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Academic Team

Amanda Drabble

Head Teacher of Early Years and Primary

“I am fortunate to be a part of such an engaging community school right here in the centre of Jakarta. My passion lies in the classroom, creating engaging and creative learning opportunities that develop a love of lifelong learning amongst our tamariki. It is rare to come across a school that caters to the diverse needs of children, whilst also challenging them beyond what they believe is possible.”

Diane Rappell

Teacher, Primary and Music & Arts Program

“With 21 years of teaching, I have wonderful experience and knowledge of helping children to flourish in the classroom. I am especially passionate about literacy, the performing arts, visual art and the running of school arts events. I am very excited to be part of the wonderful community and teaching staff of the New Zealand School.”

Maudy Mathilda

Teacher, Kindergarten

“After spending ten great years in Early Years education both in National Plus (Indonesian) and international settings, I can unequivocally say teaching in Early Years is my calling. I feel very privileged to be working with a fantastic team of committed professionals in such a great learning environment. At NZS, every child gets to learn in a fun and engaging way. This is at the heart of everything we do!”

Kate Schiman

Teacher, Grade 2

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing academic team and among these incredible, fascinating students at New Zealand School Jakarta. I grew up in a small town in Michigan, USA. I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Elementary Education and English and am currently working on an MA in Reading to become a Reading Specialist. After graduating in 2010, I moved to South Korea to teach ESL for four years. This is my sixth year teaching in various schools in Indonesia. I have taught grades 11-12 in English and Drama, and grades 2-5 in primary schools here. My passions are helping students meet their literacy goals, dancing with my students, and physical education. 


Mari Hawes

Teacher, Secondary Years

Hi Everyone! My name is Ms. Mari and I am so very excited to join the New Zealand School Jakarta Team this year. I am looking forward to getting to know you all.
I am from the US; I was born in California, lived in 14 states and been to all 49 continental states. I have 3 adult children, all doing wonderful things with their lives. I have been teaching overseas since 2012, and have taught in Czech, Taiwan, Turkey and Albania.
I have spent time visiting and learning about Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, South Africa, Mozambique, England, and Mexico to name a few. I adore both teaching and learning! I can’t think of any topic that doesn’t interest me on some level. I am working on my Master’s in Education and appreciate every second (minus the deadlines!). I have an Associates in Photonics Technologies and a Bachelor’s in Education K­8, with a TESOL license and a TEFL certificate. I was a certified and licensed personal fitness and water fitness trainer for just over 10 years, up until I began teaching overseas. I worked summer music festivals as a face painter, and as a tie­dye tie­er(??) leading up to the festival season for 5 years (my favourite was the Roswell UFO Festival).

I enjoy reading, painting, dancing, exercising, writing, baking, face­painting, being silly and exploring our amazing world. As storytelling is the original form of education, I like to tell stories, hear stories, perform stories, and create stories. I prefer hands­on learning that allows students to make sense of what they are learning and how it can be applied in real life. I like projects that give students both knowledge and experience. Exploring how each student’s unique experiences and perceptions bring a more full understanding to learning and the classroom is my favourite. I think that being an active positive member of society means being my best self and trying to do whatever is possible to help the community be its best.

Here’s to a great new year!!

Sarah Wilmarth

Teacher, Grade 5/6

Board of Governors

Haifa Segeir

Chairperson of the Board of Management at NZSJ Foundation

Haifa is the Co­Founder and Director of ASK Consulting, the only end­-to-­end education business and management consulting company in Indonesia. Prior to opening her own business, Haifa was on the executive management team for one of the biggest groups of schools in Indonesia for 13 years, managing 8 campuses in 5 provinces. She is currently leading the Association of Collaborative Education Unit (SPK) Schools (formerly known as ‘International Schools’) in Indonesia as Chairperson (2017-­2020).

Marvin Suwarso

Board of Management at NZSJ Foundation

Marvin is a certified senior Business and Executive Coach with ActionCOACH, the world’s #1 Business Coaching Firm, as well as a Master Licensee with Engage & Grow. Since 2009, Marvin has helped hundreds of businesses in Indonesia to grow. He’s worked with a range of businesses, from micro all the way to multi­national companies (including ANZ Bank, Deutsche Bank, Red Bull, AkzoNobel, Conoco Philips, OLX, Caterpillar and Cigna). Marvin has received several local, regional and global awards for his work including, most recently, Global Engagement Coach of the Year (2018), Asia Pacific Engagement Coach of the Year (2017), Asia Pacific Executive Coach of the Year (2017), and Most Community Impact ­Asia Pacific (2017).

Marvin’s broader passion is education and he also owns a successful Indonesian primary school in Jakarta, Sekolah Kembang, which he has been operating since 2000 with over 300 students. Besides education and coaching, he is currently involved as an owner in several other businesses.

Fadly Sahab

Board of Management at NZSJ Foundation

Fadly started his career as a product development specialist in the biggest survey company in Indonesia. Fadly then began a new path as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry in 2009. For a decade now, Fadly has succesfully built ZAP Clinic, which has rapidly grown into the biggest women’s clinic nationwide.

His perseverance and expertise led him to winning Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign from the Business Excellence Forum and Awards, in Melbourne, Australia. Aside from being an active digital expert and speaker, in 2018 Fadly was chosen to become an "Endeavor Entrepreneur" selected at the 39th International Selection Panel held in Milan, Italy.

Oliver Anderson

Advisor to the Board of Management at NZSJ Foundation

Oliver is a C-level leader committed to social impact and ethical business practice with a record of re-energising underperforming organisations across multi-site operations and restoring profitability. With over 25 years’ experience in international management and leadership across industries, Oliver has extensive exposure in cross-border transactions and private investment. His experience includes managing an investment of USD 20 million with an international financing institution and successfully leading the process of international accreditation of the largest education provider in Indonesia. His expertise includes leadership management and development; Oliver routinely provides coaching and professional development programmes for senior executive leadership teams to develop and evolve their professional capacities and to support overall company stability and growth. Oliver holds a Master in Education, specializing in Education Leadership and Management.

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