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.
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.
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.
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.
Qualification: Bachelor of Education( Primary) Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland Oonagh is an Irish teacher and has 9 years teaching experience in Primary Education. Before joining AIS, Oonagh taught in Ireland for one year after qualifying and then moved to the UAE where she taught in 2 different international schools over a four year period. Oonagh is currently in her fifth year here at AIS and had taught a variety of year groups across two campuses, senior kindergarten, year 3 and currently year 2. Watching young children grow In confidence is something very special to Oonagh.
In her free time, Oonagh likes to stay active by exercising daily and is very passionate about travel and learning about different cultures.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Journalism
Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), University of Wollongong, Australia.
David has spent the last five years teaching in Sydney, Australia. David has experience teaching both lower and upper primary students, with most recent experience teaching a 5/6 gifted and talented class. He is currently studying for a Masters of Gifted Education at UNSW, Australia
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPECIALISTS
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Oregon
New to AIS this year, Kenny was born and raised near New York City. After an early and extensive career as a working musician Kenny became a music teacher. He has taught in Oregon, Washington, Florida, Kosrae FSM, Thailand and Viet Nam. Kenny is happily settled in Sai Gon for 5 years and loves the local and international flavor of the city. He is delighted to be part of the wonderful AIS school community!