Meet Our Teachers (2021 - 2022)
To promote excellence at Regality Academy, we recruit only the very best practitioners who have a passion for their subject and the skills and talent to make a contribution to the life at school. Our teaching staff are highly qualified, professional, committed and dedicated. All our teachers have either a Bachelor or/and Master Degree in Education as we are an SPK accredited school (a school meets the requirements to deliver an International Curriculum and to employ expatriate teachers). As a school we invest in the professional development of our staff to ensure we remain at the very forefront of the latest developments in education.
International Principal and
This year Mrs Shelley Gibson will be teaching the Primary 1 students while we are recovering from the effects of COVID 19. Mrs Shelley is also our Principal.
Mrs Shelley trained at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a mother of five sons and grandmother to 3 sons.
Her qualifications include Diploma of Teaching, Higher Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Post graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Education with honours.
Mrs Shelley has over 30 years successful teaching experience working with ages from preschool to secondary students as well as extensive leadership experience.
2021 - 2022 will be Mrs Shelley's 5th year working at Regality Academy.
Mrs Shelley believes Primary 1 is an extremely important year for the students. Confidence, success and a feeling of belonging are things she aims to build in her learners. Building strong foundations in literacy and numeracy and having fun are a strong focus as we strive to develop in the students a love for learning. It is also an important year for the parents and building strong reciprocal partnerships is very important. Although we will be employing another expat for Primary 1 somewhere throughout the year, Mrs Shelley always has a lot to do with the Primary 1 class and will support the students throughout the year.
National Primary 1 Teacher
Mr Eko was born in Depok and spent his childhood and teenage years there. After he got married he moved to BSD, Tangerang. He graduated from the University of Indraprasta, Jakarta with a Bachelor's degree in English and Education. In the past he has worked for 5 years at the British International School and 7 years at Mentari School Jakarta. 2020 - 2021 will be his 6th year teaching at Regality Academy. When he is not teaching, Eko loves to spend time with his family, engage in sports activities, write songs on his guitar and collect records.
International Primary 2 Teacher
Maricar Valiente was born and raised in the Philippines. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education in Philippine Normal University and has earned units in Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education in the same school. She has been in the teaching profession for 18 years. She taught preschool and elementary students. She was also a grade level head for 4 years. She regularly attends seminars and workshops for professional growth to be updated in the education field.
Teaching is her passion. It is one of her greatest joys. Children’s sweet nature, kindness and innocence keep her in this profession. She enjoys talking, dancing and singing with her students.
She believes that as a teacher it is her responsibility to teach the children not only academics but also the right values and the right perspective in life to be globally equipped and to be the best members of our society. Every academic year is a challenging one, and she makes sure to give her best to meet her students’ needs. She prepares lessons and activities that boosts her students’ motivation and participation.
In her free time, she likes to paint, read, exercise, or watch good movies. During long holidays, she likes to travel and visit beaches with her family and friends.
Maricar is looking forward to making great contributions in Regality Academy family.
National Primary 2 Teacher
Venny was born in South Jakarta, Indonesia. She graduated from Pelita Harapan University and graduated in 2012 after studying a double degree in Bachelor of Education from Pelita Harapan University and Bachelor of Science in Education from Corban College. This will be Ms Venny's 3rd year at Regality Academy.
International Primary 3 Teacher
Mr Adam originates from South London, but after high school he moved to Bournemouth on the south coast of England to be that bit closer to the sea. Following this trend he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Plymouth University in the south west of England. After graduating with a BSc honours degree in 2004, Adam spent a few years working in the French Alps as a chef and chalet host and combined this with restaurant work in the Greek islands in the off-season.
Adam moved to Jakarta, Indonesia in 2007, after gaining his PGCE teaching qualification from Nottingham University, (where an initial plan was to teach and travel around the world ) he was scuppered by a love for the endless Indonesian islands and the friendly nature of the Indonesian people. After a few years teaching at an ESL school in Jakarta, in 2009 Adam moved to an international school in Jakarta where he stayed for 10 years and during this period taught a range of different ages and also led the Primary English Department. In 2019, Adam completed his Master’s in Education, where he gained a merit, from Nottingham University.
Adam loves travelling the Indonesian archipelago in the search for the perfect 'insta' shot and a piece of private paradise. Despite his main passion being for football, Adam also enjoys swimming and competing in triathlons when the opportunity arises.
National Primary 3 Teacher
Mr Stefanus ("Wawan") was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. He graduated from Pelita Harapan University in 2011 after studying a double degree; in Bachelor of Education from Pelita Harapan University and Bachelor of Science in Education from Corban College. Mr Warwan has been trained to teach both the IB Curriculum and the Indonesian National Curriculum. Since graduating, he has had the opportunity to teach the upper grades in a national plus school in Makassar for five years. After that he taught for one year at Lippo Village, Karawaci using an integrated curriculum – both IB and national curriculum.
Wawan always wants to improve himself by learning new skills that support him as a teacher. He studied graphology, mentored by Valencia Penny Dip. CSG and got his certificate from Grafindo Prima Utama in 2017. He is currently completing his Masters degree. In his spare time, Wawan enjoys reading, going to the cinema, swimming, and travelling. He loves to visit beaches and spend time on the sea where he can really feel exposed to the elements and at one with nature.
International Primary 4 Teacher
The P4 International Homeroom Teacher is Ms. Jenny Fe P. Arnaiz. She has a bachelors degree in Education and is a licensed teacher. Prior to coming to Indonesia for 12 years Jenny worked as an Elementary teacher in International British Curriculum Schools in Sudan. She has also held positions of responsibility; Phase Leader and Curriculum Development Leader. Jenny plans and prepares educational activities and lessons that engages her students to learn. She uses different methods and means of presenting information in her lessons to ensure a positive and fun learning atmosphere for her students. She has developed a heartfelt love for teaching and believes that with innovative teaching, She makes a meaningful contribution to the student's lives. As a teacher she is challenged to think strategically and it has developed her patience,sense of responsibility and perseverance.
Jenny Fe believes that teaching, though demanding as it can be, is a rewarding career. Teaching is her passion so during her free time, she volunteered to work with the Fransiscan Missionaries and taught children for free in the outskirts of Khartoum but it ended right after the independence of South Sudan. She has touched many lives in Sudan as she taught not only at school but as a private teacher. Jenny became a friend and a mother for some children who lost their Mother's at a very early age.
Jenny is delighted to be a teacher at Regality Academy and 2021 - 2022 will be her 4th class she has taught here. This school has a wonderful atmosphere and the children are so keen to learn.
National Teacher Assistance
Ms Dwi is a teacher and learning assistant in P1 and P2 depending on where the need arises. She lives in Bogor and is a keen and talented artist. Ms Dwi loves to help the children with their learning and is training to be a teacher.
International Primary 5 Teacher
Emma was born and raised in the vibrant and diverse city of Bristol, England. She moved to Brighton to complete her undergraduate degree in Fine Art: Painting. After graduating, Emma spent a year developing students’ conversational English skills in a large, inner-city school in Barcelona, Spain. The experience proved a formative one, and it was during this time that she decided to pursue a career in education.
On returning to England, Emma spent several years working in special schools where she gained a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (16-19-years old) and completed a Master’s in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs. Her elected specialisms in autism and dyslexia have broadened her teaching expertise and cemented her inclusive approach to education where she loves to teach the whole student – their cognitive, emotional, and social selves. As part of her Master’s, Emma has earned the British Dyslexia Association's AMBDA accreditation in diagnostic assessment, and intervention/ specialist teaching with learners with literacy difficulties/ specific learning difficulties.
These experiences reinforced how primary education sets the foundations for all future learning and are what led her to subsequently gain a Primary and Early Years (5-11) PGCE with English specialism. She has since worked in mainstream settings in upper Key Stage 2, in primary years 5-6.
Every day, Emma says she feels lucky to work with young people in a vibrant, ever-changing environment where she can use her experience, skills, and creativity to help shape children’s lives. Although this is Ms Emma's second year working at Regality Academy, she has so far only taught Regality students online, due to COVID19. She is incredibly excited about her imminent move to Indonesia, to be part of the Regality Academy community, and to immerse herself in the culture of a new country.
National Primary 5 Teacher
Mrs Poppy is from a small cold town near Malang, East Java, Indonesia. She has a BA degree in Architectural Engineering from Merdeka University, Malang, since 1999. She was a site engineer for a housing development company in Malang before moving to teaching. Her love for teaching started while she was working as private mathematics tutor in her spare time. After teaching for 7 years in various National Plus schools that implemented international curriculum's (Singaporean Curriculum and PYP – IB Curriculum), she studied for her educational masters degree in 2010 and obtained the Master degree of Instructional Design at Pelita Harapan University, Jakarta, in 2012.
This is her 8th year teaching at RGA. She has taught in P3, in P5 for 5 years, and in P6 for 1 year. In P6 she successfully prepared the national students for the Standardized National Examinations. When Poppy's not teaching, she loves to watch Korean movies, read novels, be a cultural brewer (kefir milk and kombucha) and a soap artisan. She runs a small business and is always excited to learn something new.
Ms Poppy is an enthusiastic environmentalist and leads our trashbank, gardening and compositing initiatives.
International Primary 6 Teacher
Ian was born in a small rural community in New Zealand. After leaving school he initially studied Farm Business Management and became operator and Director of a dairy farming company. During this time, he also participated in a variety of outdoor pursuits and became a Tutor for caving, rock climbing, and survival skills after becoming qualified in Outdoor Instruction. He tutored both school students and adults. Ian also trained as an ambulance officer. Rugby coaching to a high level was another successful pursuit.
Ian realised that working with students was an area that would contribute the most to society and subsequently gained a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since then he has taught in New Zealand, Unity High School; a British International School in Khartoum, Sudan where he also became Deputy Head of Primary followed by three years at Newton International Academy, Barwa City, Doha Qatar.
In Qatar Mr Ian was a team manager for improvisation teams in the Destination Imagination competition. The first year they were second in Qatar and for the next two years his team was placed first in Qatar and attended the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has followed on from this success to coach Destination Imagination at Regality Academy resulting in the first ever Indonesian Destination Imagination team attending the Global finals in Knoxville in 2018. In 2019 and 2020 Mr Ian's Regality Academy teams have qualified yet again. In 2019 they competed in the Global Finals, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA and in 2020 in the Virtual Global Finals due to COVID 19. While learning on line in 2020 - 2021 two Regality teams gained first place in the Regional Destination Imagination Competition. Teams from Indonesia, Pakistan, UK, Malaysia, Egypt and India.
Mr Ian is a fan of rugby, travelling and hearing that magic “ohhhh, I get it” sound when children understand something. He is a Father of five sons and a grandfather to three grandsons.
2021 - 2022 will be Mr Ian's 5th year working at Regality Academy.
National Principal and P6 National Teacher
Debora originates from Kabanjahe, a city in the volcanic Karo Highland, not far from Mount Sinabung and Lake Toba in North Sumatra. She graduated from Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) majoring in Industrial Engineering for her Bachelor’s degree. Debora continued her educational journey by joining Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) which worked together with Tabor College (Australia). There she achieved her Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Education.
Debora has experience working at Telkomsel and started working in Education in 2010. She believes that being a teacher is her passion and her calling and that through teaching she can help the younger generations develop their life's foundation. Debora loves to learn and to share of what she has learned. Furthermore she likes to read and to solve Math problems. In order to find balance in life she also travels a lot.
Andrew was born in Jakarta. He fell in love with music at 10 years of age. Andrew decided to pursue his passion in music and performing arts and gained his Bachelors degree in Music and Performing Arts in the Institut Kesenian, Jakarta.
Andrew has been performing, directing, composing, arranging and teaching since 2003. His coaching includes choir, vocal, drums guitar and band but one day he hopes to be able to set up an orchestra.
He found his calling for teaching in 2012 and has been devoting his life to teaching ever since.
Other than Music, Andrew also has experience in theatre, acting, design, arts & craft.
Andrew has heard great things about the Music programme and events at Regality Academy and he is looking forward to making more great Music with the Regality Academy students and their families.
Artist and Art Educator
Kana , graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta. She is one of the Founding members and current directors of Ruang Garasi, Jakarta as a place for sharing Art and hobbies. Ms exhibits actively around Indonesia and internationally. In 2009 she joined the festival of fine art in Monastir, Tunisia, North Africa. 2015 with Imago Mundi and Luciano Benneton Foundation had an exhibition of Indonesian artists archipelago in Milan Italia, 2018 a duo exhibition KaNA and Laila Tifah as ADU DOMBA#8, Sangkring Art Space, Ms KaNa had a short Residency at Nandur Srawung, a program from Taman Budaya Jogja support by the government of Jogjakarta. Ms KaNa has also had a collaboration to perform in a shadow batik with Dongaji Batik Studio, Sewon Bantul. She also joined the Friendship exhibition with three nations; Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore. Ms KaNa joined Urban Sketch, which is the first festival of sketch in Indonesia at the National Gallery of Indonesia as an Invitation artist. She also joined the Friendship Japan and Indonesia exhibition with SSIA organization at 678 Gallery, Kemang Jakarta as well as the Friendship Bangladesh and Indonesia exhibition at Kersan Art Studio Jogjakarta.
Prior to joining regality Academy, as well as exhibiting Ms KaNa had been doing art activities and also teaching fine arts privately and volunteer teaching ceramics at Kandank Djurank Doank, along with giving training ceramics and batik workshops for kids and adults. Ms KaNa is now enjoying teaching Art at Regality Academy.
Physical Exercise Teacher
Marcelino is native to Jakarta and obtained his BA of Physical Education from the University State if Jakarta in 1994 and his Magister degree in Education Psychology from the University of Indonesia in 2000. Soon he will celebrate 25 years of relevant work experience as a PE teacher. He joined Royal Primary Academy in 2015.
Marcelino has also obtained certificates as a club coach for volleyball, basketball, swimming and aerobics. In his spare time Marcelino like to be involved in his church community and travel with his family.