Forest School Singapore Team

The Forest School Singapore Team, consists of the Managers and the Coaches. We work closely together to enable the continuity, equilibrium and balance of the forest school presence in Singapore. The team undergoes changes throughout the year, as we evolve. Our Team members grow, develops and evolves along with the evolution of Forest School in Singapore. 

Managers (7) & Core Coaches (28)


Manager-Coach Darren

Principal, Business, Safety | Joined 2015
FS Afternoon Friday

  • 12 years in the field of Education
  • Spent 2 years as the Head of Physical Development in an Education Group
  • (Q) Loves annoying people

Words from me: “Let the pictures and experiences speak for itself. No paper or qualification can substitute for experience with children.” Find out more…


Manager Germaine

Vice Principal, Administration |  Joined 2016.

  • 7 years in the field of Customer Service
  • Experience in playing with kids and making them feel comfortable
  • (Q) Scared of furry animals

Words from me:  I love playing with kids and seeing their ‘a-ha’ moments. I also love seeing them learn and grow, and most of the times, I get to learn a lot more in turn too. In Forest School, there is so much for them to learn and pick up. Seeing their struggle and determination in learning and trying makes me happy because they are learning something that can bring them far in life 🙂 Knowing that makes me happy.


Manager Shirleen

Accounting & Registrations | Joined 2017

  • 5 years in the field of Event Coordination Services
  • Enjoys supporting behind the scene
  • (Q) Dislike attention

Words from me: In progress……


Manager Becky

Manpower | Joined 2016

  • 6 years in the field of Education
  • Experience in Working with Children
  • (Q) Love being a couch potato

Words from me: To learn and work with the kids


Manager Donovan

Operation | Joined 2018

  • 4 years in the field of Environmental Science
  • Experience in nature guiding
  • (Q) I hate air-con

Words from me: “Forest school is a great way to built friendships – between children and families, with coaches, the community and with nature. I love making friends :’) I’m just a little shy. Ultimately, I hope that the conservation philosophy transcends these kids through their authentic relationships with the natural environment.”


Manager-Coach Chelsea

Manpower | Joined 2017
FS Junior Saturday

  • 3 years in the field of Early Childhood Education
  • Experience in Early Childhood Education & Special Needs Education
  • (Q) Enjoy taking long bus rides😄

Words from me: “I enjoy being in the nature & being in the company of young children. Children’s innocence, courage and willingness in whatever they do, inspires me to be true to myself!”


Manager-Coach David

Marketing & Projects | Joined 2018
FS Senior Friday 

  • 5 years in the field of Outdoor Education
  • Experience in outdoor learning
  • (Q) Left-handed but writes with right hand

Words from me: I want to develop more understanding about children and help Coach Darren LLP


Specialist-Coach Ben

Training | Joined 2018
FSS Training 

  • 6 years in the field of Military
  • Experience in Jungle Survival
  • (Q) I love gummies

Words from me: “Education to me, is about distinctions. The different colors of innumerable leafs, the gradients of the land, the smell of different types of weather and the never ending wonder of nature. These are the exposures that fascinates and captivates the young minds of an generation that will eventually take over the nation from our hands. I just want to be a part of an effort that educates and empowers, every child could be that beacon of light the future needs.”


Coach Zi Yun

Joined 2016
FS Senior Saturday

  • 11 years in the Military
  • Great Listener & Data Analyst
  • (Q) Doesn’t believe in positivity motivation 

Words from me: “I believe that forest school can bring a more balanced and holistic well-being to our future generations.”


Coach Gin

Joined 2017
FS Junior Friday

  • 9 years in the field of Childbirth
  • Experience in connecting with heart
  • (Q) Evil mum of 2 (hehe)

Words from me: The one freed up into this space, knowing and belief in the precious Freedom, Space and True Self for kids, living being, earth and universe. Our connections is whole and as One.


Coach Ronghao

Joined 2017
(On Sabbatical)

  • 14 years in the field of Sports
  • Experience in basketball
  • (Q) I burp out loud

Words from me: To learn from the kids and let them learn from me as well


Coach Benjamin

Joined 2019

  • 7 years in the field of Art and Child Creativity
  • Experienced in the field of Playing
  • (Q) I’m a Serious person mostly. I try not to laugh mostly, it creates wrinkles.

Words from me: “So far this vessel I’m in is doing ok, shall use it more fulfillingly. New experiences is what I’m constantly finding. Forest School inspired me so much, I think I’m going to help spread the forestry. Sometimes, I wish we all live in forests. Then perhaps, there won’t be wars, but I forgot there are still humans Lol… see, I’m a serious person.”


Coach Irene

Joined 2019
FS Junior Sunday

  • 9 years in the field of Special Education
  • Experienced in working with individuals with autism.
  • (Q) I’m really a super blur queen.

Words from me: Processing…


Coach Liz

Joined 2019
FS Junior Friday . FS Afternoon Friday

  • 2 years in the field of Education
  • Experienced in Plants and ID-ing
  • (Q) Plays the Chinese flute

Words from me: Most of us only possess an intellectual understanding of Nature – her residents, functions of her parts, and survival mechanisms. While that is important, I think what’s very much lacking today is an experiential understanding. Only through experiencing, being with Nature can one develop that intimate connection and see how we are a part of, and not separate from her. I think forest school is one of the ways we can develop this.


Coach Isabell

Joined 2019

  • 7 years in the field of Engineering
  • Experienced in bush walking
  • (Q) Stays away from anything slimy and moves

Words from me: “The forest changed me and I hope it will for many other people too.”


Coach Carolina

Joined 2018

  • 9 years in the field of Early Childhood
  • Experience in yoga and children
  • (Q) I can tolerate most adults

Words from me: “Humans belong to nature and not the other way around. As such, I believe adults have the responsibility to facilitate children around them with the tools to help them learn to apreciate it and respect it”


Coach Phoebe

Joined 2018. Forest School Leader Level 3

  • 13 years in the field of Education
  • Experience in changing children’s perspective in Mathematics,
    helping them to rediscover the joy of learning
  • (Q) I drink my bubble tea without bubbles.

Words from me: “Forest School is not a program but a way of life and mindset to be embraced. Being personally transformed during my own FS journey, I am very excited to be a part of this journey with all the children in FS.”


Coach Kavitha

Joined 2019
FS Camps

  • 5 years in the field of Motherhood
  • … Downloading …
  • (Q) … Downloading …

Words from me: “Nature is the art of god”


Coach Huda

Joined 2019
FS Senior Saturday

  • 14 years in the field of Education
  • Experienced in D-I-Y and Nature projects
  • (Q) Right-hander who wears her watch on her right wrist

Words from me: “No action is too small to make a difference.”


Coach Emily

Joined 2019
FS Junior Saturday

  • 3 years in the field of Education
  • Experience in Creative Thinking, Art and Fun with Children
  • (Q) I love all things Green

Words from me: “I love being with children because they constantly remind me to express myself freely, to put my emotions into simple words, to bravely announce the things i want or dont want, to pay full attention to what i do and not be bothered by the stares by the side, to be so unaware that I can truly be mysef again. There are so many things we can learn from them.”


Coach Nicholas

Joined 2019
FS Junior Saturday

  • 4 years in the field of Mechanical Engineering
  •  Experience in Mountain trekking
    (Q) If its not “dala (aka very spicy)” means it is not spicy enough for me.

Words from me: “Put your mind to it and you can achieve the impossible. This makes every outcome possible.”


Coach Shawn

Joined 2020
FS Senior Friday

  • 12 years in the field of Youth Sports Coaching
  •  Experience in Motivating Kids
  • (Q) Father of 4 Beautiful children

Words from me: “You will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”


Coach Sabrina (Tan)

Joined 2020
FS Junior Sunday

  • 6 years in the field of Education
  • Experience in Graphic design, Teaching Mahjong, Mindfulness
  • (Q) I have a happy place that I jog to to clear my mind and just be.

Words from me: “True education empowers a child to discover for themselves what happiness and freedom to be really mean.”

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Coach Shena

Joined 2020

  • 7 years in the field of Student Development
  • Experienced in Interacting with young children and Trekking
  • (Q) Believes in energy and the power of the Universe.

Words from me: “Mother Nature provides us humans with life’s essentials. She can exist without us humans, but we humans cannot exist without her. We are visitors to her lands and oceans, and should learn to appreciate, give back, and co-exist peacefully.”

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Coach Huanting

Joined 2020
FS Senior Saturday

  • 7 years in the field of Education
  • Experienced in Youth Leadership Training & Facilitation
  • (Q) I like growing my own food

Words from me: “I want to help young people flourish”

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Coach Blossom

Joined 2020
FS Afternoon Saturday

  • 4 years in the field of Early Childhood Education
  • Experienced in Teaching
  • (Q) I have been on 2 solo trip

Words from me: “I want to be able to teach children in a natural setting, rather than in a closed classroom. Hence, I joined Forest School. So far, I’ve been learning to let go and let children learn and develop in their own ways rather than structurally. I was also able to apply the same concepts in my own classroom back at work! So excited to grow and learn together with the children!”


Coach Nathaniel

Joined 2020

  • 6 years in the field of Education
  • Experienced in Inspiring youths and children
  • (Q) I have an adventurous child inside of me..

Words from me: “Keep exploring. For life is about finding ourselves through getting out of comfort zones.”


Coach Judy

Joined 2020

  • 20 years in the field of “Bees and Bees products”
  • Experienced in everything related to honey and bees 🐝
  • (Q) Don’t stress me. Sleeping is a joy. 

Words from me: “Everything happens for a reason. “Acknowledge” the reason and learn from it !!”


Coach Hui Ying (Hungry)

Joined 2020
FS Senior Friday . FS Afternoon Friday

  • 11 years in the field of Hospitality
  • Experienced in Volunteer Management
  • (Q) Loves eating Indian food with hands and the smell that stays afterward!

Words from me: “Finding meaning is a conscious effort, and no effort is ever wasted. I am glad to be part of this Forest School ecosystem, to unlearn and relearn and dive deeper into the concept of holding space :)”

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Coach Cheryl

Joined 2020
FS Junior Friday

  • 1 year in the field of independent Art-making and Café service
  • Experienced in dancing and moving in water
  • (Q) I love cooking for people; just the sensations of touching different food makes me happy!

Words from me: “Connecting with my creative energies bears more than one shape. I enjoy exchanging with such diverse people as a result. Every body has a story, and I am thankful to wake up in the embrace of Mother Earth every morning to the unfolding miracles. Shhh… still listening…”

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Coach Angela

Joined 2020
FS Junior Sunday

  • 2 years in the field of Climate Research
  • Experienced in Writing, Facilitating, Collaborative Brainstorming
  • (Q) My cooking has dramatically improved since I learned to trust myself and improvise

Words from me:  “As we move away from today’s self-destructive society – plagued by ecological damage, wealth inequality, labor precarity, and more – the task before us is to build a society that is more just, kind, and sustainable. Another world is possible, if we work to make it happen. And I believe communities like Forest School Singapore are doing this work every day, by helping our young ones learn how to live in community with the humans and non-humans around them. I’m grateful and excited to be part of this community 😊”


Coach Jumilia

Joined 2017
FS Afternoon Saturday

  • 10 years in the field of Education (Secondary English & Geography)
  • Experienced in Environmental Education
  • (Q) Avid Rock Climber and Foodie =p

Words from me: LOADING……

Alumni Coach (16)

An alumni coach is a coach who have shown great competency and ability in the forest school journey, but is unable to committing to deployment rigour of the core team. He/She has undergone our trainings and also have valuable Forest School experience over the time they were with us. 

Nas (Senior, 2018-2020)
Sebrina (Junior, 2020)
Ling (Junior, 2020)
Kelly Butcher (Senior, 2019-2020)
Zoe (Junior, 2018-2019)
Jenson (Senior, 2019)
Shimin (Master, 2017-2019)
Jamie (Senior, 2019)
Hoonie (Senior, 2019)
Adeline (Master, 2017-2018)
Jumilia (Senior, 2017-2018)
Mindy (Master, 2017-2018)
Lea (Senior, 2018)
Toh Wee (Senior, 2017)
Darishna (Master, 2017)
Weixin (Senior, 2016)

Volunteer Coach (12)

A volunteer coach is either a trainee coach or a volunteer who wishes to provide voluntary support to the forest school community and movement. He/She has undergone the Teacher Eddy or Teacher Daisy training. 

Putri  (2018-Now)
Yongzhi (2018-Now)
Sabrina Saleh (2019-Now)
Min Xia (2019-Now)
Keira  (2019-Now)
Sharifah (2019-Now)
Madina (2019-Now)
Jia Min (2019-Now)
Shirley Bong (2019-Now)
Haleemah (2020)

Find out more on the elements of our recruitment, training and team structures.

  1. A Brief Guideline of the Journey of Coaches:
  2. Growth and Learning continuity for Coaches:
  3. The Categories of Coaches:
  4. Coach & Manager Ranking and Tier Guidelines:
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