Teacher Profile



  • 白金高輪校
  • From Australia

Monash University
Time in Japan
Since 2016
Time Teaching
Since 2016

I’m multilingual! I grew up speaking Chinese (Teochew), and I actually did not speak English until I went to kindergarten at age 5, despite being born and raised in Australia. As my family is Chinese Cambodian, I was naturally surrounded by the Cambodian language, Khmer which I picked up in my later years. I am of course studying Japanese here in Japan, and I am also studying Korean. I have learnt a bit of Thai and French on throughout the years as well.


I love traveling and backpacking, and I have gone to almost every East Asian country with plans to go to more! One of my best memories was crossing over from Laos to Thailand via the border crossing in Nong Khai and Vietiane. Only one issue! It’s not easy to try to cross the border with a large suitcase in a canoe less than the width of your arm span. Thankfully the canoe did not tip, but it’s always a good story to tell!


What do you think is special about GnoKids compared to other English Schools?


One of the things that GnoKids apart is that GnoKids is accommodating to the children and their individual needs. Every child learns in a different way; therefore, having an inflexible routine in every lesson means that not every child will be looked after. At GnoKids, employing two teachers allows every child to be looked after and supported individually. We also have a flexible lesson plan, which means that no lesson is the same. Every child can find something unique and enjoyable about not only learning English, but using English.


What is most important to you when teaching kids?


When learning English in a Japanese school, there isn’t always a focus on real-world communication, but at GnoKids we show the practicality of speaking English in a fun and exciting way that helps every child to learn effectively.


What do you think has helped your students improve the most?


Relatability, first and foremost! Think back to when you were in school, which teachers positively stood out to you the most? It was most likely the teachers who you could relate to in some way. I believe that while I am a teacher, it is important that students can get to know me and relate to me. This is a key component in motivating my students to learn more and more.


If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do?


I’m also a dancer, so if I had an extra hour per day, I would take that time to do more dancing. It’s where I feel the most free!


What are the best things to do in Tokyo?


As a former barista, I am a coffee aficionado so you can find me searching through Tokyo looking for the best cafes. I also love shopping for second hand, vintage, and sportswear clothes. I can combine both of these loves in various places like Shimokitazawa, Yoyogi Uehara, Daikanyama, Koenji and Kichijoji!


What do you miss most about Australia?


Anyone who has moved abroad can probably misses home at least sometimes. As someone from a multicultural city like Melbourne, I do miss the variety of food and the wide range of groceries accessible in Australian supermarkets. A good old pie with a latte for breakfast is certainly not as easily accessible in Japan! And of course, I miss spending time with my friends and family.


If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?


Because of my background as a Chinese Cambodian, I would like to one day live a bit in Siem Reap where the historic and famous temple Angkor Wat is. My heritage is an important part of my identity, and I would love to learn more about it to share more with others.