Academic Board Members

Atima Joshi (Principal)

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Atima Joshi is an experienced educator and has been with EtonHouse since 2003. Atima holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from the University of Delhi, India and a Master of Education Degree from RMIT University in Victoria, Australia. In her various positions as Hindi teacher, ESL teacher, Year 2 and Year 3 Classroom teacher, she has taught students in age ranges from 3 years to 11 years at EtonHouse International School. Her passion, creativity and enthusiasm have enabled her to create learning environments that have supported, challenged and inspired her students. Atima has held Coordinator positions for different curricular areas including the Specialists and Languages departments, Science, Celebrations and Events, Year 2 and Year 3 Classes.

Matthew Scott (Vice Principal)

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Matthew has been a part of the Middleton community since 2018. He is an experienced Educational Leader both in Melbourne and Singapore. He has a passion for lifelong learning which has seen him acquire a Bachelor of Education from Melbourne University, a Masters of Education from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Education (IB, PYP). He is a Google Certified Educator, Apple Teacher and graduate of Positive Neuroplasticity Training.

Matthew is an active member in the broader educational context, from speaking at conferences, to authoring eBooks and mentoring teachers. Recent speaking engagements include the SJI Wellbeing Conference (Singapore), CSA State Conference (Victoria), Digicon and PESA (Melbourne). He has experience working with multiple curriculum models, and has spent time developing national curriculum resources for Australian schools as well being a consultant regarding 21st Century pedagogy across the state of Victoria.

Matthew believes in a socio-constructivist approach to teaching and learning. He is driven by the desire to provide strong academic rigour, coupled with developing key dispositions and thinking routines that support students to be lifelong learners and compassionate citizens. Matthew’s ambition is to see all students flourish, through both academic and social/emotional learning.

Personally, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He has a passion for travelling and living an active lifestyle. On weekends he can be found running, walking, swimming and playing sports with his children.

Martin Hughes (External Member)

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Oxon), PGCE

Martin Hughes has been a member of the EtonHouse family since 2007. He brings many years of experience as Principal both from his native UK since 1990 and internationally in China where he was the Founding Principal at EtonHouse International School Wuxi. He had a gap of three years to set an all through international school in Xi’an.  There, he oversaw the school acquiring the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) authorisation just two years after opening, as well as authorisation to run the Cambridge IGCSE and oversaw the rapid growth of the school to nearly 300 students.  In his time with EtonHouse, he has led schools in China to successful Middle Years Programme (MYP) authorisation and reauthorisation in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). He has now joined EtonHouse in Singapore and feels privileged to be Principal at EtonHouse International School Broadrick.

Martin has a strong academic background, having won a scholarship to study at Oxford University and being Proxime to the University’s prize for the best undergraduate research in Geography.

Martin always seeks to put the needs of the students at the centre of the decision-making process. As a leader, he is keen to build on the strengths of the school and work in collaboration with the community of students, parents and staff. He believes that it is the strength of the relationships and the team, coupled with a clear vision of the school’s direction, that forms the cornerstone of a good school.

Christopher Barrie Hansford (Teacher)

PGCE, BEng., TEFL

Chris is from the UK and is also a Permanent Resident of Singapore. He has over 15 years of experience in teaching the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, in the UK and Singapore (age 4 to 11) and has extensive knowledge of the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Chris is a highly motivated teacher and is passionate about delivering best practice in the classroom to ensure engaging and challenging lessons for students.

Apart from his qualifications in teaching, he is also a certified Tennis Coach (British Lawn Tennis Association Level 2); Tae Kwon Do Instructor (UKASKO) and is also equipped to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Chris looks forward to bring his multifaceted talents to Middleton to provide a wide and dynamic range of curricula and co-curricular options.

Gladys Ang (Teacher)

Gladys completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Education in National Institute of Education (Singapore) and enjoyed a 7-year teaching stint within the public and international education system in Singapore before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia. Over there, she spent 5 years teaching Mathematics and Mandarin to students undertaking the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Primary Checkpoint Programme and Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) before returning to Singapore in August this year.

She believes in encouraging her students to be self-directed learners, to question and think critically about what they read and to collaborate often. With a strong belief in the philosophy that no child gets left behind, she always tailored her lessons to ensure that her students achieve their potential and develop themselves holistically. Personally, she enjoys experiencing different countries and working in the international community. As an avid sportswoman, she also enjoys being outdoors, running on trails, trekking and participating in ultra-marathons.

Sidonie Etchells (Teacher)

Sidonie Etchells hails from the UK and has recently moved to Singapore with her husband. A positive and enthusiastic teacher, Sidonie firmly believes that teaching should be learner-centric and that the role of a teacher is to inspire all young learners to take control of and pride in their own learning. She strives to make learners aware of their potential by creating a nurturing and creative environment. Sidonie believes that school should be respectful, fun and engaging for everyone – staff, students and parents.

Sidonie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She has previously taught Years 4, 5 and 6 in Manchester and Peterborough.  Her passion for travel has seen her engage in various backpacking adventures around the world and added to her understanding of diversity as well as international-mindedness.

Mark Sherwin (Teacher)

Mark comes to Middleton International School with a degree in Sport Science from Winchester University, a postgraduate degree in Social Science from Bristol University, He is also qualified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Mark has been in Education for the past 12 years, covering primary, secondary, and further education. From this, Mark has great exposure to techniques pertinent to making sports and physical education fun, and engaging.

Mark’s passion for sports and fitness, along with being a fully qualified personal trainer and playing various sports at a competitive level, has driven him to develop sports education that focuses on motivating and encouraging children to enjoy sports, and lead a healthy lifestyle; and believes that sport plays a crucial part in building a child’s foundation for a healthy future lifestyle.

Khin Thern Lee (Teacher)

Khin Thern has more than 10 years of teaching experience teaching in local and international schools.

Prior to joining Middleton, Khin Thern held the roles of subject coordinator and curriculum developer for Grade 7 and 8 Science. He is highly experienced in the assessment system, requirements, implementation and delivery of the IGCSE and IB Diploma Programme.

A highly task-orientated professional, Khin Thern holds the values of honesty, responsibility and integrity close to his heart and is a proponent of these values to those around him.