Faculty Profile

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Bruce Nozaic

Head of Senior School
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Tanya Allman

Head of Early Years, Junior and Middle School

Blanche
Tey

Head of Modern Foreign Language

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Christopher Paul Gavin

Head of Department (Digital Technology) / Design & Technology Teacher

Jillian Bradley-Centi

Head of Faculty English, EAL,
ELC, Middle School Coordinator

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Dusko
Preradovic

Head of Department (Humanities) / Business Management & Economics Teacher
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Blanche Kieser Casandra

English, Humanities and Science Teacher

Nasihah Sakinah Kamaruddin

Year 11 & 12 VCE Coordinator / Physics & Mathematics Teacher
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Nur
Hidayah

Mathematics Teacher

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Mohd Fazli
Bin Razali

Bahasa Melayu Teacher

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Prema Shangari
A/p Ayappan

Mathematics Teacher

Siti
Farzana

EAL/English Teacher

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Humma
Elahi

Primary Teacher – Year 1

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Siti Hawa
Binti Anuar

Teacher Assistant

Marita AK Paul

Teacher Assistant – Year 2

Jayne hong

Supervisor Cum ELC Teacher

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Chaswynn Gultig

Year 2 Teacher

Racheal Joseph

Teacher Assistant – Year 1

Peggy Cheng Pei Pei

Kindergarten 2 Teacher

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Yassine Brihmat

French Teacher / Year 9 Mentor

Ben

Ben
Monckton

Head of Department (Student Well-being) / Humanities Teacher

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Prisheela
Thamotharan

Teacher Assistant

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Ubanisha
Balasubramaniam

K1 Teacher
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Muhamed Zaki
Bin Samsudeen

ICT Teacher

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Nurfarzana Adelin
Binti Zainal Abidin

K1 – Teacher Assistant

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Nurain
Binti Mahmud

Teacher Assistant

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Alice C Alex
A/P Alex Thomas

English Language (ELC) Teacher
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Mahashinii Ramaiah

SEN Teacher
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Khoo Siau Hwee

Mandarin Teacher

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Anna Elizabeth
Scholtz

Teacher

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Samantha Jane
Richards

Teacher

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Noor Yasmin Binti
Mohd Redzuan Devan

Music Teacher

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Widad Safiya
Mohamed Kheireddine

Mathematics Teacher
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Zaireen Zulaika
Binti Nasir Khan

Teacher Assistant
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Aina Suhaila
Binti Bujang

ELC Teacher – Senior School
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Arifah Alia
Binti Amir

Teacher Assistant
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Awan Mohmed Zulfiquar

Teacher
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Burridge Alana
Jade

Teacher
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Dean Jackson

Teacher
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Du Plessis Taryn Helena

Teacher
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Geetha A/P Thangarajoo

Teacher Assistanr

Kay Shin Yan

Teacher
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Mahendran A/L Ramasamy

Teacher
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Michael John Sharp

Health and Human Development, Teacher
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Muhammad Ediasyamin Ediasmizul

Physical Education Teacher
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Nagesh A/P T Thanasegaran

Teacher Assistant
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Nik Aina Nadia Mohamad Kamal

ELC Teacher – Junior School
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Norshamera Nor Azam

Malaysian Studies Teacher / Librarian
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Rebecca Louise Owen

Foundation Teacher
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Robyn Adele Bruce

Teacher, Year 2
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Roshini Flora
Francis

Maths Teacher, Middle School
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Saunders Nicholas Alexander

Teacher
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Siti Maryam Mahmed Khan

Teacher
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Sunita Bargathalli

School Nurse
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Elanie Junita Sheikh Abd Jalil

Science Teacher
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Dr. Aysegul Terkan Gurcan

Art Teacher
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Bruce Nozaic

Head of Senior School

With a career spanning 30 years in some of South Africa’s premier independent schools, my journey as an educator has been deeply rewarding. Holding a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, and Biochemistry, complemented by a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), I’ve dedicated my professional life to the sciences, particularly Chemistry and Physics. I’ve held significant leadership roles throughout my tenure, including Head of Science and Senior Deputy Headmaster, and specialised in teaching Year 11 and Year 12 Chemistry and Physics for 27 years. In 2019, I was honoured as a Master Teacher in Physical Science, specialising in Chemistry. My expertise extends to curriculum development and the academic integration of Chemistry and Physics, serving as the National Chemistry Examiner and National Internal Moderator for Chemistry in South Africa. My passion lies in unveiling the wonders of Chemistry to young minds, guiding them to appreciate the intricate chemical processes that underpin our existence and the environment. I am committed to enriching students’ understanding and awe of the scientific world through dedicated teaching and curriculum innovation.

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Tanya Andrea Allman

Head of Teaching & Learning : Middle school

I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree with specialisation in Education and Psychology, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. I have 22 years’ distinguished experience as an educationist, with close on ten of those years as a principal.

I am passionate about the education of young people, and about facilitating the development of academic programmes to ensure optimal maximisation of the learning potential of students. Previous experience as a teacher and leader in an Apple Distinguished School has enabled my competencies and skill set in the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning. I am well versed in implementing, monitoring and supporting best teaching and learning practice, including professional development, child-safeguarding, global citizenship education, inter-cultural learning and the like.

Blanche Tey

Head of Modern Foreign Language Teacher

Mandarin Teacher

I graduated from Central China Normal University majoring in MTCSOL (Master Teaching of Chinese to Speakers of Other Language), which is a comprehensive and prestigious university on the list of “211 National Project” and “985 National Project” and also obtained CTCSOL (Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages), PSC (Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi) 2A level. I am also a qualified HSK examiner and I  have various certificates in relation to Chinese studies. I have more than 18 years of experience as a Mandarin teacher. I have taught in government Chinese schools and few international schools. I taught IGCSE and AS Level Chinese and my students have all scored well in the IGCSE Chinese as a First Language and Second Language papers. Many of my students have scored Top in the World in Mandarin as a Foreign Language paper. I’m very caring and passionate in interacting with students and parents. I have a proven track record in developing an interactive learning environment where my students learn to apply the Chinese language in career development and proper character development.

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Christopher Paul Gavin

Head of Department (Digital Technology) / Design & Technology Teacher

I am from Yorkshire in England and I have been an educator for over 10 years. I am an educator, designer and technology enthusiast with a passion for user experience design, coaching, design thinking, current and emerging technologies. My expertise lies in Design and Technology, Visual Communication, Innovation, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, creating and making. I have experience in building departments, integrating the latest technology trends, platforms and digital technology. My goal is to provide a springboard for students to reach their aspirations by providing them with future career skills and creating an optimal experience to reach their full potential. My hobbies are football, music and my vintage record collection. After previously teaching D&T and a former Head of Technology, I am really excited to be the Head of Innovation and Digital Technology here at Peninsula International School Australia.

Jillian Bradley-Centi

Head of Faculty English, EAL, ELC, Middle School Coordinator

Originally from the UK, my 20-year journey in education has spanned teaching, leadership, assessment, and curriculum development in the realms of English language and literature. I possess a Master of Education, focusing on enhancing Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency through sheltered instruction, alongside a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English and Art History. My commitment to continuous professional development is reflected in my additional qualifications in Montessori education, TEFL, and KiVa Anti-bullying. My approach to teaching is rooted in the principles of positive psychology, emphasizing the creation of welcoming and inclusive environments that cater to the individual needs of each student. With broad experience across British, Australian, and US curricula, I have actively contributed to curriculum development and assessment processes, working closely with Cambridge Panels and the VCAA board. As Head of Faculty English, EAL, ELC, and Middle School Coordinator, I am dedicated to fostering academic excellence and holistic development in every learner. I am committed to empowering students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in their educational journeys and beyond.
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Dusko Preradovic

Head of Department (Humanities) / Business Management & Economics Teacher

I discovered my interest in teaching during my undergraduate Business studies when I was tutoring primary school, secondary school, and TAFE students for some pocket money. It was through this experience that I realised I would much rather work in a school environment, with student-teacher interaction at the core of my work, as opposed to sitting behind a desk in an office. Before I knew it, I’d enrolled in a postgraduate teaching course and never looked back.During my studies I was also an avid traveller, having visited 24 countries prior to Malaysia. I’m very excited to have Malaysia as the 25th country on my travel list. My other interests include basketball and snorkelling, amongst others.

Blanche Kieser Casandra

English, Humanities and Science Teacher

I have 3 years formal teaching experience. Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 5.

Nasihah Sakinah Kamaruddin

Year 11 & 12 VCE Coordinator / Physics & Mathematics Teacher

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.

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Nur Hidayah

Mathematics Teacher

Hidayah is a holder of a Mathematics Specialist degree, Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and currently pursuing her Post-graduate diploma in Teaching. Hidayah is described by her students as a charismatic and a dependable Maths Teacher with 8 years of experience in Secondary school environment. Her vast experience in delivering educational assistance and instructions to various levels of learners coupled with her ever friendly demeanour makes her a very popular teacher in her previous schools. “I am committed to providing academic goals whilst nurturing the love of learning. I am adept in the application of excellent communication, problem solving skills and specialise in establishing and implementing flexible programs which meets the curriculum standards”

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Mohd Fazli Bin Razali​

Teacher Assistant

8 years teaching in International School

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Prema Shangari A/p Ayappan

Mathematics Teacher

Dedicated and enthusiastic tutor with over 20 years of experience teaching Mathematics. For the past 5 years, I was employed as an IGCSE Mathematics teacher in an international school.

Siti Farzana

EAL/English 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.

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Humma Elahi

Primary Teacher

I am from London, United Kingdom, I have a BA Hons in Arabic from the University of Westminster, a PGCE in Primary Education from the University of East London, specialising in special educational needs. I hold a Montessori Diploma in both Early Years and Elementary Education which has enabled me to understand the need for a holistic approach to teaching. I believe that all children are entitled to equal learning opportunities and that I have a responsibility to ensure that children are challenged, motivated and have the tools to progress. I am passionate about giving all children equal access to learning. After teaching for more than 7 years in the UK, I am now thrilled to be moving to Malaysia and becoming part of the PISA team!

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Siti Hawa Binti Anuar

Teacher Assistant

I hold a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Technology (majored in Air-Conditioning & Industrial Refrigeration). I used to work as an Engineer and had been in the engineering industry for 3 years. However, I discovered my interest in teaching when I did work experience at local kindergarten for 4 years and it made me realise that I wanted this career path. I choose the profession of teaching because of the passionate conviction that in it lies my special destiny. Now, I am currently pursuing my Graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education and through teaching I would be able to fulfil my soul’s craving to make a contribution in shaping the world of tomorrow.

Marita AK Paul

Teacher Assistant – Year 2

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.

Jayne hong

Supervisor Cum ELC Teacher

I have experience teaching in multiple countries including Korea and China. I enjoy teaching students from different grade levels and motivating them to learn English in interesting ways. I also like to help students grow academically, creatively, and emotionally in all school activities. I have experience running the IGCSE exams with my students achieving very good results as well as being the speaking moderator for the exams. I hope to bring the same expertise to Peninsula and apply it to the VCE curriculum

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Chaswynn Gultig

Year 2 Teacher

16+ years teaching. Spent 8 years in Dubai teaching English to locals. Most of my experience is with year 1 but I adaptable to all situations.

Racheal Joseph

Teacher Assistant – Year 1

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.

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.

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Yassine Brihmat

French Teacher / Year 9 Mentor

Bonjour! Monsieur Brihmat here. I have experience of teaching students the French language from beginner to advanced. With a professional certification for teaching French, I also have experience teaching the French language with native speaker French students from ages 7-12. Malaysia is my first international country where I am teaching second and third language learners French. In my previous school here, I was the French teacher for both Primary and Secondary, and Head of the Modern Foreign Languages Department. I have experience running the IGCSE exams with my students achieving very good results as well as being the speaking moderator for the exams. I hope to bring the same expertise to Peninsula and applying it to the VCE curriculum. Whether French is your second or third language – we will explore the French language, from basic sounds, moving on towards words and sentences; all the while focusing on pronunciation for our speaking skills. For those who love to travel, this is the language to have, as 29 nations speak French! Hope you’re ready, a très vite.

 

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Ben Monckton

Head of Department (Student Well-being) / Humanities Teacher

I am an experienced teacher from New Zealand. I have extensive experience teaching second language learners from diverse backgrounds, having taught in NZ, South Korea, Indonesia, Brunei and now Malaysia. I have taught across curriculums and year levels in English, literature, geography, and history, sociology, psychology, maths and science.

Prisheela Thamotharan

Teacher Assistant

I’m a graduate in Bachelor of English and have experience in delivering educational assistance. I have true passion in working with our youngest learners. Helping each student progressing in all areas of their development is a challenge that I am honoured to accept daily. I strive to create a community of learners that natures this growth in a positive and fun environment.

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Ubanisha Balasubramaniam

Primary School Teacher

Ubanisha Balasubramaniam, fondly referred to as Nisha, is a qualified Primary teacher, previously from EPSOM College Malaysia and holds a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Roehampton, UK. “I strongly believe that learning through play is the best way to allow children to explore and develop themselves to meet their learning goals through their personal, social, emotional, physical, communication and language development. This enables children to have fun and learn at the same time. I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to learn according to their own interest and pace. I believe every child is a different kind of flower and altogether make a beautiful garden”.

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Muhamed Zaki Bin Samsudeen

ICT Teacher

For me teaching transcends impartation of knowledge. It includes bonding and forming affinity with leaders of tomorrow who are in my class today.

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Nurfarzana Adelin Binti Zainal Abidin

K1 – Teacher Assistant

My strength as the K1 Teacher Assistant: My bubbly, friendly, caring and sometimes the kiddy personality I have on me. Which I believe helps the kiddies to be more open and comfortable to be around me. As an educator, I believe that every child is an individual and for that I value and cultivate each one’s qualities, interest, abilities and knowledge to further their education. I think by playing games or fun activities helps the kids to learn, create and dream. What excites me the most when I teach is when I get to see those big bubbly, cute and pretty smiles and laughter on my students face when they learn new things and when they had fun at school.

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Nurain Binti Mahmud

Teacher Assistant

Been teaching for more than 1 year. Deliver new things to students and enjoy new things. Beside, I’m good with children too. I am willing to helps injured athletes back to the field and do encourage athletes the best way for recovery.

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Alice C Alex A/P Alex Thomas

English Language ( ELC ) Teacher

I have been teaching English for 11 years mostly to secondary school students as well as primary school students in private, independent and international schools both locally and abroad. It is a rewarding experience teaching English to ESL / EFL learners as you get to share your knowledge to them as well as to see what they can achieve both inside and outside the classroom. “ALL students CAN learn.” I believe that all students are a unique individual and they must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

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Mahashinii Ramaiah

SEN Teacher

I have 2 years of working experience working with students with diverse learning needs. I have been working with students with a range of needs, including learning disabilities, developmental disorders, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and physical disabilities.

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Khoo Siau Hwee

Mandarin Teacher

I have more than 20 years teaching experiences. I like to deliver my knowledge to students. I felt happy when I saw they really learnt from me after every classes. I teach students in the methods which are effective so that students will understand fast and clearly.

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Teacher

I have 15 years teaching experience, teaching abroad. I have taught in 7 schools across 6 countries. I love teaching abroad. I enjoy teaching because it gives me the unique opportunity to be part of shaping a young persons life, not only academically but also emotionally and socially. It’s a privilege and honor that I hold in high regard. The best feeling and what makes me very excited about teaching is when a student struggled with a concept and tries and tries and masters it. The joy and feeling of accomplishment is amazing.


Samantha Jane Richards

Teacher

My educational journey has been one of passion and purpose, from my academic beginnings in Sports Studies at the University of Exeter to a transformative pivot into education, culminating in a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York. This path led me globally, from teaching in Japan to making significant contributions in Malaysia. I’ve worked closely with the Ministry of Education and served as an English Language Specialist in various international schools. My approach to teaching goes beyond academics; I am deeply committed to each student’s holistic development, fostering intellectual growth and emotional and social resilience. As the Duke of Edinburgh Award coordinator at my school, I aim to inspire leadership and a spirit of adventure among students. Additionally, my fluency in Japanese has enabled me to connect with and support English Language Centre students from Japan uniquely, making their educational journey more comfortable and inclusive. I am Samantha Jane Richards, a dedicated educator driven by a belief in the transformative power of education, striving to nurture the minds and the hearts of young learners, preparing them to make their mark on the world.

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Noor Yasmin Binti Mohd Redzuan Devan

Music Teacher

I have a decade’s worth of music teaching experience. I was a teacher in multiple settings, such as private lessons, music academies, schools. The joy of having students bring written music to life is magical. Igniting a fire inside a student’s heart to explore what I hope to be a lifelong journey with music is an unmatched satisfaction. My educational philosophy is to guide students to be independent learners with a lifelong desire to learn and a growth-oriented mindset.

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Widad Safiya Mohamed Kheireddine

Mathematics Teacher

I have 7 years of teaching experience under my belt specialising in subjects of Mathematics and English. I had a wonderful experience in teaching abroad in Pakistan in which I was affiliated with a Finnish inspired inclusive school whereby I guided students with different learning abilities towards academic excellence. I love spending time in solving mathematical problems. And my strength would be the fact that I persevere in solving problems until I find a solution.

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Zaireen Zulaika Binti Nasir Khan

Teacher Assistant

I have been teaching many kinds of students including special need children, along the way I learn to be creative, flexible & be fun during teaching. Every time I get into the class there’s feelings of nervous & excitement, because there’s always something new everyday, so I get curious every time. It always offers me a new knowledge & experience. My passion is always to meet the needs of my students & I always believe in their capabilities.

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Anna Suhaila Binti bujang

ELC Teacher – Senior School

As an ELC Teacher at the Senior School level, my journey is fueled by a deep-rooted passion for English language and literature. Holding a Master’s degree in World Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Universiti Putra Malaysia, I’ve spent five enriching years in international schools across Malaysia, nurturing students’ academic and personal growth. My expertise spans English as a Second Language, English as a First Language, and English Literature. My teaching philosophy centers around sparking a similar passion for the English language in my students, guiding them to explore its rich tapestry and nuances. I strive to create a dynamic learning environment that transcends traditional methods, fostering an appreciation for language and literature that resonates deeply with my students. Witnessing their evolution into confident, articulate individuals who share my love for English is immensely rewarding, making every moment of my teaching journey a privilege and a joy.

Afifah Alia Binti Amir

Teacher Assistant

As a Teacher Assistant with a robust foundation in Teaching English, both at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, my journey into education is driven by a sincere belief in each student’s unique potential. Despite having nearly two years of experience, the opportunity to positively influence students’ academic and personal growth has been incredibly rewarding. My educational philosophy is anchored in recognising each learner’s individuality and advocating for tailored support that nurtures their paths to success. I’m passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment that encourages academic excellence and fosters personal and social development. This holistic approach to education is what I consider paramount in my role. My dedication to continuous professional development ensures that I remain adaptable and innovative, ready to meet the evolving needs of our diverse learners. I am committed to being a guiding light in our students’ educational journey, helping them to unlock their full potential.
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Awan Mohmed Zulfiquar

Teacher

As a British-born educator with a rich academic and cultural background, my journey through psychology, philosophy, and history has been deeply enriching. Currently, a Ph.D. candidate, my passion for teaching has taken me across the globe, from the UK to Paris, Cape Town, and Istanbul, allowing me to embrace and impart diverse knowledge and perspectives. My teaching ethos revolves around engaging students in a manner that nurtures their intellectual gifts and fosters the development of a virtuous character. The disciplines I teach are not merely subjects; they are gateways to understanding oneself and the societal fabric we are part of, laying the groundwork for a life marked by success and meaningful contributions. Beyond the conventional curriculum, my interests span many themes, including myth, psychoanalysis, literature, and classical studies, enriching the learning experience through dialogue and exploration. I am Awan Mohmed Zulfiquar, committed to guiding students on a journey of discovery, critical thinking, and personal growth.
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Burridge Alana Jade

Teacher

Originating from Leicestershire, UK, my educational journey led me from a BA Hons in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds to completing my PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Leicester. With a decade of enriching teaching experience in the UK and Australia, I’ve dedicated myself to crafting meaningful learning experiences that foster academic excellence and personal growth. I believe that every child deserves a strong start, guiding my approach to blend high expectations with a nurturing touch, ensuring every student feels valued and empowered to explore their full potential. Passionate about holistic development, I strive to cultivate an environment where every child is happy, confident, and equipped for success. My teaching style is adaptable and tailored to meet the diverse needs of my students, aiming to inspire them to achieve greatness and navigate life’s challenges with resilience. I am committed to transforming lives through education and impacting the futures of the young minds entrusted to my care.
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Dean Jackson

Teacher

Hailing from Tasmania, Australia, my journey in education and sports has taken me across the globe, from the shores of Australia to the diverse cultural landscapes of Thailand, China, Kuwait, Dubai, and Mexico. With a Bachelor of Education K-12, PE, Human Movement and Sports Management from the University of Tasmania, complemented by certifications in Cambridge Health and PE, PYP, IMYP, and the Duke of Edinburgh, my 25-year teaching career has been as enriching as it has been diverse. Currently based in Thailand with my family, my coaching credentials span a wide range of sports, including basketball, AFL football, swimming and water safety, cricket, volleyball, tennis, and athletics. Beyond the field and classroom, my interests in playing the guitar, cooking, travelling, and meeting great people enrich my life and teaching approach. My passion for teaching is driven by a profound gratitude for the great teachers and role models that inspire me to pass on my knowledge, expertise, and life skills to the next generation. I am a dedicated educator committed to making a difference in students’ lives through comprehensive education and sports mentorship
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Du Plessis Taryn Helena

Teacher

Traversing continents from South Africa to Vietnam, my teaching journey, enriched with a Bachelor of Art (B.Ed) degree in Education from The University of Johannesburg, has been a testament to my passion for nurturing young minds. Over fifteen years, I’ve embraced the diversity of educational systems, each enriching my approach and deepening my understanding of the complexities faced by students worldwide. My philosophy is anchored in creating a supportive environment that cultivates critical thinking, creativity, and independence, believing in every child’s potential to achieve greatness with the proper guidance. As an educator, my ambition extends beyond imparting knowledge; it’s about empowering students to become confident, independent learners, passionate about their education and eager to make a positive impact. The dynamic nature of teaching fuels my desire for continuous growth, pushing me to remain at the forefront of pedagogical innovation. My international experience has shaped my view on education’s role in developing global citizens, emphasising cultural understanding and global awareness. I am Du Plessis Taryn Helena, committed to inspiring a legacy of learners equipped to navigate the future’s challenges and opportunities.

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Geetha A/P Thangarajoo

Teacher Assistant Born and raised in Selangor, Malaysia, my journey in education has been fueled by a passion for guiding young minds through their formative years. With a master’s degree in guidance and counselling, I can effectively support and mentor students, particularly those with special needs. As a dedicated Teacher Assistant, my career has been defined by a commitment to being a supportive guide and a caring mentor. My ability to adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape ensures I provide the best possible support to all students under my care. Driven by a love for working with young people, I aim to inspire confidence, ignite curiosity, and foster a lifelong love for learning. I am Geetha A/P Thangarajoo, committed to positively impacting my students’ lives and helping them achieve academic and personal success.
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Kay Shin Yan

Teacher With a foundation in Arts (Visual Art), bolstered by a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor’s in Design (Advertising), my teaching journey has been diverse and enriching. Over the past four years, I’ve immersed myself in the vibrant world of international school education, following initial experiences as a part-time teacher and art tutor. My background as a graphic designer has profoundly shaped my teaching ethos, fostering a belief in the power of visual arts as a universal language. I champion art as a medium for expression, revelling in exploring the narratives woven into my students’ creations. My teaching is deeply rooted in art integration, blending art histories and theories with the tangible threads of real-life experiences, scientific facts, and craft. I find this approach enriches the learning experience and ignites my young learners’ curiosity, building a bridge to broader understanding and appreciation. I am Kay Shin Yan, dedicated to nurturing creative expression and critical thinking in my students through the transformative power of art.
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Mahendran A/L Ramasamy

Teacher

With two decades of teaching experience and a Master of Education, I, Mahendran A/L Ramasamy, am deeply committed to advancing science education. Specialising in Biology and General Science, I have nurtured young minds within the Malaysian Curriculum, IGCSE, and VCE frameworks. My approach to teaching is centred around making complex scientific concepts accessible and engaging, transforming the classroom into an arena of discovery. I am passionate about utilising hands-on experiments to deepen understanding and encourage a genuine curiosity about the natural world. Beyond the curriculum, I strive to prepare my students for major examinations and life beyond school, aiming to instil a lifelong passion for learning and a deep respect for the environment. As a teacher, my goal is to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, environmental stewards, and informed citizens, ready to contribute to a sustainable future.
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Michael John Sharp

Health and Human Development, Teacher

As an educator with over two decades of experience spanning continents from Scotland to China, I, have dedicated my career to fostering understanding and excellence across a broad spectrum of subjects, including History, Sociology, Politics, and more. Holding an MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Sociology, and Professional Education from the University of Stirling, Scotland, my qualifications are further augmented by my registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland and Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales. My teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that education should be a pursuit of excellence and a joyful journey of discovery. I aim to create a learning environment that not only challenges but also supports students to achieve their highest potential. As I return to teaching at PISA this year, I bring with me a wealth of global perspectives and a commitment to making learning an enjoyable and fulfilling adventure for my students.
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Muhammad Ediasyamin Ediasmizul

Physical Education Teacher

From the track to the classroom, my journey as Muhammad Ediasyamin Ediasmizul has been driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of education, especially in physical education and sports. As an ex-national athlete in track and field, I leverage my firsthand competitive experience and solid academic background in sports science to inspire and empower my students. With two years of teaching experience in Malaysia, I’ve honed my ability to create dynamic, supportive, and inclusive learning environments, tailoring my approach to meet my students’ diverse needs and learning styles. I aim to cultivate resilience, teamwork, and a lifelong love for learning and physical activity. As a lifelong learner, I’m committed to staying abreast of the latest in educational and sports science research, ensuring my teaching methods are effective and inspiring. I’m Muhammad Ediasyamin, a teacher, mentor, and coach, dedicated to shaping the future of physical education and nurturing the next generation of athletes and scholars.

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Nagesh A/P T Thanasegaran

Teacher Assistant

In Shah Alam, Malaysia, my passion and dedication to early childhood education have shaped my career over the past five years, specializing in nurturing children aged three and four. I, Nagesh A/P T Thanasegaran, have focused on creating enriching learning experiences beyond traditional classroom settings, recognizing the critical importance of holistic development in the early years. My approach includes integrating outdoor learning activities that allow young learners to explore and engage with their surroundings, promoting academic but also physical and emotional growth. Witnessing the lightbulb moments and the triumphs over challenges in my students fuels my passion for teaching, driving me to inspire a love for learning, curiosity, and confidence from a tender age. As a Teacher Assistant, I strive to be more than an educator; I aim to be a mentor and guide who fosters an inclusive and stimulating environment where every child feels valued and motivated to reach their full potential. My commitment to early childhood education is a testament to my belief in the transformative power of nurturing young minds to lay the foundation for lifelong learning and success.
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Nik Aina Nadia Mohamad Kamal

ELC Teacher – Junior School

As an Early Learning Centre (ELC) Teacher at the Junior School level, my journey has been marked by a passionate commitment to teaching English as a Second Language. With both a Diploma and a Bachelor of Education (Honours) under my belt, I bring a rich blend of academic knowledge and practical teaching experience, refined over four years across diverse educational settings. My teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that education is a powerful force for shaping the future, driving me to create learning experiences that are both engaging and impactful. I am dedicated to adapting my teaching methods to meet the unique needs of each student, making learning accessible and enjoyable. I aim to equip students with the skills necessary to thrive in a global society, fostering their confidence, competence, and curiosity in the English language. Through innovative teaching strategies and a nurturing environment, I encourage in-depth language exploration, supporting academic growth and personal development. I am committed to excellence in education, striving to inspire my students to become proficient English speakers and well-rounded global citizens.
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Norshamera Nor Azam

Malaysian Studies Teacher / Librarian

As a Librarian Cum Teacher, my educational path has been uniquely enriched by my background in psychology, currently advancing with a Master of Educational Psychology after securing a Bachelor in Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) with First Class Honours. This blend of disciplines has shaped a career transcending traditional teaching roles, allowing me to delve into the psychological aspects of learning and educational innovation. With five years of experience in a leading international school in Malaysia, I’ve navigated through teaching at both primary and senior levels, covering subjects from Psychology to Mathematics and beyond, under various curriculums, including the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Programme. My journey has also been marked by significant contributions to psychology conferences and a commitment to professional development, holding certifications in Psychometric Testing and Training of Trainers (TOT) from The University Technology Mara (UiTM). My teaching philosophy centres on the belief that education should be tailored to the unique way each student learns, advocating for an individualised approach that fosters a supportive and stimulating learning environment. I, Norshamera Nor Azam, am dedicated to nurturing well-rounded individuals prepared to face the world’s complexities with confidence and curiosity.

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Rebecca Louise Owen

Foundation Teacher

With over 23 years dedicated to the nurturing and educational growth of young minds, my journey has spanned from the nurturing environment of private daycare to the diverse classrooms of UK primary schools, including special needs facilities. My academic journey, grounded with a bachelor’s degree with honors in Early Years Education from the University of Wales Trinity St David and a PGCE in Primary Education specializing in Early Years, has equipped me with a profound understanding of early childhood development. My teaching philosophy is rooted in believing every child can flourish with the right encouragement and a nurturing environment. I am Rebecca Louise Owen, committed to inspiring and engaging all children in the joy of learning, aiming to create those transformative “lightbulb” moments that spark a lifelong passion for discovery.

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Robyn Adele Bruce

Teacher, Year 2

Over the last 23 years, my journey as an educator in New Zealand’s primary sector has been rewarding and transformative. Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a minor in Psychology and a postgraduate Primary Teaching Diploma from the University of Auckland, I’ve dedicated my career to fostering a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for children aged 5 to 11, with a special place in my heart for Year 2. My passion for literacy education drives my teaching philosophy; I see every challenge as an opportunity for growth and learning for my students and myself. In recent years, I’ve integrated technology into my lessons to enhance boys’ writing, reflecting my commitment to innovative and responsive teaching methods. As a lifelong learner, I continuously seek to upskill, believing education is a constant improvement and discovery journey. My greatest joy comes from witnessing my students’ growth, knowing that I play a part in shaping their future. I, Robyn Adele Bruce, am committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of problem solvers, global citizens, and innovators, guiding them to achieve their full potential.
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Roshini Flora Francis

Maths Teacher, Middle School My journey as a Maths Teacher at Peninsula Australia International School is underpinned by a diverse academic background and a passion for empowering young minds through mathematics. Starting with a foundation in science from the Management of Science University and advancing through a Bachelor of Education degree in Mathematics from Unitar International University, I’ve also broadened my understanding of learning with a Master’s degree in Psychology from Universiti Putra Malaysia. This unique blend of qualifications equips me to address both the cognitive and emotional aspects of learning, enhancing my teaching strategies to meet my students’ varied needs. Over the past five years, I’ve dedicated myself to crafting engaging lessons that align with the curriculum and ignite curiosity and understanding among my secondary-level students in Malaysia. My approach is marked by adaptability, aiming to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every student feels valued and motivated. I take pride in my organisational skills and the achievements of my students, reflecting the effectiveness of my teaching methods and my commitment to fostering a positive and stimulating classroom atmosphere. As a maths teacher, I believe in education’s transformative power, strive to inspire my students to achieve their fullest potential and view learning as a lifelong journey. I am Roshini Flora Francis, committed to enriching my students’ educational experience and guiding them toward academic and personal growth.
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Saunders Nicholas Alexander

Teacher

As a dedicated teacher hailing from the UK, my academic journey commenced at the University of Aberystwyth, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sunderland. With five enriching years of teaching experience in Hong Kong at the Primary level, I have developed a passion for creating a positive learning environment that nurtures academic growth and stimulates enthusiasm among students for every new day and challenge. My love for the outdoors deeply influences my teaching approach, integrating excursions and extracurricular activities that enrich the educational experience, making learning not just an in-class activity but an adventure.

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Siti Maryam Mahmed Khan

Teacher

My journey as an English language teacher over the past seven years in Malaysia has been a pursuit of imparting knowledge and transforming lives through education. Currently enriching my expertise with a postgraduate certificate focused on English language education, I’ve dedicated myself to mastering the nuances of second language acquisition. My teaching philosophy hinges on challenging my students to step out of their comfort zones, for I believe that true learning and growth occur when we dare to embrace the unknown. My classroom is a dynamic space where active learning and engagement are paramount, encouraging students to dive deep into the English language. Witnessing my students evolve from basic understanding to advanced proficiency is incredibly rewarding, affirming my commitment to their success and fueling my passion for teaching. I aim to equip my students with language skills and the critical thinking and communication abilities they need to navigate the world confidently. I am Siti Maryam Mahmed Khan, a mentor and guide, committed to significantly impacting Malaysia’s educational landscape and inspiring my students to achieve greatness.
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Sunita Bargathalli

School Nurse

As a School Nurse at Peninsula International School, I bring a foundational background with a Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor of Nursing Science with Honours (BNS), complemented by BLS/CPR certification and registration with the Nursing Board of Malaysia. With over six years of experience in hospital settings across Singapore and Malaysia, transitioning into the school environment allowed me to focus on fostering a healthy school community. My role extends beyond basic healthcare; I provide comprehensive health services addressing students’ and staff’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I pride myself on strong interpersonal communication skills, including empathy and flexibility, which enhance my ability to offer effective and compassionate care. Passionate about promoting health and wellness, I initiate various programs to educate and empower our school community to lead healthier lives. I am Sunita Bargathalli, dedicated to ensuring a nurturing and safe educational environment through exceptional nursing care and health education.

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Elanie Junita Sheikh Abd Jalil

Science Teacher

With a rich background in Biomedical Science from International Islamic University Malaysia and specialised training in IBMYP and IBDP Biology, my journey as a science teacher over the past 15 years has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve dedicated my career to bringing science to life for students from various backgrounds, emphasising hands-on experimentation and the real-world application of scientific principles. My approach to teaching is dynamic and student-focused, always aiming to demystify complex concepts to enhance engagement and understanding. The opportunity to inspire curiosity and foster a love for learning in my students drives my passion for teaching. Witnessing their growth and empowerment through mastering scientific concepts is profoundly satisfying. I am Elanie Junita Sheikh Abd Jalil, a science teacher committed to nurturing the next generation of thinkers and explorers.
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Dr. Aysegul Terkan Gurcan

Art Teacher

From a young age, I’ve always known that teaching was my calling, which led me to begin my teacher training during my high school years in Ankara, Turkey. My academic journey took me from a Bachelor of Education in Teaching Arts at the University of Inonu, Turkey, to achieving a Master of Arts in Art History and Cultural Philosophy at the University of Bucharest, Romania, and culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Art & Design from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM), Malaysia. With 17 years of enriching teaching experience across Turkey, Romania, Iraq, and Malaysia, I’ve embraced the opportunity to inspire students internationally. Accredited with the IB, Cambridge International Education, and as a Microsoft Certified Educator, I’ve also contributed to the academic community through presentations at international congresses and journal publications. My teaching philosophy centres on fostering confidence, creativity, imagination, and aesthetic appreciation in my learners, firmly believing that learning should be enjoyable and is crucial for nurturing creativity. I am Dr. Aysegul Terkan Gurcan, an art teacher dedicated to unlocking the creative potential of each student.