English Language Instructors

Justin Foster Sutherland

Originally from South Africa, Justin Foster-Sutherland has been teaching English in Japan since 2007. He has taught at three local schools in Okinawa, including Kaiho high school where he taught Cross Cultural Understanding and an introduction to academic writing. He has taught junior high school students, Congolese refugees and even some retired folk. He has a masters in Education and his research focus is on vocabulary in English for Academic Purposes. He also graduated from WITS university in South Africa (the same university as Nelson Mandela and Sydney Brenner) with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He also holds a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and follows Cambridge English Teaching methodologies and practices.

Anne Hendler

Anne Hendler has been teaching English in South Korea and Japan since 2002. She came to Okinawa in 2019 to work for OIST’s after school program and is currently teaching language arts to OIST children, supporting the School Age Program, and providing schooling information to parents in addition to teaching English to the OIST community. She has a Master’s in Applied Linguistics with a research focus on intercultural communication, a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). She also is currently enrolled in a teaching certification for elementary licensure. In her free time, she studies Japanese, rides her bicycle, snorkels, and is trying to learn how to play a guitar.