Dr. Dharshini Jeremiah
Academic Director of Teaching and Learning (K-12), Head of MYP (G6-10)
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).
Academic Director of Pastoral (K-12), Head of EAL (K-12)
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!Email
Head of DP (G11-12), DP Mathematics AA
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. Since then, I have worked in various international schools, including serving as a school principal in a renowned school in Indonesia. My experience is teaching international students has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.
As an educator, my dedication and passion for teaching continue to inspire those around me, and my experience in teaching international students has enriched my teaching practice and made me a more effective educator. I’m proud to be part of the ISS family and contribute to the vision of educating to make a difference.Email
Head of HSD (G11-12), HSD Social Studies
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.Email
Head of PYP, PS Student Support Leader (K-5), PYP Physical Education
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.Email
Dr. Margaret Alvarez
Doctorate in Education
Masters in Educational Administration
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education
Master of Arts
I have over 25 years’ experience in education. Prior to re-joining ISS International School, I served as the Associate Director of Accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). In this role, I have evaluated international schools in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and was responsible for overseeing international school evaluations in Asia (including Singapore). My other responsibilities included research and development, teacher training, and government relations. I have published various papers on school improvement, the development of global citizenship skills and effective administration. I am an IB trainer and am also the Past President of the Board of Trustees of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS); the Council that supports international schools in our area.
I was part of the team that designed the CIS protocol used to measure the quality of international schools and was responsible for designing the protocol CIS uses during joint evaluations with the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Before joining CIS, I served ISS International School for thirteen years in various roles including Head of World Languages, Head of High School and Head of School. During this time, I introduced the three IB programmes (IBPYP, IBMYP and IBDP) to the school. I started my career as a French and German teacher within government schools in the United Kingdom then moved to Europe where I taught English as an Additional Language, French, German and Spanish in European International Schools.
My educational philosophy places student learning and wellbeing at the heart of everything a school undertakes. The leadership model I have designed is informed by my observations, research and many years of experience as a school leader and evaluator.
I am married to Antonio and have two daughters who are both ISS graduates.