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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Modern Foreign Language Faculty

Florence Dass
Florence DassBahasa
BA Bahasa Malaysia

Florence Philomenathan, from Kedah, Malaysia, obtained her degree in Arts (Malay Language major) from the University Science Malaysia (USM), Penang. She lectured in Malay Language and General Subjects at Tunku Abdul Rahman College (Johor and Penang) for a combined period of 2 years and 6 months. She has taught Malay at Uplands for 11 years to both Secondary and Primary students. Florence is also a House Parent in Uplands Boarding Section.

Mathave Vadiveloo
Mathave VadivelooHoD Bahasa
MA, BA, CELTA, Teaching Cert

MPS Mathave Vadiveloo, a Malaysian citizen, after qualifying as a teacher, went on to obtain a degree from the University of Science Malaysia, with a major in Translation and a minor in Japanese. She also holds a Master’s degree from the same university in Translation (English-Malay). She taught various subjects in Malaysian schools for many years before joining Uplands to teach Malay. She has worked as a freelance translator-cum-editor of bilingual and trilingual dictionaries (English-Malay-Tamil) and is Examiner Responsible for the International Baccalaureate’s Malay Ab Initio paper, Her areas of interests are lexicography and etymology.

Melissa Gail Baxter
Melissa Gail BaxterHoF Modern Languages
Carole White
Carole WhiteFrench
Originally from Savoie, France, after graduating with a Masters of Foreign Languages she set off for 1 year in Australia as a French exchange teacher and stayed 14 years. After having a family she moved back overseas to teach French in International Schools in Oman, Dubai, and Syria before moving to South East Asia. Her daughter has just graduated and completed her IB diploma and she has a son in Year 8.
Cai Qin (Alicia)
Cai Qin (Alicia)HoD Mandarin
Farah Buruhanudeen
Farah BuruhanudeenBahasa
Bsc(Hons) Hospitality Management, PGDE

Farah hails from Penang, Malaysia. She graduated with an honours degree in Hospitality Management from Mara University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia. After her graduation, she taught at KDU College, Kuala Lumpur followed by KDU College in Penang. Later she moved to Disted College Penang teaching Management subjects in the Hospitality Industry and also Bahasa Malaysia for Expatriate and local students. She has been a member of the languages departments of MRSM Balik Pulau in Penang and Mara University of Technology, also in Penang.

Maria Rosario Sanchez Andres
Maria Rosario Sanchez AndresSpanish
BA Spanish language and literature, PGCE, HoD Spanish

Ros, obtained her degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Valencia, Spain. She has been teaching Spanish in Spain in different language schools. She came to Penang two years ago and worked in USM, Universiti Sains Malaysia as a teacher and coordinator of Spanish department. She has been an examiner of DELE (Spanish Diploma as a Foreign Language) granted by Cervantes Institute for the last two years.

Zeng Fengmei
Zeng FengmeiMandarin
BA Teaching Chinese as Second Language

Zeng Fengmei has been teaching Mandarin since 2006. She taught Mandarin in Hanoi, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and Beijing. She took her bachelor degree at Beijing Language University as teaching Chinese as Second Language. Before she join Uplands, she is teaching IB Mandarin and AP Mandarin at American International School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Yoshiko Fox
Yoshiko FoxJapanese
BA Spanish Lang & Lit, Teach Cert Jap.

Yoshiko is originally from Kumamoto, Japan. After completing her degree in Spanish Language and Literature with a Japanese teaching qualification from Seisen University in Tokyo, she headed overseas to teach in various international schools, first in Bangkok, then China and now here in Penang. She has taught in American and British Style international schools and has experience teaching GCSE, IGCSE, and IB Japanese (A and ab initio).

Physical Education Faculty

Eduardo Cary
Eduardo CaryHoF Physical Education / Pri PE Coordinator
Eduardo Cary moved to Penang with his wife Mara (who is teaching Year 3 at Uplands) and their two lovely boys. Eduardo has taken on the role of Head of Primary Physical Education and he looks forward to working with the Uplands community to develop the PE programme. Eduardo has been teaching for 13 years in different countries: Portugal, Scotland, Thailand, Sudan, Qatar and now Malaysia. He is very happy to be part of the Uplands community and thanks everyone for making him feel very welcome! Eduardo is looking forward to working in collaboration with students to make this an exciting year!
Robert Pearson
Robert PearsonHoD Secondary PE
I graduated from Edinburgh University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. After working in Scotland for a year in an inner city school, I moved down to East Sussex working in an international boarding school. From there I moved to Egypt where I worked in Cairo for 3 years. After Egypt, I decided to move further East and have been in Bangkok for the last 13 years working in three different schools before being employed at my current school St. Andrews. Competing in FOBISIA, I have known and competed against Uplands for a while and I am really looking forward to being part of the team that will now be competing against St. Andrews. I obviously come from a sporting background with my main sport being football when I was younger. As I got older, I started to play Rugby and that has been my chosen sport for the last 10 years. Lately I have become interested in cycling and the occasional triathlon.
Carmelina Gabo
Carmelina GaboPhysical Education
MA in PE, B in PE

Carmelina P. Gabo obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physical Education from Mindanao State University and Southwestern University respectively and spent 13 years teaching in universities in the Philippines. Before joining Uplands, Carmelina taught PE in international schools in Thailand and Macao.

Ben Lim
Ben LimSwimming Coach
BSc Chem (Hons)

Ben Lim is from Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with Honours in Chemistry from the University Science Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. He was captain of USM Swim Team for 2 consecutive years. During his university life, he went to Chiang Mai, Thailand for the Asean University games in 2010 and Adelaide, Australia for RESCUE 2012, a lifesaving world championship in 2012.

Andre Double
Andre DoublePhysical Education
Andre graduated from De Montfort University in England with a BSc in Sport and Leisure. This was immediately followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Develop from Cheltenham and Gloucester. Andre arrived after an eight year spell at a rapidly improving Academy in the South Coast of England. He also spent three years previously working with ‘at risk’ pupils and those excluded from mainstream education in London. Having been one of the first ever years to take GCSE PE, Andre now teaches it alongside Mr Pearson. He is passionate about rugby, badminton and football. Andre joined us in 2014 and is hugely excited about the prospect of working in Asia and being a part of the well renowned FOBISIA games in the future.
Ruby Marshall
Ruby MarshallPhysical Education / Non - Residential Boarding House Parent
Choong Kei Yern (Philip)
Choong Kei Yern (Philip)Swimming Coach

Student Services

David Johnston
David JohnstonCounsellor
David’s working life started in the late 70’s as an Outward Bound Instructor in Tasmania, South Africa and the UK. One of his most memorable trips in 1984 was spending 7 months sea kayaking along the coast of Alaska with whales, bears and lots of ice. In the late 80’s he began working with young offenders from the inner cities and became qualified as a Social Worker specializing in young people in 1993. Since then he has worked in UK based residential schools and youth focussed projects as either a counsellor or therapist. He and his wife Joanne co-founded Carevisions in 1998 which became one of the most successful Therapeutic children’s resources in Scotland. More recently he has worked as a Counsellor for the National Health Service (UK) in the CAMHS team (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and prior to coming to Uplands he was the School Counsellor at an International School in southern India. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as scuba diving, cycling and rock climbing and during quiet times reading, music and art.
Thomas Moore
Thomas MooreLearning Support / SEN
M.Ed. Special Education, B.S. Special Education

When Tom’s two sons left Tacoma, Washington USA for university, Tom and his wife, Kris, left as well. The first stop was Beirut, Lebanon, where Tom was a primary learning support teacher. After 4 years he moved on to Baku, Azerbaijan for 2 years before coming to Uplands. Previously Tom taught students with various learning challenges at all levels in Tacoma, Washington schools for 15 years, including 10 years as a Department Head at Foss High School.

Libby Matheson
Libby MathesonCAS Co-ordinator
Bill Mitchell
Bill Mitchell HoD 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.

Merissa Bush
Merissa BushLearning Support
Merissa is from the southeastern part of the U.S., having graduated with a B.S. in Collaborative Education from her home state of Alabama. She later earned her MA in K-12 Technology Integration. She has also taught most recently at an international school in Shanghai, China. She brings with her thirteen years of Learning Support experience. She is passionate about working with students with learning differences and is looking forward to bringing that passion to Uplands. An avid knitter, she likes to get students involved in charity knitting projects. Joining Merissa is her husband and two sons, aged 7 and 1.5 years old.
Lynne Pearson
Lynne PearsonESL / Boarding Houseparent
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.
Sharlotte Bernard
Sharlotte BernardPri & Sec Libraries Support
Dip. Library Management, Dip. Teaching Aide

Sharlotte was appointed as the Head Librarian in 2012. She holds a Diploma in Library Management from LTSA, Australia, and the Diploma in Teaching Aide, Australia. She has been a member of the School since 1999. She has been an active member implementing PYP programme in the school and has contributed extensively into the development of both the libraries. She is a member of the International Schools’ Librarian Network. Sharlotte worked in an international school in Kuala Lumpur for 4 years before joining Uplands.

RosieAssistant Librarian
Razlina Binti Abdul Rahim
Razlina Binti Abdul RahimAssistant Librarian


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Updated on 23 May 2017