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
Head of Finance and Administration
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 financial 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.
Classroom Teacher - Kindergarten
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.”
Classroom Teacher - Grade 1
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”
Classroom Teacher - Grade 3
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.”
Classroom Teacher - Grade 4
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.”
Classroom Teacher - Grade 5
Axel has gathered experiences in education over 14 years as a qualified teacher and before that as social worker and camp leader/facilitator. His exposure to a variety of cultures working in Germany, Switzerland, England, South Africa, Russia and Uganda is vital in forming his understanding of the role as a facilitator of learning. He has the interests and needs of each individual child at heart.
Axel is committed to ensuring a happy and safe environment for the development of young minds and hearts, preparing them to be ready for our diverse, increasingly challenging and fast changing world, guiding their becoming of active, confident global citizens.
“THE GREATEST GIFT I CAN GIVE MY STUDENTS IS TO HELP THEM BECOME THEIR OWN TEACHERS.”
Isha is a passionate digital artist and visual art facilitator. She is experienced in teaching IB PYP Visual Arts for 14 years at different schools in India and China. Isha also taught courses in pottery as well as textile designing for fashion.
Isha’s philosophy as an Art teacher and a practicing artist is deeply embedded in being a lifelong learner. She believes that teachers need to go through the journey of creative challenges just as they expect their students to do the same. Her illustrations reflect her life experience, and the surrounding sights and sounds are expressed in the form of digital art. Just as students learn through creative challenges and concepts-driven inquiries, Isha strives to follow the same path to teach and encourage her students.
“EVERY CHILD IS BORN CURIOUS AND CREATIVE; IT IS MY PASSION TO NURTURE AND ENCOURAGE THEIR INNER ARTIST TO FLOURISH.”
Paul Stuart is a qualified, international teacher with over three decades of experience in the classroom. He has been working as a Music specialist and a classroom teacher in public and international schools in Australia, China, Cambodia, Taiwan and Thailand. He has also been a professional musician and recording artist for more than forty years.
Paul believes that each child should be allowed to express his/her innate desire to learn. He sets high standards for his students and encourages them to reach their full potential. This combination of strength in practices and genuine love of his subject makes him an outstanding educator.
“WHEN STUDENTS ARE THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF THE LEARNING PROCESS, THE PROCESS TAKES ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN AND STUDENTS STRIVE FOR MASTERY.”
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!”
Teaching Assistant - Grade KG and 1
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
Teaching Assistant - Grade 2 and 3
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.”
Teaching Assistant - Grade 4 and 5
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.”
Teaching Assistant - Arts
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.”