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.

Primary Teachers & Class Assistants

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Primary Teachers

Teh Mei Ling
Teh Mei LingReception
BEd, Dip Ed

A Malaysian citizen, Mei Ling Teh obtained her Bachelors’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Southern Queensland. She has worked as a kindergarten teacher in the local early years’ setting before joining Uplands in 2012.

Julliena Teh
Julliena TehPrimary Year 1
Dip in Early Years Ed

A Malaysian citizen, Julliena Teh obtained her Diploma in Early Years Education from the London Montessori Centre, a Certificate in Pre-School Education from PTM, and has attended courses in the teaching of EFL at the British Council. In 2003, she attended the IB PYP teacher training workshop held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Ms Teh has been a teacher to very young children for the last 30 over years. She has also taught ESL.

Mara Cary
Mara CaryPrimary Year 3
Mara Cary arrived in Penang in July 2016 with her family: her husband Eduardo and their two young sons, Luca and Noah. She has loved it so far and has felt extremely welcome by everyone! Mara is Portuguese but has lived and taught in many different countries: Scotland (UK), Thailand, Sudan, Qatar and now Malaysia! She is currently teaching Year 3 at Uplands – the children have been great! They are kind and caring and excellent communicators and inquirers!
Tetyana Rawlings
Tetyana RawlingsPrimary Year 2
Bachelor of Education in Primary Education, Diploma of Further Training in English Language and Literature

Tetyana Rawlings is originally from Kiev in Ukraine but has been able to pursue an International Teaching career over the past 7 years with positions in Sudan, Jordan and Malaysia. During her time on the International Teaching scene she has been able to gain invaluable experience and training in both the International Baccalaureate system and the British system. Prior to this, Tetyana had taught for a total of 8 years in a Ukrainian National Primary School as a ‘Senior Teacher’ and for 6 years at the British International School of Kiev.

Sylvia Rajamoney
Sylvia RajamoneyPrimary Year 2
Dip Teaching

Sylvia Rajamoney, a Malaysian graduate with a Diploma in Teaching, served in Malaysian primary schools for six years, running the English and Music departments in the primary years and specializing in English Literacy and Music. After her bond with the government was over, she took a break from teaching and moved overseas. Upon her return, she joined Uplands as a Class Teacher in 2003.

Cassy Trauger
Cassy TraugerPrimary Year 3
BA Early Childhood/Elementary Education, MLIS Library and Information Science

Cassy Trauger is originally from the United States of America. She taught in Germany for four years, at The International School of Hannover Region, as a PYP teacher in fifth grade Language Arts, Art and Drama. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (BS) from East Stroudsburg University in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and later earned her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching at The International School of Penang Uplands since 2014.

Zita Joyce
Zita JoycePYP Co-ordinator
MA Ed, BA Hons

Zita is originally from Slovakia. After finishing her Master’s degree in Education she spent ten years in the UK teaching in a couple of British schools, and seven years in an IB World School in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she led the Primary team as a PYP coordinator. She has been at Uplands since 2016.

Natalia Rose
Natalia RosePrimary Yr 4 / 5 / 6

Natalia Rose is originally from Melbourne, Australia and has previously taught in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. She has worked in many different capacities: classroom teacher across all year levels, visual arts teacher, PE teacher, ESL and special needs. She feels passionately about the Arts and issues pertaining to sustainability. She is here at Uplands with her husband and three children. She is looking forward to a new and exciting life with various travel opportunities.

Roopinder Kaur
Roopinder KaurPrimary Year 5
B Teaching

A Malaysian citizen, Roopinder Kaur obtained her Bachelor of Teaching from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. After qualifying as a teacher, she came directly to Uplands and has had seven years’ experience teaching the IB Primary Years Programme, first in Year 2 and later in Year 5.

Tansy Dang
Tansy DangPrimary Year 5 / Primary Mandarin

Tansy Dang, a Malaysian, holds a Diploma in Teaching ESL and a BSc in Chemistry from University Science Malaysia. Ms Dang taught English, Science and Mathematics in both primary and secondary schools in Penang for more than 10 years, before moving to the United States, and later to China where she taught in international schools. Ms Dang joined Uplands in 2007.

Helen Teese
Helen TeesePrimary Year 6
BEd, Dip Ed, Cert Teaching

Helen Teese, originally from Queensland, Australia, obtained her Teaching degree from a University in Brisbane. After qualifying as a teacher, she taught in schools in Queensland. Ms Teese came to Uplands from an international school in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Daniel Naidoo
Daniel NaidooPrimary Year 6 / Primary Drama / Whole School House Coordinator
Daniel Naidoo, originally from South Africa, rejoins us at Uplands after six months in the UK. Dan started his teaching career with three years teaching at a private all-boys school in Durban. He subsequently moved to London and spent almost a decade teaching Year 6 and Drama at an Independent Co-ed school. Having travelled extensively through Europe he decided to add Asia to his passport pages – the PYP curriculum at Uplands provided a perfect opportunity. Mr Naidoo spent two years teaching at the school, and then moved back to London. After much soul-searching he decided to return to Uplands- a place he calls home. He is currently teaching Year 6 and Drama from Years 4-6.
Jacqueline North
Jacqueline NorthPrimary Year 4
BSC, PGCE Primary specializing in maths

Jacqueline is originally from the UK, obtaining her degree in Psychology from Portsmouth University in the South of England. She then did her Primary PGCE in London and taught for a year in a Primary school there before moving abroad in 2000. Jackie has taught in International Primary schools in Dubai, Malawi and Penang, where she first taught in St Christopher’s International Primary school, and has lived in Penang for seven years with her husband and two sons. She will be teaching mainly English language and maths part time in Primary, from year 3 to 6.

Keith Brewer
Keith BrewerPrimary Music

Keith is from the UK and is an instrumental brass and wind specialist. Since 1983 Keith has been involved in international education. He has held a variety of teaching appointments in the Arab Gulf States and South East Asia including Harrow International School and Shrewsbury International School. His most recent teaching appointment was in Egypt where he was Head of Academic Music at an international school. He holds a Masters Degree in Music Education and is always keen to promote youth music.

Joyce Lim Hong Hong
Joyce Lim Hong HongPrimary ICT / Food Technology
BEd EA (Hons),PTM
Joyce is a Malaysian graduate with a Bachelor in Education; a certificate in Pre-School Education (PTM); attended mainstream ESL and PYP teacher training courses. After qualifying as a teacher, she has worked in the local setting for 10 years before joining Uplands in the year 2000. She has worked in many different capacities: Food Technology and ICT teacher across all year groups in Primary. Joyce has passion in cooking and enjoys the challenges of integrating Food Technology into the PYP.
Rokiah Sulaiman
Rokiah SulaimanPrimary ESL

Rokiah Sulaiman received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Nevada-Reno, USA, and Diploma in TESOL, Singapore. She has been working in Uplands School since 1989 as an ESL teacher, gaining considerable experience teaching students in both Primary and Secondary sections of the School. Rokiah has undergone IB training and especially enjoys the challenges of teaching English as a Second Languge as an integral part of the PYP programme. A Malaysian, she is married and has three children.

Maria Ves Hill
Maria Ves HillPrimary Class Teacher
Ves is an Australian Filipino, who holds a degree in BA, MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. Prior to coming to Uplands, she taught in international schools in Guangzhou, China, Timor Leste and Indonesia. She is familiar with the Australian, British and IB curriculum.

Class Assistants

Lucaestaa Angela
Lucaestaa AngelaClass Assistant (full day)
Renu Cadman
Renu CadmanClass Assistant (half day)
Raja Farah Atiqah
Raja Farah Atiqah Class Assistant (full day)
Ruth Aroonratana
Ruth AroonratanaClass Assistant (half day)
SasikalaClass Assistant (full day)
Shamima Munira Sulaiman
Shamima Munira Sulaiman Class Assistant (full day)
SharmilaClass Assistant (full day)
YogeneswariClass Assistant (full day)
May Tan
May TanClass Assistant (full day)
NagajotheeClass Assistant (full day)


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Updated on 23 May 2017