Meet Our Teachers

Meet Our Teachers

On this page, you will have the opportunity to meet our teachers and leadership team. Over 80% of our teachers are expatriates, mostly from the UK, who are dedicated to provide the best learning experiences to GIS learners. GIS attracts the best teachers in the world thanks to its outstanding professional learning development programme and learning culture.

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The Academic Staff

Nursery Teachers

Name Qualifications Position
Primary Leadership Team
Colter Watt Bsc, USA; MA, UK Head of Primary
Ashley Cornfoot BA (Hons); PGDip, UK Deputy Head of Primary
Jo Rice BA (QTS), UK. Deputy Head of Primary, Head of EYC
Etienne Viser BEd (Hons), South Africa Assistant Head of Primary
Katy Bannister BA (Hons), UK Assistant Head of Primary
Matt Sheldon BA (Hons), UK; MA, UK Assistant Head of Primary
Steve King BA (Hons); PGCE, UK Assistant Head of Primary
YEAR 1
Sarah Kilbane BA (Hons), UK; GTP, UK Year Leader
Catherine Tamlin BA/BSC, UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Karishma Jethwani BA, UK; Liberal Arts, USA Teacher
Rachel Armstrong BA, UK; PGCE, UK Teacher and Reading Subject Leadar
Alice McVeigh BA (Hons), UK; GTP, UK Teacher and Assistant Year Leader
Laura Whyms BSc (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Joe Vine BA (Hons), UK Teacher
YEAR 2
Madelaine Hoskin BA (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Year Leader
Fung Yee Pang BA (Hons), UK; PGCE QTS, UK Teacher
Thomas Fournier PGCE, BCU; BA; CELTA, UK Teacher
Jane Kerr BSC(Hons), UK; GradDip, AUS Teacher
Cheryl Meredith PGCE, UK Teacher and Assistant Year Leader
Sue Horne BA (Hons); PGCE, UK Teacher
Ben Sowerby BA (Hons), UK Teacher
YEAR 3
Hannah Stockley BSC,UK; PGCE, UK; NPQML; ASA Level 2 Year Leader
Ellen Harrower BSc, UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Shalome Benjamin BA (Hons), USA; MA, UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Ben Hawkins BSc (Hons); PGCE Teacher
Gemma Spedding BA (Hons) UK; PGCE QTS UK Teacher
Trevor Snelling BA (Hons), UK; Dip, Aus Teacher
Sam Garlick BA (Hons) QTS, UK Teacher
YEAR 4
Anna Goh BA (QTS), UK Year Leader
Chris Smith BMus, Canada; Professional Cert of Qualification, Canada Teacher
Amy Collins BA, Eng. Literature; Music, UK; PGCE (QTS), UK. Teacher
Audrey Manford BA (Hons); PGCE, UK. Teacher
Nick Dykes BA (Hons) History; MA; PGCE, UK Teacher and Assistant Year Leader
Louise Slann BEd (Hons) Teacher
Alan Archer BA (Hons), UK Teacher and Writing Subject Leader
YEAR 5
Peta Cornfoot BA (Hons), UK; QTS, UK Year Leader
Matt Brock BA (Hons); PGCE, UK; MBA, UK Teacher
Jed McKenna BEc, Aus; PGCE, UK Teacher
Juliette Colaco BA (Hons) QTS, UK Teacher
Becky Hunter BEd (Hons), UK Teacher
David O’farrel MA (Hons. 1); BA, Aus Teacher
Helen McConkey BCom (Irl); PGCE, UK Teacher
YEAR 6
Paul Cawood MA (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Year Leader
Penny Dougherty B.A (Hons) B.Ed, India Teacher
Nicola Bradley B.Ed (Hons), UK Teacher
Simon Oates BSc. (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Sean Rice B.Ed, Canada Teacher and Assistant Year Leader
Gianluca Rocco BA (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Tomas Thurman BEd (Hons), UK Teacher
Art & DT
Philippe Delmotte BA (Hons); PGCE, UK Head of Primary Art
Mikaela Koelma BA/BEd, AUS Teacher
EAL
Jane Scott BSc; PGCE; MEd; MTESOL, UK Team Leader
Cecilia Lee Dip. EC.Ed, UK; CELTA Teacher
Christine Joseph BA, S’pore Teacher
Rob Francis BA, USA; BEd, Canada; MA, USA Teacher
Victoria Cuthbertson BA, Canada; BEd, Canada Teacher
Katie Cullen BA (Hons), Scotland; PGCE, UK Teacher
Sonya Van Der Walt BEd, AUS; PGC, AUS Teacher
Karolina Cartwright BA; MA, Poland Teacher
Melalyn Ng Hanhung MA Ed, London Teacher
ICT
Alex Turner BA (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK; Ma, UK Digital Learning Coach
Tine Pendred BA (Hons) & MA (Cand.paed.it), DK Teacher and Digital Learning Coach
PE
Rich Molloy BSc (Hons), UK; ASA Level 3; PGCE-O-, UK Aquatics Director
Mathew Slimming BSc & PGCE Primary, UK; MSc, UK Heads and Year Leaders
Adrian Dutson BA & PGCE, UK Teacher
David Collins N Dip BBs (Hons) PGCE QTS, UK Teacher
Amy Bucknole BSc (Hons), PGCE, UK Teacher
Chan Wen Xi BA (Hons), UK Assistant Teacher
Debbie Jones BA (Hons), QTS, UK Teacher
Learning Support
Nicky Griffiths BA (Hons); PGCE, UK Head of Primary Learning Support
Daisy Stella MA, B.Ed., India; Dip.LS, UK; ABA Cert, Ireland Teacher
Trudy Venter Higher Teachers Education Dip, South Africa Teacher
Lindsay Gathercole BSc (Hons), PGCE, UK Teacher
Natasha Yong BA, USA; PGCE, UK; IBCCES, USA Teacher
Leigh Fulton BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Teacher
Library Teacher
Jennifer Abbot BA (Hons), UK
PGCE Primary, UK
Library Teacher
MFL
Ai Li Gao BA, China; BEd, Canada Head of MFL
Shermaine Wong Tze Mun B.A (TCSL), China Teacher
Farah Fariza Dip in Banking, M’sia; B.ED.TESL (HONS), M’sia; MA, M’sia Teacher
Celine Wong B.ED, China Teacher
Florence Wee B.Arts (English), M.Ed.TESL, M’sia Teacher
Hui Wen B.A (TCSL), China Teacher
Abby Ching BA (Hons) Chinese Studies, M’sia; TCFL; TCSOL,M’sia Teacher
Frances Tok MA, China; BChinStud, M’sia Teacher
May Tai B.Edu, Taiwan Teacher
Rumaizah M. Jailani B.Edu, M’sia Teacher
Music
Chris Koelma BA/B & MA, AUS Head of Primary Music
Erin Hendry BS Mus. Ed, USA Teacher
Kate Guna M.Mus (Comp) UK; B.Mus (Hons) UK; PGCE (Primary) UK; Dip TESOL, UK; Examiner trainee for AGME, AUS Teacher
Anjulie Bec BA.M, GradDipED, AUS Teacher
EYC
Jo Rice BA (QTS), UK Head of EYC
Emily Ledger BEd, AUS Teacher
Niall Crispin BA/BSc (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Ratna Dalal BCom.Ec, INDIA; PGCE, UK Teacher
Reception Teachers
Vicki Broderick BA (Hons), UK
PGCE, QTS, UK
Year Leader
Nicky Cook BEd (Hons), UK Teacher
Stephen Daly BA (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Joanne Savage BA (Hons), UK; PGCE, UK Teacher
Jade Barclay BSc, UK; GTP QTS, UK Teacher
Michaela Nairn BA (Hons) and PGCE, UK Teacher
Larissa Horlor BA, Canada; BEd (Dist.), Canada Teacher
Counselling
Mariella Vittetoe Castillo BA (Hons), UNAH Honduras/ MA, Spain. Head of Counselling
Shellee Burroughs BA (Hons), UK; PGDip, Canada; MA, UK Counsellor
Phillipa Hodges BACP (accred), PGDip, BA (Hons) Counsellor
Specialist Teachers
Adeline Chan BEd (Hons), AUS Mandarin Teacher
Cassandra Tan BA, China Mandarin Teacher
Jennifer D’Souza BA (HONS); PGCE and CELTA Learning Support Teacher
Name Qualifications Position
Secondary Leadership Team
Dr Nicola Mason B Sc (Hons), PhD, PGCE (UK) Head of Secondary & Science teacher
Mrs Wong Lee Ping B Sc (Hons) (UK), Dip Ed (M’sia) Senior Deputy Head of Secondary (Admin) & Maths teacher
Matt Corbett BPhEd, MA, BTeach (NZ) Deputy Head of Secondary & English teacher
Amy Ward B Sc (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) Deputy Head of Secondary & Science teacher
Daniel Norbury B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Assistant Head (Key Stage 3) & Geography teacher
Laura McGregor B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Assistant Head (Key Stage 4) & Biology/Science teacher
Lindsay Round B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Assistant Head (Key Stage 5) & Psychology teacher
Art
Ross Padgett BA (Hons), GTP (UK) Head of Art
Anouska Doyle BA (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) Art Teacher
Rhiannon Stocker BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Art Teacher
Sandra Joly B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Art Teacher
Business Education & IT
Mark Solomons B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Business Education & IT
Abigail Kam Suit Theng B Sc, (US) Dip Ed (M’sia) IT Teacher
Anna Berney BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Business & Economics Teacher
Emma Jones BA (Hons), QTS (UK) Business Teacher/Asst Head of Business Education
James Abela BA (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) IT Teacher / IT Lead Teacher
Mark Stewart BA, PGCE (UK) Economics Teacher
Rachel O’Reilly BA (Hons), QTS (UK) Business Teacher / Higher Education Advisor
Richard Faulkner MA, Cert Ed (UK) Economics Teacher
Sally Cheah B Business, Dip Ed (Aust) Economics & Accounting Teacher / Head of Year 10
Design & Technology
Ryan Ball BA (Hons) (UK) Head of Design & Technology
John Allan BEng (Hons), PGCE (UK) DT Teacher
Naomi James B Sc, PGCE (UK) DT Teacher
Drama
Robin Lawrence BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Drama
Andrew Rankin BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Drama & English Teacher /Head of Chancellor House
Gemma Carcione BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Drama Teacher
EAL
Sheila Santharamohana B Ed (Hons), TESL (M’sia) Head of Inclusion (EAL & LS)
Andrew McConchie BA, Dip Ed (Aust) EAL Teacher
Michael Riding BA (Hons), Cert TESOL (UK) EAL Teacher
Noriza Idrus B Ed (Hons), MA (M’sia) EAL Teacher / Positive Education Leader
Pauline Chee B Ed (Hons), MA (UK) EAL Teacher / Camps Coordinator
Vipula Sharma BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) EAL Teacher/Digital Learning Coach
Learning Support
Azidah bt Othman B Sc Spe Ed (USA) Learning Support Teacher
Daniel De Vier B Sc, State Teaching License, MA (USA) Learning Support Teacher
Manjot Chawla B Arch (India) Teacher Assistant
Samia Azmi B Ed (UK) Teacher Assistant
Tracey Snell BA (Hons), PGCE, PGCE (SENCo) (UK) Learning Support Teacher
English
Helen Prior BA, BTeach, MA (NZ) Head of English
Alexandra Welch BA (Hons), GTP (UK) English Teacher
Emma Newton BA (Hons), GTP (UK) English Teacher / KS3 English Leader
Jade Golding BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) English Teacher / Head of Year 13
Mary-Rose Grey MA (Hons), PGCE (UK) English Teacher
Michelle Berry-Khella BA (Hons), A.Ed, M Ed (Aust) English Teacher
Renie Leng B Ed (Hons), MA (Aust) English Teacher
Sarah Bunn BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) English Teacher / KS4 English Leader
Sara Sheldon MA (Hons), PGCE (UK) English Teacher / Librarian Leader
Richard Beinart BA (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) English Teacher
Geography
Kevin Allatt B Sc, PGCE (UK) Head of Humanities / Head of Geography
Amy Tyers BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Geography Teacher
Hector Cook B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Geography Teacher / Head of IA
Katie-Louise O’Neil MA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Geography Teacher / Head of Year 9
Librarian 
Sara Sheldon MA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Librarian Leader / English Teacher
History
Isabel Richards BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) History Teacher
Sophie Hibbert BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) History Teacher / Community Service & Action Leader
Jack Sage BA, MA, PGCE (UK) History Teacher
James Pendred BA (Hons) , PGCE (UK) Head of History
James Wellings BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Director of Innovative Learning (whole school) & History teacher
Sociology & Psychology
Kate Eldred B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Sociology & Psychology Teacher / Head of Social Science
Lindsey Round B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Pyschology Teacher
Amy Brewer B Sc, PGCE (UK) Sociology Teacher
Math
Natalie Clark B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Maths
Andrew Sharpe B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Maths Teacher / Digital Coach
Anita Collins BA (Hons), Dip Ed (UK) Maths Teacher / Head of KS4 Maths
Eve Shilton LLB Law (Hons), PGCE, Maths (UK) Maths Teacher
Helen Lopez B Sc (Hons) (UK) Maths Teacher
Jack Campbell BA (Oxon), MA, PGCE Maths Teacher /Lead Head of House/Head of Crest House
John Cartwright B Sc (Hons), GTP (UK) Maths Teacher
Kerry Conlon B Sc (Liverpool), PGCE Maths Teacher
Lim Lee Ping B Sc (Hons) (London), Dip Ed Maths Teacher
Mark Davison B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Maths Teacher /Head of Sultan House
Peter Henderson B SC (Hons), PGCE (UK) Maths Teacher / KS5 Maths Coordinator
Pooma Sathi B Sc (Hons), Dip Ed (M’sia) Maths Teacher
Ranjini Kumari B Sc (Hons) (UK), Dip Ed (M’sia) Maths Teacher
Richard O’Reilly B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Maths Teacher
Sarah Havercroft B Sc (Hons), QTS (UK) Maths Teacher / Head of Year 8
Vijaya Ratnam B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Maths Teacher
Selina Mangin B Ed, Dip Ed (Aust) Maths Teacher
YAP Chin Fui BA (Flinders), Dip Ed Maths Teacher
MFL
Louise Zoe Miller BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of MFL
Dylan Viñales MA, PGCE (UK) Spanish teacher /Head of Queen House
Dr Gianfranco Conti B Sc (Hons), PGCE, MA, PhD (Italy) French & Spanish teacher
Lu Shiao-Chen BA, PGCE (UK) Head of Mandarin
Lew Jeyeng Cert of Ed (TTC), (M’sia) Mandarin Teacher
Maisy Harman BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Spanish
Mah Keng Hoe BA (UKM), (M’sia) Malay Teacher
Ronan Jezequel BA, PGCE (UK) French Teacher / Asst Head of IA
Rozalina Che Roslee B Ed, Cert of Ed(TTC) (M’sia) Head of Malay
Sophie Barre BA, PGCE, MA (France) Spanish & French Teacher
Yap Tai Thai, Valerie BA (Hons), Dip Ed (UK) Mandarin Teacher
Music
Helen Long BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Music
Andrew Gui B Music (Hons), M Music Ed (USA) Music Teacher
Andrew Taylor B Music (Hons), GTP (UK) Music Teacher / Head of Year 7
PE
Daniel Phillips B Sc (Hons), QTP (UK) Head of PE
Jonathan Bygroves B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) PE Teacher
Mark Springall B Ed (Hons), PGCE (UK) PE Teacher / Assistant Atheletic Director
Sarah Johnson BA, PGCE (UK) PE Teacher / Transition Leader
Science
Rebecca Taylor B Sc, PGCE, MA (UK) Head of Science
Adam Robinson B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Biology Teacher / Head of Year 12
Clare Holden B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Science Teacher / KS3 Science Coordinator
Ellena Morrison B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Science Teacher / Coordinated Science Leader
Dr Hayley Wood M Chem (Hons), PhD, PGCE (UK) Chemistry & Science Teacher / EP & GAP Coordinator
Hannah Vine B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Science & Biology Teacher / Student Mentoring Leader
James Donaldson B Sc (Hons), PGCE, ARCS, MRSC (UK) Chemistry & Science Teacher
Jasmin Kaur B Sc, PGCE (NZ) Biology & Science Teacher
Dr James Saunders B Sc (Hons), PhD, PGCE (UK) Biology & Science Teacher
Jennifer Eyes B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Chemistry & Science Teacher
Jo Heyes B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Physics
Joseph Rowland B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Physics & Science Teacher
Katherine Deakin B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Physics & Science Teacher
Keith Netcher B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Head of Chemistry
Laura McGregor B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Biology & Science Teacher
Laura Petch B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Biology & Science Teacher / Head of Student Leadership
Michael Davies B Eng (Hons), PGCE (UK) Physics & Science Teacher
Dr Michael Browning B Sc (Hons), M Sc, PhD, PGCE (UK) Chemistry & Science Teacher / Head of Year 11
Vijaya Ratnam B Sc, PGCE (UK) Chemistry, Science & Maths Teacher
Rachel Saunders B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Chemistry & Science Teacher
Counselling
Mariella Vittetoe Castillo BA (Hons), UNAH Honduras/ MA, Spain. Head of Counselling
Shellee Burroughs BA (Hons), UK PGDip, Canada MA, UK Counsellor
Phillipa Hodges BACP (accred), PGDip, BA (Hons) Counsellor
Department Name Qualifications Position
Head of School
Tiffany Lacey-Edward PGCE UK, BSc (Hons) UK Head of School, Kuantan
Primary
Nur Ezatul Suriana Binti Mohd Aminuddin M.Ed, M’sia Primary Teacher
Victoria Waller BA Geography, UK Primary Teacher
Lucy Brown BSc UK, PGCE (O) UK Primary Teacher
Thomas Grindley PGCEi CELTA UK, Bsc (Hons) UK Primary Teacher
Secondary
Kimberly Barber BA Arts UK, PGCE UK Senior Teacher, Secondary Teacher
Jane Cheng MSc CN, BSc, CN Secondary Teacher
Emma Grindley PGCE UK, CELTA UK, BSc UK Secondary Teacher
Dr Tuna Altay PhD UK, MSc UK, BSc UK Secondary Teacher
Specialist
Matthew Bell Msc USA, BA Sociology Canada Learning & Wellness Coordinator
Madam Ng Ai Lan BA Teaching, M’sia Mandarin & Bahasa Teacher
Norfarah Nadiah Binti Mohd Fadzilah M.Ed, M’sia Art Teacher

The New Academic Staff

Find out more about our new teachers.

Name Qualifications Position Bio
Tammy Sam Diploma In Montessori and Special Needs Education with Speech Therapy Assistant  Teacher’s Assistant  Hello! I am Tammy, a positively, passionate and dedicated Early Childhood educator for the past 15 years. I have recently joined GIS, looking forward to new teaching adventures and learning opportunities. For leisure, I enjoy reading, the outdoors such as travelling and exploring new places for its cultures, types of food and variety of people.
Abby Ching BA (Hons) Chinese Studies, M’sia; TCFL; TCSOL MFL Teacher Hi, I’m Abby Ching and I will be teaching as a Foreign Language Teacher at GIS. I have spent my entire life to be equipped for being an influential and good teacher, yet I will still keep going. With my spare times, I enjoy reading, singing, watching movie and most importantly, spending the precious moment with the love one. Travelling around the world is my biggest enjoyment.
Melalyn Ng Hanhung MA Education in Arts and Cultural Settings, King’s College London Teacher Hello, I am Melalyn Ng and I have been teaching in international primary schools for 5 years. I love finding out about creative and transformational teaching and learning practices that I can incorporate into my own classroom. After completing my postgraduate studies in London, I am glad to be able to join the wonderful GIS community to share my journeys and experiences. In my free time, I am an avid reader, home cook and traveller.​
Malathi A/P Ramakrishnan Diploma in Early Childhood Education Teacher’s Assistant – EYC Biodata-Hello, I am Malathi Ramakrishnan. I hail from Muar, Johore and has joined GIS in January 2017. Prior to this I worked in preschool for 4 yearsand I graduated in 2015. I love travelling with my family.
Name Qualification Position Bio
Amy Ward B Sc (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) Deputy Head of Secondary & Science teacher My name is Amy Ward and I am originally from the south coast of England. I am joining GIS as Deputy Head of Secondary and will be teaching in the science department. I taught in London, UK for eight years before moving to work in International Schools in Malaysia three years ago. I am a Biologist and hold a BSc Degree from the University of Kent and an MA in Science Education from the University of London as well as my PGCE from the University of East Anglia. I love travelling and have been lucky enough to visit over 30 countries many in South East Asia. Some of my highlights over the last three years include diving in Sipadan, reaching the summit of Kota Kinabalu, eating Malaysian food in Penang and visiting the islands and beaches of Malaysia’s east coast to name just a few. I am excited about working in a highly ambitious and innovative school and pushing the boundaries alongside all students at GIS.
Anouska Doyle BA (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) Art Teacher My name is Anouska Doyle and I will be teaching Art and Photography at Garden School. I am from the UK and taught at a secondary school in Suffolk for seven years, with a gap of nine months travelling and volunteering in Africa and Europe. I studied BA Scenic Arts at a theatrical University called Rose Bruford in Kent. This involved making the stage sets the designers requested for productions. I have a MA in Education. I love to travel, spend nights out at the theatre or cinema with friends and have found a new passion for nail art.
Naomi James B Sc, PGCE (UK) DT Teacher My name is Naomi James, and I teach design and technology at GIS. I am from the UK and have been teaching design technology for the past 5 year. I spent 2 years teaching DT sport and outdoor education at an international school in Peru and 3 year teaching DT in the UK. I really enjoy the creativity of design and how it promotes independent thinking in my students. Previous to my career teaching in schools, I spent 8 years working as an outdoor education instructor both in the UK and worldwide. I have a passion for travel and sport and have competed for Great Britain for the past 10 years in white water raft racing and surf kayaking on a world level. I enjoying travelling to new places, experiencing different cultures and meeting interesting people from all walks of life.
Tracey Snell BA (Hons), PGCE, PGCE (SENCo) (UK) Learning Support Teacher My name is Tracey Snell and I am from Gloucestershire which is a rural part of the UK with beautiful countryside. I am joining GIS as a lead learning support teacher which will include monitoring and supporting the year 7 students in class over the next year. I am also a Y7 tutor and I’m very much looking forward to camp week! I hold a History Degree from the University of Sussex and completed my PGCE at the University of the West of England. I have worked in the area of special needs and learning support for 12 years with experience in a variety of settings including specialist provisions and as a special educational needs coordinator in two mainstream secondary schools. I recently gained a postgraduate certificate in special needs coordination from the University of Gloucestershire and have worked for Gloucestershire County Council as a specialist advisory teacher. I am very passionate about supporting students with additional needs and promoting whole school inclusion, and I hope to make a real difference to the students in need of support here at GIS. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit through running and going to the gym. I really enjoy travelling and completed a round the world trip a couple of years ago. I am looking forward to exploring Malaysia and the countries that I have not yet been to in South East Asia.
Richard Beinart BA (Hons), MA, PGCE (UK) English Teacher My name is RIchard Beinart and I will be teaching English at GIS. I am originally from London. I read English Language & Literature at Oxford University, before studying for an MA in modern fiction at King’s College London. I then trained as a teacher through the Teach First program and taught in an academy in Croydon, South London. This is my first post in an international school and first time living as an expat. In my spare time I love to read contemporary American fiction; I’m looking forward to travelling widely in my time in to find some great beaches to read on.
Amy Brewer B Sc, PGCE (UK) Sociology Teacher Hello, my name is Amy Brewer and I teach Sociology and Psychology at GCSE and A Level. After completing my degree in Psychology at Hertfordshire University I completed my teacher training at Worcester University. I returned to Hertfordshire where I have taught for the last five years in both independent schools and mixed comprehensive schools. Garden is my first international post and I am very excited about the vast array of opportunities on offer to travel and explore South East Asia and beyond. I am passionate about sport and enjoy playing netball, tennis, basketball, as well as swimming and skiing. I believe it is very important to keep challenging yourself and to live as a life long learner. My latest challenges are, learning how to play badminton and learning how to play the drums.
Isabel Richards BA (Hons), PGCE (UK) History Teacher I am Isabel Richards, teaching History and English. My home city is Birmingham in the UK. I studied History at Trinity College, Cambridge and completed the Teach First programme before spending three years teaching at a Grammar School. I’m passionate about debating, drama and my football team, West Bromwich Albion (although the latter can bring me pain).
Jack Sage BA, MA, PGCE (UK) History Teacher I am Jack Sage and I teach History. I initially studied History at the University of Leeds and then afterwards I did an MA in Twentieth Century History at the University of Liverpool. I then moved to London and spent two years working as a school librarian in Hackney. I loved getting young people excited about reading and my experience here was invaluable in preparing me for a career in education. I went on to complete the Teach First programme, spending three years as a history teacher in a school in Newham before taking on this new role at Garden. I’ve only been teaching here for a week but I love it already – the atmosphere in classrooms and around schools is electric and there’s a fantastic spirit of collaboration. In my spare time I love to play football and squash, I’m a keen rock-climber and I enjoy travelling and seeing live music.
Kate Eldred B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Sociology & Psychology Teacher / Head of Social Science My name is Kate Eldred and I am the Head of Social Sciences at Garden. I studied Psychology and Sociology and The University of Surrey. Initially, I utilised my Psychology background working for a counselling service in Surrey. I then began the Teach First programme in South London where I discovered a love for education.I have spent the last two years running a Social Sciences department in a school in Croydon and was ready to take my passion for Psychology and Sociology to a new location. I love to read, travel and debate almost anything!
Eve Shilton LLB Law (Hons), PGCE, Maths (UK) Maths Teacher My name is Eve Shilton and I am a mathematics teacher. I hold a Law Degree from Leeds Metropolitan University and studied my PGCE at Leeds Trinity University. This is my second international post and my 7th year of teaching. I have worked in the UK and most recently Qatar. I hail from God’s own country – Yorkshire (not Kerala!) but I am looking forward to making KL my new home. I enjoy all things sport, except football! Other things I like: gardening, reading, shopping, travelling and of course my family and friends.
Kerry Conlon B Sc (Liverpool), PGCE Maths Teacher I am Kerry Conlon and I teach Mathematics at Garden School. I am from Gloucestershire in the UK. I studied a BSc in Mathematics with Management at the University of Liverpool, UK. I have taught in the UK, Spain and Dubai. I have two daughters aged 4 and 5 and at the moment they take up all of my spare time! I am hoping to find some hobbies soon.
Lu Shiao-Chen BA, PGCE (UK) Head of Mandarin My name is Shiao Chen Lu and I teach Mandarin at GIS. I am from the UK and taught in a secondary school in Bexley for seven years and an international school in Korea for three years. I studied BA German at Queen Mary College, University of London. I completed my teacher training at Goldsmith College, University of London. In my spare time, I love to travel, enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family.
Daniel Phillips B Sc (Hons), QTP (UK) Head of PE I am Daniel Phillips and I am the Head of Secondary Physical Education. I am from the UK and attended the University of Birmingham to study Sport and Exercise Science. I was Head of Physical Education at my last school, an outstanding Grammar school in England which I taught at for 12 years. My passion is that Sport is for all and can be a positive experience for pupils to develop skills they take into adulthood. My interests outside of school are my family, football, athletics and tennis.
Sarah Johnson BA, PGCE (UK) PE Teacher / Transition Leader My name is Sarah Johnson and I have been teaching PE in GIS Primary for the past 2 years. This year I have moved back to my roots and into Secondary PE. I will also be leading the Year 6 to 7 transition and coordinating the netball programme. Before arriving in Malaysia, I taught for 3 years at a Secondary PE and Dance teacher in England, having completed a Sports Development degree and PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University. I love travelling, exploring new cultures and keeping fit and healthy which can be a challenge when surrounded by such delicious food as we re here in SE Asia. I am looking forward to another fantastic year here at Garden School.
Dr James Saunders B Sc (Hons), PhD, PGCE (UK) Biology & Science Teacher My name is James Saunders and I am Biology teacher. I am from England but have lived and worked in Scotland, The US, Honduras, The Philippines and Malaysia before joining GIS. Before teaching I ran marine conservation projects on coral reefs and worked in UK and US Universities. I love being outside and doing adventurous things like diving, climbing and trekking. I also love food so am very happy in Malaysia. PGCE Secondary Biology – UK PhD Marine Ecology – UK BSc Marine Biology – UK
Joseph Rowland B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK) Physics & Science Teacher My name is Joseph Rowland and I am a Physics teacher. Originally I am from the a small town near Sheffield in the UK. I moved to Leicester to study Physics at The University of Leicester. On completing my BSc I continued to study for my PGCE at The University of Leicester. For the past 4 years I have worked in a school in Leicestershire and so this is my first international job post. I am incredibly excited to be working at Garden International School, already I can see that Garden International is a wonderfully proactive place for students to learn and develop. My passions outside of school are cycling, gaming, exploring and eating. I love food and I am yet to find a malaysian dish that I don’t like!
Rachel Saunders B Sc (Hons), PGCE (UK)) Chemistry & Science Teacher
Name Qualifications Position Bio
Primary 
Victoria Waller BA Geography, UK Primary Teacher Hello, my name is Victoria Waller and I am the Tear 1/2 class teacher in Kuantan this year. I have moved to Malaysia with my husband Joel, this my second time living overseas, but first time living outside Europe. I enjoy art, yoga and hiking and I am looking forward to exploring Malaysia. Before here I was teaching in London, where I have been living since I graduated from BA Geography in 2009. I grew up between London, the New Forest and Cheltenham and completed my NQT year last year.
Lucy Brown BSc UK, PGCE (O) UK Primary Teacher Hello, my name is Lucy Brown and I am teaching at the primary school in Kuantan this year. I previously worked at GISKL for 3 years and have been living in Malaysia since 2011. I love to spend my time near the ocean and explore the many foods from different cultures in Asia.
Thomas Grindley PGCEi CELTA UK, Bsc (Hons) UK Primary Teacher Hello, my name in Tom Grindley and I am the Year 5/6 class teacher at GIS Kuantan this year. I am originally from The Lake District in Northern England, and have spent the previous 5 years in Kenya working in an international school in Nairobi. I love the opportunity to explore new cultures or countries and also doing outdoor activities which I enjoy sharing with children in after school clubs.
Secondary
Jane Cheng MSc CN, BSc CN Secondary Teacher Hello, my name is Jane Cheng and I am teaching Mathematics at Kuantan, across Year 7 to Year 11 this year. I am originally from China, I have been working in international schools for the past 4 years, this is my 5th year teaching secondary mathematics. Outside of school my interests are travelling, cooking, climbing, running and yoga.
Emma Grindley PGCE UK, CELTA UK, BSc UK Secondary Teacher Hello, my name is Emma Grindley and I am teaching Geography and Environmental Management at KS3 and IGCSE, and ICT and English at KS3 at Kuantan. I am originally from the UK and this is my third time as an expat, having lived in Hong Kong and Kenya. I enjoy all activities outdoorsy and am leading the International Award.
Dr Tuna Altay PhD UK, MSc UK, BSc, UK Secondary Teacher My name is Dr Tuna Altay, I am the GISK teacher of Science. I have previously taught 9 years in the UK and 1 year at an international school in Azerbaijan. During my time as a teacher I have taught a range of classes in both attainment and class size. I have also had experience as a class tutor for most of my years as a teacher. I have also worked in the UK as a Research Chemist in the Polymer Composites industry and studied Chemistry and Polymer science up to Phd level.
Specialist
Norfarah Nadiah Binti Mohd Fadzilah M.Ed, M’sia Art Teacher Hello, my name is Norfarah Nadiah Binti Mohd Fadzilah and I am an art teacher at GISK. I am from Kuantan, Pahang. I obtained Masters in Visual Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), Diploma in Fine Arts at University Technology Mara, Malaysia. My passion is definitely on art work particularly charcoal and pencil drawing.

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