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HIS Teachers & Staff
HIS is pleased to introduce the teachers and staff for the 2018 - 2019 academic year: 


Elementary School


Eugene Sim (Milepost 1)
I have been teaching at international and public schools in Japan and Singapore for 15 years.  I completed my MA in Primary Education with the University of Leicester in early 2010.  Living in Hokkaido is great for me because I enjoy outdoor activities and sports such as running, cycling, scuba-diving and snowboarding.  I look forward to learning and playing with my students this year. 

Justin Gambino (Milepost 1)
Justin Gambino holds an MA in education and has taught for twelve years, the majority being in multi-age and diverse settings. Living in Hokkaido for the second time, Justin is excited to be part of the HIS Sapporo community for the first time. Although his last stay was brief, he is thrilled to have had a hand in the opening of HIS Niseko.

Justin considers his home Ann Arbor, Michigan, but has lived in Germany, Finland, Nicaragua, and Chile, and has traveled to over 40 countries. Other than teaching and learning about cultures and people, some of Justin's many interests include all things musical, spending time in nature, science and health, sports, and joking around with friends and family.

Mic Beatty (Milepost 2)
Mic holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Brigham Young University in Utah.  She also holds five teaching licenses from the states of New Jersey and Utah.  She was a dorm parent in a boarding school in Pennsylvania for five years.  She spent last 13 years in New Jersey public schools as a specialist for reading, writing, Basic Skills Math, ESL and Japanese/English Bilingual education.  She really enjoys dancing, swimming and having fun with kids.

Rory Pickett (Milepost 2)
Mrs. Pickett joined MP2 in 2019 after teaching in Yokohama and the United States. Mrs. Pickett has known since she was 5 years old that she was going to be a teacher, so she spent her life studying for the job, including having a Masters degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is happy to share her love of learning with the students at HIS, and happy to learn about the world through students' eyes!
When not at school, Mrs. Pickett likes to run, bike, and swim; read lots of books; and explore the beautiful world of Hokkaido with her family!

Rod Kelly (Milepost 3)
I have been teaching grade 4/5 students here for 12 years. I am also the Athletic Director for all school sport and organize the after school program for elementary. I am originally from Tasmania which is the island to the south of mainland Australia. When I am not teaching I enjoy eating sushi and snowboarding.

Alison Manjyoume (Milepost 3)
I have lived in Japan and Malaysia and have visited over 20 countries, but consider Sydney, Australia my "home". I have an Associate Diploma of Arts (Humanities), Bachelor of Arts (Social & Behavioural Science), Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Teaching (Primary: K-6). I have worked for the Autistic Association of NSW, the Salvation Army Outreach Service, the Department of Health & Community Services Child Protection Unit & in the Public School System of NSW, Australia. I am mad about science, reading, theatre and movie-going, dance, music, camping and swimming.

Tanya Dechodomphan (Early Years)
Tanya Dechodomphan (Early Years) I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Since Thai educational system did not inspire me to become an active learner in class, my parents decided to put me in an international school where I then became fascinated in learning. I graduated from Ruamrudee International School (Bangkok) and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Interior architecture from Assumption University and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey. Being inspired by many of my teachers, I then strive to become an educator. Prior to joining HIS, I had been working in an international preschool for the past five years. I taught children ages 3 - 7 years old and I’m very excited to be running the EY class using the Reggio Emilia inspired approach. Apart from teaching, I really enjoy scuba diving, doing aerial yoga and dancing. 

Ayako Bossear (EY Assistant)
Ayako, known as Mrs. Bossaer, was born and grew up in Hokkaido. She has taught English to Japanese English learners from preschoolers to adults, and then worked as a contract translator. In between her working career, she spent a year on a volunteer program at a multiage setup elementary school in Washington state. Ayako feels very fortunate to be a part of your young child(ren)'s precious time of learning, and really enjoys watching them grow.

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