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Teachers &


The staff and teachers at SIS are committed to its students’ welfare and give of their best in serving their
needs. We are privileged to have a diverse multi-ethnic pool of qualified and experienced staff who contribute
their talent and expertise in the running of the School, whether administration, academic or governance.


John Mackle


Mr John Mackle is a graduate of Western University in London, Ontario where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. He later obtained his Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He has taught high school English and Geography (13 years), served as elementary and secondary school principal (13 years), Superintendent of Education (4 years) and Director of Education (7 years). He held the positions of Programme Director, Canadian International Matriculation Programme and Principal, Sunway International School, Kuala Lumpur (3 years). Most recently he has provided Quality Assurance audits for a number of Canadian elementary schools in Brazil.



Danielle Snyder

Deputy Principal

Ms. Danielle graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A. in French studies. She received her B.Ed from Nipissing University and began teaching ESL in Seoul, Korea.  For over 12 years she has been teaching in Canada at the primary, junior and intermediate level. Ms Danielle has taught grade 3-5 at SIS Iskandar since arriving in 2017. Ms Danielle has also received her Principal’s Qualifications from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. She has recently become the first Deputy Principal at SIS Iskandar and is excited to be a part of the growing Sunway community in Iskandar.


Veronica Quek

Manager - Admission & Administration

Ms. Veronica Quek first join SIS in August 2015. She graduated from University of Montana, Missoula, USA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Quek has more than 20 years of working experience in the education sector. She oversees all admission & administration matters for SIS. 


Zuriana Azreen

Manager - Finance & Operations 

Ms. Zuriana Azreen joins  SIS in May 2017, where she looks after the school's financial and operational matters. She has 12 years working experience in various industries; a financial consultancy firm, the government's southern corridor authority, and the healthcare sector. She is a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).    


Edward Soh

Assistant Manager - Principal's Office

Mr. Edward Soh has been with SIS since it began operations in January 2017, where he assists the principal on HR, Administrative, and Operational matters.  He graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.  He also ensures that the the school's facilities are well managed and taken care of.






Adam Lajoy

Mr. Adam LaJoy has obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor, Canada He has taught in Italy, South Korea, and Turkey. He joins SIS as the grade 4 homeroom teacher.



Adom Thorne

Mr. Adom Thorne graduated from Tyndale University with a BA in Religious Studies & Theology.  He completed his B.Ed at the Univeristy of Ottawa.  Mr. Thorne worked with the Toronto District School Board in a variety of Special Education settings for 9 years before going International.  Prior to SIS,  he worked in Queretaro, Mexico for three years. Mr. Thorne is currently teaching Year 1 - MYP & DP Theory of Knowledge.   



Andre Brunelle

Mr. Brunelle graduated from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal with a Bachelor degree of Sciences (Physical Education). He has cumulated over thirty years of experience in teaching Mathematics and Physical Education in Canada and in The Netherlands. He is currently teaching Mathematics and Science at grades 7 and Mathematics at grade 9.




Angelica Campos Ortiz

Ms. Angelica finished her Bachelors in Linguistics and Education in English in 2011 and her Master’s in Education in 2015 in Queretaro, Mexico. As a result of foreign investment in Mexico and growing migration to her home country she has had 8 years experience working with students from Korea, Japan, Belgium, France and Quebec as ESL teacher, achieving mainstreaming and fluent English speaking students at one of the top International schools in Mexico.



Alicia Bailey

Ms. Alicia Bailey graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) with a focus in Linguistics. She has been teaching in a variety of educational settings in Canada for 7 years. Ms. Bailey is teaching Senior Kindergarten this year in SIS.


Amy Malcolm

Ms. Amy Malcolm graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and earned her Education degree at Brock University, Ontario. Prior to SIS, she worked as a sixth grade teacher in Doha, Qatar. She has taught internationally in a variety of school settings for more than 15 years. She is currently serving as the Elementary Coordinator at SIS and as the sixth grade teacher.


Anis Patel

Mr. Anis Patel graduated from York University earning his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics For Education.  He also graduated from Brock University obtaining his Bachelor of Education.  Prior to SIS, Mr. Patel has taught in Canada and Kuwait in various teaching roles.  Mr. Patel is teaching Math grades 7-10 as well as grade 7 Science.  


Ayoun Basharat

Mr Ayoun completed his undergraduate studies from Windsor, Canada with a BSC in Biochemistry and BEd. He is currently completing his Master's Degree in Education from Queen's University. He has been fortunate to have teaching assignments in Toronto, London, Kuala Lumpur, and now in Iskandar, Johor. He joins SIS teaching MYP Science as well as the IB Diploma Program in Chemistry. 




Ms. Azmina graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Sport Management (Hons.) from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Perlis.  She has spent 6 years teaching Physical Education and coaching from previous schools in Kuala Lumpur and Johor. Ms. Azmina will be our PE Assistant for KG to Grade 5.



Birute Richardson

Ms. Birute Richardson has worked in international schools for 20 years and has lived many exciting and beautiful parts of the world. These international experiences drew her to teach and coordinate in the International Baccalaureate as a teacher and as a coordinator for 10 years. She started her teaching career in Toronto after completing a B.A., B.Ed., and a Masters at the University of Toronto and the University of London. She is the Secondary School and IBDP Coordinator at SIS.


Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson is from the United States and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University in 2000 and her Master of Science in Elementary Education in 2010 from Southern Oregon University with a concentration in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For the last 6 years she has taught throughout Asia and joins SISJ as a Grade 3 teacher.



Christine Kennedy

Ms. Christine Kennedy received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She graduated with a major in French and a Curriculum & Instruction concentration in Second Language Education. Christine taught for many years in the public school system in Nova Scotia, Canada before she began her international teaching journey. Christine has taught in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Europe. She joins us as our Secondary ESL Specialist.



Dan Meerveld

Mr. Dan Meerveld graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Political Science and attained his B.Ed at Brock University in Canada. He has been teaching internationally for the past 8 years in South Korea, Kuwait and Qatar prior to SIS. Mr. Meerveld joins SIS as the grade 3 homeroom teacher.


Dana Letwiniuk

Ms. Dana Letwiniuk is new to the school this year. She graduated her BA/BEd. from Lakehead University in Canada. Ms. Letwiniuk has worked in Canada and overseas in Mexico and the Carribean during her extensive career. The positions she will fill this year are as MYP 8/9 Social Studies, IB Business Management and starting the Guidance Department for the school. 



David Hepting

Mr. David Hepting graduated from the University of Regina, Canada with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is currently finishing up his Masters degree in English Literature and Language through Signum University. He is TESOL certified. He has taught grades 9-12 in northern Saskatchewan, Canada and also taught English locally in Malaysia before joining SIS. Mr. David Hepting teaches English and Science to grades 7-10 at SIS.


Jessica Armstrong

Ms. Jessica Armstrong graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. She majored in English and minored in Art. She has previously taught in China, Abu Dhabi and as a Substitute Teacher in Canada. This will be her sixth year as a teacher.Ms. Jessica is currently a grade 5 teacher at SIS.





Jessie Chislett

Mrs. Jessie Chislett studied psychology, geography, and English at the University of British Columbia before getting her Bachelor of Education with Honors from the University of Northern British Columbia. She recently completed her Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education. Mrs. Jessie has taught grade 2-10, as well as special education, in her 10+ years in education. Currently she teaches grade 4 and is an elementary coordinator. 




Karen Powell

Ms Karen Powell received her Bachelor of Education from York University and an undergraduate degree (BA) from the University of Western Ontario. She has been in education both in Ontario and overseas since 1993. Ms Powell has been involved in the IB Middle Years Programme since 1999 and has been a coordinator, trainer and part of several school authorizations throughout North America.  Ms Powell is teaching MYP English for Grade 8 and Grade 9 this year.




Kenneth Tuttle

Mr. Kenneth Tuttle graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Graduate Diploma in Education, for Psychology, Humanities, and Physical Education. His Master of Sport Science (High Honours) is from the United States Sports Academy, and his BSc in Psychology & Physical Education is from Excelsior College. He’s taught for 13 years, 11 years internationally, twice serving as Head of Department. He holds certificates for IB Diploma Subjects: Psychology, TOK, & Business Management; and for IB MYP Subjects: Individuals & Societies; & Physical Education.


Kimberly Percy

Over the last 22 years Ms Kimberly Percy have had the opportunity to teach a number of different subjects across a wide range of age groups. Her passion is for science, math and technology and she looks forward to teaching in these areas at the grade 6 level here at SIS.






Lai Kuan Tang

Ms. Lai Kuan Tang is a graduate of National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan with a Master degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She also attained her certification to teach IBDP Mandarin A and Mandarin B. Prior to SIS, Ms. Tang has taught in several International Schools in Malaysia.



Leanne Jilani

Ms Leanne is a graduate of Murdoch University in Western Australia, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (UK), THRASS (Australia) and Early Childhood (Australia). Her teaching experience is extensive both in Singapore and internationally. Teaching drama since 2004 has brought her to Australia, Indonesia, Cambodia and now to Malaysia, where she also teaches voluntarily. She is also involved with the Singapore Youth Festival. Ms Leanne is the MYP Arts Lead here at SIS.


Lee Sim Wei

Ms. Sim Wei graduated from JiaoTong University of Shanghai with a Bachelor degree of Teaching Chinese In Foreign Languege. She has been teaching in a variety of educational settings in Singapore and Malaysia for 6 Years. Ms. Sim Wei is teaching Elementary Mandarin Grade 1 to Grade 4b and Grade 1 Malay this year in SIS.





Lim Yee Chuan

Ms. Yeechuan graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts. She was formerly an art studio principal and had 5 years experience in teaching art. Ms. Yeechuan is currently pursuing her Master of Education. She joins SIS as a Visual Arts Instructor of elementary grades 4-6, seconday grades 7-10 and IBDP Visual Arts. 





Malinda Musa

Ms Malinda Musa received her Matriculation in Management from Multimedia University, Malacca and graduated in Early Childhood Education from Asia e University. She is currently working towards completing her Master of Education. She has attended various courses in regards to education and has been in a variety of educational settings. She is an experienced educator who had a role as a Vice-Principal in her previous schools. She now teaches Malay from Grade 4 to Grade 7.



Margaret Coady

Margaret Coady is the JK Teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education from various Canadian universities. Margaret has been a classroom teacher since 1979.  Her teaching experience is extensive both domestically and internationally.  Margaret has been a teacher/volunteer teacher in Canada, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and now Malaysia. She has provided a range of professional development opportunities for teachers with a focus on Early Literacy and Early Numeracy. Margaret is enjoying this professional opportunity in Malaysia.


Melissa Caravaggio

Mrs. Melissa Caravaggio graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education.  (Primary/Junior elementary with a focus on French).  She is also has an additional qualification to teach in English.  She has a Specialist in P.E. as well as a Specialist in Religion.  Over the last 20 years Mrs. Caravaggio has taught many subjects to primary and junior age groups.  Mrs. Caravaggio is teaching Grade 1 this year at SIS.


Misbah Patel

Mrs. Misbah Patel graduated from George Brown College with an Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She continued her studies to Ryerson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies. She had previously taught in Canada as an educator for younger age groups including infants, toddlers, preschool and recently kindergarten. She joins SIS as the grade 1 teacher.


Natalia Soltes

Ms. Natalia Soltes graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada, with a Bachelor in Music Education and received her Master of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her teaching interests include multimodal approaches to learning and making music, improvisation, and world music traditions. Ms. Soltes teaches elementary (K-6) music at SIS.


Prakash Plpanapan

Mr. Prakash is a graduate from Open University Malaysia with a Bachelor of Education Degree and is currently working towards completing his Masters Degree from Asia e-University in Malay Language. He has been a teacher for more than 8 years . Mr.Prakash joins SIS as a secondary teacher of Malay Language and IBDP Language B Malay. 



Ryan Connors

Mr. Ryan Connors is a graduate of Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada with a Masters Degree in Physical Education. He is an Exercise Physiologist and has also worked as a fitness trainer and coach. Mr. Ryan is our Athletic Coordinator and MYP-Health & Physical Education Lead here at Sunway International School Iskandar. 


Ryan Nash

Mr Ryan Nash graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor of Education Degree. He spent most of the last year teaching English in Vietnam with the 10 years prior to that being at an all boys school in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr Nash has joined Sunway International School as a Grade 7 Mathematics, Science and Physical Education teacher.



Saw Jee

Ms. Saw Jee graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. She also holds a certificate for IBDP Mandarin ab initio. Ms. Saw has previous taught locally and in China before joining SIS as a Grades 2-3 Malay and Grades 4-6 Chinese teacher.



Shanmugapriyan Vadivelu

Mr. Shan graduated from the University of Madras with Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Science and Secondary education and Master's in Computer Science. He also holds a certificate to teach IB Physics. Shan has been teaching for fifteen years and worked as Head of Science / Teacher in Myanmar, Thailand, China, Kuala Lumpur now at SIS.  He is currently teaching Grade 9 Science, MYP Physics and IBDP Physics.  



Sharon Brown

Sharon Brown graduated from Nova Scotia Teachers College with an Associate in Education Diploma. She has been teaching for more than 35 years. After teaching for five years in elementary schools in remote communities in Northern Canada, she earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from University of Saskatchewan in French Education. Since then she has taught in Vietnam, Egypt, Mongolia, and Korea before coming to Sunway. 


Simon Tiew

Mr. Simon Tiew is back after pursuing his Masters of Strength and Conditioning at University of Malaya. He is certified to teach swimming and special needs population by Swimming Teachers Association (STA), UK. He is also a certified Malaysian Licence B swim coach, and has been involved with MSTA, LSSM, FINA, ASCTA and ASCA. He specialises in aquatics Physical Education Grade 1 to10.



Tan Shu Fen

Ms. Tan Shu Fen graduated from Tunku Abdul Rahman College University in Mass Communication (Journalism). She was a learning centre founder and has 6.5 years of classroom experience teaching Mandarin and Geography at two Chinese Independent high schools in Malaysia. She also has experience volunteer teaching in Canada. Ms. Tan joins SISJ as Grade 7-10 assistant Mandarin teacher. Her strength is in collaborative and interactive language learning.