Our Facilitators, Therapists & Admin
Mrs Miglena Cristina Gemanar earned her MA in Applied Linguistics from University Brunei Darussalam, Post Grad Dip in Education in English Language and Phonology from Curtin University Australia and BSc in Foreign Policy Banking from Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania. She is certified in Phonics International and Jolly Phonics.
"No amount of time can ever be enough to become an expert in the education field. It is an ever changing environment, the effervescence of which attracts and challenges me daily. Although I spent the last 18 years teaching in both local and international schools I believe I have still a lot more to learn. I believe all children can achieve their true potential when we, educators, understand their most immediate needs and act knowledgeably and become part of their world. The most rewarding aspect of my job is that I learn most from the children I work with”.
She enjoys swimming and spending time in nature and is a certified Yoga Instructor
Mrs Zarinah Monzales Manjares is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, majoring in English at Concordia College, Paco Manila, Philippines. She also achieved her Licensure Examination for Teachers. She gained experience in teaching preschool and primary students for 3 years
Teacher Zarinah is working in the Extended Programme as Lead Teacher. She is trained in the Synthetic Phonics approach to reading
"I am an energetic, creative and patient person. I love teaching children."
She enjoys reading novels, especially those with magical or suspense features. She likes cooking and watching movies during her free time
Mr Muhammad Haziq Siddeq bin Asmad has been trained in-house by Engage Minds Learning after his A Levels in 2015.
Teacher Sid is working in the Phonics, SRA and English Specialised Programmes
"Learning English is a lifelong journey and I'm glad to be playing a part in the growth of our students."
He enjoys kickboxing and Go (Weiqi/Baduk)
Ms Dk Hawa Hayati Pg Abd Wahab earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with Minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from New York University, USA. She has 1 year of experience as a research assistant in a lab at NYU that investigates early cognitive markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Teacher Hayati is a therapist in the PECS Programme
As a special needs teacher, I am privileged to work with such bright children and to discover their talents day by day. I believe that by teaching children functional communication, we are equipping them skills that transcend the classroom and are fundamental in enabling them to become independent and productive members of society."
She enjoys hiking, reading and all things music.
Mrs Reshmi Lourds Mathew has qualifications in MSc in Psychology and Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. She is also a Certified Speech Language Pathologist with 9 years of extensive work experiences in hospitals, rehabilitation, institutes, and clinics. She is known for her skills in conducting speech language evaluation and treatment, and knowledge in preschool training.
Ms Nadzirah Binti Sidup earned both of her MA in Southeast Asian Studies and Bachelors of Arts in Historical Studies from University Brunei Darussalam. She has been the president of UBD Volunteering & Charity Club, an intern in Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport under the Youth Department, liaison officer for both Thailand and Vietnam Delegates and also participated in the Student Exchange Programme at Universitas Indonesia
She works in the Extended Programme as an Assistant Teacher.
"I am a highly motivated, adaptable, responsible and enthusiastic individual who enjoy working with the little ones. I am also responsible for the welfare of the kids and staffs in the centre."
She enjoys cafe hopping, volunteering & charity work/community service
Mrs Naila Raza earned her Masters Degree in Educational Planning and Management, and her Bachelor of Education in Teacher Training at NUML, Islamabad, Pakistan. She has 4 years teaching experience at both Primary and Pre-School Level (Special Needs Children)
Teacher Naila is working in the Extended Programme as Lead Teacher
"I am passionate about working with young people. It is my belief that personalities that create good citizens are formed in childhood. Therefore, I decided to become a teacher."
She enjoys nature hikes and everything about nature. She also enjoys interior design, Indian and Pakistani fashion and cuisine
Ms Hjh Nur'Aqilah bte Abdullah @ Hj Osman earned both her Master of Teaching (ECEC) and Bachelor of Art in Historical Studies at University of Brunei Darussalam. She has gained experience as a special needs teacher assistant from Rising Star Child Development and as a preschool teacher during a school placement at Dato' Othman Primary School and Rimba Primary School
Teacher Aqilah works in the Extended (Preschool) Programme as Assistant Teacher
"I enjoy working with young children. I find teaching preschoolers is a rewarding job because as an educator, we can explore their minds, find out how they learn best and help them to grasp new concepts."
She enjoys playing squash, cooking and travelling
Mr Kevin P'ng Thien Hock earned his Bachelor of Science Psychology with Honors from the University of Warwick, UK. He is a member of more than 10 project teams, and is an active member and qualified First-Aider of the St John's Ambulance Organization, UK. He also has experience in community service volunteer to children and physical and mentally disabled adults in the UK
Teacher Kevin is a therapist in the PECS Programme
"I believe every child has a place in the society. Every child can learn and has their own unique ways to relate with the world. It is our role to understand each of them and to create the environment where they can explore and learn the skills to interact with what life puts them through. This is where I believe I can make a difference."
He enjoys food, jogging and travelling
Mrs Shameem Fathima has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science, Bachelor of Education in Special Education, Certification in Inclusive Education (UPK) and is trained in PECS. She has 11 years experience in Mainstream and Special Education Teaching, and has attended workshops in Speech Generating Device and Language of Emotions
Mrs Shameem works as an ABA therapist in the Special Needs Department.
"I am a special educator for developmentally delayed children specialized in Autism with Communication Skills. I am also specialized in writing IEP Goals for children and early intervention."
She enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, community services (for children), cooking, reading and traveling
She enjoys working with children , cycling , sewing and cooking.
"If you cannot teach them, love them. Love will teach them" - Unknown (Mentor)
As an outdoor nature lover, he enjoys going on hikes, swimming, going on roadtrips and playing football. He is also a bookworm, a coffee and tea enthusiast.
Mr Mohd Asri Mohd Shah earned his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia & his Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Ministry of Health, Malaysia. He has experience in working with acute, sub acute care and outpatient occupational therapy, an extensive knowledge in orthopedics, rheumatology, burn, mental, pediatric & neurological disorders. He was an occupational therapist in Department of Occupational Therapy at WQ Park Health & Rehab Centre, Malaysia and in Department of Rehab, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC), Brunei before Engage Minds Learning.
He is our Occupational Therapist.
"I am a dedicated, outgoing person with a team player attitude who enjoys working with children."
He enjoys spending time with his children, window shopping and sight seeing.
Ms Adelina Abd Ghani has 10 years of experience in working in HSBC in Operations and Administrative field and 7.5 years in Standard Chartered Bank doing Human Resources, Admin and Sales in the frontline.
"Never put for tomorrow what you can do today"
She enjoys reading, swimming and a bit of badminton. She also loves to spend most of her free time with her four children, taking them to the park or going to the movies together.
Ms Noemi Camelotes Estorque earned her vocational in Information Technology from Philippine Technological and Marine Sciences, Pagadian City, Philippines. She has 2 years working experience as office staff at Engage Minds Sdn Bhd
She is working as the administrator of Engage Minds Learning
"Sacrifice first before you reach your goal"
She enjoys dancing, singing, reading novels and played badminton
Ms Nur Farah Hanani earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Chester through Laksamana College of Business. She does graphic design during her free time to polish her skills and gain more experience
She works in the Web-Marketing department as Web Designer
"I enjoy working in a learning centre filled with children who have interesting stories to tell everyday, and watching them learn the various useful life skills here makes me proud to be part of Engage Minds Learning."
She enjoys shopping online, travelling and spending time with loved ones
Mrs Alona Joaquin Angeles
Mrs Alona is an expert in cleanliness and sanitation. The centre owes it to her expertise in maintaining a high standard of hygiene
"I am hard working and willing to learn. I understand the importance of cleanliness in a school environment and strive to maintain a high standard within the school indoors and outdoors on a daily basis."
She enjoys volleyball and cooking.
Mr Earl Ivan De Villa Roldan is qualified with Level 4 Diploma in Computer Science, and has gained experience working at St. Andrew's School for 3 years as a Computer Science teacher and coach for World Robotics Olympiad (WRO).
He works as the administrator at the front desk.
"Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to."
During his free time, he plays badminton, video games, reading books and finding out about the latest gadgets. He also enjoys drawing, music and spending time with friends
Ms Siti Nurul Syarifah Binti Zulkifle is a graduate of Bachelor of Science and Major in Computer Science. She had experience working as Web Designer and Research Assistance at University Brunei Darussalam.
She is a web designer in Engage Minds Learning.
" I enjoy working at Engage Minds Learning because I can record children's learning and get to share their interesting stories."
She enjoys reading books and watching movies, especially science-fiction.