- Mark 【Senior Teacher】
- Mark Gardner
I’m from Brize Norton, a village in the Cotswolds in the UK. The Cotswolds have a reputation for being quiet but where I’m from there is an air base and every day is filled with the sound of jet engines. I loved growing up there.
I became interested in Japan after studying the Meiji Period at university. The country seemed so different to the UK that I wanted to see it for myself and to know why it’s so fascinating to many Westerners. I had worked in China and Poland before coming to Japan, and the differences I saw in those places only made me want to explore Japan even more. Having lived here now for 11 years and married into a Japanese family I’m still finding things to explore. I may never be able to say “I know Japan” but it will be fun to keep exploring.
I enjoy assisting newer teachers in finding their feet in the school and helping them get settled with ideas for activities and games, imparting my knowledge to help them should they need it.
I also enjoy coordinating with the Japanese staff, to provide a link with the teachers and to assist in helping the school to function smoothly. I believe that the Senior Teacher is vital in this role as the Japanese staff have a dedicated teacher they can talk to at any time without hesitation about any issues.
I wish to keep students satisfied with their lessons and learning experiences at my School and to give them the motivation to keep learning with us. Importantly too I want the school to be a place teachers and staff feel happy to work at, where they feel they are valued and contribute towards the overall success and health of the school.
- Joseph 【Senior Teacher】
- Joseph Ribas
I’m from Port Orange, FL in the USA.
I’ve come to Japan to teach English to motivated learners, expand my skills as an educator, and experience life in an urban setting.
I enjoy seeing individuals learn and progress, and teaching allows me to facilitate a direct improvement in the language abilities of others. Language instruction, in particular, allows a teacher to help students to make new friends, travel with confidence, and improve their work opportunities.
My personal target for the school is to provide our community with a fun, effective, and high-quality immersive English language education. I want to foster and grow a love for English language, promote good learning habits, and help our students meet their individual goals.
- Sean 【Senior Teacher】
- Sean O’Leary
I’m from Redcar in the North-East of England.
I wanted an exciting adventure, and being a Sci-Fi fan, Japan seemed like the country of the future.
It’s very rewarding to be able to help people build a skill like learning English.
It’s a chance to share my experience and knowledge with newer teachers. It’s a great feeling when a teacher thanks you for helping them with a good game or activity for their lesson.
I want to create a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere. Building a solid rapport with students, teachers and school counselors is essential to success.