My name is Michelle Gray and I am originally from the UK. I have been working at Blue House since January 2013, initially as a Co-Teacher and since September 2013 as Assistant Director.
My career has progressed over a period of 26 years, employed in the private, voluntary and maintained sectors of the childcare industry. I specialise in supporting children with specific needs, implementing inclusive practice wherever possible. The remainder 18 years was spent managing and finally owning my own private day nursery in Derbyshire, England until 2010, prior to moving overseas.
The last 3 years of my career have been spent in Moscow, as a teacher supporting children in Year 1 and Year 2 (6-7yrs), and in Africa as a project manager setting up new provision to support the local community, of which the majority of children had specific needs. Nurturing and educating children globally has broadened my knowledge and experiences even further, understanding cultural diversity, beliefs and values have been an integral aspect of my journey overseas.
I am passionate about children's development and celebrate the milestones of their individual learning journeys. Providing children with concrete opportunities to become natural explorers with inquisitive minds is a pleasing challenge.
I am an optimistic, approachable person, who embraces change well. I have a sense of humour and am very creative in my interests, enjoying music,art and crafts. I love to cook, but face hefty competition in the kitchen at home as my husband, Jamie, excels in this department.
I anticipate you will reap the benefits, as a family, here at Blue House Nursery and International School and look ahead to opening our doors to new children and their families each year.
I have been working at Blue House since September 2009 and that has led me to fulfil my passion for the Reggio Emilia Approach. I am from the Philipines and I obtained my Master in Arts in Early Childhood Education at De La Salle University-Manila. I am thoroughly enriched by my collaborations with the children, families and my colleagues in projects, environments and documentation.
I am very interested in pedagogical documentation, 'listening' to children and making meaning from the children's learning experiences. I marvel at children's discoveries and natural inclination to pursue learning.
The opportunity to participate in the study tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy in April 2012 allowed me to reflect deeper on our practices at the Blue House and to further appreciate the principles of working with children that exist in our school.
My name is Irene and I come from the Philippines. I have been teaching at Blue House since September 2013.
I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2002. After completing my degree in Psychology, I was given the opportunity to join a Montessori school where I first learned where my life was going to take me: working with children. I was then working as a Teacher Trainee while completing a Certificate in Teaching Program.
In 2004, a chance to travel and work with children at the same time came my way when I joined an Australia-based cruise ship and worked as a Youth Counsellor. I got to see the world and be with children of different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds as the ship travelled to many parts of Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands.
After this incredible opportunity I decided to shift all my focus on education and in 2008, pursued a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Life led my husband and I to Singapore in 2009, where I had the chance to experience other educational approaches such as play-based and inquiry-based approaches from learning centres and international schools.
Upon completing my Master’s degree, I was excited to continuing exploring the world with children through the Reggio Emilio approach as I joined the Blue House International family.
Hi I’m Kathy and I have been working at Blue House since March 2012. I am originally from the Philippines and I graduated from the Far Eastern University with a degree of Bachelor of Science major in Psychology. Whilst studying, I also took up some extra units in Education to complete my teaching license. Working with Pre-school children has given me the drive to further my studies and in June 2013 I began my Masters in Early Childhood development.
I’m a fun loving person and enjoy spending time at the beach and exploring new places. I am very much an ‘outdoor’ person. I adore children and enjoy being with them. I am also a mother of two children.
I’m filled with excitement in tackling this new chapter in my life at the Blue House. I know I can gain and learn a lot in the Reggio Emilia approach as well as impart the experiences and skills I have acquired. I am very blessed and proud to be part of the Blue House International family.
Hi everyone, my name is Catherine and I am proud to have joined the Blue House team in March 2012.
I have worked in early year’s education for approximately 10 years, where I have experienced being with ages from birth up to school age in a variety of settings. I began my training with a BA (Hons) in ‘Early Childhood Studies and Drama’. This led to professional training wherein I achieved a postgraduate certificate in ‘Early Years Professional (EYP) Status’. I have also achieved a number of certificates in areas such as health promotion and supporting special educational needs. As an EYP I have practiced leadership and supervision, where I have supported nurseries in on-going improvement.
I see myself as a passionate and creative early year’s practitioner, who thrives on interaction with children and their families. My core belief in child care is that children’s natural curiosity and wonder should be fostered through play and discovery, where the adult is a partner in learning. I am particularly passionate about children’s learning through the expressive arts and the natural world. In my spare time I enjoy painting, reading, travel, theatre, film, and good food. I am a fervent animal lover, which I enjoy incorporating into my practice by developing children’s knowledge of eco-issues.
It is such beliefs and interests that have led me to connect with the creative and collaborative nature of the Reggio Emilia approach.
Hi my name is Huda and I have been working at Blue House since January 2013. My life journey took me from my homeland of Singapore to the UK for seven years which not only broadened my horizons but I gained working experience in nursing and a degree in Early Childhood Education.
My experience so far of working with the Reggio Emilia approach has been truly amazing, challenging and unique. I am enriched by my collaborations with the children, parents, and colleagues in projects, environments and documentations. I enjoy observing how children marvel, investigate and discover in a wonderful environment.
As an educator I believe that validating the children's work and supporting them to go deeper into their perception of the world is an important part of the process.
I am a passionate, creative, determined and a fun-loving person. Particularly, I am passionate about the children's learning through the expressive creative arts and I am perceived to promote children's creativity which enables them to flourish. I also enjoy socialising with friends, sports, travelling, cook, watch films, listening to music, dancing and yoga. I feel privileged and love working in Blue House International and I am looking forward to developing my knowledge further in this school.
I have been a part of the Blue House team since March 2012. I studied for a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Being originally from Japan, my educational journey in Australia's diverse society has shaped my career direction to fully utilise my multicultural knowledge and experience to its fullest in developing enjoyable and meaningful learning environments for children.
I believe that my role as an educator is to support and facilitate children learning and development for them to become competent and confident lifelong learners who can contribute back to society. When I was studying, I was fascinated by the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching and wanted to experience implementing it myself. Thus, I am privileged to be able to continue developing my knowledge about this approach and improving myself as a reflective educator with the Blue House families. Singapore is a great place to be exposed to different cultures. I look forward to meeting everyone, sharing my culture and learning about yours too.
Hello there, my name is Jochelle from Singapore and I have been working at Blue House since June 2013. I am currently studying for my Diploma in Child Psychology now and plan to take my Bachelors degree in a few years.
My passion with children started when I was working in a Japanese Preschool. Interacting with the little ones has always been very interesting to me and I am always impressed by their questions and answers, for example, when a child asked if blue cheese comes from a blue cow! All of that has inspired me to be a better person and to gain more knowledge.
I am honoured and appreciative to be chosen to work in Blue House International while being exposed to Reggio Emilia and working with teachers and children from different parts of the world.
Hello, my name is Lisa and I have been a part of the Blue House team since September 2012, initially as a co-teacher but in September 2013 I welcomed the additional role as Big Blue House Co-ordinator.
I am from the North East of England and have been working in the education sector for 10 years. I studied for a BA in English and Philosophy, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Education which specialised in Early Years Education. I have worked with children from age 3 through to 16 but my true passion lies in the early years. I spent 4 years in London, teaching in a large inner city school as an Early Years Foundation Stage Leader. I was fortunate to work with children and adults of many nationalities. I then returned to the North East of England in 2011 and managed an Early Years unit while teaching both Nursery and Reception children.
The development of young children fascinates me! The learning journey that they embark upon from birth is to be marvelled at and nurtured. As a facilitator of early education I believe that the journey children encounter should be based upon and led by their knowledge and natural curiosity. Children are shaped by their experiences, and for me this is imperative to their enjoyment and achievement. As an educator I aim to facilitate the best learning experiences for all children and at Blue House my philosophy is shared and valued.
I love living and working in Singapore and have began to visit different parts of Asia, enjoying different foods and meeting lots of new people. I enjoy sports, especially running, cycling and swimming. I would like to spend the coming year further exploring the many delights of Singapore and beyond.
My name is Sihui and I am from Singapore. I graduated with a Diploma in Early Childhood – Teaching in March 2012 and joined the Early Childhood field soon after. My Blue House journey started in January 2013.
I love young children and their intrinsic nature to be able to create something that is surprising! It is my pleasure to be able to join the Blue House International Team in delivering an exciting and emergent curriculum for the young ones. As an educator, I am especially interested in the Reggio Emilia approach in relation to the education of young children.
I look forward to expanding my learning horizons here at Blue House. Deepening my understanding of young children and the importance of Reggio Emilia approach in their lives are my two current goals as an educator. I look forward to sharing my journey with you!
Hello my name is Kim, I am Mum to two children ages ten and seven. I am originally from the UK but became an Australian in 1992. I have been working at Blue House since September 2011.
I have over twenty years experience working with children and those with special needs of all ages in different fields of my work including two years voluntary work in special needs kindergartens in Hong Kong and Singapore.
I hold a merit qualification in Dental Nursing and looking forward to studying more in 2013. I have now been working at Blue House International since 2011 and have grown to love the Reggio Emilia Approach. I enjoy watching the children experience, discover and learn in our wonderful environment.
In my spare time I love to run, cycle, swim and compete in charity races. I feel really happy and privileged to be part of The Blue House family.
Hi! I am Doli. My family and I migrated from Philippines to Singapore in 2008 and I have been working at Blue House since September 2012.
I brought with me a degree in education and a solid experience in varied teaching environments. I have been passionately marrying the art and science of teaching for 21 years.
My professional journey has included managing a day-care, helping two international schools champion the PYP and I have also worked as a clinician for children with dyslexia whilst I was taking graduate courses in Reading Education. It was in one of those graduate courses that I heard about Reggio Emilia Approach. I have found myself being so drawn to it that Reggio articles constantly appear in my list of professional readings-I embraced the Reggio approach as I do life – with passion and zest.
Off school, I devote time to my family and friends, fitness, writing, literature and volunteer work. I also love camp life and climbing but have not had much of a chance to do those lately. When I do, I hope to add photography in the balance. I look forward to meeting you all.
Hi I am Sheila and I have been working at Blue House since January 2013. I am from the Philippines and have been working in Singapore for four years. Having been born and raised by a preschool teacher, it seems that I am predisposed to working with children.
I finished my Bachelor of Science in Psychology major in Guidance and Counselling and am currently working on a post graduate dissertation in Master of Arts in Reading Education.
As an educator, I thirst for knowledge and experience in various approaches to learning which has led me to be in a number of schools with different approaches and teaching methodologies. In my ten years of working with children, I have realised that there is no such thing as 'one size fits all' in education. Every child is unique and special in their own ways. Everyone has different learning needs and a diverse way of acquiring knowledge which I feel that a Reggio Emilia inspired school is be able to address. In my class, I see to it that children are 'SMAP' - Smart and Active Participants of the learning process, and this is what I see every day in the children at Blue House.
Hi, my name is Gemma and I am from Norwich in the UK. I started my journey at Blue House in September 2013. I have an Honours degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of East Anglia. I also hold a post graduate certificate of education (PGCE) where I specialised in teaching the Early Years. For the past three years I have been teaching 3 -5 year olds in a Suffolk school.
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who believes that children should have a creative, sensory and play-based curriculum. I love observing the ways in which children play and discover things for themselves and seeing how they flourish throughout the academic year. It is wonderful to get to know a group of children so intimately that you understand their emotions and personalities. Teaching is such a rewarding and satisfying vocation; I am happy to be making a difference to children’s lives.
I am really excited to live in Singapore and immerse myself in a new culture. I love to travel and am looking forward to exploring Asia with my partner, Haroun. I also love cooking and trying new food, meeting new people, reading, going to the cinema and listening to music.
I feel extremely honoured to be part of the Blue House family and I look forward to meeting everyone in the community.
Hi there! My name is Aminah and I am from Singapore. I have been teaching at Blue House since September 2013. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working in the industry since 2004. My journey has involved five years of teaching and three years of supervisory experience. My experience in management has provided me with ample opportunities to work closely with teachers, especially in setting up a conducive and aesthetically-pleasing learning environments as well as developing programmes to support children’s independence and confidence..
My journey has now led me to a Reggio Emilia inspired school, an early childhood approach I am fascinated with- an approach I have always wanted to work with. I am thrilled to be working with the beautiful people in the beautiful environment at Blue House International.
On non-working days, I spend my time with my husband and our baby boy.
Hello everyone, my name is Hannah and I am from the UK. I have been teaching at Blue House since September 2013. After completing a BA Honours English Literature degree at the University of Exeter, I studied a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. For the past three years I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a Reception class teacher, exploring and discovering through exciting projects with children aged 4-5.
I am passionate about children’s literature and the teaching of early literacy skills. In my most recent post I was responsible for co-ordinating the teaching of reading and writing for children aged 4-7. I also have a particular interest in the teaching of early mathematics, and have been involved in a two year research project focused on problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in the Early Years.
I believe learning should be playful, practical and purposeful, and am delighted to have the opportunity to work within the Reggio Emilia approach. I strongly relate to Loris Malaguzzi’s understanding that “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible.” I enjoy working with the children, parents and staff within the Blue House community to achieve this.
Hello, my name is Isla and I come from Bath in the UK. I have been working at Blue House since September 2013. I have had varied careers in the past in finance, retail and property, but It was not until I volunteered in a local infant school that I found teaching to be my true passion. I completed a PGCE at Bath Spa University in Primary and Early Years Education numerous settings in the UK
I aspire to be the best teacher I can. My personal philosophy is that childhood should be full of exploration and communication; for children to develop mutually respectful relationships with each other and care for their environment. I believe the best learning comes through topics that inspire them so I work in collaboration with the children I teach when forming lesson plans.
I have been fortunate enough to have worked in America and Australia in the past and am now especially excited about joining the Blue House team in Singapore. I feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful school and I am eager to develop my knowledge of Reggio Emilia further. I look forward to meeting you all.
My name is Eli and I come from Singapore. I have been in the Early Childhood field since 2002 and have been working at Blue House since September 2013. I currently hold my DPT and DPL certificates in Early Childhood Education and I’m hoping to further my studies in the near future.
During my time in the industry, I have had experience working with children of different age groups ranging from toddlers to six year olds in the various settings. I firmly believe that children are competent learners. They amaze us with their bountiful capabilities and I agree with Loris Malaguzzi when he talked about the pleasure of learning, knowing and understanding, how it is an essential feeling. The pleasure of learning is strongly interwoven with the social relations, feeling and emotions that people have.
He talks about the importance of doing ‘nothing without joy’. "As partner to the child, the teacher is inside the learning situation" (Hewett, 2001).
I’m an outgoing person and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors. I enjoy capturing moments with my camera, travelling and discovering new places, cultures and languages, reading and scuba diving.
I wish to work within the Reggio Emilia approach to guide and facilitate and work together with the team, children and parents of Blue House International in the years to come.
Hello! My name is Ekta Taneja and I have been working at Blue House since May 2013. I gained a Bachelors and Masters in Human Development at University of Delhi, India. As an educator and advocator in the Early childhood profession for over 8years, I have come to understand the profound importance of quality early learning experiences and its effect on a young child’s development. I have been deeply influenced by the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and believe play is at the heart of all learning. Being an educator at Blue House is such an enriching journey, and great blessing.
I am committed to cultivating relationships based on respect, acknowledgment, the individual needs of the child and the classroom as a community. It is my hope to foster a sense of connectedness and belonging in the group, and to encourage self-awareness, autonomy, and confidence. In my view, children are capable learners, inquisitive thinkers, and fearless experimentalists.
Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, backpacking, travelling and decorating my apartment.
Hello, my name is Diana and I am from Singapore.
I joined Blue House International in May 2012 as an Admin Assistant & Discover Co-ordinator and in July 2013 I happily added marketing assistant and assistant office manager to my job scope. I am enjoying the new challenge and I am sure most of you will know me as the lady who handles all the enquiries for our numerous Discover Programmes at Blue House!
I have been working in the administrative line in both medical and educational sector for over 8 years and hold a Certificate in Office Skills.
I am a mother to my 3 overactive boys aged 8, 7 and 3 years. I enjoy reading and cooking but my passion is dancing, to which I hope to be doing again once I have more time on my hands.
Hi everyone! My name is Jehan and I joined the Blue House administrative team in August 2013. I was born and raised in beautiful Singapore. I graduated from the School of Business Studies in 2003 and majored in Tourism and Hospitality. I have since explored the administrative field in various industries ranging from retail, banking and investment, publishing to marine and offshore. I truly anticipate the opportunity given to me at Blue House International - I was enticed by the uniqueness of its approach to children’s education and care. I hope to learn from and as much as to contribute to the Blue House in this somewhat new learning journey for me to explore the education industry.
Work aside, I love running. It is the best form of escape for me and nothing beats the motivating rush I can get after a good run! I am a mother to a very chatty five-year old girl. I can pretty much say that my world revolves around her because she is constantly charged.