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Premier School Kindergarten Teacher

Department: Premier School

Locations: Maruyama, Takamori Campuses - Sendai, Japan

Reports To: Premier School Director, Head Teacher, Lead Teacher

Job Summary:

The teacher is the Kindergarten homeroom teacher for a class of 16 Japanese children in MeySen Academy Premier School. The Premier School Kindergarten is open to four and five year old Japanese children who are working towards becoming bi-lingual. Outside of a 40-minute long Japanese class, the children are immersed in English, learning through songs, chants, short poems, memory work, games, stories and some phonics and writing. Due to the classroom being entirely in English, teachers must be very sensitive to the needs of their students and also quite creative in communicating with them.

Essential Functions:

  1. Memorizes and masters GrapeSEED curriculum levels 1 through 12, which includes chants, songs and stories.
  2. Prepares materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety. Creates and maintains a clean, interactive classroom environment, including planning and arranging stations that present learning challenges and curriculum related activities.
  3. Teaches basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  4. Observes and evaluates children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  5. Establishes and enforces rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  6. Models and develops English listening and speaking skills using GrapeSEED standard teaching techniques. Develops fundamental skills for learning reading and writing.
  7. Learns, tests, and implements teaching techniques provided by GrapeSEED curriculum training, or as requested by training staff and School Director.
  8. Intentionally cultivates relationships with the children, learns each child’s name. Consistently interacts inside and outside the classroom with each child.
  9. Leads children in singing. Models correct melody, rhythm, and pronunciation of songs for children.
  10. Maintains up-to-date and accurate records of attendance, points and rewards.
  11. Participates in team meetings, sharing knowledge, experiences, and ideas with fellow Premier School Kindergarten teachers.
  12. Plays actively with children outside daily: running, using playground equipment, games, and balls. Instructs and leads children in keeping the rules of the MeySen playground, and enforces playground and safety rules. Maintains a safe environment through constant visual supervision, intervenes physically in emergency situations, including, if necessary, carrying an injured child to a place of safety.
  13. Leads and participates in exercise time (running laps every day for 5 minutes).
  14. Plans, coordinates, and participates in simple dance performances with the children.
  15. Communicates frequently with School Director and Head Teacher regarding children’s learning progress and classroom issues.
  16. Works with fellow teachers to plan, manage and execute special events and programs, including dances and physical exercise. Responsible for set-up and clean-up of each program. Serves in a support capacity for other grade level events and programs.
  17. Communicates with parents with the help of the assistants regarding the progress and development of the child.
  18. Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Native speaker level of English (based on a North American phonics pronunciation)
  • Honest, hardworking, flexible and dedicated individual who has a warm and energetic personality
  • Able to communicate and care for small children who have little or no English experience. Requires patience, awareness of others feelings, and self-control.
  • Creative and innovative (must be able to plan and create stations, as well as events for parents such as plays and dance performances)


  • Minimum of a four year degree in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education (ECE) certified.
  • Two or more years’ experience teaching young children is preferred.

Working Conditions:

8 am to 5:00 pm*

5 or 6 weekend programs throughout the year

*Actual time with the children is from 8:30-2:15 while the rest of the day is used for preparation and meetings

Daily Schedule (Example):

  •  8:00AM  Meet in office, prepare classroom
  •  8:30AM  Greet children that arrive on the first bus, morning care and parent drop-off.
  •  8:50AM  Morning Stations with the first group of children.
  •  9:15AM  Second bus arrives and all play in classroom
  •  9:30AM  Clean-up and use restroom
  •  9:40AM  1st Circle Time
  • 10:20AM  Playtime
  • 10:40AM  Gather
  • 10:45AM  2nd Circle Time
  • 11:20AM  Japanese Class with a Japanese Teacher
  • 12:00PM  Lunch & Playtime
  •  1:00PM  Show & Tell & Story Time
  •  1:35PM  Dismiss 1st Bus Children
  •  1:40PM  Afternoon Stations with Second Bus Children
  •  2:20PM  Clean-up & Pack-up Time
  •  2:30PM  Dismiss 2nd Bus Children & Day Care Children
  •  3:00PM  Teacher Planning, Preparing and Meeting Time
  •  5:00PM  Time to Leave


Annual Base Salary starting at 3,240,000 yen (
Monthly Break-down: 220,000 yen + 50,000 yen (house subsidy) = 270,000 yen per month

Other Benefits:

  • End of the year performance based bonus and re-signing bonuses
  • Fully furnished apartment within walking distance of the school
  • One economy class round trip plane ticket per year
  • National health insurance with 70% coverage - optional (MeySen pays half of the salary based premiums)
  • Paid training (mid-February to April 1st)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Three vacations available throughout year:
    • Summer: Around 12 days (mid-August)
    • Winter: Around 12 days (over New Years beginning after Christmas)
    • Spring: Around 7 days (end of March)
    • Additionally – 10 national holidays throughout year