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 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
- 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.
- B. Ed TESOL (Hons), University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Izwarina has a B. Ed TESOL (Hons) degree from Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her career as a teacher in a government school and has been in the teaching profession for 20 years.
To be a true educator; Izwarina believes a person must have the passion and interest in creating a supportive learning environment to nurture a child’s full potential. Through the years, she has grown more in love with the teaching profession and believes it to be her calling in life.
Izwarina is a very family-oriented person. She and her husband have five children. Her family enjoys travelling and activities such as trekking, camping and playing water sports at the beach.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.