Academic and Examination Board
Montessori Guide (6-12)
Sheila Ong has been a passionate Montessorian ever since she stumbled on the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) website 12 years ago. She did both her AMI 3-6 and AMI 6-12 training at Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India and attributes her training for fuelling the passion for Montessori within her. She counts herself blessed to be doing what she enjoys.
Prior to discovering the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, Sheila worked in the Finance sector, having graduated from Aberystwyth University in Wales, U.K. with a BSc (Hons) Accounting & Economics degree. Sheila has more than 10 years of experience working with children in a Montessori environment.
Hindi Guide (6-12)
Alka Rani graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana, India in 2010. After graduation, she taught in International and local schools. Alka has always had a passion for teaching children. The birth of her daughter made her realise the individuality of children and attracted her to the Montessori philosophy, which she believes, instils in children a love for learning. Alka originates from Northern India and is a native Hindi speaker. Her passion is to educate the children about the diversified Indian culture with the help of interesting stories and play.
Chinese Guide (6-12)
Zhai Wei Wei is a passionate educator with 8 years of experience teaching Chinese in a Montessori environment. She has a fervent passion for teaching and loves being with children. Wei Wei is a strong believer of the Montessori method with its focus on empowering children to develop their self-motivation and enthusiasm in learning. Wei Wei holds a Diploma in Primary School Education from Chuzhou Teacher‘s College, as well as a Diploma in Pre-School Education-Teaching (Chinese) from RTRC ASIA. Prior to her discovery of Montessori, Wei Wei taught Chinese at kindergartens, student-care centres and primary schools for 24 years. Wei Wei brings with her a wealth of experience and a fiery passion for teaching Chinese to Lodestar Montessori School. She uses her love, patience, responsibility and her rich Chinese teaching experience to stimulate the children’s enthusiasm for learning Chinese, so that the children can learn Chinese confidently and happily.
Piano Guide (6-12)
Michelle Teoh has 37 years of piano experience and teaches children of all ages to develop a lifelong love for music. She hopes to inspire the children to be musicians with a heart and soul for music. She is sensitive to the children’s learning needs and explores methods that they can connect with, enabling them to gain courage and persevere. Michelle appreciates the Montessori approach where the child’s developmental timeline is respected for each child to grow at his/her own pace.
Michelle received her LTCL Teaching Diploma from Trinity College of Music, London in 1987. She also prepares her students for the ABRSM Graded examinations. In her free time, Michelle enjoys singing and playing the drums, piano and organ. She is a mother to two loving children.
Sports Guide (6-12)
Shawn Choo has been a Basketball Coach for more than 10 years. He started playing when he was 10 years old and was in the national youth team in 1994. Upon graduation from NTU with a BE in Electrical and Electronics, he went on to work in the embedded software industry for a year before starting his own technology company. He maintained an active role in the sports scene with his position as Assistant Coach of Basketball Association of Singapore for U15 national youth team as well as coaching freelance for local and international schools.
In line with his love and passion for sports, Shawn started Ennoble Team Sports Management to fully support his dream to inspire people from all walks of life to come together to enjoy and evolve through team sports. Now, a father to four children, he sees the importance of team sports in building character starting from the development years right through adulthood. He believes Lodestar Montessori School provides an environment for independent learning which is the foundation for character development.