Support Staff

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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Michael Atkins

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My name is Michael and I was appointed as Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at Headstart International School in August 2017. I grew up in the small market town of Crewe, England where I studied Popular Music and Community Arts at MMU Cheshire. I lived in Manchester for six years where I qualified as a Secondary Music Teacher in 2011 and played bass guitar in a electro- blues band. Music is one of my greatest passions! I have been teaching and coordinating the SEN provision for young people who are gifted and that have learning difficulties for the past four years in an independent specialist college, prior to that I worked in several high achieving primary and secondary schools teaching Music. I am confident that my knowledge of all sectors as well as my innovative approach to teaching and learning will support all learners at Headstart International School to fulfill their full potential. I believe that when one person teaches two people learn and my hope is that I will learn as much from the Headstart students as they do from me. I am looking forward to getting started this academic year and becoming a valued member of the Headstart Community, building strong relationships with pupils, staff and parents to help the school achieve its long term goals.

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Debora Previti

Clinical Psychologist
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My name is Debora Previti and I come from Italy. I am licensed Clinical Psychologist. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in the 2000 at the prestigious University of Padua, in Italy. After my internship in 2002, I passed a written examination and an oral examination accredited by the Italian Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council. I started working as a researcher at the Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Hepatology, Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Bologna. Being a researcher gave me the opportunity to deepen my studies and interests. When I was a child I loved flowers and animals. I spent a lot of time in understanding and observing nature. At the University I discovered the neurosciences and started studying how our brain works. It is a magnificent machine and it's resources and possibilities keep surprising me every day. I decided to work with children because they are a source of pure energy and I love playing with them. Contributing to their well-being, identifying the specific causes of a problem, remunerates me from the constant study that a complex discipline as neuroscience requires. I moved to Phuket 4 years ago for personal reasons. For the last 2 years I've been collaborating with HeadStart sharing in the care and education of children. The school has contributed to the acquisition of the most accredited clinical resources for a timely and effective diagnosis. During the last year I've been working and collaborating daily with teachers in order to create a finalized and specific educational plan.

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Hansa Wong-anan

Secondary Secretary
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Porvadee Niranviroj

Primary Secretary
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Hello everyone! My name is Porvadee Niranviroj or Aon. I graduated from the Faculty of Liberal Arts (English) at Mahidol University in 2010 obtaining a Bachelor Degree with 2nd class honour. Then I went to Kyoto, Japan in 2010-2012 to study Advanced Japanese. After that I moved back to Bangkok and became a freelance writer for Think Beyond Publishing where as a team we were very successful. However, I gained most of my working experiences when I was a Japanese Receptionist at Pacific Dental Care and a Japanese Interpreter and Sales coordinator for a newly established Japanese company. I am happy to be on the HeadStart team and think it is the best opportunity for me to work here as I can utilise my experiences to support the school's achievements and goals for the future.

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Johanna Pon-an

Shadow Teacher
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Hello! My name is Johanna and I am extremely excited to meet you all and begin teaching children at our fantastic school and work with the Headstart Academic Team. Teaching is my passion and I can't imagine doing anything else. We will find exciting ways to learn and grow together every day! Looking forward to a year of fun-filled learning adventures. My Education and Professional Background I am from the Philippines but I have been living in Phuket for two years now. I graduated a degree in Bachelor of Special Education focused on children with Intellectual Disabilities and Gifted & Talented as well. I am a licensed teacher and had experiences on organizing learning activities tailored to students with special needs, learning capacities, standards, and Intellectual Disabilities. My two-year broad experience as a Homeroom Teacher in a Bilingual School here in Phuket exposed me to many different teaching philosophies and have ultimately helped to shape my own personal philosophies for teaching and education. I love learning new things and always try to stay up to date on the latest teaching practices. My Educational Philosophy As a special educator, I believe that every child is special, unique and has the ability to learn in distinct ways. Every student can learn best when he/she is engaged and having fun. It is the responsibility of the teacher to discover each child's strengths and weaknesses and use this information to promote learning and development. I highly believe that parents and teachers should work together as partners to help provide an education that encourages students to pursue academic excellence to the best of their abilities. In addition, it is important to provide children with a warm, safe, and inviting learning environment where they can play, discover, and grow. With an appropriate classroom and the proper guidance and instruction, I believe young children will develop a positive attitude towards education, along with the self-confidence and independence necessary to become successful adults in the future.

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." - Forest Witcraft
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Fuangfa Wattanachalee

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Sawasdee ka. My name is Fuangfa Wattanachalee or Mai. I graduated from The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and have a Bachelor degree of Communication Arts in Public Relations. Between 2000-2011 I worked in the hospitality industry in hotels such as the Blue Canyon Country Club, Maiton Island Resort, Dusit Laguna Resort and Spa, Marriott Vacation Club International. After this I joined Phuket International Academy School in the position of Resource Officer and Librarian between 2012-2015. It has been a great opportunity to join HeadStart International School in the position of Librarian. 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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Jelomee Noueda

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Hi! My name is Jelo from the Philippines. I finished my school in the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I’ve been living in Thailand for more than 8 years. Before I worked at HeadStart I worked as a hotel nurse. I have been working in HeadStart for more than 7 yrs. I enjoy getting to know the kids and see them grow and mature and making them feel better.

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Mouchima Sinjarean

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Sawadee ka,my name is Keaw originally from Ranong Province. I’ve been staying in Phuket for more than 20 years.I graduated in Phuket Boribal with Nursing certificate. I have been worked as an Assistant nurse at Phuket Bangkok hospital for 7 years and Mission hospital for 4 years. I am very kind,happy and friendly person.

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เสาวณีย์ ทัศนีย์ทิพากร (Yong)

Secretary to Management
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พรเทพ สมมิตร (Thep)

Executive Chef
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อชิรสา เลี้ยงหล่ำ (Chajeen)

Admin Manager
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ลักขณา พรหมศร (Nuk)

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สุคนธ์ แก้วหมุน (Sao)

Head of Housekeeping
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ศิลป์ชัย ธเนสพงศ์สิริ (Sin)

Head of Security & Drivers
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พรชัย พรรณวงศ์ (Ple)

Head of Maintenance
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เอื้ออิชฌน์ ปิติวชิรัตน์ (Saint)

Purchasing Manager
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วงค์ศักดิ์ กุหลาบ (Wong)

Head of Accounting
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จิราภรณ์ จิตอำนวย (Mai)

HR Manager
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ฉันทนา สุวรรณ (Tuk)

School Shop
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Dan Hogfelt

Secondary Substitute Teacher
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My name is Dan Hogfelt; I am 38 years old and I have been living in Phuket since 2003. After two years as a scuba diving instructor I started teaching English at one of the local high schools. My first ever lesson was a disaster and I hated it. After a week or so I found my rhythm and teaching really grew on me, I have enjoyed it ever since. After 12 years of teaching at Phuket Wittayalai School, Kajonkietsuksa- and Kajonkiet International School I decided that I wanted a year without the responsibilities of paperwork and reports etc., so I signed on as a substitute teacher at Headstart. I am very impressed with the facilities and the staff at Headstart and I feel lucky to be part of what it has to offer students and teachers. Throughout various times in my career I have acquired the following qualifications: PGCEi, University of Nottingham MBA, Linneaus University BSc Business Administration, Linneaus University ASCTA, Bronze Level Swimming Coach TEFL, TEFL international I truly enjoy living and working here in Phuket. In my opinion Phuket has it all: beautiful beaches, busy markets, good food, lots of entertainment and a proximity to a variety of sport climbing spots that I enjoy on long weekends and holidays. In my free time I enjoy swimming, badminton, football, jogging, reading and watching movies.

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