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Our Team

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 Gray

Michelle Gray – School Director


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.

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 Irene

Irene Odilao-Azul – Co-Teacher


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.

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 Kate

Kate Lyon – Teaching Assistant


My name is Kate I am originally from the UK, I have been working at Blue House since September 2014. I have an Advanced Diploma in Nursing and decided to adopt a career change on my move to Singapore.

As a Nurse with over 5 years of experience I was responsible for the care and wellbeing of patients and their families which also involved their children. I managed a team of nurses and was also a Mentor to Student Nurses. I was a ward co-ordinator which involved making sure the operational aspects were organised, safe and coordinated smoothly. All of these I feel are transferable skills and assets to have and share with the fantastic team at Blue House International.

I have had a lot of experience with children as I have 3 godchildren and I have been involved with them since birth and helped them to develop as they have grown. They are now curious, intelligent individuals and I am so proud to have been a part of that.

I feel very fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to work in Blue House International and to be exposed to Reggio Emilia and working with teachers and children from many countries.

Ms Ciara

Ciara McGuigan – Co-Teacher


Hi, my name is Ciara and I am originally from the UK. I started working at Blue House in September 2013. I lived in Yorkshire for many years where I chose to attend the university of Leeds and study for my degree in Childhood Education. During university vacations I volunteered in a primary school reception class and went on to work with young children and families in various settings. I believe children are able and active learners from birth and, in my experience, young children have a strong exploratory impulse.

As an educator I aim to nurture and develop this impulse as children seek to discover more about the world around them. I chose to work at Blue House as I wish to work in a Reggio Inspired

Due to my family background I have travelled extensively and lived in various countries including Hong-Kong, the Netherlands and the Falkland Islands. These experiences have inspired me to pursue my love of travel and this has led me to the Blue House here in Singapore. I am very excited about the opportunity to explore Singapore and the surrounding islands and countries.
Ms Isvarya

Isvarya Hari – Co-Teacher


Hi everyone! I have been a part of the Blue House team since September 2014. I have a BA Honours degree in Education from the University of Roehampton. I trained and worked in the lower Primary Years Programme(PYP) at an IB World School in Malaysia for 5 years before joining Blue House.

I believe children in the early years learn through experiencing the world around them. True learning at this stage takes place through the presence or creation of a learning environment that can successfully arouse student's curiosity and allow children to explore and construct new understanding and meaning to their prior experiences or knowledge.

As an early childhood educator and being a part of a team who will influence and develop amazing minds and create the foundation for future global citizens, I find it a great blessing and opportunity to be able to influence and help children develop the necessary skills and attitudes that would allow them to be independent, lifelong learners. Hence, this is my passion and I take pride in this noble and onerous profession.

Ms Pooja

Pooja Jha – Teaching Assistant


My name is Pooja and I am originally from Mumbai India, where I completed my bachelors in Commerce from the Mumbai University and then a Diploma in Montessori Education.

I became a teacher for a very simple reason - ' I wanted to make a difference'. While there are many fields in which I could accomplish this goal, I feel that education is the one which can have the greatest impact. I have worked with children from ages 2- 6 for many years and have learnt a great amount from each experience. The experiences were both exciting and educational. We relocated from USA to Singapore last year and I was keen to learn the different ways of teaching here, so I am currently doing my Montessori Course from MMI Singapore.

I am a proud mom of two lovely girls who have taught me to be patient, understanding and being enthusiastic and that is what teaching requires which I am more than willing to impart on a daily basis to other children too. I have joined Blue House International School in September 2014 and my goal is to highlight my strengths that make me passionate and an efficient addition to the teaching team.

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.

Ms Liz

Elizabeth Angeles-Tomas – Co-Teacher & Pedagogical Co-ordinator


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.

Ms Linda

Linda Sheldon – Co-Teacher


Hi there, my name is Linda and I am from Singapore. I have been a part of the Blue House team since September 2014.

The joy and excitement of being able to impart my enthusiasm and inspiration to facilitate children's learning and to make learning fun are what I enjoy most. As an educator, I firmly believe in delivering a curriculum that is dynamic and spontaneous, based on children's interests and inquisitive nature. I hope my learning journey with the children of Blue House will take us to greater heights.

Having lived in the UK for the last 25 years, I am now very excited to return home and to work in a Reggio inspired school. Prior to that, I have been the manager of a pre-school, as well as a teacher supporting children between the age of 3 and 4 for the last 9 years. I adore children and am passionate about working with them, after I have had 3 children of my own. As such, I embarked on a learning journey and obtained my degree in Early Years in 2012, with the encouragement and support of my children.

Ms Jochelle

Jochelle Toh – Teaching Assistant


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.

Ms Amalina

Amalina Amin – Teaching Assistant


Hello everyone, my name is Amalina and I am originally from Singapore. I am thrilled to be part of the Blue House International amazing team since September 2013.

I am currently working toward completing my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and plan to continue with more study in years to come. Prior to joining Blue House, I had 3 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings with children aged from 8 months to 6 years old. I find working with children of all ages to be very enjoyable and rewarding work that is a continuous learning journey for both the children and me.

As an educator, I have a passion for providing children with the opportunity to truly be a child. Their thoughts, feelings, questions and interests are valuable to me. They should be loved, play as they learn, respected, given time and be exposed to many opportunities for exploration.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my love ones, babysitting, traveling, going to the beach and fleamarket hunting.

Pre-School and Kindergarten Staff

Ms Sonali

Sonali Mohla – Co-Teacher


Hi! My name is Sonali and I am from the United Kingdom. I started working at Blue House in September 2013.

I began my career working as a freelance photographer. While communicating concepts and ideas, and interacting with my audience, I discovered my love for teaching. This then led me to do my PGCE in Early Years from London South Bank University. I am passionate about using creative methodologies to engage, inspire and stimulate learning. I became an early childhood teacher, because I enjoy working with children. Children are filled with curiosity. I enjoy encouraging and guiding them as they explore the world around them.

Having lived in various parts of the world - in the UK, India, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia, I feel I can quickly adapt to different cultures and working environments. I believe that ideas and insights of all children should be valued and respected. All children can learn and thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and actively encourages the child to participate in the learning process.

Outside of school, I am a mother to my baby girl, Annika, and we keep each other busy and entertained! I also enjoy travelling and exploring the world with my husband.
Ms Carly

Carly O'Brien – Co-Teacher


Hi my name is Carly O’Brien. I am originally from the Gold Coast, Australia. I have over 6 years experience in early childhood education across 3 countries in both teaching and leadership roles.

I began my career in Australia at a Rudolf Steiner inspired center, which in many ways is very similar to the Reggio approach of Blue House. From there, I moved to the United Arab Emirates with my husband, where we both worked at an Australian International School for 3 years. I held the role of Nursery Supervisor and Teacher. This was such a wonderful experience as I learnt about different cultures, backgrounds and religious beliefs.

We have recently moved to Singapore and love it here!

I love music, concerts, movies, stand-up comedy and have a passion for drawing. I have also travelled extensively to a number of other countries where I love to learn about the history and culture of each place I visit.

As a Co-Teacher for Blue House, my role is to support the child’s learning experiences through their exploration of the environment and materials, whilst giving children the time to utilize all their senses. Children should be given the freedom and framed support to express themselves as they develop respect and appreciation for the world around them. As the environment is the “third teacher”, I believe with encouragement and support, children can develop the confidence to inquire, explore, expand and engage. With the right environment, a child should have no limits to their curiosity.

I am excited and honored to be joining the team of Blue House and am thrilled to be able to continue to learn and grow with the Reggio Emilia Approach.

I look forward to meeting all of the children and families soon.
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 Eli

Nor Eliyana Jahir – Co-Teacher


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.

Ms Shama

Shama – Teaching Assistant


My name is Shama and I am from Pakistan. I moved to Singapore in October 2013 and would be joining Blue House in September this year. I have 2 years of experience in early childhood education. 

After completing my MBA in human resource management in 2010, I began my career as a teachers' assistant at Beaconhouse school system Pakistan. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and always felt that I had chosen my ideal vocation. It is wonderful to know that I am supporting the learning of children in their life.

I am really excited to be in Singapore and to be joining the Blue House family. I am fascinated by the Reggio Emilia approach to education and am looking forward to enhancing my experience in this area.
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 Amisha

Amisha Patel – Co-Teacher


Hello, I am Amisha Patel.

I am originally from Mumbai, India and hold a Master's in Human Resource from Mumbai university. I also hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from MCI, London. I have experience of ten years working and learning with young children in schools across various countries. I was gravitated towards this career because I recognize that every child is unique as an individual and by imparting quality education they can acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes to be a responsible, happy and confident global citizens in the future.

The last four years has given me opportunities to travel, reside and work in schools in London and New Jersey. This experience has helped me to become a person who can adapt into any environment.

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 Gemma

Gemma Seward – Co-Teacher


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.

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.

Ms Hannah

Hannah Olsen – Co-Teacher


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.

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 Amy

Amy Niu – Mandarin Teacher


Hi everyone, my name is Amy and I am from China. I have been a part of the Blue House team since September 2014.

I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from KLC Singapore. I have been working in the early childhood field since 2009 in both local and international settings.

I like to be around children and I can teach the children to sing and speak Mandarin in a fun way. Mandarin can be a difficult language to master, so I will use handicrafts, games and even role play to enhance their interest in learning Mandarin. I also teach them how to write simple Chinese characters.

Ms Kyesha

Kyesha Abdullah – Atelierista


Hello, my name is Kyesha Abdullah and I was born in this beautiful city called Singapore. I am honored to be an Atelierista in Blue House International in September 2014.

I studied in LASALLE College of the Arts, partner institution of Goldsmith University of London and hold both Diploma and Bachelor with Honors in Arts Management. I am also an AMIS certified (Art & Music Instructor Scheme). Over the last 3 years as a freelance art practitioner, I had amazing and wonderful experience. I’ve exposed myself not only through paintings and drawings but wide range of fine arts mediums such as clay, sculpting, wires, lights, sounds and installations. I’ve collaborated with programs such as theatre, music, media arts and design.

Through interactions, my passion and curiosity grew deeper with children. It intrigued me to discover young talents and understand the meaning beneath the message, not only through their painting but different materials across the board. I believe art is a form of expression with no boundaries and limits and I found a right place in Blue House International that practices Reggio Emilia Approach with this great opportunity.
Ms Ais

Aisyah Taib-Kuha – Manager of Infant & Toddler Atelier


Hello, my name is Ais and I have been working in the early childhood field since 2007 in both local and international settings.

I started work at Blue House in 2010 and since then my interest and experience of the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching has grown. I continue to be intrigued by the approach and how children respond to the wonder of open ended experiences. In 2012, I was promoted to Co-manager of the Infant and Toddler Atelier at Blue House.

I believe in the importance of education starting from the early years and it is a joy to contribute to every child's learning journey and every experience adds to my own learning too. I am very passionate and always keen to take my experience to the next level. In July 2014, I took the role of Manager in the Atelier.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising, extreme sports, motorbikes, travel and arranging birthday parties for both adults and children.

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.

Ms Jehan

Jehan Naina – Administrative Assistant


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.

Service and Maintenance Staff

Maintenance Team

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