Ayako

Being internationally minded is like holding the hands of friends from all around the world with care and respect!

All of the students inspire me with their curiosity, uniqueness, enthusiasm, and how they express themselves in many interesting ways.

I was born in Tokyo and raised in Tokyo, Shizuoka, and Saitama. I studied early childhood education in Japan and my first teaching experience was at a Japanese kindergarten teaching children aged three to six for three years. This is my sixth year working in Summerhill, and prior to that, I have taught for more than 10 years in a variety of school environments in multicultural settings, including international schools in Australia, Singapore and Tokyo.

To me, being internationally minded means listening to the ideas of others and being open to exploring new ways of doing things. It also means trying to communicate across language barriers, accepting that people will view my actions differently depending on their cultural backgrounds, and being caring and respectful towards the feelings of others. Being internationally minded is like holding the hands of friends from all around the world with care and respect!

I believe that children are all different and unique. All of the students inspire me with their curiosity, uniqueness, enthusiasm, and how they express themselves in many interesting ways. I learn something new from them every day, and their smiles are my greatest joy in teaching!

My first kindergarten teacher was my biggest inspiration. I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher because of her. She was not only supportive and encouraging, but she was also warm and loving, giving us a pleasant feeling of safety. She made my first experience of school feel just like a second home. She inspired me to be curious and to think differently about the world around me, even though I was young. I feel grateful to her and motivated by her. She has impacted my life and to this day, I still look up to her as my role model.