The JIS Podcast

Join Jakarta Intercultural School for discussions about education, developing the whole child, learning in Indonesia, and more on the official JIS Podcast.



Episode 7: Down Memory Lane With Mrs. M

In this can’t-miss episode of the JIS Podcast, our host, Middle and High School Curriculum Coordinator Joanna Sommers, speaks to a very special guest who was a valued part of the Dragon community for nearly 40 years. Her name is Beata Mirecka Jakubowska, but JIS Alumni will fondly remember her as Mrs. M, who taught ELA and English at JIS from 1983 to 2019.

She returns to offer us a fascinating glimpse into what it was like teaching at a growing Jakarta International School surrounded by paddy fields, traveling the city by becak, and the challenges of adapting to life in Jakarta before it developed into the modern megalopolis it is today. Learn more about what Mrs. M is doing now and what continues to inspire her to be Best for the World.

Episode 6: A Conversation With JIS Senior Nelson

In a JIS Podcast first, host and Middle and High School Curriculum Coordinator Joanna Sommers is joined by a JIS student as guest speaker. In this episode, High School Senior Nelson tells us what it’s like experiencing his final year at JIS amid a pandemic and away from campus, staying motivated during Home & Online Learning, and how he pushes through the various related challenges to keep his Dragon Spirit up and continue his passion for service learning. He also gives us a special preview of his book, “Let’s Learn Basic English,” and how he was inspired to write it.

Episode 5: The Music of STEAM

We’re all familiar with the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) in preparing students for the technologically driven world outside of school. But did you know that the learning approach has been expanded to STEAM to include the arts?

JIS Podcast host Joanna Sommers, Middle and High School Curriculum Coordinator, speaks to Middle School Vocals Teacher Morgan Banino and Middle School Band Teacher Rick Beder on how the art of music fits into STEAM. They discuss the many cognitive benefits music is proven to have on a child’s development while promoting perseverance, responsibility, as well as balance and fun — all of which are part of JIS’s core values.

About the Host


Joanna Sommers is the Middle and High School Curriculum Coordinator at Jakarta Intercultural School. This is her 16th year in education and she holds a Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) from the University of Melbourne. She has taught a range of subjects, including IB History, Legal Studies, Social Studies, English, and Religious Education to students in every grade level, from six through to post-graduate masters students. 

Joanna has taught in Australia, Abu Dhabi and now Indonesia. She has a particular interest in concept-based education and loves the diversity that international schools bring to learning opportunities in the classroom. She is joined here in Jakarta by her husband Mark (who teaches Grade 8 English at JIS) and her three young sons Finn, Alfie, and Ned.