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We’re a series of podcasts that gives voice to stories, life experiences, and news for listeners to learn from the best in their space and the best in the industry.

SkyGems Podcast will take you inside the minds and behind the scenes of successful leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, professionals, change agents in their professions and businesses from all over the world.

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084: Messages of Hope for 2021

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088: Series 2 Episode 2 Podcast Trailer - Ana Maria Marian
Ana Maria Marian is an international kindergarten and primary school leader who has inspired and developed staff, students, and parents in the US, Hong Kong, and Beijing. While currently based in New York, she also works as a consultant to principals and schools around the world and is co-author of the book “The Focused Principal”. Ana Maria firmly believes that every child should be inspired and guided to love learning and achieve their personal best. She is not afraid to push educators to think outside of the box in order to develop innovative and exciting strategies to promote learning. At the same time, Ana Maria is known for the genuine care and attention that she brings to each child, parent, and educator that she works with. In her spare time, Ana Maria enjoys traveling the world to meet new people and experience different cultures. She is also an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge of dreaming big and then working hard to see those dreams become a reality. Find out more about Ana Maria’s passion : www.wemadethistogether.com www.thefocusedprincipal.com
03:60
March 23, 2021
087: Series 2 Episode 1 - Morris Yow
We are pleased to introduce you to Morris Yow – our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 Episode 1 -Discovering 21st Century Skills Here’s some key highlights of Morris Yow’s sterling track records. Morris Yow, founder and managing director of Infinity Legal LLC has more than 25 years of experience at the Bar. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Lincolns’ Inn, England where he read law as the Sultan Azlan Shah (the 9th King and former Chief Justice of Malaysia) Bar Scholar. Thereafter he was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. He was a Foreign Registered Lawyer in Hong Kong and has held various roles of a director, compliance officer, trust officer and senior legal counsel at one of the largest independent wealth management companies in Asia. Tune in to Morris’s Podcast exclusively streamed on SkyGems Academy Podcast. In this podcast episode, you will hear Morris speaking passionately about his passions in life, how his humble upbringing has kept him grounded and has given him strength and perseverance to keep moving forward and carry on. Morris will be sharing with us what he wished he knew when he was younger that could have helped him to navigate through his life journey. Morris is very kind and generous with his word of wisdom and advice for the younger generations. Morris also mentioned BTS and shared how BTS has inspired him to take up new challenges. Let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 Episode 1 for Morris Yow’s Podcast. Find out more about Morris Yow at: http://infinitylegal.com.sg/ Visit us at https://skygemsacademy.com/
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February 5, 2021
086: Series 2 Episode 1 Podcast Trailer - Morris Yow
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 on the topic of Discovering 21st Century Skills first speaker is Morris Yow. Morris Yow, founder and managing director of Infinity Legal LLC (https://infinitylegal.com.sg/) has more than 25 years of experience at the Bar. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Lincolns’ Inn, England where he read law as the Sultan Azlan Shah (the 9th King and former Chief Justice of Malaysia) Bar Scholar. Thereafter he was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. He was a Foreign Registered Lawyer in Hong Kong and has held various roles of a director, compliance officer, trust officer and senior legal counsel at one of the largest independent wealth management companies in Asia. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Morris Yow.
04:21
January 27, 2021
085: Discovering 21st Century Skills
In Series 2 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, we will be focusing our discussions and sharing of experiences from change makers and inspiring individuals from all around the world. SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 speakers are all unique individuals who are highly passionate about making a difference and to help make the world and environment to be a better place for our future generations. Our exclusive speakers are from diverse backgrounds, industries and they will be sharing their personal stories, their career experiences, their future outlook that will inspire listeners at all ages and from all walks of life. Speakers will be sharing their personal journey and stories on self-discovery, life experiences, viewpoints, how and when they discovered the importance of mastering the 21st Century Skills in their life journey. They will share what they wish they knew and what they hope to have learned when they were younger that could have helped them to seamlessly navigate through their life journey. Their stories will inspire us all and especially the younger generations to understand the importance of mastering 21st century skills. These essential 21st century skills need to be mastered at a younger age, practiced continuously and perfected over time. Driven by clear vision and solid purpose these inspiring individuals will help to shape and re-imagine the world we live in. We hope that their stories will inspire SkyGems Academy Podcast listeners to make a difference, pursue your passion, your dreams and things that give you purpose no matter at what stage you are in. We will be featuring about 30 exclusive speakers from all around the world starting from end December 2020 and all throughout 2021.
07:49
January 22, 2021
084: Messages of Hope for 2021
Thank you for tuning in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 final episode. What a year! WOW! What a year! In 2020, SkyGems Academy Podcast had the honor and privilege to have 40 exclusive leaders and educators around the world joining us as guest speakers to share their viewpoints, unique experiences, challenges faced, how they pivot and adapt their strategies throughout Covid-19 pandemic. We are very grateful and appreciative of everybody who has supported us throughout this period and beyond. Thank you so much! Coming soon in 2021, we will be launching SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 entitled discovering 21st Century Skills. In Series 2 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, we will be focusing our discussions and sharing of experiences from change makers and inspiring individuals from all around the world. Here’s a sneak preview of SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 – Discovering 21st Century Skills. Our distinguished speakers will be sharing their personal journey and stories on self-discovery, life experiences, how and when they discovered the importance of mastering the 21st Century Skills in their life journey. They will share candidly what they wish they knew when they were younger and what they wish they have learned when they were younger that could have helped them to seamlessly navigate through their life journey. The 1st episode for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 will be streamed sometime in January 2021. So do stay tuned. My hope for 2021 is that everyone to be kind and generous to one another, seize the golden opportunities around you and never ever give up! Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy 2021! Stay safe and take good care everyone. See you all in the brand new year 2021! Enjoy the messages of hope for 2021 from our distinguished speakers from all around the world!
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December 16, 2020
083: Episode 40 - Margarita Lukavenko
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 on the topic of How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry final 40th speaker is Margarita Lukavenko. Margarita is a passionate educator and founder of EduMatters and EduHarbor, where she develops a global community of educators via an online platform (www.eduharbor.com), and works on providing global quality education solutions through an online Global Competence Project where students design games that are sent for free to communities in need all over the world. Margarita is a UN Teach SDGs Ambassador (Sustainable Development Goals) and a National Geographic Certified Educator. “We need to have mental agility. No matter how good you are at it, you have to keep on improving it and keep on adjusting yourself. You need to keep your balance and keep finding your balance,” said Margarita. Now I am pleased to present to you … Margarita Lukaveko!
51:21
December 9, 2020
082: Episode 40 Podcast Trailer - Margarita Lukavenko
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 on the topic of How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry final 40th speaker is Margarita Lukavenko. Margarita is originally from Sakhalin Island, Russia and has been traveling around the world based in Shanghai, China and now based in Berlin, Germany. She a passionate educator and founder of EduMatters and EduHarbor, where she develops a global community of educators via an online platform www.eduharbor.com “It's ok not to be ok. Stay mentally agile. Stay flexible in everything that you do. Be empathetic towards one another. Keep questioning and challenging whatever comes your way,” said Margarita. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Margarita Lukavenko.
03:58
December 7, 2020
081: Episode 39 - Yanni Galanis
SkyGems Academy Podcast 39th speaker is Yanni Galanis. Yanni has been in the education industry for over 26 years in both public and private school environments. This includes 21 years with Haileybury where he has taught Physics and Chemistry to senior school students and held a range of leadership positions, such as Head of Department, Head of Student Leadership, Head of House, Head of Physics, Head of Pre-Senior and Deputy Head of Senior School. Yanni has also been part of Haileybury’s wider China programs in Chengdu, Beijing, Sanshui and Wuhan that have enabled them to be the biggest provider of Australian secondary education in China and the rest of Asia. He is currently the International Principal of Australia’s first Sino-Australian school – the Haileybury International School, Tianjin, and has contributed to overseeing their academic programs and systems over the last 4 years. Yanni has a fundamental belief that all his students should not only be provided with key pathways to overseas universities but with opportunities to experience creativity, passion and curiosity during their time at school. “Blended learning of face-to-face live teaching and online learning will complement really well. Online learning enable us to connect seamlessly with students at home, over the weekends and globally. Anytime. Anywhere,” said Yanni. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Yanni Galanis!
27:06
December 6, 2020
080: Episode 39 Podcast Trailer - Yanni Galanis
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 39th speaker is Yanni Galanis. Yanni is the International Principal of Australia’s first Sino-Australian school – the Haileybury International School, Tianjin, China. “The younger generations know computers and they are IT & Tech savvy. I urge them to have a think about the impact of the decisions they make at school and throughout their life span which will impact the  society and the people around them,” said Yanni. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Yanni Galanis.
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December 3, 2020
079: Episode 38 - Jenny O'Fee
SkyGems Academy Podcast 38th speaker is Jenny O’Fee. Jenny has been teaching and leading in International Schools for the past 20 years. She is currently the Primary School Principal in Berlin Metropolitan School, Germany, an IB school. Originally from Northern Ireland, where she began her teaching career, curiosity and a desire to learn and explore other languages and cultures prompted her to move to Italy where she began a career in International education. Jenny is passionate about learning through inquiry and promoting agency for all learners; making connections and fostering an active learning community is what she strives to inspire and nurture. She has experience in, and a desire to continue exploring, how best to integrate technology meaningfully into learning for all students. Learning and leading in a multilingual, multi-cultural environment is a place she loves to be. “Balance in general has been one of the biggest challenges for everyone. Balancing parents, students, teachers, and just being able to keep some equilibrium in all of our lives. We will continue to keep the balance,” said Jenny. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jenny O’Fee!
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December 2, 2020
078: Episode 38 Podcast Trailer - Jenny O'Fee
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 38th speaker is Jenny O’Fee. Jenny is the Primary School Principal at Berlin Metropolitan School. Jenny has been teaching and leading in International Schools for the past 20 years. “Calm is a Superpower. Calmness is really important in a leader. We need to remain calm and be able to take considered and collaborative decisions and support your team,” said Jenny. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jenny O’Fee.
04:05
November 30, 2020
077: Episode 37 - Erick Mukiira
SkyGems Academy Podcast 37th speaker is Erick Mukiira. Erick is a Theatre educator for 11 years. He has skills in teaching IGCSE, IB, BTEC, and Edexcel Theatre curriculum. He is a passionate scriptwriter and an impeccable stage play director. He is always eager to play around with the set design and is very creative with lighting spaces for performances. He believes in inspiring students to do their very best in Arts and perform beyond their expectations. He is a life long learner who believes in continuous learning to gain more knowledge, wisdom, and just having ample information like our forefathers - Plato and Aristotle. “As educators we have to be determined, we have to be hardworking. We have to be lifelong learners. We need to inspire people to achieve more than what they think they can achieve,” said Erick. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Erick Mukiira!
25:49
November 29, 2020
076: Episode 37 Podcast Trailer - Erick Mukiira
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 37th speaker is Erick Mukiira. Erick has been a theatre educator for 11 years now. He is a passionate scriptwriter and an impeccable stage play director. He is an extrovert who loves hiking, nature walks, socializing, dancing, movies, and watching live shows. “Students need to learn the 21st century skills, life skills and ways to survive in the world. These are critical survival skills that students need to learn as early as possible,” said Erick. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Erick Mukiira.
03:45
November 26, 2020
075: Episode 36 - Iain Sallis
SkyGems Academy Podcast 36th speaker is Iain Sallis. Iain is the Campus Principal at Tenby International School, Setia-Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Iain has been in Education for 21 years, 17 years of them as a senior leader. He has vast experience of school improvement strategies.  He has worked in schools with a variety of contexts and intakes. He had written modules and led facilitation at both NPQH and NPQSL level. He is also experience in keynote speaking in a variety of levels from Universities of Sussex and Brighton to large professional conferences including BETT. In 2014, he started his International journey with a Headship at Tenby International School, Kuala Lumpur. In 2016 he was promoted to Campus Principal at Tenby Schools Penang and in 2019 he moved to the flagship campus in Kuala Lumpur as Campus Principal at Setia Eco-Park which has approximately 2000 students and 260 staff. He oversees 4 schools including International and Private Malaysian National School both at primary and secondary level.  He is an Executive Member of the Association of International Malaysian Schools and a registered assessor for CIS Schools and WASC. He had articles published in TES and international magazines. He had also started his own blog and do check it out at iainsallis@wordpress.com. He loves learning and want to continue to improve as a leader. “I think the young people are going to get a better learning deal. We're going to get better leaders in the future. We're going to get better 21st century learners. We will be able close the gap between schools and businesses,” said Iain. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Iain Sallis!
39:51
November 25, 2020
074: Episode 36 Podcast Trailer - Iain Sallis
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 36th speaker is Iain Sallis. Iain is the Campus Principal at Tenby International School, Setia-Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Iain has been in the education industry for 21 years, 17 years of them as a senior leader. In 2014, he started his International journey with a Headship at Tenby International School, Kuala Lumpur. In 2016 he was promoted to Campus Principal at Tenby Schools Penang and in 2019 he moved to the flagship campus in Kuala Lumpur as Campus Principal at Setia Eco-Park which has approximately 2000 students and 260 staff. “We've got this Yin and Yang. We've got this paradox where we've been in isolation but we continue to work effectively as a team to achieve success in the shortest period of time,’ said Iain. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Iain Sallis.
04:26
November 23, 2020
073: Episode 35 - Günter Boos
SkyGems Academy Podcast 35th speaker is Günter Boos. Günter had started his teaching career at Grammar Schools, since 1970. Since then, he has been a teacher's trainer, a university teacher at University of Frankfurt for 19 years, principal of Albert-Einstein-Gymnasiums (Grammar School) in Maintal, Germany, until the year 2000. In the year 2000, he came to Singapore and was the Principal of German European School Singapore for 9 years. He was back in Europe and had held many positions, before settling down to his current position as the Principal at Swiss International Boarding School (SIBSS). Günter enjoys exploring new ways for learning. He has a motto that is close to his heart: Nothing is made for eternity and carved in stone! “Nothing is stable. Something can happen every time, every moment, every day. And we have to react rapidly, in a good way, in a positive way. Embrace change and new ways of doing things,” said Günter. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Günter Boos!
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November 22, 2020
072: Episode 35 Podcast Trailer - Gunter Boos
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 35th speaker is Gunter Boos. Gunter is the Principal at Swiss International Boarding School. Born in Frankfurt, Germany in the year 1948, he has been married for forty-six years. He has a daughter and a grand daughter. His hobbies are working, reading, travelling, being curious of all things in the world and of course, spending time with his grand daughter. “Don't be depressed. Pay attention. To our future generations; take this opportunity to learn. There's no excuse to say ‘I can't learn because it's Covid-19’,” said Gunter. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Gunter Boos.
05:43
November 19, 2020
071: Episode 34 - Marcela Rueda
SkyGems Academy Podcast 34th speaker is Marcela Rueda. As a child and young adult, Marcela loved practicing different sports such as basketball, horseback riding and squash and participated in different competitions in all those sports. As a hobby Marcela loved cooking with her father every weekend and this instill in her a passion for cooking all sorts of different dishes and flavours. She believes that food connects people, cultures and shows how diverse and rich is our world. Since very young, Marcela became an Early childhood educator and has been passionate about how children learn, grow and build their own image of the world with our guidance and support. She has worked in education for more than 35 years and still in love with this amazing and never boring career! After following different curriculums and approaches, Marcela fell in love with PYP and for the last 18 years have worked following this programme which offers children a fantastic way to construct their learning. As an educational leader for many years, Marcela learns every day from the educators and children around her. Being a leader is more like being a facilitator, as teachers and children will do it all. “I do think that the current Covid-19 pandemic situation has made us think as human beings, our relationships with the world. It has made us rethink education, relationships, jobs, essential things in life, what's essential, what it's not. Covid-19 has proven to us that we as human beings have to stop and think about how do we relate with the world around us. As educators, how do we educate children in difficult situations, and empower them not only academic content, but different skills to be able to survive, live and learn during these challenging times,” said Marcela. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Marcela Rueda!
27:38
November 18, 2020
070: Episode 34 Podcast Trailer - Marcela Rueda
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 34th speaker is Marcela Rueda. Marcela was born in Bogotá, Colombia in a family of six children with two different nationalities and backgrounds. Two American siblings from the first marriage of her father and 4 Colombians. This particular characteristic made her family diverse and created a need to speak English and understand another culture since she was very young. “Focus on developing those 21st Century skills and do not be afraid of change and challenges. This pandemic has shown us that we are capable of embracing difficulties,” said Marcela. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Marcela Rueda.
04:21
November 16, 2020
069: Episode 33 - Marlon Dominguez
SkyGems Academy Podcast 33rd speaker is Marlon Dominguez. Marlon is a passionate educator who strives to establish relationships between students, teachers, and parents to create a dynamic learning environment. He has taught multiple subjects in a variety of grade levels. Marlon holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a master's degree in Education. He also completed specializations in Education Mediated by Technology, Teaching English as a Second Language, and earned a professional certificate in Leadership and Management in Education. After working as a Spanish Teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator in Tianjin, China, he returned to his native Colombia where he is currently the Secondary Principal at La Sierra International School. “It has been an interesting time. We have struggled.  We have cried. We have been frustrated. We have been insulted by people who are frustrated. We have listened, we have understood and we have shown compassion. We have shown care and concern. We have supported each other. We have taught and we have learned as well. We have been a team. I keep saying ‘we’, ‘we’, ‘we’. That's why we have been successful," said Marlon. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Marlon Dominguez!
26:22
November 15, 2020
068: Episode 33 Podcast Trailer - Marlon Dominguez
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 33rd  speaker is Marlon Dominguez. Marlon is the Secondary Principal at La Sierra International School. Marlon believes that caring, flexibility, consistency, and teamwork are essential skills for success. “How does Covid-19 pandemic make me feel?  Well, it reminds me that I am a human being, a learner, a teacher, a leader who can help others to be successful and be happy,” said Marlon. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Marlon Dominguez.
03:39
November 12, 2020
067: Episode 32 - Emma Rowlands
SkyGems Academy Podcast 32nd  speaker is Emma Rowlands. Emma was born in Brisbane, Australia, but grew up in Cork, Ireland. She was educated in Ireland, Germany, France, and America. At university, she read Pure Mathematics and Philosophy for her Bachelor's Degree, was awarded a Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education. Emma is currently the Dean of Academics and Student Culture at True North Classical Academy in Miami, Florida, USA. A Singapore Math Specialist, Emma has acted as a consultant to schools in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She was honored to be a Mathematics Consultant for the Florida Department of Education when they were writing the B.E.S.T Standards for Mathematics to replace Common Core in  2019. “It became an adventure, a very humbling adventure, trying to figure out how best to teach in a way we had never taught before. The students became our guide,” said Emma. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Emma Rowlands!
24:40
November 11, 2020
066: Episode 32 Podcast Trailer - Emma Rowlands
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 32nd speaker is Emma Rowlands. Emma was born in Brisbane, Australia, but grew up in Cork, Ireland. She was educated in Ireland, Germany, France and America. Emma is the Dean of Academics and Student Culture, Singapore Math Specialist at True North Classical Academy. Emma is based in Miami, Florida, USA. “To generations in the future, learn from the past. Be proactive. Turn every situation into something positive and that you can learn from,” said Emma. Now I am pleased to present to you … Emma Rowlands.
05:07
November 9, 2020
065: Episode 31 - Hatem Mahmoud
SkyGems Academy Podcast 31st speaker is Hatem Mahmoud. Hatem started developing his passion towards teaching in 2005. His K-12 education career started at Oasis, a leading IB school in Cairo, Egypt in 2012 and never looked back. From teaching adults to training teachers, then teaching k-12 and joining the International Baccalaureate Educator Network (IBEN), Hatem finally found his purpose. Transformational leadership and change management drive Hatem’s day to day practices in educational leadership positions he takes. Having a clear vision and empowering teams to deliver and reach their goals in a timely manner without adding much stress to the process is a practice he enjoys. Hatem looks forward to positively influencing educational reform in the middle east and helping curriculum development and enhancement as well as schooling practices in general, affecting students, parents, teachers and non-academic staff concerned. “We need to provide the learners of today with the lifelong learning tools and effective 21st century skills that help them prepare themselves in their own way, at their own pace, for their own future,” said Hatem. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Hatem Mahmoud!
27:49
November 8, 2020
064: Episode 31 Podcast Trailer - Hatem Mahmoud
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 31th speaker is Hatem Mahmoud. Hatem is the Boys Principal MYP-DP at Advanced Learning School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Teaching to Hatem is coaching, acting, as well as facilitating. A teacher is not anymore, the source of knowledge for learners. Three-dimensional teaching of content, skills and concepts paves the way for life-long learning embedded in social and emotional well-being. “The current K to 12 Education does not prepare students for the future. We need to provide the learners of today with the lifelong learning tools and effective 21st century skills that help them prepare themselves in their own way at their own pace for their own future,” said Hatem. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Hatem Mahmoud.
04:03
November 5, 2020
063: Episode 30 - Conrad Hughes
SkyGems Academy Podcast 30th speaker is Conrad Hughes. Conrad is the Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissière where he teaches philosophy. He is also a member of the advisory board for the University of the People, senior fellow of UNESCO's International Bureau of Education and research assistant at the University of Geneva's department of psychology and education. Conrad's publications include "Understanding Prejudice and Education: The Challenge for Future Generations" (2017, Routledge) and "Educating for the 21st Century: Seven Global Challenges" (2018, Brill). His most recent book, "Education and Elitism" (Routledge), comes out in 2021. “The universal learning program can be categorized into four big areas. Character, who am I? Passion, what is my purpose? Mastery - How can I go further? and Collaboration – How can we work together? So, basically, develop your character. Follow your passion and nurture your passion. Be curious. If you don't have a passion, be curious, keep an open mind. Master what you can and learn how to be a good collaborator,” said Conrad. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Conrad Hughes!
30:48
November 4, 2020
062: Episode 30 Podcast Trailer - Conrad Hughes
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 30th speaker is Conrad Hughes. Conrad is Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissière where he teaches philosophy. “We're looking at life worthy, Future-Proof Competencies. In other words, what are the things that you learn at school that are definitely going to be necessary in life, no matter what life throws at you,” said Conrad. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Conrad Hughes.
03:48
November 2, 2020
061: Episode 29 - Shady Elkassas
SkyGems Academy Podcast 29th speaker is Shady Elkassas. Shady is a multiple award-winning and passionate Egyptian educator working in United Arab Emirates. He is a winner of Khalifa Award of Education Excellence, and Middle East Education Influencer Award winner. Since his childhood, he had looked forward to a career in teaching, and become a committed educator providing high standards and practices in the education of young people. He believes that the capstone of education is to give every student equal opportunities to learn and for this reason, a true educator is the one who acknowledges, respects, and appreciates students' diverse backgrounds, learning styles, intelligence, and abilities. Following this perspective, he has centred his teaching repertoire around the concept of searching for the best way to meeting students' individual needs. As a school leader, Shady communicated the same message to his team members. He is a STEM advocate and speaker in the MENA region. He has taken initiatives to adopt project-based learning (PBL) and inquiry-based learning (IBL) methodologies to create a new foundation of STEM learning in school. He strongly believe that leadership has a strong influence on education. Shady has been selected to be a speaker in three international education conferences in the region - GESS-Dubai 2016, 2017, and Fatih Educational Summit in Turkey 2016. He was also a GESS education award finalist for two years (2016 & 17). For the past few years, he has been associated with Sharjah American International School. With Robotics being of particular interest to him, he has led the School Robotics team and helped them winning many awards at international events. He has also been invited to speak at events like TEDx and GESS (Global Educational Supplies and Solutions Exhibition). "One of the key lessons is being prepared. How to be prepared? This is to acquire knowledge and skills. Do not stop learning. Do not stop exploiting knowledge in different fields. Do not stop scaffolding your knowledge and skills and attributes in many fields. So, yes, being prepared is one of the key lessons for the future generation," said Shady. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Shady Elkassas!
29:33
November 1, 2020
060: Episode 29 Podcast Trailer - Shady Elkassas
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 29th speaker is Shady Elkassas. Shady is the Director of Innovation at Alttihad National Private School Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Shady is a multiple award-winning and passionate Egyptian educator working in United Arab Emirates. He is a winner of Khalifa Award of Education Excellence, and Middle East Education Influencer Award winner. “I believe that being prepared is the key lesson that we should teach to our future leaders. Being dynamic to change, being prepared for any setback, being prepared for any global challenge,” said Shady. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Shady Elkassas.
03:55
October 29, 2020
059: Episode 28 - John Nicholls
SkyGems Academy Podcast 28th speaker is John Nicholls. John is the Co-Director of the Bilingual European School, Milan.  He has a Masters degree in Coaching and Mentoring Practice, and is a published author focusing on resilience and creating positive working environments. John has led coaching skills, facilitation training and wellbeing workshops in over 30 countries. He has 28 years of experience in education. During this time, he has been a primary and middle school teacher, primary head teacher and Leadership Development Adviser for the National College of School Leadership in the UK. He ran the award winning Norfolk Wellbeing Programme, which not only worked to improve the subjective wellbeing of 28,000 staff but also offered professional & personal support to over 400 school principals. In this role, he was also a consultant for the national Worklife Support organization. After five years in this role, John moved to the International Baccalaureate in Geneva and then The Hague. He recruited, trained and managed the performance of over a thousand workshop leaders, school visitors and consultants. John also carried out PYP authorization and verification visits in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, evaluated schools for BSO and Nord Anglia, and is a Lead Improvement Partner for COBIS (the Council of British International Schools). John shared a heart-warming activity that his school conducted  during the Covid-19 pandemic in Milan, Lombardy. I quote and unquote John: “We had 12 different stop offs in Milan, where the children and parents could come and just basically say hello and happy holidays and wave hello and goodbye to the teachers. The owner of the school was driving in front, came out and gave everyone a flag to wave, we'd say hello to the children from a distance.” “There has been a big, big focus on what it means to be human. What it means to have a good relationship with others. There has to be explicit skills taught around social emotional skills, but they also need to be woven into everything else that we do,” said John. Now, we are pleased to introduce you to and present to you to … John Nicholls!
28:26
October 28, 2020
058: Episode 28 Podcast Trailer - John Nicholls
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 28th  speaker is John Nicholls. John is the Co-Director of the Bilingual European School, Milan, Lombardy, Italy.  Previously, he was Assistant Director for Leadership Development across Nord Anglia’s 55 schools and was also responsible for Professional Development in Asia. “There's so much beauty in the world. So many lovely relationships. So many fascinating things about our world and how it works. We need to have that joyful wonder first. Then get stuck into solving the problems,” said John. Now, we are pleased to present to you … John Nicholls.
04:43
October 26, 2020
057: Episode 27 - Julia Reynen
SkyGems Academy Podcast 27th speaker is Julia Reynen. As Founder & Principal Advisor of Culture Innovator, Julia supports leaders across all industries navigate rapid growth and change without compromising positive workplace culture. Recently Julia co-founded Clear Crossing Academy which is an online social learning network for professionals to engage, learn and grow. Clear Crossing Academy delivers robust, structured online courses and social learning support in three critical and interrelated areas - leadership, culture and storytelling. “I think we need to be generous with one another, we need to create space for one another, and we need to give people time in order to share their talents and their passions and really grow,” said Julia. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Julia Reynen!
26:13
October 25, 2020
056: Episode 27 Podcast Trailer - Julia Reynen
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 27th speaker is Julia Reynen. An educator at heart, Julia is a millennial on a mission to positively disrupt leadership and workplace culture as we know it. She is a global leader in education and training with over a decade of experience serving diverse international communities and impacting a global audience with 15,000 hours of leadership, facilitation, coaching and mentoring. “I truly believe that each individual has a unique talent. And in really tapping into that talent, we will find out what we're truly passionate about. The journey is finding the ways in which we are going to share that with the world,” said Julia. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Julia Reynen.
03:59
October 22, 2020
055: Episode 26 - Chris Bradbury
SkyGems Academy Podcast 26th speaker is Chris Bradbury. Chris is the Principal of Northholm Grammar School, an independent co-educational School. Chris is based in Sydney, Australia. Chris has a genuine commitment and passion for the growth of young people to achieve their personal best through life-wide learning. Chris has been awarded a NSW Quality Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding teaching practice by the NSW State Government and was a recipient of both the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators Scholarship and the NSW Premiers Westfield’s History Teacher’s Scholarship. In 2018, he has been selected to participate in the NSW AIS Leadership Centre Flagship Program which is a rigorous, holistic program for experienced school leaders in schools. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University. “Covid-19 has been a pivotal learning point for the 21st century skills dispositions. We need to continue to be deliberate, intentional in making them a reality so that our students have the capacity to deal with all those challenges when they leave school and beyond,” said Chris. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Chris Bradbury!
29:14
October 21, 2020
054: Episode 26 Podcast Trailer - Chris Bradbury
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 –  26th speaker is Chris Bradbury. Chris is an innovative and dynamic teacher with a strong presence as an educational leader demonstrating creativity and agility. He has a proven track record of achieving effective change management targets by developing concrete strategies in working collaboratively with others to build awareness of the need of change, developing a shared mission and a common agenda. “The challenges posed by COVID-19 has forced and allowed schools to engage in the effectiveness of technology. It has also enabled us to communicate and connect with the community both locally and globally,” said Chris. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Chris Bradbury.
04:39
October 19, 2020
053: Episode 25 - Jasmyn Wright
SkyGems Academy Podcast 25th speaker is Jasmyn Wright. Jasmyn, a globally recognized educator, author, and speaker, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master in Education from Christian Brothers University. Jasmyn is one of Teach for America and Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms alumna. She is also the CEO & Founder of The Push Through Organization – a non-profit that uses innovative practices to equip, inspire, educate, and empower individuals to overcome adversity and become change agents. Her new affirmational and empowering children’s book, I’m Gonna Push Through!, encourages children to access their power within and use it to overcome challenges. Jasmyn has had the opportunity to deliver two TEDx talks, as well as travel the world, leading keynotes and serving as a consultant to various educational organizations. To find out more about Jasmyn and her exceptional work, please visit her non-profit’s website at www.wepushthrough.org. "Know that you're worthy. You were born with a purpose and a set of gifts that set you apart. They make you who you are. There's a reason behind your story. There's a reason why you think the way you think. There's a reason why everything your life is the way it is. It is to help to make your gifts stronger," said Jasmyn. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Jasmyn Wright.
29:25
October 18, 2020
052: Episode 25 Podcast Trailer - Jasmyn Wright
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 25th speaker is Jasmyn Wright. Jasmyn is an educator of 10 years. Jasmyn’s empowering and "out of the box" teaching style has been featured in GAP Kids back to school global campaign, as well as various national and international news and media outlets, including NPR News and Good Morning America. Her “Push Through Mantra” and teaching philosophies have been adapted into adult and K to 12 classroom settings across 19 U.S. states and 26 countries. “Know that your talents, your calling, your gifts are powerful. They're powerful enough to change the world. Believe in your purpose. Know that you can push through anything that you put your mind to. Do not allow anyone else to tell you otherwise, not even yourself,” said Jasmyn. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jasmyn Wright.
04:42
October 15, 2020
051: Episode 24 - Tatiana Mayor
SkyGems Academy Podcast 24th speaker is Tatiana Mayor. Tatiana is fondly known as Tati. Tati is the founder of Urban Camp, an education startup based in Brazil. Overseeing all aspects of the business, Tati has focused heavily on the direct relationship and engagement with parents that has created a virtuous cycle fostering the continuous process of evolution of the curricula. Intensively trained in Singapore Mathematics and Orton Gillingham methodologies as well as through educational connections around the globe, Tati has developed a program where students, instructors and parents can adjust to each other's cultures ensuring an extremely effective learning experience. Tati was also a pro-swimmer in Brazil and a swimming scholarship holder from The University of Tennessee with a degree in Geography and Business Administration. "Human resilience is the key lessons learnt from this Covid-19 pandemic. We are all learning how to adapt and how to accept a new normal. We need to look with positive lens which enable us to surpass the virus. We will move forward with our families, with our friends and with our businesses," said Tati. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Tatiana Mayor.
30:02
October 14, 2020
050: Episode 24 Podcast Trailer - Tatiana Mayor
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 24th speaker is Tatiana Mayor. Tatiana is fondly known as Tati. Tati is the founder of Urban Camp, an education start-up based in Brazil. After spending over a decade working in sales, marketing and consulting for American corporations, Tati returned to Brazil. Since 2017 she has been dedicated in developing an unconventional education program that has become a gateway to connect local kids to the world through Math and English. “Especially during this time where everybody's looking for a solution, you gotta be the solution," said Tati. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Tatiana Mayor.
04:11
October 12, 2020
049: Episode 23 - Vahid Husen Sayyad
SkyGems Academy Podcast 23rd speaker is Vahid Husen Sayyad. Vahid is an International Educational Trainer from India and is based in Gujerat, India. He has been working in the education industry for more than 13 years. Vahid is the founder and COO of English Zone. He is also the founder and director of One Step Educational Solutions. He has more than 13 years of experience in teaching English and Communication Skills/ IELTS/ Career Counseling / Parenting/ Teachers' Training. “We need to get our students to be more skillful, we need to focus on STEAM education system. STEAM will be something that is going to help them,” said Vahid. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Vahid Husen Sayyad.
32:45
October 11, 2020
048: Episode 23 Podcast Trailer - Vahid Husen Sayyad
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 - 23rd speaker is Vahid Husen Sayyad. Vahid is the founder and COO of English Zone. He is also the founder and director of One Step Educational Solutions. “We are not independent. We are living in independent countries but we are not independent. We are dependent on each other on every single thing,” said Vahid. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Vahid Husen Sayyad.
05:02
October 8, 2020
047: Episode 22 - Damian Rentoule
SkyGems Academy Podcast 22nd speaker is Damian Rentoule. Hiroshima International School principal and author of Conversations for a Global Child, Damian has been supporting families with the education of their children across four countries for over twenty years. Damian has a PhD in Education and an interest in the way everyday conversations affect our sense of identity. Originally from Australia, Damian enjoys reading in quiet times, and surfing whenever he gets the chance. Damian is an author and a special shout out to Damian’s website @www.damianrentoule.com "The connection between the school and the others as a support network has significantly changed. It is really important to have collective resilience," said Damian Rentoule. Now, we are pleased to introduce you and present to you … Damian Rentoule.
31:49
October 7, 2020
046: Episode 22 Podcast Trailer - Damian Rentoule
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 - 22nd speaker is Damian Rentoule. Damian is the Principal of Hiroshima International School, Japan. He is a passionate educator, surfer, writer and loving father to 2 beautiful daughters. Some of the novels Damian authored are Oystermouth Whispers, Life on the Pharm, Shadow of the Pharm and The Silence of Azul. Check out Damian's very interesting website @ www.damianrentoule.com "Look after each other. Look after the planet. Over time, you will realize that those two things are in fact, the same thing," said Damian. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Damian Rentoule.
04:12
October 5, 2020
045: Episode 21 - Margo Furbert
SkyGems Academy Podcast 21st  speaker is Margo Furbert. At Warwick Academy Bermuda, Margo has held the position of Upper Primary Coordinator and is currently the Year 5 & Year 6 Learning Support Teacher and Maths Coordinator. She also conducts booster classes for new Year 5 students. Margo has led the primary school through its transition into the UK National Curriculum for mathematics, and has been the driving force behind its recently-adopted Singapore approach to teaching mathematics. Margo has led maths workshops for teachers and parents, and has helped to expand the curriculum through problem-solving initiatives for students in an effort to create enthusiasm towards mathematics. Considering herself a late-bloomer in the education arena, Margo was a substitute teacher and part-time art and P.E. teacher before landing a full-time teaching position at Warwick Academy, the oldest school in continuous operation in the Western Hemisphere. Starting a full-time teaching position at age 41 meant that Margo had to keep abreast of the changes in education in order to “remain current”.  She has attended conferences, workshops and courses throughout Bermuda, the US and the UK. In 2014, she received a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development (UK). After graduating from university, Margo married Lance and decided to stay at home to begin her family. She tutored privately until both of her children, Leah and Jamin, began attending primary school. During this time, she also operated a home-based cake decorating business. In her spare time, Margo enjoys reading, gardening and is learning how to play the piano. A born-again Christian, she is an active member of her church where she continues her passion for working with children. Margo and Lance spent many summers traveling extensively across the US and Canada by motorhome. They recently sold their motorhome and had decided that cruise ship travel would be their new form of seeing the world - until Covid 19 arrived! “When you've been teaching, as long as I have, you have to recognize that just like the world is changing every day, the methods of teaching are also changing. We can't stay stuck in a rut if we are educating 21st century children. We just can't. You know, some of my colleagues are young enough to be my children. In fact, I've taught some of them," said Margo. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Margo Furbert.
26:25
October 4, 2020
044: Climate Action Project: Interview with Glenn van Zutphen at MONEY FM 89.3, Weekend Mornings
Glenn van Zutphen speaks to Han and Alyssa, ambassadors of the Climate Action Project, about the launch of the Climate Action Project which will be collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations, NASA and many other leading organisations, and how it provides opportunities to discuss and address important global issues such as climate change, gender inequality and poverty. Take action now and sign up at: www.climate-action.info. www.idigitalsky.com.sg www.skygemsacademy.com
10:47
October 4, 2020
043: Episode 21 Podcast Trailer - Margo Furbert
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 - 21st speaker is Margo Furbert. Margo is an “Onion”. That’s what Bermudians call those who were born and raised in Bermuda – a beautiful, 21-square-mile island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina, USA. In the 1800s, Bermuda was a major exporter of onions to the United States. "I think our future generations should recognize that just like the coronavirus has affected this world with a negative outcome. Your choices, your career paths, your contributions to your society could also impact the entire world. You need to make a decision about whether you want your contribution to be a negative one or a positive one," said Margo. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Margo Furbert.
04:14
October 1, 2020
042: Episode 20 - Timothy Veale
SkyGems Academy Podcast 20th speaker is Timothy Veale; better known as Tim. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Tim's overseas international school experience began at the Anglo-American School of Moscow in 1998. Following this, he taught IB Geography and served as Social Studies Head of Department at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Tim then taught at Karachi American School in Karachi, Pakistan from 2003 - 2005. Tim later served as MYP Coordinator and, later, as whole school Deputy Principal at MEF International School - Izmir, in Izmir, Turkey from 2005 - 2009. In 2009, Tim completed a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. In 2011, Tim became the Founding Head of School at Esbjerg International School, Denmark until his departure for the USA in 2017. Tim then served as Upper School Principal at the International School of Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA where he is completing PhD studies in Educational Leadership at nearby Purdue University. He is on track to graduate in 2022. In August 2020, Tim will commence as Secondary Principal at the International School of Hamburg. Tim met his wife, Lizette, who is originally from Denmark, while he was teaching in Bangkok and she was working at an orphanage nearby. Tim and Lizette had two weddings:  the first in Pakistan in 2003 and the second in Denmark in 2004. They have two daughters, Olivia (13) and Eleanor (3). "I think back to how things were pre COVID-19. We were essentially running,  a 19th century factory model, in our 21st century schools, and we all knew it. We talked about what and how to replace it, and nothing really ever happened. Very little change took place," said Tim. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Timothy Veale.
27:54
September 30, 2020
041: Episode 20 Podcast Trailer - Timothy Veale
SkyGems Academy Podcast 20th speaker is Timothy Veale better known as Tim. Tim is the Secondary Principal at the International School of Hamburg. “People are experiencing Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges of balancing work and life in a novel and in different ways that we've never expected, never seen. So I think that checking in with people and listening to them and getting feedback and talking is the most important way forward for me and as I grow my own leadership and help others to grow. I think the future is very, very promising. One positive outcome of this negative situation is that it's prompting us to have conversations like this and come up with new ideas. So in that sense, it's very exciting. I can absolutely envision in the future, lessons taught by teachers in person will both be broadcast online, and for the benefit of those who are in person. A little bit like a TV show, you might say, you know, but you should have a live audience, but they're also being watched by people at home," said Tim. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Timothy Veale.
06:14
September 28, 2020
040: Episode 19 - Jaspal Sidhu
SkyGems Academy Podcast 19th speaker is Jaspal Sidhu. Jaspal a Singaporean, is the Founder and Chairman of the SIS Group of Schools. The SIS Group is Indonesia’s largest chain of quality private K-12 schools, with tuition fees at multiple price points. The Group also has schools in Myanmar, India and S. Korea. SIS is currently in a strategic partnership with the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) to expand its operations both in Indonesia and other countries. In 2019 the SIS Group of Schools was awarded the Financial Times -IFC (World Bank) Global Education Award for its transformational work in education across geographies. Jaspal graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, he obtained a Masters in Business Administration (Distinction) from the University of Hull. He is also Indonesia’s 3-time amateur standup comedian champion. Jaspal speaks openly in international education conferences across the globe from Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong to Singapore. These include conferences organized by impact investors, private equity companies, school organizations and the IFC (World Bank). “Technology is going to complement what is going to happen in schools in a bigger way. So we are going to see a more blended approach. We are going to see a face-to- face digital transformation of teaching and where it becomes more personalised,” said Jaspal. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jaspal Sidhu.
48:51
September 27, 2020
039: Episode 19 Podcast Trailer - Jaspal Sidhu
SkyGems Academy Podcast speaker number 19 is Jaspal Sidhu. Jaspal, a Singaporean is the Founder and Chairman of The SIS Group of Schools. Jaspal is also Indonesia’s 3 times amateur stand up comedian champion. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jaspal noted one thing, that the schools that really look after the teachers well-being, they did well during the pandemic. The online teaching was conducted with far more gusto and enthusiasm. Jaspal believes that the best time to get information is during a crisis. So during a crisis, don't panic and sit. Talk to people and you will get a lot of what Jaspal calls “raw emotions and raw ideas”. “Global warming, is really not a hoax. We cannot let this environment bully us like that. We need to take it on. The climate is changing, dire consequences everywhere, extreme weather will affect our food, our water, our air. So, I urge the listeners, I urge the young people out there, please, work together, and be pro-environment,” said Jaspal. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jaspal Sidhu.
09:26
September 24, 2020
038: Episode 18 - Khadijah Tou Tou
SkyGems Academy Podcast 18th speaker is Khadijah Tou Tou. She is better known as Tou Tou. Tou Tou has been in the education industry for more than 12 years. She started at 16 years old during her High School days, working part time as a Montessori Teacher. She has experience teaching ESL in training schools to both children and adults, created reader’s theatre drama workshops to middle school students and hosts various mental health workshops. She is currently an IB PYP Teacher and Student Representative Council Advisor at Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School (WFLPS). Tou Tou is mostly known for her enthusiasm and optimistic attitude in the classroom. Implementing agency is an important practice in her pedagogy because it encourages independent inquiry and self efficacy. She believes her greatest asset in teaching are her relationships with her students, parents and co teacher. She suggests that education should be taken from an, “It Takes A Village” perspective. Tou Tou also loves to participate in Professional Development (PD) opportunities, where she takes full advantage of networking. Her latest PD was at Harvard University where she gained a certificate in, “Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions.” She knows the greater she can expand her own mind, she will be able to teach her students how to do the same. Tou Tou is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion within the education system and her works outside of school are reflective of that. She is the host of the podcast “In Trance”, a producer and screenwriter for playwrights, an author, a Reiki Healer, a Gifted Speaker, an Improvisation Artist and a Singer with the voice of an angel. I quote and unquote Tou Tou “What can I say? I love the arts!” “I think it was a great awakening. Because during this pandemic, there are problems, your leaders start to come out. That's where your innovators start to come out because they're solution based, right? So because of that, I think it requires us to be everything that we ask our students to be," said Tou Tou. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Khadijah Tou Tou.
27:06
September 23, 2020
037: Episode 18 Podcast Trailer - Khadijah Tou Tou
SkyGems Academy Podcast speaker number 18 is Khadijah Tou Tou. She is better known as Tou Tou. Tou Tou is originally from the USA and took a break from teaching to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, working alongside of companies such as CBS and iHeartRadio. She quickly realized that the best way to understand, educate and increase awareness in society is through education. In 2015 she made the decision that the news industry wasn’t for her and went to China with the intention to learn a different culture. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with its polar opposite differences and decided to remain there ever since. Tou Tou is based in Shanghai China but due to Covid-19 she is now in Virginia, USA. “Don't be afraid to take action, take ownership, lead and exchange ideas because this is the way of the future, " said Tou Tou. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Khadijah Tou Tou.
06:03
September 21, 2020
036: Episode 17 - Simon Herd
SkyGems Academy Podcast 17th speaker is Simon Herd. Simon is an innovative educational leader. Simon has completed a Bachelor of Education, Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Master of Educational Studies (Merit) and a Master of Business Administration. Simon has been invited to present at International Education Conferences in Australia, Vanuatu, South Africa, USA and Ireland. “In many ways, we've been blessed with a once in a generation opportunity to move from a broken industrial model of education, to one that is learner focused and intent on giving students the agency over their learning that they've desperately craved,” said Simon. Now we are pleased to introduce to and present to you … Simon Herd.
31:01
September 20, 2020
035: Episode 17 Podcast Trailer - Simon Herd
SkyGems Academy Podcast speaker number 17 is Simon Herd. Simon is the Principal of Medowie Christian School. He is based in Sydney, Australia. He was recognised by the Educator Magazine in 2017 as one of the Top 40 Leaders in Australian Schools. He was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year honour by the Australian Government. “Don't let go of your core values as they will become the compass that you need in times when things seem so far out of control,” said Simon. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Simon Herd.
03:48
September 17, 2020
034: Episode 16 - Sherri Adler
SkyGems Academy Podcast 16th speaker is Sherri Adler. Sherri Adler, began teaching Singapore Math® in 2001, and has enjoyed teaching in the public, private and charter school systems. Sherri holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and since 2007, she has trained numerous schools in the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America in their adoptions of Singapore Math® curriculum. Her personal goal is to work on all continents, well almost all!  She has worked with thousands of teachers to help them find the same love for mathematics that she possesses since she began providing professional development. Sherri has co-authored several books on the Singapore approach. Her publications include two Singapore Math® intervention programs and the official training manual for the State of California for Primary Mathematics Standards Edition. Sherri was one of the writers that developed the Pre-K and Kindergarten lessons for EngageNY (Eureka/Great Minds) a Common Core aligned curriculum. “Distance learning - is not fair and equitable for all students. I think it creates a gap between those who have and those who don’t have. I think not everybody has equal access to technology. Not every student has that home life that is supportive. Not every student learn the same way," said Sherri Adler. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Sherri Adler.
23:45
September 16, 2020
033: Episode 16 Podcast Trailer - Sherri Adler
SkyGems Academy Podcast speaker number 16 is Sherri Adler. Sherri is the founder of SingaporeMathSupport.com and has been teaching Singapore Math since 2001. Sherri travels a lot for work and the fact that she said that she is from Arizona, that’s a big change for her because she absolutely loves to travel and she loves to work with teachers in person. "Living in a very large city with almost 5 million people, my new normal would be 'tomorrow'. Keep an open mind and realise that the new normal, may not be normal, 'tomorrow',"  said Sherri Adler. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Sherri Adler.
05:02
September 14, 2020
032: Episode 15 - Duriya Aziz
SkyGems Academy Podcast 15th speaker is Duriya Aziz. In her current role as Senior Vice President and Publisher, International Education at Scholastic Inc, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, she is responsible for overall international education business strategy and goals as well as international product development (digital and print K-12) and education roadmap. She has oversight of product strategy, product management, product marketing, content, instructional design, UX and design, project management as well as implementation teams. Duriya is proudest of having played a role in bringing the Singapore brand of education to more than 50 countries around the world, including the US. In Singapore, she has worked on Ministry-led and developed projects for practically all subjects in the curriculum since the 1990’s. "I think the education industry will see significant changes. It’s like a rubber band. It stretches, and then you release it and compresses it again but it never get back to the original size, right? So to say that things will go back to how they were before would mean that none of us had learnt anything from this episode. So all the stakeholders in education, have been impacted significantly," said Duriya. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Duriya Aziz.
23:14
September 13, 2020
031: Episode 15 Podcast Trailer - Duriya Aziz
SkyGems Academy Podcast speaker number 15 is Duriya Aziz. Duriya is a passionate educator, K to 12 publisher and business leader with a solid track record of working in the Education and EdTech industries. Duriya is now the Senior Vice President and Publisher, International Education at Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. “Always remember that people count, character counts, kindness counts. Particularly in times when we are challenged, this is where our true self exhibits. The decisions we make defines us," said Duriya. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Duriya Aziz.
04:19
September 10, 2020
030: Episode 14 - Halina Werchiwski
SkyGems Academy Podcast 14th speaker is Halina Weschiwski. Halina is a very experienced educator having worked in schools for over 40 years. She started in Australia, but is currently working in Shanghai at Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School as Principal of PYP Department and PYP Coordinator. She has held many roles including Key teacher, Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal and has worked in many schools, being in Shanghai, China for 13 years. She has guided the school towards IB Authorisation and subsequent Evaluation visits successfully. Halina is passionate about student learning and engagement.  As PYP coordinator she had facilitated staff learning regularly and supported staff in transition towards inquiry and concept-based learning. “For my teachers – teachers are professionals, they are trained, please respect them, and please support them," said Halina. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Halina Werchiwski.
19:57
September 9, 2020
029: Episode 14 Podcast Trailer - Halina Werchiwski
SkyGems Academy Podcast number 14 speaker is Halina Werschiwski. Halina is the Principal of PYP Department and PYP Coordinator at Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School. Halina is based in Shanghai. However due to COVID-19 and restrictions on travel, Halina is currently stranded in Adelaide, South Australia. "I think Covid-19 has taught us that we have to adapt. We have to adapt and change, and change sometimes is inevitable."  said Halina. Now we are pleased to present to you … Halina.
03:46
September 7, 2020
028: Episode 13 - Kim Green
SkyGems Academy Podcast 13th speaker is Kim Green now based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Kim is currently the Head of School at International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to this role, Kim was the Director at Qatar Academy Sidra in Doha, Qatar. Kim is passionate about building authentic frameworks for professional learning, leadership development, and removing linear roles and responsibilities in education.  She believes that leadership networks that synergistically deploy agile methodologies and courageously take risks to positively impact wellbeing and learning outcomes ultimately unlock human potential, collective intelligence, collective efficacy enabling innovation to embed into the fabric of the school community. “I think a lot of people who have tried out online classes; for some of them they had gone to find that - that’s the way of doing things going forward and they want to carry on to a greater extend," said Kim. Now we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Kim Green.
40:47
September 6, 2020
027: Episode 13 Podcast Trailer - Kim Green
SkyGems Academy Podcast number 13 speaker is Kim Green. Kim is the Head of School of International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Kim was in Doha, Qatar when the pandemic started to spread rapidly across the globe in early 2020. After the school term ended, Kim was at home in New Zealand and now she is based in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. “I believe that everything that can be made digital, will be made digital. I don’t think that’s going to go away; now that we have a whole new way of working. I think that it’s going to be an increased need for digital skills and digital leadership. And I think as leaders of schools we are going to need to deploy digital leadership in different ways to reach our community," said Kim. Now I am pleased to present to you … Kim Green.
05:11
September 3, 2020
026: Episode 12 - Giles Wardle
SkyGems Academy Podcast 12th speaker is Giles Wardle from Wuhan, China. Giles Wardle is currently the Academic Principal at Wuhan Britain-China School. Giles has more than 30 years of experience in the education industry, leading and teaching in Thailand, Japan and has been in China for almost 20 years and in Wuhan since 2006. Giles is a teacher of Economics, Business and EAP with considerable experience in educational management. We quote and unquote Giles Wardle: “I think a lot of people who have tried out online classes; for some of them they had gone to find that - that’s a way of doing things going forward that they want to carry on to a much greater extend." Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Giles Wardle.
29:19
September 2, 2020
025: Episode 12 Podcast Trailer - Giles Wardle
SkyGems Academy Podcast Number 12 speaker is Giles Wardle from Wuhan, China. Giles has been living in China for the last 14 years and was in Wuhan when the pandemic started in January 2020. Giles was one of the first to witness the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan and will be sharing more with us in his Podcast Episode. " I think it’s very important whenever we meet this kind of situation, we all try to work together, try to pull our skills and abilities to come to sensible solutions" said Giles. Now I am pleased to present to you … Giles Wardle.
04:40
August 31, 2020
024: Episode 11 - Ashley Penny
We are pleased to introduce you to our distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 11 – Ashley Penny. Here’s some key highlights of Ashley’s amazing track records: Ashley Penny has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, leader and education consultant. With nearly 20 years within an Australian context and 12 years of international experience in China, United Kingdom, Indonesia and Nauru Island. As the Principal of an IB World School which offers continuous education from Early Years to Year 13, Ashley is no stranger to China. He has spent 8 years working in Shanghai where he was the Assistant Principal of YK Pao School and the Founding Principal of the Shanghai HD Bilingual School. Ashley is a passionate and committed educator. Ashley strongly believes that a school community should embrace change and support all members. We quote and unquote Ashley Penny: “As things developed across the world, it is important to stay calm and remember, like everything else, this would pass." Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 11 for Ashley Penny’s Podcast.
30:60
August 30, 2020
023: Episode 11 Podcast Trailer - Ashley Penny
SkyGems Academy Podcast 11 speaker is Ashley Penny from Suzhou, China. Ashley joined Eton House International School early January 2020. When the coronavirus hit Wuhan in the end of January 2020, Ashley was literally 13 school days in the Principal’s chair. Ashley went from the situation where he was just getting used to the school, to being confronted by a crisis. During the Chinese New Year holidays period, it certainly started to unfold much more rapidly. Ashley travelled back to Suzhou from Melbourne after the end the Chinese New Year holidays and stayed in Suzhou during the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m a strong, strong believer in the education world where it’s like a triangle – the teachers, the students and the parents all working together to achieve the same purpose " said Ashley Penny. Now we are pleased to present to you … Ashley Penny.
04:10
August 27, 2020
022: Episode 10 - Marika Toivola
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 10 – Marika Toivola. Here’s some key highlights of Marika’s outstanding track records: Marika Toivola, MA, is the most well-known Finnish pioneering flipped learning teacher. Marika is engaged in ground breaking and award-winning work to enhance mathematics teaching. She has been awarded the Mathematics Teacher of the Year in Finland Award in 2019. 2013, the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation gave Marika an incentive scholarship and recognized her efforts in promoting open access learning materials. Today, Marika is one of the most sought-after Finnish trainers of flipped learning and formative assessment. Her books Flipped Learning in Finland and Flipped Assessment – A Leap towards Assessment for Learning have encouraged thousands of teachers to join her in the long-term development of their own role as teachers. In addition to her teaching work at the lower secondary school in Teacher Trainer school a Turku University, Marika is pursuing a PhD in educational science at the University of Helsinki. Her doctoral thesis focus on teacher’s agency and identity in Flipped learning and it contributes to existing research knowledge in two ways. On the one hand, it helps understand the process of conceptualization of the phenomenon of Flipped Learning particularly from math teacher perspective. On the other, the study is contributing in particular to efforts at promoting a change in the teaching of mathematics. Marika has started her doctoral dissertation to become a better teacher. In her books, she justifies theoretically that which she has brought into practice, and not the other way around. Marika is a mother of four school-aged children, and she is passionate about ending the homogenisation of both students and teachers. She does not give praise to the current, performance-oriented focus in schools, where there is no room for failure. According to Marika, children should be educated to meet the needs of tomorrow. The future requires courage and creativity that will differentiate people from machine intelligence. We quote and unquote Marika Toivola: “In flipped learning teachers, we act like a coach of learning. So, for me, online learning is offering every opportunity to do much more than in normal education." Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 10 for Marika Toivola’s Podcast. Let’s go!
27:38
August 26, 2020
021: Episode 10 Podcast Trailer - Marika Toivola
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 10th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Marika Toivola from Helsinki, Finland. Marika Toivola, MA, is the most well-known Finnish pioneering flipped learning teacher. Marika is one of the most sought-after Finnish trainers of flipped learning and formative assessment. Her books Flipped Learning in Finland and Flipped Assessment – A Leap towards Assessment for Learning have encouraged thousands of teachers to join her in the long-term development of their own role as teachers. “It is more important to learn how to learn than what to learn" said Marika Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 10 for more interesting insights and sharing from our very special, honorable and distinguished speaker. I am pleased to presenting to you… Marika Toivola!
05:42
August 24, 2020
020: Episode 9 - JS Goyette
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 9 – JS Goyette. Here’s some key highlights of JS’s amazing track records: JS Goyette is the international principal at Junhwa International School, a recently founded K-12 Chinese & Western curriculum school in Jinhua City, China. He has two decades of experience in teaching and management in K-12 and young adult programmes, as well as in the educational software field. JS believes in the role of schools to not only guide students in their intellectual and physical development but also prepare them for an increasingly important global future. Local and international teachers must work together to both support and challenge students. JS also loves learning languages. He is currently preparing to take the HSK Mandarin Chinese test later this year. We quote and unquote JS Goyette: “Nobody could have predicted that this would hit so hard. However, we can teach them the right mindset to quickly react, and to ask the right questions, and this is something we need our kids to do more in the future. " Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 9 for JS Goyette’s Podcast. Let’s jump straight to it.
31:35
August 23, 2020
019: Episode 9 Podcast Trailer - JS Goyette
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 9th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is JS Goyette from Jinhua City, Zhejiang, China. JS Goyette is the international principal at Junhwa International School, a recently founded K-12 Chinese & Western curriculum school in Jinhua City, China. He has two decades of experience in teaching and management in K-12 and young adult programmes, as well as in the educational software field. “Covid-19 has really changed the way we behave everyday, the way we travel, but also, just, the way we run our school, " said JS. Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 9 for more interesting insights and sharing from our honorable, charismatic and amazing speaker. We are pleased to present … JS Goyette!
04:28
August 20, 2020
018: Episode 8 - Dan Marrone
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 8 – Dan Marrone. Here’s some key highlights of Dan’s amazing track records: Dan Marrone is an experienced Australian educator, Chartered Manager and an MBA candidate with a dual Bachelor in Education and Arts with specializations in leadership, human resource management, public policy and teacher development. Dan is currently the Head of School Australian International School at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dan has over a decade of experience in teaching and administrative roles in Australian and international schools and is a passionate advocate of supporting students and staff to achieve their potential. Drawing from experience in both public and private enterprise, Dan's practice is informed by contemporary educational management and business theory and his professional achievements are underpinned by a strong focus on building and sustaining productive relationships with clients, associates and thecommunity. We quote and unquote Dan Marrone: “I’m probably going to say this word over and over again, is that sense of agility that idea that we need to always be ready to change direction and have some key systems in place that allow us to do that. It’s about being responsive to the environment. " Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 8 for Dan Marrone’s Podcast. Let’s jump straight to it.
30:55
August 19, 2020
017: Episode 8 Podcast Trailer - Dan Marrone
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 8th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Dan Marrone from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dan is currently the Head of School Australian International School at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dan has over a decade of experience in teaching and administrative roles in Australian and international schools and is a passionate advocate of supporting students and staff to achieve their potential. “We talked about 21st century life skills, soft skills, emotional intelligence and things like that for a number of years now. This is really the first time it has been called to the forefront in such an emergent situation. " said Dan. Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 8 for more interesting insights and sharing from our honorable, charismatic and amazing speaker. I am pleased to presenting to you… Dan Marrone!
05:34
August 17, 2020
016: Episode 7 - Silas Pillay
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and passionate guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 7 – Silas Pillay. Here’s some key highlights of Silas’s outstanding track records: Silas Pillay is a passionate educationist who’s been in the profession for the past 25 years and currently holds the portfolio of Director of Academics at The Love Trust Johannesburg, South Africa. His field of interest and expertise is in Management & Leadership and he holds a Higher Diploma in Education, Further Diploma in Education, BA (Education), Bachelor of Education and a Master’s Degree in Education (Educational Management & Leadership) from WITS University. He views his profession as his calling in life and his personal mission statement stems from a deep conviction to “work for a cause not an applause; live life to express, not to impress. Silas was a nominee for the National Teacher Award category of Excellence in School Leadership in both 2013 and 2014 consecutively. In 2014, Silas was blessed to go on to scoop the Gold Award as the national winner in the category of Excellence in Primary School Leadership with coverage on both radio and national TV. Outside of the school domain, Silas is actively engaged with several community programmes and activities e.g. Facilitator and trainer of Valued Citizens Initiative (an NGO who deals with programmes of moral regeneration) such as the Values in Education programme. Diversion Programme (for youth & adults in conflict with the law) etc. We quote and unquote Silas : “We realised that we are all interconnected. We cannot be in our own ivory tower and expect that life will be as normal if we don’t reach out to our fellow men. So, the Ubuntu principle is pretty much in short, ‘I exist because you exist, and we are connected in this whole sphere of life, " Silas Pillay. Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 7 for Silas Pillay’s Podcast. Let’s jump straight to it.
29:36
August 16, 2020
015: Episode 7 Podcast Trailer - Silas Pillay
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 7th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Silas Pillay from Johannesburg, South Africa. Silas is a true leader with passion to serve others, help the less fortunate and close the disparity gap. Silas is indeed a rare gem. “As leaders, we are dealers of hope. As educationist, we really need to challenge why we do what we do – the greater purpose in the passion in what we called to do, is highlighted in a time like this." said Silas. Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 7 for more interesting insights and sharing from our charismatic and amazing speaker with a heart of gold. Presenting… Silas Pillay!
05:56
August 13, 2020
014: Episode 6 – Ummesalma Rizvi
We are pleased to introduce you to our very special, charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 6 – Ummesalma Rizvi or better known as Salma. Here’s some key highlights of Salma’s sterling track records: Salma is currently the Executive Principal Shijiazhuang Hanlin International School at Shijiazhuang, China. Salma believes in teamwork and as a leader she works in a close relation with her peers. She is a quick learner and a follower of the instructions and which she receives from her leadership. She possesses adequate skills in self-organization. She introduces herself as a learner, educator and an innovator in teaching and learning and believes that when a teacher enters the classroom then learning begins as a two-way process in which both children and the teacher are actively involved. Salma strongly believes that a leader must not only be a qualified person in a specific field but should possess the passion of lifelong learning to benefit his people. A leader holds manifold responsibilities and every single piece of responsibility pairs with some challenges at the same time. Being a leader, one needs to understand the working environment thoroughly and should prepare himself to deal with all these challenges with a broad vision. Salma believes that as a school leader, one must focus on the two specific factors i.e. students’ success rate and teachers’ further development. To focus on these two key factors, a leader should establish rapport with both students and teachers as students’ success is conditional to outstanding teaching and an outstanding teaching comes from those educators and teachers who strive for brining quality and diversity in their teaching style. Salma sense of humor helps her solving many problems that a leader encounters while dealing with different day-to-day affairs. Umm-e- Salma is a nature-lover. She possesses great aesthetic sense and enjoys glass painting, oil painting, flower making, baking, interior decoration and playing guitar in her spare time. I quote and unquote Salma : “It is very important to pay attention on those life skills, and learning those life skills, which students can also practice at home with the help of the advice, with the help of the families, with the help of other friends. " Ummesalma Rizvi. Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 6 for Ummesalma Rizvi’s Podcast.
33:25
August 12, 2020
013: Episode 6 Podcast Trailer - Ummesalma Rizvi
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 6th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Ummesalma Rizvi from Shijiazhuang, China. Ummesalma is better known as Salma. Salma was at Dali a small city in Yunnan at that time of Covid-19 outbreak in China. She  clearly remembered that it was 17th of January when she heard the condition in Wuhan. She was posting on WeChat moments and asking for people to pray for Wuhan. All of a sudden, within a few weeks, it had started to spread like a wild fire in the jungle. And then the whole country basically, it quickly became  epidemic and now a global pandemic. “I think Covid-19 has changed everything in the education industry in terms of curriculum, training, training procedures, teachers’ personal pedagogies and their own teaching methodologies in an on-line classroom or in an off-line classroom, that’s changed everything." said Salma. Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 6 for more interesting insights and sharing from our outstanding and distinguished speaker. Presenting… Salma!
07:10
August 10, 2020
012: Episode 5 - Dike Felix O
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 5 – Dike Felix O. Here’s some key highlights of Felix’s sterling track records: Dike Felix O is a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently a researcher at Fudan University, Shanghai China where he is developing a model that explains how managers, policy makers and researchers can use transformational learning to promote environmental sustainability practices among individuals and in different societies. Felix also has experience in educational test and assessment. For example, he had developed a manual for assessing psycho-moto ICT (Information and Communication Technology) competencies for Junior Secondary School three (JS3) students in Enugu State, Nigeria. He is passionate about topics and educational contents that promotes critical thinking and pro-environmental behavior change for sustainability. In his leisure time, Felix likes playing football, reading articles and travelling. I quote and unquote Dike Felix : “The world has moved on. The new normal is you have to flow with the change. You have to simply adapt. " Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 5 for Dike Felix’s Podcast.
42:54
August 9, 2020
011: Episode 5 Podcast Trailer - Dike Felix
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 5th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Dike Felix from Nsukka, Nigeria. Felix was in Shanghai, China when Coronavirus first came to light in China. Felix is still in Shanghai and has been living through different phases of the pandemic situation in Shanghai. In Episode 5 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, Felix will be sharing his personal experiences, ideas and view points during the different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic and his views on the future of education. I quote and unquote Dike Felix: “I will call it ‘getting comfortable with change’. It’s very important and this is the key to overcome challenges.” Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 5 for more interesting insights and sharing from our outstanding and distinguished speaker Dike Felix. Presenting… Dike Felix !
04:59
August 6, 2020
010: Episode 4 - Rob Champion
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 4 – Rob Champion. Here’s some key highlights of Rob’s amazing track records: Rob Champion is current Head of Faculty of English and Humanities at Straits International School (Rawang) in Malaysia. He is a highly experienced school leader and IB examiner with extensive leadership experience in international education having taught in schools around the globe including; Peru, Czechia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, and the UK. In his private time Rob is working on his first novel, is a published poet, and has represented Peru at international cricket as both player and manager. I quote and unquote Rob Champion : " It is so important that we give them those skills, not just the academic skills but the skills that they need for life. Maybe those 21st century skills and  those ever present basic human skills of your own humanity and empathy and general kindness to people." Without further ado, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 4 for Rob Champion’s Podcast.
29:17
August 5, 2020
009: Episode 4 Podcast Trailer - Rob Champion
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 4th distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Rob Champion based in Rawang, Malaysia. Rob was in Malaysia from the beginning of the pandemic and has been through different phases of the pandemic situation in Malaysia. In Episode 4 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, Rob will be sharing his personal experiences, ideas and view points during the different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic and his views on the future of education. I quote and unquote Rob Champion: “Life can change at any moment. Life is short. So make the most of the opportunities that you have been presented with, because tomorrow, you might be stuck at home..” Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 4 for more interesting insights and sharing from our outstanding and distinguished speaker Rob Champion. Presenting… Rob Champion !
04:55
August 3, 2020
008: Episode 3 - Aaron Wise
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 3 – Aaron Wise. Here’s some key highlights of Aaron’s outstanding track records. Aaron is an international school principal who has led schools to see great success in Australia, Hong Kong, and Beijing. He also works as a consultant to principals and schools around the world and is co-author of the book “The Focused Principal”. Aaron is a firm believer that a person’s character will determine their success above all else. Because of this, schools have a responsibility to promote not only academic success but also those things which genuinely matter for each student’s future. Aaron sees this character development as not only crucial for students on a personal level, but also for countries as a whole as they tackle national and global problems. In his spare time, Aaron competes in Ironman triathlons and enjoys travelling the world to meet new people and experience different cultures. Be sure to check out Aaron’s new book which he has co-authored “The Focus Principal.” A special shout out to you Aaron, “CONGRATULATIONS!” I quote and unquote Aaron Wise : " People had the chance to shine and had the chance to show their worst as well. And it just highlighted for me, again, how important character is, how important great mindset is. How we do handle normal situation and how we especially handle adversity when it does come. " Now, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 3 for Aaron Wise’s Podcast.
29:51
August 2, 2020
007: Episode 3 Podcast Trailer - Aaron Wise
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 3rd distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Aaron Wise based in Beijing, China. In Episode 3 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, Aaron will be sharing his personal experiences, ideas and view points during the different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic and his views on the future of education. Aaron was in Beijing during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic back in January 2020. Aaron spent a period of time in Romania and now in USA and is looking forward to return to Beijing once possible. Tune in to Episode 3 of SkyGems Academy Podcast. Listen to Aaron share interesting insights and stories on how he managed and adapted to remote and online management of the school, students and parents from miles away. Aaron Wise said, and I quote: “The good and the bad had really been a function of people’s character, people’s mindset and that’s being highlighted during this time.” Be sure to check out Aaron’s new book which he has co-authored “The Focus Principal.” A special shout out to you Aaron, “CONGRATULATIONS!” Tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 3 for more interesting insights and sharing from our outstanding and distinguished speaker Aaron Wise. Presenting… Aaron Wise !
05:58
July 30, 2020
006: Episode 2 - Evan Hunt
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 2 – Evan Hunt. Here’s some key highlights of Evan’s sterling track records. Evan Hunt has spent twenty years teaching and working in schools in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. He is currently the Principal - Head of School at Beanstalk International Bilingual School in Beijing, China. Previously he served as Head of School in Guatemala. In both settings he was able to use his experience to support the needs of bilingual and bi-cultural communities. Evan is passionate about helping unlock the full potential of a very diverse group of students. From 2013 - 2015 he was a High School Principal in Shanghai and from 2008 - 2013 an Elementary Principal in Mexico City. He has experience with both the IB Diploma and PYP Programs and overseeing athletics. Evan has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University and recently completed a Fellowship at Columbia in New York. He is a strong believer that children learn best when teachers not only support their student’s academic needs but they also focus on helping them develop socially and emotionally. Evan resides in Colorado Springs when he is not overseas, and has two children Ana Alicia who is in Grade 10 and George who is in Grade 7. I quote and unquote Evan Hunt : "One of the words that I always use to describe a modern teacher is they really have to be a coach, a mentor and a whole lot of it." Well guys, tune in to Evan's Podcast exclusively streamed on SkyGems Academy Podcast. Listen to Evan speaks passionately about his passions in life, impact of Covid-19 in the education industry and his key messages to our listeners and future generations. Without further ado, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 2 for Evan Hunt’s Podcast.
35:38
July 29, 2020
005: Episode 2 Podcast Trailer - Evan Hunt
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our 2nd distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Evan Hunt based in Beijing, China. In Episode 2 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, Evan will be sharing his personal experiences, ideas and view points during the different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic and his views on the future of education. Evan was in Beijing throughout Covid-19 and witnessed the pandemic unfolding since early January 2020. Here’s a quote from Evan: “I really think that the new normal is an opportunity for us to take a look at really what matters to us the most and that obviously comes back to the social-emotional connections we talked about. And it also comes back to the word ‘change’ and ‘adaptability’.” Be sure to tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 2 for more interesting insights and sharing from our charismatic and distinguished speaker Evan Hunt. Presenting… Evan Hunt!
05:36
July 27, 2020
004: Episode 1 - Iain Riley
We are pleased to introduce you to our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 Episode 1 - Iain Riley Here’s some key highlights of Iain’s sterling track records. Iain has been a leader in the education industry more than 15 years. Iain is currently the Western Principal of Shanghai Liaoyuan Bilingual School and the IB Director of Yushen Education Group. Iain is originally from Scotland and he is passionate about education as he believes that education is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Iain has worked at the various schools in Scotland, Turkey and Egypt. Iain is now based in Shanghai, China and has been in Shanghai since 2010. Iain is an enthusiastic PYP educator and administrator who loves working on the international circuit. Iain enjoys extending learning and taking part in student welfare and musical activities. He enjoys being a risk-taker and trying new things in the classroom. Iain is musically talented. Iain was a founding member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Chamber Choir. Iain sang at the 1997 Heads of the Commonwealth event in Edinburgh attended by the Queen and the late Nelson Mandela. I quote and unquote Iain Riley : "From now on, we are going to actually find more online learning, more technology will be used in education. All teachers around the world, had been upskilled to use technology that they have never used before. And this is a fantastic thing." Well guys, tune in to Iain's Podcast exclusively streamed on SkyGems Academy Podcast.  Listen to Iain speaks passionately about his passions in life, impact of Covid-19 in the education industry and his key messages to our listeners and future generations. Without further ado, let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 1 for Iain Riley’s Podcast. Let’s go!
26:16
July 26, 2020
003: Episode 1 Podcast Trailer – Iain Riley
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry. We’ve interviewed 40 exclusive educators and leaders in the education industry worldwide starting with China where the pandemic initially started. Our very first distinguished speaker in SkyGems Academy Podcast is Iain Riley based in Shanghai, China. In Episode 1 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, Iain will be sharing his personal experiences, ideas and view points during the different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic and his views on the future of education. Here’s some key highlights of Iain’s amazing story and experiences. Iain was in Shanghai until 17 January 2020. During that time, it was the Chinese New Year period and China was having it’s Spring Festival holidays. Iain went back home to Scotland for his well deserved vacation and was in Scotland during the early stages of Covid-19 pandemic in China. Iain managed to get back to Shanghai on 2 February 2020 before the international borders restrictions were being enforced by many countries. Upon arrival in Shanghai, Iain had to adhere to the strict compliance of 14 days self-quarantine at home. Iain lived to tell and share with us all about his experiences. Be sure to tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Episode 1 for more interesting insights and sharing from our charismatic and distinguished speaker Iain Riley. Presenting… Iain Riley!
05:36
July 18, 2020
002: Teaser #2 SkyGems Academy Series 1 Podcast
Welcome to SkyGems Podcast! SkyGems Podcast Series 1 How Covid-19 Transformed The Education Industry SkyGems Podcast is a platform for collaboration and sharing of ideas and experiences in supporting our listeners to further develop character, problem solving skills, people skills and essential life skills such as leadership, growth mindset, resilience, agility, entrepreneurship, communications skills and many, many more essential life skills. We're a series of podcasts that gives voice to stories, sharing of life experiences and news for listeners to learn from the best in their space and the best in the industry. In SkyGems Podcast Series 1, we will take you inside the minds and behind the scenes of successful leaders and educators in the education industry. SkyGems Podcast is very humbled and honored to have leaders and educators around the world to join us as guest speakers to share their viewpoints, their unique experiences, how they had adapted and transformed to overcome challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. You will hear from the leaders in education industry sharing candidly their views on the possible changes that will take place in education industry post Covid-19. The key highlights to each SkyGems Podcast Series 1 episodes would be…. The messages that each leader has for the future generations. So sit back, relax and enjoy listening to SkyGems Podcast Series 1 - How Covid-19 Transformed The Education Industry. Hear it from the leaders and educators from 21 countries and 35 cities spread all across the globe. Here’s a sneak preview of some of our amazing and distinguished speakers! **************************************************** Do subscribe to SkyGems Podcast streamed on various platforms . Do visit our website at www.skygemsacademy.com to find out more about our guest Speakers and about SkyGems Academy. Thank you so much!  We hope you will enjoy listening to SkyGems Podcast.
06:25
July 13, 2020
001: Teaser #1 SkyGems Academy Series 1 Podcast
Welcome to SkyGems Podcast! SkyGems Podcast Series 1 How Covid-19 Transformed The Education Industry SkyGems Podcast is a platform for collaboration and sharing of ideas and experiences in supporting our listeners to further develop character, problem solving skills, people skills and essential life skills such as leadership, growth mindset, resilience, agility, entrepreneurship, communications skills and many, many more essential life skills. We're a series of podcasts that gives voice to stories, sharing of life experiences and news for listeners to learn from the best in their space and the best in the industry. In SkyGems Podcast Series 1, we will take you inside the minds and behind the scenes of successful leaders and educators in the education industry. SkyGems Podcast is very humbled and honored to have leaders and educators around the world to join us as guest speakers to share their viewpoints, their unique experiences, how they had adapted and transformed to overcome challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. You will hear from the leaders in education industry sharing candidly their views on the possible changes that will take place in education industry post Covid-19. The key highlights to each SkyGems Podcast Series 1 episodes would be…. The messages that each leader has for the future generations. So sit back, relax and enjoy listening to SkyGems Podcast Series 1 - How Covid-19 Transformed The Education Industry. Hear it from the leaders and educators from 21 countries and 35 cities spread all across the globe. Here’s a sneak preview of some of our amazing and distinguished speakers! **************************************************** Do subscribe to SkyGems Podcast streamed on various platforms . Do visit our website at www.skygemsacademy.com to find out more about our guest Speakers and about SkyGems Academy. Thank you so much!  We hope you will enjoy listening to SkyGems Podcast.
05:13
July 11, 2020