Zion Mitchell - Year 7 Student Welfare Coordinator

Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) University of Melbourne

Zion was adopted by the age of 6 months by English parents after the Vietnam war in 1974 and arrived to Australia in cardboard box. Good school grades and became School Captain and Tennis Captain of Wesley College Melbourne. He is happy and very grateful. It has been a personal dream for him to return to Vietnam and teach again at an International School, but more importantly to give back to Vietnam having a love and passion for teaching. Zion comes from Melbourne Australia previously taught at St Monica's Epping and MacKillop College Werribee. With over 13 years of teaching experience he has taught Visual Art, Design, Product Design and Wood Technology within numerous curriculum frameworks IB, IGCSE, and VCE. Zion previously had lived in Vietnam for over 7 years from 2003 to 2011 teaching IB Visual Art at ISHCMC, CELTA qualified, Cambridge Oral Examiner, teaching English ESL / EFL / EAL, experienced role as a Vice head Principal and as a qualified professional tennis coach (Talent Development Coach) from Tennis Australia. Previously coached Do Minh Quan the past number one tennis player in Vietnam and nationally ranked juniors throughout Melbourne Australia. Zion believes "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."


casey stone

Casey Stone - Year 8 Student Welfare Coordinator



Bachelor of Physical Education (Secondary), minor in Mathematical Modelling - Deakin University, Melbourne

Masters of International Education (MYP and DP) - The University of Melbourne (due for completion December 2021)

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Casey began her teaching career in Melbourne, Australia, teaching Mathematics, Science and Experiential Learning in a school in the outer suburbs of the city. In 2018, Casey joined the AIS community, quickly settling into life in Ho Chi Minh city and enjoying the vibrant and beguiling lifestyle in Vietnam. She currently teaches Year 7 – IB DP mathematics. Casey says she enjoys teaching the students at AIS – “they are so enthusiastic and such wonderful learners. It is a joy to work with them”. Casey is passionate about education and loves working with young people. She is the Head of Mathematics and Year 8 Student Welfare Coordinator. Due for completion in December 2021, Casey is currently finishing a Masters in International Education through The University of Melbourne. Casey spends her weekends cycling through the countryside, seeking culinary adventures and exploring all of the wonderful sights of Vietnam.

Damien Kennedy

Damien Kennedy - Year 9 Student Welfare Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) – The University of Melbourne, Australia

B.A Honours year in Psychology – The University of Melbourne, Australia

Master of Teaching (Secondary) – The University of Melbourne, Australia

Before moving into international teaching, Damien spent four years teaching Psychology, English and Humanities in Australia. He then spent two years teaching IB Humanities in Taiwan. Damien is a new teacher at AIS. He is teaching IB DP Psychology. In addition, Damien is the Year 9 Student Welfare Coordinator. Damien enjoys swimming, martial arts, travel, music and watching movies.


Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown - Year 10 Student Welfare Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Creative Writing, Literature and Modern Social History
First Class Honours in English and Creative Arts
Diploma of Education (Secondary), majoring in English and minoring in Society and Environment
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate

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.


Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson - Year 11 Student Welfare Coordinator

Bachelor of Exercise Science, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Biology), Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Trent began his teaching career in Brisbane, Australia, and has since spent time teaching science in London. His passion for science was fueled by his love for sports. In his spare time, Trent is an avid traveler and loves spending time indulging in local cuisines. He enjoys participating in sports and leading a healthy lifestyle. Trent is excited to be apart of the AIS community and the future prospects of living in HCMC.


Mark Beales

Mark Beales - Year 12 Student Welfare Coordinator

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), UK

Master of Education (Distinction), University of Nottingham, England

PGCE, University of Nottingham, England

BA (Hons) English Literature, University of London, England, Dip.(TM)

TESOL/College of Teachers DipCoT (TESOL), Eurolinks, Sheffield, England

National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism, Girton College, Oxford, England

After working as a journalist and newspaper editor in England for 13 years, Mr. Beales moved to Thailand in 2004. He has since held a number of positions in international schools, including Head of English, Head of Secondary, IB Diploma Coordinator and recently Head of Special Projects. He is also an examiner for IGCSEs and the IB Diploma. When not teaching, Mr. Beales writes for Lonely Planet and other publications, and enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children.




Gabriel Price - Year 13 Student Welfare Coordinator

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.