M'KIS News: Meet Our New Head of Admissions

We're excited to officially introduce Carol Fitzgerald, our new Head of Admissions, to our M'KIS community! Read on to hear about the vast experience she brings to the role, and to learn more about how our Admissions Team supports families during their international school search. 

Tell us a bit more about your background and how your experience will shape your role as Head of Admissions.

I have been an educator for more than 20 years now and am passionately devoted to supporting students and families in every way I can. I joined M’KIS in 2013 and have loved my time here.

During my decades-long career in education, I have built a wealth of experience in the classroom and beyond and have served in several leadership roles. I also hold a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My expertise is in meeting the educational needs of diverse students, a skill which I think is vital to supporting our families during the admissions process.

During my time working in special education, gifted and talented education, English as an Additional Language instruction, and as a certified Reading Specialist, I’ve learned that nothing is more important than providing students with a personalized educational experience in a nurturing environment. This is our driving philosophy at M’KIS, and something that we take special pride in. As an educator, I have worked with every kind of family to ensure their child is supported to reach their full potential — academically, socially, and emotionally — and I look forward to continuing that work as Head of Admissions.

What factors should families consider when they are searching for and deciding on an international school for their child?

Moving your family to another country is an exciting adventure, but it also comes with challenges. One of those challenges is finding an international school that’s the best fit for your child.

Parents naturally want the best standard of education possible. This means finding an educational environment where your child is supported academically, emotionally, and socially. In addition, convenience, safety, and proximity to your new home is another important consideration for many families, as is the culture of the school.

M'KIS offers families a rigorous International Baccalaureate education in the heart of a thriving and safe expat neighborhood. The Mont’Kiara neighborhood has all the amenities a family needs, including the option to walk to school and live close to friends and other international families.

Before and after school, as well as on the weekends, M'KIS is a hub of family-centered activities including sports, clubs, social events and volunteer opportunities, and community events. With 50+ different nationalities represented among our families, M’KIS is also a truly diverse, internationally-minded school. Students and families feel at home here, no matter where they come from.

Although we are brought together by academics, we are held together by school values that support the well-being of all members of the M’KIS community. This focus on a world-class education, paired with the strength of our school community, is what sets M’KIS apart.

What are some important things prospective families should know about the M’KIS Admissions process?

I want prospective families to know that, despite the challenges of Covid-19, our Admissions Team continues to offer all prospective families a personalized admissions process, from initial inquiry to enrollment and beyond. Our focus is meeting the needs of each child and each family that comes through our doors.

We do this by offering tailored virtual tours, a streamlined testing and orientation process, and flexibility to accommodate the needs of families both here in Malaysia and all over the world. More than anything, we want families to know that in the midst of the ongoing challenges posed by this pandemic, M’KIS is ready to provide the stability, consistency, and reassurance children and families need as they make this important transition.

What are some of the things you’re most excited about and looking forward to as you step into this new role?

This role offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase the excellence of our educational program, as well as connect families to a well-established, supportive school community.

As the proud parent of two recent graduates of M’KIS, I have seen first-hand the many aspects of M’KIS that are unique, and I look forward to sharing these strengths with prospective families.

I am thrilled to bring my deep appreciation and understanding of the M’KIS community to our admissions efforts at M’KIS as we support families through the admissions process.