At Kinabalu International School we understand that our teachers are both our biggest expense and our greatest resource. The appointment and retention of well-qualified, skilled educators is integral to the high standard of education we provide for our students. KIS will not employ anyone without recognised formal teaching qualifications.

  • Recruited from UK or British International Schools: New overseas teachers are appointed from UK schools or other British International Schools overseas. We invest significant time, effort and resources to ensure we employ the right teachers for our KIS students.
  • Safeguarding Protocols: All teachers are subject to safeguarding protocols and police checks prior to appointment.
  • Appraisal system: All teachers take part in a rigorous Appraisal system.
  • Professional development: A generous professional development budget and a supportive ethos encourages the extension of skills and knowledge to meet both school-wide and individual development targets.

We believe this sends out a positive message to both our KIS community and potential new recruits to our staff.

Senior Management Team at KIS

Mr Alan Connah

Principal

Alan Connah is both a British and Australian National. He grew up living in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Australia, and has since lived and worked in Thailand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and India. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Australian National University (with majors in Geography and Archaeology), a […]

Mrs Margaret Renshaw

Assistant Principal and Head of Secondary and Sixth Form, Teacher of English Literature

Margaret is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009 from King George V School in Hong Kong. She is the Assistant Principal and the Head of Secondary and Sixth Form, as well as teaching English Literature. Qualifications: Teaching Certificate, University of Liverpool UK. Master Degree in Education, University of Western Australia.

Mr Ian Barker

Assistant Head of Secondary. Teacher of Mathematics and Business Studies

Ian is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009 from St Stephen’s International School, Bangkok, Thailand. He teaches Mathematics and Business Studies. Qualifications: BSc [Hons] in Mathematical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. PGCE University of London, UK

Mrs Nicky Russell

Head of Primary

Nicky is a British national who joined KIS in September 2006 from Heathrow Primary School in the UK. She is the Head of Primary. Qualifications: Bed (Honours) with QTS in Primary, University College Northampton, UK

Mrs Emma John

Assistant Head of Primary and Year 1 Class Teacher

Emma is a British National with 11 years teaching experience both in the UK and British International Schools in Thailand. She teaches Year 1 and is the Assistant Head of Primary. Qualifications: BA Honors History and Sociology, Post Graduate Certificate of Education Primary (Early Years/KS1), University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Secondary Teachers

Ms Emily Colley

Teacher of English and Year 7 Form Tutor

Emily is a British national and joined KIS in August 2016. She teaches English. Qualifications: BA Honours in Classical Civilization with Psychological Studies, University of Exeter, UK. Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary English from University of Reading, UK.

Mrs Julie Connah

Year 7 Form Tutor and Teacher of Mathematics

Julie is an Australian national who joined KIS in February 2017 from the University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, Australia. She has extensive experience teaching in International schools in Thailand, Switzerland, China and India, as well as teaching in the UK and Australia. She is teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School and is […]

Mrs Annie Berry

Year 8 Form Tutor, Teacher of English

Annie is a British national who joined KIS in August 2014 from The Regent’s School, Pattaya Thailand. She teaches English and is a Year 8 form tutor. Qualifications: BA [Hons] Language and Human Communication, University of Leeds UK , PGCE University of Hull UK.

Ms Laura Davies

Teacher of Biology and Year 8 Form Tutor

Laura is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 bringing with her 12 years teaching experience from the UK, Brazil and Finland. Laura is a teacher of Biology and Year 8 form tutor. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Zoology and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary Science / Biology), University of Wales, Swansea, UK.

Mr Dean Bryant

Year 9 Form Tutor and Teacher of PE

Dean is a British national who joined KIS in January 2016 from Emmanuel Middle School UK, where he was Head of the PE Department. He teaches PE across the school and is a Year 9 Form Tutor. Qualifications: B.Ed [Hons] in Physical Education.

Ms Carmel De Sa

Teacher of Mathematics and Year 9 Form Tutor

Carmel is a British National who joined KIS in August 2016 from the UK, with 6 years experience of teaching Mathematics at a Secondary school. Previously she lectured in IT and Marketing at University level. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Bradford, MBA (Marketing), University of Leicester.

Mr George Colbeck

Year 10 Form Tutor, Teacher of Science and Physics

George is a British national who joined KIS in August 2015 from The British School of Caracas, Venezuela.  He teaches Physics and is a Year 10 form tutor. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Science & Education with QTS, specialising in Physics, Sheffield Hallam University UK.

Mr Lee Gorman

Teacher of Chemistry and Year 10 Form Tutor

Lee is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 from Kuala Lumpur. Lee is a teacher of Chemistry. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Physics), University of Southampton, UK.

Mr James Crewdson

Teacher of Business Studies and ICT. Year 11 Form Tutor

James is a British national and joined KIS in August 2016 from The English Academy, Kuwait. James is a teacher of Business Studies and ICT. Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Business Administration, University of Northumbria, UK. Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Business with ICT, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Mr Kevin Davies

Year 11 Form Tutor, Teacher of Chemistry and Geography.

Kevin is a British national who joined KIS in January 2001 from The Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur.

Mrs Lucy Bernard

Year 12 Form Tutor, Teacher of ICT

Lucy is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in November 2006 from Sekolah Swasta Maktab Nasional in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She teaches ICT and is a Year 12 form tutor. Qualifications: Diploma in Computer Science. Bachelor of Science (Hons) University of Technology Malaysia.

Mr Simon Bryant

Year 13 Form Teacher, Teacher of Drama and English

Simon is a British national who joined KIS in August 2013 from Internationella Engelska Skolan Järfälla, Stockholm Sweden. He teaches English and Drama and is a Year 13 Form Tutor. Qualifications: BA History (Hons) and PGCE from the University of Chichester, UK

Ms Nicola Tully

Head of Secondary English and Teacher of English

Nicola is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 with 17 years teaching experience from the UK. Nicola is Head of Secondary English and a teacher of English. Qualifications: BA (Hons) English and Philosophy with Astronomy, University of Keele, UK. Post Gradate Certificate in Education (Secondary English with Drama), University of Reading, UK.

Mrs Sue Taylor

Head of Secondary Mathematics

Sue is a British national who joined KIS in August 2015 from The British School Kathmandu. She is the Head of Secondary Mathematics and teaches Mathematics. Qualifications:  BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Nottingham UK. PGCE University of Nottingham UK.

Mr Alan Taylor

Head of Secondary Science, Teacher of Biology and ICT

Alan is a British national who joined KIS in August 2015 from The British School Kathmandu. He is Head of Secondary Science and teaches Biology at Key Stage 4 and 5 and Science at Key Stage 3, as well as ICT. He is the Year 12 form tutor. Qualifications: BSc Combined Studies (Environmental Science), Crewe and […]

Ms Grainne Kelly

Head of Secondary Humanities and Teacher of History

Grainne is an Irish national who joined KIS in August 2016, bringing nearly twenty years of classroom experience.  Grainne is the Head of Secondary Humanities and a teacher of History. Qualifications: BA in History, Sociological and Political Studies, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. […]

Mr Nigel Woodward

Head of English as a Second Language

Nigel  is a British national who joined KIS in August 2010 from St John’s International in Bangkok, Thailand. He is Head of English as a Second Language (ESL). Qualifications: BSc in Geology, University of Southampton, UK. Master of Science in Mining Geology, University of Leicester UK and PhD from Sheffield Hallam University.

Ms Damein Yuen

Head of Secondary Creative & Performing Arts, Teacher of Art and Design Technology

Damein is a Hong Kong national who joined KIS in September 2007. She is Head of Secondary Creative & Performing Arts and teaches Art and Design. Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts Design from the University of Tasmania, Australia

Mrs Frances Colbeck

Teacher of History and Teacher Librarian

Frances is a British national who joined KIS in August 2015 from The British School of Caracas, Venezuela. She teaches History and is the Secondary Teacher Librarian. Qualifications: MA in Historical Studies, Southampton University, UK. BA [Hons] History and English Literature, University College of St. Martin’s, Lancaster  UK.

Mr Lim Eng Hock

Teacher of Mathematics

Lim Eng Hock is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in August 2016. Mr Lim teaches Mathematics and has been teaching for 43 years, including two years spent teaching at KIS from 2011 to 2013. Qualifications: Teacher Training at Maktab Perguruan Ilmu Khas, Kuala Lumpur, majoring in Mathematics and Bahasa Malaysia for Secondary Schools.

Ms Rachel McNutt

Teacher of Geography

Rachel is a British national who joined KIS in August 2015 from Richmond School, North Yorkshire, UK. She teaches Geography. Qualifications: BSc [Hons] in Geography and Geology, Royal Holloway, University of London UK. PGCE, University of Nottingham UK.

Primary Teachers

Mrs Andrea Henry

Foundation 1 Teacher

Andrea is a German national who joined KIS in January 2001. She teaches Foundation 1. Qualifications: Vocational School for Teachers, Germany

Mrs Anna Eland

Foundation 2 Class Teacher

Anna is an Australian national who joined KIS in May 2016 from the Victorian International School of Sharjah in the UAE. She is teaching Foundation 2. Her qualifications include; a Master of Teaching (Primary) from the Australian Catholic University and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from La Trobe University, Australia.

Mrs Daphne Hyndman

Foundation 2 Teacher

Daphne is a British national and joined KIS in August 2016 with experience of teaching in Singapore, Malaysia and Scotland. She is a Foundation 2 class teacher. Qualifications: BA Social Sciences, Napier University, Scotland. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Primary) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mrs Emma John

Assistant Head of Primary and Year 1 Class Teacher

Emma is a British National with 11 years teaching experience both in the UK and British International Schools in Thailand. She teaches Year 1 and is the Assistant Head of Primary. Qualifications: BA Honors History and Sociology, Post Graduate Certificate of Education Primary (Early Years/KS1), University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Ms Iona Niven

Year 1 Class Teacher

Iona is a British national with five years teaching experience in the UK. She teaches Year 1. Qualifications: BA Sociology, Sheffield University, UK. Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Greenwich University, UK.

Mrs Kellie Gannicott

Year 2 Class Teacher

Kellie is an Australian national who joined KIS in January 2015. She teaches Year 2. Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work, The University of Sydney, Australia, Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, Singapore Institute of Management, Post Graduate Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), Charles Sturt University, Australia

Mr Andrew Green

Year 2 Class Teacher

Andrew is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 with 9 years teaching experience from positions in the UK, Malaysia, UAE and Russia. He is a Year 2 class teacher. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Leisure Planning and Tourism, Oxford Brookes University, UK. Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of East London, UK.

Mr Alex Paul

Year 3 Class Teacher and Head of Learning Support

Alex is a British national who joined KIS in August 2014 from Bulphan Primary School, Essex, in the UK. He is presently teaching Year 3 and is our Head of Learning Support. Qualifications: BSc in Environment, Economics and Ecology, University of York, UK. Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Middlesex University, UK.

Ms Francesca Woodland

Year 3 Class Teacher

Francesca is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 from the UK. She is a Year 3 class teacher. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary with QTS), Brunel University, UK.

Ms Laura Cole

Year 4 Class Teacher and Curriculum Leader for Primary Performing Arts

Laura is a British national who joined KIS in August 2014 from Rougemont School, Newport, Gwent in the UK. She teaches Year 4. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Drama and Performance Studies, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary 5-11 years), University of Worcester, UK.

Mr Stephen Shand

Year 4 Class Teacher

Stephen is a Canadian national who joined KIS in August 2016 with seven years teaching experience from Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur. Stephen is a Year 4 class teacher. Qualifications: BA in Sociology / Criminology, University of Windsor, Ontario. Post Graduate Certificate in Education, D’Youville College, New York, USA.

Mrs Kerry Aryal

Year 5 Class Teacher and Head of Primary English

Kerry is a British national who joined KIS in August 2014 from the British School, Kathmandu, Nepal. She has over 20 years teaching experience in the UK and overseas. She is presently teaching Year 5 and is Head of Primary English. Qualifications: Bachelors of Education Honours Degree, University of Winchester and MSc Education for Sustainability, London South […]

Mrs Karen Wallace

Year 5 Class Teacher and Head of Primary Mathematics

Karen is a British national with over 15 years teaching experience in the UK.  She teaches Year 5 and is Head of Primary Mathematics. Qualifications: Bachelors of Education with Honours in Primary Education, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, UK.

Ms Lia Winfieldale

Year 6 Class Teacher and Head of Primary ICT

Lia is a British national with over 10 years teaching experience in the UK and in FOBISIA schools in Vietnam and Taiwan. She teaches Year 6 and is Head of Primary ICT. Qualifications: Goldsmiths College, London, UK. BA Honors in Primary Education; Specialism in Art and English.

Ms Daisy Sultantono

Year 6 Class Teacher

Daisy is a New Zealand national who joined KIS in August 2016 with 4 years teaching experience. She is a Year 6 class teacher. Qualifications: BA in German, Politics and International Relations, Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

School Wide Specialist Teachers

Ms Natasha Hale

Head of PE

Natasha is a British national who joined KIS in August 2014 from the Jo Richardson Community School, Dagenham, UK. She teaches PE across the school. Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Masters of Education, University of Bedfordshire UK.

Ms Sascha Slaats

Head of Aquatics

Sascha is a Dutch national who joined KIS in August 2014. She is teaches PE and Swimming.   Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Physical Education, University of Tilburg, Holland.

Mr Dean Bryant

Year 9 Form Tutor and Teacher of PE

Dean is a British national who joined KIS in January 2016 from Emmanuel Middle School UK, where he was Head of the PE Department. He teaches PE across the school and is a Year 9 Form Tutor. Qualifications: B.Ed [Hons] in Physical Education.

Mr Sam Watson

Sam is a British National that joined KIS in 2015. He teaches PE across the school. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Degree in Sport and Media/Cultural Studies, University of Worcester. Active IQ level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.

Ms Pierrette Anuar-Ghani

Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Teacher of French

Pierrette is a Canadian national who joined KIS in January 1993 from the International English Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She is Head of Modern Foreign Languages and teaches French. Qualifications: BA Universite de Caen, France. PGCE, University of Reading, UK

Cikgu Noraineh Suhaibul

Teacher of Bahasa Malaysia

Noraineh is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in August 2010 from Sekolah Swasta Maktab Nasional in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She teaches Bahasa Malaysia throughout the school and is Year 7 form tutor. Qualifications: BA in Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, United States. Diploma in Education, Universiti Tehnologi Mara.

Mrs Jowene Chia

Teacher of Mandarin

Jowene is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in August 2016. She teaches Mandarin Chinese from Foundation 2 to Year 6. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Teaching Chinese as Second Language, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Mrs Li Xue Fei

Teacher of Mandarin

Li Xue Fei is a Chinese national who joined KIS in Auguest 2016 and teachers Mandarin. Qualifications: BA Chinese Language and Literature, University of Hubei (China), Senior Chinese Language Teacher of International Profession Certification Association.

Ms Charmaine Ku

Teacher of Music

Charmaine joined KIS in August 2011 from Wells International School in Thailand and teaches Music to Primary and Secondary students. Qualifications: Diploma in Teaching Profession, St Theresa Inti College, Bangkok, Thailand. Bachelor of Arts in Music, Avondale College, NSW. Australia.

Mrs Saija Wan

Primary ESL

Saija is a Swedish national who has supported students at KIS since 2008. Saija is presently responsible for teaching our Primary English as a Second Language (ESL) programme. Qualifications: Bachelor of Education for Compulsory schools, Stockholm, Sweden

Mrs Felicia Lim

English as a Second Language Teacher

Felicia is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in August 2013 from Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kota Kinabalu. She is teaching English as a Second Language. Qualifications: BA (Media and Communications/Linguistics) and Master of Teaching from Melbourne University, Australia.

Kerstin Crewdson

English as a Second Language Teacher

Kerstin is an Austrian national who joined KIS in August 2016. She is part of our English as a Second Language (ESL) department and is currently supporting Year 2, Year 5 and Year 6 students. She holds a Diploma in Social Work from the Social Academy in Vienna, Austria; a MA in Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction […]