United Kingdom

Christopher Hayward


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.


Fiona Edwards

Head of HSD & EAL

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!


Christopher Garden

IBDP Coordinator, TOK Coordinator & Arts Literacies Coordinator

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.


Dharshini Jeremiah

Head of MYP & Scientific Literacies Coordinator (G6-12)

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 Head of MYP.


Akbar Hussain

Mathematical Literacies Coordinator (G6-12), Mathematics 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)


Bruno Alen-Lebon

Drama & French Acquisition Teacher

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.


David Bache

Business Management and Humanities Teacher

Postgraduate Certificate in Business Enterprise
Postgraduate Certificate in 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

Sean D. Bailey

MYP Generalist

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.

United Kingdom

Paul Crozier

PE & Activities Coordinator (G6-12)

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 Literacies Coordinator, Geography 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!

Hong Kong

Fong Lai Man (Mikami)

Mandarin 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. 


David Gill

Mathematics 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.

United States of America

Kristen Higgins

Economics, Individuals and Societies Teacher

Bachelor Of Arts (Biblical Studies)
Master Of Arts (Theology)

I was born and raised in California, USA. Even though I love my hometown, my passion for travel and cross-cultural interactions took me to Lithuania, Indonesia, and Myanmar, where I began my teaching career as an English as a Second Language teacher. I later returned to the United States, where I earned my Social Science teaching credential and worked as a history teacher for 8 years. Eventually, my interest in the IB programme and international education drew me to ISS, where I am now teaching IB Economics and Humanities.

Regardless of the place or subject that I teach, I believe that education should be inclusive, interactive, and collaborative. As a teacher, I am committed to providing engaging lessons that promote critical thinking, expand students’ worldviews, and foster a global mindset.

When not in my classroom, you can find me backpacking through the great outdoors, preaching at my local church, practicing yoga, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or traveling internationally.

United Kingdom

Brad Hill

Physics and MYP Science Teacher

Master Of Engineering (Automotive)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Physics)

I pride myself in stretching and challenging those IB physicists destined for the world’s top universities whilst providing the most exciting and enriching experience of science for every unique individual in the MYP and DP. The world needs bright young scientists and engineers to tackle the problems and opportunities we face, and there are so many possibilities for future graduates to find highly fulfilling careers in such fields. I’m most fortunate to have taught in wonderful yet very different schools in my ten years teaching prior to ISS, both in England (teaching GCSE and A-Level Physics) then in the Philippines (teaching IB Physics).


When I’m not teaching I enjoy drumming, motorbiking, brewing, fitness, spending time outdoors and as much family time as possible with our young son.


Brian Ok Jun Kim

Korean Language Teacher, Grade 7 & 8 Leader

Bachelor Of Arts (Korean Language & Literature)
Master Of Education (Korean Language Education)

The main reason I decided to move overseas after having taught at local schools in Seoul for three years was longing to learn more about different curricula and teaching approaches. First, I thought I would spend just one or two years working abroad. However, over the past thirteen years, I have worked and lived in Qingdao, Chiangmai, Singapore, Songdo and Chongqing. Whenever I am asked “What made me teach internationally much longer than planned”, the answer is always the same. “I love learning and I have learnt so many life lessons from students and colleagues, while fully enjoying my life and being adventurous”. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy cycling, cafe-hopping and traveling. I am excited and grateful to work with the close-knit ISS school community and live in my beloved Singapore again.

Hong Kong

Bhamini Kirpalani

Biology and MYP Science Teacher, Extended Essay Project Coordinator & Grade 12 Leader

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 and 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

Sarah Bromberg

Linguistic Literacies Language A Coordinator, English Language and Literature and 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.


Kelly Millar

Individuals and Societies and PE Teacher, Personal Project Coordinator & Grade 11 Leader

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
Bachelor of Education
Master of Education (Completed 2019)

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 were very excited to join the ISS learning community and experience the wonderfulness of Singapore.


Miller Perez

English Acquisition 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.

United States of America

Matthew Schmidt

English Acquisition Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (English and Communication)
Master of Arts in Teaching (English Education)

Originally from Washington State, my passion for language and storytelling have been lifelong and it brings me genuine joy to share these interests with my students. After completing my Bachelors of Arts in English and Communication, I spent three years teaching English in South Korea where I enjoyed adapting to a new culture and embraced the challenges of living abroad with a warm heart and a smile. While it is obvious that successful students must be able to answer difficult questions, I believe that it is imperative that they ask them as well. Outside of the classroom I enjoy golfing, reading, writing, traveling, playing board games and experiencing art in all its forms.


Miho Tsumura

Japanese Advisor and 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.

South Africa

Blanche Venter

Visual Arts Teacher

Bachelors of Arts (Fine Arts), four years
Postgraduate Diploma in Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management

I was born in South Africa and worked in Lusaka, Zambia, New-Delhi, India and Dubai, UAE for many years.

I am passionate about the IB ethos. My style as a teacher is that of a facilitator, enabling students to construct their own learning experiences and to be confident in their own abilities. I always try to motivate students to draw on their strengths and abilities, and strive to provide a learning environment for them to explore personal ideas and to realise their full potential.

When I have time, I enjoy reading, water sports and undertaking trips for pursuing my hobby – photography. My photography book “Layers of Beauty, visual vernacular of the UAE” explores the UAE’s city and landscapes.


Yuki Ozuka

ESL Specialist, English Acquisition Teacher

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.


Alicia Ventura

Spanish and 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 and Design Teacher and Grade 9 & 10 Leader

Bachelor of Arts (Physics, Modern Languages, Education)
Master of Arts (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.

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 Leader, Science and Environmental Systems & Societies, MYP Science 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.


Petrina Asha Krishnan

IELTS Coordinator and ESL Specialist

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.


Teresa Yamawaki

English Language Support Teacher

Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
JLPT (Japanese Level Proficiency Test) Level 3

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.

New Zealand

Jo Kys

Counsellor and University Advisor

Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)
Master of Counselling

My experience of growing up in both Zimbabwe and New Zealand, as well as studying in Malaysia as a teenager has played a big role in shaping who I am today; I feel lucky to have experienced both the challenges and the opportunities that come with growing up between worlds. I am now living in Singapore with my husband and three children and we are all enjoying our new adventure.

Over the course of my career I have worked for schools, where I provided social/emotional and academic support to International Students; a bank; the NZ Government; the UN and even a safari lodge. I find that being able to draw on all of these experiences, as well as volunteer work that I have done, helps to ‘make things real’ when I am counselling students. When working for the UN World Food Programme in Zambia I witnessed how education could bring communities together, maintain dignity, reduce suffering and save lives. Demystifying education and making it accessible to all people is important to me. I enjoy helping students to set goals and to discover their strengths. I find it particularly rewarding when I am able to bring people together to collaborate, share dialogue that aims to create an inclusive and forward-thinking world where everyone is able to make a difference.

I have an open door policy and enjoy meeting people, so please call in anytime; I look forward to hearing your story.


Lichun Rong

PYP Mandarin Teacher, MYP Chinese Literature and MYP Language Acquisition (Mandarin) 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.

Turkey, Singapore

Berna Esendemir Sekhon

Counsellor & Learning Support 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.


Hima Venkateswaran

PYP Multiple Literacies Coordinator, MYP Science and MYP 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.

United States of America

Patty Winpenny

Learning Support Coordinator

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.