Mr Paul Starkie has almost 40 years in teaching and educational leadership in the UK and within high performing international schools around the world including Jakarta, Brussels, St Helena and Dubai. Other than being recognised by CIS (Council of International Schools) for his outstanding contribution to international education, Paul also completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in the UK government) training. He is an avid participant and coach in various competitive sports. Paul joins the CHIS family, accompanied by his wife and son.




Ms Tammy Cyngier graduated from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff with a degree in Primary Education. She has since worked in various educational positions in primary classes in England and internationally with her most recent post in China. After establishing a successful language training centre in China, the call of the classroom and school life beckoned. She decided to join Crescendo-HELP International School and further her interest in English as a Second Language within the school context. Tammy and her husband are keen to discover more about their area in Southern Malaysia.




Ms Joanne graduated from Multimedia University with a Bachelor (Hons) in Multimedia. Her education includes CIDTT which she obtained in the year 2010 and has recently completed her Masters in Education, specialising in Education Psychology. Ms Joanne brings 17 years of experience teaching English, Maths, IPC and Character Education in various international schools in Malaysia. She has held several middle leadership positions including Students Affair Supervisor, Head of Fine Arts and most recently Milepost 2 Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her family.




Ms Nicola Lavis graduated from Bradford University (UK) with a First Class B.A Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies and then went on to gaining her PGCE in Primary Education and contiued her studies some years later with an M.Ed.

In her career she has taught every year group in the Primary Phase and adult learners too. She was fortunate enough to be seconded to the local authority in the North of England, where she worked as an Early Years Consultant.

Nicola believes passionately in hands on, open ended learnng experiences and following the interests of the student (oh and she loves dogs!). She has worked internationally since 2014 and is looking forward to exploring Johor Bahru.




Mr Ian joins CHIS as Head of Secondary and brings a wealth of experience. Having a first-class degree in mathematics, he started teaching mathematics, PE and ICT subjects. Mr Ian quickly progressed to the Head of Mathematics in an outstanding mixed comprehensive school of 1600 students and eventually onto a Senior in the UK.

Mr Ian was also previously Head of Secondary in Spain. He also held a position as a Deputy Head Teacher of a school with 1000 students and was instrumental in the improvement of the school to be judged as outstanding by OfSTED. He was also the Head of Sixth of 400 students in a large comprehensive school. In his previous role, Mr Ian is responsible for the curriculum as an Assistant Principal in a 3-19 school of 3600 students in Dubai.

Mr Ian is a qualified Mountain Leader and has led groups of students on expeditions to various parts of the world. He has a passion for climbing and arrives with his wife, Beth, a Biology teacher and his young daughter.




Mr Khoyes has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and has taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. He was recognised as an Advanced Skills Teacher in the UK and also previously worked with schools across the UK focusing on improving the quality of teaching and learning and school improvement.

It was an assignment in a school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and his impact on the school that he was appointed as Head of Secondary. Whilst at CHIS as Key Stage Coordinator, Mr Khoyes has contributed significantly to the Secondary and whole school initiatives.

He is very much looking forward to his new role as Assistant Principal, Secondary. In his spare time, Mr Khoyes enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his family.




Ms Kathryn comes from Australia and has a wealth of experience in education management and teaching. She holds a Master of Contemporary Asian Analysis, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary), Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Modern Languages.

As part of her Master’s degree at the University of Melbourne, Ms Kathryn worked as a volunteer in East Timor for 12 months on sustainable development projects in education, health and micro-finance. Inspired by these experiences, Kathryn obtained a Bachelor of Education and started her teaching career at Kormilda College, Northern Territory, Australia. Ms Kathryn held various leadership roles at Kormilda College, including Deputy Principal Academic. She also worked for the Northern Territory Department of Education as the Manager of Non-Government Schools.

For the last six years, Ms Kathryn has been in leadership roles at international schools in Malaysia and China. She has worked with the Australian, International Baccalaureate and US curriculums. She is passionate about global education, in particular working with staff to provide equal opportunities for all students to embrace learning, and to support wellbeing. Ms Kathryn believes in education that equips students with the skills and capabilities they will need to be successful global citizens with a high level of self-awareness and intercultural understanding, as well as the motivation to support sustainable development. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, learning about new cultures and trying new cuisine.