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GRACE SYLVIARANI

IPC COORDINATOR

Ms Grace graduated from University of Hertfordshire, UK and obtained her MBA from Asia Metropolitan University. She also pursued a Diploma in Educational Studies from College of Teachers in UK. Prior to teaching at international schools, she has been lecturing at colleges in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

She has extensive experience working with children of all ages and enjoys supporting her students as they learn through an inquiry approach. She is very dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. She abides by the principle that a happy teacher creates a happy school.

During her free time, she loves reading, enjoying nature and watching movies with her two children.

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AYSHA AZMIN

HEAD OF YEAR 1

Ms Aysha joined Crescendo in 2017 as a Year 2 class teacher after completing a successful stint in Tenby International school Johor Bahru. She has completed her Bachelor of Business Management as well as the Teacher’s Training Certificate from Sri Lanka. To further improve her teaching skills, she completed her Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning and is currently pursuing her Cambridge International Diploma In Teaching and Learning.

Ms Aysha is currently the Year 1 class teacher where she is continuing her passion for teaching and learning. She likes travelling, listening to music, baking and spending time with her family.

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SHALINI PRABAKARAN

MILEPOST 1 COORDINATOR / ACTING HEAD OF YEAR 2

An enthusiastic child squeals excitedly, "Oh, I get it now!" It is for moments like these that Ms Shalini Prabakaran decided to become a primary school teacher. Ms Shalini started teaching in 2011, after graduating from UNISEL with a B.Ed(Hons)degree specializing in TESL.

Prior to joining CHIS, she has worked with two other international schools in Johor Bahru, which gave her numerous opportunities to work with both secondary and primary students. She believes that a positive attitude and a little smile goes a long way.

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LALITAMBIKA A/P G. PALANIESAMY

HEAD OF YEAR 3

Ms Lalita stated teaching in 2011, after graduating from UNISEL with B.Ed.TESL(Hons) and continued her Masters (M.Ed TESL) in University Teknologi Malaysia. She has been working in the teaching field for the past 11 years.

Teaching isn't her job, it's her passion. Her great passion in teaching has become the main motivating factor in making it her career. Besides that, she is a well-trained Indian classical dancer as she loves dancing.

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RANSHER KAUR THIND

HEAD OF YEAR 4

Ms. Ransher is originally from Penang and has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She then went on to complete her CIDTT (Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers) teaching qualification.

After teaching for five years in her home town of Penang, Ms Ransher decided to fulfil her ambition of teaching abroad. She was soon after employed at Panyathip International School, Laos where she taught for two years. Staying in Laos for two years, Ms Ransher has captured a lot of wonderful memories especially with embracing the rich culture, traditions and ethnic diversity of Laos.

As an educator, her goals are to provide support that would address the students’ needs not only in academics but also in career and social development. Outside of school, she enjoys listening to sentimental songs and relax by the beach.

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RHONDA SKINNER

MILEPOST 2 COORDINATOR

Ms Rhonda Skinner graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Major in Inclusive Education) from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Along with a Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Ms Skinner also holds Full Teacher Registration in Western Australia and Queensland.

With over 10 years of teaching experience, Ms Skinner’s educational philosophy lies in creating active learning environments for her students - allowing them a full range of developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory experiences structured to challenge each individual student cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.

Prior to joining CHIS, Ms Skinner has worked as a Special Education Programme Teacher, Inclusion Coordinator, and also in Pastoral Care.

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CASEY VOLDEN

HEAD OF YEAR 5

Mr Casey was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He has been living in Asia for more than 15 years, with many of those years spent in the field of education. After obtaining an ESL Diploma in Canada, Mr Casey taught English as a Second Language in Northern China for 7 years, where he also learned to speak Mandarin fluently.

After moving to Malaysia with his wife in 2016, he decided to join the international school circuit. Mr Casey holds a Diploma in Advanced Teaching from John University in the UK and is currently studying a Teaching Diploma course from Cambridge University.

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CHRIS BARNES

MILEPOST 3 COORDINATOR / ACTING HEAD OF YEAR 6

Mr Chris joined the school in August 2020 as Head of Year 6. After graduating with a Batchelor of Science (Hons) in Speech and Psychology, Mr Chris completed his PGCE (Primary) and taught for three years in UK government schools before fulfilling his ambition of teaching abroad. He spent nine years at an international school in Moscow, Russia; the final three as Deputy Head of the Primary School.

Mr Chris joins CHIS after eight years as Deputy Head of an ‘Outstanding’ independent school in England and brings 20 years of teaching and learning experience to CHIS. Outside of school Mr Chris has a lifelong involvement with Scouts and is a Training Advisor for British Scouting Overseas’ groups in Singapore.

He is accompanied by his wife Nataly and their two daughters, the second of whom was born in Johor Bahru. All are keen travelers and are very much looking forward to exploring Malaysia and the countries of South-East Asia.

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KANG KAH YEE

MANDARIN PRIMARY COORDINATOR

Ms Kang obtained her Bachelor Degree in Chinese Language Studies from University of Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur. She joined CHIS on September 2018 as primary Mandarin teacher.

Prior to CHIS, she has been working in education sector and in international schools. She is a qualified HSK and YCT examination coordinator.

During her leisure time, she enjoys travelling and listening to music.

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SITI SHOLEHAH

BAHASA MALAYSIA PRIMARY COORDINATOR

Ms Siti joined CHIS on September 2018 as primary BM teacher. She obtained her Master's Degree and Bachelor Degree in Science (Material Physics) from University Technology of Malaysia, Skudai Johor.

Prior to CHIS, she has been teaching Bahasa Malaysia for both primary and secondary level in an international school for 4 years. During her leisure time, she enjoys doing outdoor activities and watching movies.