I am Albert Ng from Sibu. I completed my BSc (Hons) Forensic Science at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) under the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship scheme. Upon graduation, I was then offered the chance to pursue postgraduate study in Transfusion Science at Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, USM with sponsorship from the Ministry of Higher Education. During my postgraduate study, I worked under the regenerative medicine cluster to complete a research study on hematopoietic stem cells. During my studies, I completed my practicum with the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Fire investigation division), the Royal Malaysia Police (Crime Scene Investigation), the Department of Chemistry Malaysia (Forensic division) and the National Blood Centre (Transfusion service). Since 2014, I have found my passion in the teaching of Science in an international school in Johor Bahru. I have actively engaged myself in professional development, specialising in teaching skills, special education, educational technology and STEM education. As an educator, I believe that education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think; my primary goal in teaching is to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, photography, martial arts, swimming, jogging and latin dance.
Hello, my name is Wong Siew Ping. I hold a BSc in Physics and Mathematics and a Diploma of Education also in these subjects from the University of Malaya. In addition, I completed my Master’s Degree in Computers in Education from King’s College, University of London, U.K. I have well over twenty-five years’ experience in teaching and have also taught at a Teachers’ Training College in Kuching. In my spare time, I enjoy reading newspapers, discussing politics and following current issues.
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, I was initially employed in the horticulture and landscaping industries before discovering my passion for teaching. I taught ESL in Taiwan for 4 years before doing a 1 year teaching stint in South Korea. I have now settled in Malaysia with my family where I taught for 4 years in KL and presently find myself at Woodlands International School. Besides my BSc degree in Horticulture and Landscaping, I also have professional certification in TESOL which allows me to add extra dimensions to my teaching. My vast experience in teaching English ranges from elementary level all the way up to advanced classes as well as teaching to a wide variety of age groups. In Malaysia, I broadened my expertise to include corporate and IELTS training. I feel I am a dedicated and passionate person who loves teaching and imparts this passion onto my students using a variety of interesting activities. I understand the complexities of learning and try to make every lesson as interesting as possible without losing sight of the objectives.
Hello, my name is Dima Verbenskiy. I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. I served in the army for 3 years and became a Lieutenant Tank Commander. I graduated from the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine with a Master's Degree in Science and later I graduated from the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University with a Master's Degree in Physical Education. I am a certified football coach from the Coach Educational Center (USA), specialising in Soccer Principles. My teaching experience is more than 3 years. I have been coaching football and other kinds of sports for more than 4 years. My hobbies are mountain and road cycling, boxing, football, and alpinism. I like reading books. My motto: "A sound mind is in a sound body". I believe that teamwork is the key to a successful game.
I teach Accounting and Business Studies for Secondary. I was born in Sibu. I obtained my PhD (Management) in 2012 from Unirazak. I have taught in various schools, colleges and universities in West Malaysia. I like volleyball and badminton.
I am a Siburian through and through. I graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a Computer Science degree in 2001. After that, I worked as an IT professional with both international and local conglomerates for over 15 years. To be a part of an International teaching team is intriguing and, I believe, with the experience I have that I can offer a different learning dimension to the students. There are many things I enjoy doing as pastimes. In terms of sports, I love playing badminton and when I am indoors, I enjoy playing board games with my children.
My name is Adam Bittner and I am Canadian-Polish from Vancouver, British Columbia. I graduated from the University of British Columbia in Cultural Anthropology, specialising in Native North American cultures. For many years, I lived and worked among Native North Americans. I am also a qualified social service worker. I started teaching Canadian Studies at the International Language School in Vancouver. After working there for a while, I decided to improve my qualifications and completed a Master of Education degree in TESOL at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Throughout my professional career I lived and worked in many different countries, including Canada, South Korea, Poland, Scotland, Kuwait, Oman and Malaysia, teaching the whole spectrum of students form a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. My last job was that of a Teacher Mentor and Teacher Trainer in Selangor in West Malaysia. My hobbies are travelling and photography, listening to music as well as drawing in my spare time.
Hello, I am May Rabin from Cape Town, South Africa. My BA degree, majoring in English Language and Literature was completed at the University of Cape Town. I subsequently obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town Business School. After working in business for a few years, I decided to follow my first love, teaching; I taught Business Studies and English for a few years in South Africa and then in Kuwait. I then enrolled for and eventually obtained my Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Sunderland in the UK. I spent five years spent in Oman before coming to Malaysia where I worked as a Teacher Trainer/ Mentor on a project of the Malaysian government to improve English Teaching in schools. This was a really rewarding and interesting position but it eventually ended, as projects do. I was happy to have the opportunity to come to Sibu, to Woodlands International School, when the project ended. I hope to use my skills and experience to be an advantage to the students of Woodlands.
I am Dr. Wong Hee; I was born in Sibu. In 1991, I furthered my studies in Taiwan. In 1996, I graduated from the Department of Chinese at Changhua National University of Education. In 2001, I obtained a Master of Chinese literature from University Malaya. In 2008, I obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy (Chinese Studies）from the National University of Singapore. After graduation, I worked as a Chinese teacher in a secondary school. I have taught Chinese literature, Malaysian Chinese Literature and other courses at the Chinese Studies Department of the Chinese Language Institute. I have also been engaged in administrative work for almost 8 years. Reading is my favourite hobby, I like to find wisdom in the stories. I also like to walk and at the weekend I go for a jog in the morning. Through exercise, I gain more and more health benefits.
I am Karlenn Panaguiton from the Phillipines. I am a graduate in BS Tourism, with a second degree in Professional Education from the the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. My post graduate degree is a Bachelor of Laws. Recently, I have completed an online course, Diploma in Language and Literacy in Education (DLLE). Before the end of this year, I expect to take a qualifying exam for a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy in Education (MLLE). I currently work as an ESL teacher for secondary students at Woodlands International School. Before that I taught for three years as a classroom teacher at primary level. In the Philippines, I used to teach social science related subjects for secondary students, such as Economics and History. My daily routine centres around family, studies, and work. Aside from reading, I love travelling and dancing.
I am Ms Wong Tien Tien, who was born in Sibu and graduated from the school of Education of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). I became a teacher at the private secondary school I had attended before. I received my Master of Linguistics in Chinese Language from Tianjin University in China in 2012. I am now into my fourth year of teaching in Woodlands International School. I like table tennis and travelling.
I am Evlyn Entusan and I teach Malay Language for secondary. I was born and raised in Sibu. I am now into my fourth year of teaching at Woodlands International School. I completed my Masters of Malay Studies at the University of Malaya in 2012. My interests outside school include travelling, reading books, and spending time with my family.
I am Loh Giuk Lan from Sibu, Sarawak. I graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University with a degree of Bachelor of Art in Education and I obtained my Master's Degree in Education from the University of Selangor (UNISEL). I continued my studies in 2012 and earned an Advanced Diploma in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy from the Satir Institute of the Pacific, Canada. I have been teaching Chinese language for the past thirty years. I have also been a guidance counsellor and head of the counselling department over the course of nineteen years. In 2008, I published a counselling book, entitled “Love, We should Let them Know." During my free time, I love to listen to music. I find that music fills my life with vitality and joy, and it can help me to have inner peace of mind.
I have been passionate about music since young.; I tried to learn any musical instrument I could get hold of and I’ve performed in public from time to time during my teenage years. My calling into music resulted in me getting a place in the esteemed Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the 80s, where I majored in piano. Believing that I had more to give back to Malaysia, I came home after graduation and started Thomas Music Studio; currently a music school of about 200 pupils. After having taught a few years, I was the first to be selected from among the music teachers in Sarawak via audition by the ABRSM, in conjunction with their 100th year celebration, to gain a scholarship to study in London for a term, and I obtained LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in piano teaching thereafter. Throughout my career as a music teacher I was, for eighteen years, the representative of the Trinity College London for organizing music exam for central Sarawak and in recent years was appointed the Malaysian national representative for the International Music Examinations Board (IMEB) from AICM – Australian International Conservatorium of Music. I was also the conductor of the Orchestra Dewan Suarah Sibu for ten years. I have performed in numerous concerts as soloist and accompanist throughout Sarawak, KK, and Brunei. I am always keen to promote the performing arts and have organized numerous recitals and concerts for local as well as overseas artists. I am married with two sons, one of which is following in his father’s footsteps in music to my delight. I also have a son with autism; consequently, I founded the Sibu Autistic Association together with a few passionate friends. I was also President of the Swan City Toastmaster club from 2011-2012 and together with the effort of the whole club had achieved president's distinguished club status for Swan City Toastmasters club in Sibu. Though trained as a classical musician, I am deeply interested in jazz music. I hope to further promote the love of music through my engagement with Woodlands International School and I hope that all my students will discover the joy of music, which I believe is one of God's best gifts to mankind.
I am Louis Ling and I teach Science and Biology for Secondary. I was born and raised in Sibu. I completed my Degree in Biotechnology at University Putra Malaysia and my Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the Open University Malaysia. I am now into my fourth year of teaching at Woodlands International School. My interests include travelling and reading.
My name is Ting Ngiik Hee and I go by my nickname, Nikki. I graduated from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2007. Since then, I have been teaching English in both local institutions in Sibu and at the Lodge Group of Schools. Teaching at a private school has been challenging but fulfilling as it provided me with the opportunity to use modern and interactive approaches. Having been able to further my studies in the US allowed me to enjoy learning even more due to diversity in teaching styles, allowing students to develop their talents and to unleash their potential. An international school establishing itself in Sibu is definitely thrilling. Therefore, I look forward to contributing to the positive change and in performing my very best to help with the school’s growth and expansion. Aside from my teaching, I enjoy handicrafts, spend time with my pet dog and family… One of my philosophies is: Life is good, live it!
I am Raja Rashidah Hanim and I teach Malay Language and Islamic Studies for Secondary. I was born in Ayer Tawar, Perak. After my undergraduate studies in Islamic Studies in Selangor International Islamic University College (SIIUC), I continued my studies to get a Degree in Islamic Studies from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). I taught in SRA Ar-Rahmaniah for a year, then I taught secondary students at SMA At-Taalim for 2 years before moving to Sibu. I am now into my third year of teaching at Woodlands International School. I have a deep passion for outdoor activities like hiking and climbing that bring me closer to nature.
Hello, I am Jennifer Ho Thien Ling. I received my Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mathematics, in 1999 and later I got my Master of Science from University Putra Malaysia in 2002. I joined Woodlands International School in 2015. I soon realised that this school is very different from other schools which l had taught at before. There is full commitment to a multi-racial, multi-national as well as multi-cultural teaching staff working with a high standard of professionalism to nurture students to achieve both a global outlook and academic excellence; I previously taught Mathematics and Additional Mathematics in three government schools. I have been Head of Mathematics, a Senior Assistant as well as the Master Teacher for Additional Mathematics in my former schools. I am very interested in photography and have participated in quite a number of photographic competitions and I enjoy reading and travelling around the world.
I am Tristan Barry and I teach English Language for Secondary. I was born in Australia and have lived in Sibu for four years. I completed my Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne in 2012. I have taught in Australia, Japan, England and Malaysia. My interests include painting and coffee.
Hello everyone. I am from Sibu. I received my PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2017. Before that, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with distinction from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2012. I have a few years of experience in education, which include teaching in high school (chemistry and physics) and higher education (engineering). My hobbies are travelling, swimming and yoga. Ever since I started teaching at the private university and secondary school levels, I have been passionate in my commitment to three things: maximising individual student performance, inspiring students’ interest in technology and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students.
I am Jimmy Yek and I teach Art and Design for Secondary. I was born and raised in Sibu. I completed my degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. I am now in my second year of teaching at Woodlands International School. I have a great passion for art, dance, movies and music.
I am Lee Siaw Li and I teach Mathematics at Secondary level. I was raised in a small town- Engkilili, Sarawak. When I was twenty, I moved to Johor to study. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics with honours from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2010 and 2012. After that, I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from the same university in 2016. My interests include playing netball and travelling.
I am originally from England, but have spent almost 10 years in Malaysia teaching at various international schools. I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA (Hons) in English. I then obtained my PGCE in Secondary English. I enjoyed teaching in the UK, but my love of travel got the better of me and I went to Japan and then Malaysia to continue my career. My wife is Iban, from Miri, but she also has family here in Sibu which was a huge factor in our decision to come here; all three of my children are enrolled in the school (Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary) so I have a unique perspective across the school and have a commitment to raising standards even further. In my spare time I love to travel and to go on motorbike rides and trips.