Our Leadership Team

Creating An Environment That Inspires Success

We are proud of our experienced teachers and staff leaders. Dedicated and highly capable, they are committed to nurturing and inspiring every child under their care. Day to day, they help create a warm and affirming school culture in which students feel that they can stretch their wings and grow.

Asia Pacific Smart School
Academic Leadership Team

Umihannie Tukimin
Principal of Malaysian National School (Secondary)
  • BHSc. (Hons.), English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Open University Malaysia
  • Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation
  • Certified Trainer, Human Resource Development Corporation, Malaysia
  • Certificate in Facilitation Skills, Malaysian Institute of Management
  • Certificate in Instructional Design Models, University of Maryland

Before joining APS, Hanie worked as Senior Advisor at LeapEd Services, focusing on facilitating premier high performing schools like Tunku Kurshiah College (TKC), The Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) and Maahad Tahfiz Negeri Pahang (MTNP) on school transformation and enhancement initiatives. That includes conducting needs and impact analysis, developing modules, facilitating professional development sessions, and coaching multiple groups of audience such as JPN/PPD officers, school principals and teachers.

Prior to working at LeapEd Services, Hanie taught IGCSE First Language English and English Literature as well as KS3 English Language and World History at Taylor’s International School Kuala Lumpur.

Hanie is an All Blacks fan. She enjoys reading, travelling and doing community services.  Before the pandemic, she often volunteered in orphanages, old folks’ homes, Rohingya refugees’ community, Zoo Negara and SPCA.  One of her best kept memories is when she volunteered at School of Hope, a school for stateless children in Mabul Island in 2012.

Muhammad Putera Hamzah
Principal of Malaysian National School (Primary)
  • Diploma in TESL, Teacher’s training college (Kuantan, Pahang)
  • BA, Education, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Malaysia
  • MA, Education, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Malaysia

Putera has been in the teaching profession for almost 28 years and he has been the Principal for APSS Primary since 2008. He has vast experience as an educator, having taught in various government schools in the rural areas of Pahang and to private schools in the Klang Valley.

Putera values open-mindedness in education and enjoys working with children. He constantly explores teaching methods to improve student’s learning outcomes as well as to inspire them to excel in both academics and cocurricular activities. He believes that it is crucial for educators to instill core values in children especially integrity, perseverance and respect. He is also very active in Taekwondo, holding a third degree / black belt himself.

Mohammad Abu Qatadah bin Ismail
Designated Safeguarding Lead of APS, Deputy Principal, CCA & Student Affairs
  • BA, Arabic Language and Literature, International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Education, UNITAR International University

Mohammad Abu Qatadah has 13 years’ experience as an educator and has filled important roles in the school he has served in. He began his career as an Arabic Language and Islamic Studies teacher, but his passion for developing students has led him to take up responsibilities beyond his area of study. He was the head of discipline before he joined Asia Pacific Schools in 2009. After two years, he was appointed as Head of CCA and Sports for his passion in managing Co-Curricular activities and Sports events.

Mohammad believes that students’ achievement should be measured by character qualities in addition to academic excellence to ensure they are equipped with the soft skills that are much needed in real life and work.

Rohaizi bin Rastam
Deputy Principal - Academic
  • MEd. in Education Leadership and Management
  • MA in Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • BSc. in Biology majoring in Zoology
  • Certificate in Teaching

Coming from a science background, Rohaizi has always been passionate about the science of the mind and has chosen teaching as his career to shape the minds of the young. Beginning his career at APS in December 2009, Rohaizi has been teaching Science at both PT3 and SPM level and Biology at SPM level. He also teaches Physical Education and is indeed enthusiastic about bringing the best out of students not just mentally but physically.

Being the Assistant Principal at APSS Secondary, he is in charge of Strategic Interventions and prior to this appointment held the position of Head of Science Dept. for many years. He has introduced several key learning concepts into the curriculum and is elated when students express their gratitude towards his teaching concepts. One of his initiatives is the ‘Jom Skor!’ SPM Camp specially designed and dedicated in elevating the SPM results.

Rohaizi is also an active sportsman and has coached the school track & field team to many victories in the MSSS and MSSD level competitions. He believes that Academic and Sports should go hand in hand in shaping a student and a person.

Sumeetha Ponnudurai
Deputy Principal - Academic
  • Bachelor of Education (TESL)
  • Masters of Educational Management

Beginning her career at Asia Pacific Smart School in 2017, Sumeetha has been teaching English in the primary school and continues to do so til to date. She was then appointed as the curriculum leader for the English Dept after a year of service and in early 2021, was promoted to become Head of English Department.

Her promotion to Assistant Principal recently to be in charge of Academic is well deserved as her passion for teaching and learning is exceptional and many students find her very approachable and inspiring. As an advocate of an Amazing Learning experience, Sumeetha is constantly challenging herself to bring out the best in every student through her teaching.

She finds her inspiration in teaching from her students, having a sense of love and responsibility towards the betterment of their future. She’s always doing her best as she wants to inspire her students to do their best.

Lim Li Lian
Assistant Principal - Assessment & Data Analysis, Head of Assessments & Exam
  • B. Arts in Education
  • Diploma in Education
  • Access Certificate in English Language Teaching (ACE)

Ms. Lim Li Lian first started her teaching career at Asia Pacific Smart School in October 2005 and has been one of the most dedicated and passionate teaching staff for the past 16 years making her the longest serving teacher at the school. Recently promoted to the position of Assistant Principal in charge of assessments and data analysis, she has been teaching mathematics in the secondary level ever since. She was also the Head of Assessment and Exams prior to her position as an Assistant Principal.

Being at APS for nearly two decades, she has seen the school grow from a mere 80+ students to its present number of 1600+ students and is very proud of the school and her students when they return to share their stories with her. During her free time, she enjoys a simple cup of coffee with friends and shopping with the occasional window shopping.

Vinothini Venukopalan
Assistant Principal - Languages & Literacy
  • Masters of Education in Management
  • Bachelor of Education in TESL

Being an English teacher throughout her entire teaching career, Vinothini is one of the most passionate and dedicated teachers Asia Pacific Smart School has to offer. She began her career at Asia Pacific Smart School since 2008 and has been a part of the school’s growth ever since. Her passion in the English language is apparent, being the secondary teacher for English Language and Literature in English as well as English for Academic Purpose in the NCUK IFY.

Her promotion to Assistant Principal was well deserved, being in charge of Languages & Literacy and also being the Head of the Languages Department. She believes that students will always be better versions of themselves only when they believe in their own potentials and wholeheartedly pours her enthusiasm into building characters while ensuring students excel academically as well. Being passionate in the English Language she is also the EAL Lead for APSS.

Kuhen Periyasamy
Assistant Principal - EdTech, Deputy Head of eLearning
  • B.Sc (Hons) in Computing
  • Post Grad. Dip. in Education

Mr. Kuhen has been a teacher at Asia Pacific Smart School since 2009 and was teaching Mathematics and Moral Studies before transitioning to teach Information Communication Technology, Design & Technology and Physical Education at the Primary level. Being from a technological background, Kuhen has always been passionate about technology and is always at the forefront of adopting new technologies in aiding teachers at Asia Pacific Schools.

He exceptionally takes pride in the accomplishment of students and is an advocate of fun learning in the classroom. He’s also elated when students show much enthusiasm in a subject matter and finds joy in learning. Kuhen believes that learning is a set of skills every student must acquire and have fun learning at the same time.

During the pandemic, Kuhen was crucial in implementing a virtual platform for Asia Pacific Schools in which classes are conducted fully online. He was also responsible to ensure the teaching process online was smooth, interesting and inspiring at the same time.

Mohamad Fadzli Wahid
Assistant Principal - Student Affairs & CCA
  • Diploma in Al-Quran & As-Sunnah
  • Degree in Islamic studies (Usuluddin)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education PGDE

As far back as 2006, Ustaz Fadzli began his career at Asia Pacific Smart School as an Islamic Studies and Physical Education teacher till to date. His love for Islamic studies led him to be a profound Ustaz here at Asia Pacific Schools and has been teaching Islam in a profound and moderate manner. Many students find Ustaz Fadzli a warm and approachable teacher even amongst the non-Muslims.

Being a Physical Education teacher himself, Ustaz Fadzli is an active person in sports and being in charge of the Student Affairs & CCA, ensures the participation of co-curriculum activities are at its highest rate. He strongly encourages the participation of CCAs amongst students as he strongly believes the growth and well-being of any student begins with an active lifestyle.

Apart from the above, Ustaz Fadzli is very much involved in the grooming and training of the school’s athletes, leading them to many accomplishments throughout his career.

Pau Anak Utek
Assistant Principal - Discipline and Pastoral Care
  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Population Studies (UM, Malaysia)
  • Diploma of Education (Institut Pengurusan Bahasa Melayu, Malaysia)
  • Masters of Education in Educational Leadership & Management (UNITAR, Malaysia)

Mr. Pau Anak Utek has been a teacher at Asia Pacific Smart School since 2010 and is one of the most dedicated academic staff the school has to offer. Teaching Bahasa Melayu in Secondary 1 and Geography in Secondary 3, 4 and 5, students find Mr. Pau a very approachable and passionate teacher. His constant dedication in ensuring the success of his students is an inspiration to many and has always made him a role model amongst other teaching staff. He finds inspiration in meeting students with distinctive personalities and enjoys guiding them to discover their greatest potential.

Having been teaching at Asia Pacific Smart School for 13 years, Mr. Pau is very much involved in the scouting movement and is also the current Assistant State Commissioner of Selangor Scouts Association in charge of the Air Scouts division. His love for the outdoors is distinct as he enjoys being involved in the Annual Sports Day, Duke of Edinburgh camping trips, educational trips and Outward Bound Programme in Sabah. Last but not least, he is also one of the authors for the Secondary 3 Geography textbook.

Asia Pacific International School
Academic Leadership Team

Richard Furneaux
Principal of International School
  • BA(Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status in Physical Education & Business Studies, University of Brighton, England
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) Aspiring Heads Programme

Richard has a BA(Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status in Physical Education and Business Studies from the University of Brighton. In addition to completing the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) Aspiring Heads programme, he is currently progressing through his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and previously spent 5 years in Oman as a Deputy Headteacher.

Richard wholeheartedly believes every child should have access to learning opportunities that allow them to attain their full potential. They should be exposed to an education, with a broad and balanced curriculum at the fore, that allows them to fully develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

He trusts that when supported by an all-encompassing enrichment programme, students have the framework to not only achieve the best possible academic results, but also be well equipped with life skills to fully access the 21st century.

Richard and his wife, Megan, have two children and when not traveling and discovering new destinations with his family, Richard spends his time playing football, cricket and golf.

Aishath Juman
Deputy Principal of International School (Secondary) - Academic
  • Bachelor of Teaching, Deakin University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University, Australia.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training, (Deakin University, Australia)

Aishath’s experience spans the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors with wide ranging experience in youth development and in environmental initiatives and representing these groups in various international conferences in Asia.

She is an enthusiastic and focused educator who is committed to safeguarding and promoting the education and well-being of children and young people at all times. She began her career in the field of education in 2002 leading the Distance Education Section in the Ministry of Education in Maldives as well as a Lecturer in Faculty of Education in College of Higher Education and then progressed into corporate business in 2009 before returning to teaching in 2014.

Najah Hadisah Haroman
Deputy Principal of International School (Primary)
  • Masters in Art & Design – Design Technology, UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Degree in Art & Design, UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, UKM Bangi, Malaysia

With over 20 years of experience as a Deputy Head of Secondary and Head of Student Affairs in a reputable international school across the Klang Valley, Najah brings with her a wealth of teaching and leadership skills. Having involved in the school transformation projects in Perlis, Perak and Selangor that focus on improving school operations and providing continuous professional development in public schools, she is now passionate to continuously support and improve on the teaching and learning quality amongst her teachers in APIS Primary.

She began her career in education as a teacher.  She first taught Visual Arts to private national students before moving on to the international curriculum where she taught IGCSE Art & Design subject. From that moment, she had steadily progressed in her career in becoming the Year 11 coordinator, Head of Student Affairs, Deputy Head of Secondary (Academic) and finally Education Advisor in the Trust School Programme. Prior to joining APIS, her works were mostly focused on advising, developing and facilitating training modules to groups of PPD/JPN officers, school principals and teachers for their professional development.

Married with three children, Najah enjoys spending quality time with her family in activities like walking, having a picnic and travelling. During her free time, she enjoys a good book and loves to cook but her deepest enjoyment is in learning the cultures of others and experiencing local food from around the world as she travels.

Adam Jones
Assistant Principal of International School (Key Stage 1)

Adam has a BA in Philosophy and History and gained his QTS over 18 years ago. He has held a number of leadership and teaching roles at UK-maintained and private schools and Internationally in Malaysia and Spain. Having spent 4 successful years as Head of Early Years and Infants at SCIPS in Penang, he is well-versed in supporting pupils, parents and teachers to develop a love of learning.

With experience in implementing rigorous and innovative curricula, Adam is excited about inspiring staff to continue to go above and beyond in the pursuit of great teaching and learning.

Adam has a passion for child-led learning and values a collaborative approach to school leadership that enables teachers and children to thrive within a happy and dynamic school environment.

Adam firmly believes that young children are capable of great achievements when encouraged to take risks, learn from their mistakes and lead their own learning.

Adam and his wife Sarah have two children, Alba aged 8 and Juniper aged 5, who will be attending APIS. During his spare time, Adam enjoys cooking, traveling, experiencing different cultures and reading.

Vijeeta Sri Kumar
Assistant Principal of International School (Primary), Head of Preschool
  • B.Ed (Early Years), Massey University, New Zealand.
  • PgDip (Special Education), Massey University, New Zealand.
  • M.Ed (Special Education), Massey University, New Zealand.

Vijeeta who is originally from Malaysia lived in New Zealand for almost 11 years and is a registered New Zealand teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

For over 7 years, she has taught in many preschools in New Zealand and upon her return to Malaysia in 2017, she began working for APS as a Preschool teacher. In the 12 years of her teaching career, she also has had many years of experience working alongside students (and their families) with special needs/learning difficulties and is continually upskilling her understanding, knowledge and skills in this field.

She’s currently the Assistant Principal for APIS Primary, Head of the International Preschool Centre and the Special Education Needs Coordinator. Ms. Vijeeta is glad to be a part of the wonderful community of parents, teachers and students and understand the needs of children as well. Ms. Vijeeta  believes that a strong foundation at a young age will provide a solid pathway for children to grow in their teenage and adult years.

Norazlin Ramli
Assistant Principal of International School (Student Enrichment) & Head of Maths
  • BSc in Maths & Physics, National Institute of Education, NTU
  • Diploma in Education, NTU

With an 18 year teaching experience in Maths and a Bachelor of Science with Diploma in Education majoring in Maths and Physics from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Azlin has taught in several top schools in Singapore for 8 years before moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to begin her career at APIS. She was also actively involved in a lesson study project for one of her school in Singapore which resulted in the team doing a presentation at Orlando, Florida, USA back in 2004.

She believes in the holistic development of a child academically and otherwise and is a strong advocate of the Amazing Learning experience and ILOS programme here at APIS which equips students for 21st century learning. She is also a mother of 3 lovely children and loves to cook, travel, read, sing and decorate her house during her free time.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send in a letter of application together with a comprehensive CV including personal details, qualifications, work experience and contact details of three referees to hr@apschools.edu.my

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