Primary

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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Charlotte Myers

Teacher
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My name is Charlotte and I am entering my fifth year of teaching primary children. I absolutely love teaching Year 1 and this is the age where I have most of my experience so I am very excited to be in Year 1 at HeadStart! I grew up in the North of England in a city named Leeds. I then went to University in Liverpool where I studied Creative Writing. Throughout my degree, knowing that I wanted to eventually become a teacher, I volunteered at schools in Liverpool, working with children who spoke English as a second language. Working with EAL children has proven a consistent and focal part of my career and has prepared me well for teaching overseas. To qualify as a teacher, I relocated to the South of England and completed the Graduate Teacher Program at a prestigious school in Buckingham. Upon qualifying as a teacher I taught in England for three years which was a very rewarding time professionally. I then moved overseas to Chiayaphum in Thailand I worked as a Year 1 teacher in a government school. Following this I taught in Vietnam, before moving to the Middle East where I taught in an outstanding international school in Dubai, where I thoroughly enjoyed being a Year 1 teacher. I believe that it is in an environment of mutual respect that talents can thrive and I make my classroom that place. I am a cheerful, nurturing and excited teacher which consistently proves a successful approach when working with young children. I believe that when lessons are both fun and challenging children are engrossed; which leads to maximizing their progress. As I demonstrate daily that I love my job and love being with the children, they recognize this and in turn strive to impress, which again leads to the children achieving their full potential. Children always enjoy being in my classroom and this shows with their positive attitudes to learning. I strive myself on building a positive learning environment in which children feel confident, secure and most importantly happy. Outside of the classroom I enjoy being fit and healthy and love cooking lots of healthy foods. I love sports, in particular rugby and sprinting. I also really enjoy singing so will spend lots of time singing with the children throughout Year 1. I am also currently learning to play the ukulele but I need more practice before I let the children hear me! I am so eager for the year to begin and very excited to watch the children grow.

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Melanie Denzo

Deputy Teacher
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I am Melanie Denzo from The Philippines. I graduated at Naval State University taking up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Major in General Education. After I finished college I took the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and passed it. I have one year of teaching experience at Phuket, Thailand. With the previous experience I taught Mathematics on the primary levels and one class of first year high school under the English Program that the school offered and also I taught English subject for Grade 4 and 5 of primary level under the Thai Program. As I experience the real world of teaching I do realize how important is the art of communication in order for the teaching and learning process to reach the peak that every school is aiming for. I have been in HeadStart since 2014. As a Deputy Teacher of this prestigious school that I’m currently in makes me so honored to be a part of the team. I will give everything that I can distribute to the goals that this school has and one of this is to make myself a good example in the eyes of the children and to everyone. Having been assigned to year 1, I believe that it is a challenge and an honor to be at the foundation of HeadStart International School’s giving quality and enduring education for my students. I am much honored to be one the person that will accompany and help the Year one’s on their first year of primary. I will surely do my very best to provide the essential things that each students needs to have and to learn.

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Lucie Bevins

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My name is Lucie and I am very excited to be continuing my teaching journey at Headstart International School this year. I am from the UK and grew up in a small town in the Midlands called Nuneaton. I loved school and always dreamed of being a teacher. I worked in management in children’s play centers and also lead summer play schemes which helped me to gain lots of experience in working with children. I then studied at Liverpool John Moores University and gained a degree in Physical Geography. I returned to Derby University in 2010 to complete my PGCE Primary Education with a PE specialism. Before moving to beautiful Phuket I worked as a year 1 teacher for four years in a large infant school in Derby, UK. I love working with year 1 children, and helping them to transition from their foundation education. My passion in teaching is reading and phonics and I love nothing more than to see children confidently reading. During my time in this position I was the subject coordinator for Physical Education, Geography and I was also on the Literacy team. I worked hard to provide lots of opportunities for the children, such as building a wildflower meadow and gaining a gold woodland trust award. Prior to this I worked for a year in China in an English language school. I worked closely with a wide age range of children, helping them to gain confidence in speaking and understanding English. This was a wonderful experience for me and I am hoping that my time working as a teacher overseas, and my experience in year one will set me up well for my new position at Headstart. Outside school I love to travel and explore. I enjoy walking, trying new things and making new friends. I am always listening to music and I enjoy a good chat with friends!

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Ivy Carlos

Deputy
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My name is Ivy B. Carlos, Deputy Teacher of Year 1Blue. I am from the Philippines. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Education majoring in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from the University of Northern Philippines at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. I experienced teaching Year 1 and Year 3 in my country. I have been working at HeadStart for almost five years and I can say that I am enjoying my stay here. For the past years I had been assigned from different levels. I love working with children and I aim to support them to enhance their learning abilities with the best that I can. I believe in the saying “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.” I am looking forward for another great and fun year teaching Year 1 Yellow.

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Paul Williams

Teacher
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Hello and sawadee krap. My name is Paul Williams and this will be my third year teaching outside of England. I was born in Glasgow, Scotland but grew up in the south of England, close to London. I am excited about the upcoming academic year and look forward to meeting you all. I graduated in Business Studies at the University of Greenwich in 2001. I worked in the business sector in London for around 4 years. I then completed a Primary PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University and graduated in December 2005. Before moving to Thailand, I spent 11 years working in and around the east of London. I value the role that I hold and take great pride in the work that I do. I believe that being a teacher gives me the opportunity to develop children and ensure that they all meet their full potential. I like my learning environment to be vibrant and stimulating and a place that celebrates the pupils learning. I believe that it is important to develop independence and resilience in the children I teach. It is important that the children have fun at school because this will lead to them being engaged in their learning. I expect children to learn to reflect on their own learning and to set themselves goals for the future. I feel that good working relationships are key to success. I have a love of travelling and have been lucky to visit a number of places since moving to Thailand, including the Gili islands, Lombok and Bali. I have even climbed volcanoes, dived with sea turtles and photographed the Milky Way! I like to eat unusual food and even got the chance to go hunting for wild frogs in the jungle in Khao Sok….they were delicious! As previously said, I am excited about the year ahead and if you ever need to speak to me about any matters then I am always available to sit down and discuss these with you.

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Cynthia Rodelaslo

Deputy Teacher
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My name is Cynthia Rodelas Lo, Deputy Teacher of Year 1 White and I was born and raised in the Philippines. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education in 2010 from the Adventist University of the Philippines at Silang, Cavite. I taught Foundation and Primary level for two years in my country before coming here Thailand. This is my seventh year at HeadStart as a deputy teacher. For the past years I had been assigned from different levels. I have passion for teaching children and watching them grows and progress in every aspect of their lives. Teaching is full of challenges but also rewarding experiences. I believe that it is important for parents and teachers to work together to create a positive learning environment for each student to achieve their goals and dreams in life. I am excited and looking forward to fun learning experiences in this new academic year 2018-2019.

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Kirsty Hark

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My name is Kirsty and I am now entering my fifth year of teaching at the primary level, the majority of which has been in Key Stage One which I absolutely love. I am from the North West of England and grew up in the city of Manchester. I studied at The University of Leeds in Yorkshire, gaining a degree in History and Sociology, before returning to The University of Manchester to complete my PGCE with the TeachFirst graduate programme. I love being in the classroom and I am very passionate about developing positive relationships with pupils and providing creative and engaging learning opportunities. I aim to inspire a love of learning within children and develop inquisitive and creative learners who are keen to investigate and ask questions throughout their learning journey. Through creating both a safe and challenging learning environment, I am also keen to develop resilient learners with a commitment to overcoming challenges with the support and collaboration of both their peers and teachers. I believe it is vital to provide children with a wealth of experiences and opportunities in order for them to flourish in all areas of the curriculum. I have a passion for reading and am keen to install my love of reading and stories within the pupils. I was also able to continue my passion for my degree subject of History in my last position as humanities lead, and am therefore very much looking forward to teaching a rich and creative humanities curriculum at HeadStart. Outside of the classroom I love to travel, and as this is my first time to Phuket, I am extremely excited to explore the area and visit all the amazing places that this beautiful island has to offer. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and I look forward to the pleasure of teaching your children and getting to know you all.

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Maripet Porte

Deputy Teacher
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I am Maripet Victoria from the Northern part of Philippines. I lived in a town named La Trinidad, just 6 kilometers away from the “Summer Capital” of Philippines which is Baguio City. I studied at Benguet State University with a degree in Secondary Education. I worked as an Online English Tutor for 4 years after graduating. After that, I worked as a Violin and Basic Piano Teacher at a Music School, at church, and as a private tutor for about 5 years. Though I graduated with a degree in Secondary Education, my work experience gave me an opportunity to work with different age groups from ages 3 to 49. Those experiences made me understand the true meaning of teaching and learning and that is, age does not matter in learning and in teaching, as long as we have the passion for it, we are able to accomplish so much. This year, I am given an opportunity to work as one of the Deputy Teachers of Headstart. I am very excited to learn more and be able to share what I’ve learned.

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Michael Marx

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Sawadee krap, my name is Michael Marx and I am originally from South Africa but spent the majority of my life growing up in Cambridge and Hampshire in the UK. I studied at the University of Roehampton, obtaining my teaching degree in Primary Education specialised in Physical Education of young people. Throughout the last four years of teaching, I have gained a wealth of experience working across the year groups and working with a range of people from different backgrounds and cultures. Outside of school I love finding new ways to challenge myself. Generally this is done through sport, where I love watching and taking part in Crossfit. It has allowed to me to develop my resilience in overcoming challenges and self discipline. I love my job and hold a great sense of pride for what I do everyday. I am excited to start the learning journey with my class and share with them all that I have learnt so far (as well learning from them). I aim to work with the children in my class to develop their resilience to challenges both inside and outside of school. I want them to have the means to make inform decisions to keep them safe and progress into an ever changing world. I also truly believe in the sense of community and that we thrive better when we work with one another. As we progress through the year and develop the children together, please don’t hesitate to come see me and arrange a meeting. I believe that it is important to develop independence and resilience in the children I teach

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Jaysel Dollolasa

Deputy Teacher
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Hello! I am Jaysel Anne, Year 2 Blue Deputy Teacher. I’ve been working at HeadStart for almost eight years now and I am very excited for another year of exploring new knowledge, enjoying activities and experiencing great adventures that I will be spending together with amazing kids in this institution. I am from the Philippines and I graduated a four-year degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED) at University of Antique in 2009. I had worked for a year as a Public School Teacher in our country until I got an opportunity to work abroad. In 2010, I worked in a Bilingual School in Chalong before joining HeadStart in 2011. My experiences throughout these years made me aimed more to support the children enhance their learning capabilities as well as upkeep their strengths and boost their weaknesses. Being a professional educator, I know that every child is special in different ways and it is important to discover child’s abilities, assets and flaws in order for a teacher to determine what methods and practices should be used to provide a suited learning that encourage children to pursue academic excellence. And give the children a safe and motivated environment to discover and involve themselves in every situation wherein they can learn and acquire desirable performances and achievements. I am looking forward to a year full of fun activities and great learnings. See you all.

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Annie Cusworth

Teacher
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Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Annie Cusworth and I am Homeroom Teacher for Year 2 White. I joined HeadStart in 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed working at the school. I was born in Brighton, in the South East of England and grew up in a small town near to the coast. I have an Undergraduate Degree in Social Anthropology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education. Prior to moving to Phuket, I taught for 4 years at a Primary School in England and I have taught Year 6, Year 1 and Year 2. I really enjoy and value my role as a teacher and take a great pride in ensuring that all pupils in my care receive the support, encouragement and challenge to reach their full potential. Making sure my learning environment is stimulating and engaging is an important part of my practice and I take time to make sure that children feel safe and secure in their classroom. In my classroom, learning activities that are fun and creative motivate pupils and I link learning to pupils’ individual interests; from dinosaurs to Kings and Queens! Developing pupil independence and confidence in their own abilities to solve problems is central to our role as educators and I work hard to encourage pupils to be resilient and love the process of learning by teaching them to keep on trying and never give up! I am very much looking forward to this next academic year and getting to know a new cohort of pupils and helping them to progress. If there is anything you wish to talk to me about please come to see me. Thank you and knob kun ka.

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Mency Regalado

Deputy Teacher
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Hello! My name is Mency Grace Regalado Sosa. I studied at the Adventist University of the Philippines and achieved a Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing. My first teaching job was in Chumphon in Primary to Secondary, and then I became an English Homeroom Teacher for a Kindergarten 1 English Programme for 3 years. That was the time I realised that I wanted to pursue my teaching career, so I studied for a Diploma in Teacher Education and graduated last August 2017. I am currently studying for my Master’s Degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood. I really enjoy teaching young children. This is my second year at HeadStart and what makes this school so special to me is how clever everyone is. I hope that I can share what I learn from the school and share it with the students of HeadStart. Providing a fun, loving and learning environment is what I dream of so I am looking forward to having more years at HeadStart International School.

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Nicola Fallows

Teacher
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I originate from England and was teaching children in KS1 under the British National Curriculum and British Early Years Curriculum in the UK. I have worked with HeadStart for the past 6 years. My qualifications consist of two degrees, a Master’s Degree in Criminology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Criminology. This was followed by a PGCE in Primary Education focusing on the KS1 and KS2 British curriculum. I have over twenty years’ experience in the field of industry and believe that many of these attributes have been reassigned into the classroom environment. Teaching in an English school was fast paced and challenging and I have gained extensive experience with the teaching of synthetic phonics and value the importance of this programme in order to give children a secure foundation to: understand the complexities of the English language, to be able to read, to write and to spell words. It is wonderful to see how children develop, both socially and academically as time progresses and I enjoy being part of their journey. It is a privilege to be part of the pivotal moments when children’s understanding of the world grows. I consider myself to be a friendly, approachable person, but can present myself as firm but fair when the occasion is called for. I freely communicate with parents as I view our relationship as essential in order to ensure that each child is happy, secure and progressing within the learning environment – my door is always open. I enjoy being part of the HeadStart team and look forward to the new academic year of learning and building a relationship with you and your children. To contact this teacher please send an e-mail to: <[email protected]>

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Deborah Langcao

Deputy Teacher
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Hello! I am Deborah but most prefer to call me Dheb. It is my first year in HeadStart International School and excited for a wholesome year. I am from the northern Philippines, namely, Benguet which has a contrasting climate here in Thailand. I studied at the University of the Cordilleras, gaining a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English. After graduation, I was able to pass my board exam and get my Philippine teaching license in the same year. I was given the chance to gain experiences in teaching, both of Philippine and Thailand setting. Those experiences gave me opportunities of working with varieties of administrators, co-teachers and students. I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. I will assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well embrace the differences of others. Every classroom has their own unique community, my role as the teacher will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles. With utmost effort, I will be a guide in each child’s path of a better future. Bountiful and blessed year ahead!

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Dan Nicholson

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My name is Dan Nicholson and I am originally from Grimsby, in the North East of England. I have lived in Thailand for a total of 18 years and so I now consider it to be my second home. I began my International school teaching career as an Early Years teacher in Bangkok. After 5 years in the capital, I moved to Pattaya, where I lived for a total of 12 years; working as an Early Years teacher and then a Primary Year 2 teacher. I completed a BSc with the Open University and then earned a PGCE (International) from the University of Nottingham, while working as a full time teacher. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge and rewards of teaching pupils from diverse cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds. I believe in setting high expectations for attainment and behaviour and that a positive attitude to learning is a key component of success. I try to engage students with a combination of individual and collaborative learning opportunities, which allow them to build on their existing knowledge and skills. I think that providing tasks with the right balance of challenge and reward is the key to motivating students and fostering a love of learning. I’m a keen amateur cricketer and spent 5 years as a player and committee member at Pattaya Cricket Club, which included several playing trips to Phuket. I enjoy hiking, cycling and playing the bass guitar; which I do with more enthusiasm than skill. I’m now entering my second full year at Headstart and look forward to getting to know both students and parents in the coming weeks.

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Hannah Soriba

Deputy Teacher
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Hi! My name is Hannah, and I come from The Philippines. As a newly Deputy Teacher, I am very excited to continue my teaching career at HeadStart International School and joining the Year 3 Blue Class. I completed my Bachelor in Elementary Education in 2005 and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in the same year. I spent my first few years as a teacher working with children back in The Philippines until I moved to Thailand in the late 2007. In the span of 12 years in teaching, I had the opportunity the to teach various subjects to all levels from kindergarten to college students. I had the chance to get exposed to different educational settings that made me become more resilient and flexible, and making it easy for me to adapt to new situations and faculty concepts. Throughout my career, I have followed the philosophy of motivating and developing an urge of learning amongst my students, as I want them to be excited about coming to school, engaged purposely in their learning and be aware of their potential. I am a very active person. Away from the classroom, I love to get outdoors by running, and swimming. I go to Yoga and Muay Thai weekly, and I also have a passion in street photography, travelling and cooking.

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Ian Jackson

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I am from the United Kingdom, and I am starting my first year working at HeadStart International School. I grew up in a large village called Bebington on the Wirral. After completing my Art Foundation Course in Chester, I chose to study Fine Arts at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff under the tutelage of internationally renowned performance artist Andre Stitt. After a number of years working in management in the hospitality industry, I decided to change direction in my career and taught English as a foreign language in Wenzhou in The People’s Republic of China. This really ignited within me a passion for teaching, so I returned to the UK to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Derby. I remained in Derby, teaching at an inner city school for 4 years. I terms of my own personal education philosophy, I am a great believer in methods which peer reviewed evidence suggests are most effective for progress and attainment, for example Singapore Maths and Systematic Synthetic Phonics. In my class the children can expect to work in a safe, fair, and vibrant classroom where we value others and learn more from people in the classroom than from anything else. I am a firm believer in modelling everything that I expect the children to do, such as behavior, respect, written work, enjoyment of learning, creativity, and social skills amongst many others. Outside of school I have deep loves for football, food, and friends. I hope to enjoy each of these things in great abundance in this wonderful country I now call home!

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Clyde Carlos

Deputy Teacher
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My name is Clyde B. Carlos from the Northern part of the Philippines -the Ilocos Region. I have finished my studies at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) Mid-La union Campus on 2009 with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Home Economics (HELE). I had successfully passed the Professional Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in the same year. I had been teaching primary children at Tirad View Academy in my hometown before moving to Thailand in the year 2010. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with different levels of children which makes me understand more about my profession and passion. I am an enthusiastic and committed educator who thoroughly enjoys working with children. I am looking forward for another exciting year in Year 3 White.

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Sean Clarke

Teacher
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My name is Sean and I was born in Ambleside in the beautiful Lake District in the UK, but grew up in Yorkshire in the north of England. I will be starting my position as the Year 4 Yellow homeroom teacher this year and I look forward to becoming a part of the HeadStart family. In my late teenage years, I received coaching qualifications in both tennis and football; I was employed as a coach at my local tennis club and volunteered as a junior football coach. I studied Film and Television Production at York St John University which lead me to work for a film company where I was employed as a videographer and photographer. Whilst at university I spent my summers at Camp Towanda, an American summer camp in Pennsylvania, where I worked as a videographer and camp counselor. This job was creative and involved much travelling (a big passion of mine), however I missed working closely with children. As a result, on my return to the UK I enrolled on a primary education PGCE course at Edge Hill University. After graduating with my teaching degree, I worked in a fantastic school in South Leeds where I was able to develop my skills as a teacher. During my time at the school I became the PE subject leader, and under my guidance the school received a Gold active schools award for the two consecutive years that I held that position. Most recently, to combine my passions of travelling and teaching, I accepted my first international teaching Job here in Phuket and I am very excited to become a part of the HeadStart team. My greatest passion when teaching is most certainly writing; in the classroom there is nothing I enjoy more than seeing a child stream their creativity and express their imagination through description and story writing and I believe writing allows the individual personality of each child to really show. In my classroom you will find a fun environment where hard work and laughter go hand in hand, as well as an environment where children are supported, encouraged, challenged and engaged in their learning. Outside of teaching, I have a great love of football, friends, family and travelling, and whilst in Phuket I hope to try all the water-sports and sample the amazing food that this beautiful country has to offer!

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Jo Ann Capalihan

Deputy Teacher
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Hi, my name is Jo Ann and I am the Year 4 Yellow Deputy Teacher. This is my sixth year at HeadStart and I am very excited about continuing to work with children. I am from the Philippines and graduated from the University of San Agustin in 2004 with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education. I started teaching in 2005 in my country until I came to Thailand. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunities to educate students, who have had a variety of education needs. This has giving me a fantastic range of experience and I am very passionate about the importance of education. I believe that teachers are life-long educators and we never stop learning ourselves. The more teachers can learn, the more they can impact others. I’m eager to inspire, uplift and share the joy with my student by emphasizing the fun in education and fostering a love of learning. I am sincerely looking forward to our educational journey in the new academic year!

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Sophie Cunningham

Teacher/Phase Leader/Science Coordinator
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My name is Sophie Cunningham. I joined HeadStart in April 2017 as the Year 4 Blue Homeroom teacher. I am from the United Kingdom and have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Primary Education from the University of Wales, UK. I was promoted to Year 3 and 4 Phase Leader and Primary Science Coordinator earlier this year. Before moving to Phuket I was teaching for many years in one of the leading Primary Schools in South Wales. I am an enthusiastic teacher with a real passion for education and feel very honoured to be in the profession I am in. I feel that an important aspect of teaching is to create a lifelong love of learning therefore I strive to ensure that the children in my care are excited about learning. I believe that for children to succeed they must be given a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and I work hard to ensure that I deliver fun, inspiring and innovative lessons to capture their interest and imagination. I am looking forward to getting to know each student over the course of next year and to working with all the staff and students at HeadStart. To contact this teacher please send an e-mail to: [email protected]

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Lyndel Recto

Deputy Teacher
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Hello, my name is Lyndel Recto and I am very excited to begin my first year as a Deputy Teacher, in Year 4 Blue, at HeadStart International School. I am from Sibuyan Island, Romblon, Philippines. I graduated from the Adventist University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Music, and a Major in Music Education. Before coming to school, I worked in one of our government ministries. I helped abused young people and adults through counselling and motivated them to make their future better. I love to being a teacher and hope to be an inspiration to students. I hope they grow up to be capable to do what they want in life and to stand up and move forward if they fail. I am looking forward to building a wonderful relationship with our students, parents, as well as the teachers, in this school and am so thrilled to be here and work with everyone.

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Jen Rapkins

Teacher
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My name is Jen Rapkins. I recently joined HeadStart in August 2018 as the Year 4 White Homeroom teacher after teaching for five years in an international school in Bangkok. My move from the city to the island means I can still indulge my love of travel and scuba diving by continuing to explore the wonders of Thailand, Asia and beyond. Before moving to Thailand in 2013, I was teaching for many years in a middle school in Poole in the UK. Despite originally specialising in teaching KS1 in my PGCE, most of my teaching experience since then has been in Years 3 and 4 although I have also taught in Years 5, 6 and even Year 7 French! My passion for teaching has grown with each year and it is my privilege to work with each and every child and guide them along their journey as lifelong learners. I believe that by capturing their interest and imagination through engaging and innovative lessons in a safe and stimulating environment, children will strive to remain resilient, show consideration and be the best they can. In turn, they will effectively develop their abilities to communicate, to collaborate and to think both creatively and critically. I am excited to get to know all the children in my class, along with their families, throughout this year, as well as becoming part of the HeadStart family.

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Toribio Fabila

Deputy Teacher
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Mabuhay! My name is Toribio Fabila III but known to be Mr. Mark and I am the Year 4 White Deputy Teacher. This will be my 6th year at HeadStart and I am extremely excited about continuing to work with the HeadStart children. I am from the Philippines and graduate from University of Antique with a degree of Bachelor of Special Education specialising teaching the Mentally Handicapped. I have had the opportunity to teach in various private schools in my country which enabled me to more flexible and adoptable teacher. I have a passion for teaching and molding young people’s minds and I think it is very important to show respect to each child and treat them as individuals. My classroom environment is always a place where children feel safe and secure. HeadStart is a place where there is an emphasis place on school being a happy, safe and welcoming community where all are respected, encouraged and supported to excel and reach their full potential. I am humbly looking forward to meeting you all and continuing the journey in the new academic year!

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Kay Forster

Teacher
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My name is Kay Forster and I am the Year 5 yellow Homeroom teacher at HeadStart International School. I have been part of the HeadStart community for one year now. I am originally from Cheshire, England. However, I began my journey teaching five years ago in Manchester. There I began working as a teaching assistant, specialising in the education of students who have additional learning needs and English as an additional language. It was then that I discovered my own love of learning. I completed a Certificate in Education, graduating from The University of Huddersfield in 2017; alongside this I also completed a TEFL qualification. After the completion of my degree I promptly applied for international teaching in order to marry my passions of travel and teaching. I feel incredibly passionate about the inclusion and equality of all learners and I strive to ensure that the learning environment is welcoming, exciting, engaging and inclusive. Throughout the course of the year I will ensure that the pupils at HeadStart International School will develop a love for inquiry, questioning, challenges and collaboration. I look forward to another year where I can continue to develop my own skills both culturally, personally and professionally, and to continue meeting and working within the diverse HeadStart community.

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Josephine Taypoc

Deputy Teacher
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Hi! My name is Josephine Paulino Taypoc. I feel so grateful and excited to be part of HeadStart as the Year 5 Yellow Deputy Teacher. I am from the Northern Philippines. I studied at Benguet State University gaining my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education majored in General Education. My combined years of experience as an ESL and Regular School Teacher provided me an avenue for enabling myself to become a more effective and efficient teacher conveying enthusiasm and interest in promoting a dynamic, conducive, exciting, and positive learning environment that empowers both the teacher and students to pursue learning. I believe passionately in knowing the students’ personalities, strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to explore, unleash and enhance their potentials, ignite imagination and instil a love of learning. May this be a year full of memories and learning. I am so excited to teach and get to know all of you!

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Charlotte Moulsher

Teacher
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My name is Charlotte Moulsher, I am newly appointed to teach in Year 5 Blue which I am very excited about! I am originally from Yorkshire but have spent the last three years living and teaching in Manchester. I have always had a passion to work with children and was finally able to follow my dream of being a teacher when I completed a four year Primary Education degree at Leeds University and have enjoyed teaching more and more each additional year. During my teaching time in England, I have been fortunate enough to spent time in a variety of schools with varying needs of children, including those with special needs. I am very excited to start my new adventure at HeadStart, as this is my first international teaching post. I love teaching and try to ensure my classroom is always a safe and fun place to be for all children as well as encouraging risk taking and independence. I look forward to joining the HeadStart community and getting to know my new lovely class.

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Melissa Isiguen

Deputy Teacher
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Hi! I am Melissa Isiguen from the Philippines. I graduated at Benguet State University with the degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Biological Sciences. I’ve been teaching for 2 years as a science teacher in a primary school and 2 years as an ESL teacher with different nationalities such as Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Arabs. I am passionate in teaching children and able to immediately grab students’ attention, provide a strong personality and command mutual respect. Teaching is one of the things I enjoy the most. It gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and be able to learn and appreciate the culture of others. I am so excited to teach and I can’t wait to get to know you!

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Charlotte Atkinson

Teacher
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My name is Charlotte Atkinson and I will be the Year 5 white homeroom teacher at HeadStart International School. I am originally from Wakefield, England and I began my teaching journey seven years ago at Leeds Metropolitan University, where my dissertation focus was investigating the most effective and successful ways of teaching students who have English as an additional language. After working as a primary school teacher in England since qualifying with my teaching degree, I recently applied for this international teaching post in order to combine my two passions; travelling and teaching. I feel incredibly passionate about the inclusion and equality of all learners and throughout the course of this year I aim to inspire the students at HeadStart International School to develop a love for learning. I am committed to creating a safe, challenging, stimulating and positive learning environment, and have high expectations for the children I teach. I will work hard to ensure they are confident, independent and happy learners who are not afraid to take risks and face challenges with resilience and enthusiasm. I am excited to be a part of the Headstart team this year, and I am very much looking forward to meeting the children, their families and the rest of the Headstart community

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Ayce Rico

Deputy Teacher
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My name is Ayce Rico and I am from the Philippines; I have been living in Phuket since 2010. I am very excited about this coming academic year as I am looking forward to my third year as a Deputy Teacher of Year 5 White at HeadStart International School. I graduated in year 2010 at Romblon State University with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management and I successfully completed my Diploma in Teaching Education at Ifugao State University in year 2016. I have been working at HeadStart since 2011 and throughout the year I have had the opportunities to educate students, which enables me to be more flexible, and efficient in performing my duties. I developed my passion with children helping them to engage in a creative and fun learning experience. I hope to encourage the children to enhance their development and also inspire in them a love of lifelong learning.

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Sophie Webb

Teacher/KS2 Phase Leader/ Maths Coordinator
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My name is Sophie Webb and I come from Portsmouth on the South coast of the UK. This will be my second year teaching at HeadStart International School. As well as class teacher, I am the primary subject co-ordinator for mathematics and the Phase Leader for Upper Key Stage 2. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2006 with an honors degree in Geography and Ocean Science. After years of volunteering and working with children through the YMCA, I decided to fulfil my dream of becoming a primary school teacher and completed my PGCE through the University of Portsmouth. I graduated in 2008 and have since worked in schools in both the UK and Malaysia. I have worked in management and implemented strategic plans for improvement in several schools. For six of my ten teaching years, I have taught year 6 and hope that I bring some of my expert skills and knowledge to HeadStart to improve the learning experiences of the children I teach. I have been a science coordinator for five years and am passionate about children taking part in discovery based learning where they are provided with opportunities to find things out for themselves. I have high expectations for the children I teach and work hard to ensure they are confident, independent and happy learners who are not afraid to take risks and face challenges with resilience and enthusiasm. I believe that learning should be an enjoyable and well-balanced experience and I encourage children to develop their natural curiosity and adventurous spirit. I am really looking forward to getting to know the children’s individual personalities as well as their parents this year and facilitate a learning environment where all students can fulfil their potential. To contact me, please e-mail [email protected]

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Hydie Tuldague

Deputy Teacher
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Hello, my name is Hydie Tuldague, and I come from Baguio, the mountainous region in the northern part of the Philippines, which is better known as the summer capital of the Philippines. Since it is in the highlands, the temperature is quite cool. It always surprises many who think that the whole of the Philippines is tropical. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and I majored in Physical Education as I really love doing various kinds of sports and outdoor recreational activities as well as teaching others to do so. I have taught in both private and public schools in the Philippines. Aside from teaching Physical Education, I also had the opportunity to teach English to students of various nationalities such as Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Koreans. I gained valuable insights on how we could get along well with others despite the differences in culture, language and age. Moreover, I have also spent some of my weekends and summer breaks teaching children in an NGO in my town as well as in other places. Joining Headstart this year made me see how all my experiences would be very helpful in effectively teaching international students. I am so excited and I am looking forward to having new experiences here while contributing to the growth of this school.

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Lindsay Williams

Teacher
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My My name is Lindsay Williams and I am excited for my third year teaching at HeadStart. In 2005 I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education and for 11 years I worked as a teacher in London, England, both in KS1 and KS2. Before this, I lived in a small town called Barrow-In-Furness, in the Lake District. I recognise individuality in children and will strive to meet the needs of all students and ensure that each child knows they are valued members of my class. I am committed to creating a safe, challenging, stimulating and positive learning environment. I believe it is important for students to develop skills working both independently and collaboratively and I provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop these skills. I have high expectations of my students and hope to inspire their love of learning as I provide opportunities for challenge and understanding. Since living in Thailand I have been lucky enough to visit many places in Asia, including Bali, the Gili Islands, Lombok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. My favourite place is still Thailand, for the people, the culture and, of course, the food! I am looking forward to the new school year ahead at HeadStart, teaching Year 6 Blue and getting to know pupils, parents, and teachers!

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Danny Isiguen

Deputy Teacher
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I am Danny Allan C. Isiguen this is my second year of working at Headstart. I grew up in Baguio City in the province of Benguet located in the in the Northern part of the Philippines. I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in Biology. I have been teaching in the public school for seven years in the Philippines. I do believe that collaborative learning, limited number or small number of students in class could bring more opportunity to students to learn. Knowing also the background or personality of the students makes me more innovative and creative teacher. I also believe that learning take place better in a conducive environment which also drives me as a teacher to be creative in classroom structuring and approachable teacher to my students. I am looking forward to getting started in this academic school year here at HeadStart as a deputy teacher to contribute a success to the institution.

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Karl Long

Teacher
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Hello, my name is Karl Long and I come from a small town called Bromyard in England. I first travelled to Thailand in 2010 for a 2 month holiday. After falling in love with the country, I returned to live in 2011, where I played football for Ubon Ratchthani. Alongside playing I coached young children football and taught English, Maths and Science at Assumption College Ubon Ratchthani. The satisfaction I gained from teaching these young children was incredible and I fell in love with teaching. Finally, and for the first time in my life, I knew what career path I wanted to follow. Once I had decided that I wanted a career in Primary teaching, I knew it was essential for me to return to the U.K and obtain experience in U.K schools, thus familiarising myself with the National Curriculum and current teaching styles. This came through working as a Special Educational Needs (S.E.N) Teaching Assistant, followed by completing a P.G.C.E in Primary Teaching at The University of Worcester. The past two years I have been teaching Year 4 and 5 in Worcestershire and in addition to this gained a M.A in Education. This is the first time I have taught Year 6, so it will be a new adventure that I am looking forward to. My philosophy has always been to ensure that learning is fun and productive for young learners. If they enjoy the learning process, they will retain their enthusiasm for learning as they advance in education. I try to make this happen by being as creative as possible and thinking ‘outside the box’. Furthermore, I understand that each individual has different learning needs and requirements, thereby possibly requiring a slightly different approach to their learning plan. In my spare time I like to keep fit by playing a number of sports and doing lots of running. I like to read spy novels and I am always supporting my favourite football club, Man Utd (I hope this will not be a problem.) In addition to this, I love traveling and so far have been to 41 different countries in my lifetime. I am planning to visit more Asian countries soon and I am keen to share my knowledge and experience of these countries with your children. As I previously said, I am looking forward to this year. Now that I have told you a little about myself, I hope you can visit me and we can get to know each other. I have moved to Phuket with my Thai partner of more than 5 years, so I am lucky to be able to speak some Thai. Please feel free to come and speak to me at any time, so I can answer any questions you may have because my first priority is to ensure your child feels safe and happy in my classroom. I look forward to seeing you.

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Airl Mindaro

Deputy Teacher
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Hello, my name is Airl and I am very excited to begin my fourth year as a Deputy Teacher in Year 6 White at HeadStart International School. I was born on one of the islands in the southern Philippines named Zamboanga del Sur but I grew up in the northern part -Baguio City. I graduated from Benguet State University with a Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Biological Sciences. I am passionate in motivating young people to make a change and develop new skills that can be used in their daily basis. I want to inspire students to dream big, do extraordinary things and keep moving even how many times they fail. I establish good relationships with students and parents, and love them despite their unique differences. I believe that every child needs a hand to care and touch their hearts and I am here to be part of their journey. Every time the children come in the classroom, I will do my best to provide a happy, loving and friendly environment for everyone that the children can call it a home. I am looking forward to an exciting year.

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Sam Scorey

MFL Coordinator
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I can find no better calling in life than the education of young people. I have spent almost a decade living in the northwest of England but I am originally from Southampton on the south coast. I have a bachelor’s honours in French and German from the Manchester Metropolitan University and I spent some time in a German school, which led me to complete a PGCE in secondary language teaching. I believe that when you acquire another language, you acquire another soul. My aim in my instruction is not just the transmission of knowledge, but also to pass on the passion I have for my subject to our students. I enjoy walking, being outdoors and around nature. I also really enjoy cooking, listening to music and meeting new people. It’s a privilege to have been given the opportunity to work in such a beautiful and inspiring school in such a wonderful part of the world. I look forward to forming relationships with my classes and making the classroom an enjoyable place to be. I believe this is paramount, as although learning a new language can be arduous, learning can be facilitated if a student feels comfortable and can truly reach their potential.

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Wei Wang

Mandarin Teacher
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你好(Ni Hao)! My name is Wei Wang and I come from Anhui, China. This is my sixth year at HeadStart. I first came to Phuket in 2009 when I was studying for my master’s degree in Jinan University(暨南大学), China. I taught in Prince of Songkla University for 1 year to get the experience to finish my essay. It was a nice experience and people were very friendly here. Since then, I’ve made up my mind to come again for a job. After my graduation, I got a job in Khonkaen for teaching Mandarin to primary students; I love my students and learned a lot more Thai there as people there do not speak much English. I stayed in Khonkaen for 2 years, and then try to look for a job in other places in Thailand. And I found HeadStart! After working at HeadStart for five years, I have seen the growing of the school and me. The students here are lovely and they have a passion to learn Mandarin. They experienced Chinese culture and tasted Chinese food during traditional festivals. They are also curious to learn a totally different writing system (汉字Chinese character). Learning Mandarin not only let them to get to know another language, but also broaden their eyes and teaches them to look into things in different ways. My Mandarin classroom is always filled with laughs as I teach them in a creative way. There is an old saying in China “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. (不闻不若闻之,闻之不若见之,见之不若知之,知之不若行知)Students are encouraged to involve themselves as much as possible in class. I look forward to see all of you in my Mandarin class!

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Apinya Kejphu

Thai Teacher
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My name is Apinya Jekphu and my nickname is Kru Way. I attended Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, where I achieved my Bachelor of Biology in Science. I Graduating in 2010. After graduation, I used to work as a teacher at Chokchai Rangsit School in Pratumthani. I have gained a lot of teaching experiences and gathered trust from the parents there where it allows me to develop my teaching techniques, teaching styles and curriculums. My teaching style focuses on student orientation where students can freely share their ideas, experiences and knowledge, I also encourage my students to be independent and develop their critical thinking. Besides that, my responsibility as a teacher is to be a source of knowledge, gathering information and transfer to my students. Time goes by so fast and my first year at HeadStart International School went very well. It was a great year of teaching and learning for both the students and teachers. So, this is my second year working here and I am happy to continue working with great colleagues and students. Thank you for all colleagues, parent, and students at The HeadStart International School. Please contact me at: [email protected]

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Phenpaka Damrongkun

Thai Teacher
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My name is Phenpaka Damrongkun or Kru Pim. I graduated from Bansomdet Chaopraya Rajabhat University in Bangkok with Bachelor degree in Elementary Education in 1995 and I hold Master's degree in of Psychology Educational at Khon Kaen University in 2003. I started to teach at Saint Joseph Convent School, Bangkok as a Primary Thai Teacher for 2 years and I taught at Rajini School, Bangkok for 3 years. After 5 years in Bangkok, I decided to move back to Khon Kaen in 2000 where I was an alumnus. Then I was appointed to be the Head of Academic Department at Holy Redeemer Northeastern Region School, Khon Kaen and it was affiliated and extends to Senior high school where I worked there for 10 years. In addition, I also worked at Hua Khiew Wittayalai School Khon Kaen as Head of Academic Department from 2015 -2016. Aside of being a Head of Academic Department, I also teach students in Primary in order to maintain and develop my skills in teaching. I realise the importance of learning Thai for both Thai and foreigners for communication in daily life. I have good opportunity to teach Thai First Language classes in Year 3 - 5 this year and teach Thai as a Second Language in Year 1 – 2 this academic year. I am so thankful for the great opportunity that the school allows me to be a part of a high quality school and looking forward to provide a good learning experience in order to meet school goals and inspires students, parents and colleagues. Should you have any question, please contact at: [email protected]

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Pharadee Praprutchob (Fon)

Thai Teacher
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My name is Pharadee Praprutchob and my nickname is Fon. I am extremely excited to start my first year of teaching at HeadStart International School. I gained my Bachelor Degree in Faculty of Humanities and Social, majoring in Thai Language. After graduation, I worked at the Tutor School in Samut Sakhon for six years, teaching Thai and Social Studies for Primary. After this, I worked at a private school in Bangkok called Na Darun School. Over the past six years I have gained valuable teaching experience working with children of various ages and have discovered a true passion for teaching children from a range of different classes. Seeking a new challenge, I decided to apply at HeadStart International School, as a Thai Teacher. I am grateful for this new professional opportunity that I have been given by HeadStart International School. This Term, I’m teaching Thai First Language programme in Early Years as well as in Years 5-7. I am looking forward to beginning my journey at HeadStart, and working with all of the students, alongside my amazing colleagues. Please contact me at: [email protected]

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Andrew Adviento

Music Teacher
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Mabuhay! I am Mr. Adviento and this is my fourth year working at HeadStart. I graduated in 2014, from Benguet State University, Philippines and hold a Bachelors degree of Secondary Education major in Biological Science. In the same year I took and passed the National Licensure examination for teachers (LET). The four year undergraduate program in the said University formed the basis of my perseverance towards achieving an in-depth knowledge in the field of Biology. As a part of my degree course I studied various subjects relating to diverse aspects of science. Besides the college academics I was actively involved in the extra-curricular activities. The driving force behind all this was my aim to develop all the facets of my personality and teaching skills. Moreover, for the school year 2014-2015 I have been working as a Teacher at HOPE Christian Academy in High School Science department. My work has helped me develop a thorough insight in teaching, classroom management, preparing visual aids and the like. Today I perceive that life for me has been a process of conscious evolution. An integral part of this growth has been the value system imbibed in me by my parents, teachers and mentors and an immense liking for science. Lastly, this year I have finished units in my Masters in Theology and started a Master’s degree online majoring in Educational Management. Thank you and I am so excited to meet and work with you all. God bless!

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Cardelle Dunne

P.E. Teacher
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My name is Cardelle Dunne I am from London, in the UK. I have taught for six years in London, Bangkok, China and most recently Australia, both in Primary and Secondary schools in the International and public setting. Whilst I was in Australia, I was lucky enough to take some time out to surf around the country, mainly the East Coast. Prior to that, I was appointed Sports Coordinator of a Swimming and Sports Centre in West Sydney, running sports timetables and leading lessons for over 2,000 infants, children and adults. I am very passionate about PE and students developing a ‘love of learning’ in a wide variety of sports. I believe sport should not only encourage the most able/keen sports players to develop and enjoy PE, but should engage and excite all students regardless of their sporting ability or achievements. There is a wealth of scientific studies undertaken about the positive correlation sport has on a child’s learning and improving grades, social interactions and retaining information. I am looking forward to working with the students of HeadStart, Parents and other departments to not only develop a child in PE but to holistically impact their learning in school at the present moment and in later life. Outside the classroom I am a keen sportsperson myself, having played National and for the Women’s Super League in Football, Rugby for Canterbury, a keen surfer and a boxer. I know the importance sport has impacted my life and look forward to motivation and being the positive role model for the students of HeadStart.

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Nadine Brelstaff

P.E. Teacher/House Coordinator
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My name is Nadine Brelstaff and I am originally from Somerset in the UK. I studied Sports Coaching at The University of Brighton and then went onto to complete my PGCE in Physical Education. During my time at University I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer for a cross-community reconciliation project in Israel and Jordan working with children from varying backgrounds and ethnicities. I also went on a two week placement to St Andrews International School in Bangkok. It was there that I discovered a love for teaching in Thailand and hoped that one day I would come back. After University, I worked in a large state school where I gained my NQT status and then a small special school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties. In October 2017 my wish came true and I moved to Thailand to work at HeadStart International School. I regard PE as a powerful and influential subject from which pupils can learn far more than physical techniques. Consequently, my approach to teaching and learning is centred on the desire to help young people enjoy taking part in sport now and into their adult lives. I take pride in the fact that I am supporting students to make positive choices, leading to a healthy active lifestyle. Outside of teaching I enjoy running, diving and cycling. I am extremely excited by the opportunities that Phuket and the rest of South-East Asia holds for me to pursue theses passions. I am also looking forward to seeing the how the school develops over the next academic year and being part of that process.

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