Head of Middle and Senior School
Masters in Science, Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Education, Diploma in Management
Ivan has been an educator for more than 20 years. In this time he has 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 a strong passion for holistic learning and believes that students should be well-rounded, global citizens. Above all, he aims to help nurture students and staff to nurture their own areas of strength and interest.
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 developing leadership amongst his staff and students.
Ivan is also keen to play golf at Kuala Lumpur's wonderful golf courses if the opportunity and time arises!.
Deputy Head of Middle and Senior School
Masters Business Administration (Southern Cross University Australia), Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology Australia)
Karey is from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and joins the AISM family with over 18 years of educational leadership experience, both domestically and internationally.
In 2011 Karey moved with her family to the United Arab Emirates where she took up a senior leadership role at the AIS as Head of Junior School. During this time Karey worked closely with teachers to ensure quality teaching and learning by providing “the best from the West” in terms of innovative and engaging curriculum design and delivery whilst still remaining true and respectful to the Islamic faith of the students, families and the community. Prior to and following this, Karey was a Middle Years Deputy Principal and Head of School on the Sunshine Coast.
Karey was selected as a Women in Leadership mentor by the Queensland Educational Leadership Institute (QELi), providing leadership mentoring to aspiring female educational leaders within the state. Whilst abroad, Karey’s passion around student-centered pedagogy and the environment being the child’s third teacher, saw her study in Italy the educational philosophy Reggio Emilia and successfully implemented this at AIS UAE.
With relationships being central to all she does, Karey is a strong believer in distributive leadership, mobilising expertise at a whole school level and that leadership is defined by capability, not by role.
With expertise and passion around neuroleadership, student and staff wellbeing and mindfulness, women in leadership and quality teaching and learning practices in Early Years to Year 12 educational settings, we welcome Karey to our Senior Leadership Team at AISM
Head of Department English and Year 9 Homeroom Teacher
Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Sydney, Australia) Bachelor of Education Secondary, English and English as a Second Language (University of Western Sydney) and Diploma in Gifted Education (Sydney University)
Lisa has been an educator for close to 20 years. In this time she has worked in a variety of comprehensive coeducational settings in New South Wales. She was most recently the Head of English, Creative and Performing Arts and Languages at Crookwell High school in the Southern Highlands. She has also been the Head of English at Parkes High School in the Central West and at Gorokan High School, a partially selective campus on the Central Coast. Lisa began her career in South West Sydney as an English/Drama and English as an Additional Language teacher where she first developed her affinity for teaching international students.
She has an educational philosophy which is grounded in the belief that every student can succeed, both academically and as responsible, moral members of a global community. Lisa strives to nurture individual strengths in both students and staff.
Lisa has a strong background in Visible Learning and continues to explore the unique challenges faced by learners in a 21st century context, which she believes are addressed through the multi-faceted Australian Curriculum.
Lisa enjoys learning about new cultures and exploring the diversity of our world. She also has a love of horse riding and all things aquatic.
Head of Department Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Year 12 Homeroom Teacher
Bachelor of Education (PDHPE), The University of Wollongong
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.
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)
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.
Head of Mathematics
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (University of Melbourne); Graduate Diploma in Education (Melbourne State College)
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.
Head of Student Service
Bachelor of Commerce (HR & Marketing), Bachelor of Teaching (Primary & Secondary), NPQSL
Katrina is a passionate global educator and leader. Originally from Tasmania, she has lived and worked at a variety of highly reputable schools in Australia, Britain, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and most recently Qatar, where she was deputy responsible for whole school Academic Standards and Student Affairs in an international school of 5000 students. She has held a wide variety of teaching, middle and senior management roles across a number of pastoral and academic areas at Junior, Secondary and whole school levels. Katrina sincerely believes in providing each and every student a wide range of opportunities to Explore, Extend and Excel to ensure that they fully realise and optimise their potential. Katrina is looking forward to developing the E3 Centre, as well as further exploring Malaysia and South East Asia in her spare time.
Head of Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) and Careers and Pathways Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Dunelm, UK), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Cambridge English Language Teaching Accreditation (CELTA)
Chris Broadbent has 10 years' teaching experience, seven 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.
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)
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.
Year 6 Home Room Teacher
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Catholic University), Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (LaTrobe University), Certificate IV Training and Assessment (Centralian College)
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.
Year 7 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Primary) and HAICTE (Highly accomplished ICT Educator - PLANE)
Narelle has taught in the Department of Education, NSW for over 15yrs at Beaumont Hills Public School. She graduated from Western Sydney University in 2003, which saw her inducted into the Golden Key Honors Society.
Narelle has taught all grades of Primary from Foundation to Year 6. She has also taught whole school programs in Art, Science & Technology, Mandarin and most recently as Teacher Librarian. Narelle has also relieved as a casual teacher in a High School setting from Year 7 to Year 10.
Narelle’s wide breadth of experience and expertise, both in education and from her time in middle management within the corporate sector, provides her with a strong ability to pin point students needs. She has a keen interest in all aspects of ICT, having designed and managed her schools website for over 11yrs, and actively seeks out innovative methods to integrate technology into her lessons.
Narelle comes to AISM with her husband, Greg, and daughter, Adeline. She also has an adult son living in Sydney with his fiancé. Narelle enjoys traveling, swimming and cooking when time allows.
Mandarin Teacher and Year 8 Home Room 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.
Learning Support Teacher and Year 8 Home Room Teacher
Bachelors Degree in Primary Education (Majoring in Special Education)
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.
English Teacher and Year 8 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and History/Ancient History and Bachelor of Secondary Education
Britney has spent the last four years teaching English, History and Geography at a private school in Queensland. In addition to this, she has experience marking NAPLAN examinations. Britney is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm and passion with the students of AISM.
Year 9 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Psychology (Science) Honours, Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), Graduate Certificate TESOL.
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.
English as a Second Language and English Teacher and Year 10 Home Room Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Middle Years - English and French), Bachelor of Arts (French, Journalism and Anthropology).
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.
English as a Second Language Teacher and Year 10 Home Room Teacher
Master of Arts in TESOL(Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and BSc Environmental Science
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.
Co curricular activities (CCA), Sports Coordinator and Year 11 Home Room Teacher
Masters in School Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Science (PE), Graduate Diploma in Education
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.
Music Teacher and Year 11 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education (UNSW), HAICTE (High accomplished ICT Educator - PLANE).
Greg has played brass instruments since the age of 7 in many wind ensembles and Orchestras throughout NSW. He is a multi instrumentalist who plays and accompanies his HSC students on Trombone, Euphonium, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Drum kit as needed.
Greg has 25 years experience as a band director, music, drama and ICT teacher. In 2008 he was appointed as the Head Teacher of the Fairvale High School Performing Arts and Languages faculty located in South West Sydney. Greg has been teaching the NSW HSC Music course since 1999 and comes to us with 11 years experience working for NESA marking and pilot marking the HSC Music 1 and 2 courses. He was also employed as a Method Lecturer at UNSW educating and supporting pre-service music teachers.
In 2017 Greg received the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Australian national ‘Music Educating for Life Award’ for his continuing positive contribution to Music education in NSW.
Drama Teacher, Year 12 Home Room Teacher
Bachelor of Education(Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts(Ancient History and Performance Studies)
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.
Science and Bio Teacher
Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
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.
Maths and Science Teacher
Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education
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.
Design and Technology Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (UNE), Graduate Diploma Learning & Teaching (USQ)
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.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Education Secondary and Middle School
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.
Middle and Senior School IST/SDD Teacher
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Computer Science ) (Liverpool, UK), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Bath, UK)
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.
Eco and Commerce Teacher
Bachelor of Business (Management Accounting) from the University of Newcastle and Masters of Teaching (Secondary Education) from Sydney University
David worked for 4 years as a high school teacher in suburban high schools in Sydney, Australia, he has also 12 further years of experience teaching in International schools around the globe. David has experience in teaching NSW Higher School Certificate Economics and Business Studies, the IB Diploma program and is experienced in teaching Geography, History and Physical Education in middle school. He has worked in British International Schools in Saudi Arabia, China and Indonesia during the past 12 years. David has previous experience as a Careers and Guidance Counsellor, Head of Humanities and IB CAS Coordinator at previous international schools.
He has moved here with his Indonesia wife and young son Jack who will start attending AISM later this year. In his spare time David enjoys travel throughout Asia, swimming at the beach, attending the movies and playing rugby. He also enjoys doing service and charity work with students in the local community and has completed projects in Tanzania, rural China and Burma at his last international school. David and his young family are looking forward to working at AISM and being part of the school community.
Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education
Mary Ann grew up in Adelaide but has lived in the Blue Mountains and Sydney for many years. She is a Mathematics specialist who has taught in several independent schools in NSW, Australia. While Head of Curriculum at Blue Mountains Grammar School, she implemented the Cultures of Thinking (Harvard University) pedagogy throughout the school. She has also been Head of Mathematics and was awarded a grant to research the growth mindset in Mathematics students while at Abbotsleigh.
Mary Ann believes that Mathematics as a process can be creative and fun.
To cater for all students’ learning needs she employs a variety of strategies to foster a safe classroom environment where students are not afraid to express their viewpoints. In her classroom, mistakes are seen as essential to learning. She encourages her students to value the thinking behind a solution. Technology is used as a tool to explore the dynamic nature of Mathematics and she hopes that all students develop a love for Mathematics while enjoying their growth of knowledge and understanding.
In her spare time, Mary Ann enjoys travelling, cooking, yoga, theatre, cycling and gardening.
Science, Maths Teacher and Year 6 Level Coordinator
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.
English, Drama and Year 7 Level Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
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.
Mathematics and Photography and Digital Media Teacher, Year 8 Level Coordinator
Masters in Inclusive Education(CSU), Bachelor of Science (UWA), Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (ECU)
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.
Year 10 Level Coordinator
Bachelor of Science (Physical Ed / minor in Maths), Teachers Certificate (BYU-HC)
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.
History and Legal Teacher, Year 9 Level Coordinator
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma in Practical Legal Training and Diploma in Education (Senior years)
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.
Year 11 and 12 Level Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) - Major English, Minor Modern History
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).
Development Coordinator and Head Coach-Swimming and Triathlon
Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering, University Tunku Abdul Rahman
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.
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)
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.
Bahasa Melayu Teacher, Head Teacher - Malaysian Studies
Masters in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Administration, Advanced Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Education (University of Wales)
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.