Elaine was born and educated in the UK, and has been in the teaching profession for over 20 years in London, Israel and Hong Kong. She gained her undergraduate degree in Theology, from Birmingham University, UK, and her MA is in Philosophy of Education, from the Institute of Education, London. Elaine attained her NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship) in November 2017.
Elaine served as Deputy Headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School a large Jewish Secondary School in London for 8 years. It was during her role there that she was awarded the National PAJES Jewish School Awards for Deputy Headteachers, which she won for her role in setting up the school. She started her formal teaching career at Immanuel College London, where she was responsible for creating the Social Action programme in the school and launching the Yoni Jesner Award Scheme – a programme encouraging children around the country to volunteer.
She is committed to child centred education and is inspired by the work of Carol Dweck: and her theories of the Growth Mindset. Elaine was an active member of the Senior Faith Leadership Programme run through Cambridge University, and is committed to Interfaith work. Elaine is in Singapore with her husband and two children, who are happy to be studying at SMMIS.
VICE PRINCIPAL HEAD OF PRIMARY SCHOOL
With more than 17 years of experience teaching in International schools, Shanthi is drawn to the new experiences of every single day, and the chance to be an important part of each child’s unique learning experience. Shanthi completed her Master’s in Education from Monash University, Australia in 2009, expanding on a Montessori Diploma and a Bachelors in Science. She began her career in SMMIS as a teacher 15 years ago, becoming the Vice Principal in 2009. Throughout her career, she has taught various age groups, from Kindergarten to High School Science.
Having lived in five countries over the past 25 years; she credits the International school capabilities for bringing a wealth of experience and understanding for herself and her family.
Shanthi lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She believes in giving back to society and is passionate about charity work. She is part of the Education 4 everyone (E4e) group which has built 14 schools in impoverished communities in Asia.