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English Speech & Drama

FELISA FERNANDEZ is very passionate about teaching as well as acting. It is really because of her love for theatre and her strong belief that children learn best through play, which has brought her to embark in her journey with us at Learning Horizon. She also believes that no two children are alike and that every child has the potential to develop their creative as well as their artistic skills. As such, she ensures that her lessons are not only lively and fun but also engaging for the young actors under her wings.   She holds an advance certificate in Early Childhood Education from National Institute of Education, a Diploma in Public Speaking from London College of Music and Drama, and a Diploma in Speech & Drama from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Felisa has much experience in developing the Speech and Drama curriculum and in conducting workshops for teachers and secondary pupils (Understanding Literature and Introduction to Shakespeare’s Plays). With her vast experience and competence in this field, she is the Curriculum Specialist in our Speech and Drama Department.

MARY LEANA ELISE Y. GO holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts majoring in theater arts from a prestigious school in the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University. She has been involved in theater for more than 5 years and has been part of countless productions. She has also conducted annual acting workshops for secondary public school students and facilitated in confidence building workshops for street children.

She started teaching drama classes back in 2007 and has been hooked with enthusiasm and delight ever since then. Her passion for both theater and for teaching makes every classroom experience a unique one. She carries out each and every lesson plan as if it is a performance. She makes sure she connects with the audience, in this case, the students with her engaging presence bringing the fun back in learning.

RAFIDAH SHIHAB is a bubbly and energetic teacher who loves to engage in physical activities and movements with children during classes. She has been in the early childhood industry for about 4 ½ years. Her past performance experiences include dance choreography as well as acting and directing concerts/ plays for her previous centre. She brings her vibrant personality and commitment to her job and the children under her care.

She has a Diploma in Pre-School Education – Teaching and Leadership (DPT & DPL) and attained her Certificate in Speech and Drama, Creative Writing, Phonics, Music and Movement from the College of Teachers – U.K. After joining Learning Horizon, she furthered her studies and attained her Foundation Teaching Certificate in Speech and Drama from Julia Gabriel’s in late 2007.

Currently, she is in the midst of attaining her Trinity Guildhall Foundation Teaching Certificate (Speech & Drama), which she will complete by the end of 2009.

FAREENA NIZAR ALI always believes in making her speech & drama sessions lively, relaxed and fun, which in turn makes the entire learning process thoroughly interactive and enjoyable for children. She holds a Diploma in Mass Communications from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (M.D.I.S), a Certificate in Preschool Teaching (CPT) from Singapore Institute of Management, and also a Foundation Teaching Certificate in Speech and Drama from Julia Gabriel’s.

Her early years of teaching Speech & Drama were spent freelancing at various schools. She has taught different age groups ranging from preschool to upper primary. Fareena’s hobbies include reading, theatre and mixing with people from all walks of life.

Broadly, her philosophy is to encourage and motivate her students. At the end of the year, she hopes to develop every child to become more articulate and confident in front of an audience. It’s also her wish that each child has good memories of the times he/she spent in her class. Fareena hopes to play a vital role in the early learning stages of the children in her care and witness his/her progression in the subject of Speech & Drama.

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SARAH PARVEEN has been teaching Speech and Drama on a freelance basis to children from pre-school to secondary school. She has been teaching with Learning Horizon for a year now.

She holds a Diploma in Pre-School Education from the Singapore Institute of Management and is currently pursuing her Diploma in Pre-school Education (Leadership) from RTRC ASIA. Aside to that, she also has a Certificate in Speech and Drama, Phonics and Phonetics from Thinking Box Consultants.

Sarah enjoys teaching young children and has a strong interest in speech and drama. She tries to always make her lessons as fun as possible and to always bring out the best in every child in her care. She believes in continually equipping herself with the necessary skills throughout her teaching practice. She aims to further her studies in the field of Speech and Drama.

CAROLYNE CHUA is currently engaged in the teaching of pre-schoolers in various Enrichment Programmes including Creative Writing, Reading Programme and Speech and Drama. She’s taught in a pre-school setting for over 3 years and also served as a Supervisor in a Childcare Centre prior to that.

She graduated from NUS with a B Soc Sc (Hons) and also obtained a Diploma in Child Psychology and Management of Children with Learning Disabilities. She is certified by the College of Teachers (UK) in Creative Writing & Speech and Drama and at present pursuing her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at NTU.

ASHESHA PATHAK holds a Master of Arts degree from India. She worked at Learning Vision's Tan Tock Seng centre between 2001 and 2003.

Returning to India, Mrs Pathak worked as a senior teacher in the primary section of Amity International, one of India's best-known schools. She also served as a consultant to Achievers' – a theatrical and educational institution for school children.

Mrs Pathak then started her own kindergarten in India and had an enrollment of more than 50 children in less than a year, looked after by a staff of five teachers. The institution acquired a reputation for its cosy environment, fun learning and numerous field trips.

Mrs Pathak has been teaching speech and drama at various branches of Learning Vision for the past two years. She is extremely fond of Indian dance and music and has helped the Indian schools here choreograph musicals for their various functions.

SAPNA has a varied professional background with stints in Advertising & Public Relations, I.T. and eventually settled down with a Certificate in Montessori Education from Indian Montessori Training College, Bangalore. To add to the Montessori portfolio, she also undertook a Speech and Drama course in Singapore from Julia Gabriel centre in 2006. Sapna is also equipped with a Degree in Arts.Sapna brings more than 6 years of teaching experience in a Montessori Environment in India and in Singapore. She is fond of cooking Indian & continental dishes, loves reading fast paced fiction novels and spends a part of her time doing sketches, charcoal & oil painting.

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