Our Academic Staff members are at the very heart of our School. It is their enthusiasm and commitment in providing learning to our students that inspires our high standards and continued success.

HeadStart’s over 70 specialist teachers have British, Australian, US or similar internationally recognised qualifications which include Bachelor and Master Degrees and Doctorates. They bring with them a wealth of current experience from their home countries and from other international schools. Teachers in Foundation and Primary School are supported by a team of qualified teaching assistants.

The dedication and commitment of our Operational Staff in supporting the day-to-day running of HeadStart ensures that our students receive the very best in learning and extra-curricular activities.

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Ar-tit Benawang

P.E. Teacher Assistant
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My name is Ar-tit Benawang and I am a swimming coach here at HeadStart. I have my high school qualifications from the Padang Besar Tinsulanonda School.I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the Institute of Physical Education–Krabi Campus. I also have certification as a Swimming Coach which I obtained on 30 December from the Thai Swimming Coach Association of Thailand. I have worked at HeadStart International School since 2011. It has been a great opportunity for me to work here. I enjoy the exercise that I can fit into my schedule due to excellent facilities. There are even sports that I have participated in that I have never had the chance to play before making it an overall great experience.

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Jean-Robert Louis Jaffre

Head Football Coach
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Helllo! I am Coach JR and I come from France. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in 'Mental Preparation and Psychology in Sport', and I also have official certification as a Football Trainer from France as follows: BEES1 / BEES2 / DEF / DEPF. When I was 16 years old I went for official training with FC NANTES. Then, when I was 18 years old, I played my first game as a professional football player in League 1. I played 12 years for the Nantes Football Club, after which I played for 5 years for Stade Brestois, also in League 1. I finished my career as a footballer at the Stade Quimperois in League 2. I have coached football for 19 years at both amateur and professional levels. The last team that I coached in France was the Stade Brestois professional team in League 2. Now I am very pleased to impart my passion, knowledge, and experience to all the football players at HeadStart. Every coach sees football differently, which could be dependent on their own training experience, passion, personality, and playing career; and this is a good thing. I believe the most important role for a Coach is to allow the young players to follow their dreams; to help them progress, instilling in them a sense of passion and, at the same time, respecting all the children irrespective of their playing ability. Each period in the life of a young footballer corresponds to a stage in their training, with a specific set of skills to work on. At the start of a season a coach responsible for a team of young players sets his sights on training objectives aimed at improving all the football basics. To do this the coach must effectively plan and structure the season in training cycles according to the child’s age, following these 4 main themes: Technique / Individual tactics / Team tactics / Physical Fitness. I am very happy to be working at HeadStart and look forward to the new football season. If you have any questions, you can email me at – [email protected]

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Chaiwat Tanthatemee

Football Coach
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My Name is Cahiwat and I am from Trang. I went to high school at the Nakhon Si Thammarat Sport School and to college at the Institute of Physical Education and studied Sport Science. I have an outgoing and energetic personality. I have many years experiences in football, both as a player and coach. I have a university degree in sports science and have completed a course in first aid. I feel very fortunate to be working at HeadStart. Working here has given me the opportunity to meet people. Football is more than just a sport to me, it's like an air for me to breathe; my lifeline. The lessons I learned in football and with the people around it will surely be treasured.

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Somtavin Chuchuay

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

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Sikarin Meesri

Fitness Coach
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My name is Sikarin Meesri (Mai) and I am from Sisaket, Thailand. I have a bachelor degree in Sports Science which I earned from the Institute of Physical Education, Sisaket in the year 2004. I played sepaktakraw ball and trained Muay Thai on the university teams. One of my passions in life is exercise so I lead an active lifestyle and I am always interested in learning and playing new sports. From 2005 – 2010 I worked in Bangkok as a fitness instructor. Here I taught various fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, aerobics and body conditioning. I was also a personal trainer where I set up exercise programs to meet individual needs. In 2010 I had the opportunity to move to Phuket where I worked at a fitness centre in Phuket town as an instructor and personal trainer. I love living in Phuket because there are mountains, beaches and nature all around me. I am excited to be a part of the HeadStart team and I hope to provide parents and staff with fun and motivating experiences at the school gym.

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Zak Brown

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

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Fabienne Mester

Dance Programme Manager
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Born in France, I commenced my training as a classical dancer at the age of 8 and later moved on to contemporary at 14. I have since then absorbed numerous contemporary techniques like Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Contact dancing. I performed with various contemporary dance Companies in France, and in 2004, joined Lewisham College Performing Art in London to get my Advanced Degree in contemporary. During the last 12 years between London, France, Australia and Thailand, I have acted as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and dance consultant in different dance styles like Jazz, modern, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre and acrobatics. I intend to bring to HeadStart International school’s community the spirit, the technique and the love of dance based on 4 points: Time, Space, Awareness and Fun. In September 2015, I joined as HeadStart Dance Programme coordinator offering an extensive dance programme for youth ages 4 to 18 y/o with a variety of classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern/jazz, ballroom, contemporary, acrobatics and gymnastic. My mission is not only to properly place all students in classes that will maximize their development and progress, but also to guide them towards realising their full potential and help them to become amazing, creative and generous human beings.

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Stephan Klimsch

Judo Programme Manager
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My three children are all HeadStart students. My daughter finished school this year and my two younger ones are still at HeadStart. I am from Germany and I have taught languages ( German and English ) in Japan, Tokyo, for 14 years before I came to Thailand 16 years ago. I have taught German ( First Language and Second Language) at Primary, Middle Years, IGCSE and IB levels on the island of Phuket for the last 16 years and taught teacher training courses for new teachers. Last year I taught German and Judo as part of the Activity program at HeadStart. All my kids attended these Activity programs and will attend this year again. German classes will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Judo/Jiu Jitsu will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays. All students, parents, teachers and staff are welcome to join.

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