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 McGillHoD Visual Arts
BA PGCE

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.

Carolyn Reeves
Carolyn ReevesTeacher of Art & Design / Year 9 Tutor
BEd Art & Design

Carolyn Reeves originally from Scarborough, England moved to Penang eight years ago. She has had substantial experience teaching art both within the UK and Malaysia. Having taught CIE iGCSE and A Level Art for the past five years in an International School in Penang, Carolyn is excited to join Uplands to focus her creativity on teaching art at all levels. Outside of school Carolyn is an active member of an art club. She also enjoys riding around Malaysia on her Vespa, and spending time with her family and pet poodle.

Ross Stevenson
Ross Stevenson Head of Music / Year 8 Tutor / Non-Residential House Parent
BA (Hons), PGCE

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.

Timothy Pickering
Timothy PickeringMusic Teacher / Year 7 Tutor
Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Teaching

Tim Pickering, originally from New Zealand obtained his Degree from the New Zealand School of Music. Tim has spent the 4 years residing in London where he has been working as the curriculum leader of Music in a primary school. Tim’s principal instruments are guitar and piano and has experience leading a variety of ensembles, from small jazz combos to a 300 strong female choir. Outside of school Tim enjoys keeping fit, travelling and making music. Tim is joined at Uplands along with his partner Ashleigh where they are both delighted to be a part of the Uplands community.

James Woodard
James WoodardFilm and Media Studies Teacher / Year 13 Tutor
M.Ed in Secondary Education

James has worked as a theatre, film studies and social studies teacher for seven years, four of which were at an IB school in Hong Kong. He is coming from a three year placement in Yangon, Myanmar, where he built a theatre program and revised the film studies curriculum. He has also coached a number of different sports, including volleyball, softball and judo.

Mark Loiterton
Mark LoitertonHead of Arts Faculty / Head of Drama / Drama Teacher
BA Dip Ed

Mark is originally from Wagga Wagga, Australia. After graduating from the University of New England, NSW, Mark worked for more than twenty years in a variety of schools in three different states in Australia, where he taught HSC and VCE English, Mathematics and Drama. He held Head of Year and Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Principal positions during that time. Additionally, Mark was Outdoor Education Coordinator at a school in Canberra for seven years. Since moving overseas, Mark has taught at five international schools in the UK, China, Indonesia, Poland and Laos before coming to Uplands. Mark has taught IB Diploma Theatre and Mathematics and IB MYP Mathematics and Humanities. He has also been Head of Creative Arts and Dean of Students while teaching internationally. Mark is looking forward to teaching drama and collaborating with the arts department and the wider Uplands community as well as enjoying all that Penang and Malaysia has to offer.

Keren Chaukria
Keren ChaukriaDrama Teacher / Year 8 Tutor
PGCE in Education, BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education

After finishing university Keren moved to Hong Kong to join a local drama company in which she performed in theatre in Education shows and taught drama around schools. She then moved on to teaching drama in a local school working on building a curriculum using drama as a tool to teach English and Drama. She then began working at an international secondary school in which she taught IB, GCSE and lower school. Keren is an active director and performer both in and outside of school.

English Faculty

James Butterfield
James ButterfieldEnglish Teacher
B.Arts, G. Dip Ed

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 BellHead of English and EAL Faculty
BA Hons in Literature and Performance in the Community, PGCSE in English, Drama and Media

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 Diploma 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.

Jeremy Fox
Jeremy FoxEnglish Teacher / Year 13 Tutor
BA Hons, IGCSE, Teaching Excellence Certificate

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 Teacher / Year 12 Tutor
BA (Hons), MA Modern Literature

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
B. App. Sciences (OT); B. Ed (ESL teaching); M. Applied Linguistics (TESOL); Diplomas in Community Service Work and Counselling

Kerri is originally from Melbourne, Australia and obtained her first degree in Allied Health Sciences there before going on to work as an Occupational Therapist with physically and intellectually disabled clients in Canada for eight years. While there, she obtained her degree in English Second Language Education at Concordia University in Montreal and has since taught ESL and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in universities and international schools in China, Australia, Czech Republic, Canada and Turkey. She recently combined her two careers by spending three years teaching Australian vocational Diplomas of Counselling and Community Services Work to adults. After studying full-time for her Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at the University of New England, Australia, in 2015, she is very happy to be part of the team at Uplands and to be living in Penang.

Anna Corney
Anna CorneyEnglish Teacher / HoY10 & 11
M.Ed, B.Arts

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.

Dianne Russell
Dianne RussellLearning Support Teacher
B. A (Ed), B.Ed. Hons.

Dianne is proud to be from the bayside City of Geelong, Australia, the home of the mighty AFL football team, the Geelong Cats. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Education fourth year degrees (with honours) at Deakin University, Geelong and has a diverse and in depth range of experience, close to 25 years, across all Primary School levels, including Music teaching and Acting Principal roles.
For the past last 11 years, she has been passionate about supporting primary and secondary students with special needs at Kardinia International College Geelong, with positive results. Dianne has also completed extra study in learning support, by successfully obtaining a Certificate 1V in Disability Work.
Dianne has strived to be a risk taker and ‘global’ teacher, so now that her two grown up daughters have left home, she wants to extend her community and multi-cultural interests, to include teaching overseas. She is also keen on living a healthy, positive lifestyle, so keeping fit and eating well is important. Exploring Malaysia’s music, food, entertainment and the Arts will feature high on Dianne’s ‘to do’ list. So Penang, Malaysia, will become Dianne’s new cultural home and she is looking forward to extending her hand and smile out to the Uplands International School community.

Lynne Pearson
Lynne PearsonESL / Boarding Houseparent / Year 10 Tutor
B.Ed

Originally from Newcastle in the North East of England, I have been teaching ESL in international schools for my entire teaching career. I worked in two international schools in the UK, where I met my husband, Bob. When our son, Andrew was 18 months old we moved to Cairo where I was Head of English. After 3 years, we moved to Bangkok with our son and our daughter, Holly, who was born in Cairo. We have been in Bangkok for the last 12 years. I have taught at two schools here in Bangkok, teaching ESL to beginners through to IGCSE and IB. Outside of school I enjoy keeping fit, yoga and reading.

Humanities Faculty

Andrew North
Andrew NorthHoF Humanities / Geography Teacher
MA, PGCE

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 Teacher / HoD TOK / HoY 12 & 13
BSc., G. Dip

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 & Economics Teacher / Year 12 Tutor
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 CollisAccreditation Coordinator / Geography & History Teacher / TOK / HoY 8 & 9 /
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 Teacher
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.

Daniel Nicolson
Daniel NicolsonHoD Geography / Geography Teacher / Year 9 Tutor
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.

Sheena Verghis Joshy
Sheena Verghis JoshyHOD History / History Teacher / Year 9 Tutor
M.A , B.Ed.CE

Originally from Calcutta, India, Sheena has a B. Ed from the University of Calcutta and an M.A in History from the University of Madras.
She has been teaching the Diploma Program since 2009. She has taught in Calcutta, Kochi, Bangalore and Nairobi undertaking a number of roles including that of House Master and Head of Department.
Sheena is an IB-DP Examiner and the IB-DP History OCC faculty member regulating the functioning of the official forum for IB-DP History teachers.
She feels passionate about history, current events, travelling, and reading.
Sheena is joined in Penang by her husband and daughter. As a family they are delighted to be a part of the Uplands community.
Sheena feels that the chance to constantly interact with young minds is the most fulfilling part of a teacher’s job.

Nick Bentley
Nick BentleyEconomics & Mathematics Teacher / Year 10 Tutor
BA (Hons) Cert Ed

Nick Bentley has been a teacher of Business and Economics for almost twenty years. He has been teaching both subjects at IB Diploma and A Level in schools in China for the past six years.
Before becoming a teacher Nick was a Manager for a nationwide business in England and worked all over the country. He decided to change career and become a teacher. He spent over ten years teaching various business related subjects to students of all ages at a college in the south of England. Nick lived in Asia when he was growing up and went to school there so when the chance came to return and teach in Asia he took the opportunity and has never looked back.

Santos Kumar
Santos KumarHistory Teacher / Year 11 Tutor
MA, B Ed

Santos Kumar had been teaching for the past 17 years in different national and international schools. He worked in India, Abu Dhabi and Rome before joining Uplands. He is an IBDP and IGCSE History Examiner. He worked with students from different nationalities, religious and cultural backgrounds.

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Updated on 20 September 2017