New Zealand

Ariana Rehu

Head of PYP and PYP Physical Education Teacher, PS ECA Coordinator, and PS Student Support Leader (K5)

Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Education)

Originally from New Zealand, I have been teaching for 14 years and have spent the past 10 years involved in International Education in the Middle East and in Singapore. I have been a teacher at ISS International School for the past 7 years and now hold the position of Head of PYP. I am committed to helping students become who they want to be. I believe in providing and guiding meaningful learning experiences for the students so that they know what they are learning, how they are learning and, most importantly, why they are learning it.

Hong Kong

Kitty Jarman

K2 and Grade 1 Teacher

Bachelor of Laws
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

Born in Hong Kong, I spent much of my childhood studying at a boarding school in a quaint town called Bruton in England, where I have many fond memories. I later returned to Hong Kong to study my bachelor’s degree in law prior to discovering my passion for education.

 I love working with young children and am always inspired by their curiosity and creativity, both of which I aim to cultivate by creating fun, inquiry-based learning environments. I strongly believe in nurturing children’s interpersonal and soft skills in particular to equip them to communicate, solve problems and adapt themselves as they strive to achieve their dreams and reach their maximum potential.


Iris Low

Grade 2 Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Business)
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

As a child, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered, “a teacher”. I was able to fulfil this childhood dream after I moved to Hong Kong and trained there. As a teacher, I had the privilege to work with multilingual learners in schools with different philosophies, curriculums, learning environments and cultures. 

My classroom is one that promotes the ownership of our learning as I endeavour to inspire learners to use both their hearts and minds to understand the wider world and their place in it – learners who have open, questioning minds, and hearts for values and good character traits. 

I am passionate about many things but building people up is something especially close to my heart. Travelling also never fails to inspire and reconnect me.


Miriam Mahapatra

PYP ESL Support and Grade 3 Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Economics / Sociology)
Bachelor of Education
Post-Graduate Diploma (Management of Learning Disorders)
TESOL Certificate
Member of the SENIA Board (Special Education Needs & Inclusion Association) Singapore Chapter

There is nothing quite like teaching. Each learner, each class, each day is unique. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a wide spectrum of educational settings. I began my career In Mumbai, India, as a Primary school teacher. Exploring other avenues, I worked with teams, producing English texts for Primary schools and interactive content for teachers to use in Government schools. The move to Singapore provided the opportunity to work in international schools and to teach the PYP curriculum. In schools, and in workshops I’ve attended, I have been fortunate to collaborate with wonderful educators and gain fresh perspectives on teaching and learning.

Once home, I de-stress by walking my retrievers, maintaining my plants and reading. My family love to travel and we try to find places, off the beaten track.


Anjana Dayal

Grade 4 Teacher

Master of Science (Education)

I have been fortunate to have worked with some amazing individuals who have guided me and transmitted their passion for teaching throughout my teaching career. Since my teaching career began in 2004, I have continued to learn and grow with my students year after year. I would have to say that teaching the Grade 5 exhibition in my previous school was a key moment in my teaching career as I was able to see a specific group of students really take charge of their own inquiry and bring forth action in their community. The entire exhibition process that year was a learning experience for all the students and teachers involved, and a celebration well deserved for the school community.


Shagun Batlaw

Grade 5 Teacher

Master in Teaching, USA

It is frequently believed that some teachers leave a mark on their students. In my case, every batch of students has brought a memorable experience. Learning is a life-long process and I have learnt something new from every group of students that I have taught, whether it was in the public school system in America or in international schools in Singapore. I love the interaction with my students. They make me smile and occasionally take my breath away with the clarity of their thoughts. I suppose being a mother to two teenagers helps because I love to be in their company. We connect our learning with current news events around the world, and this is a topic close to my heart. There is nothing more satisfying than watching my students’ learning curve.


Yu Jin

PYP Mandarin and MYP Mandarin Acquisition Teacher

Master of Education (Teaching and Learning Chinese)
Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Studies and Guidance and Counselling
Diploma in Early Childhood Education

I have over 13 years of teaching experience prior to joining ISS. Teaching is a calling. Every student I meet is a life that is entrusted to me; a personal obligation and responsibility. There are no higher forms of satisfaction when I see my students getting excited about learning while developing the desired values and attitudes towards a fulfilling life. I treasure my special role as an educator where I’m able to help students excel in their own ways and be a blessing unto others.


Cynthia Tan

PYP Visual Art, MYP Visual Art, and MYP Design Teacher

Master of Education (Curriculum & Teaching)
Master of Arts (Art History)
Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies)
Diploma in Botanical Art

My goal as an educator  is to develop creativity and confidence in students through the study of Visual Arts.  I have over 10 years of teaching experience, having taught ages 6 to 22 in Art, Art History, Communication Practice, and Cultural Awareness.  My teaching philosophy emphasises inquiry-based learning and the cultivation of critical thinking skills through interactive learning activities.  

Having previously lived in the US and UK, I value diversity and enjoy learning about different cultures through Art.


Mindy Lin

PYP Performing Arts Teacher

Master of Arts and Cultural Management
Bachelor of Arts with Diploma in Education

I am a bilingual educator with a history of teaching in diverse educational institutions, alongside managing performing arts groups. The challenges of the times we live in have deepened my belief that music-making is a fundamental element to our well-being. I look forward to developing students’ abilities to express themselves through music and facilitating learning about the world through music.

A practising ensemble musician, I perform on a variety of instruments, most recently the double bass, percussion and viola.

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.