Senior Leadership Team
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Djohann Iskandar Kwan Abdullah

Principal

Mr Djohannn has over 28 years’ experience working in education, both in teaching and administrative capacities. He applies academic and professional knowledge in his career which has taken him from mission schools to the provision of integrated educational services across Malaysia and Singapore.

His varied roles in education have enriched his knowledge, adding greater value and significance to his responsibilities as an educator and administrator. He is conscious of what is involved in the complex art of teaching and learning. 

As principal of Sri KDU Primary School,  he provides strategic direction in the school system, develops curricula, assesses teaching methods and monitors student achievement. He encourages parent involvement and oversees policies and procedures.

He believes that education is a continuous and lifelong process, and that the primary school years - middle childhood – is a period of transformation during which the child undergoes various physical, intellectual and social changes, and that these precious years should be exploited to the best advantage of the child. Mr Djohann’s personal mission is to create an academically effectual primary school that gives children’s growth a significant boost. He is fortunate to be supported by a team of dedicated Senior Leadership staff who share his philosophy of education.

Focused on details, analytical and resourceful, Mr Djohann accepts the challenge of demanding work situations and is committed to the maxim that education is an integral part of human life, the basic condition for the development of the whole person. He thus ensures a well-balanced programme for students of Sri KDU Primary School.

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Shamsiah Anverdeen

Deputy Principal

Ms Shamsiah has teaching experience spanning 25 years, in Hong Kong and Malaysia. In her career as an educator, she has taught the international and national curricula.

Ms Shamsiah joined Sri KDU Primary School in 2004 as a teacher of Science and Mathematics. She was promoted to the post of Head of Academic & Assessment for Lower Primary in 2009, and Deputy Principal in 2013.

As the Deputy Principal, she supports the principal in the leadership and daily operations of the school and assumes the role of Acting Principal in the absence of the Principal. She supports the teachers in the major areas in Teaching and Learning and is also responsible for drafting the annual framework for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

Ms Shamsiah’s vast experience in education has afforded her opportunities to foster classroom community, design curriculum and mentor the team of teachers. With her genial personality, she establishes meaningful relationships with the teachers, children and parents of the school.

Ms Shamsiah is committed to ensuring that all children have equal opportunities to develop their skills, shine in their areas of interest and reach their true potential in a safe and caring environment. She is proud to have served at Sri KDU Primary School, and hopes to lead the school to further achievements.

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Vincent Yap Wei Teck

Head of Academic and Assessment (Upper Primary)

Mr Vincent Yap is a founding teacher at Sri KDU Primary School. He began his teaching career with the school in 2003 as a teacher of Mathematics and Science and is passionate about introducing young children to science by observing their discoveries, and to construct knowledge through play and exploration.

With his excellent organisational and leadership skills, Mr Vincent was promoted to the post of Head of Academic & Assessment for Upper Primary in 2009. In this capacity, he oversees the academic and assessment department of the Upper Primary and reports to the Principal and Deputy Principal. He leads, supervises and mentors the Heads of Subject to ensure the academic goals of the school are met.

Mr Vincent is the Secretary for the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR). He works closely with the Ministry of Education (MoE) in all aspects of the national examination for Primary 6 students. He plans pre-UPSR workshops and seminars for the school candidates and guides the Heads of Subject to set annual targets and plan strategies for their respective subjects.

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Shairina Begum Binti Sulaiman

Head of Academic and Assessment (Lower Primary)

Ms Shairina Begum began her career in teaching as a teacher in Singapore for 3 years before joining Sri KDU Primary School in September 2003.

She was the Head of Subject for the English Language panel from 2010 to 2012 when she was promoted to the post of Head of Academic and Assessment for the Lower Primary in 2013. 

In her current role, she oversees the staff and students in the lower primary and assists the Principal and Deputy Principal in developing and implementing policies and practices for assessment and academic progress. This involves monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning in the levels under her charge.

She enjoys working with young children and teaches the English Language to the lower primary students. She believes that every little step that students make is progress on which to build upon.

Ms Shairina is enthusiastic about coaching teachers to create a welcoming and nurturing classroom environment that supports young children to develop into thinkers and problem-solvers.

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Chang Tack Keong

Head of CCA & Discipline

Mr Chang joined Sri KDU in 2003, as a teacher of Mathematics. Known for good classroom management and reinforcement of desirable children behaviour, he holds the Head of Discipline portfolio. His strength also lies in developing co-curricular activities for young children.

He was promoted to the position of Head of Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) and Discipline in 2009. He assists the Principal to promote CCA as an extension of the school programme for a holistic education.

An energetic educator, he consistently explores student interests and community needs to engage children in their worlds. This is a crucial aspect of his planning and implementation of CCA in the school. He also liaises with external organisations and agencies to secure the best deals for students. His role extends to talent scouting and helping students with special talents achieve their potential.

As leader of the school Discipline Team, he is in charge of developing and monitoring matters relating to student discipline at school. He also supervises the implementation and enforcement of school rules and discipline policy.

Firm but patient, Mr Chang disseminates clear expectations and instils the values of responsibility and respect.