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Inspired learning starts with highly motivated and professional teachers. More than 80% of our teachers possess more than 5 years of teaching experience, and hold 2 or more professional qualifications; highlighting the experience our teachers hold to provide quality education for all our learners. But the learning doesn’t stop there. We invest in continuous staff training, from programmes such as our own in-house professional development, to coaching, to hosting guest speakers and sharing best practices with other international schools. Nexus encourages personal development, with 43% of teachers holding a Masters Degree, and with many more currently studying at postgraduate level. We also ensure our support staff are experienced; 57% of our classroom assistants have degrees. Language is very important; as an international school this is often the first time children experience a language that may not be their mother tongue. At Nexus we deliberately employ staff from across the globe who are able to speak a range of languages to help our learners communicate and build confidence.

THE CULTURE

The Nexus brand was designed with 21st century learning in mind at every level of the school. This need to continually evolve and respond to the future is an ethos that has underpinned the growth of Taylor’s Schools to become one of Asia’s leading private education providers. The “Nexus Way” was developed with the guiding philosophy to adopt key elements of Mindsets, Relationships, Inclusion, and Innovation. We invest in continuous staff training, from programmes such as our own in-house professional development, to coaching, to hosting guest speakers and sharing best practices with other international schools.

My purpose is to inspire people, one conversation at a time, with a shared vision and common purpose. There is no defining action, no grand program, no killer innovation, it’s about building momentum with courageous people.

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My purpose is to inspire people, one conversation at a time, with a shared vision and common purpose. There is no defining action, no grand program, no killer innovation, it’s about building momentum with courageous people. I’m known for walking alongside people, to create a culture where they feel safe, have a strong sense of belonging and flourish in their own unique ways. Listening deeply, encouraging them to recognize their true value and in turn, enriching others.

 

During my career over the last 30 years I have worked in the private and public sectors in Australia, UK, Middle East, Africa and Singapore. Prior to this, I was employed by the Abu Dhabi Education Council as Director of Schools and a CEO/Principal in Australia. I have a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Masters of Education in Human Resources and Development (M.Ed) and a Masters of Business Management in Leadership and Sustainability (MBA).

Principal

Fiona Lewis, our Head of Primary School, is passionate about the quality and vigour of teaching and learning across Nexus International School (Singapore).

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Fiona Lewis, our Head of Primary School, is passionate about the quality and vigour of teaching and learning across Nexus International School (Singapore). She believes that at the centre of excellent teaching and learning lies the power of the relationship between teacher and learner. People are at the core of what is important to her and she endeavors to build strong, effective relationships within the school community; firmly trusting in the strength of collaboration. Fiona has worked in education for over 18 years in the UK, New Zealand and Singapore. Nexus is a family affair for Fiona, with 3 children of her own attending the school.

Head of Primary School, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Heather joins the Nexus community from an established international school in Hong Kong where she was Vice Principal.

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Heather joins the Nexus community from an established international school in Hong Kong where she was Vice Principal. Having studied for her PhD where she enjoyed teaching undergraduates, she worked in a variety of schools in the UK, building her teaching and leadership portfolio. This led to an opportunity of working for the local government, and enabled her to influence curriculum and lead groups of schools through curriculum reforms and present to national audiences. Heather has a passion for inquiry and learning in all forms and ensures she continues to learn as a CIS evaluator. Being part of team visits to schools in Vietnam, Japan and Australia has furthered her love of international education. She values being part of the leadership team that shapes the journey for learners to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to be successful in life beyond school. Outside of school, Heather enjoys baking, gardening and sharing meals with friends.

Head of Secondary School, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Paul is from the United Kingdom and graduated with a degree in Physical Education with Primary Education from Leeds University.

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Paul is from the United Kingdom and graduated with a degree in Physical Education with Primary Education from Leeds University. He taught for 4 years in the North of England before moving to the Middle East where he spent 12 years working at a school in Qatar. He then moved to Singapore in 2012, working as a Grade 4 and 5 teacher before becoming the PYP Coordinator at another international school. Paul is a workshop leader and school visit team member for the IB and has worked to develop understanding of inquiry and experiential learning with teams at several schools. Outside of school, Paul’s passion lies with sport, particularly rugby, where he strongly supports Scotland.

Deputy Head of School (Primary) & PYP Coordinator

Steve is a passionate future-focussed educator and leader with twenty years of teaching experience in the UK and Spain.

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Steve is a passionate future-focussed educator and leader with twenty years of teaching experience in the UK and Spain. After teaching Primary in a prep school in the UK for three years, Steve embarked on an international teaching career in Spain, encompassing several teaching roles and fulfilling the positions of Head of Primary in a school in Pamplona, Head of Secondary in a school in Ibiza, before becoming founding principal of schools in Barcelona and Mallorca.

 

Steve joins Nexus, having just completed a Master of Education with Massey University in New Zealand. He has always sought innovative and learner-oriented solutions to educational challenges throughout his time in schools and so, has a natural affinity with The Nexus Way. Outside of school, Steve remains a keen sportsman, you will often see him running by the river in the evening, while he also loves to apply his creative skills cooking up new dishes in the kitchen.

Deputy Head of School (Primary)

With over seven years education sector experience in the UK and ten years in Singapore, Stephanie Hughes is our key driver for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the development of the school’s Drama, Art, Music and Dance culture. Having worked in the private sector as a Marketing Executive before entering education, she brings creativity and divergent thinking to her teaching and leadership style.

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With over seven years education sector experience in the UK and ten years in Singapore, Stephanie Hughes is our key driver for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the development of the school’s Drama, Art, Music and Dance culture. Having worked in the private sector as a Marketing Executive before entering education, she brings creativity and divergent thinking to her teaching and leadership style. Stephanie teaches Physical and Health Education lessons at Nexus, and passionately believes in the value of an inclusive, holistic education. In her spare time she continues to use her professional dance training to choreograph and perform.

Deputy Head of School (Secondary), MYP Coordinator & Physical and Health Education Teacher

Duncan comes to Nexus International School with over 16 years of experience in education.

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Duncan comes to Nexus International School with over 16 years of experience in education. After qualifying with a Master of the Arts in History and Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education, Duncan started his teaching career in the UK, focusing on History and leading a humanities programme. After eight years of teaching in the UK, Duncan moved to Hong Kong, beginning his relationship with the International Baccalaureate. During this time in Hong Kong, he took on a number of whole school leadership roles, including Middle Years Programme Coordinator.

 

Duncan believes it is our responsibility as educators to ensure that all learners can fulfil their full academic potential while in school and, more importantly, prepare them to contribute to the world in a meaningful and fulfilling way.

Deputy Head of School (Secondary) & Individuals and Societies Teacher

Kimberly is a motivated and experienced teacher with a passion for providing meaningful and challenging learning experiences.

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Kimberly is a motivated and experienced teacher with a passion for providing meaningful and challenging learning experiences. She aims to provide a learning atmosphere where children feel welcome and safe so that they can take risks in their learning. Kimberly hails from Adelaide, Australia where she completed her Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary and Primary) and began her teaching career. She has also taught in Houston, USA and Paris, France. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, paint and enjoy time with family and friends. She has 2 children attending Nexus.

Nursery Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Nursery and Kindergarten)

Kerstin moved from Scotland to Singapore with her family in 2008.

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Kerstin moved from Scotland to Singapore with her family in 2008. She has taught both adults and children in a variety of settings and joined the Nexus family in 2016. Kerstin is a passionate early years educator who recognises the importance of a trustful relationship with her learners and their families. Her aim in teaching is to make learning engaging, challenging and fun. Kerstin has two daughters, one who graduated from Nexus and one currently attending.

Nursery Classroom Teacher

Katie has taught in the UK for 9 years.

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Katie has taught in the UK for 9 years. She is a passionate early years teacher and her purpose as an educator is to inspire and challenge children to be independent, curious and inquisitive life-long learners. She believes the environment plays a crucial part in children’s learning and aims to provide a space to feel safe, secure and valued. She uses evidence-based research to develop children’s learning spaces and continually strives to adapt and improve the provision according to the children’s needs. She supports learners to thrive and achieve their potential through high quality interactions and exciting learning opportunities. She believes children learn best through play and inquiry and provides children with time to explore, discover and wonder. Outside the classroom, Katie loves running and likes taking part in races and has ran three marathons. She also likes yoga, travel and exploring new cultures and culinary delights.

Kindergarten Classroom Teacher

Niamh is an energetic and passionate educator who has been teaching since 2008.

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Niamh is an energetic and passionate educator who has been teaching since 2008. In 2015, she left Ireland with her husband Sean and moved overseas. In that time, she has worked in International schools in the Middle East, as well as in Asia. She has taught various year levels, but she has been teaching lower Primary more recently. She uses and develops play-based approaches and strategies in the classroom.

 

Niamh is energised by her students and in awe of the vastness of their minds and creativity. She believes that children need freedom to explore their own ideas and inquiries. She recognises the individuality of each and every child in her classroom and their right to learn in different ways. She is excited to support and guide children on their learning journeys in Nexus.

 

In between chasing her 3 year old daughter and recently turned 1year old, Niamh loves to be outdoors walking, hiking or jogging. She loves exploring new places and is looking forward to visiting some nearby countries with her family in the near future.

Kindergarten Class Teacher

Karen hails from New Zealand where her teaching career began more than 25 years ago.

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Karen hails from New Zealand where her teaching career began more than 25 years ago. She started teaching in public schools where she taught intermediate aged children and core music. She then left for London to travel and further her experiences as an educator. Thereafter, Karen worked in Abu Dhabi at international schools and its national oil company teaching English to their employees. Further teaching experiences were in Dubai and Singapore at international schools. The IB curriculum and particularly its delivery at Nexus International School (Singapore) makes the teaching and learning new and exciting every day. Karen’s 3 children have all attended IB schools, with 2 currently at Nexus. Hobbies include knitting, sewing, music, photography and baking.

Kindergarten Classroom Teacher

Katrina is a dedicated educator who believes in giving every child the best opportunity to develop their curiosity for learning.

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Katrina is a dedicated educator who believes in giving every child the best opportunity to develop their curiosity for learning. As a seasoned Primary-trained teacher with a specialism in Early Years education, Katrina’s educational journey commenced as an early years centre manager in England. Accumulating nearly two decades of experience across the educational spectrum, Katrina’s passion for both teaching and learning prompted her to embark on an international teaching experience in Southeast Asia. Her zeal for knowledge transcends the classroom as she maintains a commitment to personal growth through consistent engagement with professional development. Beyond the realm of work and study, Katrina finds solace in travel and the exploration of Singapore’s neighbouring countries alongside her family.

Year 1 Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Year 1)

Originally from New Jersey, USA, Sarah has been teaching internationally for most of her career.

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Originally from New Jersey, USA, Sarah has been teaching internationally for most of her career. Before joining Nexus, she has taught at international schools in Singapore and Hong Kong. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami in the US and a Master’s of Education from the University of Hong Kong. Sarah is passionate about creating a welcoming and joyful classroom to nurture all learners to reach their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and son.

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

Bhavana’s teaching journey is marked by her dedication and commitment to creating a positive and engaging learning environment for her learners.

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Bhavana’s teaching journey is marked by her dedication and commitment to creating a positive and engaging learning environment for her learners. In 2011, she relocated to Singapore from the UK and joined Nexus, embarking on a new chapter in her teaching career. Bhavana’s teaching philosophy is centred around play-based learning and she enjoys discovering ways of teaching Phonics and Maths using a multi-sensory approach. Bhavana believes that building strong relationships with learners contributes to creating a supportive and nurturing classroom environment where learners feel valued. Furthermore, she places importance on promoting learner wellbeing through the use of mindfulness techniques and stories. Since joining Nexus, Bhavana has enjoyed leading teams in Kindergarten, Year One and Two and has coordinated various initiatives within these teams and across the school. Outside of her professional pursuits, Bhavana enjoys discovering new coffee shops and travelling with her husband and children.

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

Prior to joining Nexus in 2016, Lyn Hart was awarded the AGS NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Award) in Australia, being recognised as one of the most outstanding teachers in the country for her creativity, dedication and innovation.

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Prior to joining Nexus in 2016, Lyn Hart was awarded the AGS NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Award) in Australia, being recognised as one of the most outstanding teachers in the country for her creativity, dedication and innovation. She aims to create a community of young learners, where each child values the importance of their own education. With more than 19 years experience, Lyn knows how to instill confidence and self-belief in her young learners. She encourages the children and parents to work as a team who are on a journey of learning together. Her innovative classroom setting allows Lyn to engage with her children and stimulate their love of learning. Music, singing, dancing and movement are all incorporated into Lyn’s teaching techniques. Lyn enjoys exploring various countries, as well as reading, fishing and watching cricket. Her favourite pastime is having playdates with her granddaughter, Annabelle.

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

Tamara comes from a multicultural background, having grown up in both Papua New Guinea and Australia.

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Tamara comes from a multicultural background, having grown up in both Papua New Guinea and Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2005, Tamara taught in both the public and private education sectors in Australia. For the past 14 years, she has taught in the Early Years setting in international schools in Indonesia and Singapore. Tamara is a passionate lifelong learner and values professional development as an integral aspect of being an educator. She creates warm, learner-centred and safe learning environments where children can develop individually and collaboratively by understanding how they approach their learning journey alongside their lessons. Outside of the classroom, Tamara enjoys exercising with her husband, baking treats for her 2 children and reading crime thrillers.

Year 2 Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Year 2)

Originally from the UK, Catharine likes to sing and perform.

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Originally from the UK, Catharine likes to sing and perform. She believes these qualities can help build an engaging environment. She lived in Dubai for 9 years before moving to Singapore 3 years ago. Catharine creates an inclusive classroom where learners can show their unique qualities and feel comfortable being risk takers and lifelong learners. In her spare time, Catharine enjoys making memory keepsakes, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Catharine has three children who all attend Nexus.

Year 2 Class Teacher

Having taught in his home country of Ireland for ten years, Seán embarked on his international teaching adventure with his wife Niamh as they worked teaching in schools in the Middle East and Asia.

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Having taught in his home country of Ireland for ten years, Seán embarked on his international teaching adventure with his wife Niamh as they worked teaching in schools in the Middle East and Asia. Seán and his family have recently traded the tranquil shores of the island of Borneo for the hustle and bustle of the wonderful city of Singapore. Seán is passionate about creating learning experiences that are fun. His goal is to help children develop a lifelong love of learning. Seán is a member of the year 4 team and looks forward to getting to know the fantastic community of parents, learners and teachers here at Nexus. Outside of school, Seán loves to enjoy the great outdoors with his wife Niamh and children Lucy Mai and Jack. He enjoys running and hiking when time allows.

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Kate Bennett goes by many titles; some of her favourites include wife, mother, teacher, motivator and coach.

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Kate Bennett goes by many titles; some of her favourites include wife, mother, teacher, motivator and coach. She is a traveller, a food lover and an individual with a zest for life and all that it has to offer.

 

She believes that like herself, all learners and teachers are unique human beings with a wide variety of life experiences and interests – all of whom deserve a safe and challenging environment to grow, learn and prosper.

 

With a BA, BEd and a Masters in Educational Leadership as well as many years of teaching experience in China, Singapore and Canada. She returns to Singapore again, joining the Year 2 team at Nexus.

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Katharina grew up in an international environment with an American mother and German father and had the privilege of attending an international school from an early age.

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Katharina grew up in an international environment with an American mother and German father and had the privilege of attending an international school from an early age. She spent the past seven years teaching different grade levels at international schools in The Netherlands and Germany where she developed a love for the Primary Years Programme and inquiry-based learning. Katharina is a caring and passionate educator who firmly believes in the power of building positive relationships within the learning space to allow learners to be open to taking risks and to make meaningful connections.

 

Outside of school, she enjoys learning new languages, playing volleyball, checking out new restaurants and travelling to different countries with her husband.

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Clare has been teaching since 2006 and graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Warwick in 2023.

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Clare has been teaching since 2006 and graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Warwick in 2023. She was previously an IB PYP Coordinator and teachers’ mentor. Her love for teaching started when she had her first daughter. She enjoys seeing the progress and growth of the children she teaches across the time they spent with her. Clare is passionate about learner agency and empowering her learners to be self-adjusters in their learning. She believes that learners are capable of designing their learning goals. With support, they are able to develop skills and strategies to further refine their learning. She looks forward to creating authentic engagements and working closely with the learners and their families at Nexus. Outside of school, Clare enjoys spending time with her family and dog, travelling, reading and exercising.

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

Ryan began as a Year 3 and 4 Classroom Assistant with Nexus when he first arrived in Singapore in 2017.

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Ryan began as a Year 3 and 4 Classroom Assistant with Nexus when he first arrived in Singapore in 2017. Since 2019 he has been co-teaching in Year 3 and 5 while completing his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Warwick University. Ryan graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. He believes emphatically in promoting physical health and wellbeing as part of helping develop successful learners. He has been active in coaching Nexus football teams in the early and middle Primary Years. Originally from the mountain state of Colorado, Ryan spent 10 years living in New Zealand where he met his wife Sonya, also a teacher at Nexus. Being a lifelong learner, Ryan enjoys experiencing life through travel and reading, and seeking out adventures with his lovely wife and 2 energetic boys.

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

James Atkins has achieved an impressive number of degrees from universities around the world, from doing Masters in Business Administration and Guidance and Counselling, to attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

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James Atkins has achieved an impressive number of degrees from universities around the world, from doing Masters in Business Administration and Guidance and Counselling, to attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He is originally from Canada and has been working overseas for the last thirteen years. This year marks his fifth year at Nexus and eleventh year in Singapore. James is a fitness and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, who also enjoys wall climbing during his free time.

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

After teaching in New Zealand for 5 years, Aaron moved to Singapore along with his business-savvy wife and two daughters and settled at the old Ulu Pandan Campus.

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After teaching in New Zealand for 5 years, Aaron moved to Singapore along with his business-savvy wife and two daughters and settled at the old Ulu Pandan Campus. As the Head of Digital Learning at his previous school, Aaron emerged as a leader in coding and robotics. His team even competed in the First Lego League in California. Aaron’s deep-rooted passion for digital technology stems from his strong desire to provide engaging and enriching learning experiences.

 

Now serving as a Year Leader, Aaron dedicates his efforts to fostering a nurturing and emotionally safe learning environment for everyone under his guidance. As a lifelong learner himself, he enjoys learning new languages, including German, Mandarin, and Maori. Beyond academics, Aaron is also an avid sports enthusiast. Go, New Zealand Warriors!

Year 3 Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Year 3)

With a diverse teaching experience that spans more than 6 years across various schools in India and Singapore, Bharti is thrilled to share her knowledge and learnings with learners at Nexus.

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With a diverse teaching experience that spans more than 6 years across various schools in India and Singapore, Bharti is thrilled to share her knowledge and learnings with learners at Nexus. She attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from India and a Cambridge International Certfiicate in Teacher and Learning from Singapore. Her teaching approach is rooted in the belief that every child brings a unique form of genius; as an educator, she strives to discover and empower that genius. She endeavours to engage young minds in autehntic learning experiences that challenge their thinking, heightens their curiosities, and enables them to explore concepts and solve problems in their own creative ways. Bharti strives to help her students develop a positive mindset and foster their ability to become lifelong learners and incredible human beings who will make a long-lasting impact on the world.

 

Outside the classroom, she is a proud mother who enjoys yoga, cycling, and short treks with her husband. The joy of teaching has had an indelible effect on her personal and professional life. She is grateful each day to have the opportunity to teach with an open mind and share her enthusiasm and passion with this amazing community of learners, teachers and families.

Year 3 Classroom Teacher
Susan Kelly Year 4 Teacher

Susan Kelly trained at Westminster College, Oxford and enjoyed teaching in schools in London for several years before moving overseas.

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Susan Kelly Year 4 Teacher

Susan Kelly trained at Westminster College, Oxford and enjoyed teaching in schools in London for several years before moving overseas. She has worked in various types of school – single gender schools, boarding schools, schools within a national system as well as several international schools in Kenya, Portugal, Vietnam, China as well as two other schools in Singapore. Each school offered a wealth of learning experiences and a wonderful opportunity to broaden her knowledge of how children learn best in different situations. Besides facilitating learning, swimming is her passion. Susan has worked at Nexus for six years and is looking forward to the academic year ahead.

Year 4 Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Year 4)

Sam is a proud ‘third culture kid’ having been born in Hong Kong, completing high school in Malaysia and pursuing his tertiary education in Australia.

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Sam is a proud ‘third culture kid’ having been born in Hong Kong, completing high school in Malaysia and pursuing his tertiary education in Australia. He’s grateful for all the experiences and connections he has made as he spent time in different parts of the world. In many ways, it has catalysed his love for collaboratively building communities that foster a sense of belonging for all those involved. This has been at the heart of his journey as an educator, having completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a PGCEi with the University of Warwick. He is keen to play his part in cultivating a culture of belonging, support and care in and outside his classroom to ultimately empower learners to thrive just as they are and into who they will become.

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Suzie has been a member of the Nexus family since 2019, starting out as a Classroom Assistant in Kindergarten.

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Suzie has been a member of the Nexus family since 2019, starting out as a Classroom Assistant in Kindergarten. She recently completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Warwick University while co-teaching in Year 1 and Year 2. Suzie graduated from Imperial College with a Masters in Geology and then pursued a career as a Chartered Accountant in the UK before moving to Singapore with her family in 2019. Suzie is passionate about creating an inclusive environment and kindness is central to everything that she does. Suzie is enthusiastic about staying active and has been a coach of the primary cross country and athletics teams. Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Suzie enjoys competing in triathlons and exploring the world with her husband and children.

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Although originally from the UK, Rachel Malster spent her childhood in Brunei and has been living and working in North Africa, Asia and Europe, particularly Spain, for more than twenty years.

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Although originally from the UK, Rachel Malster spent her childhood in Brunei and has been living and working in North Africa, Asia and Europe, particularly Spain, for more than twenty years. After a brief career in the hospitality industry, she gained a degree in Geography with Early Years and Primary education and has had a number of teaching, mentoring and coordinator roles since. Rachel believes that learning should be inclusive and child-centred, and strives to ensure all learners develop a love of learning. She is a keen swimmer and can often be seen at the poolside teaching young learners to swim as part of the CCA programme. Rachel tries to have a good work-life balance and outside school, she enjoys a range of winter and summer sports with her family, learning Spanish and trying to play the drums.

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Morgan is a dynamic educator from Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education and a Master’s degree in Child Development and Education from the University of Toronto, specializing in inquiry-based learning and differentiated instruction in Maths.

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Morgan is a dynamic educator from Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education and a Master’s degree in Child Development and Education from the University of Toronto, specializing in inquiry-based learning and differentiated instruction in Maths. With a vibrant teaching style, she strives to nurture an inclusive and inspiring classroom atmosphere where learners feel valued and motivated. Morgan has a passion for travel and diverse cultures and previously worked at international schools in both Vietnam and Thailand. Beyond teaching, she enjoys being active, playing different sports and coaching young learners to foster a love for sports and a healthy lifestyle.

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Gerry Thomson is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and has lived in Singapore for two years before joining Nexus in 2019.

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Gerry Thomson is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and has lived in Singapore for two years before joining Nexus in 2019. He previously taught HPE at an IB World School to students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 for 8 years back in Canada. He has also been actively involved in coaching many sports at his previous schools, including football, rugby, and basketball. He loves staying active and spending time with his wife and two children.

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Sonya Thompson joined our Nexus community in 2016.

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Sonya Thompson joined our Nexus community in 2016. Her teaching experience includes her home country of New Zealand, as well as England and Switzerland. Sonya has taught a wide range of Year groups, including eighteen years in the Middle School. She is passionate about providing opportunities for learners to develop and apply a growth mindset. She supports every learner to think deeply, challenge themselves and to be empowered to achieve their personal goals. At Nexus, Sonya takes an active part in our CCA programme as a Netball and Athletics coach, and is also a member of ANZA Cycling. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young boys exploring the green spaces of Singapore and seeking adventures.

Year 5 Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Year 5)

Rick is from Nova Scotia, Canada where he obtained a degree in Recreation Management.

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Rick is from Nova Scotia, Canada where he obtained a degree in Recreation Management. He had taught in Singapore for nine years before teaching at schools in Denmark and Vietnam. He is excited to be returning to Singapore and beginning a new teaching journey at Nexus. Before Rick began his international teaching career, he taught in Ottawa, Canada where he obtained his degree in Education with a background in Special Education. He has taught HPE and primary homeroom for most of his career. He has also been actively involved with coaching, student council and social-emotional learning at his previous schools. Rick moved to Singapore with his wife Huyen, who is also a teacher. Together, they love being active and travelling as much as possible.

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

Originally from the beautiful east coast of Canada, Angela has spent most of her teaching career abroad, having worked in Europe, Qatar, and most recently in Dubai for five years.

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Originally from the beautiful east coast of Canada, Angela has spent most of her teaching career abroad, having worked in Europe, Qatar, and most recently in Dubai for five years. Angela has developed a love of inquiry-based learning and believes in the importance of cultivating strong relationships with learners, while finding exciting ways to continually spark their curiosity and creativity. She enjoys helping her learners to become confident, reflective and global citizens who love to discover new things and develop their critical thinking skills.

 

Outside of school, Angela is an avid reader who loves animals, travel, music, badminton and kayaking.

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

Originally from Northumberland in the UK, David has worked in education for the last twenty years.

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Originally from Northumberland in the UK, David has worked in education for the last twenty years. Teaching and learning has taken him to Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong where he lived for thirteen years. In his previous school, David taught a range of year groups across the primary school including year six. He was also computing coordinator and is passionate about using technology in order to enhance the student voice and to facilitate student agency.

 

David has recently moved to Singapore with his wife and two children, both of whom will attend Nexus. In his free time he enjoys exercising, hiking and watching sports.

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

Originally from New Zealand, Peter Derrick used to teach in the local and international schools in New Zealand and Shanghai (China) respectively before his current position in Nexus.

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Originally from New Zealand, Peter Derrick used to teach in the local and international schools in New Zealand and Shanghai (China) respectively before his current position in Nexus. In the classroom, Peter is dedicated to his learners, striving to lift the level of achievement for every individual. He promotes a holistic approach to learner development, taking into consideration the emotional, social and academic needs of each learner. His goal is to help empower learners to be the best they can. Peter has coaching experience in several sports and has been active with both cross-country and golf at Nexus. He enjoys exploring Singapore with his wife and two lovely daughters and occasionally venturing to Malaysia or Indonesia to play golf.

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

Passionate about the world of education, Serene has over 13 years of experience teaching a wide range of year groups in various school systems.

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Passionate about the world of education, Serene has over 13 years of experience teaching a wide range of year groups in various school systems. Having taught in international schools in Singapore, Italy and Thailand, they have shaped Serene’s perspectives on international-mindedness. She values the importance of being equipped with the essential skills to be a global and independent learner. Hence, in her classroom, young minds engage in authentic learning experiences through exploring concepts and solving problems in their own creative ways. As a curious learner of the world, Serene broadens her horizons by travelling, embracing and learning about different cultures and ways of life.

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

With ten years of teaching experience (seven of which have been international), Jessica has been exposed to a variety of teaching approaches, including a Reggio Emilia school where she developed an appreciation for self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven settings.

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With ten years of teaching experience (seven of which have been international), Jessica has been exposed to a variety of teaching approaches, including a Reggio Emilia school where she developed an appreciation for self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven settings. She aims to create an environment where her learners can grow and embrace continuous learning. Jessica’s specialty is drama; she has designed and implemented drama programs and directed school productions alongside using drama as a teaching tool. Her goal is to use her creative skills to build self-esteem and well-being by enhancing interpersonal understanding through creative experiences that reinforce learning. It is her aim to provide memorable experiences that integrate skills for communication and problem-solving so that her learners leave her classroom with lifelong transferrable skills for success.

Year 6 Classroom Teacher & Language Arts Co-ordinator

Born and raised in Canada, Heather lived in Barbados for five years before moving to Singapore in 2022.

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Born and raised in Canada, Heather lived in Barbados for five years before moving to Singapore in 2022. She has taught in Beijing and Hong Kong for ten years altogether, in addition to two years of teaching in Vancouver. She is an experienced PYP and MYP teacher who is passionate about creating a physical and digital environment where student agency thrives. Heather is enthusiastic about teaching Year 6 at Nexus. She loves to get involved in dragon boating, rugby, running and outdoor pursuits.

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

With fourteen years of teaching experience and counting, Geraldine has taught both the Singapore and International curriculum, specialising in English and Mathematics.

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With fourteen years of teaching experience and counting, Geraldine has taught both the Singapore and International curriculum, specialising in English and Mathematics.

 

Her philosophy in education is “A happy child learns best.” Creating a safe and conducive environment is key to allowing children to be inspired, collaborate and grow. She wants her students to enjoy the learning process and be reflective learners. As a mother of two, she appreciates the quality time spent with her family, bonding over activities and travelling. One of her hobbies is crafting polymer clay accessories, and on her healthier days, she likes to go for a run or attend a session of yoga.

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

Pippa is a Primary teacher from Canada.

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Pippa is a Primary teacher from Canada. Before joining to Nexus, she worked in an IB World School in Vancouver, where she developed a passion for inquiry based teaching. She has extensive experience developing and teaching lessons in the Primary Years Programme and strives to create an environment where students engage in authentic inquiry and are supported and challenged to become independent and self-aware learners. In her 15 years as an educator, Pippa has taught across Canada and South Korea before moving to Singapore in 2017 with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoor activities, traveling and exploring the foods and sights of Singapore with her family.

Year 6 Classroom Teacher & Numeracy Coordinator

Originally from Singapore, Michelle started her education journey as a third-culture kid, having experienced the American, British, Singaporean and Australian curriculum during her formative years.

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Originally from Singapore, Michelle started her education journey as a third-culture kid, having experienced the American, British, Singaporean and Australian curriculum during her formative years. Michelle finally settled back in Singapore after further studies in Australia and has taught in multiple international schools across the Early Years and Primary. Outside of school, Michelle’s time is focused on her two daughters and their broad range of extra-curricular activities. This has exposed to her to different environments and given her the skill to adapt dynamically to arising situations. When she has time to herself, she loves reading and catching up with friends and family; both locally and overseas.

Classroom Teacher & Timetable Coordinator

A keen sportsman in basketball and swimming when he was younger, coaching others served as a springboard for Allan’s career into education.

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A keen sportsman in basketball and swimming when he was younger, coaching others served as a springboard for Allan’s career into education. Sixteen years later, Allan has worked in a diverse range of subjects and schools, in Australia, England, Thailand and Singapore. With a passion to make curriculum links to physical and outdoor education, supporting learners to push themselves outside of their comfort zone to succeed is what keeps him going as a teacher. He is also an advocate for creating confident and independent learners, which is why the Year 6 Exhibition is always a highlight of his teaching year. At home Allan has two young boys to keep him occupied and is still looking for the secret in balancing his passion for fitness with his wife’s amazing cooking.

Year 6 Classroom Teacher & Year Leader (Year 6)

Greg Walasek is a creative and inspiring Visual Art educator with over 14 years of international teaching experience across various countries, including South Korea, Singapore and Brazil.

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Greg Walasek is a creative and inspiring Visual Art educator with over 14 years of international teaching experience across various countries, including South Korea, Singapore and Brazil. He brings the belief that creating an open Visual Art classroom climate will support continuous artistic, intellectual and emotional growth in each of his students and he places a special emphasis on fostering meaningful relationships with them. He has an artistic interest in 3-Dimensional art, including ceramics amongst others. He loves the freedom that building and working with sculptural materials brings. He strives to instill a joy and appreciation for creating art in his students and hopes that they have fun during the process. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, especially soccer and supports the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoys travelling, relaxing on the beach and spending time with his wife.

Art Specialist Teacher & Learning Area Leader (Secondary)

Heather is an energetic and enthusiastic art educator, originally from the US.

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Heather is an energetic and enthusiastic art educator, originally from the US. Previously, she has taught in Hong Kong, Israel and Albania. She is passionate about empowering students to find their own path to creative expression through the elements and principles of art and design and believes strongly in building a transdisciplinary curriculum that benefits students at all levels. She has taught Nursery through Year 13 in a variety of international art curricula for the last ten years, as well as working as a Vice Prinicpal in an International PYP program. Heather’s art heart is excited to share collective artistic adventures as she moves forward!

Art Specialist Teacher & Learning Area Leader (Primary)

Jewel is an enthusiastic, experienced teacher who teaches Early Years and Primary Arts learners.

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Jewel is an enthusiastic, experienced teacher who teaches Early Years and Primary Arts learners. She is from Canada and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Jewel has taught Primary and Early Years classes around the world, in Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Singapore. She is a passionate believer in learner agency and focuses her energy on supporting learners with inquiry and expressing themselves creatively. Jewel is in Singapore with her two children and little dog. She loves to make art, read, and exercise in her spare time.

Art Specialist Teacher

With more than 18 years of teaching experience, Weng Loke has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings such as an arts-focused IBDP school to international schools.

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With more than 18 years of teaching experience, Weng Loke has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings such as an arts-focused IBDP school to international schools. She is a firm believer in the transformative nature of education, particularly in the arts where learners can explore a variety of themes and cultures. She has spearheaded numerous projects that focus on strong technical grounding as well as robust research. She is passionate about connecting with learners of different backgrounds and abilities so she can make art accessible to all. Apart from spending time with her family and feathered friends, she enjoys walks and gardening in her free time.

Art Specialist Teacher

Joanna teaches across both Primary and Secondary in her role as a specialist Visual Arts teacher. She also has a keen interest in the IBDP years through her role as the CAS Coordinator and as a teacher of TOK.

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Joanna teaches across both Primary and Secondary in her role as a specialist Visual Arts teacher. She also has a keen interest in the IBDP years through her role as the CAS Coordinator and as a teacher of TOK. Joanna’s 15 years of teaching experience includes working in the UK and Nepal before joining Nexus 6 years ago. Her approach in the classroom encompasses her belief of developing each child as an individual whilst fostering an appetite for learning. Her own passion for exploring and making the most of all opportunities that are offered, is evident in her enthusiasm for the Year 12 and 13 CAS program. She is driven to support, encourage and motivate all learners giving them opportunities to make their learning journey a memorable one. Joanna loves to travel, experience new cuisines and explore the outdoors with her husband and three children.

 

Visual Arts Teacher & CAS Co-ordinator

Jessica has been teaching Bilingual and Multilingual Learners for over a decade.

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Jessica has been teaching Bilingual and Multilingual Learners for over a decade. Bilingualism and Multilingualism are highly sought after skills, and Jessica feels privileged to be a part of helping learners achieve this valuable aim. She is inspired by the learners that she works with who demonstrate their commitment, open-mindedness and willingness to take risks. Jessica is guided by the philosophy that all learners are valuable members of the classroom and strongly believes that a sense of belonging is an essential precursor to learning. Inclusion is her passion. Building trusting relationships with and between the learners is a priority in her learning environments.

 

Jessica has a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in TESOL, a CELTA (with young learners extension) and K-6 and ESL teaching certifications. She values professional development and is always excited about the next learning opportunity. Beyond education, Jessica loves playing with her two young children, exploring unfamiliar places, and testing out new recipes.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher & Learning Area Leader (Primary)

Marianne has taught in Singapore for seven years before joining Nexus, and collectively has over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in Singapore, Thailand and the UK.

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Marianne has taught in Singapore for seven years before joining Nexus, and collectively has over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in Singapore, Thailand and the UK. She is a BML and English specialist and recently trained in SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordination). She is experienced in both the IB and British curriculum and has worked in a variety of leadership roles including Head of Department and Provision Coordinator. She has a thorough understanding of the needs of the BML learner and is committed to ensuring learners’ development as unique individuals and globally minded citizens. She is passionate about inclusive education and the celebration of diversity. She also firmly believes in a growth mindset approach. Marianne is a qualified divemaster and yoga instructor. She also enjoys playing tennis.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher & Learning Area Leader (Secondary)

Charlie Proctor has 15 years experience as an EAL and Primary school teacher.

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Charlie Proctor has 15 years experience as an EAL and Primary school teacher. Prior to joining Nexus, he worked as a whole-school Director of English Language in China before opening his own unique language school that specialised in teaching English to young learners through nature, projects and stories. Charlie loves to learn and innovate. He also holds a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Nottingham University. He is presently in his third year of his Doctorate of Education (EdD) at Exeter, where he endeavours to pioneer how we can better utilise the power of story to teach language. In a few years’ time, he hopes to not only become an expert in this field, but to achieve his life-long goal of becoming Doctor Proctor.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher

Aysha comes from a mixed English and Turkish background and recently moved from Turkey to join Nexus after working for an IB school for 14 years.

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Aysha comes from a mixed English and Turkish background and recently moved from Turkey to join Nexus after working for an IB school for 14 years. She enjoys working with a range of age groups across Primary and Secondary. For the past 5 years she has focused her training as an IB-MYP Language Acquisition teacher. Aysha sees herself as a lifelong learner who is passionate about cultivating effective and productive relationships with her learners, individualizing their education methods based upon each student’s individual traits and needs. She encourages her learners to reflect upon their personal learning requirements. This aids in creating a more effective educational environment at a steady pace adapted to the needs of each student. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, amateur astronomy, philosophical discussions, international cuisine and gardening.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher

Having grown up as a Third Culture Kid herself, this experience provided Deborah a keen interest in working with bilingual learners, as she understands the challenges and joys of living and studying in various countries.

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Having grown up as a Third Culture Kid herself, this experience provided Deborah a keen interest in working with bilingual learners, as she understands the challenges and joys of living and studying in various countries. Having taught English for almost a decade, she now teaches Additional English and Intensive English to bilingual and multilingual learners across primary and secondary school. Deborah’s background in counselling helps her to also see learners in a holistic way, and she aims to support them not just academically, but emotionally as well. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring family-friendly places in Singapore with her three young children. She hopes to learn urban sketching one day and put her new skill to good use while exploring more of this beautiful red dot.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist & Guardian Coordinator

Jonathan has been teaching English for the past 12 years.

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Jonathan has been teaching English for the past 12 years. He moved to Singapore from Cambridge, UK with his wife and young daughter. He previously worked in Cambridge as a specialist English teacher. Prior to that, he spent 5 years as an EAL teacher at an international school in Beijing. He enjoys guiding his students, equipping them with skills to become independent confident learners. Outside of teaching, Jonathan is a professional dancer, having competed, taught and travelled around the world. He is also passionate about mountain sports, especially skiing, general fitness and diet.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher

Steve hails from Johannesburg, South Africa where he was fortunate to grow up in the multicultural and diverse sport mad Rainbow Nation.

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Steve hails from Johannesburg, South Africa where he was fortunate to grow up in the multicultural and diverse sport mad Rainbow Nation. He started his teaching career in 2002 and has gone on to teach young learners, teens and adults specialising in Bilingual and Multilingual Languages, Teacher Training (CELTA) and IELTS in Johannesburg and Bangkok. While working as a Senior Teacher at IH Johannesburg, he was promoted to Cambridge Exams Manager and went on to establish the first online Cambridge exams center in South Africa. He believes that it is vital to have an educational philosophy that caters towards individual learning needs that will benefit learners in later life. Additionally, that learners should be challenged in meaningful and proactive ways making suitable connections that will guide their learning in a creative way, making it enjoyable through a nurturing environment. Outside of work, Steve enjoys exercising and playing sport as well as traveling and spending time with his wife and two boys. In his teens, he played football in South Africa and once had aspiring dreams of one day playing for Liverpool FC.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher

Liting is a passionate and professional teacher from Taiwan and the USA.

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Liting is a passionate and professional teacher from Taiwan and the USA. She has a Master’s degree in Education and can also speak 4 languages fluently. She is also in the process of learning three additional languages. Liting has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Taiwan, Canada, the USA and Singapore. Before moving to Singapore, she worked in Washington, D.C., USA. Liting became an IBDP-certified language teacher there and also worked on different teaching/learning projects with the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Museums. She also co-designed curricula with the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors. Living and working in various countries has provided Liting with opportunities to collaborate with people from all parts of the world and learn about their diverse cultures. It has also allowed her to acquire new professional skills and further develop her talents, knowledge, and interests. Liting is thrilled and grateful to continue her teaching journey as a member of the Nexus family.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher

Sarah has been teaching bilingual and multilingual learners for almost two decades in the USA, Mexico, and China.

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Sarah has been teaching bilingual and multilingual learners for almost two decades in the USA, Mexico, and China. Growing up as a bilingual and multilingual learner herself, she follows her passion of helping learners and enriching their learning experiences. Sarah aspires to create learner-centred environments that values the needs of every learner. She strongly believes in building trusting relationships with her learners and families.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist

Originally from the United States, Tom has been a teacher for more than 10 years with experience teaching in the US, South Korea, and China before arriving in Singapore.

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Originally from the United States, Tom has been a teacher for more than 10 years with experience teaching in the US, South Korea, and China before arriving in Singapore. He holds a teaching license from the US in addition to a BA in Anthropology, an MA in Applied Linguistics and other TESOL qualifications. In his teaching experience, Tom has developed a strong belief in the power of learning languages to open doors and lead learners toward greater opportunities in school and beyond. He is passionate about creating an English language learning classroom that empowers learners to develop constructive relationships and explore interests and content across the curriculum. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time outside enjoying nature and sampling as many new kinds of cuisine he can find.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist

Will Porter has been teaching English language learners of many ages in various countries for the last 15 years.

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Will Porter has been teaching English language learners of many ages in various countries for the last 15 years. His experiences in Hungary, Kenya and the Czech Republic have prepared him to bring passion and experience to learners in the Nexus community. With a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Sunderland, UK, Will’s experience includes business, NGO work, and classroom education. He strives to educate the whole child while having fun and meeting learners where they are at in order to help them grow and thrive. Originally from the United States, Will enjoys cycling, pickleball and traveling in his free time.

Bilingual and Multilingual Learning Specialist Teacher

Shoaib is an experienced educator with a strong track-record of success in a mix of traditional and ultra-modern, independent schools in London.

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