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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 90 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.


‘Throughout the school, teachers’ subject knowledge and understanding of how students learn are strong. Relationships between students and teachers are positive. The ratio of qualified teachers to students, especially in the early years and lower primary classes, is high. ‘Deputy’ teachers, who are fully qualified teachers in their home countries, support class teachers. Due to their expertise, they make a significant difference to the rates of progress that students make. Teachers know students well and assess them accurately. This enables teachers to plan work that matches the ability of individual students and caters well for their varying needs.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

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Amy Drew

Preschool
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Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Amy Drew and I am the Preschool teacher. I joined the HeadStart team in 2014, on the old school site which used to be opposite Makro. It has been so interesting to see the development of the school and to be part of the journey. My husband, Mr Drew, and I welcomed our first child to Phuket in 2018 and he has been enjoying his time in this amazing Foundation provision within HeadStart Foundation since 2020. I had hoped that my teacher training and the experience with children in their early years would prepare me well for having my own child, however nothing quite prepares you for a baby! This new understanding of parenthood has increased my empathy with yourselves as parents and with the challenges that children face at home as well as school. The experience has given me a unique insight into the mind of a young learner, especially relating to language acquisition as I observe my child learning to speak both English and Thai. I am very much looking forward to this next academic year and getting to welcome, support and learn with a lovely new cohort of children in one of the most exciting years of their lives. If there is anything you wish to talk to me about please come to see me. Thank you and korp khun ka.

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Perrie Porte-Ramos

Preschool
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Hi, my name is Perrie Niña Angelie Ramos, born in Baguio City and grew up in La Trinidad, Benguet at the Northern part of the Philippines. I studied at Benguet State University, accomplishing a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Early Childhood. After college I immediately work at H.O.P.E. Christian Academy as an Assisting Teacher for a year then became a Main Teacher for 8 years. This is where I have dedicated a lot of my time, taking care of the learners and I must say that I have enjoyed and I am blessed every minute of it. I would describe myself as someone who is sincere, caring, alert and hardworking. I have a great sense of humor. I am an easy going person and I don’t get easily disturbed by downs in my life. I also enjoy arts , crafts, singing, dancing and teaching kids. Teaching gives me the opportunity to impact and influence the lives children. I can fill their minds with knowledge, their hearts with truth and guide them in application of both. Learners are a treasure from the Lord and teaching is a blessing. Working here at Headstart would be a great opportunity to learn and have fun with kids.

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Rungnapa Detpakdee

Preschool
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My name is P’Ple. I finished my Secondary at Changko Wittayakom, Chang Rai, Thailand. I have been working as a Nanny at HeadStart for ten years. I love my work and enjoy playing with the children.

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Supawadee Huailuk

Preschool
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Jasmine Gray

Early Years Blue
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Marilou Arrojado

Early Years Blue
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I have spent the last six years teaching in Thailand and am currently working here at Headstart International School in Phuket. I am a teacher with international experience at all levels from kindergarten to high school. I graduated with a BSc in Secondary Education (English major) from the Philippine Normal University, Manila. Prior to joining Headstart in 2019, I taught kindergarten in Thailand and Primary school in Vietnam. Teaching children from toddlers to teenagers across a broad range of nationalities and cultures, and for whom English is not a first language, has proven challenging, fulfilling and professionally enriching for me. I deliver initiative, integrity, adaptability and a flexible, resilient, effective approach. I particularly enjoy working with kindergarten students whose open mindedness and ability to absorb new information is at its peak. I retain a love of English literature and am a keen reader.

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Pornpan Leelapan

Early Years Blue
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My name is Fon and I was born in Nakonsithammarat, Thailand. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Thai Language for Communication from Rajabhat Phuket University. I had been working at Headstart since 2017 and I am extremely excited about continuing to work with the HeadStart children in the coming year. I love working with children and I aim to support them to enhance their learning abilities with the best that I can! I hope to encourage and also inspire in them a love of lifelong learning.

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Suzie Chaemchaeng

Early Years Yellow
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Hello my name is Suzanne, but everyone calls me Suzi. I am the Homeroom Teacher for Early Years Yellow. I was born in London and graduated from The University of Arts with a degree in Design. I moved to Thailand in 2011, taught yoga and freelanced as a designer and writer. After the birth of my daughter in 2015 I started teaching kindergarten on an English programme at a school in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where my husband is from. I loved being part of a school environment and felt I had found my place. I returned to the UK in 2017 to gain more experience in Early Years provisions and completed my Level 3 Diploma in Early Education. I then secured a position at a Surrey Primary school, in the Reception year and completed my specialist Early Years Teacher Training qualification. I am enthusiastic for the children in my care to enjoy their early school experiences. I believe in positive relationships between home and school to ensure children develop in a nurturing environment where their interests are encouraged and their curiosity stimulated. I feel children learn best through play and being able to explore. As an Early Years teacher I want to guide a child's exploration, using valuable opportunities to encourage early Maths and English. I always en-courage positive social interactions and being kind to each other and I will often be found reading books and singing songs to the children in my class. I look forward to teaching at HeadStart and becoming part of a thriving school community as a teacher and a parent. I am glad to be back in Thailand for the culture, to see our extended family and the food, especially the spicy southern curries!

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Angela Coloma

Early Years Yellow
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My name is Angela Joy T. Coloma, originally from the Philippines. I have been staying in Thailand for three years. I graduated in Mariano Marcos State University College of Teacher Education. Holder of Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education, major in Preschool Education. I had been working at HeadStart since 2015. I worked with Early Years for the past three years and a year in Preschool. I am passionate about teaching young children and love working with them. I am an open-minded person and I am willing to learn more for the development of my career and skills as well. I am grateful to be a part of the Foundation team. I am looking forward for lots of fun while learning creatively.

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Aimorn Dech-aran

Early Years Yellow
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Sawadee Ka. My name is Aimon Dech-arun. My nickname is Orn. I was born in Trang and moved to Phuket to study in University. I graduated from Phuket Rajabhat University in Social Studies, majoring in Education. I have been working with kindergarten for 3 years and primary for 2 years in Social Studies and History Subjects. I was a nanny for special needs children for 1 year 6 months at Phuket Special School. I am happy to work with children and always learn the new things. I am going to work hard for children to support them.

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Natalie Hale

Reception Blue
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Rebecca Robielos

Reception Blue
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My name is Rebecca Robielos from Manila, Philippines. I completed my Bachelor of 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 where I handled children from foundation stage. In addition to my pursuit to express more competitive teaching skills, I enrolled my Masters of Art in Early Childhood at the Philippine Christian University last year. I’ve been serving the HeadStart team for seven years and I am still looking forward for future events and opportunities. I started working at HeadStart last March 2011 and I was assigned to support the reception class. For my whole stay here as a deputy teacher, I had already handled students from the Foundation stage of pre-school, Reception class, and Year 1. It was in 2016 that I worked as a Deputy Teacher in year 1 Blue with Miss Nicola. Then, I went back to the Reception class alongside Miss Candice last year and for this year, It would still be the same. I am indeed looking forward for another amazing journey here at HeadStart!

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Monchanok Khancompu

Reception Blue
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Hello, my name is Monchanok Khancompu. Children call me Nok. I have been working at HeadStart International School for nine years as a nanny. I am currently studying at the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) to qualify for my Bachelor’s Degree of Human Ecology. I enjoy working as a nanny in Preschool because it a very rewarding job to see the children progress at a steady pace.

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Amelia Gallanders

Reception Yellow
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Hello! My name is Amelia Gallanders, but you can call me Miss Milly. I am looking forward to teaching Reception Yellow for my second year at Headstart. I am from the United Kingdom where I grow up in a small town in West Yorkshire. Since I graduated from University in 2012, I have taught a range of classes previously from Preschool to Year 2. There have been three factors, which have impacted my career choice so far; the ability to be creative, to whole-heartedly love what I do and most importantly, the desire to positively impact children’s love for learning and creating a good foundation for their future. Here in Reception Yellow children will learn through play and hands-on experiences, they will be able to develop their confidence, life skills and exploring ideas. I look forward to the year, having a positive relationship with parents and guardians to enable a positive environment to nurture each unique individual and allow them to achieve their full potential.

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Feliz Novicio

Reception Yellow
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Wilasluck Muenpho

Reception Yellow
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Sawadee ka! My name is Wilaslak Hmeunpoh you can call me P. Kwan, I am from Trang Thailand. I graduated at Phuket Rajaphat University taken up Bachelor of Science in Tourism major in Management. I have been working at Headstart as a nanny for four years and this will be my fifth year now working in the school. I enjoyed helping students as they learn new things as they grow. I look forward to working with children this school year.

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