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TEACHING STAFF

The Science Department aims to cater for the unique scientific needs of each Saint Maur student. Whether the ultimate aim of students is to gain entrance to study the Sciences at top level Universities or simply to be able to make informed choices on the scientific issues that affect their lives, the Science staff provides them with the tools that they need to be successful. With experience teaching at Elementary through to University level, staff use a variety of teaching styles to make classes accessible to all students. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught by teachers who are specialists in their field in superbly equipped purpose built laboratories.

Dr Mary-Anne Suzuki
Dr Mary-Anne SuzukiHead of Science / Chemistry Teacher

Born in the United Kingdom, Dr. Suzuki obtained a B.A. in Natural Science (Chemistry) and PGCE from Oxford University. After several years teaching in the United Kingdom, she returned to academia and obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from St. Andrews University. She moved to Japan in order to continue her research in the field of polymer electrolytes at the National Institute for Materials and Chemical Research at Tsukuba and subsequently as an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science at Shizuoka University. She came to realize that it was the teaching of students that gave her the greatest satisfaction and made the move back into secondary education in the U.K. She joined Saint Maur International School as a chemistry teacher in 2004 and became the Head of Science in 2005. 

Dr. Suzuki was initially attracted to Japan by her interest in Judo. She represented Great Britain at the World Student Judo Championships in 1984. 

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade 8 - Combined Sciences (Chemistry) 
  • Grade 9 - IGCSE Combined Sciences (Chemistry)
  • Grade 10 IGCSE Combined Sciences (Chemistry)
  • Grade 11 - IB Chemistry SL/HL
  • Grade 12 - IB Chemistry SL/HL
Dr Guillaume Erard
Dr Guillaume ErardIGCSE - IB Biology / School Webmaster

Dr Guillaume Erard has been teaching at Saint Maur International School since 2010. He holds a BSc in Applied Microbiology (Hons) from Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom) and a PhD in Plant-Microbe Molecular Interactions from University College Dublin (Ireland). While a researcher, Dr Erard's characterized a previously unknown evolutionary-restricted wheat gene, which led to the establishment of a patent. Dr Erard has a particular interest for the communication and public understanding of Science. He and his students have produced a large number of lecture and tutorial videos, some of which having reached several tens of thousands of views. He also created the websites of the school, and of the Science department.

Dr Erard also holds a fifth degree black belt in Aikido and he teaches in his own dojo in Yokohama

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade 8 - Combined Sciences (Biology)
  • Grade 9 - IGCSE Combined Sciences (Biology)
  • Grade 10 - IGCSE Combined Sciences (Biology)
  • Grade 11 - IB Biology (HL)
  • Grade 12 - IB Biology (HL)
Mr Raymond Smith
Mr Raymond SmithIGCSE - IB Physics

Mr. Smith was born and raised in Michigan, USA, where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked for several years in the automotive industry in the metrology field, working with industrial robots and vision measurement systems. After being promoted from an installation engineer to project manager, and then installation team manager, Mr. Smith discovered his passion for mentoring and teaching fellow engineers on his team.

After moving to Japan with his family in 2018, he entered into a graduate program for teaching certification, and conducted his teaching clinical within the Saint Maur science department. Mr. Smith strives to share his love and enthusiasm for physics and math, and the problem solving skills these subjects develop, with his students.

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade 8 - Combined Sciences (Physics)
  • Grade 9 - IGCSE Combined Sciences (Physics)
  • Grade 10 - IGCSE Combined Sciences (Physics)
  • Grade 11 - IB Physics (SL/HL)
  • Grade 12 - IB Physics (SL/HL)
Ms Vanessa Gulayets
Ms Vanessa Gulayets MS Science / IB Biology
Ms. Gulayets was born in Canada where she taught a variety of courses before moving internationally to teach Biology in the UAE. She completed a BSc Biology degree at the King's University before continuing into her BEd after degree where she majored in Biology and General Science while minoring in Social studies. Ms. Gulayets is passionate about science as she loves nature, understanding physiology and the thought provoking quest for the "truth". She likes to include students in her approach to teaching and often centers her lessons around self development and wellness by trying to relate what we learn to real life - what's going on inside of us and all around us.  

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade 7 - Science
  • Grade 11 - IB Biology (SL) 
  • Grade 12 - IB Biology (SL)

Ms Anna Novick (currently on leave)
Ms Anna Novick (currently on leave)MS Science / IB Biology
Ms Anna Novick has been teaching at Saint Maur International School since 2013. She is a former Saint Maur graduate (class of 2008). She attended Japanese school prior to Saint Maur and is fluent in Japanese. She has a BA in Sociology (minor in Psychology) from Harvard University. During her undergraduate career she worked closely with faculty in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology. She completed the Undergraduate Teacher Education programe at the Harvard Graduate School of Education during her senior year at the college and obtained a Massachusetts Educator Licensure in Biology in 2013.

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade 7 - Science
  • Grade 11 - IB Biology (SL) 
  • Grade 12 - IB Biology (SL)

Mr Hamilton Dias
Mr Hamilton DiasMiddle School Science

Mr. Dias is originally from the USA born in Chicago and raised in South Florida by Brazilian parents. He went to Florida Atlantic University and received two Bachelor degrees in Molecular Biology and the other in Chemistry. He is currently teaching SL Biology to the 11th and 12th graders and he is teaching science to the 7th graders. He has taught previously in Brazil and Kuwait teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Physics within the IB, AP, and IGCSE systems while working in these countries. 

The past 3 years he has taught special needs students and prepared them for their IGCSE’s. Mr. Dias is passionate about science and strives to pass this enthusiasm to his students. He especially finds the moments where complicated theories make sense as his favorite part of the day.

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade Grade 6 - Science
Mr Leonardo Canon-Escobar
Mr Leonardo Canon-EscobarContemporary Science

Leonardo Canon-Escobar has been teaching at Saint Maur International School since August 2015. He was born in Manizales, Colombia where he obtained a degree in Biology and Chemistry from Caldas University. Before joining us here in Japan, he worked for 9 years at Campion School in the United Kingdom, where he qualified as a teacher. He has also lived in Israel, Austria and Spain.

Experiencing different cultures has enriched his educational skills, enabling him to quickly adapt, learn and understand distinct teaching styles. Leonardo is looking forward to sharing his cultural experience with his students and colleagues.

Teaching allocations: 

  • Grade 11 - Contemporary Science