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.
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.
Having taught Speech and Drama for over 15 years, Sharon still enjoys teaching the children the wonders of expressing one’s best self. Speech and Drama has and will always be, close to her heart, because she has gained so much from it and it has made her a better teacher over the years. She has also taught Julia Gabriel Centre’s adult-accompanied programmes, PlayNest and PlayClub.
Despite having to split her time running the school, the children’s early childhood education remain the paramount of her focus. She strives to ensure that the quality of teachers remain stringent, beginning with the training of teachers in the Julia Gabriel School of Education (SOE). With Sharon heading the SOE, she has witnessed the growth of many teachers and together develop and fortify the standards of the school.
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 Centre, Bangsar, she previously spearheaded Julia Gabriel Centre’s PlayNursery, and taught PlayClub and Bilingual PlayClub, and Speech and Drama classes.
She believes education is for sharing and enjoys working with parents and educators.
Rachel joined the Julia Gabriel International family in late 2017 when she relocated back to Malaysia after having spent 5 years in Bangkok as Head of Primary Years in an international school. With 22 years of experience in the education industry, she had spent 9 years of it teaching in a pre-school and later went on to managing schools from both local to the international context in Malaysia before her move to Thailand. She left an initial career in the corporate world and discovered a passion in the education industry after having her son and she has never looked back since.
Her career path has led her to a journey of working with many children from all walks of lives in various schools, environment and contexts, and has enriched her perspective both as a parent and an educator. She is currently pursuing her degree in Education Management in an affiliated program with The Global University of Lifelong Learning in the States.
Hidayah first ventured into teaching in 2010 before joining the Julia Gabriel International family four years ago. She has served as a Senior Teacher in Chiltern House and interim Head of Centre in Bangsar before her appointment as Head of Centre, CITTA Mall. During her tenure in Chiltern House Bangsar, she has worked with children across all ages and she has been responsible for spearheading the Chiltern House Kindergarten or K’s preschool programme.
Hidayah is also serving as Julia Gabriel Centre’s specialist educator for its Readers and Writers programme.
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.
With a Master of Education from National ChengChi University Taiwan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from Tamkang University Taiwan in hand, Lee joined the Julia Gabriel International family back in 2017 as a Mandarin teacher. She was amongst the pioneering team who spearheaded the introduction of Chengzhu Mandarin Centre’s enrichment programmes in Malaysia. In 2019, Lee is promoted to her new role as Senior Teacher and Programme Coordinator for Chiltern House’s Mandarin Full-Day Programmes – which consists of Chengzhu’s Language Learners and Chinese Cultural Arts. She is currently also enlisted as a lead Mandarin teacher for Julia Gabriel Centre’s Bilingual PlayClub programme for toddlers, and is also a part of Chiltern House Preschool’s Mandarin team.