1000 Cranes

1000 Cranes is a Japanese/English primary class at Intercultural Montessori Chicago campus. The name comes from an ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. Ms. Yukie and Ms. Ryoko are both nurturing and creative in their pursuit of creating a great learning experience for all students.


Yukie Saucedo Lead Primary Teacher, Japanese
Ms. Yukie is originally from Okinawa, Japan and has been living in the Chicago area for 24 years. Ms. Yukie joined Intercultural Montessori as an assistant teacher in 1998 and received her American Montessori Society certification for children 3-6 years through Seton Montessori Institute, in 2001. Ms. Yukie strives to understand and accept difference and have a peaceful community while nurturing each child’s strengths. Ms. Yukie also practices karate which originated in her hometown of Okinawa, Japan.  Her Dojo aphorism is [共存共栄] meaning “co-existence and co-prosperity” symbolizing the collaboration needed to practice karate.
Mio Murodate Japanese teacher
Ms. Mio Murodate was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. Mio received a B.A. in German Studies with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Pedagogy from Nanzan University in Nagoya. After teaching Japanese, English, and German to diverse groups of students from age 2 to adults in Japan and the U.S., Ms. Mio pursued Master’s degree in Bilingual-Bicultural Education at DePaul University. Ms. Mio is in the process of completing her Montessori certification for children 3-6 years through Seton Montessori Institute. It is her second year at Intercultural Montessori Language School and Ms. Mio is excited to spread the joy of learning in the 2018-2019 school community. While her specialty is Japanese Language and Culture teaching, she is also trained in ESL/Bilingual teaching through her graduate studies at DePaul.When she is not teaching, she likes to walk her 3-year-old labradoodle in the neighborhood of the western suburbs, where she has lived for four years with her husband.