Specialist Coordinators

Mark Beales

Mark Beales

Head of Senior School &IBDP Coordinator

Email: mark.beales@aisvietnam.com

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 and IB Diploma Coordinator. 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.


Mida Abdul

Mida Abdul

PYP Coordinator

Email: Mida.Abdul@aisvietnam.com

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.

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson

EAL Coordinator

Dave Wilkinson


Bachelor of Arts (English), Graduate Diploma of Education, Graduate Diploma of TESOL - Edith Cowan University.


Dave is Coordinator of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program. An experienced teacher and educational leader from Australia, Dave is very excited to join the AIS team, along with his wife Ruth (Year 1 Teacher) and their four children.


Laura Cepek

Laura Cepek

Counsellor & SEN Coordinator

Email: Laura.Cepek@aisvietnam.com
Bachelor of Arts, English and Sociology, Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada,Bachelor of Education in Intermediate/Senior Education in English and Social-sciences, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada

Laura is a recent resident of Ho Chi Minh City . She joined AIS in January, 2017 and has enjoyed meeting all of the students, teachers, and parents of the AIS community. She has taught a variety of subjects at AIS such as English literature, EAL and humanities. Her interest in student welfare, passion for a strong school community and Masters in Counselling Psychology has led her to current role at AIS. Prior to AIS, Laura taught English and Social Studies in Red Deer, Alberta for five years. With teaching experience ranging from Diploma level courses, Special Needs programming and behavioural support she has learned to individualize education for student success. She has travelled through South East Asia, Australia and became qualified to teach yoga in India. Laura enjoys travelling, concerts, trying new cuisine and is an avid reader.