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Our teachers

We have 4 teachers who are trained professionals with experience in teaching the English language. In every classroom we have a main teacher and one assistant teacher.

Leyla

My name is Leyla and I am the principal of First Steps English School.

My biggest professional dream was to open my own English school as I am a trained teacher with more than 10 years of experience. A few years ago, I was looking for a method that encourages the kids develop in the most natural way. From all my research and experience I was able to choose the method that in my opinion works best. That is why my school is a Montessori school and I’m a certified Montessori teacher for children aged 0-6. The Montessori method lets the kids develop without pressure or stress, using only children’s natural desire to learn. It gives me a great pleasure to watch children develop in a happy, positive, but challenging environment.

Rachel

My name is Rachel Uchino and I am one of the Japanese assistant teachers of First Steps English School.  I was born in Kochi, Japan, but spent most of my childhood in Los Angeles, U.S.A.  I also studied in Israel for four years, which was a great experience. I want children to see the world and broaden their way of thinking.  That is why I am teaching English to children in Japan.  I have been teaching English for 14 years to students of all ages. I want my students to be proud of their own country and also have interest in other countries.

Weronika

My name is Weronika and I am the main teacher for the youngest children in First School Montessori English School. I was born in Poland but I have lived in Germany, United States and Great Britain. I moved to Japan in March 2017 with my husband who is British and is a researcher at NIMS. I am an experienced teacher who worked with every age group.

I really enjoy teaching and seeing kids developing new skills through fun and interesting activities.

Anna

Hello, my name is Anna, and I am a master of Social Pedagogy and Social Work. During my 5 years at university, I learned about kids development, their psychology, and different teaching methods. Since 2010 I have been working as a kindergarten teacher in Tsukuba. I believe that the best way to motivate a child to speak a foreign language is to become their best foreign friend, so I am looking forward to making friends with the students of First Steps English Montessori School.