Director & Administrators

Director & Administrators

 

Julia Nabholz, Director
Email: julia.nabholz@oist.jp

米国ウェストフロリダ大学で初等教育の学士号を取得し、フロリダにて英語以外の言語を話す生徒へ英語を教える小学校(K-6、幼稚園~6年生)教諭免許を保持。アメリカと日本でクラス担任として数年過ごした後、2012年、教育コーディネーターとしてOISTで勤務を開始。アフタースクール(学童保育)のパイロットプログラムを実施し、その後、OIST教職員のための保育園「チャイルドディベロップメントセンター(CDC)」の立ち上げを担当。2013年、教職員たちの教育的ニーズに応え、保育とバイリンガル幼児教育を提供するプリスクール(保育園)をOISTキャンパス内に開設。CDCのディレクター(園長)に就任して以来、保育園の成長拡大に取り組む。2020年、ニューヨーク市のコロンビア大学教員養成大学のフェローシップを授与され、奨学金給費研究員として幼稚園園長プログラムを修了。

In 2020 she was awarded a fellowship at Teacher's College, Columbia University, and completed the Klingenstein Heads of School Program.

CERTIFICATION:

  • State of Florida Department of Education                  Certification #1058960
  • Elementary Education Grades K-6      
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement 

 

Akira Fukumoto, Assistant Director
Email: akira.fukumoto@oist.jp

Akira Fukumoto serves as the Assistant Director of the OIST Tedako Child Development Center. He has a Master's in Human Science from Kobe University and holds a teacher certification for Nursery School, Junior and Senior Highschool. He is originally from Kobe, Japan and because of the beauty of this island, he decided to settle in Okinawa. After spending over 15 years in a Child Development Center on U.S. Base in Okinawa, he joined OIST as the Assistant Director in 2021. He believes that early childhood educators have the very real opportunity to make a difference in young lives and influence future generations. He will work together with his fellow educators to create the best learning environment for your child that fosters creative thinking, problem solving, and imagination.

 

Junko Shimabukuro, Administrative Staff
Email: junko.shimabukuro@oist.jp

Junko Shimabukuro has worked at the CDC since it opened in 2013. Before this, she worked at a college-sponsored preschool in Okinawa for 6 years and then 2 international schools in Okinawa for another 15 years. Her positions have included administrative work as well as various other supporting roles, even including driving the bus and caring for sick children. She very much enjoys being able to have a job where she can spend so much time with such adorable children who have such varied backgrounds, both in nation and in language. She finds it very fulfilling to be around their smiles and laughter, and to support them as they navigate changes that are unique to international children. She also enjoys spending time with her husband; her daughter, who is currently in college; and her two cats, Missy and Tama.

 

Yuko Koki, Administrative Staff
Email: yuko.koki@oist.jp

Yuko Koki has worked at the CDC since 2017. Before this she worked as an English teacher for junior high schools and high schools in Okinawa, as well as for one Japanese elementary school in Laos. She has lived in 4 other countries: Kenya, where two of her children were born; Turkey, where her third child was born; Laos; and Israel. Because she has lived in different countries and has met so many international people, she feels she can easily relate to the families of OIST and is able to understand and support them while their children are in the CDC. On the weekends, she spends time with her youngest daughter who is in high school, and supports her studies--both in academics and music. When she is able to relax at home, she spends time with her miniature schnauzer, Sonya.