Meet the Staff
Hello! My name is Takako. I am the school manager and in charge of school orientation. It is always a pleasure for me to encounter new people. I have always enjoyed studying English and working with children. This led me to obtain a certificate in Early Childhood English Education. I am still constantly searching for new teaching activities and children’s books.
My goal is to help the children develop their personalities, treasure themselves, build confidence and show them that English is fun!
Please come and see Smile Kids, I’m looking forward to meeting everybody.
Hello, my name is Joanne. I am from Singapore and I have lived in seven countries but Japan is my home now.
It has been eighteen years since I have been working with young learners in Tokyo.
As a teacher, it is a commitment to help children develop academically and socially in order for them to become well-rounded lifelong learners. Children should enjoy learning English through fun lessons and activities. Teaching is a passion and I treasure the time working with children and seeing them improve by leaps and bounds. Let’s have fun learning English with us!
Hello! My name is Nao. I am the nursery class teacher and Mommy and Me class teacher.
I studied in Boston when I was a college student, and I am the licensed preschool teacher. I have experience working not only as a bilingual teacher at an international preschool. I will take advantage of my experience and keep challenging myself. I’ll be pleased to cheerfully make a good environment for the students to their school life. I hope the children will love Smile Kids and realize English is fun.
Greetings to everyone! My name is Sachiko.
I am half Filipino-half Japanese. I grew up with my Grandparents in the
Philippines. After graduating college at an international school in the
Philippines, I decided to live here in Japan for good. 2 years ago I couldn’t
speak Japanese very well and so I decided to learn Japanese.
Although I am just starting to work here at Smile Kids, I know how the kids
feel when their parents send them to our school, because I was once a child
too. That is why I try my best to make the children feel at home and
try to stand as a good example and be their guardian.
Hello,there! I’m Kumiko. This is my 5th year working at this school. After college, I worked for the Embassy of Japan in the U.S. I hope to help all students to discover the joys of education I enjoy playing with kids, and I am excited to spend time With them, Let’s enjoy learning English!
Hello. My name is Sayuri. I get a lot of energy from the children at ”Smile Kids”every day.☻ I hope to help the children enjoy school life and learning English. I like reading ,traveling, and going to Disneyland.
Hello, My name is Elisa. I am the care assistant. It has only been a year since I came to Japan and I am very happy to have found a school like “Smile Kids International” where their goal is to make children feel like it is their second home by providing a safe and fun learning environment. I am excited to be a part of this new journey where I can learn and watch the children and myself grow.
My name is Alani.I am looking forward to working with the kids at Smile Kids, learning, and having fun!!
Hello and Konnichiwa!
My name is Hineira and I am from New Zealand. I studied a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Teaching. I am a qualified school teacher and worked in New Zealand teaching 6, 7 and 8 year olds. This age group is a new but exciting challenge for me and I am lucky enough to be working with different age levels at Smile Kids. Like all the staff at Smile Kids, I too hold a lot of passion for teaching and learning and just love being able to be creative and teach English in a fun and interesting way to get your child motivated. I cannot wait to spend time with your child and learn together!
Hello, my name is Kyuji Tanaka and I’m the new bus driver. I have experience working as a preschool bus driver. I will remember the bus route correctly. I will try my best to drive safely.
I am the bus attendant, Maki. I have a 23year old son and a 18 year old son. I love cooking! I have been doing my best to cook hearty meals for my growing boys with healthy ingredients. I have been working at Smile Kids since 2006 as a bus attendant. I will continue to take care of the students to the best of my abilities.
Shousinn#3 Building 2F 1-6-6 Kitakashiwa Kashiwa-shi Chiba Japan
When you come by train
Please come toward the south exit and pass by “Hidakaya”, and then come straight ahead along the railroad.The road is parallel to the railroad.
Turn left at the third block and the school building is on your left.
Smile Kids International is on the 2nd floor.
It takes about 3 minutes from Kita-Kashiwa Station on foot.
When you come by car
When you come from the direction of Kashiwa on the route 6, you will see the sign “北柏入口”（to Kitakashiwa).
Please get down from the route 6 there, and make a right turn at the first intersection.
And then please make a left turn right after the viaduct of railroad. You can find the big sign on the roof of the small white building ahead.
When you come from the direction of Kita-Kashiwa station, go straight ahead to the first intersection and turn right. Follow that road and turn right just before going under the train tracks.
You will see the Smile Kids International sign on the building in front of you.