New Senior Leadership Team announced at OWIS Nanyang

On Orientation Day, Mr James Sweeney, Head of School of OWIS Nanyang and Suntec, introduced parents in the school community to not just the teaching faculty, but also the new Heads of Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary at One World International School Nanyang Campus.

Mr David Swanson has joined OWIS Nanyang as the Head of Secondary School. With a diverse and enriching educational journey spanning across continents, Mr Swanson’s career reflects a commitment to nurturing young minds. Beginning as a Maths and Science Teacher at a high school in Parker, Colorado, he embarked on a path in international education, teaching Chemistry at an international school in Cairo, Egypt. His tenure at an international school in Bangplee, Thailand, saw him progress into the role of Elementary and Middle School Principal, fostering not only academic growth but also assuming administrative responsibilities.

Thereon, he advanced into senior leadership roles – from Middle School Principal in Thailand to Deputy Head at an international school in Vietnam. From 2016 to 2023, he served as the Head of School at an international school in Shenzhen in China.

Mr Swanson’s teaching philosophy revolves around prioritising student well-being, advocating for holistic development, and instilling vital future skills. His belief in nurturing skills, such as communication, critical thinking and self-management, highlight his drive to prepare students for a world where adaptability and human values supersede mere information retention.

Ms Rashmi Tourani has been appointed as the new Head of Early Childhood and Primary School at OWIS Nanyang. She has been with OWIS Nanyang since 2018. Having started her tenure here as a Primary grade homeroom teacher, she has made quick strides in her career trajectory in the school. She has progressed from being the Grade Coordinator to being the IB PYP Coordinator to being selected as the Senior Coordinator for Teaching and Learning. Now as the Head of Early Childhood and Primary School, she has taken up the responsibilities of making our Early Childhood and Primary School a truly nurturing and inclusive learning environment for our young learners.

With more than 12 years of experience as an educator and an educational leader in Singapore and Hong Kong, Ms Tourani has showcased her exceptional skills, experience, and dedication to education during her time here at OWIS Nanyang. What sets her apart is not only her impressive background but also her familiarity with our school. Her deep understanding of our school’s values, curriculum, and community will undoubtedly contribute to the continued growth and success of our Primary and Early Childhood programmes. Ms. Tourani’s appointment will bring a seamless transition, ensuring stability and continuity while infusing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas into our school.

Other key members of the extended leadership team at OWIS Nanyang will continue to make significant contributions to the school’s student community. This includes Mr Prem Kumar Rajoo, Senior Coordinator for Pastoral Care for Early Childhood and Primary School; Ms Catherine Adler, Senior Coordinator for Pastoral Care for Secondary School; Mr Angelo Govender, Senior Coordinator for Teaching and Learning for Secondary School; Ms Sanhita Roy, IB DP Coordinator; and Ms Nur Suhaili Abdul Ghapar, Early Childhood Coordinator.

Two new educators in the extended leadership team include Ms Ekta Sabharwal, a seasoned Primary educator and Grade Coordinator at our Nanyang campus, who will be stepping into the role of Senior Coordinator for Teaching and Learning for Early Childhood and Primary School. Mr Firmin Lee, who is the Exam Officer, will also be joining the extended leadership team.

All these experienced school leaders will be working closely with Mr James Sweeney, our Head of School, to bring into fruition positive changes and greater success for our students at OWIS Nanyang.

(L to R): Mr David Swanson, Mr James Sweeney, Ms Rashmi Tourani

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