About Genesis

School Profile

YOUR CHILD WILL DEVELOP SELF-ESTEEM, INDEPENDENCE AND LANGUAGE

  • Founding Principal : Lisa Barron
  • Founded: March 1998
  • Age Range Served: 2½ (yrs) to Adulthood
  • Program: Special Education

Genesis School for Special Education is based on the premise that every child has a right to an education. It is our responsibility to maximize the academic, social and physical potential of each and every child. It is also our responsibility to provide a nurturing, structured and safe environment in which to learn.

Recognizing that children with special learning needs benefit from a multifaceted approach to learning, Genesis School provides each child with an individualized educational programme addressing Social Emotional Development, Expressive/Receptive Language, Fine/Gross Motor Skills, Self-Help Skills and Academic Development. Genesis School adheres to a TEAM-based approach, maintaining continuous and open communication with teachers, therapists, parents and the Principal.

Our Founding Principal & Management Committee

Founding Principal, Lisa Barron has devoted 17 years to developing and refining the special education program at Genesis School. A talented teacher herself, Ms. Barron has fostered an atmosphere of love, hope, respect and encouragement for the 80 plus students in her care, whose needs are as diverse as their backgrounds.

Reared and educated in Florida, Ms. Barron has a clear empathy for the children at Genesis. After a serious accident at age 13 leaving her with multiple debilitating injures, Ms. Barron experienced for herself what it is like to be a special needs child unable to continue in a mainstream school environment.

Her eventual recovery brought with it a determination to provide for special needs children not only a loving environment, but an education aimed at helping them reach their maximum potential, and become happy and productive members of society.

Best described as “a woman with a mission,” Lisa Barron provides a unique learning environment for special needs children and their families living in Singapore.

Management Committee

Mr Suckchai Nganthavee

  • Graduate of University of Wisconsin
  • Director of Overseas Investment Pte Ltd
  • Father of previous student who graduated from SHATEC Culinary College

Mr Benjamin Kwek Peng Soon

  • Bachelor of Divinity – SEA Graduate School of Theology
  • Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences
  • Diploma in Learning Disorder Management & Child Psychology – Linguistic Council
  • Diploma in Educational Studies – College of Teachers London
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Vision

Genesis School for Special Education was founded to provide a whole child centered, family oriented education to children with special learning needs who are diagnosed within the normal IQ range or above. Genesis School for Special Education is based on the premise that every child has a right to a quality education. It is our responsibility to maximize the academic, social and physical potential of each and every child. It is also our responsibility to provide a nurturing, structured and safe environment in which to learn in order to maximize the learning potential of each students.

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Mission

Genesis School for Special Education provides full-time and resource educational services to students with special needs, including Language Delay, Language Disorder, Autism,  Attention Deficit Disorder and Developmental Delay. The continuum of services starts with Early Intervention for young children considered to be at risk for normal development based on current developmental milestones, and continuing to the Pre-School, Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary School academic levels, as well as providing Life Skills and Pre-Vocational classes for older students who have reached their academic potential.

Recognizing that children with special learning needs benefit from a multifaceted approach to learning, Genesis School provides each child with an Individualised Education Program addressing Social Emotional Development, Expressive/Receptive Language, Fine/Gross Motor Skills, Self-Help Skills and Cognitive/Academic Skills. Genesis School for Special Education adheres to a TEAM-based approach, maintaining continuous and open communication with teachers, therapists, parents, students and the Principal.

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Values and Culture

The members of staff of Genesis School represent every formal religion yet we ALL believe that Genesis School is founded on God. We pray together to open our hearts and our minds to allow God to work through us and we all agree and affirm that many miracles have occurred that are beyond the quality of our educational background and experience. Spiritual growth is an integral part of each child’s program. The entire staff believe in and follow our philosophy of “leaving our egos outside the gate” so that we can work as a cohesive team in order for our students to achieve their highest rate of progress. We all understand that the parents of our students are the most important part of the students’ TEAM and their input, requests and concerns are highly respected, acknowledged and addressed.

The entire staff understands that our first priority is to build up the confidence and self-esteem of each child upon enrolment and create an “I can DO it” attitude even if the concept is perceived as difficult. The staff believe that the ability levels of our students are rarely accurately indicated in psycho-educational reports or mainstream school reports and we set our goals based on our own assessment which are indicated in the students’ Individual Education Program (IEP). The Individual Education Program is sent to the parents in advance of the IEP meeting so they have an opportunity to review the IEP and provide any input or request for additional goals. The goals presented in the IEP are designed to prepare our students to enter or re-enter into a mainstream school SUCCESSFULLY.

The staff and parents refer to Genesis School as the “Genesis Family” since we all recognize that it is highly important to support the parents, siblings and domestic helpers of our students and work with each family to generalize cognitive and behavioral goals achieved at school.

The most important facet of our values and culture is to ensure that each child has a loving and nurturing environment and are loved and affirmed for who they are. We understand that society creates the concept of “disability” and we provide an environment where our childrens’ abilities are acknowledged and affirmed and addressed while we are working on the issues that prohibit our children from succeeding in a mainstream setting.

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