Kanako Suwa
諏訪 佳奈子

October 2022 - I'm in the process of moving content from Weebly to Google Sites. This website is incomplete - please give me a few months to get everything transferred!

EAL Teacher K-12

Dedicated & passionate educator of multilingual learners. Japanese, Third Culture Kid & proud alumna of international schools. Born, raised, and educated in Japan, Taipei, and Boston. Fluent in Japanese and English, conversational in Mandarin.

Currently working as the EAL Coordinator for Chaing Mai International School.


Teaching Experiences

August 2022 - current: Chiang Mai International School

  • K-12 EAL Coordinator / coach

  • U8/U10/U12/U15/U18 Swim Team Coach

  • U8/U10/U12 Track & Field Coach (supervision coordinator)

August 2017 - June 2022: American International School Vietnam

  • EAL co-teacher / coach

  • Elementary EAL Team Leader

  • Taught KG, G2, G4, G5

  • G3-12 Swim Team Coach

Education History

2019 - 2021: Endicott College, Boston, MA, USA

  • M.Ed in International Education

2013 - 2017: Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

  • Bilingual Education

  • ESL Pre-K - 6 License from MA

  • School of Education Undergraduate Student Government President

2010 - 2013: Doshisha International High School, Kyoto, Japan

2005 - 2010: Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan

Community Involvement

The Coming Out Monologues - a monologue in which queer educators reflect and share their stories.

In this episode, I reflect on coming to terms with my queerness, having an Asian family, and how COVID19 travel restrictions helped me feel more secure in my identities.

My TCK journey & what it means to be an international school educator as a TCK. With Calvin from Global CKtizens, whom I met through the TCK Global community. If you're interested in joining us at TCK Global (Discord and/or Whatsapp), fill out this form.

English Language Learning Specialists in Asia (ELLSA)

  • Board member (2019 - current)

  • Communications and Social Media management

  • Monthly newsletters, social media posts, corresponding with members

  • Organising #ELLSAPD and ELLSA Conference

  • Create and update the website

Special Education Network and Inclusion Association (SENIA)

  • Podcast Manager

  • Transcribe podcast episodes

  • Find and invite guests to the podcast

  • Post the podcast on the website

  • Video submission check and edits for annual virtual conference

  • Tech support for annual virtual conference

TCK Global


  • Online PD Platform for educators

  • Course on TCKs coming soon!

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