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Bhavani Jeganathan

Senior Educational Therapist and Specialist Teacher

Bhavani has more than a decade of practical experience in the field of Specific Learning Differences, especially Dyslexia. She is a Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and is a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). She has extensive experience and has held the role of a senior educational therapist, programme manager and curriculum manager at DAS. She is also a qualified trainer with the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ). Her postgraduate academic achievements include a Masters in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK. She believes that teaching can impact students and one of the greatest joy is to help them to succeed. Back to top



Shilpa Madane

Specialist Tutor and Educational Therapist

  • B.SC.(Statistics), University of Bombay
  • LL.B.(Bachelor of Law),University of Bombay
  • Double Diploma in Teaching and Dyslexia
  • (University of Cambridge and DAS)

I started my teaching career with a private preschool in Singapore, which catered to children of various nationalities. After my stint with the school for 5 years, I decided to equip myself with skills to help children with learning difficulties. I trained in Orton-Gillingham Approach and later obtained Dyslexia Diploma to teach children with special learning needs.

Before joining DAS International in April 2013, I taught Literacy and Math to students with multiple learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD for about 6 years as a private tutor. Most of my students are from lower and upper primary levels and come from a mix of local and international schools.

Having a strong background and interest in Mathematics drives me to cultivate the love of the subject in my students. My aim is to understand the strengths, weaknesses and learning styles of children in order to design individualized programs to help and motivate them achieve their targets. I believe that it is important to build a strong rapport with students and create a conducive learning environment for the smooth delivery of knowledge.


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Nur Amirah Arzami

Specialist Teacher and Educational Therapist

Nur Amirah Arzami is an Educational Therapist at DAC REX Learning Center. She graduated from the University of Wollongong (Australia) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation, Amirah served as a temporary research assistant with NIE where she administered cognitive testing to 5-13 year old students for data collection. She has also worked with children with autism, conducting one-to-one Applied Behaviour Analysis - Verbal Behaviour (ABA-VB) therapy for 1.5 years. She is a member of the Specialist Tutoring & Personalised Online Learning Experience team to benefit students beyond the learning center. Amirah also spares her time to a non-profit volunteer organisation which works with youth-at-risk, and lends a hand to underprivileged communities overseas.


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Janitha Panicker

  • Specialist Teacher and Senior Educational Therapist
  • Member, Register of Educational Therapists (Asia)

The love for children and the love of teaching, motivated Janitha to become an Early Childhood Teacher. With an International Diploma in Early Childhood Course (Montessori Method of Education), she embarked on her career as a Preschool Educator. During the rich and fruitful experience of enlightening little ones, she realised that there were children with differences who needed specially trained teachers to guide them. Based on her degree in Psychology (University of Kerala, India), she was offered a teaching position which enabled her to work with children with special needs (Autistic, ADHD, GDD). Janitha also obtained a Diploma in Educational Studies- Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology (Linguistic Council) and a Diploma in TESOL (London Teacher Training College). When an opportunity presented itself to work closely with Dyslexic children, she joined DAS as a Learning Support Officer in 2011. Following this, she became a Senior Educational Therapist holding a Post Graduate Certificate ( SpLD ) and a Specialist Tutor. Although her forte is working with young children and lower Primary students, she has many years of experience teaching upper primary and secondary students.


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Catherine Yap

  • Bachelor in Economics
  • Master of Art (Early Childhood Education)
  • Post Graduate Certificate (SpLD)

Catherine joined the DAS as an Educational Therapist in 2013. Many years before that, she had held two other positions as Lecturer and Economist. She also had brief teaching stints as a relief teacher with MOE schools. Coupled this work experience with a long period raising three children who are now adults, Catherine feels that she is in a privileged position to relate to and to guide the students under her tutelage. 

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Gladys Wee

Gladys Wee-Bourne has been working with children since 1986. She is Orton Gillingham trained she has also undergone the Diploma that supports students with Dyslexia. She also holds a 2nd degree in French Language. She is a registered child care teacher in the Social Welfare Department, HK (1991/2001). Supporting students for over three decades, firstly as a Reading mother, Shadow teacher in International schools, Homeroom teacher in Kindergartens both in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Through her extensive hands-on experience and approach she currently support students for one to one Specialist tutoring. In 2017 she took the Certificate in Individual Education Planning from the DAS Academy. 
"Children are like diamonds with many facets, whichever way you look at them - they are beautiful" ......Gladys Wee-Bourne

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Arzami Bin Salim

Arzami has taught in various learning institutions like Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Hwa Chong International School, National University of Singapore and UniSIM (now SUSS), on English Language and Literature, Communication and Critical Reading and Writing. He was Level Coordinator for English and Literature Department in various schools and has experienced developing and teaching the level curriculum for Secondary/ Junior College/ IGCSE/ Pre-IB levels and the Polytechnic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma in Education (Merit) and an M.A in English Studies from Nanyang Technological University and University of Singapore respectively. He is an NIE trained educator and is highly involved in community work, serving as Chairman of the Malay Activity Executive Committee of Braddell Heights constituency, council member of Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and having served as the president of the Singapore Malay Teachers’ Union. His interest in joining the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as a Specialist Sessional Tutor stems from his lifelong passion in supporting the young to excel in their studies regardless of the learning challenges his charges may face in committing to their aspirations. 

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Mohamed Samunn

Senior Educational Therapist

Samunn is a Senior Educational Therapist and a Dual Specialist (Maths) at Tampines Learning Centre. He holds a Master's degree in Specific Learning Differences (MA SpLD) from London Metropolitan University, UK. He delivers intervention and/or remediation lessons in literacy, numeracy, English language, and math to children with dyslexia and other SpLDs. Additionally, he conducts holiday workshops in summary writing for secondary school kids and real world math workshops for primary kids. He has 33 years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Before joining the DAS in 2008, he was attached to the MOE Maldives for 11 years as a ESL teacher (secondary) preparing students for the Cambridge O Levels and IGCSE Examinations. His research interests include supporting adult learners with SpLD in higher education and offering assistive technology and e-learning solutions to children with SpLD.

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Nicole Chua

Senior Educational Therapist

Nicole Chua holds a Masters degree in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) with London Metropolitan University, UK and has been teaching children with specific learning differences for over 7 years. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and Project Read by Learning Circles. She is experience in conducting intervention for dyslexic learners from all age groups and also learners with other learning needs that require literacy-based intervention.

As a Senior Educational Therapist at DAS, she was part of the MAP-Curriculum Development team and pioneered the development of the recently launched Advanced Writing Pack. She conducts training for new and existing teachers on how to teach writing to higher ability learners. Her passion and love for writing has led to the start of SES Creative Writing Workshop series which she infuses Orton-Gillingham teaching approaches into all learning activities to give children with learning differences an edge in learning. Nicole has conducted a string of very well-received workshops since the series launched in 2013.

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Veena Jayanth

M.A English
B. Ed in English and Special English
Diploma in Special Education

'If a child can't learn the way we teach then we should teach the way he/she learns'. This has been my personal mission as a special educator.

As a post graduate in English, closely followed by a Bachelor's in Education, I launched into my teaching career handling English and Social-Studies for Secondary and Senior Secondary classes. As a classroom teacher, I was aware that every child had a very unique style and pace of learning. My Diploma in Special Education paved way towards helping children with specific learning differences attain their potential. Having been a classroom teacher on one hand and a special Educator working on Curriculum based remediation on the other meant that I could link the learning expectations posed by the curriculum to the working style of the child. The Curriculum Based Remediation works keeping in mind the child's strengths and choosing strategies that maximizes the potential. The results have been almost instantaneous reflecting on the performance and self-confidence of the child.

Having worked with children from different countries in various International schools in Singapore I am familiar with the various aspects of the curriculum. I have worked with children with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and mild ASD and have been successful in helping them cope with mainstream curriculum. Working with children has extended to other interests like Story telling at the NLB and leading predominantly student based tours at the Asian Civilization Museum.

Being fluent in French and other Indian languages like Tamil, Hindi, Kannada helps to connect better with the children wherever there is a need. Travelling, reading and Photography take up my free time and practicing taichi regularly keeps my mind and body in good shape.

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