- JCS Team
Pak AndrewVice Principal (Academic)
Ibu AmyYear 5-6 Teacher
Ibu BeatriksMathematics / Science / Bahasa Indonesia Teacher
Ibu CecilieYear 3-4 Teacher
Ibu DesyEYFS Teacher
Ibu DevyEYFS Team Teacher
Ibu DiraHumanities Teacher
Ibu DoratheaSpecial Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Year 1-2 Teacher
Pak FuadPE and ICT Teacher / IT Coordinator
Ibu GabyTeam Teacher and Teacher of Bahasa Indonesia
Ibu HaniEYFS Team Teacher
Pak KataArt Teacher
Ibu PadinaMusic Teacher
Ibu Tri MariyantiScience Teacher
Pak NealEnglish Teacher
Ibu RiniTeam Teacher and Teacher of Bahasa Indonesia
Ibu SabineEYFS Teacher
Pak TingTeam Teacher and Teacher of Bahasa Indonesia
Ibu YessyDance Teacher
Ibu YoseEYFS Team Teacher
Ibu SafiraBusiness Manager
Ibu AlmiFinance Coordinator
Pak BruriBoard Officer and Administrator
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After gaining a BSc(Hons) in Sports Science and Physiology from the University of Leeds, the chance opportunity to deliver a series of seminars on healthy lifestyles and diet to a group of teenagers through a charitable organisation got me hooked on educating young people. I applied for and took the PGCE and QTS through Cornwall SCITT, specialising in Mathematics, and was lucky enough to secure my first posting in an Outstanding school in Newquay.
I was eventually able to combine two of my great passions, education and travel, when I was appointed Head of Mathematics in Malaysia. I became increasingly involved in curriculum development and teacher training, ending up as the school’s Academic Coordinator. After completing my MA in Educational Leadership and Management with the University of Nottingham, I spent 4 years as Head of a Senior School in Sri Lanka before joining the JCS team.
I am passionate about a holistic approach to education, the drive for environmental sustainability, and the vital importance of community and social responsibility. I am very pleased to see these same values mirrored in the JCS ethos, mission, and day-to-day operation.
When not working, I am an avid surfer and rugby fan, motorcycle enthusiast, lover of science fiction books, gardener, and enjoy trying to recreate the various cuisines we’ve come across on our travels. My wife Luisa and I both enjoy fitness training, swimming, and plenty of fresh air and exercise in general, while she is also keen on yoga and painting. Somehow we still just about find the time for our interests in between ferrying our two kids, Lyra and Dylan, to and from their own hobbies and social engagements.
I grew up in the United States. After graduating from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish literature, I travelled to Spain to pursue a career as an English teacher. Upon returning to the United States, I completed my Master’s Degree in Education at Temple University in 2014 and gained experience teaching from primary through university level. After a spontaneous trip to Indonesia, I was captivated both by the rich culture and the gorgeous tropical environment. I have lived in Yogya for the last five years with my husband and young daughter. On the weekends I love to get out for a hike, enjoy a good book, or play violin
Ibu Beatriks was born and raised in Ende, East Nusa Tenggara. It was here she obtained her bachelor’s degree in physics. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in physics from Yogyakarta State University. Before joining JCS, Ibu Beatriks taught mathematics and science at an international school in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. Beyond her love for mathematics and science, Ibu Beatriks is a keen traveller and photographer, and when she has the time, she loves to read.
Ibu Cecilie grew up in Melbourne, Australia where she worked with her family in their hospitality business from a young age. She has explored vocations and career avenues through university study and travel. Living in Europe and Indonesia for more than a decade it was through business ventures in Indonesia that sparked Cecilie’s passion toward education and teaching. Ibu Cecilie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts and has completed a Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Melbourne. Ibu Cecilie enjoys Indonesian food and culture, gardening, reading about history and spending time with her small family.
Born and raised in Jogjakarta, Ibu Dira obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Gadjah Mada University. Before coming to JCS, Ibu Dira was an assistant of social research in her major department. After that she taught in National+ school in Jogjakarta for 4 years. She also used to join as a volunteer in local NGO that concerns about disability and education. Culture and social issues are always interesting to her with the dynamics and changes through it. When she is not on duty for teaching, she spends her spare time to practice and teach karate every week in Bantul. Outdoor stuffs like hiking, travelling, swimming, and rafting, are her favourite checklist to go on weekend. She is also a cat person that has a dream to travel around Indonesia and explore its remote areas from Sabang to Merauke.
Ibu Desy was born and raised in Jogjakarta. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English at Sanata Dharma University and obtained qualifications in Play Based Learning and Teaching and Learning Development. Ibu Desy works with our early years children and before joining JCS, she gained experience as a playgroup/kindergarten teacher and as an English tutor. She loves to be creative, not only making superb displays but also making her own jewelry and accessories. Ibu Desy keeps herself busy as a volunteer with the Realino Foundation, as well as finding time for sports and travel. One trip took her to Poland to be an active participant in World Youth Day.
Ibu Devy was born and educated here in Jogjakarta. She obtained her bachelor's degree in English Literature from Gadjah Mada University. Since then, Ibu Devy has gained over 3 years experience as a pre-school teacher, working with children aged between 2 and 4 years old. She has participated in AISEF (Art Immersion and Student Exchange Field Trip) and travelled to Chang Mai, Thailand, as part of a cultural exchange programme between Indonesia and Chang Mai University. In her spare time, Ibu Devy loves travelling and learning about different cultures. She also loves sampling and cooking the food she comes across on her travels.
I feel blessed to be a trilingual fully qualified educator with a passion for education and special-education needs. Soon after graduation, I had the opportunity to move to Indonesia from my beautiful country, South Africa to a laid-back little town called Blitar. It was a big culture shock at first as I volunteered teaching in a local school “SMP NEGRI 1”, here is where I realized that as an educator, I want to make a difference in how education is being delivered. A few years later I moved to Surabaya where I was fortunate to work in two international schools during the course of 10 years in leading roles. I was presented with many opportunities that allowed me to explore more of Indonesia and different methods of teaching in preschool, primary and secondary schools, in various subjects such as English, Science, Art and ESL. I realized that my passion in understanding learning delays were growing and that I wanted to know more as I wished to grow in my career to become a SenCo, this drove me to undertake more studies and short courses in a range of studies into occupational therapy, sensory delays, learning disorders and special needs. Now, with over twenty-five years of teaching, in National and International schools, in diverse, multicultural environments, to a wide variety of abilities and age groups in various curricula including Reggio Emilia, IEYC, EYP, PYP (IB Approach) and Cambridge in Indonesia as well as teaching the ASDAN program. I am a firm believer in what I call an “Eclectic Teaching Approach”, understanding differentiation in the classroom to ensure every child learns according to their ability. After working in the leading role in an Academy in Jakarta for 11 years, I felt it was time to spread my wings and pursue my dream of becoming a SenCo; I was fortunate to get the SenCo position in an inclusive International school in Bali. This role required me to build on my knowledge to understand learning needs and the challenges young learners face these days. As the saying goes "life is a learning journey" and we will never know it all, thus shall I always continue to learn and improve myself to be able to help children flourish in life!
Born and raised in Jogjakarta, Pak Fuad obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. He is a keen sportsman and among many sporting accolades, Pak Fuad has achieved a Level 2 certificate to coach Taekwondo. He joined JCS in 2012 when the school first opened its doors and is now a full time teacher of ICT and PE to children across all age ranges. In his spare time Pak Fuad has a new interest to compete with his love of sport—his baby daughter.
Ibu Gaby is local to Jogjakarta and obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Sanata Dharma University. Before joining JCS, Ibu Gaby worked as a teaching assistant and as an English tutor. Ibu Gaby is new to JCS but has already become a valuable team member. Outside school, Ibu Gaby is busy raising her young family and still finds time for the things she loves to do: travelling, the arts, trying new foods and volunteering as an tutor within her community.
I am from Magetan, East Java. But I earned my bachelor degree in Educational Management from Yogyakarta State University. Since then, I've been teaching Pre-School and Kindergarten age around 4 years. In my spare time I love playing with my cats, gardening, dancing, listening to music, doing zumba, or baking. Lately, I'm learning about creative things such as making digital content trough video, voice over, and podcast.
Romanian-born, but globally minded, Kata worked and studied in the field of Arts between Europe and Asia. With UK graduate studies in Fine Art and Museum Studies, he developed his artistic practice, exhibiting and curating for art galleries in the UK and China, part of art collectives and art project spaces in London and Hangzhou, while also teaching Art. After arriving in Indonesia, he became active in Cultural Heritage and Museums support, spearheading a number of heritage projects, such as inventory and digital display development with institutions such as Museum Bahari Jakarta, while becoming a certified Museum Nasional Indonesia guide, an ongoing passion which continues now in Jogja.
Ibu Padina was born in Pati and educated in Jogjakarta. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Music Education, Yogyakarta State University. Now, she also take a master's degree in Performing Art and Visual Art Studies, Gadjah Mada University. She has also 4 years experience as a music teacher, working with children aged between 4 and 18 years old. She also being a researcher in Gadjah Mada University Cultural Study Department and active as a singer in Jogjakarta.
Ibu Tri Mariyanti
My name is Tri Mariyanti, and my nickname is Ining. I was born and raised in Kendal, Central Java. I have a Bachelor degree in Biology Education, from Semarang State University. Teaching Experience: Elementary tutor in Jogja, teacher assistant in National Plus school in Cibubur, Bahasa Indonesia and homeroom teacher in International school in Ubud Bali, Biology teacher in Bekasi. Hobby and interest: cooking, gardening, photography, traveling, volunteering, listening music, watching movies, and enjoying arts and crafts exhibitions. On the weekend, I love to spend my time volunteering with Trash Hero, Hutan Itu Indonesia, Waste4Change, Jelantah4Change, Indonesia Indah Foundation, Inspiration Factory Foundation, The Street Store Indonesia, and many more... Sometimes as a trainer for Sustainable Development Goals and Zero Waste to school. I have also handled Bank Sampah, Gardening (by SEAMEO BIOTROP), Photography Club (join Canon Photo Marathon), Sustainable Canteen Program (by @america), and Plastic Diet program (envirochallenge by GIDKP) at school.
Neal Horner grew up in Colchester, England. After graduating from the University of London he travelled to Asia to pursue a career in teaching. He gained his teaching qualification in Phuket, Thailand and shortly after moved to Indonesia where he has lived for over a decade. Neal has worked for numerous schools around Java but Yogyakarta is the city he calls home and has now settled here with his wife and two children. When he is not teaching or spending time with his young family, Neal can often be found in his small workshop at the bottom of his garden, pursuing his hobby of carpentry and fine woodworking.
Ibu Rini is from Jogjakarta. She studied for her bachelor’s degree at Sanata Dharma University and trained as an English teacher. Ibu Rini has taught Indonesian to overseas students and English to Indonesian students. In her spare time, Ibu Rini works as a volunteer organising activities in her local community as well as raising her own family.
After I obtained my Bachelor of Education in Rotterdam in 2006, I worked as a primary school teacher in the Netherlands for several years. As I love to travel (I have visited all continents except Antarctica), I wanted to combine my passion for teaching and travelling. I left for Surinam to work as a group teacher there. In 2010 I came to Yogyakarta to work at the Dutch school. I have taught pre-school, primary and secondary education as well as adults. I was also principal of the school. After working at the same school for many years, I was looking for a new challenge and I found it at JCS! I am proud to be part of a great team of teachers who teach with full dedication at our school.
In my spare time I love to explore nature in the province of Yogya with my husband and children Yael and Liva. The beaches of Gunung Kidul, waterfalls in Bantul or rice fields while enjoying a cup of coffee. I also like dancing, music and reading.
Pak Ting is from Jogjakarta and studied for his bachelor’s degree at Sanata Dharma University. Before joining JCS, Pak Ting has taught in several language schools. He also possesses broader experience working as an English consultant in a large company and has worked in the USA. Pak Ting likes to remain active and in his spare time he loves travelling and bike riding. He is creative and likes to make things, which is excellent when we require props and displays at school.
Ibu Yessy was born in Bogor, West Java and raised in Jogjakarta. She studied classical and traditional dance at Vocational Art School of Yogyakarta (SMKI Yogyakarta) before obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dance Compotition at Institute of the Art Yogyakarta (ISI Yogyakarta). Ibu Yessy is a professional dancer and also entertainer, because of it she can travel around the foreign country to share about Indonesian traditional arts. She loves to share knowledge about dance, traditional and contemporary. Ibu Yessy own a non-profit dance studio that focus on Traditional Games for Children (Dolanan Anak), teaching+dancer at Krincing Manis Dance, part-timer of elementary private teacher, teaching ITMSS program at Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, and also become freelancer employee for special program at Culture Department of Yogyakarta Province. Ibu Yessy love to dance, sing, act, swim, travelling, do sport, watch movie and cooking.
I am from Sragen, Central Java. I hold a Bachelor degree of Early Childhood Education from Yogyakarta State University. I joined Sea-Teacher Project 2017 (Student Teacher Exchange Southeast Asia) for one month in the Philippines. After I graduated, I taught early years children for 3 years. Moreover, I participate in non-profit organization as a volunteer, giving free lessons for children who live in Kalicode. I love playing music, travelling, and creating videos for my friends YouTube channel.
Ibu Safira Basaina was born and raised in Jakarta. She completed both her bachelor's degree in Archeology and her master's degree in International Relationships at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. She has participated in SEASREP (South East Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program), as part of a cultural exchange programme. She is also one of the honoured students of Faculty of Humanity of 2008. Safira joined JCS in 2019 and before this, she worked as Junior Researcher and Regional Programme Coordinator for an NGO. In her spare time, Ibu Safira enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, travelling, playing games and visiting any cultural sites around ASEAN.
Pak Bruri was born and raised in Yogyakarta. He completed his bachelor's degree in Economic Education in 2014. Before joining JCS, Pak Bruri worked at the Educational Foundation in Yogyakarta as part of the administration team. In his spare time, Pak Bruri likes to spend time on the beach near the family house and enjoys playing different ball games and being part of a team.
Andrew was born in England and has worked in a variety of secondary schools. After graduating in 1998 with an honours degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of London he went on to teach for over 20 years in England. Throughout his career Andrew has held all positions in senior leadership, his most senior being Senior Vice Principal. In 2012 Andrew completed his Masters degree in Education. Andrew is a proud father of Adam and Amelia who are both looking forward to sampling what Indonesia has to offer. Andrew’s interests outside of the classroom include sports and is a very keen football and F1 fan.
I come from Sumatra and completed my Economics education at Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta. I have worked in several places as Accountant, Finance and Tax. I like my job because it has different challenges that keep me learning. In my spare time, I like hanging out with my family, gardening and watching movies.
JCS is supported by a dedicated team of support workers and without them our school would be unable to operate smoothly and effectively. We are fortunate to be supported by: Pak Peno - greeter and general administration; Pak Erik, Pak Kus and Ibu Mia - housekeeping; Pak Aji, Pak Nur and Pak Suradi - gardeners; Pak Eko, Pak Dwi, Pak Didin, Pak Agil and Pak Andre - security officers.