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Our Staff

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Nigel Russell

Nigel was born in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. He graduated in Law and Economics from the Australian National University in Canberra, and has lived and worked in Vietnam since 1993. Mr Russell managed the Ho Chi Minh City office of Allens Arthur Robinson (an Australian law firm) until 2011.  He is a former President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and a past member of the Advisory Board of the Loreto Vietnam Australia Programme. Nigel is married to Thuy (Deputy General Director), and they have 3 children.

Clarence van der Wel

Clarence van der Wel was born, raised and educated in New Zealand. He graduated from Waikato University with a degree in Mathematics before beginning a career in teaching. He held various middle and senior management positions before joining the ACG Group as a School Principal in 1999. In 2010, Clarence was appointed to the Senior Executive of Academic Colleges Group and is currently the Chief Operating Officer. Since June 2012, Clarence has also been the General Director of ACG International School Vietnam initially and then after the Schools merged took up the role of General Director of Australian International School.

Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy

Thuy grew up in Hanoi within a literary and artistic family. After graduating from the Amsterdam School, she studied Russian Literature in the Ukraine and Economics in Poland. Thuy returned to Hanoi in 1994, studied English, and worked for a Japanese insurance company. She moved to HCMC in 1997 where she first worked for a Japanese property developer before joining a Swedish consumer packaging business. Thuy co-founded AIS with her husband, Nigel Russell (Chairman) in August 2006.

Roderick Crouch

Dr Roderick Crouch commenced at AIS as Executive Principal in August 2016. Dr Crouch is a highly experienced international school educator. His educational career has included schools in several states of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been Foundation Principal of a school in Brisbane, Australia and spent three years as Executive Principal of an international school that taught the Australian and IB curriculums in Sharjah, UAE. Most recently, Dr Crouch was the Principal/CEO of a multi- campus school in Melbourne Australia. Dr Crouch has several degrees including a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Educational Administration and a Doctorate of Education. He has also undertaken several short courses at Harvard University.

Dr Crouch is known for his curriculum knowledge and innovation. He has presented at education conferences on leadership and education issues and is a regular contributor to a variety of professional publications. Dr Crouch is committed to academic excellence and assisting students to become responsible global citizens and lifelong learners. He places a strong emphasis on leadership, both for his staff and his students.

Mark Vella

Master of Arts ( 1st Class Honours ), University of Auckland, NZ
Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Auckland College of Education, NZ
Bachelor of Arts ( Senior Scholar in History), University of Auckland, NZ

Mark is an experienced, career educator from New Zealand who has taught at secondary level for the past 30 years. Prior to his move to AIS Saigon he was a long-serving member of the Senior Leadership Team at Auckland Grammar School, one of New Zealand’s leading secondary schools. As Associate Headmaster his primary area of responsibility was curriculum and assessment.

Mark has always enjoyed being involved in co-curricular activities which he believes are an integral part of a holistic education. He has coached rugby for over 30 years, and has managed, mentored or organised a range of other sporting and cultural groups.

Mark has moved to Ho Chi Minh City with his partner Rachel, who is an English teacher at AIS, and their twin daughters. He enjoys sport in general and rugby in particular, is a keen snowboarder and an avid reader, and looks forward to exploring Vietnam and travelling throughout Asia with his family.

Rachel-PERKINSRachel Perkins

Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, University of Wales
National Professional Qualification for Headship

Mrs Perkins began her teaching career in the UK after graduating from the University of Wales with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. She continued her teaching career internationally with posts in Tanzania and Malaysia. In 2002 Mrs Perkins moved back to the UK and successfully gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and was Executive Headteacher for 4 years for the Kingsbridge Area Federation. During this time Mrs Perkins received a National Headteacher award.

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP

Roderick Crouch

Dr Roderick Crouch commenced at AIS as Executive Principal in August 2016. Dr Crouch is a highly experienced international school educator. His educational career has included schools in several states of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been Foundation Principal of a school in Brisbane, Australia and spent three years as Executive Principal of an international school that taught the Australian and IB curriculums in Sharjah, UAE. Most recently, Dr Crouch was the Principal/CEO of a multi- campus school in Melbourne Australia. Dr Crouch has several degrees including a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Educational Administration and a Doctorate of Education. He has also undertaken several short courses at Harvard University.

Dr Crouch is known for his curriculum knowledge and innovation. He has presented at education conferences on leadership and education issues and is a regular contributor to a variety of professional publications. Dr Crouch is committed to academic excellence and assisting students to become responsible global citizens and lifelong learners. He places a strong emphasis on leadership, both for his staff and his students.

Mark Vella

Master of Arts ( 1st Class Honours ), University of Auckland, NZ
Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Auckland College of Education, NZ
Bachelor of Arts ( Senior Scholar in History), University of Auckland, NZ

Mark is an experienced, career educator from New Zealand who has taught at secondary level for the past 30 years. Prior to his move to AIS Saigon he was a long-serving member of the Senior Leadership Team at Auckland Grammar School, one of New Zealand’s leading secondary schools. As Associate Headmaster his primary area of responsibility was curriculum and assessment.

Mark has always enjoyed being involved in co-curricular activities which he believes are an integral part of a holistic education. He has coached rugby for over 30 years, and has managed, mentored or organised a range of other sporting and cultural groups.

Mark has moved to Ho Chi Minh City with his partner Rachel, who is an English teacher at AIS, and their twin daughters. He enjoys sport in general and rugby in particular, is a keen snowboarder and an avid reader, and looks forward to exploring Vietnam and travelling throughout Asia with his family.

Rachel-PERKINSRachel Perkins

Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, University of Wales
National Professional Qualification for Headship

Mrs Perkins began her teaching career in the UK after graduating from the University of Wales with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. She continued her teaching career internationally with posts in Tanzania and Malaysia. In 2002 Mrs Perkins moved back to the UK and successfully gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and was Executive Headteacher for 4 years for the Kingsbridge Area Federation. During this time Mrs Perkins received a National Headteacher award.

Ben Armstrong

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Griffith University, Australia
Bachelor of Education (Physics), Griffith University, Australia

After starting his Mathematics and Physics teaching career on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Ben has been a member of the AIS community since 2012. In that time, he has held many leadership positions including the Head of Mathematics, Head of Science and Head of House System. He is looking forward to continuing the growth of AIS into the premier international school in HCMC.

Ben finds great enjoyment and is passionate about healthy lifestyles. He shows this passion by coaching many sport teams and running general fitness classes for students to help them relieve stress and gain energy.

Tracey Smith

Diploma of Teaching, Palmerston North College of Education, NZ. Bachelor of Education, Victoria University, NZ

Over the past 30 years Tracey has had a range of teaching and educational leadership experiences in New Zealand and internationally. Her leadership experience ranges from toddler to grade 12, leading schools using both IB PYP and National curriculums. Prior to working at AIS, Tracey was employed as Elementary and Pre Elementary Principal at Sekolah Ciputra a large IB World school in Indonesia. As well as being a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal she has also worked as an Advisor to teachers and principals in New Zealand, the Middle East and Indonesia.

Building positive relationships with all members of the community, students, staff and families is a top priority for Tracey. She believes all children should be challenged, feel success and be happy with lots of fun, laughter and smiles every day.

Tracey and her husband, Tim, enjoy travelling and exploring new countries. They especially enjoy travelling with their adult sons when they can all coordinate holidays together. As a kiwi she proudly follows the All Blacks.

SECONDARY SCHOOL (THU THIEM)

Mark Vella

Master of Arts ( 1st Class Honours ), University of Auckland, NZ
Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Auckland College of Education, NZ
Bachelor of Arts ( Senior Scholar in History), University of Auckland, NZ

Mark is an experienced, career educator from New Zealand who has taught at secondary level for the past 30 years. Prior to his move to AIS Saigon he was a long-serving member of the Senior Leadership Team at Auckland Grammar School, one of New Zealand’s leading secondary schools. As Associate Headmaster his primary area of responsibility was curriculum and assessment.

Mark has always enjoyed being involved in co-curricular activities which he believes are an integral part of a holistic education. He has coached rugby for over 30 years, and has managed, mentored or organised a range of other sporting and cultural groups.

Mark has moved to Ho Chi Minh City with his partner Rachel, who is an English teacher at AIS, and their twin daughters. He enjoys sport in general and rugby in particular, is a keen snowboarder and an avid reader, and looks forward to exploring Vietnam and travelling throughout Asia with his family.

Ben Armstrong

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Griffith University, Australia
Bachelor of Education (Physics), Griffith University, Australia

After starting his Mathematics and Physics teaching career on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Ben has been a member of the AIS community since 2012. In that time, he has held many leadership positions including the Head of Mathematics, Head of Science and Head of House System. He is looking forward to continuing the growth of AIS into the premier international school in HCMC.

Ben finds great enjoyment and is passionate about healthy lifestyles. He shows this passion by coaching many sport teams and running general fitness classes for students to help them relieve stress and gain energy.

Andrew Cartlidge

Currently studying for an MEd (International leadership and management), University of Bath, UK
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Biology with Science), Newcastle University, UK
Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology & Genetics,) The University of Edinburgh, UK

Andy is a highly experienced educator, having worked in state and private schools in the UK, and internationally in Australia and Malaysia, for over 20 years. He is a teacher of Science, Mathematics and DP Biology and has also been a Head of Science, teacher trainer and an IB examiner.  Andy joined AIS in 2016 from the International School of Penang (Uplands) in Malaysia where he also served as the IBDP Coordinator. His passion is management and leadership, encouraging and supporting students and staff to be the best they can be. Outside of work, he enjoys travel and sport, and spending time with his family.

dan-van-engerlenDan Van Engelen

Email: daniel.vanengelen@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Arts, French and Sociology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Post Graduate Certificate
in Intermediate/Senior Education in French and Social-sciences, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Additional Qualifications in EAL and Special Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has attended a variety of workshops, including an MYP workshop through the IB and Understanding by Design with Jay McTighe.

Dan is a recently qualified teacher having graduated from Lakehead University in Canada. He joined AIS in August, 2011 and has enjoyed meeting all of the students, teachers, and parents of the AIS community.

Prior to AIS, Dan taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Ho Chi Minh City. He has been living here since February, 2011 and has enjoyed learning some of the Vietnamese language and travelling around Southeast Asia.

Dan enjoys travelling, diving, a variety of sports, and is an avid reader.

Jin-Hee-AnJin Hee An

Email: jinhee.an@aisvietnam.com

Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Jinhee teaches Korean Language and Literature to Korean students from Year 7 to 13 at AIS.. Before coming to Vietnam, Jinhee taught in Auckland, New Zealand for 6 years. During that period, she worked with students from multi-cultural backgrounds and of mixed abilities as an EAL, English and Mathematics teacher.

She is interested in music, painting and photography. She enjoys spending her free time with her young son, Henry, and her husband, Jean-Paul (French and English teacher at AIS).

Phuong Trinh

Email: phuong.trinh@aisvietnam.com

Bacherlor of Arts in Foreign Language (HCMC University of Education)

Phuong has taught Vietnamese National Studies at ACG and then AIS since 2008. She also teaches IBDP Language A: Vietnamese Literature. She is proud to have her first batch of IBDP Vietnamese students scoring high results in May 2014. Before that she had 5 years of experience teaching in a Vietnamese state school. During this time she initiated and organised several language camps for middle school students. As a language teacher and a mother of a bilingual son, she is keen on first language acquisition and raising bilingual children. She speaks English and French as a second language.

Her hobbies are reading, cooking, photography and travelling throughout Asia and Europe.

JakeJake Yong Zhang

Email: zhang.yong@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Art (English language and literature), Beijing Foreign Study University, China
PGCE international, Keele University, UK
IB Chinese B examiner

Jake teaches Mandarin Chinese in the Secondary school, including IGCSE and IBDP Chinese. Prior to joining our professional teaching team, he taught Chinese in ACG School in Vietnam.

Jake enjoys reading Chinese novels and he is interested in Chinese ancient culture and philosophy.

Edward-LeeEdward Lee

Bachelor of Art, Diploma of education (Teach English as a second language), XiHua Normal University, Nanchong
Qualified senior school English teacher, second level. Teacher of Chinese Mandarin as a foreign language.

Edward teaches Primary Chinese Mandarin in Thu Thiem Campus. Prior to joining our professional teaching team, he taught Chinese Mandarin for Year one to nine in ACG international School Viet Nam for one and a half years and especially taught Primary Chinese Year one to six for three years. During this period, he worked closely with administration and the PYP coordinator to fit the PYP into international Chinese Curriculum. He has six years working and living experience in Vietnam. He taught senior school English in China for two years and worked for Trading Company in Binh Duong, Vietnam for another two years.

Edward enjoys learning languages, reading, sport, KungFu and music in his free time. 

david-bentonDavid Benton

Email: david.benton@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology University of Plymouth, England
Post Graduate Certificate of Education University of Sunderland, England
TESOL Certificate, TEFL International
IELTS Examiner Certification, IDP Vietnam

David has been teaching in Vietnam since 2005, most recently he has taught English as another language (EAL) and Maths and Science at ACG International School. Prior to this he was Academic Coordinator at the Australian Centre for Education & Training. He is also a qualified IELTS examiner. His focus when teaching is on creating engaging lessons to ensure that his students develop the same lifelong interest in his subjects that he has. Thanks to his EAL background, David incorporates many communicative techniques into his classes to help students to develop their language skills, whether they are learning English as another language or are native speakers.

Not only does David have a passion for the natural sciences, he is also an enthusiastic painter, illustrator and photographer. However, in his free time, he most enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Danielle Hansen 150pxDanielle Hansen

Email: danielle.hansen@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Science (Env) University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Graduate Diploma of Education (Middle Years) Science and Humanities, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Danielle has a strong background in environmental science and has previously worked for both private and government sectors within this industry. Danielle is a new arrival to AIS and will be teaching science, humanities and maths in the Middle School. Danielle has coached several sporting teams including volleyball, netball, basketball and water polo and aims to continue these pursuits at AIS.

Danielle enjoys travelling and spent four years in Samoa where she volunteered at a local primary school. In addition to enjoying the cultural delights of Vietnam, Danielle enjoys pilates, yoga and music, however her favourite way to spend her spare time is discovering new culinary treasures while out cycling with her husband. 

Charla Sweeney

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Zoology (University of Tasmania) and Graduate Diploma in Education (University of New England, Armidale, NSW)

Charla started teaching secondary Science at AIS in 2016. Over the previous 15 years, she has taught Science and Maths in various High Schools in Australia. In her previous school she worked in a collaboratively with the Mathematics and Science team to develop scope and sequences based on the Australian Curriculum. She was also involved in developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Curriculum that developed students’ creative problem solving skills and resilience. Charla has also coached debating and sport teams. In her spare time, she likes to be with her family experiencing Vietnamese food and culture, bushwalking and snorkelling.

michael-clarkMichael Clark

Email: michael.clark@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Education (Technological and Applied Studies) (Secondary), The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Michael first joined AIS in 2010. He graduated as a teacher from the University of Sydney in 1999 and for a number of years taught Design and Technology in Australia before moving to the UK. Michael taught Design and Technology at Hampstead High school in inner London for 5 years and also moved into the role of Deputy Head of Department. Prior to joining AIS, Michael taught for two years at Cayman Brac High School in the Cayman Islands.

Michael enjoys diving, travel, a variety of sports and jumping on his motorbike to explore Vietnam.

Jonathan-HoffJonathon Hoff

Email: jonathan.hoff@aisvietnam.com

M.E.T (Masters in Educational Technology), Boise State University, USA
P.G Dip (Education), University of Exeter, UK
P.G.C.E (ICT Secondary), University of Southampton, UK
BSc Information Management & Computing (University of Loughborough, UK)
T.E.F.L Certified

Jonathan has been teaching in Vietnam since 2005. Since then he has worked in British and American systems and has experience across both Primary and Secondary age groups, as well as working as a whole school technology co-ordinator. Jonathan also brings knowledge of teaching English as a second language into the computer lab and he is TEFL certified. His main professional interest is the use and integration of technology in schools alongside an interest in developing programming and robotics opportunities for students.

Jonathan lives in Saigon with his wife and two children.

Zoe Keystone 150pxZoe Keystone

Email: zoe.keystone@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Media Arts), Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) Visual Art and Media

Zoe joins us from Melbourne, Australia. Her previous school, South Oakleigh College, is a multicultural Secondary College in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. At South Oakleigh College, Zoe was a passionate Head of the Art Department for 5 years, which included the visual and performing arts. She taught a range of subjects including 2D Art, 3D Art, Printmaking, Ceramics, Textiles, Media, Food Technology and Visual Communication and Design across all year levels. During her time at South Oakleigh, Zoe was an active member of the college curriculum committee and consultative committee, she worked on college productions including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hairspray”, attended camps locally and internationally with students and held countless Arts festivals.

Zoe enjoys yoga, cooking, travelling and art making in her spare time. She is an avid film buff and live music attendee. 

In her free time, Loretta enjoys cooking, reading, playing touch football, watching rugby league and travelling.

Lea-GrinterLeah Grinter

Email: lea.grinter@aisvietnam.com

Master in TESOL – Deakin University, Melbourne
Bachelor of Education – Physical Education/Legal Studies – Rusden College now Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
RSA/CELTA Certificate – RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

Lea is teaching EAL at AIS in the Secondary school. She spent five years teaching in Beijing, China before transferring to Vietnam. Prior to Beijing, she was teaching EAL and Year 8 Humanities in Istanbul, Turkey. Before moving overseas, Lea spent much of her career working with indigenous students in the north-east and west of Australia, teaching English across the curriculum. Between teaching positions in Broome, Western Australia she taught Year 7 Maths and Social Studies for three years in North Carolina, USA.

She is joined in Ho Chi Min City with her husband and they plan to spend as much time as they can travelling in Vietnam and in the surrounding countries during holidays and work breaks.

dan-van-engerlenDan Van Engelen

Email: daniel.vanengelen@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Arts, French and Sociology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Post Graduate Certificate
in Intermediate/Senior Education in French and Social-sciences, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Additional Qualifications in EAL and Special Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has attended a variety of workshops, including an MYP workshop through the IB and Understanding by Design with Jay McTighe.

Dan is a recently qualified teacher having graduated from Lakehead University in Canada. He joined AIS in August, 2011 and has enjoyed meeting all of the students, teachers, and parents of the AIS community.

Prior to AIS, Dan taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Ho Chi Minh City. He has been living here since February, 2011 and has enjoyed learning some of the Vietnamese language and travelling around Southeast Asia.

Dan enjoys travelling, diving, a variety of sports, and is an avid reader.

Jean-Paul-SeiqneurJean-Paul Seigneur

Email: jeanpaul.seigneur@aisvietnam.com

Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (French, English & Outdoor Education), Victoria University of Wellington, New-Zealand.
Bachelor of Arts in International Business, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

Jean-Paul teaches French and English in the Middle and High school at AIS, including iGCSE and the IB Diploma. He has taught for over 10 years and has been with AIS/ACG since 2011.

Prior to joining AIS, he taught French at a public girls’ school in Auckland, New-Zealand. During this time he led workshops aimed at helping staff integrate technology into the classroom and headed a department of 4 teachers and over 400 students. Previously he taught French and English as an Additional Language in Vietnam, South Korea and France.

He is interested in learning beyond the classroom and has organised several highly successful school trips to France as well as participated in numerous school camps and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Jean-Paul enjoys spending time with his son Henry and wife Jin Hee, studying other cultures and traveling during his free time.

Victor Poole 150pxVic Poole

Email: victor.poole@aisvietnam.com

Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Nottingham, UK
Diploma in English Language Teaching, University of Cambridge, UK
Diploma in Translation, Institute of Linguists, UK
B.A. (Hons) English Literature with Sociology, Kingston University, UK

Vic is originally from the UK and has worked as a translator, teacher and administrator for the last twenty years, teaching the IB and IGCSE programmes. He has worked internationally in Spain, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and India. He is passionate about world literature and is especially keen on poetry and literary non-fiction. He is a great believer in balanced bilingualism, and a holistic approach to education.

Vic spends most of his free time with his family. He is a keen tennis fan and has also been known to dabble in rugby, cricket and golf.  He also enjoys travelling.

Alison Byrne 150pxAlison Byrne

Email: alison.byrne@aisvietnam.com

B.A Canterbury University, Dip. Teaching Canterbury College of Education, ICELT Cambridge University

Alison has been teaching English (both Literature and Language) internationally for the last 12 years. Prior to that, she taught in New Zealand schools. She is passionate about her subject and the learning that takes place each and every day in her students’ lives – whether it be academic knowledge and skills, or life skills. She is interested in Learning Beyond the Classroom and has been an accompanying teacher on several World Classroom trips to and from a variety of countries.

In her spare time she likes to keep fit, sew, read, travel and meet people.

Rachel-CANDYRachel Candy

Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching (English, Drama, Music), Dunedin College of Education, NZ
Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Otago University, NZ
ATCL – Associate Trinity College London (Piano)

Before coming to AIS, Rachel taught in Auckland and Wanaka, New Zealand, and London, United Kingdom.  She has most recently come from Auckland Grammar School where she has been teaching English for 10 years.  Prior to that, she was in London for 7 years, where she had a range of teaching experiences in secondary, primary and special needs schools.  However, the majority of her time there was spent in an independent preparatory school as Head of English.  As well as teaching English, Rachel has enjoyed teaching Music and Drama over the years, and has been teaching piano since 1990. 

Rachel has come to HCMC with her partner (Mark Vella) and twin daughters, is a keen snowboarder, traveler and musician, and especially enjoys singing and playing keyboard in bands.

BEATON-CARMENCarmen Beaton

Email: carmen.beaton@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Arts – RMIT University Melbourne, Postgraduate Diploma: Secondary Education – RMIT University Melbourne and Graduate Certificate: International Development, RMIT University Melbourne

Carmen teaches Year 12 and 13 IBDP Psychology and Business Management at the Thu Thiem campus and is also the Year 10 and 11 Coordinator. Carmen’s international teaching experience includes two years teaching and working as a Teacher Trainer in the Maldives after the Boxing Day Tsunami with AusAid and the British Red Cross, and three years in an international school in Melbourne’s CBD. Prior to teaching at AIS, Carmen taught in Australia for 12 years in various secondary schools and has fulfilled the roles of year level coordinator, student services coordinator, student welfare coordinator, student counsellor and faculty head.

Carmen has moved to Ho Chi Minh City with her husband Jeremy, who is a primary school teacher at AIS and their son. Carmen enjoys outdoor activities, travelling with the family and reading.

andrew-mastertonAndrew Masterton

Email: andrew.masterton@aisvietnam.com

Master of Art (Development Studies) Monash University, Australia 1989
Master level certificate (Refugee Studies) Oxford University, UK
Graduate Diploma of Education (Humanities) University of Melbourne, Australia
Bachelor of Art (Geography) Monash University, Australia

Andrew taught Humanities and Science at Scotch College, Melbourne then went on to teach English in a refugee camp on the Thai Burmese border for 18 months. After, he spent a year of study at Oxford University. Andrew has experience working at World Vision Australia as a Programme Officer in the Emergency Relief Unit. He also taught Science at Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne and spent 9 years at Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne. At CGS, he taught Humanities, Science and Senior International Studies. He was also coordinator of the Peer Support Programme and the Community Service Programme. Andrew joined AIS in August 2009.

He enjoys jogging, swimming, travel and spending time with his wife and two young boys.

Gabriel-PriceGabriel Price

Email: gabriel.price@aisvietnam.com

Graduate Diploma of Education (K-12), George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia, USA

Gabriel teaches several of our Humanities courses; Global Perspectives, IGCSE Geography and IBDP Geography. He is also one of our Year 11-13 tutor group teachers. For the last four years he worked on projects  bringing the face of AIS to the community via events like the BBGV Fun Run and the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. Also over the years Gabriel has organized the Year 13 Graduation Dinner and the Secondary School Graduation and Awards Ceremony. He has over twelve years’ experience living and working in Vietnam, with more than eight years here at AIS.

Scott-GarbusScott Garbus

Email: scott.garbus@aisvietnam.com

M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix
Sp. Ed. Teacher Certification, Arizona State University
B.A. in Political Science / Secondary Teacher Certification, University of Rochester

Mr. Garbus is teaching IB Diploma and IGCSE Economics and has recently been appointed as an IB Examiner. He has lived and worked in Asia since August, 2000.  Prior to joining the AIS team, he served as Social Studies Department Head and MUN Director at another international school in Ho Chi Minh City.  He has taught both IB and AP Economics in previous posts.   In class, Mr. Garbus employs an inquiry-oriented approach that focuses on teamwork, debate, and writing skills.  

In his free-time, Mr. Garbus enjoys playing the guitar, freshwater aquaria, and Linux. 

Laura Cepek

Bachelor of Education (Secondary English and Sociology), Lakehead University, Thunderbay Ontario
Bachelor of Art (English and Sociology), Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario

Laura teaches a variety of English and Humanities subjects at AIS and is the EAL teacher for Year 7 students. Prior to joining our professional teaching team, she taught English and Humanities as well as developed and implemented individual programming for students in a special needs program in Red Deer, Alberta for the past five years. During this period, she volunteered her time with the graduating classes to organize social events, fundraising, yearbook as well as the leadership program. She is a new resident of Ho Chi Minh City after travelling through South East Asia, Australia and India.

Laura enjoys travelling, yoga and live music in her free time.

DAVID-JOHN-GAKOWSKIDavid Gakowski

Email: david.gakowski@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Science (Hons) James Cook University, Australia
Bachelor of Education, James Cook University, Australia
Master of Education, University of Canberra, Australia

David teaches mathematics to a variety of year levels at AIS. Prior to joining our professional teaching team, he taught science and mathematics for 13 years in Canberra, Australia.  He was then an exchange teacher to Japan, where he taught English in a Japanese high school in Nara for a year. For the past 12 years he has been teaching IB Mathematics, at an international school in Guangzhou, China.  As an after school activity David coaches volleyball, and has coached volleyball at all of the school he has worked at in the past 25 years.

John Pollard 150pxJohn Pollard

Email: john.pollard@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics major), Sydney University
Diploma of Education (Mathematics strand), Sydney University
Masters of Education, Australian Catholic University

John Pollard is an experienced teacher of 28 years, having taught is six different schools in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, where he primarily taught Mathematics. John has had more than ten years experience of senior management in three secondary schools, however, he has returned to the classroom to fulfill his passion for teaching.

John comes to AIS with his wife Danielle who teaches in the Science and Humanities departments.

In his spare time John enjoys meditation, table tennis, experiencing the fine foods of Vietnam with his wife and generally seizing the day.

Zoe Keystone 150pxZoe Keystone

Email: zoe.keystone@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Media Arts), Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) Visual Art and Media

Zoe joins us from Melbourne, Australia. Her previous school, South Oakleigh College, is a multicultural Secondary College in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. At South Oakleigh College, Zoe was a passionate Head of the Art Department for 5 years, which included the visual and performing arts. She taught a range of subjects including 2D Art, 3D Art, Printmaking, Ceramics, Textiles, Media, Food Technology and Visual Communication and Design across all year levels. During her time at South Oakleigh, Zoe was an active member of the college curriculum committee and consultative committee, she worked on college productions including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hairspray”, attended camps locally and internationally with students and held countless Arts festivals.

Zoe enjoys yoga, cooking, travelling and art making in her spare time. She is an avid film buff and live music attendee. 

In her free time, Loretta enjoys cooking, reading, playing touch football, watching rugby league and travelling.

jacqui-gaynorJacqui Gaynor

Bachelor of Music (Performance and Composition), Canterbury University, New Zealand, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Griffith University, Australia, Fellowship in Singing Performance, Trinity College London, Licentiate in Piano Performance, Trinity College London, Associate in Music Teaching, Trinity College London

Jacqui has worked in education since 1977 as a classroom music teacher, instrumental tutor, strings programme coordinator and instructor, choir mistress and school accompanist in both New Zealand and Australian schools. She has been Musical Director for many major school and semi-professional stage shows in New Zealand and Australia. Jacqui took a nine-year break from school teaching in 1982 to travel the world as a singer and pianist and now shares those performing skills with her students. She joined AIS in August 2011.

Jacqui enjoys crosswords and is keenly interested in the connection between diet and health and Jacqui has a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy too.

Phuong Trinh

Email: phuong.trinh@aisvietnam.com

Bacherlor of Arts in Foreign Language (HCMC University of Education)

Phuong has taught Vietnamese National Studies at ACG and then AIS since 2008. She also teaches IBDP Language A: Vietnamese Literature. She is proud to have her first batch of IBDP Vietnamese students scoring high results in May 2014. Before that she had 5 years of experience teaching in a Vietnamese state school. During this time she initiated and organised several language camps for middle school students. As a language teacher and a mother of a bilingual son, she is keen on first language acquisition and raising bilingual children. She speaks English and French as a second language.

Her hobbies are reading, cooking, photography and travelling throughout Asia and Europe.

Trang Nguyen

Email: trang.nguyen@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Art, HCMC University of Education, Vietnam

Trang teaches IBDP Language A: Vietnamese Literature and Vietnamese National Curriculum in Middle & Senior School. She joined ACG since 2007 then to AIS in 2013, therefore she has experiences in working with students in international school. She enjoys reading and travelling during her free time.

Laura Cepek

Bachelor of Education (Secondary English and Sociology), Lakehead University, Thunderbay Ontario
Bachelor of Art (English and Sociology), Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario

Laura teaches a variety of English and Humanities subjects at AIS and is the EAL teacher for Year 7 students. Prior to joining our professional teaching team, she taught English and Humanities as well as developed and implemented individual programming for students in a special needs program in Red Deer, Alberta for the past five years. During this period, she volunteered her time with the graduating classes to organize social events, fundraising, yearbook as well as the leadership program. She is a new resident of Ho Chi Minh City after travelling through South East Asia, Australia and India.

Laura enjoys travelling, yoga and live music in her free time.

Brandon Dewes 150pxBrandon Dewes

Email: brandon.dewes@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Education (P.E), University of Canterbury
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary), Christchurch College of Education

Brandon is originally from New Zealand. He has taught for 10 years in Auckland, most recently at Mount Albert Grammar School where he was also a House Master in the boarding school alongside his day time teaching job. Whilst Physical Education has been Brandon’s main subject area, he has also taught Health, Geography and Social Science.

Brandon has moved to Vietnam with his wife Neysia. He is a big rugby fan. Brandon’s other interests include coaching various sports, travel and reading.


Joanna Denny 150pxJoanna Denny

Email: joanna.denny@aisvietnam.com

2.1 BA (Hons) Sport science and film and television studies. PGCE Secondary Physical education

Joanna teaches Physical Education and Health to both primary and secondary students on Thu Thiem and Thao Dien campus. Previously to teaching at AIS she has taught in the UK, the Bahamas, China, Malaysia and New Zealand and also worked as a PADI MSDT scuba diving instructor and Level two ski instructor.  She has been second in department and an ECA ks2 coordinator which she thoroughly enjoyed. She is excited to be back in Asia and is looking forward to the challenges that AIS will bring.  

Joanna enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, playing netball and all things snowy!

JetJetro Asis

Bachelor of Science in Inter-Disciplinary Business Studies (Major in Marketing Management) – De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines
Swimming Certifications: from World Swimming Coaches Association; AUSTSWIM; Red Cross

Jet teaches swimming from Kindergarten, Primary to High School students in all campuses. Prior to joining AIS, Jet has been coaching and managing competitive swimming clubs and organizing summer learn-to-swim programmes in the Philippines. He has also been involved with skills and development activities of the national and international level swimmers of the Philippine’s National Swimming Team.

He has been a competitive swimmer since 7 years old and was a member of the National Age-Group Swimming team represented his country in national and international events for 8 years.. Since then, he has focused on full-time coaching and managing swimming clubs.

Jet still trains as a competitive athlete in Running, Swimming and Triathlon events. During his free time and holidays he does a lot of board sports like Surfing, Skating and Wakeboarding.

John Samuel Sampan

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, University of Santo Tomas
World Swimming Coaches Association- Member
Philippine Swimming Inc –Swimming Development Officer

JS is involved in the development of the aquatics program of AIS. He teaches swimming in Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary levels and is in the coaching staff of the AIS Titans Swim Team. Prior to joining AIS, Js was the Head Coach of the 2016 National Champions Alabang Gators Swim Club in the Philippines. He was also part of the National coaching staff in various international competitions and was the swimming development officer of the Junior National Team.

He is married to Pj and has two kids, Elias and Serafina and enjoys music and sports in his free time.

PRIMARY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN (THU THIEM)

Rachel-PERKINSRachel Perkins

Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, University of Wales
National Professional Qualification for Headship

Mrs Perkins began her teaching career in the UK after graduating from the University of Wales with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. She continued her teaching career internationally with posts in Tanzania and Malaysia. In 2002 Mrs Perkins moved back to the UK and successfully gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and was Executive Headteacher for 4 years for the Kingsbridge Area Federation. During this time Mrs Perkins received a National Headteacher award.

Tracey Smith

Diploma of Teaching, Palmerston North College of Education, NZ. Bachelor of Education, Victoria University, NZ

Over the past 30 years Tracey has had a range of teaching and educational leadership experiences in New Zealand and internationally. Her leadership experience ranges from toddler to grade 12, leading schools using both IB PYP and National curriculums. Prior to working at AIS, Tracey was employed as Elementary and Pre Elementary Principal at Sekolah Ciputra a large IB World school in Indonesia. As well as being a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal she has also worked as an Advisor to teachers and principals in New Zealand, the Middle East and Indonesia.

Building positive relationships with all members of the community, students, staff and families is a top priority for Tracey. She believes all children should be challenged, feel success and be happy with lots of fun, laughter and smiles every day.

Tracey and her husband, Tim, enjoy travelling and exploring new countries. They especially enjoy travelling with their adult sons when they can all coordinate holidays together. As a kiwi she proudly follows the All Blacks.

Mida Abdul

Bachelor of Law (University of Trisakti, Indonesia), Post Graduate Certificate of Education International (University of Nottingham, UK), Master of Education (University of Nottingham, UK)

Mida Abdul takes on the role of PYP coordinator at Australian International School from January 2017.  Although she is new to this role here at AIS, she is not totally new to AIS. She worked at the school in 2013 to 2014, as a Kindergarten teacher at Thu Thiem Campus. Mida has worked and taught in Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, recently having worked and lived in Nagoya, Japan for 2.5 years. Mida has been working with the IB programme since 2001 and she has been working for the IB, providing workshops and trainings for teachers within Asia Pacific region, since 2005. She is also a school visiting team leader and a consultant, who travels to other IB-PYP schools in the region to lead Verification and Evaluation visits. Mida has a daughter in Year 1, named Loulou, who goes to Thu Thiem campus. She is excited to be back in Saigon and to be working with AIS once again.

Julie-WilsonJulie Wilson

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education.

Julie has been teaching for over 30 years both in Australia and internationally. She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. For the past 8 years she has worked as an EAL teacher. Her previous teaching experience included being a classroom teacher and a teacher of gifted and talented students. This is her seventh year at AIS.

Outside school she enjoys travelling and keeping fit.

PATRICIA-ANN-ROBSONPatricia Ann Robson

Masters of Education / Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood
Griffith University – Queensland, Australia
Diploma of Infants Teaching
Australian Catholic University – New South Wales, Australia

Patricia (Trish) Robson has just finished a short contract of 6 months at another HCMC International School as a Kindergarten teacher and has now joined AIS in August, 2014 also on Kindergarten. She has over 18 years teaching experience in Kinder to Year 3 in Australia. This is her second international post and brings much experience from the Australian Education system.

Trish has already been living in Vietnam with her husband – Peter, who works in Animal Nutrition. Trish and Peter have 3 adult children, leading their own lives in Australia and The United Kingdom. Trish looks forward to watching the young students as they grow in confidence with all that they learn at AIS.

Oonagh Groves

Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours)
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

Oonagh is a 27 year old primary school teacher from Co. Kerry in South West of Ireland. After Oonagh completed her B.ED in Primary education and she began her teaching career working in a local country school as a Year 2 class teacher. She then decided she wanted to work abroad and then spent 4 years working in two different international schools in Dubai as an early years class teacher. It was in Dubai that her passion for early years developed and since then she have never looked back and 5 years later still working in early years. Watching and aiding young children to grow in confidence is something very special and rewarding for me. 

Oonagh is very excited about working here at AIS and looks forward to the new challenge and new cultural experience here in Vietnam. 

With regards to her personal life, Oonagh loves to travel and has travelled to over 30 different countries in the past 6 years. Oonagh especially loves to explore the outdoors in these countries through hiking, climbing, skiing and various other adventure activities. Last summer she successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity during her two month stay as a volunteer in Tanzania. 

Taylor-OUGHTONTaylor Oughton

Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching from Waikato University

Taylor comes from the small picturesque farming town of Tekuiti in the heartland of New Zealand. However, he has spent the majority of his career teaching in Asia, having taught in Korea, Japan and Indonesia. For the last five years he has taught and lived on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia. Taylor is very excited about being part of the Australian International School community and living in Ho Chi Minh City. He has a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and demonstrates a passion for early years education and literacy development. He looks forward to bringing a dynamic, fun and supportive approach to the classroom. In his free time Taylor can be found surfing, trout fishing, in the gym, watching sport or having a good laugh. His philosophy is laughing children are learning children.

 Loretta-WAYTHLoretta Wayth

Master of Education from Deakin University, Australia
Bachelor of Arts in Education from Deakin University, Australia
Graduate Diploma in Student Welfare from Melbourne University, Australia

Loretta is an Elementary teacher with wide experience in schools, which includes classroom and administrative positions in Australia and internationally. She has taught in international schools in Luxembourg in Europe, and Shanghai in China. Loretta comes to AIS this year with her husband Philip, a teacher of secondary mathematics.  She very much enjoys the multi-cultural environment of the international school environment, and delights in challenging her students to strive to be their best.

Loretta’s interests include travelling, experiencing different cultures, walking and reading.

Megan-LAVELLEMegan Lavelle

Master’s Elementary Special Education from Wilmington University, USA
Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wilmington University, USA

Megan is an Early Years teacher who has a passion for the Primary Years Program.  Prior to coming to AIS, she worked at Utahloy International School for 4.5 years.  Megan has taught a variety of year levels from K3-Year 2.  Before moving internationally, Megan taught as a Special Education teacher in an inclusion classroom in a United States public school.  Prior to that, Megan taught students with severe disabilities at a non-profit organization.  In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling and learning new languages.

 RYAN-WALLACE-HAINESRyan Haines

Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology South East Asian Cultures), University of Victoria/ Bachelor of Primary Education, Grade 7 Classical Guitar, Royal Canadian Conservatory of Music.

Ryan has been teaching in various International schools in Vietnam for the past five years.  Ryan came to Vietnam in 2009 and work as a teaching principal in Hue for two years before moving to Ho Chi Minh City in 2011.  Ryan continued to work in a leadership capacity in Ho Chi Minh using his passion for the performing arts to organize several major musical events.  Ryan most recently has worked as a program coordinator at a bilingual school where he was responsible for establishing a brand new campus.  Ryan is passionate about integrating the arts and modern technology into his teaching to provide an enriching and captivating environment with his students.  Ryan loves working in Vietnam and is excited to join the educational community at AIS.

KELLIE-ANNE-PACKERKellie Packer

Bachelor of Education (Primary) Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Kellie has taught across all year levels in Primary Schools in Darwin, Brisbane and Far North Queensland.  She is highly motivated by new and innovative ways to approach teaching and curriculum delivery. She has made contributions to curriculum development within several schools, and has worked with leadership teams to implement whole-school approaches to teaching and assessment.

She has experience teaching a range of cultures and languages, and is excited to be widening her experience at AIS.

Outside of school, Kellie enjoys socialising, engaging with arts and culture and planning her next tropical  beach-side holiday.

Royce-MADIGANRoyce Madigan

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Bachelor of Design (Communication), Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand

Royce joins us in 2016 and will be teaching at the Thu Thiem Campus at AIS Vietnam. Prior to joining our professional teaching team he taught at a small rural school in New Zealand where he was in charge of sports and art. Royce also has a passion for using modern technology to engage and motivate his students.

As this is Royce’s first appointment at an international school he is looking forward to moving to a new country for exciting challenges and to further his teaching experience.

Royce enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures, marathon running and is a fan of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team and the San Antonio Spurs.

JEREMY-LUKEJeremy Fitzpatrick

Bachelor of Arts (English Lit, Sociology), La Trobe University, Australia
Bachelor of Teaching (P-12, English, SOSE), Deakin University, Australia

Jeremy teaches a Year Four class at the Thu Thiem campus and conducts the karate ECA after school. Prior to joining the professional teaching team at AIS, Jeremy spent seven years working at a number of Primary schools in his home town of Melbourne, Australia. Jeremy has spent the majority of his teaching career in the classroom with middle to upper primary, and has fulfilled the roles of school environmental coordinator, transition coordinator (primary –secondary schools), graduation coordinator and in 2013 won a research grant to study thematic curriculum.  He has also been employed as a Phys Ed teacher, coordinating whole school Athletic carnivals, swimming carnivals, interschool sport competitions and school cross country races.

Jeremy has come to Saigon with his wife Carmen Fitzpatrick (AIS teaching staff) and son and enjoys spending time with them, martial arts and travel in his spare time.

 NICOLA-KRYSTEN-TAPARANikki Tapara

Bachelor of Social Sciences and Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.  Reading Recovery trained.

Nikki is a Year 4 teacher  at Thu Thiem, in her second year in Vietnam, and loving the pace and excitement of HCMC.  Prior to joining AIS, she has been teaching for 14 years in New Zealand, and a year in the UK.  She was previously the Assistant Principal and Junior/Middle School Team Leader and has been responsible for mentoring new teachers, introducing and leading Student Led Conferences, lead teacher for Mathematics and Literacy and has taught from Year 1-Year 6, with most time spent in Year 3 and 4.

Nikki is particularly passionate about teaching literacy and numeracy.  She loves to build independence and self management in children so they become 21st Century learners who are excited about their own learning and progress.

Nicole Fleck

Bachelor of Science (Geography), University of Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Art (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Colorado, USA

Nicole is originally from Cape Town, South Africa but relocated with her family to New Zealand where she attended University. However, she has spent the majority of her career teaching in the United States and Europe. For the last five years she has taught a diverse set of students all over the world in Colorado (USA), Lugano (Switzerland) and London (UK). Nicole is very excited about being part of the Australian International School community and living in Ho Chi Minh City. She has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts and both a Teaching Certification in Secondary Mathematics as well as Primary Education. She looks forward to bringing a collaborative, new and engaging approach to the classroom. In her free time Nicole can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, travelling to as many new places as possible with her husband or enjoying all the delicious street food Vietnam has to offer. She believes that all children when motivated can achieve to their highest potential.

PETER-JOSEPH-ORANCEPeter O’Rance

Bachelor of Education: Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

Peter is a primary trained teacher with many years of experience teaching students (aged from 7 to 11 years) from diverse cultural backgrounds in Sydney, Australia. He comes to AIS, Vietnam with a passion to focus on student needs and learning outcomes, while immersing himself in Vietnamese culture and lifestyle.

He plays acoustic guitar and table tennis, along with many other  sports and supports the West Tigers NRL team.

Michelle Batey 150pxMichelle Batey

Bachelor of Education Australian Catholic University
Diploma of Education (Primary Education), Australian Catholic University

Michelle has worked in International Schools in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Australia as well as working in independent schools in London. She started her teaching career working on the School of the Air in New South Wales, Australia. She has spent the last few years working in North Sydney, Australia in a beacon school for learning spaces.

Michelle has been part of the Review Committee at Australian Catholic University for the Bachelor of Education Fourth Year Upgrade 2015. She is passionate about creativity and imagination in education and global learning spaces, in particular the use of technology.

Michelle joins AIS with her two sons, Archie and Monty, and is looking forward to working in a dynamic learning environment.

Nathan-SpeckmanNathan Speckman

Master of Teaching, University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Cultural Studies and English, University of Wollongong

Nathan has worked with schools in both Australia and the United States teaching English, Social Studies, Outdoor Education and Environmental Science. Before working as a teacher Nathan was teaching inquiry-based field science to school students in National Parks. Nathan likes reading, music, art, travel, hiking and photography. This is Nathan’s first appointment in an International school. Nathan is excited by the personal and professional challenges that come with living and working in Saigon at the Australian International School.

ALAN-JOHN-BRADFIELDAlan Bradfield

Higher Graduate Diploma of Education (PE), Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), South Africa

Alan has been in education for 34 years of which 23 years has been in international schools. He has taught both Primary and Secondary levels and has been part of start  up teams for schools in Africa and Azerbaijan. He has also taught and worked in Libya and Jordan. He comes with immense educational experience both in administration and teaching and learning. In his free time, Alan enjoys playing golf, traveling and supporting all South African sports teams. Alan accompanied by his wife Suzette.

PRIMARY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN (THAO DIEN)

Rachel-PERKINSRachel Perkins

Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, University of Wales
National Professional Qualification for Headship

Mrs Perkins began her teaching career in the UK after graduating from the University of Wales with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. She continued her teaching career internationally with posts in Tanzania and Malaysia. In 2002 Mrs Perkins moved back to the UK and successfully gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and was Executive Headteacher for 4 years for the Kingsbridge Area Federation. During this time Mrs Perkins received a National Headteacher award.

Tracey Smith

Diploma of Teaching, Palmerston North College of Education, NZ. Bachelor of Education, Victoria University, NZ

Over the past 30 years Tracey has had a range of teaching and educational leadership experiences in New Zealand and internationally. Her leadership experience ranges from toddler to grade 12, leading schools using both IB PYP and National curriculums. Prior to working at AIS, Tracey was employed as Elementary and Pre Elementary Principal at Sekolah Ciputra a large IB World school in Indonesia. As well as being a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal she has also worked as an Advisor to teachers and principals in New Zealand, the Middle East and Indonesia.

Building positive relationships with all members of the community, students, staff and families is a top priority for Tracey. She believes all children should be challenged, feel success and be happy with lots of fun, laughter and smiles every day.

Tracey and her husband, Tim, enjoy travelling and exploring new countries. They especially enjoy travelling with their adult sons when they can all coordinate holidays together. As a kiwi she proudly follows the All Blacks.

Mida Abdul

Bachelor of Law (University of Trisakti, Indonesia), Post Graduate Certificate of Education International (University of Nottingham, UK), Master of Education (University of Nottingham, UK)

Mida Abdul takes on the role of PYP coordinator at Australian International School from January 2017.  Although she is new to this role here at AIS, she is not totally new to AIS. She worked at the school in 2013 to 2014, as a Kindergarten teacher at Thu Thiem Campus. Mida has worked and taught in Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, recently having worked and lived in Nagoya, Japan for 2.5 years. Mida has been working with the IB programme since 2001 and she has been working for the IB, providing workshops and trainings for teachers within Asia Pacific region, since 2005. She is also a school visiting team leader and a consultant, who travels to other IB-PYP schools in the region to lead Verification and Evaluation visits. Mida has a daughter in Year 1, named Loulou, who goes to Thu Thiem campus. She is excited to be back in Saigon and to be working with AIS once again.

Julie-WilsonJulie Wilson

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education.

Julie has been teaching for over 30 years both in Australia and internationally. She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. For the past 8 years she has worked as an EAL teacher. Her previous teaching experience included being a classroom teacher and a teacher of gifted and talented students. This is her seventh year at AIS.

Outside school she enjoys travelling and keeping fit.

julie-ann-d.-estacionJulie Ann D. Estacion

Bachelor of Education, West Visayas State University, Philippines

Julie joined AIS in 2007 to work in the Early Childhood Department bringing with her 14 years’ experience as a classroom teacher. Prior to joining AIS, Julie was a member of the ‘DYNOTOTS’ pre-school which was situated at the Lotus Campus site back in 1995.

Outside of school, Julie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, watching movies, playing tennis and travelling.

Julie believes that learning should be fun and interesting. Young learners thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. Providing them a learning space where they feel secure and that encourages exploration, sparks curiosity and motivates resourcefulness and creativity has always been one of my primary goals.

Rebecca Lovegrove

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Specialising in Early Years Education), Kingston University, London, England.  Bachelor of Science (Hons) Animal Behaviour, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Rebecca prefers to be called ‘Boe’. She grew up in Cornwall in the South of England and moved to London after her first degree where she completed her PGCE at Kingston University.  She taught for 2 years in an inner city- London school where many of the children had English as an additional language and came from an array of different countries.  She then moved to Moscow, Russia where she taught a Reception class for 2 years at an international school. Boe has most recently been teaching a Reception class in a small private school in West London. Boe has a passion for Early Years teaching and enjoys finding ways to make learning creative and memorable for young children.  Boe loves travelling and experiencing new cultures, she travelled around South East Asia in 2008.  In her spare time Boe enjoys yoga, running, painting, writing and photography.

Jo Hendren

Bachelor of Education (Pasifika/Primary)  Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Jo arrived at AIS in October 2015 teaching a Year 2 class as a Maternity Cover.  In January of 2016, Jo was appointed to teach in Year 1 at Lotus, Thao Dien Campus. She will continue teaching Year 1 in the 2016-17 academic year, which she enjoys very much.  Jo has four years of experience working in Junior Primary in Auckland, New Zealand.  Jo has been working in Primary education since 2006, and has worked extensively with EAL students.  Jo sees her strengths in literacy, particularly reading, which is a passion for her, as she wishes to see her students gain a strong foundation of strategies and skills that will set up a student to continue to grow in their learning journey. Jo’s previous overseas experiences include living in the Pacific Islands for seven years – Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa.

Jo is married with two sons – Jeremy (20 years old) and Nicholas (18 years old),  she also has a schnauzer/poodle cross dog, called Lily and a black and white cat, called Mario.  She enjoys exploring new places, great food and awesome friends.

Bjorn Billson 150pxBjorn Billson

Bachelor of Art (Ancient History), The University of Birmingham
Master of Philosophy (Egyptology), The University of Birmingham
Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Primary with German) Newman University

Bjorn trained to be a teacher in Birmingham and has spent the last few years teaching Primary in the city.  He is passionate about providing children with fun and meaningful learning experiences that motivate them to learn. At his previous schools Bjorn has played an active role in introducing new, exciting approaches to the teaching of literacy and has been responsible for the development of the teaching of modern foreign languages across the school.

In his spare time Bjorn enjoys racket sports, athletics, yoga and swimming. He has a passion for music and has played the flute and saxophone in several amateur orchestras.

Emily-KnightEmily Knight

Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Bachelor of Leisure Management, Griffith University, Brisbane

Emilie has been a qualified Primary school teacher since 2004. Prior to joining AIS as a Year 2 teacher, she spent the last three years teaching at an IB school in Zhuhai, China, which is where her passion for Asia began. Along with her husband, Julian, and their three children, Emilie is excited to get to know Vietnam and, in particular the AIS community.

Outside of school, Emilie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading and travelling.

Catherine-LEVICKCathy Levick

B.Ed (HONS) Degree, Derbyshire College of Higher Education

With twenty five years of Primary School teaching experience Cathy has worked both in the UK teaching the UK National Curriculum and Internationally teaching the IB PYP curriculum. She has taught in diverse countries such as Egypt, Russia, Singapore, Italy and Indonesia over the last eighteen years.

On her travels Cathy has enjoyed finding out about the history of the places she has lived in as well as having an interest in architecture and photography.

alexandra-andrewsAlexandra Andrews

Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Arts (Primary), (Hons), University of Newcastle, Australia.

Alexandra is a recently qualified teacher having graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2011. She joined AIS in 2012 and has enjoyed meeting all of the students, teachers and parents of the AIS community. Alexandra has been living in Vietnam for six months and has enjoyed learning about local customs.

Alexandra enjoys cooking, golf, film, and travelling.

Reuben Mansell 150pxBen Mansell

BSC (Honours) English literature.
PGCE in KS1 and KS2 Newman University College, Birmingham, England.

Ben is joining AIS in August 2015 teaching in year 3. He has been in HCMC since January. Ben has experience teaching in England at Cottesbrooke Junior School and is very excited to start a new position abroad. He has already worked in AIS in a temporary capacity covering classes in Lotus, Xi and Thu Thiem campuses. 

In his spare time, Ben loves to play a variety of sports, especially football (soccer) and also loves to travel.

SUSAN-MIRANDA-BARRETTSusan Barrett

Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), University of Sydney.
Master of Teaching, University of Sydney.

Susan has been passionate about education since working as a swimming coach during high school.  For the last 7 years she has worked at schools in Sydney, and as a teacher in London and the USA.  Susan is excited to be joining the team at AIS and working with Year 4. She looks forward to becoming immersed in Vietnamese culture and exploring South-East Asia during the holidays.

Susan is an enthusiastic sportsperson who has a passion for all things outdoors.  She enjoys swimming, reading and photography.

Luzette-HERMONLuzette Hermon

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Ministries, Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand

Luzette teaches a Year 4 class at the Thao Dien campus at AIS.  Prior to joining AIS, she taught year 3 and 4 students in Auckland, New Zealand.  During this period she coached a number of soccer teams, including the school representative teams, and worked closely with resource teachers for learning and behaviour to model and enhance teaching practise within other local schools.  She has over 4 years experience working with children and young people throughout New Zealand, where she worked for a national organisation to support our younger generation.

Luzette enjoys playing a range of different sports, especially soccer and gaelic football.

Julian-KnightJulian Knight

Bachelor of Education, Griffith University, Brisbane

Julian has worked at a variety of schools in Australia and overseas since 2003. He has most recently been teaching the Primary Year Programme an international school in China. Julian has experience teaching across most year levels in primary schools and is excited to be teaching Year 5 at AIS.

Julian is married to Emilie who is a Year 2 teacher at the Australian International School, and they have three young children, Oscar, Sam and Lily who are attending as students.

Outside the classroom, Julian enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, travelling, music and sports.

Rebecca-PHILLIPSRebecca Phillips

Massey University – Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
University of Auckland – Bachelor of Science, major in Psychology

Rebecca teaches a Year 5 primary class at the Thao Dien campus. Prior to joining AIS, she taught Year 5 – 8 students for 4 years in Auckland, New Zealand. During this time, she was the team leader for the senior syndicate where she was responsible for monitoring student progress, enhancing teaching practise within the school and supporting students and teachers.

Rebecca is a keen traveler and has spent time in USA, Australia, Thailand and Canada. She also enjoys playing and watching sports such as netball and football. 

Shanna-COMERFORDShanna Comerford

Bachelor of Education in Teaching, Dunedin College of Education, New Zealand

Shanna has been teaching for 12 years. She began teaching in New Zealand and then moved to the UK where she taught in England and Scotland. She enjoyed working in a different culture so much that she decided to broaden her overseas teaching experience and I took a job in Doha, Qatar. This was the first international school she had worked in and it is the place where I fell in love with International. From there she moved to China where she was introduced to the PYP curriculum she really enjoys this curriculum and has now guided 5 different year 6 classes to successful exhibitions. Shanna is really excited to join the team at AIS and to be teaching year 6.

SUZETTE-MARIANNE-BRADFIELDSuzette Bradfield

Bachelor of Music, Honors in Music, Post Graduate Diploma of Education, University of the North West, South Africa

Suzette has been teaching internationally for the last 14 years. She has taught in Africa, The Middle East and Azerbaijan. Her passion is Music and Junior Primary Education. She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, music and reading in her free time. She is married to Alan, a year 6 teacher at Thao Dien campus.

Joanna Denny 150pxJoanna Denny

2.1 BA (Hons) Sport science and film and television studies. PGCE Secondary Physical education

Joanna teaches Physical Education and Health to both primary and secondary students on Thu Thiem and Thao Dien campus. Previously to teaching at AIS she has taught in the UK, the Bahamas, China, Malaysia and New Zealand and also worked as a PADI MSDT scuba diving instructor and Level two ski instructor.  She has been second in department and an ECA ks2 coordinator which she thoroughly enjoyed. She is excited to be back in Asia and is looking forward to the challenges that AIS will bring.  

Joanna enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, playing netball and all things snowy!

JetJetro Asis

Bachelor of Science in Inter-Disciplinary Business Studies (Major in Marketing Management) – De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines
Swimming Certifications: from World Swimming Coaches AssociationAUSTSWIMRed Cross

Jet teaches swimming from Kindergarten, Primary to High School students in all campuses. Prior to joining AIS, Jet has been coaching and managing competitive swimming clubs and organizing summer learn-to-swim programmes in the Philippines. He has also been involved with skills and development activities of the national and international level swimmers of the Philippine’s National Swimming Team.

He has been a competitive swimmer since 7 years old and was a member of the National Age-Group Swimming team represented his country in national and international events for 8 years.. Since then, he has focused on full-time coaching and managing swimming clubs.

Jet still trains as a competitive athlete in Running, Swimming and Triathlon events. During his free time and holidays he does a lot of board sports like Surfing, Skating and Wakeboarding.

John Samuel Sampan

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, University of Santo Tomas
World Swimming Coaches Association- Member
Philippine Swimming Inc –Swimming Development Officer

JS is involved in the development of the aquatics program of AIS. He teaches swimming in Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary levels and is in the coaching staff of the AIS Titans Swim Team. Prior to joining AIS, Js was the Head Coach of the 2016 National Champions Alabang Gators Swim Club in the Philippines. He was also part of the National coaching staff in various international competitions and was the swimming development officer of the Junior National Team.

He is married to Pj and has two kids, Elias and Serafina and enjoys music and sports in his free time.

Stephen-TurnerStephen Turner

Bachelor of Finance ANU Canberra, TESOL Certificate

Stephen is an EAL teacher at AIS for Year 1 through to Year 6. Prior to joining AIS he taught ESL at ACG International School for six years. Four of the years were in the Middle School and two years were in the Primary School. His teaching experience before Vietnam was in Turkey where he taught for two years. Stephen became a teacher at a mature age after working for the Australian Public Service for twenty years in three different agencies: Treasury, Parliament House and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Stephen enjoys travelling, golf and reading in his spare time.

Phuong-LePhuong Le

Bachelor of Art (Russian/ English)
Bachelor of Education Primary, HCM Pedagogy University
Graduate Certificate TESOL, Thailand

Phuong Le was a teacher at an Elementary school in HCM City for 4 years. She also has 12 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood. She joined AIS in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant. She teaches the Vietnamese National Curriculum to Vietnamese students from Year 1 to Year 6.

She enjoys cooking with her two daughters.

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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, University of Education, HCMC
Bachelor of Elementary Education (in progress), University of Education, HCMC

Nguyen has previous teaching experience in Vietnamese schools and other International schools including Son Ca Kindergarten school (Tan An City-Mekong Delta), Creativekids International School (Phu My Hung-HCMC)  and at the Australian International School. Nguyen is responsible for teaching the Vietnamese Language and Culture at AIS.

Nguyen enjoys learning languages and drawing during her free time.

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Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, University of Wales
National Professional Qualification for Headship

Mrs Perkins began her teaching career in the UK after graduating from the University of Wales with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. She continued her teaching career internationally with posts in Tanzania and Malaysia. In 2002 Mrs Perkins moved back to the UK and successfully gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and was Executive Headteacher for 4 years for the Kingsbridge Area Federation. During this time Mrs Perkins received a National Headteacher award.

Tracey Smith

Diploma of Teaching, Palmerston North College of Education, NZ. Bachelor of Education, Victoria University, NZ

Over the past 30 years Tracey has had a range of teaching and educational leadership experiences in New Zealand and internationally. Her leadership experience ranges from toddler to grade 12, leading schools using both IB PYP and National curriculums. Prior to working at AIS, Tracey was employed as Elementary and Pre Elementary Principal at Sekolah Ciputra a large IB World school in Indonesia. As well as being a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal she has also worked as an Advisor to teachers and principals in New Zealand, the Middle East and Indonesia.

Building positive relationships with all members of the community, students, staff and families is a top priority for Tracey. She believes all children should be challenged, feel success and be happy with lots of fun, laughter and smiles every day.

Tracey and her husband, Tim, enjoy travelling and exploring new countries. They especially enjoy travelling with their adult sons when they can all coordinate holidays together. As a kiwi she proudly follows the All Blacks.

Mida Abdul

Bachelor of Law (University of Trisakti, Indonesia), Post Graduate Certificate of Education International (University of Nottingham, UK), Master of Education (University of Nottingham, UK)

Mida Abdul takes on the role of PYP coordinator at Australian International School from January 2017.  Although she is new to this role here at AIS, she is not totally new to AIS. She worked at the school in 2013 to 2014, as a Kindergarten teacher at Thu Thiem Campus. Mida has worked and taught in Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, recently having worked and lived in Nagoya, Japan for 2.5 years. Mida has been working with the IB programme since 2001 and she has been working for the IB, providing workshops and trainings for teachers within Asia Pacific region, since 2005. She is also a school visiting team leader and a consultant, who travels to other IB-PYP schools in the region to lead Verification and Evaluation visits. Mida has a daughter in Year 1, named Loulou, who goes to Thu Thiem campus. She is excited to be back in Saigon and to be working with AIS once again.

Julie-WilsonJulie Wilson

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education.

Julie has been teaching for over 30 years both in Australia and internationally. She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. For the past 8 years she has worked as an EAL teacher. Her previous teaching experience included being a classroom teacher and a teacher of gifted and talented students. This is her seventh year at AIS.

Outside school she enjoys travelling and keeping fit.

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Lenna VandenHooven

Bachelor of Education, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)

Lenna began her teaching career began at the primary level for the public school system in Vancouver.  Shortly thereafter, in 1995, she opened her own childcare centre to meet the need for providing strong quality care and positive educational experiences for young children.  After 19 years of teaching, she moved to Vietnam with her husband.  She has long held a passion for learning – both as a student and an educator.  She is excited to be back in a classroom, where she can guide and inspire young children to develop a love for learning at an early age. Lenna is our Early Learning Centre Co-ordinator over our 3 campuses. 

Outside of the classroom, she enjoys travelling, both worldwide and throughout Vietnam!!  Their 3 adult children have remained in Vancouver to continue with their university studies.  She loves reading and running.  She has completed over 20 half marathons and 2 full marathons. She’s looking forward to adding an Asian race to my list very soon!

Emily Huckson

Emily Huckson

Bachelor of Art in Theatre/minor in English (Hons), York University, Toronto, Canada
Bachelor of Education, Ontario
Teaching Certificate, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario Canada

Emily was instrumental in opening the very first international pre-school in SaiGon called ‘DYNOTOTS’ back in 1995, when she first moved to Viet Nam. She is passionate about working with the youngest people to enter the educational system – “the very beginners!” With more than 20 years experience with young learners, having taught in Canada, Japan and Vietnam, she famously uses many theatre techniques in her classroom to help build confidence, imagination and create energy. The children react positively to her unique teaching style and many parents have been known to enroll their children one year in advance to ensure they have Emily as their child’s first teacher.

Emily also participates in SaiGon Players, which is a community theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, raising money for various charities. She is also passionate about giving back to this country which has supplied her with many challenges, opportunities and wonderful friends.

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Anna Blandford

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Education
Victoria University – Wellington, New Zealand

Anna Blandford has been working as an Early Childhood Teacher in New Zealand since she graduated in 2011. She has had experience in both PYP and the New Zealand curriculum. Anna has great interest in art, gardening, sustainability and the use of ICT and online portfolios with in the classroom. She enjoys exploring new places, being arty and crafty as well as spending time with family and friends. 

JetJetro Asis

Bachelor of Science in Inter-Disciplinary Business Studies (Major in Marketing Management) – De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines
Swimming Certifications: from World Swimming Coaches Association; AUSTSWIM; Red Cross

Jet teaches swimming from Kindergarten, Primary to High School students in all campuses. Prior to joining AIS, Jet has been coaching and managing competitive swimming clubs and organizing summer learn-to-swim programmes in the Philippines. He has also been involved with skills and development activities of the national and international level swimmers of the Philippine’s National Swimming Team.

He has been a competitive swimmer since 7 years old and was a member of the National Age-Group Swimming team represented his country in national and international events for 8 years.. Since then, he has focused on full-time coaching and managing swimming clubs.

Jet still trains as a competitive athlete in Running, Swimming and Triathlon events. During his free time and holidays he does a lot of board sports like Surfing, Skating and Wakeboarding.