Faculty Profile

Willem Lampe

Vice Principal Primary & Primary Teacher - Grade 4

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Willem Lampe

Vice Principal Primary & Primary Teacher - Grade 4

I am a fully qualified New Zealand registered primary teacher with 18 years teaching experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with 11 of those years being in leadership positions. I recently completed my Master of Education qualification endorsed in leadership. I personally believe that at the heart of teaching and learning lies the power of relationships between a teacher and the learner. People are at the core of what is important to me as a teacher and I strive to build strong, effective relationships with students, community and colleagues; firmly believing in the strength of collaboration. My three children and wife lie at the heart of my interests outside of school and we are all looking forward to joining the PISA team in 2020. Sport and fitness also play a big part in my life having completed a number of half and full marathons. I have played both competitive rugby and football. I am highly motivated and love a new challenge, finding I am most motivated when I am striving towards achieving a goal.

Chris Frankland

Deputy Principal

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Chris Frankland

Deputy Principal

From Plymouth UK, I have been living and working in Malaysia for the past 35 years. After 12 years in UK schools, working mainly with Special Needs, I came to Malaysia in 1982 to work as an English teacher in rural schools.

I have worked in a variety of schools and colleges around Malaysia, and have travelled widely around the country, in the capacity as Director of CfBT Malaysia, heading government projects to improve the teaching and learning of English in rural schools. More recently, I have been Director of Studies in a private school, and Principal of two international schools, and have been involved in various consultancies for school improvement and teacher training.

Ziad Abou-Rafeh

Head of Science

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Ziad Abou-Rafeh

Head of Science

Originally from Lebanon, I am thrilled to join the educational community at Peninsula International School, as the Head of Science and bring a 16-year worth of experience in teaching and coaching, mentoring, middle and senior leadership. With a double degree in Maths and Chemistry, PGCE, MA in Education and MSc in Mathematics, I have a demonstrated history of working at different international schools and universities in Germany, the Middle East and Malaysia, where I have taught Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Geography under VCE, IB, IGCSE, A Levels, as well as university preparatory programmes.

Foremost, I belong in the classroom and love helping my students walk out of their comfort zone through their individual learning pathways to identify targets, overcome challenges, and develop skills to land in their growth zone and flourish in their inquiry-based learning journey.

An avid reader, a hiker on trail and a movie buff at leisure time, I am also an amateur pianist and artist who has been hooked to philately since my early childhood years.  

Malcolm McCormick

Head of Music

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Malcolm McCormick

Head of Music

My home country is Australia. I have a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Music. I am affiliated to Australian Music Centre and have more than 30 years of experience in music teaching. I have taught in Denmark, China, Romania, Malaysia, Panama and Laos. I had previously served as department head and have been active in promoting and directing band, orchestra, small instrumental ensembles and musical theatre.

Lawrence Stephen Grant-Lapre

Head of Mathematics

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Lawrence Stephen Grant-Lapre

Head of Mathematics

I am Australian. My teaching career spans more than 3 decades. I studied Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Mathematics) at Queensland University of Technology and commenced teaching in 1985. I have since graduated from Charles Sturt University with Bachelor of Education (Secondary Mathematics), Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Fraud & Financial Crime.

In 2001, my wife and I started teaching internationally in Japan and have since worked in Malaysia, UAE, Indonesia and Vietnam. I have been Curriculum Director for Victorian Schools and Head of Mathematics over the last decade. I enjoy travelling with my family, singing, music, painting, computer programming, bank compliance, golf, flying single engine planes/helicopters and taekwondo. We are very happy to be back working and living in Malaysia, our second home.

Mark Percil

Mathematics Teacher

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Mark Percil

Mathematics Teacher

I am from Wiltshire, United Kingdom, and have a PGCE in Primary Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from Swansea University. My teaching experience includes over 11 years of delivering a variety of different curricula including the National Curriculum of England, the International Primary Curriculum and the Singapore Curriculum for Mathematics. I have a passion for ICT and for Maths, which is my subject specialism. My core belief is that learning should not only be fun but also interesting and engaging. I always try to ensure I teach with energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour. I am incredibly excited to be a part of Peninsula International School Australia.

Heidi Lampe

Primary Teacher - Foundation

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Heidi Lampe

Primary Teacher - Foundation

I am an experienced, committed and enthusiastic primary school teacher, from Picton, a small town at the heart of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching & Learning in 2001 and since then I have gained experience across all year groups in a range of diverse settings from rural New Zealand to inner city London. I believe that communication and collaboration are key skills for success in life, the role modelling, nurturing and teaching of these skills will be an overarching theme across all the learning in my class. I also believe that an effective learning programme needs to have the child at the centre and be based on developing their areas of need in rich contexts that are relevant to their interests and lives. My husband Willem and our 3 children Willem Jnr, Louis and Matilda and I are very excited about joining the PISA community and immersing ourselves in the Malaysian culture.

Poppy Chaudhri

Primary Teacher - Grade 1

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Poppy Chaudhri

Primary Teacher - Grade 1

My home city is Manchester, UK. After graduating and completing my PGCE, I taught as a primary teacher at an outstanding school for 13 years where I gained valuable experience within Primary and had various leadership roles during this period. After that, I moved to Malaysia where I taught for 2 years as a primary teacher and KS1 Coordinator. My most recent role was as Primary Principal for an International School in Selangor. I have vast experience teaching across the Primary age range from EYFS to Year 4. My leadership experience includes Primary Principal, KS1 Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator and classroom teacher.

Tifu McGregor

Primary Teacher - Grade 1

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Tifu McGregor

Primary Teacher - Grade 1

I am a very passionate and dedicated teacher. Having 18 years of experience teaching in Asia and Australia, I have learnt a variety of teaching approaches and tailor my teaching to meet my students’ individual needs. I have a Masters of Education, Certificate in Constructivist Teaching Principles, Certificate in SEN Teaching Approaches, TEFL certificate, and I am currently studying for the Certificate in Teaching Speech & Drama.

I have a wide range of experience in the education field working with all age groups in teaching and leadership roles. I specialise in teaching Early Years Learners. I have lived in Malaysia for over a year while teaching Speech & Drama and English Enrichment classes.

I believe in the whole-child approach, and create a positive learning environment for my students. I find great joy in seeing my students succeed in developing their interpersonal, intrapersonal and cognitive skills in the classroom, and becoming critical thinkers.

Mali Choomchoui

Primary Teacher - Grade 2

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Mali Choomchoui

Primary Teacher - Grade 2

As a multiple degree and a Master’s degree holder in Law, my academic journey started in Germany and led to Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. My passion and academic journey then sent myself across a few countries including China, South Korea and Japan in the area of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, resulting in my qualifications and accreditations for TEFL. This new passion has led to teaching in the ‘English First’ schools in Qinhuangdao China, for children aged 7 to 9. Hungry for more, I set out to be part of the EPIK (English Programme In Korea, a government programme in South Korea with the objective of improving English in primary schools) which saw my involvement as a primary school teacher in Okseo Primary School in Ulsan and subsequently in another similar government programme, JET in Japan at the primary schools there.

I hope to bring to PISA my vast experience in the provision and designing of effective teaching and learning methodologies to primary school students.

Odette Grant-Lapre

Primary Teacher - Grade 3

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Odette Grant-Lapre

Primary Teacher - Grade 3

I graduated with a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Education from Brisbane, Australia. I have more than 15 years of experience working at different international schools in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates (Year Level coordination), Indonesia and Vietnam where I taught the Junior School.  In my career back in Australia, I have been a pre-school teacher and Assistant Director of a private childcare centre.

Charlene Anita

Primary Teacher - Grade 5

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Charlene Anita

Primary Teacher - Grade 5

I hold a Master’s degree of Teaching majoring in Early Years & Primary Education and have been teaching for the past 5 years, including teaching in Victoria, Australia. I am dedicated and have a passion for teaching. I am also a personable education professional, who is driven to inspire students to achieve personal and academic success.

Amaliya Shteyneker

Commerce Teacher

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Amaliya Shteyneker

Commerce Teacher

I have 10 years of experience in teaching. I have received awards and recognitions in the field of Business Management and demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching. I hold a Master degree in Business and am currently pursuing a Ph.D in management. I have conducted research and published articles in the business field.

Most of my teaching experience has been in private or semi-government universities, but after having experienced teaching my daughter, and helping her achieve her enrolment into university at the age of 13, I understand that I would like to share my experience with other students and to bring the very best out of them all.

Dr Jothimalar Krishnasamy

English Teacher

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Dr Jothimalar Krishnasamy

English Teacher

As Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

My philosophy too is based on the belief that education is a vital tool that can enlighten students with the fundamental skills necessary to live successful lives as confident and informed individuals.

In my 31 years of teaching, apart from obtaining a full-fledged PhD, based on research in the field of language and literature, I am also fully trained to teach subjects/courses in a blended learning environment.

I believe that teaching is a noble profession, that allows me to positively change the lives of students and to effectively provide them with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to build their character and achieve success.

My teaching style is focused on student-centred learning and I incorporate interactive activities, technology, differentiated instruction, real world applications, and manipulative techniques to strengthen learning and retention of the knowledge.

Siti Farzana

EAL/ ELC Teacher

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Siti Farzana

EAL/ ELC Teacher

I am the EAL teacher from Year Foundation to Year 8. I teach both Junior School and Middle School children who learn English as an additional language or English as a second language. Prior to this, I have worked with different international schools and a language centre. I am excited to assist students who are in need of English support. I have always been passionate about helping my students to become independent, co-operative and collaborative learners.

Zairul Aiman Tan Bin Muhammad Faizul Tan

PE Teacher

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Zairul Aiman Tan Bin Muhammad Faizul Tan

PE Teacher

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Science and help students to improve their physical development and promote healthy life skills. I’m also a certified swimming instructor and coach.

Nasihah Sakinah Kamaruddin

Mathematics & Science Teacher (Physics)

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Nasihah Sakinah Kamaruddin

Mathematics & Science Teacher (Physics)

I am a driven and passionate Physics teacher who believes that anyone can learn anything, anywhere from anyone at any time. I earned my Bachelor Degree of Physics from USM and obtained a teaching certificate for IBDP from Netherlands. I have vast experience in teaching Physics at SPM, IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme levels. I have joined a few Science conferences mainly on robotics and STEAM during my course of studies and work. My outstanding results for IGCSE and IBDP in Physics at a young age drew attention as I was the youngest teacher who achieved the highest percentage and the youngest teacher to be invited as a speaker at a New Straits Time Physics workshop and many other schools in Malaysia. I promote the love for learning, the ability to question, to analyse, and to think critically beyond the classroom.

Khairul Azlan Bin Tajuddin

Agama & Bahasa Teacher

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Khairul Azlan Bin Tajuddin

Agama & Bahasa Teacher

Salam. I am proud to call Peninsula International School Australia my new home. I am a specialist teacher for Agama and Bahasa at Peninsula. I graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Human Sciences (Sociology & Anthropology) minoring in Islamic Revealed Knowledge. I have been teaching since then. Throughout my carrier, I am very fortunate to have gained teaching experience in lower and higher education institutions. This includes Mutiara International Grammar School, SEGi University, University College of Tunku Abdul Rahman and a few other private colleges.

Joel Staples

English/ EAL Teacher

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Joel Staples

English/ EAL Teacher

I am originally from Queensland, Australia but Malaysia has been my home for the past 7 years. I hold a Bachelor in Commercial Photography and a PGDE from Griffith University. I also hold a Certificate IV in TESOL from TAFE, Queensland. I spent my teenage years living and studying in a broad range of countries, amongst peers of diverse cultural backgrounds: Australia, Indonesia, Kuwait and Egypt. Upon completing my PGDE, I worked for three years in South Korea, Incheon teaching English in both private and public schools as an EAL teacher. I have had 10 years of teaching experience in different curricula and with students of varied ages. I also have skilled knowledge in classroom management, holistic learning, visual learning and curriculum development. As an educator, I constantly endeavour to expand minds through exploration and inquiry; build confidence through positive communication and reinforcement. I believe that it is vital for an educator to continuously and actively develop our personal skills and at the same time gather new skills in order for us to inspire our students to become life-long active learners. I am very excited to be working with a highly motivated and enthusiastic team at Peninsula International School Malaysia and hope that I can bring value to my team and students alike.

Nuryn Syarafiena

French Teacher

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Nuryn Syarafiena

French Teacher

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts’ majoring in Teaching French as Foreign Language (FLE) from Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. After returning to Malaysia, I pursued my studies in Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching to enhance my teaching skills. I made a connection with French Embassy in Malaysia to gain their support on education and cultural cooperation. Most of the school’s programmes will involve their participation and to show the presence of French language in PISA. Learning foreign language can be difficult for some individuals and my aim is to instil the interest and love towards the language to my students. Hence, they will enjoy learning the new language along with cultural immersion.

Shaalini G

Psychology Teacher

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Shaalini G

Psychology Teacher

I’m a graduate from Middlesex University majoring in Psychology. I have chosen a more direct path to become an academic that I use my experience on the road as a source of inspiration. I focussed in supporting students and providing positive learning experience.

Umi Syamimi bt Saadon

ICT Teacher

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Umi Syamimi bt Saadon

ICT Teacher

I hold a Master’s degree in Computer Science with many years of experience in the field of Information Technology. I will be able to bring a range of pedagogical and IT interests to the students of Peninsula International School.

Mohamad Farhan Bin Shamsudin

PE Teacher

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Mohamad Farhan Bin Shamsudin

PE Teacher

I hold a Degree in Sports Science from University of Malaya and has around 8 years of experience in Physical Education.  I have always been passionate about educating students and help them develop an awareness of the importance of a healthy overall lifestyle. I develop sports programmes to motivate and encourage students to participate in the out-of-class physical activity so that they can improve their knowledge and skills necessary for emotional, social and physical wellbeing.

Jacqueline Vincent

SEN Teacher

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Jacqueline Vincent

SEN Teacher

I hold a Master’s degree in Special & Inclusive Education from University of Nottingham and have been liaising with special needs children and adults for the past 7 years. I’m patient and understanding when working with students and I utilise creativity and intuition when engaging with them.

Harrcanaa a/p Rajah

Chemistry Teacher

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Harrcanaa a/p Rajah

Chemistry Teacher

I have a Bachelor in Medical Biotechnology and a Master in Science (Science, Technology and Sustainability) from University of Malaya. My love for Chemistry has aspired to become a Chemistry teacher for seven years after completing my studies. My interest and experience in doing scientific research have prepared me to be a good tutor to guide the students mainly in scientific investigations. I had previously attended and presented research papers in conferences in the University of Malaya.

Vinoshini Sooriappragasarao

Biology Teacher

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Vinoshini Sooriappragasarao

Biology Teacher

I hold a Master in Science (majored in Environmental Microbiology) from University Putra Malaysia; it has given me the in-depth knowledge about the research world particularly in Microbiology. I have taught UPSR, PT3, SPM and IGCSE Science, Biology and Combined Sciences previously. I love to incorporate different teaching approaches in my lessons in order to make learning Biology and Science easier.  It was a proud moment to see two batches of my students achieving 100% pass for Science subject during my teaching years.

Ho Ji Bee

EAL Teacher

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Ho Ji Bee

EAL Teacher

I am the EAL teacher from Year Foundation to Year 8. I teach both Junior School and Middle School children who learn English as an additional language or English as a second language. Prior to this, I have worked with different international schools and a language centre. I am excited to assist students who are in need of English support. I have always been passionate about helping my students to become independent, co-operative and collaborative learners.

Blanche Tey

Mandarin Teacher

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Blanche Tey

Mandarin Teacher

I graduated from Shanghai Normal University majoring in Chinese and had held various certificates in relation to Chinese studies. I have acquired more than 18 years of teaching experience as a Mandarin teacher. I’m very caring and passionate in interaction with students and parents and have shown interest in developing an interactive learning environment where students are stimulated to grow as thinkers and become competent in communication.

Tomomi Takeuchi

Mandarin Teacher

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Tomomi Takeuchi

Mandarin Teacher

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education with Certificate for Teachers of Chinese Language. I apply different but necessary teaching method to meet my students needs. I have experience in using a variety of creative materials and resources to make learning fun.  

Jayne Hong Wai San

ELC Teacher

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Jayne Hong Wai San

ELC Teacher

I have many years of teaching experience in several countries includes Korea and China. I enjoy teaching students of different age groups and I love to motivate students to learn English language in a fun and interactive way. I enjoy teaching students to grow academically, creatively, socially and emotionally for both indoor and outdoor school activities.

Saleha Tahir Khawaja

EAL Teacher

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Saleha Tahir Khawaja

EAL Teacher

I’ve been teaching for nearly 10 years in international schools across Malaysia and the middle east, with 2 of those years in a leadership position as KS2 Coordinator. I have taught from kindergarten to KS4. I am a big believer in education technology and have a personal love of books and movies.

Adam Shahrum Bin Zainal Abidin

Art Teacher

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Adam Shahrum Bin Zainal Abidin

Art Teacher

The Arts, I believe, play an important role in exploring different ways of communicating ideas and developing creative ways of thinking. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Chelsea, University of the Arts, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. My teaching experience is in the IB curriculum where I have taught the Middle Year Program and Diploma Program for three years. When it comes to teaching, I believe in providing different needs for various learners within my classroom and guiding learners to push themselves in achieving their artistic goals. Besides teaching art, I am active in sports such as ultimate frisbee, football and I enjoy travelling to different countries.

Peggy Cheng Pei Pei

Kindergarten 2 Teacher

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Peggy Cheng Pei Pei

Kindergarten 2 Teacher

I am a dedicated, diligent, resourceful and action-oriented professional educator. I hold a Master of Education degree specialised in Early Childhood Education and various certificates in relation to children such as global art, and creative children arts, among others. My passion had driven me to become an early childhood educator for the past 19 years. I believe that every child was born with different intelligence. My core competency skills include leadership, interpersonal skills and problem solving skills.

Racheal

Teacher Assistant

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Racheal

Teacher Assistant

I’m a graduate in Bachelor of Education (Hons) and have approximately 3 years of teaching experience. I love to teach children with patience and creativity with various activities in the classroom to motivate them. Every student has a different learning styles and it is important for us to tailor our teaching style to suit the students with different learning abilities in the classroom.

Ranjeetha A/P Maneim

Teacher Assistant

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Ranjeetha A/P Maneim

Teacher Assistant

I hold a Bachelor of Education degree and look forward to make a real difference in the lives of young learners. I’m confident, caring, assertive and organised. My main goal is to ensure young children are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Prianga

Teacher Assistant

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Prianga

Teacher Assistant

I’m a graduate in Bachelor of Education (Hons) and have approximately 4 years of teaching experience at kindergarten and lower primary. I have a passion towards teaching and have shown keen interest in students and seeing them grow through creative play and hands-on activity.

Marita AK Paul

Teacher Assistant

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Marita AK Paul

Teacher Assistant

I have 3 years of experience as a Teacher Assistant. I work closely with teachers to assist students to develop their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. I am also responsible to create lesson plans, document student progress and assist teachers to reinforce lessons for both small and large groups.

Nithiya Subramaniam

Teacher Assistant

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Nithiya Subramaniam

Teacher Assistant

I hold a degree in Bachelor of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) with three years experience. I am very committed and supportive towards the varied needs of the students under my purview, I am very passionate towards teaching and learning, and always strive to achieve the collective goals of all students and the institution. My goal in life is to ensure young children are constantly nurtured, supported and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. I am dedicated towards nurturing young minds to grow and achieve their ambitions independently. I am a learner, and always believe in continuous life-long learning, a quality that I strongly believe in, and impart to my students.

Insyirah Binti Sharipuddin

Teacher Assistant

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Insyirah Binti Sharipuddin

Teacher Assistant

I hold a Bachelor of Education (Hons) in TESL and have 3 years of experience teaching early years and also primary students. I am passionate educator, who enjoys working with children and contributing to their development. I always endeavour to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging for students.

Noor Malia Mohamed

Teacher Assistant

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Noor Malia Mohamed

Teacher Assistant

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English for Professional Communication and I have 9 years of experience in teaching. I love watching students grow academically and develop as individual. I am committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging to students where they can think critically and act proactively. It makes the hard work worth every minute when you see them work to improve themselves.

Jeevan Raj a/l Rajanren

Laboratory Assistant

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Jeevan Raj a/l Rajanren

Laboratory Assistant

I hold a Master in Science with an avid interest in renewable energy and environmental issues. I have contributed scholarly journals to the wider community. Having acquired diverse experience in the educational sector as a Researcher, Tutor and Laboratory Officer, I relish working alongside students in science activities while enlightening them on the amazing wonders of science and technology. I am currently designated to manage the science laboratories as well as providing support to teachers and students in ensuring the smooth running of science practical and activities to achieve the targeted learning outcome.

Nadia Nur Amalina Binti Zulkanain

Librarian

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Nadia Nur Amalina Binti Zulkanain

Librarian

I hold a Bachelor degree in Library Management and have completed my Master’s degree in Information Management. I have approximately 4 years of working experience as a librarian. I enjoy assisting students on the effective use of library and information and at the same time being a teacher-librarian to them.

Idham Shah Bin Sabuti

Boarding House Parent

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Idham Shah Bin Sabuti

Boarding House Parent

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. I have approximately 4 years of experience as Boarding House Parent. It is my responsibility to provide a safe, caring boarding environment that enriches the lives of the students. I am also qualified Secondary School teacher. I teach Bahasa Malaysia and History and have been a Teacher Advisor for Firefighter Cadet and Football.