Hi, My Name is Wong Siew Ping, I was born in Sarikei, Sarawak. I have been in the education industry since 1980. I have been teaching in Methodist Secondary School, Sibu, Sarawak, Batu Lintang Teachers’ Training College, Kuching, Sarawak, Rejang Teachers’ Training College, Bintangor, Sarawak in my 35 years teaching experience. Throughout my career as a lecturer in the Teachers’ Training Institute, I hold the important posts: Head of Science and Mathematics Department, Head of Social Study Department, Head of Information Technology Department and Examination Secretary.
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 Ukraine, Kyiv. I like all kinds of sports but my favorite is football. My father instilled in me the love towards the game. We always played together and watched all the games of our favorite team FC Dynamo Kyiv. I always wanted to develop and learn more about this sport. I started playing football when I was 6 years old. Due to injuries (I broke my leg 3 times and I had surgeries), I could not continue playing anymore but that didn't stop me, contrary it further developed me. I served in the army for 3 years and became a Lieutenant (officer). My military specialty - tank commander BMP. I graduated from the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine with a Master's Degree in Science. And some time later, I graduated from the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. Also, I am certified football coach from the Coach Educational Center (USA), specialized in Soccer Principles. My teaching experience is over 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 about sport and learning new in sports education. My motto: "A sound mind is in a sound body". I believe that teamwork is the key to a successful game. I like sport, I enjoy it, I live it!
Hi, I am John Hii Wee Huu. I have been teaching mainly in the private universities in west Malaysia for fifteen years. In the years I was there I also had a year stint with the international school. I handled mostly accounting and business related subjects. I believe and hope that my years in west Malaysia will be of benefit to the students here. I am also an avid badminton player. Of course my first venture into sports was volleyball. Until now it still holds a very special place in me. I am a huge fan of China Women Volleyball Team under Coach, Jenny Lang Ping. Coming back to the secondary brings back a lot of fond memories of yesteryear. To the students, grab it while you still can.
Hello, my name is David Ting and I am a Sibu citizen out and out. It was a moment of serendipity that I was recruited by the school to teach the ICT subject and in fact I had very little teaching experience before. Some 15 years ago I graduated from a local public university in the field of computer science and after that I had a few years stint working as IT professional with MNCs that are located in West Malaysia. Over the years, I had played multiple roles in various capacities for some leading companies in IT semiconductor, palm oil and logistic business. Then came along the opportunity of being part of the noble teaching line and it really intrigued me. There will be plenty of knowledge and experience which I want to share with the students of Woodlands and though the task would be a slight deviation from earlier undertakings, there is one quote which I always love to remind myself, “Coming out of the comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end...because in the end, it shows you a whole new world !!”
Hi, I am Albert Ng Wee Po. Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. Without thinking, the student will always have limited ability in evaluating fact and deciding what is true or false. Instead, they will simply react to what the mind tells them is true. My primary goal of teaching is encouraging students to develop critical thinking skills. Rather than memorizing facts, students are taught to use the appropriate procedure in finding and utilizing credible information to solve problems. As such, students will likely to succeed in lives when they are able to gather information, think critically and make decisions based on fact rather than myth or propaganda.
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, specializing 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 think that being a teacher was my destiny since my grandfather and my mother were both teachers. 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. In Kuwait, where I taught cadets at the Military College, I met my wife. Then, we relocated to Oman where we spent five years teaching at the Technical College. We adopted our dog there and since then we have always travelled together. My last job was that of a Teacher Mentor and Teacher Trainer in Selangor in West Malaysia. Unfortunately, this project ended last year and we had to look for another job. Luckily, we found new job openings at Woodlands in Sibu. My hobbies are traveling and photography. I also like listening to music as well as drawing in my spare time. I am not a professional artist but I enjoy drawing very much because, it is very relaxing and allows me to recharge my batteries. Teaching at Woodlands International School is going to be a new and challenging experience for us but we are positive that it is also going to be enriching and mutually beneficial for all of us. Our philosophy is that teachers have to be open to learning from their students who have so much to offer.
Hello, I am May Rabin from Cape Town, South Africa. My basic BA degree, majoring in English Language and Literature was completed at the University of Cape Town. As I had been the recipient of a bursary from a major Financial Services Company I was obliged to work for them after my studies was completed. This led to a varied, profitable and successful career in that field. Eventually, my last job was as a Marketing Manager for the largest company in South Africa. I obtained a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Cape Town Business School. However, in spite of my evident success I was basically disillusioned in the cut-throat world of finance. I wanted to return to my first career choice, teaching. So, I taught Business Studies and English for a few years in South Africa. The decision to make a complete shift in my career came when I was offered a position to teach overseas. In Kuwait, I worked for two years at a Military base teaching English to Kuwaiti officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police. I was fortunate to meet Adam there, who was later to become my better half!!! Once the travel bug bit, I was determined to continue my new career overseas. I enrolled for and eventually obtained my Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Sunderland in the UK. We moved to Oman and I worked at the Nizwa, and later, Salalah College of Technology. The five years spent in Oman went by quickly and we acquired a dog, Tipsy, who we rescued. He has since become an ex-pat dog and has begun to rack up the Voyager Miles as he travelled with us to our next destination, Malaysia. In West Malaysia, we worked as Teacher Trainer/ Mentors on a project of the Malaysian government to improve English Teaching of in-service teachers in schools. This was a really rewarding and interesting position but it eventually ended, as projects do. Wanting to stay in Malaysia, we were happy to have the opportunity to come to Sibu, to Woodlands International School. I hope to use my skills and experience to be an advantage to the students of Woodlands and I also hope to learn from those who generously give their time and energy to newcomers.
I am Dr. Wong Hee. I have 10 years of experience in teaching the Chinese language in colleges and independent Chinese school after I obtained my qualifications which are as follow: Bachelor of Art (major in Chinese studies) - NCUE, Master of Art (major in Chinese studies) - UM, Ph.D. in Chinese studies - NUS
My name is Karlenn B. Panaguiton from the Republic of the Philippines. I have finished my undergraduate degree and second degree in Education at the University of the Philippines. My post graduate course is a Bachelor of Law. I have been teaching for six years within different grade levels and I enjoy taking on new experiences. I am very adventurous and I love to travel to new and exciting places. I am a very warm and open-minded person who is always willing to lend a helping hand to others and who is ready to take on board challenges and responsibilities. It is indeed a blessing to be part of Woodlands International School, a school which implements the same holistic approach to life-long learning as I possess. The warmth and hospitality of the local Sibu community have made me consider Sibu as my second home. This place is truly enchanting and fascinating with its diverse food, culture and society.
My name is MsWong Tien Tien, a Mandarin teacher who graduated from the school of Education of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). I became a teacher at the secondary school I had attended before. Six years of teaching wasn’t enough to convince me I have everything I needed, hence a decision to further my academic knowledge was made. I got my Masters in the Chinese Language from a university in China in 2012. This is an international school and as such is quite different from the school I used to teach in. Management model, teaching methods and values of the school differ from what I had previously experienced – However, they both have the students in mind. I now listen to different voices more clearly, am nurturing my ability to change and accept various matters, and grow more in the needs to solve various problems. I always remember this quote in my journey of education, “to inspire wisdom with wisdom, to touch lives with life”. Education is all about discovery, awakening, guidance and thinking from the perspective of the heart and lives of all children. Only through unconditional acceptance, we can really let the sunshine of life brighten every corner of education. I am very grateful for what I have today and look forward to growing together with Woodlands International School.
My name is Ms Evlyn Anak Entusan; a Malay Language Teacher at Woodlands International School, from Sibu. I love spending my free time listening to music and reading books. I graduated from University of Malaya with a Masters Degree in Malay Studies (2012). I have a specialisation in Malay Language and teach at both Primary and Secondary age levels. I believe that by using and introducing different kinds of teaching techniques, I am able to improve students’ proficiency in the BM subject, especially at the secondary level. However, in primary level, I use simple and easy techniques of teaching methodology so that the students are able to understand the subject better. I hope to see an improvement in the proficiency of Malay Language among students of Woodlands International School in the near future. In my spare time, apart from listening to music and reading, I also like to travel. I particularly enjoyed my experience visiting Indonesia and Singapore as I learnt a lot of things. I enjoy learning languages and absorbing the culture of the local society. In daily tasks, I am an orderly and organized person. Personally, I feel that it is very important to commit fully to conducting every task. I feel happy to work in an environment which is peaceful and comfortable.
My name is Ms Loh Giuk Lan. Sibu is my hometown, I graduated for the first time from National Taiwan Normal University obtaining a B.A. in education in 1986. Later on, I continued my M.A. studies in Education at Selangor University graduating in 2009. In 2012, I obtained my Advance Diploma in Transformational Systemic Therapy. I have been teaching the Chinese language for the past 27 years and was also a counselor for the last 15 years. I think that the most important thing in life is the kind of relationships you find between people. If we are able to establish a good relationship with our students, those students will be willing to follow our lead. I also believe that "Love" changes a person. I think that we need to show our love and care to others, then everything will be better. In my free time I love to listen to soft music, I find that music fills my life with joy and it helps me to relax and purify my life as well. I am thankful to have a chance to learn new things at Woodlands International School and hope to grow with Woodlands International School.
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.
My name is Louis Ling Zeer and I practically grew up here in Sibu. I graduated from UPM in the field of Biotechnology and always find Science to be captivating, since, well as long as I can remember. I had spent a number of years overseas which include places like Libreville in Central Africa and Singapore, engaged in a number of varying fields. Imparting knowledge and experience while learning from others have always been a part of my life journey. Being part of Woodlands International School marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter to grow and develop together. I enjoy sports and basically love anything that involves outdoors activities, weekends jogging in the forest park or swimming. Too bad there are no kayaking activities around here. I appreciate the chance to introduce myself here and look forward to interacting with you at Woodlands.
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!
My name is Raja Rashidah Hanim binti Raja Kamarudin. I am 26 years of my age and I come from Perak. I am a mother of one young child and I have finished my Bachelor’s Degree at the National University of Malaysia in the field of Al-Quran and As-Sunnah. At Woodlands International School I teach the Malay Language for years 7 and 8 and Islamic Studies for Secondary. Before I came to Woodlands International School, I was working in Perak as Islamic Studies Teacher for 4 years. I am thankful to have a chance to learn new things in the environment at Woodlands International School and I hope to grow with Woodlands International School.
I am Jennifer Ho Thien Ling and I joined Woodlands International School in 2015. After attending a series of orientation courses from 5th January 2015 till 9th January 2015, l realized that this school is very different from other schools which l taught at before. There is full commitment 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 have been teaching Mathematics and Additional Mathematics in three government schools for about 34 years before my sabbatical in September 2014. I was an assistant head of Mathematics Department for about 10 years; Head of Mathematics Department for 5 years; a senior assistant for Co-curriculum Department for 7 years; and the master teacher for Additional Mathematics for 6 years. However, working in Woodlands International School, many things are new and l need to start from the beginning and relearn a lot of things. I am grateful that much senior staff here are willing to give a helping hand.
My name is Tristan Barry; since arriving in Sibu I have enjoyed playing badminton, singing karaoke and eating Kompia. In 2012 I completed my Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne with English, Media & ESL streams. In my five years as a teacher I have taught English to Japanese, Chinese and Afghan students both in my home country of Australia and in Japan. As a teacher I enjoy being able to assist students in exploring and developing their creative and academic interests. Using a variety of resources and tasks to broaden and deepen their control of English, and by increasing this control also extend their ability to interact with the world around them. During the opportunities that I have had to meet with both prospective students and parents I have been enthused by their eagerness and their optimism for Woodlands and the educational opportunities it will provide. I look forward to supporting students in meeting the opportunities of an evolving Malaysia; assisting their development of the skills necessary to be actively engaged in their community, whether their goals be local or international.