Our Faculty

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Mr. Varun Shinde,
K2-K3 Homeroom Teacher

My name is Mr. Varun Shinde. I am the home-room teacher for the grade K4 at Sai Sishya International School.This will be my 1st year teaching at Sai Sishya International School and I am excited to share my skills with the children. Teaching has always been my passion. I love teaching the grade K4 and all the exploring, learning and the fun we get to have.

 
I have a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Canada. I also have a BA ( Hons) in Art and Design from the United Kingdom. I am a trained Bollywood dancer from Shaimak Dawar School of Performing Arts, India’s topmost School for performing arts.
 
 
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Ms. Ashley Cammick,
K4 Homeroom Teacher

Hello everyone, my name is Ashley Cammick, and I teach the K2 K3 class. Please call me Miss Ashley.

I grew up in the state of Florida in the United States of America, but lived in South Carolina prior to moving to Japan. I have lived in Japan for eight years, living in Tochigi and Gunma before moving to Tokyo. I have a masters degree in education with an elementary teaching certification. As for hobbies, I enjoy going to concerts, watching pro-wrestling, and collecting postcards. 

 

 

 

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Mr. Khalil Homsi,
K5 Homeroom Teacher

Hello everyone, My name is Khalil Homsi; you can just call me Mr. K. I am from Los Angeles, California and I moved to Japan about 10 years ago. I lived in Saitama for about 2 years when I first came to Japan and then moved to Chiba. I became an elementary school teacher 3 years ago and started teaching in Tokyo. I have a Master’s Degree in TESOL from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in Teaching emphasizing in Multiple Subjects from the University of Southern California. I have a lot of hobbies and interests. My favorite hobbies are camping, reading, cooking, hiking, BBQing, and gardening. I’m usually driving around Japan during my holidays with my family trying new restaurants. Currently, I’m learning how to make my own hot sauce. I look forward to our journey in learning.
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Ms. Maria Van Eeden,
grade 1 Homeroom teacher

Maria van Eeden was born and raised in sunny South Africa and she enjoys being outdoors playing badminton, riding her bicycle, and taking long walks. She also enjoys playing the ukelele and uses it in the classroom to teach her students some concepts and vocabulary words. She completed her B.Ed Early Childhood Development degree at the University of Pretoria and has since taught Kindergarten, Elementary school, as well as High School students. She has been privileged to teach in countries such as South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E, and China. She has spent the past decade working at different private and International schools and loves seeing students grow in confidence on stage and in the classroom through poetry performances and songs. This is her third year being part of a PYP school and has learned how valuable the skills, concepts, and learner profiles are in the development of students as internationally-minded citizens that add value not only to their families and friends, but also the community. Maria is thrilled to be a part of Sai Sishya and has come to love every student and is eager to help them grow and mature.

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Mr. Andrew Schulze,
Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher

Hello everyone, my name is Mr. Andrew. I am from Louisiana in the United States. I went to Louisiana State University and got my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, I taught for three years in the Public School system, teaching 4th and 5th grade. I came to Japan in the fall of 2018 and started to work at an English Conversation School with Japanese children. I joined Sai Sishya in April of 2020.

A few of my hobbies include cycling, video games, and anime. I also study Japanese in my spare time. My dream is to watch Japanese TV without any subtitles.

I look forward to working with all of you. 🙂

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Ms. Rebecca Yarita,
Grade 3-4 Homeroom Teacher and Head of School

Originally from Wisconsin, USA, I have been living in Japan since 2002. I hold a BA from The American University, Washington, DC; teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, continuing education from Charles Sturt University, Australia; Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA; and IBO workshops for PYP. I also worked in the manufacturing sector (small engines and transmissions) developing curriculum for adult education and even managed a restaurant in Tokyo. My husband and I have two sons and a cute rescue dog, named Sniffer.
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Ms. Tanya Martinez
Grade 5-6 Homeroom Teacher

Hello everyone! My name is Tanya Martinez. I am so excited to be teaching at Sai Sishya. This is my fourth year of teaching. I have previously taught in Nagasaki and in the United States. I have taught English, Science, and History to English Language Learners. I am certified to teach high school biology, K-12 English as a Second Language, and K-8 in all core subjects. I also have a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Curriculum Design and another Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. When I’m not teaching, you’ll find me singing or running.

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Bhawna Pant,
K2-K3 Assistant Homeroom Teacher

Hello, my name  Bhawna. I am happy to be a part of SSIS. Teaching is my passion and I love my students. I always believe in a positive attitude and encouraging students to grasp and question concepts. I’m patient, responsible for my work, and enthusiastic working with my students. I encourage students to speak up in class, for their good behavior towards teachers, classmates, and society. I believe that in the profession of teaching every day is a challenge to be a role model of what you want your students to be. Moreover, I never stop learning and relish challenges. I enjoy listening to music. I love spending my free time making art and craftwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Noémie Rodriguez
Administrative Staff

Hello! I am Noémie and I’ve been in Japan for 2 years. I am from Europe. I speak French, Spanish and English. I specialize in logistics and office administration. I look forward to working with all the paperwork! You may get an email from me regarding any paperwork and attendance matters. I am also working to help develop the library system too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Hitomi Iwabuchi​

 I’m a music teacher. We study pianica and recorder. 
Also listen to various songs and study rhythm.

Let’s enjoy together. I played at Junge Blaserphilharmonie Ulm as consertmistress(2010-2011),also Orchestrazentrum NRW’s opera tour in Montepulutiano(2014). While she stayed in Europe, she studied at TicinoMusica international master class and Oberstdolf international master class.

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