Gymboree Nagoya Seeks Enthusiastic Lead Teacher

Teacher wanted by Global Step Academy First work day: ASAP
Native-level speakers
Min. 1 year
No degrees expected
At Gymboree your world will be filled with laughter, music, and the personal reward of knowing that you are helping a parent and child build a happy and healthy world together.

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Our teachers lead dynamic and interactive play-based preschool, after school and "mommy and me" classes that build children’s cognitive, social and physical skills. Designed by child development experts, our programming focuses on and supports the specific developmental milestones children are working on at their age. In addition to leading classes, teachers will be required to lead birthday parties and events.

We provide excellent paid training, support, and motivation to help you grow and succeed. Employees are thoroughly trained in the Gymboree Method of Teaching, operation of our facilities, and child development. This training requires a commitment to learn and grow, and is a long-term proposition. The official training period may last up to 2 months and ends as soon as you can teach your first class on your own.


Managerial experience
Japanese ability
Experience working in a daycare or preschool in Japan or abroad
Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Typical Workday
9:00-6:00pm. With one hour lunch break. In addition to preparing for and teaching classes, teachers will be asked to help keep the site clean and follow-up with customers.

Workplace & Hours
Location: Global Gate, Sasashima Live station, Nagoya

5 days a week including Sunday
* Teachers who would like more hours will have the opportunity to come in extra days to cover for other teachers on a monthly basis.

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Native-level speakers

  2. Experience

    Min. 1 year

    (Proven experience with small children and comfortable teaching 1-3 year olds.)

  3. Qualification

    No degrees expected

  4. Valid visa
  5. Friendly and outgoing
  6. Comfortable performing (singing and dancing)
  7. Are confident singing and performing in front of preschool age (1-2) children and parents
  8. Have a playful and energetic personality and teaching style
  9. Enjoy playing with and teaching young children in mommy and me and drop-off setting
  10. Are team players and can share responsibilities with other staff
  11. Are willing to get involved in the non-teaching aspects of the position (admin, cleaning, marketing, training, etc.)

What we offer

  1. Salary: 270,000-300,000/month

Nagoya, Japan

Job location

Global Step Academy

About the employer

GSA is a large company with many departments for our teachers to enter. We have physical schools, large after school programs as well as our main service which is an online, juku-style platform.

Global Step Academy is the first online international school in the world. We strive to provide an authentic international English education to any and all students in Japan at a fraction of what most other International schools cost, adding-in the flexibility to take classes from anywhere with a good computer and internet connection.

When we first envisioned what Global Step Academy should be like we came down to one key factor: TEACHERS. While believe in the hype of revolutionizing the education technology industry, education will continue to be built upon the strengths of teachers. Therefore, it is clear to us we had to provide the following three factors:

1) Transparency in showing individual improvement and growth over time

2) Letting students present in front of other people in a positive way, especially their parents and friends as much as possible

3) Creating environments where students can connect and work with each other in order to find similarities and differences and eventually friendship among each other

Global Step Academy gives teachers a foundation that takes care of everything other than the actual "teaching" factor so that the teachers can focus on students. We believe this is what is necessary for today's education simply because that's what the students deserve: full attention, commitment and perseverance through the student's academic development.

About the recruiting agency was started in June of 1998 by American James Gibbs, who had been living and working in Japan in intermittently since 1985.

The initial idea to create a “guidebook” to living and working in Japan and James had compiled a lengthy list of 300-400 schools that had been hiring and found himself constantly making photo copies to give to newly arriving foreigners who were looking for work. Additionally hours would be spent in coffee shops, restaurants and over the phone explaining the ropes to new arrivals on what they needed to do for all sorts of things from finding a place to live, finding a job, getting a visa, socializing, local customs, etc.

In 1998, the 567-page Guide to Jobs in Japan was published receiving wide praise and scores of direct personal testimony from people saying the book was instrumental in finding their job in Japan and changing their lives.

James also took to the internet in 1998 creating and moving all the information to the web. The job listings expanded and within a couple of years there were as many as 500 job listings on the site. was unique among major sources of job listings in that it was an entirely free service to use for employers and job seekers surviving only on paid banner advertising and then value-added listing for employers that wanted more exposure.

With job seekers and employers demanding more functionality, we compiled their advice and relaunched the site as you see it today. Always free for the job seeker and reasonable……may we say “cheap”…..rates for our employers with some free services still available.

Now almost 20 years later, we are still focusing on our initial mission of helping foreigners find Jobs in Japan.

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