Primary

Our Academic Staff members are at the very heart of our School. It is their enthusiasm and commitment in providing learning to our students that inspires our high standards and continued success.

HeadStart’s over 70 specialist teachers have British, Australian, US or similar internationally recognised qualifications which include Bachelor and Master Degrees and Doctorates. They bring with them a wealth of current experience from their home countries and from other international schools. Teachers in Foundation and Primary School are supported by a team of qualified teaching assistants.

The dedication and commitment of our Operational Staff in supporting the day-to-day running of HeadStart ensures that our students receive the very best in learning and extra-curricular activities.

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Nicola Fallows

Teacher
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I originate from England and have been teaching young children the British National Curriculum and British Early Years Curriculum in the UK and at HeadStart for the past 2 years. My qualifications consist of two degrees, a Master’s Degree in Criminology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Criminology. This was followed by a PGCE in Primary Education focusing on the KS1 and KS2 British curriculum. I have over twenty years experience in the field of industry and believe that many of these attributes have been reassigned into the classroom environment. Teaching in an English School is fast paced and challenging and I have gained extensive experience with the teaching of synthetic phonics and value the importance of this programme in order to give children a secure foundation to understand the complexities of the English language. Working within the British curriculum has also given me the opportunity to teach lessons within the Creative Learning Journey. This has provided me with opportunities to provide innovative, cross curricular objectives which aim to motivate the children, raise self-esteem and increase knowledge and understanding of the world, through rich conceptualised learning. I feel passionate about creative teaching and learning having seen the benefits that are produced and how learning has been accelerated. I consider myself to be a friendly, approachable, kind and compassionate person, but can present myself as firm but fair when the occasion is called for. I freely communicate with parents as I view our relationship as essential in order to ensure that each child is happy, secure and progressing within the learning environment – my door is always open. I enjoy being part of the HeadStart team and look forward to the new academic year of learning and building a relationship with you and your children.

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Rebecca Robielos

Deputy Teacher
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I am Rebecca Robielos from Manila, Philippines. I completed my Bachelor Degree’s in Elementary Education in March 2000 at the National Teachers College in my country. After I graduated, I worked at a local school in Manila for two years handling children at their foundation stage. I joined the HeadStart team last March 2011 where I supported the Reception class. I already handled students from the foundation stage of pre-school up to Reception classes. Last summer I was part of the Summer Camp for the first time. This year I am going to be teaching Year 1 (blue) alongside Miss Nicola and I am looking forward to support the children in the Key stage 1 with all areas of development. We can’t wait to get started!

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Michael Millington

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I am a proud Englishman, originating from Gloucestershire, in the South West of England. I am very excited to be joining HeadStart International, continuing to teach in Year One and living in Thailand for the first time. I graduated from Loughborough University with a ‘Masters in Engineering’ in Mechanical Product Design in 2008. After a brief and unrewarding time in the engineering sector, I relocated to South Korea to teach English in a state elementary school. Taking great reward from my teaching experiences I returned to the UK and completed my Post Graduate Certification in Education (PGCE) at the University of Warwick. I have taught in an international school in Luxembourg as well as state schools in the UK as a Key Stage One specialist. My enjoyment has always lay in Key Stage One, where there is a greater requirement to nurture a child’s wellbeing alongside their desire to learn. I pride myself in the positive, caring and nurturing approach I have to my role. I take great reward from the pastoral care that is fundamental to this age group. I believe education should not only enable a child to gain knowledge and skills to pursue a successful working life, but to provide them with the experiences, opportunities and support to be content in life. I achieve this principally by nurturing a lifelong desire to be curious and learn, relate and co-operate with everyone they encounter, as well as discover a multitude of ways of expressing their personality, ideas and ideals. In my classroom, pupils will experience a positive environment where they are encouraged to explore learning experiences and challenge themselves, drawing upon their prior learning and creativity to solve problems and ask questions to develop their own deep understanding.

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Yieneves Durana

Deputy Teacher
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My name is Yieneves, but you can call me Yien. I am from Visayas in the Philippines, from Iloilo City, the city of love. From a young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and always helped my brothers, sisters and cousins with their school work. When I was in college I used to go in an outreach program to help one of the indigenous tribes in our country to help them know how to read and write. I see teaching as a noble profession, making a difference to each child, and touching young lives. After high school I studied at West Visayas State University, and gained my Bachelor in Education, specializing in Elementary Education, and gaining my teacher license. My other passion is music. In high school I was in the school choir and performed in concerts across many areas of Iloilo City. I hope to be able to join a choir in Phuket to continue my passion in singing. I have taught in private schools in the Philippines for many years, and taught children across all grades of Primary and Foundation. I came to Thailand to further my knowledge of the world, and work with children from all nationalities and cultures, which I find very interesting. I am excited to begin my second year of teaching at HeadStart.

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Paul Williams

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Hello and sawadee krap. My name is Paul Williams and this will be my first year teaching outside of England. I was born in Glasgow, Scotland but grew up in the south of England, close to London. I am excited about the upcoming academic year and look forward to meeting you all. I graduated in Business Studies at the University of Greenwich in 2001. I then worked in the business sector in London for around 4 years. I then completed a Primary PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University and graduated in December 2005. I have spent the last 11 years working in and around the east of London. I value the role that I hold and take great pride in the work that I do. I believe that being a teacher gives me the opportunity to develop children and ensure that they all meet their full potential. I like my learning environment to be vibrant and stimulating and a place that celebrates the pupils learning. I believe that it is important to develop independence and resilience in the children I teach. It is important that the children have fun at school because this will lead to them being engaged in their learning. I expect children to learn to reflect on their own learning and to set themselves goals for the future. I feel that good working relationships are key to success. I have a love of travelling and I am looking forward to exploring the exciting possibilities that Thailand holds. I am also planning on travelling around the further reaches of South East Asia. As previously said, I am excited about the year ahead and if you ever need to speak to me about any matter then I am always available to sit down and discuss these with you.

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Jaysel Dollolasa

Deputy
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Hello! I am Jaysel Anne Dollolasa, the Deputy Teacher of Year 2 Blue. I’ve been working at HeadStart for almost five years and I am very excited for my sixth year working with the children. I am from the Philippines where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (BEED) at the University of Antique in 2009. I worked for one year in the Philippines until I came to Thailand. Initially I worked in a Bilingual School in Chalong before joining HeadStart in 2011. My aim is to support the children to enhance their learning ability. I am looking forward to this learning journey. I am very excited this year to meet you all.

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Alejandro Cuesta

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Sawasdee krub! My name is Alex Cuesta and I am very happy to start a new adventure as a teacher at Head Start School in Year 2 Yellow. I was born and raised in Albacete, a small town in Spain. I graduated from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain with a Bachelor of Education in 2010 and although I started teaching in my home country, most of my working experience comes from the UK where I have lived for 5 years. I have taught mainly lower primary students and particularly Year 2. I have also had the opportunity to work with Special needs Schools. I am usually described as a cheerful and flexible person with great sense of humour. I am also defined as an enthusiastic teacher with strong management skills and great ability to motivate students. Children find my teaching engaging and have a great time while learning. However, I place a big emphasis on discipline ensuring every child follows the class rules at all times. I usually prompt children to ask questions during class in order to stimulate their imagination and motivations. I believe it is important for students to develop skills working both independently and collaboratively and I provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop such skills. I have very high expectations of my students to reach their maximum potential and I am really looking forward to starting this academic year.

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Airl Mindaro

Deputy
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Hello, my name is Airl and I am very excited to begin my second year as a Deputy Teacher in Year 2 Yellow at HeadStart International School. I was born on one of the islands in the southern Philippines named Zamboanga del Sur but I grew up in the northern part -Baguio City. I graduated from Benguet State University with a Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Biological Sciences. Though I am a Secondary-trained teacher, I have past experiences in teaching little children. I had been tutoring and been a volunteer teacher for primary during summers in my university days. I am passionate in motivating young people to make a change and develop new skills that can be used in their daily basis. I want to inspire students to dream big, do extraordinary things and keep moving even how many times they fail. I establish good relationships with students and parents, and love them despite their unique differences. I believe that every child needs a hand to care and touch their hearts and I am here to be part of their journey. Every time the children come in the classroom, I will do my best to provide a happy, loving and friendly environment for everyone that the children can call it a home. I am looking forward to an exciting year.

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Dan Nicholson

Teacher
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My name is Dan Nicholson and I am originally from Grimsby, in the North East of England. I have lived in Thailand for a total of 17 years and so I now consider it to be my second home. I began my international school teaching career as an Early Years teacher in Bangkok. After 5 years in the capital, I moved to Pattaya, where I lived for a total of 12 years; working as an Early Years teacher and then a Primary Year 2 teacher. I’ve spent the past 6 years studying part-time for a BSc with the Open University. I took a break in 2015 to earn a PGCE (International) from the University of Nottingham. I then returned to England last year, to complete my degree as a full-time student. I am a keen amateur cricketer and spent 5 years as a player and committee member at Pattaya Cricket Club, which included several playing trips to Phuket. I also enjoy hiking or cycling anywhere with a beautiful view and the opportunity to encounter wildlife. I am looking forward to joining the teaching team at HeadStart and hope that I can make a positive contribution to the school community. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge and rewards of teaching pupils from diverse cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds. I believe in setting high expectations for attainment and behaviour and that a positive attitude to learning is a key component of success. I try to engage students with a combination of individual and collaborative learning opportunities, which allow them to build on their existing knowledge and skills. I think that providing tasks with the right balance of challenge and reward is the key to motivating students and fostering a love of learning.

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Toribio Fabila

Deputy
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Mabuhay! My name is Toribio but known to be Mr. Mark and I am the Year 3 Blue Deputy Teacher. This will be my 4th year at HeadStart and I am extremely excited about continuing to work with the HeadStart children. I am from the Philippines and graduate from University of Antique with a degree of Bachelor of Special Education specialising teaching the Mentally Handicapped. I have had the opportunity to teach in various private schools in my country which enabled me to more flexible and adoptable teacher. I have a passion for teaching and molding young people’s minds and I think it is very important to show respect to each child and treat them as individuals. My classroom environment is always a place where children feel safe and secure. HeadStart is a place where there is an emphasis place on school being a happy, safe and welcoming community where all are respected, encouraged and supported to excel and reach their full potential. I am humbly looking forward to meeting you all and continuing the journey in the new academic year!

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Lee White

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My name is Lee White and I was born in Scotland but raised in Luxembourg. I am very excited to be joining the Year 3 teaching team at HeadStart. I graduated from the University of Glasgow with a ‘Master of Arts’ in English Language in 2012. After working in a British international school in Luxembourg for 3 years, I then completed my teacher training at Exeter University. I have always enjoyed travelling and living abroad and Thailand is yet another adventure I look forward to. I enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment and I am really looking forward to teaching at Headstart. As a new teacher joining HeadStart, I bring a passion and energy of lifelong learning as well as, up to date knowledge of educational developments. I believe that setting high expectations for learning attitudes and behaviour encourages pupils to achieve their full potential and feel valued within the class. Furthermore, I consider that incorporating children’s interests is a key component to their engagement and this in turn improves attainment. I achieve this by varying my teaching methods to ensure continued excitement for learning through a book-based approach to literacy, visual-audio-tactile activities, concrete- pictorial-abstract approaches to numeracy, co-operative learning, outdoor activities and the use of technology where deemed advantageous. I am a firm believer in allowing children to explore and deepen their learning both independently and collaboratively through asking questions and researching different topics. I, therefore, engage students in open ended tasks that encourage communication, collaboration and a good deal of curiosity! I support and encourage students to set targets and reflect on their learning and progress. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the children in my care, all staff and parents and I am very excited for the new school year to begin.

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Clyde Carlos

Deputy
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Hello, my name is Clyde B. Carlos, Deputy Teacher of Year 3 Blue. I joined HeadStart in 2011 and I am very excited for this academic year. I have previously worked in Year 3 and Year 5. I am from the Northern part of Philippines and graduated at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education. I have 2 years’ experience teaching children in my country before moving to Thailand. Throughout my career, I have gained more knowledge in dealing with different levels of children. I believe that as a teacher I am responsible in helping them to reach their full potential. I am looking forward for an exciting year in Year 3 Blue.

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Sophie Cunningham

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My name is Sophie Cunningham. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Primary Education from the University of Wales, UK. I am very excited at the prospect of working my first term in HeadStart, where I will be covering Year 4 Blue for Ms Kate Thongsen whilst she is on maternity leave. For the past 12 years, I have been teaching in one of the leading Primary Schools in South Wales. I am an enthusiastic teacher with a real passion for education and feel very honoured to be in the profession I am in. I am determined that the children in my care are excited about learning and I always strive to deliver fun, inspiring and innovative lessons to capture their interest and imagination. I have a love of travelling and visited Thailand 2 years ago, where I fell in love with this beautiful country, its wonderful culture and welcoming people. I am looking forward to meeting the children in Year 4, working with the staff and becoming part of the HeadStart community.

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Jo Ann Capalihan

Deputy
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Hi, my name is Jo Ann and I am the Year 4 Deputy Teacher. This is my fourth year at HeadStart and I am very excited about continuing to work with children. I am from the Philippines and graduated from the University of San Agustin in 2004 with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education. I started teaching in 2005 in my country until I came to Thailand. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunities to educate students, who have had a variety of education needs. This has giving me a fantastic range of experience. I am very passionate about the importance of education. I believe that teachers are life-long educators and we never stop learning ourselves. The more teachers can learn, the more they can impact others. I’m eager to inspire, uplift and share the joy with my student by emphasizing the fun in education and fostering a love of learning. I am sincerely looking forward to our educational journey in the new academic year!

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Katherine Dickie

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My name is Katherine Dickie and this is my first year at HeadStart and I will be teaching Year 4 Yellow. I am a Canadian citizen from the province of Nova Scotia. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree, Majoring in English from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. My background in teaching started in Stockholm, Sweden where I taught for two years. I became Head of the Elementary Science Department in my second year. I then moved to teach in Bangkok, Thailand for one year.  After being away from home for three consecutive years, I made the decision to move back to Nova Scotia, Canada, where I secured a one year position. Being back in Thailand feels great and I am so excited to be working with HeadStart. Traveling is part of who I am, I absolutely love experiencing new cultures, however Thailand feels like my second home. I feel so fortunate to be here, and I look forward to more experiences in this beautiful country. Teaching is my passion, and watching students grow through their learning process is happiness for me. I believe having fun in the classroom is important when it comes to maintaining curiosity. Pupils learn best when they’re active, engaged, and working together as a team. I look forward to working collaboratively with the HeadStart teachers, parents, and pupils. I am excited to meet the new year 4 class and I know that working together, we can achieve excellent results.

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Melanie Denzo

Deputy
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I am Melanie Denzo from The Philippines. I graduated at Naval State University taking up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Major in General Education. After I finished college I took the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and passed it. I have one year of teaching experience at Phuket, Thailand. With the previous experience I taught Mathematics on the primary levels and one class of first year high school under the English Program that the school offered and also I taught English subject for Grade 4 and 5 of primary level under the Thai Program. As I experience the real world of teaching I do realize how important is the art of communication in order for the teaching and learning process to reach the peak that every school is aiming. Dedication and great determination to teach well and to make students appreciate learning is what I learned for me to have in dealing with different situation in the field of teaching. As a teacher by what I chose to be my profession makes me to understand more of what is really the job of a teacher and it is to make kids enjoy and love learning. Helping and showing them how to explore and discover things that they didn’t know yet and prepare them to take one of the first steps heading to their future and I think knowing that as one their teacher who guides this beautiful children makes me proud as person. As a Deputy Teacher of this prestigious school that I’m currently in makes me so honored to be a part of the team . I will give everything that I can distribute to the goals that this school have and one of this is to make myself a good example in the eyes of the children and to everyone.

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Lindsay Williams

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My name is Lindsay Williams and this will be my first year teaching at HeadStart. In 2005 I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education and for the past 11 years I have been working as a teacher in London, England, both in KS1 and KS2. Before this I lived in a small town called Barrow-In-Furness in the Lake District. I have a passion for travelling and have visited Thailand a number of times and in the summer of 2015 I travelled throughout the country. Since then, I made the decision to continue my teaching career here in Phuket where I can experience Thai culture and lifestyle while doing what I love – teaching. I recognise individuality and will strive to meet the needs of all students and ensure that each child knows they are valued members of my class. I am committed to creating a safe, challenging and positive learning environment. I believe it is important for students to develop skills working both independently and collaboratively and I provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop these skills. During my time in Thailand, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture and extend my social and academic skills to suit this. I am extremely excited for the new school year ahead at HeadStart teaching Year 5 Blue and getting to know pupils, parents, and teachers!

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Ayce Rico

Deputy
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My name is Ayce Rico and I am from the Philippines; I have been living in Phuket since 2010. I am looking forward to my fifth year as a Deputy Teacher of Year 3 at HeadStart International School. I am very excited about the coming academic year. I graduated in year 2010 at Romblon State University with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management. I have been working at HeadStart since 2011 and throughout the year I have had the opportunities to educate students, which enables me to be more flexible, and efficient in performing my duties. I developed my passion with children helping them to engage in a creative and fun learning experience. I hope to encourage the children to enhance their development and also inspire in them a love of lifelong learning.

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Stephen Brady

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My name is Stephen Brady. I am a qualified teacher from the UK. I have a BA (Hons) from Durham University, a PGCE from Huddersfield University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management (Education) from Lancaster University. More importantly, I have over 16 years of experience teaching a broad range of subjects to an even broader range of learners. I am excited to have the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge in HeadStart International School and look forward to sharing engaging, fun and stimulating learning experiences with my students. I have lived on Phuket for over six years and enjoy the lifestyle immensely. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit and experience the cultures of many countries in Asia. I am always drawn back to Thailand and consider Phuket as my home. The beauty of the island, the people and, of course, the food, make it a difficult place to leave! I believe learning should be fun, inspiring and on-going. As teachers, we are constantly learning from our students as we motivate them to prepare for enriched, purposeful lives as adults. I have high expectations of my students and hope to inspire them to love learning as I provide opportunities for discovery and understanding. My aim is to promote self-confidence in all of my students to ensure they all realise their full potential both socially and academically. I look forward to my second year at HeadStart, working collaboratively with teachers, parents and students to achieve at the highest level and to make a real difference.

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Madelyn Gaudiel

Deputy
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Hi, my name is Madelyn Gaudiel and from Philippines. I’m very excited to be part of the Year 5 Yellow this year. I graduated from the University of the East - Manila with a Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) specialized in Science and Health. I have been teaching for 9 years in different levels (4 years in Reception and 5 years in Primary) that exposed me to different challenges and opportunities in teaching. My teaching experiences had given me a chance to develop my skills in handling various levels of students, as well as those students with learning disabilities. Nowadays, students deals with everyday challenges it is essential that we prepare and equip them with knowledge and skills. I encourage them toward learning by incorporating creative and fun activities, hands on discovery and through various materials. I believe that with these methods of teaching will prepared them on the challenges ahead. Looking forward for an exciting fun learning experience in this new academic year.

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Tim Eke

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My name is Tim and I'm excited to join the HeadStart community. I've been curious about working overseas (outside of the U.K.) for some time now so I am delighted to be taking up my first post abroad here in Thailand. I started my teaching career a few years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree (Genetics) from Leicester University. I gained Qualified Teacher Status in the U.K. through Middlesex University and began teaching a Year 2 class in Finchley, North London. I then worked at a flagship sustainable school in Hertfordshire, where I led English across the school. My third appointment was back in North London which was a promotion to a senior management role and I led Maths across the school. I also took up post as an Assistant Head in this setting. During my twelve years teaching, I have taught each of the primary age groups. I enjoy teaching all subjects and love when children become 'switched on' to a new area of learning and develop their own passion for a subject. My teaching philosophy places a strong value on creating ‘Growth mindset’ classrooms rather than ‘Fixed mindset’ classrooms, where children see failure as an opportunity for growth. In this regard, I have been particularly inspired by Carol Dweck’s research. I enjoy literature, the sciences and sports. I like to play football and tennis, to sail and to climb. I hope to explore the island while I am here and to learn to scuba dive. It is an exciting time to join the school as it charts its future towards excellence and I am delighted to join such a vibrant diverse community with a team of professionals with such high expertise.

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Andrew Adviento

Deputy
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Hello, I am Drew, the Deputy Teacher of year six and this is my second year at Headstart. I graduated in 2014, from Benguet State University, Philippines and hold a Bachelors degree of Secondary Education major in Biological Science. In the same year I took and passed the national Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). The four year undergraduate program in the said University formed the basis of my perseverance towards achieving an in-depth knowledge in the field of Biology. As a part of my degree course I studied various subjects relating to diverse aspects of science. Besides the college academics I was actively involved in the extra-curricular activities. The driving force behind all this was my aim to develop all the facets of my personality and teaching skills. Moreover, for the school year 2014-2015 I have been working as a Teacher in High School Science department. My work has helped me develop a thorough insight in teaching, classroom management, preparing visual aids and the like. Today I perceive that life has been a process of conscious evolution. An integral part of this growth has been the value system imbibed in me by my parents, teachers and mentors and an immense liking for science. Lastly, I believe that proper education will bring us to our dreams. Thank you and I am so excited to work with you all. God bless!

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Jessica Armstrong

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I am an English speaking teacher from the UK, and I was educated and grew up in Somerset. After graduating from Portsmouth University I had a strong urge to travel, and spent some time in Africa and Asia, including parts of Thailand. While I was in Uganda and Cambodia, I volunteered in schools teaching English. This spurred me to return to the UK and complete a PGCE in Primary Education in Birmingham. The inner-city school in which I began my teaching career was a tough but fulfilling challenge, due to the variety of backgrounds, cultures and languages of the many children. I was fortunate enough to be given a leadership role while I was there, from which I gained valuable experience. I have always enjoyed encouraging children to develop a curiosity and eagerness to learn and embrace new experiences. I believe that self-confidence is the key to ensuring that the students can achieve what they are really capable of, and I aim to develop this in every child that I teach. This shall be my second year at HeadStart, and I am looking forward to starting the term in a new year group and with a fantastic class.

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Rowena Mercado

Deputy
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Hello. My name is Rowena Mercado and I am from Manila in the Philippines. This is my 2nd year at HeadStart as a deputy teacher for Year 6. I’ve been living and teaching in Phuket for almost 9 years now and I could say that my experience has exposed me to different challenges and opportunities in teaching. After my Bachelor of Arts degree in management, I took up my degree in Early Childhood Education and qualified as a professional teacher. As a well-rounded educator I have had the chance to teach and assist different levels of students, including those challenged by autism, learning disabilities and children who functioned on and above their year level. I encourage students’ learning by incorporating creative and fun activities, hands on discovery and through various materials. These methods prove to stimulate students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic growth. I am excited and looking forward to fun learning experiences in this new academic year.

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Wei Wang

Mandarin Teacher
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Ni Hao! My name is Wei Wang and I am a Mandarin teacher in HeadStart. I got my bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China. And then I furthered my study in Guangzhou,China for the master’s degree in linguistics and applied linguistics . In 2009, I got an opportunity of teaching Mandarin in a university in Phuket, which is my first time coming to Thailand. I stayed in Phuket for one year and was amazed at those lovely students and its beautiful sceneries. After my graduation, I entered a public school in Khonkaen, Thailand and taught primary students Mandarin for two years. During which I gained a lot of experience and knew much more about how to get along with students. In my spare time, I like travelling, tennis and reading. Travelling expanded my horizon and let me know the rest of the world and various culture, After travelling to many places in Thailand, I decided to settle down Phuket. I love to be friends with my students and share with them the wonderful Chinese language and culture. We will learn from each other and have fun in Mandarin classroom. They will not only get to know the language but also the stories behind it. Hope to meet you all soon!

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Jody Leow

Art Teacher
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I come from England and I have worked as a teacher in Phuket since 2001. I have been working as an art teacher with Headstart since 2008 during which time I have enjoyed being part of the school’s expansion. I have always been passionate about art, I studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton in the UK during which time I spent six months studying at Alfred University in New York State. Although my main subject was painting, my studies included working with a wide variety of media. I am dedicated to providing a classroom environment which is stimulating and inspiring to students, which encourages creative expression and allows students to explore and develop their ideas and learn about the art of different artists and cultures.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” --Pablo Picasso
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Jessica Ackerman

French Teacher
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I am a Swiss national whose first language is French. I love traveling, diving, rock climbing, horse riding, parasailing, and other sports. I also love music and arts in general, such as painting and drawing. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new cultures so it’s very exciting for me to have the opportunity to live and work here in Thailand and to be part of the new HeadStart. I hold a bachelor degree from the University of Fribourg in teaching French as a foreign language, geography, science of religions, and pedagogy. Earlier I had earned a diploma from the Swiss Association for Literacy to equip me to teach literacy to adults. I worked two years for this Association while studying for my bachelor’s degree. During the second year with the Association for Literacy, while continuing to study, I also began working as a teacher for children and teenagers with special needs. This job afforded me a great deal of valuable experience and growth so I happily remained there five years until I joined HeadStart. I am happy to be here teaching the children. I love my language and feel privileged to impart this love to the next generation here in Thailand on this beautiful island.

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Nittaya Mauneerat

Thai Teacher
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Hello, my name is Nittaya Muneerat and my nickname is Euw. I graduated from Phuket Rajabhat University with a Bachelors degree of Computer in Education. I have taught in kindergarten in a range of schools over the past 10 years, including Wittaya Satit School, Kajonkietsuksa School and Srisawangvong School. I gained valuable teaching experience working with young children from different backgrounds across several key learning areas. As an educator, I believe that a good foundation for future learning includes thought process, morality and ethics which will have an impact on the children’s development and learning, in order to fit into society happily. I spend my free time on the internet, movies and reading books to help create new ideas for making teaching material. I look forward to working with the staff, students and parents of HeadStart International School to achieve success!

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Pailin Issalam

Thai Teacher
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My name is Pailin Islam and my nickname is Dia. I attended Assumption University, where I achieved my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. Graduating in 2009, I majored in English and gained additional credits in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After graduation, I applied for a post at HeadStart International School as an Assistant Teacher. I have since worked here for five years. During 2012, I not only worked as an Assistant Teacher, but I also gained the trust of the Thai Department and have been afforded the opportunity to teach Thai to non-native students. This has been a great experience that has allowed me to develop my knowledge and skills to become a better teacher. Furthermore, I have gained the trust of parents enabling me to become a private tutor of English and Thai to Foundation, Primary and Year 10 students. In 2014, I was promoted to the role of Thai Teacher teaching the Thai intermediate programme and Thai for Non Thai programme, now I work as Thai teacher for 1 year, I am grateful for this opportunity and am confident that it will give me a rewarding experience. Besides teaching, being a small part to help and support students to develop their potential is a great thing that makes me feel happy and worthy. I have made it my goal to strive to become the best teacher that I can be and will do my best to develop and encourage my students to speak, read and write in Thai, inspiring in them a love of Thai studies so that they can usefully apply their knowledge to all aspects of their lives. I am very proud to be a member of the professional team of educators at HeadStart I look forward to the start of the new school year and to working productively with students, colleagues and parents.

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Janista Prasatthong

Thai Teacher
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My name is Janista Prasatthong and my nickname is Nid. I am a Thai Teacher (Thai as a First Language) teaching from Year 1 to Year 4 at HeadStart International School and I have been working here for 5 Years. Let me talk about my education, I have got Bachelors degree in elementary Education from University of Nakhonpathom Rajabhat. After graduation, I started to work at Joseph Upatham School and taught from grade from 1 to 3 in the English Programme. I served there for 7 years then I decided to find new experience by working in another international school. So, working at HeadStart for the past year has helped me to learn a lot in international education and it has given me the opportunity to use my training and experience in teaching Thai language. I enjoy working here. HeadStart is the best school I have ever worked at, and students and parents are very nice.

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Rinah Ricohermoso

Shadow Teacher
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Hello, my name is Rinah F. Ricohermoso and I came from the Philippines. I’m excited to begin my first year working as a shadow teacher at Headstart. I was born and raised in Central Luzon region in the province of Nueva Ecija, also known as the “Rice Bowl of the Philippines”. It has four to five different dialects like Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan and sometimes English. But my mother tongue is purely Tagalog or Filipino, which is also our national language. I graduated from Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s degree of Education in 2004 and spent six years teaching on the lower grade level in both suburban and urban school districts. I passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), in 2005, as well as the Test of English for International Communication last June 2016. I came here to Thailand last April 30, 2016. My experience enables me to provide my students with a “headstart” in mastering basic skills. I am challenged to be creative, nurturing and most of all patient. In my teaching years, I involved myself in helping young children to engage themselves in a creative learning experience. It allows me to develop better understanding on every child’s needs of learning. I am passionate about helping my students to reach their full potential and breaking out of the box that has imprisoned them and in becoming the kind of person God intended them to be. It is important to me to show love, compassion, and help them understand their true value and worth. I’m perfectly imperfect that’s why I will accept my students’ imperfection but will still stand firmly against behavior that doesn’t meet my expectations or reflect their inner greatness. I just want to reinstate what Maya Angelou had said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Benjamin Salmon

EAL Teacher
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My name is Benjamin Salmon and this will be my first year teaching at Headstart International School. I am originally from Paris, France but I have also lived and worked in Thailand and Canada before arriving to this beautiful Island. I hold a Master Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from BridgeTEFL, which includes endorsements in Grammar, Young Learners and Business English. In addition to my teaching background, I also hold a Masters Degree in International Trade from the INSEEC Business School in Paris. I consider myself to be a very active person; I love travelling and practice a variety of sports from Football to Yoga. I have a true passion for teaching as well as learning new languages. I intend on using this passion to inspire my students. I am very excited to begin this new role, and I look forward to collaborating with other teachers in primary, in order to help children developing their language learning and make their journey inside the school stimulating and fun. I have only been in Phuket for a couple weeks and it already feels like home. I enjoy learning about the Thai culture and I look forward to learning Thai. I look forward to working collaboratively with staff, students and parents. This year is going to be a great one.

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