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HIS NISEKO Teachers & Staff
HIS Niseko is pleased to introduce our dedicated teachers and staff.


Elementary School

School Administrator 

Mr. Barry Mernin

Barry Mernin is a professional educator who values lifelong learning. Barry participated in summer workshops with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, directed by Lucy Calkins. He earned a master’s degree in Mathematics Instruction. He obtained a leadership certificate from the Principal’s Training Center for International Educators. Barry received a vast amount of professional development in curriculum development, educational pedagogy, and educational technology. He is devoted to his wife, Naomi Noda, and to his son, William Taiga Mernin.

Early Years Teacher

Ms. Emily Atkinson

Emily Atkinson graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first-class degree in Japanese Studies. During her studies, she spent a year abroad studying at Kyoto University where she furthered her proficiency in the Japanese language. Whilst in Kyoto she spent most evenings teaching English to Japanese children which she greatly enjoyed. As a child, Emily had been immersed in a broad assortment of cultures having spent most of her life in Malaysia and further yet having been brought up by a mother who is Japanese and a father who is British. Emily has always been naturally drawn to working with children.


Kindergarten - Grade 2 / Cultural Exchange Coordinator

Mr. Merek Sinclair

Australian Mr. Sinclair first graduated with Honours in Asian Studies at Adelaide University specializing in Japanese language, before also studying in Japan at Kansai Gaikokugo University. After graduating he became an ESL teacher in Japan and has taught at many schools across Sapporo and throughout all year levels. He competed professionally both nationally and internationally in ballroom dance and undertook his primary teacher classroom teaching certification while in Japan. He has completed his Masters of Education degree. Mr. Sinclair has been with the school since it opened. 

MP3 Teacher

Mr. Andrew Wanner

Mr. Wanner, our MP3 teacher, graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. He later completed a two-year post-baccalaureate program in Education to obtain his K-6 teaching licensure. He is currently in his ninth year of full-time teaching experience and has taught in international schools in South America, Europe, and Asia.

He has previous experience with both British and American curriculums and has attended a variety of workshops in his teaching career, including: translanguaging for English language learners, reader’s and writer’s workshop, outdoor leadership, 6+1 traits of writing, and MAP data integration.

He is excited to have the opportunity to teach in an international setting outside the typical setting of a large capital city and is joined in Niseko by his wife Shinta and daughter Braelyn Jane.

Music Instructor

Mr. Hiroki Hoshino

Hiroki graduated from Monash University in Australia, and completed a Bachelors and Honours of Music Performance, majoring in double bass and electric bass. During his studies, he undertook music-intensive courses in the USA and Italy. He has taught piano, bass, and voice to students of all ages in his hometown of Melbourne, both at schools and privately, and was a member of staff and accompanist at Choir Victoria. He has a passion for encouraging the growth of young musical minds and enjoys listening to music, reading, and creative writing.


EY Assistant

Ms. Shinta Kumala Dewi

My name is Shinta Kumala Dewi (Shinta). I am from Indonesia and graduated from Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. I have worked for several international schools in Indonesia as a secretary and assistant manager.

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