The teachers who have been recruited for The International School @ ParkCity are fully qualified and experienced in their specialised fields. They each have internationally recognised qualifications which include Bachelor Degrees, Master Degrees and beyond. They bring with them a wealth of experience from their home countries and from other international schools. We hope that you enjoy reading the profiles of this exceptional team of professionals.

Andrew Dalton (Executive Principal & Director of Education)

Andrew, who has been the Principal of ISP since the school opened in 2011, brings with him a wealth of international school leadership experience, having worked in world-class schools across Asia and the Middle-East. His previous positions include: (i) Principal of Green School, (Bali); (ii) Headmaster of Bromsgrove International School (Thailand); (iii) Deputy Head of Tanglin Trust School (Singapore); (iv) Head of Houses at St.Christopher’s International School (Bahrain). Two of the above mentioned schools were recently listed in the top eight international schools in the world. Andrew is also the Chairman of AIMS (Association of International Malaysian Schools).

Andrew, who was born and raised in the UK, started out his career in engineering before changing profession into teaching. He holds several qualifications, including a Masters Degree in Education from Bath University, the UK National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) from the National College of School Leadership (NCSL), a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours from Liverpool University, and a Mathematics Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Lancaster University. Andrew is a keen sportsman and is actively involved in charity work.

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Jonathan Turner (Vice Principal)

Jon is proud to have been one of the founding members of staff when ISP first opened in 2011. He is delighted to have contributed towards ISP’s success so far and to help lead the school forwards in the future. Jon has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Bath and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education (Honours) from the University of Exeter.

Jon began his teaching career in the UK and then moved overseas to pursue teaching and leadership opportunities at prestigious international schools in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. He has held a range of leadership positions during his career and is passionate about education.

In his spare time, Jon likes to lead an active and varied lifestyle with a range of interests. He is a keen surfer and mountain biker, and enjoys tennis and swimming. Jon also plays guitar and enjoys watching live music.

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Tracy Lewis (Head of The Early Years Centre)

Tracy qualified as a class teacher in 1999 and has since had experience of working throughout Key Stage 1 and the Early Years. She joined ISP in 2012 from Manchester, England where she worked as the Nursery Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher at a Local Authority Nursery School. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Environmental Studies and Biology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Early Years (3-7 Years) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

Tracy has a passion for teaching in the Early Years and is committed to giving children the best possible start to their education, enabling them to become happy, confident and independent learners. Tracy’s practice is firmly rooted in learning through play, she believes that every child is individual and that building upon each child’s needs and interests supports them in achieving their full potential. One of Tracy’s great passions is the outdoors and she has a Level 3 Forest School qualification. Tracy believes that being outdoors, immersed in nature, provides children with fantastic opportunities to learn about their environment and how to look after it as well as facilitating their holistic development.

Tracy loves to explore new cultures and has travelled to many countries in SE Asia and around the world. Tracy is a keen swimmer and has a passion for listening to live music, yoga and reading.

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Rik Millington (Head of Primary)

Rik joined ISP in 2012 and has worked as part of the school Leadership Team since his appointment. He graduated from the University of Leeds, England, with an Honours Degree in Environmental Management followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education (PGCE).

Rik has taught in the UK, UAE, Philippines and now Malaysia, and has held school leadership positions for the last 12 years. A primary specialist with 13 years classroom experience, Rik has also been in charge of whole-school IT in each of his international postings. He is currently leading the ISQM Accreditation process here at ISP.

Rik has a wide range of interests, including biking, hiking, travel, music, football, current affairs, science, and technology.

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Simon Taylor (Head of Secondary)

After completing his BSc Degree in Physics with Honours at Aston University, UK, Simon completed his PGCE in Physics & Science at Manchester University, UK. He spent the early part of his career teaching in the UK before moving overseas to Hong Kong, Dubai and then Norway, where he was leading the Science Department at the International School of Stavanger. Simon has over 20 years experience of teaching, managing and leading various aspects of school life, including involvement with IGCSE, A Levels, and the IB Diploma courses.

Outside of the classroom, Simon has always been heavily involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and International Award, and has organised adventurous trips promoting student leadership skills all over the world and taken students away with World Challenge. He strongly believes in trying to help get the best from every student by challenging and encouraging them to push themselves beyond their comfort zone.

Simon and his wife are keen adventure touring cyclists who have ridden more than 30,000km all over the world and were among the first people to successfully cycle across Mongolia many years ago. In their most recent trip, they pulled a trailer containing their one year old son whilst riding 3000km along the dirt road Carretera Austral, through the empty wilderness of the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.

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Ian Pittman (Head of IT)

After gaining a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education, Ian taught in an ‘outstanding’ school in the UK, which won the Best Whole School category in the National ICT Awards. Ian moved to Malaysia in 2002, where he taught at a leading international school in Kuala Lumpur, holding the positions of Year Leader, Head of Primary ICT and Learning Technologies Leader. In 2007 he became an Apple Distinguished Educator and represents Malaysia on Apple’s Education Advisory Board. He often presents on various aspects of educational technology at conferences around the region.

Before entering the teaching profession, Ian earned a living as a rock drummer, a television camera operator, and ran a video production company. In 1990 he founded a charity, spending several years supporting orphanages in Romania. He has travelled extensively and has never overlooked the opportunity to try something new.

Ian enjoys mountain biking, swimming, photography, and is always excited about learning with technology. But most of all, he loves having adventures with his family.

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Nathan Phipps (Head of Key Stage 1)

Nathan was raised in the Essex countryside and graduated from the University of Essex, UK, where he studied Philosophy before moving into primary education. After qualifying, he taught for four years in schools in the London area, specialising in using technology to support teaching and learning. For the past four years he has lived in Kuala Lumpur, a city he has grown to love, having previously taught at The Alice Smith School before transferring to ISP. During his career, Nathan has become passionate about experiential learning and teaching through play.

Outside of work Nathan, enjoys travelling, trekking and nature conservation as well as eating his way around Asia. He is obsessive about art, music and literature and hopes he can pass these passions onto the children in his care.

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Tessa Oakley (Head of Key Stage 2)

Tessa joined ISP in its second year, after teaching for three years at The International School of The Hague in the Netherlands. Prior to that she worked in schools in the UK and South America. She has taught mainly in the 7-11 age range and has held positions of responsibility as Subject Coordinator in History and Language Arts, and now as a Key Stage Coordinator. She is trained to tutor teachers in supporting the needs of EAL students in mainstream classrooms and has assisted in the accreditation of schools on opposite sides of the world as a member of visiting teams for the Council of International Schools. She enjoys being a part of the energetic and talented community at ISP, and is looking forward to continuing to contribute to the school’s development.

In her spare time, Tessa enjoys travelling, trekking, reading and running, and she has happily managed to combine all of these activities in many different countries since moving to South East Asia

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David Williamson (Head of Key Stage 3)

David graduated from Southampton University UK, and initially worked as a geologist in countries such as Libya and Austria. Once the decision was made to enter into teaching he proceeded to work in a number of countries including UK, China, Sudan, Malaysia and most recently in Portugal. These included a number of different positions including Head of Year, Subject Coordinator and IB Coordinator.

David is a keen musician and plays a number of instruments including guitar, French horn and cello. He enjoys playing in classical orchestras and rock bands. He is also a keen mountain biker and loves sport in general, especially volleyball and touch rugby. With his wife and son, David is looking forward to making Malaysia his home once again.

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Scott Pryde (Head of Key Stage 4)

Scott hails from Fife in Scotland, UK, and holds a Masters Degree (Honours) in Geography and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) in Secondary Geography/ Modern Studies. Prior to joining ISP, Scott taught at Buckhaven High School in Scotland and a reputable international school in KL where he has held responsibilities such as the International Award leader and whole school football programme coordinator. Previously, Scott worked as a football coach and educational trip operator in Scotland, Spain and Sweden. Scott’s interests include playing football, swimming, triathlon and travel.

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Patricia Upton (Head of Sixth Form & English Teacher)

As a qualified teacher with 22 years’ experience in the classroom, Patricia remains as committed and enthusiastic about teaching today as she was as a newly qualified teacher. Alongside her degree, she holds a PGCE in English and TEFL. This relatively unique qualification, from the University of Central England, allowed Patricia to study and train in both the UK and overseas. She feels this particular opportunity, and associated skills set, have ensured her a greater understanding of the international student and enhanced her teaching, and pastoral work, in the international environment.

The pastoral aspect of the teacher’s role has always been of particular interest to Patricia and taking responsibility for the introduction of an entire PSHCE curriculum earlier in her career signalled a direction that she would wish to pursue. Patricia has worked extensively, in a pastoral role, with Sixth Form students and has liaised closely with Heads of Schools to establish thriving and successful programmes within this crucial Key Stage. She very much enjoys working with the older students, helping to guide them towards becoming independent, responsible, successful and happy individuals.

Malaysia is Patricia’s fifth overseas posting, having taught in Kenya, Oman, Slovakia and Qatar. She has held a variety of responsibility posts including Head of English, Literacy, and PSHCE Coordinator. Patricia has taught both GCSE and IGCSE with various examination boards, including the Cambridge CIE. She is also a very experienced A Level teacher, having taught both English Literature and English Language.

A daily yoga practice is central in Patricia’s life. It allows her to unwind, to de-stress, and stay in shape. She likes to read and enjoys taking on new challenges and experiences.

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James Worland (Deputy Head of Secondary School)

Born and bred on the Bellarine Peninsula of Southern Australia, James has been teaching internationally for the past 8 years. During this time he has held a number of Secondary School leadership positions including Science Department Teaching and Learning Leader, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and as the Head of Key Stage 3 at ISP since 2013.

James holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education, both from Deakin University. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects are a passion of James’ and something he enjoys sharing with all students.

James has a wide range of interests including environmental conservation, reading, art, exploring new cultures and meeting new people. James is also a keen sportsman with Australian Rules football, surfing, athletics and tennis among his favourite ways to keep active.

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Emma Turner (Assistant Head of Key Stage 3)

Emma, originally from England, has had much experience of international schools after being a student in Spain, Brazil and Argentina. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Honours) in Pure Mathematics and also completed her PGDE Mathematics (Secondary) there. After five years teaching in Scotland and England, she and her husband moved to Peru to teach in an independent school in Lima. She has taught many different syllabuses and examination courses including IGCSE, Additional Mathematics and all three levels of the IB Diploma. Outside of the classroom she has been involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Emma is married to John Byrne, who will be teaching Science and Physics at ISP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking and gardening. Given her background, Emma is also passionate about travelling and learning new languages. She is very much looking forward to joining ISP in August.

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Matthew Jones (Assistant Head of Key Stage 4)

Originally from Staffordshire, Matthew graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology in Education in 2008 before completing a PGCE in English, Drama and Media. Over the past 7 years he has worked at a prestigious school in the UK, as an English teacher and Events Officer whilst directing school productions, developing performing arts to become one of the center pieces of the school through productions such as Annie, Beauty & the Beast, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Into the Woods and Fame. In 2013 he became Director of Drama where he was able to ensure further development of the department. He has taught, English Literature, English Language and Drama and Theatre Studies to A Level, and enjoys the demand of a varied curriculum.

As well as a keen interest in Literature and Theatre, he is a keen sportsman, with rugby being a passion throughout his life, having played and coached throughout the UK. He has recently joined KL Tigers and looks forward to playing in a new environment.

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Mark Palmer (Science Teacher & Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

Mark graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Ed) in Biology and Science Education and began teaching in 1996. After 8 years of teaching Biology to children aged 11 – 18 in the UK he moved abroad. He has been teaching Biology and Theory of Knowledge for 10 years at Brent International School Manila. Mark’s passion is for teaching and learning, he has extensive experience in curriculum development and he enjoys all aspects of the profession.

Outside of the classroom he has been a PTA Chair, co-advisor of a wide variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from environmental awareness clubs through to playing guitar in the faculty band. Mark has a wide range of interests outside of teaching which include, but are not limited to: science, history, technology as well as listening to and creating music.

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Holly-Jade McManus (Year Leader & Primary Teacher)

Holly-Jade is a graduate of the University of Bath Spa in England with a joint Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) specialising in Education and Sociology. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Brunel University.

Holly-Jade joins ISP from a well-established school in the UK. In her most recent post, over and above her teaching responsibilities, she held the position of Head of Science. Additionally she performed the role of mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and University students undergoing practical training in the school. Holly-Jade was actively engaged in reshaping the curriculum of her previous two schools, planning effective topics, lessons and assessments. In addition, she was at the forefront of planning and resourcing for a major new building extension.

Holly-Jade has taught children of all ages across the Primary phase in the UK and is committed to providing exciting and stimulating learning through creative and skill-based teaching. She has also coordinated Drama and Dance and led several Co-Curricular Activities.

Prior to teaching, Holly-Jade was involved in childcare services, social work as well as charity fund raising. In her spare time, she enjoys an active and varied lifestyle with many interests. She enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures as well as participating in competitive sports including sailing, badminton and tennis. She also enjoys reading, music and going to the cinema and theatre. Holly-Jade is passionate about education and is thrilled to have the opportunity to positively contribute to the academic and personal development of every child at ISP.

Peter Humphreys (Year Leader & Primary Teacher)

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lancaster University, UK, and a PGCE in Primary Education from the University of Leeds, UK. He joins ISP from a well-established school in the North West of England, where he gained experience of teaching all age groups from Early Years through to Key Stage 2. He believes that children should be given the opportunities to fulfil their potential through a rich and stimulating curriculum. He has experience of being PE co-ordinator and has coached a variety of teams at his previous school.

Peter is a keen footballer and in his free time he enjoys a wide range of other sports, including tennis, squash, rugby and cricket. He loves to visit new places and his desire to experience new cultures has seen him travel throughout South East Asia, Europe and the South Pacific. This is Peter’s first international teaching position and he is delighted to be moving to such an exciting city and to becoming part of the ISP community.

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Joseph Blanchard (Year Leader & Primary Teacher)

Joe joined ISP from England after qualifying from the University of Cumbria with a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education. Prior to join ISP he taught in a leading Primary School in the North-West of England. This gave Joe great opportunities to be part of an exceptional team and to learn and share best practice with other outstanding teachers.

Joe has worked in various age ranges at Primary School level and has experience of being an ICT co-ordinator. He believes that children should be given the opportunities to fulfil their potential through an exciting and stimulating curriculum.

In his free time, Joe enjoys a wide range of activities, including football, tennis, badminton, motorsports, cricket, music and film. He loves to travel and meet new people and would like to experience as much of the world as possible. This is Joe’s first international school experience and he is enjoying living in Kuala Lumpur and being a part of the ISP community.

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Melissa Bautista (Year Leader & Primary Teacher)

Melissa has relished the experience of being a founding member of staff at ISP and is thrilled to be part of its excellent team. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sunderland in the UK, in addition to a BSc Degree in Childhood Education. Melissa is passionate about teaching and learning and has 15 years of experience working with Early Years and Primary students. She has had a fruitful career in education, having taught in British International schools in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Melissa has held various positions of responsibility including Key Stage 1 Coordinator, Coordinator of Lower Primary Mathematics and Art Coordinator. She also relishes opportunities to support and lead colleagues, and has mentored trainee teachers from Malaysian and Australian universities.

Melissa is well travelled and is always keen on meeting people, trying out unusual food and experiencing new cultures. She loves the visual and performing arts, and these resound in her lessons in school and personal interest and activities. Melissa absolutely loves Malaysia and feels very fortunate for the privilege of living and working in this beautiful country.

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Sophie Amerio (Year Leader & Primary Teacher)

Sophie was born and raised in the South East of England. She studied at Birmingham City University and graduated with a first class honours degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Music. She joined ISP after leading the International Primary Curriculum in an ‘outstanding’ primary school in Suffolk, England. She has taught children of all ages across the primary phase in the UK and is passionate about providing exciting and engaging learning experiences through a creative approach to teaching.

Sophie is a keen musician and plays a range of instruments including the saxophone and guitar. In her free time she enjoys swimming and going the gym. Sophie has travelled across much of the USA, Australia, New Zealand and is now enjoying exploring South East Asia where she is experiencing new and exciting cultures.

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John-Paul McManus (Year Leader & Primary Teacher)

John-Paul joins ISP from London, England. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics & Finance from Keele University, a CELTA qualification from Cambridge University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Brunel University. Before entering teaching, John-Paul travelled extensively around the United States, Asia, Europe and Australasia.

Aside from his teaching commitments, John-Paul has held a variety of additional responsibilities in his previous schools, including ICT Coordinator, Art Coordinator, mentor for teachers in training and school football coach. He has a strong focus on continuing professional development and has completed a number of training courses, including an ‘Aspiring Leaders’ course. He believes that such personal professional development will help to ensure that he unlocks and maximises the true potential of every child whom he teaches.

In his spare time, John-Paul enjoys the outdoors lifestyle and likes to challenge himself, ideally with charitable causes in mind. He has completed the ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ (climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours), bungee-jumped, skydived, ice-climbed and cycled from London to Paris, all in aid of good causes. He also enjoys participating in various sports including football and swimming. John-Paul is very excited to be joining the excellent team at ISP.

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Tom Keenan (Head of Mathematics)

Tom joins ISP after working at the high achieving South-London school of Blackfen School for Girls. Here, Tom developed his passion for teaching by coordinating, developing and improving progress wherever possible. Having taught across all of the year groups in secondary mathematics, and holding positions of responsibility, Tom looks forward to bringing his passion for learning to ISP.

Born and raised in London, Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Mathematics, during which he continued to develop his love for mathematics, logic and problem solving. In the past Tom has worked with young people of all ages, some examples being childcare leader in a French ski resort, coaching basketball to teenagers in London and water sports in the Lake District, UK.

Reading philosophy, mathematics and popular science books add to many of Tom’s interests. He has a love for all sport; favourites include basketball and football. Performing sleight of hand magic to family and friends has also been a keen hobby of Tom’s for many years. He is excited to travel elsewhere in the world and is looking forward to working at ISP.

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Bina Kazmi (Head of Science)

Bina qualified as a teacher in 2003, completing her PGCE at Kings College London University, in addition to a BSc Degree in Biochemistry. She is passionate about teaching and learning and has been fortunate to gain a large amount of experience in classes with a diverse range of students in terms of abilities across the Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. She has held various positions of responsibility in the UK including Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator and Head of Science Department.

Bina is married with 2 children and enjoys her time outdoors with her family. She also enjoys music, cooking and gardening. She is looking forward to joining the school and helping to instil her passion for Science, spark interest and imagination, and further develop the success of ISP.

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Jillian Smyth (Head of English)

Jillian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Second Language Teaching from the University of Ottawa, Canada and a PGDE in Secondary School English from the University of Hong Kong. With over 14 years of teaching experience it is hard to believe that she has never taught in her native land – Canada. Her career took her straight from university in January 1999 to South Korea where she worked teaching English at two universities. Loving learning and teaching language, she moved to Hong Kong to work in a Canadian school teaching French. As an adventurous sort, she then moved to the Middle East where she has been teaching English for the past seven years.

In her spare time, Jillian loves to read, garden and play with her cat which she intends to bring with her to Malaysia. Jillian is also known as somewhat of a fish as she coaches the swim team and loves to be in the water herself.

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Crispin Kendall (Head of Humanities)

Crispin brings with him a diverse range of experience to ISP. He has previously worked in Mexico as Head of Humanities & Technology at a private boarding school in England, Peru and New Zealand and has experienced a broad range of schools and cultures. He gained his Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning in New Zealand and taught there for 5 years before entering the world of international teaching.

Crispin is a keen sportsperson and enjoys all sports, but in particular volleyball, rugby and cricket. He has travelled widely and has been to every continent in his passion for learning about new places and cultures. He is very enthusiastic about getting to know Malaysia and in particular the ISP community over the years to come.

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Daniel Wilson (Head of Art, Design & Technology)

Daniel, who originates from Northern Ireland (UK), holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Three-Dimensional Design from Leeds University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Design and Technology from Brunel University, a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design and a Certificate in Art and Design (foundation course) from the University of Ulster.

Daniel has vast experience of teaching in the UK and at International Schools in Malaysia. He previously taught in London, before making the move to Kuala Lumpur more than a decade ago. In recent years, Daniel has held various positions of responsibility, including Head of Art & Technology, Head of Secondary School, and Vice-Principal. He joins us from REAL International School where he was the Acting Principal, managing the day-to-day operations of the school. Daniel is married to Gloria, an Early Years teacher, whom he met when working at Garden International School.

Daniel’s interests include drawing and painting, 3-D design, animation and computer-aided design (CAD). Teaching art, design, and technology is a privilege that Daniel does not take lightly. He is dedicated to developing student’s knowledge, skills, techniques and creativity in Creative Arts and is delighted with the progress that the students have made.

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Jorge Jimenez (Head of Spanish & French)

Jorge was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. After completing his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Advertising at Universidad International de las Americas he moved to England where he completed his PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at Warwick University. After six years working in a variety of schools in the UK, Jorge moved to Malaysia and has spent the last year working in an International School in Kuala Lumpur.

As a keen sportsman, Jorge enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports but especially football and basketball. In his younger days Jorge was selected to play for the Costa Rica under-23 national team and represented his country in various international competitions achieving a bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean games. He also worked for the Athletes Services team at the London 2012 Olympic games. Aside from team games he enjoys walking and climbing, recently completing an ascent of Mont Blanc with a teaching colleague.

Jorge is very much looking forward to working in the MFL Department and sharing his passion for languages with the students at ISP.

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Berenguer Gaston Sanchez (Head of Primary Performing Arts)

Beren was born in Catalonia, Spain, and attended the University of Barcelona where he qualified as a Primary Teacher specialising in Music. He began his career in Spain before moving to the Netherlands, where he worked at The International School of The Hague. He has lived and worked in an English-speaking environment for many years and has taught as a Nursery and Reception class teacher, as well as both a PE and Music specialist.

Beren is a keen traveller and has visited most countries in Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. In addition to teaching it, Beren is passionate about playing Music; he plays various instruments, was formerly a member of a Latin Rumba band in Europe and now sometimes performs for fun with musician friends in Malaysia. He is also a sports enthusiast and especially enjoys cycling and basketball. Beren considers himself to be an environmentalist and his other long-term hobby is ornithology.

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Evy Pinto (Head of Secondary Performing Arts)

Evy moved to Malaysia after a period studying and working in the USA. Originally from Venezuela, she was schooled at the now globally known ‘El Sistema’, an education process that offers thorough music training and opportunities to nearly 400,000 Venezuelan children in 31 symphony orchestras, among other ensembles. Evy completed her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2008, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance. She went on to become Founder and Director of the Liestman Violin Orchestra and Instrumental Teacher with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela. Evy has performed with many leading orchestras around the world, including Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Rice University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Miami Symphony, West Palm Beach Philharmonic, Symphony of the Americas, Aspen Music Festival, and served as Principal Percussionist with the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra.

Evy is accustomed to establishing musical ensembles from scratch and will be offering her expertise to ISP students of all ability levels. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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Matthew Hammonds (Head of Sport & Physical Education)

Matthew, who is originally from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, has over nine years teaching experience in Physical Education. He spent six years teaching in the UK and for the past three years in a reputable international school in Malaysia. Matthew has a range of leadership experience holding positions of responsibility as Head of PE and CCA coordinator in two schools as well as academic PE coordinator. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies from Staffordshire University UK, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Physical Education from the University of Chester, UK.

Matthew has taken part in competitive football, basketball, table tennis and badminton teams and has experience coaching in a wide variety of sports. He holds coaching certificates in the Football (The FA), Basketball (EBA), Badminton (Badminton England), Rugby Union (RFU), Trampolining (British Gymnastics) and Swimming (ASA). Matthew is a keen sportsman and when he is not teaching he will likely be competing on the football field or in a running event within the region. He has a passion for travel and his ventures have taken him cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa, reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, diving in South East Asia, sky-diving in USA, and skiing in Japan and Europe.

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Ivan Au Chi Yip (Head of Aquatics & Physical Education Teacher)

Ivan was born and raised in Malaysia. He holds the FINA level 2 Qualification (The International Swimming Federation) and the ILS Qualification (International Life Saving Federation). He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance and ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). He has more than five years of experience in swim teaching and has personally competed at a high standard for several years. Ivan is looking forward to working with ISP students and to help them achieve their full potential in swimming. He is confident that his experience and expertise can help the school to build a strong and successful swimming team.

Ivan enjoys reading and travelling. His ambition is to help ISP swimmers to become overall champions in big tournaments.

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Jouri Bastiaans (Head of Primary Physical Education)

Jouri is a passionate physical education teacher with experience in teaching primary and secondary children in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur. He teaches a variety of sports including swimming, football, and gymnastics and has experience working closely with children with special needs. A natural athlete, he competed at top-level gymnastics in his youth and served as the captain of his football team where he played against professional football clubs. Jouri holds a Bachelor of Education Degree in Physical Education from the University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands.

Jouri is excited to work with ISP students to help them achieve their sporting goals and dreams. His current sporting interest includes football, gymnastics, golf, scuba diving and rock-climbing. He loves to travel around the world exploring new countries. Having visited almost every country in South East Asia, a few favorite moments include seeing wild orangutans during a camping expedition in the Sumatran jungle and trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal.

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Lyndsay Clarke (Head of Secondary Physical Education)

Lyndsay graduated from Leeds University, UK, with an Honours Degree in Physical Education. Before entering the teaching profession she worked in the health and fitness industry teaching boot camp, Zumba, spinning, boxing and Body Pump. After graduating, Lyndsay began her teaching career at a Sports College in Greater Manchester, UK, during which time she took great pleasure in coaching the girls football and basketball teams, both with great success. She also introduced various new alternative sports in to the curriculum, such as handball and dodgeball.

Lyndsay, who thrives on playing competitive sport, will miss competing for her local athletic club, yet is hoping to continue improving on her 5km and 10km running times while training in Asia. She is delighted to be part of the ISP team and is looking forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead.

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Ruhaida Abdullah (Head of Bahasa Malaysia)

Ms. Aida has been teaching Malay Language in private and international schools for the past 12 years. After graduating with an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Teknologi MARA, she later completed her teaching qualification at Plymouth University, UK.

After spending a few years in the corporate world, Ms. Aida switched to the teaching profession, which also allowed her to spend more time with her four children. Soon after starting teaching, she realised that this is the career where her heart belongs. She embraces the opportunity to work with children and to be able to impart knowledge to them. She loves being around the students and is a very approachable person.

In her leisure time, Ms. Aida loves to read, travel and engage in sporting activities. She is delighted to be a part of the ISP family.

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Ng Lee Ying (Head of Mandarin)

Lee Ying has been teaching Mandarin in private schools for over ten years. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, in addition to a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, which were awarded from the University of National ChengChi in Taipei, Taiwan. Lee Ying relishes working with children and is very creative in her approach to delivering interesting and interactive lessons. In her free time she enjoys reading, shopping and travelling. She is delighted to be a part of ISP and is enjoying working with experienced teachers from around the globe.

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Nigel Marshall (Early Years Teacher)

Nigel graduated from the University of Teesside with a BA (Hons) in History and spent a year in the design industry before moving into education. For the last sixteen years he has worked at a primary school in the North of England, teaching and supporting children in a number of ways. He has provided cover for teachers across the school, worked with small groups, supported students with additional needs, and most recently worked within the Early Years. Nigel has also had responsibility for educational visits and environmental education and has provided a creative contribution with stage sets for numerous school productions. These are aspects of school life that he is particularly passionate about developing with students. Nigel is dedicated to encouraging children to develop skills through exploration and enquiry and enjoys working with them on creative projects.

Nigel is excited to be a part of the ISP team, along with his wife Fran, and working in such a fantastic part of the world. He has had amazing experiences exploring many parts of the world and particularly loves Malaysia. He also enjoys many sports, cooking, socialising and supporting worthwhile causes.

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Elizabeth Lee (Early Years Teacher)

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nottingham, England and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London. After practising as an advocate and solicitor in a leading legal firm in Kuala Lumpur for over 2 years, she realised that her passion lies in working with children. She then took a leap of faith by quitting her legal profession to join a Singapore-based Pre-School and speech and drama centre. She is now equipped with a Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Education from University of Malaya, a Teacher Training Certificate in Speech and Drama from Julia Gabriel School of Education and a Foundation Teaching Certificate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. She has spent her last 8 years teaching children aged 2 to 8 years old, using her skills and experience in speech and drama to inject life and fun into her classes. She is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who wishes to inspire her children to become creative and confident individuals.

Elizabeth loves reading, baking, travelling, photography and spending time with her husband and two children.

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Amy Cunningham (Early Years Teacher)

Amy grew up in the Hinterland Valley of South East Queensland, Australia. Before entering into the field of education, Amy worked in the fitness industry, running exercise classes as well as teaching swimming to a wide age range of children. It was during this time that she developed a passion for working with children and returned to study, completing a Bachelor of Learning Management, majoring in Early Childhood Development. Prior to moving to Malaysia, Amy spent two years working with indigenous students on a remote island in the Torres Straits, Australia.

Amy is extremely passionate about ensuring each and every child is exposed to creative, enjoyable and interactive early learning experiences. She believes each student brings their own special skills, knowledge and experiences into the classroom and she aims for all students to become confident, independent and resilient learners. In her spare time, Amy enjoys keeping busy by practicing yoga, playing a variety of sports and travelling.

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Lindsay Airey (Early Years Teacher)

Lindsay was born and raised in Preston in the UK. She studied Administrative Management at the University of Lincolnshire and worked in the training sector of a large insurance company before beginning her career in teaching. Lindsay has been living in Asia for the last 14 years and has previously taught Early Years children in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. She has recently returned to live in Kuala Lumpur, where she is completing her PGCE with Keele University, and is looking forward to joining the ISP team. Lindsay and her partner have two daughters who both study at ISP, and in her spare time Lindsay enjoys painting, cooking, travelling and spending time with her family.

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Paula Stephan (Early Years Teacher)

Paula holds a Diploma of Childcare and Education and a Bachelor of Education Degree, specialising in Early Childhood. She was born and raised in Queensland, Australia. Paula has vast experience of teaching in international schools, and prior to joining ISP, she spent eight years teaching children in the age range from Early Years to Year 2 at Dulwich College, Shanghai, where she was also the Charity and House Coordinator. Prior to living in Shanghai, Paula lived in Thailand and travelled extensively around Asia. Her interests include spending time with her family and dog, gardening, bike riding and swimming. Paula is married to David and they have one daughter.

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Adam Smith (Primary Teacher & IPC Coordinator)

Adam, who is from the UK, graduated from Roehampton University with a BSc (Hons) in Science of Sports and Exercise and went on to work with Children’s Services in Surrey, UK. At this time, Adam chose to attend Oxford Brookes University and graduated with a PGCE in Primary Teaching. He went on to teach in a large Primary School in Oxford and after participating in a European Union education project, with schools from several European Countries, he decided to turn his hand to international teaching. He has been teaching in Malaysia for the past two years and is thoroughly enjoying the experience.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys participating in most sports including, skiing, climbing, diving and football.

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Fiona Wood (Primary Teacher & Numeracy Coordinator)

Fiona is originally from Auckland, New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Waikato University and a Diploma of Primary Teaching from Auckland College of Education. Fiona has 23 years of teaching experience at primary and middle school level. She has spent many years teaching in the UK, mainly in London and the South of England. Her first international teaching post was in Qatar in 2002.

Fiona joins ISP along with her husband, Lukas and their daughter. Whilst living in England, Fiona and Lukas spent seven years at a leading prep school in Surrey, where they lived onsite as part of the residential staff. More recently, Fiona has taught in China, Sakhalin Island in Russia and Dubai. Fiona has a particular interest in teaching Mathematics, and spent seven years as a Mathematics specialist teacher in years six to eight.

She loves the challenge of switching-on reluctant learners to the subject by making it fun and interesting. In addition to Mathematics teaching, Fiona has been the PSHCE coordinator at several schools and is passionate about high quality health education provision. Over the last few years Fiona has taught in Key Stage 1 and made valuable connections with how children learn throughout the age spectrum. She has been inspired recently to try cooperative learning strategies in the classroom and enjoys incorporating these into her teaching.

Fiona is a keen snowboarder and loves to travel. She is looking forward to making the most of what is on offer in the Desa ParkCity community, and spending time with family and friends.

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Stephen Kimber (Primary Teacher)

Stephen, who is in his 12th year of teaching, joins ISP from Harrow International School Beijing, where he taught Mathematics and PE to children in Years 3 – 7. He was born in the South of England where he grew up in Redhill, Surrey. After graduating with a degree in Law from the University of North London, he spent a year working at Arsenal Football Club on the inaugural ‘Playing for Success’ scheme where he found his calling in teaching young children. He completed his PGCE in Anglia the following year and has been teaching ever since.

Stephen has a wide range of experience in Primary Schools having previously held the posts of Head of Year 5 and 6, Head of Primary PE and Coordinator of Mathematics, Science and Art. He has been living abroad for the past 9 years teaching at international schools in Spain, Abu Dhabi and China.

In his spare time, Stephen is a keen football player and supporter of Crystal Palace FC. He currently plays for the KL Vikings having previously represented the other Viking teams in Bejing and Shanghai and also his hometown Redhill. He also enjoys playing badminton and squash. Music is equally a passion of his and he likes to spend his spare time playing and singing on the guitar at home. He also enjoys reading and travelling.

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Gretta Funnell (Primary Teacher)

Gretta was born and raised in the UK. Having graduated from Exeter University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Gretta spent several years working as a Human Resources Manager for two large UK companies. Parenthood beckoned and after the arrival of two sons, Ollie and Mark, Gretta decided on a career change into education and returned to university where she obtained a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at De Montfort University, Bedford, UK.

For the past thirteen years, Gretta has lived in Kuala Lumpur. For ten years, she worked at The Alice Smith School, where she taught various year groups, worked in the Curriculum Support Unit, as well as being a Year Leader. Gretta has been at ISP for three years as a Class Teacher in Year 4 and Year 2.

Gretta enjoys swimming, reading, travelling and spending time with the family. Future ambitions include doing a parachute jump and writing a children’s book, although probably not at the same time!

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Laura Haynes (Primary Teacher)

Laura is originally from Suffolk, UK and graduated from Oxford Brooke’s University in Oxford where she successfully completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours, and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Laura successfully implemented and developed the International Primary Curriculum over 3 years at a leading Primary School in Cambridge,UK. Following this positive teaching experience, Laura then moved to Australia where she continued as a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. During her senior education she had the rewarding opportunity to travel to India to teach key skills and played a small part in improving the lives of young and smiling children. During subsequent years Laura has lived and taught primary aged children in a number of locations around the world including USA, Spain, New Zealand and most recently in Sydney.

Sport, yoga and music are all high profile for Laura as well as taking every opportunity to nurture and experience different cultures.

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Rachel Freeman (Primary Teacher)

Rachel is originally from Stockport in the North West of England and completed her Bachelors Degree with Honours in Primary Education at Manchester University. Since graduating, Rachel has taught a wide range of age groups in schools in the UK before the excitement of travel captured her imagination and she took the big leap to move to Malaysia. She has been teaching for the last two years in a reputable school in KL. Rachel has previous experience leading Numeracy, PE and History. Rachel believes that children’s learning should be a rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable experience and is passionate about nurturing the holistic development and celebrating the diversity of the children in her care.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading, swimming diving and relaxing on the beach. She is enjoying the opportunity to explore the many wonderful places that South East Asia has to offer.

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Richard Freeman (Primary Teacher)

Richard was born and raised in the north of England and completed his Bachelors Degree with Honours in Primary Education specialising in Global Citizenship at Manchester University, UK. Richard, who has experience of teaching all year groups in Key Stage 2, previously taught at an ‘outstanding’ primary school in Manchester before moving to a reputable international school in KL. He enjoys teaching creative writing and humanities and has previously coordinated Science and IT aspects within a Primary School. Whilst in Malaysia, Richard has enjoyed directing two school productions which were a resounding success.

Outside of the classroom, Richard has travelled extensively. He has visited both North and South America, Australia and is currently exploring South East Asia. Cooking, football and rugby are some of his other passions.

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Nichola James (Primary Teacher)

Nichola graduated from The University of Birmingham, UK, with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours). She also holds a Post Graduate Teaching Degree (PGCE) from The University of Leeds. Nichola believes in child centred learning and tries to make learning as fun and as engaging as possible. She is passionate about providing exciting thematic, skill based learning where children have the opportunity to become problem solvers and independent learners. Her main aims are for all children to be happy, resilient and confident.

Nichola joins ISP from a well-established federation of primary schools in West Yorkshire, England, and has predominately taught across Early Years and Key Stage 1. She has successfully developed PE across the schools. Nichola has participated in competitive sport (athletics and cross-country) from an early age and this has continued into her adult life. A love of sport is something she hopes to pass on to her students.

Nichola enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures. She has previous experience of living and working in Asia having taught English as an additional language in South Korea. This is Nichola’s first position in an International School and she is very excited to meet the challenges and to join the dynamic team at ISP.

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Tiina Bunker (Primary Teacher)

Tiina completed a BSc Degree with Honours in Life Sciences at Queen’s University in Canada before travelling to the UK to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at St. Martin’s College in Lancaster, UK. She has enjoyed teaching a range of primary year levels in Canada, England and Australia. Tiina enjoys travelling and exploring new countries and cultures. Outside of teaching she likes spending time with her family, reading, swimming and many outdoor activities.

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Lukas Wood (Primary Teacher)

Originally from the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, Lukas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and went onto to complete a PGCE in Primary Education from the University of Auckland. In 16 years of teaching, Lukas has taught in a variety of excellent schools across five different countries. He has varied and diverse experience as a teacher of Art and Head of Design & Technology and Computer Science along with many years as a class teacher in Key Stage 2.

Lukas has taught the IPC in a Shell School at Mastering Level where he was the IPC Leader for Learning, undertaking Action Research into collaborative learning and teaching and aligning the IPC into whole school themes. More recently, he has been a Senior Tutor and Year Group Leader for Years Four and Five. Lukas is passionate about diverse learning activities that allow opportunities for children to challenge themselves and take risks. He is also interested in the link between learning environments and their impact on learning. In his spare time, Lukas enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and has an unfulfilled interest in classic yachts, cars and motorcycles.

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Lucy Smith (Primary Teacher)

Whilst originally from the UK, Lucy moved to Hong Kong at an early age, where she completed her primary and secondary education at ESF schools. Following this she moved back the UK for the first time in 15 years to complete her BSc in Business Studies (Honours) at Lancaster University. After graduating, Lucy traveled around South-East Asia before returning to Hong Kong to gain teaching experience working as a classroom assistant. With her passion for teaching ignited, she completed her PGCE at Deakin University in Australia and has since has worked in schools throughout Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, England and now Malaysia, where she held the position of Literacy Co-ordinator at another International School in Kuala Lumpur.

Living in Kuala Lumpur with her husband David, they together lead an active and varied lifestyle, taking part in various non-competitive running events throughout the city to stay fit. Lucy is an enthusiastic netball player and enjoys playing socially. She is currently nurturing a growing interest in the great outdoors through hiking trips into the jungles of Malaysia.

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Madeleine Stones (Primary Teacher)

Madeleine is originally from Sheffield in the North of England. She holds a first class honours degree in Music from the University of Liverpool, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from Edgehill University. Most recently she completed her Level 3 Forest School Leader Award and has been implementing this teaching throughout a range of year groups in her current school in Liverpool.

Alongside her teaching commitments, Madeleine has held a variety of additional responsibilities in her previous school, including ICT Coordinator, Music Coordinator and Staff Governor. She has contributed to the wider school curriculum by leading a number of musical ensembles and over the past 4 years has successfully written and directed the Key Stage 1 Productions.

Outside of the classroom, Madeleine is a keen member of a musical theatre company. She combines her love of cooking and singing with her work for a homeless choir in Liverpool. Madeleine is delighted to be taking her first international post with the fantastic team at ISP.

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Duncan Marshall (Primary Teacher)

After working in the commercial art and design sector for a number of years, Duncan retrained as a Primary teacher, and is passionate about his second career. Originally from London, he spent many years dividing his time between the UK and France, where he enjoyed a variety of outdoor pursuits, including hill-running and cycling in the remote Cevennes mountains. He has been living in Malaysia for two years, working in a Kuala Lumpur international school.

Duncan took his degree at Portsmouth University, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Politics, and subsequently trained for his PGCE at the Institute of Education in London. He believes in running a happy, lively classroom where his students enjoy a varied programme of enquiry-based learning, and where everyone learns and explores their potential together.

A lifelong cyclist, Duncan enjoys exploring Kuala Lumpur on two wheels, often finding himself off the beaten path, and enjoys many aspects of life in the city, particularly the people and the food. He has visited many parts of mainland Malaysia and is looking forward to broadening his knowledge of the region over the coming year.

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Anthony Boyle (Primary Teacher)

Anthony qualified from the University of Nottingham, UK, with a BA Honours Degree in History of Art. Soon after, he completed his PGCE at Brunel University in Middlesex, London. Prior to joining ISP he taught in Primary Schools in London and Malaysia, which presented him with great opportunities to be part of exceptional teams and to learn and share best practice with other outstanding teachers. Anthony has worked in various age ranges at Primary School level and also has experience of being a Science Coordinator. He believes that children should be given the opportunities to fulfill their potential through an exciting and stimulating curriculum.

In his free time Anthony is a keen sportsperson and enjoys most sports, particularly football, tennis and Gaelic Football. He is a keen traveller and loves to meet new people. He is very enthusiastic about getting to know the ISP community over the years to come.

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Jessica Groves (Primary Teacher)

Jess is originally from London and graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Psychology. During her four year course, she spent a year working at a university in Perth with a focus on criminal, forensic and child Psychology. Following her time at Bath, Jess spent three months teaching in rural Uganda then continued to travel the world. She qualified as a primary teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, gaining a PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education and has spent the last three years working across a range of year groups in two London schools. She loves brining learning to life, trying to bring creativity, imagination and her children’s passions into her classroom. With a desire to continue seeing more of the world, Jess is very excited to be making the move to Kuala Lumpur and to start a new adventure with the team at ISP.

Aside from her main passion of travelling, Jess loves to be outdoors, taking part in every sporting pursuit possible, from cycling to yoga to climbing. Being a Londoner, she loves the theatre, as an audience member, performer or producer. She sings in a choir, loves cooking and all things food related, reading, music and spending time with family and friends.

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Shobanaa Mahalingam (Primary Teacher & Student Support)

Shoba completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Upon graduating, she has been teaching in an international school in Malaysia for 4 years. Shoba is passionate about incorporating digital technologies, art and music into the classroom and providing opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential and excel. Her holistic approach to education supports her belief that children learn best when working in a creative environment. She believes that education is the gateway for future success, happiness and life choices for young people.

Teaching has always been a passion and she realised it after doing voluntary work at orphanage homes. Shoba enjoys cooking, floral arrangements and keeping fit. She is looking forward to joining the ISP family where she can share her passion for education.

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Tracy Galvin (Student Support Teacher)

Tracy was born and raised in Scotland, and gained an Honours Degree in Psychology from Aberdeen University. She first moved to KL with her family 14 years ago, and then lived in Nigeria and the USA before returning to KL in 2012. Following a career in HR working for companies in the UK, Nigeria and the US, Tracy decided on a career change and trained as an EAL teacher, gaining experience working with children from many different backgrounds and cultures at the British International School of Houston. While there, she also qualified as a Dyslexia and Literacy Specialist and began working with children with literacy difficulties. Since returning to KL 4 years ago, Tracy has worked with children at a few international schools providing dyslexia and literacy support and intervention. She is passionate about using multi-sensory teaching methods in the development of literacy skills, and the importance of student self-confidence in the learning environment.

Tracy and her husband have 2 daughters, and they love spending time as a family experiencing everything Asia has to offer, from skiing in Japan to temple spotting in Cambodia.

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Rachael Godfrey (Psychology and Student Support Teacher)

Rachael was born and raised on the West Coast of Australia, where she attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She later went on to complete a Masters Degree in Teaching and a Diploma in Special Needs Education. Rachael is currently a registered School Psychologist under the Australian psychological Board and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Rachael has previously worked in support services for a children’s hospital in Western Australia and has volunteered at ISP for the past 6 months as an early years support teacher. Prior to this, Rachael also has had extensive background in child and youth care services and involved in charity work around Western Australia.

Rachael is passionate about teaching and practicing Psychology, as well as supporting students to be able to enhance their learning experiences in all areas of education. In her spare time she enjoys all things creative including reading, playing a range of instruments (piano, flute and guitar), drawing, painting and baking. She also loves to travel and encounter new experiences all around the world.

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Laura Bowen (Literacy Coordinator & Primary Teacher)

Laura is originally from Derbyshire, UK. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Leeds, UK. She spent four years teaching in a primary school in England before taking up her first international teaching post in Spain in 2012.

In addition to teaching, Laura has held the positions of English Coordinator and PHSE Coordinator, with responsibility for developing a new whole-school curriculum. As Technology Coordinator, she has led the implementation of iPads into the classroom, conducting staff training on how to use technology more effectively. She is passionate about delivering creative, exciting lessons where lots of memorable learning takes place.

Outside of school, Laura’s main interests are travel, scuba diving and cooking. She is looking forward to exploring the countries, waters and cuisines of South East Asia. Laura also loves to dance, especially Lindy Hop, and she has been an enthusiastic cheerleading coach since university.

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Gloria Thomas (Support Teacher)

Gloria has vast experience of working in Early Years Departments of various International Schools in Kuala Lumpur. She holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Education from the University of Hertfordshire, UK and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She joined ISP after planning and leading the ‘set-up’ of an Early Years department of another international school in KL. Her passion and expertise is working with younger children, where she very much believes in the theory that children learn through active involvement with their surrounding environment. Gloria enjoys working at ISP and is currently pursuing a course to be a specialist in teaching reading for Early Years children. She enjoys music and dance. Gloria migrated to KL in 1996 to work at Garden International School, where she met her husband Daniel, who is also a member of the teaching staff at ISP.

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Pete Browne (Science Teacher)

Pete graduated from Leicester University, UK with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Chemistry before working for 10 years at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. He feels very fortunate to have worked in areas such as genetic engineering which are now dominating the world our students will inherit. Pete has peer reviewed publications in prestigious journals such as PNAS and Biochemistry covering his work at NIMR. Although very thrilled in his career, Pete felt he was missing out on his daughter’s childhood. His wife is an Art teacher and they moved to Bali in 2000 with their then 9 year old daughter. Pete teaches Chemistry, Biology and Physics to the full age range and Chemistry and Biology to A level. He has also taught Mathematics at IGCSE and AS level. At his current school he is the Science Coordinator and has established the Cambridge IGCSE and A level Science programs. Pete is very passionate about Science and is proud that his students have frequently received ‘Best in Indonesia Awards’ at all levels.

Pete was an avid football player in England but in the heat of Bali it was difficult to play for long periods without rest. As an alternative, he has spent many hours learning to surf and loves to dive, especially when his daughter joins him. His other passion is music and Pete recently made his own classical guitar and plans to make many more.

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Sarah Jones (Science Teacher)

Sarah was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical and Applied Biotechnology, she went on to acquire a Graduate Diploma in Science Education​. After two years of teaching in Australia, Sarah combined her love of teaching and traveling by moving to London for a four-year stint. Since then, she has spent eight years in Hong Kong at two of the most prestigious schools in the city.

Sarah is an active person who enjoys reading, decorating cakes, and learning about new cultures. Along with her son, who will also be joining the school, Sarah looks forward to becoming a part of the ISP family.

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John Byrne (Science Teacher)

John Byrne was born in Northern Ireland, and moved to Scotland to attend the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with a BSc in Physics. Following this he attended the University of Glasgow to complete his teacher training where he obtained Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Science with a specialism in Physics.

On becoming qualified, John took up a teaching post at an inner city High School in Edinburgh where he taught general Science, Physics and Mathematics.

In 2012, after eight years teaching in Scotland, he moved to Peru with his now wife, Emma Turner (who has joined the ISP Mathematics Department) to teach Science.

Outside of school, John enjoys the outdoors, and is proud to have completed the Lima Marathon in 2015. When he has the chance, he enjoys climbing hills, both in Scotland and his native Ireland. When not running or lifting weights, John likes to play various musical instruments, including the piano, ukulele and violin

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Brian Di Pierdominico (Science Teacher)

Brian comes from Ontario, Canada, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Secondary Teaching Qualification from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand, where he stayed and taught at two of its best schools for a number of years. Brian furthered his international teaching experience in Jakarta, Indonesia and also Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he taught immediately prior to joining ISP. He loves sharing his passion for science and strives to see each of his students become scientifically literate, critical thinkers.

Brian is an avid photographer and enjoys running photography clubs with students who share that same interest or who simply want to learn more about it. He also enjoys playing and competing in a wide variety of sports including football, tennis, volleyball and ultimate frisbee. He is accompanied in Malaysia with his wife and young daughter.

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Elisabeth Gregory (Mathematics & Economics Teacher)

Elisabeth comes from Birmingham, England, and has spent the last sixteen years travelling and teaching in Asia. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Mathematics and Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education for Secondary Mathematics. Having trained for a year through West Island School, Hong Kong, Elisabeth moved to Singapore where she spent a number of years teaching Mathematics and Economics at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA). During her time there, she held the position of responsibility of Head of Grade. Elisabeth was also involved in a wide range of extra curricula activities which included training students for Mathematics competitions around the world, leading students on several expeditions within the region and training several of the school netball teams.

Elisabeth is a keen scuba diver and loves most sports. When Elisabeth has time outside of her family, she also enjoys music, travel and reading. She is thoroughly looking forward to joining the ISP community and helping to instil her passion for Mathematics in her students.

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Justin Neill (Mathematics Teacher)

Justin was born and raised in Cumbria, UK, and graduated from Liverpool University with a Degree in Electrical Engineering before completing his PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Warwick. Prior to teaching, he spent fifteen years working in the automotive industry in various engineering positions for Peugeot Citroen Automotive and Jaguar Cars Limited. It was working with young people in a sporting context that inspired Justin to change career into teaching.

He has taught across all age ranges in a leading school in Coventry, UK, where he has significantly improved student progress and further enhanced the reputation of the Mathematics Department. When appropriate, he likes to apply a pragmatic approach in order to enrich his lessons and allow learners to understand the relevance and significance of Mathematics in their lives.

Justin has a passion for a variety of sports and welcomes the opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise in Co-Curricular Activities at ISP. He played Rugby League professionally and also enjoyed success in the boxing ring which led him into becoming a successful boxing coach after hanging-up his gloves. His other passions include cinema, food, reading and travelling to new countries. Justin is delighted to be joining the ISP team and looks forward to contributing to the school’s continuing success.

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Philip Bowen (Mathematics Teacher)

Phil graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Mathematics before completing his PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Manchester, UK. He spent time teaching Mathematics in Thailand before returning to teach in the UK where he was also a Head of Year. Phil’s passion for Mathematics helps him promote a love for the subject and a thirst for understanding how the subject impacts on our everyday lives.

Phil enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner and cyclist. He also has a keen interest in music and plays guitar and bass; his most recent band played at the Glastonbury Music Festival.

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Leah Hunkin (English Teacher)

Originally from Cornwall, Leah will be joining ISP after teaching for 6 years at an outstanding Academy in Bristol. In addition to English teaching, Leah has had experience of working as Key Stage 4 Coordinator for English, whole school Literacy Coordinator and Academic Leader of Years 8-10. She was responsible for introducing Accelerated Reader into her previous school and is passionate in ensuring that all students can access the challenging aspects of the curriculum through their reading. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and American Literature with Classical and Archeological studies from the University of Kent, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of the West of England. She enjoys bringing her Classical Literature knowledge into the English class room to enhance a student’s understanding of a text.

Outside of school, Leah loves doing anything that requires a challenge; she has ran half-marathons, trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru for charity and in 2016 she is cycling from Passau in Germany to Vienna. She is excited about the opportunity to explore more of South East Asia and teach internationally.

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Laura Reilly (Geography/History/English Teacher)

Laura is a citizen of the United States yet spent much of her childhood in Germany and was fortunate enough to travel Western Europe with her family before returning to finish her education in the United States.

Laura, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History & Secondary Education, has vast experience of working in international schools and joins ISP from a school in Turkey. She has been involved in school leadership as well as teaching a range of subjects including Geography, History, Psychology, English, Drama, and Global Perspectives. As an educator Laura’s main goal is to create a student-centred community and foster the holistic development of children. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her overseas experience and increase the global awareness and citizenship among the students.

Laura, who has one daughter who lives in Texas, will be joined in Malaysia by her adorable 12 year old miniature Dachshund.

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Nur Izwani Binti Azman (English & EAL Teacher)

Izwani holds a First-class Honours Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom. She also holds a teaching certificate from International Languages Teacher Training Institute, Kuala Lumpur. Izwani was awarded an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and a Merit Teaching award by Canterbury Christ Church University and Malaysia Ministry of Education.

Izwani taught English at Key Stage 3 and IGCSE as well as children of all ages across the primary phase in the UK before returning to her native land of Malaysia. In Malaysia, she taught undergraduates and postgraduates in a reputable college. She joins ISP from a well-established school in Malaysia, where she gained experience of teaching English across all Secondary year groups. Izwani is a passionate teacher in is committed to maximizing individual student performance, inspiring students’ interest in learning, and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students.

Izwani is excited to be a part of the ISP team to achieve the mission of the school; “to enable young learners to achieve their full potential today and empowering them to become the global leaders of tomorrow”. In her spare time, she enjoys sports, cooking, reading, travelling and experiencing new cultures.

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Samantha Sia (English as an Additional Language Teacher)

Sam has more than 7 years of experience in the international school environment. She has taught EAL at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, and later was also a Year 2 class teacher at Tenby International School, Setia Alam, Malaysia. She is a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) graduate from the National University of Malaysia and is also TESOL qualified. In addition, Sam holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) from Nottingham University.

Sam is a passionate educator and is committed to delivering the best teaching and learning opportunities for her students, with a particular focus on assisting English Language Learners in acquiring and embracing English through a mainstream curriculum. Her previous experience and exposure across different cultures places her to ­­­­­perfectly understand and meet the needs of her students, be they linguistic, academic, pastoral or cultural aspects.

Her years spent abroad have instilled a love of travelling for Sam, especially when it is with her family. In her free time, she also enjoys relaxing with a good novel.

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Mike Hooley (Business Studies and Economics Teacher)

Mike was born in Manchester and left home at eighteen years old to join the British Army. He served in the infantry and then attended North Staffordshire Polytechnic where he gained his BA in International Relations and Economics. After spending time in the United States, Mike gained his PGCE at Hull University in 1988 and his first teaching post was as a teacher of Economics at Steyning Grammar School in Sussex and as a head of building within the Boarding School.

After nine years he left Steyning Grammar and spent a year as a Police Officer within Sussex, but realised that his real passion was in teaching. His next full time teaching post was Head of Business Studies at Longhill High School in Brighton.
Mike and his wife moved to Egypt in August 2011 and helped to open the Senior School of British School of Egypt and he became the Headmaster of the Senior School in 2012. His final teaching post in Egypt before joining ISP was at the highly respected New Cairo British International School teaching IB Economics and IGCSE Business.

Mike is still a serving commissioned officer in Sussex Army Cadet Force and has been involved with both the Duke of Edinburgh and the International Award. He also enjoys all sports, walking his dog, and has a deep interest in military history.

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Anna Blackall (Business Studies & Economics Teacher)

Anna, who grew up in the North-East of England, gained a BA Degree (Honours) in Business with Finance from Newcastle Business School, which holds a strong reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. She then completed her PGCE at Sunderland University before going on to teach Business Studies and Economics at a top school in London. During her time in London, Anna was appointed as a GCSE and A-Level Business Studies examiner for two different examination boards. She also set up a mentoring programme, coordinated the Extended Project Qualification and accompanied a group of students to Ecuador on a month long expedition with CAMPS International.

Anna enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to travelling around Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia. Having recently achieved her PADI Advanced Open Water certificate, she would like to continue to hone her underwater skills. Anna is also looking forward to exploring Kuala Lumpur and sampling the wonderful food that Malaysia has to offer. She is thrilled to be a part of ISP and to contribute to the continued success of the learners at the school.

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Anthony Palmer (Humanities Teacher)

Anthony qualified as a teacher of History from Leicester University after gaining a BA Degree (Honours) in History & Politics from Lancashire University, UK. He has spent sixteen years teaching in England, the last ten of which have been leading and improving successful History departments in a couple of secondary schools in London. He has acquired extensive experience of teaching History, Government & Politics, and a variety of Humanities based subjects across the Secondary age range. He has a real passion for teaching and a desire to pass on his love of learning to others.

His interests outside of teaching include: Philosophy, Art and Photography. He also has a passion for music and playing the guitar He is also keen on travel and has been lucky enough to have travelled widely throughout Europe in recent years.

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Mohd Hairul Syafwan Bin Alwi (Physical Education Teacher)

Syafwan, better known as Wan, holds a Bachelor of Sport Science Degree from Universiti Teknologi Mara and a Level III Outdoor Leadership Qualification from the Ministry of Sports and Youth. He joined the PE Department at ISP in 2012 and is in the final stages of completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with Wawasan Open University. Before joining the team at ISP, he worked as a fitness trainer when he inspired more than 5,000 participants to be more active, spanning all industries and nationalities.

Wan’s personal sporting interests and passions include Football, Volleyball, Softball, Athletics, Basketball, Badminton and Hockey. As a sportsman, he has played Football, Volleyball, and Softball to the State level. He also loves nature and during his free time, Wan enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking. This is Wan’s first International School experience and he is thoroughly enjoying been part of ISP community.

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Simon Zopfi (Physical Education Teacher)

Simon, who hails from the Netherlands, holds a Bachelor of Education Degree in Physical Education from the Fontys University of Eindhoven and later followed an additional Bachelor programme in Psychology at the University of Leuven. Simon is passionate about teaching and physical education. He has previously taught students from the age of 3 to 18 years old in international schools in Belgium and Malaysia.

Simon is an all-round athlete having participated in a variety of sports such as tennis, football, boxing, rowing, rugby, skiing and snowboarding. He holds a national coaching degree in rowing and has competed at national level. Recently he won Belgium’s Northern Province Rugby Championship for both 7’s and 15’s representing his University.

Besides sports, Simon loves to travel and explore new cultures. Some travel highlights include climbing one of the oldest parts of The Great Wall of China, wandering abandoned beaches in Sri Lanka and surfing one of the best breaks in the world in Lombok, Indonesia. Simon is thrilled to join ISP and help students achieve their full potential in a fun way.

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Alexander Douglas (Music Teacher and Instrumental Music Coordinator)

Alex studied at the Purcell School of Music for four years and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His primary instruments include flute and saxophone but he also enjoys playing acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and thrashing out easy beats on the drum kit. He is passionate about teaching the essential performance and practical classical elements of instrumental playing, whilst enjoying teaching children to improvise around easy, more contemporary and fashionable trends of music by ear or chord charts.

Alex has played with a variety of distinguished local jazz and popular music outfits whilst living in KL. He has platformed many prestigious venues both here and in the UK, some of which have included The Purcell Room, Kensington Palace, St Martin in the Fields, The Barbican, Drapers Hall and the MPO Halls and KLPAC. He was recently Head of Instrumental Studies at a leading International School in KL which housed a successful, full time instrumental programme for all children from Year 2 and above. He looks forward to engaging the aspiring talents of children at ISP and the new trends of ideas shared and developed amongst his colleagues.

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Stephanie Tan (Music Teacher)

Stephanie was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of York and a CELTA qualification from Cambridge University. Her primary instruments are the piano and clarinet but she was also involved in choirs and various ensembles such as gamelan during her time in the UK. She helped organise the student-run York Spring Festival of New Music and gained valuable experience stage-managing events and artistes through interning at international music summer schools over holidays.

Upon her return to Malaysia, she became part of the pioneer Teach For Malaysia cohort in the northern region. Across her two years in a rural government school in Perak, she helped established a choir, choral speaking team and founded a leadership development initiative called kemilau to impart useful life skills to students through staging their own theatre production. She also gained her Postgraduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) from the Northern University of Malaysia.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, running and experimenting with arts and crafts. She looks forward to working with children from all age levels and musical abilities at ISP.

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Ching Eng Shen (Music Teacher)

Shen was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur where his passion for music and performance was nurtured and cultivated in various capacities. He holds the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in piano performance and received training at the Overseas Malaysia Winter Piano Academy held at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, UK. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management (Honours) from the University of Derby, UK, and holds a Cambridge International Teaching Certificate.

Shen is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in various instruments, majoring in piano and saxophone. His experiences as both an instrumental teacher, performer, and even music director and conductor span over 10 years. His expertise in these practices allowed him to lead and coordinate over 100+ music events at his previous international school; organised to provide a platform for the students to experience music performances beyond the classroom. Shen loves orchestras and musical theatre having worked with many ensembles in shows such as ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Into The Woods’, and ‘Rumour Has It’. He is greatly looking forward to making music with the students at ISP and to cultivate and nurture their musical passion and talents.

In other aspects, Shen enjoys composing and writing music especially for films and videos. Elsewhere, you can often find Shen refining his 3-pointers at the basketball court or close to an oven baking sweet treats.

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Alexandra Lawrence (Drama Teacher)

Alexandra, more commonly referred to as Lexi, has had a lifelong interest in drama and performance. From attending Brigg Children’s Theatre School she continued to develop her acting skills and love of theatre at Huddersfield University where she specialised in Theatre in Education, touring plays around West Yorkshire secondary schools. Lexi then completed her PGCE in Drama at the University of Central England, UK.

Her love of Southeast Asia stems from the time she spent teaching English as a VSO volunteer to health workers in Laos and subsequently exploring the region. Fifteen years, three children and three schools later she is greatly looking forward to teaching and developing drama skills at ISP.

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Ann Yeoh (Art & Design and Music Teacher)

Ann holds a Bachelors of Music (Honours) in Classical Music from UCSI University, Malaysia, and a Teaching Certificate for Art & Design and Music. She also has an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College London. Ann has previously taught in two different international schools in Malaysia prior to joining ISP and has held various positions of responsibilities which encompass Head of Art and Design, Head of Music and Head of Primary. Ann has experience in organising school events and performances, including International Days, Art Galleries & Auctions, Green Days, Fashion Shows and Annual School Concerts. Ann was also a cellist in various string quartets, playing for high profile clients such as HRH The Sultan of Perak, HRH The Sultan of Selangor and HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Ann is dedicated to the development of quality work and performance in students and strives to bring out the best in every child. During her spare time, she has a penchant for Philharmonic indulgences and going on exotic jaunts when the opportunity avails itself.

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Barbara Browne (Art & Design Teacher)

Barbara graduated from St.Martins College of Art and Design in London with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Art. She then gained a Post Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Art with Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Barbara moved to Indonesia with her husband Peter (who is a Science Teacher at ISP) and their daughter in 2000. Since then she has been working at an international school in Bali where she single-handedly established an art department for students ranging from Key Stage 3, through to the Cambridge IGCSE and A Level programmes.

Barbara sees art as a vehicle for exploring ideas, making sense of experiences, and as a means of expression. Guiding students to enjoy the process of creating art is her passion and some of her students have recently won the Cambridge University Best in Indonesia and Best in the World awards.
As a practicing artist, Barbara has participated in exhibitions, art events and community outreach programmes. She spends much of her spare time in the studio working on personal art projects which enhances her own teaching practice. In her free time, Barbara enjoys lazy days riding her bicycle, organic vegetable gardening, and exploring new cultures and places.

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Lydiana Matlin (Bahasa Malaysia Teacher)

After completing her Diploma in Computer Graphic Design, Lydiana decided to join the retail industry and had 5 years of experience in the field. In 2012 she decided to change career path into what has always been her passion; children and education. She joined ISP in 2012, initially as a classroom assistant, and then graduated into a teaching position after completing her Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.

Lydiana is very excited and looking forward for what the future holds for her in ISP. In her free time, Lydiana enjoys teaching her sugar glider pet tricks, reading books, zumba workouts, travelling, painting, sketching and spending time with her family and friends.

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Sherreen Susha Sashi Sasidaran (Bahasa Malaysia Teacher)

Sherreen, who was born and raised in Malaysia, graduated from the University of Selangor with a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Prior to joining ISP she taught in various schools, including a Malaysian Government School and a Montessori School.

In her spare time, Sherreen likes to keep herself busy by reading novels and spending time with my family and friends. She is truly delighted be a part of the ISP family and looks forward to contributing to the school’s success in the years ahead.

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Nasrin Abdul Rashid (Bahasa Malaysia Teacher)

Nasrin Abdul Rashid, who is a native speaker of Bahasa Malaysia, was born and raised in Malaysia and is originally from Ipoh, Perak.
She graduated from University of Selangor with a First-Class Honours Bachelor Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and is currently pursuing her Masters in Linguistics at University Malaya due to her fascination towards languages. Already multilingual in three different languages which include the Tamil language, Nasrin is now trying to learn the Korean language.

Her career path so far has been in the teaching proffession due to her passion towards teaching, learning and children. Prior to joining ISP, she taught English for secondary students at Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Rawang, a government boarding school, and English for children aged 4 to 15 at Cosmotots. Besides that, she has also taught Bahasa Malaysia, Science and Maths as a private tutor for the past several years.
She enjoys travelling, keeping fit by participating in fun runs, making arts and crafts, watching theatre productions from different cultures and spending time with friends and family. She is truly delighted to join the ISP Bahasa Malaysia department.

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Stephanie Low (Mandarin Teacher)

Stephanie was born and raised in Malaysia and is originally from Taiping, Perak. She holds a Cambridge University International Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. Stephanie has held Mandarin teaching positions over the past nine years in private educational institutions and international schools in Malaysia. She is native speaker of Mandarin and also is multilingual in Cantonese and other Chinese dialects.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys coaching basketball and has a passion for traveling to exotic and interesting places around the world. In addition, she often does volunteer teaching work to help underprivileged children in orphanages.

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Thien Voon Kwan (Mandarin & Bahasa Malaysia Teacher)

Voon Kwan graduated from the Communication University of China, Beijing, and was awarded a Master of Arts Degree majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and has a keen interest in Chinese culture and the teaching of Mandarin. She has been teaching Mandarin over the past seven years in the Confucius Institute in Kuala Lumpur and Suzhou Campus in China, Beijing International Studies University in China as well as international schools in Malaysia. She has rich experience in teaching students from various backgrounds, races and age groups, including postgraduates, undergraduates and corporate sector executives from countries such as France, Korea, Japan and Mexico.

Voon Kwan has a deep affection for traveling and enjoys long-distance trekking and exploring different cultures. She is delighted to be joining the ISP family and is looking forward to working with experienced educators from around the world.

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Gan Pui Ling (Mandarin Teacher)

Ling, who is a native speaker in Mandarin as well as Cantonese and Hokkien, was born and raised in Malaysia and is originally from Kuala Lumpur. She graduated from the Northern University of Malaysia with a First-Class Honours Degree in International Affairs Management. She also holds a Cambridge International Certificate for Teachers & Learners and a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers & Learners. Prior to joining ISP, Ling worked in a National Primary School, Pre-School and tuition centre. She enjoys travelling and also has a passion for arts and music. She is looking forward joining the ISP Mandarin Department where she is keen to learn and share knowledge and skills with her colleagues.

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Jane Tan (Mandarin Teacher)

Jane was born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. She holds a Masters Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Shanghai Jiaotong University and Bachelors Degree in Chinese Studies from University Putra Malaysia. She taught Mandarin in a local university before pursuing her Masters Degree. Prior to joining ISP, she gained her first international school teaching experience in a reputable school in KL. She involved herself in the Basketball Club and Chinese Culture Club in the extra-curricular activities. She is passionate about delivering interactive and fun lessons which engage students to enjoy Mandarin learning.

In her spare time, Jane enjoys reading, singing, swimming and many outdoor activities. She loves travelling and experiencing new cultures while learning the language. She is very enthusiastic about sharing her love and knowledge of Chinese history and culture.

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Lim Mong (Mandarin Teacher)

Lim, who holds a Diploma of Teaching in Education majoring in Chinese Studies, was born and raised in Malaysia. She has been teaching Mandarin in International Schools, Private Schools and Malaysian Government Schools for over 15 years and was appointed as a Cambridge IGCSE examiner in 2015. She enjoys teaching and is looking forward to working with the students at ISP and helping them to achieve their full potential in Mandarin. In her spare time, Lim enjoys watching movies and travelling to beautiful places around the world.

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Pablo Martin (Spanish Teacher)

Pablo, who was born in Madrid and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honors) in Fine Art Photography from the University of Wales, a Masters Degree in Art Photography from the University for the Creative Arts in Kent, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Middlesex University. Pablo has spent the past four years working in the UK teaching Spanish, French, Art and Photography. Prior to teaching in secondary schools he spent some years teaching Spanish around London, working as a photography assistant, freelance photographer and exhibiting his own work in galleries in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Pablo loves architecture, literature and conceptual art. He has traveled all across Europe photographing architectural interiors and investigating notable modernist buildings. His other passion is cycling having completed the classic London to Brighton race a couple of times. He is also an avid reader specialising in French and South-American literature.

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Mala Ponusamy (ICT Teacher)

Mala was born and raised in Malaysia. She holds a MSc in Technology Management from the Stafford University (UK), and a BSc Honours Degree in Applied Computing from the Leeds Metropolitan University (UK). She has the passion to engage herself with her fellow students to help transform their IT skills.

Mala has been teaching IT related subjects for several years, including 9 years at college/university level and 8 years in international schools (Dubai and Malaysia). She has also taught IT to all ages ranging from Primary through to IGCSE and A-Level. Mala has held a variety of leadership posts including Head of Secondary, Head of ICT, and is a CIE Examinations Officer.
Mala, who enjoys travelling, cooking and baking, is very excited to be a part of the ISP team.

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Nik Liyana Abdul Rahim (Senior Librarian)

Liyana graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam with a Master of Science in Information Management. She has 8 years working experience in library management and has experience of working in international schools for more than 5 years. She firmly believes that libraries help to foster a sense of international mindedness through the provision of carefully selected resources and opportunities for global connections.

Liyana is the proud mother of 3 children and loves to spend her spare time with her family. She also enjoys reading and travelling. She looks forward to promoting the enjoyment of reading to all ISP students and to further establish their skills for independent learning.

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Siti Shahidatul Akmal Khorizan (Librarian)

Sha was a graduate from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Selangor with a Bachelor Degree in Information Science majoring in Library Management. She has previous experience of working in international schools and several universities library in Malaysia. Her area of specialization are information literacy and information skills. In her leisure time, her hobby is singing and travelling. She also enjoys working with children and so delighted to be a part of the ISP community.

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Endarah Ramachandran (Primary teacher Cover)

Endarah was born and educated in Malaysia and attended the University of Selangor where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree (Honours) in Teaching English as a Second Language. Prior to joining ISP she taught in a Malaysian government school. Endarah has also worked with Cambridge English for Life and at an IQ development centre to train primary level learners to excel in their English language.

Endarah is keen to apply her skills and experience to help prepare the children at ISP for their future in this fast changing world. Apart from teaching, she enjoys spending her spare time with her family and attending classical dance programmes. Last but not least, she is delighted to be a part of the ISP team on what will surely be an exciting journey.

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Mohd Suhardi bin Kasim (Librarian)

Suhardi, who is originally from Johor, graduated from UiTM Shah Alam where he completed his Bachelor of Library Science. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree on a part-time basis with the University of Malaya. He has 7 years of experience in library management field. Starting his working experience from a college library, this can be a quite new and exciting journey to be part of Parkcity International School.

Suhardi is a father of two lovely daughters and enjoys spending his spare time with his family. He is excited to be a part of the ISP family

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Thivyah Nair Sugumar (Teacher-Librarian)

Thivyah was born and educated in Malaysia. Originally from the northern region of Malaysia, she holds a degree in English Communications from Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Educational Psychology at University Putra Malaysia. Thivyah, who joined ISP in 2013, also holds an Austswim swimming & water safety qualification. Prior to joining ISP she taught in various schools, including an international pre-school and a Montessori school.

Thivyah likes to devise captivating, fascinating, and unique practices of teaching that creates interest in the students. With the help of her cordial nature, she likes to build good rapport with the students and teachers around her. In her spare time, Thivyah enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. She also love reading, painting and swimming.

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Fran Marshall (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

Fran has been a teacher for sixteen years following the completion of a BA (Hons) in Communication Processes and a PGCE at the University of Hull, UK. She worked at a primary school for eight years, teaching all age ranges and coordinating different subjects including RE, PE and ICT. She then moved to work with special needs children, working at a school for students with language and communication needs. During those eight years she taught all age ranges throughout the primary and secondary phase. She had responsibility for ICT, RE, inclusion and also mentoring student volunteers and newly qualified teachers. Fran completed a Masters Degree in Inclusive Education whilst at the school and is passionate about developing the whole child and helping each individual to reach their potential.

Fran is thrilled to be joining the ISP team and looking forward to the professional and personal challenges which lie ahead. She loves travelling and has visited many areas including much of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and some areas in Asia. Fran also loves animals, enjoys watching and playing sport, reading and meeting new people.

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Pajan Kaur (Counsellor and Student Support)

Pajan was born and raised in Sabah, East of Malaysia. She holds a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Psychology from HELP University Malaysia and Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology from Middlesex University, UK. Pajan has worked as a school counsellor for several years in an international school in Malaysia. She has vast experience of creating support programmes for children with the aim of helping them to enhance their academic and social development.

In her spare time, Pajan enjoys to travel, spend time with family and friends, and volunteers at a local orphanage.

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Lorna Fernandez (CCA Coordinator and Examinations Officer)

Lorna was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. After completing her studies in computing, she discovered her passion of working with children, which was triggered after entertaining a group of children at a birthday party. She previously worked in customer service and with an event management company, organising activities and events for children. She joined ISP in August 2011 as a Classroom Assistant and has worked in both the Primary and Secondary School. Lorna has grown with the school and is delighted be an integral part of the ISP community. She is already enjoying the challenges and rewards of her new role as the CCA Coordinator and Examinations Officer.

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Devi Ramphal-Edwin (School Nurse)

Devi joined The International School @ ParkCity from the US with over 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in almost all areas of health care from pediatrics to medical-surgery, ICU, telemetry, and most recently in home health care where she was Senior Case Manager. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Devi graduated from the school of Nursing in San Fernando and then emigrated to the US where she lived until her husband’s career move brought her to Malaysia. She is excited about working in a school setting and being a team player in creating and maintaining a nurturing, positive, and healthy environment for every student.

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