Matthew Silvestri


My name is Matthew Silvestri and I am from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I attended college and graduate school in Massachusetts. I received my Bachelor's in English and education from the College of the Holy Cross. I received my Master's in education from Boston College. Reading is my passion. I feel that the activity empowers great thinkers to approach the world in new and exciting ways. Teaching at RES gives me the opportunity to work face to face with students across the world. We develop our skills through a number of activities made possible through the use of technology. I take great pleasure in working with our wonderful students every Sunday morning. When I am not reading and teaching, I enjoy going for walks and playing basketball.


Kaitlyn Cristenson


My name is Kaitlyn Christenson and I'm from Canton, Michigan. I went to college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I received my Bachelors degree. I now live in Japan, where I teach English. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and cosplay. I also enjoy traveling.


Matthew Kovich


My name is Matthew Kovich and I am from Seattle, Washington. I attended college in Spokane, Washington where I received two bachelor degrees in East Asian Studies and Japanese with a minor in International Business. After finishing college I moved to Japan to begin teaching English. I have been teaching English to elementary school students up to high school students and adults for the last few years. I believe that learning a foreign language gives us the skills and confidence to go into new and different situations and try new things. I have really enjoyed living and teaching in Japan for the last few years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, watching movies bicycling around my city and hiking with friends.


Dylan De Main


My name is Dylan De Main from Broken Hill, Australia. It's a mining town in outback Australia which I left in order to attend university a bit closer to the city. I studied a politics/sociology degree and then a Masters in education (P-12) at La Trobe University, A. I've always enjoyed learning about the world and it's fascinating cultures and histories. Teaching has given me a way of sharing that passion with children. After graduating I taught both elementary and high school in rural Victoria for a few years before deciding to move to Japan and teach English. I have enjoyed teaching in Japan and at RES. I think English is a great way for children to think creatively and critically about all areas of life in an enjoyable and interesting way. I look forward to all my lessons because of the creative and interesting contributions of my students. My interests outside of teaching include reading, sport, exploring and watching movies.


Kai Esptein


Hello! My name is Kai Epstein, and I’m from Viroqua, Wisconsin. I have had many different kinds of jobs, from guiding long distance cycling trips in the Midwest of America, to working on a coffee farm in Hawaii. Now I teach English in Japanese elementary and junior highschools. I came to Japan about 3 years ago and I have lived in 3 cities so far. I enjoy exploring Inaka areas with my bicycle and visiting unique restaurants. I really like watching movies and listening to podcasts, as well as learning how to cook. I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new students!


Ralph Caton


Hello, my name Ralph, and I am a friendly, experienced, and energetic person. Currently, I work as a teacher in Japan. I firmly believe that learning can be fun, and that when students enjoy what they are learning, they learn more effectively. My goal as a teacher is to enable students to reach their full potential by engaging their interests within the context of the English language. My educational background includes achieving the N3 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in December 2022. I love learning Japanese! I also have a CELTA (Certificate of Education, Learning and Teaching Adults) from the University of Bristol, as well as a Master of Arts in English Literature from The Open University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wales Swansea. Additionally, I love playing the piano, and do piano concerts often. Beyond my work life, I am passionate about staying active and taking part in various sports such as soccer, badminton, and touch-rugby. I also enjoy giving my time and skills to help disadvantaged students learn English through playing the piano. In my free time, I love immersing myself in the beautiful Japanese culture, improving my musical talents, and indulging in my love of literature by reading novels.


Jason Aldag


Hi! My name is Jason Aldag. I grew up in Boston, Mass., and now live very close to Washington, D.C. I lived in Japan for almost 5 years. I taught English to elementary and high school children as well as adults. I haven't been back to Japan in more than eight years and I really miss onsen and the amazing train system. I went to high school at the oldest school in America, Boston Latin School, which was established in 1635. I went to a small college in upstate New York, Hobart, and got my Masters degree in journalism here in D.C. at American University. I now work for The Washington Post as a video producer. When I’m not working, I try to hit the great mountain bike trails around D.C. and I love playing tennis. I’m looking forward to meeting my new students and teaching again, I miss it!


Kaitlyn Mould


My name is Kaitlyn Mould and I am from a small town called Totowa in New Jersey. I studied East Asian Studies, with a focus in Japanese language, and minored in Economics at The William Paterson University of New Jersey. Upon graduation, I moved to Japan to each English and have been teaching English in Japan ever since. My experiences range from toddler students to senior students, but I most enjoy teaching and interacting with children. My goal is to give my students the confidence to be able to achieve more than they believed that they could, and I hope to offer that to my students at RES. When I am not teaching, I enjoy cooking, practicing calligraphy, playing video games and painting.


Cerise Bell


Hi! I'm Cerise. I'm from Long Island, New York and have lived in Japan for nine years. I have two cats, Sebastian and Sabrina and my favorite color is pink. I like going to the beach and reading books. Nice to meet you!


Gregory Ladd


My name is Greg Ladd. It’s nice to meet you. I am from a small town in the countryside called Ellington, Connecticut. I love baseball, travelling, my family, and teaching. I graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a degree in psychology. At Elon, I spent a lot of time with the international groups on campus and developed an interest foreign cultures, especially Japan. In 1991, I moved to Japan where I would live for the next 13 years. I worked at the Tokyo YMCA College of English and then at various companies including a German pharmaceutical company. During my time there, I also earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. After returning to the United States in 2004, I began working at Saint Thomas More School in another small town, just like the town in which I was raised. I still travel regularly with my family to Japan and Vietnam. This summer, I was lucky enough to go to the summer Matsuri in a small mountain town in Nagano called Yudanaka. My son, Eric, has just started high school and my son, Alex, has just started junior high school. I am a big believer that students learn best when they are interested in the material and that it is also something they will need in the future.


Lindi Warner


Hello, my name is Lindi Warner. I grew up in a small mid-western town in Nebraska but spent the first few years of my childhood in Germany, an experience which left me with a longing to explore the world. Traveling, and its endless opportunity for learning and exchange, is my passion. When I am not able to travel my favorite escape is always a good book. Within my education this quest for knowledge steered me in the direction of science and eventually teaching. I received my B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University and then studied Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver. After 3 years in Osaka teaching high school English as part of the JET program, I have returned to the US and will be finishing my M.A. in Linguistically Diverse Education. At RES I am committed to providing a structured and encouraging learning environment, while allowing students regular opportunities to drive their own learning. Throughout our lessons we have been able to incorporate a number of technological tools to foster greater engagement within our digital classroom. Our lessons are not only an educational experience for the students, but their dedication and determination inspires me to further develop my own teaching methods as well.


Matthew Hurlburt


I am from Orange,Connecticut. I grew up fascinated with samurai and ninja. It was my dream to study the arts related to these mighty warriors. I began my study of martial arts at the age of 9. By the time I turned 20 years old, I earned my black belt in Aikido. I began to dive deeper into Japanese culture, and studied Japanese in University, with the purpose of moving to Japan to get closer to the heart of budo. I moved to Japan in the spring of 2004, and worked as an English teacher for children and adults. I started a family in Japan, but decided to move the family back to the United States in 2007. I return to Japan every summer with my family. I currently work as a teacher at a private school for children, and teach English as a second language at a nearby college. Aside from that, I am a trainer for Oxford seminars, which trains people to become English teachers abroad. I am also the chief instructor of the Myofu An Kobujutsu Connecticut Dojo. I believe studying other languages and cultures is the key to unlocking the world.


Heather Panchal


My name is Heather Panchal and I am from Bethlehem, PA. I earned my B.A. in Spanish Literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. I have always had a passion for learning about other colleges ever since I was a child. My family spent the first two years of my life in England and Saudi Arabia. When I was in high school, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study in Zaragoza, Spain for a year. This is where I really learned Spanish and my love for Spanish-speaking cultures was born. In college, I continued to study Spanish and spent a year of college in Salamanca, SPain and Santiago, Chile. In college, I was involved in Spanish language groups as well as a few other international groups. After college, I taught Spanish at the high school and middle school levels.I have also taught English as a Second Language to students from China, Korea, and Venezuela. I also enjoy swimming and also teach swim lessons to children ages 3 and up. I am very passionate about languages, foreign cultures, and teaching and really enjoy working with children. I enjoy working with the Returnee English School because it gives me an opportunity to explore each of these passions.


JJ DelSerra


Originally from Pennsylvania, I studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and am now a graduate student at New York University. I have experience teaching basic Japanese to American university students, English to elementary and junior high school students in Japan as a participant in the JET Programme, and reading comprehension to elementary school students in Seattle, WA. I believe being multilingual is one of the most important skills one can have in our increasingly global society, and I am committed to helping my students retain and improve their English with lessons tailored to their individual needs.


Aileen Ishmael


My name is Aileen Ishmael and I am from New Haven, CT. I have a Masters degree in Elementary Education and currently I teach in the elementary Talented and Gifted program in my district. I have been teaching for 16 years. I have a passion for learning and my goal is to share that passion with the students I teach. In 1998, after receiving my Masters degree, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime! I spent a year in Tokyo, Japan teaching English for a Japanese company called GEOS. I had such a wonderful time there and was able to travel to China and Thailand while I was living in Japan. Even now, in my enrichment classes for elementary students I teach about Japanese culture and the students are enthralled by it! I am also a mixed media artist and Japanese art is often woven into my pieces. I love to create texture in a piece and people who see my work often like to touch it. Learning a 2nd language is essential in order to communicate with others. It is my pleasure to teach at the Returnee English School in order to further that goal for the students.


Sabrina Enayatulla


I'm Sabrina, a writer based in New York. I was born in Arlington, Va., and attended a public elementary school in Fairfax County where I was enrolled in a Japanese Immersion Program. I learned math, science, Japanese culture and how to speak, read and write Japanese by Japanese teachers at my school. The other half of my school subjects (history, art, physical education, language arts and geography) were taught in English by the American teachers at my school. Thanks to the immersion program, I was fluent in Japanese by the time I was 8 years old. My Japanese teachers also introduced me to mochi, my favorite snack! When I turned 11, my family moved to Germany and Japanese was not offered at my school so I began studying German and eventually lost my Japanese fluency. It is my dream to travel to Japan someday so I can relearn the language and explore the country! I earned my B.A. in Mass Communications, Journalism and Media Studies from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2005. I've worked as a Breaking News Producer and Web Editor at The Washington Post.com, a reporter and columnist at a 60k circulation weekly newspaper in Northern Virginia and as a reading specialist, phonics teacher and math tutor for children. I've spent time volunteering with at-risk youth through an after-school program in Reston, Va. where I helped students with homework and in 2006 I traveled to South Africa where I volunteered at a camp for girls and taught HIV and AIDS prevention and other life skills. I'm so happy to be a teacher with RES because I believe that having a strong command of the English language will teach children confidence and open doors for educational, travel and career opportunities as they get older!