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Leadership Team

Catherine Osias Endo, M.A.

Head of School

Catherine Osias Endo, a U.S. citizen, with a mixed ethnic background of Japanese, Filipino, and Greek, born and raised in Japan, graduated from Saint Maur International School in 1972. Upon obtaining her bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Religious Studies, and a master’s degree in English from Holy Names University in California, and a secondary school teaching credential from the state of California, she joined the faculty of her alma mater in the fall of 1977.

During her years at Saint Maur, Mrs. Endo has taught high school English, religious studies, and guidance, and has held the positions of high school coordinator, guidance counselor, high school student council advisor, senior homeroom/deputy homeroom teacher, and English department head. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors.

Jeanette K. Thomas, MBE, M.Ed., L.R.A.M.

Head of School Emerita & Director of Human Resources

Miss Thomas was born in India to British parents. She was educated in England and after graduating from high school, studied at the Royal Academy of Music at London University. She gained her certification as a K-12 Principal from the state of New Jersey, United States. On graduating from university, she taught music in England and in 1968 accepted a teaching position in Western Australia where she also played the ‘cello as an augmenting player with the West Australian Symphony and ABC (Australian Broad Casting) orchestras. In 1970 she continued her teaching career in Auckland, New Zealand, and in 1971 was appointed as Head of Music at Saint Maur International School, Yokohama.

In 1991, Miss Thomas was appointed as Head of Saint Maur International School, and has been a long-term member of the Board of Directors, serving as Chairperson since 2008. She has served on numerous accreditation teams throughout the Asia-Pacific region, representing WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools.) On more than one occasion she has served as President of JCIS (Japan Council of International Schools) and as a Board member of EARCOS (East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools.) Her services to education have been recognized several times by the Kanagawa Private Schools’ Association, and in 1999 by the Yokohama Board of Education.

In 1998, Miss Thomas was conferred the title of MBE (Member of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth ll, at Buckingham Palace, London, for her services to Saint Maur International School and to international education.

Annette Levy, M.A.

Deputy School Head / Director of Student Services / Director of Curriculum and Professional Development


Mrs. Levy, originally from Australia, did her in-service studies in education through the Christian Heritage College in Brisbane; earned the PTC International School Leadership Certificate in 2011; and has more recently obtained her MA degree in Leading Innovation & Change from York St. John University, U.K. Mrs. Levy has been involved in school leadership since 2002 and has had experience serving as a School Head prior to joining the Administration Team at Saint Maur. A permanent resident of Japan, she has been living in Japan since 1985. She is the mother of three grown children who were all born and raised in Kyoto.

Mrs. Levy counts it a privilege to be working at Saint Maur International School, a school with such a rich heritage. She is working hand in hand with the faculty on seeing the curriculum lived out, developed and kept relevant for the students and their learning.

Timothy Matsumoto, M.Ed.

Secondary School Principal

Originally from Hawaii, Mr. Matsumoto serves as the Principal for both the Middle and High School and is the IB Diploma Program Coordinator for grades 11 and 12. 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 family, Mr. Matsumoto served as the IB Diploma Program Coordinator, Head of the Mathematics Department and Grade 12 Homeroom at Saint Maur; 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 passionate about connecting students, staff, parents and community in order to create the best possible learning environment for our students. He hopes that - by coupling a wide-variety of extra-curricular activities, caring support systems, and engaging best practices - Saint Maur students will excel and develop into balanced, lifelong and unique learners.

Rachel Forbes Dias, B.A., I.P.G.C.E.

Montessori, Elementary & French School Principal

Mrs Forbes-Dias is originally from Northern Ireland (U.K.) but was educated in Kuwait. She received her university education at the 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. Last year, she trained to perform Internal School Inspections. She has been in Educational Leadership since 2013 and is passionate about supporting young children’s learning. In particular, she values the learning journey that every child is on and aims to support teachers to help children to feel safe and excited to learn. The aim is to foster the creativity and individuality of every child.

Richard Rucci, M.Ed.

Director of Admissions & University Counseling Team

Originally from the United States, Mr. Rucci has served as principal at Saint Maur for 15 years. He has 3 sons who all graduated from Saint Maur. His resident state is Hawaii, where he graduated from the University of Hawaii, and later received his M.Ed. from University of Southern California and a Masters of Asian Political History. He was principal of Seoul International School for over 15 years before moving to Japan.

Prior to joining Saint Maur, Mr. Rucci worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal of both Catholic and International Schools in the United States and Korea. His teaching experience includes various histories, Asian Studies, and several mathematics courses, his passion being Algebra and Analytic Geometry. Now at Saint Maur, he serves as Director of Admissions, as well as a university guidance counselor for Grade 12 students and Grade 9 advisor.

Mr. Rucci is very interested in the new concepts of behavior expectations and restorative justice. He wrote a 100 page book for ERIC (a semi-U.S. Government Agency) Working with Difficult People - A Guide for Educators. While in Korea, he wrote and edited Living In Korea 6 times and was a weekly correspondent for both The Korea Times and The Korea Herald. He also wrote Volume 1 and II of a book called Korean with Chinese Characters.