About A-JIS - Administration

Our Administration: our Navigators.

Our administration at A-JIS comes from a variety of educational leadership backgrounds from around the world. They all bring with them years of experience in IB methodology and pedagogy, international education and socially responsibly educational research and development. All are highly qualified in their areas of expertise. Each member of the administration brings with him or her the experience of having led institutions both in their home countries and within Japan.

Sell, Ken

Head of School

Hikarigaoka Campus

I believe A-JIS has defined itself as a school that cares deeply for its students, has a desire for continuous development in the context of 21st century learning, and is committed to providing a caring and supportive learning environment. As educators, we have a significant responsibility to ensure that the next generation of children have the capacity to influence change in a positive and meaningful way.

Hamkari, Joe

Acting Secondary Principal, IB DP/MYP Coordinator


“Train hard, fight easy.”

O’Neill, Karen

Primary Principal

Hikarigaoka Campus

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

Thorn, Robert

Operations and Services Manager

Hikarigaoka Campus

Learning how to be a ‘good student’ is not a responsible enough aim for a school – we have to become good at helping young people develop as holistic learners – people who always identify, create and make use of all situations to become better, wiser learners through their lives.  However, wise learners are not enough without action. At A-JIS we are committed to helping young people become the best holistic learners they can be so they can exercise their ‘active wisdom’ to change our World for the better.

“The system isn’t something out there – you’re the system.  The system is what you enact.”
-Senge, Scharmer, et al. Presence. 2010

Kimura, Ae

Admissions Director

Hikarigaoka Campus

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

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Culos, Greg

Director of External Development

Hikarigaoka Campus

“This above all: to thine ownself be true and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” -Polonius, William Shakespeare

Taguchi, Nami



“There’s no advantage to hurrying through life.” (”急がば回れ.”) -Shikamaru Nara (Masashi Kishimoto)

Read more about Ms. Taguchi!

Watanabe, Chieko

Head of school secretary

Hikarigaoka Campus

I derive great pleasure from helping the students become independent and reflective members of both the local and global communities.

Yasumi, Yukimi

Billing and Purchasing officer

Hikarigaoka Campus

When I confront a difficult task I recall: ”A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Laozi

Fradale, Paul

Director of Innovation & Blended Learning

Cross Campus

If you smile at me I will understand / ‘Cause that is something / Everybody everywhere does in the same language.  –Kantner & Stills


Read more about Mr. Fradale!