I am on faculty at the Yokohama International School in Yokohama, Japan and work as a school counselor to provide responsive services and guidance oriented curriculum for middle and high school students (grade 6-10). This age range is fascinating as it spans the distance between childhood through all of early and mid-adolescence. I also just enjoy students in middle school and high school so work is full of laughter most days. If you’re passionate about adolescent mental health, let’s collaborate online using the twitter hashtag #scchat.
In addition to school counseling, I teach Theory of Knowledge (T.O.K.) and am TOK coordinator as part of the I.B. Diploma Programme for grades 11-12. As an introduction to issues of epistemology this course is a unique opportunity for students to embrace an intellectual existence and to think with insight and creativity. This course also allows me to draw upon both my background in ethics and psychology along with a love of technological interconnection to foster learning. Please see the online learning community I developed at Yokohama Open Learning and join the discussion about TOK using the twitter hashtag #IBTOK.
I am also an avid photographer and find that a life with a camera in hand helps me more directly experience reality and capture moments and events as they unfold. Professionally this manifests in framed and digital image sales and event photography for my school and other individual clients. Please contact me via my photography website for photography inquiries.
The first program I directed, the Adam Kreiger Adventure Program in New Haven, CT in the US, is a memorial at Hopkins School for an inspiring student who passed away after a long battle with cancer. As Hopkins School faculty I spent much of the academic year with the Middle and High School students of Hopkins and with area public schools. My summers were filled with urban education programs including Summerbridge and L.E.A.P.
As part of Adam Kreiger’s original vision we worked very closely with Yale-New Haven Children’s hospital child life department, founded the first siblings program for the Special Olympic World games, and served the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and other local camps for children with cancer or other terminal illnesses.
After 5 years as director of the Adam Kreiger Adventure Program, I left Hopkins school in 1999 to work with Project Adventure Inc. in Brattleboro, VT still in the United States. In 2001, I shifted my focus even more internationally and moved to Tokyo to work in educational reform with Project Adventure Japan. Over the next five years I was immersed in Japanese society helping to develop adventure facilitation and counseling in Japan and experiential learning strategies within the Japanese Public Schools. While I loved working in a consulting capacity and in Japanese society, I missed the daily interaction with students. When the opportunity came along I was very happy to return to a school setting at Y.I.S.
Since coming to YIS I have worked to more fully establish school counseling within the secondary level. I teach health education and collaborate with others to have personal, social, and health education better integrated into the curriculum. I am championing a new initiative connected to our service learning program within the middle school, have been the faculty advisor to the high school student council, established the YIS skatepark, our learn to skate program and our grade 10 scuba diving fields studies program. While I enjoy all my roles at the school, I love hearing the elementary school students refer to me as the skateboard teacher.
In the spring of 2012 I completed my masters degree at the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. I greatly benefitted the collaboration with my colleagues and professors and maintain these interactions as an alum. I am currently working on publishing a manuscript entitled “Advocating for an Emotion-Focused Approach to Develop Resiliency in Third Culture Adolescents” and documenting and implementing the accompanying grade 6-10 curriculum.
For recreation and self-care, I am an avid cyclist, roller skier, snowboarder, and photographer.
My wife, Asako, is a nationally certified K-9 teacher with over 15 years teaching experience. She currently teaches Physical Education at YIS. We have two children who are every bit as busy as their parents.
Open to employment opportunities in human centered international settings where I can support people to overcome challenges, develop greater resiliency and coping abilities, and achieve their desired goals.
Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology
Graduate Center for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, Edmonton Alberta, Canada – April, 2012
Final Manuscript Title: Advocating for an Emotion-Focused Approach to Develop Resiliency in Third Culture Kids
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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Philosophy
The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio – May, 1994
Phi Sigma Tau, Awarded departmental honors, and received the John F. Miller Prize
Independent Study Thesis – “Experiencing a New Morality: Experiential Education and Ethics”
Secondary School Counselor, Theory of Knowledge Course Coordinator
Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan
August 2006 – Present
- Provide social and emotional counseling support for middle and high school students with particular attention paid to transitions in a context of high global mobility.
- Oversee student counseling case management for grades 6-10
- Develop and implement innovative counseling curriculum entitled “Resiliency for Third Culture Kids (TCKs)”
- Lead parent workshops centered around parenting in a digital age in collaboration with technology learning facilitators
- Develop and lead body image workshops for all secondary boys as a mirror-component to our girls body image sessions
- Participate in the development and implementation of PSHE (wellness) curricula
- Work closely with form tutors to ensure effective pastoral care for all students
- Chaired the YIS Review Committee for Child Protection: Autumn 2014
- School Event Photography: August 2012-present
- Developed and chair the 360 feedback appraisal process for the school senior leadership team: 2011-2014
- Founded and oversee the school skatepark and learn to skate program: 2008-present
- Teach Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for grades 11 and 12: 2007-present
- HOD Theory of Knowledge (TOK): 2014-2015
- Established the Grade 10 Scuba Diving Field Studies trip: 2007-present
- Photograph School Events for publication and promotion: 2012-present
- Advise High School Student Council: 2007-2014
- CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Programme Coordinator: 2006-2011
Current Professional Affiliations
- American School Counselor Association
- Buffalo State SUNY, Certificate of Education Technology and Information Literacy Course Instructor
- International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Kanto Plains International School Counselor Association
- Project Adventure, Inc., Certified Trainer focused on Adventure Based Counseling
- PADI, Advanced Open Water Diver with Dry Suit and Digital Underwater Photography Specialities
- Hosted and Presented at the Nourish Conference on Parenting – Yokohama International School, Japan: February 21, 2015
- Presented on Parenting at Learning 2.014 Asia – NIST International School Thailand: October 2-4, 2014
- Presented on Blended Learning with Yokohama Open Learning – Yokohama International School: September 26, 2013
- Presented on Balance at Learning 2.013 Asia – UWCSEA Singapore: October 10-12, 2013
- Diploma Programme – Theory of Knowledge (Level 3) Prince Alfred College: April 18-20, 2013
- Google Apps for Education Tokyo Summit – American School in Japan: February 9-10th, 2013
- Bamboo Resiliency with Jim Schoel, Author of Islands of Healing – Takao, Japan: November 25, 2012
- Living the Moment, Bridging the Gap Creativity Conference, Yokohama, Japan: November 23-24, 2012
- Third International EFT Summit – New York, NY: July 12-14, 2012
- Beyond Laptops Technology Integration in International Education, Yokohama, Japan: April 19-20th 2012
- Kanto Plains International School Counselor Association Annual Meeting – Buffy vs. Bella: Raising Girls to Thrive in a Vampire World, Yokohama, Japan: April 12th, 2012
- Diploma Programme – Theory of Knowledge (Level 1) Renaissance College: March 7-9, 2008