Staff

Staff Introduction

School Principal
Kazunori Yoshizawa

Kazunori Yoshizawa

A brief message from the principal:

Hello. I am Kazunori Yoshizawa and responsible for this school.

At GIS-Gunma International School, we ensure a 100% English-immersion education through highly skilled native-speaking instructors with plenty of experience.

Learning English correctly during early childhood is the easiest way to achieve the greatest results, and this school uses a curriculum designed for students to get a firm grasp on English in a stress-free environment while enjoying school activities.

In addition, students not only study English, but also acquire knowledge about responsibilities though activities such as our 6 Basic Manners chant:

6basic manners
・A dutiful attitude, with heart!
「はい」という素直な心
・A grateful attitude with heart!
「ありがとう」という感謝の心
・A can-do attitude with heart!
「私がします」という奉仕の心
・A reflective attitude with heart!
「すみません」という反省の心
・A modest attitude with heart!
「おかげさま」という謙虚な心
・A persistent attitude with heart!
「いまからここから」という不屈の心

My hope is that students will also learn the value of this Japanese saying—“当たり前の事を当たり前にできるように”—which means “You should always do everything that’s expected.”

Our school will support every student through their English education such that they can grow to be amazing internationally-aware people in the future and can realize their dreams.


Bruce Allen Schofield

Bruce Allen Schofield

Birthplace

American

Teacher's Career

Twenty-two years

Teacher’s Comment

Hello. I am a Bruce Scofield. I'm from America.
I am currently living in Ota, Gunma. I am a proud father, I have two daughters ages 17 and 14 years old and a 6 year old son.
I am also married, my wife is Japanese.
As an English teacher, I have taught English to a wide range of ages, from children to adults for more than 20 year!!
I look forward to seeing you at the GIS Gunma International School.


Jasmine Tsunoda

Jasmine Tsunoda

Teacher’s Comment

Hello! My name is Jasmine Tsunoda. I am from America. Now I live in Agaki Town. I have lived in Japan for 6 years. I lived in Nagoya and Ogaki, Gifu before Gunma. I am also married. My husband is Japanese. He likes English, too! I like teaching fun English activities. So let’s have fun together!


和訳:こんにちは!私は角田ジャスミンです。私はアメリカから来ました。今は赤城町に住んでいます。日本に住んで6年、群馬に来る前は、名古屋と岐阜に住んでいたことがあります。私は結婚していて、夫は日本人で英語好きです!楽しい英語のアクティビティを教えるのが好きです。一緒に楽しみましょう!


Maya Leaver

Maya Leaver

Teacher’s Comment

Hello! Please call me Maya. I’m from Ontario, Canada. I have been living in Japan for 8 years and love Japanese culture! I also like making crafts and hope to enjoy many activities with you! I am looking forward to speaking English and having a lot of fun with all of you! Let’s make many wonderful memories!


和訳:こんにちは。マヤと呼んでください。 カナダのオンタリオ州出身です。 私は8年間日本に住んでいて、日本の文化が大好きです! クラフトが好きで、多くの活動を楽しみたいと思っています! 皆さんと楽しく英語を話せるのを楽しみにしています! 素敵な思い出をたくさん作りましょう!


Michael

Michael

Teacher’s Comment

Hello. My name is Michael.
I am from a small coastal town in the south of England.
I enjoy teaching children and find it very rewarding to see them grow and develop as they learn.
I hope to see you in class. Let’s learn English together.


和訳:こんにちは。私はマイケルです。イングランド南部の小さな海岸沿いの町から来ました。子どもたちに教えることが楽しく、学びながら成長していく子どもたちの姿を見るのはとてもやりがいがあると感じています。スクールでお待ちしています。一緒に英語を学びましょう。


キンバリー サン
Kimberly Sun

Kimberly Sun

先生からひとこと

Hello! It’s very nice to meet you. My name is Kimberly Sun. But you may call me Kim. I am from Oregon in the US, but I have been living in Japan for about 8 years teaching. I have been teaching at a kindergarten for about 3 years, so I hope to make amazing and fun memories with everyone at GIS.
When I am not fooling around and having fun with everyone, I enjoy cooking and watching tv dramas. Eventually I would like to do a lot more things, but baby steps!
I hope to get along with everyone and making learning fun and adventurous!


和訳:はじめまして、私はキンバリー・サンと申します。キムと呼んでください。8年間日本にいてアメリカのオレゴン州から来ました。日本で幼稚園から中学生の英語を教えていました。この最後の3年間に幼稚園の担任で2歳から6歳の子供に教えていました。GISでみんなさんといろんな楽しいことの思いを作りたいです。仕事しないときに料理をすることやテレビドラマを見るごとが好きです。だんだん新しいものも経験したいです。よろしくお願いします。


Sean Burrows

Sean

Teacher’s Comment

Hello. My name is Sean.
I am an Australian from Sydney currently residing in My wife's hometown Tomioka with our daughters who are aged 11 and 8.
I am looking forward to seeing you guys!


和訳:こんにちは。ショーンです。私はシドニー出身のオーストラリア人で、妻の実家のある富岡に11歳と8歳の娘たちと一緒に住んでいます。皆さんにお会いできるのを楽しみにしています!


Assistant Manager
Maiko

Yumiko Toga

Staff's Comment

Hello! My name is Maiko!
I have lived in Australia as an exchange student and Hawaii for work. Since returning to Japan, I have been involved in teaching for more than 10 years, as a child English teacher. I have also been involved with training for many teachers when I was the head manager for my previous employer. I love feeling challenged in my daily life but I also love having fun too! So, I look forward to organizing a lot of fun events here at GIS.
Moreover, because I am a mother of two children ages 5 and 1 myself, I would like to be able to watch over your child while being close to and understanding the feelings of the parents of students here at GIS.
We aim not only to speak English, but also to develop true international citizens. We will do our best to ensure that each and every child attending GIS are safe and have a happy place to study. Ensuring that they will continue to be filled happiness and joy allowing their smiles to shine. We look forward to seeing you here at GIS very soon!


Assistant Teacher (Licensed Nursery School and Kindergarten Teacher)
Yumiko Toga

Yumiko Toga

Staff's Comment

Hello.
My name is Yumiko Toga. I was born and raised in Gunma, and I am a staff member here at GIS-Gunma International School. I assist the school so that children can spend their time learning various subjects in a safe and fun manner and so that parents and guardians can put their children into our care with peace of mind.
My hobbies are traveling and reading.
I look forward to seeing you here at the school.