Meet the Staff
Hello! My name is Takako, and I am the school manager at Smile Kids, where I also oversee school orientations. Encountering new people always brings me joy.
My enduring passion for English and working with children led me to obtain a certification in Early Childhood English Education. I am constantly exploring new teaching methods and discovering engaging children’s books. My primary goal is to assist children in developing their unique personalities, teaching them to value themselves, and building their confidence. I aim to make learning English an enjoyable and enriching experience!
I warmly invite you to visit Smile Kids and am looking forward to meeting everyone.
Hello! I’m Bob, and I’m in charge of the kinder class.
My mother is an English teacher. She ran a private English preschool in Zambia for several years. I probably got the inspiration to teach English from her!
What makes me happy is when I see children overcoming their fear of using English. As such, I specialize in making kids comfortable as they learn.
My goal at Smile Kids International is to assist the children to develop in their English skills. I know that every child has the potential to learn and speak English confidently!
S.K.I is a place where children can be immersed in an English-friendly environment. So please come and meet us!
Hello! My name is Nana. I’m very happy to be back here at Smile Kids International, after working with students with intellectual/emotional disorders at public elementary and junior high schools for 8 years. I studied child psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno USA for 4 years, and after graduating, I stayed in Columbia, South Carolina for 2 years. I also taught younger children English at Abiko for more than 5 years. I really enjoyed my experience there. While interacting with various types of children, I learned how important the childhood environment is.
Here at, Smile Kids International, we want children to value their own individualities, feel secure and confident, and have a lot of fun. We also want the children to say “we did it!” “we can do it!,” with confidence! This will be a good chance for us to talk in English too! Let’s have fun learning English together!
Hello! My name is Nao. I am the nursery class teacher.
I studied in Boston when I was a college student, and I am a licensed preschool teacher. I like outdoor activities such as camping and rock-climbing. I have experience working as a bilingual teacher at an international preschool. I will take advantage of my experience and keep challenging myself. I’ll be happy to make a cheerful, and good environment for the students at school. I hope the children will love Smile Kids and realize English is fun.
Hello, I’m Juliana, an English teacher at Smile Kids International. With over a decade of experience teaching English in Japan, I am passionate about creating dynamic learning environments. Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages, my career has been dedicated to fostering language acquisition. Throughout my extensive experience spanning more than 10 years as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Japan, I have had the privilege of creating engaging and supportive atmospheres for students, helping them develop not only as English learners but also as individuals exploring their full potential.
My dedication to multilingual education goes beyond the classroom, reaching into the successful establishment of a trilingual environment for my own children. I am confident that this personal experience not only enhances my teaching approach but also provides a profound understanding of both the challenges and joys associated with language acquisition. I am devoted to contributing to the growth and development of our students at Smile Kids International, cherishing the opportunity to instill a love for learning in each young mind.I look forward to welcoming you and your family to Smile Kids International School, where learning is filled with smiles, growth, and shared moments!
Hi! My name is Katherine. I’m back here at Smile Kids International from Italy. I’m half English and Japanese and I myself grew up in an environment where I used both English and Japanese. I would like to show the children at Smile Kids how wonderful it is to be bilingual. I am experienced in teaching English, especially phonics. I try to keep a perspective close to the children and want to teach them the joy of using English through play! Let’s have fun together!
Hi! I’m Saori!
I was born in Guam and raised in Hawaii. The first time I lived in Japan was when I decided to attend a Japanese university. After graduating I decided to pursue my education in England, and studied International Human Rights Law specializing in women and children’s rights. I’ve been teaching English to Japanese children for seven years, and this experience has made me a firm believer of giving pep talks, or encouraging children so that they can be more confident with themselves, and also with what they do.
At Smile Kids International, I would like to guide and cheer on the children so that each and everyone will be able to say “I can do it!” So let’s start having fun!
Hello, my name is Tomoko. After the birth of my eldest daughter, I became interested in community welfare. As such, I worked in the field of child welfare and welfare for the elderly. I first fell in love with English when I was in elementary school. One of my tutors at the time mixed English into her subject to make it fun! I enjoyed that and wanted to learn more English. I will commit to supporting the children at Smile Kids in their efforts to learn English in the same way I did when I was a child. We will all enjoy English together!
Hello, everyone! I am Kaoru!
After graduating from college, majoring in Child English Education, I worked at a cram school for 7 years, teaching children aged from 2 to 15 years old. When I was a student, I always wanted to go abroad and be able to speak English. Because I longed for the life I saw in American movies I studied abroad and did a homestay.
I studied to qualify as a kindergarten teacher in the U.S. and worked at a private kindergarten in L.A. California, utilizing my elementary school English teacher qualification as well.
Now I am here at Smile Kids International and I am very excited to teach English and learn together with joy! Every child has infinite potential. Let’s nurture a caring heart, rich in sensitivity through learning about Japan and different cultures in the world.
Hello! I’m Laila from Bangladesh. My love for children inspired me to pursue a degree in Child Development and Social Relationship from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Holding a Masters degree, I’ve gained extensive experience in working with children. Previously, I served for UNICEF as a Case Management Supervisor, providing psychological support to children and creating awareness among parents on proper child care and education. I also worked with children with special needs. Now, I’m relishing my time at Smile Kids, interacting with these amazing children. At Smile Kids International, we prioritize children’s ‘learning in English’ rather than just ‘learning English’. Come visit us!
Hello! I am Shinobu!
I have studied English linguistics in Canada.
My experience in Canada as learning English, meeting teachers and lovely friends, working with various people around the world, brought me to study Early Childhood Education.
After coming back to Japan, I had the chance to work as a teacher for children from infant to junior high, as a mentor, leader, and manager for ALT teachers.
I am sure that every child has unlimited potential and I would like to encourage them and get the best out of them.
I would be happy to help each child develop with a full smile at Smile Kids International.
I’m Dona and I find myself as a nursery supporter. I fancy spending time with toddlers and help them develop their knowledge in all fields while introducing them to the massive universe around them. Before starting my career at Smile Kids International, I worked as an optometrist in the beautiful land of Kenya.
I can describe dancing and singing as my main hobbies and I also entertain myself by studying about various cultures and languages. I am a sporty person along with some good teaching qualities and unique techniques. My main and only intention is to take care of the young generation while keeping them happy at any cost.
Hello! I’m Mitsue. It is my belief that learning English expands children’s ability to communicate with many people from different countries and cultures.
I believe all children at Smile Kids can learn English through playing, singing, dancing, and interacting with their classmates. I hope they enjoy their time with us at school.
Hello, my name is Maki.
I have returned to my favorite place “Smile Kids International” with more experience and more power! I have been working at Smile Kids International for 13 years, and I am happy to be able to work with the children again in this cheerful and English-speaking environment. I will also introduce Japanese culture to the children through origami and nursery rhymes.
I look forward to meeting you all!
Hello, my name is Kotomi.
When I was in elementary school, I attended an English conversation class. It was my first time to learn English, and we enjoyed seasonal events and played games using English. This experience made me realize that English was fun! And I want to be able to use it more! I have been studying English since then.
I am currently enrolled in graduate school where I am learning how to support children so that they can be themselves and develop their individuality. I will do my best to support these wonderful children who attend Smile Kids International so that they can enjoy their studies, and also develop their individuality!
Hello! My name is Lucy. I am from China. I used to be an English teacher in China. English is the pursuit of my study. I believe the limits of language is the limits of the world. English is an important tool to know the world. By being able to read in English, we can acquire more knowledge and expand our values. We can understand the world from a different perspective!
At Smile Kids International, I would like to guide children to love English and gain more confidence and enjoyment!
Hello, my name is Sachie.
After graduating from university, I worked for a financial institution. However, after giving birth, I devoted myself to raising my children and, interacting with their school by volunteering as a board member, and participating in various school activities.
Through working with many children, I became interested in the fields of childcare and education, and therefore decided to work as a member of staff at Smile Kids International.
With the tools I have gained from raising children, I would like to support everyone at Smile Kids so that they can come to school with a smile on their face.
I look forward to meeting you all!
P.E. class：K.K. Jacpa
School Lawyer：Ayako Kino
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.