At The Hilltop House we believe our people are our greatest strength. We invest in our educators because we recognize that the best teachers don’t just pass on information; they mentor, engage, and stimulate students through challenging and meaningful learning experiences to develop each child’s self-motivation and love for lifelong learning. In order to improve education, we provide our teachers with constant support and professional development to help our educators achieve their fullest potential.
Thanks to our small teacher to student ratio our qualified and dedicated teachers give individual attention to each child allowing them to evaluate an individual’s growth and progress throughout the year. This helps them personalize and enhance children’s learning experiences; each student receives the attention, resources, and support needed to thrive in class.
Tunku Elana Khyra
Tunku Elana founded The Hilltop House out of her passion for developing children’s character and values. She is a Duke University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a concentration on child development, and a certificate in Markets and Management. She has run successful workshops encouraging hundreds of university students to reflect on their interests and strengths, and clarify the things they want to achieve to make the most of their lives. Formerly working at MAA Group, Tunku Elana also brings about an extensive knowledge in branding and marketing. Prior to this she attended Marlborough College in England, was raised in Kuala Lumpur and helps teach and nurture orphaned and underprivileged children as a volunteer of the Budimas Charitable Foundation.
Hera has devoted her life towards making a difference in the lives of Malaysia’s youth. With over 20 years of experience in working at kindergartens (13 of which were spent running kindergartens as a devoted principal), Hera is an expert when it comes to developing and nurturing children as compassionate leaders. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Ireland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. On top of hosting workshops for students, Hera has also given parenting talks on a variety of topics and held teacher training sessions. She has a natural gift for interacting with children and has built deep and trusting relationships with children and parents throughout her years as a trailblazer in education.
As Hilltop’s Director and the Budimas Charitable Foundation’s Principle Officer, Anne is both a compassionate and driven leader on a mission to improve the quality of life and education of children throughout Malaysia. Under her management, over 7000 underprivileged children across Malaysia now receive quality education, support, food, and shelter. Anne holds a MBA from the University of Strathclyde and uses her business acumen and experience in growing an ethical and sustainable organization to develop Hilltop as a socially responsible kindergarten. She has spearheaded our community building initiative as we develop close relationships with families and organizations in order to raise funds for selected charities and plan school outings and outreach programmes. Her creative ideas and strategies continue to drive Hilltop in a positive direction.
Children are immersed in an environment of continuous learning as books, creative spaces and children’s works surround the classroom providing limitless sources of imagination. With these inspired spaces and use of creative materials, textures, and music designed to help build children’s developmental areas, we aim to awaken and develop children’s powers of creativity and curiosity about the world around them.
With our huge, outdoor jungle gym, sand pit, and astroturf field children remain physically active while enjoying the great outdoors. These areas help to develop children’s fine motor skills, co-ordination, control, and overall health and wellness in a safe and fun setting.
We have hand-selected a vast collection of books that children can enjoy reading from the comforts of each classroom’s “reading corners”, spaces where our teachers lead children on a journey through storytelling, and song.
Children can take after school swimming lessons in our very own salt-water filled swimming pool to avoid the harmful effects of chlorine.