T H E T E A M
Riyo has many years of experience as a public school Teacher and a School Administrator, and is fully certified in Canada (British Columbia and Alberta). Riyo is a native speaker of English and fluent in Japanese. Riyo is the former Principal (kocho-sensei) of a British Columbia Offshore School in Tokyo, Japan. Hence, she is knowledgeable about the various exams in Japan, the state of English education in the Japanese system, and is now truly excited to offer a creative and effective English language program to meet the demand. With the understanding of what Japanese learners need in order to be successful in English -- an active and meaningful, culture-based learning -- we are offering an English immersion program in the beach-side resort of Nishi-Izu without having to leave Japan!
Riyo's vast work experience in a variety of other education-related roles include: curriculum designing in British Columbia and California; reviewing lesson plans at SPICE (Stanford U); teaching at universities (UFV, VIU, Takushoku U); participating in twinning a Canada-Japan sister-city relationship; working at a G7 Summit; and much more.
Join Riyo, her staff, and other motivated students to embrace and engage in English! Learning should be fun -- and it will be at ManabiTabi!
Rock is an internationally published and exhibited photographer, award-winning filmmaker, and commercial pilot. Rock has extensive experience in film and television production including major feature films, music videos, documentaries, corporate videos, and television commercials.
Some of Rock's past tenures include: Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Film Producer, Director, Airline Executive, Chief Pilot, and College Instructor.
Rock was the lead College Instructor for The Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound and the Arts Institute of Vancouver. As the Senior Instructor, alongside direct teaching, Rock created and developed the Digital Film Program including the curriculum and labs for the Institution's two-year program.
Rock is a graduate of the preeminent Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Film Production and is TEFL certified in teaching English as a foreign language.
Rock and the team at ManabiTabi look forward to meeting you and engaging in English in a fun, unique environment with many amazing activities!