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!

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!!

Aarthi Bathmanathan

Teaching Assistant

Aarthi Bathmanathan

Teaching Assistant

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 teaching assistant (TA) 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.

Martin Clarke

Teacher, Mathematics

Martin Clarke

Teacher, Mathematics

I was born in Aldershot in England as the son of a British Soldier, moved to Leicester where I grew up (and found my beloved Leicester City FC) before moving to Nottingham to study. I studied a BSc at Nottingham Trent University (Mathematics & ICT). I then spent 10+ years in the ICT industry travelling the globe providing ICT solutions to TV stations (such as Astro here in Malaysia). I returned to Nottingham Trent University to study for my PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) specialising in Secondary Mathematics.

I love the diverse challenges and rewards that come with teaching Mathematics to students of all abilities as they progress through secondary school. I am energetic and creative in my teaching, always trying to think of new collaborative ways in which to capture the imagination and minds of my students. I taught in the UK before moving to Kuala Lumpur where I have worked for the last two years, delivering Mathematics and working as the IB CAS Coordinator with Year12 and 13 students.

I have a keen interest in sport and love to spend time travelling around the different parts of Asia with my wife. I am very excited about joining GEMS Pearl City, and look forward to all of the challenges that a new school will bring.

Nia Coleman

Teacher, Year 2

Nia Coleman

Teacher, Year 2

I was born and raised in Wales, in the UK, where I attended university for three years and studied to become a qualified teacher. I was awarded my teaching degree (BA Honours) in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher status and have subject specialisms in both English and ICT.

I have now taught as a qualified teacher for 7 years across Foundation Stage (children aged 2 to 5), Key Stage 1 (5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (7 to 11). I gained valuable experience as a Digital Leader, when I helped implement information and communication technology used as a learning tool to deliver innovative learning experiences and lifelong skills to children.

I am very passionate about teaching young children and I have high expectations of the children that I teach. I believe in providing exciting and varied learning opportunities in order to help them achieve their full potential. I offer a dynamic and creative teaching approach, with a commitment to maintaining a happy and productive learning environment. I am very happy to be joining GIP and I look forward to building new positive relationships with pupils, staff and parents.

Lily Etminan

Teacher, Year 1

Lily Etminan

Teacher, Year 1

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 am currently finishing my iPGCE studies. 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.

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.

Tracy Ghomashchian

Teacher, Art, Design & Technology, and Secondary Coordinator

Tracy Ghomashchian

Teacher, Art, Design & Technology, and Secondary Coordinator

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.

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!

Kevin Lee

Teacher, Humanities & English

Kevin Lee

Teacher, Humanities & English

I come from London, UK. I graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor's degree in Economic History and Economics. I moved to Penang, Malaysia in 2010 and it has been my home ever since. I have taught English and Humanities in international schools for a number of years to students of all abilities at the Secondary levels: Key Stages 3 and 4, IGCSE, and Cambridge Checkpoint Exams.

I am a dedicated and hardworking teacher, with a passion to providing a well-balanced and dynamic learning environment for students. I am excited to be joining the team at GEMS Pearl City as I know that everyone else here is just as enthusiastic and committed to helping the young minds of tomorrow learn and grow.

Outside of school, my hobbies are football (I support Liverpool FC) and travelling.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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’.

Jayne Mundy

Teacher, English Language Learning

Jayne Mundy

Teacher, English Language Learning

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.

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!

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.

Darren Oldfield

Teacher, Year 5

Darren Oldfield

Teacher, Year 5

I am a committed and energetic teacher, originally from North Wales, in the UK. I hold an honours degree in Primary Studies from the University of Wales, Newport where I specialised in Key Stage 2 education (7-11 year olds).

Since qualifying and teaching in the UK, I have also gained experience teaching internationally for GEMS Academy Alexandria (GAA) in Egypt. I have taught classes of all ages across KS2 and have experience teaching children with a range of needs, both socially and academically. I have a passion for hands-on, exploratory learning and cannot wait to teach at our new, purpose-built school

Over the past few years I have gained and developed skills and qualifications in teaching/coaching a range of sports including football, “tag” rugby, athletics, gymnastics, and hope to use these to set up extracurricular clubs at GEMS Pearl City.

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.

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.

Ryan Ready

Little GEMS Coordinator

Ryan Ready

Little GEMS Coordinator

I am the Coordinator for Little GEMS, Penang. I will be working with the younger children and support families as their youngest children transition from home to school. I am originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland and studied primary education at the University of Glasgow. I qualified as a primary teacher in 2002. In 2010 I graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a post-qualifying certificate in Child Protection.

I’m not new to the GEMS family, as I’m joining after spending two years in one of our sister schools in Dubai where I worked as a Year One teacher, and more recently supporting children with additional learning needs. I was part of the set-up team at Little Gems, Penang.

During my career I have had the opportunity to work in every stage of primary school and have also delivered learning support for children across the education authority where I worked. In 2007 I taught my first Year 1 class. I loved the experience immensely and worked with children in both Years 1 and 2 in a composite class the following year. I then went on to open a new nursery class and spent three fantastic years developing active approaches to learning and working with children outdoors, even in the rain and snow of a Scottish winter!

Whilst at school I enjoy getting to know the children and families in my care on an individual basis and tailoring the curriculum to meet their needs and interests. It will be exciting to work in our international school and be part of the team who makes the school grow. Outside of school I enjoy travelling and meeting new people from different cultures, I am sure Asia will continue to deliver this. I might even get to do some scuba diving!

Razia Bashir

Teacher, Foundation Stage

Razia Bashir

Teacher, Foundation Stage

I have recently moved to Malaysia and I am extremely excited about working alongside a very enthusiastic team of staff at GEMS International School, Pearl City in Penang.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Textile Design and a primary PGCE which I completed in 1995. Most of my teaching experience is in early years with a strong specialism in Art and Design. I began my teaching career working in Yorkshire, UK. Since 1999 I have been based overseas in various locations including Spain, North Africa, Libya, Abu Dhabi and now Malaysia, where I am hoping to experience the wonderful culture, learn some Mandarin and travel to all the beautiful locations that the Far East has to offer. I love meeting new people and traveling to new places and I am looking forward to meeting my new class of students and their families.

In my free time I love to walk, keep fit, go to the gym and paint in my studio at home. I feel it is going to be a fantastic year for me that will enrich my international teaching career and give me some lasting memories to keep forever.

Vicki Smith

Teacher, Year 6

Vicki Smith

Teacher, Year 6

I am originally from Walsall, West Midlands, England. Prior to joining GEMS Pearl City, I taught Year 3 and throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 as a specialist French teacher in a small Catholic school in Walsall, UK. I have also taught in large international schools in the United Arab Emirates and China, which provided me with valuable experience and a wealth of cultural knowledge. I have coordinated a number of areas, including modern foreign languages, literacy and history.

I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in History and French. I believe that teaching is learning, however, and am in the process of completing an MA in Special Educational Needs from the University of East London with a particular focus on Gifted and Able Learners and Dyslexia.

Through an individualised programme, I ensure that both challenge and support are accessible. My teaching facilitates learning, providing a safe and secure environment. Children in my care are able to investigate and learn about themselves, to grow into well-rounded individuals with the skills and knowledge to be successful and influential in their chosen future. This encompasses academic achievement as well as less measurable, but just as important areas such as compassion, resilience, confidence, self-respect and empathy.

I am honoured to be part of the founding team and look forward to a lengthy tenure in Malaysia.

James Turpie

Teacher, Year 4

James Turpie

Teacher, Year 4

I was born in Southampton and lived in New Zealand until I was 10 as my Father was in the Royal Navy. I returned the UK and lived in Manchester, where I completed my schooling and developed a passion for the Arts and the Great Outdoors; climbing hiking and camping.

After various jobs including working as an Outward Bound Instructor, I decided to return to higher education where I graduated in 1998 with an honours degree in Design and IT at Falmouth and Plymouth University. Then to the University of Central England where I graduated with a PGCE in Education.

I have been teaching for 16 years now in a variety of primary, secondary and special schools in the UK and abroad. I have many hobbies such as playing the piano, guitar and alto saxophone, cycling and traveling.

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.

Isvarya Hari

Teacher, Year 2

Isvarya Hari

Teacher, Year 2

I am truly delighted to be a part of the GEMS Pearl City team. I began my teaching career in 2009 while completing my BA Honours Degree in Education from the University of Roehampton. I trained and worked in the lower Primary Years Programme (PYP) at an IB World School in Malaysia for five years before teaching at a Reggio Emilia inspired nursery and international pre-school in Singapore.

I believe true learning takes place through the creation of a learning environment which can successfully arouse a student’s curiosity. This challenges and excites the children to explore and construct new understanding and meaning to their prior experiences or knowledge. I am excited to have the opportunity to work developing amazing minds and creating the foundation for future global citizens.

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 am currently doing my 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.

Adrienna Gomez

Teacher, Year 4

Adrienna Gomez

Teacher, Year 4

My name is Adrienna Gomez. I am a mother of two beautiful kids, a handsome little boy and a little princess. I have a keen interest in literature, reading, painting, sketching, listening to music, watching and getting involved in drama and theatrical productions. I enjoy travelling, trips to museums and have an interest in historical architectures and sites. During my free time, I love baking and cooking, singing, dancing, role-playing and watching movies with my children. I enjoy trying out new and adventurous activities such as bike trails, hiking and other outdoor activities. I have been teaching for seven years now and have a deep passion for working with children. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Education with specialism in second language learners, I started career as an English teacher in the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur and moved on to a couple more international schools around Kuala Lumpur and GEMS is my first International school in Penang. In my previous international schools, I have worked with the Early Years, Year 1 and Year 4 and also had the role as the Head of English in primary. I am looking forward to working and growing with the GEMS community and gaining brighter and meaningful experiences here.

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.

Santhiyya Ramachandirang

Teaching Assistant

Santhiyya Ramachandirang

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I am Santhiyya (or Miss Sandy) and I am currently a Teaching Assistant (TA) at GEMS Pearl City. I graduated from a BSc (Honors) in Psychology from Lancaster University. Through this course, I have learnt the importance of teacher- student interaction in the school setting. It helps in creating an independent and meaningful learning experience for the students. I am also currently working towards my Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning (CIDTL) to further strengthen my development of knowledge, skills and understanding in teaching and learning. I have always been passionate about education, giving back to the society, and teaching is one channel that allows me to marry both into one. In my past experiences, I have been a voluntary teacher at the UN, teaching Somalian refugee children and taught English as second language in Tokyo. I am very excited to be part of the GEMS Pearl City family and eager to learn.

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!

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/ 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!

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.

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.”

Siobhan Keane

Teacher, Year 3

Siobhan Keane

Teacher, Year 3

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.

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.

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.

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!

Ravita Purba

Operations Manager

Ravita Purba

Operations Manager

Angeline Samiyah

Administrative Assistant, Principal's Office

Angeline Samiyah

Administrative Assistant, Principal's Office

Marlina Sara

Registrar

Marlina Sara

Registrar

Jonson Chong

Parent Engagement Director

Jonson Chong

Parent Engagement Director

Nurshazlin Mokhtar

Assistant Admin Officer

Nurshazlin Mokhtar

Assistant Admin Officer

Celina Cheah Sze-Shyuen

Finance Manager

Celina Cheah Sze-Shyuen

Finance Manager

Part E-Wen

Finance Executive

Part E-Wen

Finance Executive

Sri Ganesh Suppiah

ICT Engineer

Sri Ganesh Suppiah

ICT Engineer

Muhammad Firdouss Md Nor

ICT/AV Technician

Muhammad Firdouss Md Nor

ICT/AV Technician

Norhazirah BT Mahzan

Bus Marshall

Norhazirah BT Mahzan

Bus Marshall

Nur Syuhadah Md Yusof

Laboratory Assistant

Nur Syuhadah Md Yusof

Laboratory Assistant

Nur Liyana

Purchasing Executive

Nur Liyana

Purchasing Executive

Farah Ashikin

Librarian

Farah Ashikin

Librarian

Ng Xin Hui

Nurse

Ng Xin Hui

Nurse

Muhammad Aliff Bin Mohamed Nazari

A4 Chargeman

Muhammad Aliff Bin Mohamed Nazari

A4 Chargeman

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