Osaka YMCA
International School

Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Our Leadership team is dedicated to creating a learning environment where every student feels free to discover, explore, and make connections; where families are welcomed into a bright and dynamic community. Composed of a global group of educational and operational experts, our leadership ensures that the teaching and learning remains the heart of the school and that OYIS provides an incredible experience for all who join our family.


Dwayne Primeau

Primary Years
Programme Principal

Mark Beales

Middle Years/Diploma
Programme Principal

Welcome to the OYIS community.

At OYIS, we provide a high-quality, international education to students from around the world.

Our school is built around the concept of community. We are committed to empowering students so they can make a meaningful difference in society.

We achieve this by following the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) programmes, using real-life global issues to equip students with essential skills and knowledge.

Through our teaching and learning, we help students discover who they are and connect them to an inquiry-based learning environment. By encouraging student curiosity about the real world, we are then able to make connections with our community through service learning.

OYIS is proud to be the only IB continuum school in Osaka City, teaching more than 300 students comprising 40 nationalities. We offer the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). This means we can provide students with the perfect pathway from preschool through to Grade 12.

Although OYIS has grown rapidly in the past few years, we have retained our sense of community and remain a family-orientated school. We are an inclusive school that looks to support all the various needs of all students so they are able to reach their full potential.

OYIS is a fun, aspirational, and caring community. We would be honored to share this experience with you.

PYP Leadership

Steve Duex

Primary Years Programme Vice Principal & EAL Coordinator

Brendan O'Leary

Primary Years Programme Coordinator

MYP/DP Leadership

Jess Barga

MYP/DP Vice Principal & Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Jamie Riddalls

Diploma Programme Coordinator

Patrick Anderson

Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Business Operations

Kiyokazu Shoji

Director of Operations


Kana Shinoda

Accounting / Office Manager

Eriko Wada

Business Manager

Yoko Hatayama

Admissions Director

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