Faculty & Staff

Teachers are the most important asset of any school and YIS is no exception. Our dedicated faculty and staff reflect the international nature of our community, representing over 16 different nationalities, and have tremendous collective breadth and depth of experience in international education. Over half of our faculty hold advanced degrees and many others are currently working towards additional qualification. Our multicultural senior leadership team possesses educational insight and experience gleaned from years of teaching and international school administration. Above all, our teachers love working with children and helping them to grow and develop. We seek to inspire students and to provide them with the academic and social skills that will enable them to fulfill their potential as responsible global citizens.

As a school and faculty, we are committed to ongoing professional learning. This includes taking advantage of our own wealth of pedagogical knowledge and experience through regular in-service training, as well as leadership and participation in workshops, conferences and other training opportunities hosted by international education organizations throughout Asia and beyond.

We are interested in excellent teachers who are passionate about education and are willing and able to contribute to the school and student life in a wide variety of ways. Please see our Work at YIS page for information on our approach to professional learning, life in Yokohama, a list of vacancies, and more.


In Our Words

At YIS, we actively communicate our ideas on education and leadership, thus nurturing an environment of pedagogical dialogue and dynamic inquiry. "In Our Words," is an outlet where administrators, teachers and staff share their thoughts, ideas and observations about teaching, learning and community, to spark conversations and growth throughout the school.

Because Nature Is Good For Children

YIS Adventure Days in the month of May are designed for our students to explicitly learn in wilderness settings and adventure -  because nature is good for children. 

A Broken Faucet Is Still A Faucet: The Value of Words

I noticed that I was different when I was in early Elementary School here at YIS. Whenever I tried to speak my mind, I had noticed that the words wouldn’t come out, and what had seemed so seamless and easy to my peers became an insurmountable challenge for me.

TEDx Youth: Back to the Future

In times like this global pandemic”, wrote our TEDxYouth@YIS Team, “we collectively tend to hyper-focus on the present… and forget that there is a future in front of us”.

Starting School on Our New Campus

Last Wednesday was an exciting day for our school community as many years of planning came to fruition when our students, and many parents, walked through the gates of our new home.

black and white picture of a wooden school building with children playing outside, circa 1924

The “new campus” will very soon be called simply YIS. However, although it looks very different physically, the design of our new home is actually very much guided by how the Yamate campus shaped us as a school and as a community.