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 methods 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 Sachiko.
I’ve been working here at Smile Kids for 9 years. My older sister use to work here and watching her I was hoping to work at Smile Kids one day.
I was raised in the Philippines with my grandparents. I’ve been going to an International school since I was a child and after I graduated university I decided to live in Japan with my parents.
I learned English through many experiences. I understand the feeling from being away from our parents since we’re spending time at school so, I will like to make a fun learning environment here at Smile Kids.
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, my name is Ashley and I’m from the beautiful country of Canada. Working as an ESL teacher for 20 plus years working primarily with children is a joyful challenge that brings great satisfaction when I witness their small successes when using English.
Smile Kids is a real inspirational school, the teachers including myself are always striving for ways to bring joy, love and passion for learning with inventive and creative ways.
Hello, there! I’m Kumiko. This is my 13th 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!
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 Liucija and I am from Lithuania. Growing up in a small country encouraged me to put a lot of effort into learning English, so that I would be able to communicate more with the outside world. This also made me realize the importance of learning English from a very young age. Children are incredible at picking up new languages just by being in an English environment and playing games with English speakers at Smile kids International. It’s a big honor for me to not only witness that but be a part of it myself. I strive to help every child to be able to express themselves in English, while also enjoying the process of learning it.
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.
Hi! I am Anju!
I am from India. I have Bachelors in Engineering, with a major in Computer Science.
I have been fortunate to teach students from various schools and colleges. I like to interact with children and parents and I love it when many children try to converse in English.
At Smile Kids International, my goals are to help students of all ages and levels of education with a focus on helping them develop skills that will help them feel confident in interacting in English without any hesitation.
I am enjoying working with the children at Smile Kids International!
Let’s smile and learn!
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!
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.