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.
Fostering a Love of Learning With PEL Principal Jill Bellamy
Jill Bellamy is a familiar name and face in the JIS community; she’s a globetrotter, a passionate practitioner of globalized education, and a JIS Alumni parent — but most of us know and admire her for her role as JIS Pattimura Elementary (PEL) Principal. In this episode of the JIS Podcast, she sits down with our hosts, to talk about her journey of becoming a teacher and then transitioning from the classroom into school leadership. She tells us all about PEL, the school’s tight-knit community atmosphere, its emphasis on fostering the love of learning, how it stands out from its inner-city surroundings, and more! Listen along and get to know a valued member of our Dragon community!
The ‘Magic’ of Middle School With Experiential & Service Learning Coordinator Aimee Cleary
Discover the magic of Middle School at JIS! ! Aimee Cleary speaks to JIS Podcast hosts Morgan Banino (Middle School Vocal Teacher) and Mindy Slaughter (PIE Digital Literacy Coach) about the many things that make the formative years that span grades 6 to 8 so special and how JIS elevates that experience for students. Learn all about JIS Middle School’s “try everything” approach to engaged learning, as well as the student-favorite Extended Study Program (ESP). Don’t miss this episode and don’t forget to subscribe to the JIS Podcast!
Best for the World: JIS Alum Valerie Guarnieri Leads the Fight Against World Hunger
Our school wide mission to be Best for the World can manifest in so many different forms and actions — all impactful in their own ways. JIS Alumna Valerie Guarnieri (Class of 1984) realized early on, especially after growing up traveling the globe and living in Indonesia for six years, that for her, it would be through service and humanitarianism. Today, as Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Development for the World Food Program (WFP), she dedicates her career to combating hunger and ensuring food equity worldwide. She recently sat down with JIS Podcast hosts Morgan Banino (Middle School Vocal Teacher) and Mindy Slaughter (PIE Digital Literacy Coach) to tell us all about the importance of food equity, the role young people have in the fight against world hunger, as well as her time at JIS. Don’t miss it!
About the Host
Morgan is currently a music teacher in the JIS middle school. Previously she was a music teacher for middle school and high school students in New York and Shanghai. Morgan holds degrees in Economics from Wellesley College and Music Education from New York University. She is passionate about ensemble music-making, learning how to live sustainably, and amplifying the stories of diverse voices. Morgan lives in Jakarta with her husband Michael and her son Finch.
Mindy is the digital literacy coach at JIS’ Pondok Indah Elementary School. She was previously a classroom teacher and EAL teacher in Oregon, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Mindy holds degrees in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and English as an Additional Language from Portland State University and Northwest Nazarene University, where she attended college on a soccer scholarship. She is passionate about creativity, design thinking, and personalized learning, and has led workshops on those topics for the International Baccalaureate (IB), East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), and Learning2. Mindy is in Jakarta with her husband Dan, and her two children, Aubrey and Ian.