Teaching Staff – Thao Dien

KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

Claire Hansen

Claire Hansen

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

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

Claire has 14 years of early childhood and primary teaching experience in Australia, China and Vietnam. She is passionate about developing the whole child and is especially keen to see each child grow as a socially aware and responsible citizen. Claire lives in Vietnam with her husband (who is also teaching at AIS) and three children who all love travelling.

Julie Estacion

Julie Estacion

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Special Education, West Visayas State University, Philippines

Julie has been in Vietnam for 24 years, working at several International Kindergartens throughout this time. 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 in the Lotus Campus site in 1995.

Outside of school, Julie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, such as her son who is in his final year of schooling at AIS. She also enjoys cooking, watching movies, playing volleyball and travelling. Julie believes that learning should be fun and interesting. Believing that young learners thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

Julie believes that providing young learners with a learning space where they feel secure and also encourages exploration, sparks curiosity and motivates resourcefulness and creativity has always been one of her primary goals.

Julie envisions that by providing students with this environment encourages them to become enthusiastic in their learning, leading them to become inquirers and communicators as well as enhancing their social prowess by becoming caring and empathetic towards their peers.

PRIMARY TEACHERS

Helen Normoyle

Helen Normoyle

Primary Teacher Year 1

Bachelor of Education (Hons) CANTAB, Master of Arts (MA).

Helen has taught across the primary age range in London schools for almost 30 years before teaching internationally. Helen taught in an international school in Bangkok, Thailand for 4 years and an international school in Moscow, Russia for one year before moving to Vietnam. Helen in looking forward to entering her second year of teaching at AIS.

Ruth Henderson

Ruth Henderson

Primary Teacher Year 1

Bachelor of Nursing
Diploma of Education (Early Childhood Teaching);
Graduate Certificate of TESOL.
Since changing careers from Nursing to Education in 2006, Ruth has balanced her Early Childhood Teaching in Australia with raising her four young children.

Oonagh Groves

Oonagh Groves

Primary Teacher Year 2

Gretchen Beane

Gretchen Beane

Primary Teacher Year 2

Bachelor of Arts, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA.
Professional Teaching Certificate from the State of Michigan, USA.
Gretchen has taught overseas since graduating in 2013. She first worked in South Korea before moving to Japan to teach for the past four years. Gretchen enjoys working in lower primary classes using music in the classroom.

Cathy Levick

Cathy Levick

Primary Teacher Year 3

Email: Cathy.Levick@aisvietnam.com

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

Jeremy Maher

Jeremy Maher

Primary Teacher Year 3 - Year 3 Team Leader

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

Jeremy Maher is an Australian teacher with over ten years’ experience in primary education. Prior to joining the AIS community, Jeremy and his wife taught in Sydney, Melbourne and more recently Hangzhou, China. Jeremy has experience teaching every year level across a range of curriculums. 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. His young son has recently started at the Xi campus.

Fiona McGuire

Fiona McGuire

Primary Teacher Year 4 - Year 4 Team Leader

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

This is Fiona’s fourth year at AIS. Before arriving in Vietnam, she taught in the beautiful Chinese city of Hangzhou. Previously to this she spent three years at the International Academy of Amman, Jordan. Fiona has spent many 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.

Ben Mansell

Ben Mansell

Primary Teacher Year 5 - Literacy Coordinator

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

This is Ben’s sixth year teaching at AIS. Before that he taught in upper primary school in England. Whilst working in Vietnam Ben has worked in various year groups with experience in years 2, 3, 5 and 6. Ben is the school’s literacy coordinator and has a love of literacy, helping foster confidence in his student’s abilities through developing reading, writing and speaking and listening strategies. Ben thoroughly enjoys teaching the PYP curriculum and supporting children to explore the concepts and disciplines that help them to become open minded, knowledgeable and caring members of our society.   

David Phelps

David Phelps

Primary Teacher Year 6

Qualifications: Bachelor of Journalism (with Distinction) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), University of Wollongong, Australia.

David thoroughly enjoys living and working in Vietnam. He has experience working with a diverse range of students from Kindergarten through to Year 6. David’s most recent experiences include teaching a Year 5/6 Gifted and Talented class, and Year 6 at AIS. With a background in journalism, he is passionate about Literacy, helping children develop a love for writing through an inquiry-based approach. David looks forward to developing a sustainable garden for students as part of an environmental initiative at the Cherry Blossom campus.

EAL TEACHERS

PRIMARY SCHOOL SPECIALISTS

Rachel White

Rachel White

Physical Education Teacher

Email: Rachel.White@aisvietnam.com 

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.

Edward Lee

Edward Lee

Madarin Language Teacher

Jetro Asis

Jetro Asis

Aquatic Coodinator

Email: Jetro.Asis@aisvietnam.com 

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.

Phuong Le

Phuong Le

Vietnamese Language Teacher

Email: Phuong.Le@aisvietnam.com

Bachelor of Art (Russian/ English), HCM Pedagogy University; 
Bachelor of Education Primary, HCM Pedagogy University; Graduate Certificate TESOL, Thailand; Certificate Teaching Vietnamese for foreigner

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.

Loan Le

Loan Le

Music Teacher

SUPPORTING TEACHERS

Do Thi Nhu Anh

Do Thi Nhu Anh

Duong Phuong Dung

Duong Phuong Dung

Hello, my name is Dung Duong. This is my thirteenth-year teaching at AIS. Currently, I work in Year 3. I am particularly interested in the students’ development of literacy and numeracy skills. I am also passionate about Inquiry learning.

Le Thi An

Le Thi An

Le Thi Ngoc Pho

Le Thi Ngoc Pho

Hello, my name is Lê Thị Ngọc Phố, and I have been working at AIS for 8 years. I am currently work in Year 6. I am really keen on working with and supporting students to develop their knowledge and skills to become well-rounded leaners as well as global citizens.

Ngo Thi Dieu Loan

Ngo Thi Dieu Loan

Hello, my name is Dieu Loan Ngo.

I have worked at AIS for eight years. I currently work with 3JMA this year. I love kids and really enjoy working with them to educate them every day. I am an energetic person and love sports. I love to spend my free time on reading parenting books.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nhi

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nhi

Hello, my name is Nhi Nguyen I have worked at AIS for 7 years. I currently work in Year 5. I really enjoy working with the students to develop their English and Maths....etc etc I am passionate about Inquiry learning.

Vo Anh Thu

Vo Anh Thu

Hello, my name is Thu Anh Vo. This is the third year that I have worked at AIS. I enjoy working with students who require additional support. I used to work in secondary and currently work in Year 1 at Lotus. It is a big change for me and I love it. The student’s improvements and smiles are my motivation.

Tran Thi Thuy Mui

Tran Thi Thuy Mui

Hello, my name is Mui Tran. I have worked at AIS for 3 years. I currently work in Year 2.

I really enjoy working with the students to develop their English skills and help them to be more confident in themselves.

Le Thi Anh Dao

Le Thi Anh Dao

Hello, I am Dao. I have worked at AIS for 13 years. I currently work in Junior Kindergarten. I am good at providing activities and resources to help very young learners to develop their motor skills.

Nguyen Dang Hoang Lan

Nguyen Dang Hoang Lan

Hello, my name is Lan . I have worked at AIS for 5 years. I currently work in Senior Kindergarten. I really enjoy giving the children an inviting and interesting environment to enhance their love of learning.

Nguyen Thi Thao Ly

Nguyen Thi Thao Ly

Ta Thi Thanh Mai

Ta Thi Thanh Mai

Ngo Thi Kim Oanh

Ngo Thi Kim Oanh

Hello, my name is Oanh (Kim). I have worked at AIS for 5 years. I currently work in Year 1. I find myself lucky to work with lovely students and professional colleagues here at AIS.