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 Teachers by Faculty

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Arts Faculty

Ian McGill
Ian McGillHoF Arts / HoD Visual Arts

Ian McGill has been a teacher of Art for thirty years. He has taught in British schools, international schools, two colleges of Art and a university, on four continents, and has worked on each continent twice. Ian has taught within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (15 years), the IB Middle Years Programme (6 years), under the Cambridge Examinations Board (20 years), and within the state educational systems of places as diverse as the Caribbean, China and Mexico.

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.

Heather Adkins
Heather AdkinsMedia & Film Studies / English
Though Heather is an American/Canadian by passport, she grew up in Kenya and her family is five generations in Kenya. She received my Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications / Film / TV / Journalism from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University out of Seattle, Washington. She has taught at four international schools and two universities. Most recently she was living and working at King’s Academy in Jordan before coming to Uplands.
Alison Hurst
Alison HurstHoD Drama
Alison is originally from Essex in the UK, although for the last ten years has worked in schools around the world including Dubai, Brazil and Spain. In 2001, she graduated with a 2:1 in Media Performance before going on to work in the Television Industry. In 2004 she gained a Masters degree in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has taught IB Diploma, MYP, PYP, A-Level and GCSE. She enjoys organising school visits, workshops and performances, particularly leading international residential trips to both New York and London. Outside of school, she enjoys travel, photography and meeting new people!
Estelle Owens
Estelle OwensHoD Music
Estelle is originally from Tasmania, Australia and received her Music degree specializing in Education from the Tasmanian University. She has taught music for the past 18 years, mainly in Hobart and recently in Dubai UAE. Estelle has taught a wide range of students, a variety of curriculums including IGCSE and International Baccalaureate MYP and DP, and led a variety of music groups from Rock bands to choirs. Her main instrument is Piano but she also dabbles in flute and singing and composition. Estelle is looking forward to her new position in Uplands as well as exploring what Penang has to offer.
Ross Stevenson
Ross StevensonSecondary Music
Music has been a passion of Ross’ since childhood and he have had the fortune to turn his passion into a career. Having completed his degree in Popular Music and Music technology in the UK he was given the opportunity to experience a school environment and this was, ultimately, the motivation that enhanced his enthusiasm for teaching. Since then he has worked in various international schools and worked amongst some fantastic music educators to ensure his pedagogy is up to date and relevant. He loves event organizing and next year he will be taking on the role of Head of Music, which will allow him to showcase his enthusiasm for music further, with regards to both curricular and extracurricular events within the school and beyond.

English Faculty

James Butterfield
James ButterfieldEnglish
After completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, James worked in the multicultural affairs sector, including seven years as a policy advisor in the Victorian State public service. A shift to teaching was always in the back of his mind however, so embarking on a Graduate Diploma of Education was a natural step. Teaching led James and his family to Nanjing, China, where his two children’s Mandarin proficiency rapidly outstripped his own. Outside the classroom, James enjoys travelling, food and sport, not necessarily in that order and occasionally all at once. He also loves attempting to voice all of the characters when he reads aloud from The Magic Pudding. He still harbours an ambition to run a sub 3 hour marathon.
Justine Bell
Justine BellHoF English
BA English Literature and Performing Arts, MA Movement Studies, PGCE English

Justine was born in Hong Kong and was educated there, in Kenya, France and the UK. Having decided that teaching was what she loved, Justine gained her PGCE from London Metropolitan University. She went on to work in London before deciding that she missed the warmth of Asia and headed to Uplands. Outside of school Justine enjoys travel, reading and sport.

Kim Derudder
Kim DerudderIB Coordinator / English
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.

Jodie Sharpe
Jodie SharpeDrama / English
BA (Hons) Drama and Education, GTP

Jodie Sharpe, originally from Lincolnshire, England, obtained her degree in Drama and Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln. She then gained Qualified Teacher Status and became The Head of Drama and Performing Arts in a secondary school in Lincolnshire. Jodie enjoys Tennis, Swimming and going to the theatre.

Jeremy Fox
Jeremy FoxEnglish
BA (Hons), PGCE

Jeremy, originally from England, obtained his initial BA Honours degree from Brunel University, and his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from The University of Kent; he also has the Threshold Certificate for Excellence in Teaching from the UK and ESL in the Mainstream certification. He has been teaching for over 25 years and has been overseas in several countries since 2000; his previous post was Head of English at Dulwich College, Suzhou, China. He is married to Yoshiko, who teaches Japanese here at Uplands, and they have two little boys in the Primary school. Jeremy’s interests include his family (first and foremost), travel and reading (especially Sci-Fi).

Philip Rebbeck
Philip RebbeckEnglish
Phil grew up in the southeast of England and studied at the universities of Warwick and London. He qualified as a teacher in 1994 and then worked for a decade and a half in schools and colleges in and around London. In 2008 he took up a position with the Ministry of Education in Singapore and has lived and worked in Asia ever since. Uplands is his third international school and he is very glad to be here as Malaysia has long been a favourite country of his. In his spare time, as well as travelling, Phil likes to relax by reading, listening to music and playing and watching cricket. He is also a long-suffering supporter of Fulham Football Club and has a passion for Indian food that he developed while living in New Delhi.
Kerri Nicol
Kerri NicolESL
Oksana Sielena
Oksana SielenaESL / Primary

Oksana comes from Ukraine, and Uplands is her first overseas teaching post. She obtained her teaching degree in English Language, Ukrainian Language and Literature, and Russian Literature. For 5 years Oksana taught in an IB school in her home country. She enjoys being active and uses her passion for sports and a healthy life style in her teaching,to inspire the inquiring young minds from all over the world. Apart from Oksana’s big adventure, connected with moving to a different continent, she has recently made a huge change in her personal life. She had been happily married for 3 weeks before it was time to move to Penang! Naturally she is looking forward to continuing her postponed honeymoon.

Anna Corney
Anna CorneyHoY10 & 11/English Teacher
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.

Humanities Faculty

Andrew North
Andrew NorthHoF Humanities / Geography

Andy North is currently Head of the Humanities Faculty at Uplands. He graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA Honours (2:1) in Geography and subsequently gained a PGCSE. He taught for eight years in a large comprehensive school in Hampshire, UK, before moving into international education. Andy held positions of responsibility in the United Arab Emirates for three years and in Malawi for a further three years. He joined Uplands in August 2006 and lives in Penang with his wife, also a teacher, and two young sons.

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.
Paul Howe
Paul HoweHoD Economics / Geography
BBus (Economics & Finance), MBA (Executive), MProjMgt, PGCEi

Paul was raised and educated in Australia and obtained his BBus from the University of Technology in Sydney, his EMBA and MProjMgt from the Sydney Business School (UOW) and his PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining the teaching profession he spent over 20 years as an international businessman in both corporate roles and self-employment and has benefited from working, living and travelling throughout the world. In 2010, Paul turned his focus to teaching and prior to joining Uplands was a University lecturer in Sydney.

Lynsey Collis
Lynsey CollisHoY 8 & 9 /Accreditation Coordinator/Geog/History/TOK
B Ed. (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.

Frank Morris
Frank MorrisEconomics / 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.

Roger Bardsley
Roger BardsleyHistory / English
History BA (Hons) University of Sussex
PGCE (Secondary History) University of Oxford.

Originally from Birmingham, Roger graduated from the University of Sussex and subsequently gained a PGCE in History. He is returning to the international school environment after teaching for eight years in a school in St Bees, Cumbria UK. Previously he has taught in a wide in variety of schools in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Malawi and the United States. He is married with two children who are now in their university years. Roger is looking forward to exploring South East Asia and its culture, and escaping the brutal Cumbrian winters. Outside of school, Roger enjoys reading, hiking, travel and playing squash.

Daniel Nicolson
Daniel NicolsonHoD Geography
MSc Education, BSc Geography/Sports Science, PGCE

Daniel has been an International School Teacher for over 15 years, having first graduated with a BSc (Joint Hons) in Geography and Sports Science from Lancaster University, England. Since leaving the U.K Daniel has taught in Tanzania, Philippines and most recently Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has taught a range of subjects in different educational systems within in his international teaching career. He enjoys the outdoors and being active, often spoiling long walks by playing golf. He is joined here at Uplands by his family, his wife Maria who teaches Maths and their two boys who are both currently in the Primary school.


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Updated on 23 May 2017