Elaine was born and educated in the UK, and has been in the teaching profession for over 20 years in London, Israel and Hong Kong. She gained her undergraduate degree in Theology, from Birmingham University, UK, and her MA is in Philosophy of Education, from the Institute of Education, London. Elaine attained her NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship) in November 2017.
Elaine served as Deputy Headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School a large Jewish Secondary School in London for 8 years. It was during her role there that she was awarded the National PAJES Jewish School Awards for Deputy Headteachers, which she won for her role in setting up the school. She started her formal teaching career at Immanuel College London, where she was responsible for creating the Social Action programme in the school and launching the Yoni Jesner Award Scheme – a programme encouraging children around the country to volunteer.
She is committed to child centred education and is inspired by the work of Carol Dweck: and her theories of the Growth Mindset. Elaine was an active member of the Senior Faith Leadership Programme run through Cambridge University, and is committed to Interfaith work. Elaine is in Singapore with her husband and two children, who are happy to be studying at SMMIS.
VICE PRINCIPAL HEAD OF PRIMARY SCHOOL
With more than 17 years of experience teaching in International schools, Shanthi is drawn to the new experiences of every single day, and the chance to be an important part of each child’s unique learning experience. Shanthi completed her Master’s in Education from Monash University, Australia in 2009, expanding on a Montessori Diploma and a Bachelors in Science. She began her career in SMMIS as a teacher 15 years ago, becoming the Vice Principal in 2009. Throughout her career, she has taught various age groups, from Kindergarten to High School Science.
Having lived in five countries over the past 25 years; she credits the International school capabilities for bringing a wealth of experience and understanding for herself and her family.
Shanthi lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She believes in giving back to society and is passionate about charity work. She is part of the Education 4 everyone (E4e) group which has built 14 schools in impoverished communities in Asia.
VICE PRINCIPAL HEAD OF JEWISH EDUCATION
Simcha has been in the education profession for over 20 years. It is through her undeniable passion for Jewish Education that she founded and established the Ganenu Learning center, the first Jewish preschool in Singapore and served as its principal from 1996 for over 10 years when it then became the Sir Manasseh Meyer International school in 2009. Simcha has also served as the principal of the Sunday Hebrew School for many years and is involved in all aspects of the Jewish community.
Simcha holds a DEC in education from Marie Victorin, a Diploma of teacher training from Chaya Mushka Seminary both in Montreal Canada, and an Advance Career Award Diploma in Business Management from The Singapore institute of Commerce and the Cambridge local syndicate.
Simcha and her husband Rabbi Mordechai Abergel have been serving as the Chabad Shluchim and Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Jewish Singapore community for the past 24 years, they have 6 children, 2 who are current students at SMMIS while the others each had the chance to experience SMMIS before moving on to various international schools around the globe.
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.
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.
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.
HEAD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
Jason was raised and educated in Australia, teaching and leading in senior management roles across independent schools for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership and a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne.
Jason’s passion for and holistic approach to education extends to leading curriculum development and reform, encouraging staff and student agency, creating co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities and, importantly, ensuring that the wellbeing of his students and staff are always at the fore of his thinking.
Throughout his career, Jason has actively participated in a raft of educational learning opportunities, including the implementation of the International Baccalaureate MYP in schools, the Harvard University ‘Project Zero’ training programmes, Positive Psychology courses and Child-Safe, Mandatory Reporting & Restorative Practice training programmes. He has also worked extensively at facilitating and developing rich educational frameworks and curriculum to engage ‘youth at risk’ in the juvenile justice sector and for Australian Aboriginal children living in remote communities. His core values encompass social action, inclusion, compassion, respect, integrity, empathy and innovation.
Jason is incredibly excited at the opportunity to, alongside of his SMMIS colleagues, drive the implementation of the IPC & IMYC, and further develop and strengthen the teaching and learning practices and pedagogical frameworks across the school.
LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT
Victoria is originally from the UK, despite having left nearly a decade ago she still feels most at home in the beautiful Devon countryside. Victoria has lived, studied and worked in multiple countries over the years.
She moved to Hong Kong to complete her MA in Social Work at Hong Kong University, after which she began working at an international school as the Student Support Coordinator. Victoria moved to Singapore last year with her husband and is delighted to be working as the SEN coordinator and counsellor at SMMIS.
LITERACY LEAD/GRADE 5
Maire Clapham comes from a long line of teachers in her family and as such grew up in a household passionate about education. It was only natural that she followed in these footsteps, graduating from La Trobe University with Bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Education in 2012. For the last six years, she has been fortunate to work in outstanding schools in Melbourne, Australia, where she developed her dedication to personalised learning and collaborative teaching. She has also worked with the Victorian Government on projects designed to assist schools in improving student outcomes. Maire is a Grade 5 teacher at SMMIS and the Primary School Literacy Lead.