Sai Sishya International School

Our Team

Meet the team at the Sai Sishya International School

Balaji Panchapakesan,


Mr. Balaji has 20 years experience working in IT services sector in different countries. Inspired by his parents contribution to society in educational field and motivated by his dream to setup an university, he is working with his wife, Ms. Ramaa, in laying a foundation for a high quality affordable international schools in Tokyo.

Ramaa Thirunarayanan

Representative Director

Ms. Ramaa is a versatile personality with a gold medal in both Bachelors (Physics) and Masters in Computer Applications, a national level junior table tennis player, a successful IT career for 11 years, an entrepreneur who established a school from scratch to 400 students in 6 years time. She has been studying different curricula and her previous school was the first to get the International preschool curriculum for Kindergarten in Japan and also a flagship school for Cambridge in Tokyo.
She believes in making high-quality international education available at an affordable price for children. She enabled Cambridge International Examinations – Head of Operations to work with her Mentor Tsuboya san, to have their recognition in japan universitie

Ikuko Tsuboya-Newell


Ms. Tsuboya Ikuko has extensive experience in the education sector including her current appointment as an education advisor for the Japanese government. She is a key figure in the growth of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Japan. She is a member of the IB Asia Pacific Regional Council and her experience includes driving the implementation of the IB Dual Language Diploma in the Japanese national school system. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo International School, President of the Japan International Education Center and Chief Director of Tokyo’s International Secondary School. SSIS offers its gratitude to Ms. Ikuko Tsuboya, who has always been inspiring and motivating to upcoming schools.

Rebecca Yarita

Head Of School

Ms. Rebecca Yarita joins us from the United States where she studied education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with emphasis in language acquisition for students in grades K-12. Before arriving in Japan she worked in public and private schools in Wisconsin and also worked in adult education. While in Japan she has had the opportunity to work with the following curricula – US Common Core, UK National, and Cambridge International Examinations at various grade levels. She has been living in Japan for 15 years

She is a firm believer in evidence based practice, the method of making curricular and academic strategy decisions based on research and best practice. Due to this belief, the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics take high priority in her academic planning for the school. She also believes all students can learn and make progress with appropriate levels of support and encouragement at both school and home.

Kiyomi Fukushima


I’m a consultant and a Japanese teacher.
I was born in Tokyo. I have twins daughter and one more daughter.
I have challenging hobbies like Archery, some sports, singing, reading a books, Rattan crafts and traveling so on.
I’m happy to be able to involve with students and parents in SSIS.
I have experience in jobs for accounting, labor, HR, planning for long time.
I have studied nutrition in the university and have a Nutritionist license and calligraphy teacher license.
I am a certified Japanese teacher for teaching foreign children.