LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
Jamuna is the Executive Director at iC2 PrepHouse and she joins us with 23 years of experience of working with the children and youths in Singapore, Jakarta and Australia.
She started off her career as a primary school teacher with Ministry of Education. After completing her stint with MOE, she worked with AWWA (TEACH ME Services) for 6 years integrating the physically challenged in mainstream schools. She then moved on to work in Jakarta with the PSB Singapore School. Upon returning from Jakarta, she worked in Singapore in Institutes of Higher Learning, MDIS and SIM holding management positions for 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Statistics from National University of Singapore. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Education from National Institute of Education. She completed her Master of Education specialising in Educational Management with The University of Melbourne and graduated with a first class honours.
She helped organised the fundraising events for iC2 PrepHouse in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019. She helped secure grants from Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative (TBELI) for the Counselling Services of the Visually Impaired in Singapore and Assistive Technology Assessment and Training for the visually impaired in Singapore. She has successfully secured funding from Community Foundation of Singapore, Seattle Foundation, Community Chest Charity Support Fund, St. James Wealth Management and Macquarie Bank. She recently secured financing from Charities America Foundation for the next three years.
She attended UNCPRD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) in Geneva from March 18, 2019, to March 22, 2019, and the 7 Skills for Public Leaders Workshop at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from April 9, 2019, to April 12, 2019. In 2020, she attended SSI Expert Series: Impact Strategy, Evaluation and Management for Non-Profits at INSEAD Singapore.
She is enthusiastic about working in a field that she is fervent about and feels honoured to be an important part of the growth and development of iC2 PrepHouse.
Lay Hong is a teacher of students with visual impairments, and graduated from the University of Newcastle, Sydney, Australia with a Master in Special Education, specializing in visual impairments in 2010. Her course was undertaken at the Renwick Centre of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in Sydney.
She has a certificate in Reading and Writing English Grade 2 Braille from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) allowing her to teach Braille to children and adults with visual impairments.
In addition to providing itinerant services to students with visual impairments in mainstream primary and secondary schools, as well as home services for early intervention, she has also been a part-time supervisor with the National Institute of Education (Singapore) for the Allied Educator (Learning and Behavioral Support) practicum module since 2008.
Prior to specializing in visual impairments, she was a trained teacher with the Ministry of Education, teaching in mainstream secondary schools. She was also a part-time supervisor for trainee teachers from the NIE between 1996 and 1998, and a part-time tutor at the National University of Singapore, Department of History in 2002.
Associate Vision Teacher
Natasha is an associate vision teacher for students with visual impairment. She graduated from Georgia Southern University in partnership with the Psychotherapy Association of Singapore with a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychology in 2014. In 2016, she completed her Graduate Certificate in Education – Vision Impairment with Flinders University. She has attained a certificate of completion in both Module 1 and 2 of the Unified English Braille (UEB) online program from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).
When Natasha was a trainee vision teacher, her love for assistive technology (AT) developed as she worked closely with many students who uses various AT devices for their daily living or school. Observations of how her older students moved so quickly on their computers with a screen reader propelled her to learn the software. She has completed the Freedom Scientific – JAWS and ZoomText Certification in 2020 which certifies the user’s knowledge and proficiency in using the software.
Prior to working at iC2 PrepHouse, she was an Allied Educator for Learning and Behavioural Support (AED – LBS) in a Primary School. During her time as an AED LBS, she had completed her Bachelor in Science (Major in Social Science) with Colorado State University in 2011 and a Diploma in Special Education from the National Institute of Education in 2012. Natasha has learned through her job that every child is different and talented. She is able to work with children who have varying learning disabilities. After leaving her job as an AED LBS, she felt that she wanted to be specialised in teaching children with special needs. Thus, leading her to iC2 PrepHouse where there is a fulfilment in her career development as every day there is something to learn from and look forward to.
Assistant Vision Teacher
Alyssa is an assistant vision teacher of students with visual impairments. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Specialist Post-graduate Diploma in Special Education (SPDS) from National Institute of Education (NIE).
She has obtained certification in both Module 1 and 2 of the Unified English Braille (UEB) code from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind People (RIDBC) Renwick Centre.
Prior to teaching students with visual impairments, she was working with students with Autism for 5 years. She hopes to improve the lives of her students through empowering them to self-advocate and increasing accessibility in their learning environments.
Assistant Vision Teacher
Amanda-Marie is an assistant vision teacher of students with visual impairment. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She also attained the Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Teaching and Leadership) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and was awarded the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports (MCYS) scholarship.
Her 2-year stint as a former preschool teacher helped build her passion in educating and enriching the young. She discovered an even greater calling after her encounter with children with special needs within her classroom. This spurred a pursuit for a career centred around special needs where she taught children with Autism, Hearing Impairment and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Joining iC2 PrepHouse, Amanda-Marie has attained a certificate of completion in both Module 1 and 2 of the Unified English Braille (UEB) online program from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). In hopes of further developing her professional skills in this field, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Special Education, specialising in Visual Impairment under the University of Northern Colorado. Amanda-Marie believes that being able to impact the lives of these children, big or small, is worth celebrating.
Executive (Administration & Volunteer Management)