Meet our Instructors

Akbar Hussein

Course Instructor for:
Concept Based Mathematics

Mathematics Literacy Coordinator, Mathematics Teacher

Master of Education (Curriculum and Teaching)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics with Business
Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers
Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)

My passion for teaching began from my high school days where I used to run tuition classes while I was studying. My love for Mathematics deepened then, that I went to pursue a degree in Mathematics and graduated with a first class honours degree. My formal teaching started with an International school in Singapore where I taught students from different countries across the globe. My first overseas experience was to lead an International school in Indonesia as a school Principal. I have years of teaching experience and have taught Mathematics across different curricula. As an educator, I strongly believe in collaborative learning circle. I like to challenge students to explore beyond what is prescribed in their curriculum so that they get a broader and better perspective of what they learn. My favourite quote is: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

Carolina Bouteiller

Course Instructor for:
Spanish for beginners
French for beginners
Conversational Spanish
Conversational French
Introduction to latin dances and rhythms: Salsa
Introduction to latin dances and rhythms: Merengue and Bachata
Learning languages through cuisine: Desserts of Europe
Introduction to latin dances and rhythms: Cumbia

Mother Tongue & Literature Teacher

Bachelor Of Arts (Government and International Affairs)
Certificate (Political Studies)
Master (Constitutional Law and Political Studies)
Master (International Development Cooperation)
Master in International Teaching (Spanish)
B.Ed & M.A

I’m French-Colombian. I grew–up surrounded by teachers in my family; I pursued a BA in Government and International Relations and I was awarded a scholarship to do part of my studies in France. After that, I went back to Colombia to start my first job as High School Teacher in Social Sciences back in 2005. While teaching at international schools, I was also volunteering to give workshops to teenagers in the sensitive areas of the city. Later on, I got a scholarship from the Spanish Government to study for a Master’s degree in Constitutional Law and Political Sciences. I did another master’s degree in International Development Cooperation. Through those years in Madrid I was working as a Spanish and English teacher for companies during the day and at night I was a student. Later I moved to France where I continued teaching Spanish and English to diverse student profiles, I worked as a translator and helped to set up business between French and Spanish startups. After we moved to Singapore, I have been teaching Languages at two international schools and ended a Master degree in Education.
This experience has been more than enriching, it has been a fun adventure. I strive to generate motivation and confidence in my students but also help them be aware of Global Social Issues and the impact that as citizens of the world we can have to lead change. I am really looking forward to the new academic year. And apart from teaching what I like to do is to travel, dance salsa, hike in nature and read.

Claire Park

Course Instructor for:
Listening, Speaking, & Writing through Macrame Art

Grade 2 Teacher

Bachelor Of Arts (International Development Studies)
Certificate in Diversified Liberal Arts
Master Of Education (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development)

I believe that all students arrive in the classroom with individual strengths and varying learning modalities. It is my job as the teacher to facilitate student learning by capitalizing on their innate sense of wonder and discovery. Having had the opportunity to grow up on two different continents, I view diversity as a source of strength in education. Every classroom is a place where students discover their own agency and cultivate their identities as artists, authors, scientists, and mathematicians. As a life-long learner, I look forward to growing and discovering alongside my students at ISS.

David Bache

Course Instructor for:
Business Analysis in an Age of Uncertainty

Business Management and Humanities Teacher

Postgraduate Certificate in Business Enterprise
Postgraduate Certificate in Education

I am originally from Zimbabwe but have travelled extensively around the world and have lived for extended periods in Cyprus and New Zealand. The urge to travel and experience new cultures have always been important to me. Prior to becoming a teacher I was in the business sector where I managed and ran a number of food manufacturing related businesses. I am a strong advocate of fair trade and sustainable use of natural resources within the food industry. As a late starter to the teaching profession I bring a wealth of exciting life experiences to the school, which I enjoy sharing with my students. Helping students define and achieve their goals and aspirations is my goal. I am committed to ensuring that the students have an enjoyable and memorable experience during their time at school and provide them with the required skills to be future leaders in society.

Justin Larkins

Course Instructor for:
Yoga Fitness, Breathwork, Health and Wellness
Fitness (High Intensity Interval Training, Pilates, Strength, and Stretching)
Arithmetic and Critical Thinking Through Puzzles and Games
Technological Literacy in Mathematics

Mathematics and PE Teacher

Bachelor of Physical Education with a Minor in Mathematics (Senior Years)
Bachelor of Education

I grew up in a small Canadian town called The Pas, Manitoba. Health and wellness activities, sports, and fitness activities have always been a huge part of my life. During my childhood I played ice hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, badminton, golf, running, cycling, and swimming. During my adult life I have also taken up yoga, rock climbing, and meditation which has helped me keep a healthy balance in my life.
After graduating high school I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend the University of Manitoba. At the University of Manitoba I completed my Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education degrees with honors, As a university student I also worked for the housing department as a Resident Advisor and Senior Resident Advisor tending to the needs of the diverse population of students living on campus.
Volunteering and Service Learning have played a huge role in shaping the person and educator I am today. Through the University of Manitoba I did volunteer work in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Winnipeg. These experiences have motivated me to engage in meaningful charitable and fundraising initiatives at every school I have had the privilege of working at.
Teaching has taken me around the world. I have worked as a Physical Education specialist and Mathematics teacher in Canada, Australia, and Thailand. During this time I have coached basketball, soccer, badminton, track and field, cricket, and Australian football. I thoroughly enjoy working with students to help them reach their potential not just academically, but holistically.

Kelly Millar

Course Instructor for:
DP Academic Skills

History, Humanities, and TOK Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
Bachelor of Education
Master of Education (Completed 2019)

I am from Canada, and since 1999 I have had teaching experiences in the following countries of Japan, Thailand, China, and Indonesia. I have gained valuable teaching experience within the International Baccalaureate in the Middle Year Programme and Diploma Programme teaching DP History, Theory of Knowledge, and Individuals and Societies. My professional interest revolves around the concepts of motivation, leadership, and team-building. I have formulated my philosophy of education, which is based on motivation and communication that is student-centred, as it seeks to improve teaching and learning standards in collaboration with students.

Kristen Higgins

Course Instructor for:
Introduction to Economics: A Preparation Course for IB DP Economics

DP Economics, Grade 9 and 10 Humanities and PE Teacher

Bachelor Of Arts (Biblical Studies)
Master Of Arts (Theology)

I was born and raised in California, USA. Even though I love my hometown, my passion for travel and cross-cultural interactions took me to Lithuania, Indonesia, and Myanmar, where I began my teaching career as an English as a Second Language teacher. I later returned to the United States, where I earned my Social Science teaching credential and worked as a history teacher for 8 years. Eventually, my interest in the IB programme and international education drew me to ISS, where I am now teaching IB Economics and Humanities. Regardless of the place or subject that I teach, I believe that education should be inclusive, interactive, and collaborative. As a teacher, I am committed to providing engaging lessons that promote critical thinking, expand students’ worldviews, and foster a global mindset. When not in my classroom, you can find me backpacking through the great outdoors, preaching at my local church, practicing yoga, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or traveling internationally.

Miller Perez

Course Instructor for:
Intensive English Language: G9-10

English Acquisition and Science Teacher

Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Certificate (Education)
Diploma (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Bachelor of Science (Metallurgical Engineering)

Originally from the Philippines, I made Singapore my second home in 2005. This change of home base created a shift in my profession as well – from being a metallurgical engineer to becoming an English language teacher. More than a decade after making that career switch, I am glad I made that choice. I have been teaching ESL for more than 10 years. Doing further studies in the field has equipped me with knowledge about theoretical underpinnings and these bases have greatly informed my teaching practices. While space won’t allow me to discuss my teaching philosophy in detail, two of the theories that have significant influence are Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory and Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). Understanding Vygotsky’s concept of ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), I employ scaffolding, modelling, and collaborative learning strategies in my classes. Halliday’s SFL framework, on the other hand, arms me with a powerful lens in highlighting the role of language in learning “school” content. This is critical in helping learners become aware of the different linguistic choices that construe varied types of meanings in different social contexts. Subscribing to the belief that ‘all lessons are language lessons’, I find SFL’s grammar as a meaning making resource powerful in providing a way to identify the grammatical and linguistic features of a text, which results in a more explicit focus on language in teaching different subjects such as Science. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy singing, cooking, and playing basketball.

Patricia Vlad

Course Instructor for:
Design Technology for Interiors – Project your perfect
lockdown room
Design Technology in Science – Modelling a biological cell
in 3D space
Design Technology in Business – Creating your family logo
using digital tools
Design Technology in Drama – Digital set design for
your favourite story

Mathematics and Design Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Physics, Modern Languages, Education)
Master of Arts (Education)

After graduating from Cambridge, having lived and worked in eight countries around the world, I find that the ISS international environment is an ideal third-culture match in terms of fitting in the teacher community and sharing experiences with students. Ever since growing up in a family of academics, I have always had a passion for teaching and an even deeper passion for Mathematics and Technology. Imparting knowledge to young pupils and watching them grow more and more confident and autonomous is what makes the teaching profession more rewarding than any other.

Petrina Krishnan

Course Instructor for:
Intensive English Language: G6-8

ESL Specialist

Bachelor Of Business Management
Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Certificate in Teaching International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

My passion for teaching started from a young age when I was often asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. After a brief working experience in the financial industry , I realised that only teaching could bring me the satisfaction and motivation I was looking for. Over the years, I have taught toddlers right up to high school students from various cultural backgrounds. When they thank me for providing them with the knowledge and support they look for, that motivates me to do better. With my experience, I hope to work towards the total development of the students and instil an appreciation for English. Outside the classroom, I love travelling and spending time with my family.

Philip Miscovich

Course Instructor for:
“I Can Write Music!”: Beginning Music Theory & Composition
“My Songs are Awesome!”: Intermediate Music Theory & Composition

Mathematics, Music and HSD Art Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, History & German
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts
Master of Arts, Secondary Teaching

I have been an educator since 1998 and started my teaching career in the village of Angoon, Alaska. I have subsequently taught in both public and private schools in the western United States. In addition to my teaching experience, I believe my additional life experiences have helped me to effectively inspire and challenge my students over the years. From studying overseas to commercial fishing to professional music performance, I share my life stories to encourage my students to achieve their highest potential.

Sarah Bromberg

Course Instructor for:
Creative Language: Poetry Workshop

English Acquisition Coordinator, English Language and Literature and English Acquisition Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (English)
Master of Science (Teaching)

I began teaching English at a public high school in Brooklyn, New York where I realized my passion for inspiring a love of reading in my students. My work with young people continues to teach me that every individual is capable of affecting great change in their own lives and in our many communities – small and large, at home and around the world. I believe that it is my job to help young people attain the skills and awareness they need to create any life they dream and choose for themselves. After working in a variety of schools and environments across the U.S., I moved to Singapore to continue my journey as a learner and educator within the ISS International School community. Outside of the classroom I enjoy sewing and knitting, cooking and baking, as well as exploring new places with family and friends.

Song Peng

Course Instructor for:
Language Arts: Chinese Factory

Mandarin Teacher

Bachelor of Education, China
Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood Education, China

Being an educator for 11 years in Singapore, I had the opportunity to work with different groups of children ranging from toddlers to elementary school students. When I am working with my students, I enjoy helping them to reach for their dreams and potential. With my interest in art and dance, I love sharing these aspects of my Chinese culture with everyone I am working with as we live in a diverse society where every should learn to child feel valued and treated with respect.

Sophia Bustamante

Course Instructor for:
English Language Arts: Summer of Discovery
Social Studies: Celebration of Nations
Fun Science: The Earth and Sky
Social Studies: Climate Warriors
Fun Science: Mission Impossible

Kindergarten 1 and 2 Teacher

Bachelor Of Arts (Primary Education: Ages 3-11)
Qualified Teaching Status

Originally I am from the United States, however, I grew up here in Singapore! I am an alumnus from ISS International School and this is my first year at ISS as a classroom teacher. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach at the school that gave so much to me. I strongly believe in the value of outdoor and inquiry-based learning. My aim is to create an environment where the children can feel safe, valued and therefore ready to learn. A goal for me is always to instil a love of learning right from the very start. I believe that when children are having fun, the skills they learn will translate to all areas of life. I also believe that when children love to learn, it creates a culture of lifelong learning.

Vanessa Adamberry

Course Instructor for:
Creative Writing: Exploring Dr Seuss and Mo Willems
Creative Writing: Including Rhymes, Riddles and Reading with Roald Dahl, Dave Pilkey and more

Grade 4 Teacher and K-8 Activities and House Event Coordinator

Bachelor of Education
M.Ed student in Advanced Teaching

My teaching career began 15 years ago in Sydney, Australia teaching Grade 1. Since then, I have taught in both Sydney and Singapore across a range of different elementary grades and also as a SEN teacher. I have been teaching the IB PYP framework for over 10 years and I am currently pursuing my Masters of Education in Advanced Teaching. This is my second time living in Singapore having previously taught here between 2008 and 2014. This time I am here with my two children and my husband who graduated from ISS in 1999. I believe in the importance of instilling a love of learning in all of my students and am an advocate for learner agency and the promotion of inquiry-based learning.