A Message from the Head of School

I am truly delighted to be joining the Phoenix House community. I look forward to providing an experience which allows children to grow, both academically and personally. Phoenix House will be a school that provides academic excellence, whilst nurturing children’s personal interests and talents. I am keen to provide an outstanding learning experience for all. I very much look forward to meeting you in person, in the coming months.
 

Senior Leadership Team

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CLAIRE FLETCHER

Head of School

Ms Fletcher joins us from Dubai and has experience as a Deputy Head Teacher, Head of House, Head of Year and Head of English in international schools, as well as primary teaching experience in the UK. 

 

Before reading for a BSc in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, Ms Fletcher enjoyed academic and house life at St. Bees School, located in the north of England. 

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CHRISTOPHER MORGAN

Deputy Head of School

Mr Morgan also joins us from Dubai where he is currently Assistant Head Teacher. He also has experience as a Maths teacher both internationally and in the UK. Mr Morgan has a BSc in Accountancy and Finance from Aberystwyth University, and is a Qualified RFU Rugby Coach for children and adults.


Mr Morgan, with his calm, warm and committed approach to outstanding teaching and learning will be an excellent addition to the Phoenix House leadership team.

Primary Teachers

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ANDREW ROBERTSON

Primary

Mr Robertson has a degree in Geography and qualified as a teacher in 2008 through the University of Edinburgh. He spent the first few years of his career in London, before embarking on an international teaching adventure in Beijing. After two hugely enjoyable years in China, he returned home to London to further develop his practice. He is excited to join the Phoenix House team in Tokyo as a Primary Class Teacher.

 

Mr Robertson has taught across all the primary age groups and has a real passion for maths, in particular developing problem-solving and reasoning skills. He also likes to build an ‘oracy’ classroom where children can find their voice and speak confidently in a variety of contexts.

 

Outside of school Mr Robertson plays a variety of sports such as football, tennis, cycling and longboarding. He is also a keen foodie and is especially looking forward to sampling all that Japanese cuisine has to offer.

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CHRISTOPHER HOLT

Primary

Mr  Holt holds a first-class Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Lancaster and completed his PGCE at the University of Cumbria. Joining Phoenix House as a Primary Class Teacher, he has extensive experience teaching across Key Stage 1 in different primary schools in the North West of England. Previously he has been the subject co-ordinator of Science and History before moving to Hong Kong where he has been the Head of Year 1 and Year 2 respectively.

 

Mr Holt  enjoys creating a warm and welcoming classroom environment where purposeful learning is encouraged by promoting children’s growth and independence. 

Travelling is Mr Holt’s passion and he has loved travelling around different parts of Asia especially the country of Japan. He enjoys hiking, drawing, video games and exploring new places. He is extremely excited to move to Tokyo as it is his favourite city of all time! 

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GARETH MORRIS

Primary

Mr Morris joins Phoenix House as a Primary Class Teacher. He trained as a teacher at the University of Manchester in England, where he combined his loves of history and storytelling with a passion for teaching. For the past eight years he has taught in a junior school in Salford, working with students across a range of ages and abilities. 

 

Outside of work, Mr Morris enjoys travelling and has visited places all over the world; he also enjoys writing, cooking and learning new languages! He is very excited to be moving to Tokyo and joining the Phoenix House team, where he looks forward to sharing his stories with a brand new audience – and maybe even learning a few new tales to tell!

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IMOGEN BARNARD

Primary

Ms Barnard has a first-class honours degree in Biological Sciences from Durham University and a PGCE from Roehampton University. She joins us here in Tokyo having previously taught in Surrey, England. Having herself thoroughly enjoyed going to an international school as a child, she is very excited to start here at Phoenix House.  

 

In her previous school she held the role of Reading Lead, and enjoys bringing a love of language and books to the classroom. With a passion for all things creative, she loves bringing learning to life inside the classroom and out, promoting natural enquiry around a topic. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, dancing and running.

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JESSICA RAMSEY

Primary

Ms Ramsey joins Phoenix House as a Primary Class Teacher. Originally from the north of England,  has spent the last three years teaching in Thailand. She graduated from York St. John University in England with a degree in Primary Education. Her favourite subject is English and in her free time she loves to read.

 

Before teaching internationally, Ms Ramsey taught in the UK for two years. When not teaching or reading, she loves to spend time outdoors, travelling and exploring new places. She enjoys lots of different activities, especially hiking and horseback riding. Ms Ramsey is excited to start a new adventure in Japan, joining Phoenix House as a class teacher.

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LEE NAVIN

Primary

Mr Navin has a degree in Primary Education and joins the team at Phoenix House as a Primary Class Teacher having taught for the past three years at a primary school in Birmingham (UK). Mr Navin set his heart on being a teacher at a very early age, a decision that was influenced by his own educational experiences and his family. He is delighted to say that the experience has far outweighed his expectations. He strives to make his teaching educational, engaging, and entertaining. 

 

Mr Navin is of dual heritage with a Chinese mother and British father and lived in the UK, Thailand and Germany during his childhood before attending Bangor University (Wales) to gain his teaching degree. Mr Navin has a keen interest in dramatic arts having both performed and provided technical assistance to a number of shows over the years. His other interests include photography, music, cooking, coffee and travel.

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LYDIA MILLS

Primary

Ms Mills has a degree in English Language, Language Acquisition and Language Disorders from the University of Essex, and PGCE from the Institute of Education, University College London. 

 

Ms Mills joins Phoenix House as a Primary Class Teacher and is excited to be bringing her unique and creative style of teaching all the way from England. The children’s learning and development is crucial for Ms Mills and she is proud of every single child she teaches. Her passion for teaching grew during her time in Thailand, where she taught English to some incredible students. 

 

Ms Mills  has a passion for animals and is a huge fan of anything Disney - so a trip to Disneyland Tokyo is high on the list of things to do in her spare time. She cannot wait to start her journey with everyone at Phoenix House.

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RYAN SPEED

Primary

Mr Speed holds a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Lancaster, alongside a PGCE from Manchester University. He joins us here at Phoenix House, Tokyo as a Primary Class Teacher, having taught previously in Hong Kong and the UK where he has a range of experience in the different primary year groups. 

 

During his career he has held the Computer Science Coordinator role and led forest school in an urban environment. Mr Speed is adept at all things technological and promotes project based learning with an interdisciplinary focus in all of his lessons. This love of technology extends into his hobbies that include content creation on YouTube, photography and augmented reality gaming.

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VIKKI HAWKINS

Primary

Joining us as a Primary Class Teacher, Mrs. Mrs Hawkins has a degree in Psychology and has been teaching for 25 years both in the UK, at state schools and a prep school and at two very different schools in Dubai where she has lived for the last ten years. She has taught in various year groups, is qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Leading Maths Teacher and been head of Maths and Computing. 

 

Mrs Hawkins has a 20 year old daughter who is studying at University in the UK. In her time away from teaching, she enjoys photography (often taking photographs of rescued animals to help them find homes), running and travel. A proud geek,  technology is Mrs Hawkins’ passion. Learning is something that she has always enjoyed and she has been working hard to learn Japanese. Mrs Hawkins first visited Japan in April 2019, fell in love with the country and is really excited to be a part of the new Phoenix House team.

Subject Teachers

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ANAAM ZAKRIA

English

Ms Zakria is currently teaching English in an ‘Outstanding’ London and joins Phoenix House as the Middle School English Teacher. Her teaching journey began shortly after graduating from Queen Mary, University of London with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Linguistics after which she worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand with The British Council. After returning from Thailand, she worked as a SEND Teaching Assistant for two years before being offered the opportunity to train as a teacher.

 

Outside of teaching, Ms Zakria enjoys travelling, going to the theatre and, during lockdown, has developed a newfound love for baking copious amounts of sweet treats!

 

Ms Zakria is excited to be joining Phoenix House as it opens its doors for the first time this August and is thoroughly looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of students.

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ANNA BOUGHEY

Physical Education

Ms Boughey believes that physical education provides the opportunity for every child to grow and develop skills that are invaluable. She has nine years experience teaching and coaching various team sports and joins Phoenix House the school PE Teacher. Ms Boughey is passionate about all sports and providing opportunities for children to experience and understand the benefits of being physically active. 

 

Ms Boughey started her career in London, before moving to the Cayman Islands and then returning to Manchester. She has experience teaching both primary and secondary physical education. She loves learning and recently completed her Masters in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Nottingham. 

 

Ms Boughey is committed to collaborating with other teachers and sharing strategies on how to improve learning experiences for all children. Outside of school, she has a passion for sport and fitness and can be found doing a range of different activities including Gaelic football, basketball, golf, skiing, hiking and running.

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ANYA MILES

Art

Ms Miles joins Phoenix House as the whole school Art Teacher . She is passionate about supporting pupils' creative journeys through facilitating exciting art lessons where pupils play with and develop skill in a variety of media, are introduced to new ideas and develop confidence in expressing themselves.  

 

Ms Miles plans to inspire pupils through a diverse range of artists and art movements, exploring different cultures, historical and contemporary themes.  Through her lessons, pupils will be encouraged to engage with important, topical global issues in order to develop their understanding of the world around them.  


Ms Miles has four years of experience teaching Art, Design and Photography in schools in the UK.  She has a 1st class degree in Decorative Arts where she gained a wide range of skills in a variety of materials, which enables her to encourage pupils to respond to the multidisciplinary nature of Contemporary Fine Art, Craft and Design practice.

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ELLEN OXENHAM

Music

Ms Oxenham joins us as the whole school music teacher. She has a BSc from the University of Sussex and is a qualified teacher with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education.

Ms Oxenham plans for all students to  experience a dynamic musical environment allowing them to learn music through exploration, collaboration, active music making, drama and dance. She is passionate about creating a rich and diverse musical community within the school, offering students a range of extra-curricular activities and providing consistent opportunities for students to perform. Ms Oxenham is very much looking forward to building a passion for music in the students of Phoenix House.

 

She is delighted to be joining the Phoenix House team and excited to be a part of an innovative new school in Tokyo.

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EMILY NISHIJIMA

Japanese

Ms Nishijima was born and raised in Tokyo and certified in Education.  She has taught at an International school for 5 years and has experience teaching Japanese delivering the Japanese National Kokugo curriculum to Years 1-6.  

 

She believes that in Japanese lessons, it is not a matter of just learning the language, but the origins of the language and its culture is also important. By interweaving culture and language, and historical background, children can learn about different cultural values and gain new perspectives. 


 

Ms Nishijima is committed to collaborating with other teachers and subject areas to give children an opportunity for a more rounded worldview. Outside of school, she has a passion for music, she loves playing the bass and making music.

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KATIE DEVLIN

Science

Ms Devlin joins Phoenix House as the Middle School Science Teacher. She was born and raised in the Midlands, UK where she trained as a teacher after completing her bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science and Criminology. She has broad experience in international education in a British curriculum school in the Cayman Islands, where she was the Head of Faculty of Science and more recently in Singapore. Ms Devlin is currently demonstrating passion for lifelong learning by undertaking a distance learning masters degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. 

 

Ms Devlin aims to always create a classroom environment where learners feel comfortable to take risks, accept challenging learning experiences and show passion for learning new things. She loves seeing learners excelling in their lives outside the classroom and growing as global citizens who contribute to their community. Outside of school, Ms Devlin likes to play team sport, ski, scuba dive, read and cook.

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MADOKA SHINSHI

Japanese

Ms Shinshi is a certified Primary and Junior High School teacher with seven years of teaching experience in international schools. After completing her degree in education, majoring in teaching students with special needs, she went to Australia to volunteer as a Japanese assistant teacher. Since then she enjoys going to cafes and having a good cup of coffee. She enjoys watching all kinds of sports and doing yoga. 

 

She feels happy and touched when students show their growth, development and effort. She also values the moments when she learns from them. Her favourite saying is “Everything happens for a reason”.

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SUE CONOLLY

Librarian

Mrs Conolly grew up in Australia but has lived most of her adult life in Japan, recently spending several years in Chicago, where she decided to become a librarian after her association with the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books in Chicago. 

 

Mrs Conolly has a Master of TESOL and is enrolled in a second MEd as a Teacher Librarian. In the United States she volunteered extensively for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY). Since returning to Japan, Sue has worked as a library assistant in Tokyo and is currently Elementary Librarian at Chiyoda International School Tokyo (CHIST). 

 

Mrs Conolly’s special interests include Mother Tongue collection, picture books and audiobooks. She has magical stories to tell about her many wonderful experiences along the way to becoming a librarian, and she hopes to inspire children to dream bigger and imagine their own remarkable lives through books.

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TETO PARVANOV

Humanities

Mr Parvanov has a degree in Commercial Music and is a UK qualified teacher. He has a postgraduate certificate in education and over four years of experience teaching in London-based secondary schools. 

 

Joining as the Humanities Teacher at Phoenix House Mr Parvanov believes that nurturing the curiosity and passion of students allows them to become driven yet mindful members of society. Teaching with an inquiry-based approach provides a holistic education for his students, developing their critical thinking and resilience alongside their knowledge of history and geography. 

 

Mr Parvanov’s teaching is often thematic, linking with other subjects and creating project work that offers students a way to develop a broader perspective, as well as working on the interpersonal skills needed for discussing and presenting ideas. Mr Parvanov is honoured to continue his practice as a teacher at Phoenix House.

Teaching Assistants

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LAUREN CROUCH

Teaching Assistant

Ms Crouch grew up in North London and has a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Staffordshire University. She developed a love of working with children as a teenager, when she volunteered at youth groups and local schools.

 

Outside of work, Lauren plays tag rugby and likes to cycle. She also has a passion for food and enjoys baking for friends and family, so she is particularly looking forward to exploring the culinary side of Japanese culture.

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SOPHIA MOON

Teaching Assistant

Ms Moon is from South Korea. She lived in the United States for 8 years and attended Korea International School for her High School diploma. Then to pursue her passion in international studies, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Global China Studies and Business at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. As a very multicultural individual who truly believes in the value of intercultural exchange, she envisions leveraging her bilingualism and vast international experience to inspire children pursuing an international education. She wishes to enrich the children of today with both academic skills and creative curiosity.

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NAMI YAMAMOTO

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Yamamoto grew up in Japan and the United States. She has a degree in Creative Culture from Sophia University. Teaching is her passion and she has 15 years of experience as a teacher. Nami is always looking for ways to improve herself to provide her students with the best care and education possible. She believes that each child is unique and brings different experiences and strengths to the classroom. She knows children are capable of reaching their full potential and that this can be achieved through creating a strong and effective partnership between educators and families.

 

Nami believes everyone needs a good sense of humor. She enjoys spending her spare time outdoors playing and exploring with her two young children, and loves working out and relaxing doing yoga.

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RUBANI STREETE-HAMILTON

Teaching Assistant

Mr Streete-Hamilton is originally from Buckinghamshire, England and has a degree in Enterprise in Computer Games Technology from the University of Portsmouth. He came to Japan five years ago to explore, learn the language and experience the culture.

 

Mr Streete-Hamilton has experience guiding students through exams, helping them to visit foreign countries confidently and be prepared to enter universities and international schools.

He looks forward to using his wealth of skills and knowledge to create fun, positive and productive environments to help children thrive to their fullest potential.

 

Outside teaching Mr Streete-Hamilton enjoys brain teasing and puzzle games as well as team based sports such as football.