Learning is a
joyful experience. 


Our mission

Learning is a
joyful experience! 


Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen is the only Japanese and English bilingual preschool in Brooklyn. We foster a caring and supportive multicultural learning environment in which children and families learn and grow. We believe that learning itself is a joyful experience, and that one’s intrinsic drive for learning is the key to their well-being and happiness. Therefore, we create a fun-filled experience through a play-based curriculum that nurtures the physical, social-emotional, and intellectual growth of each child. Our program promotes empathy, develops autonomy, fosters intrinsic-drive, and creates harmony between mind and body. We strive to help the children develop into responsible global citizens with a world perspective and cultural competence. We celebrate diversity while also cherishing the Japanese culture and community.



Miho Nishimaniwa
School Director / Founder


Aozora Programs


Preschool Program

Aozora’s preschool program is a play-based and bilingual (Japanese and English) program for children ages 2 year to 5 years old.

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After School Program

Aozora offers a wide variety of classes for the preschool age children to school age children. All of our After School Classes are held in Japanese and open to the children who are not enrolled in our Preschool Program as well.

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Saturday Programs

Aozora's Saturday Programs include classes for a wider range age group: a class for preschool age children, another class for the Kindergarteners to 2nd graders, and a playgroup for 0 to 2 years old.

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Summer Camp


Aozora Gakuen offers Summer Camp in July and August, Mid Winter Break Camp in February and Spring Break Camp in April.

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All of our teachers and staff members at Aozora Gakuen are committed to serving the children, families and the community of Aozora Gakuen. They bring a wide range of talent and skills to the classroom.


Preschool Program Teachers

Akemi Nozaki
Asako Ito
Ayuko Huda
Eri Tiburcio
Hikaru Baba
Megumi Heaton
Miwako Suzuki
Nori Yagami
Rie Nishimura
Tabatha Johnston
Taisan Tanaka
Yuki Yamauchi

After School Program Teachers

Asako Ito
Chiemi Machida
Etsuko Tajima
Hiromi Baba
Kenichi Nakajima
Misaki Hayama
Nobuko Kuroda
Taisan Tanaka
Mika Onomura
Lisa Sakaguchi

Saturday Program and Adult Program Teachers

Asako Ito
Fumie Ito
Hiromi Baba
Hikaru Baba
Maiko Kaneko-Wolfe
Nobuko Kuroda
Sachiko Brioso
Yoko Sheridan


Admin Team

The administrative team consists of five directors. School Director, Early Childhood Education Director, Japanese Language Education Director, Development and Program Director, and Operations Director.


Miho Nishimaniwa
School Director

Saori Tsuji
Early Childhood Education Director 

Sachiko Brioso
Japanese Language Education Director

Erin Kaplan
Development and Program Director

Atsuko Nakajima-Healy
Operations Director