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22 April, 201422 April, 2014
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KIS Academic Staff

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.
  • Experienced in UK National Curriculum: All teachers must have a minimum of three years’ experience working with the UK National Curriculum.
  • 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.

KIS has an excellent staff retention record that is the envy of many schools across the region.

  • Over 50% of our teachers have been with us at KIS for 4 years or more
  • 90% of teachers employed in the last 10 years have extended their stay beyond the completion of their initial 2 year contract.

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

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Stuart McLay – Principal
Stuart is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009. He has spent over 25 years working in education including 20 years working in British International Schools overseas. Mr McLay joined the school from El Salvador, where he worked in one of the biggest British International Schools in Central America. Prior to that, he held senior positions in British Schools in Thailand, Jordan, India and Saudi Arabia. Qualifications: B.A. (Hons) History, University of Essex, UK PGCE, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, UK
principal@kis.edu.my
Maria Blake – Head of Primary
Maria is an Irish national who joined KIS in August 2013 from the British School of Lomé in Togo, West Africa. Maria is Head of Primary and brings extensive management and teaching experience to her role having taught in the UK, Egypt, Thailand and Malaysia. Qualifications: BSc Hons in Psychology and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
mariablake@kis.edu.my
Andrea Henry – Foundation 1 Teacher
Andrea is a German national who joined KIS in January 2001. She is presently teaching our Foundation 1 class Qualifications: Vocational School for Teachers, Germany
andrea@kis.edu.my
Denise McLay – Foundation 2 Teacher & Whole School Special Needs Co-ordinator
Denise is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009 from the Academia Britanica Cuscatleca in El Salvador. She is presently teaching our Foundation 2 class and is also the Whole School Special Needs Coordinator. Qualifications: B.A. (Hons) University of Essex, UK PGCE (4-8 Years), Derbyshire College of Higher Education, UK
denisemclay@kis.edu.my
Marie Harris – Year 1 Class Teacher and Primary PSHE Co-ordinator
Marie is a British national who joined KIS in August 2010 from Belmont Community Primary School in the UK. She is presently teaching our Year 1 class and is the Primary PSHE Co-ordinator. Marie is also the whole school Safeguarding Officer. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Hull, UK. PGCE, University of Leeds, UK
marieharris@kis.edu.my
Christine Smith – Year 2 Teacher & Primary Numeracy Co-ordinator
Christine is a British national who joined KIS in August 2010 from Haut-Lac International School Bilingual School in Switzerland. She is presently teaching our Year 2 class and is also the Primary Numeracy Co-ordinator. Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Hertfordshire College of Higher Education, UK.
christinesmith@kis.edu.my
Mariana Cooke – Year 3 Teacher & Primary Curriculum Co-ordinator
Mariana is a South African national who joined KIS in September 2007 from Furze Down School in the UK. She is presently teaching our Year 3 class and is also the Primary Curriculum Co-ordinator. Qualifications: Baccalaureate Degree (BA) in Lettere en Wysbegeerte, South Africa. Qualified Teacher Status, Bourton Meadoe DRB
marianacooke@kis.edu.my
Amanda Graham – Year 4 Teacher and Primary Science Co-ordinator
Amanda is a British national who joined KIS in August 2011 from Thomlinson Junior School, Wigton, in the UK. She is presently teaching our Year 4 class and is also the Primary Science Co-ordinator. Qualifications: PGCE, Primary, University College of St Martins.UK. BA(Hons) 2:1 in Combined Honours. University of Northumbria, UK
amandagraham@kis.edu.my
Nicola Russell – Year 5 Teacher & Primary Literacy Co-ordinator
Nicky is a British national who joined KIS in September 2006 from Heathrow Primary School in the UK. She is presently teaching our Year 5 class and is also the Primary Literacy Co-ordinator. Qualifications: Bed (Honours) with QTS in Primary, University College Northampton, UK
nickyrussell@kis.edu.my
Edward Hill – Year 6 Teacher and Year 7 and Year 8 Science Teacher
Edward is a British national who joined KIS in August 2010 from St Osmund's Middle School in the UK. He is presently teaching our Year 6 class as well as Year 7 and Year 8 Science. Qualifications: University of Durham BA (Hons) Combined Arts, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. PGCE Middle Years English, University of Bath, UK
edwardhill@kis.edu.my
Kevin Davies – Teacher of Science, Design Technology, Physics & Head of Secondary
Kevin is a British national who joined KIS in January 2001 from The Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur. He is presently our Secondary teacher of Science, Design Technology and Physics and is also the Head of Secondary. Qualifications: Degree B.Sc. Hons in Chemistry, University of Durham, UK Postgraduate, Queen Mary College, University of London MA in Education, University of Bath, UK
kevindavies@kis.edu.my
Pierrette Anuar-Ghani – Year 7 Form Tutor, Teacher of French & Primary ESL Support
Pierrette is a Canadian national who joined KIS in January 1993 from the International English Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She is presently teaching French and also supports the Primary ESL programme. Pierrette is the Year 7 Form Tutor. Qualifications: BA, Universite de caen, France. PGCE, University of Reading, UK
pierrette@kis.edu.my
Simon Bryant – Year 8 Form Teacher, Teacher of English and Business Studies
Simon is a British national who joined KIS in August 2013 from Internationella Engelska Skolan Järfälla, Stockholm, Sweden. He is presently teaching English and Business Studies in the Secondary School and is also our Year 8 Form Tutor. Qualifications: BA History (Hons) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Chichester, UK
simonbryant@kis.edu.my
Nigel Woodward – Year 9 Form Teacher, Teacher of ESL
Nigel is a British national who joined KIS in August 2010 from St John's International in Bangkok, Thailand. He is presently the Whole School ESL Coordinator and the Year 8 Form Tutor. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Upper second class honours) in geology, University of Southampton, England Master of Science in mining geology, University of Leicester, England
nigelwoodward@kis.edu.my
Mandy Lewis – Year 10 Form Teacher, Teacher of Mathematics
Mandy is a British national who joined KIS in August 2013 from Birches Head High School in the UK. She is presently teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School and is also our Year 10 Form Tutor. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) from the UK Open University and Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Mathematics.
mandylewis@kis.edu.my
Alun Rendle – Year 11 Form Tutor, Teacher of History
Alun is a British national who joined KIS in August 2012 from St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School in the UK. He is presently teaching History in the Secondary School and is also our Year 10 Form Tutor. Qualifications: PGCE Secondary History, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, UK. BA(Hons) Politics 2:2 University of Wales Swansea
alunrendle@kis.edu.my
Margaret Renshaw – Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of English, English Language & Literature
Margaret is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009 from King George V School in Hong Kong. She is presently our Secondary teacher of English, English Literature and Literature and is the new KIS Head of Sixth Form. Qualifications: Teaching Certificate, University of Liverpool, UK. Master Degree in Education, University of Western Australia
margaretrenshaw@kis.edu.my
Cara Conrad – Year 12 Form Teacher, Teacher of Geography
Cara is a British national who joined KIS in August 2012 from Woodcote High School in the UK. She is presently teaching Geography in the Secondary School and is our Year 12 Form Tutors. Qualifications: PGCCE Institute of Education, University of London BSc Geography 2:1 University of Plymouth, UK
caraconrad@kis.edu.my
Robert Fenn – Year 13 Form Tutor, Teacher of Science and Biology
Robert is a British national who joined KIS in August 2012 from Sharjah English School in the UAE. He is presently teaching Key Stage 3 Science and IGCSE and A Level Biology. Robert is also the Year 13 Form Tutor. Qualifications: PGCE Biology Edinburgh University. MSc Bio-aeronautics Cranfield University. BSc(Hons) Botany 2.2 Nottingham University
robertfenn@kis.edu.my
Felicia Cheong – Mixed Age Class Teacher
Felicia is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in August 2013 from Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kota Kinabalu. She is presently the teacher and Form Tutor to our Mixed Age Class. Qualifications: BA (Media and Communications/Linguistics) and Master of Teaching from Melbourne University, Australia.
feliciacheong@kis.edu.my
Ian Barker – Teacher of Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Business Studies and Secondary Curriculum Co-ordinator
Ian is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009 from St Stephen's International School, Bangkok, Thailand. He is presently our Secondary Teacher of Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. Ian is also Secondary Curriculum Co-ordinator. Qualifications: 2:1 Hons in Mathematical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK PGCE in Mathematics, University of London, UK
ianbarker@kis.edu.my
Augusta Harison-Denby – Teacher of English and Drama
Augusta is a British national who joined KIS in August 2011 from The William Elis School in the UK. She is presently teaching English and Drama in the Secondary School.. Qualifications: PGCE English with Media/Drama, London Metropolitan University BA(Hons) English The University of Reading, Berkshire. UK
aharisondenby@kis.edu.my
Richard Stott – Teacher of Science and Physics
Richard is a British national who joined KIS in August 2011 from The Radcliffe School in the UK. He is presently teaching Key Stage 3 Science and IGCSE Physics and is also the Year 9 Form Tutor. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Physics with Theoretical Physics III UMIST.UK
richardstott@kis.edu.my
Thomas Harron – Head of PE and Swimming
Tom is a British national who joined KIS in August 2009 from the Central Technology and Sports College in the UK. He is presently teaching our Primary and Secondary PE curriculum. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK PGCE (QTS), Loughborough University, UK
thomasharron@kis.edu.my
Charlie Durbin – PE and Swimming Coach and Secondary ICT teacher
Charlie is a British national who joined KIS in August 2013. Charlie came to Malaysia from The John Loughborough School in the UK and is presently teaching PE and Swimming as well as some Secondary ICT classes. Qualifications: Sports Science BSC (Hons), from the University of Glamorgan, UK and PGCE in Physical Education from the London Metropolitan University, UK.
charliedurbin@kis.edu.my
Saija Wan – Primary ESL and Library Teacher
Saija is a Swedish national who has supported students at KIS since 2008. Saija is presently responsible for teaching our Primary ESL programme and library lessons in Key Stage 2. Qualifications: Bachelor of Education for Compulsory schools, Stockholm, Sweden
saijawan@kis.edu.my
Lucy Wong – 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 is presently our teacher of ICT. Qualifications: Diploma in Computer Science, University of Technology Malaysia Bachelor of Science (Hons), Malaysia
lucy@kis.edu.my
Charmaine Ku – Teacher of Music
Charmaine joined KIS in August 2011 from Wells International School in Thailand and teaches specialist music to our Primary and Secondary students. Qualifications: Diploma in Teaching Profession St Theresa Inti College Surawong Campus, Bangkok Thailand. Bachelor of Arts in Music, Avondale College, NSW. Australia. Psychology and Education, Mission College, Saraburi Thailand
charmaineku@kis.edu.my
Damein Yuen – Teacher of Art and Design Technology
Damein is a Hong Kong national who joined KIS in September 2007. She is presently teaching Secondary Art and Design Technology. Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts Design from the University of Tasmania, Australia
dameinyuen@kis.edu.my
Noraineh Suhaibul – Teacher of Bahasa Malaysia / IGCSE Malay
Noraineh is a Malaysian national who joined KIS in August 2010 from Sekolah Swasta Maktab Nasional in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She is presently teaching Bahasa Malaysia throughout the school including IGCSE Malay. Qualifications: B.A. in Comp Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, United States. Diploma Education, Universiti Tehnologi Mara
noraineh@kis.edu.my
Emma Jackson – Primary ESL Support Teacher
Emma is a British national who has supported students at KIS since 2013. Emma is presently part of our ESL team working with students across the Primary age range. Qualifications: Certificate in English Language Teaching, Post Graduate Certificate in Management
emmajackson@kis.edu.my
Daniel Kelsall – Primary Teacher
Danny is an Australian national who joined KIS in January 2014. He is presently using his skills and experience to support Primary students throughout the school. Qualifications: Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Newcastle, Australia.
danielkelsall@kis.edu.my
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