My first encounter with Seisen was in seventh grade, when my parents convinced me to go for an interview. After moving from school to school within three countries due to my father’s job, I was not too keen on starting a new school for the tenth time. But I quickly fell in love with Seisen as I went through the interview with Sr. Asuncion and Sr. Concesa, and then visited the classes where I met friendly girls from all over the world. I am forever grateful to my parents for choosing Seisen for my education.
Since then, Seisen has been my second home. In Seisen, we were given opportunities to challenge ourselves academically, and to try a variety of arts and sports and leadership and community service activities that prepared us for our the future. As Seisen students, we were strongly inspired by our teachers, the Sisters, fellow students, and the warm, family-like community. My friends are now leading their diverse lives in nations all over the world but when we see each other, we instantly go back to our fondest memories of childhood while appreciating the strong Seisen values embedded in us.
After graduating, I studied in a bilingual university here in Japan, and then worked in a German Bank. Then my life faced another major encounter with Seisen -- I received a call from the Sisters asking whether I was interested in teaching Kindergarteners at Seisen. I was.
When our daughter was born in 1998, my husband and I were thrilled to call Ms. Sheila O’Donoghue right from the delivery room for an application form for the Seisen Montessori Kindergarten. Our daughter is now thriving in high school, ready for her International Baccalaureate Diploma program (IB DP).
TODAY, as I continue my career as a Kindergarten teacher in Seisen, I am grateful for each and every one of the children as gifts from God. At Seisen, we are given plenty of workshop opportunities and support in order to provide 21st century education to the students.
Once again, I am very grateful that when I meet my former classmates, I get to proudly announce that we are continuing to “Renew, Enrich, and Energize” Seisen.