Teaching staff
Teaching staff
As of May 21, 2018
CHIST Teaching Staff

We are proud of our highly credentialed and experienced Middle School and High School teaching team.

We will offer Meet the Teacher events in the coming autunm term. Our newly arrived Middle school and High school subject experts will be on hand to discuss their courses and answer questions. For now, please read about our Middle School and High School teaching team just below.

Middle School and High School Principal

Middle School and High School Principal
Margaret M. Fitzpatrick
She received her Ph.D. degree in International Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.A. degree in Communication with an emphasis on writing from Stanford University. Her extensive experience in international education includes international schools, undergraduate and graduate schools, secondary schools and other educational institution in the U.S.A, Albania, Egypt, Kuwait, China, Korea and a number of other countries. Dr. Fitzpatrick specializes in curriculum development and teacher training.

Curriculum Coordinator

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 Gustav Helman

       Mr. Gustav Helman has been teaching in international schools for the past 28 years, in Argentina, Zambia, USA, Indonesia, China, and Malaysia. He comes to CHIST with a vast experience in the four IB Programmes as a teacher, department coordinator,and head of faculty. He is also a DP Examiner, DP Workshop Leader, and Online Facilitator for PYP and MYP.
       He has been involved in CAS, both as supervisor and advisor to DP students. He has also worked towards the IBDP authorization and review processes, as well as WASC, CIS, and NEASC accreditation.
       As a child, he grew up moving countries and continents due to his dad’s job. After obtaining a degree in education, he pursued post-graduate studies in Curriculum Development and Comparative Linguistics at Yokohama National University.
During his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and trying “all-things technology”.



Maurice Mickle

       Mr. Maurice Mickle has over eight years of English teaching experience gained in the Asia-Pacific region with students ranging from grades 6 through 12. He has both DP and MYP experience, having taught English Language A: Language and Literature and MYP Language Acquisition before moving to Japan. In addition to his experience with secondary IB students, Maurice also has firsthand experience with ELL students from multiple countries and various age groups. Prior to becoming an international teacher, Maurice worked in advertising agencies, managing projects and writing online content in Dallas, Texas. When he is not teaching, he enjoys snorkeling, cooking classes, studying languages, photography, and of course, reading. Maurice earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas and is a certified secondary English teacher from the USA.


Eric Seibert

History and Geography

Eric Seibert

        Mr. Eric Seibert has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in Spanish and History and a master’s degree from the American College of Education in Curriculum and Development in Bilingual Education.  He has been teaching internationally for over 10 years and has experience teaching AP World History, World History, Economics, Psychology, and Spanish at the secondary levels.  When he’s not teaching, he enjoys keeping up with his Spanish skills through reading, listening to music and speaking when possible.  As an educator, he values growth in student achievement and skills as well as helping his students to become passionate life-long learners.   

Michael Roberts

       Mr. Michael Roberts graduated from the University of York with a Masters degree in Chemistry, specialising in Organic Chemistry along with Management in Industry. He has experience teaching Chemistry using the IB Diploma curriculum having taught at high schools in Japan. In addition, Mr. Roberts has experience teaching Science and Maths at elementary, Junior and Senior high school. He is especially keen on encouraging students to expand their practical techniques through a variety of chemistry experiments, and to think critically about how to improve their methodology and thus design their own experiments.


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Mery Ann Labastin

       Ms Mery Ann Labastin obtained her Bachelor's of Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics from De La Salle University of Ozamis City Philippines and a Master's of Education with a major in Educational Management from Southern Mindanao Colleges of Pagadian City Philippines. She has taught in the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kuwait and has experience in teaching various curriculums such as Singapore, Cambridge, and American.  Ms Mery Ann Labastin is also a certified IBDP Math teacher. When she's not teaching, she loves to cook and play badminton. As a Math teacher, she encourages her students to become critical and creative thinkers.

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.

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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.

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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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 & Design Technology

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.

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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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.