Leadership


Lyle Moltzan

Superintendent

Mr. Lyle Moltzan has been in education for 27 years. His teaching experience includes math,science, and computers, with a Masters of Education degree. In addition, Lyle served as a technology director, curriculum coordinator, department head, IB coordinator, principal, and school director. He started his teaching career in Alberta,Canada where he met his wife, Rita. After getting married, they decided to experience overseas teaching and have not looked back after 22 years of International education.They are proud to have lived in Jordan, South Africa, Indonesia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.


Tim Shepherd

Elementary School Principal

Mr. Tim Shepherd has been in education for the past 20 years. He has been involved in vocational instruction, been a classroom teacher, a testing coordinator,technology integration leader and an English Language Coordinator. He has a Bachelors of Sciences Degree and a Post Gradguate Certificate of Education.Tim started his educational career in agricultural instruction and after meeting his wife embarked upon a life over seas. They have lived in Switzerland, Thailand, Estonia and most recently Bali, Indonesia. They have 2 children have been happily living abroad for the last 15 years.


Christian Choyce

Boarding Director

Mr. Christian Choyce has been in education for 13 years and has a degree in Bachelor of Education. His teaching experience includes History, Business Studies and Geography. He has been involved with boarding facilities for the majority of his schooling and professional career. Chris has been a head of department, head of a boarding facility, and a grade head. He is married to Natalie whom he has known since Grade1 and she is a Pre-Kteacher. Guiding and nurturing childrens development is a passion, a calling and a pleasure for Chris.



Department Leaders


David Norman

Guidance Counselor

Mr. David Norman spent sixteen years in the New Zealand Police Force. He has work with domestic violence victims and youth gave him a passion to help people succeed and lead him to complete a Bachelors of Counseling. Throughout the years, he has mentored youth and coached children. Dave believes that everyone deserves a chance to improve themselves and thoroughly enjoys building relationships with young people to help them realize their strengths in order to succeed and reach their life potential.
 

Nina Hall

ELL Coordinator

Nina became a teacher because she loves learning, which is probably best evidenced by her string of degrees in journalism, linguistics, and education from the University of Colorado, Massachusetts, and West Florida. She has taught ELL, language arts, and history in Singapore, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic. Now she is stepping into the role of ELL Coordinator to oversee the exciting development of the English Language Learning programs at Raffles American School. She believes anyone can learn a new language if they are motivated and placed in a supportive environment that challenges the mind through meaningful interactions and hands-on projects.

 

Josh Nobles

Athletic Director 

With a B.A. in Kinesiology, a Masters in Education and a certificate in Secondary Social Studies, Josh has worked in schools in Shanghai, Singapore, Myanmar and the Dominican Republic. His upbringing and travel experiences have fostered a focus of historical and cultural perspective within his curriculum. As a big advocate for education outside the classroom, Josh enjoys coaching sports, development community service programs and leading environmental clubs. In all aspects of learning, Josh's philosophy towards education is simple: To educate is to empower; We empower by showing others how to learn; We learn by asking questions, seeking answers and reflecting on the process. Based upon this ideology, Josh practices a project-based learning style that allows students to pursue questions they are interested in while utilizing skills they have confidence with. He believes that by making learning relevant and focused on individual strengths, students become empowered to seek self-actualization.


 

Nathan O'Brien

Communication Director

Mr. Nathan O’Brien joins us from Portland, Oregon, USA. He is accompanied at the school by his wife, 5th Grade teacher Ms. Lisa Borchart. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology,as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, earning both from Willamette University Salem, Oregon. He brings 10+ years experience in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors. His previous experience has taken him throughout the USA, South America,and Asia — most recently working in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. This is his first foray into Malaysia and he is excited to provide his unique experience and skill set to help grow Raffles American School into one of the worlds premier International American Schools. Nathan looks forward to helping provide all students with an opportunity to learn at a high academic standard and prepare them for success in today’s rapidly changing world.
 

Rita Moltzan

Literacy Specialist 

Rita is excited to be back in the library working with students and teachers. Her 20+ years of varied experience in 8 different countries includes admissions, librarian, preschool, middle school language arts, creative writing, drama, high school English, social studies, upper elementary, and journalism. With a Masters in Reading and Literacy and experience as a Literacy Mentor teacher, Rita enjoys opportunities to assist students in developing a passion for reading, writing, and poetry. She loves traveling the world with her family, playing tennis, yoga, jewelry making, and writing.
 

Jean Nolan


Learning Support Specialist
Jean joined RAS from her home in Vermont, USA, where she is in her tenth year as a middle school special educator. She has been an international educator in Nigeria, Brazil, Pakistan, Japan, and Kuwait. Jean earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.Ed. from Harvard University.  



 

Sharon Brown

Director of Admissions

Ms. Sharon Brown comes to RAS with a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Her experience includes with over 10 years of working in administration and communications in a variety of fields including education, eco-hospitality, community development, affordable housing and refuge resettlement. Sharon joins RAS with her husband, an upper school Social Studies teacher, and their two children, both RAS students, aged 5 and 7. Over the past 10 years, she has been privileged to live in Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Ecuador and Malaysia. Sharon is proud to be a part of the Admissions team at RAS,helpingstudents to join the RAS community and build a foundation upon which to achieve their dreams.


Hector Osuna

Project and Facilities Coordinator

Mr. Hector Osuna, originally from Mexico City, Mexico, moved to Oregon, USA at the age of 10. He earned his B.A. in Community Development from Portland State University. Currently he is finishing his MSC in Urban Agglomerations from Franfurt Universityof Applied Sciences, Frankfurt as Main, Germany. His professional experience as an as an assistant city planner, outreach coordinator at a metro regional government, policy coordinator and community organizer for non-profit organizations and after school site manager from a K-8 school has provided him with interdisciplinary skills that assist him to work in various settings. He brings a passion for sustainable development that will contribute to the RAS mission, values and goals.

 Yee Shing Wong

World Language Coordinator

Yee Shing Wong is a passionate educator who keeps enriching herself by learning continuously. Prior to joining the Raffles team, Yee Shing taught second language to students of different age groups at various primary schools in Taiwan for 9 years. Yee Shing believes that each student is special and talented in their own way and that no one should be left behind. She dedicates herself to mastering various instructional methods to lighten up the classroom so that students gain self-esteem and confidence throughout the learning process. She hopes to pass on her passion and appreciation for the Chinese Language to the students at Raffles American School. Yee Shing holds a Masters Degree of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature. She is fluent in English, Chinese and Bahasa. She is delighted to be part of this team of exceptional educators at Raffles

Kimberly Price

EIP Coordinator

Kimberly is a native of the United States and has been teaching English in Asia for seven years, having previously worked as an EFL teacher and literacy specialist in Taiwan and Singapore.  She completed her M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Foreign Language Pedagogy from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015, adding to her B.A. in English with a minor in Chinese Studies from Boise State University in 2009.  She is passionate about helping students to gain communication skills and confidence while learning English.  Kimberly believes that learning a language is like opening a door to a new world and she is excited to be teaching the English Immersion Program (EIP) for learners who are new to English.  She seeks to create an atmosphere that will allow students to acquire the linguistic skills necessary to successfully integrate into the classroom as well as gain the intercultural communicative competence necessary for using English in their daily lives. 

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