Our teaching staff consists of two teachers in each classroom environment. All primary classrooms have a fully qualified, native English expatriate class teacher who have 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 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 Class Teacher
Alicia Zhao is both the Teaching Principal and Kalimantan class teacher at Semarang International School. She has truly enjoyed working in Semarang so far and has found it exciting to learn about the traditions, customs and language of both the school and Indonesia itself. Alicia attended Western Michigan University where she graduated in 2005 with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Science and Math as well as Integrated Creative Arts for the Classroom. Alicia has previously worked at Shanghai United International School in Shanghai, China for five years before moving to Semarang. She entered the school as an English teacher for the local stream then joined the international stream when it expanded in her second year. Alicia had experience teaching grades one through four as well as being the Curriculum Coordinator for over two years. Alicia has extensive experience in the International Primary Curriculum and has enjoyed learning more about the Cambridge International Programme. With a hands-on approach to learning at the core of Semarang International School’s program and at the core of Alicia’s personal teaching beliefs, it looks to be an exciting year!
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 four 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 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 travelled to Semarang with her family including her husband Jason, her eight year old son Iraia, her two year old daughter Lucy and her nearly one year old, Semarang born Erahina. 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 Class Teacher
Utami is Semarang International School’s local preschool teacher. Prior to working here she use to be the class teacher of special needs children at Sekolah Luar Biasa for over five years. Since then Utami has worked at Semarang International School in the Early Years Classrooms, both the Toddler Class and Preschool Class, and as our art specialist teacher.
Kindergarten Class Teacher
Pisca is our local teacher in the Kindergarten Class. She has lived in Semarang where she graduated from Diponegoro University majoring in American Studies as well as from Dian Nuswantoro University majoring in Information Systems. She has been working at Semarang International School for ten years and has taught across all levels. Pisca mentions that she enjoys working at Semarang International School, as it is a unique community that is open, friendly and supportive. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and cooking.
Reception & Year 1 Class Teacher
Serena is from Kailua, Hawaii. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and of Chamidade University of Honolulu with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Serena has been teaching for seven years at Ewa Beach Elementary and Ka’elepulu Elementary in Hawaii. She has taught Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1, and Year 2. Prior to becoming a primary teacher, Serena worked as a gymnastics coach for 10 years. Her strengths are primary literacy education, physical education, and community/teambuilding activities. Serena believes that the school is a place to help students excel in the unfolding journey of their lives by challenging them to develop their minds and characters. School is a place where learning how to learn is equally important as acquiring general knowledge. Serena strongly believes that children should learn through practical application and the learning process should be dynamic and engaging for all students. Her overall goal is to cultivate lifelong learners and global citizens.
Reception & Year 1 Class Teacher
Supri has been working in Semarang International School for seven years. He started his position in the administration office as our receptionist. Then Supri was given the opportunity to teach in the Infant class from 2005- 2009. Supri had previously been our special subject Bahasa Indonesia teacher in all classes, teaching children from ages 3-12 years. Supri also enjoys assisting in our Physical Education program and has been involved with futsal coaching. Supri has a great personality; he is a fun and easy going person and works very well with the children.
Year 2 & 3 Class Teacher
Robert Brandt-Marsden was trained in Primary Education for four years at York Saint John University in the county Yorkshire, Northern England. During his time at University, he trained in a variety of urban, sub-urban and rural settings, and also did further experience in a Special Needs school. The time that Robert spent in school placements and at University allowed him to work with a variety of children and develop into fully qualified teacher. Following University, Robert began his induction year at Forest of Galtres Primary School in North Yorkshire working with year 4 and then year 5 for the following two academic years. During this time he had developed a wider variety of skills, coordinated subjects and worked along members of the community on exciting topics and projects. Now Robert has entered the great opportunity of working in Semarang International School where he looks forward to teaching year 2 and 3. For a number of years, he has wanted to move abroad and further develop his career in an international school and feels that SIS is the place to do this.
Year 2 & 3 Class Teacher
Paramita has been working as a local teacher for about seven years. Before joining Semarang International School, she worked for an International Preschool in Salatiga as a main teacher for Toddlers then Kindergarten and as a tutor in an English Course Institution in Ungaran as an English trainer for teachers in school training. Mita also had experience in company training, teaching classes from primary level to adults. Paramita has been working in Semarang International School for about four years. During her time in Semarang International School she had been worked with the High School students, Infants - as a shadow teacher for children with special needs, Juniors - taught Maths and part of IPC and recently has been working with our Year 2 & 3. Paramita really loves teaching, communicating with people, especially children. She enjoys challenges and new experiences.
Year 4, 5, 6 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 4, 5, 6 Class Teacher, Head 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. 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.
Classroom Assistant & Exams Officer
Herina is working in many different classrooms at Semarang International School, especially the Senior Class. She is also the newly appointed exams officer at school co-ordinating the Cambridge International Exams as well as the International School Assessments. She graduated from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia then continued & finished her Master's degree from Diponegoro University Semarang. She loves teaching as she started to teach since she was still in high school by teaching Sunday School and volunteering to teach English for less fortunate people in her neighborhood. Herina feels so blessed to have such outstanding colleagues in Semarang International School and the opportunity for helping students of Semarang International School to build their future.
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 three 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 school (both private and public school). Now Sri lives in Ungaran and has been teaching here at Semarang International School for over twenty years. She has taught across the different year levels and this year she is our specialist librarian.
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. If I were to summarize Imam Santosa in a sentence I would say “he is the most dedicated, organized perfectionist I have meet in my life, he loves this school as if it were his own baby!” 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 must wear many different hats on demand and 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 that she, so I have heard “works in her sleep”. 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”.
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. Feel free to come and visit him in the office!