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Meet our Team of Directors & Educators

The directors of Cross Education have been involved in international education in Canada, the USA,  Japan, and around the world since 1984. They quickly learned that helping people from diverse backgrounds work together, aspire, achieve more than they had previously thought was possible, was the most gratifying of all possible occupations. They all leave behind them a collection of enterprises that did (and continue to do) exactly that!

Cross education is determined to continue a tradition of innovation and excitement in education for people from around the world.


Greg Culos (Canada) – President & Director

Greg is our mission specialist …he’s always planning adventures, architecting programs, finding ways to help people learn, looking for new ways to do things, and building all of the exciting things Cross offers.



Jörg Ziarno (Germany) – Director

Jörg spent much of his professional career in Japan and possesses over 20 years experience in the financial industry with a strong focus on Project Management, Controlling, and Operations in the Asia Pacific region. 



Moeko Shimada (Japan) – Director of Cheer Spirit

Moeko, our Cheerdance program coordinator, joins us from her organization Cheer Spirit. Taught by her team of professional cheerdance instructors, students in our weekend and camp programs learn from the best!



Satoko Iida (Japan) – Dance & Choreography

Satoko-sensei has worked on productions such as Cats, Crazy for You, Aida, Takarazuka, Lion King, Evita, Aladdin, Little mermaid, and others. She has appeared on TV shows and regular programs. She also runs her own dance academy, Satoko Jazz Dance Studio.



John Liss (USA) – Head Teacher & Technologist

John has been a teacher and administrator at international schools in Japan for 12 years. His teaching certification is in secondary science and biology, and he coordinates and runs after school clubs in robotics, including underwater robotics. He’s sure to make 2019 a splash for everyone!



Kazunobu Kuyama(Japan) – Video Director

Kaz is involved in the film and website production business. He has been active as a producer and manager for over 20 years, and has taught at several IT colleges. In recent years, he has also focused on cultural and artistic exchanges between Japan and Asia, as well as documentary film activities.