Secondary

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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Indu Bedi

Head of English and Humanities Faculty
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My name is Indu Bedi. I joined HeadStart International School last academic year. It has been great to join a dedicated team of professionals and to be able to contribute to the continued success of the school. I am very proud of the recent exam success of the Languages and Humanities Faculty and am looking forward to continue working with the team to further enhance our practice in order to raise achievement. I learnt my craft as a teacher in England and have taught for over twenty years, first in London and then internationally. I am also an experienced Senior Leader, Head of Faculty and a certified Teacher Trainer; I have led teacher training programmes in the UK and internationally. I have a genuine interest in how our pedagogical approaches in the classroom can be developed to enhance the learning of all students. As a teacher and leader, I am a strong believer in the growth mindset; I believe intelligence can be grown through using the right methods to teach and through developing student self belief. I am also passionate about creating effective life long learners through making learning as transparent as possible so students know what steps to take to ensure their own success. With these key ingredients, choosing the right methods to teach, nurturing the growth mindset and making learning transparent, I believe my students not only achieve academic success but also leave school with a belief in themselves as effective learners. I also have a passion for teaching my subject, English, as I believe language and literature lie at the heart of individual empowerment. The study of language allows us to understand how language is used and how to become effective users of language for our own purposes, this is central to one’s success in and beyond school. The study of literature, whilst contributing to improved language skills, also develops intelligence, imagination and enables us to develop different ways of looking at the world. I look forward to working with the Languages and Humanities team to continue to develop learning and teaching in our disciplines as well as playing my part to inspire a love of learning. I also look forward to working in partnership with the students and parents of HeadStart International School to ensure the academic success of the students who attend this school.

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Hayley Milner

English & Drama Teacher
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I am looking forward to continuing to work with staff and students at HeadStart from around the world with such a diverse range of cultures. My passion lies in drama and the performing arts, so I am extremely excited to be bringing drama into the curriculum at HeadStart. In Australia, I studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Theatre. I then completed my PGCE in Secondary English and Drama. This is now my tenth year teaching and in this time I have been Drama Co-ordinator and Literacy Leader in the Creative Arts. I enjoy writing plays and directing as well as acting as a dramaturg. Some of my highlights throughout my career have been working as an Assistant Director for Queensland Theatre Company; working as a dramaturg for Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop, being a guest director for Queensland University of Technology and having my own plays performed in venue’s throughout Queensland, Australia. Over my time teaching, I have developed an interest in student well-being. Last year, I completed a Master’s in Education in School Guidance Counselling and worked over the summer in an Australian school as a school Guidance Officer and Counsellor. Within the classroom, I aim to provide each child with a safe and supportive environment where they can feel comfortable to be themselves and develop social independence and collaboration. I encourage building resilience, courage and curiosity in learning whilst engaging students in a sympathetic, genuine and understanding manner. Outside of school, I enjoy scuba diving and tennis. I am a huge foodie and love to go to the different restaurants around Phuket and duck away for the weekend to Bangkok, Singapore or any other country close by for a dose of theatre, comedy, live music and culinary experiences. I hope to eat my way around the world.

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Edwin Dixon

English Teacher
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My name is Edwin and I am extremely excited to start my second year of teaching at HeadStart International School. I am originally from Surrey in the UK, a leafy county just outside the capital, but I have lived and taught in London for the past four years. I gained my Bachelor’s degree at Swansea University in 2011 where I read History. After this I taught English in Korea for one year. In 2012 I started my PGCE in English Language and Literature where I trained through the educational charity Teach First. I recently finished my Masters degree in Creative Writing. Language is my most treasured companion. I use literary characters to turn to for friendship. I use themes, messages and motifs to seek advice and guidance. But most importantly, I use words to help me express my thoughts and feelings when I need to be understood. It is these values that I hope to pass on to my students and I look forward to witnessing each pupil at HeadStart find their own individual voice and personality in the classroom. I have had so many positive experiences within HeadStart, Phuket and Thailand as a whole. I am very grateful to have this fantastic opportunity and I am excited for another year in which to contribute to this great success story.

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Carl Osborne

EAL Teacher
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My name is Carl Osborne and I teach English and EAL in the Secondary school. This will be my fifth year teaching at HeadStart International School, Phuket. I am 35 years old and I come from England, born and raised in a town called Stockport, which is just outside of Manchester in the UK. My hobbies include football, pencil drawing and cinema. I have been living and teaching in Thailand for the past nine years, four of which right here in Phuket. I am married and have two beautiful daughters who also attend HeadStart in Reception and Year 4. I hold a Master of Arts in Education and a PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, as well as the Cambridge CELTA English Language Teaching certificate. Over the past eight years I have gained valuable experience teaching English in some prestigious schools in Thailand including Chulalongkorn University and now here at HeadStart. Everybody learns at a different pace, and every student has different strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. My goal and purpose for the year is to help my students realise and use their strengths to help them overcome their weaknesses, in order for them to move forward, and make strides with their use of the English language.

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Craig O'nions

Head of Maths
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I am an English speaking Mathematics teacher from the UK, and I have lived in various places around England, Germany and Northern Ireland as my family is part of the British Military. Outside of school I am interested in sports, particularly rugby, golf and cricket but I have expanded my interests to football, badminton and wakeboarding since living in Thailand. I chose to study Mathematics at Portsmouth University, where I spent my summers as an Activity Manager for Italian school students. I enjoyed working with young people and I realised my passion for teaching, returning to Portsmouth University to qualify as a Teacher of Mathematics. Since then, I have enjoyed teaching Mathematics at GCSE and A-Level at two contrasting schools where I have had the chance to enhance and vary my teaching styles. Good skills in Mathematics are important in day-to-day life and I believe students can progress quickest with a varied approach to learning. I am proud that this year I am leading the Faculty of Mathematics, which has excellent teaching staff within. I am hugely excited to be continuing my career at HeadStart and look forward to further contributing to the success of the students at the school.

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Letitia Bekker

Maths Teacher
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My name is Letitia and I am from South Africa. I completed my degree in BSc Chemistry and PGCE at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I have a passion for young people and through teaching I want to make a difference in students’ lives. I firmly believe in student oriented education where learners must be fully involved in their education and I am willing to go the extra mile for each learner. My teaching experience in South Africa included working at IMPAK as a part-time teacher while completing my studies after which I moved, as a full time teacher to Hoërskool Warmbad which is a parallel medium High school teaching Mathematics and Physical Science. Besides teaching I love to travel, scuba dive and to camp. In 2015 my husband and I decided to move to Thailand where I taught Primary Science at an English programme school in Rayong and in January 2016 I joined the Mathematics team at HeadStart International School. I am looking forward to continue working with staff and students from around the world and cannot wait to see what the new academic year holds.

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David Lamprell

Maths Teacher
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My name is David and I’m truly looking forward to working at Headstart Phuket. I was originally born in Konstanz, Germany and lived in Switzerland for the first seven years of my life, before moving to a small town near Leicester in the UK. I studied at the University of Warwick, where I completed a degree in English and German Literature. After graduating I worked in the city of London in sales for a software company, before training to become a Mathematics Teacher through the Teach First programme. Although the subject I now teach is very different to the one I studied at degree level, I have thoroughly enjoyed re-engaging the mathematical part of my brain, and take great pleasure in helping my students to crack tough problem solving questions. Nevertheless, I continue to maintain my passion for literature and the arts by reading widely and watching plays at the Globe whenever I can find the time! Outside of my academic hobbies I also play a lot of sport and am a keen fitness enthusiast. I play Rugby regularly on weekends and am also an avid gym goer. I plan to immerse myself in a range of different sports in Phuket, making particular use of the fact that I will be living so close to the sea by learning some new water sports. As an adventurous cook, I also hope to pick up new recipes and improve my knowledge of the Thai cuisine. Overall I am thoroughly excited by the opportunity to work as part of a close-knit and inspiring community!

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Narumon Kunjun

Science Technician
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My name is Kanwara Kunjun or Bow. I graduated from Prince of Songkla University where I achieved a Bachelor of Science, I majored in Biotechnology. I was working as Science assistant during that time. After I graduated, I worked as a lecturer at The Biochemistry department at Taksin University for a year and I used to work as a science tutor for secondary students at Hatyaiwittayalai Somboon Kunkunya School. It has been a great opportunity to join Headstart International School in the position of Science Technician. Two years have passed since joining the team but I still have so much fun working in the school because of the lovely management team and students.

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David Cook

Head of Science
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I am the Head of the Faculty of Science here at HeadStart and am starting my second academic year at the school. Previously I have worked at Westminster city school in London, and for the last three as Head of Science. My own specialism is Physics which I studied at University College London, although I am passionate about all three disciplines as a study of the world around us fascinates me. Before moving into teaching I previously worked in finance for some years. I believe that outstanding results are driven by outstanding teachers who really inspire and cultivate a passion for learning in the students they teach and I look forward to leading this approach within the science faculty at HeadStart. I also believe that to inspire a love of the subject it’s application in real life should also be experienced and in the past I have lead my team in offering a wide range of extra-curricular trips and clubs relating to science including biology field trips, an annual visit to CERN in Geneva and many visits to London institutions and lectures. I hope to recreate similar experiences here in Phuket. I have also developed some super-curricular activities for students, guiding them in individual research projects based on areas of interest they have in their subject areas, a real help for university applications. I believe a school is not purely about delivering academic content but making learning fun and developing young minds to be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. I am really looking forward to getting this academic year underway, meeting you all and sharing in your success.

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Patrick Brown

Science Teacher
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My name is Patrick Brown, I am from Rochester, Kent in England. I graduated with a BSc from The University of London. After working at Greenwich University for 18 years I completed a TEFL course in 1999 and then went on to a PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2006. I have worked for 8 years teaching science in the UK, 6 of them as Deputy Head of Science. I’m currently looking forward to my fourth year teaching at Headstart. I am also looking forward to helping pupils develop their skills in scientific enquiry and critical thinking, which I firmly believe help to enrich their overall experience in life and important decisions they will make in it. I am a keen cyclist and photographer and have put both these skills to good use on this beautiful island.

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Ellie Leamon

Science Teacher
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My name is Ellie Leamon and I am originally from South-East London in the UK. I studied Biology, Chemistry and PE at A-level and then went on to graduate with a Biology Degree from Sussex University. The main areas I studied during my degree were conservation, genetics and marine sciences for which I won an award as a result of my dissertation thesis for conservation and ecology. As a result of my love for field science, travelling and exploring new places and cultures I have always tried to work in different places around the world; working in Indonesia studying fish physiology for my dissertation, in Portugal studying sand dune ecology and most recently I worked in the Honduran rainforest as a schools co-ordinator teaching field survey techniques to A-level and college students from around the world. Shortly after finishing my degree I decided that I wanted to work with young people permanently and share my passion for science. The thought of potentially inspiring a new generation of scientists in these technological and scientifically advancing times being a very exciting prospect. I completed a school direct PGCE at St Mary’s University Twickenham and completed my NQT with my placement school, during which I was appointed SEN link for the science department as a result of my work with students with learning difficulties. I fully believe that every student is capable of achieving and exceeding expectations if given the motivation, encouragement and the specific tools they need as individuals. Science is crucial for young people to understand the way in which the world works around them and my primary aim as a teacher is to encourage children’s natural curiosity for this and create self-sufficient, confident students that have the knowledge and skills in which to engage with the interesting world that surrounds them. Outside of teaching I enjoy hiking, diving and photography. I am extremely excited to pursue my dream of working in an international school in Thailand, living in Phuket and teaching Biology at Headstart and I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the school community.

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Christopher Brown

Science Teacher
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My name is Chris and I am very much looking forward to my first year working at HeadStart International School. I grew up in a small village in North West England and completed my degree in Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Following a year teaching English and Science in Phuket I have recently graduated from my PGCE in Secondary Science which I completed with the University of Manchester. I have enjoyed teaching a truly comprehensive cohort of students from all backgrounds during my teaching experience in Manchester and am now delighted to be returning to continue my teaching career in Thailand. I feel that all young people have a natural curiosity and drive to understand the world around them, which makes teaching science a pleasure. I aim to keep this curiosity and excitement alive in my classroom and strive to make sure that my students see science as something interesting that they can relate to their own day to day lives. My science lessons allow students to explore ideas and discover answers for themselves as much as possible, giving them hands on experience of what it really means to be a scientist. I feel very lucky that I will be able to combine my love of teaching with living in one of my favourite places in the world.

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Richard Cramp

History Teacher
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Hi, my name is Rich and I’ve been teaching History at HeadStart International School for two years. Previously, I was an English and History teacher at Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok. My experience as a KS3 and KS4 English and History teacher, along with a strong EAL background, has given me the tools to effectively teach students of differing abilities from all over the world. I am also in a position to empathise with international school students, having been one myself (I spent my first 12 years in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan). As HeadStart’s History teacher, I will be ensuring that all students are not only learning the curriculum, but do so in a lively classroom that inspires a love of history while developing crucial historical enquiry skills, such as interpreting sources and analysing cause and consequence. Students will be expected to do individual and group tasks and peer learning will be encouraged. My philosophy is that every student has a potential that must be nurtured and encouraged. I do this by trying to instil self-belief in every learner, which in turn ignites his or her curiosity and motivation. In an increasingly globalised world, a sense of identity, independence and creativity is paramount to forging the best start in life and I model this in my teaching. I recognise that different students have different learning needs and styles, therefore my approach is varied to ensure that no student is left behind. Apart from teaching, other passions include environmental activism, music (listening and composing), travel and being a consistently disappointed Tottenham Hotspur fan. To be able to live near the coast and teach a subject I’m so passionate about is fantastic. My wife and I are enjoying teaching and living in Phuket, especially because the lifestyle here gives our two children an opportunity to grow up in the great outdoors.

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Rebecca Barker

Geography Teacher
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My name is Rebecca Barker and I am a Geography teacher originally from the UK. I grew up in South London and have been teaching in the area for the last few years. Before that, I studied Human Geography at the University of Reading for three years where I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of further study. After finishing my degree, I left Reading to work at a specialist school in North London for young people with behavioural and medical needs. This was a challenging but amazing experience and is what ultimately motivated me to go on to study for my PGCE at University College London a year later. I studied for my PGCE as part of an organisation called Teach First which works with schools in deprived areas of the UK. This really opened my eyes to some of the issues that young people face, and further strengthened my desire to work in education. I love my subject and am truly dedicated to helping students to learn how to navigate and understand the world. As well as this, I also have lots of interests outside of teaching; I recently ran the London Marathon which was an amazing personal achievement! Running has now become something I enjoy and intend to maintain. I also love learning new things and am keen to make the most of the various water sports that will be at my fingertips in Thailand! I am really looking forward to commencing my time at HeadStart and am really excited to immerse myself in school life!

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Benjamin Salmon

French Teacher
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My name is Benjamin Salmon and I am a French native speaker from Paris, France. This will be my second year teaching at HeadStart International School. Before coming to Phuket, I also lived and worked in Bangkok, Thailand as well as Halifax on the Canadian East coast. I hold a Master Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from BridgeTEFL, and I will be preparing this year a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with the University of Nottingham. In addition to my teaching background, I also hold a Master 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 Secondary, in order to help children developing their language learning and make their journey inside the school stimulating and fun. I have been in Phuket for about a year and I am looking forward to spend my second on this beautiful island that I call home. I really enjoy Thai culture and lifestyle, and I will continue to practice (and hopefully improve) my Thai speaking skills throughout the year. I feel very lucky to be part of the HeadStart community, and will make sure to make this year a fantastic one for our students, parents and staff.

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Honglian Wang

Mandarin Teacher
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NiHao! I am Honglian WANG and my English name is Aileen. I am a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and have 10 years’ experience teaching students all through preschool, primary and secondary schools. I graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China with a Bachelor Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. I am certificated in the Qualification for Senior International Chinese Language Teachers and completed the professional development course of Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin Chinese. It is a great pleasure for me to carry forward teaching of Chinese language and culture to HeadStart for the 6th year. It has been lovely to see the way in which the students’ skill and confidence has developed in Mandarin Chinese. I really enjoy working each day with all of our students from multi-cultural backgrounds and discussing various topics relevant to their study. Learning another foreign language, especially Chinese, can be challenging but also very rewarding and exciting. In my own experience, students always feel excited and contented when they can express their thoughts and talk about themselves in Chinese. I'm always so happy when I'm able to teach them something new, and love watching my students’ progress in the language. I always try and look at things through the eyes of my students to keep them motivated and engaged, and to also assist them with individual problems they may have. I also enjoy helping my students when they experience challenges outside of the classroom. I believe it is important for teachers to always be there for their students.

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Peter Mason

Head of Business, Computing, and Technology
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I am delighted to have joined the HeadStart team a year ago to fill the post of Head of Business, Computing, and Technology. I have 10 years of industrial experience and now 13 years of teaching and inspiring young minds, seven years of which were within one school in London, UK. Whist employed in London I became an experienced middle leader responsible to the ICT Faculty. I led, managed and contributed to the running of a strong Faculty, the academic successes of the students increased year-on- year and the whole school ICT development. The social and emotional successes of students are important to me along with the academics. With experience up to A-level in ICT and IGCSE in Business Studies I have followed the standards set by; AQA, Edexcel, British Computer Society and Cambridge International Examinations in Thailand and Malaysia. Inspiring values for life My primary aim with every student is to foster a good working relationship. When this is in place, learning is better and the implied life-skills are also learned. In my lessons I promote wellbeing so that students are happy, secure and confident; in turn they can see they are being valued for their individuality. In treating every student in this way, each student can develop spiritual and moral values, self-discipline, responsibility and respect for themselves, others and the environment. In my view all members of staff need to be energetic, passionate about their subject and committed to the value of an all-round education. In extending this I would hope it develops into a positive and inclusive relationship is nurtured with parents, school, and the wider community. I focus my reflective practices on students achieving their academic potential through outstanding teaching which is forward-looking, encourages independent thinking and lays the foundations for lifelong learning. I have enjoyed working with students from primary through to secondary school on an extra-curricular and enrichment level. I believe in an education that offers a wide range of enriching, enjoyable and challenging activities, which stimulate and develop the interests of each child, and promote healthy lifestyles. I am looking forward to another exciting academic year at HeadStart Phuket and hope to add to the successes already present in the school and continue to develop an inclusive learning environment.

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Hayley Jean

ICT Teacher
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Hello. My name is Hayley. I spent four months travelling around Thailand a few years ago and fell in love with the country as well as the people and this is one of the many reasons why I’m very excited to be joining the HeadStart family as an ICT teacher. I was born and raised in London, UK. I also studied in London completing a BA (Hons) degree in Business in 2015, followed by a subject knowledge course in Computing and then my PGCE in Computer Science. ICT and Computing has always been a subject of interest to me, as a teenager I’d spend many hours playing around on the computer, teaching myself how to use a range of software packages such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop as well as coding. This is one of the many reasons I chose to teach, I’m passionate in encouraging a culture of inspiration, enjoyment and creativity in ICT and Computing within my classroom. This isn’t my first international teaching role; I’ve also worked in Qatar in the Middle East. I really enjoy working in international schools as it’s great to have such a diverse range of nationalities and cultures in the classroom, it brings with it many different backgrounds and experiences and this can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience for both the student and the teacher. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead at HeadStart and helping my students to achieve their very best in ICT.

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Michael Hurley

Business Studies Teacher
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My name is Michael Hurley. I am from the United Kingdom, born in London, England. In January 2013 I moved to Thailand, fulfilling a long held ambition to live and work overseas. I began teaching at HeadStart International School in August, 2013. My specialist subject is Business Studies. I received my Business Degree from Sussex University, England, in 1998. Following this I qualified as a Secondary School Teacher, having successfully completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Roehampton University in 1999. Since this time I have taught Business Studies GCSE, A Level and vocational courses to students aged fourteen to eighteen. Prior to joining HeadStart International School, I enjoyed working at a large and very successful state comprehensive secondary school just outside of London for eight years. During this time I held the post of Second in Charge of Department. I am totally committed to supporting my students and seeing them excel. I sincerely believe in the ability of every individual to achieve and enjoy success through hard work, dedication and perseverance. This long held belief has led to students in my classes consistently exceeding expectations. Most recently, those in my Year 11 iGCSE Business Studies class performed exceedingly well in their recent summer examinations. Their personal success fuels my passion and commitment. It is a real pleasure living in Thailand, Phuket, and working at HeadStart International School. I very much look forward to the challenges and rewards the year will bring.

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Duncan Peake

Design and Technology Teacher
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My name is Duncan I am from the UK and grew up in the Stevenage 50 Km north of London. I moved to Portsmouth on the south coast where I went to University and studied Product Design and Innovation. I then moved to Brighton University to study my teaching degree. I taught in England for four years and then decided teaching in international schools was the life for me. I have taught in Malawi in Africa for three years and previously to coming to HeadStart I taught in New Zealand. I am a great believer in independent learning and in providing students with opportunities to think for themselves, to solve challenges and problems they may face. I am a keen Sportsman, my favorite sport being rugby; however I do enjoy cricket, cycling, football and diving also. I would like to get into SUP boarding and volleyball in Thailand. I love the great outdoors and enjoy hiking and mountain climbing and will be working to help students achieve there Duke of Edinburgh award. I am looking forward to getting started this academic year at school and making Design and Technology the best subject in the school! Hopefully you are going to see lots of changes in the department over the next few years and make lots of exciting projects.

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Kamilah Bilbé

Head of Faculty Creative Arts
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As an artist, photographer and educator, I thoroughly enjoy inspiring young artists to expand and explore more challenging horizons and produce artwork of a high quality. I believe that students should be challenged to think critically and question information, ideas and contextual theories through the use of their artwork using digital and traditional media. As children grow they acquire prejudices that they constantly desire to unravel and de-mystify. I find it most exciting, challenging and debating with them through creative activity and discussion. Art harnesses the potential in students to use explorative pathways in order to understand about other cultures and the diverse realities of the world around them. I have trained and worked as an outstanding art, photography and technology teacher whilst taking on additional roles within an art department and across whole school curriculum development and the local community. As a result I have delivered training in areas such as differentiation, activities to engage students and progress tracking methods at staff training days at the school I was previously employed and external local schools and colleges. After obtaining my BA (hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury where I studied, painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation art, I went on to train for my Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Art and Design at the University of Reading. Whilst teaching full time I decided to enhance my career professional development by undertaking a Masters in Education at the University of Reading. Expeditionary learning, experiential learning, learning styles and alternative communication modes used for assessment are areas of action research studied during my Masters degree. In addition to my passion for art I am devoted to the outdoors. Wild camping, hiking, rock climbing mountain biking, scuba diving, surfing, wakeboarding and snowboarding are some of the many activities that I take part in out of school. For me, time spent in the outdoors can help develop the mind and progress transferable skills. I have accompanied various school trips for camping and skiing where I have witnessed students develop in ways that are inaccessible in the classroom. Learning and development of the whole child is key in my approach of education.

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Rebecca Reeves

Music Teacher
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My name is Becky and I'm from Manchester in the UK. I'm incredibly excited to be starting at HeadStart and moving to Thailand, which is a big move considering I've never even left Europe! After studying for my MusB (Hons) in Music, where I focused on performance and composition, I completed my PGCE in Secondary Music. I love teaching Music as pupils not only gain new skills lesson by lesson, but also develop personally as well as academically, gaining qualities such as self-motivation and resilience. I strongly believe that Music teaching should focus primarily on pupils developing practical, musical skills, whist, at the same time, producing strong musical outcomes. In my lessons I like to ensure that my students have the opportunity to experience not only a variety of instruments, but a variety of musical styles as well. I also think it is important to experience Music outside of the classroom, and I led many trips in my previous school. These range from Musical Theatre productions, to Classical orchestra concerts, to recording studio days. I’m looking forward to finding out about the different opportunities Phuket can offer in order to take Music outside of the school environment. Outside of teaching I enjoy cooking and keeping active. I am very much looking forward to sampling lots of Thai food and trying new sports and activities whilst I am in Phuket, particularly water sports (which is not something you can really do in rainy Manchester). I am someone who is passionate about Music and ensuring pupils reach their full potential and I am looking forward to seeing what the new academic year brings at HeadStart.

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Heather Lucass

Head of Sixth Form
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My name is Heather Lucass and I am from Cheshire in the UK. I studied the Sciences at A-Level along with Art and Psychology, and later graduated with an honours degree in Psychology and Law. From this I began working at my old high school as a teaching assistant for 2 years, while completing Post-Graduate study in Chemistry. I decided to combine my passion for Chemistry and enthusiasm for working with young people by completing a PGCE in Secondary Science with Chemistry Specialism at Liverpool John Moores University. Shortly after completing my PGCE, I secured my first post as a Teacher of Chemistry at a local high school and college. I have been teaching for 5 years and have been fortunate enough to have had a number of additional roles such as working as a Teaching and Learning Coordinator and a year group Achievement Leader which have helped me to continually develop my skills as a teacher. I love to travel and really enjoy the outdoors; having grown up with horses and dogs, when I was 18, I jumped at the opportunity to work on a ranch in California, teaching children to ride horses. I have also travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia and spend a lot of my summers in the UK in the Lake District climbing mountains, camping, cycling and kayaking. I have completed a number of triathlons and have successfully competed in Bikejoring championships back in England. When I’m not feeling so energetic I love to paint and read; I am also a keen photographer. I have been fortunate enough to have some of my art work displayed in exhibitions back in the UK. I am really enjoying exploring all that Phuket has to offer and continuing to pursue my interests here. I am extremely excited to continue in my role as Head of Sixth Form here at HeadStart. I am really enjoying working with our Sixth form students, developing their career aspirations and supporting their holistic development. I will also continue to teach upper school Chemistry. I am passionate about nurturing young people’s innate curiosity about the world and leading them on a journey to greater understanding. I believe Chemistry is a fascinating subject and I aim to create a collaborative and inclusive learning environment for my students, helping them to feel confident and able to push themselves to achieve beyond their expectations.

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Ar-tit Benawang

P.E. Teacher Assistant
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My name is Ar-tit Benawang and I am a swimming coach here at HeadStart. I have my high school qualifications from the Padang Besar Tinsulanonda School.I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the Institute of Physical Education–Krabi Campus. I also have certification as a Swimming Coach which I obtained on 30 December from the Thai Swimming Coach Association of Thailand. I have worked at HeadStart International School since 2011. It has been a great opportunity for me to work here. I enjoy the exercise that I can fit into my schedule due to excellent facilities. There are even sports that I have participated in that I have never had the chance to play before making it an overall great experience.

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Nicholas Carter

P.E. Teacher/House Coordinator
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My name is Nick Carter and I am from Brighton, in the UK. I came to Thailand in 2015, after 6 years of living and teaching P.E. in Stockholm, Sweden (where it snows for six months of the year!). So, it is fair to say that I was ready for a completely different climate change, as well as cultural change. My sporting background is very diverse. I grew up with a passion for playing football, but later, in my teens, I discovered baseball. I made my debut for the Great Britain national baseball squad at the age of 18 and played with the squad for the next 14 years. I also trained as a professional contemporary dancer and toured nationally and internationally for 7 years in numerous dance companies. Although I have many other sporting interests, I want to make it clear that P.E. teachers are not just whistle blowing, basketball bouncing individuals, as I released my first fictional novel (in June, 2015). However, participating in sport, physical activity, and leading a healthy lifestyle are very important to me, and I have enjoyed imparting my knowledge in teaching and coaching environments for over 20 years. I am delighted to be a member of HeadStart’s P.E. department and I am also extremely happy to be the new House Coordinator; a role which I take on with enthusiasm and unwavering passion. Moving to the new school site in August 2016 (with all the wonderful new sporting facilities) has allowed the P.E. department to deliver a much richer and more diverse Physical Education program to the students. For example all secondary year groups (7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) will participate in the following sports activities – Basketball, Football, Softball, Athletics, Swimming, Badminton, Volleyball, and Gymnastics (amongst others).

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Sam Bushell

P.E. Teacher
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My name is Sam Bushell and I am from South-East London, in the UK. Last year I completed my NQT year, in an outer London school and taught a wide range of children from varying social backgrounds and activities, as well as being the lead teacher for football in the school. I studied at the University of Brighton and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. During one of my summer holidays from University, I went to an International Sports Camp in America for 5 months. My role was an outdoor activities instructor, camp counsellor and sports coach. My university lecturers founded a charity called ‘Football4Peace’ in which their aim was to utilise sport and football to create social changes. I got involved with the organisation and was trained with the ‘Football4Peace’ methodology and travelled to Gambia for two weeks of coaching local children. A challenging, but extremely rewarding experience. From my teaching experiences and studies, I believe that PE is a holistic subject, and that there is an activity for everyone to enjoy. I love sharing my expertise and knowledge with my students to enable them to lead healthy lifestyles. I am delighted to have been given a job here at HeadStart, the PE facilities are the best I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to contribute to the department and school.

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Sasiwimon Khongmeauang

Head of Thai
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Hello everyone! I am Sasiwimon Khongmueang. You can simply call me Tarnya. Firstly, I would like to deeply express my gratitude to The HeadStart International School Phuket for giving me this great opportunity working as a Head of Thai and a teacher for Thai as a foreign language courses for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. I have joined The HeadStart on 1 August 2017. On my first day at school, I feel very warm welcome as well as an inviting international learning and teaching environment here. I am originally from Chiang Mai, northern region of Thailand. I hold a bachelor degree in German and minor subject in Travel Industry Management from Chiang Mai University, Thailand (CMU) and I got a master degree in Educational Psychology and Guidance (EDPG) from Chiang Mai University as well. I have been actively and consistently engaged in an educational community and academia since my first degree. I have more than 15 years of teaching experiences. I used to work as a Head of a Foreign Language Lower Level Department and an English teacher for lower level and upper level secondary students at Wachirawit Secondary School in Chiang Mai. After that, I worked as a lecturer at The College of Arts, Media and Technology at Chiang Mai University for 4 years where I taught Introduction to Tourism, Tutorial Classes for Fundamental English, English Listening and Speaking Skill Course for undergraduate students. In addition to that, I attended teacher training courses in “Myths, Expectations and Challenges; An Introduction to The Multicultural/Multilingual Classroom and English as The Medium of Instruction and “Boost Your Lecturing Skills in English; Tools, Linguistic Strategies and Intercultural Competence for Meeting The Challenges for Lecturing in the International Classroom” in Denmark. I am a well organised and easy-going person who enjoys working with people from diverse background in a multi -cultural workplace. I would very much wish to devoting my professional academic experiences to work for The HeadStart and make our students happy and success.

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. --Anton Chokhov
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Hathaikan Korkimseng

Thai Teacher
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I am Hathaikan Korkimseng, or Kru Kan. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Language for Development (English – Thai) from Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai Songkhla. I have been a Thai teacher at Headstart International School for 3 years. I am teaching Thai as a Foreign Language in Primary and Thai as a Second Language in Secondary. It is very excited for me to see the school growing with a number of students, the developing of academic results and our new school where will enhance learning environments with very beneficial facilities. As a Thai teacher, I have striven to provide the appropriate curriculum, especially for Non Thai students, so that the students can learn language, culture, and critical thinking so they are able to apply it to daily life and they will be the qualified citizens of their societies or the world. I feel very high privileged to be a member of the school.

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Sukonta Petkaew

Thai Teacher
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Hello everyone, My name is Sue and I hold the position of Thai teacher here at HeadStart International school. Last year, my first at the new campus went very well. It was another fabulous year of teaching and learning for teachers and students at HeadStart. It is clear that our continuing success comes from good leadership, highly qualified teachers, a strong curriculum, and outstanding effort from the students. This is my third year working here and I am happy to continue working with great colleagues and students. Over the past fourteen years I have taught students from Year 2 to Year 10 and I have worked in a variety of schools. Previous to this post I taught at British International School Phuket (BISP) as a Secondary Thai teacher for just under 8 years. Firstly I worked as a Teaching assistant, then I was promoted to the position of Second language Thai teacher in the Secondary school until I left the school in 2013. I left because I felt the need to find new challenges and opportunities. The skills I learned were invaluable but it was time to use them in a different capacity to further enhance the learning of my students elsewhere. This is why I came to HeadStart. I am always very professional, honest, and sincere in my approach, both with students and parents. I strive to keep up with current teaching practices and have worked hard to continually upgrade my teaching skills by attending additional training courses and workshops. My passion for teaching comes from a love of learning. My aim is to get students interested and excited in what they are learning about and even to get them to decide what they want to study more. I have undertaken some key roles in providing opportunities for our new staff in a number of areas. I have an additional role as an instructor for the Thai Language and Culture course for new non-Thai teachers as well as a mentor for the many traditional Thai events held at the school. I welcome all parents to contact me about their child/children’s progress and I hope I am successful in making every effort to make them feel comfortable in doing so. It is important for teachers and parents to work together to create a positive learning environment for the students.

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Nidchapat Malarat

Thai Teacher
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My name is Nidchapad Malarat. My nickname is Bo. In 2013 I graduated from the Prince of Songkhla University Phuket, where I achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Thai Studies International Program. After I graduated, I applied for a position as a teacher assistant at the British International school. I worked there for a year. I gained a lot of experiences. After this I decided to get more experience by working as a full time teacher at Phuket Wittayalai School. I taught Social Studies at Senior High school level. My main responsibility was teaching and being the secretary of the Social Studies Department. I also helped as an Academic Department administrator. During the time that I was working I was also studying for a Master Degree at Bangkok Thonburi University in the Faculty of Education. I am now happy to be positioned as a Thai teacher here at HeadStart International school. I appreciate the opportunity that I have been given. I have been teaching Thai as a first language in level Year 6 - 9 classes. I have had such great experience here so far and. I have developed my knowledge and skills to become more professional in my career. In addition, I have been trusted by parents, colleagues and students. This enables me to become a more enthusiastic teacher. I am very proud to be a member of such a professional team of educators at HeadStart International school. I look forward to working with staff, students and parents to achieve success honorably.

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