Principal: Daniel Speight (Born and raised in Australia)
Life in Japan began for me in 1988, when I was hosted as a Rotary Exchange Student in Seki City, Gifu.
I studied kendo, aikido, Japanese tea ceremony and Japanese cooking.
At university I majored in Japanese language and psychology, and my career began as a tour guide in Australia,
before moving to Japan in 1994 to continue language studies, and pursue work as an English teacher. I established and ran Natural English School in Nagoya from 2000 to 2014, before relocating to Kuwana City and founding Daniel Eikaiwa School, with a focus on childhood education.
I hold a level 1 certificate in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and a simultaneous interpretation certificate from Congress International. I have pursued interests ranging from live music performance to cross-country mountain bike racing, adventure racing, and Ironman triathlon racing. I was the X-Terra Japan off-road triathlon Japanese Championships Amateur Division champion in 2005, and competed in the Maui World Championships in 2005 and 2006.
I strive to instill in our students a sense of the drive, determination, health and mental strength gained from these pursuits, which they can apply to their own lives as they grow.
Through spending these crucial early developmental years together, at Kuwana Forest International Preschool we endeavor to foster curiosity, elicit creativity and equip students with the grit, focus, physical foundation and social, communication and self-management skills that will lay the path to their ongoing learning and success.
In class I make use of musical tools such as guitar and ukulele to provide emotive reinforcement of vocabulary and themes. I see students’ perspectives and ideas as gifts, to be integrated on the fly into the curriculum. The untamed student’s mind is a wellspring of free-thinking intelligence, and by remaining receptive to how the world looks from a young learner’s point of view, we create a space for highly inspirational collaboration on lesson content. It’s in these moments of shared discovery that I find the greatest joy and satisfaction as a teacher.
We have founded Kuwana Forest International Preschool with a dream that students not simply naturally acquire English communication skills via day-to-day interactions, but also find their own unique attributes encouraged and amplified, as they grow into outstanding individuals, contribute meaningfully to their community and the world at large.
Manager: Chikako Speight（Born and raised in Kuwana City, Mie）
Hello, everybody. From a young age I had the opportunity to travel overseas with my mother, and study English at conversation school. Despite not being particularly scholarly, I was always interested in English.
As a result of my language studies I found myself able to to pursue a career that made use of my English skills, and was given such responsibilities as overseas business trips, translation and interpretation.
I had continued English studies because I’d enjoyed it, but as a result my world, potential and choices in life had widened. I found a sense of confirmation that it had been the right choice to pursue a second language.
I hope to relate a sense of this self-confidence to our young pupils during this critical stage of their lives, that they may gain a vision of a bright future awaiting them.
It is my goal to foster students’ social skills and self-independence through a wide variety of learning and discovery experiences at our school.
I wish the same for my two year-old daughter.
My vision in founding this school is to cultivate and send out into the community young graduates, born and bred in Kuwana, with highly developed internationalized identities, kind hearts and healthy bodies
I look forward to expanding these precious young peoples’ potential in close collaboration with both the children, and their families.