Kindergarten YM

Welcome to School Year 2020-2021!

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August 24, 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Kindergarten!

I am Yna Mendez-Agtuca and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. Though these unprecedented times have led us to begin the school year with distance learning, I am very excited at the thought of a promising year ahead, and I look forward to working in partnership with you as we develop your child’s potential. I believe our collaboration will result in an engaging and fruitful learning experience that will benefit the children in Kindergarten YM. The school year has a lot in store for us. It will be filled with a multitude of fun activities aimed at helping your child become an independent, responsible, critical, and eager learner.

Below are the class schedule, distance learning expectations, and a brief introduction of your child’s teachers. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at

I wish you all good health and look forward to meeting you soon.

Looking forward,


Kindergarten YM Homeroom Teacher



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  • 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. Yna Maria Mendez-Agtuca (Ms. Yna)


Ms. Yna is the homeroom teacher of Kindergarten YM. This will be her fourth year of teaching at Chinese International School Manila. Prior to CISM, she also served as a Kindergarten teacher at Xavier School San Juan for six years. Ms. Yna is also a textbook author. She currently has five published textbooks with DIWA Publishing. Her passion in developing self discovery, curiosity, and collaboration is evident in her work as an educator and as an author. Ms. Yna graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a specialization in Special Education. She has also earned units in Educational Psychology from the same institution.


MANDARIN TEACHER: Ms. Shaira Anne A. Catungal (Ms. Shaira/林老师 Lín Lǎo Shī) 


Ms. Shaira graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from De La Salle University-Manila in 2016. She got her teaching license the same year. She loves working with children; in fact, she started leading Girl Scouts at 14 years old. She has been teaching for four years and this school year will be her fourth year at CISM.


MUSIC TEACHER: Ms. Mylene D. Pastor  


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)


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 D. Chan  (Coach Winnen)


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 5th year at CISM.  She is also the school’s Sports Coordinator. A mother of one, she is very passionate about making learning  FUN for children!


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


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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