United Kingdom

Nicola Zulu

High School Principal

Master in Education
Bachelor of Arts
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Education)
International School Leadership Certificate

I have always had a passion for learning and technology has been the vehicle for providing me with opportunities to share experiences with my students from around the globe. Being an educationalist is my second career and my previous experiences support me in bringing real life scenarios to the school environment. I am originally from the UK, and worked in Africa for 17 years, before moving to Singapore.

I bring many years of experiences to ISS International School having served in a range of administrative positions in my previous international schools including Assistant/Acting Secondary School Principal, IGCSE Coordinator and Director of Technology.

I have a strong commitment to life-long learning, ensuring that my role as an educator is kept up-to-date and I am fully aware of the changes that are taking place in our society.  I have had opportunities to present at AISA and ISAZ conferences, and to attend the Suny Buffalo Master programme in Leadership-based Learning.  Currently I am studying an MBA in Leadership and Management.

I have always been an advocate for student well-being and promote the need for students to have a balanced life, and I support research proving that students who are engaged in regular physical activity often develop life skills such as sportsmanship, time-management, self-discipline, goal-setting, and an increased sense of self-worth.

I am married to Michael and have a son and daughter who both attend school in the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom

Christopher Hayward

Assistant High School Principal, Grade 9 to 10 MYP Coordinator, Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor Of Science (Applied Mathematics)
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Having grown up in an international school and having always enjoyed mathematics, sharing my passion for the subject with others lead me to teaching. I completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and subsequently teacher training and then enjoyed a range of experiences teaching in Scotland. The international pull grew stronger and I moved with my wife to Brunei. During an enriching eight years there I became Head of Department and subsequently Assistant Head, gaining experience with the IBDP Programme.

Moving on as a family of four, the opportunities of a vibrant city and new challenges brought us to Singapore and the ISS community became our home.

Working closely with students and seeing them grow through their school life and learning from their experiences gives me enormous pleasure. I strive to see students leaving school as strong individuals confident in their own abilities and able to work collaboratively with others.


Urs Jungo

IBDP Coordinator, TOK Teacher

Master of Arts (International Education)
Bachelor of Education

My involvement with the IB programmes dates back to 1994. I have held positions including IBDP Coordinator, Project Leader for the introduction of the IB Diploma, Head of Modern Languages, and teacher of Theory of Knowledge. Holding a Bachelor or Education in Foreign Languages from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and a Master’s degree in International Education from the University of Bath, UK, I have also taught French, German and Spanish in the IBMYP and IBDP. I am an IB Diploma Workshop Leader for the IB Asia-Pacific region and conduct courses annually.

My work has led my family to Switzerland, the UK, Portugal, Indonesia, Thailand and China prior to moving to Singapore. When time permits, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, scuba diving and playing tennis.


David Bache

English Acquisition and Humanities Teacher

Post Graduate Certificate in Business Enterprise & Education

I am originally from Zimbabwe but have travelled extensively around the world and have lived for extended periods in Cyprus and New Zealand. The urge to travel and experience new cultures have always been important to me. Prior to becoming a teacher I was in the business sector where I managed and ran a number of food manufacturing related businesses. I am a strong advocate of fair trade and sustainable use of natural resources within the food industry.

As a late starter to the teaching profession I bring a wealth of exciting life experiences to the school, which I enjoy sharing with my students. Helping students define and achieve their goals and aspirations is my goal. I am committed to ensuring that the students have an enjoyable and memorable experience during their time at school and provide them with the required skills to be future leaders in society.

United States of America

Sarah Bromberg

Team Leader Grade 10, English Acquisition Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (English)
Master of Science (Teaching)

I began teaching English at a public high school in Brooklyn, New York where I realized my passion for inspiring a love of reading in my students. My work with young people continues to teach me that every individual is capable of affecting great change in their own lives and in our many communities – small and large, at home and around the world. I believe that it is my job to help young people attain the skills and awareness they need to create any life they dream and choose for themselves. After working in a variety of schools and environments across the U.S., I moved to Singapore to continue my journey as a learner and educator within the ISS International School community. Outside of the classroom I enjoy sewing and knitting, cooking and baking, as well as exploring new places with family and friends.

United States of America

Steven Bushong

Team Leader Grade 12, Economics & Humanities Teacher, TOK Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Education)
Master in Educational Studies with a Concentration in IB

Originally from the United States, I was born in Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with majors in History and Interdisciplinary Social Studies. After completing a student teaching post in Perth, Australia, I returned to the United States and began taking courses for a Masters in Educational Studies with a Concentration in International Baccalaureate at Oakland University. I got my start as a teacher in Orlando, Florida teaching Diploma Programme Economics and United States History. I now work for the IBO as an examiner and workshop leader. I like to spend my free time exploring nature and practicing yoga.


Cheng Fang

Chinese & Mandarin Acquisition Teacher

Master of Arts
Bachelor of Arts

I’m originally from Zhejiang province, China. Singapore has been my home since 1999. After teaching at Raffles Institution in Singapore for 4 years, I was excited about the opportunity to teach at an international school. I enjoy teaching in this diverse and harmonious multicultural environment. I’m happy to learn the MYP and DP system of education and enjoy the creative and flexible teaching. In my free time I like reading, traveling, cooking and baking. I also started to try teaching my little daughter at home recently and found it difficult but interesting. Maybe I’m a little shy and serious by the look, but in fact I’m a friendly, enlightened and optimistic person. I have a Master of Arts from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and a Bachelor of Arts from Beijing Normal University (China). I am an IB Diploma examiner in Chinese A1. At ISS International School, I teach IB MYP Mandarin B and IB DP Chinese A1 and Mandarin B.


Sandra Clark-Guillotel

Language Acquisition Coordinator, English & French Acquisition Teacher

Master of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Education

I came to ISS  from Dresden International School where I was Chair of the Language Acquisition Department and a Board Member, as well as being a Language Acquisition teacher in the MYP and the DP.

Having recently completed a Masters In Applied Linguistics at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, I am very pleased to use my new skills and knowledge as incoming Head of the Language Acquisition Department.

I believe strongly that the ISS growth mindset and supportive environment help our students to reach their full potential and I am proud to be part of the team of people who work every day to achieve that.

United States of America

Beth Contreras


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Master of Arts in Education (Counselling)

I am excited to be a member of the ISS International School Community. My expertise are in the areas of psychology and school counseling, with training in English as an Additional Language (EAL). As a school counselor, I support students in the areas of Personal/Social, Academic, and College/Career Domains. Through this position I work closely with students, teachers, parents, administrators and the community to support student growth and development.

Before moving to Singapore, I worked for four years building the school counseling programme at an international, immersion school in Southern China. Prior to China, I was in the United States working for eight years in a large, public, International Baccalaureate High School.

Children and teenagers have such great energy, ideas and potential. It is my commitment to support each student toward achieving his or her full potential!

United States of America

Jason Cordray

Language & Literature Coordinator, English & Mother Tongue Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Comparative Literature)
Master of Arts (Liberal Arts)

I have taught in Colombia, Italy, Spain, Honduras and Thailand. I love meeting students from diverse backgrounds and engaging them with thought-provoking literature. I aim to create a student-centred classroom environment focused on the lively Socratic discussion of classic and moderns texts.

United Kingdom

Paul Crozier

Athletics & Activities Coordinator, PE Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Sport Science)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Physical Education)

My teaching career began following completion of a Sports Science degree and Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Brunel University in London. Over a number of years I progressed successfully within a small but varied group of London schools. These ranged from an international environment at The American School in London through to a PE Subject Leader role at a diverse and challenging inner London school.

I enjoy a huge number of sports in both team and individual events, with my personal favourites being football and cricket, which I have enjoyed playing to a high level.

Through choice, opportunity and encouragement I believe that every student can unlock their own personal and individual sporting potential to benefit from the positive effects that sport will bring.

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I am now able to teach within the ISS community.

United Kingdom

Michael Dixon

Global Citizenship Coordinator, Geography & Humanities Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary Geography)

My name is Mike and I am from Manchester, United Kingdom. I taught Geography and was Head of Year for 4 years at The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College in Wiltshire, UK then moved to be Head of Humanities at Cairo English School, Egypt in 2015.

I believe that students must be equipped with the skills to successfully face the challenges of the future. Having taught GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, International A-Level, and IB Geography throughout my career, I am acutely aware that the world inherited by my students will be fundamentally different to the one that I grew up in. As such, it is my responsibility as a teacher to ensure learners develop life-long learning habits, creativity and compassion needed to address emerging challenges at local, regional and global levels.

Away from my profession, I enjoy the outdoors – preferably on Cliff or Yellow Mamba (Yes, I name my bicycles). I like all types of riding – mountain biking, cross country riding, road riding and touring to mention a few. I suffer from the n+1 syndrome, there is always one more bike to own!


Fiona Edwards

K-12 Head of ESL (English as a Second Language), English Acquisition Teacher

Bachelor of Education (English, Bahasa Indonesia)

From a young age I lived in Indonesia and Brunei and experienced Singapore’s urban jungle in my teens. I finished high school and university in Perth, and at first found it difficult to reconcile my new Australian identity. My connection to Asia and my exposure to expat life made a Bachelor of Education in English and Bahasa Indonesia from Curtin University a natural choice. After 8 successful and fulfilling years teaching Bahasa at Perth College, an Anglican girl’s school, it was time for a change of scenery again to feed my travel bug! I spent the next 18 months travelling Asia and Europe, and living and teaching in the UK.

My next and current adventure took me back to South East Asia and ISS International School. It has been wonderful reminiscing about old school days with current students. Being able to give back to and be part of an international school community again has been extremely rewarding!

United Kingdom

Paul Ford

English & Mother Tongue Teacher

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Arts (English)
Graduate Certificate in Education

I come originally from the UK, but lived in Zambia as a child in the 1960s. I was at university in Scotland, where I also completed my doctorate. I taught for thirteen years in the town of my birth, Birmingham, before coming out to Singapore for the first time in 1996, where I met my wife, returning to the UK to teach for another three years, before moving to Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2000. Since then, I have taught for four years at Patana School in Bangkok, as well as in Oman and Bahrain. So, my connection with Singapore goes back a long way! Now I am teaching MYP and DP at the High School.


Colin Gallagher

K-12 Head of Educational Innovation

Master of Educational Technology, Michigan State University
Post Graduate Diploma of Education, Hong Kong University
Bachelor of Science, Open University

As K-12 Head of Technology and Innovation I will be constantly working with teachers, students, and administration to ensure that what we have in place with regarding our technology at ISS International School is being utilised effectively. We will also be researching into current, innovative, and emerging theories and practices in education (and other areas) and investigating whether they are adaptable for use at ISS International School.

I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. I’ve spoken at the TEDx Bangkok conference and multiple conferences around Asia. In October of 2014 my first book “Minecraft in the Classroom” was published by Pearson Education. I am an online instructor for Michigan State University in their Masters in Educational Technology programme.

United Kingdom

Graham Grant

Library Manager

Graduate Certificate in Library & Information Studies

In the 1990s, my wife Susan (ES/MS Teacher/Librarian at ISS International School) took up a teaching position in Gran Canaria and I worked in the tourist and hospitality industry. It was whilst there that I had the opportunity to take up a position as a librarian and take a new qualification. I have worked in libraries and IT departments in Spain and the Ukraine. I am a firm believer in being a life long learner and have always taken up opportunities to train or learn when necessary. I also believe in vocational skills for those that are not naturally academically minded.

United Kingdom

Christopher Hoddinott

Team Leader Grade 9, High School Project Coordinator, Music Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Creative Music), University of Hull
Master of Research (Music), University of Hull

Music is my life and passion, and I love to see students grow and thrive in life through music. I am an experienced teacher having worked in Brunei, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom. Before I went through a graduate training scheme for teaching, I was involved in bands and musicals that toured the United Kingdom and Europe. I have won numerous composition awards in the United Kingdom as well as been a guest speaker at Glasgow and Huddersfield University. I have artworks shown around the world including London, St Louis, Brighton, Brunei and New York.

I am also an ardent believer about expanding skills beyond the classroom. The personal project and the extended essay in the High School allows students to do just that, in order to become deep critical thinkers and quality researchers. I look forward enthusiastically to being able to guide our students and be part of this process.

I live in Singapore with my wife and son. As well as playing music, I enjoy cycling, reading, good food, and being a lifelong learner.

United Kingdom

Sarah Jeyaram

History & Humanities Teacher, Service as Action Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts (History)
PGCE (Secondary)

I am originally from Oxfordshire, UK. I am in my 13th year of teaching High School children. I came to Singapore in 1998 to gain international teaching experience and to explore Asia. I have worked in business and trained as a teacher in my late 20s because I finally realized it was my vocation (and everyone I know had been telling me to become one since I was 14!) I teach MYP and IB Diploma History and IB Diploma Business and Management as I have two degrees, one in each of these subjects, in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. My hobbies include reading, cycling, and scuba diving when I get the chance, dancing and keeping up with my two children, Joshua and Niamh, who are attending our middle school (and they love it!)

Hong Kong

Bhamini Kirpalani

Team Leader Grade 11, Biology & Science Teacher, TOK Teacher

Post Graduate Diploma (Education)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Natural Science)

I was born and raised in Hong Kong, after which I pursued my B.Sc. Natural Sciences at Durham University (UK). After an initial career in finance, it was clear to me that teaching was my true passion. Prior to joining ISS International School, I taught IB Biology at Singapore International School, Hong Kong. As an international student myself I’m excited about sharing my passion for learning with the students at ISS International School.


Justin Larkins

Mathematics & PE Teacher

Bachelor of Physical Education with a Minor in Mathematics (Senior Years)
Bachelor of Education

I grew up in a small Canadian town called The Pas, Manitoba. Health and wellness activities, sports, and fitness activities have always been a huge part of my life. During my childhood I played ice hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, badminton, golf, running, cycling, and swimming. During my adult life I have also taken up yoga, rock climbing, and meditation which has helped me keep a healthy balance in my life.

After graduating high school I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend the University of Manitoba. At the University of Manitoba I completed my Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education degrees with honors, As a university student I also worked for the housing department as a Resident Advisor and Senior Resident Advisor tending to the needs of the diverse population of students living on campus.

Volunteering and Service Learning have played a huge role in shaping the person and educator I am today. Through the University of Manitoba I did volunteer work in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Winnipeg. These experiences have motivated me to engage in meaningful charitable and fundraising initiatives at every school I have had the privilege of working at.

Teaching has taken me around the world. I have worked as a Physical Education specialist and Mathematics teacher in Canada, Australia, and Thailand. During this time I have coached basketball, soccer, badminton, track and field, cricket, and Australian football. I thoroughly enjoy working with students to help them reach their potential not just academically, but holistically.

United States of America

Judith Larue

Visual Arts Teacher

Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing & Painting)

I earned the Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Claremont Graduate University in California. I join ISS International School after teaching Art, Art History, and Theory of Knowledge in international schools in the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean, and in a preparatory boarding school in her home State of Texas. Prior to embarking on an international teaching career, I taught a wide range of visual arts at the college and university level.


Michelle Miyeong Lee

Korean Teacher

Master of Education (Korean Education)
Bachelor of Arts (Korean Language & Literature)
Certificate of Korean Secondary Teacher

I have a teaching experience of 18 years. I worked in two different countries: Korea and Singapore. I taught IB MYP Korean, IB DP Korean A and IGCSE Korean in AIS in Singapore for 6 years. I live in Singapore with my husband and two children. I have been living in Singapore for 9 years and my family is satisfied with their life in Singapore. I was born and educated in Korea and graduated from Korea University Graduate School. I love to share Korean culture with my colleagues and other students.


Kajal Manglani

Chemistry & Science Teacher

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Education
Master of Science (Chemistry)
Master of Arts in Education (International Education)

I am a passionate practitioner of IB philosophy who believes that every student when effectively engaged, can do wonders. I have done my B.Sc., M.Sc., and B.Ed. from India and completed M.A. in Education (International Education) from University of Bath (UK). Having total 15 years of teaching experience, including IBDP Chemistry from last 12 years in Mumbai, an IB Chemistry examiner, I keep myself updated with the latest educational trends to support students’ learning.

I perceive myself as a blend of modern and traditional values, as I grew up in 20th century and now actively engaged with 21st century learners. I like to see my students developing as confident and compassionate global citizens, with various skills and technology to meet the demands of the future. I am happy to be here at ISS Singapore with my husband, and my son who is attending our elementary school.

New Zealand

Lisa Missen

Multiple Literacies Coordinator, Drama Teacher

Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Arts (Major: Theatre)

Originally from New Zealand, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Post-graduate Diploma in (international) Development Studies and Graduate Teaching Diploma from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to joining ISS International School, I worked as a Drama teacher in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. I have also worked as a volunteer teacher in Jaipur, India, conducting theatre workshops with children in a slum school. Drama is my passion and I thoroughly enjoy teaching all aspects of the art. I have had significant experience devising, directing and acting across a range of theatre styles. My interest and knowledge in development studies/geography directly translates into my drama teaching with current events, peoples’ perspectives and students’ own experiences often being the stimulus for the work created. When not in the classroom I enjoy travelling and attending the theatre.



Leena Palekar

Business Management, TOK Teacher

Master of Commerce
Post Graduate Certification in Education
Master of Philosophy

A three-year stint at an IB school in Jakarta which started in 1998 has evolved into a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding career. I have spent the past 15 years teaching the IB, IGCSE and the Ontario curriculum in the Asia-Pacific region. Besides Indonesia I have taught IB Business Management and TOK in Hong Kong and Australia. I am an IB examiner for Business Management, Peer Reviewer for the IB Journal of Teaching Practice, Teacher and Subject Matter Expert for Pamoja Education.


Miller Perez

English Language Support Teacher

Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Linguistics)
Diploma (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Bachelor of Science (Metallurgical Engineering)

Originally from the Philippines, I made Singapore my second home in 2005. This change of home base created a shift in my profession as well – from being a metallurgical engineer to becoming an English language teacher. More than a decade after making that career switch, I am glad I made that choice.

I have been teaching ESL for more than 10 years. Doing further studies in the field has equipped me with knowledge about theoretical underpinnings and these bases have greatly informed my teaching practices. While space won’t allow me to discuss my teaching philosophy in detail, two of the theories that have significant influence are Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory and Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). Understanding Vygotsky’s concept of ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), I employ scaffolding, modelling, and collaborative learning strategies in my classes. Halliday’s SFL framework, on the other hand, arms me with a powerful lens in highlighting the role of language in learning “school” content. This is critical in helping learners become aware of the different linguistic choices that construe varied types of meanings in different social contexts.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy singing, cooking, and playing basketball.


Hong Qian

Mandarin Teacher

Master of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language)
Bachelor of Arts (English Language & Literature)
ACTFL Certified Mandarin Tester in Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

It is my greatest pleasure to join the ISS International School Community as a MYP Mandarin teacher. I believe my enthusiasm, experience, and commitment to teaching would keep the students interested, motivated, and excited to learn Mandarin language as well as the Chinese culture. As a Mandarin teacher for 10 years in USA and Singapore, my professional motto is: A teacher is the person who teaches students knowledge, tells them the way to live and answers their questions.

Outside of the classroom, I take every opportunity to improve my profession i.e. attending IB workshops, international conferences, and learning from colleagues. While I am free, I love to travel with my family and make new friends.

Turkey, Singapore

Berna Esendemir Sekhon

Counsellor, Special Needs Teacher

Bachelor of Arts- Journalism & Public Relations
Masters in Counselling

I am originally from Turkey and have been living in Singapore since 1994. I have a vast experience on third culture kids who live in different countries throughout their education lives due to the expatriate life requirements.

My interest in education and students well being derives from curiosity and hunger that I have felt, to make them achieve their best potential and to provide them a conducive environment to do so. I believe every student has equal chance and right for education, no matter what the difficulties they are facing.

I have years of experience working with children and adolescents with special needs and my lifetime goal is to reach out to those who have difficulties and help them along the way by providing a support with a holistic approach that they rightfully need.

I have 2 wonderful teenagers who are continuously helping me to be the best I can.


Melissa Sit

Mathematics & PE Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (History & Mathematics)
Bachelor of Education (Intermediate / Senior)

Originally from Canada, I have enjoyed teaching and learning in a variety of environments both at home and abroad. I strive to help students be the best they can be by providing a classroom environment where they can take risks and explore the boundaries of mathematics. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy outdoor activities and am always interested in learning about new cultures and languages!


Susie Tan

Mathematical Literacy Coordinator

Master of Arts (Linguistic Studies), National University of Singapore
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), National University of Singapore
Postgraduate Diploma in Education, National Institute of Education

My teaching career began when I completed university and teacher-training courses in Singapore in the late 1980s. After teaching in local schools for some years, I was restless and was looking for some challenges in life, eventually I came upon a voluntary overseas teaching assignment in Africa. Without much hesitation, I left my home country and embarked on an adventure elsewhere. The year spent in Botswana has really opened my eyes to the different cultures and a wide perspective of teaching philosophies and learning opportunities.

Since then, I chose to carry on teaching in international schools and had spent a good number of years teaching in international schools in China in the cities of Shanghai and Suzhou. I had taught middle and high school Mathematics, including IGCSE Additional Mathematics, IB MYP , IB DP Higher, Standard and Studies Level Mathematics.

During my first overseas teaching assignment, I met my husband and before long we were married and my son came along a year later. I am very happy and excited to be home with my family and am looking forward to start a new journey at ISS.


Miho Tsumura

Japanese Advisor & Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Japanese)
Certificate in Japanese Language Language Teaching Competency

I have always loved sharing my language and culture with others, and have spent my career doing so in various capacities. Before coming to Singapore, I taught Japanese Language and Culture to adults living in Japan and was a Teacher Trainer for students learning to teach Japanese as a Foreign Language in Fukuoka, Japan. When I first came to Singapore, I taught Japanese Language and Culture in a Singaporean government school. Since 1997, I have been working as a counselor at ISS International School, working mainly with Japanese students and their families to help them adjust to international education. I have also taught Japanese language, in particular Japanese A1 and Japanese ABinitio since 2000. In this capacity, I have also collaborated with the school’s Admissions Departments working to promote the IB programs of ISS International School throughout Japan.


Bruce Vaughan

Scientific Literacies Coordinator, Physics & Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics)
Graduate Diploma of Teaching
Master of Applied Science (Medical Physics)

I am Australian, and my wife teaches ESL in our Elementary School and we have two grown up sons who live in Australia and New Zealand. I have taught in Australia, Indonesia and China, so besides English I can also speak some Mandarin and a little Indonesian.


Alicia Ventura

Spanish & French Acquisition Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Science of Education)

I am originally from Barcelona, Spain. I graduated from Barcelona Blanquerna University and Paris Sorbonne University. I started teaching in Paris in 1995. I moved to Singapore in 2005 with my family and have been teaching at ISS for 2 years. I have always been very interested in education and have developed my professional career in this field. Before teaching Spanish as a foreign language, I worked several years in counselling in different schools in Europe. I enjoy sharing my culture and language with our students, especially in such a multicultural school. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, and enjoy reading, playing tennis and swimming.


Romania-United Kingdom

Patricia Vlad

Mathematics & Design Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Physics, Modern Languages, Education)

After graduating from Cambridge, having lived and worked in eight countries around the world, I find that the ISS international environment is an ideal third-culture match in terms of fitting in the teacher community and sharing experiences with students. Ever since growing up in a family of academics, I have always had a passion for teaching and an even deeper passion for Mathematics and Technology. Imparting knowledge to young pupils and watching them grow more and more confident and autonomous is what makes the teaching profession more rewarding than any other.

I have recently settled down in Singapore, where my partner works full-time. In my spare time I enjoy ballroom dancing, swimming, skiing, and ice-skating and I dedicate some of my time to writing, acting, and film-making.

United States of America

Wesley Whitehead

CAS / Service as Action Coordinator, Science & Environmental Systems & Societies Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Biology Education

I have been teaching since 1992. I taught in the Louisiana public school system from 1992 until 2006 when I began teaching at the ISS International School. I was an elementary school teacher from 1993 until 1999. I have been teaching high school since 1999. I currently teach science and am the DP CAS Coordinator. I have a BS degree in Biology Education from Louisiana College. I enjoy mountain biking, tennis, soccer, downhill skiing and hiking.

United States of America

Patty Winpenny

K-12 Head of Learning Support & Wellness

Master of Education (Special Education)
Master of Arts (Soviet and East European Political Economics)
Bachelor of Arts (Russian Language and Literature)

My teaching career began with languages and travel. I directed US-USSR programs: CIEE’s College Exchange, Children’s Art Exchange, and Citizen Exchange Council educational trips. As a learning specialist in Vermont, I coordinated services with therapists, speech language pathologists, and neurologists. Wanderlust brought me to Asia, and years in Shanghai deepened my resolve to engage students with diverse challenges in inclusive environments.

Discovering meditation through tragedy (widowed and losing a son), I am grateful for life’s gifts. One son is an engineer, married to a Russian dancer; the other is a commercial beekeeper in Hawaii, married to a teacher. Joy is winter holidays with grandchildren in Hawaii and summers together on our Vermont farm.

Cyclist, swimmer, kayaker, skier, Pilates enthusiast, and dancer, I believe in the transformative power of wellness to help us achieve our best. An optimist, I consider myself a teacher diplomat, and am honored to work at ISS.


Teresa Yamawaki

English Language Support Teacher

JLPT (Japanese Level Proficiency Test)
Level 3 Diplomo in TESOL (LTTC)

I was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore and lived in Japan for 12 years before returning to Singapore in 1992. Consequently I learned to speak Japanese in addition to English, Indonesian and Mandarin. The beginning of my career as an ESL teacher began in Japan in 1983 where I taught English to Japanese students as young as 3 years old and retirees who chose to learn English language as a hobby.

The opportunity to teach came again when the Singapore Japanese Secondary School (SJSS) had an opening for an ESL teacher. After 2 years at SJSS, another opportunity was given to me at an international school where I was a homeroom and English teacher for 5 years. Apart from going to the movies, I love cooking, handicraft and gardening though we don’t have land to grow vegetables here in the urban city of Singapore. I look forward to spending time with the younger generation here at ISS International School.