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Our People

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

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At the heart of our learning journey at Julia Gabriel Centre is the individual. Our people are the drivers of change – and we believe that we can change the world by sparkling the minds who will influence the future. At Julia Gabriel Centre, we have a team of excellent staff and teachers who are committed and dedicated to driving our mission. Many of our staff and teachers are not only qualified and certified educational specialists, but also parents and performers.

Julia Gabriel Centre has a team of over 200 skilled professionals dedicated to education and communication – teachers of voice, speech, drama, literature, early childhood education, musicians and linguists.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

FIONA WALKER

MEd, Dip Montessori AMI

Managing Director

Trained and qualified through the University of South Australia and the Maria Montessori Training Organisation.

Fiona comes from Scotland and first joined Julia Gabriel Centre as a teacher in 1991. She has held several senior positions in both Julia Gabriel Centre and Chiltern House, and is now the Managing Director of the Julia Gabriel Education group. Fiona passionately believes that every childhood should be filled with positive experiences and wonder. She works with teams in our centres in Singapore and overseas to ensure our programmes deliver the Julia Gabriel Education promise.

SUMATHI JAYARAM

Cert Ed

Principal of Julia Gabriel Centre

Trained and qualified through the Institute of Education, Singapore.

A long-term member of our staff at Julia Gabriel Education, Sumathi was a Head of Centre at Chiltern House before moving over the Julia Gabriel Centre to become our Principal. As well as overseeing all Julia Gabriel Centre operations, she also co-ordinates our Early Learning Programmes and teaching team. She shares her extensive knowledge by working with others, supporting their growth and enabling them to deliver the high quality of programmes you can expect from Julia Gabriel Centre.

MARK GABRIEL

MPhil (Cantab), BA (Hons), ATCL, ACTA

Director & Senior Teacher

Trained and qualified through the University of Cambridge, the University of London, Trinity College London and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency.

The son of the founder of Julia Gabriel Centre, and one of Julia’s earliest students, Mark has been a member of our staff since 1999. He has held many roles at Julia Gabriel Centre over the years, including heading our school support services programmes and heading the Julia Gabriel School of Education (our adult training division). He is currently a Director of the Julia Gabriel Education group and also oversees various areas including co-ordinating our speech and drama teacher training programmes, overseeing our students’ Trinity College London assessments and running our main community service project – the annual Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships.

MALA SUNDRAM

MA, PGDE, ATCL, JGTC

Head of Drama, Communication & Literacy Programmes

Trained and qualified through the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Trinity College London and the Julia Gabriel School of Education.

Mala’s first experience of Julia Gabriel Centre was back in 1998, when she was working as a secondary school teacher and decided to join our centre’s speech and drama teacher training programme. She subsequently decided to join us as a teacher in 2002. Mala believes that everyone has the ability to become a confident communicator, able to express themselves well through both speech and writing, and works with our teaching team to ensure that the experience of every student at Julia Gabriel Centre is fruitful and empowering.

HUANG YING

BA, Dip Ed, JGFTC

Head of Mandarin Programmes

Trained and qualified through Beijing Language & Culture University, Beijing Preschool Teacher Training Academy and the Julia Gabriel School of Education.

Huang Ying is the Head of Chengzhu Mandarin Centre and the co-ordintator of Mandarin programmes across the whole of Julia Gabriel Education, including the Mandarin curriculum at Chiltern House and the programmes at Julia Gabriel Centre which include Mandarin elements (such as our Bilingual PlayClub programme). She and her teams of talented Mandarin educators have developed a love of both the language and Chinese culture in thousands of children. She regularly works with parents on how they can support their children’s language development.