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School President - Blocksom, Peter

Grade 12 Homeroom, Math, Political Science

Education is exciting; knowledge and wisdom are captivating. When students fall asleep during class--it is not the student's fault, but rather, the teacher's. As a teacher I believe my role is to motivate the students to inspire them to do all they can to be all they can.


Principal - Simoes, Haroldo


I want to help and encourage my students to enjoy what they are learning and get a true sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from what they learn and do. That is at the heart of being a good steward of what has been entrusted to us.


Vice Principal - Rohrer, Steve

Grade 5 Homeroom, English, Math, Social Studies

Above all, I want my students to know that God made them and God loves them, so they are very special and valuable people, and God has an important and meaningful plan for their lives. Every student has unique gifts, talents, and abilities. I want to help each student to develop those abilities, starting from where they are right now, and use them for good and meaningful purposes.


General Manager - Barrera, Tony

English, Social Studies

My hope is that our students base their success on analytical thinking. To facilitate this process my students are taught to use worldly knowledge based on Godly wisdom.


Alexander, Kami

Grade 4 Homeroom, English

Each of my students is unique and creative. As a language teacher, I want to give students the tools they need to communicate their God-given creativity and appreciate the ideas and creativity of others.


Barrera, Kayoko

Grade 9, Homeroom, Japanese, English

Each student at KIUA is important. I believe it is my duty as an instructor at KIUA to help each one find purpose and have a dream for the future. I want to help the students build a good foundation so that they can flourish as they mature.


Duffy, Justin

Grade 6 Homeroom, English, Social Studies

I believe that having a positive attitude to learning is important, and that it is important to see learning as not only memorizing facts to pass tests, but that all learning has intrinsic value. I also believe critical thinking is important to empower our students to make sense of the increasingly complex world around them.


Ebsworth, Ewen

Grade 9 Homeroom, English, Social Studies

Learning is not just about accumulating knowledge, but being able to judge what knowledge is important and why, as well as how to use it for the good of others. I hope to inspire our students to learn how to question what they read and hear and to ask the right sort of questions that will get to the truth. Deep thinking is essential to meaningful learning. Clear and precise communication is related to deep thinking as we seek to express what we think carefully and accurately and ask intelligent questions of others and of information. This is why teaching both English and Social Studies is so important to me.


Goto, Shinichi

Grade 10 Homeroom, Physical Ed, Social Studies, Guidance Counselor

The Bible says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep." This is my aim. I want to watch my students mature and grow, therefore I want to spend a lot of time with them in and out of the classroom.


Harii, Yoshiaki

Grade 3 Homeroom, Math, Social Studies, Science

I want the students to learn to express themselves fluently in two languages. I also hope that the students will take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to their lives. I want to watch over the students as they grow not only in their academics, but in character as well.


Ishida, Mizuho

Grade 8 Homeroom, Japanese, English

My hope for my students is that they will learn not only how to do well in tests but also how to live in Christ.


King, Adam

Grade 11 Homeroom, Physical Ed, English, Athletics Director


Kusaki, Naomi

Grade 1 Homeroom, English, Japanese, Math

In God's love and grace, my desire is to love, teach, learn and grow with my students.


Meyers, Todd

Grade 5 Homeroom, English, Music

Through contact with good music and language I want to help students develop the habit of searching out the truth. I hope to help them see how this can be a foundation for all they do in the future.


Quintana, Wilbert


My desire is to give students tools to gain the ability to think by themselves and succeed in their lives.


Sasaki, Ryu

Grade 2 Homeroom, Japanese, Math, Science

My aim is to create an environment where the students enjoy one another's individual differences and can use this as an opportunity to grow.


Suemune, Yasuko

Grade 6 Homeroom, Japanese, Social Studies

“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4)
I pray that each student experiences the splendor of walking through life with the God who said these words, and creates a foundation in order to live a purposeful life.


Takeji, Yuki

Grade 7 Homeroom, Math, Japanese, School Counselor


Yokotani, Hiroshi


I want to love my students with the same love that God has for me. I want to build a loving community with my students.


Aoki, Megumi

Art, Japanese

I want to be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose with other teachers to help students learn and develop an appreciation of art through creative activities, and also to let students experience the joy and fun of creating something.


Duffy, Maki

Physical Education, English

I hope that I can help the students to develop their individuality, as well as their social skills and ability to cooperate with one another.


Harada, Miho


I am grateful every day that I can watch over with joy the growth of each student through classes and extra-curricular activities. Particularly, I am deeply moved when students become aware of the joy of learning.


Hutton, Becky

English, Music


Inglis, Matthew


All of our students have immense value as precious human beings made in the image and likeness of God. My desire is to help our students to develop their critical thinking skills, as they learn about and examine the incredible wonders of the universe which our Sovereign Lord has made.


Kemp, Mari


I love children and love helping them learn. I want students to see school as an exciting and safe place to explore, learn, build confidence, experience the love of God, and make good friends.


Minami, Yuhei

Grade 12 Homeroom, Japanese, Math

Each student is an interesting and exciting work of art created by God. I hope to help students themselves to realize that truth and find value beyond course grades in their lives.


Wolter, Mark

English, Social Studies, Science

I long to help my students have the best education possible. I want them to be able to be able to think and create themselves as they interact with the great thoughts and ideas. I want them to be able to do this in a safe environment that is filled with love and respect for others.


Yamamoto, Haruyo


The Bible says regarding words, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Believe in the power of words; praise the power of words; teach the essence of words. Keeping hold of these ideas in my heart, I want to engage each student with care.

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