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Shona Sanosi

Shona Sanosi – Director of Research and Development

I am originally from the UK and hold the NNEB qualification and include over 20 years of experience of working with young children and their families in my working resume. In addition to being the director of Blue House International School I continue to assist families as an Early Year’s Advisor. I am married to Ben Sanosi and together we opened the school for our children, Ella and Alfie, our curious and creative twins who were born in 2006.

In 2007, I started to research more about the Reggio Emilia Approach and with this investigation came a renewed energy and I was inspired to set up the first Reggio Emilia Inspired School in Singapore with a fully emergent curriculum. As the school grows in size we are thankful that we can now offer the Blue House experience and quality to more families in Singapore.

Please click here for more info on Blue House Family Support and Early Year's Advice.

Ben Sanosi

Ben Sanosi – Blue House Co-Owner and Finance Administrator

I am originally from Singapore and when my wife, Shona Sanosi decided to open the school for our children in 2008, I thought I should take a short break from my publishing company to support her with my ‘local knowledge’. When the school was smaller in size I was responsible not only for administrative duties but for the maintenance of the building, all skills which I had to learn from the ground up and the children started to refer to me as ‘Mr Ben’. Now, with the new responsibility as landlord for plot 4 at the old Turf City, I am still very visible around the school, but I am more involved as a landlord and have employed someone else to fix the leaky taps!!

Michelle Hatfield

Michelle Hatfield – School Director

My name is Michelle Hatfield 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.

Ms Tammy

Tammy Fam – Assistant Director

Hi everyone! My name is Tammy Fam and I am originally from Malaysia. I have recently relocated to Singapore with my husband and my little boy. It is my honor to be part of the Blue House since September 2014.

Working in the Early Childhood Education field is my true passion. My journey in early years started in 2004. Having successfully developed and managed 3 preschools in Malaysia, I have always been looking for a new challenge in a true international environment in order to realize my objective: Creating an enthusiastic and conducive environment to make learning a happy and memorable journey for children.

I strongly believe that all children are capable individuals, they are risk-takers and problem-solvers. We need to step back and observe and most importantly, we need to trust their decision in how they choose to engage the world, explore, play, discover and learn at their own pace.

Nursery Staff

Ms Anna

Anna Ciezczyk – Co-Teacher

Hello, my name is Anna and I was born in Poland. I began my teaching career in 2004 while still completing my Bachelor Degree in Education, however I like to think that my five younger siblings gave me the real schooling in the area of early childhood. I am currently pursuing my Master Degree in Early Childhood Development. 

 I have been very fortunate to work with many International and Language Schools in Poland, Indonesia, Thailand, and now Singapore. I am thrilled to be part of the Reggio Emilia approach which agrees in a very natural way with young learners’ needs to express themselves, explore, as well as interact with the world and people in their lives.

As parents, you are the best advocate of your children's learning and I will be looking forward to working closely with each and every one of you. I am always here, ready to listen and assist you in any way. I am very excited about meeting the most important person in your life, your child.

Ms Yukako

Yukako Kawaguchi – Co-Teacher

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.

Ms Jazz

Jazz Mapola – Co-Teacher

Hello, my name is Jazz Mapola! I have been teaching for 11 years now – early young learners from different walks of life, different cultures, different languages. It is exciting to teach early young learners and equally wonderful to learn from all the diversity that the world presents. Truly, to be an international educator is an opportunity to have the ability to touch the future, simply because the possibilities are endless.

 I am a certified teacher in the state of Maryland and New Mexico U.S.A. and a licensed teacher in the Philippines. I recently taught at the British American Preschool in Milan, Italy where I taught the Toddler class. Prior to that I was residing in Maryland, U.S.A where I taught pre-kindergarten for 4 years at the 2nd largest school district in the state. Wherein I also held leadership positions and was nominated as Teacher of the Year 2012 for the entire county. Before I left for Maryland, I was a teacher at Discovery Camp Early Learning Center in the Philippines for 3 years, where I taught children of expatriates from different nations and taught in a prestigious Chinese school for 2 years beforehand. My mission vision is to T.E.A.C.H. – Train and Equip All Children for Humanity.

Simply put, the thing that makes me happy at the end of the day is that in one way or another I was able to facilitate wonder and a sense of awe in the eyes of child and perhaps, at the end of the year, instill a life long love of learning as well as a sense of adventure that the world is just waiting to be discovered and explored. 

Ms Ritika

Ritika – Teaching Assistant

Hello everyone, my name is Ritika. I am a MBA graduate and also I have Level 3 diploma in Child care from U.K

I started my career as an executive in multinational company. I worked there for 4 years. I am also married and blessed with a son then I realised how beautiful this relation is -Nurturing a child is the best job in this world. I have more than 2 years experience as a nursery/ pre school teaching assistant in India as well as in United Kingdom where I role-modelled high standards as a well rounded and successful educator. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy embracing the challenges presented by the uniqueness of children.

I love singing, dancing making art and craft and narrating stories for children. I am an optimist and easy going person. I feel honoured to be a part of blue house international school as I have the opportunity to nurture and educate children globally. In this way I can learn more and enhance my knowledge and experience. During my free time I usually watch children's educational channels with my four and half year old son. I love spending time with my husband and friends and like to visit different counties meeting people from diverse backgrounds.

I am excited to know more about Reggio Emilia approach. I am looking forward to exceling in my career professionally with the team of Blue House International School.

Pre-School and Kindergarten Staff

Ms Sarihah

Sarihah Said – Teaching Assistant

My name is Nur Sarihah and I am a Singaporean. I am currently pursuing my Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Teaching) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and I plan to pursue a degree after obtaining my diploma. In 2010 I was awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration specialising in Human Resource and I also have a Bachelor in Commerce.

I am honoured and thrilled to be a part of the Blue House Nursery and International family. I love the Reggio Emilia Approach because it allows children to construct their own learning which is driven by their interest to understand and know more. I believe that every child is unique and the approach mirrors my sentiment as it advocates that every child is special. By adopting the Reggio Emilio Approach, teaching will become a more exciting and interesting as I firmly believe in it. I am looking forward to working with the team, children and parents.

During my free time, I love to zumba, jog and trek.
Ms Doli

Dardanelleis Balisi Lizaso – Co-Teacher

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.

Ms Sheila

Sheila Pena – Co-Teacher

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.

Ms Nidhi

Nidhi Khurana – Co-Teacher

Hi, my name is Nidhi and I joined Blue House in September 2014.

I finished my Bachelors in Education in 2002 and have been teaching for 8 years in various schools in India and UK since then. I am really passionate about teaching. I believe that 'happy teachers make happy children'. I believe that instead of guiding children in their learning journey we should join them in the journey and make new discoveries together. We should give the children an opportunity to discover the world in their own special way at their own pace as every child sees things differently with their own magic camera..

I moved to Singapore from the UK in April 2014 with my husband and my 4 year old daughter. We are feeling settled here now and are enjoying all that Singapore has to offer. Great to be here and more so at the Blue House.

Ms Huda

Nurulhuda Mohamed Hanapiah – Co-Teacher

Hello everyone, I am Nurulhuda ( Huda) and I am from Singapore. I began my Blue House journey in September 2013.

I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from SEED INSTITUTE and since 2009 I have been working with young children in a variety of roles and international settings in Singapore.

I have always had a strong interest in the Reggio Emilia approach to education and I was delighted to join the Blue House to learn more and deepen my understanding of this area of education- the possibilities are endless. Aside from teaching, I also enjoy running, kickboxing and practicing yoga during my free time.
Ms Tamara

Tamara Yousry – Co-Teacher

I am a global citizen with Anglo-Egyptian ancestry. In the last 35 years, I have lived in Egypt, Kuwait, England, Scotland and Norway and have recently moved to Singapore from Cairo. I have a PGCE teaching certificate.

Prior to teaching, I have gained experience in the fields of communications, media and publishing, holistic health and development. I have a bachelor’s degree from The American University in Cairo in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Psychology, and obtained an MA from The University of Bedfordshire, UK, with a degree in Intercultural Communications. I have a huge passion for travel and meeting people from all walks of life. 
As a teacher, I have worked with children for eight years in both Cairo and Norway. For the last three I taught in the American division of a local school in Cairo with children aged from 5 to 6 and 8 to 9. Subjects taught ranged from language arts and numeracy to science, social studies and health.

With an ever-inquiring mindset, an attribute which has lured me into extensive travel, my teaching philosophy rotates around answering a question with a question. “What do you think?” Naturally, I believe children need to learn some basic worldly facts, but I also believe they have the answers within and can find those answers independently. I am also very intuitive, which compliments my response in nurturing.
I am a musician, guitar player, drummer and singer and love to incorporate music and facilitate my teaching practice. I have also performed live on stage, been part of a band, recorded a demo and a music video, which was aired on Mazzika, the Middle East’s equivalent to MTV. I also have a great love for yoga and try to maintain a regular practice. 

I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to join the Blue House team and I am very much looking forward to delving deeper into the Reggio Emilia approach in the next part of my teaching career whilst continuing to both teach and learn from the children as I help facilitate their learning process.

Ms Kris

Kris Lim – Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Kris and I am from Singapore. I have been working in the ealy childhood field since 2008. Currently holding a Diploma in Early Childhood from SEED Institute and have plans to further my studies in the future.

Working with children through the years, I always believe that children gain knowledge better when they are doing something they enjoy. And that brought my interest in the Reggio Emilia approach.

I am excitied to be given the opportunity to work with Blue House international. With my experience I look forward to working with the children and to continue to broaden my knowledge in Reggio Emilia approach.
Ms Stephanie

Stephanie Hilario – Co-Teacher

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I’m from the Philippines. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and a Master’s in Teaching in the Early Grades from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. I worked for seven years as a teacher for a Multiple Intelligences-inspired and play-based preschool in Manila before joining Blue House International this year.

In the past decade, I have worn and juggled the “hats” of being a graduate student, a researcher, and a preschool teacher. But among these roles, I still find teaching young children to be the most fulfilling. The sense of wonder and enthusiasm for discovery exhibited by the children, and the multi-faceted personalities they bring to school continue to fascinate and inspire me.

As a teacher, I believe in the importance of nurturing a passion for learning. The ability to learn—which encompasses both thinking and feeling—is what makes us humans. Early childhood is a period in life that especially manifests this capacity. It is a critical time of development that requires a careful balance of what the educational philosopher Pestalozzi referred to as the “heart”, the “head”, and the “hand”. Learning requires consideration of these three aspects, and I am excited to be part of a school program that echoes these principles.

Ms Ekta

Ekta Taneja – Co-Teacher & BBH Co-ordinator

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.

Specialist Teachers

Ms Nicola

Nicola Williams – Music Pedagogista and Nursery Co-ordinator

Hello! My name is Nicola, I grew up in the South of England. I moved to Singapore in October 2011 to further my teaching career, and over the last two years I have had some wonderful experiences and am thoroughly enjoying my life and journey here in Asia. I joined the Blue House team in September 2013.

Upon graduating in 2006 from Redroofs Theatre School, I was offered an Early Years position in South London teaching performing arts to young children.

During my three years working for Stagecoach Theatre Arts I also spent my time working with Agent Mary Nelson London Management. My time with them, led me to some very memorable acting experiences. The most memorable I would have to say was working for Warner Bro's. I spent six amazing months filming for Harry Potter & 'The Half Blood Prince' & 'The Deathly Hallows'.

Since arriving in Asia, I have continued my passion with the early years working for Centre Stage School of the Arts. Over the last two years I have been involved with many different courses, including Mother & Baby programmes, Drama, Dance & Music. Teaching in so many programmes across the board has allowed me to broaden my horizons and gain invaluable experience. Not just with the early years (to have which there is so much reward) but has also opened my eyes to how rewarding it is to work with the older children. This work led to my staging some very memorable musical theatre productions. Managing everything from set to choreography to direction.
Ms Kathy

Katherine Timbas – Assistant Manager of Infant & Toddler Atelier

Hi I’m Kathy and I have been working at Blue House since March 2012.

I started as an assistant teacher, was promoted to co-teacher-in-training and now am an assistant manager in infant and toddler atelier. The experience has helped me gain a more in-depth understanding of early childhood and Reggio Emilia philosophy. I am originally from the Philippines, a mother of two and I graduated from the Far Eastern University with a degree of Bachelor of Science major in Psychology. I also studied 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 am very blessed and proud to be part of the Blue House International family.

I’m a fun loving person and enjoy spending time at the beach and exploring new places. I am very much an ‘outdoor’ person.

Administrative Staff

Ms Diana

Diana Shahabuddin – Office Manager & Discover Co-ordinator

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! In April 2014, I was promoted to Office Manager of 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.

Service and Maintenance Staff

Maintenance Team

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