Clive started his career in the United Kingdom where he was born. He comes with a wealth of educational experience gained from over 40 years of experience in the field of education. He has extensive experience in education management as Head of School and Principal of international schools in Europe, India, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. In particular, he has been instrumental in founding and successfully developing many IB World Schools over the past decade.
Clive holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) from Leicester University, UK and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia Pacific University in California, USA. He also holds a Certificate in Education from Trinity College, University of Wales.
Clive is a firm believer in staff development, students’ academic achievements, and developing the whole ethos of the school as a learning environment which is driven by energy, respect and learning through holistic approaches. More importantly, he brings a belief that the students are at the centre of all school-related decisions and that education is a partnership between the school and the community.
Clive is married with one child and his hobbies are varied and include many outdoor and sporting activities, especially football although in recent years he has indicated that he had to accept the inevitable move into a veteran’s league
He also enjoys travelling to diverse countries and spending time as a father with his eleven year old son.
As a Belgian and a French native speaker, Sylvie has over 15 years of experience in education with over 5 years of experience heading Pre-Primary and Primary schools. She holds a BA degree from Corllins University in the USA and a Diploma in TESOL from the London Teacher Training College. She was an approved French examiner of CAIE in 2015.
A dynamic, resourceful teaching professional with a genuine interest in the cognitive, affective and social growth of children, Sylvie is highly experienced and proficient in differentiated teaching and learning, with over 15 years of teaching in different countries, and across different grade levels (Pre-primary to university). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in French as well as being an approved Cambridge French examiner and has gathered in-depth knowledge of various teaching and learning styles and has had in-depth exposure to all aspects of the functioning of a school right from admissions to teacher recruitment and training to developing the academic programme. A passionate and energetic educator, adept at creating a fun-filled and challenging learning environment to motivate and inspire children across all age groups.
Craig is a passionate and experienced teacher of Physical Education, who has taught in the UK for 9 years before moving to the UAE where he has been teaching for the past 6 years. During his teaching career, Craig has held positions as Head of Department, Head of Year and Senior Leader. During his time at his previous school which was accredited with British Schools Middle East, British School Overseas and Council of International Schools, he was a member of several working parties across the Academy and played a key role as the leader of the Physical Education committee.
Craig truly believes Education should be geared towards a holistic approach; where every child should have the opportunity to excel in the school environment, focusing on students’ attitudes, behaviour, personal development and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. School should be a place where students feel valued, feel part of a family, and enjoy attending school every day. Students who are in a happy, supportive, caring environment will prosper and succeed during their school life.
Outside of school Craig is a keen sportsman and has a real passion for football and rugby. In England he was a semi-professional rugby player, playing for his home town club Middlesbrough along with a number of other clubs during his career. After moving to the UAE, he played for the Dubai Hurricanes and represented the UAE National team.
Aline has been working as a Librarian and Educator for over 15 years at International and local private Schools in different countries such as: Brazil, Peru and Spain. During these years she mostly worked as a Head of Libraries for Primary School, Consultant for new libraries design and development, and as a Coordinator for Leisure Activities for children & teenagers. As a School Librarian she worked with students of all ages and worked for 7 years in a British School which provided her with a good knowledge of the IPC (International Primary Curriculum).
Alletta holds a BSc degree in Chemistry and Biology, and a PGCE and BEd (Honours) degree in Inclusive Education. She has almost 10 years of international school teaching experience in her country of origin Lesotho. In this school, she has had the honour of taking on different responsibilities: being an IGCSE Coordinator/Middle School Coordinator, Professional Development and Research Advisor, and Accreditation Coordinator in line with the Council of International Schools standards. She also taught Chemistry at IBDP Category 2 and IBDP TOK. Her philosophy of teaching is inspired by the works of Professor Lani Florian on Inclusive Pedagogy, and Professor John Hatte’s work on Visible Learning.
Her interests are reading, poetry, spoken word, singing, and spending time with my son.
Andres was born in Colombia but raised in the United States. While living in Hawaii, he attended the University of Hawaii Manoa and earned his BEd degree in Kinesiology for K-12 physical education teaching. He taught the IB physical education curriculum over the past 3 years and was a swim teacher for primary level students. He also holds a master’s degree in international education from Framingham University.
Andres is experienced in teaching and coaching swimming, soccer and basketball. He believes that every child is unique and different approaches must be taken in order for all students to succeed in PE and in the classroom.
He is also very active and engaged in physical activity. Andre’s favourite team sport is soccer but enjoys running marathons and ultramarathons. He also likes to swim and eat healthily. He believes that teachers need to be role models and participate physically in all activities in order to encourage students learning.
Anupama is from India and has been teaching for over 15 years. She is a post graduate in Biochemistry from Dharwad University, Karnataka, India. She completed her B.Ed and Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership and Management. She has taught Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and general sciences to students of various boards including IB Diploma, IGCSE, CBSE and undergraduate students of Pharmacy. Anupama has worked in six states across India teaching almost all grades. She has been in a leadership role as a Principal of a CBSE school as well. Her passion lies in teaching Biology to IB students. She is an IB examiner for Paper 3 and Internal assessments for the past six years. Anupama is an open minded educationalist with a belief in safe guarding the value of differential and independent learning by educating students across diverse backgrounds. She likes to create fun and challenging learning environments for students.
As an army wife, Anu has contributed to the welfare of the armed forces community in India in various ways and worked for the improvement of the social conditions of the soldier’s families. In her spare time she likes to paint, exercise and go for walks.
Asha holds a MSc degree in Computer Science and PGDE. Over the past 15 years, Asha has taught the IBDP/MYP/IGSCE curriculum in different countries including Indonesia, Dubai, Tashkent, and Astana. Her experience as an HOD (IB Computer Science/ITGS)/Coordinator (IB EE)/MYP Leader & Advisor (Design) has allowed her to visualise the requirements and support the education system in the multi-cultural environment of the schools.
Being a workshop leader for IBDP Computer Science, this has strengthen her understanding of the programme and its implementation in an educational organisation. She has been leading workshops in Middle East/Europe region. In addition, she was an IBDP examiner in Computer Science since April 2016..
She is an international educator with ability to coordinate, motivate and direct students of differing cultural, linguistic and national backgrounds to become lifelong learners. Having an open attitude towards changing educational requirements has instilled in her strong leadership, communicating, planning and organising skills.
Carolyn holds a BEd (Hons) degree in Primary Education from the University of Edinburgh. With 8 years of teaching experience in primary schools behind her, she believes in nurturing lifelong learning with a strong interest in developing connections in the classroom through authentic pupil-teacher relationships and to promote resilience and curiosity in learners.
Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She went on to gain her PGCE in Secondary English and Drama from Sheffield University. Her interest in teaching and children development spurred her to gain her Postgraduate Certificate in “Autism” and Postgraduate Certificate in “Difficulties in Literacy Development”.
With over 25 years of experience, she taught students across a wide range of ages and abilities. She has been part of the Senior Leadership Team in her previous school and was Head of English/Drama. She was an A grade English examiner for the UK’s largest examining board, AQA.
Chris is from Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been teaching for 10 years. He holds an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Stirling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from the University of Edinburgh. He lived in Japan for 3 years teaching English in State Elementary and Junior High Schools. He has taught Upper, Early Years and most recently the Middle stages of Primary. He has extensive experience as an ICT coordinator and enjoys using ICT to enhance learning in a variety of contexts.
Chris believes in creating a supportive, respectful classroom environment where learners are nurtured and challenged to develop their potential. He aims to build resilience and develop a growth mindset in pupils; allowing them to become more independent and creative thinkers.
His wife is also a teacher and have two young children. He enjoys music, including playing the piano and guitar.
Dominique has been teaching for more than 7 years in Cape Town, South Africa. She has a BEd degree in Economic and Management Sciences as well as a BEd (Hons) degree in General Education Management. She served as Head of Department for Business Studies, Economic and Management Sciences and Life Orientation. She also served as Phase Head where she monitored curriculum delivery, develop improvement plans, analyze results and implement intervention strategies. For the past four years, she has also been tutoring Business Studies especially at underperforming schools and also served on the school management team. Furthermore, Dominique is an educational enthusiast and a passionate educator who believes in life learning and delivery of quality education. She was the coordinator of the school that seek opportunities to collaborate with partners in education and industry to enable students to develop the necessary skills as part of the school curriculum.
Dominique was awarded the educator award from Kreeate.biz in 2017 and was selected to be the telematics presenter for e-learning in 2019.
Elaine is part of the Early Years team. She is an early childhood educator from the Philippines and has dedicated her teaching of young children for over ten years in Manila. She completed her Master in Education major in Early Childhood from De La Salle University and holds a professional teaching license. Elaine is also certified by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. Elaine was co-teaching in the Early Years and Foundation Stage Group and Key Stage One in a British International School in Manila. She has also worked as an EAL and Special Needs Co-ordinator.
Elaine believes that a child's educational journey is their own and that they are competent learners. Teachers support their learning through close collaboration between families and the school community. She likes working with children and engaging them in fun, challenging and empowering activities.
While Elaine enjoys being a homebody, she also likes sports activities, going to the beach and is an ardent dog lover.
Eleanor is from the UK and has been a primary school teacher for almost 10 years. She holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Kent and Canterbury, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. She has worked within a range of year groups and led many departments, including English, History, Geography and French.
Eleanor has a love for learning and is keen to inspire the students she works with, fostering an environment of independent learning and resilience. She loves music and the cinema and maintains an active lifestyle.
Heath has been teaching mathematics for 15 years, where he has taught in the United States and Venezuela. He got his Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics with the emphasis in teaching in 2005 from the University of Montana. He has taught from grade 5 math to Calculus and does enjoy the challenge of learning the Cambridge curriculum to add to his repertoire of teaching. He believes in building the relationship with the students to help them reach their potential in life. He has taught volleyball for four years in the United States and will continue doing so with a volleyball ECA.
Joan has over 15 years of experience in teaching IB Diploma Programme and IGCSE Mathematics. During her teaching in Malaysia and Philippines at IB World Schools, she has also been an IB MYP and DP Coordinator. Joan will be a teacher in the Faculty of Maths, where she will be teaching DP Mathematical Studies SL and IGCSE Maths. She has attained an IBDP Category 2 training in DP Maths Studies SL.
Joe is originally from the rural Finger Lakes region of New York, in the United States. He has been teaching Visual Art in International schools throughout India and the Middle East for almost 20 years. Joe was trained as both an artist and arts educator in the United States at Purchase College, American University, and Nazareth College of Rochester. In 1998, he had the opportunity to study for a semester in Perugia, Italy, where he became interested in travel and living abroad.
Upon receiving qualification as a teacher, Joe gravitated toward International education as a way of exploring the world, and to assume the role of practitioner - instructor that was commonly encouraged in the arts education programs of overseas schools. As an artist, Joe has mostly worked as a ceramist and a figurative painter. He has recently been developing paper pulp processes that he has been able to introduce to students in classroom settings. His most recent interest has been tying his art teaching processes to support both the CAS and TOK components of the IB Diploma Program.
Joe came to Malaysia with his wife, a French language specialist, from Delhi, India. Their son is currently attending University in New York State.
Joel is a citizen of the Philippines who has a Master of Science degree in Physics and over twenty years of teaching in the Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. Mr Joel was a recipient of the Japanese government scholarship where he did research in physics and science education at Osaka University and Wakayama University, Japan. He has taught secondary and high school science, physics and mathematics locally and internationally. He is a trained and experienced DP Physics teacher. He has a passion for music and loves to play the guitar.
Judy has over 20 years of experience as an educator having taught English and providing leadership and guidance for EAL in international schools in Mongolia, China, India, Qatar, Ethiopia, Brunei and Malaysia. She has been an EAL Coordinator and a member of Senior Management. Judy believes in a learner-centered environment that fosters independence, developing trust and mutual respect, and allowing learners to express themselves fully.
Graduated from the Raffles College of Music, Choon Mon went on to further his studies in Applied Music at Dundaik Institute of Technology and graduated with First Class Honours. He obtained his Master in Conducting from The Royal Academy of Music.
He was mentored by renowned conductors such as David Brophy, Sir Simon Rattle, Thomas Benedict and Annalisa Monticelli during his studies. He was nominated as “One of the Best Romantic Period Youth Conductor” for his performance of Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”.
In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious “Michael Van Dessel Choral Conducting Scholar Award”. His musical experience took him to Singapore, Ireland and the UK, as well as in Malaysia, where he conducted performances, directing musicals, and operas.
Sung Han, a Taiwanese, holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Shi-Jian University in Taipei, Taiwan and an MA degree in Educational Psychology from the Huanan Normal University in Guangzhou, PRC. She also holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language.
Sung-Han is an experienced and enthusiastic Mandarin teacher. In the past 12 years, she served as an international educator for students of all ages, from primary to university, under different curriculum settings (including IB/AP) in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. She is also certified in teaching Mandarin as a second language. She believes her role as an international educator is to set up and maintain an environment conducive to learning, freedom to explore and to make mistakes. She strives to make use of various teaching approaches for her students to learn the strategies they will need to be successful lifelong learners.
Apart from teaching, Sung-Han is a music, movie and food lover, a reader, a traveler and a cultural explorer.
Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical anthropology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan USA, focusing on non-human primates. While taking a little break from applying to graduate school, she decided to take the opportunity to work as a college counsellor for UCLA at an inner city middle school in Los Angeles, California. While working there, she fell in love with working in education and teaching students. She ended up changing her career path to education.
Since receiving her teaching certificate, she have worked as after school program coordinator for an elementary school in Michigan. Then, for the last four years she has been teaching history and Global Perspectives in Shanghai, China.
In her spare time, she loves being outside exploring nature and cities, traveling/learning more about cultures and working on her photography. With her keen interest in photography, she undertook CAS photography projects by being an advisor and taught students the different photography techniques to create postcards which were sold to raise funds for charity.
Louren completed her Master Degree majoring in Special Education at New Era University and her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology, at Philippines Normal University. She obtained her Montessori Certification for primary level at Collin Community College, Plano Texas and her lower elementary Montessori Certification at North American Montessori Center. During her 17 years in the field of education, she spent 12 years working with children ages 3 to 6 years old using the Montessori Methodology.
Being able to guide a child to becoming a functional citizen in any part of this world is definitely a very rewarding profession. She also find herself "as a child within" in the world of education because she continues to learn, grow and search out new ways to meet the needs of the children.
Michael is a highly motivated and dynamic teacher with over five years of teaching experience. Originally from Merseyside, England, he gained a bachelor’s degree in History at Liverpool John Moore’s University, before completing his Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Liverpool Hope University. Having successfully achieved qualified teacher status (QTS) in the United Kingdom, he sought to embark on a new challenge to develop his pedagogical skills and experience by teaching internationally to ensure the continuation of his professional development.
Throughout his practice he has demonstrated his flexibility and has adopted a positive attitude to change, successfully settling into his first international placement at Ras Al Khaimah Academy in the United Arab Emirates. During the four years he spent there, he taught across a range of age groups in Key Stage 2 in the British Curriculum, which provided him with an excellent understanding of progression.
A firm believer in holistic education, Michael is fully committed to providing pupils with the optimum learning experiences through a stimulating and challenging environment. He endeavours to provide a creative and inclusive curriculum, whereby each pupil can experience success tailored to their personal goals. Holding a keen interest in a range of sports, he is particularly passionate about playing rugby. Michael enjoys travelling around the world to experience different cultures.
Hisham holds First Class Master’s Degree in Malay Language Studies and has taught in several private and international schools in Malaysia with over 6 years of teaching experience.
Hisham’s classroom learning environment promotes fun, growth, and a sense of family. He makes sure his students can recognise the potential in themselves and enjoy every single day of their learning process. He has been handling children with different characters and abilities which enforced his philosophy that every child is different and has their own specialty and ability. He also believes that trust is the way to open up a child's heart and mind.
He actively involves himself in singing and choirs as hobbies.
Pearl is an experienced Mandarin and IB Chinese teacher who graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MBA and furthered her life-long education with a PGDE and Master in Education both specialising in Chinese Mandarin.
As an Mandarin educator with over 25 years teaching experience in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture, she was also the head of Mandarin department for four years in a well-developed international school and she devoted the time on the training of new mandarin staff and developed the curriculum and pedagogical of teaching for the Chinese programme.
Being fully well equipped in full and simplified Chinese characters and effective in Mandarin and English, she is able to communicate with people from all walks of life with different nationalities and cultures.
In addition to the all-round teaching experience to international students from IGCSE to higher IB level, she has also been contributing to voluntary work for youngsters and parents as a whole by organising various activities for parent child development.
She devoted herself in writing, authored a few publications of her own including a few Mandarin textbooks, and articles through various blogs.
She also actively involves herself in singing and choirs as hobbies.
Pei is a Malaysian citizen who graduated from the National Taipei University, Taiwan with a BA. She has taught Chinese language and Mandarin Foreign Language in two International schools in Malaysia for five years to all grades from Nursery to Grade 11. Pei has also worked as an English teacher in a tuition centre in Taipei.
In her spare time, Pei enjoys traveling, reading and jogging.
Rob is from Dublin, Ireland and has 10 years teaching experience. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Physical Education in the Community, from St Mary’s University in London and a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education from the University of Greenwich in London. For the last 4 years, he has taught in an international school in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, he taught for 6 years in London.
Rob brings a wealth of experience with him of teaching PE to both primary and secondary pupils. He believes that PE develops skills and attributes in pupils to make them confident, well-rounded, lifelong learners. He has developed after school programs in football, basketball, athletics and cross-country within the school community; coaching the school teams to the finals and winning many inter-school tournaments something he is very proud of.
Outside of school, Rob likes playing football, with Everton being his favourite football team. He loves travelling.
Roland is a UK qualified Geography teacher, experienced teaching Geography across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. He has taught in the Middle East for the past six years in Qatar and The United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he taught both “A” levels and The International Baccalaureate. He is used to teaching an international student body and creating a meaningful and challenging learning environment where students are actively engaged and motivated.
Roland achieved his BA (Hons) degree in Geography and Economics at Middlesex University in London, UK. He obtained his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Geography with ICT with Merit from the University College Plymouth St Mark & St John in the UK. Roland went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDip) in the UK.
Roland enjoys most outdoor active pursuits but specifically; travel, hill walking, scuba diving and sailing. He has traveled extensively abroad, having organised numerous tours to Everest base camp in Nepal. He is a qualified diving instructor with 25+ years’ experience and has sailed across the Atlantic. He is keenly interested in Marine Conservation.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with Modern Languages from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland and the PGCE Secondary Education in English from UWSTD in Swansea, Wales. Over the past 13 years, he taught English Language and Literature as part of the team in a comprehensive school in the UK.
Scott is a conscientious and professional educator with over 13 years’ experience and a proven history of maximising student potential. He is able to create and lead ECAs to enhance students’ development and overall positive experience of their learning. Highly organised and efficient whose thorough and precise approach to projects yields excellent results.
Shikha was born and brought up in India and is married to an American from Upstate New York. She has a keen interest in languages and has been teaching secondary French for more than 25 years. She has a pre doctorate (M.Phil) in French literature and has been teaching in many countries around the world. She is a trained IBDP French teacher and has taught IGCSE and GCE curricula as well.
Trained from the Alliance Francaise in teaching language through communicative approach, she firmly believes that language acquisition should be an enjoyable and enriching experience for the students.
Shikha is in Malaysia with her husband, Joe Demetro, who is an Art and TOK teacher at Excelsior. Her son is studying Biology in a New York university. She loves to listen to music, read and watch movies during her free time. She has travelled extensively and has taught in the Middle East, Qatar, India and Malaysia.
Simon has over 20 years teaching experience in EAL and Art and Design and holds a degree in 3D Design from the University of East Anglia. He enjoyed the opportunity of creating and developing the Visual Art curriculum for Primary and Middle Years. He feels that we have a stimulating, hands on programme to offer our students at EIS.
He enjoys collaborating with the colleagues in his faculty and is very much involved in the School’s musical theatre production each year helping out with the design and construction of the set. Prior to joining Excelsior he was teaching EAL at an international school in Bangalore, India, to grades 6 through 9 and coaching the IGCSE and IB grades through competitive exams such as SAT, ACT, IELTS and TOEFL, for entrance to college and university.
His other interests include: cinema, photography and but most importantly spending time with his family. Simon is originally from England and is here in Malaysia with his wife and their young son.
Steph is from Essex, England, and has 5 years of teaching experience at a secondary school. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Tourism Management from the University of Kent, and achieved QTS in English through the TES Institute Straight to Teaching programme. She taught English Literature and Language for 5 years, and Travel & Tourism for 1 year.
Steph believes in a holistic approach to teaching; she served as Enrichment Coordinator at her previous school and was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities there. She is enthusiastic in the classroom, and finds that students learn best when they are able to express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. She has high expectations for students of all ages and abilities, pushing them academically to strive for more, and supporting them when necessary. Steph has successfully run various clubs and events during her career: notably the BBC School Report, Journalism Club and Creative Writing.
Outside of school, Steph enjoys horse riding, aerial sports and generally keeping fit. Being an English teacher, she is an avid reader. She also enjoys travelling.
Steve is from Burnley, England and is a former Chief Engineer from the Paper Industry but he always stated that one day he would like to "pay it forward" by teaching the next generation, therefore after gaining a PGCE from the University of Nottingham he began teaching at an IB PYP school in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
Steve believes in encouraging children to become independent inquirers so they have the skills to be self-reliant for their lifelong learning. He does this by having an interesting class room environment which is thought provoking, open minded and respectful thus motivating children to gain greater knowledge.
Steve and his wife enjoy travelling to learn more about different cultures of the world.
Subash is an Indian citizen with a total of over 15 years teaching experience in India and International schools in Malaysia and Qatar. He holds a Masters in Mathematics as well as Masters in Education. He has experience teaching Maths and Additional Maths for IGCSE as well as teaching IBDP Maths HL and SL. He has attained certificates from IBDP for teaching Maths HL and SL.
Prior to entering the teaching profession, Subash spent 6 years in the IT industry as a software engineer, involved in graphic design and developing e-learning applications for schools.
Subash loves Badminton and is keen to coach Badminton and is an enthusiastic player of both Badminton and Cricket.
Subrina, who is from Oxford, England, is qualified with a Bachelor degree in Sport Science as well as a Montessori teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education. She has over 10 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in a number of British and American international schools in Japan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Mexico and China.
Outside of school, she enjoys sports, cooking, travel and learning about the different cultures.
Tracy, originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, holds Masters Degrees in Education and History from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 14 years of teaching experience, ranging from Special Education to IB PYP. For the past eight-years, Tracy has taught internationally in the UAE and in Kazakhstan, six years being in an IB setting. He holds Teaching Certificates in Elementary Education, Special Education and Social Studies.
Tracy is an avid traveler and sports junky, following LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. Along with these interests, he loves coffee shops, swimming and enjoys new culinary dishes from around the world – the more exotic the better.
Val, from Preston, England has been teaching for over 20 years and graduated from Warwick University with an Honours degree in English, Religious Studies and Educational Studies with Qualified Teacher Status. She has worked in both the North of England, London and internationally, in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. In the course of her career, she has, for the most part, taught Year 6 which is where her passion lies but has also been a deputy head, an acting head and phase leader.
Val believes in developing children as life-long learners by providing them with opportunities to learn through inquiry, the encouragement of independence and the taking of action. Her classroom is stimulating, positive and well-resourced enabling the children to be motivated and encouraged to work hard and learn the moment they enter the room; it promotes student engagement. Positive attitudes are always encouraged and her classroom is a place of respect and tolerance.
In her spare time, Val loves travelling and especially road trips with her husband. Cats are her favourite animal and she enjoys cooking...and eating!
Vanila is an enthusiastic and committed teacher with the ability to appreciate and inspire children. She is a dedicated teacher with over 15 years of Primary school experience. She has a BA degree with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sunderland, UK.
Her personal goal is to challenge students and watch them grow academically and socially, to meet their full potential. She ably supports students of different abilities and helps them progress as a class, and for the betterment of each individual.
In her extensive international-school teaching experience, she has gained the knowledge of using a variety of curricula in a way that is suitable and relevant to international students. She is also knowledgeable and skilled at supporting EAL learners as well as learners with special needs.
Vanila's greatest strength is her enthusiasm and love for children and teaching. She believes this is reflected in her teaching and motivates the students she works with. In her spare time, Vanila enjoys reading and travelling.
Vineeta is the CAIE Coordinator cum the Exam Officer for the Secondary School. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in Education. She is from India and holds a Master's degree in Broadcast Communication. She is an Assistant examiner for First Language Cambridge and a Cambridge Examiner for Second Language English, Oral Component. She taught in Malaysia, India and Qatar for the last nine years before joining EIS. She was the Head of the Department for English and Humanities in her previous school. She also attained her Diploma in teaching from Cambridge and loves teaching.
Vineeta loves kids and loves to interact with them. She believes the only way to get to know her students well is to understand their needs well. She loves dancing, making new friends and reading books in her spare time.
Mei is originally from China. After completing her degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, she headed overseas to teach in various international schools. She has taught in international schools in Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia before joining Excelsior. Mei has taught in American and British international schools and has experience teaching AP, IGCSE and IB Mandarin (B and Ab Initio) curricula. She is also an examiner for the International Baccalaureate. Apart from teaching, she also enjoys travelling and loves to discover and learn about different cultures.
Ilyn graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She recently obtained her certificate in Special Education Course.
In 2005, she left for Dubai where she spent 3 years as Administrative Supervisor of Emirates British Nursery.
She is passionate in working and learning with younger children (Early Years) and believes that every experience and exposure with them is a learning opportunity. She also believes that “Learning is a lifetime journey and always has a better way of doing it". In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing with her children.
Nadhirah graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Human Sciences majoring in Psychology. Nadhirah loves seeing the curiosity and smiles on the children’s faces when they learn something new. She believes that every child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.
Priya obtained her Bachelor of Education with Honours in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Selangor in 2010. She worked in a private international school, teaching English at Secondary School level for 3 years before joining Excelsior. She strives to obtain new knowledge and experience in teaching her young charges.
She enjoys being with the children and seeing them learn every day. Besides caring for them, she is a keen believer that children need to be taught responsibility, empathy and cleanliness. This enables them to become creative balanced individuals in the future. Priya is looking forward to completing her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education by next year.
Moli pursued her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education (Hons) at Unitar International University and graduated on Dec 2016. Previously, she worked in a Private English medium Kindergarten as a classroom teacher for 2 years where she taught 3 & 6 year-old children. She enjoys and loves being around children and she believes that through the experiences and knowledge gained she can make a positive impact in young children’s lives.
Moli believes that early years teachers mould lives. That is a great responsibility and she is ready for the responsibility though. She also believes that children need to learn to be positive, be taught responsibility and independence to create balanced individuals. Moli loves working in the early childhood field and is looking forward to work towards her Master Degree in this field as well in future.
Sharmila is a passionate, sincere and result-driven Malaysian with more than 23 years of experience in Administrative role. She had been an entrepreneur and also an employee who had been successfully providing outstanding administrative and personal support to executive in a vast array of industries.
She is highly motivated, always optimistic and a self-starter. She possesses a pleasant mannerism and professional demeanor that helps her to maintain effective working relationships with her team. She is a proven team-player with a ‘can-do’ approach, who enjoys going the extra mile. She is able to multi-task a wide range of projects, events and at the same time ensuring efficiency. She adapts quickly to new and evolving environment and has demonstrated flexibility and excellent work ethic enthusiastically taking on special projects in addition to her primary office administration responsibility.
She has gained an excellent reputation amongst colleagues and parents for customer service and attention to details. Sharmila says that it was indeed a blessing that she was given an opportunity to work in EXCELSIOR! She loves her job very much and is determined to strive towards Excellence to make a Difference. She lives by the motto” To Teach is To Touch Lives Forever”
Nurse Sharol is a Malaysian citizen with over 20 years of experience in nursing. Her nursing studies were sponsored by the KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital and she is a graduate of the School of Nursing, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru. Upon completing her sponsor bond, she worked at Panasonic and WD Media Malaysia as an Industrial Nurse for 17 years.
Nurse Sharol says she is blessed and thrilled to be part of the Excelsior team as it provides her with the chance to explore and gain new experiences and to enhance the development of her nursing career.
Khusairi (Khu) has been in the library field for 5 years, where he began with another International School. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Studies (Library & Information Management) from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
Khu believes in the library giving accurate information and assisting and supporting students in their learning journey. Besides, the library also has the responsibility of creating and maintaining a calm and enjoyable environment to the students to enhance their learning..
Outside of school, he enjoys playing PlayStation games and spend quality times with his family.
Siti graduated from the University of Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia with a Degree in Industrial Chemistry and has been working at Excelsior International School since 2014 as our Science Laboratory Technician.
In this role she assists teachers with their science classes and supports individual students on research projects. She chose to work in the laboratory because she is passionate about doing analysis and experimentation.
Prior to this, Siti worked as an assistant in microbiology and as a chemist before joining EIS. She believes that her experiences have provided her with the skills and knowledge to assist EIS students in their learning.
Siti is delighted to be a part of the academic team at Excelsior as this affords her the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment exploring new cultures.
Note: This page will be updated progressively as and when new teaching colleagues join the team.
News and Events
Tunku Temenggong of Johor attends [...]
The Tunku Temenggong of Johor, Tunku Idris Iskandar Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Ibrahim graced the Installation dinner of the 6th President of the Rotary Club of Johor Bahru Sentral today (27th September).
His Highness is the Royal Patron of the club.
During the ceremony, Mr Vijendran Vengadesan was installed as the new president.
HH Tunku Idris was presented with a cheque for RM 30,000 in aid of the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.
The money was raised from proceeds during the Run For Hope campaign organised by the club recently in partnership with Excelsior International School.
Some 80 rotarians attended the gala dinner, which also included singing and dancing performances.
The EIS interact club has been serving and giving back to the community since its inception by sponsoring activities such as the Run for Hope which primary objective is to raise funds for the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation ("Foundation")
Excelsior International School's Interact Club is a service club for students ages 12 - 18 whose primary purpose is to give students a chance to make a difference in the world. EIS Interact club is sponsored by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral. Rotary International is an international service organisation whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 Million Individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.
This year, as part of our community service program, EIS Interact Club in support of Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral will be launched the "Plant a Tree Campaign" which is meant to instill an environment loving culture among our youths. This project involves Interact Club members and primary students from the Excelsior International School, and 16 orphans from the SHAFAR Welfare Organisation (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shafar), Johor Bahru.
The launch was held on the 23rd September 2016 by His Highness Tunku Idris Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Temenggong Johor during the Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral 5th Installation Dinner at Doubletree, by Hilton, Johor Bahru, Johor. EIS staff and students were in attendance where EIS Interact Club president Lim Ee Lyn helped launch the event. In addition to launching the project EIS also had both primary and secondary students perform a song for all in attendance.
The campaign is aimed to be the biggest community tree-planting and nature care event in Johor. Coordinated by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral and proudly sponsored by Asia Plantation Capital, these are special days for all to help out by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs to improve the environment in which they live in.
EIS is proud that students from our school in both our Primary section and students from our Interact club are teaming up with students from Shafar orphanage to participate in this important community service endeavour.
In the final week of September Excelsior International School in Johor celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Students enjoyed a 'week-long Chinese riddles' competition, presentations by their peers on various aspects of the festival, student-produced videos and a Mooncake tasting session.
This full week of activities, information sharing and fun challenges based in, and coming from, the Mandarin lessons, ensured that all students were able to become aware of, and celebrate this annual Chinese event.
Excelsior International school staged the first of their Curriculum Information Sessions for the academic year on Saturday 5th September 2015. At 9.30am, the Head of Primary and Early Years, Mr Tony Blacklock, with assistance from his specialist teachers, gave an overview of the curriculum for Nursery to Grade 5 at Excelsior. Parents and students were then invited to visit the individual homerooms for further presentations specific to each age group. At 11.00am the Head of Secondary and High School, Mr Ian Stanley gave a presentation regarding the curriculum and the study strands all the way through Grades 6 to 12. After a short genera question-and-answer session, students and parents then had the opportunity to meet with individual subject teachers.
Excelsior International School hosted 48 teams for the Johor State round of the Rotary International Interactors I-Quiz on Saturday 22nd August 2015. This is a general knowledge and 'knowledge of Malaysia' quiz for students aged from 12 to 18 Years and leads onto national and international finals. A crowd of over 300 participants and supporters enjoyed a wonderful morning of friendly competition.
On 15th August students and parents packed the auditorium at the Excelsior International for an Orientation/Information session prior to the school beginning on Monday 17th August.
Following a welcome/welcome back from School Principal, Mr Julian Leah, the Chairman of Excelsior, Mr Ng Boon Yew, presented a review of the previous year and outlined the developments put in place and the plans for the forthcoming academic year.
Following the welcome back to returning teachers and the introduction of the new teachers, students and parents were then able to visit the homerooms and classrooms to find out more from the teachers about the exciting year ahead!