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UWCSEA has developed a careers and university advising programme that spans the High School years, delivered by our team of dedicated University Advisors who support UWCSEA graduates to enrol at universities in over 20 countries, with the four most popular country destinations being the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Johanna Fishbein
Head of University Advising

Johanna joined UWCSEA in 2014 from the International School of Brussels where she was the Head of College and Careers Counseling. Previously at Barnard College, she was Director of Pre-College Programs and Coordinator of International Recruitment. She began teaching in NYC public schools, and is Past President of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).

Pamela Kelly Wetzell
Head of University Advising

Pamela joined Dover in 2010 and moved to East in 2012 to build the UAC in anticipation of the first graduating class in 2014. Pamela practiced law in the US before moving to Asia over 20 years ago, founding a small international school in Phuket before moving to UWCSEA. She is also a mentor for IACAC’s scholar mentor programme.

Supporting our students to find a ‘right fit’ university
Johanna Fishbein
Head of University Advising

Johanna joined UWCSEA in 2014 from the International School of Brussels where she was the Head of College and Careers Counseling. Previously at Barnard College, she was Director of Pre-College Programs and Coordinator of International Recruitment. She began teaching in NYC public schools, and is Past President of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).

Pamela Kelly Wetzell
Head of University Advising

Pamela joined Dover in 2010 and moved to East in 2012 to build the UAC in anticipation of the first graduating class in 2014. Pamela practiced law in the US before moving to Asia over 20 years ago, founding a small international school in Phuket before moving to UWCSEA. She is also a mentor for IACAC’s scholar mentor programme.


Alumni, Holistic Learning Programme
Paving the pathway to learning 
Carla Marschall
Head of Curriculum Development and Research

Carla Marschall was appointed as the Infant School Vice Principal in August 2016, and began working on UWCSEA's curriculum project in 2017, taking on the Dover Campus post of Head of Curriculum Development and Research in addition to her role as Vice Principal. In August 2018, she moved to the full-time position of Head of Curriculum Development and Research for the College as a whole. Prior to this appointment, she held the role of Assistant Head of Infants at another large international school in Singapore. Carla came to Singapore from Zurich, Switzerland, where she oversaw curriculum development and implementation from Pre-K to Grade 8. Prior to living in Switzerland, she worked in Hong Kong and in Berlin, Germany as a PYP Coordinator and Primary Vice Principal.

Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has recently finished a second Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the Institute of Education, University of London. Passionate about curriculum design for young children, she is especially interested in the role of the curriculum to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills. A workshop leader and concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer, she also consults other international schools interested in restructuring their programmes.

In her free time, Carla enjoys traveling, yoga and other outdoor activities. Together with her partner David, she has one young son who keeps them busy.

Chris Newman
Head of Outdoor Education, East Campus

An adventurous spirit led me to become qualified to work with young and older students for the purpose of personal challenge, team building, skill acquisition and fun! From being a pool lifeguard and activity instructor Calshot Activities Centre in the UK I began travelling the world and held posts on the Isle of Wight, Barbados, Bintan Indonesia and in Nha Trang Vietnam before landing in Singapore. I transitioned to UWCSEA in 2011, after running the after-school dinghy sailing and windsurfing activities through Mana Mana for three years.

Our focus is on progression and personal development for our students, based on the qualities and skills of the learner profile. The level of challenge we present in order to develop confidence and self-awareness in such a wide range of activities and situations is not something I have seen elsewhere.

Oliver Sampson
Head of Outdoor Education, Dover Campus

I joined UWCSEA in 2009 for the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Our K-12 school environment means I am able to connect with students on a regular basis and foster their development through an extended programme over a number of years. The culmination of the programme in Project Week - the fact that this was what the College was aiming to support our students to do - was the hook for me.

Immediately prior to joining UWCSEA, I was as a Freelance Outdoor Instructor and Expedition Leader based in South Wales, UK, and before that, I worked for a charity in inner-city London that ran outdoor programmes for disaffected youth with the view to supporting them back into education. I studied a BSc Outdoors and Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University.


Holistic Learning Programme, Sustainability, Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA concept based curriculum
 
Cathy Jones
Vice Principal High School, UWCSEA East

Before joining UWCSEA, Cathy has been privileged to have a variety of teaching and leadership experiences, both in terms of location and educational levels. She has worked with students in China, New Zealand, South Africa and England, at middle school, high school and at tertiary level, and in international, public and private schools.

A Geographer and English teacher, Cathy has also enjoyed working with students as they develop leadership skills through a range of service activities, on field trips and excursions and in activities such as Model United Nations (MUN), the publishing of the year book, 'Roots and Shoot's and student leadership groups.

Travel and photography are her favourite holiday pastimes, and she hopes to visit Antarctica when someone works out how to get there cheaply, without being seasick.


Sustainability, Technology
Student experience of UWCSEA's holistic education... 
Graham Silverthorne
Head of UWCSEA East

A History graduate from Cambridge University, Graham spent several years working in banking, editing and the legal world before discovering his life’s passion in teaching.

Originally from the West of England, Graham’s teaching career progressed through posts in Wales, Hampshire and West Berkshire before he took up his first Headteacher appointment at Netherhall School in Cambridge. His second Headship in the UK was at Gordano School, just outside Bristol, where he spent seven years, establishing the School as an independent Foundation School and having a building named after him!

In 2010, he set off on life’s great adventure and became Principal at South Island School, in Hong Kong where he spent 7 very happy years developing a school vision based upon much of the philosophy which underpins the UWC Mission. This adventure brought more bonus than he expected when he met his wife, Wendy, who speaks English a great deal more fluently than he speaks Cantonese. Graham and Wendy love sport (even running in the Singapore heat) and are enthusiastic hikers and cyclists. Wendy has even come to enjoy watching Manchester United play – a team that Graham has followed for longer than he is prepared to say.

Graham is a highly experienced leader with a particular focus on leading, developing and motivating high performing teams. He is an accredited coach and coach trainer and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK where he was also an accredited School Improvement Partner. He continues to work as a performance coach (pro bono) and helped to create a strong coaching culture in the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. His work in this area has been written up in the second edition of Best Practice in Performance Coaching by Carol Wilson. Graham holds a deep commitment to the UWCSEA mission and values and is at his happiest working with children and learning communities.


Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA concept based curriculum
Uniting Nations Day at East Campus 
Janine Larsen
Head of Primary Music, East Campus

Janine joined UWCSEA in 2014 and currently serves as Head of Primary Music at East Campus. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from Boston University. She was a violinist at conservatory, but cultural diversity in education has always been her driving force, which is what brought her to UWC.


Holistic Learning Programme, Teaching and Learning
Primary Languages Rooms 
Margaret Chhoa-Howard
Primary EAL Coordinator, Dover Campus

Margaret Chhoa-Howard established the Primary School English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme on Dover Campus in 2016, following a number of years specialising in the Learning Support Department at the College. This is her second stint in UWCSEA Dover's Primary School, having also taught EAL and LS in international schools in Saudi Arabia, Holland, Beijing and Qatar.

Pilar Jiménez
Head of Home Languages and Teacher of Spanish

Pilar Jiménez established the successful Home Languages Programme (HLP) on Dover Campus in 2017, after 18 years of teaching Spanish as a First Language, Spanish as a Foreign Language and Theory Of Knowledge at UWCSEA Dover. Her degree in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics in combination with her passion for multiculturalism, have driven her to find new paths to embrace and celebrate the rapidly growing linguistic diversity of UWCSEA.


Holistic Learning Programme, School Infrastructure, Teaching and Learning, UWC
Reflecting on our future history 
Chris Edwards
Former Head of College

Chris Edwards, Former Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Opinion, Sustainability, UWC
2019 Report of the Davis UWC Scholars Program 
Johanna Fishbein
Head of University Advising

Johanna joined UWCSEA in 2014 from the International School of Brussels where she was the Head of College and Careers Counseling. Previously at Barnard College, she was Director of Pre-College Programs and Coordinator of International Recruitment. She began teaching in NYC public schools, and is Past President of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).

Pamela Kelly Wetzell
Head of University Advising

Pamela joined Dover in 2010 and moved to East in 2012 to build the UAC in anticipation of the first graduating class in 2014. Pamela practiced law in the US before moving to Asia over 20 years ago, founding a small international school in Phuket before moving to UWCSEA. She is also a mentor for IACAC’s scholar mentor programme.


Alumni, Leadership, UWC
Message from Anna Lord, Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors 
Anna Lord
Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors

An Irish citizen, Anna moved to London after university to work as a banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. After a few years working for Goldman Sachs, she decided to leave the banking industry when her eldest daughter was born. Since 2002, she has had the privilege of spending most of her time raising her four children.

The family moved to Hong Kong in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in January 2009, when Emma joined one of the first Grade 1 classes at the Ang Mo Kio Campus of UWCSEA. Emma is now in High School, and has been joined by her brother William, who is in Middle School and Ciara and Alice who are both in the Junior School.

Anna and her husband Nick were attracted to UWCSEA by its reputation for marrying academic excellence and values-based education. They firmly believe in and are committed to the ethos of the school. Anna is actively engaged with their children's education, as well as with some of the school's global concerns, social and fundraising events. She enjoys working with the Board of Governors to ensure that UWCSEA can maintain its place as a premier international school. She has chaired the Audit, Finance and Engagement Committees, as well as having sat on the search committees to find our Head of College and Director of Finance.

In her free time, Anna enjoys good food and wine, photography, skiing, travel and working on her French.


Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Research about preadolescent readers listening to audiobooks 
Sue Toms
Secondary Teacher Librarian, East Campus

Sue Toms is Secondary Teacher Librarian at UWCSEA East. Previously she has worked at international schools in Nepal, China, Tanzania and South Korea. Sue earned her Doctorate of Education degree from the University of New England, Australia and her Masters of Education (Teacher Librarianship) from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Sue can be contacted via email at sjt@uwcsea.edu.sg

 

Holistic Learning Programme, Teaching and Learning, Technology
Interviews with seasoned journalists highlight challenges in the profession 
Ananya Sengutpa
Student, East Campus

Ananya Sengupta is a High School student at East Campus.


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