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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.

Dr 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.

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Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching. Bachelor of Education (Primary). Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Masters of Education (Student Wellbeing). University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Swinburne University, Melbourne

Bernadette has been in the United Arab Emirates for the past 6 ½ years where she has experienced a range of teaching and leadership roles. Most recently she held the role of Deputy Head of Primary and ELC for 4 years. Over her employment history she has experienced teaching in all primary grade levels, including 2 years with indigenous Australians in a remote community school. She has also worked at management level in private business for some years where her roles were as diverse as human resources and quality assurance. Bernadette enjoys travel and learning about different cultures. She loves people’s stories. Reading a good book is also a great way to relax and unwind.

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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.
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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.

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.


Country of Origin: Australia

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 joined AIS in August, 2014 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 plus 2 grandchildren. This year she joins the Leadership team as Kindergarten Co-ordinator. Trish looks forward to watching the young students as they grow in confidence with all that they learn at AIS.

Maya Batat

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Maya comes from Florida, USA. Straight after university, she followed her dreams of living abroad. For the last 2 years, she has been teaching English to a variety of age levels in Ho Chi Minh City. After spending 2 summers working as a Kindergarten teacher at International Schools, she pursued her goal of becoming a full time kindergarten teacher.

Karina Borup

Teaching degree from the University of Northern Denmark

Karina is an early year’s teacher at Australian International School. Inspired by her own amazing primary teacher, Karina began to have a passion for teaching at a very young age and later decided to pursue a degree in education and child development at the University of Northern Denmark. ‘Teaching in early years for me, is a full-time commitment. You are always on the lookout for useful resources, fun activities and new ‘magic’ for your class. Keeping your teaching inquiry based, which creates curios and open-minded students. Learning should be fun!’ Karina has been based in Vietnam for the past 9 years and join our school in 2016. Prior to joining AIS, she has been teaching at different international schools in HCMC. AIS was a very natural choice for her, as her children have been attending the school since they moved here. For Karina, AIS is not just a place of work, it is a second home. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and friends, being active and traveling.

Taylor-Oughton Taylor 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 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

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.

Ian Osberg

Qualifications: Teacher Certification Program of K-6 Education and Pedagogy Bachelor’s Degree: Sociology with a focus in Child Development

Originally from Pennsylvania, Ian has called the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh home since 2011. Ian has been teaching elementary students for six years and is passionate about experiential learning and building a classroom community which thrives on curiosity and creativity. Ian is married and has a toddler, Isabella.

Leanne Raeside

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Notre Dame University, Western Australia

Before joining the AIS team, Leanne has spent twelve years teaching in Jakarta, Indonesia. She worked at ACG International School for five years and then moved to the Australian International School where she taught various primary school classes as well as being in leadership positions. Leanne is very passionate about the PYP Programme and she is very excited to be part of the AIS community.


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.

Paul Holland

Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Nottingham, England.

Bachelor of Leisure Studies, University of Luton, England.

Paul comes from Nottingham, England, famous for the legendary Robin Hood. For the last 8 years he has taught English to a variety of age levels here in Ho Chi Minh City, however, it is the primary age group for which he has the greatest passion. Before to becoming a teacher, Paul worked in management, within various industries, for over 10 years which brings with it a wealth of experience in the training and development of people.

Paul lives in Ho Chi Minh City with his wife and son.


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.

Fiona MCQuire

Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand Bachelor of Education, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand

Fiona is currently teaching in Hangzhou International School in China. Before then she has for three years at the International Academy of Amman, Jordan. Fiona has spent several years teaching in her home country of New Zealand. She has a passion for Literacy, the Visual Arts/Design and Inquiry. Fiona has been involved in playing and coaching several sports including netball, hockey and tennis. She also loves motivating children to pick up a book and read, to open their minds to possibilities and to encourage them to act in a positive global-minded way.

Stacey Markou

Qualifications: MA Management, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK PGDE Primary, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Stacey has taught in international schools for several years. She is joining us from a school in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught Year 2 children. Stacey is particularly interested in the development of literacy and numeracy skills, with a key focus on EAL learners. Stacey creates a welcoming and supportive classroom where children are encouraged to explore their abilities. She has completed Google training and is adept at using ICT in her classroom. Stacey and her daughter are excited to experience a new country and culture

Leigh Hansen

Qualification: Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Western Sydney, Australia

Leigh comes to AIS with over twenty years of primary teaching experience in Australia, Fiji and China. He has a particular interest in teaching reading and he loves seeing children working together and supporting each other during sports activities. Leigh is a qualified Reading Recovery and AustSwim teacher. Leigh is married to Claire who is also teaching at AIS.

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.

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.

dan-van-engerlenDan Van Engelen Email: 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Senior) – Lakehead University, Canada. Bachelor of Arts (French and Sociology) – Lakehead University, Canada. Additional Qualifications: IBDP ab initio, ToK, Pamoja SBC, UBD, EAL and Spec Ed.

Daniel is an experienced educator who joined AIS after acquiring his Bachelor of Education seven years ago and has greatly enjoyed his time here. He has taught a number of subjects across a variety of year levels including French, English, Humanities, Global Perspectives and Theory of Knowledge. Daniel is also the School Supported Self Taught Coordinator for the Languages Department and believes co-curricular activites are an integral part of holistic education, being the Model United Nations (MUN) Coordinator. He is currently studying his Master’s of Psychology through Yorkville University, Canada.

Daniel is an avid reader and takes advantage of the region to go on scuba diving trips, mountain climbing, sightseeing and jungle trekking. He relishes new experiences wherever he goes, most recently he has taken up spearfishing. He also visits his native Canada once a year where he snowboars and plays ice hockey.

Jin-Hee-AnJin Hee An


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


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.

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.

Jean-Paul-SeiqneurJean-Paul Seigneur


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.

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Currently completing Masters in Education, State University of New York, Buffalo, United States of America Bachelors of Arts/ Bachelors of Education (Majors English and History), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

For the past four years Hannah has been teaching in Hangzhou, China. Prior to that she taught English and History for six years in Sydney and London. Teaching in China gave her experience teaching students with a range of English levels and different backgrounds. She is excited about teaching at AIS and the adventure of life in Vietnam. Hannah joins AIS with her husband Jeremy, a primary teacher, and young son. She enjoys cooking, reading, yoga and snowboarding.

Helen Zhuang

MA international secondary school education, The college of New Jersey,American

BA Chinese and literacy,Renming University of China,China

Chinese Language Arts Teaching License,China Teaching Chinese as a second Language Certification,China Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Certification, China

Toshiaki Nomura

He studied French literature at Rikkyo University in Japan and got a bachelor of literature. After that, He learned Christianity at the same university. While teaching at a private junior high school / high school, He got an English teacher's license in correspondence education. He has three kinds of teacher's license: French, social studies, English (middle school only). He teaches DP Literature A : Japanese at AIS. He was a teacher at private junior high school and high school in Kanagawa prefecture of Japan. After that, He taught English and social studies at supplemental schools for a long time. He came to Ho Chi Minh to start living in 2005. He is an English tutor and a teacher of Japanese supplementary school on Saturday. He has been teaching Japanese to Vietnamese students at university since two years ago. He likes sports and has played golf and tennis, skied for a long time. Because HCM is hot, he does not do much. He likes listening to Western classical music (Brahms, Tchaikovsky etc) and reading novels now.
Joseph Brown

Joseph is a new teacher at AIS. He has been living in Ho Chi Minh City since June 2017 and has enjoyed experiencing the local lifestyle and culture. Joe studied English and teaching at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He studied a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Creative Writing, Literature and Modern Social History. He completed this degree with First Class Honours in English and Creative Arts. Finally, he completed a Diploma of Education (Secondary), majoring in English and minoring in Society and Environment. Prior to AIS, Joe taught English as a secondary English teacher for four years at a private school in Western Australia. During this time, he taught English across all secondary grades and to a wide variety of students from diverse backgrounds and levels of ability. Recently, Joe completed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate and has six months experience teaching English as a Foreign Language at a variety of public schools in Ha Noi. Over the last month he has been working casually at a language center, with university students, in Ho Chi Minh City. Joe enjoys playing guitar and creative writing. He is really looking forward to joining the team at AIS and meeting the students and broader community involved with the school.

Tessa Maloney

QBachelor of Visual Art and Graduate Diploma of Education.

Tessa Maloney is an Australian-trained teacher and artist. She started her career teaching art in the Western Australian desert and has since taught in Primary schools in Perth and London. She has taught 6-13-year-olds in rural, remote and Metropolitan schools. Tessa's interests include art, traveling and cycling. She has completed bicycle tours across multiple countries and has lived abroad in the United states, Canada and the UK. She is creative and enjoys experiencing different cultures.

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Bachelor of Arts (History, Communication and International Relations) University of the Sunshine, Coast Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary English & History) University of the Sunshine Coast)

Sean started teaching ESL and Business studies in China in 2003. After returning to Australia in 2005 he completed his teaching qualification and began teaching on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Sean returned to China in 2012 to take up a position with The Yew Chung International School of Beijing where he taught Lower Secondary Humanities and English, IGCSE History, English and Global Perspectives as well as IB TOK and Language B English. Sean will commence his first year teaching at AIS in 2017 teaching English and Humanities. Sean finds great enjoyment in traveling and embracing new cultures. He is a keen student of History, particularly Asian history and is looking forward to learning more about Vietnam. Sean is a keen surfer who usually spends his summers chasing waves in the Mentawai Islands and trying not to hurt himself. ty.
david-bentonDavid Benton


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.

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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.

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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.



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.

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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 30 years, having taught is six different schools in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, where he primarily taught Mathematics. John has a total of 13 years’ experience in Senior Administration, a role which he enjoyed but which he stepped away from in favour of his primary passion: teaching in the classroom.

John finds himself identifying more and more as a learner in this world and he is enjoying the privilege of being part of a learning environment centred on connecting with others in order to enrich their lives.

John’s other passion’s include discovering hidden Café’s of Saigon with his wife, surfing when he can get the opportunity, swimming, Pilates and playing football with the students at break time.

John is currently the Head of Mathematics at AIS.

Sheryl Gelthorpe

BSc (Hons)Biological Sciences Zoology, The University of Exeter, UK PGCE Seconday Science (11-18), Kingston University, UK

Sheryl started her teaching career in the UK in 1994 and began teaching in International Schools in 2006. She has experience teaching Science, Biology and Mathematics and has worked with students on a number of environmental projects. She will be a new addition to the AIS staff this year, teaching Middle School Maths and Science and IB Environmental Systems and Societies. Sheryl enjoys Yoga, Zumba, Salsa dancing and walking in the countryside.

Philip Wayth

Qualifications: Master of Educational Administration from Deakin University, Australia Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) from La Trobe University, Australia Graduate Diploma in Computing from Deakin University, Australia Diploma in Education from Melbourne University, Australia

Philip is an Australian teacher of senior mathematics with thirty seven years teaching experience in a variety of educational systems. As well as classroom teaching, Philip has had administrative roles in schools, but he enjoys the interaction of the classroom, and the challenges of teaching mathematics at IB level. Along with his wife, Loretta, who is an Elementary teacher at AIS, he has taught in International schools in Europe and in China. They have taught at AIS for one year. Philip is a keen musician who also enjoys a range of sports, socialising, travelling and varied cultures.
andrew-mastertonAndrew Masterton


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


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


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.

Jonathan Hoff

- 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. 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.

Christina Zinetti

Bachelor of Arts (Social Policy & Social Welfare Law), The University of Wolverhampton, UK Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology of Education, Institute of Education, UK Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Sciences), Institute of Education,, UK

Christina is an experienced educator, having worked in state schools in the UK, and internationally in Switzerland, for over 7 years. She is a teacher of Psychology and Health & Social Care and has also been a Head of Social Sciences. Christina enjoys travel, reading and spending time with her family.

Tom Mitchell

Tom joins the DT Department from Wellington College in China. Tom worked in journalism before teaching and published his own magazine but found the call for teaching as a mature student later in life. He graduated with a B.Ed (Hon’s) in Secondary Education & Design Technology from Exeter University in 1999. Since then he has taught GCSE, A-Level and the IB Diploma in the UK, firstly at Poole Grammar School for Boys and also Internationally in China, Singapore and Malaysia. He has worked in two IB world schools and one boarding school gaining more pastoral experience working in the boarding house and at the same time receiving some excellent professional development in Singapore. He is a keen sportsman and has coached football, athletics, badminton and cross country since working internationally. He joins AIS with his wife Sofia and son Benjamin.

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.

Andrew Sweeney

Qualification(s) and name of University: Masters of Education (University of Tasmania), Graduate Certificate School Leadership (University of Tasmania), Bachelor of Education Honours (University of Tasmania, Graduate Diploma of Music (University of Tasmania), Bachelor of Music (University of Tasmania).

Andrew is a qualified and registered secondary teacher. He has taught Music and History in schools throughout Australia. His leadership roles have included Moderator of Music Assessment Standards across secondary schools, Head of Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Head of Music, School Risk Management, Peer Support programs. He has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has received two separate international scholarships for post graduate studies in Chicago and Arts and Aesthetic Education in Washington, Boston and New York City. He is an experienced classroom teacher and conductor of junior and senior school concert bands programs. Andrew loves to see students play instruments and he encourages his students to develop a passion for music, be committed and enthusiastic members of school music ensembles.

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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.

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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!

Stuart Mullord

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Major in Human Movement/Biology; University of South Australia; Bachelor of Education; University of South Australia

Stuart has combined his passion for sport and his calling to be an educator. His career has taken him to country South Australia, as well as Adelaide Australia. During his career he has taught students of all ages, passing his passion for physical exercise to his students. Stuart has always been heavily involved in football (soccer) Stuart will be coming with his family.

Rachel White Qualifications: Bachelor of Human Movement, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia Rachael has over 10 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools. She has taught in the UK, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Rachael is passionate about engaging children in physical activity. She enjoys fitness, swimming and netball. Rachael is looking forward to returning to HCMC with her family and exploring more of the country and enjoying fresh delicious Vietnamese food.
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.

Emma Deering

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with English, Birmingham City University

Previous to starting at AIS, Emma has taught In Birmingham and London and specializes in Early Years Education. She particularly enjoys using art, drama and story telling to promote learning and creativity

Jenna Viray

B.S. Psychology Major in Early Childhood Education- St. Paul University Q.C, Philippines

Jenna has been teaching early childhood for 10 years. Prior to joining AIS, she has taught at different international schools in Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines.

"I absolutely love working with young children. It has been a great pleasure watching them grow and learn new things. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, singing, and spending time with my family and friends."
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.

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

" alt="" width="160" height="240" />Vicky Williams

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia, Master of Business (Personal Injury), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia and Bachelor of Management, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

Vicki is from Australia and has lived and worked as a Tuition Teacher and Homeroom teacher in the UAE since 2014. She encourages life-long learning and engages her students to become life-long learners as well. To Vicki, education is about inspiring children to engage fully in their learning within a supportive and caring learning environment.

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.

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

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.

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Qualifications:  BA (Hons) Economics, Birmingham City University (formerly Birmingham Polytechnic), Birmingham, UK Bachelor of Education, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

As a very experienced teacher, Kevin has taught in several metropolitan and suburban schools in Victoria, Australia. Prior to joining AIS, he spent three years as a grade level leader at a prestigious International school in Sharjah UAE. Kevin has a passion for mathematics learning and for using data to help students achieve their full potential. Kevin and his wife (who is also teaching at AIS) are looking forward to new challenges and experiences in Vietnam.

Jeremy Maher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Primary) – University of Sydney, Australia

Jeremy Maher is an Australian and has worked as a primary school teacher for the last ten years. Prior to joining the AIS community, they have been teaching for the last four years in Hangzhou, China. He has experience teaching every year level, with most experience with year 3 and 4. He loves sports, technology and learning new and innovative ways to address curriculum content. Jeremy’s partner is Hannah Maher; a high school English teacher at AIS. While in China, they experienced a lot of changes, including for their own family of one new dog and one new baby!

Jenna Viray

B.S. Psychology Major in Early Childhood Education- St. Paul University Q.C, Philippines

Jenna has been teaching early childhood for 10 years. Prior to joining AIS, she has taught at different international schools in Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines.

"I absolutely love working with young children. It has been a great pleasure watching them grow and learn new things. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, singing, and spending time with my family and friends."
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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.

Erin Louise Fryer

Qualifications:Bachelor of Education (Primary), Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Erin has just moved from China, where she spent the last 5 years teaching in IB International schools. She has experience working in both primary and early childhood classrooms. Erin has a particular interest in music and the arts and takes great joy from encouraging creativity in her students.

Bjorn Billson

Qualification: 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.
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Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching (Primary) Ballarat College of Advanced Education, (now Federation University), Ballarat, Australia. Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Cindy has been teaching Primary School since she graduated in 1987 and has spent most of her time teaching in Australia. Cindy enjoys working with children of all ages but she is particularly looking forward to being with younger children again.

Cindy is very exciting about moving overseas for the first time and is ready to embrace her new world.

Claire Hansen Qualifications: Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Western Sydney, Australia Claire arrives at AIS with 11 years of teaching experience in New South Wales and China. She is passionate about developing the whole child and she is especially keen to see each child grow as a socially aware and responsible citizen. Claire loves working with younger children and she is very keen to work with our youngest students on the Xi Campus. Claire is moving to Vietnam with her husband (who is also teaching at AIS) and three young children who all love travelling.