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:
Glen has over 30 years’ experience as an international educator with senior roles in countries such as the UK, Denmark, the Seychelles, Malawi, Vietnam and Spain. He joined GEMS Education in 2010 as Principal of the International School in Libya. He was previously an accreditation inspector for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and an IB Diploma authorisation inspector. Glen’s interest and commitment to teaching geography was recognised and he has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Alise is the Founding Head of Little Gems, Penang. Prior to coming to Malaysia, she had a similar role in Azerbaijan as well as work experience in Turkey and England. With over 20 years’ experience in education, Alise has been teaching, training teachers and working as a consultant. She is particularly interested in bilingualism and how speaking a second language affects one’s identity. Being an avid learner, her passion is to inspire children’s excitement for the world around them and develop their love of learning.
Tracy is currently a teacher of Design and Art Technology at GEMS. She is also pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Education which focuses on supporting professional development related to the use of technologies within international education. Before coming to Malaysia, Tracy worked within the Scottish private education sectorand enjoyed an active lifestyle which included leading student expeditions in the Scottish Highlands. She looks forward to sharing her passion for art, design technology and the great outdoors with her students here.
Claire has over 25 years’ educational experience, mainly in the UK, and has also held senior positions at GEMS in Uganda, Kampala and Dubai. Claire has two key areas of expertise within education – one linked to staff training and development and the other to school improvement. She is a passionate advocate of lifelong 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 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.
Lacie is a graduate of HELP University and has a natural affinity with children. She is passionate about inspiring young minds and promoting holistic development in the early years. Possessing an energetic personality, Lacie enjoys teaching through play and watching her students grow in confidence and ability.
Rebecca previously taught in Scotland, using active learning methods and experiences to promote the development of resilience and independence in children. 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 is also very interested in outdoor learning opportunities and intends to bring these skills to her classrooms.
Lily is from Iran and after undertaking her first degree, she moved to Malaysia in 2011 where she expanded her work experience in Primary education while studying for her MBA. She is a dedicated
professional who is highly motivated and enjoys supporting children and helping them reach their potential. Lily is a keen runner who has an active lifestyle that includes frequent hiking and jungle trekking.
Aarthi is an experienced educator and dedicated professional. She previously taught in secondary school before making the decision to immerse herself in the education of young minds at the primary level. She enjoys engaging with children and challenging themselves to be the best that they can be.
Sarah is an experienced classroom practitioner and has worked in England and the Middle East. She is confident and conscientious, and is someone who is constantly reflecting on the quality of education in her classroom. Sarah has 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. Outside of school, she is a keen runner, hiker and wakeboarder.
Siobhan has educational experience teaching children in the Early Years stages. She has worked with children with a range of different learning needs, including helping them learn the English Language. She has a passion for teaching and wholeheartedly enjoys the subjects she teaches in her classrooms. Siobhan incorporates different styles into her teaching to stimulate young minds while encouraging children to give voice to their opinions and ideas. She aims to help children hone their skills and strengths in order to prepare them for the future.
Emma has taught in many countries such as China , Mexico, Chile and Georgia. She has immense experience in in Primary education, teaching throughout reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Emma enjoys helping children reach their full potential through fun and engaging activities within and outside the classroom. An avid learner herself, Emma delights in new experiences, learning languages and taking various classes to expand her horizons.
Emily is an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher who has been involved with primary teaching in Kenya and India through volunteer schemes and the Global Schools Partnership. She enjoyed her time working for the BBC across TV, Radio and Events and hopes to integrate this within her classroom lessons and school life. Emily also enjoys sports and has a particular interest in distance running.
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. 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 is a qualified educator who previously taught in Scotland. 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 to incorporate ICT during lessons to enhance, improve and deepen learning. Martyn leads a healthy lifestyle through his hobbies that include skateboarding, cycling and hiking.
Kelly is an experienced, dynamic and inspiring educator. She taught in the UK and New Zealand, and also had a role in assessment coordination. Kelly is passionate about providing a holistic and personalised teaching approach, ensuring all of her students receive individual attention that bring out the best in them.
Sean has international experience working in schools across Scotland, Japan, Qatar, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and China. His invaluable experience teaching all primary age groups is testament to his love of working with children. He considers it a great privilege to work with young minds, helping to shape their learning and development. Sean constantly seeks to meet the unique needs of each child in his classroom, with the aim of motivating each individual to reach their full potential.
Pei Xuan is a nature lover at heart and particularly loves the scenic beauty of Malaysia. She weaves her love of nature into her classroom lessons and encourages students to explore the natural beauty found on our shores. Pei Xuan believes that learning is a lifelong process and welcomes challenges that crop up, with an open mind.
Ansia is a multi-talented individual who is not only the Year 3 home room teacher, she conducts classes in English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Art and Design and ICT. After school, Ansia has fun with her students in an energetic “Cardio Jam Fitness Club” where everyone has a chance to let down their hair and get healthy.
Mike has been involved in working with students for over thirty years. A former football coach, he held several educator roles in the UK before joining GEMS in 2011 at WSO in Dubai as a Mentor and Coach for secondary students and supporting the Secondary Learning Support Assistants within the Achievement Centre (Ace). In 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 also supported Ace. He brings this wealth of experience with him to our local GEMS team.
Born and raised in London, Kevin has taught English and Humanities at international schools for a number of years across all of the secondary curriculum: Key Stages 3 and 4, IGCSE and Cambridge
Checkpoint. He has a commitment and passion to providing a well-balanced and dynamic learning environment for students, and is extremely enthusiastic about helping the young minds of tomorrow
grow and develop. Outside of school, his hobbies include football and travelling.
Enyo likes 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. Her background in socio economics, enabled her to share a wealth of experience in this subject. She taught for 12 years in secondary, of which 6 was as head of mathematics in the UK. Enyo has brought about dramatic change in students’ attitude towards maths, resulting in markedly improved exam results.
Kim is an experienced International School Mathematics teacher who has taught Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, preparing students for the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, Secondary Checkpoint and IGCSE. Her passion for Mathematics is something she loves to share with students, regardless of their level of ability. Kim doesn’t believe in rote learning and memorising formulas and instead, works with children on their understanding of Mathematical concepts for a greater appreciation of the subject. When not teaching, she enjoys playing the piano in her free time.
Siân hails from Wales with a degree in Animal Science from Liverpool University and a masters degree which she pursued part-time whilst working. She completed her initial teacher training in 2009 and thereafter worked in state schools in Wales, teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics up to GCSE level, as well as Biology A-level. Her passion for educating young minds in the subject of Science is something she is excited to bring to GEMS.
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 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. Thomas was involved in ecological research working with the UK Wildlife Agency and has also worked for the Italian Environment Agency. He is keen on watersports and has competed in national wakeboarding competitions.
Claire comes from the town of Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand. She teaches Science for years 7 to 11 and has experience both in New Zealand and also the U.K. Claire spent a few years working in early childhood (Foundation) and particularly loves interacting with students, watching them develop and grow. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and is an avid fan of Penang curry.
A holder of a degree in Foreign Languages, Shuhada has nevertheless clocked up experience in teaching across subjects such as History, Science, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Physical Education, Moral Studies as well as Special Education for slow learners, autistic, hyper and dyslexic children. She is a proponent of using different methods to reach out to children and loves to include art and music when teaching as she believes that learning should be fun.
Malar is currently pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood Education. She has wide ranging teaching experience across different age groups and environments. Previously, she worked as a teacher and
coordinator in a learning centre, which helped to develop her leadership and interpersonal skills. Malar has also worked as a college lecturer, teaching foundation and diploma students. To understand her students better, she believes in putting herself in their shoes in order to be able to respond better to their needs.
Nur Hasanah is an avid reader and enjoys literature in both Bahasa Malaysia and English. She believes in sharing this love with her students and hopes to inspire them to learn in greater depth, whatever the subject. She has experience in teaching Secondary school children but her passion is to work with children of all ages, where she can employ different methods to connect with the children at their different levels of understanding.
As part of her research during her studies, Xin Jing focused on Mandarin-learning among first and second language learners. Then while pursuing her postgraduate studies, she studied Mandarin-learning from the psycholinguistics perspective and was actively involved in research involving language learning
enhancement. All this study has put Xin Jing in good stead to understand students’ learning needs better and she often uses games, role-play, stories and music in conducting her Mandarin classes.
Jordan has experience as an educator in International Schools and as an Engineering Mathematics lecturer in a private university. He enjoys working with students of different age groups, developing a
strong understanding of the learning and social development needs of children at multiple stages. In time, he focused on Mandarin-related subjects at the UPSR, PMR, SPM as well as the Cambridge ICGSE levels. As a father of two, he has a natural empathy for young children and relates well to them at their level.
Shiao Yuen has a wealth of experience teaching Mandarin, first in a private school environment before moving on to teach at International Schools. She has taught IGCSE Mandarin to a wide range of children with differing levels of ability, from Years 3 to 11. For four years, Shiao Yuen was an IGCSE examiner for the Mandarin oral examination. With her passion for the language, she works tirelessly to inspire young minds and ignite a similar love of the language.
Michell is an experienced educator in teaching Mandarin as a second language. She is passionate about teaching the language and incorporating it through expression in the performing arts such as public speaking, drama and dance. Michell is a strong advocate that learning is not confined within the walls of a classroom, but believes that as Charlotte Mason said “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
Jayne had a long career in school management and Physical Education before deciding to venture into the international school environment. She worked with GEMS in Dubai, expanding her professional skills to administrative and pastoral responsibilities and the teaching of English, English Language Learning and Humanities. Her varied educational experience has led her to develop sound teaching strategies that recognise the learning needs of students in a challenging and caring environment.
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 parts of his academic sessions, as he believes that the heightened knowledge of these will lead to the holistic development of each child. Ajesh has instructed a diverse group of students in different countries across Asia.
Rue-Wen has a long standing love affair with music. During her days as a student, she was taught the different methodologies involved in teaching music to individuals and group classes. She conducted her own research by observing how music was taught at SMJK Jit Sin’s Chinese Orchestra as this school represented Malaysia on the international stage. Music is a constant learning journey for Rue-Wen who currently still attends piano lessons. She is passionate about sharing her love of music and helping students to explore the different genres of music.
Meillia has broad teaching experience in countries such as New Zealand, Japan and the U.K. She studied at the Auckland University of Technology and Christchurch College of Education in New Zealand for her degrees. In her previous position, she was the Head of Department for ICT at Westfield Community Technology College, U.K. Meillia specialises in teaching ICT and languages. Her greatest adventure was setting sail in 2012 from New Zealand and sailing through the Pacific and SE Asia with her family, to Penang.
Xiang Yi previously worked as a language teacher in a private school and during those years, discovered her true passion for working with energetic young people. This spurred her to pursue her Masters degree and set her firmly on the road to being an educator. She shares her love for the country by guiding children to explore the culture and innate beauty found within Malaysia.
Sam is affectionately known to his students as ‘Mr G’. He graduated from Nottingham University with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where he focused on Physical Education and Swim Coaching. Sam has been working in international schools in Malaysia for a number of years and has experience in swim coaching as well as in developing school sports teams. As a keen sportsman, he is an active member of the Penang Paddle Club and one of the local Dragon Boat teams. He is passionate about sharing his love of sport, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle with his students.
Nicknamed ‘Baz’, he has a wide range of experience in teaching and coaching across countries such as United Kingdom, Sweden and the Maldives. He is a qualified coach in cricket, badminton, football, and
basic gymnastics. As someone who loves sports in any shape or form, Baz aims to nurture trusting relationships and a stimulating environment of teamwork, where students can practice critical thinking and goal setting, where appropriate.
Vri is an educator at heart who loves teaching young children and helping those who have special needs. She worked with the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) and is passionate about encouraging these talented young minds to reach out beyond themselves and confidently be a part of the world around them. Vri believes that everyone has personal talents and gifts that deserve to be celebrated.