre-4 of the Japanese Language Examination. Ms. Crawford originally came to Japan in 1995, and has been involved with Tsukuba International School since 2004. She has been serving as the Vice President of the Japan Council of International Schools since 2012, and she sits on several governmental committees at the city and prefectural level.

Ms. Joanne Handa (United Kingdom) – School Manager
HandaMrs. Handa graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons.) in International History and Politics and came to Japan in 1999 on the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme (JET). She lived and worked in Fukushima prefecture for 7 years, as an assistant English teacher and then as a coordinator for international relations. After completing an MA in Advanced Japanese Studies from the University of Sheffield, she has undertaken administrative work, including English editing and Japanese to English translation, for Sumitomo Life, Tokyo National Museum, and the National Institute for Environmental Studies. She has passed Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and joined the TIS administration team in February 2011.

Ms. Hisae Kitazawa (Japan) – Financial Officer