New Life International School - Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan

Principal and Faculty

校長 と 教職員

Suzy Brown, the founder and principal of the school, has a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Language and Literacy.  Mrs. Brown is a licensed teacher with 9 years of elementary teaching experience in the public school system in Texas, USA. She also worked for two years at the University of Texas as a student-teacher trainer, observing, evaluating, and advising teacher trainees, and ultimately deciding whether they were ready to graduate and receive a state teacher's license.  Mrs. Brown has been teaching English part-time for 18 years at Yamanashi Eiwa College in Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan.  While living in Japan, Mrs. Brown homeschooled her three boys using English curriculum. The oldest has completed his Ph.D and is an associate professor at Hosei University.   Another son completed his BA in a university in Texas and is currently teaching at New Life International School.


ブラウン先生は、甲府の山梨英和大学で非常勤として18年間教えてきています。また、日本にいる間、自分の3人の息子を英語のカリキュラムを使ってホームスクールで教えました。長男は博士号を取得し、准教授として法政大学で教えています。次男はテキサス大学の学士号を持ち、現在、ニューライフ インターナショナル スクールで教えています。

Christian Brown teaches full time in the intermediate grades and physical education to all grades.  He has a BA in Communications from Dallas Baptist University and has had over 11 years of teaching in Japan.  The students love him and he is a dedicated, gifted teacher.


Claudia Stadius is a trained, licensed teacher.  She teaches  K/1. She has a BS  in education and has over 14 years of experience teaching in Japan. She is a gifted teacher and we are blessed to have her with us.


Consultant for NLIS and pastor of New Life International Church, Danny Brown, has a B.A. in Religious Studies, an M.A. in Teaching E.S.L., and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education.  Dr. Brown has been a full-time English teacher at Yamanashi Eiwa College for 21 years.  Dr. and Mrs. Brown are married and work closely together in planning NLIS.


Japanese teachers are Kiyoyasu Kawaguchi and Tomoko Furuya.  Mr. Kawaguchi is a highly qualified and experienced teacher with over 30 years of college teaching.  Mrs. Furuya is also a highly qualified and experienced teacher with a master's degree.   We are very blessed to have such gifted teachers in our school! 


Aiko Veale is our accountant and secretary.  She is an experienced bookkeeper and teacher, as well.  She can answer any questions in Japanese, as needed.


Stephen Veale is our chaplain.  He teaches the children stories from the Bible.  He is an experienced teacher from New Zealand. 


For our full time teachers, we hire only native English speaking teachers with education training and/or experience.  Our goal is for all our full time teachers to have a teacher's license or a Master's degree.  This is a requirement for our accreditation.  They must also be active, church-going Christians.


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