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Talking Heads: Angela Henderson From Canadian International School Tanjong Campus

Principal At Canadian International School

We continue the Little Steps Talking Heads series, where parents can meet, greet, and get tips from Singapore’s Heads of Schools! Get personal with these fabulous personalities and find out what makes them tick, their advice for parents navigating the schooling scene, and their favorite things about living in the city.

In this edition, Angela Henderson, principal at Canadian International School Tanjong Campus.

  • ABOUT ANGELA:

    1. Do you have a nickname? When I taught grade 5 and I had very short hair, I was called Spike.

    2. Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Northern Ontario, Canada in a city called Thunder Bay. A beautiful place with lots of trees and lakes (and snow). It’s considered “remote” as the closest city is eight hours away.

    3. Where do you live in the city and why do you love it there? I have lived in Singapore for 13 years and lived in Roberston Quay, Eunos and now in the Joo Chait area. There is no need for a car. I can walk to and from school, the grocery store and shops.

    4. What’s in your lunchbox? An avocado, homemade seed crackers and raw veggies. I treat myself daily to a strong cup of local tea from the hawker across the street - teh C kosong (no sugar) after lunch.

  • ANGELA'S BACKGROUND:

    1. What inspired you to become a principal? Becoming a principal was never my intention. I loved teaching and was very happy. I was teaching grade 5 in South Carolina, USA and my principal said it was something I should pursue. After 20 years in the classroom, I decided to give it a go!

    2. Describe your school in 5 words or less? A happy and caring place.

  • HER FAVORITE THINGS:

    1. What’s your favorite thing on your desk and why? A touchstone that I received during orientation my first week at CIS.

    2. What are your 3 favorite children's books? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus; and Mud puddle by Robert Munsch.

  • HER ADVICE:

    1. What is the best way for parents to be involved in their children’s education?  Volunteer in the classroom.

    2. Any tips for parents when applying for schools?  Know your priorities and do your homework. Not every school is the right fit for children.

    3. What's the best advice a teacher or headmistress ever gave you? When in doubt, assume best intentions.

  • WHERE TO FIND IT:

    Canadian International Schoolwww.cis.edu.sg

    Lakeside Campus: 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414, +65 6436 6634, lakesidecampus@cis.edu.sg

    Tanjong Katong Campus: 371 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437128, +65 6345 1573, tkcampus@cis.edu.sg

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