Julia is the Founder Director of Julia Gabriel Centre, Chiltern House and the Julia Gabriel School of Education. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia, and licentiate teaching diplomas in Speech & Drama from the both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London College of Music. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having been awarded life membership of the school in 1993 for her services to the field of speech and drama.
Julia is the author of three books, including ‘EduDrama’- A Guide to Speech and Drama. She believes education is for sharing and enjoys working with parents and educators. In July 2019, Julia passed on after a decade-long battle with cancer. Her legacy which she had built with love, dedication and generous spirit of sharing and teaching, will continue to live on in all the children who have walked through our doors to pursue a dramatically different education.
Pau Lee was a parent at Julia Gabriel Centre Singapore when she first enrolled her daughter, Kate in PlayClub as she found the programmes and learning environment truly enriching and enjoyable. When her family returned to Malaysia, Pau Lee and her husband, Surachet made the bold decision of bringing Julia Gabriel Centre over to Malaysia to enable their daughter to continue her learning, thus establishing the Bangsar flagship centre in 2006.
She also started Chiltern House Preschool, a Julia Gabriel Education centre, under the same roof. Soon after, a second centre at CITTA Mall Ara Damansara was established in 2011. Since then, the Malaysia centres have welcomed and nurtured many confident communicators under its roof. She now works with an ever expanding team of more than 70 educators and staff.
Wendy first worked as a counsellor for two years in a non-profit counselling centre in downtown San Francisco before joining an early childhood development centre in San Francisco. When she finally returned to the Malaysian shores in 2008, she was welcomed into the Julia Gabriel family.
Currently the Head of Chiltern House, she was previously Bangsar’s Head of Centre and was instrumental in building the foundations of Julia Gabriel Centre’s PlayNursery programme. She has taught in Julia Gabriel Centre’s PlayClub and Bilingual PlayClub programmes, and is still presently teaching Speech and Drama classes for the Primary level.
She believes education is for sharing and enjoys working with parents and educators.
Shoby first started her teaching career in our organisation as an Assistant Teacher in Julia Gabriel Centre’s exciting and immensely popular PlayClub programme in 2008. There was no stopping Shoby since then as she has sung, performed, danced and taught her way to leading her own PlayClub class, Bilingual PlayClub, Speech and Drama, and PlayNest before taking charge as the Head of Julia Gabriel Centre Programmes. She also leads her team of specialist teachers for Chiltern House Preschool classes and is part of the Julia Gabriel Centre storytelling team. Beginning December 2019, she now takes on her second role as Head of Centre for CITTA Mall centre.
Dheepa first joined the Julia Gabriel family back in 2014 where she began her journey with us as a Teacher-in-Training for Chiltern House Preschool before rising in ranks to becoming a Senior Teacher and most recently, our Head of Bangsar centre. She came on board with vast experience in the education industry having previously served as a primary school support teacher in an international school. Over the course of her tenure with us, she has taught as lead teacher across the levels from Nursery to Kindergarten, and is also a Speech and Drama specialist teacher for Julia Gabriel Centre. Dheepa’s warm and affectionate nature has propelled her to be a highly respected educator amongst the children, teachers, and her fellow colleagues.
Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Art, majoring in Music from University of Malaya. A music enthusiast with a flair for playing a variety of musical instruments, she possesses qualifications from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. She joined the Julia Gabriel International family back in 2013 and has since taught in Julia Gabriel Centre’s PlayNursery daily independent programme, and Chiltern House Preschool’s Nursery One to Kindergarten Two levels. With experience teaching children across all ages, she strives to enrich the cultural understanding of her young learners, and continuously refine the standards of Mandarin in Chiltern House Preschool through her performing arts background.
Aja joined the Julia Gabriel International family back in 2017 as Julia Gabriel Centre’s specialist Music teacher for Chiltern House Preschool. She has taught Chiltern House Music for pre-schoolers of all levels – from Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten 2, and is also the specialist Speech and Drama teacher for Pre-Nursery level. Tapping into her fervent love for teaching and keen interest in music, Aja has been instrumental in maintaining the high standards of Chiltern House’s music education. Since 2019, she has been serving her new role as Head of Music Department. Prior to joining the organisation, she was a volunteer teacher with an NGO where she taught English to children, teenagers and working adults, in small and big groups.
Natalie is a highly trained, experienced Speech and Drama specialist teacher with teaching certification in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London, and the Julia Gabriel School of Education. An avid fan of the musical theatre, she has recently embarked on a personal pursuit of interest performing as a cast member of 2019’s ‘Euphrasia the Musical’. In our organization, she has written and directed multiple mini musicals for Picnic of Words, and is responsible for devising and directing children’s performances for Chiltern House’s Year End Celebrations and Young Performers Certificate assessments. On the teaching end, she is currently Speech and Drama teacher for Julia Gabriel Centre and Chiltern House Preschool.
Rebecca or more fondly addressed as Becca by the children has been with the Julia Gabriel family since 2017. She has risen over the years to become a core member of the Julia Gabriel Centre team of specialist educators, actively teaching in Julia Gabriel Centre’s Early Learning and Speech and Drama Programme, even as specialist teacher in Speech and Drama for Chiltern House Preschool. Becca’s passion for teaching young children shines through with her ability to connect with the children with her carefree demeanor and constantly pushing boundaries to transform classrooms into a creative environment that inspires her students to step out of their comfort zones and build their confidence in communication.
Adeleine first embarked on her journey in this organization as a Teacher-in-Training in 2016 when she first assisted in the Julia Gabriel Centre programmes: PlayClub, Independant PlayClub, PlayNest and Speech & Drama across centres. In 2018, she progressed in her teaching career as a Bahasa Malaysia specialist teacher for Chiltern House, a role she was particularly thrilled to undertake due to her strong interest and command of the language.
Since Bahasa Malaysia is a fairly new language for the Kindergarten 1 children, she immediately recognised her challenges and set out to lay a strong foundation for her children as she patiently guided them in picking up a third language and inculcating love for Bahasa Malaysia through engaging physical demonstrations, selection of catchy and interactive songs and her string of creative games in class.
As the saying goes, “A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his/her audience’s attention, then he/she can teacher their lesson.” Now pursuing her Master of Education, she is furthering her interest in leadership and management having previously been a part of several notable events – Leadership Week with Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad and the Young South East Asian Leadership Initiative with President of United States, Barack Obama in 2014. She believes that as an educator, she is responsible to leave a positive impact as she helps shape the minds of the upcoming generation.