Our Team of Teachers are Our No.1 Priority
Meet the GLAD Staff
Main Branch Staff
Yuki – Osaka
My name is Yuki, a Sales Representative at GLAD. I have worked in several industries, but the ALT related business is the longest and most comfortable for me. I’m easygoing and love the beach, beer, and Australia (VB is my favorite by the way). Join our team and let’s support kids throughout Japan! They are waiting for you!
Masami – Osaka
I’m Masami, an Accountant at the Osaka head office. I was in the service industry for over 10 years before I joined GLAD. So I’m still learning about accounting, but it’s always nice to learn something new and of course to meet new people. I’m looking forward to working with you soon!
Aya – Osaka
Hello. My name is Aya. I am working at Osaka Head Office, doing office support, and mainly helping you with visa applications. I am looking forward to working with you!
Frank – Osaka
Hi! I’m Frank. I’m a hiring specialist here at GLAD. I hail from Washington State, a part of the US that has had a long history with Japan. After years of false starts, I finally made my way here nearly a decade ago to follow my own path. I’ve always been based out of Osaka; joining the GLAD team felt like a natural fit. Make the most out of the opportunities given to you!
Chris – Osaka
Hello there! My name is Chris, and I am a marketing and hiring specialist in NPO GLAD. I am originally from Hawaii and I come from a small city of 15,000 people. Coming to Japan was a dream of mine. After being here for 4 years, I have realized how amazing, yet difficult to be here as a foreigner. I know, and I sympathize with you; We’ll do our best to give you the support you need! My goals aligned with NPO GLAD’s mission to help ALTs, in turn, making a positive impact on children, the future of Japan.
Shinri – Osaka
Codey – Osaka
Natsuki – Osaka
Shoko – Osaka
My name is Shoko. I’m a Sakai City coordinator. When I was a child, I was excited to take classes from ALTs. I still remember what they taught us. At the time, the lessons were very fun and exciting. Needless to say, they showed me a world I didn’t know. One day, I want to help children to experience the same things that I did as a child. This is why I want you to help make a great environment for ALTs for things to run smoothly . I will do my best to support you all.
Kotomi – Kyushu
Hi, my name is Kotomi. I am an ALT coordinator. I have studied English in America and Canada, and Linguistics at my University. I have worked as an English teacher at a private junior high school and high school, a cram school and an English conversation school. My life and English are closely related with each other. I love my current job at NPO GLAD, English, traveling all over Japan and overseas, driving and having a wonderful time with people. I will support MY ALTs so that they won’t have any troubles and will be able to work in a mentally good state. Hope to work with you soon!
Kumiko – Sendai
Hi, I’m Kumiko. I’m a sales/coordinator of Sendai Branch Office in Miyagi prefecture. I was born in Sendai and grew up in Natori (a suburb of Sendai). I’ve just joined GLAD recently 2017, and I found working in GLAD would be the most exciting experience in my life! Nature in the Tohoku region (northern part of Honshu) is great, local foods are terrific and people are kind (a little bit shy sometimes though…).I’m sure you will enjoy life around here, so please join us!
Tomoko – Hokkaido
Hi. My name is Tomoko, coordinator in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
In Hokkaido, you can appreciate nature and fresh food.
The people in Hokkaido are much more accepting of foreigners. One reason why I think that is because many people who live in Hokkaido aren’t from Hokkaido. A large percentage of people who live here are transplants from other parts of Japan. This diversity creates an environment of understanding.
I have also believed that the colder the climate is, the warmer the people are.
I am here to support you starting you new life here in Hokkaido.
Mai – Yamaguchi
Hello, my name is Mai. I am an ALT coordinator in Yamaguchi Prefecture. I was born and raised in Kagoshima but I spent my youth in the US. I have completed my education in the US. While completing my education I became a pre-school teacher/substitute elementary school teacher in California.
I’ve just started working NPO GLAD from April 2019 and I realized that working in NPO GLAD is a great opportunity to meet people from many countries. English education thrives in Japan and teaching English is a great job! You will have remarkable experiences as an ALT. I’ll do my best to support you, so why don’t you join us?
Tina – Okayama JHS
Ayumi – Kyushu
Mayuko – Okayama ES
Risa – Kyushu
Yuki – Chukyo
Hi, my name is Yuki! I’m an ALT coordinator in Chukyo area. I have studied abroad and traveled a few countries.
Living overseas is not easy. ln my case, l have been helped a lot. I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without them.
l can’t thank them enough and this is time to return the favor. It would be my pleasure to help you as much as I can. l will do my best for all our ALTs so that they could enjoy teaching. I’m looking forward to working with you!
Our Extensive Support
Working Life Support
We help teachers who need to move for our contracts with housing and relocation. Whether it be an apartment completely arranged by GLAD or one of your own choice, we are happy to be the facilitator between teacher and rental agents. For contracts in secluded countryside areas, we may be able to offer subsidized housing similar to Japanese teachers.
In connection with our housing and relocation support, we also provide help and advice with daily necessities such as organizing electricity, water, gas and the internet at your homes. For example, if you have a problem with your water pipes at your home, we can be the interpreter between you and the repair company.
Along with the daily necessities such as electricity and water, we help teachers with purchasing cell phones and registering a bank account. Both which are vital for working in Japan. If required, we can also loan teachers a company cell phone.
Teaching contracts in the countryside areas usually require teachers to drive to schools by car. If required, GLAD will provide a rental car at a reasonable fee per month.
While teaching with GLAD, we are responsible for sponsoring your working visa. The paperwork and physically dealing with immigration can be exhausting, but we are happy to take care of the paperwork, and interpret for you. Visa renewals, type changes, and new applications, with the correct documents we will make the process as painless as possible.
Working visa paperwork is just the beginning. Foreign teachers working in Japan must submit legal documents to their local city hall or town hall, just like Japanese citizens. These documents may include change of address, health insurance, residence taxes, and applying for official documents. We will be happy to assist with paperwork, and interpret as needed.
Teachers who are working and living in Japan for the first time may find it difficult to get accustomed to the new environment. We understand that it’s not easy and that teachers will get homesick and face culture shock. GLAD coordinators are more than happy to listen to your problems and worries. We will do everything we can to help you understand, appreciate, and enjoy your time working in Japan.
Teaching and School Support
A coordinator will accompany you to your school on or before the first day to greet the principal and staff at your school. They will help you get settled in your new workplace and be the bridge between you and the school if you have any problems or concerns.
Before you start teaching you will be required to attend paid training seminars. These training sessions are held to explain the rules, expectations and administrative processes of your contract and placement schools in more detail. For new ALTs, we also provide an introductory training course on how to be an effective and successful ALT.
GLAD coordinators are responsible for relaying class schedules from schools to ALTs. For teachers who are placed at multiple schools, coordinators will cooperate with Japanese teachers to make sure you are always updated with any changes or cancellations.
During a contract, coordinators will visit your schools to observe your lessons. They will consult with your coworkers to see if there is any further help that we can provide for you. We will also provide you with professional feedback to develop and improve your skills.
If by chance a teacher is having difficulties at their school with their workplace or coworkers, coordinators will solve the situation by being a mediator between the school and ALT. Sometimes things get lost in translation or sometimes coworkers may have different values compared to you. The coordinators are here to listen to both sides of the story and help guide both parties to a compromise.
During your contract, teachers will be provided with all the necessary teaching resources such as textbooks and materials. If there is something extra you need, feel free to let us know. If it is there to increase the effectiveness of your lesson and contribute positively to the learning we will consider providing extra materials.
Being the only foreign teacher in a Japanese school can sometimes be isolating and lonely. Therefore GLAD holds frequent workshops and events for our teachers to meet other teachers on the team and share ideas and experiences in a more casual setting.