Author - EXE

Estelle Jennings

Estelle has been in Early Years Education for 40 years, of which 27 years have been in International Schools (Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Indonesia, Dubai, Vietnam). She has extensive experience in both teaching and administration. She is passionate about providing children with a safe, caring and stimulating environment where they can develop the needed skills to prepare them for a future of learning and at the same time become well-balanced global citizens.  Outside of school, Estelle enjoys reading, painting, spending time in nature, travelling to new destinations, and learning from different cultures.


Andrew Masterton

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.


Patricia Robson

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.


Ben Mansell

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.


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.



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.



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.


Mai Phuoc Minh Quan

Australian International School (AIS) has given me many opportunities to explore a variety of interests in and out of the classroom.  In addition to my classical music, I took part in math competitions, trained new members of the Model UN group, and founded the Student Support Group to promote the importance of mental health as well as help those who may be in need.


Terry Cao

I am a student at the University of Massachusetts. I went on a year long exchange at the University of Manchester in England and am now a double major in Sociology and Sport Management. I also work as a professional soccer coach with an elite soccer high school managing the Junior Varsity team and I run a soccer school in Hanoi, called Hanoi Sports Academy. I have also been a community football coach with Manchester United Football Club. During my three years at Australian International School (AIS), the teachers were some of, if not, the best educators I have ever met. Now that I am an educator in youth sports, I appreciate even more how supportive, knowledgeable and resourceful my AIS teachers were.


Victor Vu

The most valuable thing from my time at Australian International School (AIS) is the exposure to a very international environment, which perfectly prepared me for college life. At AIS, I made a lot of great friendships and I met some amazing teachers, who would continue to guide me through every walk of life. Under the IB Curriculum, I was taught to become an independent thinker who would not hesitate to challenge the status quo and come up with innovative solutions. My expected IB Grade at the end of Year 12 was below 30. I graduated with a 38! My time at AIS really unfolded my potential. I have just graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Finance (Class of 2017). I lived on campus at Ormond College, where I received a Scholar Award for High Achiever. Now I am off to Madrid to do my Double Masters in Management and Finance at IE Business School. After I graduate, I will take over the family business. My long-term goal is to transform the agriculture industry of Vietnam, leading the industry into sustainable development.