"It takes a village..."

We all collaborate in working closely towards your child's growth and progress in Third Grade. We look forward to our year together!


Here we go! My name is Naynay Montilla, and I am your child's teacher. This is my second year teaching Third Grade, after having taught First Grade for ten years. My son Andreas is in fifth grade and my daughter Sevrine is in First Grade here at ISM. My lovely co-teachers in our classroom are Jenny Guinjicna and Nessel Reyes. I have loved every minute of my twelve years here and I am excited to start our year together.


Mabuhay and welcome to all our new and returning families! My name is Amanda Phillips and I am the Grade 3 Program Leader and ESL Teacher. This is my fourth year teaching here at ISM. My husband, Jeff Phillips, teaches G6 English and Social Studies, and our daughter, Mara, is currently navigating her Terrible (and Terrific) Twos! I am looking forward to a year of learning with all of our G3 families.

How Does ESL Work at ISM?
The Elementary School ESL Program is an integral part of each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 4. Our model of inclusion promotes collaborative teaching and learning in order to:

  • Plan for and meet the academic language standards of all students, with explicit attention given to students speaking English as an additional language.
  • Provide language lessons using the models of co-teaching
  • Facilitate inclusive education based on the six key principles for English Language Learning (ELL) instruction (Stanford, 2013)

Should you have questions or comments throughout the year, please feel free to contact me through email (phillipsa@ismanila.org) so we can set a time to meet in our new learning space in the ES Library.

JOHN VAN GAALEN    PE on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
My name is John van Gaalen, this year I will be your child's Physical Education (PE) teacher. This will be my nineteenth year of teaching and my fifth at the International School Manila. 

My classes will be starting on the Covered Court (3rd floor) where they will be working on Ball Handling Skills. On the days that your child has PE, please ensure that they come to school in their PE kit (including enclosed athletic shoes and a water bottle).

I am looking forward to meeting you all and working with your children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via vangaalenj@ismanila.org.

PEACHY MILLER           Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays
My name is Ms. Peachy and I look forward to being your child's Music teacher this year at ISM. I am very excited for another great year of Music in the Elementary School filled with singing, playing, moving, creating, exploring and music making.

If you have any questions about our Music program, please feel free to drop by my classroom (Rm. 1164) or send me an email at millerp@ismanila.org. You are also more than welcome to drop into a Music class at anytime to join in on the learning!

I look forward to seeing you all over the coming months.

LIZ WENDLER                Art on Fridays
Hello! I am Ms. Liz and I will be your student's art teacher this year.  This is my sixth year teaching art and my first year at ISM.  I am very excited to see your child learn, grow, and experiment through art this year.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at wendlere@ismanila.org.  

Hi, I'm Mel and I'll be teaching with Ms Montilla. I've been in ISM for three years and I enjoy working with children. I look forward to a fun-filled year!

Hi! My name is Camille Obligacion. I am the Reading Teaching Assistant for 3rd Grade. This is my 6th year with ISM. I am excited to spend time in each of the 3rd Grade classes this year, to share my immense love for reading & learning, as well as some fun strategies to help us all be better and enthusiastic readers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at obligacionc@ismanila.org.

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