Middle & Senior School

Mr Ivan McLean
Head of Middle and Senior School

Masters in Science, Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Education, Diploma in Management

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Ivan has been an educator for over 25 years. In this time he has predominantly worked in boarding and day schools in Perth, Western Australia. He was previously Head of Mathematics, then Learning Technologies Manager, then Head of Middle Years at Hale School and for nine years the Associate Principal Senior School at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School.


He has the belief that an Australian education leads to a competitive advantage for students, whilst grounding them in fair and strong values. He seeks for every student to aim for their personal best in an earnest and responsible manner. Ivan has a strong passion for holistic learning and believes that students should be well-rounded, global citizens. Ivan's studies have focused on the use of ICT in education, particularly but not limited to STEM subjects, and also strategic planning and management issues. He is particularly interested in nurturing leadership amongst his staff and students.



Mrs Kathryn Sutherland
Deputy Head of Middle and Senior School

Masters of Contemporary Asian Analysis, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education (Primary & Secondary), Post Graduate Diploma in Arts, Diploma in Modern Languages

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Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Modern Languages (Indonesian), Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Indonesian) and a Master of Contemporary Asian Analysis at The University of Melbourne between 1994 and 2004. During this period, Kathryn also co-owned and co-managed a small business in Melbourne for five years. She then worked as a volunteer in East Timor for 12 months with government and non government organisations, including World Vision East Timor, to complete her Masters. This experience supporting disadvantaged youth to access educational opportunities led to her decision to formally enter the world of education, and Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) at Deakin University.


Kathryn commenced teaching at Kormilda College in 2007, an International Baccalaureate and Australian Curriculum school in Darwin, Australia. She held various middle and senior management positions encompassing both curriculum and wellbeing over seven years at Kormilda College, culminating in the position of Deputy Principal Academic. Prior to joining AISM in 2015, Kathryn was the Manager of Non-Government Schools at the Northern Territory Department of Education. Kathryn is passionate about education and working with staff to create the conditions in which all students can thrive through engagement in meaningful holistic learning experiences.


Mr Jason Brand
Head of Department Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Year 11 Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Education (PDHPE), The University of Wollongong

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Jason has been teaching for the past 20 years in the UK, Canada and regional NSW. For the past 15 years, he has been based on the NSW Central Coast teaching at Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College. His leadership experience includes Campus and College Head of Sport, and for the past 8 years, Head of Department PDHPE. His teaching philosophy is that all students are unique with different strengths in different areas, and through hard work and perseverance, will achieve their life goals. Jason loves sport and is particularly passionate about cycling, alpine skiing and golf.


Mr Simon Matheson
Head of Department - Science and Technology

Bachelor of Science, Honours in Chemistry, Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Simon joins AISM with 10 years of experience from the Queensland independent private school sector where he lead a very successful Chemistry department which encouraged over 70% of the cohort to extend on their curiosity for science. Before this, Simon educated numerous students across the government sector in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Simon believes that every student has the right to excellent education in a positive and productive environment, where the opportunity to extend and challenge self are rich and readily available. Simon is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education majoring in leadership and Management, inspiring him to support the needs of staff and students alike.


Mrs Liliane Heininger
Head of Department - Modern Languages and Year 8 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (French and Italian) (University of Wollongong), Honours Degree in French (University of Wollongong), Diploma in Education ( French/ Italian) (University of Wollongong)

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Liliane comes from a boarding school in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales where she taught French at a Senior level (Years 11 and 12 Continuers and Extension). She was also involved in the boarding life of the school, managing a Year 12 boarding house for 5 years. Prior to that, Liliane was Teacher in Charge of LOTE (Languages Other Than English) at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Sydney, overseeing the teaching of French and Japanese as well as managing Open High School students. During that time, she also worked for the Board of Studies sitting on committees to set the Higher School Certificate (HSC) French exams, assess HSC French papers and administer the Oral Component of the HSC throughout NSW.


Liliane began her career in the Illawarra teaching 8 years in the State system before moving to the private system, teaching both French and Italian to all levels at St Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong for 18 years.


Liliane is French born and passionate about her subject area. She frequently returns to France to visit her elderly father and enjoys immersing herself back into the French culture. Liliane enjoys traveling, meeting new people, learning new languages and watching foreign movies. She believes that language learning opens many doors to the outside world and is keen to pass on this enthusiasm to her students.


Mr Darren Bird
Head of English

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Newcastle and Diploma in Education University of Newcastle

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Darren has taught in a number of regional NSW schools in both the Public and Independent sectors. He has also taught in a number of International schools as both a classroom teacher and Head of Department. His teaching experience is centred around the NSW HSC curriculum which he has taught for 18 years. Darren has a passion for literature (particularly American fiction) and believes that highly developed literacy skills enable students to enhance their opportunities for success in their post secondary school experiences.


Mr Michael Lewthwaite
Head of Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (University of Melbourne); Graduate Diploma in Education (Melbourne State College)

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Michael is originally from Melbourne but now considers Canberra to be his home. He has many years of experience teaching mathematics and has taught in Melbourne, London, South Africa, Malawi, Canberra and Jakarta. He has previous experience as Head of Department, Director of Studies and Deputy Principal and has taught in a variety of schools, including government, independent and boarding schools.


He is passionate about mathematics and enjoys working with like-minded educators. Impressing upon our students the importance of learning mathematics and developing sound mathematical, logical and reasoning skills is a major focus. His favourite leisure activities are golf and travel.



Mr Chris Broadbent
Careers and Pathways Coordinator, English, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Dunelm, UK), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Cambridge English Language Teaching Accreditation (CELTA)

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Chris Broadbent has 15 years' teaching experience, 12 years of which has been at AISM. He hails from the UK and has a Geography degree and PGCE from the University of Durham. He also holds a CELTA qualification to teach English as a second language. He is the Model United Nations Director at AISM. 


Mr David Stagg
English, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) and Year 6 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (History, English & Sociology) (UWS), Masters in Teaching (English and History Secondary) (UWS)

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David has taught in Western Sydney and in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. He has been a classroom teacher and has worked in a boarding house. He is currently completing his Maters of Education (Educational Leadership). David believes in creating safe positive learning environments that enables the child to reach their potential in a classroom that encourages risk-taking. David is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher and is looking forward to continue his own personal development at AISM.


Mr Glen Emslie
Science, Maths Teacher and Year 6 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Edith Cowan University)

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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 Elisabeth Finlayson
Music Teacher and Year 7 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music)

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Elisabeth graduated from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (where Hugh Jackman graduated from!). Elisabeth has spent the last four years teaching in WA and NSW, with her last posting being at MLC School in NSW teaching in both the Junior and Middle School. For the last two years she has also been a vocal coach and music tutor for the Australian Girls’ Choir.


Ms Aoife Doran
Learning Support Teacher and Year 7 Home Room Teacher

Bachelors Degree in Primary Education (Majoring in Special Education)

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Aoife graduated from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, in 2007. Since graduation, Aoife has taught in a number of Special Education settings in middle schools across Brisbane. She also spent two years abroad in South America and Germany, traveling and teaching English. Before coming to Malaysia, she was the Learning Enrichment Co-ordinator at Cannon Hill Anglican College in Brisbane. She believes in the importance of working with each student's individual learning style to bring about academic and personal success. Aoife enjoys reading, cycling, cooking, dancing, and traveling.



Ms Hor Kai Lin
Mandarin Teacher and Year 7 Home Room 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.


En Abu Darda Omar
Bahasa Melayu Teacher, Head Teacher - Malaysian Studies and Year 8 Home Room Teacher

Masters in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Administration, Advanced Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Education (University of Wales)

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Abu has been teaching at AISM since 2002 in Malaysian Studies and Bahasa Melayu across the school from Years 3 to Year 10. He has been teaching for more than 20 years in various curricula in Malaysia, Britain and Australia.



Ms Alison Brand
Science, Chemistry and Biology Teacher and Year 9 Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Newcastle)

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Alison has taught Science in NSW schools for the past 14 years. Her specialty areas are Biology and Chemistry. Alison believes that adapting teaching pedagogies is critical in the development of 21st century learners, and that forming positive relationships is also an important factor leading to student success. She is looking forward to becoming an involved member of the AISM community.


Mr Marshall Kennedy
English as a Second Language Teacher and Year 9 Home Room Teacher

Master of Arts in TESOL(Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and BSc Environmental Science

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Marshall comes to AISM with over thirteen years of experience teaching English as an Additional Language - ten years in Korea and most recently three here in Malaysia. He has taught across a variety of contexts, ranging from kindergarten to university. He believes strongly in promoting learner autonomy to help students maximise their English Language Learning potential. In his spare time, Marshall enjoys exploring and sampling the amazing food of Malaysia.



Ms Claire Matheson
English, Geography Teacher and Year 10 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing, Film and Television), Graduate Bachelor Education (Secondary: English and Geography), Graduate Certificate Business Administration

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Claire joins the AISM team with ten years teaching experience in the Queensland Private School sector. She is a senior secondary English and Geography specialist and has worked as a Panel Member for Senior Geography and a QCS Short Response Marker and Trainer for the QCAA. She has held key leadership roles in the implementation of whole school Visible Thinking and Learning strategies as well as technology rich learning environments.


Claire has a indefatigable love of language, literature and storytelling, passed on with enthusiasm and passion in her classroom. She also believes the study of Geography to be invaluable in teaching sustainable environmental, social and economic management tools that students will need to become responsible global citizens.


Mr Robin Irvine
Economics, Commerce Teacher and Year 10 Home Room Teacher

Masters of Teaching (Humanities and Geography), Bachelor of Science 2:1 Honours (Sociology major, Economics and Geography minors) and Certificate of Cognitive Psychology and Learning

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Robin is a passionate educator who believes students are best able to fulfill their potential by working as part of a respectful, supportive and enthusiastic community of learners. He aims to encourage the cultivation of critical and creative thinking skills that not only help students understand the world from different perspectives, but ultimately support them to become better learners. Robin has seven years teaching experience at Melbourne Girls Grammar School. Robin has a keen interest in coaching students to become self-regulated learners by helping develop their skills in metacognition, and has a keen interest in curriculum design and innovation, particularly in the field of blended learning. He also speaks fluent Mandarin, having previously lived and worked as a tour operator in China.



Mr Chris Shortreed
Mathematics Teacher and Year 10 Homeroom Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Education Secondary and Middle School

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Chris has six years experience teaching maths and science in UK and Canadian curriculum schools. Using lessons designed to engaging students to think critically and logically express their ideas. He uses strategies of open questioning, feedback, and hands on learning to encourage curiosity, discussion, and students lead learning.


Ms Samantha Lindsay
Drama Teacher, Year 11 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education(Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts(Ancient History and Performance Studies)

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Samantha has spent the last year teaching Drama at Bankstown Girls High School in NSW where she also owned and ran her own drama school. Samantha is looking forward to sharing her passion for drama and helping shape successful and creative learners.



Mr Raymond Pollock
Maths, Science Teacher and Year 12 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education

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Raymond has been a Head Teacher for Mathematics in government and private schools for a number of years. He specialises in Senior Mathematics and Physics. He has a keen sporting interest in volleyball.


Mrs Wenche Naftel
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), English and Year 12 Home Room Teacher

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Catholic University), Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (LaTrobe University), Certificate IV Training and Assessment (Centralian College)

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Wenche (Venka) grew up in Norway. She completed an Honors degree and her teaching qualifications at Macquarie University, Sydney. Over the last nine years she has worked in various schools across New South Wales, teaching students from Kindergarten through to Year 12. In the last two years she has been teaching Human Society and Its Environment and English at AISM. Wenche is passionate about supporting all children to achieve their personal best, socially, emotionally and academically. She loves to travel, read, run and spend time with her family.


Mrs Isabelle Manders-Jones
English, Drama and Year 6 Level Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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Isabelle grew up in Paris, France. She completed her PGCE at Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK and was awarded her Honours Degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. Over the last twenty-five years she has worked in various international schools in Spain, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, The Bahamas, Germany, Jamaica and China, teaching the International Baccalaureate Curriculum (MYP & DP), the British National Curriculum and the The Advanced Placement Program. Her main subjects are French, Spanish, English and Humanities and she has taught students from Year 4 through to Year 12. This last year she has been teaching English and Drama at AISM. Isabelle is passionate about teaching, travelling, films, discovering new cultures and spending time with her family. She has two children studying at AISM.


Ms Susan Skinner
Science Teacher, Year 7 Level Coordinator

Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning (USQ), Graduate Certificate in Science Communication (ANU), Bachelor of Science (Hon) (ANU), Teaching English as Second Language (TESOL)

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Susie has been teaching in science education for over ten years. Her focus is middle school science. Prior to school teaching, Susie worked in plant science research (CSIRO Canberra), presented a national children's science television series, managed education programs in two Australian science centres, and managed eLearning in a medical school (Flinders University). Susie has two young children born in Malaysia.


Mrs Kelly Anne Holmes
Year 8 Level Coordinator

Bachelor of Psychology (Science) Honours, Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), Graduate Certificate TESOL.

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Kelly was based in Melbourne for 10 years but is originally from Sydney. She has taught in Sydney, Alice Springs, Malaysia and Melbourne and has experience in teaching students from Foundation through to Year 10. She returned to AISM in 2015, having been with the school in its early days at Country Heights and is thrilled by the transformation and development of the campus, its facilities and the continued commitment to the delivery of excellence in education. Kelly is passionate about education being the gateway for future success, happiness and life choices for young people. She enjoys reading, keeping fit and spending time with her family.


Ms Rebecca Parkhouse
Year 9 Level Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) - Major English, Minor Modern History

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Rebecca completed her degree in 2013 at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Straight from uni she was employed at the International Football School on the Central Coast of New South Wales. As it was a new school Rebecca was the only English/History Teacher and was responsible for the delivery of both the English and History Curriculum across the entire High School. She was also Stage 4 Co-ordinator during her time there managing behaviour and pastoral care. Rebecca values building relationships between staff and students and believes the key to being a great teacher is knowing your students.


In her spare time Rebecca enjoys Crossfit or going to the gym and loves watching football (soccer).


Mr Dale Waihaere Wells
Year 10 Level Coordinator

Bachelor of Science (Physical Ed / minor in Maths), Teachers Certificate (BYU-HC)

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Dale is New Zealand Maori by blood belonging to the Ngati Kuia, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Koata tribes. He has taught in New Zealand, Rarotonga and Australia and has been a Head of Department, Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal. He is an ordained Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. An avid sports fan, Dale still swims and plays basketball. Obviously being a Kiwi he supports the Chiefs, Warriors, Breakers, Tall Blacks, Kiwis and the mighty ALL BLACKS!! Kia Kaha, Kia Manawanui, Kia Ngawari.


Ms Jessica Stagg
Year 11 and 12 Level Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Sociology), Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Jessica joins AISM after teaching in the private education sector in Sydney and regional New South Wales. She is passionate about developing new and innovative ways to make the wide range of mathematical topics interesting, challenging and contextual for all pupils, whilst ensuring an inclusive classroom. Jessica is eager to continue to develop her approach to education and is currently completing her Masters of Education.


Mrs Kim Louise Bradley
Sport and CCA Coordinator

Masters in School Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Science (PE), Graduate Diploma in Education

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Kim believes in the power of physical activity to transform lives. She is passionate about the physical, personal and intellectual development that is formed through physical activity. Kim is a massive supporter of the underdog and therefore is the number 2 ticket holder of the Western Bulldogs. Julia Gillard holds the number 1 ticket.


Mr Ivan Yoong
Development Coordinator and Head Coach-Swimming and Triathlon

Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering, University Tunku Abdul Rahman

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With 12 years experience as a Swim Coach, Ivan was previously a Chief Trainer at a local swimming academy in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Level 2 Certified Coach with Fédération internationale de natation (FINA), the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in water sports. Furthermore, Ivan is also recognised by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a Certified Level 2 Coach. At AISM, Ivan conducts daily training for the School's experienced team of swimmers, known as The Barracudas, and is also in charge of the coordination of triathlon events for our students, who compete against several other international schools in the region.


He believes every sportsman or sportswoman can be a champion through hard work and determination.


Ms Samantha Morley
Design and Technology Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (UNE), Graduate Diploma Learning & Teaching (USQ)

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Sam is a enthusiastic maker and designer who loves helping her students to find passion projects in a variety of technologies. Following nearly ten years of teaching in both country New South Wales and an international school in Hong Kong, she is actively involved with her students and their projects during class time and extra-curricular projects. Sam has been a classroom teacher, Head of Year and an International representative, coordinating student participation in youth conferences and exchange programs. She is currently completing her Masters of Education (International) focussing on international experiences and student wellbeing.


Sam has taught across a wide range of Design and Technology fields and loves all of them, especially those which make use of recycled objects. Outside of school she is a passionate textile designer, and loves travelling to explore new cultural influences in design. Sam is also an active participant in service projects, assisting in development work and looks forward to working with students at AISM on similar projects. Sam will be 8W’s Homeroom teacher and she is looking forward to getting to know her core class as well as all Design and Technology students as she works to find what sparks their curiosity in the world around us.


Ms Verity Epetahui
English as a Second Language and English Teacher

Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Middle Years - English and French), Bachelor of Arts (French, Journalism and Anthropology)

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Verity first began teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) in French Polynesia.  This introduction to Education and Second Language Learning led her to pursue studies in English and French via distance education. Since completing her studies in 2011, she has taught EAL and English in secondary schools in France and Australia, EAL at the University of New Caledonia and Cambridge English in private English centres.  Her most recent role with the French Ministry of Education in New Caledonia entailed coordinating and teaching Australian Literature and Civilisation in the Australian International Section, the first ever program of its kind in France. 


Verity is joined in Malaysia by her husband and two daughters. She is currently undergoing a Masters of Education (TESOL). In her free time she enjoys yoga, running, dance and discovering new cultures.


Mr Antony Beadle
History and Legal Teacher

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma in Practical Legal Training and Diploma in Education (Senior years)

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A specialist senior Legal Studies and Business teacher, Antony is passionate about creating lifelong learners and moral, educated participants in society. A former solicitor, he found the light and has been teaching for 8 years and has not looked back. Antony particularly values the opportunity to teach students how to solve their own problems, rather than having to fix them as he did with his old clients! He enjoys music and theatre.



Mr Julian Manders-Jones
Middle and Senior School IST/SDD Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Computer Science ) (Liverpool, UK), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Bath, UK)

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Julian has been teaching Computer Science and Mathematics in international schools since being awarded his PGCE nearly 20 years ago. He is passionate about his subject, Information Technology, and believes in inspiring trust, confidence and developing creativity in students. Julian sees "computers as something to learn and create with" and outside of the classroom, he enjoys programming and designing virtual learning environments.


He has taught in Spain, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, The Bahamas, Germany, Jamaica and China. As well as teaching and managing the ICT Department, Julian has directed the implementation of three 1-1 Apple schools. He also enjoys working with colleagues to ensure that their ICT needs are understood, as he believes that solid teamwork amongst staff underpins the success of the school.


Julian enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures, cooking and discovering local gastronomies, and spending time with his family.


Mrs Anna Wood
Mathematics and Photography and Digital Media Teacher

Masters in Inclusive Education(CSU), Bachelor of Science (UWA), Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (ECU)

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Anna is from Perth,Western Australia. She has worked in the state education system for seven years in both rural and city schools. She has been at AISM for a number of years and has taught Mathematics, Science and Photography in the middle senior school. In 2017 she completed her masters in inclusive education, she found returning to study to be revitalizing and an opportunity to reflect on and hone her practice. She enjoys exploring the world looking for new culinary and photographic opportunities. 


Ms Yoke Yin Wan
Mandarin Teacher

Masters in Science (Educational Technology) (University Putra Malaysia), Bachelor of Arts (Mandarin) (University Putra Malaysia), Teaching Certificate (Mandarin) (Tengku Ampuan Afzan Teacher Training College, Kuantan)

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Wan has been teaching Mandarin in junior and middle schools in the Malaysian, British and American Curricula. She loves reading and volunteering her time in NGO activities. children born in Malaysia.