SIG Coordinator: Ryan Hagglund

I became the coordinator at the School Owners’ SIG AGM in November. I first came to Japan in 1998 on the JET Program and have spent my entire time enjoying the wonderful nature of Yamagata Prefecture. After obtaining my MA in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham and an MAT and Oregon State teaching certification from Willamette University I took over MY English School ( in Higashine, Yamagata in 2008. Since then we have grown to seven schools in Yamagata and Kansai. I truly believe that we all benefit when the level of quality in the English conversation school industry improves and want to work to help others—and myself— better educate our students and compete with the larger chains. In addition to MY English School I also teach at Yamagata University.

Membership Chair: Laura Macfarlane

Laura Macfarlane resides in Hokkaido and is the owner of two schools, EFL Club and Macfarlane English School.  She participates in the training of teachers, oversees operations and curriculum development, and provides counseling to her over 700 students.

Treasurer: Jared Wangen


Programs Chair: Robert Sieveking

Hello SO SIG members. I first came to Japan in 1996 spending most of that time teaching in Okinawa. I also spent two years teaching in Korea.  I have lived  the past 9 years in Izumo Shimane, where I started EBS Intercultural Education Center. I have a M.A. in education with the focus on TESOL from the University of Wollongong (Australia). I`m looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the members here at SO.


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