Foundation

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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Sophie Hamlett

Preschool
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Hello and Sawasdee ka! My name is Sophie Hamlett but you can call me Miss Sophie. I am very excited to be teaching in Pre-School this year and looking forward to starting my journey with HeadStart. I am from Liverpool, United Kingdom and have been working in a variety of early years settings for 10 years since finishing High School. I have been teaching EYFS in international schools since 2018 after graduating from Liverpool Hope University. I have a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Early Childhood Studies and Special Educational Needs and completed my PGCE last year with the University of Cumbria. My passions include: dogs, travelling, dancing, baking and of course early years. I have a longstanding interest in and commitment to developing a career in the international education sector and I wish to further my knowledge by experiencing different EYFS curriculum methods and cultural approaches to education. So far, I have taught in Belgium, Italy, Thailand and China. I lived and taught in Phuket for two years before moving to Beijing, China last year, and have just moved back with my husband to continue our life here. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead, meeting you all, and watching you all grow and develop throughout the year.

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Angela Coloma

Preschool
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Hi, I am Angela Joy T. Coloma, originally from the Philippines. I joined Headstart since 2015 and I will be your Deputy Teacher in Preschool this school year. I graduated in Mariano Marcos State University College of Teacher Education. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education, major in Preschool Education. I worked with Early Years for the past few years and we had so much fun. I learned a lot within those years and it helped me to understand and develop my skills to become more effective teacher in the classroom. I am so excited to join Preschool this year and I would be happy to share and learn new things while sharing happiness with everyone. I am passionate about teaching young children and love working with them. I am grateful to be a part of the Foundation team and I am looking forward to lots of fun while learning creatively.

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Sharon Lanticse

Preschool
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Hi, I am Sharon Faith T. Lanticse from Davao, the Southern part of the Philippines. I am a double- degree graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as Secondary Education Major in Biological Sciences. Working with children in Headstart has strengthened my love of learning especially when you see how excited and happy the kids are in your class. Teaching small children requires a lot of qualities. All of this shapes my classroom practice to become more effective. The thing I like most about teaching is my students. I love interacting with them, I love learning from them, I love how passionate they are in learning and how they connect it with their daily lives. I am committed to the professional ethics, the high standards of practice and the care and education of young children. I am caring, gentle and enthusiastic when working with children and I am committed to social and academic growth and the development of every child. I work hard to create a positive classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging, as well as appropriately inclusive to the needs of every student. In my spare time, I enjoy meeting up with friends and family. I also enjoy meeting new people. I enjoy reading, especially if it is related to cooking/baking; I love spending time in the kitchen. I enjoy watching documentaries, action, horror and romantic-comedy films. I love travelling around and exploring new places. I am grateful to be part of Headstart team. I am looking forward to making a significant, positive impact on the lives of each of my students. I am also looking forward to helping my co teachers to continue to be effective educators and delivering effective instruction that raises student achievement.

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Rungnapa Detpakdee

Preschool
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My name is P’Ple. I finished my Secondary Education at Changkong Wittayakom, Chang Rai, Thailand. I have been working as a Nanny at HeadStart for 12 years. I help children to enhance their learning abilities and support them to be independent. I love to teach children how to think creatively and communicate effectively. I love working with young children. I am looking forward to this year with the Preschool children with love, fun and excitement.

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Supawadee Huailuk

Preschool
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My name is Supawadee however the children will call me P’Tig. I graduated from Phuket University where I gained a degree in Business Education. I am so happy to be working at HeadStart as I really like working with young children. I am extremely excited about continuing to work with the preschool children in the coming year. I truly enjoy learning new things while developing myself in everything that I do. This is my 5th year in Preschool and I will continue to use what I have learnt to support the children.

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Jasmine Gray

Early Years Blue
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Hello, my name is Jasmine and I am from Reading, in the south of England. I studied my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and then went on to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Oxford Brookes University. I have lived in Phuket for over eight years. My plan was to stay for 1 year; however, I fell in love with this beautiful island. I have nine years teaching experience ranging from Early Years, KS1, KS2 and Thai private education. I started my teaching career in the UK teaching Year 2. I enjoy encouraging children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels. I hold the firm belief that children learn best through first-hand experiences — play motivates, stimulates and supports children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisition, communication skills, and concentration. I will be the Early Years Blue homeroom teacher this academic year.

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Marilou Arrojado

Early Years Blue
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Hi, my name is Marilou Arrojado from the Philippines. I have been with HeadStart International School for three years now. 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 have a Bachelor’s degree in Thai Language for Communication from Rajabhat Phuket University and have just completed a degree in education and teaching from the same university. This will be my fourth year working at HeadStart 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 to 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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I am Suzi the Homeroom Teacher for Early Years Yellow in my third year at Headstart. I was born in London and graduated from The University of Arts, London 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 taught kindergarten on an English program in Nakhon Si Thammarat and found my passion in teaching and learning younger children. I returned to the UK in 2017 to gain more experience in UK curriculum schools. I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Early Education and secured a position at a Surrey Primary school. I worked as a Reception teacher and completed my specialist Early Years Teacher Training qualification. This year I will start my Masters in Education from Oxford Brookes University. 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 encourage 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 am happy to be a part of a thriving international school community as a teacher

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Perrie Porte-Ramos

Early Years Yellow
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Hello, I am 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 have been working at HeadStart since 2018, this would be my 5th year working and I have been in the Preschool as a Deputy Teacher for 4 years and now happy to be part of the Early Years. I am committed to developing learning environments that are engaging and fulfilling for the kids. I absolutely love being with the kids and teaching them how to think creatively and solve problems independently in a most exciting way. I am able to communicate with them through fun learning. Being with them gives me so much joy and I am just blessed to be with them. I would describe myself as someone who is enthusiastic, 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 enjoy arts, crafts, singing, dancing and teaching kids. The time with kids gives me the opportunity to impact and influence their lives positively and 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 is a great opportunity to learn and have fun with kids.

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Aimorn Dech-aran

Early Years Yellow
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Sawadee Ka. I am P’Orn and I am your nanny in Early Years Yellow. I was born in Trang and moved to Phuket for university. I took up Social Studies Education at Phuket Rajabhat University. After I graduated, I worked as a teacher in a Kindergarten for 3 years. I taught Social Studies and History Subjects in Primary for another 2 years. Then I worked with children that had additional educational needs at Phuket Special School for a year. I have worked at HeadStart since 2017. I am happy to work with children and willing to learn new things from my colleagues. I am going to work hard to support the students and look forward to more years of fun learning and teaching.

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Danielle Hughes

Reception Blue
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Hello! My name is Danielle Hughes, but you can call me Miss Danielle. I am really looking forward to teaching in the Foundation stage and I can’t wait to meet you all. I am from a town called Harlow in England, in the United Kingdom, where I grew up. I moved to Kent to attend Canterbury Christ Church University to study for my degree in Primary Education. Over the past 11 years, I have been teaching in the Borough of Hackney, in London, and have been at the same school where I have taken on a range of different roles. I have taught in Reception for seven years as the EYFS (Early Years Foundation stage) phase leader, which I very much enjoyed, instilling a passion for early education, which still continues today. In 2016, I became an EYFS SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) for Hackney, where I would visit different Foundation stages around the borough, delivering various training, supporting teachers and phase leaders to promote an inspiring and high quality EYFS provision for their children. I moved to Years 3 and 4 where I taught for three years, still continuing my role as EYFS phase leader and EYFS SLE, whilst broadening my knowledge of lower key stage 2, taking on Safeguarding as a DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and with Year 6 SATS. In 2020, I became the LEAP Geography subject lead across three schools, where I rewrote the curriculum from the Foundation Stage to Year 6, to provide a broad and challenging Geography curriculum for all. I am really looking forward to the year ahead in Reception Blue Class and working with all the staff at HeadStart Phuket, developing and inspiring young inquisitive minds to help reach their full potential.

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Rebecca Robielos

Reception Blue
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Mabuhay! My name is Rebecca Robielos from Manila, Philipines. I have been with Headstart International School for a decade now and am still looking forward to spending more time teaching in this school. I am a very experienced teacher handling students with special needs and Key Stage 1 students. I completed my Bachelor Elementary Education in March 2000 at The National Teachers College in my hometown. I then went on to work at a local school in Manila for a couple of years teaching Key Stage 1 students. I joined the Headstart team in March 2011 where I supported the Reception class. I have a fantastic time working in this school, and I am still excited towards teaching as well as learning. I am looking forward to supporting the children in the Reception class with all areas of learning and development. I can’t wait to get started!

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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 12 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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Rachael Engel

Reception Yellow
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Greetings! My name is Miss Rachael, and I am from Dayton, Ohio, USA. I moved to Thailand in 2016 as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps. During my service, I experienced my new role as a “Teacher Collaborator and Community Service Facilitator” (TCCS) at a lovely village in Angthong, Thailand. Integrating into the community played a major role in the quality of my service, and it was this wonderful, wholesome experience that fuelled my decision to stay in Thailand permanently. Following my service, I enjoyed 4 wonderful years teaching kindergarten in Bangkok before moving to Phuket and joining the HeadStart team. I am beyond thrilled to begin another school year as the Reception Yellow teacher, and cannot wait to develop strong, meaningful relationships with my new students! I have been teaching for 10 years in the United States and Thailand and have experience in multiple curricula and pedagogical strategies. This past year, I completed my Master’s in Early Childhood Education with the University of Toledo. My pedagogy is driven by creativity, exciting exploration, meaningful discourse between teachers and peers, and purposeful play-based learning through the use of enriching environments. Culturally responsive teaching also drives my instructional approach, as it has been my primary focus throughout my master’s program and the subject of my thesis. Personally, I love art, music, reading, scuba diving, backpacking, and learning about other cultures and languages. I have 2 adorable dogs that go everywhere with me and amazing friends from all over the world. Most of all, I love Thailand and how it provides countless opportunities for meaningful experiences, relationships, and personal growth. I look forward to continuing my growth at this wonderful school, and most importantly, as a teacher to your lovely children.

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Feliz Novicio

Reception Yellow
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Good day! I am Feliz one of the new deputy in Foundation, Reception Yellow school year 2022-2023. And I am from the Philippines, Luzon area. I have been here in Thailand since 2018 just to send my husband here to work. But when we finally got here friends who invited us, encouraged me to stay and work as a teacher. Though teaching is my greatest dream, it became a tough decision for me. As I need to be away with my children for a long time. Ever since a child, I would really role play as teacher with my younger cousins. But because of some circumstances, I was not able to graduate in the course that I wanted. Luckily, I was granted a scholarship in one of our Church School, Far East Advent School of Theology Int’l Inc. And graduated Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education, Major in Values Education and later on had a Masters in Christian Education Major in English. Not knowing that I can use that in achieving my long time aspiration of becoming a teacher, not just in the Philippines, but actually here in Thailand as a Teaching Assistant in Early Years, and eventually became an Art Teacher from Early Years to Year 4 in an International School, then moved to an also well-known school here in Phuket as a Homeroom Teacher in Kindergarten. Now, I am very happy and grateful to be a part of this successful school, HeadStart International School, Phuket. Have been here few months now, and it was an exciting experience. Looking forward for more plus years of learning with the students see them grow and excel emotionally, physically and academically despite of this new norm.

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Wilasluck Muenpho

Reception Yellow
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Sawadee ka! My name is Wilaslak Muenpoh you can call me P. Kwan, I am a native of Trang in Thailand. I graduated at Phuket Rajaphat University taken up Bachelor of Science in Tourism major in Management, and I have just completed my Diploma in Teaching Profession at the same university. I have been working at HeadStart as a nanny for six years and this will be my sixth year now working in the school. I enjoyed working with the kids as I love children so much. I love playing and do painting with them. Being with the kid’s everyday makes me feel still young. As an adult, I learn and discover many things about the children. I am so happy this year as I will stay in Reception and glad that I will be given a chance again to enjoy and have more fun with the children. I look forward to working with the children this school year. See you and let’s have fun!

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