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HIS Teachers & Staff

HIS aims to provide students with the highest caliber teaching professionals available. To this end, HIS hires fully qualified teachers who are trained in their field of expertise. Annually, the HIS Head of School assesses the hiring needs of the school and selects candidates in a process that can stretch over many months. This culminates with the Head of School interviewing candidates who meet HIS requirements for employment and who best fit the school’s needs. HIS endeavors to hire teachers who stimulate the whole HIS community with their new ideas and their perspectives. [Please select the divisions of the school on the right side bar to see other teacher profiles.] 


Head of School
Mr. Tim Schlosser
Tim Schlosser grew up in Seattle, Washington, in the United States.  He earned his Bachelor's degree at Seattle University and his MA in Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he started his teaching career as a middle school language arts teacher.  He chaired his English department and was selected to represent the district as a teacher on special assignment for two years in Los Angeles’ sister city, Nagoya, Japan.  After his years in Nagoya, he returned to the Seattle area with his wife, Yukari, where he earned his principal certification from the University of Washington and spent nearly a decade in educational leadership--most recently as principal of a comprehensive high school.  He and his family (wife, Yukari, and seven-year-old son, Kowa) are thrilled to be part of the Hokkaido International School community, where Tim started as Head of School in 2020.

Mr. Neil Cooke

Neil Cooke was born in Vancouver, Canada, and attended the University of British Columbia.  After graduation, he spent a couple of years traveling around the world which (in a roundabout way) led him to Japan.  Since then, Neil met and married his wife Akko and now has three children – Koyuki, Annabelle, and Griffin.  Previous to arriving at HIS in August 2014, Neil was ten years at Canadian International School Tokyo – first as a history and literature teacher and then, in the last six years, as vice-principal.  Neil and his family are very much enjoying their new lives in Sapporo and are honored and excited to be part of the HIS community. 

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