Nigel Barker

British
Teaches Design, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Science
IT Coordinator
Previously taught in UK, Tunisia, Colombia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Zambia

I joined HIS long ago, and really enjoy working here! My previous experience was mostly teaching Chemistry, and I continue to be a senior examiner for the IB. My interests include the outdoors, playing the guitar, and surfing poorly.

Guy Dormer

New Zealand
Teaches Grades 4 & 5
Previously taught in New Zealand and Vietnam

I am from Auckland, New Zealand and have been teaching Grade 4-5 classes internationally for 9 years. As a classroom teacher I am passionate about student achievement, and about ensuring that the classroom culture is one which is safe, supportive and challenging. Prior to coming to HIS I have worked in Auckland and in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My interests outside school include hiking, reading, learning languages, traveling and cricket.

Kathryne Imabayashi

Canadian
Primary Vice-Principal and PYP Coordinator
Previously taught in Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Thailand, Georgia, and Qatar

Kathryne Imabayashi has been involved in early childhood and elementary education as a teacher, coordinator and administrator. She received her Master of Education degree from Framingham University, USA. In the course of her career, Kathryne has taught children in Early Years, Elementary, Middle School and College level. She experienced creating her own school while living in Fukuoka, as well as opening a preschool in Qatar. Kathryne is passionate about children experiencing the joy of learning and excited to join the HIS team.

Matt Jungblut

USA and Ireland
Teaching Assistant in Grades 4 & 5
Previously taught in USA, Japan

I arrived in Hiroshima in 2014 and began my association with HIS as a parent when my daughter started attending EC in 2016. Since then I have also been active as a PTA member and on the HIS Board of Trustees. I hold a Masters degree in Elementary Education. I am passionate about teaching and look forward to returning to the classroom after taking several years off to raise my daughter. Most of my teaching career has been spent as a fifth-grade homeroom teacher and lead English Language Arts teacher, so I am particularly excited about working with our fourth and fifth graders and bringing them a love of reading. My hobbies and interests are numerous, but I particularly enjoy barbecuing, travelling, baseball, kayaking, DJing, and having long chats and funny stories.

Marybeth Kamibeppu

American
Teaches English as an Additional Language, and English in the secondary school
Previously taught in Thailand, US, Japan

I started working at HIS in 2015. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and working collaboratively with my colleagues, so I love being at HIS. My professional interests include bilingualism, extended reading and volunteering to support teachers. When I get away from school, I can usually be found attending sports activities, trying to exercise or meeting friends for coffee.

Mika Kiriake

Japanese
Teaches PE throughout the school including Life skills in G6-10
Previously taught in USA, Japan

I began my teaching career in the United States. I have taught at universities and have been teaching Japanese at HIS since I came back to Japan. I have a degree in teaching foreign languages. I also have been an IB workshop leader for DP Language B since 2013. I enjoy interacting with my students very much. My interest includes playing tennis, reading both in English and Japanese, and chatting over cafe latte and sweets.

Junko Koibuchi

Japanese
Teaches Japanese in Grades 4 – 12
Previously taught in Japan, Thailand, and Sri Lanka

I began working at HIS in summer 2011. I have been teaching Japanese language and literature for over fifteen years in Japan and overseas. It is my pleasure to see my students smile in the classroom. I enjoy teaching and learning languages. I also enjoy exploring different cultures including our own culture especially Japanese tea ceremony. I love traveling, reading, yoga and playing badminton.

Ayako Kurokawa

Japanese
Teaches Art and Design
College Counselor
Previously taught in Japan

I joined Hiroshima International School in 2015. I am originally from Hiroshima, born and raised up until high school, then moved to Toronto, Canada to do my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Arts. After returning to Japan, I have taught both Japanese and DP curricula at local Japanese schools. I love teaching art classes and interacting with students who are inspired and motivated! I am also an examiner for DP Visual Arts since 2011, IB workshop leader for both CAS and DP Visual Arts, and DP school visiting team member since 2013. I love visiting galleries and museums and I also love watching my daughter draw.

Yumi Kyogoku

Japanese
Teaches PYP Japanese
Previously taught in the USA

I joined HIS in 2015. I was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. I have a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Education from the US. I worked at elementary schools in the US for 17 years. My goals as a teacher are to support students in a variety of ways, provide opportunities to successfully participate in a safe learning community, and help them to become a lifelong learner. Outside of school I love swimming and walking with my dog.

Justin Lancon

American
Inquiry Support Instructor (Library-based)
Previously taught in America and Japan

I started in the library at HIS in the summer of 2018 after spending a few years teaching here in Japan and in America. I’ve been lucky enough to experience teaching students of all ages, from babies to the elderly, though most of my experience is in junior high school. Academically, I find a lot of joy in research, and I love helping students grow their knowledge and understanding. My hobbies include reading, archery, photography, and performance driving. On the weekend, you might find me out at the range, at the circuit, or in my home away from home, Ehime.

Annie Levasseur

Canadian
DP Coordinator
Teaches DP Global Politics TOK and MYP Individuals & Societies
Previously taught in Poland and the Republic of Georgia

I am originally from Montreal, Canada and have been teaching internationally since 2008. This is my third year at HIS. Outside of work, I enjoy learning languages, traveling, photography, reading, playing music and cooking. My teaching experience has brought me to engage with all three IB programs and I have been an examiner for DP history since 2013. I am a big supporter of the IB’s educational philosophy and am happy to be contributing to its development at HIS.

Alexandra Omukova

Russian
Teaches Mathematics
Previously taught in Russia, USA and Japan

Alexandra decided to become a teacher at the age of 6. At 4th grade she seriously thought about which subject she would want to teach, mathematics or English? Her homeroom teacher gave her an idea that she might be able to do both. Alexandra has earned a Master Degree in Mathematics at Yakutsk State University. Since then, Alexandra taught different ages in Russia, USA and Japan. Her passion for education and mathematics brought her to HIS.

Damian Rentoule

Australian
Principal
Previously taught in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Hawaii

Dr Damian Rentoule, Principal at Hiroshima International School (HIS), has been involved in education as a teacher and administrator in Australia, Japan, Brunei Darussalam and the United States. Damian received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and pedagogy from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Masters in Education degree from the University of England, Australia during his educational journey and long ago realized that learning is a lifelong pursuit. Damian has taught in PYP, MYP and DP classes during his educational career and is a workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuing to be involved in various aspects of IB teacher training. Damian is passionate about education and is enjoying working with the wonderful team at HIS.

Karen Sallie

Canadian
Teaches Grades 2 and 3
Previously taught in Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and various other locations

This is my fourth year at HIS. Previously, I taught with Cirque du Soleil, on tour teaching artists and children of artists. I have also taught in Canada, South Korea, and Taiwan, specializing in teaching ESL and in teaching communication skills to students with hearing loss. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, knitting and exploring new places.

Shinobu Sasahara

Japanese
Teaching Assistant in Grades 2 and 3
Previously taught in Japan

I joined HIS in 2002 as a TA. I taught English to all ages from 3-year-olds to adults at various language schools before that. I have also worked as an ESL teacher. This year I am working in the Kindergarten and Grade 1 class as a TA again, and I am excited about working with that age group. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading and drawing.

John Savage

Canadian
Secondary Vice-Principal and MYP Coordinator
Teaches Mathematics and Humanities
Previously taught in the Canada, Japan, and Oman

I first began my career in small, community-minded schools like HIS. In 2002 I launched my international journey in Fukuoka, Japan and then spent the last 10 years in Muscat, Oman at a three IB program school as the Middle School Principal. I began my career as a physical education teacher but have taught in the classroom from Grades 2 through 9. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed a variety of administrative and teaching assignments. Outside of school, I enjoy all forms of activity that provide a balance in my life.

Samuel Sheehy

British
Teaches English and Design
Previously taught in the UK, Spain, and Japan

I started as a language teacher in Japan before returning to secondary education in the UK and then teaching internationally in Spain. Literature is my first love and I write in my free time. I also enjoy running, skiing, watching football and wandering around cities.

Edwina L. Sylvestre

American
Librarian and Early Childhood Teaching Assistant
Previously taught in USA, Japan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

I’m originally from Port-au-Prince and began my teaching career in Hiroshima, Japan in 2002 as an English teacher. I have since taught French, 3rd Grade, and worked as a Learning Support teacher. This year, I will be working as a TA in the Early Childhood department and I’m excited to embark on this new adventure. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, sewing, and spending quality time with my 2-year-old son.

Takako Tokunaga

Japanese
Teaches Music throughout the school

I have been teaching at HIS since 1994. I coordinate school music events such as Festive Eve and the annual Spring Concert. Directing the primary chorus and secondary orchestras is always an inspiring challenge and sharing the pleasure of making music is my life-long joy. I have joined the IB Educator’s Network to lead workshops for candidate school educators especially in Japan, and have become a member of the IB DP Music Curriculum Revision Committee since 2014. When not working, I enjoy gardening, fishing, and listening to my son’s daily reports.

Marisa Villarreal

USA
Teaches Kindergarten and Grade 1
Previously taught in the USA, China, and Lithuania

I am excited to be joining the HIS community and look forward to learning with the KG/1 students next school year! In addition to working as a classroom teacher both in the United States and internationally, I have spent significant time assessing students for Special Education. I am a strong believer in lifelong learning and in ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all students. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, photography, and immersing myself in different cultures.

Robert L. Washington

American
Teaches Science and Biology
Previously taught in the USA, Japan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

I am very excited to become part of the HIS family. I hail from Memphis, Tn, and I have been teaching science in various countries for the better part of a decade. I have lived in Japan before and worked as an English teacher. Now, I return to this fantastic country to begin a new adventure. During my time away from academia, I enjoy reading, traveling, weighting lifting(when I have the opportunity) and spending quality time with my family.

Yoko Yanagi

Japanese
Teaches Japanese A in the secondary school
Previously taught in Japan

I have been teaching at HIS since 2008. I am a Specialist teacher of Japanese Classical Literature. I love Japanese culture and history and enjoy travelling to Nara and Kyoto to explore these interests. In my spare time I enjoy reading, experimenting with baking cakes and spending time with the family.

Masayo Yoshitake

Japanese
Teaches Early Childhood
Previously taught in Japan and USA

I joined the HIS faculty in 1999. Before that, I taught at several pre-schools in California. I enjoy playing sports and I have been coaching the HIS Volleyball Team since 2006. My hobbies and interests are calligraphy, reading, and visiting hot springs.