Alexandra Cipriano
VICE PRINCIPAL HEAD OF SECONDARY SCHOOL / ENGLISH

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.

Ammala Rajamani
LAB TECHNICIAN

Ammala has a Diploma in Materials Science (biomaterials) from Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, and has been working as a science lab technician in various schools for over 10 years. She loves working in the science labs, trying out different experiments and watching science come alive to her students.

Ammala also has an interest in psychology and understanding people and took a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Murdoch University. In her free-time she enjoys reading, writing and traveling.

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.

Dean Shannon
JEWISH EDUCATION, ENGLISH & PSHE

Born in London, Dean obtained a degree in Psychology from the University of Birmingham before pursuing a PGCE from the London School of Jewish Studies where he specialised in Jewish Education. Dean has also spent two years in Jerusalem studying Talmud, Jewish law and philosophy. Since gaining this significant experience, Dean has spent 6 years teaching Jewish Studies at Yavneh college and enjoyed the challenge of demonstrating the beauty and relevance of religion to his broad range of high school students. Dean also has experience teaching a variety of subjects as a KS2 class teacher in addition to teaching KS3 English.

With his passion for education, Dean loves passing on his experience and knowledge in order to inspire his pupils to aspire to be their best selves, both in and outside the classroom. Dean is very excited about the broad range of nationalities, faiths and cultures at SMMIS and the opportunity it provides to build a world of mutual tolerance, love and respect.

Dean has recently moved to Singapore with his wife and two children, and they are enjoying exploring the beautiful nature and experiences Singapore has to offer.

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.

Esther Ong
Art Teacher (Maternity Cover)

Ms. Esther Ong is a Singaporean who has taught Art in local and international institutions in Singapore, Indonesia and China. She holds the Master of Studio Art from The University of Sydney – Sydney College of the Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from The University of Melbourne – Victorian College of the Arts. Esther is also a recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Bursary (Overseas) – Visual Arts during her undergraduate studies. She obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Throughout her teaching career, Esther has taught Art of diverse nationalities and backgrounds from preschoolers all the way to adults. She also engages in administrative and translation fields in the education industry. In her previous role as Assistant Manager, she manages the administrative team at a higher education institute.

When she is relaxing, you will find Esther hiking or doing volunteer work. She enjoys having good meals with friends and cooking as well.

Eugan Chan
MATHS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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.

Janina-Lewinton

Janine Lewinton
ENGLISH/SEND 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.

May-tal Naor
JEWISH EDUCATION TEACHER

May-tal was born and raised in Israel. She has lived in Singapore with her husband and 4 children since 2019.

May-tal took a Bachelor of Education in Drama and Theatre Directing at the “Kibbutzim College” and is now completing her Masters in Cultural Studies. She has more than 12 years of teaching experience, mainly as a drama teacher, but also as a Hebrew, Bible, and Jewish culture teacher in the Israeli Sunday school in Athens, where she lived with her family for 4 years.

May-tal believes that developing the confidence, creativity and collaborative skills of young people is the key to helping them fulfil their potential in school and beyond, and strives to build trusting relationships with pupils so that they feel free to express themselves, make mistakes, build resilience and realise their independence.

In addition to being a teacher May-tal is an NLP therapist and also creates and designs escape games and city quests. She loves traveling, writing, painting, and family time.

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 & DESIGN

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
MAKERSPACE

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.

Victor Malwa
P.E. Teacher

Born in Zambia and educated in the UK. Victor has a BA(Hons) in PE and Sports from the University of Greenwich, London; a Masters in Coach Education and Sports Development from the University of Bath, and a PGCE Secondary PE, from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.

In addition, he holds several swimming teaching and coaching qualifications, including STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School, ASA Swimming Teacher, ASA/UKCC Level 2 Swimming Coach, and Level 3 Swim-England Senior Swimming Coach qualification.

Victor has vast experience teaching and coaching swimming/PE in various international schools in different countries (England, Singapore, and Zambia). In Singapore, he worked as a development swimming coach at United World College (UWC) East campus, Tampines. He also served as a head coach at Simba International School in Zambia and an assistant Coach at Brighton Swimming club, England.

His coaching experience includes developing swimmers that have reached elite levels and participated in competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and Fina World Championships. 

Prior to his teaching career, he was a competitive swimmer himself and represented Zambia at All African Games in 1999 and was also awarded a swimming scholarship to train at Bolles School in Florida, USA – one of the best competitive swimming teams in America; Bolles School has been attributed to producing many Olympic swimmers.

Victor became the first black African to successfully swim across the English Channel in August,2005. His teaching and coaching philosophy focuses on creating a safe, enjoyable, and challenging experience for students to grow holistically through sports.

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.

Aditi Kalra
GRADE 4 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.

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.

Annie Yin
Mandarin Teacher

Annie is originally from China and is living in Singapore with her husband and  two children. She got  her Master of Teaching Chinese as a 2nd Language (Ji Nan University) and advanced diploma in primary education from China.  She has more than 10 years teaching experience in  Chinese language and music. She had the opportunity to work with children from different age groups in both China and local international school settings.  Prior to this position ,she worked at Etonhouse International school as primary Mandarin teacher for 2 years and Canadian International School as a bilingual home room teacher for 4 years. She is a passionate and dedicated person. She believes that “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

Cathy Waters
Grade 4 Teacher/Literacy Lead

Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, Cathy has been working with children for over five years across a range of age groups and locations, including Ireland, Germany, and the UAE. 

In addition to holding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the UK’s Department of Education, Cathy holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from the Dublin Institute of Technology, alongside an international PGCE from the University of Nottingham, UK. Cathy is passionate about improving literacy skills in students with English as a second language, and has recently completed a Level 5 TEFL qualification with the TEFL Academy. 

Cathy is an internationally minded teacher, who thrives in diverse, multilingual schools. Prior to moving to Singapore, Cathy taught Years 4 and 6 at Al Najah Private School, a British curriculum school in Abu Dhabi. Before this, she spent two years teaching across Key Stages 1 and 2 at the International School of Choueifat, Abu Dhabi – a member of the SABIS schools’ network. 

Cathy moved to Singapore with her husband in the summer of 2022 and outside of school enjoys coaching and playing rugby, camogie, and Gaelic football.

Chase Holmes
Grade 5 Teacher

My name is Chase Holmes and I am from Memphis, Tennessee.  I have worked for Animal Shelters, UPS, and Universal Studios / SeaWorld while in highschool and college.  I graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree now teaching for 9 years.  Most of my teaching has been in Bangkok, Thailand, my first international school.  I love going to the gym to work out, eating, watching movies, hiking, travelling, and sleeping.  A phrase that I always live by is, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, but take every opportunity that comes your way and have fun with it.”   Be open to learning new things, trying new things, and creating new things.  

Emily Chan
K1 TEACHER

Born in Australia, Emily moved to Singapore in 1996. After graduating with a Bachelor of International Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Emily began her career in education. She has a wealth of experience, having worked in international schools in Singapore for over 10 years.

Emily believes in promoting a student-centred, enquiry based and supportive learning environment where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions and learn from their mistakes.

Emily lives in Singapore with her husband and 3 children: 9 year old twins and a 2 year old baby boy.

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.

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.

Kyle Rowles
Grade 3 Teacher

Kyle was born and educated in South Africa where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Kyle is currently studying an online Master’s Degree in Primary Education through the California-based, University of the People. Kyle has been in education for approximately 7 years and has worked in educational environments in South Africa, Spain, and China before moving to Singapore in 2022.

Kyle is a firm believer in life-long learning and aims to help his students develop the skills required to live in an ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world. Kyle is also passionate about holistic education and believes schools are about a lot more than learning lesson content. Kyle wishes to help his students become well-rounded individuals who confidently contribute to society.

In his free time, Kyle enjoys playing and watching sport, going on hikes and discovering new places. He is also passionate about food and culture and he enjoys learning about local cuisine.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Punitha Kannayan
GRADE 1 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.

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.

Rowan Grigoropoulos
Grade 5 Teacher

Rowan was born in the United Kingdom and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical

Science before undertaking a Master’s Degree in Medical science. She spent 15 years working in healthcare as a medical scientist before moving to Singapore with her family in 2015. It was here that she grabbed the opportunity to follow her passions and retrain as a teacher, taking a Master of Education (specialising in Primary) with Monash University.

Rowan believes strongly in nurturing curiosity in young learners and has a passion for helping students develop their ‘critical eye’ while exploring new ideas. Her interest in positive behaviour support shows itself in her classroom environment where positive language and laughter shine through. By building strong relationships with her students and building their trust, they feel safe to take risks and make mistakes, supporting them on their journey as learners.

In her spare time Rowan is busy at home with her two children playing, baking, cycling, swimming and crafting anything and everything out of cardboard.

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!

Schweitzer Azouline Esmerelda
Grade 2 Teacher

Schweitzer N Azouline Esmerelda was born and raised in France before attending university in Singapore. She obtained a Diploma in Psychology and Applied Drama as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with honours. Azouline started her teaching career at the age of 20, where she worked as a substitute teacher in a high school. She knew then that this was her calling in life and decided to switch from pursuing law to attaining her degree in education.

Azouline’s personal teaching philosophy stems from the belief that every child is able to learn regardless of whatever label is put unto them. All a child needs to grow and learn is care, patience and a teacher who is willing to tailor their teaching to meet the needs of the child. This is what she strives for each child that she is entrusted with. Azouline chose to go into teaching as she knew from a very young age that this was her purpose in life. She strongly believes a great teacher starts from the passion to nurture.

Through her experience in both the teaching and psychology arena, she notice that there was a lack of dedicated individuals as well as awareness in the field of Special Education. Deep in her heart, she knew that this was what she wanted to devote her time and energy to. Azouline then spent 8 years working in various schools as well as the private sector. As an educator, she vows to always put the needs of her student first and work closely with parents to ensure the best for each child. Azouline is glad to be part of the Sir Manasseh Meyer International School and looks forward to seeing each child reach for the stars.

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.

Victor Malwa
P.E. Teacher

Born in Zambia and educated in the UK. Victor has a BA(Hons) in PE and Sports from the University of Greenwich, London; a Masters in Coach Education and Sports Development from the University of Bath, and a PGCE Secondary PE, from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.

In addition, he holds several swimming teaching and coaching qualifications, including STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School, ASA Swimming Teacher, ASA/UKCC Level 2 Swimming Coach, and Level 3 Swim-England Senior Swimming Coach qualification.

Victor has vast experience teaching and coaching swimming/PE in various international schools in different countries (England, Singapore, and Zambia). In Singapore, he worked as a development swimming coach at United World College (UWC) East campus, Tampines. He also served as a head coach at Simba International School in Zambia and an assistant Coach at Brighton Swimming club, England.

His coaching experience includes developing swimmers that have reached elite levels and participated in competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and Fina World Championships. 

Prior to his teaching career, he was a competitive swimmer himself and represented Zambia at All African Games in 1999 and was also awarded a swimming scholarship to train at Bolles School in Florida, USA – one of the best competitive swimming teams in America; Bolles School has been attributed to producing many Olympic swimmers.

Victor became the first black African to successfully swim across the English Channel in August,2005. His teaching and coaching philosophy focuses on creating a safe, enjoyable, and challenging experience for students to grow holistically through sports.

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.

Jean Yip
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Born and educated in Singapore, Jean obtained a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Monash University. Jean has worked in both local and international school settings working with children aged 18 months to 10 years old. As an open-minded and positive educator, she believes that children learn best through hands-on experiences that allow them to develop a better understanding of the world around them. Jean also strives to create a nurturing community of learners in a positive and caring environment.

During her free time, Jean loves to go for a swim with her family and daughter. You may also catch her chilling around the beautiful beaches in 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.

Tan Mei Hwa
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Mei Hwa has worked in multiple preschool settings with young children aged 18 months to 5 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.

Dean Shannon

Born in London, Dean obtained a degree in Psychology from the University of Birmingham before pursuing a PGCE from the London School of Jewish Studies where he specialised in Jewish Education. Dean has also spent two years in Jerusalem studying Talmud, Jewish law and philosophy. Since gaining this significant experience, Dean has spent 6 years teaching Jewish Studies at Yavneh college and enjoyed the challenge of demonstrating the beauty and relevance of religion to his broad range of high school students. Dean also has experience teaching a variety of subjects as a KS2 class teacher in addition to teaching KS3 English.

With his passion for education, Dean loves passing on his experience and knowledge in order to inspire his pupils to aspire to be their best selves, both in and outside the classroom. Dean is very excited about the broad range of nationalities, faiths and cultures at SMMIS and the opportunity it provides to build a world of mutual tolerance, love and respect.

Dean has recently moved to Singapore with his wife and two children, and they are enjoying exploring the beautiful nature and experiences Singapore has to offer.

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.

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.

Tammy Sion

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.

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.

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.

Baker Ashley Michael
ESAL Teacher

Ashley was born and educated in the UK, attaining a Bachelor’s degree in History from Sheffield Hallam University. However, it was his love of travel that led him to Hong Kong, where he completed his TESOL and DipTESOL and started on his teaching journey. He taught for two years in Hong Kong before moving to Singapore with his wife nearly 5 years ago, and has been a teacher of English at the British Council ever since. 

In his time in Singapore, he has also had two beautiful children and started a Masters in Education with Bath university focusing on integrated technology in teaching. He will be completing his dissertation this year and hopes what he has learned will be of great benefit to SMMIS going forward.

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.

 

Buvanes D/O Devadas
Learning Support Assistant

Buvanes has always aspired to work in an educational setting and found her calling as a Learning & Behavioural Support for students with special needs in a local mainstream school. She then worked as a Special Education Teacher in a local special school. 

The fruitful journey of working with students inspired her to pursue a Bachelors in Counselling (SUSS). As an educator, she believes that students thrive better when exposed to a well-rounded education and that they should work towards the greater good at all times.

In her free time, Buvanes enjoys cooking. She is also continuously learning new and significant things from her child.

Janina-Lewinton

Janine Lewinton
ENGLISH/SEND 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!

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.

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. 

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.

Mabel Lim Huang Pei
Drama

Peck Cai Rong Keith
Drama

See Xuanhao
PE (Swimming)

Svitlana Husakova
Drama

Tan Huey Ying
PE (Swimming)

Nam Wei Xun
PE (Swimming)

Ong Bo Lock, Lockie
PE (Swimming)

Fang Yu
PE (Swimming)

Javen Oon
PE (Swimming)

Edison Tan Boon Sin
PE (Swimming)

Chee Shui Keong Benjamin
Robotics

Tan Swee Sen, Justin
Robotics

Yeo Wee Meng, Gerald
Robotics

Yumi Kim
Relief Teacher

Jessica Xia
Relief Teacher

Venket S/O Chilvan
Relief Teacher