Jason McBride – Head of School
Jason McBride joins UWCT Thailand after having previously been with schools in Canada, Mexico, England and the UAE. Having spent 14 years in the UAE, he was involved in the founding or significant expansion of three schools, in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It was during this time that he first started working with the IB curriculum; first with the Diploma Programme only, and then later a 2000+ student IB continuum programme.
After his time in the Middle East, Jason returned home to lead another IB continuum school, this time in Vancouver, Canada. After a few years of repatriation; however, Jason and his family (wife, Samantha, and two primary-aged daughters) realized that their passion for the experience that international living provides is where their heart is and so when the opportunity to join the UWC movement arose, they gladly accepted the chance to help one of the newest UWC’s continue its journey.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jason received undergraduate degrees from McMaster University (Bachelor of Kinesiology) and Queen’s University (Bachelor of Education), before pursuing his Master’s degree with Michigan State University. Jason is a former TEDx speaker who thoroughly enjoys working with internationally-minded students and adults any chance he can.
Kanok Chupak – School Director
Kanok has a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Chulalongkorn University and started her teaching journey from Dulwich International College, Horizon Learning Centre, The Regent’s School and Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok.
She sees herself as a bridge of cultures, people and nations as she was an AFS International Exchange Student in Italy and, acting as a School Director, a Qualified Onesqua Accreditation Officer as well as being a UWC team leader who brings passion, enthusiasm and humour to empower the school’s community (students, staffs and parents) to achieve UWCT’s vision and mission.
Amy Franklin- Director of Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness
Dr Amy Franklin is was previously a professor at the University Of New Mexico in the Dept. of Psychology. She is an expert in Emotional Intelligence and Psychology and has worked extensively in the field of social and emotional learning in schools, particularly with three United World Colleges. Her children have attended UWCs around the world and she will be joined by her husband, Bob, medical doctor with a speciality in psychiatry.
Jaki Graham – Primary School Principal
An experienced IB PYP practitioner, Jaki holds a Masters of Teaching from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of NSW, Australia. She was a team leader at UWCSEA – East (Singapore) for a number of years. Jaki has been involved in a number of leadership roles in her career – in early learning centres and primary school environments at schools in China, Switzerland and Australia. Her background in Number Talks will be invaluable as we continue to implement this framework within the Primary school. She is passionate about Social Emotional Learning, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness, and enjoys running, pilates, visual arts and water sports such as sailing, scuba diving or SUPing. She is excited by the opportunity to become involved in water sports again- especially sailing as part of living here in Phuket.
Jonathan Field – Secondary School Principal
Jon has spent the last 18 years working in 3 programme IB World Schools on 4 continents. He has held numerous positions in schools in Switzerland, Tanzania, Peru and Hong Kong, and for the last 4 years was ‘Whole School Director of Learning’ at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Jon considers himself a true life-long learner who strives to stay up to date with the very latest research on how we all learn best. He passionately believes that when we are all comfortable taking risks and learning from our mistakes we will feel empowered to pursue our interests and provide the very best learning environments for our students. Jon enjoys scuba diving, traveling, reading, rock climbing and football. He has developed a deep reserve of resilience through a lifetime of supporting Aston Villa Football Club.
Oliver Paulin – Boarding Houseparent
Previously a Houseparent at North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea, Oliver has extensive experience working in leading boarding schools and has a sound understanding of both the MYP and DP. Oliver joins UWCT with his wife Valerie (French & Spanish Teacher) and children Leo and Laura. Oliver enjoys cycling, tennis, running, rugby and darts. He is a passionate linguist and a lover of sports. Together with Valerie, he also teaches classes in French, Spanish and English within the Secondary School.