Ben Marsh of Broomfield Colorado is an accomplished international school administrator and leader. He has teaching and administrative experience in both primary and secondary school divisions and has served as Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Principal, and School Director in multicultural settings in the United States, Africa and Southern Asia.
Most recently, Ben lived and worked in Dhaka Bangladesh for the past seven years serving as a High School Principal. Prior to that he served as Middle School Principal. He has lead school-wide accreditation and reaccreditation processes and served as a visiting team member for schools seeking accreditation.
Before Bangladesh, Ben served as a school Director in Southern Africa where he successfully brought the school through its first accreditation process and over saw the schools rapid growth and expansion.
He received a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland.
Lara Manasfi brings twenty four years of experience in international education including eleven years in senior leadership roles. In addition to her prior role as an elementary school principal in Bangladesh, Lara has served as an Elementary School Associate Principal in two different international schools and as a School Project Design and Manager for a new campus at an international school in Korea. Lara brings extensive experience and expertise that developed through the course of her many years in elementary schools both as a teacher and principal. She has experience at IB international schools in Lebanon, Korea and Bangladesh and now, Malaysia. Lara holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Teaching Diploma in Primary Education, a Masters' degree in Primary Education, and a Post Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership (Principal Certification). Lara is passionate about working with faculty and parents to build strong learning programs and focus on celebratory moments to build community.
A passionate and experienced teacher of Physical Education, who has taught in the UK for 9 years before moving to the UAE where he has been teaching for the past 6 years. During his teaching career, Craig has held positions as Head of Department, Head of Year and Senior Leader. During his time at his previous school which was accredited with British Schools Middle East, British School Overseas and Council of International Schools. He was a member of several working parties across the Academy and played a key role as the leader of the Physical Education committee. Craig is really looking forward to the next step in his career working here at Excelsior International School as Deputy Principal.
Craig truly believes Education should be geared towards a holistic approach; where every child should have the opportunity to excel in the school environment, focusing on students’ attitudes, behaviour, personal development and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. School should be a place where students feel valued, feel part of a family, and enjoy attending school every day. Students who are in a happy, supportive, caring environment will prosper and succeed during their school life.
Outside of school Craig is a keen sportsman and has a real passion for football and rugby. In England he was a semi-professional rugby player, playing for his home town club Middlesbrough along with a number of other clubs during his career. After moving to the UAE, he played for the Dubai Hurricanes and represented the UAE National team.
Aline has been working as a Librarian and Educator for 16 years at International and local private Schools in different countries such as: Brazil, Peru and Spain. During these years she mostly worked as a Head of Libraries for Primary School, Consultant for new libraries design and development, and as a Coordinator for Leisure Activities for children & teenagers. As a School Librarian she worked with students of all ages and worked for 7 years in an British School which provided her with a good knowledge of the IPC (International Primary Curriculum).
Ms Anika is a citizen of the Philippines who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History and a Bachelor of Secondary Education specialising in History and Geography. She has been teaching for 15 years International schools in Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.
Ms Anika enjoys travelling to experience different cultures and has a passion for the Arts, particularly acting, singing and water-colour painting.
Anupama Yarnal, from India has been teaching for over 15 years. She is a post graduate in Biochemistry from Dharwad University, Karnataka, India. She has completed her B.Ed and Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership and Management. She has taught Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and general sciences to students of various boards including IB Diploma, IGCSE, CBSE and undergraduate students of Pharmacy. Anupama has worked in six states across India teaching almost all grades. She has been in a leadership role as a Principal of a CBSE school as well. Her passion lies in teaching Biology to IB students. She is an IB examiner for Paper 3 and Internal assessments for the past six years. Anupama is an open minded educationalist with a belief in safe guarding the value of differential and independent learning by educating students across diverse backgrounds. She likes to create fun and challenging learning environments for students.
As an army wife Anu has contributed to the welfare of the armed forces community in India in various ways and worked for the improvement of the social conditions of the soldier’s families. In her spare time she likes to paint, exercise and go for walks. She is looking forward to being in Malaysia and enjoy the culture and local cuisine.
At EIS Chris is the Head of Faculty Humanities, TOK Coordinator and he teaches History and Environmental Systems and Societies.
Chris has 7 years' experience in teaching Theory of Knowledge, Humanities and English IBDP and MYP subjects. He attained a teaching degree in History in the Netherlands. Also, he has completed various Diploma Programme training and as a result is fully knowledgeable about the latest developments on this curriculum.
Chris believes that learning is a holistic experience. He teaches his students how to organize themselves efficiently and reflect on thinking and writing. He aims to develop his students’ 21st century skills to achieve their full potential and to achieve the highest possible results.
Outside of school Chris is the dad of his one-year-old daughter and husband to his wife who hails from Thailand. He enjoys Malaysia’s food, culture and spends a lot of time on his bicycle.
Chris is from Edinburgh, Scotland and has been teaching for 10 years. He holds an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Stirling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from the University of Edinburgh. He lived in Japan for 3 years teaching English in State Elementary and Junior High Schools. He has taught Upper, Early Years and most recently the Middle stages of Primary. He has extensive experience as an ICT coordinator and enjoys using ICT to enhance learning in a variety of contexts.
Chris believes in creating a supportive, respectful classroom environment where learners are nurtured and challenged to develop their potential. He aims to build resilience and develop a growth mindset in pupils; allowing them to become more independent and creative thinkers.
He comes to Malaysia with his wife who is also a teacher, and two young children. He enjoys music, including playing the piano and guitar. He is very much looking forward to exploring and experiencing a new culture with his family.
David is originally from the UK and gained a B.Sc. in Sports Science and a PGCE in Physical Education from the UK as well as a Masters in Education from the US. Having 20 years teaching experience, he taught in the UK for four years and has since worked for 15 years teaching in international schools in Malaysia, Qatar, Italy, China and Saudi Arabia. David has held many leadership positions and brings a wealth of experience in teaching Primary and Secondary school children and developing programmes and initiatives to promote engaging and active learning for all students in the school community.
David competed in Hockey at State level and played Football and Swimming to club standard. He holds national coaching awards in a variety of sports and has coached school teams for local, national and international tournaments, including winning several prestigious National and International Soccer tournaments.
Outside of the school, David enjoys playing Badminton and Tennis as well as Swimming. He also loves going to the movies and travelling to new and exciting places.
Elaine Blando is part of the Early Years team and teaches Kindergarten 2. She is an early childhood educator from the Philippines and has dedicated her teaching of young children for over ten years in Manila. She completed her Masters in Education major in Early Childhood from De La Salle University and holds a professional teaching license. Elaine is also certified by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. Prior to joining EIS, Elaine was co-teaching in the Early Years and Foundation Stage Group and Key Stage One in a British International School in Manila. She has also worked as an English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Special Needs Co-ordinator.
Elaine believes that a child's educational journey is their own and that they are competent learners. Teachers support their learning through close collaboration between families and the school community. She likes working with children and engaging them in fun, challenging and empowering activities.
While Elaine enjoys being a homebody, she also likes sports activities, going to the beach and is an ardent dog lover. She is looking forward to joining EIS and exploring Malaysia.
Mr. Oliver has been teaching mathematics for 13 years, where he has taught in the United States and Venezuela. He got his Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics with the emphasis in teaching in 2005 from the University of Montana. He has taught from grade 5 math to Calculus and does enjoy the challenge of learning the Cambridge curriculum to add to his repertoire of teaching. He believes in building the relationship with the students to help them reach their potential in life. He has taught volleyball for four years in the United States and will continue doing so with a volleyball ECA. Mr. Oliver wishes to explore Malaysia for its adventures and learn its culture.
Heatherlyn Lyttle holds a Master's degree in School Counselling and has been a school counsellor in the United States and Qatar. She brings a wealth of experience gained over the years. In her role as the founding counsellor in Qatar, she implemented initiatives to meet the needs of the students. Furthermore, she was active in establishing school-community partnerships that supported student development and educational outcomes. She is eager to demonstrate the same vigour at EIS.
She uses the American School Counsellor Association's model to drive the counselling program; a framework that has been proven to help students develop academic, personal/social/emotional, and career skills.
She received a M.Ed in School Counselling from Long Island University in New York. In 2013 she received her license as a professional mental health counsellor in the state of Georgia.
Joan has 15 years experience in teaching IB Diploma Programme and IGCSE Mathematics . During her teaching in Malaysia and Philippines at IB World Schools, she has also been an IB MYP and DP Coordinator. Joan will be an additional teacher in the Faculty of Maths, where she will be teaching DP Mathematical Studies SL and IGCSE Maths. She has attained an IBDP Category 2 training in DP Maths Studies SL. Joan is currently the homeroom tutor of Grade 11A.
Joe Demetro is originally from the rural Finger Lakes region of New York, in the United States. He has been teaching Visual Art in International schools throughout India and the Middle East for the last sixteen years. Joe was trained as both an artist and arts educator in the United States at Purchase College, American University, and Nazareth College of Rochester. In 1998, he had the opportunity to study for a semester in Perugia, Italy, where he became interested in travel and living abroad.
Upon receiving qualification as a teacher, Joe gravitated toward International education as a way of exploring the world, and to assume the role of practitioner - instructor that was commonly encouraged in the arts education programs of overseas schools. As an artist, Joe has mostly worked as a ceramist and a figurative painter. He has recently been developing paper pulp processes that he has been able to introduce to students in classroom settings. His most recent interest has been tying his art teaching processes to support both the CAS and TOK components of the IB Diploma Program.
Joe has come to Malaysia with his wife, a French language specialist, from Delhi, India. Their son is currently attending University in New York State.
Joel is a citizen of the Philippines who has a Master of Science degree in Physics and twenty-two years of teaching in the Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. Mr Joel was a recipient of the Japanese government scholarship where he did research in physics and science education at Osaka University and Wakayama University, Japan. He has taught secondary and high school science, physics and mathematics locally and internationally. He is a trained and experienced DP Physics teacher. At EIS, he is currently the head of the science department. He has a passion for music and loves to play the guitar.
Judy Lai has nineteen years of experience as an educator having taught English and providing leadership and guidance for EAL in international schools in Mongolia, China, India, Qatar, Ethiopia, Brunei and Malaysia. She has been an EAL Coordinator and a member of Senior Management. Judy believes in a learner-centered environment that fosters independence, developing trust and mutual respect, therefore allowing learners to express themselves fully. Judy currently teaches Humanities and provides English Language Support to students in the Secondary School.
Lavanya Boon has 18 years teaching experience of GCSE/ A Level and IB Theatre studies.
She originally trained as an actress at the Guildhall in London training in acting technique and dance. She has spent many years in the industry working with professional theatre companies and also running her own Theatre company. She then went on to gain her PGCSE In Drama at The University of Cardiff in Wales. She as extensive knowledge of theatre arts and stage craft and has directed numerous school productions over the years.
Lavanya also has an interest in psychology and gained a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy and Pathology from Manchester University.
Lorna (Teacher of Grade 4) was born in raised in New Zealand and is entering her 10th year of teaching this academic year. After gaining her Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelor of Teaching in Primary and Secondary Education from Victoria University in Wellington, she spent most of her teaching career teaching Upper Primary and Middle School. As well as being a classroom teacher, Lorna has acted as the teacher in charge of music in her previous school. She loves seeing students develop their creativity and has enjoyed facilitating school choirs, orchestras and bands; skills she has already been utilising her at EIS in her time at our school.
Lorna along with her Husband and young son are loving being in Malaysia and have been living in the country now for almost 4 years.
Louren completed her Masters Degree majoring in Special Education at New Era University and her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology, at Philippines Normal University. She was able to obtain her Montessori Certification for primary level at Collin Community College, Plano Texas and her lower elementary Montessori Certification at North American Montessori Center. During her 17 years in the field of education, she spent 12 years working with children ages 3 to 6 years old using the Montessori Methodology.
Being able to guide a child to becoming a functional citizen in any part of this world is definitely a very rewarding profession. She also find herself "as a child within" in the world of education because she continues to learn, grow and search out new ways to meet the needs of the children.
Born in South Africa, but living in the UK since 2001, Mano Govender has taught in South Africa, the UK, and British International Schools in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and is looking forward to her time at Excelsior. After obtaining her Higher Education Teaching Diploma in S.A, she went on to earn her BA Degree in Education, English and Psychology, as well as her BA Honours in Psychology, and finally QTS in the UK.
Mano is an experienced teacher, who loves her job and is passionate about teaching. It is truly satisfying for her knowing that she has made an impact on the lives of children in a caring, supportive environment, while having high expectations of both the children and herself.
Mano enjoys travel, and teaching in different countries around the world gives her the opportunity to immerse herself in the culture of people living there. She looks forward to another inspiring, truly multicultural experience at Excelsior, as well as to exploring Malaysia and surrounding countries.
Maricar is a dynamic and passionate teacher with 16 years teaching experience in the Primary years, specialising in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the Early Years. She has taught in the Philippines, Japan and China before joining EIS. She loves having fun and teaching young kids to love learning. This is reflected in the activities she does with her class.
Maricar is artistic and creative. She loves cooking, baking and doing some arts and crafts activities both in school and at home. She also likes to travel and learn about different cultures. In her spare time, she keeps herself active by doing boxing and playing badminton and volleyball.
Michael is a highly motivated and dynamic teacher with five years of teaching experience. Originally from Merseyside, England, he gained a bachelor’s degree in History at Liverpool John Moore’s University, before completing his Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Liverpool Hope University. Having successfully achieved qualified teacher status (QTS) in the United Kingdom, he sought to embark on a new challenge to develop his pedagogical skills and experience by teaching internationally to ensure the continuation of his professional development.
Throughout his practice he has demonstrated his flexibility and has adopted a positive attitude to change, successfully settling into his first international placement at Ras Al Khaimah Academy in the United Arab Emirates. During the four years he has spent there, he has taught across a range of age groups in Key Stage 2 in the British Curriculum, which has provided him with an excellent understanding of progression.
A firm believer in holistic education, Michael is fully committed to providing pupils with the optimum learning experiences through a stimulating and challenging environment. He endeavours to provide a creative and inclusive curriculum, whereby each pupil can experience success tailored to their personal goals. Holding a keen interest in a range of sports, he is particularly passionate about playing rugby. Michael enjoys travelling around the world to experience different cultures and is excited at the prospect of continuing his development at Excelsior International School in Malaysia.
Noorul Akmal has worked in several international schools in Malaysia and has 11 years of teaching experience.
She also has qualifications certificate from MOE. She is always happy to share her love of the language and assist students seeking greater understanding of the syllabus. Ms Noorul is currently teaching secondary school's Bahasa Malaysia and Islamic Studies at EIS.
Nurul is a Malaysian citizen with five years experience in teaching Bahasa Malaysia and Islamic Studies to international students. She holds a BA in Statistic from UTM Shah Alam and currently pursuing MA in Education with The Open University.
When she is not teaching, she enjoys trying new foods from different countries,cooking and travelling.
Olga Grichshenko has 33 years of teaching experience, including experience teaching IB MYP Music, Cambridge Lower Secondary and IGCSE Music. A native of Kazakstan, Olga has an MA in Piano Teaching and Orchestra.
She is happy exploring the musical culture of Malaysia in order to extend her knowledge and appreciation of world music. Olga is happy to be at EIS where she continues to develop the Music department and support the musical concerts and productions at the school through her expertise. Olga teaches music to students from KG2 to IGCSE grade 10. Previously Olga has lead singing and drum clubs, and taken an active role in the School Musical. Olga is a passionate and devoted teacher who strives to provide high quality music learning which means differentiating music for students in order to develop their musical skills and talents.
Omar has been teaching in the United Kingdom for the past eight years, working in both mainstream and specialist schools for cognition and learning. He has taught Early Years through to Sixth Form and has been a subject leader for RE and PSHCE. He received his Primary Teaching (QTS) Honours Degree, specialising in ICT, from the University of Hull and his MA in Global and International Citizenship Education from the University of York.
Omar enjoys competitive sports; having represented various teams in Tae Kwon Do, football and hockey. He partook in rugby tours of Northern England, Holland and Ireland. He now coaches but likes playing racquet sports for recreation and swims for fitness. A recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, Omar has enjoyed supporting young people achieve theirs and eagerly looks forward to outward bound in Johor.
Omar describes himself as a global citizen. He is married with two teenage sons, one of whom will be joining secondary at EIS. Omar and his family are excited about being part of the Excelsior community. His wish as an educator at EIS would be to continue to learn from and share best practice with all colleagues, and to support all his students to become effective participants in their communities and confident young citizens of the world.
An experienced Mandarin and IB Chinese teacher graduated in University of Sheffield with MBA., and furthered her life long education by a P.G.D.E and Master in Education both specialised in Chinese Mandarin.
As an Mandarin educator with over 25 years teaching experience in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture, she was also the head of Mandarin department for four years in a well developed international school and she devoted the time on the training of new mandarin staff and developed the curriculum and pedagogical of teaching for the Chinese programme.
Being fully well equipped in full and simplified Chinese characters and effective in Mandarin, English and Chinese, she is able to communicate with people from all walks of life with different nationalities and cultures.
In addition to the all round teaching experience to international students from GCSE to higher IB level, she has also been contributing to a lot of voluntary work for youngsters and parents as a whole by organising various activities for parent child developments.
Also, she devoted herself in writings, authored a few publications of her own including a few Mandarin textbooks, and articles through various blogs.
She also actively involves herself in singing and choirs as hobbies.
Pei is a Malaysian citizen who graduated from the National Taipei University, Taiwan with a BA. She has taught Chinese language and Mandarin Foreign Language in two International schools in Malaysia for five years to all grades from Nursery to Grade 11. Pei has also worked as an English teacher in a tuition centre in Taipei.
In her spare time, Pei enjoys traveling, reading and jogging.
Over the last 23 years Peter Woodhouse has taught Physics, Chemistry and Combined Sciences, following major High School courses including IB Diploma, AP, A level and IGCSE. He has worked in the UK and a number of international schools including locations in Vienna, Moscow, Bahrain, Bangkok, The Hague, Xi’an and Nanjing in China, and most recently near Busan in South Korea.
Peter enjoys swimming, cycling and reading when not working. He has also played clarinet and saxophone in various ensembles, both in and out of schools. Coaching soccer has also kept him busy over the years. Peter cannot claim much proficiency as a player but the coaching has resulted in some trophies form time to time!
Working in education has always been a pleasure for Peter. To be in the constant company of so many young people has given him an optimistic outlook on life; and likes to think it keeps him young at heart.
Rinky has more than 35 years of teaching experience and almost 20 years' teaching experience in IB World Schools in Singapore, Indonesia and the UAE. She is very experienced in DP Language A Literature, DP Language A Language and Literature, IGCSE First Language English, IGCSE Literature in English, and IB MYP English A. Mrs. Lal has attained IB Category 2 training in DP English A and an IB Category 3 training in DP Theory of Knowledge (TOK). She holds a Masters in English Literature.
Rob is from Dublin, Ireland and has 10 years teaching experience. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Physical Education in the Community, from St Mary’s University in London and a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education from the University of Greenwich in London. For the last 4 years, he has taught in an international school in the United Arab Emirates. Previous to that, he taught for 6 years in London.
Rob brings a wealth of experience with him of teaching PE to both primary and secondary pupils and will join the secondary school as head of department; a role he is excited to be undertaking. He believes that PE develops skills and attributes in pupils to make them confident, well-rounded, lifelong learners. He has developed after school programs in football, basketball, athletics and cross-country within the school community; coaching the school teams to the finals and winning many inter-school tournaments something he is very proud of.
Outside of school, Rob likes playing Gaelic football and football, with Everton being his favourite football team. He loves travelling and is looking forward to adding Malaysia to his list of countries to explore.
Shikha Mehta was born and brought up in India and is married to an American from Upstate New York. She has a keen interest in languages and has been teaching secondary French for more than 25 years. She has a pre doctorate (M.Phil) in French literature and has been teaching in many countries around the world. She is a trained IBDP French teacher and has taught IGCSE and GCE curricula as well.
Trained from the Alliance Francaise in teaching language through communicative approach, Shikha is going to teach IES and ELS at Excelsior. She firmly believes that language acquisition should be an enjoyable and enriching experience for the students.
Shikha is in Malaysia with her husband, Joe Demetro, who is an Art and TOK teacher at Excelsior. Her son is studying Biology in a New York university. She loves to listen to music, read and watch movies during her free time. She has travelled a lot and has taught in the Middle East, Qatar, India and Malaysia.
Simon has over 20 years teaching experience in EAL and Art and Design and holds a degree in 3D Design from the University of East Anglia. He is currently Head of Faculty of the Arts and teaches Art and Design to grades KG2 up to grade 8. He has very much enjoyed the opportunity of creating and developing the Visual Art curriculum for Primary and Middle Years. He feels that we have a stimulating, hands on programme to offer our students at EIS.
He enjoys collaborating with the colleagues in his faculty and is very much involved in the School’s musical theatre production each year helping out with the design and construction of the set.
Prior to joining Excelsior he was teaching EAL at an international school in Bangalore, India, to grades 6 through 9 and coaching the IGCSE and IB grades through competitive exams such as SAT, ACT, IELTS and TOEFL, for entrance to college and university.
His other interests include: cinema, photography and but most importantly spending time with his family. Simon is originally from England and is here in Malaysia with his wife and their young son.
Soh Haan Chang (Mr. Eugene) has thirteen years experience of teaching Mandarin to First Language IGCSE level in both National and International schools in Malaysia and has held the position of Head of Department. He is particularly keen to use everyday, real life examples in his teaching of the Language and likes to encourage students' participation through interactive activities and role play.
Eugene enjoys reading, singing, listening to music and playing Badminton and Table Tennis.
Sonia comes from a multicultural family with origins in Scotland, Germany and France. Sonia lived in Vietnam for over 10 years where she taught English, French and Early Years in International Schools. She has been teaching KG2 and G1 in Excelsior International School for 3 years. Sonia holds a Bachelor's of English from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, a CELTA from Cambridge, UK, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE International) from the University of Nottingham, UK. She is currently completing her Master's of Education degree with the University of Nottingham, UK.
Sonia loves sharing her interest for cosmopolitanism with her students and she hopes to transmit some of her passion for lifelong learning and international-mindedness. She is accompanied by her son Tam who also attends EIS, and their dog Tyler. Sonia and Tam love to travel around the world to discover new cultures, languages and food!
Steve Hart is from Burnley, England and is a former Chief Engineer from the Paper Industry but he always stated that one day he would like to "pay it forward" by teaching the next generation, therefore after gaining a PGCE from the University of Nottingham he began teaching six years ago at an IB PYP school in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
Although only formerly teaching in schools for three years, he has been a lecturer at the University of Bolton also teaching other engineers during his Engineering career while helping teach in his wife's schools over the years.
Steve believes in encouraging children to become independent inquirers so they have the skills to be self-reliant for their lifelong learning. He does this by having an interesting class room environment which is thought provoking, open minded and respectful thus motivating children to gain greater knowledge.
Steve and his wife enjoy travelling to learn more about different cultures of the world and he is looking forward to joining Excelsior in Malaysia to begin the latest chapter in his life.
Subash is an Indian citizen with a total of 8+ years teaching experience in India and International schools in Malaysia and Qatar. He holds a Masters in Mathematics as well as Masters in Education. He has experience teaching Maths and Additional Maths for IGCSE as well as teaching IBDP Maths HL and SL. He has attained certificates from IBDP for teaching Maths HL and SL.
Prior to entering the teaching profession, Subash spent 6 years in the IT industry as a software engineer, involved in graphic design and developing e-learning applications for schools.
Subash loves Badminton and is keen to coach Badminton and is an enthusiastic player of both Badminton and Cricket.
Subrina has over 10 years of teaching experience specialising in Early Childhood Education. She is from Oxford, England and has worked in a number of British and American international schools located in Japan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Mexico and China.
She has a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science as well as a Montessori teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education.
Outside of school she enjoys, sports, cooking, travel and learning about different cultures.
Tracy Anthony Pool, originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, holds Masters Degrees in Education and History from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 14 years of teaching experience, ranging from Special Education to IB PYP. For the past eight-years, Tracy has taught internationally in the UAE and in Kazakhstan, six years being in an IB setting. He holds Teaching Certificates in Elementary Education, Special Education and Social Studies.
Tracy is an avid traveler and sports junky, following LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. Along with these interests, he loves coffee shops, swimming and enjoys new culinary dishes from around the world – the more exotic the better.
Tracy is currently the Homeroom Teacher for 5B and enjoying new students and Malaysia.
Val Hart, from Preston, England has been teaching for over 20 years and graduated from Warwick University with an Honours degree in English, Religious Studies and Educational Studies with Qualified Teacher Status. She has worked in both the North of England, London and internationally, in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. In the course of her career, she has, for the most part, taught Year 6 which is where her passion lies but has also been a deputy head, an acting head and phase leader.
Val believes in developing children as life-long learners by providing them with opportunities to learn through inquiry, the encouragement of independence and the taking of action. Her classroom is stimulating, positive and well-resourced enabling the children to be motivated and encouraged to work hard and learn the moment they enter the room; it promotes student engagement. Positive attitudes are always encouraged and my classroom is a place of respect and tolerance.
In her spare time, Val loves travelling and especially road trips with her husband. Cats are her favourite animal and she enjoys cooking...and eating! She enjoys being part of the Excelsior team and living in Malaysia. Being Curriculum Coordinator has been both challenging and rewarding and she is proud of the way Excelsior is continuing to move forward and loves being a part of the Excelsior community.
I would only like to change the number of years that I have worked in an international school. As update below. Is this what you meant?
Vanila is an enthusiastic and committed teacher with the ability to appreciate and inspire children. She is a dedicated teacher with 13 years of Primary school experience. She has a BA degree with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sunderland, UK.
Her personal goal is to challenge students and watch them grow academically and socially, to meet their full potential. She ably supports students of different abilities and helps them progress as a class, and for the betterment of each individual.
In her extensive international-school teaching experience, she has gained the knowledge of using a variety of curricula in a way that is suitable and relevant to international students. She is also knowledgeable and skilled at supporting EAL learners as well as learners with special needs.
Vanila's greatest strength is her enthusiasm and love for children and teaching. She believes this is reflected in her teaching and motivates the students she works with. In her spare time, Vanila enjoys reading and travelling.
Vincent has 12 years experience teaching PE. He gained his Bachelor and Master degree and teaching qualification in Physical Education from Paul Sabatier Toulouse University in France, with focus on education and motor skills. He has taught in France, Egypt and Djibouti following the french curriculum and worked in China with the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). He joined Excelsior as Early Years and Primary PE teacher and will use his background to create new sporting opportunities for our students. His favourite activities are football, triathlon, water sports and capoeira, which he has been teaching for 9 years. His wife Maricar is working with the Early Years department.
Vineeta is the CAIE Coordinator cum the Exam Officer for the Secondary School. SHe is currently pursuing her PhD. in Education. She is from India and holds a Master's degree in Broadcast Communication. She also is an Assistant examiner for First Language Cambridge and a Cambridge Examiner for Second Language English, Oral Component. She taught in Malaysia, India and Qatar for the last nine years before joining EIS. She was the Head of the Department for English and Humanities in her previous school. She has also attained her Diploma in teaching from Cambridge and loves teaching.
Vineeta loves kids and loves to interact with them. She believes the only way to get to know her students well is to understand their needs well. She loves dancing, making new friends and reading books in her spare time.
Zeng Fengmei is originally from China. After completing her degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, she headed overseas to teach in various international schools. She has taught in international schools in Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia before joining us at EIS. Zeng Fengmei has taught in American and British international schools and has experience teaching AP, IGCSE, and IB Mandarin (B and Ab Initio) curriculums. She is also an examiner for the International Baccalaureate. Apart from teaching, she also enjoys travelling and loves to discover learn about different cultures.
Siti Hawa Sazali graduated from the University of Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia with a Degree in Industrial Chemistry and has been working at Excelsior International School since 2014 as our Science Laboratory Technician.
In this role she assist teachers with their science classes and supports individual students on research projects. She chose to work in the laboratory because she is passionate about doing analysis and experimentation.
Prior to this, Siti worked as an assistant in microbiology and as a chemist before joining EIS. She believes that her experiences have provided her with the skills and knowledge to assist EIS students in their learning.
Siti is delighted to be a part of the academic team at EIS as this affords her the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment exploring new cultures.
Ilyn graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She recently obtained her certificate in Special Education Course.
In 2005, she left for Dubai where she spent 3 years as Administrative Supervisor of Emirates British Nursery. She is currently working here at Excelsior as Teaching Assistant since 2013.
She is passionate in working and learning with younger children (Early Years) and believes that every experience and exposure with them is a learning opportunity. She also believes that “Learning is a lifetime journey and always has a better way of doing it". In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing with her children.
Priya obtained her Bachelor of Education with Honours in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Selangor in 2010. She worked in a private international school, teaching English at Secondary School level for 3 years before joining EIS. Currently she is the Teacher Assistant for Nursery B. She strives to obtain new knowledge and experience in teaching her young charges.
She enjoys being with the children and seeing them learn everyday. Besides caring for them, she is a keen believer that children need to be taught responsibility, empathy and cleanliness. This enables them to become creative balanced individuals in the future. Priya is looking forward to completing her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education by next year.
Nurse Sharol Farahnaz binti Musa is a Malaysian citizen with 22 years experience in nursing. Her nursing studies were sponsored by the KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital and she is a graduate of the School of Nursing, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru. Upon completing her sponsor bond, she worked at Panasonic and WD Media Malaysia as an Industrial Nurse for 17 years.
Nurse Sharol says she is blessed and thrilled to be part of the EIS team as it provides her with the chance to explore and gain new experiences and to enhance the development of her nursing career.
Thenmoli Balakrishannan pursued her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education (Hons) at Unitar International University and graduated on Dec 2016. Previously, she worked in a Private English medium Kindergarten as a classroom teacher for 2 years where she taught 3 & 6 year-old children. She has currently joined EIS as a Teacher Assistant for KG2. She enjoys and loves being around children and she believes that through the experiences and knowledge gained she can make a positive impact in young children’s lives.
Thenmoli believes that early years teachers mould lives. That is a great responsibility and she is ready for the responsibility though. She also believes that children need to learn to be positive, be taught responsibility and independence to create balanced individuals. Thenmoli loves working in the early childhood field and is looking forward to work towards her Masters Degree in this field as well in future.
Xuan holds a degree in Accountancy and Management which she obtained at the University of Economics in Hochiminh City, Vietnam. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 at Leman International School in Chengdu, China for 3 years. She is committed to lifelong learning and developing independent learners and global citizens. She endeavours to use a range of strategies to improve student learning and enhance holistic experiences for all. Xuan strives to foster a nurturing and compassionate environment where all her students can flourish and excel.
Xuan loves participating in activities, sport and fitness. She has enjoyed helping PE department with many after school sport activities.
Note: This page will be updated progressively as and when new teaching colleagues join the team.
News and Events
Tunku Temenggong of Johor attends [...]
The Tunku Temenggong of Johor, Tunku Idris Iskandar Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Ibrahim graced the Installation dinner of the 6th President of the Rotary Club of Johor Bahru Sentral today (27th September).
His Highness is the Royal Patron of the club.
During the ceremony, Mr Vijendran Vengadesan was installed as the new president.
HH Tunku Idris was presented with a cheque for RM 30,000 in aid of the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.
The money was raised from proceeds during the Run For Hope campaign organised by the club recently in partnership with Excelsior International School.
Some 80 rotarians attended the gala dinner, which also included singing and dancing performances.
The EIS interact club has been serving and giving back to the community since its inception by sponsoring activities such as the Run for Hope which primary objective is to raise funds for the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation ("Foundation")
Excelsior International School's Interact Club is a service club for students ages 12 - 18 whose primary purpose is to give students a chance to make a difference in the world. EIS Interact club is sponsored by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral. Rotary International is an international service organisation whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 Million Individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.
This year, as part of our community service program, EIS Interact Club in support of Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral will be launched the "Plant a Tree Campaign" which is meant to instill an environment loving culture among our youths. This project involves Interact Club members and primary students from the Excelsior International School, and 16 orphans from the SHAFAR Welfare Organisation (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shafar), Johor Bahru.
The launch was held on the 23rd September 2016 by His Highness Tunku Idris Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Temenggong Johor during the Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral 5th Installation Dinner at Doubletree, by Hilton, Johor Bahru, Johor. EIS staff and students were in attendance where EIS Interact Club president Lim Ee Lyn helped launch the event. In addition to launching the project EIS also had both primary and secondary students perform a song for all in attendance.
The campaign is aimed to be the biggest community tree-planting and nature care event in Johor. Coordinated by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral and proudly sponsored by Asia Plantation Capital, these are special days for all to help out by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs to improve the environment in which they live in.
EIS is proud that students from our school in both our Primary section and students from our Interact club are teaming up with students from Shafar orphanage to participate in this important community service endeavour.
In the final week of September Excelsior International School in Johor celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Students enjoyed a 'week-long Chinese riddles' competition, presentations by their peers on various aspects of the festival, student-produced videos and a Mooncake tasting session.
This full week of activities, information sharing and fun challenges based in, and coming from, the Mandarin lessons, ensured that all students were able to become aware of, and celebrate this annual Chinese event.
Excelsior International school staged the first of their Curriculum Information Sessions for the academic year on Saturday 5th September 2015. At 9.30am, the Head of Primary and Early Years, Mr Tony Blacklock, with assistance from his specialist teachers, gave an overview of the curriculum for Nursery to Grade 5 at Excelsior. Parents and students were then invited to visit the individual homerooms for further presentations specific to each age group. At 11.00am the Head of Secondary and High School, Mr Ian Stanley gave a presentation regarding the curriculum and the study strands all the way through Grades 6 to 12. After a short genera question-and-answer session, students and parents then had the opportunity to meet with individual subject teachers.
Excelsior International School hosted 48 teams for the Johor State round of the Rotary International Interactors I-Quiz on Saturday 22nd August 2015. This is a general knowledge and 'knowledge of Malaysia' quiz for students aged from 12 to 18 Years and leads onto national and international finals. A crowd of over 300 participants and supporters enjoyed a wonderful morning of friendly competition.
On 15th August students and parents packed the auditorium at the Excelsior International for an Orientation/Information session prior to the school beginning on Monday 17th August.
Following a welcome/welcome back from School Principal, Mr Julian Leah, the Chairman of Excelsior, Mr Ng Boon Yew, presented a review of the previous year and outlined the developments put in place and the plans for the forthcoming academic year.
Following the welcome back to returning teachers and the introduction of the new teachers, students and parents were then able to visit the homerooms and classrooms to find out more from the teachers about the exciting year ahead!