United States of America

Sharyn Skrtic

Elementary School Principal, PYP Coordinator

Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Cleveland State University, USA
Post Graduate Certificate of Special Education, George Mason University, USA
Bachelor of Education, John Carroll University, USA
Certificate of International School Leadership, Principals' Training Center

My teaching career began in 2000 and since then I have continued to grow and deepen my understanding of inquiry-based learning. I am a facilitator of learning rather than an instructor of students and teachers. Through my work as an IB PYP Workshop Leader, both face to face and online, as well as an IB Accreditation Visitor I am committed to the philosophy of the IB.

I have presented my teaching practices at conferences around the world, including The Association of German International Schools Conference, 21st Century Learning Hong Kong Conference and IBAP Annual Conference. Professional Development (both giving and receiving) is a major part of my work ethic. I model lifelong learning by continuing to grow as an educator and furthering my educational qualifications. I participate in many professional learning platforms and collaborate with educators around the world. My professional education blog has been published in the IB Sharing PYP Website.

United Kingdom

Gemma Cass

Feedback & Assessment Coordinator, Early Childhood Coordinator, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary Education)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Criminology & Sociology)

I am originally from the UK and began my teaching career in a small village school in the South of England. Later, I moved to Bali, Indonesia where I taught for 5 years at an International School.

I believe that education should be a meaningful and enjoyable experience and by providing these kinds of learning experiences, children will be successful in all areas of their school life. I therefore ensure that my classroom is a place where the children feel happy, confident and safe so that they can fully commit to their learning and be the best that they can be!


Smita Punamiya

Kindergarten 2 Teacher

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
Diploma in Learning Disorder Management & Child Psychology
Diploma in Special Education for Persons with Multiple Disabilities (Physical & Neurological)
Bachelor of Science

My teaching career began as a special needs educator in 1998, and since then I have played many roles in teaching children, both in India and Singapore. Being surrounded by children, experiencing their curiosity, enthusiasm and innocence inspires me everyday. I am an advocate of inclusive education and believe that all children are unique and can learn together in the same class. This is my first year at ISS International School as a classroom teacher and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful institution.