Leanne Sunarya – Executive Director of Pedagogy
Leanne joined the EtonHouse International Education Group as the Principal of the Orchard Boulevard campus in August 2011 and worked in this role until December 2014. She then moved to Head Office to lead the EtonHouse Education Centre as the Executive Director of Pedagogy and Director of REACH (Reggio Emilia in Asia for Children).
She has been involved in education for over 30 years and during that time has had a variety of diverse teaching and leadership opportunities both in Australia and Singapore, spanning from Early Childhood through to Primary. Throughout her career, Leanne has always been an active participant in curriculum development and is also an International Baccalaureate Workshop Leader involved in facilitating professional development to Primary Years Programme educators throughout the Asia Pacific.
In her current role with EtonHouse, Leanne mentors principals and curriculum coordinators and works with teachers to ensure the quality of the early childhood education offered to children enrolled in EtonHouse pre-schools and schools. As a leader at EtonHouse, she is deeply inspired by the research from the Reggio Emilia schools in Northern Italy and supports the educators to explore these ideas in the context of Asia and in the application of their daily interactions with children.
Leanne perceives the child as a creative, curious and intellectual person and believes in fostering respectful relationships that enable the community to engage in innovative and dynamic inquiry-based learning.
Dr. Junko Cancemi – Curriculum Advisor
Her engagement in the field of Early Childhood Education in an international school context spans 30 years in Japan, with work experiences in both teaching and leadership roles. She received her Doctorate of Education, EdD from the University of Bath, UK. Her research interest rests with how children learn from a social constructivist perspective with an unyielding belief in the capabilities of young children. She continues to seek and to be inspired by the fresh outlook of the minds and messages of children, and how they might help adults to reframe “worlds” and “words” to construct spaces for learning for speakers of every conceivable language and for each encounter across the life span.
Regina Lee – Curriculum Coordinator
Originally from Indonesia and bred in Australia, Regina grew up in a trilingual environment. She believes in the importance of picking up one or more foreign languages from early age as it helps develop cognitive skills and helps brain development. As an educator with more than 10 years of experience, she has a strong belief that teachers are lifelong learners and we can always learn from people of all ages including young children.