School Leadership Team

Our leadership team is composed of administrators and educators with extensive experiences with international education in Japan.

Annette Levy, M.A.
School HeadAnnette Levy, M.A.

Mrs. Annette Levy, joined Saint Maur's leadership team in 2014, and became School Head in August 2023. Prior to that, she served as Deputy School Head as well as Interim School Head, at Saint Maur.

She has an Associate Diploma of Christian Service (Cross-cultural Studies, Theology, and Counseling). Mrs. Levy started in Early Childhood Education, with in-service studies in Education with the Christian Heritage College, Brisbane. She moved into international school leadership in 2002, serving as Co-Principal, and then School Head at Kyoto International School. She earned the Principals Training Course - International School Leadership Certificate in 2011 and was awarded her MA (Leading Innovation & Change) from York St. John University, in the U.K. in 2013. Mrs. Levy is committed to Organizational Health and Restorative Practices.

Timothy Matsumoto, M.Ed.
Secondary School PrincipalTimothy Matsumoto, M.Ed.

Originally from Hawaii, Mr. Matsumoto serves as the Principal for both the Middle School and the High School. He has a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Administration as well as a B.A. in Mathematics with a double minor in Art and Philosophy. Prior to joining the Saint Maur community, Mr. Matsumoto was the Head of the Mathematics Department at Kaimuki High School in Hawaii; and was an Assistant English Teacher in Koshigaya City in Saitama Prefecture.

Mr. Matsumoto is dedicated to sustaining a positive learning environment for our students and the school community at large. He hopes that by coupling a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and opportunities, individual-focused support systems, and engaging and appropriately challenging learning experiences, Saint Maur students will continue to excel and develop into morally grounded, balanced, unique, and resilient life-long learners.

Rachel Forbes-Dias, BA, iPGCE
Montessori, Elementary & French School PrincipalRachel Forbes-Dias, BA, iPGCE

Mrs. Forbes-Dias is originally from Northern Ireland (U.K.) but educated in Kuwait. She received her university education at Ulster University (U.K) and the University of Sunderland (U.K.). After University, she moved back to Kuwait to pursue a career in education. Rachel has experience teaching Common Core, Canadian, and the National Curriculum in England. In 2018, she trained to perform Internal School Inspections.

Mrs. Forbes-Dias has been in Educational Leadership since 2013 and has been at Saint Maur since 2019. She is passionate about supporting young children’s learning. In particular, she values the learning journey that every child is on and aims to foster the creativity and individuality of every child.

Dornehl Kitching, M.Phil, M.Ed.
Director of Teaching & LearningDornehl Kitching, M.Phil, M.Ed.

Mrs. Dornehl Kitching is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her BEd, BEd (Honours), and MEd degrees. After working for a few years as a secondary Visual Arts teacher, she headed abroad to teach in South Korea, which ignited her passion for international teaching. Mrs Kitching continued to teach and train arts educators back in her home country for five years, before obtaining her MPhil from the University of Cambridge in the UK, where her research was focused on supporting novice educators to implement teaching strategies that cultivate students’ aesthetic literacy. She then spent three years as a Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Deputy Head, and interim Head of Secondary School in Malaysia. Before moving to Japan, Mrs. Kitching was an assessment developer for a Higher Education provider in Portugal.

She values a holistic education and a curriculum that prepares every child for the demands of a fast-paced and uncertain future through the development of skills like problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.