Our Teachers

  • Sybrina Ignatieva-Wada

    Sybrina Ignatieva-Wada

    代表者
    プログラムディレクター

    英語、日本語、ASL
    フランス語, スペイン語
    こんにちは!私はニューヨーク出身、小さい頃から家族で色々な国を旅し、異なる文化や街を楽しんできました。日本に来る前にはニュージーランドの大学で幼児保育、TESOL(英語が母国語ではない人々向けの英語教育法)を学びました。また、スウェーデンではウォルドルフ教育を行なっている学校、そしてイタリアではモンテソーリ、レッジョエミリア教育を行なっている学校でボランティア活動を行いその経験からたくさんの刺激を受けました。日本に来日してからは、群馬、埼玉、東京の学校で働き経験を積みました。趣味は、料理、音楽鑑賞、歌うこと、手芸、楽器演奏、自然と触れ合うこと、写真撮影、テニス、そして家族と過ごすことです。tinyHappy Garden は私が長い間夢に見ていた場所です。みなさんと毎日楽しい時間を過ごし、記憶に残るような思い出を作っていけたらと思ってい
    ます。
  • Yurie Terasawa

    Yuire Terasawa

    日本語、英語
    こんにちは!私は愛知県出身で大学(教育学部、保育初等科)に通い幼児教育を4年間学びました。また大学在学中に海外の幼児教育に興味を持ちカナダの専門学校で幼児教育を学びました。大学卒業後はカナダに戻り、現地の保育園で働き経験を積みました。子どもたちと過ごし働くことが大好きです。子どもたちにとって毎日を過ごす環境はとても大切なことであると私は思っています。tinyHappy Gardenは子どもたちの成長に欠かせない環境が整っていると感じています。趣味は料理、サイクリング、旅行、手芸、買い物です。たくさんのお子様とtinyHappyGardenで笑顔の溢れる楽しい時間を過ごしていきたいと思ってい
    ます。
  • Mai Maekawa

    Mai Maekawa

    日本語、英語
    皆さん、こんにちは!私は横浜出身ですが、幼少期を5年間アメリカで過ごし、大学卒業後カナダに数年間住んできました。アメリカで過ごした楽しい幼少期が大きな影響となり、カナダでレッジョ・エミリア・アプローチをベースとした幼児教育を勉強することにしました。卒業後、カナダの保育士ライセンスを取り、現地の保育園で働いていました。またキッズヨガの認定インストラクターでもあります。子どもたちと過ごす時間以外では、旅行、ウォーキング、運動、ヨガ、ハイキング、家族や友人と楽しい時間を過ごすことが好きです。また忘れられないのが、美味しいコーヒーと甘いもの! 
    子どもたちはいつも私に元気と愛を分けてくれます。私は子どもたちと共に学ぶことを大切にしています。一方的に教えるのではなく、世の中を理解する為に考えるプロセスを共にする方が、子どもたちも私たちも楽しく価値があると考えます。tinyHappy Gardenで皆さんと楽しく学び合えることを楽しみにしています!
  • Lilli

    Ms. Lilli

    Violin Teacher
    Hello! I am from Philadelphia (USA) and moved to Japan to be near extended family. I have studied Hebrew, Spanish, Latin, and currently Japanese, but my favorite way to communicate is through music and play! I started playing violin as a child, and am thrilled to learn more about the Suzuki Violin Method and it’s context by being in Japan. I love cooking, reading, running, and exploring all the lovely parks and places in Aoba-ku with my children.
  • Joas

    Mr. Joas

    Portuguese and English
    Hello! I am a cellist an have been living in Japan since 2012, working with children in different international schools around Tokyo. Before I came to Japan I lived in London for 7 years where I studied classical music and got my degree in performance. Whilst studying in the UK I discovered the joy and satisfaction of working with children and how much it helped me grow as a musician and as a person. I love using music as a valuable tool to connect with children, enabling them to learn and develop various important skills whilst having fun. I can not wait to get to know each one of you along with your children and develop a strong bond where we can all grow together and share great experiences.
  • Nat

    Ms. Nat

    Spanish, English
    Hello everyone! I was born and raised in Mexico, but spent a lot of my childhood in the USA. I come from a family that loves music and arts so I also share a big love and passion for music; I love to play piano and violin. During my university years I started working as an English teacher in an international school and fell in love with teaching. After graduating, I came to Japan as a language student to accomplish my dream to learn Japanese in Japan. Now I’m working toward achieving my Montessori qualification and I’m so happy to follow my passion and join the tHG staff. I can’t wait to meet and share my knowledge with each one of you!  
  • Jordan

    Mr. Jordan

    English
    I was born and raised in the fishing town of Grimsby, England and studied Creative Music Technology in Doncaster, where I learned to record, produce and perform electronic music. I spent 2 1/2 years in Foshan, China teaching English to 0~7 year olds. During this time that I fell in love with teaching and realised that I wanted to pursue a career working with children. I then fulfilled my dream of moving to Japan where I taught in a preschool for a 3~6 year old mixed-age class before discovering tHG. The tinyHappy Garden inspired me to learn more about Montessori and other educational philosophies; as I continue to study Montessori I am constantly delighted to find new ways to guide the students and help them to learn. In my free time I love making music, playing games, and I’m crazy about theme parks – I even spent a summer working at Europa Park, Germany’s largest theme park! I’m really excited to learn and grow together with the students!
  • Yinka

    Ms. Yinka

    English
    Hey all! I’m a dance teacher who specialises in child education. With twenty years of dance experience, my focus is on enabling students to develop & trust their own rhythmical instincts. Genres include hip hop, Afro beats, popping, boogaloo, locking and krumping. I’ve been in Japan for 15 years and have worked as a back-up dancer for Arashi and J Soul Brothers, and several TV commercials in the past.
  • Kaori

    Ms. Kaori

    Japanese, English
    Hello! I was born in Osaka, and I spent some time during my childhood in Taiwan, Hong Kong & Germany due to my father’s job. I studied abroad in Vancouver, Toronto, and Sydney, obtaining my TESOL qualification in Canada. Volunteering at Montessori Nursery School in Toronto was an inspiring early childhood education experience for me. After returning to Japan, I worked for 6 years at a preschool in Tokyo, and also achieved the Japanese childcare license. I believe that being with children with lots of love is important . The children will return with a lot of smiles, too, which makes me so happy! My hobbies include watching my son’s soccer game, camping, traveling, knitting, and chatting with friends over a nice coffee. I look forward to sharing a good time with many children at tinyHappy Garden!
  • Remi

    Ms. Remi

    English
    Hello everyone! I was born and raised in Japan, but my parents are Taiwanese. I grew up in environments that have half of my relatives living in USA and the other half living in Taiwan. While I was working in the USA in the IT field, I started to have an interest toward teaching English and studied TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I volunteered at an English school in Seattle and worked as an English teacher to young children after I returned to Japan. I live in Yokohama with my husband and our three children. I am currently studying Montessori and working toward achieving the Japanese childcare license. My hobbies include music, playing the piano, dancing, watching foreign TV dramas and movies. I enjoy every moment that little kids open my eyes to realize this world can be more fun and renewed!