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Our Teachers at ISSP

Educating, encouraging, inspiring... and always learning

Our commitment to the recruitment, professional development and strong support of teachers at ISSP is reflected in the excellent results we consistently achieve.

Highly experienced and qualified, over 40% have master’s degrees in their specialist subjects. Beyond their dedication and passion for their specialist areas, our teachers help students form connections across subjects and emphasize active, collaborative learning. We are proud to have an international faculty, over 45% of whom are American, that is enthusiastic about working in our diverse school community, where they continually inspire our young charges to achieve more.

Open-minded and curious, our teachers never stop learning. We prioritize their continuous professional development using the latest practices from leading educators. Only in this way can we ensure adherence to our professional standards, expectations and reputation.

2020-2021 ISSP Teaching Faculty

Early Years

Cheska Valdes

Early Years 1

Cheska Valdes

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Child Development and Education (minor in Special Education), Miriam College
  • Certified Professional Teacher, Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines 

Grace Collantes

Early Years 2

Grace Collantes

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Child Development and Education, Miriam College
  • Certificate of Child Protection for International School, Council of British International School
  • Certified Professional Teacher, Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines 

Marithel Macarine

Early Years 2

Marithel Macarine

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Elementary Education, University of Cebu
  • Licensure Examination for Teachers, Professional Regulation Commission
  • Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education, Montitute Montessori Training Institute
  • TESOL/TEFL Certificate, Harvest Christian School International

Sajani Shah

Early Years 3

Sajani Shah

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Management, Warwick University
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education International (PGCE), University of Nottingham
  • Certificate IV IN TESOL, Australia Vietnam School of English

Helen Orobia

Early Years 3

Helen Orobia

Qualifications:

  • BA in Elementary Education, St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur
  • Certified Professional Teacher, Professional Regulation Commission
  • PYP Certificate, International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
  • TEFL Certificate

 

 

Lanie Nacario

Early Years 4

Lanie Nacario

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Emilio Aguinaldo College
  • Certified Professional Teacher, Professional Regulation Commission
  • Diploma in Special Education, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Alpha Butil

Early Years 4

Alpha Butil

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Secondary Education (English), Mindanao State University
  • Licensure Examination for Teachers, Professional Regulation Commission
  • Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education, Montitute Montessori Training Institute
  • TESOL Certificate

Cara Giblin

Early Years 4

Cara Giblin

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree with Honours, Birmingham City University
  • Art Foundation Certificate - Merit Grade, Stourbridge College

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary

Vicky Hinson

Kindergarten

Vicky Hinson

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Human Development, Family Studies and Early Childhood Education, University of North Texas
  • Certified Teacher, Early Childhood through Grade 4, Texas Education Agency
  • English as a Second Language Supplemental Certification

Cassia Mick

Kindergarten

Cassia Mick

Qualifications:

  • BA in English & Psychology (Minor in General Education), Boston College

Diane Costa

Kindergarten

Diane Costa

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education, Nipissing University
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (Major in History, Minor in Geography and English), University of Toronto
  • Certified Teacher (Ontario) Grades K-10, Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

Danielle Harris

Grade 1

Danielle Harris

Qualifications:

  • BA International Studies, Latin American, Willamette University
  • Certified Teacher (State of Texas), Project P.a.C.E. Texas State
  • UK Qualified Teacher Status, UK Teaching Regulation Agency and Department for Education
  • TEFL InstituteTeaching English as a Foreign Language Certification, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Certified in ELL Instruction
  • World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Certified in ELL Instruction
  • Gifted and Talented (GATE) Certified

Roisin Lawlor

Grade 1

Roisin Lawlor

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education, St Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin City University
  • Certified English Language Teacher, ACELS

Adam Whiteman

Grade 2

Adam Whiteman

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Primary), University of Southern Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Christian Studies), Alphacrucis College
  • Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Queensland University of Technology

Orlaith Dilleen

Grade 2

Orlaith Dilleen

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Education, St.Patricks College DCU

Keith Way

Grade 2

Keith Way

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Communications and Creative Multimedia, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Teacher Preparation Certification Program - Moreland University, Teach-Now Graduate School of Education

Shelly Hosler

Grade 3

Shelly Hosler

Qualifications:

  • MSc in Education, Hunter College
  • Bachelor of Science, Middle Tennessee State University

Francis McShea

Grade 3

Francis McShea

Qualifications:

  • BA in Humanities, St. Patrick’s College of Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, University of Aberdeen

Nathan Bennetts

Grade 3

Nathan Bennetts

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Physical Geography Major with Human Geography Minor, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
  • Qualified Teacher Status: Early Years and Primary Education, Early Years SCITT School Centred Initial Teacher Training, Cornwall College

Ronan Donohue

Grade 4

Ronan Donohue

Qualifications:

  • BA in Languages, National University of Ireland
  • Qualified Teacher Status (Elementary Education), TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education
  • TESOL Certificate

Katelyn Cook

Grade 4

Katelyn Cook

Qualifications:

  • Master of Education, George Mason University
  • BSc Interpersonal Communication, East Carolina University, North Carolina
  • TEFL/CCA Cert., La Escuela Politecnica Nacionnal

Luke Runnoe

Grade 5

Luke Runnoe

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Education, University of Illinois
  • BA in Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Sara Nieuwkoop

Grade 5

Sara Nieuwkoop

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Education, Grand Valley State University
  • BA Elementary Education, Calvin College

 

 

 

 

Specialist Subjects

Emma Brookes

Art

Emma Brookes

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design, University College Northampton
  • BTEC National Diploma in Art Foundation Studies, Hull College
  • Teacher Preparation Certificate Program - Visual Arts, TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education
  • TESOL Certificate, TEFL

 

 

Oliver Klabis

English as an Additional Language

Oliver Klabis

Qualifications:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (Elementary Education) with EAL specialism, OSSE
  • UK Qualified Teacher Status, UK Teaching Regulation Agency, Department for Education
  • BA (Hons) in International Studies, The Open University
  • TEFL Certificate, I-2-I TEFL UK

Debbie Lewis-William

English as an Additional Language

Debbie Lewis-William

Qualifications:

  • Teacher's Diploma, Grahamstown Training College
  • Teacher's Diploma, Physical Education Graaff-Reinee Teacher's College

Amy Swenson

English as an Additional Language

Amy Swenson

Qualifications:

  • Master of Teaching and Learning, St. Mary’s University 
  • K-6 Teaching License, St. Cloud State University

Jin Ge

Mandarin

Jin Ge

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Education Teaching & Learning, Bryan College
  • Bachelor of Literature in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Beijing Language and Culture University
  • IB Certificate in Teaching & Learning, International Baccalaureate Organization

 

Barbara Amador

Technology Integration Specialist

Barbara Amador

Qualifications:

  • Master of Education Degree in International Teaching, Framingham State University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education Sciences (Mathematics), Universidad Catolica Redemptoris Matter (UNICA)
  • Degree in Systems Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI)
  • Teaching License, Universidad Catolica Redemptoris Matter (UNICA)

Jennifer Shine

Performing Arts Specialist

Jennifer Shine

Qualifications:

  • Master in Elementary Education, The College of New Jersey
  • BA Theatre Arts/ Peace and Justice Studies, Marquette University

James Whitehead

PE/Activities Coordinator

James Whitehead

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Early Childhood Education, Aspen University
  • Associates Degree in Science Biology - concentration Occupational Therapy, Kingsborough Community College
  • Elementary Education Teaching Certificate, American Board


     

Holly Younglove

PE/Activities Coordinator

Holly Younglove

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Physical Education and Health Science, Emporia State University
  • Bachelor in Science in Education, SUNY Cortland
  • Certified Professional PE/Health Teacher K-12
  • MYP Certificate in Teaching & Learning

Phuong Mai

Vietnamese/Host Country Studies

Phuong Mai

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education, Hue University of Pedagogy

 

 

Quyen Nguyen

Vietnamese/Host Country Studies

Quyen Nguyen

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogy College
  • Certificate in Primary Education, Ho Chi Minh City University Pedagogy

 

 

Thuy Nguyen

Vietnamese/Host Country Studies

Thuy Nguyen

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Primary Education, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy
  • Certificate in Teaching Vietnamese as a Foreign Language

Cuc Le

Vietnamese/Host Country Studies

Cuc Le

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Primary Education, Ho Chi Minh City Unversity of Education

Dung Truong

Vietnamese/Host Country Studies

Dung Truong

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Primary Education, Da Nang University
  • Diploma of College of Primary Education, Sai Gon University

Kristin Wegner

School Counselor cum Designated Safeguarding Lead

Kristin Wegner

Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Education, University of Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin
  • Teaching License, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Fred Meneses

Special Educational Needs

Fred Meneses

Qualifications:

  • MEd Special Education, University of the Philippines
  • Certificate in Indigenous Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

June Butil

Early Years Utility

June Butil

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education (English), Mindanao State University
  • Certified Professional Teacher, Professional Regulation Commission 
  • Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education, Montitute Montessori Training Institute
  • TESOL Certificate