Barbara Harvey is the Head of High School Visual Arts at Singapore American School. This is her twelfth year at SAS and her seventeenth overseas. While teaching art is a great passion of hers, her two children are her greatest earthly joy. Barbara is a keeper and teller of stories. She is grateful to have a bucket to share from her journey thusfar and excited to see how that bucket will be filled.
James Diebley has been teaching for 23 years at the college, high school, and middle school levels. He grew up making, breaking, tinkering, and up-cycling nearly everything around the house with his industrial arts teacher father. James is an active PADI SCUBA diving instructor and enjoys introducing people to the wonders of the underwater world.
Nicole Weinrauch, an American born in Singapore, is a freshman at the Singapore American School. Growing up overseas not only provides Nicole insight into the current diversity of global culture, but also a deep appreciation for the historical evolution of societies that cooperate and conflict with each other today. Nicole strives to combine her passions for twentieth century history and non-fiction writing. Observations on global political controversy are a steady theme in her writing, stimulating firm opinions that find expression in various formats like TEDx.
Rhea Jain is a junior at the Singapore American School with diverse interests, ranging from STEM to humanities. Furthermore, as a student involved in the robotics program at her school, she has a growing fascination with technology and innovation. Through the AP Capstone program, she has had the opportunity to combine these interests in a unique way by exploring the effects of social media. Rhea’s exposure to multiple perspectives of the world, through not only activities such as debate and MUN, but also through her experiences growing up in different international schools globally, have made her question some essential assumptions surrounding social media.
Being deeply buried inside busy daily lives, people sometimes just forget to dream and they don't even realize that they have the right to dream. Inspired by a four-word question, Shuna Sun realized her right to dream and started to work towards her dreams, which transformed her teacher's life. She hopes to pass on the spark and inspire others to dream together with her.
Shuna Sun has been a world language language teacher for over 20 years. She was born in China and moved to Singapore in 2001, where she served as a Chinese teacher at Singapore American School for 8 years.
Sunita Srivatsan first started exploring the intriguing concept of memory manipulation in her AP Seminar class last year. Since then, she has delved deeper into the issue to uncover the many ethical and philosophical implications that it poses. In her talk, she hopes to encourage audience members to reflect on the countless possibilities associated with memory manipulation.
Currently a junior, Sunita has taken the opportunity in her past nine years at SAS to engage in a variety of extracurricular activities that have contributed to her interest in this topic. Her passion for STEM fields has led her to become an officer of the Science National Honor Society, Math Club, and Geek Girls, and she loves evaluating various viewpoints on global issues through public speaking activities like Debate and Model United Nations. Sunita is extremely excited to speak at an officially licensed TED conference, especially since she has been inspired by TED talks from a young age.