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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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Zak Brown

Head Swim Coach
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My name is Zak Brown. I’m from Bakersfield, California and started swimming at the age of 10. During High School, I helped lead our team to becoming league champions 4 years in a row. After High School, I attended Bakersfield College and continued swimming for Bakersfield Swim Club. During this time, I competed all over California as well as traveling to other states for national level competitions. After 2 years of junior college; I moved to Niagara Falls, New York and competed at Niagara University as a Division One Swimmer. During my stay at Niagara University, I was able to set three school relay records and I received a degree in marketing and logistics. I've enjoyed coaching swimming for over 9 years and have worked with athletes on all levels from beginners to Olympians. I feel very fortunate that swimming has given me the opportunity to meet incredible people from all over the world. Swimming is more than just a sport to me, it's become a lifestyle. The lessons learned through swimming stay with you your entire life. This is my second year with the HeadStart and I am really excited to work with the students to further develop their swimming abilities. Last season our Aqua Panthers hit best times and won the league championships. We have a lot of momentum building into this year and I am excited to lead the team into new heights!

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Sarah Dorman

Swim Coach
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My name is Sarah Dorman and I am a 15-year veteran swim coach and lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid Instructor from The United States. Since the age of three I’ve loved being in the water, both recreationally and competitively. I began my competitive swimming career at the age of five and continued all the way through college, so I’m quite experienced in the process of learning and teaching every level of necessary swimming fundamentals. Through my love of swimming and desire to help others learn to enjoy the water, I began teaching in 2003 and was certified as a Water Safety Instructor in 2007 while working toward a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. I’ve held many different aquatic-based jobs, including Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Masters Swim Coach and Aquatics Director, and have helped design and produce swimming programs for multiple US educational institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. I have taught students as young as 6-months old and have experience with every age and ability. I can never say no to helping someone learn how to swim. Since 2015, my passion for swimming has led me to teach around the world, coaching students in New Zealand, South Africa, Tanzania, and now in Thailand. Technique work is my speciality, as my training has always relied on developing very specific technical skills. My competition events include 100M Freestyle, 200M Freestyle, and 100M Butterfly, along with Medley and Freestyle relays. However, no matter what level the swimmer, I take a personal interest in all of my students’ progress and cater my classes to meet the needs of every student, not only to improve their swimming skills, but to encourage their love for the water as well.

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Ar-tit Benawang

Assistant Swim Coach
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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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Somtavin Chuchuay

Assistant Swim Coach
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Hi. My name is Khru Pui! I graduated from the Padang Besar Tinsulanonda Highschool School. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the Institute of Physical Education–Krabi Campus, Arts Program. On December 30th, 2008 I received a Swimming Coach Level 1 Certificate from 'The Thai Swimming Coach Association of Thailand.' I have worked here at HeadStart International School since the 5th of January, 2016. It has been a good opportunity for me to work here as I can exercise and play several sports here due to the good facilities. There are several sports that I have never played before like table tennis and soft tennis that I enjoy learning. In this job I can be a coach and learn and play new sports at the same time. It has been good luck for me to work here.

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Stef Frost

Head Football Coach
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My name is Stef Frost. I’m from Nottingham, England and football has always been my passion. Being a professional footballer was always the dream for me and this came true at the age of just 16 years old. As a young player I joined the academy of the English Professional club Notts County FC. I progressed through the academy ranks from U10s to eventually the Notts County FC first team making my debut against Carlisle United in front of over 11,000 fans. I was awarded the Notts County FC Young Player of the year award and the Youth team player of the year award that same year. I am currently the third youngest player to ever play professionally for Notts County FC. I have also been fortunate enough to play against the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City, Everton, Aston Villa as well as against many high profile players such as premier league goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, England defender Gary Cahill and Inter Milan’s Ashley Young. Due to an Injury which has halted my football career I turned to coaching and I now have over 13 years experience in coaching also gaining my UEFA Licence and FA Youth Award. My coaching journey has taken me from England to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand and has included roles with professional clubs Nottingham Forest FC and Wigan Athletic F.C. I am extremely excited to be the Head Football coach at HeadStart International school and to have the opportunity to build a fantastic footballing program for our players to learn and practice in a fun and positive environment. It is very important for every player to leave each footballing practice having learnt either a new skill either being technical, physical, psychological or social. It is a combination of all these skills which our young players need to improve and succeed in Football and through their journey in life.

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Jamie Sadler

Year 7 Coordinator & PE Teacher
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My name is Jamie Sadler and I am originally from Bournemouth in the UK. This year I will be teaching Primary and Secondary Physical Education, I will also be teaching BTEC Sport too. I graduated from Southampton Solent University with a BA in Sports Studies and then went on to complete my PGCE in Secondary PE at the University of East London. Prior to moving to Phuket, I taught in London and spent 5 years teaching in a leading Independent school in Wimbledon. As a young boy I developed a passion for many sports, especially in school, this gave me many opportunities to develop my personal qualities such as self confidence, discipline and respect. My main speciality is Football; in the UK I played for a club for a number of seasons in the 5th step of the National league system. In recent years, I have taken a keen interest in martial arts such as Western boxing and Thai kickboxing. There are so many positive effects that can come from Physical Education, such as resilience, leadership skills and teamwork amongst others. As a specialist PE teacher, I aim to provide opportunities for my students to collaborate and to share their thoughts and opinions, in order to have a positive impact on their experiences in PE. My teaching ethos is for students to feel confident in their abilities when playing sport so that they feel inspired to participate in lifelong physical activity. If there is anything that you would like to ask me, feel free to contact me on [email protected]

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Lucy Wilson

PE Teacher & Coordinator
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Hello everyone, my name is Lucy and I am from East Yorkshire in the UK. I attended Teesside University to complete my BSc Sport Science and MSc Sports Psychology degrees before completing my PGCE in Physical Education through a school centred programme at Staffordshire University. I have been teaching PE for 10 years in a range of schools in the UK before moving across to Thailand where I have taught in Bangkok for the past two years. I am very passionate about my subject and aim to create opportunities in my teaching for all students to develop curiosity for PE and refine their qualities of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and humility. During my time at HeadStart I will be focusing on examination PE and will be teaching IGCSE PE and BTEC PE. Beyond life at school I have a very keen interest in sports in particular hockey, tennis and more recently gaelic football and CrossFit. I enjoy travelling, trying new foods and learning about different cultures. I look forward to teaching here in Phuket at HeadStart this year.

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Stephen Walker

PE Teacher
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My name is Stephen Walker and I am from Kent, in the UK. I came to Thailand in 2018, after 2 years of living and teaching P.E. in Sunderland, England. Before that I was Director of Sport for the Western International School of Shanghai for 10 years. My sporting background is very diverse. I grew up with a passion for playing football, cricket and Athletics during my school and university life but later started boxing, swimming and ultimate Frisbee. I have always enjoyed trying new sports and as I get older and less flexible have started to learn golf. I have also been coaching football for 15 years, I hold my UEFA b License and my Youth Modules. I have been lucky enough to work with Nike football, Newcastle UTD and Stoke City F.C. Outside of sport I enjoy reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. I also have 2 large dogs which I enjoy walking around Chalong dam. I look forward to meeting all the students around school.

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Luis Pinto

Football Coach
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My name is Luis Pinto and I am from Torres Vedras, Portugal. I have a bachelor’s degree in Sports Training and a UEFA C license. Even though I have a short career as a football coach, I already had the opportunity to work in one of the academies of the current Portuguese league champions, Sporting CP. I want to pass all my knowledge to our students and inspire them to be the best version of themselves, in sports and in life. I didn’t come to Thailand by chance, as I was preparing for this step in my life for a couple of years. I speak Thai at a very good level and worked with the Royal Thai Embassy in Lisbon as a translator.

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Larry Baes

Associate PE Teacher
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Hello everyone, I am Larry Baes from the Philippines. I have been teaching for almost 18 years internationally. I am holding a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education. I am passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wish to share this importance with the students. I enjoy working with students to build their confidence, skills and talents. I am a happy, outgoing and friendly person. In my pastime, I enjoyed practicing martial arts and dancing. I am a sports enthusiast, I like outdoor sports activities, such as cycling, hiking and camping. I do believe sports is a way of life.

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