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.

Rob Reed
Executive Principal

Rob is an experienced teacher and school leader who worked in schools in the UK for 25 years. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and subsequently went back to Cambridge to undertake teacher training. Later, he completed his Masters degree (MSc) in Educational Leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

During his career, he has been a successful principal of three schools and an executive principal responsible for a group of schools. He has been commended by the UK’s Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) as an inspirational and resilient leader who is passionately committed to improving achievement.

He is proud to have served generations of children and their families to help them have successful lives. He believes passionately that it is his duty to equip young people with the skills, character and qualifications to seize the opportunities offered in the modern world.

Meet our Leadership Team

Mrs Irene Chee
Senior Principal (Secondary)
  • BA (Hons), English & History, (University of Winchester), England
  • Advanced Diploma in Education (English Language), London University, England

Irene has over 30 years’ experience as an educator. She taught in Brunei Darussalam for eight years before returning to Malaysia, where she has been attached to private schools under the National Curriculum as well as British Curriculum as an English Language & English Literature teacher.

She was a principal in an established private school before accepting her role as the secondary principal at Asia Pacific Smart School and was promoted to senior principal in 2010. She holds strongly to her alma mater’s motto, “Carpe Diem”. She strongly believes that every child should learn to seize the day in order to be successful in life.

Irene is very committed and passionate about learning, and is very proud and blessed to have touched so many lives in her journey as teacher, mentor and principal.

Muhammad Putera Hamzah
Principal (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.

Mr. 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.

Ms Najiba Ahmad
Deputy Principal (Primary)
  • B.A (Hons) Social Science, National University, Singapore
  • Diploma in Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Post-graduate Diploma in TESOL, University of Sheffield
  • Associate of Trinity College of London.

Najiba began her teaching career in Singapore before moving to Kuala Lumpur and joining a private university college in 1989. She taught English-based subjects for the American Degree Program and other professional programmes. During her tenure there, she was involved in corporate training of several government and private commercial agencies in the provision of English communication skills and also preparing the executives for the IELTS, TOEFL and GMAT requirements prior to their overseas study pursuits. She was the Head of School for English until her departure in 2007.

She joined APSS in 2008 and has been with the school ever since. One of the greatest joys of her career in APSS is the warm and supportive school environment. Everyone in the school community works collaboratively and cooperatively to provide every child a holistic learning experience with the common aim of developing a global citizen with the necessary skills set to face the challenges of the future.

Ms Jamilah Othman
Deputy Principal (Secondary)
  • English/Art, Teacher’s training college (Tanjung Malim, Perak)
  • Diploma of Education in TESL, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • English training, Regional Language Centre (RELC), Singapore
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • MSc in Guidance & Counselling, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia.

Education and self-development go hand-in-hand for Jamilah. She is a highly-experienced educator, starting her career as an English Language and Art teacher over thirty years ago. In that time, she has taught in a number of English language schools in Malaysia. She was also a Houseparent to students of an elite boarding school patterned after the renowned Eton College.

Jamilah’s passion and experience for teaching English resulted in one of her greatest achievements – coaching her students into producing 100% A1 grades in the 1119 paper for SPM in 2004, a record that still stands today. Besides teaching English, Jamilah provides counselling and career guidance services for students. Jamilah was appointed Deputy Principal of APSS in 2008.

Mr Mohammad Abu Qatadah Bin Ismail
Deputy Principal – Student Affairs & CCA
  • 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.

Debra Birchall
Head of Primary (International Curriculum)

Debra has an MA (Hons) in History from the world-renowned University of St. Andrews. She completed her teaching qualification (PGCE) at Jordanhill, Glasgow and subsequently secured her qualification for headship (NPQH) at the University of Manchester. She is a qualified ISI Inspector and COBIS Peer Accreditor.

Debra has been in education for over 25 years. She began her career in Manchester, both as a class teacher and a KS2 coordinator. She first moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1997, where she worked for ten years at The Alice Smith School, leading teaching and learning as Director of Studies. Since then, Debra has held senior positions in both international and UK schools. As a primary headteacher, she has a proven track record of successful leadership, with both Chorlton CE Primary in Manchester and the British International School, Kuala Lumpur achieving top gradings.

Possessing an in-depth knowledge of the English National Curriculum and Assessment for Learning, Debra has led professional development for other schools, acted as a guest speaker at conferences both in the UK and SE Asia, and published articles on teaching and learning. She is a qualified school inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Penta International, as well as being a Peer Accreditor for the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Vijeeta Sri Kumar
Acting Deputy Head of Primary
  • B.Ed (Early Years), Massey University, New Zealand.
  • PgDip (Special Education), Massey University, New Zealand.
  • M.Ed (Special Education), Massey University, New Zealand.

Vijeeta is originally from Malaysia but spent almost 11 years in New Zealand pursuing her studies. Upon graduation, she registered as a teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand and has taught in several preschools in the country.

She joined Asia Pacific International School (APIS) as a Preschool teacher upon returning to Malaysia. She was later appointed as the Preschool Coordinator and is currently the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and also Acting Deputy Head of Primary.  Vijeeta is glad to be part of the wonderful community of parents, teachers and children at APS as it has widened her horizons and helped her grow as a teacher, educationist and leader.

Dominic Lucien Luk
Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral)
  • BA (Hons), Performing Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
  • MA, Performance Arts and Musicology, Brandeis University, (USA)
  • MA, Gender Studies, Brandeis University, (USA)
  • Certificate, Choral Conducting and History, Harvard University, USA.

Dominic has been teaching music and drama at different levels since 2004, focusing on voice pedagogy and performance.  In the past decade, Dominic has been a lecturer at ASWARA, UPM, UITM, and Sunway University. Apart from teaching, Dominic has had years of experience as a theatre and film actor, director, producer, and instructor.

In 2012, he co-founded Monday Show Entertainment, a company which helps to train young adults to become professional performers. Dominic also spent many years conducting corporate training sessions using drama and theatre to help build teamwork. He is also an executive judge for the Malaysian Boh Cameronian Arts Awards.

Dominic has always been interested in how children and teenagers tell stories both on and off stage. He also minored in psychology, and that has helped him combine the artistic skills of students towards their personal growth. Through the arts, Dominic helps students develop critical thinking and communication skills, and find the confidence they need to thrive in our modern society.

Aishath Juman
Assistant Head of 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.

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