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 Heads of Year

Lynsey Collis
Lynsey CollisHoY 8 & 9 /Accreditation Coordinator/Geog/History/TOK
BEd. (Hons) Drama and Music

Lynsey has been an International School Teacher for over 17 years, having first graduated with a B.ed (Hons) in Music and Drama from Bangor University, North Wales. Initially leaving the U.K with just her partner and a suitcase in 1999, she is now married and has 2 young daughters aged 7 and 1.5 yrs old.

Since leaving the U.K Lynsey has taught in Tanzania, Thailand and most recently Beijing, China. She likes to think of herself as a jack of all trades having taught children from 6 years old to 17 years old and in the subjects of English, Drama, Music, History and Geography. However her preferred age range is K.S.3 and she helped establish Prep Schools in Bangkok and Beijing. Lynsey is very happy to have now become part of the Humanities Dept. and Head of Year 8 at Uplands.

David Peake
David PeakePsychology / PE Science / TOK / HoY 12 & 13
David Peake studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) in Ballarat, Australia where he developed a love for Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology. He subsequently completed his Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and commenced his career in education. After an initial year teaching Physical Education in Geelong he was employed by Kardinia International College. During his 17 years at Kardinia he taught Level A-E Science and Phys Ed as well as VCE Psychology and Human Development. He has taught IB Psychology since 2004 and more recently joined their TOK team. During his tenure he was convener of swimming and badminton and was their IB Extended Essay Coordinator. David has a great passion for the outdoors and team sports. After walking Kokoda in 2014, David was inspired to explore teaching opportunities abroad. He is joined in Penang by his wife and three children and the Peake’s are delighted to be a part of the Uplands community.
Anna Corney
Anna CorneyEnglish/ ESL / HoY 10 & 11
Anna Corney comes to Uplands with almost 25 years’ experience teaching in one of Australia’s most prestigious Independent schools, Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne. During her time at MLC Anna held various leadership roles including Head of English and Head of Year for several years. She has a double major in English Literature and Politics from Monash University and completed her Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne after a short period working in the fashion industry. More recently, motivated by a keen interest in research methodologies and learning pedagogies, she completed her Masters of Education in Teacher Librarianship. Anna has crafted a career out of inquiry-based teaching and learning practices, and the use of digital learning technologies in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Anna has helped run term-long residential learning programs in rural Victoria and more recently led cultural exchanges to remote Aboriginal communities on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory. Anna enjoys running, hiking, yoga, theatre and of course literature. She is passionate about pastoral care and social justice, hence her leadership roles in the Pastoral Care review at Uplands and as secretary of the Staff Forum which ensures that every member of staff at Uplands has a voice.
Anna Martinez
Anna MartinezHOY 7 / Art
PGCE Art & Design B Design (Textile Design)

Anna Martinez, originally from Brighton, England, obtained her degree in Textiles from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She then spent three years working as a professional artist and sculptor. After qualifying as a teacher in 2005, she spent three years in a secondary school in Kent teaching Art and Design Technology before teaching at Uplands.


Senior Leadership Team | Secondary Senior Management Team | Primary Senior Management Team | Secondary Heads of Faculty
Secondary Heads of Year | Secondary Teachers by Faculty  | Primary Teachers and Class Assistants | Finance | Administration

Updated on 23 May 2017