I have been an educator since I stumbled into teaching in the year 2000. Over time, I realised that teaching is my passion and calling. I started my teaching career in a Secondary School in Singapore, specializing in English and Mathematics.
The opportunity to start my own learning centres to help students achieve and maximise their potential allowed me to develop skills to differentiate, customise learning and tap on technology to enhance the overall learning results.
After two decades in this profession, I am still on my journey to learn and I yearn to expand my horizons with a growth mindset. As an administrator in SSIS, I love my interactions with our students, parents, staff and community and look forward to striving for excellence together with all of you!
Preschool and Primary School Principal
I am a passionate educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience in international and private K-12 schools in Canada and Hong Kong, and have been serving as a principal since 2004.
In addition to being a veteran school administrator and manager, I am always a teacher at heart. I love interacting with students of all ages in and out of the classroom; I equally enjoy training the trainers, focusing on effective teaching and learning strategies. I am keen to share my knowledge and experiences in gifted education, inquiry-based learning and bilingual immersion.
My goals at SSIS include ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for the students, working as partners-in-action with the parents, and facilitating synergy among my colleagues to achieve the school mission.
Preschool Assistant Principal
I started working in the teaching industry back in 1991 in Singapore and taught in the childcare industry for 11 years before furthering my studies in Perth, Australia. I taught in international schools for 12 years before joining SSIS in 2018. My extensive number of years of teaching experience as a lower grade and early childhood educator, together with my leadership role as an Early Years Coordinator at an international preschool in China, assures I’m in the best position to helm the Preschool division.
My teaching philosophy is simple: Children learn best through play, as it helps to build the child’s confidence and creativity. A solid partnership with families is the key to ensuring children’s well-being. I hope to work harmoniously with both the parents and teachers; communication and collaboration with parents and teachers are the key components in forming a successful team. I would like to instil a committed and caring environment among all the adults and children in SSIS Preschool.
Primary School Assistant Principal
I am a veteran teacher with 18 years of experience and joined SSIS in 2007 as a Math and Science teacher. I bring teaching and administrative experiences to the principalship, with a focus on the growth of our students and staff. I love chatting with the students and finding out how they’re enjoying their day in school. I want to help each child reach his/her potential by instilling a growth mindset in them and continue working towards developing their skills and talents through effort and persistence.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, travelling and diving.
Senior School Principal
I have been in the educational field since 1999, and I started working in SSIS in 2014, both as an educator and administrator. It is incredibly exciting to lead an international team of energised and highly competent teachers.
Our Senior School provides a well-balanced education for students in Grades 7-12. The academic curriculum and pastoral support are designed to offer seamless opportunities to all students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for successful entry into tertiary education. It helps them follow a chosen career path and to become productive global citizens.
I feel very fortunate that we can make a difference in the lives of our students. I hope to challenge and inspire them each day to love learning and to shape a better world.
Katrina (MCCLURE) SENARATNA
Director of Sports and Activities
I am very excited to be joining the SSIS community as the Athletics and After School Programme (ASP) Coordinator.
I am from the beautiful and diverse country of Canada. My love for adventure and excitement led me to pursue overseas teaching. Having taught previously in South Korea and Myanmar, I have been involved in many after school activities from coaching sports to leading a community service program. I can already feel the energy and dedication of the teachers and I know that we have many exciting programs to offer the students and I am very happy to be part of the SSIS team.
CHEN Yue Lin
Director of Chinese Language and Culture
I love being a teacher, in particular my interaction with students. I have been an educator for more than 27 years and was a Vice-principal in a local school for 4 years. I focus on cultivating and developing my students’ character as well as the teachers’ professional development.
I personally like to learn the advanced teaching methods and school administration. In SSIS, with all the teachers we organized and researched to plan and design high quality Chinese language and Chinese culture curriculum, resulting in the unique SSIS CLASS Model. Having been in SSIS for more than 12 years, it has been an enriching journey. SSIS has broadened my horizons as an educator. I truly love my job and believe that learning is endless.
Director of Technology
I am from Kyiv, Ukraine. My international education career started in 2002 and I quickly realized my passion for building solutions with technology. I have several years of corporate business experience in managing ERP/WMS/BI/eLearning/web/consulting projects. From 2014 till 2018 I worked in Myanmar - what an adventure!
As much as I love work, learning and exploring, I enjoy good times with family and friends, gratefully cherishing every moment.
My hobbies are tinkering, fixing and building things, technology and Psychology. Happy to be a part of SSIS family!
Director of Curriculum
I started teaching back in 1998 when I was still in university. I loved the vocation so much and have never looked back. Over the years, I have served as a teacher, coordinator and a Director of Studies in different schools. I am an experienced IBO examiner and have also worked with IBEN, providing training for teachers, supporting with the evaluation and accreditation procedures for IB schools.
I work to ensure that our curricula meet international educational standards, and aim to improve the quality of education and to assist teachers in developing an aligned and coherent academic programme.
I love living in the city and enjoy going to the theatre or concerts, discovering new food experiences, doing high-intensity training, travelling or just relaxing with a good book. I am incredibly excited to be joining SSIS, and I am really looking forward to helping the school grow and develop into one of the most outstanding members of the international school community.
K-12 Aesthetics Coordinator
I am originally from upstate New York, and my first teaching job was as an IGCSE Music Teacher and Brass Band Director at The Sultan’s School in Muscat, Oman. While I enjoyed living and teaching there, I wanted to move to a bigger city and a bigger school. I promptly landed in Shanghai, where I gained four years of leadership experience as a Primary Music Education Coordinator at an international school.
Since joining the faculty in August 2019, I have spent the past year working hard to bring high-quality performances to the SSIS community as well as raising the quality of aesthetics education here.
I am passionate about bringing the joy of music to all students and giving them the tools to appreciate the arts in all forms. I’m a firm believer in communal spirit and strive for students to learn the importance of working together through arts education. During my free time, I enjoy playing classical and pop music across Shanghai.
Director of Communications
I’m from South Africa and graduated from the University of Johannesburg in Marketing Communications. I’ve been in the education field for 15 years. I taught in China Taiwan for 4 years and then South Korea for another 2 years. After that, I moved to Beijing where I studied Mandarin part-time for 3 years and completed my HSK 6. For the past 9 years, I’ve been involved in education management and consulting throughout China.
I’m thrilled to join the SSIS family and be a part of the journey where students and the school reach their full potential.