Welcome to Nursery

Welcome to Nursery 2020-2021!

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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Nursery!

I am Mackey Molina, and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year.

During this challenging and difficult time, I want to ensure that your child will have access to high-quality curriculum and engaging activities. I am excited to get to know your child and impart to them meaningful learning experiences. Although our situation is far from ideal, I am optimistic that we can deliver quality education and fun activities that will help develop your child’s potential. Your child’s success is very important to me, and I want them to get the most out of my class.

I value your partnership in your child’s education and look forward to connecting with you. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You may email me at mmolina@cismanila.org.

On the following pages are the class schedule, distance learning expectations, and a brief introduction of your child’s teachers.

I wish you all good health and looking forward to meeting you soon!


Warm regards,



Nursery Homeroom Teacher



NURSERY Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 – 9:10 AM ELA (with Social Studies Integration)
9:20 – 10:00 AM Math (with Science Integration)
10:00 – 10:30 AM SNACK
10:30 – 11:10 AM Mandarin
11:20 AM – 12:00 PE Art/Digital Lit Music Library/Guidance PE

Note: Library and Guidance alternate weeks. Library will have classes on the 1st and 3rd week of the month and Guidance will have classes on the 2nd and 4th week of the month.



  • Work with their peers and teachers to help maximize learning.
  • Keep track of the class schedule. Be present and punctual for all classes.
  • Prepare an appropriate work area conducive for learning to avoid distractions.
  • Have all learning materials ready as necessary for each session.
  • Dress appropriately in street clothes (no pajamas).
  • Follow class rules and etiquette.
  • Uphold academic honesty at all times.
  • Meet submission deadlines


  • Partner with the school to maximise the opportunities for learning of their child
  • Create a home routine for their child that allows them to be ready to participate in class.
  • Provide access to a device and the internet for their child.
  • Assign an appropriate work area conducive for learning for their child to avoid distraction.
  • Ensure availability of resources to facilitate their child’s learning.
  • Ensure that their child is dressed appropriately in street clothes (no pajamas).
  • Assign an adult to check on their child in terms of class attendance, work submission, and/or technical concerns.


HOMEROOM TEACHER: Ms. Ma. Angelique M. Molina (Ms. Mackey)

Email: mmolina@cismanila.org

Blog: cismconnect.org/mmolina 

Ms. Mackey is the homeroom teacher of Nursery. This is her fifth year teaching at Chinese International School Manila. Prior to CISM, she also served as a preschool teacher in Miriam College – Child Study Center. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in BS Psychology. She pursued her studies in Professional Teaching in Miriam College and received her Teaching License in 2016. She believes that children learn best when they relate learning materials to meaningful experiences.


MANDARIN TEACHER: Mr. Maverick Arenas  (Mr. Mavi)

Email: marenas@cismanila.org

Mr. Mavi is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Education Major in Mandarin from Hua Qiao University in Xiamen, Fujian, China. He has 9 years experience in teaching Mandarin to Early years and Elementary school students. He enjoys traveling with his friends abroad and immersing himself in the local culture. He believes that students should be the center of learning. It has always been his goal to make the children’s learning experience fun and meaningful.


MUSIC TEACHER: Ms. Mylene D. Pastor  (Ms. Myles)

Email: mpastor@cismanila.org

Since she got her teaching license in 2002, Ms. Myles started working with students from Early Years to High School in different international and progressive schools in Metro Manila. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching in the Early Grades (Kindergarten to Grade 2) degrees. As a lifelong learner, she finished an online course on Visible Thinking from Harvard Graduate School of Education (Project Zero) in 2018, and has attended the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Teachers’ Conferences in Malaysia and Thailand in 2017 and 2019 respectively. She is married and has two daughters and a son.


VISUAL ARTS and DIGITAL LITERACY TEACHER: Ms.  Maria Cristina Pilar A. Lagdameo (Ms. Cris)

Email: mlagdameo@cismanila.org

Cris Lagdameo is in her sixth year at Chinese International School Manila, and her thirteenth year in the profession, having taught at various schools in Manila, Philadelphia, and New York City from Nursery to Middle School. She holds a Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, along with an AB English Literature degree from Ateneo de Manila University.  As a lifelong learner, she has attended the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Teachers’ Conferences in Malaysia in 2017, and continues to find ways to hone her craft through attending various professional development.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Ms. Winnen Chan (Coach Winnen)

Email: wchan@cismanila.org

Coach Winnen is a graduate of Bachelor of Physical Education at West Visayas State University. She has been teaching Physical Education with primary students for 9 years. It’s her 12th year in teaching and 6th year in CISM. She is also the school’s Sports Coordinator. A mother of one and very passionate about making learning FUN for children! 


GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: Ms. Mary Grace Orden (Ms. Gracie)

Email: morden@cismanila.org

Mary Grace (Gracie) Orden is in her third year with CISM and is in her 10th year as a Counselor. She will be working with Nursery-Grade 12 students. Prior to CISM, she was Counselor/Research Head for eight (8) years at a private school in Metro Manila. At the age of eighteen, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, majoring in Guidance and Counseling with units in Mathematics, while simultaneously obtaining her license as a teacher. After a year of practice, she acquired her Master’s degree in School Counseling and two years later, she passed the Philippine Licensure Examination for Guidance Counselors. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Clinical Counseling at De La Salle University Manila. Outside school, Gracie loves to travel and hike. To express her creative side, she does origami, video edits, and photography.


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