Rika Motohashi

I was born and raised in Vancouver and spent my early years studying and living in Japan during the summers. This has had a lasting impact on me, and I love sharing my Japanese culture with my two daughters, students and community. Caring for people comes naturally to me, and I gravitate towards connecting people and helping them in any way I can. I love travelling and experiencing new environments, whether it’s by myself, with friends or family. My most blissful moments are sitting around a table with friends and family, sharing good food, drinks and stories. I love using Social Media as a platform for my creative energy, where I get a lot of ideas for my home, classroom and personal style. I am always open to learning in all aspects of my life, whether that’s parenting, teaching or developing new skills.

I’ve always been passionate about being with children, but never pursued a career in Education because everyone in my life was in the Hospitality Industry. Because I loved travelling so much, I started my career as a Flight Attendant. I travelled alone to Japan as a child, and always remembered how kind and loving the Flight Attendants were to me. As a Flight Attendant myself, I was drawn to the children on my flights and wanted to make sure they were well cared for. After years of flying, I had an epiphany and decided it was time to pursue my true passion- teaching and guiding young children. This was still one of the best decisions of my life!

My style is always evolving based on tuning in to my students’ interest and wonderings.I believe it’s incredibly important to build a trusting relationship with children and their families. This comes from a place of love, and I truly enjoy getting to know my students as individuals. This helps me understand their personal learning styles, and enable me to personalize their learning based on their needs and strengths. My classroom provides structure while making learning fun, engaging and innovative. At the end of the day, I want children to be happy and excited to come back to school the next day for what’s going to happen next!

Children’s honest and curious natures challenge me to deepen my own understanding as I look at the world through their eyes. They teach me to slow down and live in the moment. I love the rawness of their emotions, and guiding them through understanding themselves. I love watching them develop and grow, whether that’s physically, cognitively or emotionally, knowing I had a part in that process. I hope I am a teacher that they always remember fondly, in the same way I remember my first teachers.

I have a lot of signature dishes, but the one dish my friends always ask me to bring to our potlucks is my prosciutto and bocconcini pasta salad.  

My superpower would be to fly. It would be so calming to soar over the world, taking in every moment and experiencing the diversity, peace, chaos, human interactions and nature.

I love surrounding myself with good company, watching my daughters be as close as I am with my friends with their own friends. I love socializing and travelling with friends and family, eating, drinking and making new memories. In my free time, I like to read, bike ride and clean my house!