Kayoko is a qualified primary, secondary school teacher in Japan, and has worked in schools in Japan and England. She graduated from The University of Nottingham with an MA in Special Needs Education. She has worked with children who need additional support to acquire English or with special needs in schools. As Jolly Phonics is accessible to a wide range of children, Kayoko has seen that it boosts their self-esteem, giving them the confidence to speak English. She firmly believes Jolly Phonics programme will provide a secure and inspiring foundation for children to learn English in Japan. She can give training via Skype or will travel to Japan.
April McBride is from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for the past 12 years. She has been actively using Jolly Phonics in an International School environment for the last 9 years. Specialising in teaching younger learners, non-native English learners as well as older children who are struggling with their reading and writing development, April has used this programme to achieve fantastic results. As a parent of two bilingual, elementary schools boys she is keen to present her training to parents as well as teachers, especially those raising bilingual children in Japan.
Dave Gracey is from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He is the Assistant Director at IB English Japan. He became a Jolly Phonics Trainer because he knows the Jolly Phonics Programme is the most effective way to teach children to read and write. He has used it in his classes over the last ten years with amazing results. He hopes to share this success with others.
Georgette is a native English speaker from Kamuela, Hawaii. She has been an EFL educator in Japan for over 13 years. She strongly believes in teaching synthetic phonics. Since using the Jolly Phonics programme her students have gained the necessary skills to help them become successful readers and writers of English. Her students and their families’ motivation to learn English soars once they grasp the core skills learned through the programme. She would love to share those skills with you and help you and your students build a strong phonetic programme by using Jolly Phonics.
Alex Conley is from California, USA and he has lived and worked in Japan since May 2011. He is currently the Executive Director of Coar Inc., an English school and education services company, and works as an English teacher and teacher trainer. He has been using Jolly Phonics in an eikaiwa (English conversation school) for the last five years because he believes it’s the most efficient and effective way of teaching students to read and write. He hopes to share his experiences and knowledge with parents and teachers throughout Japan.
Shino has been working for Yokosuka Gakuin Elementary School in Kanagawa since 2006. She has seen the impact of Jolly Phonics and the outstanding results that their students have achieved learning English with the Jolly Phonics programme. Shino firmly believes that Jolly Phonics is the best solution for learning to read, write and speak in English, so would love to share her experiences with other teachers, so they too can make a difference to their students and schools.
David is originally from the UK but has been living and working in Japan since 2001, teaching in both private and public schools. In 2013, David set up Yamatalk English school to focus on teaching younger learners. David began to teach with Jolly Phonics in 2014, seeing outstanding results from his students. He finds Jolly Phonics to be a wonderful way not only to teach children literacy, but to also unlock their enthusiasm and motivation for studying English.
David would like to share his experiences with Jolly Phonics as a means to teach literacy, not just with other teachers, but with parents looking to get more involved in their children’s English learning.