KATIE TERRYDIRECTOR ROHINI RAMADASPRINCIPAL GAIL ZOBRISTBUSY BEES TEACHER ASHLEY BOOTHDRAGONFLIES TEACHER PRIYANKA RAIFIREFLIES TEACHER ANNA FACEYBUTTERFLIES TEACHER JUDY LUIMANDARIN TEACHER MELANIE WIGHTMANADMISSIONS OFFICER SHRADDHA THAKKARFINANCE & ADMIN OFFICER Our wonderful team of Teaching Assistants are Ada, Praxie, Jenny, Janice and Chloe KATIE TERRY – DIRECTOR Teaching Experience: Katie started teaching nearly 20 years ago and her experience includes the UK (primary & early years); ESF (primary & special needs), Dover court (special needs) and SJII (supply). Nationality: British /Singaporean PR Background: Katie is a director of Rain Trees and is responsible for the overall management of the school. She has been in Singapore for over 15 years and spent most of her childhood and twenties in Hong Kong. Katie is married to Hugh and they have 3 children all born in Singapore. ROHINI RAMADAS – PRINCIPAL Teaching Experience: Rohini started teaching nearly 20 years ago, and moved to Early Years teaching about 10 years ago. She has had extensive teaching experience in Singapore including imparting the International Baccalaureate Curriculum at Eton House and taking leadership roles. Nationality: Indian / Singaporean Background: Rohini has lived in Singapore for 18 years and has a daughter who studied in Oxford University and is now completing her Masters in New York University. Her teaching philosophy includes the tenet that effective learning requires a collaboration between teachers, students and parents grounded in mutual trust and respect. She also believes strongly that the best learning happens when its fun and positive. GAIL ZOBRIST – BUSY BEES TEACHER Teaching Experience: Gail has around 13 years experience working with infants and kindergarten children. She worked for 4 years in a school with children who have learning difficulties and is also a professional trainer for Jolly Phonics/Grammar. She has worked in schools in England, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Singapore. Nationality: British Background: Married with three children and moved to Singapore from Hong Kong in summer 2012. Every child in my class will be treated with kindness and respect. The learning that takes place within the classroom will be interesting, meaningful and be taught in a fun way.Gail enjoys the outdoors, sports, travelling to new places, cooking, baking, sewing, experiments and artwork. ASHLEY BOOTH – DRAGONFLIES TEACHER Teaching Experience: Ashley has been working with children in Early Years since 2016. She has worked in a multicultural and diverse environment and in counties like Vietnam, China and now in Singapore. She acquired her Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood, from New Zealand Tertiary College. Nationality: South African Background: Ashley was brought up in East London, South Africa then left in 2016 with her then fiancé, to pursue her studies in Education whilst working abroad and traveling Asia. She is newly married and loves being outdoors and active, baking, time with family and friends, going to the beach and walking her dog. She is passionate about the development of a young child and puts their happiness at the center of every activity. She believes it is important to create a safe, stimulating and enriching experience that contributes to their learning in the most natural and play-based way. PRIYANKA RAI – FIREFLIES TEACHER Teaching Experience: Priyanka has been working with children since 2010. She is well experienced and trained with early years education and MI intelligence approach. She has worked in schools in Nepal, UAE and Thailand and acquired her Master’s Degree in Bilingual education from Rangsit University, Thailand. Nationality: Nepali Background: Priyanka was brought up in Singapore before leaving the country for further studies and work experiences. In 2020, she moved back to Singapore with her husband. She believes every child is a different kind of flower unique and special in their own ways. By keeping PLAY as the core learning experience, she believes it will help motivate, stimulate and support children in their development in many ways. ANNA FACEY – BUTTERFLIES TEACHER Teaching Experience: Anna has 9 years of experience working in Early Years. She has taught in London for seven years in two International Nursery schools following the Early Years Foundation curriculum. Anna then moved back to Singapore where she worked in an International IB school for over a Year. She is very excited to be part of the Rain Trees team. Nationality: British/Japanese Background: Anna was born and brought up in Singapore. She left Singapore in 2005 to Study Early Childhood Studies and Fine Art in Canterbury, UK. In 2015, she moved back to Singapore. Anna believes that every child is unique in their own way. She is passionate about the development of young children and creating stimulating and enriching experiences to augment their learning. Anna likes to spend her spare time exercising, going for walks with her black Labrador named Cha-Cha and travelling when she can. JUDY LUI – MANDARIN TEACHER Teaching Experience: Judy has been working in international schools in Singapore for 11 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Nationality: Singaporean Background: Judy has 2 teenage daughters. In her leisure time, she enjoys travelling, reading, yoga and growing edibles for her cooking. She believes every child has their own potential and uses songs, rhythms and stories to engage the children in their second language learning. MELANIE WIGHTMAN – ADMISSIONS OFFICER Administration Experience: Over 10 years’ experience in Human Resources administration working in a number of different companies in both the UK and Singapore. Nationality: British Background: Melanie moved from the UK to Singapore in 2006. Married with 2 children, she’s a keen traveller, enjoys experiencing different cultures, going for long walks and is building up on her running skills, but mostly just loves to be home with her family. SHRADDHA THAKKAR – FINANCE & ADMIN OFFICER Administration Experience: CPA from New York. Finance/Banking experience over 9 years in USA, UK, India & Singapore. Nationality: American/PR of Singapore Background: Married with 2 children; moved to Singapore from UK in 2008. Enjoys traveling to different places, meeting different people. Passionate about the different physical training courses – swimming, Yoga, weights training.