Teaching staff
Teaching staff
As of April 1, 2018
CHIST Teaching Staff

The teaching staff has abundant experience in international education

CHIST has a diverse teaching staff with rich international experience, and the ability to provide world standard education.
Each teacher assists the students with kind, detailed and useful guidance based on our cutting edge education curriculum.


Mr. Leonard education
Mr. Leonard education
Elementary School Principal
Brad Leonard
Mr. Brad Leonard is currently working on his Doctorate from the University of Kansas in the areas of Educational Policy and Leadership. After teaching in high achieving public schools, Mr. Leonard stepped into the role of Assistant Principal at University Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. Mr. Leonard believes that education begins with effective teaching, an active community, and students who are joyful. When he has time to explore, Mr. Leonard enjoys hiking, watching baseball, and exploring new places.
Curriculum Coordinator & Teacher of PE

Chris Larter

Mr. Chris Larter gained a Graduate Degree in Education with a specialization in Second Language Teaching and B.A. Asian International Studies at Griffith University in Australia.
He has rich experience of teaching International Schools as an administrator, homeroom teacher and head teacher of IB based curriculum. Mr. Larter has written and implemented a variety of curricula into schools and has over 10 years’ experience as the head of Physical Education departments. Mr. Larter taught in an International school in China and various courses of general, advanced and specific English at University and his own English school in Australia.

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Mr. Mike Mural

Classroom Teacher

Mike Mural

Mr. Mike Mural earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree (History and Political Science) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, and his Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Western Sydney-Nepean in Australia. Mr. Mural has over twenty years of teaching experience, including over sixteen years of international school experience. He previously taught at elementary schools in Canada and England before coming to teach in Japan. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Class of 2011, and has presented various educational and technology-related workshops at conferences in Japan and Asia.
Classroom Teacher

Scott Hernalsteen

Mr. Scott Hernalsteen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Texas A&M in the United States. After teaching in Japan and falling in love with the country, he returned to school to earn his master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction. He has been a teacher ever since, teaching science, math, reading, and language arts to grades one through eight in diverse classrooms in Texas, Oregon, and Tokyo.

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Ms. Bielec

Classroom Teacher

Sarah Bielec

Ms. Sarah Bielec received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a K-9th grade licensed teacher with middle school endorsements in General Science, Language Arts, and Social Science. She has experience working with various elementary grade levels including gifted classrooms. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Education in International Education Administration and Leadership.
Classroom Teacher

Frank Zaal

Mr. Frank Zaal earned his Bachelor of Education in The Netherlands and is specialized in the Upper Elementary years. He’s taught various grades in The Netherlands, Brazil, and Japan, both at local and International schools. Mr. Zaal is an active supporter of life-long learning through an inquiry-driven and play-based approach.

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Ms. Hopkins

Classroom Teacher

Emily Hopkins

Ms. Emily Hopkins received her Master's Degree in Education from Baker University in Kansas City and her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has her Missouri Teacher's Certificate to teach grades 1-6. She had taught for 6 years in various grades. She also taught world religions to her Sunday School students at Unity Temple on the Plaza "Where diversity is praised and peace and harmony are the rewards".
Classroom Teacher

Matthew Malvern

Mr. Matthew Malvern earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. After teaching English as a Second Language in private and public schools in Japan, he returned to Canada and completed his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Windsor. After graduating from Faculty of Education, he taught in elementary, middle, and junior high schools in Toronto, Canada for 10 years, the last 5 as IB PYP homeroom teacher. Upon returning to Japan, Matthew taught in an international school as both a PYP teacher and as a junior high school, high school academic English and Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology teacher.

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Aoyama Hirono


Hirono Aoyama

Ms. Hirono Aoyama received her Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in religion, from International Christian University, Tokyo. After working at Nippon Veterinary and Zootechnical College as a college librarian, Ms. Aoyama became a teacher librarian at newly founded IB bi-lingual schools, Osaka & Senri International Schools of Kwansei Gakuin (SOIS). As one of the foundation member of SOIS, Ms. Aoyama served all K-12 classes for 27 years, especially developing curriculum research skills for Gr7, Paper writing in Japanese for Gr11, and library use for PYP program in Japanese. Ms. Aoyama also taught at several Japanese universities as a lecturer for School Librarianship Courses for more than 10 years. Establishing research skills curriculum for K-12 in Japanese has been one of her concern. Ms. Aoyama loves hiking, and singing and playing renaissance and baroque music.



ICT Coordinator

Wayne Kumamoto

Wayne Kumamoto graduated from a competitive design university in Australia, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with First Class Honours. He received his Graduate Diploma of Education at Southern Cross University in Australia with specialisations in Design Technology, Industrial Technology (multi-media), and Graphics Technology.

One of his passions is promoting international cultural awareness and encouraging international professional ethics as key priorities through the dynamic essence of art & design. He has experience teaching IB DP Art and Visual Arts & Design in the MYP at International Baccalaureate Schools in Japan and lecturing in undergraduate architecture programs both in Japan and Australia.

With comprehensive international design & education experience, he is now developing how design thinking and technology can impact the learning experience.
Teacher of Art

Frederic Beaugeard

After teaching art and French many years in diverse international school settings around the world, Mr. Frederic Beaugeard is now an IB visual art teacher. He has an official qualification delivered by the IB organization and he was recently accepted as an IB examiner for World and Cultures. His former education in France, a baccalaureate in art, French literature, and philosophy, and a master in art from the Beaux-arts of Paris gave him the necessary rigor and flexibly, academically and mentally, to teach successfully the IB program, which is originally from the francophone part of Switzerland. Later he obtained his K12 teaching certification in art and French at Millikin University, Illinois. It included a student teaching internship at the university level. Note that he also taught the related AP program in the American School of Kuwait. Throughout his career in education he basically taught all grade levels. Finally he is an artist which is an advantage in teaching studio art in a less didactic way closer to the process of creation requiring students' autonomy and self-reflection, and a writer.

Mr. Beargeard

Ms Sewell

Teacher of Music

Victoria Sewell

Ms. Victoria Sewell received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Ms. Sewell holds an Illinois Professional Educator License in K-12 Music and has experience teaching band and music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As a teacher she encourages her students to become life-long learners, wise consumers of music, and to develop a life-long appreciation of the arts through music.
Teacher of Japanese

Kaori Hakone

Kaori Hakone earned B.A. Dip Ed., M.A. (with merit), and M.S. degrees. Her expertise is Japanese as a foreign language, as well as a heritage language, to the students whose instructional language is English. She has taught in Japan and Australia, including international schools. She has experience in teaching PYP, MYP and IB, and she has been an IB examiner. She is very passionate about integrating technology into education, and teacher training. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Class of 2011, an ADE Asia Pacific Advisory Board Member, a Google Certified Innovator, and a Google Certified Trainer.

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Ms Fukada

Teacher of Japanese

Megumi Fukada

Megumi Fukada received her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers in Australia. She also received her teacher's certificate in Japan. She has broad experience in teaching Japanese language at all levels from primary school to university. She has also worked as a member of the oral examination committee for the Tertiary Entrance Examination (TEE) Western Australia, and as an invited lecturer for training courses for Japanese language teachers a number of times. She always received high scores in her Students’ Evaluations of Educational Quality conducted in Australian Universities.

She knows not only the enjoyment of living and working in Japan but also utilises her experience of working overseas in her performance. As a result, she is a caring teacher having a genuine interest in individual students and always  enthusiastically learning and adopting new ideas and technologies to meet the changing needs of students.
Teacher of EAL

Andrew McGovern

Originally from Massachusetts, Andrew McGovern has been teaching international school students in the IB Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program for the past 15 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Aston University in the UK and is passionate about merging English language learning and technology in his classes. In addition to his work with English as a Second Language Learners in elementary and middle school, he also has six years of experience as a fourth grade classroom teacher. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and ADE Asia Pacific Advisory Board Member.

Mr. Andrew McGovern