Friday, October 30th, 12 - 1pm SGT

Stamford Connects Episode 5: What Can I Do To Give My Child The Gift Of Culture And Languages?

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Welcome to our new webinar series - Stamford Connects - for interested parents who want to know more about international schools in Singapore. We will be adding a new topic every 2 months. Do join us and connect!

For children who speak more than one language, the world truly is their oyster. 

Learning to speak another language improves listening skills, increases focus and leads to greater cognitive agility, especially problem solving and creativity, resulting in better educational development. It also opens up the ability to work and study overseas in a more immersive and authentic way, providing a deeper understanding of different cultures and oneself in the process.

When students participate in high quality language programs, they have the opportunity to become truly bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural - which, in the era of globalization, is quickly becoming a necessity.

Providing students these opportunities requires discipline, long term commitment, and participation in superior educational programs. At Stamford American International School, we have a variety of programs that seek to support and develop students' second language acquisition.

It really is a gift!

Join us on Friday October 30, 2020 from 12-1pm SGT to learn more about our language programs. Moderated by Dr. Xiomara Cruz, Elementary Deputy Principal and Bilingual Coordinator, hear from three of our world class educators and discover how you can give your child the gift of language and culture.

Meet Our Panelists

Dr. Xiomara Cruz (Moderator)
Elementary Deputy Principal 
Bilingual Coordinator

In her 14 years as an educator, Dr. Cruz has worked with language learners all the way from Early Years to High School. For over 10 years she has focused on Bilingual Education and through this time has supported the development of cohesive data driven Bilingual programs. Dr. Cruz has taught in Puerto Rico, United States, and Singapore. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Masters in Bilingual Education, and a Masters in Child development. She has been part of the Stamford community since 2013 serving in a variety of roles. In her free time she enjoys participating in outdoor activities, going for a run, and traveling.

Elena Pertegaz Arbella
Head of Secondary Spanish
DP Teacher - Spanish Language A/B

Elena has over 13 years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language and also to native/heritage students. She holds a Master in Education (Specialist Certification in Education Leadership) and has taught in all IB programs: PYP, MYP and DP. She is also a DP examiner for Language A & B and Extended Essay. Before moving to Singapore, she lived in Portugal and taught there as well. She loves running, reading and yoga. She believes learning an additional language can help you to be open minded and respect other cultures.

Rena Brown
Director of English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Kindergarten to Grade 11 

Rena has worked at Stamford for nearly 8 years. Her time at Stamford has been focused on supporting English language learners across the grade levels, supporting teachers and designing and implementing our comprehensive EAL programs. Rena has lived and worked in the U.S., Mexico, Shanghai and Singapore over the past 26 years. She is a proud parent of two proud Stamford Lions, a son who is a senior this year and a daughter who is an alumni from the class of 2018. She is a life-long learner who is passionate about supporting language learners and developing teacher leaders in international schools.

Violet Chan
Head of Elementary Mandarin

Violet has worked at Stamford for 9 years. She has over 15 years of experience teaching Mandarin and Music. She holds a Master in Education and has taught in IB programme and British curriculum. Before moving to Singapore, she lived in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong and taught there as well. She loves Equestrian (dressage and show jumping) and yoga. She believes learning different languages can enrich our lives.

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