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Senior EduDrama Teachers

     
Moe Moe Lwin
Head of EduDrama and Readers & Writers Programmes
Qualifications:
• Master of Education degree from Nanyang Technological University.
• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English from the University of Yangon.
• Advanced Teacher Education Certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
• Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Canberra Institute of Technology.
• Speech Communication Arts Primary Teaching Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
• Julia Gabriel Teaching Certificate (Speech & Drama).

Background Information:
After teaching for eight years at the International School Yangon, I moved to Singapore in 2004 and joined Julia Gabriel Centre. (And I subsequently became a Singapore citizen.)
I have taught various age groups and students from many different cultural backgrounds. Specialising in teaching English as a second language has given me the opportunity to explore new teaching methodologies related to reading, writing and communication skills.
Raised and educated in the United States for ten years, I can fully understand the difficulties encountered by children learning the English language. Teaching is my passion, and I have always enjoyed working with children from diverse backgrounds.

Personal Interests:
I enjoy reading a variety of texts, keeping up to date with current issues around the world, and travelling to different places whenever the opportunity arises. I also love cooking and enjoy the company of family and friends. Meeting new people from multi-cultural backgrounds is always an exciting experience for me.

     
Lynette Chua
Head of Julia Gabriel School of Education
Qualifications:
• BBus (Hons) degree from Nanyang Technological University.
• LLAM Teacher’s Diploma in Speech & Drama and ALAM Recital Diploma from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts.
• ATCL Communication Skills (Public Speaking) diploma from Trinity College London.

Background Information:
I was first introduced to speech and drama as an extra-curricular activity when I was in primary school. I continued taking speech and drama lessons for 12 years, and completed a teacher’s diploma in the subject in 1999.
After graduating from university, I spent four years working in sales and account servicing positions. I then decided to abandon corporate life and become a full-time speech and drama teacher, and I joined Julia Gabriel Centre in 2002. It was the best decision I have made in my career and I have not looked back since.
I have taught students aged 4 and up. I’m currently the head the Julia Gabriel School of Education, through which I develop our teacher training courses and programmes for parents, schools and other organisations.

Personal Interests:
I love to read, and feel there is nothing better than curling up on a couch and losing myself within the pages of a good book.
I have three daughters who really keep me busy! Our family time is spent outdoors as much as possible, where we cycle, swim or picnic at our favourite spots in East Coast Park or the Botanic Gardens.

     
   
     
Mark Gabriel
Director & Senior Trainer
Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge University.
• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of London.
• ATCL Teaching (Speech & Drama) diploma from Trinity College London.
• Certificate in Speaking Skills and Advanced Award in Oral Communication from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Background Information:
I’ve been a member of the teaching staff at Julia Gabriel Centre since 1999. I’ve taught pre-primary, primary, secondary and adult students in the centre and in our School Support Services programmes.
In the past, I also worked for the Quantum Learning Network, a California-based educational organisation, as Team Leader, Facilitator and Lead Facilitator at their programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.
I also worked as a journalist for a couple of years before I joined Julia Gabriel Centre.
I’ve been a speech and drama student since I was five years old. Working with others to help them develop confidence and communication skills is a passion of mine. I enjoy working with students of all ages.

Personal Interests:
I’m passionate about debating. I’m currently the Tournament Director of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships, which Julia Gabriel Centre organises and sponsors. I’m also a former Tournament Director and Chief Adjudicator of the World Schools Debating Championships, and a former Vice-Chairman of the World Schools Debating Council Executive Committee. As an undergraduate student, I was a member of a team which finished runners-up at the European Universities Debating Championships.
In my spare time, I also enjoy swimming, reading and watching movies.

     
   
   
Mala Sundram
School Support Services Manager
Qualifications:
• Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degrees in English Literature from the National University of Singapore.
• Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
• ATCL Teaching (Speech & Drama) diploma from Trinity College London.
• Julia Gabriel Teaching Certificate (Speech & Drama).

Background Information:
I worked as an English teacher at Nanyang Girls’ High School from 1997-2002. During that time, I coached the school’s debating team and was involved in the Theatre Club, producing and directing short plays.
I became a student of speech and drama in 1998, and joined Julia Gabriel Centre in 2002.
I love working with children and it always gives me great joy to see my students succeed in their endeavours. Teaching has enabled me to be young at heart and to laugh and cry with my students. It will always be my first passion.

Personal Interests:
I am the mother of two girls who have made me realise that being a parent is truly a wonderful experience! Another great passion in my life is literature because reading lifts my spirits, fuels my imagination and stimulates critical thought.

     
   
     
Trevor Rodrigues
Senior Teacher
Qualifications:
• Master of Education degree from Nanyang Technological University.
• Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language & Literature from the Open University.
• AGSM Teacher’s Diploma in Speech & Drama from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Background Information:
I have taught students from as young as two years old through to teenagers and adult learners. Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed guiding young people of all ages, from Julia Gabriel Centre’s PlayClub programmes, through to our preschool and primary school speech and drama programmes, through to students in secondary schools, using drama as a medium for learning.
I enjoy extending my teaching range to cover different ages and approaches so I stay in touch with educational developments and further my own personal and professional growth. That’s my challenge!

Personal Interests:
I enjoy photography, time with my family and my two sons, and a wide range of games.

     
   
     
Desley O’Rourke
Senior Teacher
Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Education degree from the Australian Catholic University.
• Diploma in Infant Teaching from Catholic Teachers College, Sydney.
• Speech Communication Arts Primary Teaching Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
• Julia Gabriel Teaching Certificate (Speech & Drama).

Background Information:
I have been teaching since 1970 in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Singapore. Over the years, I have taught all levels from nursery to upper-secondary. I have held Subject Master positions in English and Social Sciences. In Australia, I was involved extensively in the professional development of teachers as a tutor, supervisor and lecturer. Study has been an integral part of my life and I have been fortunate to be able to continue this during my time with Julia Gabriel Centre.
Teaching for me is an enduring passion. Even in my teenage years I was involved in sports coaching spent many hours working with young children. I enjoy sharing my love of learning, experimenting with new ideas and developing curricula so that students are given creative and expressive ways to develop socially, morally, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

Personal Interests:
I am a wife, mother and grandmother, and this has been the major influence in my life over the past 30 years. I have enjoyed all outdoor sports and activities with my family as they grew up and always managed to include my own love of bushwalking and travel during our family time. I enjoy reading, theatre and mixing with people from different walks of life. I realise the need to remain active and open to new ideas, especially during the later years of working life. I think it is important that my own enjoyment of life and learning should be transparent in my interaction with colleagues and students.

     
   
     
Robert O’Rourke
Senior Teacher
Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Education degree from the Australian Catholic University.
• Diploma in Teaching from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education.
• Speech Communication Arts Primary Teaching Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
• Julia Gabriel Teaching Certificate (Speech & Drama).

Background Information:
I have been teaching now for over twenty years. For the past several years, I’ve been teaching in Singapore, working with children of all levels from kindergarten to secondary. Before this, I taught in schools in Australia. At several of these schools, I was the Aboriginal Studies Co-ordinator and Assistant Sports Master. I have guest lectured at the Australian Catholic University and have graded and mentored student teachers during their practicums. I have continued studying and learning ever since I left high school in 1962, and am continuing to do so today.
I took up teaching as a second career after twenty years in accountancy. However during that time I was already involved with school children in a sports coaching capacity. With my wife and two of my sisters and brother all being teachers, it seemed a natural progression for me to take up the calling. With my father heavily involved in theatre and stage production, it seems I have come full circle in teaching speech and drama at Julia Gabriel Centre.

Personal Interests:
I have always enjoyed reading from when I was a young child and also loved to write. I spent fourteen years in Papua New Guinea and this has instilled in me a love of travel to discover other cultures. This is probably the reason I became involved in Indigenous Studies in Australia. I love crossword puzzles and good movies as a form of relaxation, and attend as many live shows as I can get to here in Singapore.

     
   
     
Khatijah Rahmat
Senior Teacher
Qualifications:
• Certificate in Education from Teachers’ Training College.
• Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the National Institute of Education.
• Speech Communication Arts Primary Teaching Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
• Julia Gabriel Teaching Certificate (Speech & Drama).

Background Information:
My early years of teaching were spent teaching at primary level in international schools in Indonesia and Brunei. After returning to Singapore I was a Principal and Supervisor of kindergartens for 12 years. I have now been teaching speech, drama, reading and writing programmes at Julia Gabriel Centre since 1995.
I love working with young children and have done so for over 30 years. Being with young children gives me a great sense of joy and satisfaction. Their smiles, laughter, innocence, and creativity continue to amaze me and evoke a lasting enthusiasm for teaching.

Personal Interests:
One of major interests is travel as both of my children have continued their education overseas and are now employed overseas in the fields of education and media. In my spare time, I enjoy reading autobiographies and am encouraged by the personal struggles and successes in people’s lives. I also enjoy gardening and walking.

     
   
     
     
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