We are a diverse and experienced learning community of international staff, committed to providing our students with an education of the highest international standard.

To view our individual professional profiles, please see below.

Special thanks go to the Grade 1 class of 2014/15 for their artistic expertise!

Primary Coordinators


Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 09.41.24Amy Sharp

Nursery Coordinator

Amy, originally from the UK, is our Nursery Coordinator, and joined UWCT in October 2009. She was educated in the UK and has a CACHE Level 2 certificate in Childcare and Education from Cirencester College. She has also received extensive training as part of the Mark Warner Holidays Company where she was Head of Childcare for the company in Egypt. Amy has worked with Nursery age children since 1998, initially as a Nursery Assistant, and then in childcare settings in Greece, Egypt, Corsica, and the UK. Amy is an avid arts and crafts workshop leader for children, and is an active participant in the local Muay Thai association.


Online Photo. CarylCaryl Medilo

Preschool Coordinator

Caryl is a Preschool teacher. She is from the Philippines and has spent most of her teaching career overseas. She has been working at UWCT (previously PIA) since the school was formed in 2008. She worked as a learning support and Early Childhood classroom teacher. Caryl received her B Ed from Holy Cross of Davao College in the Philippines. She worked as a Kindergarten teacher in Bangkok and then as a Special Education and Primary teacher with the Reed International Institute. She has been involved in the PYP for 7 years and has completed training and seminars in other IB World Schools. Caryl has also completed training in Integrating Reggio Emilia approach in Early Childhood. She has taken online courses on The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People on Coursera (The University of Edinburgh) and Early Childhood on Open2Study (Gowrie, Australia). Caryl is particularly interested in volunteer work and often helps in outreach programmes for refugee children. Her other interests includes Zumba, fun runs, travelling, dancing, biking and swimming.

Online Photo. Nikki PetyanszkiNikki Petyanszki
PYP Coordinator

Nikki has been teaching and leading Grade 3 at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong since 2011, along with being the PYP Literacy coordinator. She has a Masters in Teaching from Deakin University in Australia. Nikki is passionate about volunteer work and raising awareness of environmental and equality issues, Nikki states, “Growing up as a Third Culture Kid gave me many awe-inspiring, challenging and fulfilling experiences around the world. It was only natural for me to become an international educator and continue the expat lifestyle. My upbringing is hugely beneficial to understanding the transient nature of the international students I teach.” Nikki enjoys diving, yoga and hiking, and will be joining us with her husband Chris (Outdoor Education Coordinator) and their daughter Ella.

Nursery and Preschool Teachers


Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 09.41.24Amy Sharp

Nursery

Amy, originally from the UK, is our Nursery Coordinator, and joined UWCT in October 2009. She was educated in the UK and has a CACHE Level 2 certificate in Childcare and Education from Cirencester College. She has also received extensive training as part of the Mark Warner Holidays Company where she was Head of Childcare for the company in Egypt. Amy has worked with Nursery age children since 1998, initially as a Nursery Assistant, and then in childcare settings in Greece, Egypt, Corsica, and the UK. Amy is an avid arts and crafts workshop leader for children, and is an active participant in the local Muay Thai association.

Online Photo. Kathy RussellKatherine (Kathy) Russell
Nursery 

Kathy is guiding our youngest learners in the Nursery. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree as well as an Early Childhood Education degree from The Association Montessori International. Her interest in early childhood pedagogy began in Dallas, Texas 12 years ago. This is her third year at UWCT and 9th year in Phuket. Her creative outlook, energetic spirit and love of playful learning make her a valued member to our cheerful team. Other interests include researching natural health, staying active in a wide array of sporting activities and participating in her daughter’s busy teenage schedule.

Online Photo. CarylCaryl Medilo
Preschool

Caryl is a Preschool teacher. She is from the Philippines and has spent most of her teaching career overseas. She has been working at UWCT (previously PIA) since the school was formed in 2008. She worked as a learning support and Early Childhood classroom teacher. Caryl received her B Ed from Holy Cross of Davao College in the Philippines. She worked as a Kindergarten teacher in Bangkok and then as a Special Education and Primary teacher with the Reed International Institute. She has been involved in the PYP for 7 years and has completed training and seminars in other IB World Schools. Caryl has also completed training in Integrating Reggio Emilia approach in Early Childhood. She has taken online courses on The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People on Coursera (The University of Edinburgh) and Early Childhood on Open2Study (Gowrie, Australia). Caryl is particularly interested in volunteer work and often helps in outreach programmes for refugee children. Her other interests includes Zumba, fun runs, travelling, dancing, biking and swimming.

Online Photo. Heidi SanchezHeidi Sanchez
Preschool

Heidi is an experienced PYP teacher working with Preschool students in our Early Childhood Centre.  With a Masters Degree in School and Guidance Counselling, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education, Heidi is committed to the concept of social and emotional learning and an inquiry approach to the teaching of numeracy and literacy skills. She has previously taught at international schools in Hanoi, Tianjin and Manila. Heidi enjoys reading and scuba diving and is hoping to complete her 250th dive this year. Heidi is joined by her husband, Phillip who teaches in the MYP and their son, Kai who is in Preschool.

Online Photo. Olivia SymonsOlivia Symons
Preschool 

This is Olivia’s third year teaching in the Preschool. She is married to Kru Ned and they have three children who also attend UWCT. Olivia has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Auckland and a Graduate Diploma of Primary Teaching from Massey University. Olivia is from New Zealand and prior to moving to Phuket she lived there and helped to set up and teach in a Steiner-inspired kindergarten. Olivia has previously taught MYP Math and Science at UNIS Hanoi and also been an ESL teacher. Her other interests are her family, holistic health and enjoying nature. She enjoys walking, running, yoga and Pilates.

PYP Teachers

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.47.13Lucy Keller
Kindergarten

An early learning specialist for many years, Lucy has developed a passion for social and emotional learning/mindfulness within an educational context. Coming from St Andrews International School, in Bangkok, Lucy holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Essex and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the U.K. She is a trained Yoga teacher and this is one of her many passions including, travelling, hiking, dancing, running, baking, meditation, and reading.

Online Photo. NedNed Symons
Kindergarten

Ned is originally from the south of England. He is married to Kru Olivia with three children (Kyra 6, Elijah 10 & Mai An 13) who attend UWCThailand. Ned has a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) attained from the University of Waikato. His experience includes teaching Primary level in New Zealand, and ESL and Kindergarten in Hanoi, Vietnam. Ned also ran his own business as a landscape designer in New Zealand. He enjoys diving, tennis and photography. This is Ned’s third year teaching at PIA/UWCThailand.

“It amazes me how much growth and development occurs for every child within the Kindergarten grade level. My passion for holistic teaching lies in guiding every child towards developing their own interests and knowledge of the world; their social and emotional skills; their academic skills; and to experience the value in service and a love for outdoors.”

Online Photo. Nikki PetyanszkiNikki Petyanszki
Grade 1

Nikki has been teaching and leading Grade 3 at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong since 2011, along with being the PYP Literacy coordinator. She has a Masters in Teaching from Deakin University in Australia. Nikki is passionate about volunteer work and raising awareness of environmental and equality issues, Nikki states, “Growing up as a Third Culture Kid gave me many awe-inspiring, challenging and fulfilling experiences around the world. It was only natural for me to become an international educator and continue the expat lifestyle. My upbringing is hugely beneficial to understanding the transient nature of the international students I teach.” Nikki enjoys diving, yoga and hiking, and will be joining us with her husband Chris (Outdoor Education Coordinator) and their daughter Ella.

Online Photo. Jessica LeeJessica Lee
Grade 1

Jessica has a B Ed with a specialisation in Math and Science Education from the University of British Columbia and a B Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria. Jessica has taught internationally at BIS Canada in Seoul, South Korea for 4 years in both Kindergarten and Grade 4. She is passionate about fostering healthy social, emotional, physical and academic development in young learners. Jessica’s interests include travel, yoga, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking and animals. She is excited to continue developing her ukulele proficiency this coming year.

Online Photo. Grant OlsenGrant (Olly) Olsen
Grade 2

Grant is an experienced international educator, who has gained valuable knowledge teaching in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Grant has a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma Primary Teaching. He strives to create a challenging and inquiry based learning environment for his students by attending regular professional development in numeracy, literacy and inquiry based teaching. Grant has a passion for reading to children and working closely beside reluctant writer’s. Grant is in his 3rd year at UWCT and is looking forward to strengthening the great work established in Grade 2 with Uncle Pitak Home, a local NGO.  Grant brings his energy and enthusiasm from New Zealand, loves all sport, and enjoys Thai food. He is kept busy at home with his two young boys, his wife Justine is also a teacher and makes a delicious kiwi pavlova.

Online Photo. Amy HughesAmy Hughes
Grade 2

Amy Hughes originally trained and as a Speech and Language Therapist and worked in this area for many years.  She decided to re-train as a classroom teacher, to find out what teachers were taught about communication, when she was  the executive director of The  Matilda Child Development Centre, in Hong Kong.  Amy is now an experienced PYP and Key Stage 1 teacher, with a commitment to developing a strong foundation of literacy and numeracy skills within young children. In addition to being a therapist and clinical supervisor for the University of Hong Kong, Amy has taught in a number of world class international schools, including St. Christopher’s School in Bahrain and Sha Tin Junior School in Hong Kong. She has a Masters Degree in Education. Amy brings her passion for drama, music, dance and song to the classroom and her experience of working with and in NGO’s and charities to our service learning.

Online Photo. Justine OlsenJustine Olsen
Grade 3

Justine is in her third year at UWCT (formally known as PIA). She moved to Phuket with her husband and two young sons. Originally from New Zealand she has taught a range of age groups in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia for the last eleven years. She gained a B Ed and Diploma in Teaching from Waikato University and taught in NZ for eight years before heading onto the international circuit. As a sports enthusiast she loves to watch, coach or play most sports especially rugby, netball and tennis. In her spare time she loves to play with her boys, go to the beach as well as reading, shopping, cooking and going to the spa.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.37.14Nicolette Robertson
Grade 3

This is Nicki’s first year at UWCT. She joins us from the Australian International School, Hong Kong, where she has been a team leader of the Year 6 cohort for a number of years. Nicki holds a Bachelor of Primary Education from the University of South Africa, majoring in Physical Education and Geography. She has also completed The Advanced Leadership Program for Female School Leaders within International Schools. Nicki’s interests include mindfulness, netball, yoga, tennis, watching sports, reading, and socialising. Her husband, Jason is a professional golfer and her daughter Ashley is in Grade 1.

Online Photo. Jessica AppletonJessica Beloded
Grade 4

Jessica is in her sixth year at UWCT. She was educated at an IB World school herself and later went on to become an IB workshop leader. She graduated from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with a B Ed. and very soon afterwards began working abroad. She has an avid passion for travelling, where she meets new people, sees new places and tries new culinary delights. She has worked in countries such as Canada, Australia and Germany before settling in Thailand in August 2012 with her husband and young daughter. Jessica is currently our acting Teacher Representative on the Board. Her other interests include all water sports, snowboarding, scuba diving, music and cooking.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.44.54James Weekes
Grade 5

This is James’s third year at UWCT/PIA. He was previously in Barbados, where he spent three years teaching and developing the PYP curriculum at The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados. He is currently finishing an MA in Education with the IB Educator’s Certificate from Bath University, U.K. He has a passion for sports and has coached football and basketball in Barbados and in his previous position at Bonn International School, Germany. He also has a passion for technology in the classroom and shares his skills in communicating with photography and filmography with his students. Together with his wife, Natalie, they share a love of conservation and wildlife preservation, and are focusing on developing relationships with local projects in Phuket.

Subject Teachers

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.24.48Kanungnit (Boom) Kietthawornwong 
Thai

Khun Boom joined the school in September 2009 as a Thai Language and Culture teacher. She has a B FA in Fine and Applied Arts (Dance) from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Rajabhat Institute. She also has a M Ed in Educational Administration from Bangkokthonburi University in Bangkok. Before joining the school, Khun Boom taught Thai Language and Culture from 2003 at the British International School in Phuket.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.26.45Gantamanee (Ying) Narinrat
Thai 

Khun Ying graduated with a B.A Business Administration, Bangkok University and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Phuket Rajabhat University. She has started teaching Thai language to international students at the Horizons Learning Center (Greenhouse International Preschool) also worked with small groups, one on one and as a Thai/English translator.  She enjoys working with young students in primary with her 13 years teaching experience.  She is currently working towards a number of online qualifications, including the Clinical Psychology of Children and Young people from the University of Edinburgh, and The Bilingual Brain from the University of Houston. Khun Ying is teaching Thai to students across all primary grade levels. Khun Ying’s interested in travelling where she can sees new places and different cultures also enjoys art, craft, music, reading and snorkeling.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.28.21Frederick de Guzman Estrada
Music

Frederick graduated with a B Music (Dist) and was previously teaching Kindergarten to Grade 5 in Sinarmas World Academy, Indonesia. Frederick has been teaching IB PYP Music and working as a pianist/organist in a number of schools in the Philippines and Indonesia since the early 1990s. He has led and played in bands in different countries and is a keen keyboard player. Frederick is here with his wife and son.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.31.30Weiwei Zang
Chinese Language B

Weiwei comes from Qingdao of Northern China, also a charming city with beautiful ocean and beaches. She teaches Mandarin Chinese to Secondary students here. She has M.Ed. and B.A. degrees. Prior to joining UWCT, she taught in Shanghai and Qingdao. Weiwei enjoys arts and does Chinese calligraphy and brush painting for pleasure. She also loves laughs, nature, animals, reading, yoga and yummy flavours.

Frederic RonsynFrederic Ronsyn
French 

An experienced International teacher having worked in 3 continents, Frederic has recently been at the International School of Lausanne since 2014 as the school’s French teacher. He has a B.Ed in teaching French and French Literature and a Post Graduate Certificate from Bath University, but previous to his teaching career he was a professional cartoonist and freelance illustrator. He enjoys painting and is looking forward to joining UWCT with his wife and two children.

Online Photo. GarrettGarrett Cutler
Primary P.E.
Originally from the USA, Garrett previously taught PE and Swimming at Kajonkietsuksa School in Kathu for three years. He is passionate about fishing, surfing, all sports, and anything outdoors. He also enjoys playing rugby for the local team here, the Phuket Vagabonds. He is going into his tenth year as a PE teacher and teaches Nursery to Grade 3 while assisting in providing a wide range of team sports as part of our co-curricular programme.

Online Photo. Lyndsey FraserLyndsey Fraser 
Primary P.E.

Lyndsey has joined her partner Andrew in developing the sports programme at UWCT, particularly within the Primary School.  As a part-time employee, Lyndsey is also focusing on her triathlon passion, where she races in numerous competitions around the world. Since launching her triathlon career, she has won more than 20 races, and got a top ten AG placing in the Ironman world championships. Her goal is to compete again at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and to be a podium contender.  In addition to triathlon she also enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding and travelling.

Lyndsey enjoys teaching and participating in team sports, and will be focusing mainly on girls Football and Triathlon in the co-curricular programme.

Secondary Coordinators

PhilScreen Shot 2016-09-20 at 08.46.27 Sanchez
MYP Coordinator

Having worked at UNIS for the last 5 years, and stepping into the role of MYP Co-ordinator at UWC Thailand in August 2016, Phillip comes with significant experience in facilitating both Humanities and English (Language A & B) MYP and Diploma classes.  He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a passion for language acquisition.  As he states: “Regardless of the curriculum or which capacity I teach in, I bring with me an enthusiasm for language learning that I believe is contagious in my classroom, not only for my students but also for me as well.”

Chris DawsChris Daws
DP Coordinator

Previously at the British International School of Jeddah as the Diploma Coordinator, Chris holds a Masters in Sports Science and the Business of Football, and a degree in Economics. He is an IB Examiner and writer for Economics and will be involved in the Humanities department, while also teaching Business Management at the Diploma level. He enjoys football – previously being the Team Manager for the Iraqi Football Team at both the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games (In which they came 4th). He’ll be joined by his wife Suzanne (as a Science teacher) and their children – Fletcher, Taylor and Hunter.

Secondary Teachers

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 13.56.51Suzanne Marcinkow
Science, Mathematics

Suzanne, alongside her husband Chris, has been at the British International School of Jeddah since 2013 as their Head of Biology. She has a Masters in Teaching from Griffith University in Australia. While she is an experienced Science teacher, she is also a P.E teacher.  Suzanne enjoys football, cross-country, basketball, volleyball, and tennis either as a participant or as a coach. She has led many camps and service projects.  In between being a mother to 3 children and teaching, she enjoys playing the guitar.

PhilScreen Shot 2016-09-20 at 08.46.27 Sanchez
MYP Coordinator

Having worked at UNIS for the last 5 years, and stepping into the role of MYP Co-ordinator at UWC Thailand in August 2016, Phillip comes with significant experience in facilitating both Humanities and English (Language A & B) MYP and Diploma classes.  He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a passion for language acquisition.  As he states: “Regardless of the curriculum or which capacity I teach in, I bring with me an enthusiasm for language learning that I believe is contagious in my classroom, not only for my students but also for me as well.”

Processed with MoldivHeidi Oxley-Whitnell
Service Learning Coordinator, P.E.

Previously the Vice Principal of Student Life at the Aga Kahn Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, Heidi has had extensive experience as the Head of PE at schools such as UNIS, New York, and The International School of Manila. She is committed to the concept of service learning and has led students working on projects in places such as Kenya, the Philippines and Cambodia. As well as CAS coordination and teaching P.E in the Secondary School, Heidi is responsible for ensuring that service remains a central component of a UWCT education with all students from K-G12 involved.

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 16.19.55Ann Iberson-Hurst
Mathematics

Ann was previously Head of Mathematics and the IB Diploma Co-ordinator at Port Moresby International School. She holds a PGCE and a Bachelor of Science (with honours) and has been teaching her passion, mathematics for the past 20 years.  Ann enjoys being involved in a range of outdoor pursuits programmes, and has been able to continue her passions of snorkelling and diving in the seas surrounding Phuket.

Online Photo. Suzanne DownesSuzanne Downes
Mathematics

Suzanne teaches maths to almost every year group in the secondary school. She has an MSc in Information Technology from Delft University in the Netherlands. She moved from South Island School in Hong Kong and brings real-world experience into the classroom from her previous career in finance. Suzanne is passionate about teaching logical thinking and believes that everyone can achieve high levels in mathematics. She has worked and lived in Asia for more than 20 years, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Suzanne loves sailing and the outdoors, and lives on a boat together with her Australian husband Warwick. They can often be seen exploring the beautiful waters around Phuket and Southern Thailand with family and friends.

Online Photo. JalalJalal Tarazi
Science, DP Biology, DP Environmental Systems & Societies

Jalal was born in Beirut, Lebanon but grew up in Connecticut, USA. With a Lebanese father and a Dutch mother, his love for international culture and travel started from a young age. Jalal has taught in Connecticut, Bahrain, Hawai’i, Bangkok, and is now in his third year at UWCT.  He has a BS in marine biology and an MS in environmental education. Although he has taught every science course in his 14 years of teaching, his love is mostly in the environmental sciences and in the marine sciences specifically.  Along with teaching sciences, Jalal enjoys sports activities such as volleyball, soccer, swimming, and basketball and is an avid SCUBA diver.

Online Photo. Andrew Watson copyAndrew Watson
Theory of Knowledge, Global Politics, English, Humanities

Andrew joins the team with extensive background with both UWC and the IB. Between 2010 and 2012, Andrew was a Diploma Programme Regional Manager for IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Since then he has spent a third of his time working for IB, as a school visitor, examiner and workshop leader, a third for the UWC movement (he served on the Governing Board of UWC Mostar from 2010 until May 2016) and a third developing project initiatives, such as the UWC Education and Sustainability Leadership Programme and Education in Conflict and Post conflict contexts workshop. He co-authored the new IB Leadership in International Education programme. Andrew has previously lived and worked in Jerusalem, Rayong province in Thailand, Milan and Geneva. Andrew has an academic background in visual arts, drama and global politics and has interests in the arts, travel and football. Andrew will be joined by his wife Sharona, and daughter Blue. His eldest daughter, Shamayim, teaches at UWC Mahindra.

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DP Physics, DP Chemistry, MYP Science

Ryan previously taught in Beijing for 7 years, where he taught Science and Maths to a wide variety of middle school and secondary school grades, and coached a middle school FIRST Lego League robotics team. Ryan, and his wife Amanda, are originally from Newfoundland, Canada. He enjoys programming, game design, robotics, and iPhone photography.

Online Photo. GwangPongtida (Gwang) Geawsoonrnern 
MYP & DP Language A Thai, Thai Language & Culture

Khun Gwang joined UWCT (previously PIA) in September 2008, as the Thai Language and Culture teacher. Khun Gwang has a degree in English from Prince of Songkla University, and a M A in Linguistics from University of Delhi, India. She has taught at Woranari Chaloem School, Songkla and in Nakhonratchasima.

Screen Shot 2016-09-20 at 08.56.23Kanokwan (Pum) Ongborrirakkul
MYP Language B Thai, Thai Language & Culture

Khun Kanokwan (Pum) graduated with a B Ed (2nd Hons) from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and a M Ed (Curriculum and Teaching), Sukhothai Thammathiraat University. For the last 10 years she has been teaching Thai Language and Culture in an international school in Thailand. Khun Kanokwan is to develop additional strategies for UWCT students to develop their Thai Language and Culture acquisition.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.31.30Weiwei Zang
Chinese Language B

Weiwei comes from Qingdao of Northern China, also a charming city with beautiful ocean and beaches. She teaches Mandarin Chinese to Secondary students here. She has M.Ed. and B.A. degrees. Prior to joining UWCT, she taught in Shanghai and Qingdao. Weiwei enjoys arts and does Chinese calligraphy and brush painting for pleasure. She also loves laughs, nature, animals, reading, yoga and yummy flavours.

Frederic RonsynFrederic Ronsyn
French 

An experienced International teacher having worked in 3 continents, Frederic has recently been at the International School of Lausanne since 2014 as the school’s French teacher. He has a B.Ed in teaching French and French Literature and a Post Graduate Certificate from Bath University, but previous to his teaching career he was a professional cartoonist and freelance illustrator. He enjoys painting and is looking forward to joining UWCT with his wife and two children.

Valerie TIMSIT-PAULINValérie  Timsit-Paulin
French, Spanish, TOK, Pamoja Coordinator 

Originally from Montpellier, but a French citizen, Valerie’s many experiences have allowed her to become a multi-linguist and a lover of cooking.  Valerie has spent the last 4 years at the North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea, where she is currently the Head of the Languages Faculty. She is equally comfortable speaking French, Spanish or English and has led many language departments in her career.  She enjoys reading, drama, cooking, swimming, crafts and traveling. She will join her husband Oliver, and her two children as part of the Boarding team.

Andrew WebbAndrew Webb
Language A English 

Andrew joins UWCT having completed teaching assignments in England and Hong Kong. He holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in English and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status. He is passionate about all aspects of language, literature and communication and has significant experience facilitating inquiry-based teaching and learning in both MYP and DP English A as well as Theory of Knowledge. He is particularly looking forward to realising new student projects and learning opportunities at UWCT this year. Andrew enjoys a range of leisure pursuits including travel, hiking, cycling and football.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.21.05Kaitlin Kirby
Intensive English, English Language B 

Kaitlin has worked in Thailand for a number of years, both locally, at Kajonkiet International School in Phuket, as well as at the American School of Bangkok.  She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and has experience teaching English Literature, Humanities, and English as a Foreign Language.  In addition, Kaitlin is a certified swimming coach with a long history in competitive swimming and water polo.  This year, Kaitlin will be teaching Language B English in the MYP and DP.  When she’s not taking long walks on the beach with her dog Archie, Kaitlin enjoys a wide range of activities including biking, climbing, skiing, and backpacking.

Wendy Joan Ng Swee ChinWendy Ng
Theatre Arts

Wendy hails from Singapore, and brings with her a wealth of experience. She is the founding Head of Drama at St Joseph’s Institution International in Singapore, where she has developed the programme from its beginning, starting in 2009. Wendy holds a Masters in Performance Practice from the University College of Chester, from the UK.  Her interests include competitive swimming, cycling, badminton, photography, and playing the pianoforte. Wendy is joined by her husband Fong, a security specialist.

Processed with MoldivDale Meier
Visual Arts

Dale is from the United States and teaches Arts for both Primary and Secondary at PIA. He has a degree in Art Education and Secondary Education from the United States. After teaching Art in the United States, Dale came to Thailand for a new experience and taught Art at Kajonkiet Suksa School in Thailand. Dale comes from a rich art background where his father is a carpenter, sculptor, and painter. Dale has travelled extensively throughout South America, North America, Europe, and Asia and he brings his world experiences into the classroom. Dale enjoys painting, printmaking, drawing, woodworking, mountain biking and surfing.

Online Photo Len PetersLen Peters
DP Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)

Len was born in the USA, and lived most of his youth in rural Connecticut. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University, and recently, completed a M.Ed. in School Counselling at University of Massachusetts. Len started working professionally in education in 1978 in a special needs public school in the USA. He took a sabbatical for several years to build a sailboat and cruise through the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean before returning to work in international residential schools in the UK, India, Thailand, and the USA. In 2009, he joined PIA as Head of School, and in 2010 returned to the USA to complete his Master’s. Len has worked as a teacher of mathematics, environmental science, chemistry, and human development, as a pastoral tutor, international field trip coordinator, school director, and fundraiser. His passion is holistic education and the development of each child’s intellectual, artistic, physical, spiritual, and social potential. His hobbies are cycling, backpacking and camping, walking, cooking, and when the mood strikes, Argentine Tango. He is joined in Phuket with his dear wife, Renu.

Jeff Woodrow PicJeff Woodrow
Design Technology

Before becoming an educator, Jeff spent over a decade as a visual effects artist, animator and editor in the film industry.  With a passion for both inclusive and industrial design, his diverse skill set makes him a talented and experienced design technology teacher. Check out his website here.

Jeff grew up in Bradford Ontario Canada and holds a BFA from the University of Waterloo, a post-grad diploma in film production from Sheridan Institute of Technology, a BEd from Queens University and a Master of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design.

A social entrepreneur and educator, Jeff is passionate about social responsibility, sustainability and making connections with people in his community.  Jeff enjoys documenting his experiences.  He enjoys photography, yoga, illustration, running, woodworking, baseball, ultimate frisbee, golf and hockey.  He will join our team alongside his wife Tori and son Garvey.

Online Photo. Andrew RossAndrew Ross
Secondary P.E.

Andrew was previously the head of Physical Education at the American School of Bangkok and holds a Masters Degree in Science (P.E).  During his 5 years in Bangkok he has been instrumental in developing a number of sports conferences in the region and initiating scholarship programmes to allow students to study within the region and abroad.  He has initiated the SNAG and IPGA Golf Academy, a popular golf academy attracting students from all over the world. He has successfully coached and facilitated a wide range of sports.  He has been tasked with optimising the opportunities presented by our unique relationship with Thanyapura and developing an activities programme to rival the best schools in the region.  Andrew is also a keen golfer and triathlete, currently focussing on Ironman competitions.

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 12.52.26Jared Lucow
MYP Music and Private Lessons

Jared has been in Phuket for 8 years.  Aside from writing, recording and teaching music, he is passionate about photography and running.

Online Photo Len PetersLen Peters
Guidance Counsellor, University Advisor

Len was born in the USA, and lived most of his youth in rural Connecticut. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University, and recently, completed a M.Ed. in School Counselling at University of Massachusetts. Len started working professionally in education in 1978 in a special needs public school in the USA. He took a sabbatical for several years to build a sailboat and cruise through the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean before returning to work in international residential schools in the UK, India, Thailand, and the USA. In 2009, he joined PIA as Head of School, and in 2010 returned to the USA to complete his Master’s. Len has worked as a teacher of mathematics, environmental science, chemistry, and human development, as a pastoral tutor, international field trip coordinator, school director, and fundraiser. His passion is holistic education and the development of each child’s intellectual, artistic, physical, spiritual, and social potential. His hobbies are cycling, backpacking and camping, walking, cooking, and when the mood strikes, Argentine Tango. He is joined in Phuket with his dear wife, Renu.

Screen Shot 2016-09-11 at 18.03.42Erica Lindberg

Primary School Learning Support

Erica is the Primary School Learning Support teacher at UWCT, and has been with the school since it opened in 2008. She graduated from Kansas State University with a B Sc in Elementary Education, and MS Ed. in Special Education, with qualifications in Autism, Functional and Adaptive Special Education needs. She has received training in Crisis Prevention, Instructional Support, Student Improvement, Performance Assessment and the International Baccalaureate PYP. Erica worked as a Special Education teacher in the USA before joining us.  She loves reading, traveling, dinner on the beach with her family, and is an avid Kansas State football fan (GO CATS!!).  Erica and her husband, Siaji, enjoying living and working in Phuket together with their two beautiful daughters.

Brian O’HaraBrian OHara

Secondary School Learning Support

Brian has lived and taught in Phuket for over 20 years, but took a 3 year hiatus to the fringes of Siberia to see if all those wonderful stories about Kazakhstan were true. He has taught from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in British, American and International Baccalaureate curricula, in subjects from Maths, Sciences and English, as well as extensively in Humanities. Much of his spare time is tending to his
extended family of kids, dogs, cats and and assorted trees, while also sitting, walking or playing in the sea at numerous beaches along the island’s shore.

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 11.18.52Siaji Elisha
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Hailing from the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya, Siaji studied at Kenyatta and Leicester University. Being a charismatic teacher has provided Siaji with an exciting platform to develop and exploit his potential in making a positive difference in the lives of learners from different cultural backgrounds. Siaji‘s wife, Erica is a Learning Support teacher in the primary school, and they have two daughters, Zawadi and Imani.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Nick, a specialist teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages, joined UWCT in 2010. He has been teaching in Thailand for the past 20 years and was responsible for setting up and heading the Second Language English department at Dulwich International College, Phuket, where he worked for 6 years. He also spent 4 years working with the English Department of Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok, preparing students for internationally recognised Cambridge examinations and IGCSE English. Nick has also designed and presented interactive based workshops in Thailand and the UK, aimed at helping mainstream subject teachers in their teaching of non-native English speakers. Outside of the classroom, Nick has many passions, including surfing, yoga, cycling and watching rugby.

Online Photo. HugoHugo Moore
Arrowsmith Coordinator and Teacher

Hugo gained his BA (Hons) in Sports Science and Education from Christ Church College Canterbury and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. He has 20 years of teaching experience from schools in the UK, Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Australia and Phuket. He is passionate about bringing cognitive change to students enrolled in the Arrowsmith Program at UWCT. In his spare time he is a lifelong surfer, guitar player and golfer. He likes nothing more than sharing these interests with the students via the co-curricular programme.

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Arrowsmith Teacher

Hayley has joined us as our second Arrowsmith teacher, fresh from the Arrowsmith Teacher training in Toronto. She holds a BA hons Degree in Special Needs and Inclusion, and after being awarded this went on to complete her PGCE in Primary Eduction, both at Liverpool Hope University. Hayley is currently working on her MA in Special and Additional Needs so she able to develop her skills further in the area of SEN. She is originally from a small town outside of Liverpool in the UK, and has moved to Thailand after working at an international school in Abu Dhabi. She has had 10 year experience in working with students with additional learning difficulties through various teaching and non-teaching roles she has held since starting her degree. Her personal interests include reading, drama and singing, rugby (just watching) and travelling.

Online Photo. Andrew RossAndrew Ross
Athletics Director

Andrew was previously the head of Physical Education at the American School of Bangkok and holds a Masters Degree in Science (P.E).  During his 5 years in Bangkok he has been instrumental in developing a number of sports conferences in the region and initiating scholarship programmes to allow students to study within the region and abroad.  He has initiated the SNAG and IPGA Golf Academy, a popular golf academy attracting students from all over the world. He has successfully coached and facilitated a wide range of sports.  He has been tasked with optimising the opportunities presented by our unique relationship with Thanyapura and developing an activities programme to rival the best schools in the region.  Andrew is also a keen golfer and triathlete, currently focussing on Ironman competitions.

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Service Learning Coordinator

Previously the Vice Principal of Student Life at the Aga Kahn Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, Heidi has had extensive experience as the Head of PE at schools such as UNIS, New York, and The International School of Manila. She is committed to the concept of service learning and has led students working on projects in places such as Kenya, the Philippines and Cambodia. As well as CAS coordination and teaching P.E in the Secondary School, Heidi is responsible for ensuring that service remains a central component of a UWCT education with all students from K-G12 involved.

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Library, Media Specialist

Coming from the American School Foundation in Mexico City as the Lower School Librarian, Nikki holds a Masters in Education and has run libraries in many different contexts. She is an experienced IB librarian and is looking forward to leading the development of research skills throughout the school. As Nikki states, “My library is always hosting community events, from book week, to open mic nights, read to your child nights – to parent coffee mornings and seminars on internet safety. It’s an exciting active place for the community to come together.”  Nikki is also passionate about Zumba, the PYP programme of inquiry, Scuba diving and photography.

Chris LaheyChris Lahey
Outdoor Education Coordinator

Partner of Nikki (Grade 1 Teacher), Chris was previously teaching Science and Chemistry at Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong.  While he holds a graduate diploma in Teaching and Learning from Christchurch NZ, Chris has extensive experience in outdoor and environmental education. He has developed and led many trips in and around Asia, including Phuket.  He shares interests with many of the UWCT staff – including running, cycling, diving, climbing, photography, cooking and learning languages.

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PA To Head of School and School Director

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Humal Resources Manager

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Marketing and Communications Manager

Natalie is the Communications Manager at UWC Thailand, and has been working at the school since December 2014. She is originally from the UK but grew up in Germany, and has spent most of her life away from her country of birth. Before moving to Thailand she lived in Barbados for 3 years, where she spent much of her time working with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. She has a background in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, and is passionate about sustainability, conservation and connectivity. She is also interested in technology, and loves exploring Social Media to connect with people and organisations from around the world.

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Admissions Manager

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 13.59.54Sutarsinee Suanplee (Coco)

Office Manager

Coco is the Office Manager at UWC Thailand, and has been working at the school since October 2010.  She is originally from Bangkok but has been living in Phuket for the past 12 years. Previously she worked for a Bilingual school in Hatyai and an International School in Phuket. She hold Masters Degree in Communication Arts. She enjoys travelling and meeting new people.

Online Photo. Jason WhitnellJason Whitnell
Security Officer, Administrator

Jason has been at UWCT since Aug 2015 with his wife Heidi Oxley-Whitnell, they were previously at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Kenya for four years. He was previously a watch manager within the United Kingdom Fire & Rescue Service for 23 years. He has a wealth of experience within fire safety, security and risk management and provides support to activities off and on campus. He’s interests are cycling, running, kitesurfing, surfing, kayaking and exploring Asia; his motto is, ‘If you don’t look after body where are you going to live’.