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)

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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.

 

Ms Leigh Janett
Deputy Head of Junior School

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Australian Catholic University)

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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 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!

 

Ms Dianne McLean
Learning Enrichment Teacher and Lower Junior School Leader

Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Edith Cowan University)

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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.

 

Mr Kristian Hickson
Year 5 Home Room Teacher and Upper Junior School Leader

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Australian Catholic University)

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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 Danielle McPherson
Early Learning Centre Coordinator

Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood (Open Polytechnic), Post Graduate Diploma - Early Intervention (Canterbury University)

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Danielle is from Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her background in early childhood education has seen her teach across a variety of settings with children aged from birth to six years of age. Danielle is very passionate about forming quality relationships with children and their families, ensuring that all children are supported to succeed. Danielle strives to provide learning experiences that support the holistic development of the child, with a focus on developing their literacy and numeracy skills. Her primary goal as a educator is to foster a sense of self worth and value in each learner, identifying their individual strengths.

 

Mrs Rebecca Lim
Early Learning Centre Teacher (Nursery)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)

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Rebecca taught in a local preschool centre before joining AISM in 2015. She believes that building positive relationships is essential in teaching and is one of the key elements in helping children to succeed. Rebecca loves bringing music into the classroom to provide an environment that enhances the children's learning process. 

 

In her own time, she enjoys being surrounded by classical music and nature. 

 

Ms Bianca Chep
Early Learning Centre Teacher (Preparation)

Bachelor of Education, Foundation in Management (University Tun Abdul Razak)

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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 Jessica Redstone
Foundation Home Room Teacher

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Massey University), Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland) CELTA

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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.

 

Ms Helena Blair
Foundation Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education (University of Otago)

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Helena began teaching in Australia before moving to the United Kingdom. After two years teaching in London, she returned to her home country of New Zealand where she taught New Entrance learners in Invercargill. She is excited about her new adventure in Malaysia.

 

Helena is an enthusiastic and caring teacher. She loves teaching phonics and is a big fan of all sports. In her spare time, Helena loves to travel to new places, try new foods and be active outdoors.

 

 

Mrs Evelyn Ralph
Year 1 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Australian Catholic University)

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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 Jeremy Cox
Year 1 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Curtin University), CELTA

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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Jeremy has spent just over a decade living overseas. Prior to moving to Malaysia, he lived in the United Kingdom working as an EAL teacher. He completed his Bachelor of Education with Curtin University, where he was inducted onto the Vice-Chancellor’s List—a lifetime award for achieving results in the top 1% across the university.

 

At the core of Jeremy’s teaching philosophy is the belief that true learning stems from curiosity, and that piquing children’s interest in the world around them, while helping them develop the skills of inquiry and critical thinking, is a fundamental role of education. His primary goal as an educator is to foster a learning environment in which students feel valued and supported and that guides them to become self-regulated lifelong learners.

 

Two of Jeremy’s main passions are playing the guitar and watching AFL football. He also loves Malaysian food and travelling to all of the wonderful places Southeast Asia has to offer.

 

Mr Nick Richards
Year 2 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts Hons, Post Graduate Certificate of Education (University of Manchester)

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Nick has taught across multiple ages groups and settings. Starting out in the north of England, he taught at various primary schools throughout the country before making the move to Asia. He taught English in Bali and Singapore to both children and adults for four years before moving to Malaysia. Nick enjoys traveling, snorkeling, reading and music; he loves playing the guitar. He is motivated by collaborative teaching and student feedback and enjoyment of lessons. He also loves Star Wars and is very excited to be starting another year at AISM.

 

Mrs Kosalay Pather-Spurr
Year 2 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (Macquarie University)

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Kosalay taught in Junior School classes throughout Sydney for the last 15 years before moving to Malaysia with her family. She is passionate about teaching and learning. Kosalay enjoys spending time with students, watching as they question, discover, learn and grow. As a teacher she is committed to ensuring each child feels capable and successful. She strives to develop enriching, engaging lessons that stretch the thinking of her young students while providing a safe, welcoming and enthusiastic environment in which to learn the skills necessary for academic success.

 

Kosalay enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, painting and exercise.

 

Ms Keleigh O'Shea
Year 2 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education & Community Studies, Postgraduate Certificate of Education (University of East London)

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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.

 

Mr Mitchell Cooper
Year 3 Homeroom Teacher

Diploma of Tertiary Studies, Bachelor of Education (Monash University)

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Mitchell taught for six years in Melbourne, Australia before starting at AISM. He has worked with primary students in Grades 1, 2, 4 and 6 as well as being a specialist Physical Education and Science teacher.

 

Mitchell loves teaching and enjoys seeing his students display a 'growth mindset', working hard to achieve their personal learning goals and asking lots of inquisitive questions. Mitchell enjoys AFL, NBA, technology and travel.

 

Ms Kirsten Shinn
Year 3 Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning, Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education (University of Canterbury)

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Kirsten joins AISM from Nelson, New Zealand. She has taught Grades 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and was Head of Physical Education and Health.  

 

Kirsten is an enthusiastic teacher who aims to create a positive, safe and happy learning environment for her students. She aims to facilitate student learning by adapting her teaching style to cater to the varying needs of her students.

 

Outside of school, Kirsten has a strong interest in health and fitness and is a huge animal lover. She enjoys running, netball, reading, experiencing new cultures and spending time with friends and family.

 

Ms Rachelle Griffin
Year 4 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Charles Darwin University)

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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.

 

Mr Jordan Redstone
Year 4 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Auckland University of Technology)

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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.

 

Ms Tracie Richards
Year 5 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Anglia Ruskin University), Post Graduate Certificate of Education (University of Cambridge)

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Tracie started her career over ten years ago as a middle school teacher of English in the east of England. She later made the transition to teaching in primary schools, with the majority of her experience being with Year 5. In 2013, she moved to Bali to teach English as a Second Language and after two and a half years, moved to Singapore where she taught English enrichment classes for a further two years. Tracie believes in the importance of building confidence in her students and engaging them through a creative curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and snorkeling.

 

 

Mr Anthony Gredig
Music Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Avondale College Australia)

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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 absolute 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 Rachel Thompson
Physical Education and Sport Teacher

Bachelor of Science (University of Gloucestershire), Post Graduate Certificate Education (University of Northampton)

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Rachel is originally from England where she began her teaching career. During her 7 years of teaching she took on the leadership roles of both Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Director of Physical Education in Secondary Education. In 2013 she moved to Australia to continue her teaching adventure. Over the last five years Rachel has worked in several Sydney private schools as the School Sports Coordinator, leading and coaching sport from Kindergarten to Year 12. Rachel has held the position of Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader, organising the highly acclaimed Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, including the challenging, but exciting Adventurous Journeys to various National Parks.

 

Rachel loves all types of exercise and has played many sports, including, hockey and netball competitively from a young age. She has developed a new passion for all water sports since living in Australia and is looking forward to travelling and exploring both Malaysia and further afield.

 

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)

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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)

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Mohd Fadhly has worked in primary and secondary schools in Malaysia, and has taught Bahasa Melayu for UPSR students. Currently, he is completing his Master Degree in Education at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

 

At AISM, he teaches Bahasa Melayu and Malaysian Cultural Studies. He believes that learning languages allows you to see the world from different perspectives. He enjoys cooking and food hunting during his free time.

 

Ms Adila Binti Parman
Bahasa Malaysia Teacher, Malaysian Cultural Studies and Agama

Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.