Dr. Lori Sanchez currently serves as the Executive Director for Smart Innovations School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her career focus is grounded in a student-centered philosophy, with an emphasis on educating the whole child. She believes that every child should be provided educational opportunities that are innovative, relevant and student-centered, and that the best learning happens when students take the lead in their learning.
Having visited approximately 45 countries, Lori’s extensive international travel experience has not only focused on appreciating different cultures around the world, but in studying the education systems of the countries she has visited. This experience has afforded her the opportunity to maintain a global outlook on educational matters, including how to bring research and relevance together to create the best outcomes for students.
Head of School
Lyubov comes to the Smart Innovations School in Dhaka after working in international schools in Yangon, Myanmar, and Bangkok, Thailand as well as private and public schools in New York, USA. She brings her experience and expertise of being a school principal, assistant principal, counselor, and child psychologist for over 30 years.
Lyubov believes that every child has the right to an education and shares values that align with our school’s vision and mission. She is passionate about giving every child an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. She believes that every child is a unique individual who comes to school with a desire to learn and share their knowledge with one another.
VINITHA GEORGE MATHEWS
After working with two prestigious schools in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Vinitha joins the Smart Innovations School in Dhaka. She is an analytical and dynamic compliance professional with over 18 years of proven history of exceeding expectations through performance right from the inception of two schools.
Effective communication skills with functional knowledge equip her to identify opportunities and deliver an excellent outcome while working alone or as part of a larger team. She is efficient and reliable in accomplishing her administrative duties and responsibilities by employing skills gained through her experiences ranging from cross-culture communication to an eye for detail.
Nayeem Abanty Huque
Nayeem currently serves as the Administrative Executive at Smart Innovations School. She comes to our team after working as an Administrative Assistant in a renowned international university in South Korea. She completed her BBA with a major in Management Studies from Jahangirnagar University and MBA with a major in Marketing from SolBridge International School of Business.
Throughout her studies and profession, she has gained knowledge and experience in effective communication and team work. She brings experience of customer support and event management to the Smart Innovations School.
As a veteran teacher for over 30 years, Anuradha Choudhuri joins Smart Innovations School as the PYP Coordinator. Having worked with the PYP since its inception in 1997, she has had experience as both a teacher and coordinator with a strong commitment to concept based inquiry driven teaching. She is an eternal learner who believes in collaborative planning and open communication. She is committed to leading by example, being an active and supportive participant in all teaching and learning and supporting SIS’s vision of providing a challenging, motivating and inclusive education.
Anuradha has traveled the world and brings a vast experience into her passion for curriculum development. In the words of Margaret Mead, she feel that at Smart Innovations School, “Children should be taught not what to think; children should be taught how to think.”
“I believe in an education that will prepare our students for a future that we cannot even dream of. I believe in believing”
Amanda Price joins the Smart Innovations School after teaching in the United States, South Korea, Kazakhstan and Colombia for approximately seven years. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Education in May of 2020. She has a passion for learning, teaching young people, and travelling.
Amanda believes that a nurturing classroom atmosphere and close relationships between teachers and students must be in place before education can truly begin. She favours hands-on-learning, demonstrations, experiments, field trips, and projects as key ways for children to retain information and construct their own understandings. She likes to incorporate books and reading into the classroom every day.
“ALL I ASK IS FOR EACH STUDENT TO TRY THEIR BEST. WE ARE ALL STILL LEARNING.”
Amber Sparks has been an educator for over 20 years and brings this vast experience to her new role as an elementary school teacher at Smart Innovations School. In her time as an educator, she has been an educational assistant, intervention specialist, classroom teacher as well as a principal. Amber loves being a guide for children’s learning, inspiring them to grow, dream and achieve.
Amber believes that teachers not only teach children how to count and read, but how to believe in themselves. When children are empowered to trust themselves, they can follow their natural curiosities, and through them achieve a high level of learning.
“EACH CHILD HAS A STORY AND IT IS MY GREATEST SUCCESS TO HELP THEM TELL THAT STORY”
Upper Elementary Teacher
Kenneth Brown brings over 25 years of teaching and leadership experience to our Smart Innovations School. He has taught in the USA, the Philippines, Polynesia, and China.
Kenneth believes what happens inside the classroom must prepare students for all that happens outside the classroom. For him education is like the sea, a sunrise, a majestic mountain range, a rainforest or the colors of culture – it opens our minds and fills us with wonder.
“EDUCATION IS A TREASURE CHEST FILLED WITH JOURNEYS STUDENTS GATHER AS THEY INQUIRE, EXPLORE, AND DISCOVER ALL THE DIAMONDS AND PEARLS LIFE OFFERS.”
Upper Elementary Teacher
Ellen Williamson comes to Smart Innovations School from sub-Saharan Africa. She’s taught at both primary and secondary levels in the United States and Qatar. She spent the past four years as a technology integrationist in Brazil and Nigeria.
Empowering lifelong learners is important to Ellen. She encourages her students to ask and seek answers to their own questions and fosters an environment in which different opinions are opportunities to broaden one’s point of view.
“ONE’S DESIRE TO LEARN FAR OUTWEIGHS IN VALUE THAT WHICH ONE ALREADY KNOWS.”
Carlos García grew up in the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain. His life purpose is to facilitate growth processes in other people. Since 2011, Carlos has been a ‘Spanish as a Foreign Language’ teacher in a multicultural environment. This teaching experience gave him the tools to offer his students a learning experience based on self-confidence, awareness, and fun.
Carlos loves exploring and learning, this spirit brought him to circumnavigate the southern hemisphere on board the Peace Boat as a Spanish teacher in 2015. Since, he has been facilitating socio-emotional and dialogical learning curriculum in Global Education Programs in India, North Africa, and Central America regions. Carlos’ life purpose brings him to his new stage as a Spanish language teacher at Smart Innovations School.
“EDUCATION IS KEY TO BUILDING THE PATH OF GROWTH AND FOSTERING CRITICAL, ETHICAL, AND GLOBAL THINKING, UNDER THE CORE VALUES OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.”
Md Abdul Kadir
Md Abdul Kadir has worked as a Bengali language facilitator for more than 10 years, and recently started his journey as a Language teacher with Smart Innovations School. In his time of this facilitation, he acted as a classroom teacher, a special Bengali language educator, and a Bengali language coordinator. He completed his BA and MA in Bengali Language and Literature from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, and Advanced professional Diploma in management studies from the South -Thames College, United Kingdom.
Abdul is extremely motivated to teach the wonder and excitement of the Bengali language – through exploration, discovery, and play. He creates the inquiry-based learning environment. It empowers the learner and provides an intellectual framework to support conceptual development and critical thinking. Abdul has many years of experience working with International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Bengali language and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) teaching philosophy at various schools in Bangladesh.
“EDUCATION SHOULD BE INDIVIDUALISED, BASED ON STUDENTS’ INTERESTS. SUBJECTS SHOULD BE INTEGRATED RATHER THAN SEPARATED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LEARNING SHOULD BE AUTHENTIC, MEANINGFUL, AND FUN!”
David is an enthusiastic music educator. He comes to Smart Innovations School after previously working in Mongolia, America, and China. In each of these settings David has gained understanding and experience working in multicultural roles and with students learning English as a second language.
David believes that music is an essential, and unique, part of each of us. He seeks to create an environment where students feel comfortable taking educational risks in order to improve their intellect, skills and understanding. Just like music becomes beautiful as different parts are combined into one song, David believes that education is only successful as all involved work together to enable student success.
“FROM THE MOMENT WE FIRST HEAR OUR MOTHER’S HEARTBEAT WE KNOW MUSIC. RHYTHM, HARMONY, AND MELODY ARE A SPECIAL PART OF EACH OF MY STUDENTS AND MAKES EACH OF THEM EXCEPTIONAL. IT IS THROUGH NURTURING THIS PERSONAL MUSIC THAT I ENABLE STUDENTS TO GROW INTO WHO THEY ARE TRULY MEANT TO BE.”
Special Education Teacher
Lorrise sees herself as a dynamic, resourceful teaching professional with a genuine interest in pupils’ cognitive and social growth. She brings to Smart Innovations School over 26 years of teaching and leadership experience. She earned a Master of Arts degree with distinction in Inclusive Education from Middlesex University, London. Before coming to Dhaka, she has worked in different environments and cultures including Jamaica, The United Kingdom and The United Arab Emirates.
Lorrise is a teacher with a passion for Special Education and English Instruction. She loves finding ways to inspire young learners and to create a fun-filled yet challenging learning environment. As a self-driven individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Lorrise believes strongly in promoting interactions among staff members and works to foster quality relationships with students and their parents.
“ALL CHILDREN LEARN DIFFERENTLY. EACH ONE, AT THEIR OWN RATE, EMPLOYING THEIR OWN LEARNING STYLE. WE GUIDE THEM, INVOLVE THEM AND WATCH THEM, AS THEY ALL LEARN AND SUCCEED.”
Afroza joined Smart Innovations School after seventeen years of experience in education. She worked as a PYP librarian in a renowned IB school in Dhaka. Afroza has started her career as a teacher before becoming a PYP librarian. In her long career of teaching she has taught both Primary and Secondary levels. Afroza has University degrees both in Education and Library Management. Afroza sees herself as a storyteller who wishes to make an impact on students in helping them to follow their dreams.
“Every child is an author of their life story. I am merely a character in the plot who is trying to help them build a strong setting.”
Rokshana Talukdar had over 12 years of teaching experience in renowned English medium schools of Bangladesh before joining Smart Innovations School. She has also worked in teacher training and professional development at a Teachers’ Training College. She has earned her M.Ed from the University of Dhaka with the major in Educational Psychology and Guidance.
Her aim is to create a caring and stress free learning environment. Rokshana believes in facilitating children in the homeroom environment by instilling moral values and also by positively responding to their thought provoking questions.
“THE GREATEST ASSURANCE I CAN GIVE MY STUDENTS IS AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY WILL LEARN FOR THEIR HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH.”
Saluya Binte Muquith
Saluya discovered her passion for teaching in 2014 while working with the British Council. This experience led her to enlighten the English medium students of several reputed schools in Bangladesh. The creative teaching methodology at Smart Innovations School fascinated her so she chose to embark on this journey with us. Before joining our team, she was a faculty of O level Economics at a school in Dhaka.
Several early childhood trainings from international educational bodies ignited her interest to engage in primary education level. She aims to apply the creative learning approach which plays a key role to enhance a child’s cognitive development and well-being.
“ TEACHING SHOULD BE SOMETHING THROUGH WHICH A LEARNER WILL BE ABLE TO DISCOVER HIS OR HER LATENT ASPIRATION AND HENCE WILL WIDEN THE INDIVIDUAL’S INSIGHT FAR BEYOND.”
Rokaiya Ahmed completed her Bachelor of Education from the Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka, with a major in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE). Since 2018, she has been working as a trainee teacher with both primary and secondary students, and then as a learning support facilitator with different organizations that are working for the educational development of Bangladesh. She has experienced various teaching and learning methods throughout her educational and professional life, which makes her an asset to the Smart Innovations School team.
Rokaiya believes that every child learns in their own way.
“AS A FACILITATOR, IT IS OUR JOB TO HELP THEM IN PAVING THEIR WAY OF DISCOVERING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE.”
Farjana Hossain began her teaching career in 2016 and has now joined Smart Innovations School, Dhaka. She grew up in quite a lot of urban cities, with mesmerizing childhood stories. After completing her Master degree in Human Resource Management, she has devoted her time to teaching and is passionate about helping to develop eager young minds. She has been fascinated with art since her childhood, and she believes someday this world will be a better place.
She finds teaching is the most powerful gateway to connect with people and community.
“PEOPLE SHOULD LEAD THEIR LIFE IN THE LIGHT OF HOPE AND EDUCATION. EVERY PERSON NEEDS TO KEEP THIS IN THEIR CORE.”