District Representatives

District Representatives are elected annually at the Winter Conference by JETs in each district. DRs provide leadership within the Saga JET community and provide local support to JETs in their districts.

DRs also help organize the various JET conferences throughout the year, compile the information new Saga JETs receive before coming to Japan, meet for monthly strategy meetings, and maintain this website.

You can speak to your DRs about:

  • things in and around your home
  • transportation
  • events
  • other things specific to your district.

Senior JETs or your Contracting Organisation/Board of Education are also valuable resources. They will be able to give you more information about specific schools, living arrangements, city, clinics, trash etc.

Current District Representatives for 2016-2017

Sajo District

Ian Hannan

ianIan is a second year ALT from sunny Australia. He enjoys theatre, reading, video games, and movies – practically any medium that tells a good story. His passion is getting to know his students inside school, but gets embarrassed when they treat him like a celebrity at the local mall.



Marlena is a 2nd year ALT from California, currently residing in Saga City. She loves visiting museums and historical sites around Kyushu, and has a passion for languages and sword fighting. Her hobbies include birdwatching and watching animation.

Kito District

Kiara Stapleton


Kiara is a 2nd year ALT from Australia. Most weekends you will find her singing karaoke at her local watering hole in Takeo. She also really enjoys swimming, exploring and playing pranks on her students. She knows the difficulties of being a vegetarian in Japan and also of arriving with zero Japanese language skill. Kiara is always looking to meet new people, see new things and have more adventures.

Scott Hastings


Scott is a balding 2nd year ALT from London, UK, now surrounded by mountains and hot springs in Takeo. Besides trying to do too many things at once and realising he has no time for it all, Scott likes to practice Kendo with his local school, travel, climb things, eat tear-inducing spicy food and generally try something new, whatever that may be.

Tomatsu District



Ashlyn is a 2nd year ALT from Northeast in America. She loves travelling, hiking and finding beautiful views off the beaten path. She also likes scuba diving! Ashlyn is always up for a chat, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Avery Holm


Avery is a 2nd year ALT from The Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes A.K.A. Minnesota, USA.

When not puttering around Karatsu in her infamous car Romeo Blue she can be found playing Pokémon Shuffle, writing her blog, and practicing kendo and ikebana. She loves trying new things, dancing in her kitchen, and long conversations over tea and coffee at her favorite Karatsu haunts – Ode Café and Lemonji.