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HIS NISEKO Teachers & Staff
HIS Niseko is pleased to introduce our dedicated teachers and staff.


Elementary School

School Administrator 

Mr. Barry Mernin

Barry Mernin is a professional educator who values lifelong learning. Barry participated in summer workshops with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, directed by Lucy Calkins. He earned a master’s degree in Mathematics Instruction. He obtained a leadership certificate from the Principal’s Training Center for International Educators. Barry received a vast amount of professional development in curriculum development, educational pedagogy, and educational technology. He is devoted to his wife, Naomi Noda, and to his son, William Taiga Mernin.

Kindergarten - Grade 2 / Cultural Exchange Coordinator

Mr. Merek Sinclair

Australian Mr Sinclair first graduated with Honours in Asian Studies at Adelaide University specialising in Japanese language, before also studying in Japan at Kansai Gaikokugo University. After graduating he became an ESL teacher in Japan, and has taught at many schools across Sapporo and throughout all year levels. He competed professionally both nationally and internationally in ballroom dance and undertook his primary teacher classroom teaching certification while in Japan. He is currently undertaking a Master of Education degree and this is his sixth year in the HIS Niseko community. 

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