Instructional leadership

The school's educational division is led by an instructional leadership team that includes the staff members shown below, in addition to a number of other area- and subject-based coordinators.


Mr. Yoshishige Komaki

Board President/Acting Head of School

Yoshishige Komaki (Japanese)
Yoshishige Komaki founded KIST with his wife, Takako, in 1997. Since that time, as Board President, he has been directly involved in the operation of the school and has overseen its development in line with his vision and founding principles.


Mr. Kevin Yoshihara

Elementary School Principal

Dr Kevin Yoshihara (Canadian)
Dr Kevin Yoshihara has been a member of KIST since August 2009. Initially working as a classroom teacher with Grades 4 and 5, he was appointed Elementary School Principal in 2012 with responsibilities covering K1 through Grade 5. Having also worked in schools in Canada, Kuwait and China, Dr Yoshihara has held a number of teaching and coordinator roles over the course of his career. He holds a Doctorate of Education (Educational Leadership) from the University of New England, a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. Dr Yoshihara is a PYP workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate Organization and has led various teacher workshops in the Asia-Pacific region. His outside school hobbies include swimming, cycling and running. Originally from Canada, Dr Yoshihara's two sons attend KIST.


Mr Clay Bradley

Elementary School Vice Principal/PYP Coordinator

Clay Bradley (American)
Clay Bradley joined the KIST community in August 2012 as a Grade 3 teacher in the Elementary School and was subsequently appointed PYP Coordinator at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. In August 2014, with increasing enrollments in the Elementary School, he transitioned into the additional role of Elementary School Vice Principal to assist in the day-to-day running of the school, in addition to his continuing duties as PYP Coordinator. Mr Bradley holds a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and a degree in Special Education from the University of Hawaii. He has taught in schools in the Kansai area as well as Hawaii over the last twenty years. He enjoys running, cycling, drawing and playing guitar as out of school hobbies. Both of Mr Bradley's daughters graduated from KIST.


Mr. Mark Cowe

Secondary School Principal

Mark Cowe (British)
Mark Cowe joined KIST in August 2007 as the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator for Grades 11 and 12. In 2011, in addition to his continuing duties as DP Coordinator, he was appointed Secondary School Vice Principal. In August 2014, he was subsequently appointed Secondary School Principal. Mr Cowe holds a Master of Arts degree in modern history and politics from the University of Edinburgh, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. Mr Cowe has been teaching since 1999 and held a variety of classroom teaching and leadership roles in the UK, Qatar and El Salvador before coming to Japan. He is also employed by the IB organization as an examiner for History and Theory of Knowledge, and also as a workshop leader. His outside school hobbies include golf, tennis and hiking. Originally from Scotland, Mr Cowe's eldest son is currently enrolled at KIST.



MYP Coordinator

Robert White (Canadian)
Robert White joined KIST in 2011 as an English teacher in the Secondary School, teaching all grades from 6 to 12. In 2014, he was appointed MYP Coordinator, and continues to teach both MYP and DP English. Mr White taught in Canada for 17 years before moving to Asia to teach internationally. He has had postings in Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. Mr White was educated in Canada and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University. He holds two master's degrees - a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education (Educational Leadership). Mr White is an IB examiner for Language and Literature and for the Extended Essay. He enjoys reading, hiking and playing golf (badly). He and his wife, Kayoko, live nearby the school in Chitose.



DP Coordinator

John Rose (Australian)
John Rose joined KIST in 2013 as the Science Coordinator in the Secondary School, teaching MYP Science - mainly Biology and Chemistry - to students in grades 9 and 10, and DP Chemistry to students in grades 11 and 12. In 2014, he was appointed DP Coordinator, and continues to teach DP Chemistry. Mr Rose holds a Master of Education in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Mr Rose is an IB examiner for Chemistry. Before moving to Japan, Mr Rose taught in many countries and has had postings in England, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok and Dubai. He enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing rugby, playing basketball and most sports as he is Australian. Mr Rose's eldest son is currently enrolled at KIST.