Mr Chris Bumbacco joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from King's College Murcia, where he was the lead teacher of physics and Coordinator of Key Stage 3. While at King's, he taught both mathematics and physics, predominantly at the GCSE and GCE levels. Chris has a degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University in Canada, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning from Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand.
Chris has been teaching for 10 years, and has worked at secondary schools in New Zealand, England, Germany and Spain. He has a love for travel and culture, and continue to be excited to have the opportunity to learn about Malaysia first hand. He is passionate about mathematics, particularly mechanics and loves logic puzzles, riddles and brain teasers.
Over the past 5 years, Chris has been heavily involved in the International Award for Young People. He has experience in many roles, and was the Award Supervisor, Leader and Assessor at King's College. He enjoys the outdoors, and is looking forward to continuing to work with young people through The Award. Chris lives on campus with his wife and two young children.
Ms Claudia Pinna has over 20 years of experience in education. Between 2002-2016 she worked at Markham College in Peru, teaching General Science, IGCSE Science Coordinated, NP Chemistry & Physics and IB Physics. At Markham, Claudia was form tutor, Y6 and Y7 Science Program Coordinator. She holds a Licenciature of Education degree from the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon of Lima and earned a degree in Physics (emphasis in Mechanics). She is currently completing her Masters in Cognitive Development at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Mr Muhammad Suhail Makda was born in India; he spent his childhood in South Africa and his teenage years in the UK. Suhail’s upbring he believes, has shaped him into being a mature individual who speaks various languages with the aptitude to deal with different people and cultures.
Suhail undertook a BEng Hons degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University and later attended the University of East London to study a PGCE in Secondary Science Education.
Suhail joins Epsom College after having taken a year out to travel with his young family to parts of the Middle East, Southern Africa and East Africa. His last post was at Highams Park School in London where he completed his NQT induction year. Suhail loves technology and takes full advantage of this in the classroom. His passion for Physics and STEM, along with his resourcefulness, make his lessons practical and relevant to today’s generation.
Outside of school Suhail enjoys building customised PCs for family and friends. He is a keen sports aficionado who has played cricket at amateur level and football as a recreational activity. Suhail also enjoys travelling with his family and makes lifelong connections with the people he meets.
Mr Sydwel holds Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Applied Chemistry and Diploma in Microbiology from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
He is an enthusiastic and committed technician: on joining us in 2014, he has worked closely with the Head of Science and the Science teachers to make sure every experimentation runs smoothly, while adhering to health and safety guidelines. Additionally, he is involved in laboratory management and documentation.
He has laboratory skills especially in chemistry, biology, microbiology and biochemistry. He is knowledgeable about handling microscope, autoclave, GC, HPLC, FTIR and UV-Vis. He has a love for travel and nature, especially beaches.
Ms Umminabilla Baharuddin joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in 2015. She has a Diploma in Microbiology and subsequently further her studies in Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Chemistry (Forensic Analysis). Both are from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). .
She has major knowledge in forensic chemistry, microbiology, biology and also chemistry. Furthermore, she also possess minor knowledge in physics and biochemistry. Previously, she had experience working at operation site, production section and also analysis field.
Her life motto is ”Every day is a new life, and every minutes is a new experience”.
Dr Julia Parker has a degree in history from Cambridge University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. She entered the teaching profession 6 years ago after completing her PhD research into the development of Hampton Court Palace during the nineteenth century. She has since taught the English National Curriculum to students aged 13 to 18 in a boarding school environment, balancing her time between supporting the academic development of her students and ensuring their pastoral welfare.
Dr Parker's particular historical interests include nineteenth century museums and conflict in the twentieth century. In Politics she has a particular interest in Human Rights and Realist approaches to International Relations. Outside the classroom, she is a keen rower and competed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race whilst at university. She also enjoys sailing, open water swimming and cryptic crosswords.
In the Sixth Form, Dr Parker is very keen to encourage students to look beyond the confines of the A-level syllabus and develop independent intellectual curiosity. She is working with the Sixth Form team to develop the Horizons Programme at the College, which seeks to prepare students fully for life at university and the world of work.
Mr Thomas Webster (Tom) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Assistant Head of Sixth Form from Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur where he taught Sociology and Humanities and was Head of Global Awareness Projects. Tom has experience of teaching a broad range of Humanities and Social Science subjects and has held a number of posts including Head of Department and Second in Faculty. Tom also has several years experience as an A Level examiner for AQA. Tom completed his degree in Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University and completed his PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Tom is particularly interested in political history and issues around globalisation and development. Before becoming a teacher Tom worked in communications and campaigns for a non-governmental organisation and has found this experience invaluable in bringing to life many of the issues covered in the History and Politics syllabus. Tom hopes to help foster a culture of active global citizenship at ECiM having previously facilitated the school council as well as numerous groups promoting volunteering, fair-trade and sustainable development.
Tom loves travel, sports and the outdoors and has previously co-led the Duke of Edinburgh programme and coached a number of rugby, touch rugby and football teams. He lives on campus with his wife Charlotte, the Director of Studies (Learning).
Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Head of Geography from St Mary's School, Ascot, in the UK, where he held the same position (as well as Assistant Housemaster) for 18 months, before the allure of Epsom College in Malaysia whisked him away.
Throughout his teaching career, he has worked in boarding environments, having run the Geography department and been Assistant Housemaster at Uppingham School in Rutland, and taught Geography and been resident tutor at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. He has followed both the English and International curriculum over the years and has examined for Edexcel A-Level since 2010.
Jon read Geography at the University of Durham, where he also completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
He is keen for students to appreciate Geography by using their own experiences to help them understand the world around them. He is, therefore, particularly passionate about fieldwork, but also promotes the use of ICT to assist in students' learning.
As of January 2018, Jon is also Head of Higher Education and Careers, where he is responsible for supporting students in getting onto the course of their choice and into their favoured universities, whatever country that might be in. He organises visiting universities and works with the Sixth Form members in helping with university and course research; assisting personal statement writing; coordinating references; supporting interview preparation; as well as discussing future careers after university. He believes strongly that ECiM has a responsibility to its students beyond achievement in A-levels and always encourages full participation in the College's CCA programme, to prepare students for university life and beyond.
He is a keen (although limited) footballer, as well as an avid Newcastle United fan, and has coached both boys and girls, winning the regional championships with the latter at Uppingham. He has also coached and enjoys playing hockey an
Mrs Marion Prickett joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from King’s Hall School, Taunton, UK where she was School Librarian for 12 years. She was also employed as the Librarian at King’s College with involvement in setting up the new Library that opened in 2011. Marion has a degree in Modern History from London Metropolitan University and has continued to expand her education with qualifications in Librarianship and IT.
Marion is in overall charge of the magnificent Library centrally located in the College, making it truly at the heart of the school.
Marion has a lifelong interest and passion for reading and wants as many of the students and their families at ECiM to share this. Reading for pleasure and for learning are at the heart of everything Marion wishes to accomplish, believing that reading is the foundation of all learning, as well as providing one of the most enduring pleasures throughout life.
Her interest and knowledge in IT and new technologies will ensure that students are taught the skills they need to become life long learners.
Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman joined Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2014. She received her pre-graduate education from Universiti Teknologi Mara, with a Diploma in Information Management, and subsequently completed her Degree graduate study in Library Science at the same university.
She worked in Maybank for a few years but always considered the 'library' as the place she wanted to be. Her devotion, as a librarian, is even clear in how she was always willing to earn lower pay just to actually gain first-hand experience of working in libraries. In fact, she spent 3 years as a librarian in Kolej Unikop, Selangor and also as a Library Executive in Mahsa University, Kuala Lumpur.
However, after university libraries, she then decided to move into school librarianship and started work at Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2014. She has been instrumental in the setting up and establishing of the new library since then, working closely with the school librarian, Mrs. Marion Prickett.
Melanie arrived at Epsom College in Malaysia in September 2014 with her husband, having previously lived in Oxfordshire, England, for six years. In the UK she worked for a French designer, a children's clothing company called Bonpoint as the Assistant UK Manager. She took on the role of Exams Officer at ECiM in October 2014.
Melanie grew up in France and graduated from the University of Bordeaux with a degree in English. She and her husband live on campus and now have a young son