Our excellent team of academic staff are dedicated to providing your child with the best possible educational experience. Please see below for a list of KTJ’s secondary teachers and counsellors. 

Bahasa Melayu

Head of Department: Gosilathevi Balakrishnan BA (UPM), IB and IPC

Ms Thevi is the IGCSE Malay teacher and Head of the Malay Language Department. Prior to joining KTJ, she was attached with the Rafflesia International School and Fairview International School as the  IGCSE language teacher and Head of Malay Language Department. Thevi started her career as a Montessori teacher and had a great time sharing her Montessori skills with the younger learners. Over the past 12 years, she's had the wonderful opportunity to become a Montessori, an International Baccalaureate(IB), IGCSE educator and Team Leader cum Language Program Designer in primary and secondary school settings. Thevi's interest in Language and Linguistics stimulated her to lead a Middle Year Program for Grade 7 till 11. She has developed highly effective teaching techniques and instructional methods, which has allowed her to educate all styles of learning by creating fun, engaging learning environments and encouraging growing independence learners. During Thevi's free time, she enjoys doing yoga, travelling, baking and social activities and has a passion for guiding youngsters toward their future. Thevi holds a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Modern Language and Communication awarded by University Putra Malaysia (UPM), International Baccalaureate Tutor by Fairview International College and Montessori Facilitator awarded by Smart Reader Worldwide.

Abdul Aziz bin Seti BA (Universiti Teknologi MARA)

Abdul Aziz Seti holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Broadcasting) degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA. He is very interested in language and communication studies. His deep interest in both areas saw him qualify as a journalist on current affairs and entertainment for Malaysian TV. His eloquence also enabled him to work for the prominent national airline, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB). Aziz’s career moved on to Able learner Centre, Kuala Lumpur followed by Nilai International School. He also held the position of House Parent in NIS. Aziz also taught Performing Arts in his previous schools and led choirs which involves acapella voice harmony, alto, tenor, soprano and bass singing. In addition to teaching, he actively encourages the learning of Malay culture through poetry, dance, costume and celebrations of major Malaysian festivals. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with all of his students. Besides teaching Malay Language in KTJ he is also a house tutor for Nadzaruddin.

Nur Izzatul Hidayah binti Rusli BA (Universiti Kebangsaan)

Nur Izzatul Hidayah holds a degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM) in Linguistics. She is passionated about teaching language, so she decided to further her studies in language field. She started her career in Regent International School for two years as a secondary and primary Malay teacher. She also did Malay tuition during her free time before she moved to Seremban. She likes jogging, cooking, watching television and reading article during her free time. She is happily married to her husband, Firdaus, and they live in Port Dickson.

Business Department

Head of Department: Mohana Sunthari Saki Tazan B. Soc. Sc (Econs) USM. Cambridge Diploma in Teaching CIDTT

Mohana has been teaching Economics at KTJ since year 2000. After graduating from University Science Malaysia, she started her banking career with MBF before moving into the field of education. She is currently working on a reference book on A Level Economics. She hopes to have it published soon.

Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Took Shir Li BA (UKM)

Shir Li has a degree in Economics with a specialization in Econometrics, which she obtained from National University of Malaysia. She also holds a master's degree in Economics. With a strong focus on Econometrics, Shir Li has developed a deep understanding of statistical and mathematical models used in economic analysis. Along with her academic qualifications, Shir Li has gained 7 years of experience teaching economics at a private university. Additionally, Shir Li is an enthusiastic nature lover who enjoys spending time camping and exploring the great outdoors. Her passion for education and shaping young minds is evident through her dedication to the teaching profession. Shir Li is a Deputy Head of the Sixth Form Team. 

Assistant Head of Secondary: Rachel Easaw BCom (Queensland)

Rachel is an Accounting and Economics teacher. She graduated from the University of Southern Queensland and is a member of CPA Australia. She loves to engage in performing arts and is an Alia House Tutor. 


Kalarani graduated from Northern University Malaysia with a B. Acct (Hons.) in 1994. She worked in audit firms for 2 years and taught in a private college for 5 years prior to joining KTJ in August 2001. Currently, teaching Accounting for Forms 4, 5 , Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth.

Moorthi A/l Velu B.Ed and MBA (USM)

Moorthi has more than 28 years of teaching experience of which 7 years were spent teaching in a public secondary school. He has taught Bahasa Melayu, Pendidikan Moral, Pendidikan Sivik dan Kewarganegaraan, all under KSSM syllabus. He also teaches Malay Language for Primary and Secondary(IGCSE), Business Studies (IGCSE) and Local History. He has great interest in sports, currently involved in KTJ’s ECA’s such as squash, badminton and football. He is also a first level squash coach (WSF). During his free time he plays squash, badminton and does mountain climbing. Additionally he was a tutor for Imran House between 1997 to 2017, Head of Moral department and Head of Year for lower forms in KTJ.

Sharifah Nura Syed Edros BA (Minnesota), MA (Roosevelt) and DIP (UM)

Sharifah Nura a pioneer teacher in KTJ - teaching O and A level Economics. Houseparent for the House of Jawahir as well as teacher advisor for People to People International Student Chapter.

Mary Celin Kung BA and DIP (UM)

Mary is a Business teacher who has taught at KTJ since year 2004. She graduated with a degree in Economics and enjoys travelling.


Head of Department: Yap Bee San BA and MA (UPSI)

Bee San was born and raised in Malaysia and is originally from Kuala Lumpur. Bee San gained her undergraduate degree from Uni Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Chinese Language with Education), followed by completing her Masters at the same university in Chinese Literature. Prior to teaching in KTJ, she has five years teaching Chinese Language in another international school and Chinese independent school. She believes that education is life itself and perhaps one of the most important ingredients to a happy, successful and constructive life. Outside of school, Bee San loves to read literature of magical realism and certain studies of social science.

Yeoh Mun Foong BA (Zhejiang) BEd (UPM), DIP (MPMK), DIP (Capher)

Mdm Yeoh Mun Foong teaches Physical Education and Chinese Language, and has been at KTJ since year 1998. She graduated from Malaysia Teachers Training College, University of Putra (Malaysia) and University of Zhe Jiang (China). She loves cats!

Lim Chwee Ping BA (Melbourne)

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 working, especially challenging work, being creative and exploring. She loves teaching Mandarin and using ICT as a teaching tool and always tries to create fun activities for her students to learn.

Soo Kar Man Carmen BA (UPSI)

Kar Man (Carmen) graduated from the Sultan Idris Education University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language with Education. During her college time, she had participated in a cultural exchange programme in Guangzhou and was also selected to join a student exchange programme in Shaoxing, Zhejiang. Previously, she was working as a Mandarin writer and curriculum developer for 2 and a half years at Real Education. She loves reading, baking and cooking but also likes sports like swimming and playing badminton. She also enjoys adventures and explorations, especially exploring the mystery of the ocean, which is what motivates her to get a diving certificate. As a teacher, she likes to make friends with her students and understand their needs to create lessons that suit them the most. She ensures her students find her lessons relatable so that they can make use of the knowledge they learn from her class in their everyday life.


Head of Department: Pathmavathi Karuppiah, B.IT (Otago Polytechnic), CIE DIP

Pathma is an ICT teacher who has taught at KTJ since year 2000. She is also the head of the Computer department. She graduated from the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin.

Assistant Head of Secondary: Shamini Kamalasen BSE, M.Ed (UPM), DIP (UNITEN)

Shamini completed her Diploma in IT and a Degree in Software Engineering from UNITEN. She continued to complete her Masters in Education Administration from UPM. She is passionate about computer programming and would like to share her experience with the students at KTJ. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, listening to music and watching movies.

Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Ian Chesworth BSc (Durham) BA (Open) DipMus ARCO MInstP CPhys

After gaining a degree in Theoretical Physics, Ian started his career working as a Test Engineer in the Semiconductor business getting hands-on experience in computer networking and programming. He continued working in the Electronics sector as a Consultant whilst also pursuing a career as a successful musician, teaching at the prestigious Manchester Metropolitan University and also as a Lead Musician with the oldest orchestra in the world, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. 

He is delighted to work with the bright minds of KTJ and bring his practical experience into the classroom and also within the Sixth Form giving students practical engineering experience.

In his spare time, he loves tinkering with Raspberry Pi computers, playing the piano and practising his Opera Singing.


Design Technology (DT) & Art

Kobus Rensburg DIP (Pretoria)

Kobus graduated at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and relocated to the UK where he taught Design & Technology as well as PE for 4 years. After spending some time back home in South Africa he headed over to China with his family, where he was a Houseparent and Director of Sport for 5 years at an International British Boarding School. Kobus thoroughly enjoys travelling with his lovely wife and 3 gorgeous boys.

Angela Sornhiran BSc (Lancaster), BSc (Newcastle Polytechnic), MA (Derby Open University)

Angela teaches Food and Nutrition at KTJ. She is passionate about all things food, and shares her favourite recipes on her Food Brainwash YouTube channel! 

Maria Laura Jorda MA (UBA)

Laura graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina.  She worked as an Architect there and eventually moved to Italy where she continued working in the field. She and her husband moved to the middle east first and later to Hong Kong where she taught Spanish in an international setting for many years.  Laura joined KTJ after working in Shanghai, China, delivering Art and Design at an international secondary school at KS3, IGCSE and IB level. She enjoys life in Malaysia where she spends her spare time reading, knitting and going out for coffee with her family.

Ong Cheng Cheng BA (RMIT), MA (ACU) and DIP (Brisbane)

Cheng studied an Art and Design undergraduate degree at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia. In 2010, she continued her studies in Education. She completed her Masters degree in teaching at Australian Catholic University as well as Graduate Diploma in Education at Griffith University (Brisbane). Upon graduation in 2013, she worked at Good Shepherd Christian School in Australia (Albany Creek) as an Art teacher. In 2015, she returned to Malaysia and taught IB Visual Arts syllabus at Fairview International School. In 2020, she worked as an IGCSE Art and Design Teacher at Sri KDU International school. During her spare time, Cheng loves to go cycling, swimming and to play badminton and table tennis. Cheng also likes to go travelling with her friends and family.

Shafizah Abdul Rahim Dip (UiTM)

Shafizah, a graduate of MARA University of Technology Malaysia, enriched by her academic Major in Graphic Design. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, Shafizah is completing her Harvard University Higher Education Teaching certificate. She holds a Certified Cambridge Art and Design Teacher. She has been recognised as an Apple Teacher from the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program, attesting to her proficiency in leveraging technology to enhance the learning experience. She commenced her career at Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar in 2010, later transitioning to diverse international schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor before returning to KTJ in 2023.

In her spare time she takes pleasure in painting, coaching and cooking. She also dedicates her expertise to assisting high school graduates in developing their portfolios for university admissions. From painting to ceramics and traditional batik art, she is always looking for her next creative adventure.

Art Coordinator: Mohd Pauzi Mohd Nor BSc (Wisconsin), MA (Kansas)

Mohd Pauzi Mohd Nor has been an Art & Design teacher at KTJ since 1991, and has recently taken on a new role as Art Coordinator. He loves sports, painting and cooking. He also coaches soccer and tennis in his spare time.

Drama & Theatre Studies

Head of Department: Adrian Nebbett, BA (Exeter)

Adrian Nebbett has been Head of Drama at KTJ since year 2009. He has over thirty years of experience in theatre at amateur, student, community, and professional levels, in the UK, USA, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. In his other life he is a well-known authority on Sherlock Holmes.


Head of Department: Alice Callinicos BA (Rhodes) and PGCE (Lancashire)

Alice majored in Speech and Drama and Classical Civilisation at Rhodes University, and started her teaching career in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2002 she moved to the UK, where she taught English at Stonyhurst College. Alice then went onto teach both English and History in Uzbekistan.

Professional Mentor: Tristan Weston BA (Wales) NPQML and PGCE (Loughborough)

Tristan studied English Literature at the University of Wales and later completed his teacher training at the university of Loughborough. He started his career at De Lisle Catholic School as an English teacher and has since held middle and senior positions including Head of department, Head of Pastoral care, Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Headteacher. Currently he is excited about working as a learning mentor across both primary and secondary school supporting student teachers and Early Career teachers. He has worked in Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom and India and is currently loving Malaysia. In his spare time Tristan is a musician, a keen actor and performance poet and a dedicated, if somewhat amateur home cook. Tristan is also the Professional Mentor, leading the induction of new academic staff. 

Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Mark Disney BA and MA (Oxon)

Mark Disney has been a permanent resident of Malaysia for over 20 years and joined KTJ in 2014, teaching History and English Literature at IGCSE and A-Level. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language & Literature. In addition to teaching and lecturing, he has extensive experience in the areas of educational consultancy, journalism, publishing, and qualifications. He is the President of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia and will assist with university placement for the 6th Form. He is married with three children (2 of them are alumni of KTJ!)

Suresh Naidu B.Ed (Warwick), MA (Nottingham)

Suresh is a member of the English Department and has worked at KTJ since 1994. He has held various positions in the School, including that of Houseparent, Proctor and Deputy Principal. Currently, Suresh is an English Teacher and Coach/Mentor. He graduated from the University of Warwick, UK and enjoys tinkering with his cars.

Abdes Kaur BA (Indiana)

Abdes brings with her extensive experience of almost two decades in education, applying appropriate teaching and assessment methodologies, and contributing to the design and development of objectives and teaching materials. Most of her adult life she  was living and pursuing her passion for teaching in foreign lands, namely in the Middle East prior to returning to Malaysia few years ago. Before joining KTJ, Abdes was attached to Fairview International School as an IBMYP and IBDP English Language and Literature teacher and the Head of English Language and Literature Department for 9 years. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and reading, and she is passionate about a plausible future in which good education must be made accessible to all irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic backgrounds.

Charles Harper B.Ed (Johannesburg)

Charles holds a B.Ed in English and Biology from the University of Johannesburg. Prior to moving to Malaysia, he taught English in Germany, South Africa, and Uzbekistan, where his students achieved prestigious awards such as the highest score in IGCSE English exams in South Africa, and the highest mark globally in the A level language and literature exams. Charles has lived in, or visited, 22 countries and speaks four languages. In his spare time, Charles enjoys playing with his two small children, chess, cycling, archery, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and anything that takes him into nature and wild places.

Katherine Cooper BA (London) and PGCE (Warwick)

Katherine brings over 14 years of English teaching at all levels with her to KTJ. To date she has worked in Hong Kong, Doha, Shanghai and the UK. She has been living and working in sunny Malaysia for four years now and is delighted to remain in the country and continue her journey in teaching at KTJ. In her previous two schools she held the role of Head of English, but is very excited to get back into the classroom to her roots and bring her enthusiasm and passion for the subject to students at KTJ. 

She holds a BA(Hons) Theatre Studies and Drama from Royal Holloway, University of London and a PGCE English and Drama from University of Warwick. Katherine's interests in English are Gothic literature, Magical Realism, Romance and Shakespeare. She has been proud to organise various events in her career such as Book Week, Shakespeare Festival, various competitions, and a range of outings. 

Outside of school, Katherine enjoys swimming, walking, amateur theatre, singing, travelling and being a self-professed foodie. She has a passion for writing stories and has a pet rabbit named Oreo. 

Melinder Tyndall B.Ed (UNIRAZAK), MA (Nottingham) and CELTA

Meet Melinder, a self-proclaimed 'kampung girl' whose passion for teaching has led her on a remarkable journey of discovery. Her teaching odyssey began by establishing the English department at a university in Sana’a, Yemen. However, her path took an unexpected turn due to the outbreak of civil war, prompting her to embark on a new chapter.

Venturing into new horizons, Melinder played a pivotal role in launching and co-managing an English department in the enchanting city of Guilin, China. Her teaching voyage continued as she made her way to Heyuan, China, where she not only taught but also trained fellow educators in a private school.

Before joining our community, Melinder's voyage led her to the vibrant city of Bangkok, Thailand. There, she took charge of both the Secondary English and Pastoral Care division, leaving an indelible mark.

Outside the classroom, Melinder's spirit for exploration remains unwavering. You might find her savouring a cup of tea, engrossed in a captivating book, embarking on thrilling journeys, road tripping to new destinations, and fearlessly embracing novel experiences.

Nur Shafiqah Binti Muhammad Al-Shafieq B.Ed (Nottingham)

Originating from the culturally rich city of Malacca, Shafiqah holds a Bachelor of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Nottingham. She graduated with first-class honours and was distinguished by a Dean's Excellency Award. Furthermore, she undertook a pivotal internship in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department at KTJ for her final year of teaching practicum. She currently holds a position in the English department, where she primarily focuses on lower secondary students. In addition, Shafiqah also works in the learning support department, where she helps make sure all students feel included and can learn effectively.

Outside of her professional commitments, Shafiqah possesses a multifaceted array of interests. She engages in glass painting as an artistic outlet and holds a black belt in Taekwondo. She loves spending time with her family, and she also enjoys badminton and had represented her state in multiple badminton tournaments.


Head of Department: Esmeralda Borges MA (Grenoble)

Esméralda Borges is a French teacher and the Houseparent of Alia House. She has been teaching in KTJ since year 2002. She graduated from the University of Grenoble in France where she studied the Didactics of French as a Foreign Language. When she has some free time she enjoys going to the cinema and reading.

Dominique Frost BA (Lincolnshire & Humberside), PGCSE (Chichester)

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.



Ben is the current Head of Humanities (History and Geography), having previously worked as a Head of Humanities in London. He graduated from Cardiff University, completed his teacher training at Exeter University and his M.Ed at St Mary's, Twickenham. His interests include reading, writing and rugby.

Deputy Head of Secondary: Matthew Curtis BA (Plymouth), PGCE, PGCERT (Exeter)

Matthew studied for a BA (Hons) in Geography at the University of Plymouth. He then completed his PGCE and PGCERT (Reflective Practice) at the University of Exeter. Matthew started his teaching at King Alfred School Somerset, then went on to be Head of Geography at Beaminster School in Dorset. In 2015 Matthew moved to Sidcot School and worked as an Assistant Head (Co-Curricular and Director Of Online Learning) as well as being a Deputy Housemaster. Matthew is Clair’s partner and they both have three children aged 5, 7, and 9. In his spare time Matthew likes to watch cricket, cycle and dive.

Assistant Head of Secondary: Clair Curtis-Dyke BSc and PGCE (Plymouth)

Clair studied for a BSc in Geography at the University of Plymouth in the UK and then moved to complete a PGCE in Geography at the University of Exeter. She started her career at The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. This is a high achieving state comprehensive school in South West England. She held several roles at this school before starting a family with her partner Matthew. For the last 3 years she has been the Head of Geography and History at Sidcot School, a coeducational international boarding school near Bristol. In her spare time, Clair enjoys spending time with her 3 children and running.

Assistant Head of Secondary: David Hughes BSc (Liverpool) PGCE (Cambridge)

After graduating from the University of Liverpool, David completed his PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge. He is the Houseparent of Naquiah Day House and has worked in schools in both the UK and Australia. David and his wife have four sons, all of whom study at KTJ. David loves sport, in particular rugby, and cycled unsupported across Australia in 2022.

Norliza Othman BSc (New Mexico State), MA (Portland), CIE DIP

Puan Norliza is a pioneer teacher since December 1990 who teaches Geography. She has a Master Degree in Urban Planning from Portland State University, USA. She likes dancing and is the adviser of Malay Dance Group and IYA society in KTJ.

Anthony Catto BSc (Rhodes), PGCE (Uni of South Africa)

I began my teaching career at St Andrews College, South Africa and then moved to Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar in 2011.  I taught Geography and was Houseparent of Nadzimuddin House. In 2017 I took up a teaching position in China, at Malvern College in Qingdao. I was also appointed as Head of Boarding, House Cup Co-ordinator, and was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. In 2020 I returned to KTJ as the Houseparent of Imran House and Geography teacher. I am really pleased to be back in Malaysia. 

I enjoy all sports, especially hockey, as well as outdoor pursuits such as hiking and sailing. Before I started teaching I worked aboard a yacht which was undertaking a world circumnavigation and enjoyed some incredible experiences crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. I left the yacht to start teaching and one day I hope to finish that voyage by crossing the Indian Ocean. I have a passion for travel and enjoy meeting new cultures. I also try to incorporate my outdoor experiences into the geography classroom.

Conor O’Rourke BA (Portsmouth), PGDE, M.Ed (Canterbury)

Conor studied BA Geography at the University of Portsmouth, before graduating in 2013 and joining the Metropolitan Police Service. Based in Central London as a police constable for seven years, he worked as an emergency response officer and as a domestic violence investigator on the safeguarding unit. In 2020, Conor changed career into teaching. Enrolling on the Teach First Leadership Development programme, he completed his ITT and PGDE, through Canterbury Christ Church University, at a secondary school in Mid Bedfordshire. In 2023, he completed his M. Ed. with a dissertation focused on the prior skills and experience career change teachers can bring to the classroom. In his spare time Conor enjoys watching and playing rugby as well as supporting the mighty Luton Town FC. He regularly visits his brother in London and family in the Republic of Ireland.


Head of Humanities: Ben Wakefield BA (Cardiff), MA (Twickenham), PGCE (Exeter)

Ben is the current Head of Humanities (History and Geography), having previously worked as a Head of Humanities in London. He graduated from Cardiff University, completed his teacher training at Exeter University and his M.Ed at St Mary's, Twickenham. His interests include reading, writing and rugby.

Deputy Head of Secondary: Gary Slade BA (Rhodes), PGCE (Uni of South Africa)

Gary graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with a degree in History before heading to the UK where he has been living and teaching for the past 15 years. He previously held the positions of Head of Boarding, Director of Sport and Head of School Operations at Salisbury Cathedral School. Gary loves to explore the world and hopes to spend his spare time travelling (and fishing) with his wife, young daughter and friends.

Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Anastassi Callinicos BA (Exeter and Zimbabwe) and MA (Zimbabwe)

Anastassi was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. He studied at Exeter University and the University of Zimbabwe, where he was awarded Honours in Medieval Studies and Classics respectively. After achieving a Master’s Degree in Classics, he became a Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe for the next fifteen years, doing a stint as Chairman of Department during that time.

Stas became a Teacher of Classics at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, the oldest Jesuit School in the world, and a very beautiful place. While there he soon became a Housemaster for the Lower Sixth Form. After seven years, he continued to teach Latin and Greek in both the A Level and IB syllabus, while also being a Sixth Form Tutor, and part of the team of the College Museum and Historic Libraries. In this latter role, he also translated a number of Latin manuscripts and texts for publication.

Stas plays tennis and the guitar, and has a reasonable singing voice. He loves cryptic crosswords, and is learning and reading Russian.

Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Philip Saint BA (York), MA (London), PGCE (Bath)

Philip comes to KTJ from the UK having taught History and Politics in both the private and maintained sectors. He also worked as a solicitor in the City of London for well over a decade. Philip's other main interests are French culture and language, and cricket. Having lived in and around London for much of his life, he is looking forward to exploring Malaysia and South East Asia.

Assistant Head of Secondary: Hamish Farquharson BA (Durham), PGCE (Kent)

Hamish has been at KTJ since 2018. He is Assistant Head of School and is responsible for data analysis, student progress and assessment, as well as being a boarding house tutor in Imran House and History teacher. He also loves organising professional development, especially TeachMeets. Prior to coming to Malaysia, he worked at schools in Dubai, a special school in Hartlepool, England and a prep school in Hampshire, after reading History at the University of Durham, and training with a Secondary PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University.

He is a GCSE History examiner for Pearson Edexcel, and a Peer Evaluator for the Council of International Schools. He is very proud to support the Debate Union, where he gets to work with some of KTJ’s most articulate students. Outside school, he enjoys gardening with friends, reading and researching history, experiencing Malaysia's amazing food and listening to Scottish folk music. 

Andrew Price BA, PGCE (Swansea), MA (Liverpool)

Andrew joined KTJ after being Head of History at an international school in North Wales. He completed his initial degree and PGCE at Swansea University and then studied for a Masters at Liverpool University. He has over twenty years teaching experience and has taught at a number of day and boarding schools in the UK. His main interests are reading, travelling and most sports, especially football, golf and badminton.

Mei Yin Khuat BA (Sydney), MA (Deakin)

Prior to joining KTJ, Ms. Mei taught at ELC International School from 2020-2023, where she taught History and Geography. She currently teaches Form 1 to Form 4 History and Geography in KTJ Secondary. During her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading and has a passion for Russian history and culture.

Richard Tapp MA (Aberdeen) PGCE (Buckingham)

Richard spent his childhood moving through various international school systems, having grown up in Syria, Scotland, Nigeria and India. Richard returned to the UK to study for his MA in History at the University of Aberdeen. After graduating, he worked in hotel management in Devon in the UK, before transitioning into teaching in his late 20s. Richard studied the rigorous PGCE course through the University of Buckingham and has specialised in teaching Secondary History. Prior to moving to work at KTJ he taught in Uzbekistan for a number of years. In his spare time, Richard enjoys reading, travelling and particularly exploring historical sites of interest around the world.

Islamic Studies

Mohd Haziq Mohd Salleh DIP and BA (IIUM)

Haziq was a private home tutor and graphic designer for almost 10 years. He brings with him extensive experience in teaching, designing and IT. He is the Cover Supervisor and Islamic Studies Teacher. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Communication Technology, majoring in Database and minoring in Business Administration from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).


Head of Department: Ng Wei Yee BSc and MSc (UM)

Wei Yee is the Head of the Maths Department who joined KTJ in 2010. She graduated from the University of Malaya and has years of experience in teaching both the IGCSE and A-Levels Maths. She is a huge badminton fan, too.

Assistant Head of Secondary: Ng Poh Bee BSc, MSc and DIP (UKM)

Ng Poh Bee is a Maths teacher who has taught at KTJ since 2004. She graduated from the University of Putra Malaysia and enjoys playing piano.

Soba Kumari Krishnan BA and M.Ed (UM)

Soba Kumari is a Mathematics teacher who has taught at KTJ since year 2004. She has graduated from the University of Malaya and enjoys reading and baking.

Angie Lee BSc (UPM), CIE DIP

Angie is a Mathematics teacher and Irinah Houseparent. She has been with KTJ since 2001. Angie is an avid table-tennis player; she was previously an ECA Coordinator and NQH House Tutor.

Murali Ramoo BSc (UKM), DIP

Murali is a Maths teacher who joined KTJ in year 2001 with 24 years of teaching experience altogether. He has graduated from UKM, Malaysia with Bsc (Hons) in Mathematics. He is a biker and loves travelling.

Fong Chee Yee BA (NUS)

Mr. Fong is a Maths teacher who joined KTJ in 2011. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and enjoys tennis.

Hussin Bin Sahid BSc (Ohio)

Hussin Bin Sahid is a Maths and Islamic Studies teacher who has taught at KTJ since 1997. He graduated from Ohio University, Athens. ​

Jayasri Pichakaran B.Ed (Utar)

Jayasari is a Maths teacher at KTJ and has been here since year 2011. She graduated from University Tun Abdul Razak and enjoys playing badminton.

Lester Dickman BSc and DIP (UM)

Lester Dickman, who joined KTJ in 1996, has been a Mathematics teacher for more than 30 years. He is passionate about spending time in the classroom with his students. Lester completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Malaya. He enjoys spending all his spare time with his family.

Vengadachalam P BA (USM), MSc (UPM)

Venga is a Maths teacher who has taught at KTJ since year 1998. He graduated from the University of Science, Malaysia and enjoys outdoor activities.

Warren Miller HDe (Edgewood), QTS

Warren studied at Edgewood College in Durban, SA, before moving to the UK in 1998, initially to play cricket and travel. After deciding to stay in the UK, he taught at both state and private schools in London and the Home Counties. His final position was Head of Boarding at Lambrook School, a prestigious preparatory school in Berkshire. 

He is an enthusiastic sportsman who is particularly keen on cricket, golf, rugby and fishing. He also enjoys travelling with his wife, Caroline, and their three children.

Asogan S/o Arumugam BSc (UM)

I am one of the few pioneer teachers who is still attached to KTJ. I started as the Head of Physics in November 1990 and taught science for 27 years. I have a strong passion for maths and science so I decided to teach maths, which I have been doing so since 2017.

Fadhilah binti Abu Bakar, BSc, MSc (UTM)

Fadhilah studied for Degree and Master in Mathematics at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai (UTM). She has experience teaching the Cambridge, Singapore and National syllabus. She has been teaching Mathematics for 5 years in 2 different schools and 9 years personal tutoring (Maths) for more than 20 students before joining KTJ in April 2021. She loves to bake and crafting.

Sudarshan Nair BA and CICTL (UTAR)

Sudhan studied Actuarial Science at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). He discovered a passion for teaching through tutoring in a homeschooling academy in Malaysia and decided to pursue the Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Sudhan believes any student can by good at Mathematics if they are given the space to learn at their own pace. In his spare time, Sudhan enjoys reading and watching films.

Murthi Katherason

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Surendren Uthandi BED (Unitar) and PGCEi (Belfast)

Suren completed his teaching qualification in Unitar, and has since been teaching mathematics for 11 years in International Schools. In his spare time, Suren enjoys working out in the gym and riding bikes.

Choy Wai Kit MA (UTAR) B.Sc (UMP) and Dip (BNU)

Kit is a mathematics teacher in the Secondary School. Prior to KTJ, Kit was attached to Chong Hwa Independent High School in Kuala Lumpur where he also taught mathematics. He holds a masters in mathematics awarded by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Sungai Long, Bachelor of Computer Science awarded by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Diploma of Education awarded by Beijing Normal University. During his free time, Kit enjoys listening music, drawing, calligraphy and workout with friends.


Director of Music: Enrico Millo MMus (Trento)

Enrico studied piano with prof. Buzzai, and graduated in 1989. In the following years he gave concerts, and collaborated with the Conservatory “Tartini” lecturing keyboard accompaniment. In 2003 he pursued a career in international schools teaching and leading music departments in Kuwait, Hong Kong and Shanghai before coming to KTJ. He collaborated with various ensembles such as the HKWMVC, the Kuwaiti Singers, and the CCO of Hong Kong; and adjudicated in several music competitions. He composed for theatre, two editions of the Festival Kugy, the 4th Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, as well as a Requiem Mass blessed by late pope Benedict XVI. Last year he won the grand prize at the IYMC Composition Competition and the runner up at the IYMC Artist of the Year. Beside music his interests span from tennis, to reading, travelling, science, and cooking. He is married to Laura and they have two daughters, Lavinia and Antonia.

Foo Chi Sian BA (Wellington)

Foo Chi Sian is a music teacher who has taught at KTJ since year 1996. She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington (N.Z.) and enjoys listening to all kinds of music.

Sazali Abd Majid BM (Iowa), MA (Salford), DIP (ITM)

Sazali Abd Majid joined KTJ in 2003. He graduated from the University of Salford, UK and enjoys travelling and movies.

Outdoor and Experiential Education

Avindran Tharmasegaran B.ED TESL (UNISEL) and M.ED (UCF)

Avindran Tharmasegaran, commonly referred to as Avin, is the Head of Outdoor and Experiential Education for both KTJ Primary and Secondary. Avin's previous engagement was with Fairview International School, where he held the position of Outdoor Education Coordinator starting from January 2019, following his tenure as an Outdoor Trainer commencing in January 2016. His responsibilities primarily encompassed organising camps and facilitating international expeditions aimed at students' holistic development.

Avin's expertise lies in the realm of experiential and outdoor education, which he aims to seamlessly integrate into the school curriculum. Beyond his professional pursuits, Avin is an avid sports enthusiast, engaging in activities like badminton, basketball and table tennis. His penchant for adventure is evident in his love for hiking as well.

His academic background includes a Bachelor in Education (TESL) earned from University Selangor, accompanied by a Master in Education (IB) and PGDE in Education (IB) acquired from University College Fairview. Notably, he also holds certification as a Duke of Edinburgh International Award Leader, reflecting his commitment to fostering well-rounded development in students.

Physical Education

Head of Physical Education: Peter Moss BSc and PGCE (Gloucestershire)

Peter Moss is from York, England, and takes great pride in being responsible for the progression, growth and management of Physical Education and Sport within a period, spanning over 18yrs.  He joined KTJ in August 2017 where prior leadership roles have been Director of Sport, Head of Physical Education, Director of Football, and Head Coach status in the USA, UK, Brazil and Kenya. A history of coaching and competing at professional, international level, development, and age group levels exemplifies his ‘rich’ expertise. With proven qualities such as adaptability, emotional intelligence, innovation, and communication, his life-long passion has always been student progress, and development.

Julie-Anne Davies B'Ed PE & English (Bedford)

Julie has been teaching in the UK at 2 Sports Colleges as Head of Girls’ PE for 15 years. She has also been a lecturer in Sports Science at further Education college for 3 years, and the Head of Year and PE teacher at a Private Girls’ school in Royal Leamington Spa for 5 years. Julie is a qualified UK FA Football coach and Triathlon coach. She has competed in Full and Half Ironman triathlons at various venues around the world, as well as many running competitions from 10km through to Marathon distance. Julie loves all sports and the opportunities it provides people to develop themselves fully, as well as the way it brings communities together. She is looking forward to seeing the impact of sport on our students at KTJ, helping them to excel in all areas of life

Jesse Tan BA (Inti College), Bronze Medallion, Special Cert, Swimming, MBA (UPM)

Jesse has been working at KTJ since 2008. He has a degree in marketing and an MBA. Jesse also holds the Bronze Medallion and Lifeguard Award of Merit. In his spare time Jesse enjoys swimming, running and spending time with his young daughters.

State Sport Coordinator: Shamirul Taufiq Bin Mahd Suhaimi BA (UiTM) and PGDT (OUM)

Shamirul was born and raised in Selangor, Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor of Sports Science (Hons) from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) before studying and completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDT) at Open University Malaysia (OUM). Before teaching in KTJ, he had 5 years of experience teaching in another international school. He loves helping young people learn about the benefits of physical education including building a strong mind and body, having fun, and working together. He is a keen sportsperson and actively enjoys football, cycling and running. Apart from sports, Shamirul loves outdoor activities, hiking and traveling all around the world.

Eddin Missuan BSc and CPDQ (UiTM)

Before joining KTJ, Eddin was attached with HELP International School, Shah Alam as Year 7 Homeroom Tutor and KS3 - KS5 PE teacher. With 6 years of teaching experience in 2 different schools, Eddin has taught Physical Education in IGCSE and International Baccalaureate syllabus. Outside of school, Eddin is a big sports fan and sports player, and his two favorite sports at the moment are badminton and golf which he spends most of the time in. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science (Edu) and Cambridge Certified Teacher.

Faridahidayu Amrizal DIP (MSU), BHSC (USM) and PGDE (UCF)

Ayu Amrizal studied a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, a Bachelor (Hons) Health Sciences Exercise and Sport Science as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (International Baccalaureate). She started her professional career in 2015 as development officer for Malaysia Rugby Union before embarking on her journey as educator in 2017. She has been teaching Physical Health and Education (PHE) for more than 5 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, drawing, playing various sports and has a passion for outdoor activities.

Areena Abdullah B.Sc (UNITAR)

Areena earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from the University Teknologi MARA. While field hockey is her primary sport, she also likes to play basketball. Areena’s commitment to fostering a positive environment was demonstrated through her 2-year tenure as Head of Wellbeing at her previous school in KL, where her focus was on making students feel safe and happy. In her free time, Areena relishes participating in various physical and outdoor activities.


Head of Department: Moustapha Bechir Bsc, PGCE (London) and MA (Sunderland)

Moustapha Bechir is a passionate science teacher who has been working in teaching in the UK for 7 years. During this time, he helped learners achieve great results and equipped students to attend prestigious universities. He holds a PGCE in Biology education qualification awarded by University College London (UCL), an M.A. in Education awarded by the University of Sunderland, and a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences awarded by the University of Westminster. During his free time, he enjoys learning and practicing martial arts, spending time with his family and he has a passion for understanding nutrition.

Head of Biology: Sabrina Mohd Said BSc and DIP (UM)

Sabrina graduated from the University of Malaya with a B.sc. Hons in Microbiology and a Diploma in Education. She was the head of the Biology department at KTJ in the past and has been at the schools since 1994. She enjoys her work with the boarding houses and in the past has been the Houseparent at Irinah and Naquiah House.

Head of Chemistry and Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Stephanie Davis MPharm (Bath), PGCEi (Nottingham)

Stephanie graduated with a Master of Pharmacy degree from the University of Bath in 2008 and worked as a Pharmacist in the UK for 6 years before moving to Malaysia with her husband and pursuing a career in teaching. She completed her PGCEi with the University of Nottingham in 2018 and is currently teaching chemistry at KTJ. In her free time she enjoys keeping active and exploring new places. 

Head of Physics: Ang Kwi Shin BScED (UM)

Ang is from Malacca in Malaysia.  He completed his Bachelor of Science with education at University Malaya in Malaysia.  For the last 20 years, he has taught Physics at Advanced level and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.  He was also a  House Tutor in Nadzimuddin House. Prior to coming to KTJ, Ang taught in Airforce Technical School and Airforce Flying School in Malaysia. Students' success is what drives him to continue in education. He is a firm believer that interactive and inquiring classrooms develop lifelong learners.He has been very involved with computers and ICT for many years, preferring to apply skills rather than simply play computer games. Ang has two sons and two daughters, all living in Malaysia. He loves to travel, and get to know interesting people around the world!

Hasmuni Md Harun BSc (UM), DIP

Hasmuni graduated from the University Of Malaya. He has taught Science at KTJ since August 1991 and has a keen interest in most sports.

Pushpalatha Pillai BSc (UPM), DIP

Pushpa studied Microbiology and Biochemistry at University Pertanian Malaysia, she was the head of mechanical department in Tafe College Seremban before she moved to KTJ to a full teaching position.

Yuwaneswari Nauru Pichai BSc (UM)

Yuwaneswari is a Chemistry Teacher at KTJ and graduated from the University of Malaya in 2008. Her years working here at KTJ has given her lots of joy especially with the students.

Lance Gerow B.Ed (Alberta), MSSE (Montana State)

Lance is from Edmonton, Canada, but has been teaching internationally since 2001 in parts of the Middle East and in Beijing. He obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Science in Science Education from Montana State University. Lance began his career as a Mathematics teacher but has been focused on Physics since 2006 and joined KTJ in 2018. An obsessive golfer, he also enjoys tennis, squash,cycling, and when he can find snow and mountains - downhill skiing. His wife, Echo, was formerly an avid rock climber and volunteers at the KTJ climbing wall.

Thomas Yarlett BSc and QTS (Sheffield Hallam)

Thomas was born in Penang and lived their for 8 years. He moved to the UK with his family, where he went onto study at Sheffield Hallam University to become a teacher of science. Despite living in the UK for many years, Malaysia has always felt like home for Thomas and he is very excited to be back! Thomas loves anything to do with space, enjoys learning about philosophy and eating char kuey teow.

Angie Wong Woan Yeen B.ED and MA (UKM)

Angie Wong studied for a Bachelor in Education with Honours (Biology and Chemistry) and Master degree in Science in Biochemistry at National University of Malaysia. She started her career as a Chemistry, Science and Mathematics teacher at Matrix Private School in Negeri Sembilan. In 2018, she took up the post of Head of Panel in Science Department in the school. She was also the advisor of St. John Ambulance uniform unit. During her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, planting and travelling with her family.

Rasyidah Binti Abd Rahim BA (UM)

Rasyidah studied for a BA in Biohealth at the University of Malaya and graduated in 2013. She started her career as a secondary school teacher in 2016 in Stella Maris International School Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. She was the class teacher as well as the prefectorial teacher of the school for 4 years. In 2020, she moved to another international school in Ampang, Mutiara International Grammar school. She has attended various CAIE trainings. During her spare time, she enjoys singing and spending time with her beautiful daughter, Zaira. She is passionate about traditional music and is actively involved in performing in cultural events around Malaysia.

Balachandran Palaniandy M.Ed (UPSI) and B.Sc (UM)

Balachandran, also known as Bala, is a Biology Teacher in KTJ Secondary. With 15 years of experience in teaching, performance coaching and teacher training, Bala brings a fresh perspective to the academic community. He began his career as a lecturer at Taylor's College Subang, where he served as Subject Head and Head of Training. In 2019, Bala joined Help International School, where he taught KS5, KS4, Biology, and KS3 Science. His commitment to student success and belief in the transformative power of education has shaped his teaching approach. Bala has a Master's in Science Education, Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching & Learning (CICTL), and a Train the Trainer certificate, making him well-equipped to support student and colleague growth. In his free time, Bala enjoys travelling and spending time with his loved ones.

Vinoshini Sooriappragasarao B.sc, M.Sc and PGDT (UPM)

After completing her BSc in Biotechnology, Vinoshini was offered a scholarship to continue her studies at the University Putra Malaysia where she pursued an MSc in Environmental Health (Microbiology). Vinoshini embarked on her career as a Science and Biology teacher in Zenith International School where she was the KS3 coordinator before she moved to Matrix Global School. There, she took up the role as a pastoral lead and continued teaching Science and Biology. In 2019, Vinoshini moved to Setia Alam where she continued teaching and later took up the role as Head of Science Department. She strongly believes in student centred learning and incorporates new strategies in her teaching. During her free time, Vinoshini enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her family. She is happily married and has one son.

Vaanee Sangappillai B.Sc (Unisel), PhD (UKM)

Vaanee holds a PhD in Genetics awarded by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her career began at Top Glove Sdn Bhd as a chemist before embarking on her studies at UKM. Before joining KTJ, Vaanee taught Chemistry and Science at Peninsula International School. She taught students from Year 7 to Year 11 based on the Victorian Curriculum. She utilised various pedagogical methods to enhance learning effectiveness and implemented differentiated teaching based on language and learning ability. Her dedication to education drives her as she passionately helps the younger generations fulfil their aspirations. In her free time, Vaanee enjoys hiking, painting, and acquiring new skills.


Head of Student Support: Rachel Sarah Kaberry BA (UCL), Dip TESOL (Trinity) and MA (UCL)

Rachel has been teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) since 1999 and has taught students aged 2 - 75 in the UK, France, Sri Lanka and Korea before moving to Malaysia in 2022. She is also a teacher trainer specializing in teaching English to young learners, and a trained examiner for IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity GCSE and A Level examination boards.

She is passionate about learning and teaching languages, traveling and discovering the world. Her family is binational (French and English) and she has two children.


Head of Sixth Form: Emma Davidson BA and Ma (Oxon) DELTA (ESOL)

As Head of the Sixth Form, Emma is responsible for academic and pastoral care of our senior students and also oversees careers development and our extensive Academic Enrichment Programme. 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. She then moved back to her first love of teaching and now teaches IGCSE English as a Second Language and IELTS candidates. 

As President of the Oxford and Cambridge Society Malaysia, she is also extremely dedicated to her mission of exposing KTJ'ers and other bright students in Malaysia to intellectual invigoration through annual outreach events such as The Oxbridge & KTJ Debating Forum, The Oxbridge & KTJ Engineering Workshop, The Oxbridge & KTJ Moot, and numerous webinars and interviews with leading thinkers, policy makers, activists and academics from around the world. 

Yoon Yeaeun BA and TESOL (Nottingham, Malaysia)

Yoon graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Prior to joining KTJ, Yoon volunteered her services as a classroom assistant and translator at KTJ. Yoon also taught English at English language institutes in South Korea. In her free time, Yoon enjoys walking, hiking, watching movies and travelling. 

Lee Sheen Yee B.Ed (Nottingham)

Sheen Yee graduated with a Bachelor in Education at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) with First Class Honours. Prior to joining KTJ, Sheen Yee was also a trainee teacher at KTJ for 6 months as part of her final year programme before joining the school officially. During her free time, she enjoys writing, learning Korean, and reading romance novels.

Nur Hana Shafira Hamidi BA (Nottingham), PG (Newcastle)

Hana is one of the pioneer graduates for Bachelor’s of Arts in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). She then furthered to study her post graduate in Applied Linguistics in Newcastle University, United Kingdom. Prior to joining KTJ, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL)  in several international schools and has taught adults for International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Hana works hard to ensure that her students reach their maximum potential while having fun along the way. In her spare time, Hana is passionate about traveling, she recently picked up wall climbing and she enjoys spending quality time with her family. She is married to Shah and has a charming son, Haider.

Leticia Wallace

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Teh Hui Mean BA (USM) and MA (UM)

Hui Mean graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with a Bachelor of Arts in English for Professionals. She has extensive experience in working in the diverse sphere of education. Her career in education started when she became a substitute class teacher in a Chinese primary school and later took on the role as a tutor and learning coach in a daycare centre. After her BA, she continued to sharpen her teaching expertise by taking on the role as a teacher assistant in British Council and for the next 5 years, she has also taught IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE English as a Second Language. Desired to expand her teaching expertise and knowledge, she obtained a Master in Teaching English as a Second Language from Universiti Malaya (UM) in 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, leisure cooking and occasional craft projects.

Learning Support

Head of Department: Joanne Saunders, BA (Chichester), MA (Birmingham), DIP ED (Oxford Brookes)

Jo has worked in Learning Support for sixteen years at a secondary school in England and prior to this was a mainstream English teacher.  KTJ is her first international school experience and she is looking forward to all that the school and Malaysia has to offer.  Jo enjoys all aspects of food, drink and travel as well as swimming, reading and cycling.  Coming from a coastal town she loves anything on or in the water!

Head of Student Support: Rachel Sarah Kaberry BA (UCL), Dip TESOL (Trinity) and MA (UCL)

Rachel has been teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) since 1999 and has taught students aged 2 - 75 in the UK, France, Sri Lanka and Korea before moving to Malaysia in 2022. She is also a teacher trainer specializing in teaching English to young learners, and a trained examiner for IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity GCSE and A Level examination boards.

She is passionate about learning and teaching languages, traveling and discovering the world. Her family is binational (French and English) and she has two children.

Christina Velan Kanni BECHE and M. Ed (UPM)

Christina has been teaching for the past 10 years. She was attached to an International School as an Early Years Teacher for 7 years and as a Learning Support Teacher for 3 years. During her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and journaling and has a penchant for making cards. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and Master's Degree in Educational Psychology awarded by Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is married to Murali and they have 3 children.

Esther Aanandaselvi Adv Dip (Singapore), Dip in (Malaysia) and Pro Adv Cert (Malaysia)

Esther studied for an Advanced Diploma in Special Needs Education at College Allied Educator in Singapore and has a Professional Advanced Certification in Special Education from the Open University, Malaysia. She also has a Diploma in Physiotherapy from Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College, Malaysia. Esther started her career in 2017 at a special needs centre in Seremban as a physiotherapist. After a year, she joined the Bridging Autism Network as a personal learning assistant and provided one to one home-based learning. In 2019, she was a personal learning assistant for a student at Zenith International School in Seremban. From 2020 to 2023, Esther joined Summit 2 Private School as a special education teacher and developed individualised education plans for students in preschool and primary. Esther is a proud owner of three cats and one dog. In her free time she likes to travel and watch K-dramas.

Lavinya Shan Kaur Dip (TESL), CICTL & CIATL (Cambridge)

Lavinya Shan Kaur is a Learning Support Assistant in the Secondary School, reporting to Joanne Saunders. Prior to joining KTJ, Lavinya was attached to a government school as a trainee and cover teacher and has teaching experience in a few international schools. She has 8 years of teaching experience working as an English teacher, assistant teacher and homeroom teacher from preschool up to secondary. During her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading articles and has passion for teaching. She has completed basic first aid, CPR and AED training and obtained a certificate from the CERT Academy and was recognized as an Apple Teacher in her previous international school. She holds a Diploma in Education (TESL) awarded by Management and Science University, Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning (CICTL) and Cambridge International Award in Teaching and Learning ( CIATL) awarded by University of Cambridge.

Keshmeet Kaur Gill a/p Malkeet Singh DIP and BA

Kesh completed her Primary and Secondary school education in Malaysia, and also obtained her diploma and degree locally. She started her career as an Early Years teacher. Later on, she worked with Primary and Secondary level students in a few private schools across KL and Selangor, Malaysia, where she taught mainly Science, Maths, Humanities and Malay Language. Kesh is also a private tutor, providing one-on-one guidance to her students. Kesh would like to expand her professional development by learning more about helping students with special educational needs. During her free time, she loves spending time with her loved ones or just spending some time in nature. Kesh also loves to dance and bake.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)

Luciana Francis DIP and MA

Luciana holds a Post grad diploma in Positive Education from the School of Positive Psychology and a Master’s in science by Hospital AC Camargo. Prior to joining KTJ, Luciana was attached with Overseas Family School in Singapore as a Science/Biology teacher, she was also coordinator of the teacher’s wellbeing committee. Her extensive experience in teaching Science/Biology and preparing her students for IGCSE and IB examinations, led her to realise that her higher achieving students were also the ones that followed a more balanced approach. As coordinator, she worked with teachers and students to create strategies to improve wellbeing. Luciana will be leading the PSHEE program in KTJ. During her free time, she enjoys travelling and has a passion for dancing and singing. She also loves meeting her friends for a nice chat over a cup of tea/coffee.



Head of Counselling: Rachael Than Liying M.Ed

Rachael, holding an M.ED majoring in guidance and counselling, a Post-graduate Certificate in Satir Systemic Brief Therapy, and licensed as a Counsellor by the Malaysian Board of Counsellors (K.B.;P.A.), has been passionately committed to promoting the mental health and holistic well-being of children and teenagers since 2014. She has experience in Malaysian primary and secondary schools, and has volunteered as a volunteer teacher in a non-profit organisation committed to end education inequality in Malaysia. Rachael's unwavering commitment to the well-being of children and teenagers, coupled with her passion for parenting and the holistic development of youth, drives her mission to nurture and empower young minds to attain the quality of life and well-being they aspire to achieve. She also possesses a unique skill set in counselling, appreciating and integrating systemic, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered approaches, allowing her to provide comprehensive counselling support to the students at KTJ.  

Chong Chun Kheong B.Soc.Sc. (UTAR) and M.Couns. (USM)

Chun Kheong (CK) holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) Psychology from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and a Master in Counselling from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). As a Licensed & Registered Counsellor (K.B.; P.A.), he is dedicated to helping families and teenagers thrive. With a passion dating back to 2018, CK specializes in family therapy, since completing a Graduate Diploma in Multigenerational Family Therapy in 2023 from Accademia Di Psicoterapia Della Famiglia, in Rome.


Ow Pei Shyen BA (Selangor) and MA (UM)

Pei Shyen holds a Bachelor of Industrial Psychology (Hons) awarded by Universiti Selangor and Master of Professional Counselling from Universiti Malaya. Prior to joining KTJ, she was attached to Fairview International School as the registered school counsellor. She is passionate about improving the learning/working environment and people’s experiences. During her free time, she enjoys researching new ideas in multiple aspects and loves spending quality time with her family.

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