Please note that the contents on this page are currently being updated as we transition into the 2017/18 academic year.

 

Leona Dauphin
Primary

Leona has been working in International education since 2005. She started her teaching career in The Netherlands, where she was part of the start up team of UWC Maastricht. Her experience includes working as an ESL teacher, classroom teacher and service learning coordinator. Most recently Leona has worked at The Netherlands Inter community school in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she held the position of Curriculum Coordinator for the Primary department. Leona holds a Bachelor degree in primary education and is currently working towards a Masters degree with the University of Bath. Leona has a great love for nature and enjoys reading, painting and yoga.

 

Fiona Doherty
Primary

Fiona is an ECEC practitioner who has spent more than 15 years working with young children and supporting the professional learning of educators across a number of early childhood settings in Australia and throughout Asia. Fiona works with early childhood educators and administrators in Australia, thinking with them about inquiry-based teaching and learning, pedagogical leadership, and Creating Caring Communities of Learners. She has qualifications in Early Childhood Education and graduated with her Bachelor degree from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Fiona is a passionate advocate of play-based learning and promotes these ideals within her work. Her teaching is anchored by a commitment to nurturing children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Fiona’s main interest lies in exploring and applying mind transformation techniques and meditation.

 

Leith Pierce
English & Humanities

Leith is originally from New Zealand and completed her BSc (Victoria University) and MA (Massey University) through Wellington institutions. Her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education was at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and her teaching career began in Victorian schools. Most recently she has worked at IB schools in Munich, Germany and Kigali, Rwanda. Her teaching experience extends across a wide range of subjects spanning English, Humanities and the Arts. Leith is part of the boarding community at UWCT together with husband Andrew as Houseparent and their young children, daughter Annan and son Suther. She is a trained yoga teacher and has a long history of participation in and instruction of physical pursuits ranging from dance and circus arts to hiking and hockey (field).

 

Andrew Raftery
Mathematics, Physics, Boarding Houseparent

Andrew has enjoyed working in school and residential settings in Australia, the US, Germany, and most recently as a houseparent in Kigali, Rwanda. Teaching mathematics and physics in IB world schools over the past 4 years, as well as an IB assessor in mathematics, he has an extensive knowledge of the IB program. Andrew possesses a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Latrobe University. He is joined by his wife and fellow teacher, Leith Pierce and their two children Annan and Suther. Andrew enjoys being involved in most team sports, having played competitively and socially, rugby, basketball, football (all kinds) and badminton. He also values the individual pursuits of golf, yoga and hiking.

 

Laurie Stone

Laurie has moved to UWC Thailand from The Canadian International School of Hong Kong. During her 17 years of teaching, she has worked in Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Peru. Laurie has held various teaching and leadership roles, and is trained in all 3 IB programmes (PYP, MYP and DP). She holds a Masters of Education from Framingham University, USA, Bachelor of Education from University of Windsor, Canada and a Bachelor of Honors in Psychology from Laurentian University, Canada. Along with teaching, Laurie has a passion for coaching and really enjoys coaching Volleyball and Basketball. Her other interests are scuba diving, travelling, animals (especially her 3 cats), watching movies and fitness training. Laurie is joined by her husband, Jonathan Field, the new UWCT Secondary School Principal.

 

Remke Langendonck
Head of Physical Education

Remke is an MYP workshop leader and has worked in Chile, Singapore (UWCSEA), Germany and Korea, where she has held various roles as Head of Department, Advisory Coordinator and Activities Coordinator. She is born in the Netherlands, trained as a whole school Physical Education Teacher with a specialism in Sports Management and holds a masters degree in advanced educational practice. Remke is Head of Physical Education and moved to UWC Thailand with her husband Joost and their two daughters Elke and Mijke. She is keen to explore the island by bike and hike through the jungles.

 

Thomas Hansen

Prior to joining UWCT, Thomas was a PYP teacher and learning leader at the Canadian International School in Singapore. A strong advocate for service and action, Thomas also held the role of Community Outreach Coordinator at CIS, where he organized numerous school wide events as well as service trips to Cambodia. Before moving to Asia, Thomas taught public education in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary Masters of Education in instructional leadership and technology, and holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Calgary. Thomas is passionate about sport and fitness, and has recently been learning the art of muay thai. He loves to combine his photography and writing skills through his travel blog, and co-authors this with his wife, Katherine, who teaches Kindergarten at UWCT.

 

Jon Disher
Mathematics

Jon is from New Zealand and teaches Mathematics for both the middle and secondary schools. He completed his Bachelors Degree at Massey University NZ, and his Masters of Education (Math) at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Jon has taught internationally for 10 years in Japan and China using the IB Curriculum. He enjoys playing and coaching basketball, scuba diving, traveling and crossfit. Jon’s wife Joanna will be teaching Physical Education and his daughter Makenzie is joining grade 3.

 

Joanna Andrew
Physical Education

Joanna is a Physical Education enthusiast originally from New Zealand. Most recently she has taught Elementary Physical Education in China at an IB World School. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, New Zealand. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University, New Zealand. Her sporting background includes netball, basketball, touch and track & field. Joanna’s husband Jon will also be teaching at UWC in the Mathematics department. Their daughter will be joining grade 3.

 

Nick Garvin
Kindergarten Teacher

Nick values opportunities that inspire creativity, imagination, making, and play. He loves the arts adventure sports, expedition travels and learning about different cultures. Other personal interests include history, meditation, yoga, and videography. Born and raised in the USA a little over thirty years ago, Nick has more recently been living and working in various parts of the world such as South Korea, Vietnam, Mozambique, and Laos.

 

Joanna Firth

Joanna is originally from the North West of England and has spent the last four years teaching Science in London.  She completed her BA and MA at the University of Manchester and her D.Phil in Political Philosophy at the University of Oxford. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and trained to teach via the Teach First pathway.
She is excited to join the international team at UWCT and fully immerse herself in boarding house life. In her free time, Joanna likes reading, singing, exercise, and trying new food.

 

Katherine Hansen
Primary

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Katherine earned a BEd and BA through the University of Calgary. She taught in public education for a number of years before moving to Singapore where she was a PYP teacher and learning leader at the Canadian International School. Katherine is passionate about inquiry-based education and a strong advocate for outdoor learning. She believes in technology-rich learning environments where students are encouraged to be open-minded, independent thinkers, and free to take risks. Katherine enjoys traveling off the beaten path, living an active lifestyle, and eating food that feeds her mind, body, and soul.

 

Cameron Corbett
English and Theatre

A graduate of UWCSEA, Cameron has spent the last seven years working and teaching in inner-city schools in London. This is his first international teaching post; he is delighted to return to live in Asia. His undergraduate qualification is a BA in English and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University in London, which was followed by a PGCE, through the Teach First programme, from Canterbury Christchurch University. He is thrilled to be joining the boarding team and looks forward to inflicting his passion for the outdoors and sports on the students in the boarding house!

 

Patrick Diehl

Patrick has spent the last ten years teaching AP Physics at Hong Kong International School.  He has also taught chemistry and physics at Ashley Hall School, in Charleston, South Carolina, USA for nine years. Prior to his secondary school science career, he was a researcher in the field of Solid State science, conducting materials research mainly using High Resolution Electron Microscopy.  He is a Reader of the AP Physics exams and a Consultant for the College Board.  Patrick received a B.S. in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. is Materials Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Science and Engineering of Materials from Arizona State University.  Patrick is joined by his wife Nancy and his daughter Phoebe (grade 11).  He enjoys activities such as hiking, fitness training, and rowing.

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.

Caryl Medilo
ECC Team Leader

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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-11 at 17.59.01Nicolas Frangoudes
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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 13.35.41Hayley Condron
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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 13.25.41Heidi Oxley-Whitnell
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.

NNikki Jayneikki Jayne
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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 14.05.46Sukanya Chuaywang (Annie)

Office Manager

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 13.52.13Punla Hongpromyard

Humal Resources Manager

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 13.57.04Pimpida Norasitpitak (Sai)

Admissions Manager

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’.

Muchanga Zebron (Mu)
Marketing & Communication Manager

Mu has a track record of involvement in a broad range of projects in various marketing teams. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing her Masters in Sustainable Development. Mu has experience in brand development, innovation and marketing teams, and her design background has given her the technical competence to create, manage and run successful communications campaigns. As a UWC-USA Graduate (2008) she is keen to utilize her experience to share the mission and vision of the UWC and support the UWC movement. She loves to travel and had studied, lived and worked in the USA, China, Italy, France, Zambia and most recently Switzerland. In her free time, Mu is an avid Do-It-Yourself enthusiast and enjoys crafts, fashion, photography and cooking. She recently moved to Thailand with her husband Gareth and they are excited to begin their life together in this new community.