Director & Staff
Neil has been an educator of young, multilingual learners at international schools in Japan for the past 14 years. For the majority of his career, he has held the role of lead teacher with the exception of 3 years, where he was both the principal and lead teacher of an international school that he helped open. Aside from being an educator, Neil is also a proud husband and father of 2 children. He joined the OIST Child Development Center in 2014, as the lead kindergarten class English teacher, and over the past 7 years, has helped create and strengthen bonds between the CDC and the SAP by being in constant communication and working closely with the SAP leadership. Neil looks forward to playing a larger role in the lives of the children and families of the School-Aged Program and is proud to continue to provide the highest quality after-school childcare and services to the families of the OIST community.
- Masters Degree in Education (Focusing on Teaching Multilingual Learners)
- Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development
- Teacher Preparation Certification (Pre-K - Grade 3)
- TESOL Certification (Level 4)
Rei joined School-Aged Program as a bilingual staff in 2020. She studied international environment and development at university and has worked as a teacher at a cram school and volunteered at a holiday kids camp before. She has been passionate about art since her childhood and holds a drawing club at SAP. If you see Rei in the SAP area, please feel free to talk to her.
Before joining the School-Aged Program in 2020, Natasha-Sensei was a teacher at the CDC. Her teaching experience before coming to Okinawa includes private tutoring and volunteering at a charity orginization for disadvantaged children in the UK. Outside of work Natasha-Sensei enjoys camping, rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, and being in the ocean. She also loves art and science, and is happy to share her passions with the SAP children.
Jenny-Sensei joined the School-Aged Program in 2021. She attended Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea where she studied Law. Jenny-Sensei has been living in the OIST community for slightly over 14 years, and even worked at the CDC for a short time as an assistant teacher. Before Okinawa, she lived in various states in America, including Philadelphia, New York, and Seattle, where she studied and worked in the fashion industry.