Alumni Profiles

Nozomi Shinoda, Class of '76

Nozomi Shinoda

Seisen Class of 1976

I was born in Tokyo, Japan. I have had the privilege of growing up in New York and Tokyo. I started Seisen International School as a 7th grader at the Gotanda campus. I am a proud member of the Class of ’76. I had the honor of being the third student council president. To this day, I vividly remember the events, the meetings, and the various accomplishments as the leader of an incredible student body.

In the fall of 1976, I began my undergraduate studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. I graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. In May of 1995, I received a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in Elementary Education. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. I have also studied linguistics at the University of Illinois, U.S. History and 20th Century American Literature at UCLA, and peer coaching at the University of San Diego. I am certified to teach kindergarten through 8th grade as well as endorsed to teach gifted education.

I have been teaching for over 20 years! I began my teaching career at Seisen in 1980. I taught ESL in the elementary school. Since 1998, I have been working as a public school teacher in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I taught 4th grade for nine years, then a gifted education teacher for 3rd through 5th graders, and I have been teaching gifted 1st grade for the past three years. I was Teacher of the Year at my workplace, Jackson Elementary, for the school year of 2007-2008. I also received the 11Alive Class Act Teacher Award. “11 Alive” is the news show for WXIA, the Atlanta affiliate station for NBC. Parents from my class nominated me and I was selected! My feature aired in August of 2011. Only 34 teachers from all over Georgia are selected for this award each year.

My hobbies are running and cooking. I wake up at 4:00 every morning to train. I participate in road and trail races, from 5Ks to full marathons. Here is an article I would like to share with you. Please scroll down to the subtitle, "The Surprised Champion." This article was written after I became the XTERRA Trail Run World Champion in my division in December of 2012 in Hawaii.

I also qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon by completing the Snickers Albany Marathon with a time of 4:09:28. I am extremely happy that I can add this to my list of running accomplishments! Here is another piece about my running history published in an online magazine.

I am the ’76 class representative for SFSA (Seisen Former Students' Association). Thanks to our alumni association, I have been able to reunite with friends whom I have not met for over 30 years. It is an amazing experience to be part of this great organization!