Meet the Staff
Hello everyone, my name is Jason Pegg. I am the Head Teacher at Smile Kids International. I’m originally from America, but have been living in Japan for the last 5 years. This will be my 5th year teaching at Smile Kids and I’m really enjoying working with the children here every day. My wife is Japanese and we have a son together. I’ve had a wonderful experience living in Japan and look forward to many more great years in this beautiful country. In my free time I love watching baseball, playing golf, studying web design and spending time with my family. I will do my best to create a positive learning environment and teach my students English to the best of my ability. Let’s have fun learning English at Smile Kids!
Hi. My name is Yoko and I’m the Kinder class assistant.
I went to University and received a degree as a Nursery and Kindergarten teacher.
After graduation, I worked in a Japanese nursery school for several years and then moved overseas for 2years to work as a nanny.
My hobbies include hiking and running.
At Smile kids, there are a lot of opportunities for the children to increase their curiosity and possibilities not only through English education but also through a variety of different classes.
I will do my best to create a positive and fun learning environment!
I’m looking forward to meeting you all.
Hello! I’m Karen.I’m the Nursery Teacher. I was born in America and I spent about 7 years in America and Canada. Because of this, my English sounds native. Although my English hasn’t developed because I grew up only speaking English as a child, so I am still studying English now. I’m also studying for International Early Childhood Education and Montessori Education now.
I hope the kids who are in our school will enjoy English and also have a lot of fun everyday.
Hello! My name is Takako. I am the office 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 see Smile Kids, I’m looking forward to meeting everybody.
Hello Everyone. My name is Mark. I’m from England and have been living in Japan for almost 11 years. I absolutely love Japan and enjoy teaching English to Japanese children very much. I feel so happy to join such a wonderful new school with very nice staff and so many lovely children. In my free time I love watching movies, traveling and doing Aikido. I look forward very much to meeting you and having the pleasure of teaching your lovely children. I will always do my best to teach your children excellent English and many other important childhood development skills. Let’s have fun learning English and be happy. Warm regards!
Hello and Konnichiwa!
My name is Hineira and I am from New Zealand. I am brand new to Japan and brand new at Smile Kids! My partner and I moved to Japan during the middle of this year (2017) and we absolutely love it here, especially the Japanese food and people. 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!
My name is Monica. I am a Japanese and a Canadian citizen whom was born andraised in Japan and went to Canada for high school and university. I studied business during my time at university and now have honors bachelor of commerce and a minor in geography. My mother has been teaching English in Japan for a long time, and has inspired me to follow in her footsteps. I am looking forward to working with the kids at Smile Kids, learning, and having fun!!
Hi I am Lea. As your kids teacher, I know that I have an important role to build a foundation for your child’s little mind. I believe that it takes a big heart to help shape a little mind. I can assure you that my heart for your kids is big enough to teach and help them become a well-rounded individual. Thank you so much for entrusting your kids to me. I am looking forward to more fruitful & exciting years ahead.
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.
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.
I am the school bus driver, Hitoshi Arima. This is my third year working at Smile Kids. My hobby is to practice Taekwondo. Whenever I drive the bus, I’m always checking our students’ faces, how they are and who’s s sleeping. I am concerned how fast we drive around curves and corners for the students who are taking a nap. And I do my best to send all the students safely back to their guardians every day.
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.