Susana Miki Nagae

I like to think that working with children is like having a new adventure every single time you meet them. Their genuine curiosity has to be encouraged so they can discover the world through meaningful experiences; this is the reason I am always open to experimenting and trying something new alongside children. By truly listening to their ideas and observing their needs, I can help them pursue their interests and engage with them by asking new questions, looking for different ways of finding answers… and sometimes not finding them is part of the process! I believe that it is really important to build trusting relationships so children are open to experimentation as well. Once they feel that they are in a safe place to take risks, to inquire, to fall and to get up again, to be who they need to be in that moment- the possibilities of learning are endless.

It is really difficult to imagine myself doing another thing besides being a teacher. But one thing that I really enjoy is manual arts, then probably it would be a good possibility to work with scrapbooking or something like that.

The best advice I have ever received was to breathe. It seems a little strange to think that “breathing”, something that we know from the moment we are born, is good advice. The difference is that when we make it something conscious, it can help us control our stress or anxiety.

I love to be among family and friends around a table eating good food, and talking about serious or silly things. Spending time playing with my young daughter is one of my favourite pastimes! I am also passionate about dancing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and journaling. Actually, now that I am in Vancouver, a new passion has arisen… snowboarding!

“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.” ― Noam Chomsky