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 & Kindergarten Teacher
Justine Hitchcock is an experienced educator from New Zealand who is loving her life in Indonesia with the Semarang Multinational 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, 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 Multinational School.
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 6 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 Multinational School in October 2008. During Sisca’s second year at Semarang Multinational 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 Multinational 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 six years. After she graduated from Diponegoro University Faculty of Letters with a major in American Studies, Desi immediately worked at Semarang Multinational School 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 Multinational School and enjoying working on the development of the school. Desi thinks that every child is unique and develops at his/her own pace so we need to guide and help them to explore their uniqueness. Teaching is her passion.
Reception Class Teacher
Marea is a 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 Multinational 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 children, 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 Multinational School’s toddlers 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 Multinational School in the Early Years, Preschool & Kindergarten class and as our art specialist teacher. She likes to painting, drawing and creating art. Utami loves children and she believes every child is unique. Teaching children has become a part of her life.
Year 1 & 2 Class Teacher
Rachma is a team teacher in the Sumatera Class. This is her first time working in an international school. Rachma graduated from Semarang State University (UNNES) majoring English Education. She has worked as a Direct Dialogue Campaigner for Greenpeace Semarang and as an English – Math teacher in E.nopi (Eye Level) Semarang. 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 5 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 Book Week Programs at Semarang Multinational 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
Ms Indah graduated from Satya Wacana Christian University Faculty of Language and Literature with a major in English Education, and now teaches as a local teacher in our Sumatera class. During her college life she began teaching English as a second language to first year college students in theEnglish Department of SatyaWacana and then became an interpreter for foreign teachers. Indah believes that teaching is part of learning and enjoys the process of exploring new knowledge and different cultures.She thinks that teaching children is a challenge and she is excited to make a contribution to Semarang International School.
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 ten 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 all the grades from Year One through to Year Six. 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 a part of the teaching staff of Semarang Multinational School.
Year 3 & 4 Class Teacher
Ms. Sari, as everyone calls her, graduated from Semarang State University Faculty of Culture and Art with a major in English Education. She then taught in an English Course for a year. Teaching primary school students is her passion. She loves her position as team teacher in our Bali Class.
Year 5 & 6 Class Teacher
Lauren graduated from Flinders University in South Australia with a Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) and a Diploma of Languages. Since graduating Lauren has taught a variety of grades in Primary in both Australia and Indonesia. Her passion for teaching and travelling lead to her decision to join Semarang Multinational School. Lauren believes that the classroom should be a safe space where students can explore, learn and discover their unique talents, with specifically designed task to allow for all students to be successful and to feel proud of their own achievements. She has a love of learning, the arts especially music, and the outdoors.
Year 5 & 6 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 a 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. In June 2011, Betty was invited to attend the Teacher Exchange Program at Macaulay Primary School in the United Kingdom. It was very valuable experience for her. She learned a lot of things there especially 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 an appreciation of different cultures and positives social skills. She is looking forward to more enjoyable and challenging years at Semarang International School.
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 Multinational School because of his dynamic and engaging style of teaching. This humble teacher graduated from Semarang State University, majoring in English Education in his bachelor degree. Because of his desire and passion in teaching and his curiosity in learning, he received a Beasiswa Unggulan scholarship to finish his Masters Degree at Diponegoro University and Universiti Putra Malaysia, as a 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 Multinational School. "It is such an interesting, amazing and great school I can be involved in. Having so many friendly and helpful teachers, staff, and students here is so wonderful", he said with a smile.
Mr Kridha graduated from PGRI Semarang University Departement of Civic Education. He has five years experience as a teacher and also librarian. He has joined Semarang Multinational School with the big task of making our library a technology-enhanced e-library. His goal is make students love reading and enjoy their library.
Reception Class Teacher
Ms Rossy graduated from State University of Semarang (UNNES) in 2011. She majored in English Education. After graduating, she joined in a voluntary teaching program held by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), named SM3T (Sarjana Mendidik di Daerah Terdepan, Terluar, danTertinggal) for one year in Aceh Besar Regency, Aceh Province, Indonesia. From this she gained many experiences, and greatly improved her teaching skills. She then spent another year attending a Professional Teacher Training Program (PPG) on a scholarship given to the voluntary teachers of the SM3T program. In April 2014, she joined Semarang Multinational School and immediately began to enjoy the great learning atmosphere offered by the school. For her, teaching makes her feel alive. It lets her share her knowledge and skills with the students and at the same time she learns new things from them everyday.
Primary Mandarin Teacher
Nicky was born in Semarang and graduated from Soegijapranata Catholic University with a Bachelor in 2007 and from Diponegoro University with a Master Degree in 2010. Nicky loves Mandarin and loves teaching. She says she has loved going to school ever since she was a small child. Whilst working for Rumah Bahasa Universal (RBU) Nicky taught at YSKI senior high school and YSKI junior high school at Semarang, and then started at Semarang Multinational School in 2015. She says she is very happy and excited about being here as the atmosphere is fun and high spirited.
Wahyu Ragil Kurniawan is originally from Jepara. Out students usually call him Mr. Wahyu. He graduated from Semarang State University (UNNES) as predicate best student in the Physical Education program. He joined Semarang Multinational School as our PE Teacher in August 2014. His goal is to make the children sweaty, healthy, and happy. He really loves teaching at this school because the students are smart and enjoy learning.
Her full name is Nur Hidayah, but everybody calls her miss Yaya. She was born in Boyolali. She graduated from Semarang State University (UNNES) majoring English for Education. Her greatest passion is teaching. She is experienced in teaching English at various levels. She started teaching English for EFL learners when she was student. Previously, she worked as an English teacher and instructor in the Center for International Language Development, UNISSULA before joining Semarang Multinational School in September 2014. At SMS she works as an ESOL teacher to help students with special needs in English. For her, being a teacher allows her to learn countless new things and experience various challenges. She believes that every student is capable. They can learn anything as long as they are supported and believed in. “Each student is unique and interesting. Each has a different way in learning something. Never lose faith in them.”, she says.
Imam Santosa is from Purbalingga and went to Stikubank University, Semarang to gain knowledge in Marketing Management Studies. In 2007, Imam began his Semarang Multinational 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 volunteer activities during his free time.
Ms Titien joined Semarang Multinational School in 2012. Previously she worked in finance for 12 years in Jakarta. Titien completed studies in Aquatic Resources Management – Fisheries Faculty from Institut Pertanian Bogor in 2000. She moved to Semarang due to family demands. She is very happy be part of Semarang Multinational School because she loves working with children and meeting so many amazing people.
Andin is our Office Assistant supporting our Principal and our Marketing team. She graduated from Pandanaran University faculty of Politics and Social Science with a major in Public Relations. She joined in our school in April 2015 and quickly found that working with children in an international environment is just perfect for her.
Ms. Atik, graduated from Stikubank University majoring in computer technology. She joined Semarang Multinational School as a finance staff at the beginning of October 2014, and is happy to be part of the school and meeting lovely children.