Faculty & Staff

The child is at the centre of every parent’s world, and likewise every IB programme. IGBIS firmly believes the single most important factor that determines the quality of education for all children is the teacher.

IGBIS teachers are highly qualified, internationally experienced, and enthusiastic IB practitioners, who show commitment to the children in their care. In this context, IGBIS teachers have successful experience with IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP and/or IB Diploma Programme, and embody the spirit of both the IB and of the inclusiveness that underlies the school’s Vision and Mission. As role models of the IB Learner Profile, the teachers exhibit the skills required to work in collaborative planning teams and the flexibility to undertake more than one subject area.

Senior Management Team

Anne Fowles

Head of School
Qualification: M.B.A. (Educational Management), Adv. Dip. Tchg., Diploma of Education
Nationality: New Zealander

Mrs. Fowles has over 20 years of diverse experience leading schools in New Zealand, China, Thailand, Mongolia, Fiji and Malaysia. She is experienced as a team chair for the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation agencies, as well as being an IB team leader for school verification and evaluation, and an IB workshop leader, consultant, field representative and presenter at various conferences. 

Mrs. Fowles is a member of the Council of International Schools Board of Trustees and President of the Association of Malaysian IB Schools. Previously she has been Chair of the IB Heads Council, a member of the IB Board of Governors, a member of the IB Asia Pacific Regional Council, Chair of the Association of Chinese and Mongolian IB Schools (ACMIBS) and President of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). 

IGB International School offers a premier International Baccalaureate experience to its students, provided by very experienced teachers in an exceptional school facility. Mrs. Fowles is proud to be its Head of School.

Simon Millward

Elementary School Principal
Qualification: M.B.A. (Educational Management), B.A. (Hons.) Physical Education & Recreation, QTS (Primary Education)
Nationality: British

Mr Millward has been teaching abroad for over 20 years and has previously worked in schools in Kuwait, Germany, Thailand and Turkey. He has extensive training and experience teaching both the PYP and MYP IB programmes. He is a workshop leader in both the PYP and the MYP, and he is a PYP school visitor team leader and team member. He loves to coach football of all ages and has been known to MC and sing at school events.

Michael Arcidiacono

Secondary School Principal
Qualification: Doctorate Of Educational Leadership, K-12 Administrative License, M.Sc. (Mathematics), B.A. (Mathematics)
Nationality: American

Dr Arcidiacono originally trained as a teacher of mathematics and has taught all levels of MYP, IGCSE and DP mathematics over the course of his educational career. He moved into school administration while working internationally inBrazil and subsequently completed his master’s degree and administrative licensure in the United States. He then worked in Suzhou, China as MiddleSchool Principal of an MYP school. While in China, Dr Arcidiacono developed his passion for the MYP, led the 1-1 laptop integration initiative and initiated student-Led Conferences, amongst other contributions.

Before joining IGBIS in 2016, Dr Arcidiacono was the Head of Secondary of anMYP/IGCSE/DP international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There he managed the growth of a young school that doubled in population over a short period of time. Last year, he completed his doctorate in educational leadership.

Elementary School

Aga Chojnacka

PYP Coordinator
Qualification: M.A. Applied Linguistics (specialising in Teaching & Translation), B.A. (TEFL)
Nationality: Polish

Alexandru Milescu

PYP Music Teacher 
Qualification: B.A. in Music (Music Pedagogy); M.A. (Musicology), QTS
Nationality: Romanian

Caitlan Hurrell

PYP Teacher
Qualification: Dip. Teaching & Learning; B.Ed. endorsed with P.E.
Nationality: New Zealander

Elli Lawson

Elementary Visual Art Teacher
Qualification: B.A. Ed. (Hons) (Design Technology), QTS
Nationality: British

Ivy Tean-Cant

PYP Chinese Language Teacher
Qualification: Cert. TEFL, London Teacher Training College
Nationality: Malaysian

Jeanette Rowe

EY – KG Coordinator
Qualification: BA.Hons (Health Studies) AMI Primary Diploma
Nationality: British

Karen Skepper

KG-Grade 8 Counselor
Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (PGDipAppPsych); Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc)
Nationality: Australian

Kari Twedt

PYP Teacher
Qualification: M.Ed. (Teaching), B.A. (Elementary Education)
Nationality: American

Kenneth Rowe

PYP Teacher
Qualification: M.Ed (Curriculum and Instruction); B.A. (Sociology) Nationality: American

Leanne Harvey

PYP Teacher
Qualification: Dip. Tchg. (Primary), Post Grad. Cert. (Reading Recovery) Nationality: Australian

Lisa McClurg

PYP Teacher and ES Language Coordinator
Qualification: B.Ed.
Nationality: New Zealander

Lizzie Hudson

PYP Learning Support Teacher
Qualification: M.A. (Inclusive and Special Education)
Nationality: American, British

Marshall Hudson

PYP Teacher
Qualification: M.A. (Elementary Education)
Nationality: American

Mary Richards

PYP Teacher
Qualification: B.Ed. (Hons) (Early Years, Maths and Expressive Arts)
Nationality: British

Megan Ngatai

PYP Teacher
Qualification: Dip. Tchg. and Learn. (Primary), B.A. (Psychology)
Nationality: New Zealander

Nadia Qistina Abdul Halim

Fireflies Teacher
Qualification: BA (Early Childhood Education), Foundation TESL
Nationality: Malaysian

Nancy Fu

PYP Chinese Language Teacher
Qualification: M.S., B.Ed. (Primary), B.A. (English Literature and Language)
Nationality: Chinese

Olha Rohachova

PYP Teacher
Qualification: PhD (Ed.)
Nationality: Ukrainian

Rhona Taylor

PYP Teacher
Qualification: B.A. (Hons) European Studies (with French), PGCE (Primary), British Cycling Coach (L.2)
Nationality: British

Sally Watters

PYP Teacher
Qualification: Dip.Ed., Bachelor of Arts / Languages
Nationality: Australian

Shireen Blakeway

PYP Teacher and ES Mathematics Coordinator
Qualification: M.Sc. (Education Management), COGE, B.A.(Hons.) Geography, PGCE (Primary)
Nationality: British, Australian

Steven Harvey

PYP Teacher
Qualification: Dip.Tchg., Grad.Dip.Ed. (Computers in Education)
Nationality: Australian

Secondary School

Darryl Harding

MYP Coordinator
Qualification: B.Sc, MA, M.Ed, Graduate Certificate in Ed. Leadership, 7-12 Mathematics Certified
Nationality: Canadian

Magnus Drechsler

DP/CP Coordinator
Qualification: M.A. (International Educational Leadership and Change), Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Education, B.Sc. Medicinal Chemistry
Nationality: German

Adam Morris

IT Systems Innovation, English B Teacher
Qualification: B.A. (Philosophy), PGCE (Secondary)
Nationality: American

Andrew Blumbergs

DP History, MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher, Subject Leader (Individuals & Societies)
Qualification: Ph.D., Grad. Dip. Ed., B.A. (Hons) and B. Com.
Nationality: Australian

Anthony Spivey-Jones

DP Economics, Business & Management and MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher
Qualification: B.A. (Modern Asian Studies), Grad. Dip. Tchg (Secondary)
Nationality: British, Australian

Bill Mitchell

Secondary School Counsellor, Social and Emotional Counsellor
Qualification: B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc.
Nationality: Canadian

Darren Aherne

MYP Science and DP Biology Teacher
Qualification: M.Ed. (Secondary Education), B.Sc. (Aquatic Biology)
Nationality: American

Dean Watters

MYP and DP Mathematics Teacher, Subject Leader (Mathematics)
Qualification: B.E., Dip. Ed.
Nationality: Australian

Gizem Inanç

MYP Language Acquisition & ESOL Teacher
Qualification: B.A. (Foreign Language Education, English Language Teaching) M.A. (Media and Communication Studies), CELTA certificate Nationality: Turkish

Greta Corney

English Language and Literature Teacher
Qualification: B.A. Ed. (Secondary, English), B.A. Creative Industries (Visual Art)
Nationality: Australian

Hadewych Dujardin

Instrumental Music Coordinator, MYP Performing Arts and DP Music Teacher
Qualification: B.A. Music (Music-Flute, Composition)
Nationality: Belgian

Heather Blake

MYP and DP Art Teacher
Qualification: M.Ed, International Education; GDip, Education; BFA, Art Education; BA, Psychology & Art History
Nationality: Canadian

Ian Ellston

MYP and DP Design Teacher , Subject Leader (Design)
Qualification: BEd(Hons)
Nationality: British

Jamie Cant

MYP Performing Arts and DP Theatre Teacher
Qualification: BA (English) Dip Ed (Drama, English, Humanities)
Nationality: Australian

Jane Cheu

MYP and DP Chinese B Teacher
Qualification: M.A. (Chinese Language and Literature), B.A. (Mass Communication)
Nationality: Singaporean

John Moore

MYP Science and Mathematics, DP Physics, ToK, Subject Leader (Science)
Qualification: B.Sc., PGCE, M.A. Ed (International Education)
Nationality: British

Jo Spivey-Jones

MYP Design Technology Teacher, Learning Support
Qualification: B.Ed. (Secondary), Dip. Tchg. (Secondary)
Nationality: British

Juan Francisco Urbán

PYP Spanish, MYP Spanish LA, DP Spanish B, CP Language Development Teacher
Qualification: M.A. (Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language), M.A. (Research of Language and Literature Teaching), B.A. (Linguistics) Nationality: Spanish

Laura Hernandez

MYP and DP Spanish B Teacher
Qualification: BA (ELL), PGCE (Spanish)
Nationality: Spanish

Marc Green

IB Psychology and MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher
Qualification: BSc (Psych)
Nationality: British

Marc Koster

MYP and DP English Language and Literature Teacher, ToK, Subject Leader (English)
Qualification: B. Ed., Dip. Tchg (Secondary)
Nationality: Australian

Marcus Wetherell

MYP Design, MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher, Grade Level Coordinator (Grade 9 & 10)
Qualification: B.Sc., QTS
Nationality: British

Matthew Marshall

MYP Individuals & Societies and DP Geography Teacher
Qualification: B.A. (History/Geography), B.Ed. (Secondary Social Studies), M.Ed. (International Education)
Nationality: Canadian

Mu Rong

MYP and DP Chinese Language Teacher
Qualification: M.B.A., B.A. (English), Teacher Certificate (Secondary Chinese)
Nationality: Chinese

Nathalie Chotard

Service as Action and CAS Coordinator, MYP & DP French B Teacher
Qualification: B.A., PGCE (Secondary Modern Foreign Languages)
Nationality: French

Princess Barcega

MYP Science & DP Physics Teacher
Qualification: Bachelor in Secondary Education (Physics), MAT Physics
Nationality: Filipino

Rachel Jikeli

MYP & DP Mathematics Teacher, Grade Level Coordinator (Grade 7 & 8)
Qualification: B.Sc.(Honours – Chemistry and Mathematics), B.Ed. (Intermediate and Secondary Divisions)
Nationality: Canadian

Whole School

Abdul Rashid Mohd Amin

PYP & MYP Host Nation: Malay Language and DP Malay A Teacher
Qualification: Certificate of Teaching Malaysia, Diploma in Mathematics Education.
Nationality: Malaysian

Geoffrey Derry

Technology Integrator & Specialist, Technology Coordinator
Qualification: B.Comm., Grad. B. Lshp., B.Ed. (Primary)
Nationality: Australian

Kerri Chan

Whole School Teacher Librarian, Personal Project Coordinator
Qualification: BA (Liberal Studies), MS (Library Science and Information Technologies)
Nationality: American

Rob Pendlebury

PYP & MYP PHE, PYP & MYP Visual Arts Teacher Qualification: MA, PGCE, B.A. (Hons)
Nationality: British

Ruth Spracklan

PYP & MYP PHE Teacher, Athletics Director
Qualification: M.Sc. (Multidisciplinary studies in education) B.Sc. (Sport and Exercise Sciences) PGCE (Physical Education)
Nationality: British

Scott Ngatai

PYP & MYP PHE Teacher, Activities CoordinatorQualification: B. Phys.Ed., Dip. Tchg.
Nationality: New Zealander

Sean Lovesey

PYP & MYP PHE Teacher and Subject Leader

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Education
Nationality: British

Sean McDermott

Head of Student Services

Qualification: M.S. Edu (Leadership), B. Ed Tchg, Dip. Tchg
Nationality: New Zealander

Ting Drechsler (Chen)

PYP & MYP Chinese Language Teacher
Qualification: M.A. (International Education), PGCE, M.Sc., B.A. (Language)
Nationality: Chinese

Yuri Kim

MYP and DP Chinese B and Korean A Teacher, Grade Level Coordinator
(G11-G12) and Whole School Coordinator (Languages)
Qualification: M.A. (TESOL, Foreign Language Teaching), B.A. (English Literature and Language)
Nationality: Korean