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

Alan Connah

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 […]

Margaret Renshaw

Mrs Margaret Renshaw

Assistant Principal and Head of Secondary, 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, as well as teaching English Literature. Qualifications: Teaching Certificate, University of Liverpool UK. Master Degree in Education, University of Western Australia.

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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

Emma John

Mrs Emma John

Assistant Head of Primary and Reception Class Teacher

Emma is a British National with 11 years teaching experience both in the UK and British International Schools in Thailand. She teaches Reception 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.

Whole School Administration

Ian Barker

Mr Ian Barker

Head of Educational Operations. Teacher of Mathematics and Business Studies. Year 12K Form Tutor

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 and is Head of Educational Operations and Year 12K Form Tutor. Qualifications: BSc [Hons] in Mathematical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. PGCE University of London, UK

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Mrs Julie Connah

Head of Educational Administration 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 […]

Secondary Teachers

Laura Jane Service

Ms Laura-Jane Service

Teacher of Biology and Year 7S Form Tutor

Laura-Jane is a British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She teaches A-level Biology, Science and is the Year 7S Form Tutor. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Zoology, Bangor University, Wales. PGCE, St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, UK. MA Education, Open University, UK.

Andy Withers

Mr Andy Withers

Teacher of English and Year 7K Form Tutor

Andrew is a British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Baylis Court School in Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom.  He teaches English and is a Year 7K Form Tutor. Qualifications: B.A. Honours in English Literature with Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, U.K.  Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary English from the University […]

Louise Davis

Mrs Louise Davis

Teacher of Humanities and Year 8K Form Tutor

Louise is a UK national and joins KIS after five years teaching at Isamilo International School Mwanza,  Tanzania. She teaches Geography and History in the Secondary school, as well as being a Year 8K Form Tutor. She holds an MA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Glasgow in the UK and a Post Graduate […]

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Ms Laura Davies

Teacher of Science, Biology and ICT. Year 8S Form Tutor

Laura is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 bringing with her 12 years teaching experience from the UK, Brazil, South Africa and Finland. Laura is a teacher of Science, Biology and Geography and the Year 8S Form Tutor. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Zoology and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary Science / Biology), University of […]

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Ms Carmel De Sa

Teacher of Mathematics and Year 9K 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. She teaches Mathematics and is the Year 9K Form Tutor. Previously she lectured in IT and Marketing at University level. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Bradford, MBA […]

Nathan Walker

Mr Nathan Walker

Teacher of PE and Year 9S Form Tutor

Nathan is a British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Qatar International School in Doha, Qatar. He teaches Physical Education and is the Year 9S Form Tutor. Qualifications: B.Ed. (Hons) Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

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Ms Emily Colley

Teacher of English and Year 10K Form Tutor

Emily is a British national and joined KIS in August 2016. She teaches English and is the Year 10K Form Tutor. 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.

Simon Bryant

Mr Simon Bryant

Teacher of Drama and English and Year 10S Form Teacher

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 the Year 10S Form Tutor. Qualifications: BA History (Hons) and PGCE from the University of Chichester, UK

Kevin Davies

Mr Kevin Davies

Teacher of Chemistry and Geography. Year 11K Form Tutor

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

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Mr Lee Gorman

Teacher of Chemistry and Year 11S Form Tutor. Child Protection Officer

Lee is a British national who joined KIS in August 2016 from Kuala Lumpur. Lee is a teacher of Chemistry, the Year 11S Form Tutor and the school’s Child Protection Officer. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Physics), University of Southampton, UK.

Ian Barker

Mr Ian Barker

Head of Educational Operations. Teacher of Mathematics and Business Studies. Year 12K Form Tutor

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 and is Head of Educational Operations and Year 12K Form Tutor. Qualifications: BSc [Hons] in Mathematical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. PGCE University of London, UK

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Mrs Lucy Bernard

Teacher of ICT. Year 13K Form Tutor,

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 13K Form Tutor. Qualifications: Diploma in Computer Science. Bachelor of Science (Hons) University of Technology Malaysia.

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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.

Frank Davis

Mr Frank Davis

Head of Mathematics

Frank is a British National and joined KIS in August 2017 after five years of teaching at Isamilo International School Mwanza in Tanzania. Frank is Head of Mathematics in the Secondary school. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Mathematics from the University of Reading in the UK and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education […]

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Mr George Colbeck

Head of Science & Technology. Teacher of Science and Physics

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

Rachel McNutt

Ms Rachel McNutt

Head of Secondary Humanities. Teacher of Geography

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

Damein Yuen

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

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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.

Fran Colbeck

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.

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Mr James Crewdson

Teacher of Business Studies and ICT

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.

Primary Teachers

Emma John

Mrs Emma John

Assistant Head of Primary and Reception Class Teacher

Emma is a British National with 11 years teaching experience both in the UK and British International Schools in Thailand. She teaches Reception 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.

Andrea Henry

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

Sarah Barlass

Mrs Sarah Barlass

Foundation 2K Class Teacher

Sarah is a British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Eton House Prep in Seoul, South Korea. She teaches Foundation 2K. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts with Qualified Teacher Status in Primary Education and English from the University of Lancaster, St Martin’s College.

Laura Marriott

Ms Laura Marriott

Foundation 2S Class Teacher

Laura is a British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Rhyl Primary School in London. She teaches Foundation 2S. Qualifications: BA in Hispanic Studies, PGCE Primary with Spanish.

Shelley Dyer

Mrs Shelley Dyer

Year 1K Class Teacher

Shelley is a South African and Italian national and joined KIS in August 2017 from The British International School of Istanbul. She teaches Year 1K. Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce and Higher Diploma in Education, University of Natal, South Africa.

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Mrs Amy Garrick

Year 1S Class Teacher

Amy is British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Friarage School, North Yorkshire, in the UK. She teaches in Year 1S. Qualifications: BA in Primary Education with English specialism, University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, UK.

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Mr Andrew Green

Year 2K 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 the Year 2K class teacher. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Leisure Planning and Tourism, Oxford Brookes University, UK. Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of East London, UK.

Sharon Rose

Mrs Sharon Rose

Year 2S Class Teacher

Sharon is a Irish national and joined KIS in August 2017 from St. George’s International School Malaga. She teaches Year 2S. Qualifications: BA Hons, Leeds Metropolitan University. PGCE from Lancaster University.

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Mrs Daphne Hyndman

Year 3K Class Teacher

Daphne is a British national and joined KIS in August 2016 with experience of teaching in Singapore, Malaysia and Scotland. She is the Year 3K class teacher. Qualifications: BA Social Sciences, Napier University, Scotland. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Primary) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Beth Walker

Mrs Bethan Walker

Year 3S Class Teacher. Head of Primary English

Bethan is a British national and joined KIS in August from Sherborne Qatar Preparatory School in Qatar. She teaches Year 3S and Head of Primary English. Qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Education; University of Cumbria, BA (Hons) Education Studies; University of the West of England.

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Mr Stuart Burrows

Year 4K Class Teacher

Stuart is a British national who joined KIS in August 2017 with over 10 years teaching experience in the UK and overseas. He teaches Year 4K. Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Birmingham, UK, and Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Nottingham, UK.

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Mr Stephen Shand

Year 4S 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 the Year 4S class teacher. Qualifications: BA in Sociology / Criminology, University of Windsor, Ontario. Post Graduate Certificate in Education, D’Youville College, New York, USA.

Karen Wallace

Mrs Karen Wallace

Year 5K Class Teacher. Head of Primary Mathematics

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

Jenny Westaway

Ms Jenny Westaway

Year 5S Class Teacher

Jenny is a British national who joined KIS in August 2017 from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Malmesbury, UK. She teaches Year 5S. Qualifications: Bachelors of Education with Physical Education.

Dougal Fletcher

Mr Dougal Fletcher

Year 6K Class Teacher and Primary Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator

Dougal is an Australian national and join KIS in August 2017 from Eton House Prep in Seoul. He teaches Year 6K and is the Primary Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator. Qualification: Bachelor of Arts & Masters of Teaching, University of Sydney.

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Ms Daisy Sultantono

Year 6S Class Teacher

Daisy is a New Zealand national who joined KIS in August 2016 with 4 years teaching experience. She is the Year 6S 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

Catriona Watt

Ms Catriona Watt

Head of PE and Sport

Catriona is an Australian national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Greengates School Mexico in Mexico City. She teaches PE across the whole school. Qualifications: Bachelor of Education in Human Movement and Health Education from the University of Sydney.

Nathan Walker

Mr Nathan Walker

Teacher of PE and Year 9S Form Tutor

Nathan is a British national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Qatar International School in Doha, Qatar. He teaches Physical Education and is the Year 9S Form Tutor. Qualifications: B.Ed. (Hons) Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

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Ms Francesca Woodland

Teacher of PE

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

Tytti Beltram

Mrs Tytti Beltran

Head of Aquatics

Tytti is a Finnish national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Raha International School, Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is running the KIS swim programme. Qualifications: Masters in Sport Sciences with Teaching Certificate, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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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

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Ms Indah Iskandar

Teacher of Bahasa Malaysia. PSE & Careers Coordinator

Indah is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in January 2016 from Sayfol International School in Kota Kinabalu. She teaches Bahasa Malaysia from F2 to Year 11 and is the PSE & Careers Coordinator. Qualifications: B.Ed [Hons] TESL Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Charmaine Ku

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.

Steven Morgan

Mr Steven Morgan

Whole School Head of English as an Additional Language

Steven is an American national and joined KIS in August 2017 from Assumption College Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. He is Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL), and he has 15 years of international teaching experience in Taiwan, the USA, Thailand and now Malaysia. Qualifications: Master of Education Degree in International Teaching from Framingham State […]

Saija Wan

Mrs Saija Wan

English as an Additional Language Teacher

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

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Mrs Felicia Lim

English as an Additional 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 an Additional Language. Qualifications: BA (Media and Communications/Linguistics) and Master of Teaching from Melbourne University, Australia.

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Mrs Kerstin Crewdson

English as an Additional Language Teacher

Kerstin is an Austrian national who joined KIS in August 2016. She is part of our English as an Additional Language (EAL) 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 from […]