Staff and Faculty

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is extremely proud of its multicultural staff, boasting fifteen different nationalities amongst their academic faculties. Our staff know the importance of intellectual engagement, communication skills, leadership, and focus on student growth and discovery.

Secondary Senior Management Team

Giles Mongare
Giles MongareHead of Secondary
NPQH, BEd Music

After a career in the British Army, Giles went to University in Birmingham and then joined the teaching profession where took up his first teaching post in Somerset. He has worked in a number of different Educational environments – UK state school, Private and 5 International Schools, 3 of which he has been Head. Giles has held a number of positions throughout his career – Teacher, Head of Department, Head of Faculty, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and of course Head.
Giles has worked with organisations such as Ofsted, CIS and CfBT on visits to other schools and joins Uplands from a very large International school in the UAE.

Paul Rose
Paul RoseHead of Curriculum
BSc (Hon.), B Ed (Hon.) – IB Diploma Examiner and Workshop Leader in Chemistry

Paul Rose, originally from the United Kingdom, completed an Honours Bachelor in Biochemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and an Honours Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. From 1997, Paul has had postings in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand, teaching IB Diploma Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Systems; IB MYP Sciences and Mathematics; IGCSE Mathematics and Coordinated Sciences; and VCE Chemistry and Maths Methods. Following his initial post as Head of Curriculum and Assessment here at Uplands, Paul continues in an expanded Head of Curriculum role. Previously, Paul has worked as an IB Diploma Coordinator at Kardinia International College, Head of Faculty-Science at Kardinia; Head of MYP Sciences at both Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia and the Prem Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Head of Mathematics and Science at Te Atatu Intermediate School in Auckland, New Zealand. Paul has worked as an MYP Sciences and IB Diploma Chemistry workshop leader, and as a Chemistry examiner and moderator for the IBO for the past 15 years. He enjoys coaching and playing football, is a passionate ornithologist, and is inspired by travel and international education.

Dawn Easton
Dawn EastonHead of Assessment / Science Teacher
BSc Medical Engineering, PGCE Science Secondary Education

Dawn Easton, from London, graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a degree in Medical Engineering. She completed her PGCE at University of Greenwich and has taught in two East London comprehensive schools. Her last post was 2ic KS3 Co-ordinator and she has also worked as an examiner for Edexcel. Uplands is her first international teaching post.

Bill Mitchell
Bill MitchellHoD Pastoral/Careers / Universities Counsellor / TOK
BA, BEd.

Bill Mitchell, originally from Toronto, Canada obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Laurentian and Lakehead Universities. Most recently he has obtained a Master’s in Education from the State University of New York and Specializations from Queen’s University in Special Education, History and Career and University Counselling. For the first eight years of his career Bill taught in the public school sector as a Special Education Resource Teacher. He joins Uplands after spending eight years at The International School of Kuala Lumpur.

Kim Derudder
Kim DerudderIB Coordinator / English Teacher
MA Education, BA (Hons) Literature, PGCE

Kim Derudder, originally from Belgium, obtained his degrees from Belgium, England and the US. He is currently working towards his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Kim loves teaching and education as it offers him the opportunity to have a positive influence on the lives of individuals who will go on to have an impact on the world. Kim has spent the last 15 years abroad teaching in Cambodia, Egypt and Thailand before joining Uplands in Penang, Malaysia. He feels passionate about travelling, art, history, reading, tennis and spending time with his family. The motto of the school was something that truly resonated with Kim when he first heard about Uplands.

Frank Morris
Frank MorrisKey Stage 3 Coordinator / Economics / Geography / History
BA Joint Hons Geography and Business Management, QTS Geography and Social Sciences (Economics)

Originally from Solihull in the West Midlands (UK), Frank graduated from Leeds University in Geography and Business Management before moving onto Keele University to obtain his PGCE in Geography with Social Sciences (Economics). Since then, he has taught in several large comprehensive schools in Manchester, Birmingham and Northamptonshire undertaking number of roles including Assistant Head of Year and Head of Department. Frank has also worked in Ghana where he ran a number of teacher training workshops for a variety of NGOs and Private Schools. He is interested in Motor Sport, Football and Photography. Frank moved to Penang with his Wife, Emefa and two sons, Delali and Coby.