Larissa Sears

Larissa Sears

Larissa Sears

Position in School: Gr. 2 Learning Assistant & ES Service Learning Coordinator 

Nationality: Australian


What year did you come to YIS, and where were you working prior to YIS?
I came to YIS in 2018 from an international school in Tokyo. 
What attracted you to come work at YIS?
Throughout my teaching years in Japan, I had always heard positive feedback from other teachers and parents about YIS. I had also heard that Service Learning was a big part of the school. I was very interested in working at an established IB school. 

What do you love most about the subject that you teach?

I love being able to share my passion for gardening with our Grade 2 students through our hands-on kitchen gardening for Service Learning. I also love supporting the Grade 5 Service Learning Reps as they explore ways to keep the Wonderfruit Wednesday momentum going.

What sports or non-academic activities are you involved with at school?
I support G5 Service Learning Reps and facilitated the ES/MS Leadership Retreat. I have offered the ESA Get Crafty since arriving at YIS and now also offer Kapla Construction club and help out with Gardening Club.  

How would you describe the IB Program, and its value, to parents?
I think the IB program promotes curiosity and gives students a chance to be active in many parts of school life. 
What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and what do you enjoy most about life in Japan?
My interests include gardening, traveling and taking my dogs to different places. The thing I most enjoy about Japan is the seasonality of food, flowers and celebrations. 

If you weren’t a teacher, what would your profession be?

Environmental scientist/activist.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and what would you discuss?

I would like to meet Jane Goodall to discuss the future of our planet and her lifelong devotion to animals, people and the environment. 

Which YIS event(s) do you enjoy the most, and why?

I enjoy the student performing arts events because I enjoy theatre and live music.  

What advice would you give to teachers looking to work in Japan?

I would say be open-minded and give it a try! Japan is a great country to work in as a teacher.

What excites you most about the new YIS campus?
Of course, I would have to say the garden on the roof!