Our people

We believe that we can change the world by sparking the minds who will influence the future.

Our people

We believe that we can change the world by sparking the minds who will influence the future.

Julia Gabriel, our founder,

created the original format of our programmes over 30 years ago, in addition to establishing a unique methodology for delivering them – EduDrama®. Today, our curriculum development team comprises experienced educators and early childhood specialists who work closely with our teaching teams. Together, they ensure each lesson is relevant, engaging and current, and succeeds in delivering the benefits of an EduDrama education to every child. This curriculum development process involves input and feedback from students, parents, the Ministry of Education and Trinity College London assessors.

Curriculum Specialists:

Mark Gabriel

Mark works closely with Trinity College London to ensure our programmes are aligned to their assessments and co-ordinates our speech and drama teacher training courses. He is the Tournament Director of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships and designs programmes so children can master the art of debate and persuasive speaking. Mark has been working at Julia Gabriel Education since 1999 as a teacher, trainer and member of the Board of Directors.

Fiona McDonald

Since 2000, Fiona has been designing programmes to support children with learning differences. She has worked extensively with children, families and teachers in our schools in Singapore and overseas. She supports teachers so they can adapt curriculum appropriately to suit the needs of individual learners.

Reuben George

Reuben has been at Julia Gabriel Education since 2015. He is involved in creating curriculum for the Stage Lights Performance Arts programmes. He has also developed mindfulness programmes which give children the tools needed to develop emotional literacy and focus. Reuben also plans and conducts training for drama educators.

Early Learning Programmes

Elisa Low

Early Learning Programmes

Elisa is the Head of the Early Learning Programmes and works closely with parents and their young children to create learning experiences that enable our youngest students to develop in all domains. Elisa has been working for Julia Gabriel Education since 2003. She ensures the quality of the programmes for our youngest students in Julia Gabriel Centres in Singapore and overseas.

Claire Jaffray

Early Learning Programmes

Claire has worked for Julia Gabriel Education since 2002, both in Singapore and Jakarta. Claire works on all the performance elements in our Early Learning Programmes. Claire also creates training for teachers to use drama in the classroom to engage the children.

Zaidah Zainal


Zai has always worked with young children and was with a preschool and a children’s gym before joining Julia Gabriel Education in 2014. Zai works with our youngest students and ensures that a high standard of care and quality is met in all experiences planned for our PlayNest babies.

Julizan Sahul Hamid


Julizan joined Julia Gabriel Education in 2009 as a part-time assistant teacher. She soon discovered her passion for working with children and trained to become a teacher. Her creative approach to engaging children is perfect for designing lesson plans for PlayClub classes.

Drama, Communication and Literacy Programmmes

Mala Sundram

Head of Drama, Communication
& Literacy Programmmes

Mala worked closely with our founder, Julia Gabriel, when she joined us as a speech and drama teacher in 2002. Her role includes ensuring that all elements of EduDrama are delivered throughout our programmes, in addition to overseeing programme quality in all Drama, Communication and Literacy classes. Mala continues Julia’s vision through teacher training and programme design. Before joining Julia Gabriel Education, Mala was a teacher at Nanyang Girls’ High School.

Moe Moe Lwin

Readers & Writers Programmes
– Primary

Moe Moe has been involved in teaching and designing literacy programmes for many years, working with preschool, primary, secondary and university students. She has worked in established enrichment centres, schools and university programmes. Moe Moe first joined Julia Gabriel Education in 2004 and has been deeply involved in the creation of our Readers and Writers programmes.

Shyamala Menon

Communication Programmes
– Primary & Secondary

Teaching was a second career for Shyam, although she was involved in speech and drama as a student. Today Shyam co-ordinates and designs our communication-based programmes that are taught in our centres and in primary and secondary schools throughout Singapore. This involvement with the Ministry of Education keeps Shyam and our teams up to date with any new direction in these schools. Shyam also prepares the curriculum to support all our Speech Communication Arts students for assessments with Trinity College London. Shyam has been with Julia Gabriel Education since 2011.

Fidi Hassim

Speech & Drama Programmes
– Preschool

Fidi has been acting since she was 8 years old and has performed both on stage and on screen around the world. Her love of drama and children come together in her role as an educator. Fidi is passionate about creating programmes which engage and motivate children to express themselves with clarity and confidence. Fidi joined Julia Gabriel Education in 2003.

Hartina Sari Binte Abdullah

Readers & Writers Programmes
– Preschool

Since 2004, Tina spent much of her time at Julia Gabriel Education as a kindergarten teacher in our Julia Gabriel Preschool (originally under the name Chiltern House).

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