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Meet Our Community


Elementary School Student

I would like to teach math because I am good at math. I like it because we have to use it everyday. I give my brother help sometimes.

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High School Student

I love music because it's something I'm passionate about. Learning all the theory and history in class helps me develop my own personal music skills. Music is something I wouldn't be able to live without. 

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Elementary School Student

I like to know about other cultures. I like Indian culture because I lived there for four years. When I eat curry and roti, I remember my aunty's cooking in India.

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High School Student

I like the flexibility of having no correct answer in Visual Art, and the ability to express emotions and inner thoughts through creativity that is hard to communicate through verbal text. 

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Julian Weekes

Elementary School teacher

Japan is unique. It's Asia, in the most efficient and organised way possible. Everything works, as it's supposed to... until it doesn't. Follow the rules and you can't go wrong!

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Virginia Zamora Lopez

Learning Support Teacher, Elementary and Secondary

At YIS I am given the opportunity to contribute to different subject areas and grade level teams. I have enjoyed teaching yoga to young students and helping them explore it as a self-regulation activity.

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Sarah Urquhart

ELC - Gr. 12 Service Learning Coach and MYP Science/DP Environmental Systems & Societies

In service learning, I love that students can feel empowered by seeing how their actions can make a positive impact. This can help connect students to our community.

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Jason Edwards

IT Director and High School Biology Teacher

I love the challenge and learning that takes place when you teach a variety of subjects, and seeing students learn in a variety of contexts across a wide range of age groups.

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The climate change and sustainability action event that was held by students, faculty, administration and parents last year stands out for me.

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I volunteer at the library regularly. I get to understand what the students are like, what teachers are like, and I can find books I think my daughter will like.

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For us as parents, it is a pleasure to witness how confident our daughters are that their actions will make our world a better place.

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I created the YIS Tokyo Parents Group to connect YIS parents who live in Tokyo. We get together regularly for coffees to get to know one another and to help each other out.

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James Makdisi

Class of 1994

We were kids put together from all over the world in a safe environment, with small class sizes and good teachers to facilitate academic, sport and social development.

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Leonard Couzjin

Attended 1956 - 1960

We lived in a house three houses down from the school for ten years. That lot was later acquired by YIS and used as a playground.

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Ken Inge

Class of 2003

I am proud to have been a team leader in a recent project to produce hand sanitizer for Swedish hospitals to assist them in their work with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ryo Yasuda

Class of 2015

I didn’t really stand out in class but I always loved entertaining people and I'm grateful to YIS for offering opportunities to express ourselves.

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Expeditions at YIS

Adventurous wilderness expeditions create authentic opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and conceptual understandings for life-long learning and appreciation of the natural world.

Learning at YIS

Learning changes our thinking and behaviors, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent reasoning.

Live Learn Lead

Our mission reflects our passion and enthusiasm for learning and leading lives of balance and purpose in building a caring community.