Meet Our Team


55 years of Excellence

 Teachers

We are a dedicated, qualified team of professional educators who are committed to high standards and to creating an engaging and challenging learning environment for children. Most of our teachers delivering the core British international curriculum are from the United Kingdom, or countries where English is their first language; for example, Australia and New Zealand.

Our on-going professional development programme ensures that the strategies, methods, and resources used reflect best practice standards from around the world. We firmly believe that the most effective way to improve student learning is through the process of improving teaching.

So, what makes a great GEMS teacher? As part of our teaching philosophy, our teachers:

  • Systematically develop students’ learning skills so that they become increasingly independent;
  • Use assessment to help students reflect on what they know and help them set targets for the future;
  • Use stimulating activities in well-placed lessons;
  • Create a purposeful atmosphere that promotes good learning;
  • Actively engage students in their own learning; and are innovative and creative in providing new learning strategies involving technology.

Glen Mundy

Principal

Glen Mundy

Principal

I joined GEMS Education in 2010 as Principal of the International School Tripoli, Libya. With the onset of the Revolution in February 2011, I evacuated the school and carried on as the school’s ambassador and administrator until September 2011. I then began working for GEMS Management Solutions as a senior project manager assisting the development of schools in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Libya.

I have over 30 years’ experience as an international educator, including roles in the UK as humanities teacher and middle manager; Denmark working on the IBO Diploma programme in an international educational centre; the Seychelles with the UK Overseas Development Administration/Sussex University as a teacher trainer and senior educational adviser; Malawi as Head of Secondary at Bishop Mackenzie International School; and as Principal at Hanoi International School, Vietnam and International School Malaga, Spain.

I was an accreditation inspector for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), and an IB Diploma authorisation inspector. I hold a BEd (Hons) degree from Exeter University and an MSc (Geography) from the University of London. My interest and commitment to geography teaching was recognised and I was privileged to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Alison Cook

Head of Primary School

Alison Cook

Head of Primary School

Postgraduate Certificate of Education

I’m Alise Cook (known as Ms Cook or Ms Alise), and I have over twenty years’ experience in education, ranging from teaching to teacher training and consultancy. Last year I was the founding Head of Little GEMS, Penang. Prior to moving to Malaysia I was the Founding Head of a school in Azerbaijan and have also worked in a variety of roles in Turkey and England (my country of birth).

I have a degree in English and History as well as postgraduate qualifications in education (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) and management (Postgraduate Diploma in Management). I have just completed my Masters of Education in Culture, Language and Identity with the University of London (Goldsmiths). I am particularly interested in bilingualism and how speaking a second language affects one’s identity.

Being an avid leaner myself, I want to inspire children’s excitement about the world around them and develop their own love of learning. Working overseas gives me the opportunity to combine two of my main interests – travel and education. I am very lucky because having a good education gave me the freedom to make my own choices and do this. I believe that at GIP we will enable our students to reach their own potential, so they too can be who they want to be!

Tracy Ghomashchian

Head of Secondary School

Tracy Ghomashchian

Head of Secondary School

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Graphics; Postgraduate Diploma in Education; Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education

I am Tracy Ghomashchian (or ‘Mrs G‘) and I am an enthusiastic teacher of Art and Design Technology. I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Graphics, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and later a Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education, both from Strathclyde University. I am currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Education with Dundee University, which focuses on supporting professional development related to the use of technologies within international education.

I initially worked within the Scottish private education sector before moving to Malaysia in 2011 with my husband Mr Ghomashchian (a teacher of Physical Education at GEMS Pearl City).

I am a keen outdoor enthusiast and have lots of experience in leading student expeditions, both in the Scottish Highlands and the Malaysian rainforest. I look forward to sharing my passion for art, design technology and the great outdoors with my students.

Claire Denise Sealey

Professional Development and Training Leader

Claire Denise Sealey

Professional Development and Training Leader

MA (Ed), BSc (Econ) Social and Economic History-2:1 Hons, PGCE, NPQH (National College of School Leadership), ILM 5 and 7 in (Executive) Coaching and Mentoring

Claire has just arrived from Uganda, where she worked for GEMS for three years as a Deputy Programme Director for the Varkey Foundation and also as the Head of Primary at GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala. She has over 25 years’ educational experience, mainly in the UK, but also spent over four years working in Dubai for GEMS. She has undertaken a variety of roles within schools and educational organisations including:
• Headteacher
• Academy Standards and Improvements Leader
• School Improvement Partner/COBIS Peer Accreditor
• Additional Inspector for Tribal
• University Lecturer (ITT)
• Training and Development
• Coach and Mentor
• Educational Management Consultant
• National College Regional Representative
• Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead
Claire’s has two key areas of expertise within education; one linked to staff training and development and the other to School Improvement. She passionately believes in life-long learning and building learning communities which enable and empower each other to work collaboratively towards achieving a shared aim and vision based on achieving outstanding results for all stakeholders.

Baljit Kaur Toor

EYFS Teacher & Coordinator

Baljit Kaur Toor

EYFS Teacher & Coordinator

BA Education Studies and Advanced Study of Early Years
PGCE Primary with QTS

Baljit is a passionate and innovative educator with over 12 years experience working at Key Stage 1 and Early Years. She has a sound knowledge of theories underpinning early education and a solid pedagogy of inquiry based learning. Having worked in England and more recently China, Baljit brings to the team resilience, perspective, and open mindedness. Baljit believes in empowering young learners who have the courage to take risks, become thinkers, inventors, creative in their approach and successful in their continual journey of lifelong learning.

Lily Etminan

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 1.2

Lily Etminan

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 1.2

I am originally from Iran where I studied for my first degree - a BA in Electrical Engineering. In 2011 I moved to Malaysia where I have worked within Primary education mainly on the Island whilst studying for my MBA (graduated in 2013). I have just completed my IPGCE with Nottingham University. Outside of school, I am a keen runner and enjoy an active lifestyle that also includes hiking and jungle trekking.

Joining GEMS International School Penang as the Teacher for Year 1 is very exciting for me and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for learning with my students. I have high expectations of children and will be supporting them to reach their full potential.

Rebecca Claire Gibb

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 1.1

Rebecca Claire Gibb

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 1.1

MA (Hons) Primary Education

Rebecca has been teaching in Scotland for the past two years. She aims to create exciting and motivating opportunities and experiences within the classroom to engage all learners and allow them to reach their full learning potential. Rebecca has focussed on using active learning experiences within her teaching to allow children to develop both their resilience and independence, whilst still having fun in the classroom environment. She is very interested in outdoor learning opportunities and has been involved in developing this scheme in her previous school. She intends on bringing these skills to her classroom here in Penang.

Sarah Catherine Davis

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 2.2 & Key Stage 1 Coordinator

Sarah Catherine Davis

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 2.2 & Key Stage 1 Coordinator

BSc Psychology (Hons), PGCE Primary

Since gaining her Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education in 2011, Sarah has worked in England and the Middle East. She is an experienced classroom practitioner and, as Head of Year, has held a middle leadership position in her previous school. In this role, Sarah oversaw effective teaching and learning in several classes. She is a confident and conscientious practitioner, who is constantly reflecting on the quality of education in her classroom and enjoys supporting other members of the team in their professional development. She has previously worked for GEMS and implements the organisation’s core values into her lessons.
Throughout Sarah’s teaching experience, she has gained a deep understanding of the importance of getting to know the children in her class as individuals, both in terms of their academic ability and their wide-ranging interests and talents. She is therefore looking forward to meeting each child in Key Stage 1, finding out how they learn best and what inspires them! In her spare time, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, being a keen runner, hiker and wakeboarder! She also enjoys reading and is looking forward to sharing her passion with her students. Sarah enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and is therefore excited to learn more about her new home - Malaysia.

Aarthi Bathmanathan

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 2.1

Aarthi Bathmanathan

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 2.1

Bachelor’s degree in Education majoring in Mathematics

I am better known as Miss Aarti and I come from mainland Penang. I’ve completed my studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Education majoring in Mathematics. I graduated from the University of Tun Abdul Razak. In 2013, I was teaching at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato Ahmad Said in Ipoh, Perak. I am now a teacher at GEMS International School Pearl City. I love to travel and meet people from different countries, ethnicities and backgrounds. Therefore, I am very thankful for this opportunity to work at an International School like GEMS.

Siobhan Keane

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 3.1

Siobhan Keane

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 3.1

Lovely to meet you, I am Siobhan Keane. I have an Irish name because my family are originally from Ireland. I come from London – I was born there, grew up there and trained to be a teacher at St Mary’s College, Twickenham (South West London). I have qualified teacher status in primary teaching with subject specialisms in Religious Education and History. I have had experience of teaching children in EYFS (ages 4-5) and Key Stages 1 (ages 5 - 7) and 2 (ages 7 – 11). I have worked with children with a range of different learning needs and I have taught children who are very new to learning English.

I have a passion for teaching, I enjoy the subjects that I teach and I think that enthusiasm is very important to the children. I try to incorporate many different styles into my teaching to help learning within a safe environment. I encourage the children to have a voice and to give their opinions and ideas. I think it important to not just focus on the academic part of learning but also to teach or help the children become aware of their skills and strengths that they will take with them into their future.

I am pleased to be a part of the team at GEMS and working in Malaysia.

Emma Isobell Mullin

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 3.2

Emma Isobell Mullin

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 3.2

B.Ed Primary Education with English

Emma was born in Northern Ireland and went to London to complete her teaching degree with a specialism in English. She has since gained immense experience in Primary education teaching throughout reception KS1and KS2.
She has taught in many countries such as China , Mexico, Chile and Georgia and maintains high expectations and strives to help each child reach their full potential through fun and engaging activities.
An avid learner herself, Emma enjoys engaging in new experiences, learning languages and talking various classes to expand her horizons. She is very happy to be in Penang and Gems International and hopes she can bring her knowledge and experience to her students while expanding her own knowledge by exploring the area and learning about all of the cultures and customs of the friendly people of Malaysia.

Emily Jemima Hallett

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 4.1

Emily Jemima Hallett

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 4.1

BA Hons in Media Production, PGCE General Primary

Emily is an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher, and also has been involved with primary teaching in Kenya and India through volunteer schemes and the Global Schools Partnership.
Most recently, Emily has been working for the BBC across TV, Radio and Events and hopes to integrate this within lessons and school life. She also enjoys sports with a particular interest in distance running.

Adam Rodman

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 4.2

Adam Rodman

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 4.2

BA Hons in Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status

Adam is an experienced primary school teacher who has worked both internationally and in the UK. After qualifying from Northumbria University Adam completed his NQT year at the British School of Bucharest in Romania, where he was the Year One class teacher. Adam has since worked in the North East of England where he successfully delivered the new style SAT’s papers to his Year 2 class. Most recently Adam has worked in Jordan teaching in Key Stage 2, working as the Year 4 class teacher. Adams has a strong passion for outdoor learning and has enjoyed working with a variety of after school clubs across the whole of primary, hosting activates such as dodge ball, forest school and mixed sports to name a few. Adam is also a primary science specialist and has had experience working as part of the science coordinating team, helping to organise whole school events and ensuring the learning experiences were both stimulating and engaging.

Amanda Jane Grey

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 5.1

Amanda Jane Grey

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 5.1

B.Ed Hons, QTS, Certificate in Education: Gifted and Talented

Amanda has a great deal of classroom experience – primarily teaching in both Key Stages 2 and 3.
She enjoys working with children and considers having such an important role in their lives, a privilege. She believes learning should be an enjoyable process that should never end: there should never be a time when an individual says: ‘I have nothing left to learn.’
An avid history buff who enjoys wordplay, numberwork, science and utilising modern technology, she sees every aspect of learning as interconnected and that the role of the teacher is to inspire children to become a seeker of knowledge and understanding, and to ignite within them the desire to learn.”

Martyn Graham Stuart

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 5.2

Martyn Graham Stuart

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 5.2

University of Strathclyde: 2:1 award in Bachelor of Science with Honours in Primary Education 2014.

Martyn is a fully qualified primary teacher who has worked in Scotland for the last three years. He is experienced in designing and delivering active lessons allowing learners to achieve outcomes in an engaging and differentiated way. Having been ICT co-ordinator in his previous school he is equipped in incorporate ICT during lessons to enhance, improve and deepen learning. Martyn leads a healthy lifestyle through his hobbies that include skateboarding, cycling and hiking. He is keen to be a positive role model for the children and young people he is working with.

Kelly Maria Soutar

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 6.1

Kelly Maria Soutar

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 6.1

Bachelor of Primary Teaching

Kelly is a dynamic and inspiring educator with over 10+ years of experience. She has taught in the UK and New Zealand, with a recent focus on coordination of assessment. Kelly is passionate about providing a holistic and personalised teaching approach ensuring all of her students are being catered for.

Sean Micheal Doohan

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 6.2

Sean Micheal Doohan

Primary Homeroom Teacher – Year 6.2

BA Politics/ Sociology, PGCE (Primary)

I qualified from Strathclyde University, Glasgow in 2004. Since then I have work at some excellent schools in Scotland, Japan, Qatar, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and China. I have gained a lot of experience teaching all primary age groups, I will bring that experience to Malaysia. It’s a great privilege to work with young people, helping to shape their learning and development. I aim to meet the unique needs of each child in my class and motivate each individual to reach their full potential. I’m looking forward to working with Year 6 here at GEMS in Penang.

Micheal John Sealey

English Language Learning Teacher & Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Micheal John Sealey

English Language Learning Teacher & Key Stage 4 Coordinator

ILM 5 Degree, ESOL – Level 5 (Cambridge University), Level 3 NVQ Training and Development Skills Assessor (City and Guilds)

Mike has been involved in working with students for over thirty years. A former football coach, he then went on to support work experience trainees from the local secondary schools in the UK in the retail industry before working on a more regional basis as an assessor for work experience placements.
Since February 2011 Mike has worked for GEMS, first at WSO in Dubai, as a Mentor and Coach for secondary students and supporting the Secondary Learning Support Assistants within the Achievement Centre (Ace). He worked closely with the Heads of Houses to ensure that students well being and pastoral needs were met and prioritised to enable each young person to fulfil and develop their full potential.
In August 2015 Mike moved to work for GEMS Cambridge International School in Kampala, Uganda, where he took on the role of Head of Sixth Form and again worked with the secondary team leading the Learning Support Assistants within the ACe team. He also taught IGCSE English as a Second Language, as well as supporting local Ugandan teachers, especially within the English Department, in developing their professional practice within the secondary classroom.
Mike is an avid football fan and enjoys playing friendly 5-a-side games as well as supporting Torquay United! He is very excited about his new role in Penang working as a member of the secondary team to enable students to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Jayne Mundy

Teacher, English Language Learning & Social Studies

Jayne Mundy

Teacher, English Language Learning & Social Studies

My name is Jayne Mundy and I was born in England and spent most of my youth in and around Windsor. I am married and have two children who both work in the UK in caring professions.

After my teacher training in London I have had a long career in school management and Physical Education. I finally hung up my trainers (!) and for the past ten years I have worked in an international school context where it has been important to be flexible in the curriculum and subjects I taught.

During this recent phase of my career I have somewhat re-orientated my professional development whilst working with one of GEMS leading Academies in Dubai, towards administrative and pastoral responsibilities and the teaching of English, English Language Learning and Humanities. My varied educational experience has led me to develop sound teaching strategies that recognise the learning needs of students in a challenging and caring environment. This hopefully ensures that all students work to their full academic potential.

Kevin Lee

English and Business Studies Teacher / Head of English

Kevin Lee

English and Business Studies Teacher / Head of English

BA (Hons) Economic History and Economics from University of Manchester UK, iPGCE from University of Nottingham UK, .

Born and raised in London, UK, I moved to Penang, Malaysia in 2010 where it has been my home ever since. I have taught English and Humanities at international schools for a number of years across all of the secondary curriculum: Key Stage 3 and 4, IGCSE, and Cambridge Checkpoint.

I have a commitment and passion to providing a well-balanced and dynamic learning environment for the students, and extremely enthusiastic about helping the young minds of tomorrow grow and develop. Outside of school, my hobbies are football (I support Liverpool FC) and travelling.

Enyo Abra Jessie Afele

Head of Mathematics

Enyo Abra Jessie Afele

Head of Mathematics

BSc Economics, M.A Politics and History, PGCE Secondary Education

I like to inspire students to explore the wonderful world of mathematics through as many mediums as possible; bringing numbers to life and understanding the contributions made by all cultures around the world. My Background in socio economics, enabled me to share a wealth of experience to this subject. I have 12 years of secondary teaching experience of which 6 was as head of mathematics in the UK, where changes I helped to implement brought about dramatic change to teaching and learning, students attitude to maths and exam results.

Ng Joo Kim

Teacher, Mathematics

Ng Joo Kim

Teacher, Mathematics

I am Miss Kim from Kedah. I graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with both Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. I have been working as a Mathematics teacher with an International School for a few years; teaching Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 curriculum, to students of all abilities. I have prepared students for their Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, Secondary Checkpoint and IGCSE. As a Mathematics teacher, I always ensure my students understand the ways of solving problems rather than just memorising the formulae. I want them to appreciate Maths and have the right attitude to face problems and not to give up. I have always enjoyed helping students to learn and improve and I never give up on my students. They just need the right motivation and guidance to succeed.

During my free time, I enjoy playing the piano. I am also interested in learning the Thai language as I love to eat Thai food and go shopping in Thailand.

Meillia Kee

Teacher, Information & Communication Technology and English Language Learning

Meillia Kee

Teacher, Information & Communication Technology and English Language Learning

I grew up in small town New Zealand where I had the freedom to explore the natural environment around me. This desire to find out about the world led me to live, study and teach in different cities in New Zealand, Japan, and the U.K. I studied at the Auckland University of Technology and Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand gaining the following qualifications: B.A (Japanese), Diploma in Teaching, National Certificate in Business Computing, Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults. My specialist teaching subjects are I.C.T and languages. At Westfield Community Technology College, U.K, I was Head of Department for I.C.T and met my husband there, who was teaching physics. My husband and I arrived in Penang after sailing here on our yacht “Per Ardua” from New Zealand. Beginning in January 2012 this fantastic journey through the Pacific and SE Asia with our three children has introduced us to many cultures and experiences. I hope to bring some of these experiences to the classroom, a sense of challenge, to nurture children’s curiosity about the world we live in and facilitate communication between peoples through language and technology.

Siân Bradshaw

Secondary Science Teacher

Siân Bradshaw

Secondary Science Teacher

I am Siân Bradshaw, a Science teacher from Wales. I graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc in Animal Science. I also have an MSc (Physical Science), which I did through part-time study whilst working.

I completed my initial teacher training in 2009. Since then, I have worked in state schools in Wales, teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics up to GCSE level, and also Biology A-level. Before I left the U.K., I taught in a school where the children were educated through the Welsh language.

I moved to Penang and began working in GEMS International School in September 2016. My son is also a student at the school. I am sure that my experience of teaching and the passion that I have for my subject will benefit the students at GEMS.

Thomas James Davis

Science Teacher & Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Thomas James Davis

Science Teacher & Key Stage 3 Coordinator

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Coastal Ecology, Masters degree in Marine Biology, PGCE Science

Having taught in the U.A.E and Qatar, as well as the U.K. Thomas has gained a wealth of experience in teaching Science to students from around the globe. He has practice in providing pastoral care and guidance to students, having worked as Head of Year for the past 3 years. He has a strong passion for the use of practical Science in the classroom to equip students with the skills they require for the Science of the future.
Prior to obtaining his PGCE, Thomas was involved in ecological research working with the UK Wildlife Agency and has also worked for the Italian Environment Agency. In his spare time, Thomas participates in numerous watersports, particularly wakeboarding where he has competed in national competitions in the U.K. and the U.A.E. Both he and his wife are keen mountaineers and snowboarders, and look forward to exploring the culture and customs of Malaysia.

Ajeshkumar Suresh

Drama/Art Teacher

Ajeshkumar Suresh

Drama/Art Teacher

Bachelor of Fine Arts- CKP, Master of Fine Arts- BIAD (Birmingham City University UK), PGDT, OUM Malaysia

Ajesh is a multidisciplinary artist and a teacher who specialises in Installation art and Performances. Community projects and Environmental interventions in a real-world context are integral part of his academic sessions, as he believes that the heightened knowledge of one would lead to the holistic development of each child. A graduate from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design with a Master of Fine Art, over the past 12 years Ajesh has instructed a diverse group of students in different countries across Asia

Ooi Rue-Wen

Teacher, Music

Ooi Rue-Wen

Teacher, Music

I graduated with an MA (Music) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). However, my musical journey did not begin in Penang as I was born and bred in Taiping, Perak where I developed my musical tastes and interests.

During my years of study in USM, I was taught about different methodologies to teach individual and group classes. I conducted research on SMJK Jit Sin's Chinese Orchestra methodology of teaching as this school has proven their skills by representing Malaysia on the international stage.

I am constantly learning and I still go for piano lessons. Just like Dennis Brown said, "You see, that is it with music, you never stop learning." I am passionate about teaching and am looking forward to teaching and to helping students to explore all the different genres of music in this vast world. I believe that music has the strength to bring all walks of life together.

Sam Ghomashchian

Teacher, Physical Education

Sam Ghomashchian

Teacher, Physical Education

I’m known to my students as ‘Mr G’. I am a keen teacher of Physical Education and Swimming. I graduated from Nottingham University with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where I focused on Physical Education and Swim Coaching.

I join the school with international experience, having been involved with international schools in Malaysia for a number of years. I moved to Malaysia in 2011 with my wife, Mrs Ghomashchian, a teacher of Art and Design Technology at GEMS Pearl City.

I have lots of experience in swim coaching and in developing school sports teams. I am a keen sportsman and an active member of the Penang Paddle Club, one of a number of local Dragon Boat teams. I look forward to sharing my passion for sport, nutrition and healthy lifestyles with my students.

Muhammad Bazeegh Zaka

Teacher, Physical Education

Muhammad Bazeegh Zaka

Teacher, Physical Education

My nickname is Baz. I have many years of experience in the teaching and coaching professions. I have worked in many countries such as United Kingdom, Sweden and the Maldives. I am a qualified coach in cricket, badminton, football, and basic gymnastics. I love to teach all sports. I have just completed my International Postgraduate Certification in Education from Nottingham University.

I am excited to be working with children and really making a difference in their lives. I am a teacher who most importantly embraces the development of a trusting environment with my students. I am committed to inspiring this critical exploration through stimulating teamwork, being aware of different learning styles, teaching across subject boundaries, providing individualised learning and involving students in goal setting where appropriate. I am looking forward to working with GEMS and sharing my passion with students.

Nor Shuhada Abdul Aziz

Teacher, Bahasa Malaysia & Islamic Studies

Nor Shuhada Abdul Aziz

Teacher, Bahasa Malaysia & Islamic Studies

Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages

I graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang with a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages. I have 4 years of experience teaching in government schools around Penang. I have taught History, Science, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Physical Education, Moral Studies as well as Special Education for slow learners, and autistic, hyper and dyslexic children.

I love to include art and music in my class because I believe that learning is fun, if you know how. I am very excited to teach Bahasa Malaysia at GEMS Pearl City and hope to positively influence all my students to love learning!

See you at Bahasa Malaysia class!!

Paanimalar Boghan

Teacher, Malaysian & Moral Studies and Bahasa Malaysia

Paanimalar Boghan

Teacher, Malaysian & Moral Studies and Bahasa Malaysia

I am known to my students as Ms Malar. I graduated from University Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) with a Bachelor of Education (HONS) and have subject specialisation in Mathematics. Currently I am pursuing my Masters in Early Childhood Education in University Sains Malaysia (USM). I have more than four years of teaching experience with different age groups in different settings. Prior to joining GEMS Pearl City, I worked as a teacher and coordinator in a learning centre. This enabled me to develop my leadership and interpersonal skills. I have also worked as a college lecturer, where I mainly taught foundation and diploma students. I always place myself in my student’s shoes to better understand their needs and to help me create productive and creative teaching and learning. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion with my students. I am very delighted to be part of the GEMS Pearl City team!

Nur Hasanah Jasmi

Teacher, Bahasa Malaysia & Islamic Studies

Nur Hasanah Jasmi

Teacher, Bahasa Malaysia & Islamic Studies

Bachelor of English Education

I am from Serdang, Kedah and I am a Bahasa Malaysia and Pengajian Islam teacher. I have a Bachelor of English Education (Honours) degree from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak. In 2014, I taught at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Ahmad Said in Ipoh, Perak. I also taught as a classroom teacher at Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Jelutong.

I love to read! This interest encourages my study of language and literature, especially in Bahasa Malaysia and English. I have discovered that by teaching others, I will have a better understanding of the subjects myself. I look forward to teaching at GIP!

Lee Pei Xuan

Teacher, Malaysian & Moral Studies

Lee Pei Xuan

Teacher, Malaysian & Moral Studies

Salam sejahtera! I am honoured to teach Malaysian and Moral Studies at GEMS Pearl City! I graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sabah with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marine Science. I have a Diploma for Teachers and Trainers from the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). As a Malaysian, I am excited to guide my students in exploring the beauty of my home country and learn to be proud as a Malaysian.

I am passionate in sculpting lifelong learners and I always welcome challenges with an open mind. I am truly delighted to be starting a new life experience at GEMS Pearl City and I look forward to teaching in such a multicultural environment!

Lim Xiang Yi

Teacher, Malaysian Studies & Moral Studies

Lim Xiang Yi

Teacher, Malaysian Studies & Moral Studies

I am delighted to be a part of the dynamic start-up team at GEMS Pearl City. My Bachelor’s degree is in Translation and Interpretation and I have been a language teacher in a private school for almost four years. During these years, I have discovered that I have a true passion for working with energetic and creative young people. Thus, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Education (TESL) and am now in the final stages of completing it.

As a Malaysian Studies and Moral Studies teacher at GEMS Pearl City, I guide the children to explore the culture and beauty of Malaysia. I also hope to help them acquire virtues that will make them contributing members of the country in the long run. I look forward to a wonderful teaching and learning experience in this brand new environment.

Jordan Lim

Teacher, Mandarin

Jordan Lim

Teacher, Mandarin

I am originally from Penang, Malaysia and I hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia. I am currently pursuing my Master in Education from Asia e-University.

I have previously worked for four years as a Mandarin Teacher in international schools in the state of Selangor. I have also served as an Engineering Mathematics lecturer in one of the local private universities for four years prior to coming back to my hometown in Penang. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with young learners in different age groups. Hence, I have developed a strong understanding of the learning and social development needs of children at different stages.

In curriculum development, I have mainly focused on Mandarin-related subjects at the UPSR, PMR, SPM as well as the Cambridge ICGSE levels. As a teacher of Mandarin, I deeply desire for children to enjoy my classes as they learn Mandarin as their second or foreign language. By integrating local elements and events into my lessons, I have ensured that the international education provided is rooted in Malaysian culture and development.

With my lovely wife, Wooi Sim, we have two kids and through the process of nurturing them, I have learned how to be more personal, creative, flexible and patient. This naturally flows over into how I relate with learners as an educator. On weekends, I enjoy watching movies, shopping and swimming. I am looking forward to meeting you and your children in this new school term!

Ng Xin Jing

Teacher, Mandarin

Ng Xin Jing

Teacher, Mandarin

Nin hao! I am Xin Jing from Penang, Malaysia. I graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Chinese) and I have just completed a Master of Arts (Literacy Studies) in 2015. My research focused on Mandarin learning among first and second language learners. While doing my postgraduate study, I studied Mandarin learning from the psycholinguistics perspective and was involved actively in research involving language learning enhancement.

Before this, I taught at the Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL), University of Technology MARA (UiTM), and other government primary and secondary education institutions on a part-time basis. I often involve students in games, role-play, stories, and music while teaching Mandarin. I love to see students enjoying their Mandarin classes. I believe happy students make better learners!

Michell Tok

Teacher, Mandarin

Michell Tok

Teacher, Mandarin

Hi, I am Michell. I have a BA degree in education from the University of Roehampton, UK. My experiences have been mainly in teaching Mandarin as a second language. I am passionate about Mandarin language teaching and learning incorporated with the performing arts such as public speaking, drama and dance. I believe that teaching and learning does not just take place in the classroom but as Charlotte Mason said “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”

Tan Shiao Yuen

Teacher, Mandarin

Tan Shiao Yuen

Teacher, Mandarin

My name is Tan Shiao Yuen. I am a graduate of University Malaya with a degree in Chinese studies. I have 13 years of teaching Mandarin, six years in a private school and seven years in an international school. I have taught IGCSE Mandarin to a wide range of ages and abilities from Year 3 to Year 11. I was an IGCSE examiner for the Mandarin oral examination for four years. As a Mandarin teacher, my aim is to increase my students’ interest in Mandarin. My students’ excellent results in IGCSE have always inspired me! In my free time, I enjoy reading, travelling, cooking and watching movies. I am looking forward to this exciting school year with the wonderful GEMS community!

Vri Lim

Teacher, Special Education Needs

Vri Lim

Teacher, Special Education Needs

I am glad to be a part of GEMS International School, Pearl City. I’ve graduated from University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Psychology (Hons) and a minor in counselling. I am currently in the final stage of completing my Masters in Education (MEd) with the Asia e-University. I previously I worked with the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) I am passionate about my work with children and young adults as I believe that everyone has their own talent and gifts and they need to be celebrated!

Ansia Moses

Teacher, Year 3

Ansia Moses

Teacher, Year 3

I’ve graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in English Language and Literature in 2011 and have taught in aGovernment School from January 2012 until June 2015 whereupon I joined GEMS as a teacher trainee. I am now an enthusiastic Year 3 home room teacher focusing on English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Art and Design and ICT. I also conduct an extra-curricular activity ‘Cardio jam fitness club’. I firmly believe‘A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart’.

Asha Asvineenair Mahenthran

Teaching Assistant

Asha Asvineenair Mahenthran

Teaching Assistant

My name is Asha Asvineenair Mahenthran. I am a Penangite. I graduated from University Malaysia Sarawak with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Resource Biotechnology. I have a certificate in Teaching and Learning from University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). I have experience in teaching the American and UK curriculum. I love travelling, cooking and reading books. I am proud to be a teacher as education is the best way to change the world. I am eager to produce global citizens and lifelong learners who will be able to change the world, to be a better place to live. I welcome challenges and face them positively.

Kavita Paramasivan

Teaching Assistant

Kavita Paramasivan

Teaching Assistant

I’ve obtained my Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). I discovered my love for teaching when I was working as a temporary teacher in one of the government schools in Penang. This helped me to understand the significance of teachers in a student’s life and has motivated me to become an educator, which is why I changed my major to education. I’ve also graduated from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) with a Masters of Education in Chemistry. I joined GEMS International School, Pearl City in July 2015 and it has been an amazing journey. I like to use a variety of methods in delivering my lessons, which keep my students engaged in their learning. I love to inspire my students and always encouraging them to believe in themselves and in achieving their dreams. I am really honoured and privileged to have students who continuously inspire me to do my best and they definitely add sparkle to my life! I am a very adventurous person. I love trying new things and always challenge myself. I like to be involved in activities that boost my adrenaline for example dancing, reading and travelling.

Suzie Rajogupal

Teaching Assistant

Suzie Rajogupal

Teaching Assistant

I have worked at GEMS International School, Pearl City since the school opened in September 2014. I have a Bachelor of Education degree from University Tun Abdul Razak. I love being a teaching assistant in supporting teachers to develop children's learning. On weekends I love getting together with my family, to cook and go to the cinema.

Ooi Seok Theng

Teaching Assistant

Ooi Seok Theng

Teaching Assistant

I am Ooi Seok Theng, also known as Yvonne. I was born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. I am a graduate from University Tunku Abdul Rahman with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry. I have experience teaching in local secondary schools and education institutions on part-time basis. I am passionate about teaching and communicating with students. I believe understanding students’ needs and being approachable are the keys to success, to guide students in their learning journey. I enjoy teaching and learning other languages. I love travelling and good food ‘hunting’. I am looking forward to teach in GIP.

Wong Wai Leng

Learning Support Assistant

Wong Wai Leng

Learning Support Assistant

I was born in Kuala Lumpur but grew up in many places around Asia. My family's modern day nomadic lifestyle has given me vast opportunity to learn and explore the world independently. I had my tertiary education in University Malaya with a degree in Computer Science majoring in Software Engineering. My interest in the education field was sparked by the birth of my daughter in 2011. Her curiosity to learn further fueled my fascination of how each child is unique and develop their own individual hunger for knowledge.

As a learning support assistant at GEMS International School, I hope to guide children with special needs to be more self-reliant, confident in social interactions and not allow their special needs to hinder their personal growth.

 Administration and Support Staff

They say, “It takes a village to raise a child”, and we completely agree. At GEMS International School, Pearl City, our goal is to make your child’s dreams a possibility but teachers cannot do it alone and, therefore, our school is about our whole team, including the administration and academic support staff – they are here to make it happen too!

Marlina Sara

Registrar

Marlina Sara

Registrar

Jonson Chong

Parent Engagement Director

Jonson Chong

Parent Engagement Director

Celina Cheah Sze-Shyuen

Finance Manager

Celina Cheah Sze-Shyuen

Finance Manager

Ravita Purba

Operations Manager

Ravita Purba

Operations Manager

Angeline Samiyah

PA to Principal & HR Coordinator

Angeline Samiyah

PA to Principal & HR Coordinator

Nurshazlin Mokhtar

Assistant Registrar

Nurshazlin Mokhtar

Assistant Registrar

Poh Weng Sin

Senior Enrolment Executive

Poh Weng Sin

Senior Enrolment Executive

Jaclyn Daphne Scott

Senior Enrolment Executive

Jaclyn Daphne Scott

Senior Enrolment Executive

Part E-Wen

Finance Executive

Part E-Wen

Finance Executive

Nur Liyana

Purchasing Executive

Nur Liyana

Purchasing Executive

Muhammad Firdouss Md Nor

ICT/AV Technician

Muhammad Firdouss Md Nor

ICT/AV Technician

Ng Xin Hui

Nurse

Ng Xin Hui

Nurse

Farah Ashikin

Librarian

Farah Ashikin

Librarian

Sharvindren Kerupaya

Librarian

Sharvindren Kerupaya

Librarian

Nur Syuhadah Md Yusof

Laboratory Assistant

Nur Syuhadah Md Yusof

Laboratory Assistant

Anita Sridaran

Office Assistant

Anita Sridaran

Office Assistant

Abigail Lawrence

Office Assistant

Abigail Lawrence

Office Assistant

Muhamad Rafi bin Abu Bakar

Facility Engineer

Muhamad Rafi bin Abu Bakar

Facility Engineer

Hayatul Husna binti Hassan

Receptionist

Hayatul Husna binti Hassan

Receptionist

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