Faculty Profile

Adam Collings

Vice Principal - Secondary

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Adam Collings

Vice Principal - Secondary

Embracing 20 years of experience working with students and staff in a variety of schools, I bring a wealth of knowledge and well-developed skills into my teaching and leadership. An Australian citizen with vast teaching experience as Physical Education, Health & Science, Mathematics, VCE Coordinator and as a Form teacher. I have a deep appreciation of the strong complex links between pedagogy, curriculum and student learning/knowledge construction. Possessing an extensive understanding of the pedagogical approaches for fostering the enhancement of knowledge and effective learning from a range of evidence based, theoretical and social-cultural perspectives, I’m also fully aware of the importance of positive relationships, student voice and community engagement. I am passionate about creating a positive learning environment for all students and staff and helping them to achieve their potential.

Anita Houston

Vice Principal Primary & Head of Kinder

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Anita Houston

Vice Principal Primary & Head of Kinder

I am an Australian and have over 30 years of teaching experience. I have strong leadership qualities and capabilities and has shown a proven record in classroom management. I am dedicated in understanding a child’s needs and has developed partnerships with parents. I use positive behaviour strategies and built strong relationships with students, staff and parents.

John Strangio

Head of Commerce

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John Strangio

Head of Commerce

I have a Bachelor in Business – Accounting and I worked for many years as a Chartered Accountant before pursuing a career in teaching. I made the move into teaching after identifying it as a way to better engage and impact on the communities around me. With a passion for bringing the world to life in the classroom, I am able to use my real world experience to engage with students from diverse backgrounds. I have been working in the space of curriculum development and alternative delivery methods of education through the use of technology more recently. I am currently completing a Masters in Education with an International focus which is enabling me to further develop my skills and understanding of the ever growing complexities of education within a global system. I am very excited to be joining the Peninsula team.

Alexander De Petro

Head of English

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Alexander De Petro

Head of English

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Teaching, with a focus on international education and curriculum development. As a VCE specialist, I bring a true passion for literature and the English language to the classroom. Originally from Melbourne, I have a broad range of teaching experience in Australia and overseas, most recently living and working in Brunei Darussalam.

Charmaine Mason

Head of Physical Education/ Dance

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Charmaine Mason

Head of Physical Education/ Dance

My name is Charmaine Mason. I am from a small town called Huntly, New Zealand and of Maori descent and from the Waikato / Tainui tribe. I have been teaching Health, outdoors and physical education since 2013.  I also teach Dance, strength in Street Dance and love playing netball and being in the outdoors. I have a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure studies and Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching. I have been a Middle Management Leader called Quality Leader of Teaching which focused on building quality teacher practices since 2018. In 2017, I was a Year 9 Dean. I am very excited to be joining the Peninsula International school. I look forward to building positive working relationships with the school community

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.  

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.

Rick Callow

Head of Art/Drama

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Rick Callow

Head of Art/Drama

I am from Australia, and hold a Bachelor in Drama and Art for Primary & Secondary. I have more than seven years of teaching experience where I had previously taught diverse group of students in Australia, Shenzhen, China and Kyoto, Japan. My goal as a teacher is to instill a passion for learning in my students while providing them with an encouraging and positive learning environment.

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.

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.

Suzanne Walsh

Primary Teacher - Grade 2

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Suzanne Walsh

Primary Teacher - Grade 2

I am a qualified primary school teacher with more than 25 years of experience and hold a bachelor’s degree in primary education. I have a keen eye for detail and a proven track record of thriving in a challenging environment. A clear and engaging communicator, with the ability to motivate students to fulfil their potentials.

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.

Willem Lampe

Primary Teacher - Grade 4

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Willem Lampe

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.

Natalie Gould

Primary Teacher - Grade 5

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Natalie Gould

Primary Teacher - Grade 5

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.

Marco Centi

School Counselor & Life Skills Teacher & ECA Coordinator

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Marco Centi

School Counselor & Life Skills Teacher & ECA Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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.

Siti Farzana

EAL/ ELC

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Siti Farzana

EAL/ ELC

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and has had about 4 years of teaching experience in teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) in international schools. I help the students to improve their English by using a range of course books, interactive materials, plus a variety of audio and visual aids to help encourage students to communicate with each other and improve their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing by using the structures and vocabulary they’ve learnt.

Nur Hafizah Jamal

SEN Teacher

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Nur Hafizah Jamal

SEN Teacher

I fell into Special Educational Needs when I began working with children during my internship. Years later, with a Psychology degree, a diploma in Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology, and a PGDE, I am still in awe of how children learn and how different one is from the other. Besides supporting SEN children, I have also facilitated workshops and edited picture books. Having lived in Myanmar, Oman, China, and the United States, I am thrilled to be in Malaysia again and be part of the Peninsula team. 

 

Alexander Brian Darbyshire

ICT Teacher

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Alexander Brian Darbyshire

ICT Teacher

I hold a Bachelor in Ancient History at the University of Reading, and a Master in Information Systems Management at the University of Sheffield. I had previously taught in a reputable school in the South East of England. I was trained as a teacher at that school and learned from a leading group of Computer Science teachers who helped other schools improve around the region.  I enjoy working with young people and interacting with them, particularly on the subject of technology. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling and am a keen rugby player, representing the Kuala Lumpur Tigers rugby club.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charlene Grace Liew Ai Ping

Kindergarten 1 Teacher

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Charlene Grace Liew Ai Ping

Kindergarten 1 Teacher

I strongly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in their own unique way. I have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and have experince in handling children of all ages and personalities. I love giving children the opportunity to learn through exploration.

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.

Jayne Hong Wai San

Classroom Assistant

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Jayne Hong Wai San

Classroom Assistant

I have many years of teaching experience in several countries which includes Korea. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jurazida Binti Kamaruzaman

Boarding House Parent

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Jurazida Binti Kamaruzaman

Boarding House Parent

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Science Human Development, majoring in Resource Management. I have approximately 4 years of experience as Boarding House Parent. I am an excellent team player and I have good interpersonal skills. I am also a qualified teacher teaching Bahasa Malaysia for Primary and Secondary students.
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