Alexandra Backhouse (Assistant Head of Primary and Year 6 Teacher):
Alex Backhouse is from England and has been teaching for 11 years. The first 7 years were spent teaching in an inner city school in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where she taught years 1 to 5. During her time there, she became the Interventions Manager, looking at the effectiveness of different interventions throughout the whole school and also the Special Needs Coordinator. In Nepal, she enjoyed trekking and cycling in the national parks but she didn’t enjoy the cold weather in the winter so she decided to come back to Malaysia for the warmer weather and tastier food!
Kris Davis (Head of Key Stage 1 and Year 2 Teacher):
Kris joined KTJ from England in January 2015 as a Year 1 teacher, having previously taught in Exeter, Devon for 4 years. He studied at the University of Bath before completing his PGCE from the University of Plymouth in 2011. Kris believes learning is a lifelong journey and thinks that KTJ is a great place for children to develop their wide range of individual skills and talents. In his spare time Kris is a keen sportsman and loves to play football and cricket as well as travelling to and visiting new places.
Vivian Elizabeth Pereira (Early Years Teacher):
Vivian is from Malaysia. She was mostly educated in Malaysia, but obtained her Montessori Diploma (A.M.I) Early Childhood Learning from Hyderabad, India. She has had the privelege of working with children for many years now and has gained a treasure trove of experiences from these little ones. She would not change her job for all the "tea in China".
Simone Nicola Felix (Year 1 Teacher):
Simone is a loving and cheerful teacher. She has been teaching for 8 years enjoys listening to music, reading and of course, having fun with family and friends.
Nicola Ward (Year 1 Teacher):
Since moving to Malaysia a few years ago, Nicola has made friends from all around the world and feels part of a new KTJ family! She studied Early Years at University and went on to teach Childcare and Early Years Studies in an Further Education college for 3 years in the UK. Teaching at KTJ Primary has already brought some amazing experiences for her and has been a very rewarding time.
Anne Elizabeth Bradbury (Year 2 Teacher):
Anne joined KTJ after spending 3 years in Sarawak working on a British Council education project with teachers in local primary schools. She has previously taught in Early Years classes and Special Needs schools in the UK, as well as language schools in France, Italy and Spain. Anne really likes living in Malaysia with all its opportunities for travel and new experiences!
Elizabeth Alexander (Year 3 Teacher):
Elizabeth is a Year 3 teacher in the Primary School. Before moving to Malaysia in August 2013, she taught in Egypt for four years. She believes that KTJ is a great place to learn new skills and particularly enjoys using the climbing wall. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hiking and sightseeing.
James Prigmore (Year 4 Teacher):
James arrived at KTJ from teaching at an international school in Italy for 6 years across KS1 and KS2. He has previously taught in South Korea and in England where he worked in pupil referral units in deprived areas. James is particularly interested in English and history and loves sports of all kinds.
Daniel Lloyd Marr (Head of Key Stage 2 and Year 4/5 Teacher):
After a short spell teaching EAL, Daniel entered the mainstream classroom by gaining experience as a teaching assistant. This soon led to him gaining a PGCE from Buckingham University whilst working in an international school in Beijing, where he worked for 6 years. Daniel now comes to KTJ with his wife as the KS2 Coordinator and is excited about the fresh, new challenges that the school and life in Malaysia have to offer. Daniel's interests include fitness, travelling and photography.
Elaine Fong (Year 5 Teacher):
Elaine was born and bred in Scotland, but her parents are originally from Hong Kong so she can speak basic Cantonese. She has a B.Ed. (Honours) in Primary Education from Moray House in Edinburgh and has taught since August 2000. She loves teaching here as the children are extremely keen and enthusiastic and finds it a privilege to be part of their exciting learning journey.
Ryan Phillips (Year 6 Teacher):
Ryan is from England but grew up in Germany and Northern Ireland. He has taught in Thailand, East London and Mongolia. He loves to travel and find new adventures. During his free time he enjoys Rugby, History and Art. Ryan is a passionate teacher who believes learning should be real so it is memorable. In the short time he has been at KTJ he has been really impressed by the children's behaviour and general attitude to learning.
Early Years: Tengku Zainab Zanariah bt Tengku Mohd Amin - with Vivian Pereira
Early Years: Rosely Siluvai - with Vivian Pereira
Year 1: Aisywerryah Rajasheghar - with Nicola Ward
Year 1: Nor Aimi Saleh - with Simon Felix
Year 2: Annah Joseph - with Anne Bradbury
Year 2: Indra Dewi Sunda Singh - with Kris Davis
Year 3: Suhashini Tamilchilluan (Suha) - with Elizabeth Alexander
Year 3: Tie Ing Ing - with Anna Dass
Year 4: Imelda Francis - with James Prigmore
Year 4/5: Rimante Songailaite - with Daniel Marr
Year 5: Vethanayagi Jaram - with Elaine Fong
Year 6: Sethu Rajeswari (Rajes) - with Alexandra Backhouse and Ryan Phillips
After graduating at the University of Avignon, Dominique came to the UK to obtain an equivalent of her French degree in the University of Humberside and Lincolnshire. in 2007, she decided to change her career and did her teacher training in Chichester. She taught 7 years in a prep school in the UK and then moved to the UAE for 3 years with her husband and daughter Amélie. In her spare time, Dominique enjoys running, reading and meeting new people through travelling.
Moorthi Velu is a teacher of Business Studies, Malay,History and Morals. He is Head of Year for Lower School and House Tutor for Imran. Has been in KTJ since 1995. He graduated from the Science University of Malaysia in Bachelor of Education and finished his Masters in Business Administration from the National University of Malaysia.
Ruaida is a Malay teacher who has taught at KTJ for 14 years. She has been teaching Malay Language for more than 25 years for local and international students, and expatriates. She pursued her M.Sc.(Corporate Communication) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is involved in the International Youth Awards activities.
Lim Chwee Ping:
Jacklyn Lim is a Music (classroom and piano) and Chinese teacher who has been teaching for more than 20 years in International Schools. She graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia and is a registered teacher in Australia and Malaysia. She enjoys challenging work, being creative and exploring. She loves teaching Mandarin, using ICT as a teaching tool and always tries to create fun activities for her students.
Low Bee Lan:
Yvonne graduated from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with a degree in Mass Communication. She has been working as a Mandarin Teacher in Malaysia and Germany since 2000. Teaching makes her happy and a feeling of fulfillment!
Kelly Hooi Jia Li:
Kelly is a Primary School music teacher who joined KTJ in August 2013. She graduated from The University of Newcastle, Australia. She loves to play different musical instruments and likes soap making.
Shivon Sigrid Anita Veal:
Ooi Tze Yang:
Ooi Tze Yang is from Penang, where he has lived for 28 years. He has been working as a PE teacher for 5 years and was Head of PE in St Christopher's International Primary School in Penang. He likes to play water polo, swimming and go jogging during my free time. He loves coaching swimming and is keen to get the kids in the beautiful pools in KTJ for some swimming teaching and training!
Head of Student Support Services and EAL
Deryk Mathieu Powles Fournier:
Deryk Fournier, Head of Student Support Services and EAL Coordinator, studied in Canada, France and England. He arrived at KTJ in August, after 9 Years in Beijing. He is especially excited about discovering, with his daughters and Anna, Malaysia and its diverse food culture. Indeed, in his spare time, he enjoys eating.
English Additional Language (EAL)
Having been an EAL teacher to students aged from 5 to 75 at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur for 7 years, Emma joined KTJ as Head of Operations to help start the Primary school. Now she's back to her first love and teaching the Primary school's EAL students and the Secondary school's IELTS candidates. As an Executive Committee member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society Malaysia, she is also extremely dedicated to her mission of exposing KTJ'ers and other bright students to intellectual invigoration through outreach events such as The Oxbridge & KTJ Annual Debating Forum and The Annual Oxbridge & KTJ Engineering Workshop.
After securing a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and working 10 years in this field throughout the U.S., Amanda pursued a dream of teaching English in Asia. Since completing a TESOL course in 2015, she has taught at private institutions in SE Asia. Amanda now assists in teaching EAL throughout the KTJ Primary School. In her free time she enjoys all things vegetarian, writing and travelling throughout Asia.
Special Educational Needs
Esther is the Primary School Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She comes from the North East of England. She previously worked in a school for Special Educational Needs for 4 years after which she and her husband decided to change their lives and move to this lovely part of the world.
Joshua Lee Xung Rong:
Joshua was born in Seremban. He holds the Bronze Medallion, Emergency First Response (EFR) and Swimming Teaching Certificate (STC) for his role in the primary and secondary schools as swimming teacher. His aim is to make the lessons as fun, easy to understand, effective and safe as possible. He always promotes swim-health, swim-safe and swim-fun into his teaching.