Faculty Profile

Vicki Psiahos

Junior School Teacher - Foundation

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Vicki Psiahos

Junior School Teacher - Foundation

I am from Australia however I have been working in Asia for the past 26 years, including international schools in Malaysia, Singapore, Beijing, Brunei and Indonesia. I will be taking up the position as Foundation teacher and I am very excited to be back in the classroom. I have a particular interest in Mathematics and have experience working with children who have English as a Second Language. I am thrilled to be part of the team at Peninsula International School Australia.

Poppy Chaudhri

Junior School Teacher - Year 1

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Poppy Chaudhri

Junior School Teacher - Year 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.

Anna Casey

Junior School Teacher - Year 2

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Anna Casey

Junior School Teacher - Year 2

Bringing 10 years worth of Victorian Primary Teaching experience with me from Australia, I am extremely pleased to be joining the vibrant and dynamic educational community at Peninsula International School Australia. I have vast experience teaching Year Levels 1-4 and am delighted to be the founding Year 2 teacher at Peninsula.  I am confident in working with the Victorian Curriculum guidelines across all areas in the Junior Years and have a special interest in actively promoting positive well-being practices based upon the science of Positive Psychology.  I enjoy being a creative, enthusiastic and nurturing teacher; one that places high importance on differentiation for individual learning needs and seeking best-practises to improve my professional development.

Mark Percil

Junior School Teacher - Year 3

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Mark Percil

Junior School Teacher - Year 3

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.

Natalie Gould

Junior School Teacher - Year 4

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Natalie Gould

Junior School Teacher - Year 4

After graduating with a degree in French and Spanish studies in 2009, I was presented with the opportunity to work in Spain. My pathway into teaching began after completing the PGCEi course in Madrid, where I worked for several years as a primary school teacher. Many of these years were spent leading Literacy in an Infant School, maintaining and raising standards in Reading, Writing and Phonics. Specialising in Literacy alongside my background of languages has enabled me to become competent at teaching children who are being educated in a second language. I am very excited to have joined the Peninsula team and to embark on this adventure in a new school.

Janelle Dorian

Head of Science - Middle/Senior School

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Janelle Dorian

Head of Science - Middle/Senior School

I have over 15 years of teaching experience in both Senior and Middle school contexts. I taught VCE Biology, and VCE Geography in Middle years; Mathematics, Science, Geography, Humanities and Health in the Senior years. I possess a great passion for Science and Mathematics, and have an excellent curriculum knowledge in both of these disciplines. I have developed a breadth of experience in both the classroom and positions of management in my years as a teacher, holding several leadership positions in this time. My key areas of expertise include curriculum design and the development of a guaranteed viable curriculum, showcasing science education in primary and secondary settings, mentoring beginning and experienced teachers, fostering parent engagement, and teacher training and development. Sustained engagement and a positive learning environment are central to my practice and create a platform for students to continue with Math and Science in their senior years.

Melissa Wolsley-Findlay

Head of Commerce - Middle/Senior School

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Melissa Wolsley-Findlay

Head of Commerce - Middle/Senior School

I am from Peninsula Grammar in Melbourne, Australia, where I held the position of Head of Commerce. I have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business (Management) and Graduate Diploma in Education, and recently completed my Master of Education (Studies of Asia). With 15 years of teaching experience, I have a strong history of curriculum development and have written, planned and implemented a range of Commerce and Humanities based subjects into the secondary school. I am an experienced year 12 examination assessor within the Victorian Curriculum, and have also presented at many teacher conferences around a range of business and economics subjects as well as planned and implemented overseas study tours for students. I currently volunteer with the Australia-China Youth Association to help young people find internships in Australia and China.

Nadine Montille

Head of Arts - Whole School

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Nadine Montille

Head of Arts - Whole School

Originally from Mauritius, I am a French language speaker and graduated with a BFA (Hons) Painting Major. I have 17 years of teaching experience in Mauritius, India and Malaysia before arriving at Peninsula International School Australia. I pride myself on running highly successful Art Departments and nurturing creativity for all my students.  I am also an IB Visual Arts Examiner for the International Baccalaureate, Cardiff, UK, and continue to attend Art workshops and conferences in the South East Asia region.

Artistic Career: I am a registered artist with the Government of Mauritius.  I was the Mauritian Art Ambassador at the Francophonie Games Beirut 2009, Lebanon, and have also been a member of the jury for the 2010 Festival Creole Art Competition organised by the Government of the Seychelles. I continue my work as an artist/photographer and enjoy travelling and visiting art galleries and fellow artists.

Grant Smith

Head of Music - Whole School

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Grant Smith

Head of Music - Whole School

With over 15 years of teaching experience, I have taught every aspect of the Victorian Curriculum including V.C.E, V.E.L.S, V.E.T and Instrumental Music. Before moving to Malaysia in 2014, I was also employed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority as an official assessor in the V.C.E music performance exams. Within my own musical career, I have traveled and toured across Australia performing in Jazz/Blues and contemporary ensembles while recording a variety of music with many professional musicians in the studio. Currently, I am part of a Japanese band performing in Kuala Lumpur and throughout Asia. Providing genuine learning opportunities and experiences to all students is at the heart of my teaching philosophy.

Udaykumar Madar

Head of Physical Education - Whole School

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Udaykumar Madar

Head of Physical Education - Whole School

I teach Physical Education (PE) across Primary and Secondary school. I graduated from Pune University, India with a first class degree in the Master of Physical Education and master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science from Leeds Metropolitan University (UK). After that, I worked as Swimming Coach, PE teacher and Head of PE and Sports across all age groups at International Baccalaureate, IGCSE and CBSE curriculum schools in India and the UK. In 2014, I started teaching in Malaysia. I have participated in competitive swimming, Judo and cross-country at national level. I believe PE helps children adopt a positive lifestyle where they develop as well rounded individuals. Through sport, we can encourage leadership, foster respect for one another, promote fair play, inspire determination and develop resilience. Currently, I am aiming for world masters swimming championship in 2018.

Jillian Bradley-Centi

English Teacher - Middle School

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Jillian Bradley-Centi

English Teacher - Middle School

I identify learning as a natural predisposition towards enriching knowledge. In this sense I am both a  cognitivist with a behaviorist vision. As an educator, undoubtedly my main strength is being able to adapt and converge to any situation. Although I am British and was born in England, I have spent a great deal of my working experience out of the UK, thus my expectations and worldview has been altered as a consequence.

I have been teaching English both as L1 and L2 for the past 17 years. Ranging from elementary, middle school, upper school to foundation. I am fortunate to have travelled and worked in Italy,, Oman and Australia whilst continuing my professional development. I studied Fashion Design and Product Development in Italy for three years at Diploma level, later continuing my studies in England where I received my Honours Degree in English and Art History. Then my PGCE in International Education with Derby University. My experience has led me to publish a collection of short stories and poems from my previous classes with scholastic.co.uk; while I periodically publish my own lessons through Times Education (TES).

My element is being surrounded by a culture where the pursuit of knowledge is the main object, I enjoy communicating, inspiring and taking young people and myself one stage further. I strive for academic excellence and believe personal and professional development is infinite. Recently, I have channelled my efforts into becoming a certified KiVa Trainer for a well documented anti bullying programme in Turku, Finland. I believe every child has the right to shine and succeed in a safe and happy environment.

Sherry Wyse

English Teacher

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Sherry Wyse

English Teacher

I am from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. I also have a Specialist Certificate in Guidance and Career Education. I have taught English in Busan, South Korea, provided learning support in Berlin Germany and taught secondary English and middle school Social Science, as well as provided academic and personal counselling in Malaysia for 4 years. I have a great passion for the written word. In fact, I created Malaysia’s first national inter-school poetry slam. I am truly excited to bring my creativity and talents to Peninsula International School Australia.

Ryan Casey

Mathematics Teacher

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Ryan Casey

Mathematics Teacher

I am from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia and have taught for nine years in Camperdown. I have taught Mathematics to a range of ages from primary school right through to Year 10. I have also taught at a secondary level in other subjects such as Geography, History and Physical Education. I am very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching Mathematics in the classroom and motivating my students to achieve their best results and enjoy their time in the Maths classroom.

Patrick Dorian

Mathematics & Science Teacher
ECA Coordicator

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Patrick Dorian

Mathematics & Science Teacher
ECA Coordicator

Having taught for 15 years in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, my expert methods of teaching are Physical Education and Health. However, I have also taught across many domains including Maths, Science and Outdoor Education. I have held the role of Head of Sport and Health as well as Physical Education Curriculum Leader. I believe every student, regardless of academic ability, deserves the opportunity to succeed in education and life. Giving each student the opportunity to grow and develop their talents is fundamental to my teaching practice. I am honored to have been granted the opportunity to teach Middle Years Maths and Science at Peninsula. I have also been assigned the role of ECA coordinator, assisting in the development of extra-curricular activities across all levels within the school.

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.

Richard Sykes

Design & Technology Teacher

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Richard Sykes

Design & Technology Teacher

I will be teaching Design Technology at secondary level. My professional background is as a Registered Architect, having been registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). I have been teaching since 1993, holding roles such as Head of Design Technology Faculty, and Head of UK Department for Education Consultant for Design Technology. I am also experienced in the use of information technology within the subject, having particularly managed CAD/CAM systems both as an Architect and within schools. Within Design Technology I have taught specialism in all aspect of the subject, and even taught additional courses in Engineering and Construction. In terms of interests I am a traditional musician, playing several musical instruments, and am a keen artist.

Rachel Lindsay

Humanities Teacher

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Rachel Lindsay

Humanities Teacher

I trained to teach in the UK, and my undergraduate and master’s degrees are in History. I have taught at international schools in the UK and other countries since 2005. I have been fortunate enough to live and work in Milan, Tokyo and Madrid before coming to Setia Alam. I am a History specialist, and am passionate about supporting my students in achieving their goals and ambitions in life. I love working with young people. It keeps me active and brings vitality to my working life. I am a mother of a young, curious, active daughter who keeps me on my toes outside the classroom. Apart from my job and my daughter, I love art, the beach and spending time with great friends. I look forward to working alongside your children, and welcoming them into the Peninsula family.

Karen Maree

Physical Education & Life Skills Teacher

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Karen Maree

Physical Education & Life Skills Teacher

I have over 20 years’ experience teaching in South Africa, England and the Netherlands. I have a Teaching Qualification from the Natal University (Durban, South Africa) as well as qualifications in human resource management, health management, personal coaching (life, budget & career), as an international hockey coach and performance lifestyle advisor. Previously I have been Head of Physical Education and Head of Year. My areas of expertise lie in people support and in sport. Prior to that I was an Olympian, SA Sports Ambassador and Sportswoman of the Year (SA 1998), Commonwealth Games Team Captain and South African Hockey Captain. I am also well versed in squash, athletics, tennis and golf. Through my years of experience gained in sports while working with top executives and as a coach, I have developed the KLiM coaching concept called CUPS (Coaching Utilising Personal Spaces).

Marco Centi

School Counselor & Life Skills Teacher

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Marco Centi

School Counselor & Life Skills Teacher

I have always considered education as the first and most important means to create a shared conceptual platform, through which, a more just and equal society can be built. I was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. Yet my inspiration is the world. Knowing and understanding different cultures has been my vocation and also part of my job. I studied Anthropology obtaining an Honours degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Master in Education specialising in Intercultural Education.

My travels and working experience have taken me to Australia, where I had the fortune to meet and study aboriginal people and culture. Later, I worked for several years as tutor-coordinator for a NGO specialised in student intercultural programs and exchange. Together with my British wife, I lived and worked in Oman where I coordinated a Self Access Centre, focused on conversation enhancement, at the University of Nizwa. There, I learnt to appreciate Arabic Language and Islamic culture. That experience helped me to focus on the importance, for every human being, to learn a second language in order to widen the horizons and limits of our own culture. My most recent experience was at the European School in Bad Vilbel Germany, where I worked as Pedagogical Advisor for secondary school, facing a variegated and multicultural working environment. I am also a redactor/journalist for an Italian newspaper. I find there is no correct way of doing things, instead I adopt an holistic approach to learning which ultimately leaves room for improving strategies and life goals.

Isabelle Martinez Primavesi

French/Dance/EAL Support Teacher

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Isabelle Martinez Primavesi

French/Dance/EAL Support Teacher

After graduating from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Danse et Musique de Paris, I started performing as well as teaching contemporary dance and physical theatre to varied ages and abilities throughout Europe. Having lived in England and in France, I subsequently started teaching English and French as a foreign language. I spent the last 5 years teaching at the French School of Kuala Lumpur and I am now delighted and excited to be in the Peninsula team.

Sri Ram Seetha Arumugam

SEN/EAL Junior School Support Teacher

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Sri Ram Seetha Arumugam

SEN/EAL Junior School Support Teacher

I have 14 years’ teaching experience in various international school education systems in Malaysia. I also have experience working with children with special needs, including behavioural and development disorders as well as autism. As a dynamic, forward-thinking and innovative Primary School Educator, I see education as involving a reciprocal relationship between administrators, teachers, students and parents. I am driven to create an environment that promotes hands-on learning for children at all stages of the learning process. Recently, I have conducted workshops nationwide on early intervention (collaboration of Rotary International and Help University). In the present capacity of being Curriculum Support Coordinator and Subject Teacher (Grade 5) in the previous school, I have led training to homeroom teachers by providing training and running the ‘Learning Through Play’ activities as well as developing an inclusive curriculum that caters the needs of every child in the class.

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.

Lee Pooi Li

Mandarin Teacher

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Lee Pooi Li

Mandarin Teacher

I graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan with a Bachelor of Education. On top of that, I have a Certificate of Teaching Mandarin as a Second Language from Hanban, China. In total I have at least 16 years of teaching experience in international schools and private schools in Malaysia. Teaching is my passion. I really enjoy working with children. It gives me great joy delivering interesting and interactive lessons which engage and help them to enjoy learning Mandarin.

Michelle Tan Hui Sze

Drama Teacher

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Michelle Tan Hui Sze

Drama Teacher

I am a performer, aspiring theatre maker and educator. In August 2016, I completed my Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. My credits whilst training include Prudencia/Pepe/Antonio in Bernarda Alba, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Daniela in In The Heights, Vera Charles in Mame and Judy in Women of Manhattan. My performance credits include Jenny Cavilleri in Love Story (Dama Asia, 2017), Susan in Tick, Tick Boom! (Monday Show Entertainment, 2015), Larger Than Life (Dama Orchestra, 2014) and Merrily We Roll Along (PAN Productions, 2014). I have also directed the final showcase for Dama Asia’s Young Artist’s Programme and assistant-directed Fame the Musical for Monday Show Entertainment. I am currently running the senior musical theatre programme at the British Academy of Performing Arts.

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