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The TESOL Staff

All of the teaching staff at INTESOL Japan have a high level of education and years of experience teaching English to speakers of other languages.

We look forward to wishing you a warm welcome.

Rocco Nigro

(Director of Studies)

Rocco has been involved in the TEFL industry for more than 20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager and examiner. He is currently based in Brisbane, Australia and has previously worked for several years in Japan and China. His initial studies were in Electronic Engineering, and afterwards he completed a Master of Applied Linguistics through Macquarie University in Australia to add to his CELTA qualification. Rocco sees teaching English as a foreign language as a fantastic way to travel and immerse yourself in other cultures.

Hogara Okamoto

(Customer Support Manager)

He has been in online English industry for more than a decade. He has a bachelor’s degree from Sophia university, Tokyo. He likes traveling to foreign countries and singing songs in karaoke.

Liz Johansen

(Senior Tutor)

As a university-qualified ESL teacher, Liz has taught English in a number of different countries within Asia and Europe to a range of students from 5 years old to adults.  She has prepared her students for Cambridge exams and worked with them to improve their general and Business English language skills.  This range of experience has given her a good understanding of the varied situations teachers and trainee teachers can encounter in the classroom and the variety of students they can be working with.  This breadth of experience along with her previous experience in Workplace Training and Assessment has enabled her to coach new teachers within the classroom setting.

Frank McCarry

(Senior Tutor)

Frank has an extensive TESOL background with his M.A. in Education and TEFL certification.  He has gained a wealth of experience in his teaching endeavours, having taught in Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia.  Frank has taught business English for many years in addition to academic preparation and young learner classes.  The thing that he enjoys most about teaching English is helping and watching his students make real progress in their language learning. With the belief that we are all individuals and have different reasons for learning English, Frank likes to focus on the wants and needs of each student.

Stephenie Overington

(Education Support)

Stephenie’s background is originally in architecture, but she has also been involved in teaching English as a second language in Japan and online.  She has previously taught and mentored young learners and has experience in teaching spoken English to adults.  Stephenie also has a love of travelling and experiencing other cultures, having spent several years abroad in Europe, Asia and North America.

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