At DESK, all Primary Years and Middle Years homeroom teachers are fluent English or German speakers and are qualified to teach in their home countries (currently New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany).

Frank Pitzner

Principal (

Languages: German, English, Dutch   

  • First and Second State Exam (teaching qualifications) at University of Cologne, Germany
  • Post-Graduate Masters of Arts (School Management) at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Worked as a teacher at various schools in Germany
  • Nursery and Primary Principal at German International School The Hague
  • Primary Principal at Internationale Friedensschule Köln/Cologne International School
  • Nationality: German
  • Enjoys sailing, kayaking, hiking

John O'Neill

Middle Years Coordinator
Languages: English

  • Bachelor of Education University of Manitoba
  • Master of Arts in Deaf Education University of Leeds
  • Cambridge English Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Previous work experiences include teaching all primary ages in Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Joined DESK in 2008
  • Enjoys cycling, harmonica and singing

Mark White

PYP Coordinator (
Languages: English

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) Leeds University - Environmental Studies
  • Masters Degree in Media Assisted Language Learning and Teaching ( MA MALT)
  • Previous work experiences include teaching all primary ages in Kuwait, Bahamas, Dubai and Japan.
  • Originally from Norfolk, UK
  • Joined DESK in September 2012
  • Enjoys gardening, learning the guitar and cheese



Playgroup & Pre-Kindergarten

Anita Mönch

Early Years - Pre Kindergarten/Playgroup
Languages: German, English, French, Japanese
  • Diploma Sorbonne Universite Paris
  • Teachers Certification for Foreign Languages Berlitz
  • Marketing Management
  • Berlitz School of Languages
  • Kobe University
  • HAKKO Group of Companies
  • Nationality: German
  • Joined DESK in 2005
  • Hobbies: Sailing, horseback riding, Traveling
  • Enjoys gardening, learning the guitar and cheese


Early Years

Azusa Nakajima

Early Years Coordinator
Languages: Japanese, German, English
  • State Examination (teaching qualifications: music / kindergarten) Germany / Japan
  • Worked at German Consulate General Osaka / Kobe
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Joined DESK in 2000

Katelyn Boyle

Early Years Teacher
Languages: English, Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in English & History
  • Master of Education with Globalization & Education Research Emphases (In Progress)
  • TESOL certified
  • Nationality: American
  • Joined DESK in 2013
  • Enjoys musical theatre, story writing, and reading classic novels.


Forum Doshi

Early Years Assistant
Languages: English
  • Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology & Psychology – Mithibai College, Mumbai India
  • Teaching experience of more than 6 years in education in pre-K to high school levels, with competence in teaching Art and Crafts
  • Certified Yoga Instructor for ages 3-16
  • Previous work experience in Fashion Designing. Worked with a renowned designer for the Indian Film industry to create fine works of ethnic wear
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Joined DESK in 2015
  • Hobbies: Fashion, Traveling, Photography,  Painting, and Everything Art Related.

Primary Years Programme

Lance Brabant

Homeroom Teacher Preschool
Languages: English, Japanese, French
  • Bachelor of Arts Liberal - Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada

  • Bachelor of Education - Nipissing University - Primary /Junior / Intermediate / Senior Divisions (K-12)  

  • 7 Years as Lead Teacher/ Coordinator in International Kindergartens/ Early Years

  • Has taught in Japan since 2000

  • Joined DESK in 2013

  • Nationality: Canadian

  • Hobbies: Scuba diving, travelling, basketball, painting, video games.

Sabina Michelotti

Homeroom Teacher Grade 1
Languages: English, Italian, German, French
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biochemistry & Management - Imperial College London
  • PGCE in International Education (Primary)- Durham University & International School of Geneva
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (IBctl) Durham University & International School of Geneva
  • Master in Education –Durham University (in progress)
  • worked in various International Schools in Switzerland
  • Nationalities: Swiss and Italian
  • Joined DESK in 2015
  • Hobbies: long distance running, hiking, traveling

Shanthi Veerashingam

Grade Two teacher (
Languages: English, Mandarin, Berhasa Melayu, Tamil, Hokkien

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Monash University 
  • Diploma in Primary Education, Singapore Institute of Education
  • Diploma in Electronics Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic - Micro-electronics
  • Previous work experiences include teaching all early years and primary ages in Singapore, UK, China and Taiwan.
  • Originally from Singapore
  • Joined DESK in September 2016
  • Enjoys crafting, up-cycling and reading

Maria Elena Jamandra

Homeroom Teacher Grade 3
Languages: English, Filipino and Indonesia (conversational)
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English - Siena College, Philippines
  • Master of Arts in Literature (units earned) - Philippine Normal University
  • Previous work experiences include teaching primary, secondary and university students in the Philippines and Indonesia and facilitating IB online workshops (since 2014)
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Hobbies: reading novels and listening to soft music

Anne Rose

German Homeroom Teacher Preschool, Grade 1 & 2 / GFL
Languages: German, English, Japanese
  • First and Second State Exams (teaching qualifications) at Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd
  • Worked as teacher at Silcherschule Eislingen, Germany
  • Volunteer at Lebenshilfe Göppingen, Germany
  • Nationality: German
  • Joined DESK in August 2011
  • Hobbies: Reading, swimming, music

Chris Hurst

Homeroom Teacher Grade 4
Head of Saturday School & Summer School
Languages: English
  • B.A in Communication Studies - Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • B.Ed Junior/Intermediate Level - University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Masters of Educational Technology - University of British Columbia (in progress)
  • worked variety of schools in Canada and Japan
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Joined DESK in 2009
  • Enjoys travelling, hockey, snowboarding, running

Meredith Robinson

Homeroom Teacher Grade 5
Languages: English
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Texas Tech University, USA (2009)
  • Master of Global Studies in Education - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA (in progress)
  • Texas State Elementary (ECE - 6) Teaching Certification (2009)
  • 7 years international teaching experience
  • Nationality: American
  • Joined DESK in 2015
  • Enjoys traveling, diving, hiking, being active

Torsten Herzog

Teacher for Art, German and Mathematics Grade 3-5, German as a foreign language Grade 3-5, Swimming
Languages: German, English
  • Master of Education for Primary Schools, Paedagog. Hochschule Heidelberg, Germany
  • First and second state exam for Primary and Middle School Teacher at Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Germany
  • Taught as a teacher at various schools in Germany, the German School Singapore and the German School Ertan in Sichuan, Southwest China
  • Head of Primary at the German Swiss International School, Hong Kong
  • Principal at a Primary- and Middle School in Mannheim, Germany
  • Nationality: German
  • Enjoys playing the guitar and bass guitar, literature and travelling

Middle Years

Lee Hanae Ung

Middle Years Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher
Science & Math Teacher / ICT Coordinator
Languages: English, French
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Biological Sciences -- Wellesley College (2010)
  • Massachusetts State Elementary (K-6) Teaching Certification (2010) & California State Primary (K-6) Teaching Certification (2014)
  • Master of Educational Technology (M.EdTech) -- Boise State University (2016)
  • Google Educator Certification, Level 2
  • 8 years of working in education in pre-K to high school levels, including special education and university preparation
  • Lindamood-Bell literacy clinician trained
  • Previous research experience in fields of marine biology, entomology, ecology, and medical genetics
  • Nationality: American
  • Joined DESK in 2014
  • Hobbies: Science, Technology, Creepy crawlies, Everything ocean

Helen O'Brien

Middle Years:  Homeroom Teacher G7 & 8, teacher of Individuals and Societies, English Language B, Japanese Language B  
Primary Years Programme:  teacher of JFL
Languages: English, Japanese
  • Master in International Relations
  • Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations & Japanese)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching (New Zealand)
  • Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science
  • Ten years secondary Japanese/PE/English teaching experience in New Zealand.
  • Four years secondary English teaching in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Four years work experience in Japan
  • New to DESK in 2016
  • Nationality:  New Zealander
  • Interests: any type of fitness, travel, Japanese culture

Maria Straube

Middle School Teacher for German Maths, German and GFL
Languages: German, English
  • Master of Education, Subjects: German and History (2015)
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Hobbies: Literature and Theatre


Tomoko Endo

Japanese as Foreign Language
Languages: Japanese, English
  • B.A in English Linguistics-Kansai Gaidai University
  • Mastered the studies the 420 hours
  • Advanced Skills of Teaching
  • Japanese Language Course
  • Passed the Japanese language Teaching Competency Test
  • Worked as Japanese language teacher at several Japanese language schools in Japan, Taiwan
  • Also worked as English teacher at Shogakukan Academy (a cramming school for 2 years old children to 9th graders)
  • Joined DESK in September 2010

Kyoko Kanzawa

Languages: Japanese, German, English
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Osaka College of Music
  • Hyogo Prefecture certified Music therapist
  • Completed studies for the 420 hour of training for teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Advanced Skills of Teaching
  • Japanese Language Course
  • Joined DESK in 2002
  • Enjoys Irish music, art appreciation

Tamiyo Oyama

Japanese Kokugo
Languages: Japanese, English
  • B.A in Education for Elementary Education, Special Education, Music Education in Junior High School.
  • 440 hours of training for teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Worked at schools in Japan, Peru and N.Z
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Joined DESK in 2007
  • Enjoys Japanese History in ancient times

Philipp Seifert

Physical Education / IT
Languages: German, English
  • First and Second State Exams (teaching qualifications) in Sport Science and Politics at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • GFL (German as a foreign language) Certificate for Primary School and Kindergarten
  • Instructor License Swimming
  • Lifeguard Certificate
  • Coaching License Basketball
  • Worked as a Teacher at Gymnasium am Stadtgarten Saarlouis (Germany)
  • Hobbies: Running, Basketball, Swimming, Traveling, Reading
  • Joined DESK in 2013

Hiroko Yoshida

EAL/EFL Coordinator and Japanese Liaison Coordinator
Languages: Japanese, English
  • B.A. in English Linguistics - Niigata University, Japan
  • Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language - University of Alberta, Canada
  • M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - University of Brighton, U.K.
  • Worked in a variety of schools/institutes in Japan and U.K. PYP Schools in Dubai and Japan
  • Joined DESK in 2012
  • Enjoys ballet, drums, ukulele


Celina Passig

Miriam Kanter


Nicolas Lagasse

Jana Huthwelker


Benny Wong


Yasuyo Masada

Office Manager
Languages: Japanese, English
  • Majored in Hospitality Management at Webber International University in Florida
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Joined DESK in 2005
  • Hobbies: Traveling, eating, shopping, watching movies, reading

Miyuki Inubuse

School Accounting Secretary
Languages: Japanese, English
  • Associate Degree of English Literature, Shukugawa Gakuin College
  • The Official Business Skills Test in Bookkeeping, 2nd Grade
  • Cambridge English: First (FCE)
  • Worked as an account and a secretary in Japan and Singapore
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Joined DESK in 2014
  • Enjoys nature walks, cafe hopping

Toshiyuki Oki

Languages: Japanese

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Joined DESK in 2005
  • Hobbies: Fishing, ski, reading