Our teaching staff consists of two teachers in each classroom environment. All primary classrooms have a fully qualified, native English expatriate class teacher with a wide variety of experience and skills to help them succeed in an international environment. University-qualified local teachers work closely with the class teachers to support the learning program offered.
We are also lucky to be supported by wonderful specialist teachers and an incredible and enthusiastic office staff.
Principal & Reception Class Teacher
Justine Hitchcock is an experienced educator from New Zealand who is loving her life in Indonesia with the Semarang International School family as Teaching Principal and Reception class teacher. Justine attended Massey University where she graduated in 2001 with a Masters degree in Education, specializing in Gifted Education. Her passion for education has given her experience in many areas of the field of education, including classroom teaching, school management, policy development and tertiary lectureship. After her beginning experiences as a classroom teacher in Auckland, Justine was employed by the Ministry of Education as part of a team that conducted the revision of New Zealand's National Curriculum. From there she became the Teaching Principal at Moriah College, a small primary school in Wellington, New Zealand. Her most recent role was at Te Whare Wananga of Awanuiarangi, an indigenous university, where she was a senior lecturer on their Bachelor of Education programme. She has a deep joy for learning, and loves sharing this with the students and community at Semarang International School.
Reception Class Teacher
Puji has been working in Smart & Fun Home Learning Center Course for 2 years, after she graduated from IKIP PGRI Semarang Faculty of Language and Art Education and major in English department. Puji immediately work in Semarang International School this year. With her 2 years experience in Learning Center Course, Puji has improved her knowledge and teaching skills. Now she is ready to work in Semarang International School with the team for the development of the school. Puji thinks that children have different world from adults. The children have special moment, creativity, and uniqueness that are very wonderful. All of that moment can not be back when they are adult, so we need to guide, educate, and take care of their skills. For her, teaching is her challenge and passion.
Toddlers Class Teacher
Sisca is our fantastic Infant and Toddlers teacher. She graduated from a psychology faculty in 2007 and has been working with children for the last 3 years. Sisca started as a teacher assistant for gifted children then in 2008 she worked as a tutor in an English course. Sisca has taught students from kindergarten level to teenagers. Sisca enjoyed teaching English and decided that she would continue her experience in an International School setting so she joined Semarang International School in October 2008. Sisca applied for a teacher assistant vacancy in preschool and enjoyed the opportunity to teach children with various nationalities. During Sisca’s second year at Semarang International School, she was asked to be the lead teacher in the Toddler class. Sisca has said “It’s a wonderful experience and I continually improve my skills in teaching children. I find that Semarang International School gives me opportunities to expand knowledge by providing teachers professional development such as guided reading, running records, international mindedness, and guidance with our International Primary Curriculum."
Toddlers Class Teacher
Desi has been working in International schools for the last five years. After she graduated from Diponegoro University Faculty of Letters with a major in American Studies, Desi immediately worked at Semarang International School for more than three years and has taught across many different levels of class. Desi moved to Jakarta in 2009 to follow her husband and she worked for an international school in Jakarta. There, she also taught different levels of classes and specialized in early childhood levels. With her four years experiences in two different international schools, Desi has improved her knowledge and teaching skill. Now, she’s back at Semarang International School and ready to work together with the team for the development of the school. Desi thinks that every child is unique and develops at his/her own paces so we need to guide and help them to explore their uniqueness. For her, teaching is her passion.
Preschool & Kindergarten Class Teacher
Marea is a newly qualified Early Childhood Teacher who graduated in 2009 from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Prior to coming to Semarang Marea held the position of head teacher of the preschool class for a privately owned early childhood centre in New Zealand. In addition to this qualification Marea has a Bachelor of Social Sciences’ majoring in psychology of which she obtained in 2004 from the same University. Marea has taught in the Early years department of Semarang International School since 2011. She resides here with her family. Marea is passionate about early childhood education and believes that these years are the most important years of any child’s life and the learning moments the child experiences at this stage really do pave a path for their future learning and development. For her the true rewards of this profession are watching the excitement a child experiences when they achieve a milestone or learn something new. She is fortunate to have witnessed this first-hand with the raising of her own children. Marea is a great believer in building responsive and reciprocal relationships with the child, and their families as this paves a strong foundation for an encouraging learning environment where a child feels secure, supported and respected. Marea has an ‘open-door’ policy and is looking forward to working with you and your children in the new school year.
Preschool & Kindergarten Class Teacher
Utami is Semarang International School’s preschool & kindergarten teacher. Prior to working here she was the class teacher of special needs children at Sekolah Luar Biasa for over 5 years. Since then Utami has worked at Semarang Intertional School in the Early Years, Preschool & Kindergarten class and as our art specialist teacher. She likes to painting, drawing and make something artistic. Utami loves children and she believes every children are unique. Teaching children is became part of her life.
Preschool & Kindergarten Class Teacher
Rachma is a new local teacher in Papua Class. This is her first time working in an international school. Rachma graduated from Semarang State University (UNNES) majoring English Education, she worked as a Direct Dialogue Campaigner for Greenpeace Semarang and as an English – Math teacher in E.nopi (Eye Level) Semarang. With some experiences she had, Rachma would like to get more experience and improve her teaching skill in Semarang International School and ready to work together with the team for development of the school.Rachma thinks that kids are amazing and they have their own world. For her, it is always interesting to explore their world.
Year 1 & 2 Class Teacher
Elisha Campbell graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts degree and has been teaching for 4 years. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed teaching students from Kindergarten to Year 6 at Walgett Community College and Nyngan Public School. Elisha provides her students with a challenging, stimulating and supportive environment that values participation from all of her students, as well as parents and the wider community. Elisha has enjoyed leading the choir and technology programs at her previous schools and hopes to share these skills and passions at Samarang International School. She is excited about moving from Sydney, Australia to Semarang and delving into its customs, heritage, language and culture.
Year 1 & 2 Class Teacher
Nila is the new local teacher in Sumatra Class. She graduated from Diponegoro University of Psychology Faculty in 2009. She gained teaching experience in one the National plus schools in Jakarta where she was teaching early children for 4 years. She is very excited to work with children because working with children is always amazing. She believes that each child has different and unique way to improve him/herself. She enjoys facilitating children to explore their environment. She is happy to have the opportunity to join with the Semarang International School family. She hopes to bring a positive contribution here and improve her teaching leraning skills.
Year 3 & 4 Class Teacher
Kylie Moody is from Sydney, Australia. She graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a BA majoring in Asian and International Studies and with a Bachelor of Teaching. Kylie has been teaching for nine years and has previously worked at Ingleburn Primary School, St Patrick’s School and St Joseph’s School in New South Wales. She has taught a variety of grades including Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Kylie likes to build working partnerships with parents and the wider school community in order to create the finest teaching and learning experiences. She believes that students should feel a sense of ownership and responsibility towards their own educational experiences. To encourage this, Kylie engages the students in independent, differentiated and co-operative activities that involve active discovery and inquiry-based learning. She is looking forward to learning more about the traditions, customs and language of Indonesia and is excited to be joining the teaching staff of Semarang International School.
Year 3 & 4 Class Teacher
Ms. Sari, as everyone calls her, she graduated from Semarang State University Faculty of Culture and Art with a major in English Education. She has been teaching in an English Course for a year. Also, she has ever been teaching secondary school students. Teaching primary school students is her passion. This is her first time teach primary student and she loves it.
Year 5, 6 & 7 Class Teacher
Jordan Joanisse is from Ottawa, Canada. Before coming to Indonesia, he taught Years 3 through 7 in Canada, Australia, and South Korea. He received an Honors BA in Philosophy from The University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Teaching Degree from Griffith University. His goal at Semarang International School is to instil a life-long love of learning in his students, while equipping them with the skills, knowledge and understanding in the 21st century. His teaching is informed by the latest theories and research in the field of education. He believes in a student-centered classroom, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. He has a particular interest in integrating technology into his teaching, using a range of resources to facilitate learning in all subjects. Jordan’s classroom is a safe and supportive learning environment, based on mutual respect and a celebration of diversity. He encourages close and productive relationships with parents, maintaining frequent communication via a class website, e-mail, telephone, and daily availability before and after class. This year, he will use the Cambridge and IPC curricula to develop a rigorous learning program in which all students achieve success and are challenged to reach their highest potential.
Year 5, 6 & 7 Class Teacher & Senior Teacher
Betty comes from Manado, North Sulawesi. Betty studied at Hasanuddin University in Makassar South Sulawesi. When she heard there was a position at Semarang International School and the position involved teaching a small group of children from international backgrounds she was immediately interested and extremely pleased to be appointed. In 1996, Betty started to work at Semarang International School. A few years later she was asked to teach maths, ESL, science, social studies in addition to Bahasa Indonesia to the senior students from year 4 to 8. This year Betty will continue to work in the senior class with Mr. Jordan. In June 2004, she was appointed to be the Head Indonesian Teacher. One of her important tasks is to be the role model for Indonesian teachers, demonstrating attitudes of carrying, professionalism, support, and high academic expectations for all students. She knows that this is not easy but she always wants to try her best. In June 2011, Betty was invited to attend the Teacher Exchange Program at Macaulay Primary School in the United Kingdom. It was really a valuable experience for her. She learned a lot of things there especialy the way Macaulay Primary School implements the International Primary Curriculum. She is currently attending the Master Program at Semarang State University (UNNES). Betty believes the best things about working at Semarang International School are the students, the professional and supportive staff, and the great community atmosphere that comes from being a small school. It is lovely to see many age groups learning and playing together. It is certainly an excellent place for children to develop appreciation of different cultures and positive social skills. She is looking forward to more enjoyable and challenging years at Semarang International School.
Year 5, 6 & 7 Class Teacher
Virgiawan, or Mr. Egi, as everyone calls him, comes from Purworejo Regency, Central Java, not too far from Semarang. He was chosen as a teacher by Semarang International School because of his dynamic and engaging style of teaching. This humble teacher graduated from Semarang State University, majoring in English Education for his bachelor degree. Because of his desire and passion in teaching and his curiosity in learning, he got Beasiswa Unggulan scholarship to finish his Masters Degree at Diponegoro University and Universiti Putra Malaysia, as his double degree, majoring in Educational Administration. While completing his masters degree, he gained teaching experience in a bilingual elementary school in Semarang for about one and a half years. He left Indonesia to finish his double degree in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for about a year. Now, he is back in Semarang, with the great opportunity to join Semarang International School. "It is such an interesting, amazing and great school I can be involved in. Having so many friendly and helpful teachers, staffs, and students here is so wonderful", he said with a smile.
Livia (Via) is our new Mandarin teacher. She is from Lampung province and she moved to Java for continuing her study to university in 2005. After graduated her English Literature study in Diploma 3 program from the Satya Wacana School of Foreign Language in 2009, she continued to study Mandarin in The Overseas Chinese Vocational School in GuangZhou, China. Two years later (2011) after the graduation of Mandarin study, she continued her English Literature study in the Faculty of Letters, UNIKA Soegijapranata, Semarang for the undergraduate program. When she heard that Semarang International School was looking for a Mandarin teacher, she thought that it would be very good opportunity for her for practicing her language and teaching skill, because she would use English for teaching Mandarin. She loves teaching so much, since she started teaching in 2007 when she was a student. She also started teaching Sunday School in that time. She has already taught different levels of students as well, starting from kindergarten level till university level. She even had some students when she was in China. That was an awesome experience, she thought. She said, "Teaching is my calling. To see the students' improvement would be a personal satisfaction for me."
Sri is Semarang International School’s Librarian. Sri’s special subject is religion. When she finished college she was sent to South Sumatera (Tanjung Balai Karimun) to teach at local high school for 3 years where she was asked to teach several subjects such as Bahasa Indonesia, English, Singing Class and Agama Katolik. After those three years Sri returned to her hometown and worked at local high schools (both private and public school). Now Sri lives in Ungaran and has been teaching here at Semarang International School for over 20 years. She has taught across the different year levels and this year she is our specialist librarian and teaching Bahasa Indonesia.
PR and Marketing Officer
Imam Santosa is from Purbalingga and went to Stikubank University, Semarang to gain knowledge in Marketing Management Studies. In 2007, Imam began his Semarang International School journey in the role of high school supervisor. Two years later, he was assigned the position of Events Organiser where he brought a unique and energetic flare to the role. In 2010, Imam found his true passion in the role of PR Marketing Officer. Because Imam has such a passion for this school and its community it is like second nature for him to promote and speak about the great work here at this school. He is the most dedicated, organized perfectionist and he loves this school. In his own words this really is “the best school in the world”. Imam Santosa enjoys travelling, reading novels, running and doing some volunteer activities during his free time.
General Affairs Officer/HR
Ajeng was born and breed here in Semarang. So it was only natural for her to assume her current role as General Affairs Officer here at Semarang International School. Before entering into this role, Ajeng completed studies in English from Diponegoro University in 2007. Her role here at Semarang International School is only suited to a multi-tasker, who can complete all duties with grace, confidence and an elegance that only one lady could posses, that lady is Ajeng. At times Ajeng has been described as the backbone of this school. Behind the scenes she is found organizing, coordinating and ushering people to venues, events and appointments. She is so hard working and determined to have the school running smoothly. This talented lady has dedicated five years of her time, effort and love to this school, the teachers, the students and the wider community without hesitation or question. In her own words she “lives, breathes and loves Semarang International School fiercely”.
Titien is the new staff in the office. She joined in Semarang International School since 2012. She has been working as finance for 12 years in Jakarta. Titien completed studies in Aquatic Resources Management – Fisheries Faculty from Institut Bogor in 2000. She moved to Semarang due to family demand. She was very happy be part of Semarang International School because she loves children and meet so many amazing people.
Ivan completed his Bachelor degree from Macquarie University, New South Wales majoring in Accounting. Also, he has past experience working in an International School in Australia before moving back to Indonesia. Therefore working in an educational environment and around children such as in Semarang International School is where he enjoys working the most. His also enjoys singing, playing badminton and futsal.