Emma Bassett

Emma Bassett

Emma Bassett

Position in School: Team Leader of Science, DP Environmental Systems and Societies, MYP Science Teacher

Nationality: British 



What year did you come to YIS, and where were you working prior to YIS?
I arrived at YIS in the summer of 2021.  Prior to YIS, I was working at Tokyo International School.
What attracted you to come work at YIS?
I was very keen to return to a high school environment to teach Environmental Systems and Societies and I had heard so many good things about the learning environment from teachers that were either at, or had taught, at YIS. 

What do you love most about teaching the students here at YIS?

I really enjoy seeing how our students advocate for their learning; they are really aware of what type of learning suits their learning style and they are able to show great autonomy in demonstrating their learning. I also really enjoy having such in-depth conversations with my students about environmental issues, and due to our diverse student body, I am often able to learn about examples I haven’t heard before from countries I’ve not yet visited. 

What areas of school life are you involved with at YIS? 
I’m an Advisor to the Midorin Service Learning group whose mission is to improve sustainability within our school community. 
How is learning different here at YIS?
I find that students at YIS  have much greater autonomy and are more proactive in advocating for how they learn best. During assessment time, students are often able to choose how to demonstrate their learning and this helps students take ownership of their learning and enjoy the learning process further. 

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and what do you enjoy most about life in Japan?

The hobby I’m most passionate about is traveling throughout Japan and sharing my experiences to help others make the most of their time in Japan. I think what makes Japan so special is that there is such a diverse range of landscapes to explore, from rainforests, sand dunes, volcanoes, snowy mountains, hot springs, it really has it all.

Which YIS event(s)do you feel highlights who we are as a school? 

I think the Food Fair really highlights our YIS values. It’s wonderful to see all students, parents, teachers and staff come together to produce, share and enjoy a huge range of food from all of our different cultural backgrounds. 

What excites you most about working here at YIS?

I’m excited to see how students will further develop and shape how we use the facilities of our Honmoku campus and I look forward to seeing us deepen our connections with the local community. 

What do you love about living and working in Japan?

Perhaps the thing I love most about life in Japan is the appreciation of the different seasons. There is always something to appreciate in the present, and always something to look forward to, whether it’s the changing of the leaves, or the limited edition chocolate mint sweets that come out every summer.