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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. 

HIS Niseko Teacher

Ms. Mary T. Y. Tan

Mary T. Y. Tan was born and raised in Singapore. A single mother to a grown up daughter who resides in Canada, Mary had been teaching and traveling on her own for the past 20 years in several countries in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Mary earned a bachelor in Early Childhood Studies and Master in Counseling at Monash University. Teaching is her 2nd career. Currently she concurrently teaches and counsels.
Mary had been in inquiry-based education for the past 10 years and had experience teaching lower and upper elementary grades. Apart from Bible studying, Mary would spend her free time doing different types of arts and she would loved a game of Badminton. Mary is always on the lookout for free online courses to enhance her teaching skills.

HIS Niseko Teacher

Ms. Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy grew up in Germany, Thailand, and the U.S. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Literacy.  She has taught in six countries and has over fifteen years of experience.  Elizabeth is a huge proponent of the Reggio Emilia philosophy of teaching. She loves inspiring children to question, and explore the world around them. She aims to instill a joy of learning and a growth mindset. She encourages risk-taking and learning from mistakes.  Elizabeth is excited to join the HIS community and will be accompanied by her husband Chris, daughter Rory and son Henrik. She loves to run, ski, and bike with her family. She is also an avid reader, baker, and knitter.

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