Our Junior School team
Mr Graeme Naftel, Head of Junior School
Masters in Education, Graduate Diploma in Education (Monash), Bachelor of Teaching (University of Technology, Sydney)
Graeme joined the AISM team in 2013. His experience in Australia includes teaching students from 5-12 years of age as a classroom teacher and an IT specialist, and running a Junior School boarding house for eight to eleven year old boys. His leadership experience includes Deputy Head and Curriculum Coordinator at Newington College, Lindfield, and Head of Primary at Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour, the largest independent school in regional NSW.
Graeme loves all sports, but particularly enjoys football, golf, and running. He has a strong interest in pastoral care and believes respect, manners and giving of your best at all times is non negotiable.
Mrs Kerry Smith, Deputy Head of Junior School
Master of Education, Diploma of Education, QUT (Queensland University of Technology)
Prior to joining AISM, Kerry was Deputy Head Academic at Newton Preparatory School, London, UK, where she worked for 11 years. In her career in Australia and the UK, Kerry has been High Ability Coordinator, Head of Drama, Head of English and has thoroughly relished being a teacher of English in secondary schools. She believes that the cornerstones of educational excellence are curiosity, creativity and perseverance and these attributes need to be nurtured by skilled and inspirational teachers.
Ms Dianne McLean, Head Teacher - Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Edith Cowan University)
Dianne has taught for 23 years within a variety of schools throughout her career in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, she has been teaching and training other teachers within the field of Early Intervention at Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre. Dianne has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in early language and literacy development and her passion is in early intervention and providing children with the best possible start as they commence their own educational journeys. She enjoys music, theatre and travel.
Ms Leigh Rebecca Janett, Learning Enrichment Teacher and Stage One Leader
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Australian Catholic University)
After dedicating her foundational years of teaching to disadvantaged schools in Melbourne's northern suburbs, Leigh has learnt the importance of creating a personalised learning environment and getting to know each student's interests, thinking processes, preferred learning styles, backgrounds and families. Leigh has been teaching for 13 years and has a passion for teaching all levels of the Junior School, drawing upon a strong information and communication technologies (ICT) teaching knowledge. Challenges excite her, particularly working with students for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and those with special needs. Leigh is married and has two young children. She enjoys swimming, netball and a good nasi lemak!
Mrs Annabelle Larkworthy, Year 5 Home Room Teacher and Stage Two Leader
Master of Education (University of Sydney), Bachelor of Education (University of Technology Sydney)
Annabelle has been teaching since 2007, working in both the public and independent sectors. Prior to joining the AISM team, she taught at Wenona School for Girls on Sydney's North Shore, leading Years 3 and 4 as acting Stage Coordinator. Annabelle has a passion for developing student critical and creative thinking skills, and this forms the basis of her teaching philosophy. In previous roles she has initiated a variety of student leadership and service learning programs and supported the creation and development of a whole-school student representative council. Annabelle and her husband moved to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney in 2014. She loves travel, music and experiencing the exciting and diverse culture of Malaysia.
Mr Elliot Stephen Roberts, Junior School Co Curricular Activities Coordinator and ICT Facilitator
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, (Queensland University of Technology), Diploma in International Business (University of New England)
Elliot completed a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and taught in Brisbane for 5 years before joining AISM in 2014. He is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator who values hands on and inquiry based learning practices. Elliot enjoys incorporating ICT and real world learning into his lessons. His interests include music production, physical fitness, reading and travelling.
Ms Yen Wey Ang, Early Learning Centre Teacher
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (University of South Australia)
Yen Wey is passionate about working with young children. With more than 15 years experience in early years settings in both teaching and management roles, she believes that an educator has an enormous impact on developing the whole child. This makes her constantly reflect on her self awareness and the application of practices that allow children to reach their potential.
She is interested in arts that help children express themselves better, especially their inner feelings. Being an art therapist is what she aspires to in the future. In her own time, she enjoys being surrounded by nature. She loves gardening and playing basketball.
Ms Bianca Chep, Early Learning Centre Teacher
Bachelor of Education, Foundation in Management (University Tun Abdul Razak)
Bianca graduated with a Bachelor in Education (Language and Literature) in 2012 from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak. She worked as a substitute teacher in a local government school before starting as an Assistant Teacher at AISM in 2013. In 2014 Bianca was appointed to the position of classroom teacher where her passion and interest in the Reggio Emilia approach and programs of inquiry began. She is passionate about this philosophy of learning and uses the principles of Reggio to ensure her learning environment is meaningful and enjoyable. Bianca enjoys travelling and entertainment. She believes joy and laughter are vital for children to learn successfully.
Ms Rebecca Lim, Early Learning Centre Teacher
Bachelor of Early Childwood Education
Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Studies in 2014. Prior to that she worked in a local preschool centre for four years as a classroom teacher. Rebecca loves bringing music into the class to provide an environment that enhances the children's learning process.
Ms Jessica Redstone, Foundation Home Room Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Massey University), Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland) CELTA
Since completing her studies, Jessica has taught in New Zealand, Abu Dhabi and Chile, as well as working in the not-for-profit and tertiary sectors..
Jessica is a creative and enthusiastic teacher with strengths in supporting students with English as a Second Language, Mathematics and Literacy as well as a passion for Visual Arts.
In her spare time she enjoys, travelling, trying new foods, reading and painting.
Mrs Evelyn Ralph, Foundation Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Australian Catholic University)
Over sixteen years of teaching Eve has continued to demonstrate how flexible she is at adapting to new environments. Her experience has seen her teach not only in Australia but also for eight years in the United Kingdom, and now Malaysia.
Eve’s passion and excitement for delivering a personalised approach to her class drives her teaching, along with working collaboratively with her peers and parents, to make sure that each child feels like they are in a place where they can succeed. This is done through providing a rich and exciting curriculum that meets the needs of each child. Eve has been accompanied by her husband and two daughters to Malaysia. She enjoys finding the perfect cup of coffee, reading beautiful picture books to her children and exploring new places.
Mr Anthony Gredig, Year 1 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Avondale College Australia)
Anthony was born and raised in Australia before moving to New Zealand at age 10. He returned to Australia to complete his Bachelor of Education at Avondale College - NSW. Anthony has had a variety of teaching roles that have covered all Primary levels, but has spent the majority of his career teaching in Stage 1; most recently in a Team leader role.
Anthony absolutely loves teaching and enjoys working alongside teachers from Australia and New Zealand, aligning with whoever wins the Rugby! He enjoys music and loves being at the piano for singing, and performing. He enjoys being active by way of running, swimming and gyming.
Ms Andrea Zibell, Year 1 Home Room Teacher
Post Graduate Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong)
Andrea has taught in various primary schools across Sydney and London for the past eight years, working as a classroom and music/performing arts teacher. She has experience running school musicals, choirs and dance groups - which is a big passion of hers.
Andrea loves teaching and enjoys helping all children to develop their confidence and love of learning. She believes in a holistic approach to teaching and incorporates a variety of inquiry based, hands on activities in her lessons.
Andrea enjoys playing netball, travelling, singing and spending time with her family.
Mr Kristian Hickson, Year 2 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Australian Catholic University)
Kris has a wealth of teaching experience, both in Australia and abroad, having developed his teaching style over the past 16 years. This includes teaching in the western suburbs of Melbourne, leafy suburbs of Bradford (UK) for 8 years, a year in multicultural Preston and culminating with 5 years in the beachside town of Mount Martha, Victoria.
Kris aims to create a classroom environment that stimulates and challenges students to reach their full potential both academically and emotionally. He achieves this by forging strong relationships with students and parents, setting clear learning goals and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed and become lifelong learners!
Kris has travelled to Malaysia from Melbourne with his wife and two daughters. He has a passion for travel, sport and classic cars.
Ms Keleigh O'Shea, Year 2 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education & Community Studies, Postgraduate Primary Education (University of East London)
Keleigh has been teaching since 2010 in both public and independent schools, teaching all primary ages groups in Australia, UK, Middle East and China. Keleigh is dedicated to teaching hands on lessons that will capture a child’s imagination and and lead to successful learning. This can be achieved through working to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and adaptive to the varied needs of all students. Keleigh enjoys photography, cooking and yoga.
Ms Jayde Fisher, Year 3 Homeroom Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Southern Cross University)
Jayde completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Southern Cross University in NSW, Australia. She has been in Malaysia since 2014, teaching in an international context and has enjoyed learning about Malaysian culture, history, and food. Jayde is from the Mid-North Coast of NSW where she taught at a local public school.
Jayde is passionate about facilitating meaningful student inquiry, enhancing learning experiences through digital technologies, and equipping students with the tools they need to successfully achieve their goals and lead fulfilling lives. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, and participating in outdoor activities.
Mr Mitchell O'Brien, Year 3 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle)
Mitchell has eight years experience teaching in primary schools across New South Wales, Northern Territory, London and Kent.
He believes in providing an environment where students take risks with their learning and feel comfortable in asking questions whilst encouraging and supporting their peers. Mitchell is passionate about students leading active and healthy lifestyles, integrating 21st Century technology into the classroom and introducing students to new experiences. He enjoys playing sport, reading, traveling and going to the beach.
Mr Glen Emslie, Year 4 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Edith Cowan University)
Glen has taught for 20 years at schools in metropolitan and country Western Australia, and one year in Toronto, Canada. He has also concurrently been an Assistant Principal for ten of those years. Glen has a passion for the integration of technology in the classroom as he believes it assists with the development of students' inquiring minds. His interests include watching a variety of sports, playing field hockey, travelling, reading, and playing the piano.
Ms Stephanie Freeman, Year 4 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Deakin University)
Stephanie has been teaching in Melbourne for the past five years. She has a deep passion for cultivating students’ thinking skills and learning dispositions, and strives to create a safe, supportive, engaging, inclusive and challenging learning environment for all her students. In 2013, Stephanie was the recipient of the Ian Webster Scholarship and travelled to the Netherlands to participate in a five day Culture of Thinking Seminar with senior researcher, Mr Ron Ritchhart. She enjoys being active and social by walking, running and playing sport.
Rachelle Griffin, Year 5 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Charles Darwin University)
Rachelle completed her studies at Charles Darwin University in Northern Territory, Australia. She spent her youth in the Northern Territory, much of it growing up in Kakadu National Park. She has also lived and worked in New South Wales and Victoria as a primary school teacher.
Rachelle is passionate about developing the critical thinking and questioning skills of her students. She is passionate about incorporating digital technologies into the classroom and strives to inspire students by creating engaging lessons which are both fun and challenging.
Rachelle is excited to be living and working in Malaysia and is looking forward to learning about the local culture and food.
Jordan Redstone, Year 5 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Auckland University of Technology)
Jordan has taught in both independent and public schools in Australia, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi, as well as teaching English in Chile, South America.
Jordan believes in the importance of an holistic teaching approach that developing learners’ individual strengths, while supporting them to achieve their goals through collaboration in a supportive team environment.
Jordan has an interest in sports having coached rugby, soccer and basketball and enjoys board sports such as surfing and snowboarding.
Tracey Niesman, Music Teacher
Bachelor of Music (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Tracey taught music in South Africa for seven years until her new husband took her with him to Nigeria. There she worked at two different international schools before moving to Malaysia. After a few years at home being a mother, Tracey is looking forward to getting back into the classroom and sharing her passion for Music.
Ms Alicia Low Yi Jun, English as an Additional Language Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Carnegie Mellon University), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia)
Alicia has experience working with students from 3-18 years of age in Malaysian and American settings. Prior to joining AISM in 2016, she spent two years teaching English and History in a local high-needs secondary school. She is passionate about literacy and the power of words, and actively seeks ways to maximise students' engagement with language. She believes that cultural diversity is the most enjoyable aspect of working in an international school, and loves creating a positive and productive learning environment for all students. In her free time, Alicia enjoys photography, hiking, reading, and crafting.
Mr Mohd Fadhly Bin Roslei, Agama and Bahasa Melayu Teacher
Bachelor of Malay Linguistics & Language (UPM), Diploma in Information & Technology (International Islamic College)
Mohd Fadhly has worked in primary and secondary schools in Malaysia, and has taught Bahasa Melayu for UPSR students. He holds a Diploma Information & Technology and is undertaking further tertiary studies this year in a Bachelor of Linguistics and Literature (Malay) at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang. He teaches Bahasa Melayu and Malaysian Cultural Studies in the Junior School, Malaysian Studies in the Middle and Senior School and Agama across the whole school. He loves reading and enjoys cooking in his free time.
Ms Adila Binti Parman, Bahasa Malaysia Teacher, Malaysian Cultural Studies and Agama
Bachelor of Accounting (Hons), Masters in Education (International Islamic Universiy Malaysia)
Adila has taught English, Visual Arts, Living Skills (Kemahira, Hidup), Physical Education and Bahasa Malaysia in Primary Schools throughout Malaysia. She was Head Counsellor at a private school in Selangor for 4 years before joining AISM. She has assisted with numerous sporting, motivation and cultural events in her previous roles. She enjoys playing table tennis and has coached for MSSD and MSSS tournaments. She is currently undertaking a Masters degree of Educational Psychology at International Islamic University Malaysia.
Ms. Siti Afsa Binti Abd.Ghani, Learning Enrichment and EAL Support Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Universiti Industri Selangor)
Siti has taught students from pre-school to high school, specialising in English language acquisition. Her most recent position prior to joining AISM was lecturing at a private adult education college. She is passionate about raising students’ interest in learning. Above all, she believes that education should be simultaneously enriching and fun. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and experiencing new cultures and delicacies.
Ms Hor Kai Lin, Mandarin Teacher
Master of Education (National Taichung University of Education), Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies (University Malaya)
Hor was a part time lecturer in One World Hanxing College of Journalism and Communication and has taught at a Chinese primary school. At AISM, Hor teaches Mandarin in the Junior School and Middle and Senior School. Her hobbies include collecting stamps and reading. She enjoys backpacking in her holidays. She loves animals, particularly dogs.
Ms Yoke Yin Wan, Mandarin Teacher
Masters in Science, Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin (University Putra Malaysia), Teaching Certificate (Tengku Ampuan Afzan Teacher Training College)
Wan has taught Mandarin in junior and middle schools in the Malaysian, British and American Curricula. She holds a Masters in Science (Educational Technology), Bachelor of Arts (Mandarin) and Teaching Certificate (Mandarin). She loves reading and volunteering her time for non government organisations.