Gifted educator honoured

Current and former staff, relatives and friends of cherished IGS Early Learning Japanese educator, the late Etsuko Nagashita-Clonaris, met in the Peace Garden, to honour her life and many contributions to the School.

“I have heard so many stories about this gifted, beautiful woman who gave the children such a deep love of Japanese art, culture and language,” said Principal Shauna Colnan at the recent event.

“She will remain in our hearts.”

Staff shared favourite memories of Etsuko at the School and as a friend – her cooking lessons, curiosity, creativity, enthusiasm, warmth and sense of humour. All agreed that her positive contributions to the School and her students should never be underestimated.

“She was the most nurturing person,” said Acting Director of Early Learning Suzanna Gray. “She had the biggest heart.”

Etsuko, who worked with IGS from 1987 to 2009, passed away following a battle with cancer.

In many ways, she was ahead of her time, recycling materials for craft projects and preparing healthy foods.

Her husband Michael explained that Etsuko had been very proud and honoured to have been asked to teach at IGS, and that she loved her role. He thanked IGS for honouring Etsuko’s memory.