Formerly Director of the British Council in Malaysia and Pakistan, he has many years of management experience in education including chairing the quality assurance scheme for English language schools throughout the UK. He was also Counsellor for Education and Culture at the British Embassy in China and Education Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington DC, USA.
Mr Ross Beattie BA, PGCE: Deputy Principal.
A very experienced classroom teacher who specialises in English literature as well as language. He has taught at prestigious schools in UK and Australia and most recently at the Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur where some of his students won international honours in IGCSE English Literature.
Mrs Emma Talbot BA, DELTA, CELTA: Senior Teacher.
Holds a double degree in Psychology and Sociology and is qualified as a teacher trainer for Cambridge University’s English language teaching programmes. She has taught English to all levels and age groups in various countries including UK, Australia, Taiwan and Malaysia – where she taught in the British Council in both Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
Ms Heather James BA, TESOL: Teacher.
An experienced teacher of English to students of all levels, Heather has taught International students in the UK from many different countries. Most recently she taught university students in Kuala Lumpur at International House. Heather also has many years of experience as a trainer in new media techniques, specialising in teaching video production to 13-19 year olds.
Mrs Sue Back BA, PGCE, CELTA: Teacher.
A highly qualified and professionally accredited teacher in UK where she specialised in teaching primary school students, Sue also is a qualified English language teacher and has taught English to junior and secondary students in Japan and Malaysia. She is specially trained in teaching handwriting, spelling and reading skills.
Mrs Prestina White Foster MEd, BA, CertTESL, ACEM: Teacher.
A highly qualified and very experienced teacher, Tina has taught academic subjects as well as English in UK, Uganda, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. She covers a wide range of skills from being Montessori trained for young children to holding an Advanced Certificate in Educational Management, has taught at junior and secondary levels, and has managed education centres in Medan and Singapore.
Mrs Anne L. O’Doherty MBA, BA, PGDE, DipTESL, ACCA: Teacher.
A fully qualified accountant and teacher, Anne has many years of experience in teaching both English and accounting to students in Penang. She was a Principal Lecturer in Accounting in DISTED College and before that she taught general and business English at the British Council for whom she was also an IELTS Examiner; latterly she has been teaching English writing and study skills.
Felicity Whitten DipEd, BEd, MEd: Teacher.
An experienced teacher who has worked as a classroom teacher in primary schools in Australia the UK and Malaysia, Felicity has also worked as a language teacher in Kuala Lumpur before moving with her family to Penang. She has a particular specialisation in Early Childhood Literacy.
Alan Hudson BA (Hons), TESOL: Teacher.
Has taught students from a range of ages and cultural backgrounds at prestigious language schools in London, as well as performing in-house language training at a major international bank. Alan also has a background in publishing and developing corporate e-learning programmes for a major UK government department.
Mandy Jones BA (Hons), TEFL: Teacher.
After many years working in banking and finance in New York, Paris and London, Mandy worked as a teacher of both Business and General English in Paris. She also taught French to students in the UK before relocating to Malaysia where she has taught English for the past two years.