dharshini
Australia

Dr. Dharshini Jeremiah

Academic Director of Teaching and Learning (K-12), Head of MYP (G6-10) and DP Chemistry Teacher

Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons) (Biomedical)
Doctor of Philosophy (General Medicine)
Graduate Diploma (Secondary Education)

Born in Malaysia and brought up in Australia since the age of 4 by Sri Lankan parents, I have been grateful for the experiences I have had as a third culture child. After completing my PhD in Biomedical Sciences, I got married and decided to pursue an international teaching career. I have enjoyed teaching and leadership positions in public, private and international schools across Australia, UK and Singapore. ISS is truly a family community; one which my own family thrive and grow in everyday. I actively try to educate to make a difference, and I look forward to working with our wonderful community as Academic Director of Teaching and Learning (K-12).

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fiona-edwards
Australia

Fiona Edwards

Academic Director of Pastoral (K-12), Head of EAL (K-12) and HSD English 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!

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Australia

Christopher Garden

Deputy Academic Director of Teaching and Learning (K-12), Head of DP (G11-12), DP Music and Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Bachelor Of Music
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Music)
Master Of Theology

I am a passionate IB leader, educator and musician with vast experience in international and Australian schools, specialising in Music, Theory of Knowledge and Religious Education. A passionate musician with extensive experience leading ensembles, my leadership philosophy stems from a desire to achieve excellence through team building. My core motivation is seeing improved teaching and learning for all students through developing meaningful collaborative cultures within school settings. A strong belief in constructivist and inquiry-based learning leads me to be an advocate for the IB frameworks, with experience in both the Diploma and Middle Years Programmes. Leading students and teachers into the unknown world of the 21st Century through developing core ‘soft skills’ and positive psychology is certainly an exciting venture.

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kelly-millar
Canada

Kelly Millar

Deputy Academic Director of Pastoral (K-12), Head of High School Diploma (HSD) (G11-12), DP Theory of Knowledge and HSD Social Studies Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
Bachelor of Education
Master of Education

I am from Canada, and since 1999 I have had teaching experiences in the following countries of Japan, Thailand, China, and Indonesia. I have gained valuable teaching experience within the International Baccalaureate in the Middle Year Programme and Diploma Programme teaching DP History, Theory of Knowledge, and Individuals and Societies. My professional interest revolves around the concepts of motivation, leadership, and team-building. I have formulated my philosophy of education, which is based on motivation and communication that is student-centred, as it seeks to improve teaching and learning standards in collaboration with students.

My wife and I are very excited to join the ISS learning community and experience the wonderfulness of Singapore.

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akbar-hussain
Singapore

Akbar Hussain

Head of Faculty - Mathematics and Science, MYP Mathematics and DP Mathematics AA Teacher

Master of Education (Curriculum and Teaching)
Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Mathematics with Business
Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers
Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)

My passion for teaching began from my high school days where I used to run tuition classes while I was studying.  My love for Mathematics deepened then, that I went to pursue a degree in Mathematics and graduated with a first class honours degree.  My formal teaching started with an International school in Singapore where I taught students from different countries across the globe.  My first overseas experience was to lead an International school in Indonesia as a school Principal. I have years of teaching experience and have taught Mathematics across different curricula.

As an educator, I strongly believe in collaborative learning circle.   I like to challenge students to explore beyond what is prescribed in their curriculum so that they get a broader and better perspective of what they learn.  My favourite quote is:“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

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paul-crozier
United Kingdom

Paul Crozier

Head of Faculty - Multimedia, MYP Physical and Health Education Teacher and ECA Coordinator

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.

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mary-ann-shelley
Australia

Mary Ann Shelley

Head of Faculty - Language Arts and MYP English and Mother Tongue Language and Literature Teacher

Bachelor Of Arts (Asian Studies)
Diploma of Education

A career in teaching has brought both professional and personal rewards. I have been fortunate to teach in countries in Asia and the Middle East as well as in my home, Australia. These experiences have allowed me access to a range of geographical environments as well cultural diversity which have helped me relate to those with whom I have contact in an educational environment. I am a firm believer in a holistic approach to education and after many years teaching, remain committed to working with students and their families.

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bruno
France

Bruno Alen-Lebon

MYP French and MYP Drama Teacher and G9-10 Grade Level Leader

Licence En Lettres D'Enseignement (Anglais)
Degree in Teaching Literature (French / English)
Master of English (Hons) (Elizabethan Theatre & English Stylistic), Université De Rouen

I have been teaching at ISS International School since 2001. Originally from France, I taught English for the French Ministry of Education and French as a foreign language in various UK and Australian Schools and Universities. Always linking the study of foreign languages and theatre, I was in charge of the cultural activities at the French Institute of Scotland in the 80’s in Edinburgh and served as Deputy Director of Alliance Française in both Sydney and Singapore in the 90’s. I have always had a passion for Musical Theatre, which is shared today with my Drama students and the school community through theatre appreciation outings and full-scale productions. I attended my latest professional development workshop in New York in 2014 where I was fully trained and accredited as part of the MTI Broadway Teachers international team to develop musical theatre education and projects in secondary schools.

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lucy-atkinson
Australia

Lucy Atkinson

MYP and DP Visual Arts Teacher and G11-G12 Grade Level Leader

Diploma Of Art (Graphic Design)
Graduate Diploma Education (Art)

Returning to Singapore and ISS is a delight. I have worked as an art and design educator with extensive experience working both in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. My interest and specialist skill is in teaching creative and critical thinking including interdisciplinary project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, digital technology and fabrication programs. I have been a leader as Departmental Head of Arts, Design and Technology and I return to lead the Year 11 & 12 team in Pastoral Care and to teach Visual Art IB MYP and DP. Focusing on the whole student (personal, social, and academic) is of vital importance to me. I am Australian and a mother to 4 happy and successful sons and a grandmother to 2.5 children. I am passionate about art as a practitioner and viewer.

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seanbailey
United States of America

Sean D. Bailey

MYP Mathematics and Design Teacher and G7-G8 Grade Level Leader

Bachelor of Arts in Special and Elementary Education
Master of Arts in Computer Education

I come to Singapore with over 27 years experience in education across grades 4-9 in both U.S. and international schools; most recently in Jamaica.  Though I’ve lived all over the U.S. (son of a Coast Guardsman), I call Washington State home and enjoy most outdoor recreational activities, sports, live music, and being on, or near, the water.  As an educator, I subscribe to an integrated approach; social-emotional, physical, and intellectual general well-being, all hand-in-hand for each individual’s general health.  I encourage student growth and understanding by making connections to their local and global community while facilitating student ownership of their own learning and experiences.  I most enjoy supporting my students’ success in relevant, high interest, meaningful ways toward the completion of their individual goals.  I believe that the MYP philosophy and standards fit my own philosophy and look forward to working with the ISS community; students, parents, and colleagues.

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mikami-fong
Hong Kong

Mikami Fong

PYP ESL and MYP Mandarin Language Acquisition Teacher

Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese as an International Language)
Bachelor of Education (Honours)

As an IB (PYP, MYP, DP) and IGCSE Mandarin teacher, I aim to create a stimulating language learning environment for students to learn Mandarin effectively. I teach Mandarin through varied language activities and adopt an inquiry-based learning pedagogy, which helps the students to thrive and reach their full potential.

Having overseas teaching experience in Hong Kong, Australia, and the Netherlands has helped me gain knowledge of teaching students from a variety of cultures. To aid in student learning I attempt to enhance language acquisition by inspiring students with literature and Chinese culture in the class activities.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking and traveling. I am glad to join ISS International School and look forward to collaborating with all of you here. 

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Singapore

Cynthia Gian

DP Biology and Chemistry Teacher

Bachelor Of Science (Biological Sciences)
Bachelors Of Biomedical Science (Honours)
Master Of Teaching (Secondary) - Biology and Chemistry

I was born in Singapore, and spent 8 years living and working in Australia, before coming back to Singapore to teach for ISS International School. 

After studying and working in the Science industry on various research projects, I felt a lack of impact and satisfaction in the work that I was doing – there was a lack of human interactions! I started looking for another industry in which I could carry on my passion in Science, and decided that teaching was an excellent way that I could marry my love for Science, inspire and educate the next generation, while still having plenty of human interactions. I started my teaching career in Australia, with experience in both IB and the Australian Curriculum during my Masters, as well as teaching Science and Biology as a qualified teacher once I graduated.

I believe and am committed to fostering positive teacher-student relationships through my teaching and learning practices in order to increase student engagement, and will continue to do so at ISS International School.

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david-gill
Australia

David Gill

MYP Mathematics and DP Mathematics AA Teacher

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Commerce

I have lived and worked in 10 countries across 5 continents, and this is my second time living in Singapore. I love travelling and experiencing new things, and being an expat teacher is perfect for that. I have family in Australia and Indonesia, so my wife, son and I visit both countries regularly, as well as doing other trips when we can. Unfortunately, my body has never fully adjusted to life in the tropics, so I plan trips to cold places (such as the cinema) whenever possible.

I enjoy the challenge of teaching Mathematics, particularly to those students who really don’t want to be learning it. Although teaching is not always easy, the satisfaction from watching students have “lightbulb moments” makes it all worthwhile. I hope to facilitate many such moments during my time at ISS.

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desmond-handy
Singapore

Desmond Handy

MYP Individuals and Societies and DP Economics Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Economics)
Certificate in Education

With many years of teaching English and Economics in the GCE O and A levels, IGCSE and the IB programme in local and private international schools in Singapore, my interest in the IB programme continues to grow as I observe how it prepares students to become responsible individuals and global citizens. I am excited to take part in such a teaching role at ISS while continuously learning from the school, colleagues and students.

Having been in the banking industry previously helps to bring into the classroom the moods and feelings that come with the highs and lows of financial and economic cycles and how organisations react. I also had the privilege of mentoring interns from the polytechnics and universities, equipping them with the necessary office skills.

I am a novice gardener looking after a few potted plants on a small balcony. The hobby started after taking care of my relative’s plants. The interest sprouted after watching a few blooms. Warding off pests and diseases is a constant challenge but the hobby gives satisfaction to see the plants grow healthily. 

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petrina-krishnan
Singapore

Petrina Krishnan

MYP English Language Acquisition and HSD English for Academic Purposes Teacher

Bachelor Of Business Management
Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Certificate in Teaching International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

My passion for teaching started from a young age when I was often asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. After a brief working experience in the financial industry , I realised that only teaching could bring me the satisfaction and motivation I was looking for. Over the years, I have taught toddlers right up to high school students from various cultural backgrounds. When they thank me for providing them with the knowledge and support they look for, that motivates me to do better. With my experience, I hope to work towards the total development of the students and instil an appreciation for English. Outside the classroom, I love travelling and spending time with my family.

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liew-tze-siew
Malaysia

Liew Tze Siew

ESL Specialist

Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Bachelor of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language)

I am from Malaysia and have been teaching English as a second language for eight years. Prior to joining ISS, I have taught English as a second language in various institutions back in Malaysia and to students of various ages and backgrounds, ranging from kids, teenagers, university students to working adults. I regard the teaching profession as more than just imparting knowledge to students or helping students in attaining content mastery. I view myself as the facilitator of knowledge or a mentor, in guiding students to discover and apply the necessary language skills, cultivate positive attitude in their learning and foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

As an ESL teacher, I believe in constantly incorporating interactive, student-centered activities and discussions in the language classrooms so that my students can enjoy the learning process and improve their English or academic skills. When I am not in the classroom, you can find me travelling the world or café-hopping in the city.

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david-loo
Singapore

David Loo

DP Mathematics AI and HSD Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Applied Maths & Statistics)
Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)

After graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, I moved onto the National Institute of Education to undergo the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) so that I can commence on my teaching journey. 

My teaching experience of close to 15 years includes teaching Maths at MindChamps (a motivational institute), GCE ‘O’ Level Elementary & Additional Maths at local schools under Singapore’s Ministry of Education and IB DP Maths at ACS International, Jakarta and One World International School. At MindChamps, I was Head of Maths in-charge of developing their Mathematics programmes. In between my teaching journey, I have also represented 3P Learning Australia Pty Ltd (an international e-learning company) in marketing their flagship e-learning platform Mathletics to international schools in both Singapore and Malaysia when I took a break from teaching for three years.

I am passionate about the International Baccalaureate philosophy and firmly believe that every individual has the potential to be great in life and desires to help people whom I come into contact with unleash their potential. With my keen observation, effective coaching and distinctive evaluation and teaching methods, I am able to assist my students in achieving their best!

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moon-kyeong-yeon
South Korea

Moon Kyeong Yeon

MYP Korean Language and Literature and DP Korean Language A Teacher

Bachelor Of Korean Education (Literature)
Bachelors Of ASociety Education (Society)
Master Of Science (Secondary Korean Education)

I have ten years of experience teaching Korean in secondary, elementary, high schools and, in particular, a special education school before I moved to Singapore. My biggest strength is that I taught various students and worked in various environments. I like the IB curriculum. It is really fun to give students questions to think about and learn the world together and create a future. I try to embody the goals of the IB curriculum in my class.

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taila-mueller
United States of America

Taila Mueller

MYP Individuals and Societies and DP Geography Teacher

Bachelor of Arts Honours (Political Science)
Master of Arts (International Development & Corporate Finance)
Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching in Secondary Education

I am an American Citizen, born in India and raised in New York and Singapore. I graduated from the Singapore American School, studied political science at Cornell University, and later pursued a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University. I have lived and worked in China, Germany, and the U.S. and moved back here in 2017.

Prior to my teaching career, I spent 15 years in Investment Banking, Philanthropy, and Impact Investing.  I believe my passion for and experience in poverty alleviation, sustainability and business brings the Integrated Humanities subject areas to life for my students.  

My priorities as an educator are to help students to discover their purpose, find joy in learning, and hone their unique learning styles and skills. I underscore compassion, balance, and inclusivity in the classroom. 

Outside of the classroom you will find me with my two awesome daughters, husband, friends, and family. I enjoy fitness, dancing, football, quiz nights, bike rides, being outdoors and traveling. 

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yuki-ozuka
Japan

Yuki Ozuka

MYP English Language Acquisition, DP English Language B and HSD English Teacher and Personal Project Coordinator

Bachelors Of Arts (English and American Literature)
Master Of Art (English Education)

I was born in Japan and had English education there; however, I had opportunities to live in Switzerland and Canada before I started my life in Singapore. When I first came to this lovely and lively country in 2016 with my husband and daughters, I joined The Japanese School Singapore and taught English Language to elementary school students for three years, as HOD of English. My philosophy of teaching, with my long-time experience of teaching ESL to students from elementary school to university has been the same; and it is that “Students show the biggest improvement in their language acquisition when they are interested or having fun.” I love to see students’ improvement, especially when I see the students who struggled in the beginning could flourish their English skills after they made steady efforts. Language is language – it is useful only when you use it. I am looking forward to teaching ISS students and to seeing their effort fruit.

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miller-perez
Philippines

Miller Perez

MYP English Language Acquisition and DP English Language B Teacher

Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Certificate (Education)
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.

Subscribing to the belief that ‘all lessons are language lessons’, I find SFL’s grammar as a meaning making resource powerful in providing a way to identify the grammatical and linguistic features of a text, which results in a more explicit focus on language in teaching different subjects such as Science.

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

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rong-lichun
China

Lichun Rong

MYP Mandarin Language and Literature and DP Chinese Language A Teacher

Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese as an International Language), Singapore
Master of Arts (Chinese Modern & Contemporary Literature), China
Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Language & Literature), China

My teaching career began in 1997 after graduating from Yanbian University. I have taught courses like Intensive Chinese, Chinese Listening, Speaking and Writing for students from different countries in the universities for more than ten years in China.

I moved to Singapore in 2013 and have taught for 3 years as an elementary school Mandarin teacher and Bilingual Class Teacher at Eton House International School. Teaching Chinese at IB school has inspired and motivated me to explore more about IB teaching and learning.

I am excited to join ISS International School and to be a part of the school community. My teaching philosophy always encourages me to keep on improving myself to meet students’ needs.

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nurudin-sadali
Singapore

Nurudin Sadali

MYP English Language and Literature and DP English Language A Teacher

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Specialisation in teaching at Secondary School Level)
Bachelors Of Arts (English Literature)

I come to ISS having previously taught the GCE ’N’ and ‘O’ syllabus in several secondary schools in Singapore. In my years spent teaching, I have had the privilege to work with students from a myriad of backgrounds whose abilities ranged across the spectrum.

My interest in children’s education is not just limited to teaching in the classroom. I have spent time working as a writer for What’s Up, a publication that presents complex world issues in easy-to-understand formats for Primary and Lower Secondary students. 

Aside from education, I have also previously pursued a career in music and the arts — having worked as a producer, sound designer, and music director. These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and work with several festivals and organisations. 

I am relishing the opportunity to work with young people again and am excited to contribute to the ISS community.

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berna_web
Turkey, Singapore

Berna Esendemir Sekhon

K-12 School Counsellor

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.

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China

Song Peng

PYP Mandarin Language Acquisition and MYP Mandarin Language Acquisition Teacher

Bachelor of Education, China
Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood Education, China

Being an educator for 11 years in Singapore, I had the opportunity to work with different groups of children ranging from toddlers to elementary school students. When I am working with my students, I enjoy helping them to reach for their dreams and potential. With my interest in art and dance, I love sharing these aspects of my Chinese culture with everyone I am working with as we live in a diverse society where every should learn to child feel valued and treated with respect.

It is an exciting new journey for me to join ISS International School where I would be able to build on my learning journey as an educator in one of the most established international school in Singapore.

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miho-tsumura
Japan

Miho Tsumura

MYP Japanese Language and Literature and DP Japanese Language A 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.

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hima-venkateswaran
Singapore

Hima Venkateswaran

PYP Visual Arts, MYP Science and Visual Arts Teacher

Master of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry & Biology)
Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Leadership

I am excited to be teaching Art and Design this year, my eleventh year at ISS. I have been privileged to teach Kindergarten and then Grade One in the past years and now I have this great opportunity to pursue my passion for Visual Arts and Design. I believe students should be invited to think deeply about an artwork, engage at the aesthetic, emotional and intellectual levels and apply the elements and principles of art and design in their work. Art is a language, an expression and a powerful means of communicating with the world. It is self-expression that can be represented through myriad mediums and interpreted in multitude ways. My passion for the arts has always made it an integral part of my teaching practice. Art and design transcend across the curriculum and I look forward to making these connections with the students.

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wesley-whitehead
United States of America

Wesley Whitehead

MYP Science, DP Environmental Systems and Societies, and HSD Science Teacher and CAS Coordinator

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.

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patty-winpenny
United States of America

Patty Winpenny

HS Learning Support

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

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.

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daniel-xu
Singapore

Daniel Xu

MYP Science and DP Physics Teacher

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honors)
Master of Education (Curriculum and Teaching)

I was born in China and came to my second Home, Singapore during my teenage years. I discovered my passion for education through peer tutoring and relief teaching experiences. Prior to joining ISS, I spent several years teaching Physics under the Cambridge IGCSE and CIE curriculum for international students. Physics has been my favorite subject since my secondary school days and I enjoy applying the scientific concept to explain all kinds of phenomenon in everyday life. Learning Physics through an inquiry-based approach and practical hands-on experiments would be the more effective and interesting way to acquire knowledge and inquiry skills.  

I believe students can be nurtured in differentiated ways based on their learning patterns and profiles.

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wong-yoon-foong
Singapore

Wong Yoon Foong

PYP Performing Arts and MYP Music Teacher

Masters of Music
Bachelor of Music
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Music and Biology)
Diploma in TESOL

Sharing music is my passion, and this led me to teaching. Before coming to ISS, I have taught both Cambridge and IB music syllabi in Singapore schools, I have also lectured in music colleges and universities. I am still lecturing in a local university, and I believe that IB is the best a student can have before embarking on higher education, as it inculcates the skills of critical thinking and independent learning, which are essential to university education. 

In addition to teaching, I am also the exams representative for the London College of Music Examinations for both Singapore and China, delivering internationally recognized music certification with UCAS tariff points to students in both countries. It is immensely satisfying as a music educator to see young people be able to play their own music, and I look forward to contributing musically to the ISS community.

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