Alexandra Cipriano
VICE PRINCIPAL HEAD OF SECONDARY SCHOOL

Ali was born and educated in the UK. She has been in the teaching profession for over 10 years in London, and prior to that has experience teaching in both Thailand and South Korea. She gained her undergraduate degree in English Studies from the University of Southampton, UK, and her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in English, Secondary Education, from Middlesex University, London.

Ali has spent her career working in high achieving secondary schools in North London. Her last position, at JCoSS – a large Jewish secondary school – was as Head of English where under her leadership, the faculty achieved results placing them in the top 10% of schools nationally for student progress. She was also an English Subject Adviser for a large cluster of North London Secondary schools, advising other leaders of English on best practice.

Ali is in Singapore with her husband, who is also a teacher, and two children, the youngest of whom is happy to be learning at SMMIS.

Amanda Loh
LIBRARIAN

Amanda has a lifelong passion for the organization of knowledge and has served several stints as an academic librarian. With over 10 years of experience, she wishes to serve the development of learning communities and connect them to the best resources available. She has a knack for communication and a principled belief in the importance of people connection for holistic service provision.  

Amanda graduated with a BSc in Communication Information from University of Canberra, Australia and a MSc in Information Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  

Outside of school, Amanda lifts weights and trains very hard to achieve her fitness goals.

Angelina Ji SMMIS

Angelina Ji
MANDARIN

Born and educated in Singapore, Angelina has been in the teaching profession for 7 years prior to teaching in SMMIS. She obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Chinese) from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She also obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese (Hons) with a Minor in Translation from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Throughout her career in education, Angelina has taught students from various age groups in both the local Primary and Secondary levels. Working in the local schools exposed her to teaching children from diverse cultures and learning needs. This provided her with the opportunities to develop lessons catering to the various learning needs of the students under her care.

Eugan Chan
SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER

Eugan has more than 10 years of experience as a maths teacher. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Being trained in both physical education and mathematics, Eugan brings a high level of energy into the classroom to engage students in the learning and application of maths knowledge in everyday life. He is constantly in search of new and engaging methods to further stretch and challenge his students critical and creative thinking. Eugan believes that through a good process of learning, any goal can be achieved.

Germaine Tan
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Born and educated in Singapore, Germaine has been in the teaching profession for close to 7 years prior to teaching in SMMIS. She obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Physical Education) from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She also obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the National University of Singapore. 

Throughout her career in education, Germaine has taught students from various age groups in both the local Secondary and Junior College levels. Working in the local schools exposed her to teaching children from diverse cultures and learning needs. This provided her with the opportunities to develop lessons catering to the various learning needs of the students under her care. 

Germaine was also the Overall Teacher-In-Charge and Teacher Coach of the Softball Team. As a Teacher Coach, she prioritizes character building in the child’s athletic journey. She also actively seeks teachable moments to inculcate the values of sportsmanship and being a good team player. 

Outside of school, Germaine loves to practice yoga and has attained her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification. She also has a keen interest in food photography and loves exploring different cuisines all around the world.

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Janine Lewinton
ENGLISH/SEN COORDINATOR

Janine was born in the UK, and educated there and in the USA. She has been teaching for twenty years and before that she worked for a global banking group in the City of London. She gained her Honours degree from the Open University, whilst working full time, and is a firm believer in Life Long Learning. 

Janine began her teaching career at a selective boys’ Grammar School in the UK, where she gained Qualified Teacher Status as an English teacher and was the school’s SENDCo. She comes to us having spent a short while as Head of English and SENDCo at an International School in Malaysia, and before that she was Assistant Head at an Independent Jewish Day School in North West London, where she was SENDCo and a Designated Safeguarding Lead as well as an English teacher.

She is married to the Principal of an International School in Malaysia and has three grown up children, one of whom is a School teacher, like her mother and grandmother before her!

Leong Yue Hoong
MANDARIN

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.

Lim Kai Sheng
HUMANITIES
Leading Able & Ambitious; IMYC/Lower Secondary Curriculum Lead

Kai Sheng was born and educated in Singapore where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the National University of Singapore and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore, as a scholarship recipient of the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Kai Sheng has been teaching and leading in management roles across Singapore local schools for more than 11 years. 

Kai Sheng is deeply passionate about Humanities education and believes strongly that a person who can think historically can prosper in, and adapt to, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable world. 

Throughout his career in education, Kai Sheng has held a wide variety of roles including national policy planning work at MOE Headquarters and Subject Head of Humanities at one of Singapore’s top schools. At his previous role as Subject Head of Humanities, Kai Sheng led in curriculum development and reform of the Humanities Department, assisting to design and craft the History Integrated Programme curriculum. 

Kai Sheng is incredibly excited at the opportunity to work at SMMIS.

Nithiya Anbuselvam
SCIENCE

I was born in India and raised in Dubai. I am a nature enthusiast at heart and love to draw, practice Yoga and practice Pilates. I also love to travel and have an adventurous spirit.

I gained my Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Bharathidasan university, India and also attained my Master of Science and Master of Philosophy in Microbiology from Madurai Kamaraj University, India with special distinction and honours. 

My interest in science built a wonderful foundation of knowledge and understanding in the field of research and I was working on “Apoptosis in Antiphospholipid syndrome” with Albino mice, but I still felt something was missing and through the journey I found my obsession and love for teaching! It was the best decision I have ever made and pursued my career in teaching higher secondary from 2007 onwards and also got graduated in Bachelors of Education from Annamalai University, India and Master of Education from Monash University.

As a teacher I believe in meeting the needs, challenges and learning interests of the students in my class by always making it an engaging environment towards greater understanding of interconnectedness and complexity. In addition to teaching, I was also the STEAM lead in my previous school and organized events related to STEAM. I have co-ordinated multiple experiential learning programs and competitions like Singapore National Science Challenge, Amazing Science X challenge, Cambridge Upper Secondary Science Competition, Young Innovators programme- IIT Kharagpur and Mission discovery by NASA.

Nurhidayah Moliano
ART

Born and raised in Singapore, Nurhidayah Moliano has been teaching Visual Arts for 6 years in local Secondary and Primary School. 

As an Arts educator, she is passionate about Arts Education and firmly believes on the value and positive impact of Arts Education on a child. Over her course of teaching and understanding that each child is unique, Nurhidayah believes in the importance of differentiated learning by adopting a range of diverse pedagogical methods to better understand the needs of a child. Her teaching philosophy is affixed by a personal goal to be a lifelong learner; consistently improving and evolving her pedagogy through attending various professional development courses, mentoring students in their pursuit of artmaking process and being open-minded and resourceful in keeping abreast of the ever-changing teaching landscape. 

She graduated with a 2nd Class Upper BA(Honours) Fine Arts from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – Loughborough University and an Arts Teaching Diploma from National Institute of Education (NIE).

During her leisure time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and relatives by bonding over good food, laughter and having fun conversations. She also enjoys travelling and reading to her 2 young children. 

Otilia Veyre
MUSIC

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.

Sara AK
ART & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Sara AK has been an educator for 25 years. After High School, she pursued a professional qualification in Specialised Teaching in Early Childhood Development for PE and Art. Sara has taught both locally and overseas in New York. She is experienced in teaching children at different stages and from different cultures and nationalities.

Working overseas also meant that Sara had the pleasure of meeting other international artists, exposing herself to different artistic styles and cultures. Sara remains an active artist who has exhibited in New York and Miami. 

Sara is the SMMIS makerspace lead and her objective for the school’s programme is creating something out of nothing, enabling the students to explore their interests and empower them with the skills needed in the 21st century. The SMMIS Makerspace motto is “Creating ideas for people to help people”. Sara encourages an innovation mindset which requires and celebrates productive mistakes. Her training with World Ort resonates by providing hands on learning, critical thinking skills and creating a safe environment for students.

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, keeping fit and obsessing over her two cats, Saber and Big!

Sayu Shaji
HUMANITIES/ENGLISH

Sayu was born and raised in Dubai and had a multilingual upbringing. She later moved to India and graduated with a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. Her second master’s degree was in Tourism Administration for which she secured the highest distinction from the Institute of Management Studies, Indore. In pursuit of her dream of nurturing young people, she also earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessing from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. 

With a career spanning more than 16 years in education, Sayu has worked in various roles including Senior Lecturer, Secondary School Teacher, Curriculum Designer and Senior Academic Manager. In her previous role, she led a team of teachers in introducing targeted intervention programmes to achieve improvement in student academic outcomes. 

At SMMIS, Sayu looks forward to making learning content come alive in the classroom through student-centred teaching strategies underpinned by contemporary models in mainstream pedagogy.  Her motto is to inspire students to become self-directed learners, regardless of their background, and empower them to make the right choices in education and in life.  

Sayu enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, when not whipping up a storm in the kitchen.

Shyla Menon
SCIENCE

Shyla is a Singaporean, raised in India, with over 25 years of experience in Science education between the Middle East and Singapore. She has been with SMMIS for five years. Shyla graduated summa cum laude from Calicut University with her Bachelor of Science (Physics) and attained her Masters of Science, in Physics, from Cochin University of Science and Technology. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Education from Annamalai University, India. 

In her previous role, Shyla served as the Academic Coordinator (IGCSE) and Head of Science. She introduced the Green Curriculum, an interdisciplinary program that teaches eco-literacy and nurtures environmental stewardship. She also coordinated multiple experiential learning programs and competitions in association with Sony, National Environment Agency, Public Utilities Board and Singapore Environment Council. In her IGCSE Physics classes, students achieved 100% passes, with over 80% of students returning with A*s (in comparison to 23.4% A*s worldwide). 

At SMMIS, Shyla teaches IGCSE Coordinated Science and Lower Cambridge Science. She facilitates inquiry-based STEM lessons that are founded on active learning strategies. She enjoys the student-centred approach to teaching and learning Science at SMMIS. This approach aligns with her personal teaching philosophy of building inquisitive and risk-taking individuals that think responsibly, creatively, analytically and flexibly. An ardent believer of life-long learning, she also incorporates various strategies to teach in our highly digitised environment.

A committed member of our school’s staff wellbeing and charity committees, Shyla is keen to work on causes around social and environmental causes. She lives with her husband and two sons and enjoys baking, gardening  and travelling.

Tamara Lasnitzki
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

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.

Chaven Low
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Chaven has more than a decade working in international school setting, supporting the Science departments. Offering technical advice to students and help to make science teachers workloads more manageable. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental & Occupation, health and safety from the University of New Castle, Australia. She has been trained to ensure an efficiency of safe and healthy practical in science teaching.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, exploring new places and cultures.

Vidya Laxmi
LIBRARIAN

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.

Yin Mei Liauw
MATHEMATICS

Yin was born and educated in Singapore. She has been in the teaching profession for over 10 years in Singapore local schools as well as in an enrichment centre prior to teaching in SMMIS. She gained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from National Institute of Education in Singapore as well as her undergraduate degree from National University of Singapore.

Yin has spent her career working in planning and executing the secondary school Mathematics curriculum. She was also involved in pilot-testing the infusion of Information Technology into the curriculum with other teachers in her previous school. Previously, her students have achieved 100% passes and at least 10% of her students achieved value-added results in Mathematics (as bench-marked by National standards) before they graduate from their secondary schools.

While working in an enrichment centre, she was the team leader of the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Planning team of the company. Whilst there, she led her team members to set the curriculum and also trained teachers on how to teach concepts in a more differentiated and structured way to the students in the centre, so as to help students achieve their desired outcomes.

To be able to see growth in each student, regardless of how small it may seem, is a sense of achievement. Yin hopes to train her students not merely in Mathematical knowledge but also inn getting them ready for 21st Century Challenges as well as to equip them with skills which will help them to achieve their dreams in future.

Erin Smith
VICE PRINCIPAL HEAD OF PRIMARY

Erin was born and educated in Australia where she earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Teaching/Arts and a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies (majoring in ICT/Digital Learning) from the University of Newcastle. Erin has been in primary education for approximately 15 years and has taught in Australia, Japan and Germany prior to moving to Singapore in 2017.

With extensive experience in inquiry-driven pedagogy and as an Enrichment Specialist, Erin engages her students in learning experiences that challenge thinking, heighten curiosity, and open their minds. Erin strives to help each individual student create a positive mindset, fostering their ability to become lifelong learners and global citizens.

Her last position, at another international school here in Singapore, was as Head of Primary where she led the development and success of its Primary School to become one of the fastest growing schools in Asia – from 200 students to over 800 students in just 3 years. She has also been at the forefront of training and mentoring teachers for best practices in inquiry, conceptual thinking, creativity, and differentiation.

Erin is in Singapore with her husband and 2 children, both of whom will be learning at SMMIS starting in August 2021.

Maire Clapham
GRADE 5 AND LITERACY LEAD

Maire comes from a long line of teachers in her family and as such grew up in a household passionate about education. She was born and grew up in the Australian bush, in a very small town, a place she truly treasures.

She graduated with dual Bachelors Degrees in Arts (English and History) and Arts Education, from La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has been lucky enough to teach the whole spectrum of Primary school, from the beginning years of kindergarten through to the final years of Primary school and is truly dedicated to personalised learning and collaborative teaching practices that see all students achieve their highest potential.

Whilst working in schools in Melbourne, Maire regularly taught exemplar lessons for visiting teachers and shared best practices with other teachers and schools from her district, offering advice and guidance. She collaborated with the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training on projects linked to the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) designed to assist schools to take up best practices and improve the teaching and learning outcomes for all.

Maire moved to Singapore with her husband in 2019. She is Grade 5 teacher and Primary School Literacy Lead at SMMIS.

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Derek Bickerstaff
GRADE 4

Derek Bickerstaff attended Birmingham City University where he received his BA Honours in Primary Education with QTS. He has taught in a mainstream school in England and, most recently, at a Chinese bilingual, international school in Shanghai, China. He is a teacher with a passion for learning, with an interest in integrating coding and robotics into the curriculum. Away from the classroom, he enjoys both participating and spectating in sports such as football (soccer), golf and pool. I love to travel and have visited many countries across Europe and Asia.

Laura Appleton
GRADE 4 TEACHER

Mrs. Laura Appleton is an American teacher who has taught in South Korea, Belgium, England and Singapore. She graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education from University of Worcester, U.K.

Mrs. Appleton finds the international school environment a great place to learn about and explore different cultures. She feels the school should be a place to bring the community together and encourage understanding and respect amongst all the pupils. Mrs. Appleton’s enthusiasm for reading and writing can be seen in the classroom and she hopes to instil the same love of language in her students.

When Mrs. Appleton is not teaching, she is busy at home with her husband and two young boys. She enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring new places with her family.

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Sarah Dunne
GRADE 3 TEACHER

Sarah was born in Ireland and qualified from Dublin City University with a Bachelor in Education and QTS. She has been a teacher for 7 years and has taught a range of ages from kindergarten to Grade 6. She has worked as a class teacher in Ireland and in International Schools in Abu Dhabi and Singapore. She holds a TEFL qualification and most summers she teaches English as an Additional Language in Schools in Europe.

Sarah is passionate about creativity in the classroom and learning in innovative and inspiring ways. She enjoys incorporating Music, Art, Drama and I.T into her lessons to make them engaging. She plays piano to grade 7 standard and holds a minor in Art Education.

Sarah moved to Singapore in 2019 with her partner and in her free time she enjoys reading, painting, playing the piano and a range of sports. She has recently started her Master’s in Education through Bath University and hopes to qualify with a specialisation in leadership and management.

Priya Singh
GRADE 3 TEACHER

Priya has been in the education profession for over 9 years, working in international schools. Over the years, she has gained a breadth of working experience in all aspects of teaching associated with student achievement gains and making a difference in the lives of global children. 

She has always been passionate about teaching and brings energy into the classroom, encouraging her students to learn in fun and interactive ways, where they can develop their ideas and express themselves.

Priya holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Business Administration.  

She is the proud mother of two sons and has been living with her husband in Singapore for the past 9 years. Priya is also a certified Yoga instructor. She likes to explore new places, listen to music and dance. Her motto of life is to spread happiness and smiles.

Aditi Kalra
GRADE 2 TEACHER

Aditi attained her BA Honours and post graduate degree in India, following them up with a PGCE from the UK. She has lived as an expat for 18 years with stints across Africa, Europe and Asia and has over 5 years of teaching experience in international schools in Singapore. Her cross cultural experiences have formed her education philosophy that teaching must look beyond just academics. She is passionate about working with young children and SMMIS’s holistic approach to education resonates with her. 

In her free time Aditi enjoys practicing yoga, reading and going on hikes with her husband, two children and her dog.

Jasmine Kaur
GRADE 2 TEACHER

Jasmine is an honours graduate from the University of London, majoring in Mathematics and Economics. She is an experienced educator, having taught at both Primary and Secondary levels in Singapore. Jasmine is currently in her third year at Sir Manasseh Meyer International School, teaching Grade 2. As an educator, Jasmine is passionate about developing young minds and nurturing students, especially while teaching subjects such as Literacy. She believes in the value of nurturing a love of learning while developing confidence and self-belief within her students, by providing a creative and inspiring learning environment.

When she is not in school developing young minds, Jasmine enjoys hiking and discovering different places. She is also a huge fan of Marvel superheroes.

Divya Mengani
GRADE 2 TEACHER (RELIEF)

Divya Menghani is proud to be a Grade 2 Teacher at SMMIS.  She received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University Of Adelaide, Australia and she’s also a certified Montessori teacher. She have 6 years of experience as a Primary School teacher and 2 years working as a Montessori teacher.

She have a true passion working with young learners. She help each child progress in all areas of their development—academic, social, language, and motor—is a challenge that she honoured to accept daily.  She strive to create a community of learners that nurture this growth in a positive and fun environment. Teaching is a profession unlike any other. But having the opportunity to impart knowledge and skills onto others, then seeing your students demonstrate what they have learnt is a unique and gratifying experience.

She enjoys traveling, cooking, music, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Tammy Sion
GRADE 1 TEACHER

Tammy Sion holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Monash University as well as a Diploma in Teaching, with Merit Award. Ms. Sion has worked in a variety of settings during her 25 years in the field of education and has taught students ranging from preschool to Grade 3. She is also a qualified language therapist and is trained to use a multisensorial approach to enhance students’ reading, writing and spelling skills.

Tammy joined SMMIS in 2006 and she believes that her responsibility as a teacher is to facilitate and scaffold the teaching and learning for each child to enable them to reach his or her maximum potential and feel good and confident about themselves through their success in the classroom environment. She has a daughter that she and her husband love spending time with. They enjoy, swimming, nature walking and travelling.

Radhika Balasubramaniam
GRADE 1 TEACHER

Radhika was born and educated in India, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Early Childhood. She has worked with Pre-School and Primary School students, both in India and Singapore.

She enjoys working at SMMIS because their philosophy looks at the holistic development of the child.

Navvab de Leon Ramirez
K2 TEACHER

Navvab has spent 20 years in the teaching profession with experience in both Pre-School and Primary School. She pursues her commitment to be an effective educator by implementing current research-based strategies in the classroom.

She was born and raised in the Philippines and comes from a family of maths and science educators. Navvab’s passion for teaching children was ignited at a young age when she experienced first-hand the joy of teaching handwriting and maths to her own siblings and neighbours.

Navvab holds a degree in BS Chemistry from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Philippines and a teaching diploma from St. Nicholas’ Teaching Centre for the Montessori Method of Education, UK. She is also a Certified Academic Language Practitioner with the Academic Language Therapy Association, US.

She firmly believes in the power that education has in bringing out the nobility and latent potential in each child. Navvab has dedicated over 25 years serving as a Baha’i children’s class teacher in several countries including the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Singapore.

Navvab is married and has two teenage children.

Punitha Kannayan
K1 TEACHER

Punitha is born and educated in Singapore and she has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education University of Wales. She enjoys teaching young children and this has always been the heart of her passion. With this passion, she has been in the teaching profession for 26½ years. She has worked in a few preschools in Singapore and gained knowledge on teaching children aged 4 years to 6 years old. This is her 7th year working at Sir Manasseh Meyer International School and she enjoys getting to know children and people from diverse cultures. Working with the younger children has taught her the infinite journey of learning, discovery, imagination, curiosity and joy.

She enjoys being the class teacher for K1 this year, and she believes in guiding and help the children through their early school years, have fun together, resolve problems, learn to support one another and make compromises. During her leisure time she loves to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys travelling. She finds great solace in listening to music, as well as in reading and cooking.

Joanna Simon
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Joanna was born and educated in Philippines. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Legal Management and a Masters Degree in Teaching. She was a senior high school teacher in the Philippines and later on discovered her passion for teaching young children, prompting her to pursue a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care from the Australia-International Institute of Workplace and Training (AIWT). She has worked in a local preschool in Singapore.

She believes that as an early childhood educator it is important to provide the children with a learning environment that will foster holistic development. She also believes that respecting and appreciating children’s individuality will help build positive relationships.

Liu Guo Xia
MANDARIN

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

Germaine Tan
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Born and educated in Singapore, Germaine has been in the teaching profession for close to 7 years prior to teaching in SMMIS. She obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Physical Education) from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She also obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the National University of Singapore. 

Throughout her career in education, Germaine has taught students from various age groups in both the local Secondary and Junior College levels. Working in the local schools exposed her to teaching children from diverse cultures and learning needs. This provided her with the opportunities to develop lessons catering to the various learning needs of the students under her care. 

Germaine was also the Overall Teacher-In-Charge and Teacher Coach of the Softball Team. As a Teacher Coach, she prioritizes character building in the child’s athletic journey. She also actively seeks teachable moments to inculcate the values of sportsmanship and being a good team player. 

Outside of school, Germaine loves to practice yoga and has attained her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification. She also has a keen interest in food photography and loves exploring different cuisines all around the world.

Sara AK
ART & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Sara AK has been an educator for 25 years. After High School, she pursued a professional qualification in Specialised Teaching in Early Childhood Development for PE and Art. Sara has taught both locally and overseas in New York. She is experienced in teaching children at different stages and from different cultures and nationalities.

Working overseas also meant that Sara had the pleasure of meeting other international artists, exposing herself to different artistic styles and cultures. Sara remains an active artist who has exhibited in New York and Miami. 

Sara is the SMMIS makerspace lead and her objective for the school’s programme is creating something out of nothing, enabling the students to explore their interests and empower them with the skills needed in the 21st century. The SMMIS Makerspace motto is “Creating ideas for people to help people”. Sara encourages an innovation mindset which requires and celebrates productive mistakes. Her training with World Ort resonates by providing hands on learning, critical thinking skills and creating a safe environment for students.

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, keeping fit and obsessing over her two cats, Saber and Big!

Otilia Veyre
MUSIC

 

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.

 

Amanda Loh
LIBRARIAN

Amanda has a lifelong passion for the organization of knowledge and has served several stints as an academic librarian. With over 10 years of experience, she wishes to serve the development of learning communities and connect them to the best resources available. She has a knack for communication and a principled belief in the importance of people connection for holistic service provision.  

Amanda graduated with a BSc in Communication Information from University of Canberra, Australia and a MSc in Information Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  

Outside of school, Amanda lifts weights and trains very hard to achieve her fitness goals.

Vidya Laxmi
LIBRARIAN

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.

Justine Fredman
HEAD OF PRE-SCHOOL

Justine was born and educated in Australia. She completed a 4-year degree in a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Studies and is trained in Reggio Emilia. Upon completion of her degree Justine moved to the UK where she worked in a Jewish day school as the Grade 1 and Reception class teacher for 7 years. Moving back to Australia to start a family, Justine worked at a Jewish day school as the Year K teacher for 3 years. After having her 3 children Justine successfully opened up her own family day care which catered for children from 1-3 years old. She moved to Singapore with her family in 2015 and began working at SMMIS in 2016. She is now Head of Pre-School and has a strong philosophy of learning through play, creating child centred and hands-on approaches to learning, development and growth.

Nithya Kumar
TINY TOTS

Nithya was born and educated in Singapore. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood from The University of Southern Queensland, Australia and has earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Murdoch University, Australia. Nithya has been in early childhood education for the past 14 years and embraces opportunities for children to be successful learners.

Nithya is a positive advocate for unrushed and undirected opportunities for play. She believes that children learn best in an environment where they can experiment, enjoy and find out things for themselves. Thus, she is mindful of the classroom environment and strives to create an environment that inspires curiosity and wonder. She considers every child as a unique being who develops at their own pace and in their own way. She is very patient, builds meaningful relationships with children and strives to ensure every child’s learning needs are met.
 

Nithya enjoys volunteering in social service organizations. She has a passion for music and believes in the use of musical elements to promote social and emotional well-being of individuals.

Veenu Thapliyal
NURSERY

Veenu is a passionate Early childhood educator who has been in the teaching line for more than 14 years. Having finished her Bachelors in commerce from Delhi university, she obtained her Diploma in Preschool teaching and leadership. After the combined experience of teaching in local, international as well as private school in India and Singapore, she decided to go further in preschool education and obtained her Master of Education Degree with specialization in Early Childhood Education from Monash University, Australia.

Alelee Ricafort
NURSERY

Alelee C. Ricafort was born and educated in the Philippines. After five wonderful years of teaching in the Philippines, she moved with her family to Singapore in 1996. Her teaching journey in Singapore started at a Singapore Pre-school in 2000. She has a Degree in Elementary Education and a Diploma in Pre-school Education.

She is a curious and open-minded person. These qualities characterise her work at school every day, in maintaining and promoting the children’s natural curiosity. As a class teacher, she tries to look at the students’ growth individually, to help them learn and grow at their own pace. To guide the children through their first school experience is what she enjoys the most. She enjoys working with friendly and motivated colleagues, the parents and most of all the children.

Francesca van Huizen
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Francesca has been in  Early Years Education for 5 years and thoroughly enjoys working with children through play and interaction. As an early childhood educator, she hopes to inspire and nurture children holistically through careful and thoughtful guidance.

Having graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Francesca is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Francesca also has a passion for the arts, languages and culture which fuels her desire to create, discover and explore. She believes learning is a never-ending journey that enables everyone to open their minds and broaden their horizons.

 

Tan Mei Hwa
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Mei Hwa has worked in multiple preschool settings with young children aged 18 months to 6 years old. She believes that children should be highly motivated and actively involved in their own learning, with the teacher as a facilitator to provide enriching activities and an optimal environment for children to learn. As an early childhood professional, she believes that it is important to remain open-minded, be willing to learn from others and adapt to changes in order to provide the best learning experiences possible for young children.

Vathy Muthusamy
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Vathy has worked at SMMIS since 2006, assisting teachers in preparing lesson materials, caring for and participating in various activities with the children.

Throughout her life, she has dedicated a lot of time to taking care of children and she enjoys every minute of it. She believes that children thrive when they have a safe environment to learn and grow in and teachers who display patience, flexibility and love.

She is very happy to be part of the SMMIS family.

Olga Galia Shtanger
JE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Olga has B.A In Multidisciplinary Track of Social Science – specialize in Education and Political Science.

In additional, Olga successfully completed all courses in Torah and Jewish Studies during her degree studies.

Olga has almost 8 years teaching experience during her volunteering as a Sunday School Teacher until Grade 2. For 8 years Olga taught Hebrew-speaking and non-Hebrew-speaking children read and write, specializing in – How to develop individual program for each student in different level.

Olga has 3 Daughters, she is very positive, patient and polite person.  She loves children and all her students. She finds teaching jobs very satisfying. She is a good listener and is a fast learner. She is not afraid of challenges and always eager to learn.

Rivka Friedman
JE ASSISTANT

Rivka is a member of the SMMIS Jewish Education team. She has lived in various places including Greece, Brazil and Israel. She joins us a support assistant in implementing Jewish Education and the introduction to Ivrit/ Hebrew language in the preschool. Rivka has been involved in early childhood education as a nursery assistant and has worked with young children with special needs. Her main focus has always been to nurture the young with her soft spoken and warm character. Rivka enjoys adding an atmosphere of Judaism in the classroom through songs, games and activities.

Kohi Nashtein

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. 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’s passion is teaching the Hebrew language and teaching children a love for Israel.



Melissa Winkle

This is Melissa Winkle’s sixth 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 has been teaching at SMMIS for 13 years. She has taught students from 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 the Tal Am 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’s 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.

Olga Shtanger

Olga Galia Shtanger

Olga has a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Track Social Science – specializing in Education and Political Science.

In addition, Olga successfully completed all courses in Torah and Jewish Studies during her degree studies.

Olga has 8 years teaching experience from volunteering as a Sunday School Teacher. For 8 years Olga taught Hebrew-speaking and non-Hebrew-speaking children to read and write, developing individual programmes for each student at different levels.

Olga lives in Singapore with her husband and three daughters. She is very positive and patient; she loves children and all her students. She finds teaching jobs very satisfying. She is a good listener and is a fast learner. She is not afraid of challenges and is always eager to learn.

Tsipi Mirilashvili

Tsiporah has been teaching at SMMIS 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 establishing the Tal Am programme in the 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 Jewish Heritage Studies.

Tsiporah, her husband and their four children have lived 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.

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 at SMMIS from Tiny Tots to Nursery over the last 4 years. 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.

Janina-Lewinton

Janine Lewinton
ENGLISH/SEN COORDINATOR

Janine was born in the UK, and educated there and in the USA. She has been teaching for twenty years and before that she worked for a global banking group in the City of London. She gained her Honours degree from the Open University, whilst working full time, and is a firm believer in Life Long Learning. 

Janine began her teaching career at a selective boys’ Grammar School in the UK, where she gained Qualified Teacher Status as an English teacher and was the school’s SENDCo. She comes to us having spent a short while as Head of English and SENDCo at an International School in Malaysia, and before that she was Assistant Head at an Independent Jewish Day School in North West London, where she was SENDCo and a Designated Safeguarding Lead as well as an English teacher.

She is married to the Principal of an International School in Malaysia and has three grown up children, one of whom is a School teacher, like her mother and grandmother before her!

Anu Alagappan
LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT

Anu worked in an office setting as an administrator for more than 10 years before she heeded her childhood calling of being an educator. Driven by ambition and the will to succeed she completed her Diploma in Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology in 2014. For the past 7 years she has gained vast experience working with children and young adolescences with special needs. Through her jovial personality, love for children and passion for education she cultivates and encourages a caring and conducive environment for all under her tutelage. She firmly believes that each child is to be treated as an individual as they portray unique qualities and come with infinite curiosity as well as the potential to learn and grow. She is an advocate of collaborations with families to further support children in their holistic development.

Anu spends her free time reading, cloud spotting and being a plantsman with her very own garden to show for.

Christina Govi
LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT

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!

Tamil Vani Poovanesan
LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT

Tamil Vani has always been interested in teaching children, particularly those who need additional support, motivation and hand-holding. She began her teaching career as a special education teacher with a local SPED school.  Having the child’s interests, as well as their learning difficulties, at the centre of planning for a lesson makes a big difference. Tamil sees every child as unique and learns from each one, becoming a better teacher along the way.

Lin Shiu Leen
ESL TEACHER/SEN SUPPORT 

Shiu Leen has been working with international students in Singapore for whom English is a Second or an Additional Language since 2007. Besides having a Cambridge Delta (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), she recently earned a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the National Institute of Education, Singapore.  Fascinated by languages and how they are connected, she believes that learning a new language should be a fun and engaging experience and best done through multi-modal means.

Outside the classroom, Shiu Leen enjoys baking and skiing (though she’s not great at either) as well as scuba-diving. 

Bilu Singh
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Bilu has worked at Sir Manasseh Meyer International School for the past 20 years, assisting teachers in the care and education of the students of the school.

Her passion for working with children is what makes her love her role. Being passionate about what she does helps to inspire her students to get interested and excited about what they are learning. It also makes the students enjoy and look forward to coming to school.

Bilu builds caring relationships with her students to better understand their needs and give them a person they can come to when they need help or just to help them feel at ease at school.

 

Jasbir Kaur
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Jasbir was born and educated in India and moved to Singapore in 1997. Jasbir has been with SMMIS for the last 14 years and has worked with various classes from tiny tots to grade 2.

She has a passion for working with children and enjoys works closely with teachers to help each child reach their maximum potential.

Jocelyn Tay
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Jocelyn was born and educated in Singapore. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. She has more than a decade of teaching experience and enjoys working with children very much. She has taught in the local pre-schools and student care centres and has been a teaching assistant in the international schools in Singapore as well.

Teaching has always been more than just a profession for her. It is her passion. Molding young minds is her great honor and she believes in integrating integrity and honesty in her daily interactions and engagements with the children under her care and guidance. She also strongly believe that each child has their own individual unique giftings and talents and she takes great delight to see them thrive beyond their known potential.

In her leisure time, Jocelyn loves savouring a great book on her bed. She also enjoys heart to heart conversations with her family and close friends over a cup of piping hot Mocha in a quiet quaint café.

Karen Rozario
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Karen was born and educated in Singapore at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus.
She initially worked at Kodak, Singapore until the Company moved on and then joined SMMIS as Teaching Assistant.

She has found the years that she has been with SMMIS to be very rewarding. Karen has worked with classes from Tiny Tots to Grade 1. She has worked closely with teachers to assist with the children’s growth in all subjects. She enjoys watching the children grow each year and move on confidently to the next grade.

Mabel Lim Huang Pei
Drama

Peck Cai Rong Keith
Drama

Svitlana Husakova
Drama

Sarah-Jane Clark
PE (Swimming)

Jina Woo Xin Yi
PE (Swimming)

See Xuanhao
PE (Swimming)

Thomas Kho
PE (Swimming)

Chee Shui Keong Benjamin
Robotics