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The Playground Team

Michele (Miki) Instructor / Creative director

Hi, my name is Michele. But all my friends call me Miki. It’s easier to remember for Japanese people. I like to travel around the world and I have been to many countries. Being able to speak English meant I could communicate with people of a variety of different cultures. My favorite sport is Kite Surfing which I do here in Niigata in the spring and summer. I hope to see you soon here at the school.

Favorite quote: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."
Steve Jobs.

Pui Instructor / Marketing Advisor

Nice to meet you. My name is Pui and I am currently studying Japanese so I understand that learning a new language can be difficult. But if you want you can do it. I will be happy to help you and make you feel comfortable. I like to cook and my favorite food is spaghetti, I like the tomato and meat sauce one! What is your favorite food?

Favorite quote: "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
Bill Cosby.

Elena Instructor / Educational and Languages Consultant

Hello! I’m Elena. I am an English, Japanese and Italian teacher. I currently teach English in Sanjo city, but I will be part of the Playground team. For the moment I want to organize other languages classes. I am going to teach Italian to adults and supervise other services for this school. I love sweets! I bake and eat them every day. Would you like to eat my homemade cake?

Favorite quote: "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon.

Luke Study Abroad Coordinator

Hello mate! I am Luke. How is it going? I don’t live in Japan, but I have been there two times. I love yakiniku tabehoudai! I live in Brisbane, Australia. If you want to study here I will find the right school for you and I will be your guide. The best way to learn a language is go to the country where the language you are studying is spoken. What are you waiting for? Australia and a lot of friends are waiting for you.

Favorite quote: "Don't find fault, find a remedy."
Henry Ford.

Chieko Business Planner / Advisor

My name is Chieko. How are you? You will not see me much around the school because I prefer working in the background. I saw the development of this school from the very beginning and I can assure you that a lot of energy has been put in this project. I hope you can enjoy this school and learn a lot of English. Take care!

Favorite quote: "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. "