Teachers

Master of Arts in Education; Post Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education; Bachelor of Science in Family Life and Child Development

Having been an educator for more than 13 years, Chrisel has vast teaching experiences and had previously taken up academic leadership roles in various school settings within the Philippines and Singapore. Chrisel enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise, hence she is often engaged in mentorship and exchanges with fellow teachers to better improve her craft in teaching. As a strong believer of Reggio Emilia learning environments which advocate for child-centred and authentic learning approaches, Chrisel is excited to join the Etonhouse Team to inspire and guide our young learners.

Chrisel believes that educators in the Early Years sector play a very important role in shaping the minds of young children and she is constantly inspired by the children’s enthusiasm and eagerness to learn each day.

Currently living with her wonderful husband and two clever yet perky pet parrots, Chrisel also engages in many other hobbies such as travelling, cooking, painting and spending time at the beaches during summer. She is also an avid reader of fictional books of all genres.

Chrisel looks forward to inspiring and guiding the young learners in Pre-Nursery A at Etonhouse in August 2022!

Diploma in Early Childhood Education 

Zhou Jin joins us with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and over 10 years of experience working at EtonHouse. She bases her Mandarin learning experiences on children’s interests and uses interactive teaching methods such as dance, song, art and craft and dramatic play to build connection to language experiences.

Zhou Jin sees children as capable individuals, playing an active role in their learning and supports their curiosities Mandarin Teacher Diploma in Early Childhood Education I love music and reading books during my free time. curiosities through organic learning opportunities. She respects children’s verbal and non-verbal interactions and uses active listening to build trusting relationships with them.

As she has been teaching in the EtonHouse community, she has a strong connection to our InquireThink-Learn Curriculum. She feels this allows her to build trusting relationships and support learning with sense of belonging fostered amongst the same teachers and children each day. Zhou Jin looks forward to working closely alongside the PNA children and families!

Claymore - Ms Rachel Yap

Diploma of Children’s Services 

Rachel has more than 10 years of teaching experience working with young children. She has been teaching at Claymore for 4 years in various year groups.

Rachel received her childcare qualification in Sydney, Australia and later moved to Malaysia where she worked in an Australian based childcare center that implemented Play and Nature-based Curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.

While at her previous school, she took on the roles of a supervisor and a toddler’s room leader. She moved to Singapore in 2016 and joined a bilingual immersion preschool as an English core teacher to further extend her career. Rachel enjoys creative experiences and incorporates this into her experiences with the children to enhance their creativity. She believes that every child is an artist and they are able to express their feelings, thoughts and imagination of the world through Arts.

She recognises that every child is different and unique. As an educator, we respect these differences and believe that children are capable to develop and explore at their own pace. She also believes that children learn through play and that the environment plays an important part in their play explorations. Rachel has successfully supported two Pre-Nursery class in the previous years and she looks forward to working with the PNA children in August 2022!

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

As a Mandarin native speaker, Xinyu (Cindy) started her early childhood career in 2017 in China, Beijing where she taught in an international Kindergarten. She moved to Singapore in 2019 and continued her teaching stint where she worked with young children aged 18 months to 6.5 years old.

Xinyu (Cindy) places great importance on children’s interests and she respects the children’s voices by providing them a safe space to ask questions and participate in decision-making. By being an active listener of children’s voices, she believes that children will be able to develop self-confidence and a sense of belonging where they feel supported to grow and learn. Xinyu (Cindy) sees herself as a ‘researcher’, ‘co-learner’ and ‘facilitator’ in the children’s learning and inquiry process.

Outside of work, Xinyu (Cindy) enjoys cooking, drawing and sports. She especially loves doing sports as it instills self-discipline and helps her keep fit.

Xinyu (Cindy) hopes to build a safe and happy learning space for the PNA children to explore, grow and blossom in with her jovial personality.

Bachelor of Science – Management with Law; Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (L2)

Ever since Saliha started her teaching career in 2016, she fell in love with teaching and has enjoyed every minute of her time with the children she worked with. Saliha shares her joy of outdoor learning with the children whenever the opportunity arises.

Saliha has a wealth of teaching experience from Playgroup to Kindergarten 2. She believes that every child is unique and has their own potential and strengths to be discovered. She challenges herself to find various ways to scaffold the children’s learning while respecting their voices and offering them the space to grow and learn.

Her dedication in teaching awarded her the Outstanding English Teacher Award in 2018 and 2019. Saliha is keen in sharing her knowledge and expertise to fellow teachers and she also offered mentorship to student-teachers in local polytechnics. As a firm believer in lifelong learning, Saliha is now further pursuing her Graduate Programme with National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).

Outside of her work and academic commitments, Saliha enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband and 3 young lovely children.

Saliha looks forward to working hand in hand with each of our PNA children and families!

Diploma in Child Psychology (Education); Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education 

Louise comes from Ireland and she moved to Singapore with her husband and three children in 2011. Prior to EtonHouse, she has taught in Special Rights schools, working primarily with children from 2 to 6 years old utilising her knowledge in child psychology.

Louise has been working at EtonHouse Claymore since August 2016, during her time in our pre-school community she has been working primarily with the Nursery children. She has a passion for working in early years education and aims to nurture and support young children to express themselves in many ways. As an educator, Louise hopes to inspire their learning through the inquiry-based approach, developing their self-confidence and communication skills. Her background in pastoral care allows her to support the individual needs and various learning styles of each child.

As a lifelong learner and educator, Louise continues to enrich her education studies as she works towards her second qualification, a BA in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time Louise enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies and travelling to new places.

Having a successful academic year with the Nursery children this year, Louise looks forward to supporting the Pre-Nursery A children progressing to Nursery 1 A in August 2022!

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Chinese Education

Having taught for more than a decade in various preschool settings, Guoyan comes with a wealth of teaching experience and is well-trained to guide young learners in an inquirybased learning environment. As a lifelong learner, Guoyan constantly seeks to upskill herself through various educational trainings or courses and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Preschool Education in 2018.

Guoyan loves children and she enjoys working with young learners to develop their interests in various areas.Her previous teaching experience in E-Bridge Pre-School @ Punggol by Etonhouse also allows her to easily connect with the inquiry-based learning philosophy that we offer at Etonhouse International Pre-School Claymore.

Outside of work, Guoyan enjoys running. Being a native Chinese, she also enjoys spicy hotpot which she feels is the essence of Chinese cuisine.

She looks forward to fostering a love for Mandarin with the young learners and building a strong partnership with our Nursery 1A families.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Huda has always had a passion for Early Years Education and decided to pursue her career in 2015 after obtaining her diploma in Early Childhood Education. Before joining EtonHouse, Huda gained experience in her teaching career as an English Teacher at a local preschool.

As a facilitator of children’s learning, Huda believes that each child is a unique individual who has the right to a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which they can grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. She looks forward to reciprocating to children’s observations and interests during learning opportunities.

Huda believes that communication and trust are the two most important aspects when working with children and their families. She also believes that to have respect for one another is important as we are living in a multi-cultural country with different races and beliefs.

Huda is eager to continue the strong partnership with Nursery 1A children.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Early Years Teaching) 

Silvia was born and educated near Milan, Italy, where she started her teaching career 7 years ago. After working in an international school there, she decided to merge her passion for Early Years education and Asian cultures and moved to Japan, where she has taught students aged 18 months to 5 years old using the UK National Curriculum and the IB Primary Years Programme.

A caring and passionate teacher, Silvia is always looking for ways to improve herself and her practice to provide her students with the best care and education possible. She believes in fostering children’s independence, natural curiosity and love of learning from an early age, and in order to do so she uses a holistic and child-led approach, where her students’ interests and passions are cultivated. Silvia believes each child is unique and capable of reaching their full potential, and that this should be achieved through a strong and effective partnership between educators and families based on communication and mutual support.

Silvia spends her spare time cooking and watching movies, and she loves learning new languages and travelling, especially around Asia.

She looks forward to continue maintaining positive relationships with the Pre-Nursery B children who will be moving up to Nursery 1B in August 2022.

Bachelor in Early Childhood and Chinese Language Foundation; Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

Having supported Nursery 1 children at Etonhouse previously, Shanshan rejoins the Etonhouse Claymore community in the new academic year.

She holds the Teaching Award for the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education by Early Childhood Development Agency. Shanshan is a strong believer in life-long learning. Before she joining preschool education, she graduated from Xiamen University with Certification of self-taught higher education examinations and specialised in law.

Shanshan possesses 12 years of experience in teaching Chinese language in Singapore, she has taught young children from the Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten levels. A patient, responsible and self-motivated educator, Shanshan strongly believes that preschool education has a great impact on every child, and an educator’s role is very important as they not only support the children in learning, but also the development and well-being of children. Through purposeful play and quality interactions, Shanshan believes in supporting children to be active learners of Mandarin, to enjoy using it and to communicate in Mandarin with confidence.

In her free time, Shanshan enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, gardening and outdoor activities.

Diploma in Preschool Leadership and Teaching

Eliyana (Eli) comes from Singapore and has been in the Early Childhood field since 2002. She currently holds a Diploma in Preschool Leadership and Teaching and is always on a quest to learn and continually upgrade her knowledge and understanding of the Early Childhood Education.

During her experience in this industry, Eli has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with children of different age groups ranging from toddlers to six year olds in the various settings. Having worked in a Reggio inspired setting prior to this for a period of 4 years, Eli strongly believes in the Image of The Child, the importance of the Environment as the Third Teacher and how families are collaborators to the class research.

Eli is an outgoing person and she enjoys the outdoors. Eli enjoys capturing moments with her camera, travelling and discovering new places, cultures and languages, reading and scuba diving. She has previously started a personal Mindfulness Photography project which allows her to pause and appreciate the beauty in small things. Eli also aspires to grow her own produce someday and be self-sustainable.

Bachelor of Education – Foundation Phase TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) 

Kate originally comes from South Africa. She has experience spanning from 2004 with a wide age group spectrum in South African Schools (early years and Primary) and a well established international school in Vietnam. She has successfully supported the younger years in her time at EtonHouse previously and rejoined the Etonhouse community in 2020.

Kate believes in a child-centred approach to education and feels that children thrive best through intentional play and discovery. Kate advocates for the importance of children feeling safe in their environment and places time into establishing trusting relationships with children. Kate believes in fostering a literacy rich environment for young children and finds ways to weave reading, foundation writing and other forms of communication development into the children’s day in a meaningful way. Kate feels that music, art and movement need to be part of children’s experiences. This caters for many ways of building new understandings and expressing ideas with others.

Kate has advocated the importance of parent partnerships and feels regular dialogue with families is important to share about the children’s learning, friendships and general well being. Most importantly, she aims for children to enjoy their day and their early childhood encounters at pre-school.

She looks forward to building positive relationships with new families and supporting the Nursery 1C children in the new academic year!

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education; Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Chinese)

Deng Hua is a native Mandarin speaker and she started her career as an Early Childhood Educator since 2009. She has a vast amount of teaching experience with all year groups from Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten 2.

As a lifelong learner, Deng Hua further pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Deng Hua loves children and believes each child is unique in his or her own way. She enjoys creating interactive learning opportunities for the children and learning together in the process. Through years of teaching experience and expertise, she was able to engage children easily in play-based and inquiry-based learning experiences, as well as enhance their cognitive and problem-solving skills. Deng Hua also believes that good early reading habits are important for our young children.

She looks forward to continue the strong partnership with Pre-Nursery C children moving up to Nursery 1C, as well as forging strong bonds with new Nursery 1C families, in the new academic year!

Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood