Meet Our Teachers

BIS teachers are experienced, dedicated and IB trained international teachers. We have 42 teachers and 12 Indonesian teaching partners. Over 80% of our teachers are expats. The average teaching experience at BIS is 16 years and more than half of our teachers have a Masters Degree.

Our Primary teachers are well versed in differentiating teaching and learning to meet the needs of children with different interests, learning styles and levels of readiness. All homeroom teachers are supported by qualified Indonesian teaching partners. In addition to this, student needs are carefully assessed, monitored and addressed by our Early Intervention Teacher, Counselor, Learning Support Teacher and English as an Additional Language Teacher.

Our Secondary teachers are experienced to respond to the different needs and levels of the students. They are in part also IB examiners and moderators. Teachers assess students with problem-solving activities, tests and examinations, hands-on experimentation, performances, exhibitions and analysis and reflection.

All BIS students benefit from our team of Specialist Teachers who integrate their expertise through Modern Languages, Music, and Physical Education. We also have a counselor, who provides support for social–emotional needs and university orientation.

Our selection process for new teachers is strict to secure a world-class education.

 % Expat Teachers

 % of Expat Teachers with MA or Above

 Average Years of Experience

Sarah Alborn

Teacher of MYP and DP Theatre

Education:
BA (Hons) Degree – Dance and Drama in Contemporary Culture from De Montfort University, UK
Post Graduate in Drama from Middlesex University, UK
Graduate Diploma in Acting from Birmingham School of Acting

Experience:
17 years teaching experience
9 years – UK
– Aylward School, London
– Guthlaxton College, Leicester
8 years – International
– British International School, Shanghai
– Canadian International School, Hong Kong

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr Seuss

Edward Andrews

Secondary Music Teacher

Education:

Bachelor of Music Education

Experience:

3 years in Australia

14 years in IB curriculum

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”  Mozart

Canan Cermen

DP Environmental Systems and Societies, MYP Science

Michael Collins

MYP Mathematics

Nadia Demolder

Grade 1 Homeroom

Education:

MSED in Teacher Leadership 

Higher Diploma in Primary Teaching

BA in Early Years

Experience:

11 years teaching

Bali, Indonesia 7 years

Dublin, Ireland 4 years 

Favorite Quote/ Fun fact/ Why Bali

Try to be a rainbow 🌈 in someone’s cloud – Maya Angelou

Craig Eldred

Primary Principal & PYP Coordinator

Education:
Master of Education (International Schooling & Development) University of New England, Australia.
Bachelor of Education (Special Education) University of New England, Australia.
Bachelor of Education (Primary). University of Technology, Australia.
Diploma Teaching (Primary). Kuring-gai CAE, Australia.
IB Workshop LEader
IB Online Workshop Facilitator
CIS School Visit Team Member

Experience:
31 years working in education.
Mainstream primary schools in Australia & London. Special School (Gr 7 – 12) in Australia. International schools as teacher, PYP Coordinator & Principal in Guangzhou, Dubai, Saigon, Abu Dhabi and now Bali

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
What could possibly go wrong? Expecting a student to learn from a textbook is like asking them to look at a travel brochure and calling it a vacation.

Anna Erickson

MYP I&S, Language & Literature, and PHE Teacher

Education:

BA in History at the University of Minnesota

Masters In Arts of Teaching at Mankato State University (MN)

Experience:

12 years of teaching in the US, China, Mali, Saudi Arabia, and Bali

Favorite Quote/ Fun fact/ Why Bali

“When anxious, uneasy, and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Nathaniel Erickson

Technology Coordinator and Design Teacher

Education:
Bachelors of International Business – Bethel University (1998)
Masters of Business and Technology Education – University of Minnesota (2004)

Experience:
13 years in education
Crown College – Adjunct Instructor
Hangzhou International School – China
American International School of Bamako – Mali
Yanbu International School – Saudi Arabia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
I have spent more than a year of my life camping.

Ross Ferris

Secondary Principal

Education:

Master of Education – International Education Administration

Graduate Diploma in Education

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)

Experience:

20 years in Secondary education

12 years in senior leadership roles

6 years as Principal

15 years in IB PYP, MYP, DP schools in five countries

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new – Albert Einstein

Joshua Field

Learning Support teacher

Education:

Master of Inclusive and Special Education – University of Newcastle

Bachelor oF Education/Arts – University of Newcastle

IV Training and Assessment- AFS

Experience:

10 years experience in education of  students with additional learning, social and emotional needs

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Suellen Fuller

Preschool Teacher

Education:

Diploma of Teaching ( Primary-Preschool ) NBCAE- Australia

Bachelor of Teaching ( Major Early Years) SACAE-Australia

Masters in Education –Learning Management- CQU- Australia

Cert 4 – TESOL

Experience:

Over 30 year experience in Education

Mainstream teaching – Bali

Mainstream teaching– Australia

Mainstream teaching England

Leadership roles Australia- Master Teacher/ HoC/Early Years Coach

International Teaching – Al Jazzera ,Qatar

International Leadership –Abu Dhabi Kindergarten, UAE – Head of Faculty

Lecturer – Early Years – CQU – Australia

Favorite Quote/ Fun fact/ Why Bali

The children come first.

Hayley Green

Visual Arts Teacher

Education:

Masters Fine Arts – Elam – Auckland University

Bachelor of Education – Auckland University

Experience:

8 yrs  – Whangamata Area School – New Zealand

7 years  – Bali Island School – Bali – Indonesia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

Martin Luther King

Rachael L. Gerbic

School Counselor

Education:
PhD in Psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
MA in Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco, CA
BA in Communications, University of San Diego, CA

Experience:
Bali Island School- Bali, Indonesia
Carol Morgan School- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Lincoln Community School- Accra, Ghana
Benjamin Franklin International School- Barcelona, Spain
Jakarta International School, Indonesia
Pan American School of Bahia, Brazil

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Murat Gökalp

DP & MYP Mathematics and DP TOK Teacher

Education:
MS Dept. of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
BS Dept. of Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Experience:
14 years of high-school teaching experience in Turkey, China and Indonesia.

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today, it is needed to say new things.” – Rumi.
“A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.” – Paul Erdös

Alice Guzowski

Grade 2 Teacher

Education:

Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, OISE, University of Toronto (2002)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Biology, University of Toronto (2000)

Experience:

9 years international teaching experience, 1 year PYP

Canada

Cuba

Singapore

Dominican Republic 

Bali

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

Kristina Hutapea

PYP Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesian Studies Teacher

Education:

Bachelor of English Language and Literature

Bachelor of Education

Experience:

23 years teaching

Bali Island School – 9 (PYP Indonesian)

Medan Independent School – 14 (PYP Indonesian, MYP Language B Indonesian)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire – W.B. Yeats

Alyshia Kitchen

Kindergarten

Education:

BA in Communications

BA in Education

TESOL Certification

Experience:

Experience teaching in Canada, France, Korea, Myanmar and Indonesia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky

Mary MacDonald

MYP/DP Language & Literature Teacher

Education:
Graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2005 (B.S. in Middle Grades Education)
Graduated from Walden University in 2010 (Masters in Literacy and Learning in all Content Areas)

Experience:
14 years teaching (US, China, and Indonesia)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Michele McLay

MYP Coordinator

Education:
Masters in Ed, Murdoch University, AUS
Dip Human Resource Management, AUS
Dip Teaching Chch College of Ed, NZL
BSC University of Canterbury, NZL

Experience:
21 years teaching internationally, 13 years IB
Bali Island School- Bali
Qatar Academy Al Wakra, Qatar
Uptown School, Dubai, UAE
Jumeira Baccalaureate School Dubai
Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Scots College, Sydney, Australia
Narrabeen Sport and Rec, Sydney
MacArthur Girls High, Sydney
St Chad’s Tilbury, London

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
‘I’ve learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more’

Heather McNaughton

Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Education, Massey University, NZ (2011)

Experience:

21 years teaching

Auckland, NZ (3)

Bali – Dyatmika (5)

Bali – BIS – (13)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
Since I visited Bali at the age of 9 (two months before BIS started), I have felt Bali was my second home. Happiness is…

Ida Ayu Sri Mahendrani (Sri)

MYP Language B Indonesian teacher

Education:

Bachelor of English language and Literature

Akta IV Teaching Certificate

Le Cours de Français Niveau 5

Experience:

3 years as liaison officer and translator for International MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) 

12 years at Bali Island School

  • Indonesian Teaching Partner in French and Indonesian Department (3 years)
  • DP Indonesian ab initio (2 years)
  • MYP Indonesia B (9 years)

Favorite Quote/ Fun fact/ Why Bali

“He who is ignorant of foreign languages knows not his own” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Awardee of Rencontrer des Jeunes Cultural Scholarship in Cannes – France, granted by SCAC (Le Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle ) of French Embassy

NoahJon Marshall

Head Librarian

Education:

Masters in Information Science, University at Albany, Albany New York USA, 2012

Certificate in Teaching and Learning in the IB, Bethel University, Bethel MN USA, 2016

Experience:

9 years experience in libraries

2010-2012 Librarian Assistant – New York State Library/New York State Education Department – Albany NY USA

2010-2012 Library Clerk – Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Community Library – Ravena NY USA

2012 – 2016 Elementary Librarian – American Int’l School of Jeddah – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2016-2017 Middle/High School Librarian – American Int’l School of Jeddah – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2017 – Present Head Librarian, Bali Island School – Bali, Indonesia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“The mission of libraries is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.” – David Lankes

Kadek Ayu Martina

Language B Indonesian and Indonesian Studies teacher

Education:

Bachelor of English language and Literature

Akta IV Teaching Certificate

Experience:

4 years teaching at English course in Denpasar.

10 years at Bali Island School

Indonesian Teaching Partner for Indonesian and French department in secondary school (6 years)

PYP Language B Indonesian  (4 years)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
The future depends on what we do in the present  – Mahatma Gandhi

Putu Ayu Mustiari

Indonesian Language and Literature

Education:

Bachelor of English Language Education

Experience:

Translator for local newspaper (Indonesian-English and English-Indonesian)

Translator for Balinale Film Festival

Contributor for I-Mag 

10 years of teaching in International Schools

  1. Gandhi Memorial International School Bali_1 year (Primary years Indonesian and DP Indonesian ab initio)
  2. Bali Island School_9 years

Indonesian Teaching Partner in secondary school for English, Design, and Drama (4 years)

MYP and DP Indonesia B (5 years)

MYP Indonesian Language and Literature (3 years)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart._Nelson Mandela

Putu Ayu Siska Paramita

Preschool

Vera Pereira

MYP Science & DP Biology Teacher, Action Coordinator

Education:

BA & MA in Education (Biology & Geology)

QTS

Experience:

15 years in education

  • 6 years teaching Science in Portuguese language
    • 4 years in public schools in Portugal
    • 2 years at Escola Portuguesa in Luanda, Angola)
  • 9 years experience DP teacher (Biology and Chemistry)
    • Bali Island school
    • Fukuoka International School, Japan (8 years)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming.” — Dory (Finding Nemo)

Marie Perin

MYP – DP French teacher

Education:

TEFL Diploma

PGCE in ‘Teaching French as Foreign Language’ 

Master ‘Français Langue Etrangère’ 

BA in Modern Languages (English Literature, French as a Foreign Language, Spanish Literature and Civilisation)

Experience:

13 years (international) teaching experience

6 year teaching MYP

3 years teaching DP

UK

UAE

Malaysia

Switzerland

Mongolia

Indonesia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

‘A smile costs less than electricity but brings as much light.’ L’Abbé Pierre

#saynotoplastic

Desak Made Dewi Prabayanthi

Language B Indonesian teacher

Education:

Bachelor of English language and Literature

Akta IV Teaching Certificate

Master of Humaniora (Teaching and Learning)

Experience:

5 years teaching in Educational Institutions

8 years At Bali Island School:

  • Secondary Secretary (4 years)
  • MYP Indonesia B teacher (4 years)

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

-Helen Keller

Istiqomah Arina Proboningtyas

Primary Music Teacher

Education:

Bachelor of Education in Music

Experience:

Purwacaraka Music Studio (tutor)

Stamford International School Semarang 

Gandhi Memorial International School Bali

Dyatmika School Bali

Favorite Quote/ Fun fact/ Why Bali

Look at the mirror, that person is someone who will spend your life time with. Be good.

Aine Quinn

DP Physics and Chemistry & MYP Science, Science HoD

Education:

Masters in Science (QA pharmaceutical) – DIT Dublin, Ireland

Higher Diploma in Education – NUI Galway, Ireland

Bachelor Science (physics & chemistry) – DIT Dublin, Ireland

Experience:

International school teaching: 9 years

Analytical scientist: 7 years

Yunita Reny, Made

Math Enrichment Teacher, Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesian SPK  Principal

Education:

Bachelor of English Education

Master of Education (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Experience:

7 years as Kindergarten Teacher at Sekolah Ciputra Surabaya

9 years in Bali Island School

2 years as Indonesian Teaching Partner in Grade 4&5

2 years as Teacher Intern in Kindergarten

2 years as Co- Teacher in Grade 1

3 years  as Math Enrichment Teacher

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

“ Everybody’s a teacher..if we listen” –

 Doris Roberts.

Hamish Sutherland

Student Life Coordinator and Secondary PE Teacher

Education:
MBA (International Education), Keele University, UK
BPE, University of Western Australia
DipEd, University of Western Australia
Dip SAQ, SAQ International, UK

Experience:
25 years teaching, 17 internationally

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
Member of Australia’s first National Sudoku Team, World Championships, Goa, India 2008.

Lucy Taylor

DP Spanish Teacher and EAL

Education:

BA(hons) Latin American Studies

PGCE Secondary Language Teaching

TESOL certificate

Experience:

10 years teaching

5 years UK

2 years Switzerland

1 year Malawi

2 years Bali

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Kristen Turner

Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher

Education:

MSED Teacher Leadership 

Bachelor of Education

Experience:

28 years in education

12 years in Bali

7 years in Kalimantan

4 years in China

5 years in Australia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:

Sam Watson

Primary PYP PE Teacher

Education:

Bachelor of Arts 

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Experience:

12 years teaching Primary, Secondary and Physical Education in: Australia, Canada, South America and Indonesia.

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
The secret to education lies in respecting the student.

Klaus Weber

DP Economics and Business Management Teacher

Education:

BA in Business Economics

QTS

Experience:

8 years for a multinational corporation with a focus on project management – Germany

1.5 years for an NGO that supports people with disabilities (autism or down syndrome) – New Zealand

5.5 years teaching – Indonesia

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
You have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. (Audrey Hepburn)

Alison Wighton

Grade 5

Ted Wilson

Secondary School Teacher

Education:
Masters in Administration & Leadership, Endicott University, Boston MA (2018)

Experience:
13 in Education
6 Years with the EMSB in Montreal, Canada
7 Years at BIS

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“Education is a wonderful thing, provided you always remember that nothing worth knowing can ever be taught.” – Oscar Wilde

Makiko Wood

DP Mathematics

Matt Wood

DP Coordinator, DP History & TOK, MYP Individuals and Societies

Education:
BA Hons Japanese Studies – Durham University (2007)
Higher Degree PGCE History (Secondary) – Durham University (2011)
Masters in Education – Durham University (2012)

Experience:
12 years teaching in Japan, England and Bali.

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football and that’s how I see life.” – Bill Shankly

Garth Wyncoll

Head of School

Education:
Masters in Education Leadership, University of San Francisco

Experience:
28 years in education.
Landon School for Boys, USA.
Brent Subic, Philippines.
American International School Lagos, Nigeria.
Academia Cotopaxi, Ecuador.

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Jackie Wyncoll

Primary School Learning Support and EAL

Education:

MS ED Multi-disciplinary Studies Buffalo State University, USA

BS ED Elem & Special Ed. Kutztown University, USA

Experience:

29 years teaching experience:

LS/EAL Bali Island School, Indonesia

Learning Support Coordinator, Academia Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador

LS/ EAL and Early Childhood, American International School, Lagos, Nigeria

Elem Ed and EAL, Brent-Subic, Philippines

Special Ed and Early Childhood, Maryland, USA

Favorite Quote / Fun Fact / Why Bali:
“ I just don’t think I can take anymore 1.5 hour massages…” – BIS colleague