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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Lucie Bevins

Year 1 Blue
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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 United Kingdom and grew up in a small town in the Midlands called Nuneaton. I loved school and always dreamed of being a teacher. I couldn’t be happier in my chosen career. It really is a joy to teach your lovely children! I have lots of experience in working with children, not only in teaching but in other ways too. I have worked in management in children’s play centers and also lead summer play schemes. I also taught children from 5 to 18 years old in at a language school in China. I 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. It is such an important year group for the children and I am passionate about helping them to adapt to their new Key Stage. My goal in teaching is making sure that all of the children are happy and safe, and that they love to learn.

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Ivy Carlos

Year 1 Blue
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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 since 2013 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 1Blue.

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Lauren Rose

Year 1 Yellow
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My name is Lauren and the 2019-2020 academic year will be my first at HeadStart. I am joining as the new Year One Yellow homeroom teacher. I was raised in the Bay of Plenty; which is found on the North island of New Zealand. After successfully completing my high school education I studied a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Otago in Dunedin; a town that recently lost its record for having the steepest street in the world. After University I worked in the Environmental sector in Australia before moving to the UK where I briefly worked for the NHS. After this I started to slowly find my true calling of becoming a primary school teacher. At first I worked as an ESL teacher in Prague; predominately focusing on working with professionals who wished to develop their English in order to widen their career prospects. As I realized I had a passion for teaching I also started to work in an English language school for students from the ages of four upwards. This was the spark that drove my career to becoming a primary school teacher. I moved from Prague to Phuket in the summer of 2018 and spent the 2018-2019 academic year as a Year One homeroom teacher in another international school. I’m delighted to join the Headstart team as they have an amazing reputation both locally and internationally. I am also marrying Headstart’s Head of Science in December so it’s nice to be able to share our commute. During lessons I strive for all children in my care to make outstanding progress and it is a real joy to see their development over the year. I believe that children are capable of so much and it is our duty as parents and educators to ensure that we provide all the support and facilities necessary to help them reach their potential. I am really excited about the year ahead and cannot wait to get to know my class! If you ever have any questions then please feel free to contact me to discuss them; if we are all working together to achieve the same goals then we will ensure the students not only make rapid progress but also enjoy their time at school and develop a love of learning.

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Cynthia Manipol Lo

Year 1 Yellow
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My name is Cynthia Lo Manipol, Deputy Teacher of Year 1 Yellow 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. I started working at HeadStart since 2012 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 2019-2020.

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Paul Williams

Year 1 White
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Hello and sawadee krap. My name is Paul Williams and this will be my fourth year teaching at HeadStart. 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 I am looking 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 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 essential 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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Alma Oliva

Year 1 White
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My name is Alma G. Oliva, I am from Masbate in the Philippines and am married and blessed with four children. I gained the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in English at Mountain View, Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines. I believe in the saying, “In this world nothing is constant, everything keeps on changing,” this is especially true in the field of teaching. As a teacher, we should never stop learning; we should make equip ourselves with knowledge, for we will be passing that knowledge and a love of learning on to our students. Having worked as a Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary teacher in private schools in the Philippines for 9 years, I first came to Thailand in April 2007. Initially I worked in Bangkok as a Primary and Secondary Music teacher. Then I moved to Phuket and HeadStart International School in 2010 to work as a Deputy Teacher. This year I am looking forward to my new role as Deputy Teacher in Year 1 White. Aside from teaching, singing and playing musical instruments are my favourite hobbies. I am sure that the school will have continued success this year and into the future, as we seek to develop harmonious relationships between teachers and parents and work together to help our students to achieve their dreams.

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Michael Marx

Year 2 Blue
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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. During my six years of teaching, I have gained a wealth of experience working across different 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. I enjoy doing this through sport, where I love watching and taking part in Crossfit. It has allowed me to develop my resilience in overcoming challenges and self discipline. I have worked at HeadStart since 2018 and recently taken the responsibility of Primary IT Coordinator. I am excited to start the learning journey with my new class as well as 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 informed decisions to keep them safe and progress into an ever changing world. I strongly 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.

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Mency Regalado

Year 2 Blue
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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 third 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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Donna Wintersgill

Year 2 Yellow
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Hello! My name is Donna and I am from a small town in the UK called Northampton. At University I originally studied Zoology and upon completing my degree I spent a few years conducting research expeditions. It was an amazing experience and I got to visit some incredible countries such as Madagascar and the Virgin Islands. In 2015 I decided to train as a teacher and share my knowledge and passions with others. I taught in the UK for a few years and also completed my Masters in Education where I led a project which brought pupils and residents of a local dementia care together to participate in creative activities. For me, relationships are the foundation of a good education and this at the core of my teaching practice. In the classroom, I like to make lessons fun and engaging using drama and role play to really bring learning to life! I am also driven to create a culture of critical thinking and problem solving; fostering independent learners who are inquisitive and able to explore their own ideas. Books also play a vital part in my practice, I love engrossing children in a story and capturing their imagination, opening them up a world of possibilities! When I am not working, I love to run (although I haven’t yet braced running in the heat of Thailand!). I ran the Melbourne Marathon last year and raised over 26,000 baht for a children’s hospice, it was extremely hard but definitely worth it! Diving and snorkelling are also huge passions of mine and I cannot wait to get out and explore Phuket’s marine life. I am also very keen to get involved in beach clean ups on the island, I feel so privileged to be living in such a beautiful place, I want to do my bit to look after it!

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Jaysel Dollolasa

Year 2 Yellow
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Hello! I am Jaysel Anne, Year 2 Yellow Deputy Teacher. I’ve been working at HeadStart since 2011 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. 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 encourages 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

Year 2 White
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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 thoroughly enjoy 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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Maripet Porte

Year 2 White
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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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Dan Nicholson

Year 3 Blue
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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 since 1999 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’ve been with HeadStart since 2017 and I’m pleased to be part of the school’s continuing growth. I look forward to getting to know both students and parents in the coming weeks.

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Johanna Pon-an

Year 3 Blue
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Hello! My name is Johanna and I’ve been teaching at HeadStart since 2017. I spent my 2 years as a shadow teacher and this will be my first year as a deputy teacher. I am extremely excited to meet you all and begin teaching children at our fantastic school. As a special educator, teaching exceptional children is my passion and I can't imagine doing anything else. We will find exciting ways to learn and grow together every day! Looking forward to a year of fun-filled learning adventures. I am from the Philippines but I have been living in Phuket for three years now. I graduated a degree in Bachelor of Special Education focused on children with Intellectual Disabilities and Gifted & Talented as well. I am a licensed professional teacher and had experiences on organising learning activities tailored to students with special needs, learning capacities, standards, and Intellectual Disabilities. I’ve been a Homeroom Teacher in a Bilingual School here in Phuket and my two-year broad experiences exposed me to many different teaching philosophies and have ultimately helped to shape my own personal philosophies for teaching and education. I love learning new things and always try to stay up to date on the latest teaching practices. As a special education teacher, I believe that every child is special, unique and has the ability to learn in distinct ways. Every student can learn best when he/she is engaged and having fun. It is the responsibility of the teacher to discover each child's strengths and weaknesses and use this information to promote learning and development. I highly believe that parents and teachers should work together as partners to help provide an education that encourages students to pursue academic excellence to the best of their abilities. In addition, it is important to provide children with a warm, safe, and inviting learning environment where they can play, discover, and grow. With an appropriate classroom and the proper guidance and instruction, I believe young children will develop a positive attitude towards education, along with the self-confidence and independence necessary to become successful adults in the future.

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

Year 3 Yellow
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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 since 2012. 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. Teaching is my passion and 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 in Year 3 Yellow and building a relationship with you and your children.

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Deborah Langcao

Year 3 Yellow
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Hello! I am Deborah but most prefer to call me Dheb. I have been working in HeadStart for 2 years now and it always excites me to be here for another great academic year. 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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Ian Jackson

Year 3 White
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I am from the United Kingdom, and I am starting my second 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 André 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 the emphasis is very much upon learning together and helping each other to succeed. I am a firm believer in modelling everything that I expect the children to do, such as behavior, respect for others, book work, enjoyment of learning, creativity, and social skills amongst many others. Outside of school I enjoy spending my time taking part in sporting activities, and also spend a great deal of time travelling. I am a keen follower of Liverpool F.C., and am very much hopeful that they can improve on last year’s spectacular season!

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Clyde Carlos

Year 3 White
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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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Kirsty Hark

Year 4 Blue
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Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Kirsty and I am from the North West of England, having grown 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 am now entering my sixth year of teaching at the primary level and have experience working across both Key Stage 1 and 2. Alongside being a Year 4 homeroom teacher, I am also the Subject Coordinator for Primary Science and the Phase Leader for Lower Key Stage 2. 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. Outside of the classroom, I also have a keen interest in History and learning about the past and culture of other places. I therefore love to travel and enjoy exploring the many beautiful places both within and around Phuket. 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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Jo Ann Capalihan

Year 4 Blue
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Hi, my name is Jo Ann and I am the Year 4 Blue Deputy Teacher. This is my seventh 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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Sean Clarke

Year 4 Yellow
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My name is Sean and I’m from Yorkshire in the north of England. I will be starting my second year as the homeroom teacher of year 4 yellow. My studies in Film and Television Production at York St John University lead me to work for a film company where I was employed as a videographer and photographer. I enjoyed my time working in the media industry; however I missed working closely with children. As a result, on my return to the UK after travelling, 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 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. I strongly value student success outside of academics. Headstart has a fantastically wide range of extra-curricular programs and I look forward to being more involved in more over this academic year. During my first year in Phuket I have really enjoyed immersing myself into the local culture and island life. Along with football, rugby and fitness, I have taken up surfing; a sport that I am immensely enjoying on the island’s beautiful beaches. 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.

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Toribio Fabila

Year 4 Yellow
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My name is Toribio III Fabila but known to be Mr. Mark and I am the Year 4Yellow Deputy Teacher. This will be my 7th 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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Jen Rapkins

Year 4 White
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My name is Jen Rapkins. I 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, Dorset 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. As a new academic year starts, I am once again looking forward to getting to know all the children in my class, along with their families, throughout this year.

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Lyndel Recto

Year 4 White
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Hello, my name is Lyndel Recto and I am glad to have my second year as a Deputy Teacher, in Year 4 White, at HeadStart International School. I started my first year in HeadStart last August 2018 until july 2019 and I was able to acquire great experience and learning espcecially in the field of teaching. 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 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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Carla Whitehead

Year 5 Blue
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Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Carla Whitehead and I come from a small city in the South West of England called Gloucester. I started teaching at HeadStart International School in 2019 where I am the Year 5 Blue Homeroom teacher. My teaching journey began in 2010 at The University of Gloucestershire where I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education. I then went on to teach in a local primary school for six years before deciding to seek an international job to enable me to combine my passions of teaching and travel, and where better to look than Thailand. I am an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher with a strong belief that children should be given a wide range of opportunities to promote a life-long love of learning. I enjoy looking for ways to encourage self-identity and individuality in the classroom by teaching creatively. I also provide as many opportunities as I can in my teaching to endorse empathy and respect for others and the environment and outside of the classroom I like to dedicate time to support a number of charitable organisations. I am thankful for this opportunity to embark on this new chapter in my life in Thailand and I am really looking forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff this year while facilitating a learning environment where all students can fulfil their potential in a fun and engaging way.

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Ayce Rico

Year 5 Blue
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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 fourth year as a Deputy Teacher of Year 5 Blue 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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Kay Forster

Year 5 Yellow
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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 since 2017. 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; 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

Year 5 Yellow
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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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Hydie Tuldague

Year 5 White
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I am Hydie and I graduated Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at Saint Louis University in the Philippines. I majored in Physical Education as I really love doing various kinds of sports and outdoor 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 in 2018 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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Charlotte Atkinson

Year 5 White
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My name is Charlotte Atkinson and I am the Year 5 White Homeroom teacher at HeadStart International School. I am originally from Wakefield, England and I began my teaching journey 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 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 of 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 thankful and excited to be a part of the HeadStart team and I am very much looking forward to embarking on a new year of discovery and learning throughout the next academic year.

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Lindsay Williams

Year 6 Blue
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My name is Lindsay Williams and I am excited for my fourth 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. For three years, I also had the role of an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Year 6 and Maths. 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

Year 6 Blue
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I am Danny Allan C. Isiguen. 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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Sophie Webb

Year 6 Yellow /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. I began teaching at HeadStart International School in August 2017. 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 seven of my eleven 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.

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Airl Mindaro

Year 6 Yellow
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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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Karl Long

Year 6 White
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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 an Additional Educational Needs (A.E.N) Teaching Assistant, followed by completing a P.G.C.E in Primary Teaching at The University of Worcester. The past year I have been teaching Year 6 at HeadStart and I am looking forward to teaching them again this year. 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 44 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 recently gotten married to my Thai partner of more than 6 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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Hannah Soriba

Year 6 White
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Hi! My name is Hannah, and I come from The Philippines. I completed my Bachelor in Elementary Education in 2005 and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in the same year. I am currently taking up Masters of Arts in Education Major in Educational Management. This is my second year working with Headstart, and so much excited to be with Year 6 students. I’ve been living in Thailand for 13 years, and had the opportunity to teach various subjects to all levels from kindergarten to college students. My exposure to different educational settings made me flexible and easy 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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Wei Wang

Mandarin Teacher & MFL Coordinator
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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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Kanokwan Tantawanit

Thai
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Hi, my name is Kanokwan Tantawanit or Kru Pla. I am a huge fan of reading as well as yoga and meditation. Moreover, I definitely love to travel, eat and teach! What I have always believed and proved it to myself is that “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin In 2012, I graduated with second-class honours from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, achieving my Bachelor Degree in Spanish. I take pride in studying at Thailand’s first university founded over the century. According to the QS World University Rankings 2020, Chulalongkorn University is ranked as the top in the country and listed in the top 50 universities in Asia. There, I have also earned massive number of course credits in English and Thai throughout the program with my passionate interest in languages. Experiences in hospitality for a number of years afterwards have developed my interpersonal and communication skills, but never seemed to fulfil my potential and my passion. As the saying goes “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!” reminded me of the joy I had as a part-time tutor during my time at the university. In the pursuit of my new goal, I had a fascinating glimpse into the world of international education while being part of the supporting team at Top Scholars, a personalized college prep in Bangkok. Back to my home town, I eventually became a full time English teacher in a private school in Phuket where I had a memorable experience teaching the students in Prathom 5 and Prathom 6 for over a year, helping many of them to get into high schools of their dreams, but most importantly bringing out the best in my students, after which I decided to move on to new challenges… here at HeadStart International School. I am sincerely appreciative of the opportunity and the warm welcome given. I wish to utilise my enthusiasm for teaching to grow together with the school. Look forward to working together with the team to deliver excellent learning experiences. It's always worth it to see the students learn, laugh, have fun, and successfully navigate learning and life, and so I couldn’t be happier.

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Kirstie Melville

P.E.
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Hello my name is Kirstie Melville and I am from Salisbury in the UK. I was fortunate enough to start my career as Head of Girls games at a prep school in Salisbury. I took on many other roles during this time including, House Co-coordinator and Boarding House assistant. I loved prep school life, but there was always something pulling me towards teaching internationally. After 9 years in the UK I felt ready to challenge myself further and took a position in the UAE teaching Junior PE followed by my current role as Junior PE teacher and House Co-coordinator in 2019. I love that PE allows students the opportunity to participate in a range of sports and I hold passion and enthusiasm for all popular sports. It is my belief that through sport, each pupil can be outstanding at something and successful on many different levels. Physical success is important, but I believe that through sport many lifelong lessons and values can be taught and this is something that is central to my teaching ethos in this subject. Outside of school Netball is my first love, but I also enjoy running and cycling. Taking part in these activities throughout my life has kept me healthy, motivated and positive and I am looking forward to sharing these passions with the students at HeadStart.

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Redentor Habla

Music Teacher
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My name is Redentor V. Habla and I’m from the Philippines. I graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Adventist University of the Philippines and I passed the nursing licensure examination after graduation. I also took Professional Teaching Certification from the University of the Philippines and Diploma of Teacher Education from Philippine Christian University. I went to Phuket to find a good suitable place to relax and tour, and from then on since 2011 this place became my second home. I’ve been teaching here since 2011 with different schools around the island. What made stayed in the teaching profession is that I love to lead and influenced people to change them for better and to impart development to their lives. The most satisfying moments in teaching is when I see my students succeed in their lives and becoming leaders and movers of their chosen fields. I define teaching as transformative and altruism. As we can see the process metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly is the same as seeing your students became well versed as a person serving their community and becoming altruistic to the best of their abilities. I can see that that future belongs to the next generation and we as their molders guide these precious minds to be the future.

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