Faculty

Hiroshima International School only employs fully-qualified and experienced teachers. Most have worked in other international schools prior to coming here and the majority are native English speakers. Japanese is studied by all students and is taught by fully-qualified native speakers.

Nigel Barker

British
Teaches 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 cycling.

Jessy Bosmans

Dutch

Teaches Grades 2&3

Previously taught in Japan

I am very excited to be a part of the HIS learning community! After finishing my teaching degree at the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools in the Netherlands, I started my career in Japan and developed a passion for teaching the PYP in an inquiry based classroom. As a lifelong learner, I believe in fun and engaging learning for all ages! In my spare time, I enjoy sewing and exploring the city.

Ron Crews

American
Early Childhood Teaching Assistant
English support for PYP
6th grade English as an Additional Language
Previously taught in the USA and Japan

This is my third year at HIS. I hold a B.A. and M.A. in English and a K-6 teaching credential. I believe in lifelong learning and encouraging the natural curiosity of children. In my free time I pursue many interests including; baking, weight training, fishkeeping, reading, video games, and ice hockey.

Ryoko Jordan

Japanese

Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teaching Assistant
Holiday Program and After-school Club Coordinator

I joined HIS in 2007. This is my 12th year working in the Kindergarten and Grade 1 class and my 4th year as Holiday Program and After-school Club Coordinator. I love working with children and it is my pleasure to be a part of their learning. I love hiking and spending time with my children in nature.

Marybeth Kamibeppu

American
MYP Coordinator
Language Learning Coordinator
Teaches English Language Acquisition, College Counseling
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
Athletics Director
Teaches PE throughout the school, and Life Skills in secondary school

Previously taught in USA, Japan

I began my career teaching Japanese in the United States. Since returning to Japan I have taught foreign languages at universities and at HIS and I have been an IB workshop leader for DP Language B since 2013. In 2017 I took over the Athletics Director role, and I have been teaching PHE since then. 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 6 – 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
College Counselor and CAS Coordinator
Teaches Visual Arts in the secondary school

Previously taught in Japan

I joined Hiroshima International School in 2015. I am originally from Hiroshima and completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University and Master of Fine arts at Western University in Canada. After returning to Japan, I have taught both Japanese and DP curricula. I became an examiner for DP Visual Arts in 2011, and was assigned to be a senior examiner in 2018. I have also been an IB workshop leader for both CAS and DP Visual Arts since 2013 and an IB online workshop facilitator since 2020, DP school visiting team member since 2013 and a curriculum review team member for DP Visual Arts and CAS in 2017 and 2019. I love visiting galleries and museums, and I also love watching my daughter draw.

Yumi Kyogoku

Japanese
Teaches Japanese and Art in the primary school
Previously taught in the USA

I joined HIS in 2015. I have a Bachelor and a Master 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 opportunity to successfully participate in a safe learning community, and help them to become a lifelong learner. I am an IB Workshop Leader for PYP and a PYP School visiting team member. Outside of school, I love swimming and travelling with my family.

Abigael Mawia

Kenyan
Teaches Kindergarten & Grade 1
Previously taught in Kenya

I am very excited to join HIS this academic year; I’m looking forward to years of learning, fun and adventure. I hold a Bachelor of Education Arts with IT, from the University of Nairobi and a Primary Teachers Certificate from St. Lawrence Egoji Teachers College.I worked in elementary schools in Kenya for a decade. I am an enthusiastic teacher who seeks to promote authentic learning through creating a stimulating learning environment that allows holistic learning. My goal is to motivate learners to be independent, creative,critical thinkers and lifelong global minded collaborators.My interests outside school include traveling, exercising and make -up art.There is so much I am looking forward to this year and I am super excited to join HIS.

Alexandra Omukova

Republic of Sakha
DP Coordinator
Teaches Mathematics in MYP and DP
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.

Jonathon Nock

American
Teaches Grades 4 & 5
Previously taught in Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, Romania, China

Well hello there! I am excited to be teaching here at HIS and living in Hiroshima. I have moved internationally for some time now and Hiroshima seems to be a great place to settle. I have my Bachelors of Arts in Education from Fort Lewis College and an Associates in Outdoor Recreational Leadership from Colorado Mountain College. I have taught in grade 2 for the last 9 years and really am enjoying the transition to grades 4-5. I have several hobbies and look forward to learning more Japanese traditional crafts!

Damian Rentoule

Australian
Principal
Teaches DP Language & Literature
Previously taught in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Hawaii

Dr Damian Rentoule, Principal at HIS, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and pedagogy from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Masters in Education from the University of England, Australia during his educational journey and long ago realized that learning is a lifelong pursuit. Damian has taught PYP, MYP and DP classes and is a workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate. He is passionate about education and is enjoying working with the wonderful team at HIS.

Karen Sallie

Canadian

Teaches English Language & Literature
Extended Essay Coordinator

Previously taught in Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and various other locations

This is my fifth 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 & 3
Previously taught in Japan

I joined HIS in 2002 as a Teaching Assistant. I hold a B.A.of Arts in English Literature and a teaching license of high school English. I previously taught English to all ages from 3-year-olds to adults at various language schools and worked in EC, KG1 and EAL at HIS.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading and drawing.

John Savage

Canadian
Secondary Vice-Principal
Teaches Mathematics
Previously taught in 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.

Kazuko Savage

Teaching Assistant in Grades 4 and 5

This is my second year at HIS as a teaching assistant for Grade 4 and 5. I have worked in a small Japanese school in Muscat, Oman for 8 years. I am excited to work and support this age group. In my spare time, I like to cook and travel.

Doug Teter

American
Teaches Design, Science, Individuals & Societies
Previously taught in Alaska, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands

This is my first year teaching at HIS, and I am very excited to join the HIS community. I have a B.S. in Env. Science from Indiana University, a M.S. in Env. Studies from Antioch New England, and a K-12 science teaching certificate from the state of Alaska. In my free time I enjoy cycling, hiking, playing guitar and exploring my new surroundings. I look forward to learning more about Japanese culture while also bringing my passions and experience to my new teaching role.

Takako Tokunaga

Japanese
Teaches Music throughout the school

I have been teaching at HIS since 1994. I am passionate about sharing the joy of making music and believe that learning the art of musicianship makes a difference in the quality of young people’s lives. I have joined the IB Educator’s Network to lead workshops for candidate school educators in Japan, and have been a member of the IB DP Music Curriculum Revision Committee for the current revision. When not working, I enjoy gardening, reading, and listening to my son’s daily reports.

Marisa Villarreal

American
Primary Vice-principal
PYP Coordinator
Teaches Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning
Previously taught in the USA, China, and Lithuania

I joined HIS in 2018. 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 Washington

American
Teaches MYP Science and DP Biology
Personal Project coordinator
Previously taught in the USA, Japan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

I joined the HIS community in 2018. I hold a B.A. in Biology and a Masters of Teaching (M. A. T) degree from the University of Memphis. I am interested in growing as a teacher and lifelong learner. I believe that the application and development of skills is imperative for students to increase their critical thinking skills which will benefit them well beyond their time at school. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with family and walking.

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.