The Board of Directors oversees the strategic development for the long-term interest and well-being of JoyKids International Preschool.
The Board of Directors consists of 5 members and provides continuity to long-term planning and oversight of the school. Our Board of Directors are as follows :
Nick COMBES has been involved with International Schools for 17 ½ years. Nick led schools in China and Indonesia and experienced growth of small to large schools in both locations. He has experience and knowledge of both the International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge Curriculum. Prior to Nick’s overseas appointments he was a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal in his home state of South Australia. Upon returning to Australia, Nick continues to involve himself in educational initiatives including, consulting with Teach Beyond, supervision of pre-service teachers, tutoring, relief teaching and NAPLAN (national testing) marking.
Nick believes in lifelong learning and holds a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor and Master of Education. Nick is happily married to Robyn who is a University Guidance and Career Coordinator. They have three married children and six grandchildren. Teaching runs in the family with four members of the wider family being teachers.
Vance Frusher is the Managing Director of Gateway Education Global and is based out of Vietnam. He has served in leadership roles for over twenty years, the majority of that time with non-profit organizations working to support children and families. He is committed to seeing education play a transformational role this upcoming generation and for generations to come.
Mark Prothero has a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies and has served as vice principal in an urban UK government school prior to moving to an international school in SE Asia, where he served as High School Principal for 10 years. In this role, Mark established a hybrid IGCSE US curriculum in Grade 9 and 10, and transitioned the school from an A level system to the International Baccalaureate in Grades 11 and 12. During this time, Mark also delivered training at successive regional ACSI conferences.
Currently Mark works part time as High School Principal in a UK Christian school and part time consulting for TeachBeyond as part of their School Services team. In this latter role, Mark has focused on facilitating good practice governance training to a number of international school boards.
Robyn has been involved in Education since 1972 when she started teaching in Secondary Schools in South Australia. She gained a broad understanding of education and its practices and applications while mentoring and counselling her students. She spent more than 17 years in Christian International Schools in Jakarta and Beijing where she was a Career and Guidance Counsellor. These counselling experiences were very enriching and assisted her work with students and their culturally diverse families. She mentored and assisted students to understand their personality type, strengths, weaknesses, life skills, spiritual gifts and to identify their passion in life so they could identify their future aspirations.
Prior to her role as a Guidance Counsellor she held other positions as a Mathematics and Science teacher in several schools in her home state of South Australia. She also taught Business Math in a Technical College. On a personal note she enjoys travelling, crafts, exercising and spending valuable time with family.
Jane Goh has been involved in Early Childhood Education for more than 12 years. She has in-depth experience and knowledge of integrated curriculum for holistic early years education and she has been leading JoyKids International Preschool since 2013. She also contributes educational articles for magazines and newspapers, working with universities and colleges to tutor, mentor, and supervise internship teachers.
Jane believes in a holistic education with love and respect in nurturing our young generation. She constantly offers parenting support and encourages positive parents’ involvement in early years. She believes parent involvement builds up a solid foundation for children and provides a better environment for children to develop. This will bring a lifelong positive impact on their personality and inspire their passions and future aspirations in life.