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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jacqui Gaynor

Jacqui has worked in education since 1977 as a classroom music teacher, instrumental tutor, strings programme coordinator and instructor, choir mistress and school accompanist in both New Zealand and Australian schools. She has been Musical Director for many major school and semi-professional stage shows in New Zealand and Australia. Jacqui took a nine-year break from school teaching in 1982 to travel the world as a singer and pianist and now shares those performing skills with her students. She joined AIS in August 2011.

Jacqui enjoys crosswords and is keenly interested in the connection between diet and health and Jacqui has a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy too.

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Byun Hyun

Through my time at AIS, I’ve gained the confidence to cope with many challenges in life, and have become very determined to dedicate my life to helping others who’re in need. Even studying IB was very competitive to me, however, throughout my learning process, I was able to learn the way of conducting discussions with others and managing my time efficiently. When I studied with my friends in class, I believed the teamwork take a great role in IB. We collaborated and motivated each other. This absolutely helped me during the preparation of IB final exam. In addition, the teachers always trusted and supported me. Whenever I had some questions or concerns during the universities preparation, they always kindly listened to me and gave some advice to help me find some of the best solutions to my problems. Every moment at AIS has remained and will continue to remain as the most valuable memories. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) 50% of scholarship Major: Studies Engineering.

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Victor Vu, AIS

The most valuable thing from my time at 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.

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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 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.

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Thong Nguyen Vuu

When I think about AIS, I think of family – a very close-knit family. No matter what your background is, you can feel at home here. What l learned at AIS has proved so valuable to my university life and career. I learned how to learn, I learned to be curious and to ask questions. I learned to open my heart. Friends and teachers were always there to give you support – all I needed to do was ask. After AIS I went to Oxford. I graduated with a Bachelor in Mathematics. I now work at a travel tech start-up called Traveloka. It’s an exciting, fast-paced environment, working with people who used to be in top consulting firms and big four companies. I’m a Display Marketing Analyst. I work with numbers everyday, from budget allocation, campaign optimization and planning to achieve KPIs. I love working in my field and for a company that enables mobility.

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