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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.

Odette Grant-Lapre

Junior School Teacher - Year 2

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Odette Grant-Lapre

Junior School Teacher - Year 2

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.

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.

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 Visual Arts

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Nadine Montille

Head of Visual Arts

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nur Hafizah Jamal

SEN Teacher

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Nur Hafizah Jamal

SEN Teacher

I have more than 5 years of experience in handling children with special needs. I graduated from University of Kansas specialising in Psychology. I have a passion in engaging students and cater to individual learning styles and communicates effectively to various personalities. Besides supporting both EAL and SEN children, I have also facilitated workshops and edited picture books.

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.

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.

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.

Daniela Dos Santos De Souza

English Teacher

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Daniela Dos Santos De Souza

English Teacher

My 20 years of teaching experience spectrum covers from tutoring ESL students in language centres to successfully heading the Language Department and English Department at two International Schools. Along these years, I have worked in different countries (in North and South America, in Europe and in Asia), within various environments, and with students and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds.

A skilled professional, I pride myself in having excellent subject knowledge in my area of expertise, which includes:  preparing senior and middle school students for external examinations, teaching both IB and IGCSE in English language and Literature; preparing students for Edexcel International in English Language, as well as English as a foreign language. I have also worked as an English Oral Examiner and Moderator for the IGCSE examinations. In addition, my Law and Performing Arts background have allowed me to use specialist skills within my teaching and curriculum planning.

Through the years, I have learned to strike a balance between concentrating on enriching and broadening the students’ minds while at the same time producing results. In every school I have worked, I have taken the initiative in introducing extra curriculum activities such as public speaking, debate and poetry competitions and motivational camps.

I am an education enthusiast and always strive to do the best for my students, intellectually and emotionally. I do not see students as ‘weak, ‘lazy’ or ‘incapable’ – those labelled as such just haven’t been properly nurtured. Through communication, respect and trust, we can mentor students in order for them to access their passions and talents, which will eventually lead them to achieving success. Being an educator is more than preparing lessons and setting exams, it is supporting our students in all areas so that they become confident individuals and responsible citizens.

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.

Marita AK Paul

Classroom Assistant

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Marita AK Paul

Classroom Assistant

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.

Abdul Rahman Bin Muhammad Shariff

Librarian

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Abdul Rahman Bin Muhammad Shariff

Librarian

I hold a Diploma in Information Management and a Degree in Information Science (Hons) Library Management from Universiti Teknologi MARA with over 13 years of experience in managing the library. Prior to this, I worked in library of various types namely Academic Library, Special Library and School Library.

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.

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.

Veronica Caroline a/p David

Classroom Assistant

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Veronica Caroline a/p David

Classroom Assistant

I have a great passion in teaching. I graduated from University Putra Malaysia with a Master in Educational Psychology in 2018. I graduated from University Tun Abdul Razak in 2013 with a Bachelor in Education (Language and Literature). I had previously served as a primary teacher in an international school for two years where I have gained valuable experience. I believe that every child has a different learning style which requires differentiated teaching strategies.
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