Rachael Courtney

Rachael was raised and educated in the UK. She is a qualified Social Worker and has worked as an admissions officer at another International School prior to joining SMMIS. 

Rachael enjoys meeting new people and is looking forward to helping prospective families learn more about SMMIS.

Elena Han

Elena holds an LCCI Diploma in Secretarial Administration and has over 12 years of experience working in an EduTrust certified private education institution where she oversaw the admin operations of the PEI.  

Elena enjoys transforming lives and seeing growth in students by facilitating a supportive and encouraging environment for them. She believes that a positive attitude and strong values in life can change a person.

Joy Sie

Joy has extensive experience in HR across a variety of industries. She studied HR Management at SHRI Academy, completed a Certificate in Employment Intermediaries (Basic) CEI at NTUC and is a Certified Human Resource Manager.

Valentina Wijaya

Valentina studied Accounting and Finance at Curtin University of Technology and is a member of CPA Australia. 

She worked at another international school in Singapore prior to joining SMMIS. Previously a senior auditor in one of the professional accounting firms in Singapore, Valentina has been in the accounting and audit industry for over 7 years.

Saren Liew

Saren was born and grew up in Malaysia. After graduation, she had been working in Malaysia for almost 3 years before relocating to Singapore in 2008. She is an understanding and easy-going person who can work well with anyone as well as a good listener. In her free time, she like to meet friends, enjoy listening to music and spending some quality time with family.

Wei San Go

Wei San Go is the friendly face you will see at the Front Desk as you enter SMMIS. She is the PA to the Principal and performs many other tasks in the school, an essential linchpin that connects students, parents, staff, administration together.

Low Suang Leng

Mr Low ensures that the premises and facilities of SMMIS are well maintained and safe for the students. He has had many years of work experience in the South East Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) at the Regional English Language Centre (RELC). He has previously worked in manufacturing, construction, shipyard and Oil and Gas. Mr Low has a Diploma in Maintenance & Management of Building from Ngee Ann Technical College, Graduate Diploma in Project and Facilities Management from Singapore Institute of Engineering Technologists and a Post Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management from Sheffield Hallam University

Kway Win Tun

Win Tun is an essential member of the Premises Team. He has a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the University of Mawlamyine, a Diploma of Electrical Technology from ITE College and has completed the Building Construction and Supervisor Safety Course at the Armstrong Health and Safety Training Provider.

Toh Boon Kiat

Ah Kiat is an essential part of the Premises Team at SMMIS.

Kitchen Team

SMMIS has an amazing Kitchen Team that prepare a fresh, kosher lunch and snacks for students daily, under the management of Ricky Koh.


SMMIS has a trained nurse on campus at all times.


Isabelle provides clinical assessment and treatment for emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents, including anxiety, depression, anger, emotion regulation, phobias, grief, eating disorders, social skills, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, autism, repetitive movements, attachment and relationship problems. Isabelle also conducts psychometric assessments of school-aged children to assess cognitive ability and attention issues.  She has clinical experience in individual and group counselling, psychotherapy, crisis management, psychological assessment and collaborating with families, schools and community organizations. Isabelle has also worked as an online therapist for expats. 

Isabelle’s therapeutic approach is integrative and informed by cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and solution-based therapy. She believes in a client-centred approach and thinks it is important to include the family. Most importantly, Isabelle strives to deliver warmth and authenticity in her services.

Tsipi Mirilashvili

Tsiporah has being teaching at SMMIS school for the past 18 years in the Hebrew and Jewish education department. Through the years she has taught classes from tiny-tots to Grade 7 and was instrumental in establish the Tal-Am program in school.

She is a graduate of “Achva College” in Israel and holds a B.E.D and teaching Diploma. She is driven by her love of the Hebrew language and the Jewish heritage Studies.

Tsiporah her husband and their four children have in Singapore for 18 years. Tsiporah is also an active member of the Jewish community and loves spending quality time with her family and friends.

Tamara Lasnitzki

Tammy was raised and educated in Melbourne, Australia and has always had a passion for education. For the past 6 years, she has been working at the largest Jewish school in Melbourne teaching all high school levels in English and Judaic Studies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Monash University majoring in English and Jewish History.

She is dedicated to fostering a Jewish identity for her students while helping them to become global citizens. Her personal experiences being a member and leader of a Jewish youth movement, living in Israel for a year and working at a Jewish school, have developed this passion and inspired her to continue to build this legacy for current and future students.

Tammy has moved to Singapore with her husband, young daughter and pet dog. She is excited to begin her time at SMMIS and to explore Singapore with her family.

Kohi Naishtein

Kohi was born in Israel and has been living in Singapore since 2001. Kohi holds a Bachelor of Business from Derby university in Israel. In Singapore, Kohi completed several additional certificates. These include Teaching and Supporting Children with Special Needs, and a course on Learning disabilities As well as this, In addition Kohi has also completed the Tal Am training programme.

Kohi lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She has been working at SMMIS since 2004 in a variety of roles including Art Teacher and most recently Jewish Education and Hebrew Teacher. In addition, Kohi also has worked at the Sunday School teaching Hebrew. Kohi passion is teaching the Hebrew language and teaching children a love for Israel.

Melissa Winkle

This is Melissa Winkle’s Fifth year at SMMIS. She attended Arizona State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In 1977, she left the USA to live on a kibbutz in Israel, fell in love with the country, made Aliya and stayed for 11 years. Upon her return to the USA, she began teaching in a Jewish Day School, Tucson Hebrew Academy, as well as in Sunday/after School Hebrew schools in various synagogues around the city. In 2014, she was offered an opportunity to teach at SMMIS in Singapore, and accepted a position on the Jewish Studies team and she has very much enjoyed working in this unique community.

Odelia Rivni

Odelia was born and educated in Israel. She was a teacher for 2 years in Rambam school in Israel and currently teaches in SMMIS for the 12th year. She taught students from pre Nursery to grade 8, focusing on Jewish education, Tal Am and Hebrew studies. Odelia holds a B.E.D. and teaching diploma, and was trained for Talam program in Israel and in Singapore.

Odelia and her husband, Rabbi Netanel Rivni moved to Singapore to join the Chabad Shluchim and serve the Jewish community with all the Jewish aspects and needs since 2006. Odelia vision is to empower the children with Jewish education through passion and love, that will remain with them in their future. She  Is the principal of Sunday school and runs two educational camps every year.

Odelia has five children, four of them are happy students at SMMIS.

Yonit Mills

Yonit was born and educated in Israel, she holds a diploma from Tel Aviv College. Yonit is an experienced Pre-School educator and has been teaching children from Tiny Tots to Nursery over the last three years here at Sir Manasseh Meyer International School. Yonit has also taught her own children through home-schooling for 4 years, Yonit and her husband moved to Singapore 16 years ago from Hong Kong, they have 6 children, four of which are currently happy studying at SMMIS.

Tamy Ambarchi

Tamy was born in Australia and has been living in Singapore for the last 14 years. While living in Australia, Tamy gained her undergraduate degree in Arts majoring in Sociology and History. Also, Tamy completed a Graduate Certificate in Rehab Counselling. Following these studies, Tamy obtained her TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate). While living in Singapore, Tamy undertook her Masters of Teaching (Primary).

Tamy lives in Singapore with her husband, three children and dog. She is a long time parent of SMMIS.

Victoria Haigh

Victoria is originally from the UK, despite having left nearly a decade ago she still feels most at home in the beautiful Devon countryside. Victoria has lived, studied and worked in multiple countries over the years.

She moved to Hong Kong to complete her MA in Social Work at Hong Kong University, after which she began working at an international school as the Student Support Coordinator. Victoria moved to Singapore last year with her husband and is delighted to be working as the SEN coordinator and counsellor at SMMIS.

Charlene Asokan

Charlene was born and educated in Singapore. She has always been passionate about making a difference in the lives of children with needs since her high school days. She completed her diploma in Child Psychology and Early education, specialising in Early Intervention. Following that she completed her Bachelors of Arts in English with a major in psychology.

Since then, Charlene has worked as a shadow teacher in several mainstream schools and a learning support teacher in a special needs institution here in Singapore. She specialises in understanding the unique gifts of every child to unlock their potential in them and enable them to develop into the best version of themselves. Charlene is committed to her student’s growth and inclusion into a mainstream setting to achieve a holistic educational experience.

Christina Govi

Christina was born and educated in Singapore. She has been passionate about contributing to the special needs community since her high school days. As a stepping stone, she completed her Bachelors in Commerce with a major in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Murdoch University, Australia to realise her dream of becoming a special needs educator. She began her career at a locally renowned special needs institution, performing the role of a special needs educator for three years.

Christina firmly believes that every child is different and not less than the other. She believes in the importance of identifying and addressing a child’s learning needs to enable them to maximise their learning potential. She endeavours to create a fun, positive and innovative learning environment, and strives to cater to the different learning needs of every child.

Christina has a keen interest in understanding different cultures and languages. This has enabled her to learn and speak five different languages!

Liu Guo Xia

I have been a Chinese language Teacher since 2001. I am a certified Chinese Language Teacher and was awarded the Diploma in the Specialty of Common Teaching in China in 2001. I worked as a Chinese Language Teacher and form teacher for P1-P3 in Pioneer School from 2001 to 2009 in China.

I was a lead mandarin teacher in White Lodge Kindergarten from 2010 to 2016 in Singapore and I obtained my 2nd diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from KLC International Institute. I also conducted Baby Sensory class and Chinese Language lesson in schools.

I have been at SMMIS for a year and I very much enjoy my job and am happy to be with kids

Leong Yue Hoong

Mr Leong graduated with a MA in Teaching Chinese as an International Language from the National Institute of Education at NTU. He believes that a good teacher should allow every student the room to grow in accordance to their traits and aspirations.

Mr Leong is a subscriber to Malcolm Knowles’ hypothesis that students approach learning differently. In his teaching, he likes to include a variety of delivery methods that address the distinctive features of listening, speaking, reading and writing, in the acquisition of a foreign language.

Through the process of mastering a foreign language, he hopes to inspire students to develop a strong sense of self-belief, and to cultivate a passion for learning that lasts throughout their lives.

Sara AK

It takes passion to become a teacher and when you find it rewarding to be able to put smiles on the faces of children and empower them with the skills needed to succeed in life, then you know that’s the job for you.

After finishing high school in Singapore, during which Sara was made captain of the school’s netball team, she pursued a professional qualification for Specialised Teaching in Early Childhood Development for PE and Art both locally and overseas in New York. She has been teaching and working with children for 23 years and gained valuable experiences not only in Singapore but in New York and London, allowing me to experience teaching children at different stages and from different cultures and nationalities. Working overseas also meant that she had the pleasure of meeting other international artists, exposing herself not only in their differing stylistic artwork, but also to their unique culture.

Outside of school, you can find Sara either painting, experiencing different food cultures in Singapore and abroad, finding new mediums of art, researching the various trends in the art industry and combining old art traditions with new-age trends – and obsessing over her two cats, Saber and Big!

Otilia Veyre

Otilia is a music specialist, currently teaching students from nursery to Grade 9. She was born in Romania, where she started playing piano at the age of 7. She obtained her Masters in Music Education in 2011 and has worked in several countries as piano teacher and accompanist, music theory and general music teacher.

Otilia skillfully combines different methods of music education (Kodaly, Orff and Suzuki) to bring the joy and knowledge of music to every student in her class. Her goal is that every student will understand, appreciate and be able to “speak” the universal language called music.

Vidya Laxmi

Vidya was born in Singapore and educated in Australia & Singapore. She has been working as a Librarian for 25 years. She has vast experience in setting up libraries in various organisations and also worked with a team of staff at Singapore International Enterprise, to implement WEB 2.0 as Knowledge Management Officer.

She gained her undergraduate, degree in Communication-Information Management from the University of Canberra, Australia; attained a Diploma in Library studies, from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore; in addition to that she has a Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) from Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore.