Brenda Connolly
Head Of Secondary
Jasmine Sabharwal
Deputy Head Secondary (Pastoral)
Steven Fisher
Assistant Head Teacher (Head of Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5)
Gareth Shaw
Assistant Head Of Secondary (Academic)
William Harris
Assistant Head Teacher (Whole School Enrichment)
David Crane
Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion (Whole School)
Siti Nur Sarah Binti Zulkeple
Art / Design & Technology Technician
Datin Harjit K. Gill
IBDP Economics Teacher
Dr Suraya Abu Yazid
Accounting & Business Studies Teacher
KATE JACKSON
English Teacher, Head of PSHLE & Head of Year 7
Amelia Frances Grace Donald
English Teacher & Assistant Head of Subject
Lauren Beth Slawson
Drama and EAL Teacher
Sally Walsh
Head of Year 10 and Secondary English and Drama teacher
Sasha Hardman
Head of Faculty: English, Drama, French and Spanish
Benjamin Smith
Head of Year 11 & English Teacher
Shafiqah Alliah Razman
English Teacher
Nikki Robinson
Head of French & Head of Year 9
Jake Sexton
English Teacher
Oliver Quinton
English and Spanish Teacher
Edward Robinson
History & Humanities Teacher
Alexander James William Reilly
History Teacher
Stuart Galvin
Humanities Teacher & Head of Year 8
Russel Tatum
Geography Teacher
Usha Ramani Batumalay
Head of Malay Language
Mastura Binti Abdul Jalil
Malay Language Teacher
Mohd Afiq
Malay Language Teacher
Chong Wai Lok
Head of Mandarin
Ho Sen Keat
Mandarin Teacher
Low Man Ling
Mandarin Teacher
Tina Ngieng
Mandarin Teacher
Annusha Lee
Mathematics Teacher
Kalaivani Duraipandian
Head of Examination
Oamrit Kaur A/P Mahinder Singh
Mathematics and Additional Mathematic Teacher
Patricia Fernandez
Assistant Head of Mathematics
Saranya Thangarajah
Mathematics & Additional Mathematics Teacher
Sha Lai Fong
Mathematics Teacher
Thomas Hember
Mathematics Teacher
Lisa Liu Yuen Yee
Mathematics Teacher
Zehan Asyraf binti Jamel
Mathematics Teacher
Myeong-jae Kim
Head of Music
Barnaby Everett
Music Teacher
Fayuzilaila
Physical Education Teacher
Omar Hafiz
Physical Education Teacher
Raja Nur Anggraeny
Physical Education Teacher
Madhiyalagan Krishnan
Head of Science
Dr Karmal Kaulsay
IB SL/HL and IGCSE Biology Teacher
Kavitha Thevakumar
Science Teacher
Nonceba Mthiya
Science Teacher
Kehmalatha Ashwani Cynthia
KS3 Science, IGCSE & IB Chemistry Teacher
Nurul Jannah
TOK Coordinator, TOK & Physics Teacher
Sharmilah Sinasamy
IGCSE and IB Chemistry Teacher
Sharubini A/P Thirupahty
A Levels & Physics Teacher
Sri Dhurga Karupiah
Science, IGCSE Chemistry & IB Chemistry Teacher
Suthashini Panja Bernam
Assistant Head of Science
Brenda Connolly
Head Of Secondary

Ms Connolly has vast experience in teaching both in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. She holds a BA Honours in English Language and Literature, MA with Distinction in Education, and the National Professional Qualification of Senior Leadership. Ms Connolly started her teaching career in 1996 as an English teacher. After working in secondary schools in the UK and Russia and having the added responsibility of Head of Psychology while teaching in an OFSTED outstanding school in the UK, she then decided to further her professional career and gain experience in international education by joining a well-established international school in Bangkok in 2009 as a teacher of English Language and Literature, where after a year she was promoted to Head of English. Ms Connolly joined Sri KDU International School in August 2021 as Deputy Head of Secondary with direct responsibility for the academic programme in the secondary school, including teaching and learning, student achievement and progress, teacher training and professional development, while also teaching English at Key Stage 3, IGCSE and IBDP level. In the following year, Ms Connolly took up a new role of Head of Secondary at Sri KDU International School.

Ms Connolly firmly believes that every student, irrespective of their ability, language proficiency level or background, can achieve their full potential if they are safe and happy, and are given the right opportunities and support, therefore, she feels very passionate about creating a family-like and inclusive educational environment that supports all students in their personal and educational development, helping them to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

In her leisure time, Ms Connolly enjoys reading world literature along with traveling and absorbing the rich and varied cultural experiences that both Malaysia and Southeast Asia have to offer.

Jasmine Sabharwal
Deputy Head Secondary (Pastoral)
Mrs Jasmine Sabharwal has been teaching in international schools since 2009 with over 10 years of experience in middle and senior leadership positions. After completing her studies in Biotechnology, she continued her research and publications in Microbiology at the Asian University of Medical, Science and Technology Malaysia. She then pursued her career in stem cell studies and found her interest in education after providing seminars and talks for medical students at universities across the country.
 
Mrs Jasmine joined SKISS in 2011 teaching IB Diploma and IGCSE Biology as well as Key Stage 3 Sciences. She had taken on her first pastoral role in 2012 as the Head of Year 11 and was promoted into the Senior Leadership Team as Key Stage 4 Director in 2014. Working her way up, Mrs Jasmine was appointed as the Deputy Head Secondary in 2019, overseeing pastoral care and holistic education. Mrs Jasmine supports students, parents, and teachers as they learn and grow in their social, emotional, and academic skills as well as to help students transition from one international environment to the next. Working in collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, learning support, and other staff. Mrs Jasmine is the Designated Safeguarding Officer in secondary school who is responsible for creating a safe and positive environment in which children of all ages can grow. She provides training to staff to ensure they conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism to create a safe, positive, and nurturing environment for children as well as to protect and safeguard children at the highest standards. In August 2022, Mrs Jasmine will be the Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer overseeing safeguarding and child protection cluster wide. 
 

 

Steven Fisher
Assistant Head Teacher (Head of Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5)
Mr Steven Fisher has been teaching for more than a decade in the UK and internationally. He spent six of these years teaching computing and ICT at secondary schools in Leicestershire. Mr Fisher moved to Mexico to teach at an internationally renowned school where he took on a whole school role, sharing his passion for computer science across the primary and secondary schools. Mr Fisher made his move to Malaysia where he was employed as the Head of Computing, and he has overseen a continued improvement with the subjects' sign-up numbers and exam results at IGCSE level. In 2021 81% of students studying Computer Science achieved an A or A*. He has also led the introduction of Computer Science at IB and we await their first cohort of students' results with great expectation. Throughout his teaching career Mr Fisher has taught at KS4 (GCSE & IGCSE) and KS5 (IB and A-Level).
 
Mr Fisher is an avid sportsman taking an interest in most sports; this includes football, cricket, rugby and badminton. Recently he has taken up golf. Around the school, Mr. Fisher can often be seen sharing his passion for sport as he supports the Sri KDU students as they participate in fixtures and inter-house competitions.
 
Gareth Shaw
Assistant Head Of Secondary (Academic)
  • BA(Hons) Computer Science - University of Sunderland
  • PGCE - University of Sunderland
After completing his studies, Gareth worked in both Finance and Local Government. After being involved in the implementation of a range of new systems Gareth developed a passion and interest in helping others achieve their goals.
 
This culminated in Gareth undertaking his PGCE followed by completing his QTS year. Gareth has taught in schools both in the UK and internationally. In his previous school in the Middle East Gareth held both middle and senior leadership positions. As a result of this Gareth has developed a keen interest in leadership and reading around the topic. In the classroom Gareth is always keen to try out new ideas in order to continue to engage and enthuse students.
 
In his spare time Gareth enjoys travelling with his wife and two children (who both attend the school). Gareth is also taking the opportunity to sample the culinary delights Malaysia has to offer.
 
William Harris
Assistant Head Teacher (Whole School Enrichment)
  • BA Hons – Queen Mary College University of London – History
  • PGCSE – Chester University
William started teaching Information Technology and Computing in 2007 and worked for six years at a secondary school in England. Prior to that he had worked for 20 years in the IT industry as a programmer, systems analyst and project manager. 
 
He joined SKISS in January 2014 and later that year took over as House Coordinator. Since then, he has overseen the development and smooth running of the SKISS House System, working to deliver a range of sporting, non-sporting and fund-raising activities throughout the academic year. He is also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award at SKISS and ensuring we fulfil our role as an International Award Centre. In September 2021 he took on a new role as Enrichment Coordinator supporting staff in running the wide range of societies and clubs available for students to take part in.  
 
William’s hobbies and interests are marathon running, books and travelling.
 
David Crane
Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion (Whole School)
Mr David Crane completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, before going on to study at the University of East Anglia, where he completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 
 
He has been teaching since 2010 in UK schools, starting as a class teacher and moving up to Head of Department, before returning to the University of Wolverhampton, where he received his National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Mr Crane then took up a role as Special Educational Needs Co Ordinator of a large secondary school in the east of England. This job included co-ordinating the additional support of students who experienced barriers to their learning as well as providing support and advice, to teachers and parents, regarding strategies to ensure students can be the best versions of themselves.
 
He joined Sri KDU International School in September 2019 as the Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion and this is his first teaching role outside of the UK; his role covers both the International Secondary and International Primary schools.
 
David is driven by his mission of ensuring all students are provided with the support needed to realise their full potential regardless of their background or obstacles that may stand in their way.
 
When not in school he spends time with his family and also enjoys playing sports, such as football, cricket and golf, cooking and singing.
 
Siti Nur Sarah Binti Zulkeple
Art / Design & Technology Technician
Sarah is born and raised in the heart of Petaling Jaya, Selangor. She loved artistic activities since childhood and been participating school events for arts throughout the years. She managed the school Arts and Creative Club in Secondary and been an inspiring artist ever since! Sarah graduated as First-Class Honors from Ba. Hons. Industrial Design from UiTM and pursued in being a full-time designer in a small merchandising solution provider company. She has experienced in merchandising and signage, interior design, draft person, M&E layout, furniture design, and so many more. She is like a jack of all trade when it comes to designing and creative thinking. 
 
Sarah loved teaching since school years where most of her friends always looked for her when it came to design solution and learning techniques in making an amazing artwork (not to mention, to get an A for Arts). From these experiences, she realized that teaching and coaching people are her future career. With her degree in Industrial Design background, she pursued in working as a technician in Art and DT as well as teaching Art and Design Technology for international secondary school. She loves to share her knowledge as a full-time designer into education for IGCSE.
 
Sarah has both experiences in remote learning and physical school teaching for 2 years as a part-time teacher, practice pastoral in her teaching, and constantly improving her methodology. Her animated personality encouraged students to be creative and confident in developing creative thinking to not only in subjects, but also in their daily endeavors as well. 
 
Sarah’s personal mission in education is to keep learning and encourage learning. She aims for achieving satisfactory in knowledge by developing solutions to everyday problems and seek possibilities. She loves to draw, watch anime and sing. Whenever there is a second of free time, she will hold her pen and start doodling and who knows what more creative ideas she might discover!
 
 
Datin Harjit K. Gill
IBDP Economics Teacher

M.Sc. Industrial & Labour Relations major in Labour Economics, West Virginia University, USA

  • B.Sc. Business Administration, West Virginia University, USA
  • Recipient: National Dean’s List Award
  • Scholarship Recipient: Tun Mohammed Noh Scholarship Foundation
Harjit is a Malaysian who has lived in several states as her father was in the civil service. She began her teaching career in a government school - SEA Park National Secondary School, Petaling Jaya as a temporary teacher. This was during the global recession and jobs were hard to come by. She then moved on to Sunway College, as a Senior Lecturer and taught for 17 years teaching the American Twinning Programme for Western Michigan University, USA. While there, she lectured in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Malaysian 
 
Economics, and Economics of the Pacific Rim-Asian Societies. In addition to the American Degree Programme, she taught Socio-Economics Context for 7 years to first year students enrolled in the University of Greenwich Twinning Programme. She had the opportunity to do a one-month stint teaching at each of the main campuses of the USA and UK universities on an exchange programme. She has since been teaching Economics HL & SL at Sri KDU International School for 16 years with the pioneer batch intake of IBDP students who were Petronas scholars in 2007. She has taught 16 intakes so far and each one has been an enriching experience. 
 
Her favourite activity is gardening and recycling. She has been involved in a multitude of extra-curricular activities and the major ones are [email protected], IB Seniors Graduation Day, Volunteer at Pertiwi Soup Kitchen, Safeguarding Committee, Eco Garden, Badminton, Netball, IB Student Council, IB CAS Trips both domestic and international. Through these activities there are multiple skills that she can teach the students to build themselves to face their future with confidence.
 
Dr Suraya Abu Yazid
Accounting & Business Studies Teacher
  • Diploma in Accountancy - 2005
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with Honours - 2009
  • Master’s Degree in Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology - 2011
  • Ph.D in Islamic Revealed Knowledge of Sociology and Anthropology with research on Corporate Criminology – 2019
Suraya is from Sabah, Borneo Island who has been with Sri KDU International School since 2012, teaching the subjects of Accounting and Business Studies. In addition to that, she is also a TTT Certified (Corporate) Trainer under HRD Corp and an Investment Analyst in the Insurance Takaful Industry as well as a small-time Forex Trader. Suraya has had her fair share as an entrepreneur and built networks with relevant experiences to share with our young learners in school. She believes that her on-going exposure to the commerce world is a valuable asset in the education sector, as she could relate the curriculum of her subjects into the real-life situation in the vast changing world of business. This is what makes Suraya different than any other educators of similar subjects as students spark interests in learning when they know they could apply and relate to situations around them, their family and friends. This is an added advantage which Suraya has brought to Sri KDU International School.
 
Prior to teaching, Suraya worked as an Internal Auditor for one of the Aviation Companies in Malaysia. What inspired her to be a teacher was that one experience she encountered when she was asked to train a new accounts clerk. She had a shock of her life when she realised that this clerk had been memorising the concepts of Accounting without even understanding why transactions are recorded as they are. She found out that many other Accounting graduates she had interviewed had no or very little understanding of concepts; they rely on blind memorising - as what they were taught back in schools and universities. It was like a calling at that moment when she thought, “Why train one employee, when I can teach at least 40 every year? And like a domino effect, they can make differences to others in the future.”
 
Suraya has also published a book, titled; “A cruel journey to self-rediscovery: How a mental abused victim empowers herself to healing and found herself again.” (eISBN 9789-6726-8380-3 and ASIN B09RZMJK9D) This book of empowerment has helped a lot of domestic violence victims to come forward and seek the help they need. Suraya’s contribution to education is not only limited to Sri KDU International School but she also educated these women on the ways they could start a new beginning. Suraya plans to continue doing so since part of her life-mission is trying to make the world a better place; one small step at a time.
 
KATE JACKSON
English Teacher, Head of PSHLE & Head of Year 7
  • BA Hons in English Language & Linguistics (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • PGCE in English (University of York)
Ms Kate Jackson is an inspiring and passionate English teacher with a strong proficiency in the English language as a secondary school teacher. Having majored in English Language, Law, Geography, and EPQ during her A-level education, Ms Jackson took on English Language and Linguistics as her Bachelor’s Degree, sparking her interest in teaching. She has an in- depth subject knowledge and curriculum understanding for both English Language and Literature for KS3/ KS4, and a refined and current understanding of English Language for KS5 which she is currently teaching at A-Level.
 
Ms Jackson was previously an English teacher at South Hunsley School, supporting the provision of KS3 up to KS5. She believes all students need a well-rounded, quality education, ensuring preparation for successful futures. She believes that one of her strengths lies in positive relationships with her students which helps improve student engagement within lessons.
 
Amelia Frances Grace Donald
English Teacher & Assistant Head of Subject
  • BA Hons - University of Stirling – English Studies with Professional Education (Secondary)
  • General Teaching Council Scotland Full Teaching Registration Chichester, England
Amelia Donald is a forward thinking, creative and committed professional with a deeply held belief in the transformative powers of education for all people. Amelia holds a four-year Combined Honours Degree in English Studies and Professional Education (Secondary), from The University of Stirling in Scotland. 
 
Previously Acting Curriculum Leader of English and Literacy in a Secondary School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Amelia has experience in teaching English to KS3 and KS4 students, as well as the Scottish equivalent qualification to A-Levels. Amelia also specialised in delivering the EAL qualification of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at GCSE and A-Level. Amelia moved to Sri KDU this August. 
 
Amelia is passionate about Mental Health and has previously created a Health and Well-being Working Group. She has been heavily involved in promoting the discussion of Mental Health, with both pupils and colleagues. She enjoys reading, listening to Hip-Hop, training at the gym and travelling.
 
Lauren Beth Slawson
Drama and EAL Teacher
Lauren is a Drama and EAL teacher and is from London, UK. Lauren holds a
  • BA Drama and Communication Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
  • CELTA Certification, International House (London)
  • PGCEi with Merit, University of Warwick
Lauren has been teaching for four years and has held previous middle-leadership roles within the school.
 
Prior to teaching Lauren was a senior manager within the professional education space and worked with professionals in the Financial Services and Engineering sectors respectively. Lauren’s career has taken her to a number of locations across four global regions to manage and deliver training and development for professionals wanting to achieve Chartered recognition, many of whom did not hold English as a first language. This experience, coupled with Lauren’s exposure to an extensive number of different cultures inspired her to move to academic education within Malaysia, a country she has been familiar with for almost 10 years.
 
Through her teaching of Drama, Lauren is passionate about developing crucial life-skills required for success including, but not limited to: presentation skills, negotiation skills, quick-thinking, teamwork, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and empathy. Similarly, Lauren is committed to supporting learners that require support with English as a second language and believes that providing a safe space for students to develop in this area is critical for ensuring wider academic success. 
Lauren also has a fervour for the pastoral development of students. She is a strong believer of developing a growth mind-set; something she firmly encourages amongst her learners via regular reflection. 
 
Outside of school, Lauren enjoys going to the theatre, is an avid body combat participant and is partial to baking a chocolate brownie or two! Lauren also likes to travel and can often be found exploring the many cities, towns and beaches of Malaysia and beyond.
 
Sally Walsh
Head of Year 10 and Secondary English and Drama teacher
  • BA(Hons) English Literature - Liverpool John Moores University
  • PGCE in Secondary Education - University of Chester
Sally is a dedicated and passionate teacher of English and Drama. She is from the Wirral, in the north of England. 
 
Prior to arriving in Malaysia in 2021, Sally taught in the UK for a number of years and also did a brief stint in Thailand, teaching English as a second language. From early on, Sally has wanted to work in education, as she was inspired by the wonderful teachers who guided her throughout her childhood. After studying English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University, Sally decided to train as an ESL teacher on Koh Chang Island, Thailand. Her time in Thailand instilled a hunger in her for further travel and solidified her passion for teaching. 
Sally believes in creating a safe, positive and energetic learning environment for her students. Teaching two subjects means Sally can witness students’ progress, not only in their written work, but also creatively in a more practical subject. She feels very passionately about building a great rapport with her students, as her aim is to create a climate in which students trust her and feel invested in. A prime example of this is her involvement in the SKISS production, which has been a highlight of her year in 2022 and enabled her to support students outside of lessons. 
 
Sasha Hardman
Head of Faculty: English, Drama, French and Spanish
Sasha is an English teacher who comes from Portsmouth, England. Over the past decade, she has lived and taught in England, Laos and Malaysia 
 
From a young age, Sasha has wanted to work with children and young adults to support them, achieving success. Whilst in Year 11, she was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work in a school, which sparked her love of teaching. This was further enhanced by her job in a nursery and Secondary School, whilst she was studying at university.
 
She has taught and led successful English departments in a large secondary school in Hampshire, and in a smaller International School in Laos. Sasha has loved having the opportunity to work with a wide range of pupils, as it provides such insight into different mindsets.
 
Sasha has a passion for bringing joy and engagement to all learners, as well as creating a safe, inclusive, and caring environment that provides ample opportunity for development. Her teaching style provides students with a range of learning styles that enhance their knowledge and skill in English, so they can fulfil their own potential. Furthermore, Sasha ensures that the students are given opportunities to explore a wide range of texts, which challenge them to discuss and debate the world around them.
 
Sasha's passions lie in travelling and reading.  Both of these hobbies provide her with experiences that challenge her own thoughts and beliefs. Her love of literature, as well as learning about new cultures and places, has been enhanced by the wonderful experiences she has had whilst living in Southeast Asia.
 
Benjamin Smith
Head of Year 11 & English Teacher
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Law - Staffordshire University
  • Legal Practice Certificate - The College of Law
  • PGCE - Leeds Metropolitan University
Ben is an English teacher who originates from Chester in the north of England. However, his passion for travel has taken him all over the world.
 
Ben completed a degree in Law at Staffordshire University, with supplementary modules in English Literature. Upon completing his studies, he proceeded to qualify as a solicitor and move into legal practice. A change of career saw him embark upon a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Leeds Metropolitan University and qualify as an English Teacher. This change had been fuelled by his deep-rooted love of language, literature and education.
Prior to moving to SRI KDU, Ben has taught in schools in both the UK and overseas, taking up a number of leadership roles - most recently as Head of English in a school in the north of England. During his years teaching, he has delivered a number of post 16 courses including A Level English Language and Literature and IB Language A - Language and Literature. His current responsibilities have seen him work closely with our Key Stage 5 students as the Coordinator of the Extended Essay. Prior roles have also seen him as a tutor for KS5 students, which in turn has allowed him to develop a strong understanding of the academic and personal needs of these students.
 
 His interests and hobbies stem from a love of sport and he can often be seen coaching our U15 football team - or attempting to resurrect his now long forgotten glory years whilst appearing for a number of local amateur sports clubs. He does accept that his advancing years lend his competitive nature to the golf course more than the football field.
Shafiqah Alliah Razman
English Teacher
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Language and Literature
  • Foundation in Arts and Education
Sha are from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, she graduated from The University of Nottingham Malaysia, currently live in Malaysia.
 
As a language enthusiast and a person who loves engaging with young minds and hearts, she find that teaching serves as the perfect medium for her to share and expand the knowledge in language as well as leave impacts on each other’s lives.
 
Sha use to be an assistant Teacher at Tenby International School, Setia EcoHill Semenyih, as well as English Teacher at Collinz International Secondary School, Glenmarie Shah Alam.  She hopes to be an inspiration to her students and to always remind them of kindness, graciousness and perseverance in life.
 
During her spare time, she likes reading fiction, art-journaling and exploring new cafes
 
Nikki Robinson
Head of French & Head of Year 9
Nikki Robinson is a life-long linguist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies (French and German) from Bath University and a PGCE from Oxford Brookes University. After a successful career in sales, she decided to retrain as a teacher in order to share her passion for language learning with students. She taught French and German in three secondary schools in the UK, with four years as Head of Modern Languages. A sabbatical, teaching TEFL in Argentina, inspired her to move into international teaching.
 
Her first international post was at SKISS, where she worked from 2015 - 2018, teaching French and English and launching the Student Leadership Development Programme. After three years teaching French at an international school in Turkey, she returned to SKISS in 2021, to teach French and English again, and to take on a new role as Head of CCL.
 
Nikki loves working with students to help them get to grips with language, finding strategies to help them unpick a message and gradually building their capacity and confidence to respond and express themselves; she uses this approach in both French and English classes - all her students are ‘language detectives’. She is also passionately committed to ensuring that our students receive a holistic education, developing a broad range of skills and interests to equip them for their lives ahead. As Head of Year 9, she will be actively encouraging students to focus on their personal growth, both as individuals and as future leaders.
 
Outside the classroom, Nikki is a great traveller, always keen to explore new destinations and to get a taste of different cultures. She loves the great outdoors and can often be found hiking some of Malaysia’s beautiful forest trails. To keep in shape she is learning yoga and pilates, and to relax she enjoys reading novels and listening to history podcasts. 
 
 
Jake Sexton
English Teacher
  • PgDipEd - University of Birmingham - Education
  • MA - University of Birmingham - Teaching Studies
  • BA Hons – University of London, Goldsmiths College – English Literature
Jake Sexton has three years’ experience teaching (English National Curriculum) to Key Stage 3 & 4 in English literature and language studies. He recently gained an MA in Teaching Studies at the University of Birmingham, strengthening his qualifications as an educator.
 
He is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher ready to take on new challenges in different environments. He is keen to spark interest and debate on a range of contemporary issues provoking a global conversation that seeks to broaden students’ global perspectives. 
 
In his spare time, Jake enjoys all forms of culture and has a keen interest in film and reading. Equally, he enjoys most forms of exercise and has recently began challenging himself in a mixture of trail and road running events. When not running, Jake can be found climbing, cycling or playing teams sports such as football or cricket.
 
Oliver Quinton
English and Spanish Teacher
Oliver is from the UK and obtained his Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Bristol University, later followed by CELTA teacher training at International House in London.  He has lived and worked in many European and Asian countries, most recently teaching English to German speakers in the Deutsche Schule Shanghai.
 
Oliver has 20 years of experience teaching European languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Predominantly, it has been teaching English to students for whom that is not their mother tongue. He enjoys helping students to improve their communicative ability: listening and reading more effectively and speaking and writing more clearly and precisely. He was brought into KDU to help start the IB programme in 2006, which has offered students French or Spanish every year since then. One of those students, Khor Sue Ching, went on to train to be a chef and completed her Bachelor’s degree in French Culinary Arts in France and in French. Olver opens doors to students to study and work across six continents and hopes to impart an open-minded, international outlook along the way.
 
Oliver’s hobbies and interests are tennis, swimming, reading and travelling.
 
Edward Robinson
History & Humanities Teacher
  • PgDipEd - University of Leeds - Education
  • MA - University of Stafford- International History
  • BA Hons – City of Birmingham – Government
Edward has worked in international education for 19 years, during which time he has worked in Germany, Indonesia and The Caribbean.
 
 He is currently Head of History at The British West Indies Collegiate in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  He has wide experience teaching IB, A Level, IGCSE and AP courses in History, and completed his master’s dissertation on The History of Regional Governance in Southeast Asia.
 
Alexander James William Reilly
History Teacher
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy and History (University of Exeter)
  • Master of Arts in History (University of Exeter)
  • PGCE in Secondary History (University of Worcester)
  • Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults
Mr Reilly completed BA and MA degrees in History at the University of Exeter. After completing his studies, he completed a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults, and subsequently worked as an English teacher in Poland and Thailand for several years.
 
Having developed a passion for teaching, Mr Reilly returned to the UK to commence a Secondary History PGCE at the University of Worcester, which entailed two teaching placements at secondary schools. Following the successful completion of his PGCE, Mr Reilly taught for three years at a high-performing academy in Surrey, England, which entailed teaching History to GCSE and A-level students. For the next phase of Mr Reilly’s teaching career, he moved to the Canary Islands, where he taught iGCSE History students for two years as a Subject Leader.
 
Mr Reilly has worked at Sri KDU for the past two years, since moving to Malaysia in 2020. During that time, he has taught KS3, KS4 and IB History. Mr Reilly does his utmost to support his students in achieving their full potential and believes in holistic education that equips students with future life skills as well as excellent academic qualifications.
Mr Reilly’s hobbies and interests include sporting and musical activities. He is a keen pianist, who has achieved Grade 8 on the piano, as well as a former amateur league table tennis player.
 
Stuart Galvin
Humanities Teacher & Head of Year 8
Stuart originates from the UK, gaining his B.Sc in Geology from Portsmouth, M.Sc. in Petroleum Geology from Aberdeen and PGCE from Sunderland.
 
He spent 27 years in the oil and gas industry, initially based in Aberdeen and providing offshore well evaluation. A move to Lagos, Nigeria saw him work in drilling technology sales. From there he moved to Denver, CO, in charge of technical sales for the western USA. Then to Houston to be the global account manager for the company's biggest client, and from there to Kuala Lumpur in 2011, working in a variety of technical, sales and training roles involving drilling engineering. His interest in History and Geography prompted a career change that brought him to Sri KDU a year ago. 
 
Stuart brings a deep passion for History and Geography, with a “can-do”attitude and determination to help his students be the best they can be. He also plans to undertake an M.Sc. in Naval History at Portsmouth.
 
Outside of school, Stuart enjoys watching American football and Baseball, golf and military history. He is married to a Primary teacher and Key Stage Head with one child at Aberdeen University and another completing A-levels. 
 
Russel Tatum
Geography Teacher
  • PGCE - University of East London – Secondary Geography
  • BSc Hons – Kings College London – Geography
Teaching Experience – 3 years
 
Russell Tatam has three years’ experience teaching Geography at KS3 and KS4 in Inner-London schools. He has also tutored students for the Geography iGCSE. 
 
Russell encourages and motivates learners, ensuring they work to their full potential, trying their best in every lesson.  He is keen to spark interest in topical, geographical issues.
 
Prior to his teaching career, Russell worked in the Civil Service for 10 years.  The majority of this was working at the heart of Government for the Cabinet Office as well as a year and a half for the Department for Health and Social Care. 
 
Russell’s interests and hobbies include Beekeeping and running. He has taken part in several half-marathons in London. He also enjoys gardening, current affairs, politics and sports.
 
Usha Ramani Batumalay
Head of Malay Language
Usha is a Malay language teacher who has been at SKISS for more than 8 years. She has obtained her Bachelor Degree in Linguistics from National University of Malaysia. Usha currently teaches across KS3, KS4 and KS5 and has experience teaching in all Key Stages. Prior to joining SRI KDU international school, she had worked in DBP (Malaysian Publication) as a Senior Editor. Usha is a certified IGCSE Assistant examiner of Paper 3 & 4.  
 
Being a language enthusiast, she finds enormous satisfaction in picking up new languages and sharing her experience and enthusiasm with the students. She believes creativity is the key to outstanding teaching. Hence, the modern day teacher needs to embrace creativity in cultivating young minds. She loves to create and design various classroom activities and differentiated teaching materials as it can boost the student's interest in learning.
 
She is always engaged in continuous learning in order to broaden her knowledge and experience to overcome the challenges at work. She has proven ability for designing age-appropriate lessons and activities as an individual and being proactive and creative as a team player. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, learning about new cultures, and running of course!
 
Mastura Binti Abdul Jalil
Malay Language Teacher
Mastura Binti Abdul Jalil has been an educator in the Sri Kdu International Schools for 7 years teaching the subjects of Malay Language and Islamic Studies.
 
She has an exceptional experience in the education industry of almost 17 years teaching for both National and International school in Primary and Secondary levels. 
 
Mastura is originally from Pahang and she speaks the Malay Language fluently using the various accents in Malaysia. She graduated from University Technology of Mara and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Banking under Business Faculty. At the beginning of her childhood, she has never imagined that she will someday be a teacher, however, she found passion and motivation to teach as she could exercise creativity in lessons while having the opportunity to also learning with the students on a daily basis.
 
Mastura has a simple teaching philosophy; which she believes that “students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. It was a proven philosophy when students achieved A* grade in their exams from not knowing anything at the beginning of the year. 
 
She believes every child is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere in which to grow emotionally, intellectually and socially. As an educator she wants to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe, risk-taking, and collaborative environment. She aspires to develop positive characters and leadership traits in the students, which are essential to becoming a productive citizen. She is a strong advocates of “positive elementary education is essential to creating successful life-long learners”.
Mohd Afiq
Malay Language Teacher
Mohd Afiq originates from Melaka. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (HONS) major in Banking and Finance. He pursued a year in the Bachelor of Teaching Primary Education (BTPE), before converting to a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. He has received the Dean’s List Award twice in the BTPE and Mohd Afiq is still pursuing his Master of Education.
 
He has been teaching Bahasa Melayu for eight years; three years in the National Secondary School in Seremban and Selangor and five years in the International Secondary School in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
 
Mohd Afiq is a confident teacher with a positive and friendly outlook. He always establishes a good rapport with his students. He is passionate about making lessons engaging and enjoyable for his students. Mohd Afiq looks forward to helping students develop their language skills, as well.
 
Furthermore, Mohd Afiq likes to share his knowledge with his colleagues and students in various methods, such as lesson material, advice and social media platforms for education. He always aims to transform learning using digital platforms to develop students’ skills to support them enhancing their 21st-century learning skills.
 
His hobbies are reading journals, listening to music and travelling.
 
Chong Wai Lok
Head of Mandarin
Mr Chong has been at SKIS for 3 years. He has been teaching since 2020 and has experience teaching Mandarin across KS1, KS2 and KS3.
 
Mr Chong was born in Selangor and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies in University Tunku Abdul Rahman. He has been teaching Mandarin for more than 10 years. 
Before joining Sri KDU, he also taught at a Chinese private secondary school. The different syllabus teaching experience makes him able to analyze and support students in a wider perspective.
 
Mr Chong’s education philosophy is to guide and support learners to learn Mandarin Chinese in a fun and effective way, and to assist students in achieving the best grades in exams.
 
In his spare time, he likes to read book and watch movies.
 
Ho Sen Keat
Mandarin Teacher
Mr Ho is teaching Mandarin Chinese at Sri KDU International School. He was born in Penang, an island in Malaysia and has been awarded several scholarships to study at Johor and Kuala Lumpur, where he obtained his Diploma,  Bachelor’s degree and  PhD degree.
 
Before joining Sri KDU, he taught at some national Chinese schools and university. So far, he has been teaching at the university more than 10 years and this is his 8th year at Sri KDU.
 
Mr Ho’s mission is to help the learners learning Mandarin Chinese in easiest and effective way, and to assist students in achieving the best grades in exams.
 
In his spare time, he likes to play badminton and watch movies.
 
Low Man Ling
Mandarin Teacher
Ms. Low has great interest in Chinese language, culture, history and literature. She is Malaysian Chinese and uses simplified Chinese and Pinyin and practiced traditional Chinese and Zhuyin in Taiwan.
 
Ms. Low always listens to students and discovers their educational needs, helps them redefine failure as a learning experience. She knows her students by heart as she believes that could help her do better at monitoring the progress of students and fosters their success. Ms. Low is good at keeping students’ attention to make the discussion interesting. She understands that too much strictness creates fear in students, which inhibits them from actively participating in class.
 
She is an active learner who has an adventurous spirit. Ms. Low is also an animal lover. She fell in love with horse riding when she was nineteen and eventually became a riding instructor. Her next challenges will be scuba diving and rock climbing. 
 
Tina Ngieng
Mandarin Teacher
Tina Ngieng obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Linguistics in Chinese Language from University of Malaya, Malaysia. She then enrolled in the Master degree of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
 
Her form tutor in primary school has inspired her to become a teacher. The form tutor helps Tina overcome the transition and settle well in Primary school life. From that time, Tina wanted to work with students and to support them in achieving success in a positive learning environment.
 
She joined Sri KDU International school in 2013 as a Mandarin teacher. She has been teaching from key stage 3 to key stage 5, which includes Chinese as first language, Chinese as second language and Mandarin foreign language. She is appointed as speaking examiner of IGCSE 0547 Mandarin Chinese, IGCSE 0523 Second Language and IB Mandarin Ab Initio. In her lesson, she demands focus and precision, but she will also provide a space for error correction and feedback. She hopes in this way she could build resilient learners.
 
She loves traveling to different places and countries to open up her eyes and broaden her perspective on life. She has organised the China Cultural Exchange Trip to  Xi’an, Taipei etc. before the pandemic. She believes environment plays an important role in determining the second language acquisition of the language learner. In her spare time, she enjoys writing journals. For her, a journal is a way of recording her ideas and feelings. 
 
Annusha Lee
Mathematics Teacher
Ms Lee is born & raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is a Chindian decent.
She had earned her Bachelor in Education Degree (Hons) in 2012 while at the University Tunku Abdul Razak, as well as Dean's List with a 3.5 GPA. She is a Certified Apple Teacher, Certified Microsoft Office User under Cambridge and had taken Certificate in various courses involving speed reading, mind mapping, EduCare International school.
 
She volunteered teaching students from rural areas & low income families after graduating from high school. Looking at the feedback from parents & students improved grades made her realise that helping a child is also helping a family to improve quality of life and this inspired her so much that she pursue her higher education in teaching.
 
She has been teaching for more than 10 years. She has taught in various private & international schools both primary & secondary students. She gained experience & knowledge in teaching various curriculum including national, Singapore & syllabus.
Ms Lee joined SKISS in 2014 as a International Secondary School Maths Teacher and has been with us ever since. During this time she was our KS3 Maths Coordinator for 4 years. She has been working with teachers to create and maintain the curriculum map and the scheme of learning. She ensures the test papers for end of topic tests, end of term tests and end of year tests are created along with mark schemes. She arranges competitions and events, including the UKMT Junior Challenge. She is together with us achieving Gold in ISQM Accreditation.
 
She is a passionate teacher who strive for student excellence. She is always looking forward to learning new things and inspire the students. She gains happiness helping others achieving their dream. 
 
Outside of school, Ms Lee likes to listen to music, henna designing, reading news, and watching series. She enjoys traveling and always looking forward to exploring new places and experiences. 
The value-added that she brought to school besides measuring the progress pupils make over a period of time. She also takes into account how much students has learned and develop as an individual.  She also helps to shape the future generations by playing a role in Inculcating a spirit of inquiry in children and enabling purposeful parental involvement in education.
 
Kalaivani Duraipandian
Head of Examination
Kalaivani is a teacher who graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics from University of Malaya. Subsequently she obtained a Master’s degree in Leadership in Education from Asia e University.
 She has been teaching since the age of 18 and finds great contentment in seeing children progress in their own pace. Prior to joining SrI KDU she was attached with a local International School for 11 years. While there, she headed the Science Department initially after 2 years being a teacher of Maths and Science and then became the Head of Exams while also teaching Mathematics.
 
She has a strong aptitude for numbers as they are pretty much prevalent everywhere. It is essential for every individual to master numbers to a certain extent. Due to the love for numbers she continued to teach Mathematics at Sri KDU.
 
She is a strong advocate of “No child is left behind”. Every child should be celebrated for his/her uniqueness. Each child has the potential to succeed in life and school gives the ground for each of them to explore and grow. She believes a successful school is an entity of a positive collaboration of students, parents and teachers led by a strong leadership team. She strongly believes students are the utmost prominent entity of any school.
 
Kalaivani enjoys reading various research articles related to education, spiritual, motivational and self-improvement books. She believes there is something to learn from every individual or experiences. She also loves cooking variety of recipies, traveling and spending time with her family.
 
Oamrit Kaur A/P Mahinder Singh
Mathematics and Additional Mathematic Teacher
Ms. Oamrit was born and educated in Malaysia and attended the University of Selangor (UNITAR) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree (Honours) in Mathematics. She started teaching in government school while continuing her studies in the University and also attending online Cambridge courses. She decided to move to International school to pursue her career in the year 2015. She is pursuing her final year in doing masters in Mathematics Education at University of Malaya. 
 
She has been teaching KS4 Mathematics and Additional Mathematics for ten years; these years are in government school and various international school around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Her passion to be a Mathematic teacher had started from young when she was in primary school.She believes teaching Add Maths and relating to real life situation is more interesting. She enjoy making her maths lesson to be more fun and real and always makes herself available to help the students. Oamrit shows her full dedication and commitment in teaching and makes it her priority to ensure that her students shows progress in the subject. Outside of the classroom, Oamrit loves to do research on how to make her lesson more interesting, reading journals and playing badminton. 
 
Patricia Fernandez
Assistant Head of Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) Majored in Mathematics from UNIRAZAK, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tunku Scholar (Foundation of Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman)
Patricia was born and raised in Malaysia. She started her Degree in Unirazak, Kuala Lumpur. She went on to receive a full scholarship and became a teacher at the age of 24. Patricia is entering her 13th year as a Secondary Mathematics Educator. Patricia started her first journey as a teacher in 2010 in an established International School in Kuala Lumpur teaching Key Stage 3 and 4. She joined Sri KDU International School in March 2020.  
 
Patricia wanted to become a teacher because she has a true passion for working with young learners. Teaching is so rewarding and gives Patricia a sense that she is making the world a better place one student at a time. Patricia is also an active member in the community and serves as a Sunday School Teacher at her church. Her teaching philosophy is understanding that each child brings a unique quality to the classroom. Teachers have to attend to that quality and bring things out of the kids that they wouldn’t bring out in themselves. Outside of the classroom, Patricia loves to cook, play badminton and enjoy spending time with her family.
 
Saranya Thangarajah
Mathematics & Additional Mathematics Teacher
  • Master of Mathematics, Tunku Abdul Rahman University (UTAR)
  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science, Tunku Abdul Rahman University
Saranya joined Sri KDU International School in 2020 as a teacher of Mathematics. Here in Sri KDU, she has taught Maths to a variety of different levels, Mathematics for KS3 and KS4, Additional Mathematics for KS4 and IBDP Mathematics for the Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) students.
 
Prior to moving to Sri KDU International School, she has worked in other international schools and has gained a total of 10 years of teaching experience altogether. Teaching has always been her passion since she was young and maths has been her subject of interest since her schooling days. 
 
Her love for Maths led her to pursue her degree in Actuarial Science. After completing her degree, she worked in an insurance company and realised that her passion was teaching instead. Saranya enjoys spreading the love of Maths and she always strives to show her students that Maths is actually interesting and all that you need to excel in Maths is to sacrifice a little and get that extra practise done!
 
Apart from teaching Maths, she used to teach music (Indian Carnatic Music) where she used to train young kids by providing vocal training at an established music school in Kuala Lumpur. Saranya has also undergone extensive vocal training and has been an accompanying singer in live cultural dance shows, also known as Bharathanatyam. 
 
Sha Lai Fong
Mathematics Teacher
Sha Lai Fong left for the UK at age 16 and did her O Level, A Level and degree. She did her post-graduate in Applied Statistics in Epidemiology at the Oxford University. She has been teaching mathematics for the past 40 years and still loving it.
 
She hopes to have imparted alot of mathematics skills to her students and they inform her they can see the numbers on their heads much easily. She loves travelling around the world, has been to the North Pole, swam in the Artic Circle, saw the northern lights in Iceland, climbed her highest mountain 5770 m near to the Mount Everest Base Camp, India. Went to the tallest building in the world in Dubai. Swam in many parts of the world. 
 
What inspired her to be a teacher? Upon returning back to Malaysia , her first job was in teaching and that made her want to attempt all the Math , Statistics , Calculus questions from many books and past exam papers and she loves attempting all the exercises. She has done many past exam papers ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels since 1961. She has authored a Mathematics book for Malaysian students aged 15 years.
 
Thomas Hember
Mathematics Teacher
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sports Journalism (University of Brighton)
  • PGCE in Maths (University of Portsmouth)
Thomas Hember is a Mathematics teacher that has a PGCE from the University of Portsmouth, England. He has taught in England, Laos and Malaysia. Thomas loves teaching this subject, as it offers such a wide range of transferable skills for students.
Throughout his lessons, Thomas ensures that he focuses on ensuring that students of all abilities are engaged and progressing well within his subject. Having experience working with students that have additional education needs, as a Learning Support Assistant in England, he understands the importance of motivating all. Mathematics must be taught in an engaging and interactive manner, and Thomas strives to include these elements in his classroom.
 
Holistic wellbeing is also a key factor in the way that Thomas approaches education; he currently coaches the under 13 football team at Sri KDU Kota Damansara, as he sees the importance of ensuring that students enjoy both the academic and extra-curricular aspects of school. Building relationships enables Thomas to create a safe-learning environment, both in the classroom and around the school, as a whole.
 
Thomas is looking forward to continuing working with students across both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 next year. He aims to successfully develop a love of Maths in all the students he teaches.
 
Lisa Liu Yuen Yee
Mathematics Teacher
  • Bachelor of Science (Joint Honours) Mathematics and Computing (University of Portsmouth)
  • PGCE in Secondary Mathematics (University of Reading)
Lisa Liu originates from the U.K and moved to Malaysia in 2018. She taught KS3 and KS4 Mathematics and KS3 ICT in another international school setting before joining Sri KDU International School in 2020. Prior to pursuing a teaching career, Lisa worked as a Software Engineer in the U.K but her passion turned to teaching whilst raising her own children. After successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Lisa worked in U.K schools gaining a wealth of experience before setting foot in Malaysia.
 
Lisa has a commitment to nurturing children to explore and think for themselves. Her ethos lies in parallel with the school to promote critical thinking, independent learning and creative problem solving. Her enthusiasm and caring nature captures a strong rapport with both students and parents.
 
Outside of school, Lisa likes to relax with a movie and enjoys the tradition of English tea and cake in the afternoons. She is a practicing Christian and teaches Religious Education on Saturdays. She is a keen traveller and looks forward to exploring more of Malaysia and meeting new members to the KDU community.
 
Zehan Asyraf binti Jamel
Mathematics Teacher
Zehan hails from Sarawak and earned both her MBA in Islamic Banking and BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science from National University of Malaysia (UKM). She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Ministry of Education. She has been teaching SPM Mathematics and Additional Mathematics since 2003 and is currently focusing on IGCSE Mathematics. In 2012, she had a brief stint at a multinational bank before returning to teaching.
 
Prior to joining SRI KDU International School, she had taught at Kuching Science School (SMS Kuching) for 8 years and Beaconhouse Newlands for 2 years before finally joining the SRI KDU family in 2014.
 
She is in the teaching profession to share her passion for Mathematics and to enlighten young minds to become resilient problem solvers. She also believes that strong Mathematical skills are not only fundamental for maneuvering daily life but also an effective way to build mental discipline. 
She enjoys reading, singing and playing with neighbours’ cats. 
 
Myeong-jae Kim
Head of Music
  • PGCE Music Secondary Education: London Metropolitan University, UK.
  • Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate: The Royal Academy of Music, UK.
  • B.A. (Hons)Music: Major-Orchestra , Minor- Piano
Ms Myeong Jae Kim is from London but was originally born in Seoul, South Korea.
She began her career teaching ensembles and orchestra at the RAM’s Junior Academy  in London in recognition for her exceptional passion and proficiency for  teaching and performing music  during her post-graduate studies at this world-renowned music institution.
 
She has been teaching music in both Britain and abroad in prestigious music education centres including the Royal Academy of Music as well as universities  - mainly nurturing the next generation of professional musicians and training music educators.  After completing her PGCE in London (attaining a distinction for her teaching practice), she taught music at many British schools in both the state and the private sector for over 16 years.
She previously enjoyed a distinguished performing career as a professional cellist playing in the UK, Europe and Asia. She has been playing the piano since she was 2 and the cello since she was 11. She had performed as a member of professional orchestras in many different countries including the World Symphony Orchestra & the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
She was also specially trained by the RAM to nurture musical prodigies and managed to adopt these music teaching methods in her own school for pupils from diverse backgrounds at all ages (infant to adult) from beginner to professional level where she was able to achieve outstanding performance results within 3 years.
 
She transferred these teaching techniques to UK secondary schools extremely successfully, raising pupil performance standards beyond their expectations. Since taking responsibility for preparing students for Music GCSE exams at both state schools where she had been working, their overall pass rate rose from 70% to 96% - 52 out of 54 pupils passed GCSE Music and 60% to 100 % at her private school: one of the best exam results in these schools’  history.      Her GCSE Music pupils consistently attained a 100% exam pass rate from 2012 - 2018 in the UK before she arrived at Sri KDU International School. She also taught A-level students while she was working at St Aloysius College in the UK.
 
She has founded & directed junior and senior school orchestras at all the schools she has worked for in the UK as well as leading music events in school and contributing to the wider community outside school to raise its public profile. She possesses an extraordinary plethora of music teaching experience ranging from pedagogically challenging comprehensive schools to highly privileged private academies in the UK as well as managing a myriad of extra-curricular activities catering for all different styles of music including pop, rock, jazz, western classical & world music. This is why her previous private school in the UK was filled with music all the time in every corner of the department while she was working as Head of Music there.  
She has also directed many school musicals in both state and private schools. Since joining Sri KDU in September 2018 she also founded Sri KDU international school orchestra in response to  requests from students in December 2018 as well as running many different ensembles & choirs. She also launched the school’s inaugural instrumental programme from October 2019. She hopes to grow many more musical groups which can enrich the hearts and minds of our students as happened in all the schools she had taught at in the UK.
 
She loves discovering and preparing various international recipes from different culinary traditions from around the world which promote the benefits of consuming healthy cuisine containing nutritional ingredients. She also loves going swimming & skiing as well as reading biographies about leading historical figures from all over the world.
 
Barnaby Everett
Music Teacher
  • BMus (Hons) - Music (Jazz) - Birmingham Conservatoire
  • PGCE - Music - University of Central England
Barnaby is an experienced and passionate Music teacher, with a particular interest in both Classical and Jazz performance, as well as music from around the world. He studied for his degree at Birmingham Conservatoire before spending a number of years as a performing musician, working around the UK and Europe. He was inspired to become a teacher through experience working with young musicians as a brass teacher, which led to a life changing experience at Starehe Boy’s Centre in Nairobi, where he worked as a music teacher for a year before returning to the UK. Prior to moving to Sri KDU, he has worked in other schools both in the UK and Malaysia.
 
Barnaby believes that all students have the potential in music, with hard work and practice. His teaching style is based around practical music making as a way to learn about the concepts and theory behind it. He has been working with ensembles such as choirs, orchestras and wind groups for many years, as well as acting as Musical Director for a number of musical productions, one of his favourite events every year.
 
Beyond musical groups, he is an avid traveller, having been to over 60 countries around the world. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing, learning about critical thinking and exploring arts from other cultures.
 
Fayuzilaila
Physical Education Teacher
Fayuzilaila is a teacher of Physical Education at Sri KDU International School who has graduated from UiTM in Sports Science in Health and Fitness. She is an experienced and passionate PE teacher, with a particular interest in sports especially in Athletics and Netball. Starting 2011, Yuzie served as a PE teacher and coached the Athletics squad team at Sri KDU. As a teacher she has had many amazing experiences. A clear highlight was when for the first time Sri KDU international School joined Fobisia Competition and Athletics MSSD competitions,SKISS won 4th placed out of 30 over schools in MSSD and some of SKISS students are selected and presented the district at the MSS Selangor.Expanding her interest and knowledges in athletics, she has been attended Malaysia Athletics Federal coaches course (MAF) in 2019.
 
Looking for a new challenge in her career,Yuzie took a challenge to teach PE for Primary School. She has a passion for helping all children reach their potential, challenge students to be curious and take chances when learning and love helping young people learn about the benefits of exercise including building strong bodies, having fun,working together and truly enjoy seeing the satisfaction children receive from participating in, and discovering a physical activity they enjoy. Yuzie wants to be part of the solution and positively support the students through their journey of finding an enjoyable physical activity so they are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their lifetime.  
 
Omar Hafiz
Physical Education Teacher
  • BA Hons – University of Technology Mara (UiTM) – Sports Science
  • Diploma – University of Technology Mara (UiTM) – Sports Studies
Omar has been teaching Physical Education in Sri KDU International School since 2012. Omar is from Perak and completed his bachelor’s degree in the city of Shah Alam and he even completed his Diploma in the same University as well. 
 
Inspired by his primary school PE teacher, his love of PE showed him the positive impact teachers can have on their pupils especially in sports. Since starting high school it's been his ambition to become a PE Teacher. He enjoys working with people, encouraging them to participate in physical activity helping to promote a sense of confidence, well-being and achievement. 
 
He has taught mainly KS3 and KS4 from the first day he started at Sri KDU International School. The academic year of 2021/2022 he has taken a new opportunity to teach a class of Year 5. It's a very good experience for him to gain and deal with the younger kids as well. Omar enjoys coaching too and he has achieved so many achievements with the school and the most notable one is MSSD Handball champion, 1st place FOBISIA Games in Phuket and 3rd place overall in MSSD Athletics.
 
Omar’s mission towards physical education is to empower all students to reach their highest level of academic and wellness potential by teaching skills and knowledge necessary to live a healthy and active life. He also believes physical education is an integral component of the Sri KDU International School and should be part of the daily educational experience.
Omar is really in love with sports as he enjoys watching different kinds of sports especially during his free time. He also enjoys traveling and always looking forward to exploring new places and experiences. He’s now developing his interest in the investigation as he really loves to watch Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) series.
 
The value-added that he brought to school is measuring the progress pupils make over a period of time. He also takes into account how much progress a child has made since their starting point, compared to the progress they have made relative to similar pupils. He believes that school values can help pupils understand right from wrong and they can also help to shape the mindsets and behaviors of future adults. 
 
Raja Nur Anggraeny
Physical Education Teacher
  • Bachelor of Sport Science (Hons.) - UiTM Jengka, Pahang
  • Diploma in Sport Studies - UiTM Jengka, Pahang
Raja was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She completed her Diploma and Degree in Universiti Teknologi Mara Jengka, Pahang. 
 
She has been teaching Physical Education for Primary and Secondary in SKISS since 2019. She has been really active in coaching footballs for girls Under 15, Under13 and Under 11. It has always been her hobby and passion to coach football. She has been supporting and actively involved in Primary and Secondary students' development in various sports. Apart from that, she is also in charge of sending students to participate in MSSD, inter-school fixtures even to previous FOBISIA. 
 
Raja has a mission of developing students' physical skill, knowledge and health in both Secondary and Primary. She believes that if she starts developing the young ones early through Physical Education, it might benefit them in the future in terms of skill development and healthy lifestyle. Students can learn a lot through Physical Education such as respect, fairness, sportsmanship, discipline and more which will help in setting the mindset of our future generation.
 
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, likes to do futsal with her friends and enjoys watching various genres of movies. She also enjoys going to water parks and travelling to explore new places and experience good foods.
 
Madhiyalagan Krishnan
Head of Science
  • Diploma in Learning Disorder Management and Child Psychology, CAE Singapore
  • Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers, CAIE
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership, UCL
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) , MSU
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, WOU
  • M.Ed. in Educational Management , OUM
Mr Madhi is a teacher of IB Biology, IGCSE Biology, IGCSE Chemistry and IGCSE Coordinated Science. He was born in Perak and raised in Kuala Lumpur. While he was doing his degree course,he started tutoring students. This is where he found his passion for teaching and started his journey towards becoming a teacher.
 
He started his career in teaching as an external Science ECA instructor back in 2012, where he travelled to various international schools and provided science ECA which required hands-on approaches. His first experience in a full school setting was in International [email protected] Park city. His role was Learning Support Assistant and worked with students ranging from Early years to Secondary. In January 2016, he started off as KS3 Science teacher at Sri KDU International School. He took a break in 2017 to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Education. In the same year, he published three workbooks for Early Years based on the Singapore Maths syllabus. In 2018, He joined Sri KDU International School as Assistant Head of Science, later in September 2020 became the Head of Science.
 
“How powerful would our world be if we had kids not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion. Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them. Who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possible be.
Is this job tough? You bet-cha. But it is not impossible. We can do this. We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference. ‘’
 
The quote above is from TED-talk given by Ms Rita Pierson. These words are the guiding principles for Mr Madhi as an educator.
 
Mr Madhi enjoys watching shows, movies, and anime during his free time. He also enjoys reading books and going for a long drive.
 
Mr Madhi is a strong believer in knowledge sharing as a tool to improve team performance. This has driven him to take part and conduct numerous CPD sessions both internally and externally. His lessons are often described as engaging, fun and often incorporates digital technologies.
 
Dr Karmal Kaulsay
IB SL/HL and IGCSE Biology Teacher
  • PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology, National University of Singapore (National University Hospital and The Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Master of Science, Cell Biology, New York University, New York City, USA
  • Bachelor of Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • Recipient: US Endocrine Society Award for Novel Research- Autocrine Growth Hormone Signalling Pathways
  • Recipient: US Department of the Army, Department of Defense Research Award, Grb2 Protein Cell Signaling Pathways
Dr. Karmal Kaulsay originates from Malaysia having lived internationally for the last few decades, and has been translating her love for research science into teaching it to learners over the last 11 years, teaching the KS3 sciences, KS4 Biology and Chemistry, and KS5 Biology, always with a focus on the use of laboratory practical investigations as a tool to further scientific understanding. 
 
Dr. Kaulsay completed her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, with a focus on her published and US Endocrine Society awarded work delineating Autocrine Growth Hormone Signaling Pathways. Upon completing her Ph.D., she continued with her Postdoctorate research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, where her interest and passion for scientific research was recognized and awarded by the US Department of Defense. During her time in the laboratory, Dr. Kaulsay discovered her passion for teaching as she delivered research seminars to students and peers. Prior to moving to SRI KDU, she taught in schools in the US and Malaysia, stepping into leadership roles in international schools in KL. Karmal integrates her love for science and experience in teaching science on a daily basis at school, both in the classroom and during extra-curricular activities. She believes in communicating the practical nature of science to her student and in empowering students to believe in themselves in order to achieve their personal best.
 
Outside of the classroom, Karmal enjoys the outdoors with her family, exploring the oceans, and has a keen interest being part of the string orchestra, playing the double string bass. 
 
Kavitha Thevakumar
Science Teacher
Kavitha graduated with a Bachelor Degree with Honors in Biotechnology Industry from University of Selangor. She currently teaches science for key stage 3 and key stage 4 in the school. 
 
Kavitha had 7 years of teaching experience in the science subject for both IGCSE and the national curriculum. She started her career as a researcher in University of Malaya, working on helicobacter pylori research. In 2015, she started teaching by accident but fell in love with the profession that has since becomes her passion. She's very skilled in active learning style of teaching and is known by her students for her compassionate nature. She is also known to be extremely friendly and easy to talk to among the students. 
 
Kavitha enjoys indulging in yoga meditation during her free time. She also loves spending time with her two German Sheppard puppies at home.
 
Nonceba Mthiya
Science Teacher
  • BEd – University of the Witwatersrand
Noni has always known she was a teacher. Even as a little girl she would tutor her friends and found that helping others gain new perspectives and better understanding gave her a sense of purpose. So naturally she went on to obtain a bachelor’s in education in her home country, South Africa. After a few years of teaching locally, she broadened her horizons and took her wealth of experience and boundless passion to the United Arab Emirates where she gained valuable experience in teaching ESL students. 
 
Noni believes that education is to 21st century life what salt is to the ocean. She is therefore passionate about helping her students push themselves past their limitations to realise their best selves; to question the status quo and forge their own path or at least put their own spin on it because an educated student today is an empowered change agent of tomorrow.
 
In her free time Noni enjoys a good book, great music, dancing and yoga. She also jumps at any excuse to be outdoors. 
 
Kehmalatha Ashwani Cynthia
KS3 Science, IGCSE & IB Chemistry Teacher
  • Bachelor Degree with honors in Chemistry, University Tunku Abdul Rahman.
 She started as a part time Teaching Assistance for Kindergarten students in Mont’ Kiara International school while continuing her studies in the University. Her passion for teaching started during her internship at the International school as she discovers her interest in teaching and fun conversations with the students.
 
She started her official teaching career at Segi College Lecturing for Pre-University Studies, A-level and Diploma in Engineering as well as Nursing. Later on, she found herself teaching IGCSE Chemistry syllabus where it was more rewarding dealing with younger and eager students. This was the moment that she decided to continue her profession in high school education.
 
Overall, Ms. Cynthia has 12 years of teaching experience from various level of of teaching from College to KS3. Her teaching styles provides students with a great range of learning method that enhance their skills and knowledge in Science with enjoyment.
 
She is a confident, fun and loving teacher with a positive and friendly attitude. Her hobbies includes reading historical novels, listening to music and travelling. 
 
Nurul Jannah
TOK Coordinator, TOK & Physics Teacher
Jenn graduated with a Master Degree with Honors in Applied Physics from University of Malaya. She currently teaches Physics and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in the school. She was recently appointed as an IB Examiner and had received numerous training in the TOK subject. 
 
Jenn had 11 years of teaching experience in various science subjects and various curriculum including IGCSE, IBDP and the national syllabus. She started teaching due to her extrovertist nature but ended up loving the profession seeing the impact that she had on her students' life. She believes in integrating critical thinking and life skills into her lessons and would encourage students to ask questions and share their opinion. 
 
In her free time, she enjoys arranging songs, rapping with her twin sister, and learning new languages (also with her twin sister). Jenn is also known as one of the most fashionable teachers in school. If you ever see a staff with bright color clothing and a matching turban, that will probably be Jenn. Last but not least, she loves cats.
 
Sharmilah Sinasamy
IGCSE and IB Chemistry Teacher
  • Master of Technology (Material Science) –University of Malaya
  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry) – University of Malaya
Sharmilah was born and raised in Malaysia. She completed her Master Degree in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Sharmilah started her journey as a Teacher when she was 20 years old working in Public school while waiting for her university application. Prior to working in international school, Sharmilah was a Chemist before she fell head over heels for the teaching profession. She started her first journey as a teacher in 2006 in an established Private school in Kuala Lumpur where she taught key stage 4 and key stage 5 Chemistry.
 
Sharmilah joined Sri KDU International school in September 2013. Here, she had taught KS3, KS4 and KS5 students and ever since then, enjoyed her days in school being with the students and caring for the students like her own children.
 
Sharmilah loves teaching Chemistry as it has always been her favourite subject since her school days. One of her favourite successes as a teacher was taking something many consider "boring" and making it relevant and engaging for students. She believes in creating positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect, which in her opinion, is the most important part of teaching. Sharmilah is a very passionate teacher and always willing to give up her time being with the students and cultivating the interest in the subject. Sharmilah enjoys doing practical work with the students as a part of learning as she always believes practicals improve students’ understanding and developing their skills in solving problems in science subjects.
 
Sharmilah’s hobbies and interests are reading, cooking, baking, outdoor camping, travelling, and teaching Chemistry!
 
Sharubini A/P Thirupahty
A Levels & Physics Teacher
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
Ms Sharubini originates from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and graduated as an Engineer in which she completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical at the University of Tunku Abdul Rahman in 2011. Her internship project focused on managing the maintenance of medical equipments for one of the leading Private Hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and this journey was enriched with her major field of study is Medical Imaging involving medical equipment specifications. This expanded to a final Year Project research concentrating on the effects of GABA specific genes on Schizophrenic Patients using Meta Analysis Software. She is also a proud member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
 
Next, she wanted to venture into a new field and her interest further developed into an education journey of 9 years, starting with inspiring students through Canadian Pre-University Programme and focused on teaching both Physics & Biology. This further progressed through a new pathway as she joined Sri KDU International school in 2014 as a teacher of KS3 science and progressed through teaching physics (subject speciality) for both Cambridge IGCSE Physics, Cambridge Coordinated Sciences as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Her favourite activity would be music and baking.  Most often she enjoys the serenity in baking, especially when it puts a smile on everyone. Much for her liking towards event management – she has indeed organised aspiring events during her pastoral leadership as a Head of Year, from the Year 11 Farewell Day, Year 10 EOY (which was held virtually), formation of the Y10 Student Voice Council POST 16 Workshop and a few more. She happens to be a real cinema buff! An ardent fan of thriller/mystery/action-based movies. A hard-core fan of Transformers & the Jurassic sequel! She grooves listening to The Weeknd! 
 
She is passionate about instilling engineering physics concepts into education and how these concepts could be used in reengineering education. She firmly believes in being a creative thinker in any given situation and how this should be practiced throughout our life journey.  She loves the idea that there is something new to learn every day. She believes that witnessing students discover their passion and grow in confidence is the best part of teaching and reassures academic excellence through this.
 
Sri Dhurga Karupiah
Science, IGCSE Chemistry & IB Chemistry Teacher
  • Bachelor in Biomedical Science , Management and Science University (MSU)
  • Master in Education (Science), National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Sri Dhurga has 7 years of teaching experience in various science subjects and curriculum including IGCSE, IBDP and the national syllabus. She started her career as a research assistant in University Malaya, working on Virology Department. She stepped on her passion which is teaching on 2016.
 
She is passionate about inspiring student’s enthusiasm in Science, helping young people to become passionate life-long learners and our future scientists. She believes the best reward is to be able to inspiring students to achieve their full academic and personal goals. She likes to spend her free time with family, friend, go shopping, listening songs and reading books.
 
Suthashini Panja Bernam
Assistant Head of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Hons.)
Sutha received a full scholarship for her degree, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Hons.) from the National University of Malaysia in October 2013. She was also an intern at the UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI) and worked on a project involving genetic polymorphism in epileptic patients. 
 
Prior to teaching, Sutha was a Research Assistant in Oral Cancer Research & Coordinating Centre (OCRCC) in University of Malaya. Here she worked closely with dental practitioners to conduct proteomics and genomics-based research work on the tissue and blood samples. Having developed a passion for the delivery and sharing of scientific knowledge among her fellow researchers, she decided to pursue a career in teaching.
 
Sutha has been with Sri KDU for 6 years. She taught Science in Sri KDU National Secondary School from June 2016 until December 2018. In the following year, she joined Sri KDU International Secondary School and is currently teaching KS3 Science, KS4 Biology and KS4 Coordinated Science. She will be teaching A-Levels Biology in the upcoming academic year.
 
Sutha shows utmost dedication and commitment in teaching and makes it her priority to ensure that her students exhibit progress no matter where her students’ start-points are. This makes her an exceptional educator who can be relied upon to deliver high quality lessons and guide her students to their paths of excellence.