About International Village School

The International Village School was established with a vision to provide an outstanding international educational experience, that enables students to develop into successful and creative global citizens and future leaders.

IVS has a progressive approach using inquiry-based learning to ensure all pupils enjoy a positive learning experience enabling them to reach their full potential. Our school exudes a family-friendly atmosphere to make your child feel valued as a significant member of the IVS community. We carefully create a culturally diverse environment by recruiting students and staff from around the world.

IVS is led by Peter Bird, Superintendent, who is a passionate educational leader. He has established high quality schools in the UK and in the Middle East. He continues to develop diverse learning environments and under his leadership, IVS achieved IB World School status in eighteen months.

Three students sitting in the chairs arranged with  round table with one girl holding plant and three teachers standing and guiding them . One teacher sitting  with them

Faculty and Staff

Our teaching community has members from around the world coming together with the same hopes and aspirations for children to become caring, happy, healthy and successful global citizens. Students are prepared to deal with a globally connected world when they have an appreciation of multiple perspectives, a cross cultural understanding and openness to new experiences by developing a growth mindset.

A strong team of qualified professional administrative and teaching staff have come together to create a place of excellent learning experiences in a joyful environment. The education and well-being of our students is the primary responsibility of the team.

We know that teachers and staff are the heart & soul of the school, please feel free to browse our website and learn more about IVS, our campus and the opportunities available for living and working in Chennai. Interested in being a part of our village? You are welcome to apply here.
Mr. Peter Bird, Superintendent of International Village School - the best IB schools in Chennai

Peter Bird

Superintendent

Peter Bird is a dedicated Principal who has built his reputation for establishing high quality schools both in the UK and the Middle East. His passion is creating a rich and varied learning space allowing pupils to embrace cultural diversity. He has a keen understanding of parent’s aspirations, pupils’ needs and the importance of school collaboration in building a distinctive international school community.

Ms. Josephine Ronald -Director of Administration of International Village School -the best international school in Chennai

Josephine Ronald

Director of Administration

Josephine has spent over 30 years as an administrator across various sectors, including Education and International Development. As the former Director of Personnel of one of the biggest international schools in Chennai, she brings her expertise and experience in building a cosmopolitan educational institution in Chennai and her passion for creating an inclusive and multicultural environment to the school.


Picture of Ms. Saranya Thyagarajan, Early Childhood Teacher in International Village School.

Saranya Thyagarajan

Early Childhood Teacher

Saranya is an enthusiastic teacher with five years' experience of teaching in multicultural early childhood centres in both India and New Zealand. She is passionate about supporting each child in their individual learning style and empowering them to be the best they can be. She enjoys good relationships with children and their families and aims to create engaging environments for children that contributes to the growth of a broad range of competencies, including a love of learning, a comfortable sense of oneself, and positive social skills that children can use for a lifetime.

Mr Dasha Narendra Singh -Upper Primary home room teacher of International Village School, the best IB board School in Chennai

Dasha Narendra Singh

PYP Coordinator

Dasha Singh is an enthusiastic and experienced IB PYP teacher who has taught at an International School for many years across multiple disciplines. He comes from the paradise island of Fiji with a teaching degree and international teacher training. Dasha believes in active engagement and that students should develop to be inquirers, risk takers, knowledgeable and caring members of our society. He does this by collaboratively working in partnership with students and parents so that the best can be delivered.


Picture of Ms. Jasinda Mangalasegaran, Upper Primary Teacher in International Village School.

Jasinda Mangalasegaran

Upper Primary Teacher

Jasinda is a passionate and professional international educator with over twelve years of experience in teaching. Her focus is developing a student-centric curriculum and conducting teacher-training programs. She loves teaching students of different age groups and is passionate about creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the diverse needs of students, which in turn encourages all students to engage and learn more effectively. Her goal is to empower students with 21st-century skills and to inspire them to become life-long learners.


Picture of Ms. Maadhangi Rajagopalachari, Administrative Assistant in International Village School.

Maadhangi Rajagopalachari

Administrative Assistant

An enthusiastic and multifaceted person, Maadhangi brings with her an experience of over nine years’ in IT and Human Resources, both internationally and in India. She loves to apply her interpersonal skills in her everyday activities, thus making the place of work more accommodative. Her passion for learning makes her a sportive team player.


Picture of Mr.Harish Kumar, MYP Maths & Science Teacher in International Village School.

Harish Kumar

MYP – Math & Science Teacher

Harish is an ardent teacher with over nine years of experience, edupreneur and a nomad who constantly explores contemporary pedagogies while gripping on classic ideals. He embraces technology and strongly believes to bring learning outcomes to fruition by research reflective practices. He is a liberal pedagogue, who tries to converge educational philosophies from alternative education space to the IB’s attainable skill attributes. Developing children’s cognition from innate capacities helps improve their creative faculties. In order for such an empowerment, he differentiates instruction suiting individual learner styles. He is determined to help children become global thinkers while being reflective of local grounds as well.


Picture of Ms. Pallavi Sharma, MYP Coordinator in International Village School

Pallavi Sharma

MYP Coordinator

Pallavi has worked and led diverse teams in both India and Mauritius and has over a decade's experience in education. She is trained in Sociology from Miranda House, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University. A believer in lifelong learning, she is currently pursuing M.Ed from the University of the People, USA. An avid writer, she has been published in the UKEd Magazine, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and education blogs. Inspired by the philosophies of Brazilian Pedagogue, Paulo Freire, Pallavi believes that through dialogic education, it is possible to raise critical consciousness towards self and the world.


Picture of Ms. Alison D Cruz, Occupational Therapist in International Village School.

Alison D Cruz

Occupational Therapist - India

Ms. Alison D’cruz is a paediatric occupational therapist from Bangalore. Her major focus would be on reducing barriers that limit student participation within the school environment and support academic and non-academic outcomes including peer interaction, recess participation, self-help skills and vocational skills. Using a more holistic approach, Alison aims to deliver quality service in terms of increasing the quality of life of the children she works with.


Picture of Ms. Stephanie Bell, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Stephanie Bell

PYP Teacher - Iowa, USA

Stephanie has a Master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University, Chicago and an Educator’s License from Illinois, USA. She has taught in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt. She is fascinated by how every child approaches learning differently and celebrates diversity in thought process. Inquiry and transdisciplinary learning are at the forefront of her teaching philosophy.


Picture of Ms. Daphne Francis, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Daphne Francis

PYP Teacher - India

Daphne Maria Francis has a Bachelor's Degree in Math and Education and a Master's Degree in English and Maths. As an Early Years’ teacher, her aim is to meet children as able learners and reach them where they are as individuals and as a group developmentally. Also, to facilitate each child reach challenging and achievable goals in all learning environments. Her other interests are DIYs, embroidery, movies and cooking.


Picture of Ms. Beliza Dass, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Beliza Dass

PYP Teacher - India

Ms. Beliza Dass has completed her Bachelor’s in Literature from Mumbai University and has attended several IB workshops to gain a global perspective on changing trends in teaching and learning. She has worked in several schools as an experienced elementary educator in Mumbai and is genuinely passionate about instilling a love for lifelong learning amongst learners in the primary years.

Picture of Ms. Priyavarshini Thiruselvam, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Priyavarshini Thiruselvam

PYP Teacher - India

Priya has graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She believes that learning is at its best when it is multi-disciplinary, experiential, transformational and self-directed. Her strengths lie in engaging instructional practices, design thinking & education, multi-disciplinary collaborations and most importantly in creating learner- centric culture of learning and teaching.

Picture of Dr. Annette Walker, MS English Teacher in International Village School.

Dr. Annette Walker

MS English Teacher – Maryland, USA

Dr. Annette Walker has a Doctor of Education from North Central University, MN, USA and a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix, USA. Dr. Walker also has a teaching certification from Maryland, USA and has taught in many schools in the USA. Dr. Annette believes that reading is a gateway to other places, a journey that you walk alongside a character to experience life through different eyes.

Picture of Mr. Benjamin Blaser, Athletic Director in International Village School

Benjamin Blaser

Athletic Director – Illinois, USA

Ben has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. Ben has been in the international teaching community for the last six years with his family. Ben started his teaching journey as a high school teacher in the United States before trying his hand as a grade 5 PYP educator in Saudi and as a Physical Education Teacher in Cairo.


Picture of Ms. Drishila, MS Maths teacher in International Village School

Drishila

MS Math Teacher - India

Drishila has a Master’s in Mathematics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She has taught in international schools in Hyderabad and Bangalore. As a 21st century facilitator, Drishila truly believes in the three unique quotes of her life: Learn, Unlearn and Relearn.

Picture of Ms. Laura Martin, Arts and French Teacher in International Village School

Laura Martin

Art and French Teacher - France

Laura has done her Masters in Language and Intercultural Thinking at the Sorbonne University in Paris, her Higher Diploma of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, and her professional training in teaching at INSPE - Strasbourg, France. She has taught Art and Languages for many international schools in Europe and India for the past eight years. Her path has led her to develop a unique learning process “Learning and Teaching a Second Language through Art”.

Picture of Ms. Akshaya Ravishankar, Theatre and Performing Arts Teacher in International Village School

Akshaya Ravishankar

Theatre - India

Akshaya Ravishankar, a Biotechnology Engineer from Chennai, is a storyteller, actor, director and writer who has received several international certifications for performing arts. She has been in the education field for more than five years, impacting over 5000 children across boards. “Anybody can be a storyteller” and through her collaboration with children, she aims to create innovative content to empower individuals find their own voice through the performing arts.


Picture of Malini Krishnaswamy, an energetic Counselling Therapist in International Village School

Malini Krishnaswamy

Counsellor & Student Welfare - Singapore

Malini is a high-spirited Counselling Therapist born and raised in Singapore. With her experience as a school counsellor and educator in Singapore, Malini’s pragmatic approach allows her to spearhead and reinvent new programmes targeted to stimulate the mental health and wellness of students, parents, and faculty members alike.


Picture of Revaleena Rajendran, Learning Psychologist in International Village School

Revaleena Rajendran

Learning psychologist – Chennai, India

Revaleena has a Master’s in Psychology and has international study experience and certifications in several methodologies such as Open Dialogue, Psychodrama, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, and Cultivating Emotional Balance. Her passion lies in working with children to identify their growth-related challenges and offer appropriate interventions to help them attain their fullest potential.


Picture of Dr. B. Joseph Pramod, Art & Craft Teacher in International Village School

Dr. Joseph Pramod

Art & Craft Teacher – Chennai, India

Dr. B. Joseph Pramod holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master's in Educational Research from Moreland University, USA. His teaching and humanitarian experiences with esteemed educational institutions, NGOs, and rehabilitation centres has enabled his students to gain confidence through artistic expressions and in developing an appreciation for the arts.


Picture of Mr. Aravindhan Thamizhselvan, Physical Education Teacher in International Village School

Aravindhan Thamizhselvan

Physical Education Teacher – India

Aravindhan is a passionate physical education teacher who is knowledgeable about training techniques, federal guidelines, and lesson planning. He has worked in various international schools. He is a national level basketball player with experience in developing and training specific sports programs for athletics, cross fit, Handball, calisthenics, and Kabaddi. Being outgoing and friendly, Aravindhan engages students in recreational games and activities to encourage progressive and physical mobility.


Faculty and Staff

Our teaching community has members from around the world coming together with the same hopes and aspirations for children to become caring, happy, healthy and successful global citizens. Students are prepared to deal with a globally connected world when they have an appreciation of multiple perspectives, a cross cultural understanding and openness to new experiences by developing a growth mindset.

A strong team of qualified professional administrative and teaching staff have come together to create a place of excellent learning experiences in a joyful environment. The education and well-being of our students is the primary responsibility of the team.

We know that teachers and staff are the heart & soul of the school, please feel free to browse our website and learn more about IVS, our campus and the opportunities available for living and working in Chennai. Interested in being a part of our village? You are welcome to apply here.
Mr. Peter Bird, Superintendent of International Village School - the best IB schools in Chennai

Peter Bird

Superintendent

Peter Bird is a dedicated Principal who has built his reputation for establishing high quality schools both in the UK and the Middle East. His passion is creating a rich and varied learning space allowing pupils to embrace cultural diversity. He has a keen understanding of parent’s aspirations, pupils’ needs and the importance of school collaboration in building a distinctive international school community.

Ms. Josephine Ronald -Director of Administration of International Village School -the best international school in Chennai

Josephine Ronald

Director of Administration

Josephine has spent over 30 years as an administrator across various sectors, including Education and International Development. As the former Director of Personnel of one of the biggest international schools in Chennai, she brings her expertise and experience in building a cosmopolitan educational institution in Chennai and her passion for creating an inclusive and multicultural environment to the school.


Picture of Ms. Saranya Thyagarajan, Early Childhood Teacher in International Village School.

Saranya Thyagarajan

Early Childhood Teacher

Saranya is an enthusiastic teacher with five years' experience of teaching in multicultural early childhood centres in both India and New Zealand. She is passionate about supporting each child in their individual learning style and empowering them to be the best they can be. She enjoys good relationships with children and their families and aims to create engaging environments for children that contributes to the growth of a broad range of competencies, including a love of learning, a comfortable sense of oneself, and positive social skills that children can use for a lifetime.

Mr Dasha Narendra Singh -Upper Primary home room teacher of International Village School, the best IB board School in Chennai

Dasha Narendra Singh

PYP Coordinator

Dasha Singh is an enthusiastic and experienced IB PYP teacher who has taught at an International School for many years across multiple disciplines. He comes from the paradise island of Fiji with a teaching degree and international teacher training. Dasha believes in active engagement and that students should develop to be inquirers, risk takers, knowledgeable and caring members of our society. He does this by collaboratively working in partnership with students and parents so that the best can be delivered.


Picture of Ms. Jasinda Mangalasegaran, Upper Primary Teacher in International Village School.

Jasinda Mangalasegaran

Upper Primary Teacher

Jasinda is a passionate and professional international educator with over twelve years of experience in teaching. Her focus is developing a student-centric curriculum and conducting teacher-training programs. She loves teaching students of different age groups and is passionate about creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the diverse needs of students, which in turn encourages all students to engage and learn more effectively. Her goal is to empower students with 21st-century skills and to inspire them to become life-long learners.


Picture of Ms. Maadhangi Rajagopalachari, Administrative Assistant in International Village School.

Maadhangi Rajagopalachari

Administrative Assistant

An enthusiastic and multifaceted person, Maadhangi brings with her an experience of over nine years’ in IT and Human Resources, both internationally and in India. She loves to apply her interpersonal skills in her everyday activities, thus making the place of work more accommodative. Her passion for learning makes her a sportive team player.


Picture of Mr.Harish Kumar, MYP Maths & Science Teacher in International Village School.

Harish Kumar

MYP – Math & Science Teacher

Harish is an ardent teacher with over nine years of experience, edupreneur and a nomad who constantly explores contemporary pedagogies while gripping on classic ideals. He embraces technology and strongly believes to bring learning outcomes to fruition by research reflective practices. He is a liberal pedagogue, who tries to converge educational philosophies from alternative education space to the IB’s attainable skill attributes. Developing children’s cognition from innate capacities helps improve their creative faculties. In order for such an empowerment, he differentiates instruction suiting individual learner styles. He is determined to help children become global thinkers while being reflective of local grounds as well.


Picture of Ms. Pallavi Sharma, MYP Coordinator in International Village School

Pallavi Sharma

MYP Coordinator

Pallavi has worked and led diverse teams in both India and Mauritius and has over a decade's experience in education. She is trained in Sociology from Miranda House, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University. A believer in lifelong learning, she is currently pursuing M.Ed from the University of the People, USA. An avid writer, she has been published in the UKEd Magazine, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and education blogs. Inspired by the philosophies of Brazilian Pedagogue, Paulo Freire, Pallavi believes that through dialogic education, it is possible to raise critical consciousness towards self and the world.


Picture of Ms. Alison D Cruz, Occupational Therapist in International Village School.

Alison D Cruz

Occupational Therapist - India

Ms. Alison D’cruz is a paediatric occupational therapist from Bangalore. Her major focus would be on reducing barriers that limit student participation within the school environment and support academic and non-academic outcomes including peer interaction, recess participation, self-help skills and vocational skills. Using a more holistic approach, Alison aims to deliver quality service in terms of increasing the quality of life of the children she works with.


Picture of Ms. Stephanie Bell, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Stephanie Bell

PYP Teacher - Iowa, USA

Stephanie has a Master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University, Chicago and an Educator’s License from Illinois, USA. She has taught in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt. She is fascinated by how every child approaches learning differently and celebrates diversity in thought process. Inquiry and transdisciplinary learning are at the forefront of her teaching philosophy.


Picture of Ms. Daphne Francis, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Daphne Francis

PYP Teacher - India

Daphne Maria Francis has a Bachelor's Degree in Math and Education and a Master's Degree in English and Maths. As an Early Years’ teacher, her aim is to meet children as able learners and reach them where they are as individuals and as a group developmentally. Also, to facilitate each child reach challenging and achievable goals in all learning environments. Her other interests are DIYs, embroidery, movies and cooking.


Picture of Ms. Beliza Dass, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Beliza Dass

PYP Teacher - India

Ms. Beliza Dass has completed her Bachelor’s in Literature from Mumbai University and has attended several IB workshops to gain a global perspective on changing trends in teaching and learning. She has worked in several schools as an experienced elementary educator in Mumbai and is genuinely passionate about instilling a love for lifelong learning amongst learners in the primary years.

Picture of Ms. Priyavarshini Thiruselvam, PYP Teacher in International Village School.

Priyavarshini Thiruselvam

PYP Teacher - India

Priya has graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She believes that learning is at its best when it is multi-disciplinary, experiential, transformational and self-directed. Her strengths lie in engaging instructional practices, design thinking & education, multi-disciplinary collaborations and most importantly in creating learner- centric culture of learning and teaching.

Picture of Dr. Annette Walker, MS English Teacher in International Village School.

Dr. Annette Walker

MS English Teacher – Maryland, USA

Dr. Annette Walker has a Doctor of Education from North Central University, MN, USA and a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix, USA. Dr. Walker also has a teaching certification from Maryland, USA and has taught in many schools in the USA. Dr. Annette believes that reading is a gateway to other places, a journey that you walk alongside a character to experience life through different eyes.

Picture of Mr. Benjamin Blaser, Athletic Director in International Village School

Benjamin Blaser

Athletic Director – Illinois, USA

Ben has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. Ben has been in the international teaching community for the last six years with his family. Ben started his teaching journey as a high school teacher in the United States before trying his hand as a grade 5 PYP educator in Saudi and as a Physical Education Teacher in Cairo.


Picture of Ms. Drishila, MS Maths teacher in International Village School

Drishila

MS Math Teacher - India

Drishila has a Master’s in Mathematics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She has taught in international schools in Hyderabad and Bangalore. As a 21st century facilitator, Drishila truly believes in the three unique quotes of her life: Learn, Unlearn and Relearn.

Picture of Ms. Laura Martin, Arts and French Teacher in International Village School

Laura Martin

Art and French Teacher - France

Laura has done her Masters in Language and Intercultural Thinking at the Sorbonne University in Paris, her Higher Diploma of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, and her professional training in teaching at INSPE - Strasbourg, France. She has taught Art and Languages for many international schools in Europe and India for the past eight years. Her path has led her to develop a unique learning process “Learning and Teaching a Second Language through Art”.

Picture of Ms. Akshaya Ravishankar, Theatre and Performing Arts Teacher in International Village School

Akshaya Ravishankar

Theatre - India

Akshaya Ravishankar, a Biotechnology Engineer from Chennai, is a storyteller, actor, director and writer who has received several international certifications for performing arts. She has been in the education field for more than five years, impacting over 5000 children across boards. “Anybody can be a storyteller” and through her collaboration with children, she aims to create innovative content to empower individuals find their own voice through the performing arts.


Picture of Malini Krishnaswamy, an energetic Counselling Therapist in International Village School

Malini Krishnaswamy

Counsellor & Student Welfare - Singapore

Malini is a high-spirited Counselling Therapist born and raised in Singapore. With her experience as a school counsellor and educator in Singapore, Malini’s pragmatic approach allows her to spearhead and reinvent new programmes targeted to stimulate the mental health and wellness of students, parents, and faculty members alike.


Picture of Revaleena Rajendran, Learning Psychologist in International Village School

Revaleena Rajendran

Learning psychologist – Chennai, India

Revaleena has a Master’s in Psychology and has international study experience and certifications in several methodologies such as Open Dialogue, Psychodrama, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, and Cultivating Emotional Balance. Her passion lies in working with children to identify their growth-related challenges and offer appropriate interventions to help them attain their fullest potential.


Picture of Dr. B. Joseph Pramod, Art & Craft Teacher in International Village School

Dr. Joseph Pramod

Art & Craft Teacher – Chennai, India

Dr. B. Joseph Pramod holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master's in Educational Research from Moreland University, USA. His teaching and humanitarian experiences with esteemed educational institutions, NGOs, and rehabilitation centres has enabled his students to gain confidence through artistic expressions and in developing an appreciation for the arts.


Picture of Mr. Aravindhan Thamizhselvan, Physical Education Teacher in International Village School

Aravindhan Thamizhselvan

Physical Education Teacher – India

Aravindhan is a passionate physical education teacher who is knowledgeable about training techniques, federal guidelines, and lesson planning. He has worked in various international schools. He is a national level basketball player with experience in developing and training specific sports programs for athletics, cross fit, Handball, calisthenics, and Kabaddi. Being outgoing and friendly, Aravindhan engages students in recreational games and activities to encourage progressive and physical mobility.


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