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 Senior Management Team

Alison Nicholson
Alison NicholsonHead of Primary School
Dip. Ed. B.Ed.

After completing her studies at Otago University and Dunedin Teachers College, Alison Nicholson taught in New Zealand schools for fifteen years before moving to Indonesia. During her time in Bali she became involved in the IB Primary Years Programme and, now as Head of Primary, she has continued to develop and implement the programme over the six years she has been at Uplands.

Jacqueline North
Jacqueline NorthAssistant Primary Head Teacher / Primary 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.

Zita Joyce
Zita JoycePYP Coordinator
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.


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Updated on 23 May 2017