The Faculty Members

Josh Bishop
Management Advisor

I enjoy working with students and staff to ensure that they are reaching their full potential and are equipped with the skills they will need in the future.

** 26 years of experience
**Ed.D (ABD), Masters of School Administration, BS – Elementary Education

Wendy Woodhurst
Principal

I love my job as the principal at SIS. Anytime I need to remind myself about why I went into education 30 years ago, I walk into any of our classrooms; from EC to grade 12. Seeing our tremendous students engaged in learning with our talented teachers guiding them is the highlight of each day.

**30+ years in education ++Bachelor of Education
** Masters Degree in Curriculum and Leadership

George Santiago

  • Activities and Athletics Director
  • Head of Science Department
  • AP Math & Physics

I am passionate about learning and teaching allows me to continue learning with the students. I enjoy helping students understand the beauty of Mathematics and the wonders of Physics.

**26 years of experience
**PhD in Educational Management, MA in Organization and Leadership, MS in Mathematics, MA in Mathematics Education, BS in Physics-Mathematics

Rakhma Wizati Puteri (Puput)

  • School Counselor
  • AP Coordinator

Students well-being has always my main focus when working in school.
It’s not that they only have to be comfortable with the school environment, but also to be aware of themselves, having empathy to other people, and being able to express their feeling and emotions in a healthy ways.
That’s where my role as a school counselor should help with

**8 years as a school counselor
**Master in Educational and Developmental Psychology (profession)

Allie Baldwin
MS & HS Science

Science is my passion. I love learning about how the natural world works, and sharing that insight with my students.
I have been at SIS for the past three years teaching Physical Science, Life Science, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Environmental Science, and STEM.
I have loved exploring these topics with my students and following their curiosity.
I have ten years of teaching experience, and I have a Bachelor in Environmental Science and a Master in Secondary Education.

Andrea Leadbetter

  • Drama
  • MS English

“It is inspiring to consistently experience the creative and critical thinking of students in the Theatre and English classes here at SIS. I really enjoy sharing the learning process with students and watching the journey undertaken in these subject areas.”

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

** 20+ years of teaching experience
**Bachelor of Education – Drama and English”

Jamaica Denise
MS & HS Social Studies Teacher

Stories have always been powerful! It inspires, teaches, and moves us. It is simply the driving force of mankind! As a Social Studies teacher, it is my duty to preserve the truths and facts, and how it can be transferred to younger generations. I also teach them essential skills on how to verify facts, most especially in the digital world. This year I am teaching World History 9, Modern World History 10, AP World History, AP Research, and AP Economics.

-I have 8 years of teaching experience, with one year in the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum.
-I have a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Social Studies, and I am currently writing my graduate thesis for my master’s degree in International Studies.

Jing Li
MS & HS Mandarin

Education is about growth and sharing, it always brings me joy and fulfillment.

**12 years teaching experience and bachelor of Chinese language and culture.

Jonathan Ott
MS Humanities

I am excited to be able to join the SIS community this year, along with my wife and daughter.
While I have experience teaching a variety of subjects to students of various ages, I am especially passionate about working with middle school students.
I view the teacher’s role as a facilitator of learning, and frequently incorporate inquiry-based and project-based learning approaches.
As a Humanities teacher, my goal is to support students as they develop and apply various English and Social Studies related skills, with a focus on integrating these subject areas whenever possible.”

Lolita Mattos
MS & HS Mathematics

It is truly a joy to see when the “lightbulb” goes on and a student realizes that there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to learning Prealgebra/Algebra! Yes! That’s where you get them hooked, and once that happens, you just may have a budding engineer, architect, etc..on your hands.

**30+ years teaching experience
**Master of Education (Math concentration)

O’Keefe Charles
HS IT

As a Computer Science and ICT teacher, I have developed a passion for all things digital.
I try to transmit that level of passion to the students that I teach by introducing them to various aspects of Computer Science.
I think learning Computer Science is essential for all students so that they can develop 21st-century skills.

**24 years of experience
**Masters Degree in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS-UK)

Paul Crowe
MS & HS Biology

I am privileged to be part of a learning community.
I value diversity, relationships, creativity and curiosity.
As a science and robotics teacher, I enjoy providing authentic and engaging learning experiences for students.
I also enjoy interacting with students and colleagues in a variety of other contexts including sports, music and theatre.

** 15 years experience
** Bachelors in Biology
** Masters in Education Administration

Rochelle Santiago

  • MS & HS Mathematics
  • EARCOS Coordinator

With at least 13 years of experience in educating IB Diploma candidate students and at least 20 years in Education, I always love to see my students able to apply concepts they learned in the classrooms to real-life situations.
I believe that learning mathematics is never linear.
Problem-based learning is incorporated in some, if not in most, of my classes.
My degrees Mathematics Teaching and Biology have always made me interested in exploring the applications of Mathematics in the Sciences and in research.

Scott Yielding
MS & HS English

In twenty plus years as an educator, I have had the good fortune to work and learn from many great people from around the world.
For myself and my students, I aim to emphasize personal accountablity, attention to detail, and an infinite hunger to learn.
It is most gratifiying to see a strong work ethic and a competitive spirit culminate with achieved goals by an individual and/or the team.

Yaśodā Deva
Learning Specialist

Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, my husband, 2 daughters and I have lived in China, India and Egypt. We’re now excited to join the SIS community and call Indonesia home. As an educator, I’m passionate about advocating for our students’ individual needs and providing a safe space for them to learn.

*16 years experience in international teaching (mostly at IB schools)
** BA (Hons) in Business Management, M.Ed. in International Teaching, and M.Sc. in High-incidence Special Education.

Anindita (Dita)

  • Learning Support
  • MS+HS Bahasa

I love SIS and have been teaching here for 13 years, growing and learning together with the community.
I started my career as classroom teacher assistant and now I am teaching Bahasa Indonesia and also part of the learning support team.

Qualification: Bachelor degree of Psychology, certified Early Childhood teacher, certified Bahasa Indonesia for foreign students and continue study in Bahasa Indonesia program.

Dewi Soetanto
MS & HS Arts

It brings pleasure and joy to help secondary art students to grow and develop their art skills and creativity.
Watching them enjoy the activities and learning with them make my days colorful since I joined SIS for more than 33+ years.
With a Master Degree in Ed and a certificate in Fine Art Academy, I am a Secondary Art Teacher at SIS.

Kentjana Putra
MS & HS French

I have been teaching French for 28 years now.
Having previously lived in France for more than 7 years where I studied French at university.
The French culture and language really fascinated me.
I want to give students the opportunity to learn this beautiful language so that they may one day experience what I did many years ago.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in French.

Pipit Andriani
MS & HS Bhs Indonesia, International Relations

Teaching is my joie de vivre.
I have an ever-optimistic faith in future generations to solve the issues we cannot solve today.
My contribution to that end is by teaching students independence, confidence and critical thinking, the skills they need to explore the future where maps need to be drawn, not followed.

Qualification: 13 years of teaching. Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Literature and Masters in International Law.

Rachmad Priyadi
Music K-12

Music is a universal language.
It’s an honor to be able to transmit and inspire music to young people.
Every year I am very proud and lucky to be able to witness the birth of young musicians in this school.
Music is to the soul, what words are to the mind.
I have been teaching music for more than 30 years.
I have a bachelor degree and master degree in education.

Suparno
EC-12 PE

Sport is my passion. I love learning about sports development and sharing my insights with my students, I have been at SIS for 26 years teaching PE.
I enjoy having new experiences and am amazed by my curious students.

I have 35 years of experience teaching PE, and I have a bachelor’s degree in sports and a Masters in Education.

Wahyu Kurniasih
PPKN/Civic

Civics is loaded with moral values that are important to be instilled and implemented in everyday life to be a guide for thinking, acting, and behaving.
There is not a single activity of human life that is separated from the rules of values and morals.
The moral values that I want to inculcate in Civics subjects are moral values that are in accordance with Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.
That’s why I like teaching Civics. 20 years of teaching experience and I have a Bachelor of Education (Pancasila and Citizenship Education)

Linus Beni
Grade 5

I consider myself more of a facilitator of learning than a teacher.
I guide students in learning for themselves.
Over the years, I have built strong relationships with pupils.

** 20 years experience in 4 different continents teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade.
** BA in Elementary Education

Rodney Hill
Grade 4

I am a dedicated and motivated international educator committed to the social and academic development of every student.
As a life-long learner myself, helping students to develop a love of learning is a goal in my classroom.

** 12 years teaching grades 3 and 4
**AS-Life Science, BA-Liberal Studies with a special field in Life Science, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Digital Learning and Teaching Concentration (In Progress)

Jessica Crowe
Grade 3

I am excited to join the diverse learning community here at SIS.
My students are my greatest teachers and I love learning and experiencing a sense of wonder about the world alongside them.
I hope to inspire them as much as they inspire me!

** 17 + years of teaching across subjects and grade levels. B.A in Cultural Studies; Certified in Elementary.

Rebecca Sayers
Grade 2

I am excited to have joined the SIS community this year, along with my husband and daughter.
I have been privileged to work in the field of international education since 2007, primarily teaching students from Kindergarten-Grade 3.
My goal as an educator is to help students learn about the world around them and to become global citizens who have empathy and who challenge themselves to help others.

Jeni Parker
Grade 1

I am passionate about supporting children’s development socially, emotionally, and intellectually along with cultivating a love of learning through creative pathways and engaging environments.
I enjoy continuing to learn along with my students.

** 10 years teaching experience
** Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Masters in Advance Teaching coming soon!

Valerie Yielding
Kindergarten

I am a Georgia Bulldog, globe trotter, devoted yogi, and language lover.
For over twenty years, I have served in schools as a speech language pathologist, an ELL teacher, and English teacher to students across all levels.
I believe the best gift I can offer my children, at home and school, is language.
My teaching aim is to grow globally- minded students with an emphasis on inclusivity, mindfulness, and kindness.
When I am not teaching, you can find me walking and talking with friends spanning across the globe, practicing yoga, and swimming in any body of water I can find including cenotes.

** 22 years of experience as an educator
*** Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Sciences, and Disorders

Sherly Pakpahan
EC 3 & 4

As an early childhood enthusiast, I am honored and grateful to be part of SIS. Facilitating the children needs each days is one of the challenging yet exciting for me to prepare.
Collaborating and sharing with teachers and teaching assistants are two important things I need to ensure in order to support the children’s learning.
Observing the children playing, exploring and even arguing to solve their problem, is an enjoyable profession for me to do.
SIS is an impeccable environment for the students to grow as global citizens.

* 7 years in Early Childhood education
* Bachelor in English Education

Ika Hesanova
EC 1 & 2

I am a passionate Early Childhood Educator with 20 years of experience in teaching 2-year-old children.
I have a background in the Japanese languange, Bachelor degree, and Indonesia Tiered Training for Early Childhood Educator.
This profession requires total dedication, devotion and loving commitment.
My educational philosophy is to create a learning environment that is fun and exciting.
I don’t have a job, I have a gift and each day I thank God I can be Early Childhood educator and part in lives of my students.

Retno Indrasari (Sari)
ES IT

Teaching is my passion.
I love seeing students eyes light up when they learned something new or when they were succeeded in solving a problem.
In the ever changing development in technology, there are a lot of opportunities for this to happen.
With more than 20 years of experience in teaching, I’ve seen a lot of development in how we use technology in education.
I have a Master Degree in Education.
I also have a certificate in Business and Technology, as well as a certificate in Robotics.
Since our school is a PYP school since 2013, I’ve also trained in the IB PYP.

Ria Luciana Hanifah (Luci)
ES Bahasa Indonesia

I have a great deal of experience teaching Indonesian.
I have 24 years experience in international schools and 9 years at SIS.
I have experience in both IGCSE and IB.
I have Bachelor degree of Education and participated in Professional Development Courses on ‘Creative Approaches to Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Facilitating Learning trough Effective Classroom Management’.
Right now I’m taking the Elementary Teacher Education program.
As a committed teacher, I am flexible in my approach and able to adapt my teaching to address individual student’s learning styles.
I have taught across the age and ability range.
I have held the position as an Art and ICT teacher from Kindergarten to Grade 3.

Dhian Srinilo
ES Art

I am an elementary Art teacher where I teach students ranging from EC2 until grade 5.
I received a Masters of Education in 2007, a category 3 IB-PYP certificate.
I started teaching in 1991 and joined SIS in 2000.
Being an Art teacher is the best job in the world!
It is very rewarding to see my students create new things.
In my class, I am always looking for students who are trying new things, and most importantly, to see them trying their best!

Zhou Ju
ES Mandarin

It always gives me pleasure and pride to teach and grow with my students!

*** 13 years of teaching experience(all grade levels)and bachelor of Chinese language and literature

Pamela Caberte
ELL Specialist

One of the greatest experiences for me in the field of education are the eureka moments when students learn something new, finally grasp a difficult concept or overcome challenges. Teaching at SIS affords me with opportunities to not just engage and learn with students, but to also support families in our students’ learning journeys and to work with colleagues in a collaborative environment.

I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who is committed to helping students develop to achieve their personal, academic, social or emotional goals.

* 17+ years teaching experience
** BA European Languages, Grad.Diploma in Language and Literacy Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership
*** Certifications in ESL, Preschool Teaching and Secondary English

Purnomosidi
P.E Swimming

As a little boy, I was always exercising.
I did many sports including swimming. I have a passion for swimming and seeing children grow in the swimming development.
I have a Bachelor degree with a sports major.
Prior to SIS I taught Sports at SMA1 Tulungagung and coached at HIU swim club in Surabaya.
Additionally, I have attended swimming coaching clinics both in Indonesia and abroad.
I have also have a Masters Degree.

Verdiana (Didi)
ES Bahasa Indonesia

I love teaching and learning Indonesian with the students.
For me teaching Indonesian with the diversity of the students from many cultures is a big challenge but also very rewarding.
I enjoy learning the language and also other cultures.
I have experience in teaching Bahasa Indonesia for secondary and also helped in the secondary ESL.

** 8 years of teaching
**Bachelor degree in Humanities with the concentration of English Language and Literature, Master of Education, certified teaching Bahasa Indonesia for foreigners, and currently taking Indonesian Language and Literature program.

Grade 6 parent

Good communication and positive thinking is fostered.

Grade 6 Parent

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Grade 6 Parent

Good communication and positive thinking is fostered.

Grade 5 parent

The school fosters independence.  They can share their thoughts bravely.  They have global insight.

Grade 5 Parent

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Grade 5 Parent

The school fosters independence.  They can share their thoughts bravely.  They have global insight.

EC1 Parent

Plenty of great activities and a great facility.  Class Dojo is a great means of communication and keeps me updated on my child’s activities.  The teachers are friendly and approachable.

EC 1 Parent

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EC 1 Parent

Plenty of great activities and a great facility.  Class Dojo is a great means of communication and keeps me updated on my child’s activities.  The teachers are friendly and approachable.

EC 2 Parent

Students develop strong friendships and learn to cooperate.

EC 2 Parent

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EC 2 Parent

Students develop strong friendships and learn to cooperate.

Grade 12

Teachers treat the students with respect and yet challenge them to do their best.  They support them to try new things and make them feel the sky's the limit.  

Grade 12 Parent

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Grade 12 Parent

Teachers treat the students with respect and yet challenge them to do their best.  They support them to try new things and make them feel the sky’s the limit.  

Grade 6

The students can learn many subjects and learn to be independent.

Grade 6 Parent

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Grade 6 Parent

The students can learn many subjects and learn to be independent.

Grade 12

It’s important to me that the school is WASC accredited.

Grade 12 Parent

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Grade 12 Parent

It’s important to me that the school is WASC accredited.

Grade 4 and KG

I really appreciate my children getting to experience other cultures.

Kindergarten and Grade 4 Parent

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Kindergarten and Grade 4 Parent

I really appreciate my children getting to experience other cultures.

EC 4 Parent

Play and Exploration are incorporated in the Early Childhood program.

EC 4 Parent

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EC 4 Parent

Play and Exploration are incorporated in the Early Childhood program.

Grade 12

I have seen a real transformation in my child and I owe this to the caring environment and to the numerous opportunities provided by SIS.

Grade 12 Parent

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Grade 12 Parent

I have seen a real transformation in my child and I owe this to the caring environment and to the numerous opportunities provided by SIS.

Grade 4 Parent

I appreciate the diversity of the students and teachers.

Grade 4 Parent

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Grade 4 Parent

I appreciate the diversity of the students and teachers.

Grade 4 Parent

I appreciate the honesty and professionalism of my child’s teachers.

Grade 4 Parent

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Grade 4 Parent

I appreciate the honesty and professionalism of my child’s teachers.
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