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Abimbola (Bim) Oyetade

Primary ECA Coordinator

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Aimee Hartstonge

Primary PE Teacher

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Alex Condon

Head of Year 6

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Annie Keane

French Teacher

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Antoine Boussageon

French Teacher / Head of MFL

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Caitlin Brookes

EIP Teacher

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Chelsea Batchelor

Primary Teacher

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Clodagh McHenry

Primary Teacher/ Primary House Coordinator

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Dan Schoner

Primary Maths Coordinator

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Daniel Jones

Primary Teacher

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Daniel Richards

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 3

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David Waite

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 1

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Francesca Drover

Primary Teacher

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Hannah Willoughby

Primary EAL/EIP

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Heather Holdway

Primary Teacher/ Primary English Coordinator

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Iwan Davies

Primary Teacher/ Primary Engage Coordinator

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James Glisson

Primary Teacher

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Jenny White

Swim Coach

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Josephine Lynch

Primary Teacher

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Keeley Smith

Primary Teacher/ Primary Science Coordinator

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Kristen Hughes

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 2

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Luke Willoughby

Primary Teacher

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Martyn Pilkington

Primary PE Teacher

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Melanie McLardie

Assistant Head - Head of Key Stage 1

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Natalie Taylor

Primary Teacher

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Penny Rowland

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Philip John Randall

Primary Teacher/Head of Year 5

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Philipa Dakin

Primary Music Teacher

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Robert West

PE Teacher

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Sophie Lamb

Primary Teacher

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Susan Frolish

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 4

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Tina Pugh

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Yanping Gan

Years 1-3 Mandarin Chinese Teacher

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Cris-Santa Sanchez

Primary Campus Nurse

Nationality: Filipino

Languages:

Qualifications: BS in Nursing at University of Perpetual Help System Laguna, Philippines Registered Nurse 2009

Hong Nguyen

Resource Assistant

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA Business Administration at University of Economics

Huynh Ton

Admin Officer

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in Business Administration, HUFLIT University

Mary Joy Agcaoili

Early Years Campus Nurse

Nationality: Filipino

Languages:

Qualifications: BS in Nursing at Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines

Cora Cong

Admin Officer

Nationality: Chinese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in German at University of Shanghai for Science & Technology

Simon Huang

HR & Recruitment Officer

Nationality: Taiwanese

Languages:

Qualifications: BSc Biochemistry with Human Biology, Keele University UK

Tom Mitchell

Teacher of Visual Arts

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: B.Ed (Hons) Secondary Education and Design and Technology, University of Exeter.

Previous Teaching Experience: Tom worked in journalism before teaching and published his own magazine but found the call for teaching as a mature student later in life and graduated from Exeter University in 1999.  Tom has since worked in schools in the UK and also abroad teaching various qualification programs such as IGCSE, A-Level and the IB Diploma in Product Design, Resistant Materials and Art.  Before joining the ABCIS Tom was the Subject Coordinator of Design and Technology at the Australian International School in HCMC. In his spare time Tom likes to go surfing, cycling, running and fishing and has coached some football, hockey and athletics.

Gary Davies

Teacher of Mathematics

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: BSc (Ed) Secondary of Mathematics with Science, University of Wales.

Previous Teaching Experience: Gary is joining The ABCIS from Suffolk, UK, where he was Head of Mathematics, Assessment Leader and Resident Tutor at a boarding school. Gary has 13 years teaching experience and has worked in schools in the UK and internationally. The majority of his experience has been gained in international education. Gary has worked in international schools in Thailand, Spain and the Czech Republic, where he held positions of responsibility in both departmental leadership and whole-school leadership as Director of Studies. Gary spends his time out of school pursuing his enjoyment of sailing, reading, the outdoors and travel.

Jessica Cambridge

Teacher of English Language and Literature

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: BA (Hon) English Literature and Spanish, University of Exeter (2010); PGCE Spanish, South West Teacher Training (2011).

Previous Teaching Experience: Jessica joins The ABCIS from a boarding school in Suffolk, England, where she was Head of English. Jessica has a wide range of experience working in international education; she has taught Secondary English in schools in Thailand, Spain and the Czech Republic. In the time she has spent in international education, Jessica has held department leadership positions as well as taking on whole-school responsibilities. Further to working in international schools, Jessica spent time in Spain, where she worked in local Secondary schools. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys travelling, sailing and outdoor activities, and all things Spanish.

Susan Frolish

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 4

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: Certificate of Education, Stockwell College of Education. Diploma in Multicultural Education, Goldsmith’s College, London University.

Previous Teaching Experience: Sue has more than 30 years teaching experience in Primary in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. She worked in schools in London for most of her career before coming to Vietnam. In her previous schools, she held a variety of Coordinator positions across the curriculum.

Present Responsibilities: Sue is the Head of Year 4, teaching alongside three other teachers. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Group. She currently runs a Sewing ECA.

Agnes Ubaldo

Pre-Nursery Teacher

Nationality: Filipino

Qualifications: BS Behavioral Science Major in Psychology with teaching units (Miriam College, Philippines).

Previous teaching experience: Agnes has 29 years teaching experience in both Early Primary and the Early Years. She worked as an Early Years teacher in the Philippines for 6 years at St. Paul's College, Marist School and Crescent Woods Montessori School. Agnes joined the ABCIS in 1997. She has had experience teaching in all subject areas across Key Stage 1 but most of her classroom experiences are with the Early Years.

Present Responsibilities: Agnes is with Staff Social and Wellbeing Aspect Group and currently runs the Phonics ECA.

'J' Salcedo

Reception Teacher

Nationality: Filipino

Qualifications: B.A. Major in Child Development and Education, Miriam College, Philippines. TEFL Certificate.

Previous teaching experience: “J” has 32 years teaching experience across all age ranges within Primary School. She taught in the Philippines for 17 years before joining us in April 2005. “J” taught in Years 1 and 2 before joining our Early Years team.

Present Responsibilities: “J” is a member of The Parents Advisory Group.

Ella Bowler

Reception Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) Applied Education Studies Degree, University of Bedfordshire; Graduate Teacher Programme, SCITT Shire Foundation; Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, TEFL in Prague by Edua Languages

Previous teaching experience: Ella has almost 12 years experience working in educational settings. She has taught a wide range of ages within the Primary and Early Years Foundation Stage phases, completing her GTP in Year 4. Ella has joined our school from the Czech Republic, where she spent 5 years teaching the EYFS and Year 1 in international schools in Prague. Ella enjoys yoga and cooking, and is keen to share these interests with her class in an educational way.

Present Responsibilities: Ella is a Reception class teacher at our SS2 EYFS Campus. She is also part of the Student Welfare and Leadership aspects group.

Stephanie Watson

Humanities Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Geography, University of Southampton, UK;  PGCE Geography, Canterbury Christchurch University, UK;  QTS, Bromley Schools Collegiate, UK.

Previous teaching experience: Stephanie has taught for 3 years in London, UK. She has been actively involved in the pastoral care of students through her roles as a form tutor and Year 11 student mentor. She has supported teachers with their professional development and supervised a trainee teacher working towards their QTS. Throughout her time teaching she has run extracurricular activities including Geography club for KS3, exam preparation sessions for KS4 and has helped students to achieve the International Award.

Simon Lowe

Head of Humanities

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Philosophy, University of Durham;  PCGE, St Mary’s University, London.

Previous teaching experience: Simon spent 12 years working in the UK in schools in West London and Brighton before moving to teach internationally in 2018. He has worked across both academic and pastoral fields in education having been a Head of Department, Head of Year and a Chapter Leader.   Simon has also worked on developing school-wide emotional well-being programmes for students and staff in conjunction with the University of Sussex.  He has acted in the role of mentor for new teachers and worked with students to complete their International awards.  He has wide ranging interests but has a particular passion for politics and cinema.

Julian Smith

Head of Mathematics

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BEng (hons), Imperial College London, PGCE, Newcastle University

Previous teaching experience: Julian has been teaching for twelve years and began his career teaching in the North of England prior to moving internationally. He has since taught in international schools in the Netherlands and Brunei. He held the post of Deputy Head of Mathematics and lived in Hong Kong for the last four years. Julian has a deep passion and interest in how technology can be best used within education and is excited to continue exploring this at the ABCIS.

Present Responsibilities:

Christine Lowe

Sociology/Psychology

Nationality: British

Qualifications: PGCE in Religious Education from King’s College London, BA Hons Philosophy from University of Greenwich, London.

Previous teaching experience: Christine has spent 9 enjoyable years teaching Psychology and Sociology. She began her teaching career in London and has taught Social Sciences as well as Philosophy and Ethics within a range of schools. She was subject leader of Social Sciences in Brighton for 3 years before moving to teach in Guangzhou, China. Christine enjoys crochet and knitting in her spare time.

Sheldon Drover

Mathematics Teacher

Nationality: British and Canadian

Qualifications: BSc Applied Mathematics Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), PGCE (Sec) University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Previous teaching experience: Sheldon has 19 years of Maths teaching experience including in Canada, the US,  Brazil, China and the UAE . He was Head of Maths in two different countries and most recently worked 7 years in a leading boarding school in Scotland. In addition to teaching Maths, Sheldon has run the International Award and developed an Outdoor Leadership Programme. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor adventure activities, military history and playing the Scottish bagpipes.

David Bunce

Head of Visual Arts

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Education, PGCE, TESOL

Previous teaching experience: David started his teaching career in Further Education in the UK in 1986, primarily teaching City and Guilds and BTec Engineering courses. In the year 2000, he moved to Abu Dhabi in the UAE and continued technical training with the UAE Armed Forces. In 2006, David returned to the UK, to manage and teach BTec and A Levels at Sussex Downs College, which is one of the largest  colleges in the UK. In 2009, David moved to the British School Jakarta, where he became the Head of Faculty for the School of Technology, overseeing Design Technology, Food Technology, Visual Arts and Computer Science. With over 30 years teaching and management experience, David still has a clear passion for teaching DT. Nothing gives him greater satisfaction than helping students design and make functional working products and developing a range of 'design thinking skills' that are in high demand in the world of work. David's main interests, outside of teaching, are keeping fit and painting abstract art and he has had several exhibitions of his artwork in the UK, UAE and Indonesia.

Yanping Gan

Years 1-3 Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Nationality: Chinese

Qualifications: BA Business Administration, Guangxi University of Science and Technology, China; China National Teaching Chinese Certificate in Secondary; China National Teaching English Certificate in High School; Chinese Putonghua Proficiency Certificate (Level 2 A).

Previous teaching experience: Yanping has 2 years of teaching experience and 9 years of training experience. Before joining The ABC international school, she taught at Mandarin at the Singapore International School in Vungtau.

Penny Rowland

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Teaching Studies and Theology & Religious Studies with QTS. Froebel College, Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey (1999)

Previous teaching experience: Penny has 17 years teaching experience.  She began her teaching career as a Primary teacher in West Sussex teaching Key Stage 1 including Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  She was the Early Years and Year 1 Team leader for 3 years as well as whole school English Coordinator. During her career she has led curriculum areas including Art, R.E, Maths, Science and The Environment.  After ten years she was looking for a new challenge and decided to teach internationally. She moved to Italy as Early Years Coordinator and Year 1 teacher at a Bilingual school in Brescia North Italy.  After meeting her husband having her daughter she continued to teach English as a second language in several Italian schools using Cambridge and language programmes with children from age 3 up to 13.  Penny has spent the last 6 months as a Reception, Year 4 and 5 English Teacher in a French International school on the island of Mauritius.  After spending 3 months last year teaching Reception at ABCIS Penny is very excited to return to her passion as a Primary class teacher in Vietnam with her family.

Present Responsibilities: Year 1 Teacher

Natalie Taylor

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation, St Mary's University, Twickenham (UK), PGCE (Primary with PE Specialism) St Mary's University Twickenham (UK)

Previous teaching experience: Natalie has been teaching in the UK for 3 years. She began her career in Hampton (South West London) where she taught Year 3. She has coordinated PE for the whole school, led the netball teams and managed the Sports Premium budget. More recently taking on the role as assistant Maths lead, Natalie is passionate about teaching and learning and can't wait to begin her new life in Vietnam.

Present Responsibilities: Year 3 Teacher

Francesca Drover

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education and Geography and Environmental Education with QTS – University of Lancaster (2006).

Previous teaching experience: Francesca has 14 years teaching experience, most recently as the Principal Teacher, Child Protection Officer and Additional Support Needs Coordinator of a primary school in Perthshire, Scotland. Prior to this she was a Literacy Leader for the Local Authority and Trainee Teacher Mentor whilst teaching in an inner-city school.  She moved to Scotland after several years teaching in Abu Dhabi and China, where she was a KS2 Phase Leader and Health and Wellbeing Coordinator. Francesca is passionate about Arts and Crafts and experiencing new places and cultures when travelling.

Present Responsibilities: Year 6 Teacher

Hannah Willoughby

Primary EAL/EIP

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, University of Northampton, UK; MSc International Relations, Loughborough University, UK; TEFL Certified.

Previous teaching experience: Hannah has been qualified for 4 years. She began working as a child protection officer and pastoral mentor at a secondary school in Leicester, UK. For the last 2 years, Hannah has been the SEN and EAL teacher and coordinator across EYFS, Primary and Secondary, at a large international school in Doha, Qatar. In this role she implemented a new and successful teaching programme for KS2 EAL learners. Hannah has worked in the field of learning support for over 9 years, including in the voluntary sector, and is passionate about inclusion and developing language for second language learners.

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Luke Willoughby

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons Primary Education with QTS and Art Specialism at The University of Northampton.

Previous teaching experience: Luke has been teaching for 5 years and began his career in the largest primary school in Leicestershire (UK) where he taught Year 2 for two years. Since then Luke has been teaching in Doha, Qatar at a diverse international school in both Years 2 and 3. During Luke’s time in Qatar he has been a P4C (Philosophy for Children) lead and also the school’s NQT mentor. Luke has a passion for developing positive and meaningful relationships with students that will help them to thrive in his  classroom.

Present Responsibilities: Year 4 Teacher

Tina Pugh

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education with Honours, Chester College (2003);  Masters in Education with Leadership and Management, The Open University (2019)

Previous teaching experience: Tina has 15 years of teaching experience both in the UK and internationally. She began her career in Shropshire in the UK and then went on to teach in Kuwait and Dubai before returning to Shropshire where she has been teaching in Shrewsbury for the past 3 years. She has taught in most year groups across the primary phase from Years 1 to 6. Whilst in the UK and abroad she has coordinated Mathematics, Humanities and gifted and talented programs.

Present Responsibilities: Year 5 Teacher

Aimee Hartstonge

Primary PE Teacher

Nationality: New Zealander

Qualifications: Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Otago, NZ; Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), University of Wellington, NZ

Previous teaching experience: Aimee has 6 years teaching experience. She began her career as a Year 3 classroom teacher and then taught Years 5 and 6 for 3 years in New Zealand. During this time she was Leader of Physical Education and Sport, and Mentor Teacher for beginner teachers. She then moved to London and was Head of Games and a PE teacher at an East London Preparatory School. Aimee loves teaching and outside of school enjoys playing tennis and netball.

Daniel Jones

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (hons) History, Liverpool John Moores University, UK (2013). Primary  PGCE with English Specialism, Edge Hill University, UK (2015)

Previous teaching experience: Daniel has been a primary school teacher for 5 years. After completing his PGCE, he moved to East London where he taught Year 5 for two years. During his second year, Daniel became Science Coordinator for Key Stage 2. He then moved to Kuwait where he has worked for the past 3 years (teaching Years 2, 5 and 6). Whilst working in Kuwait, Daniel was appointed Mathematics Coordinator and also mentored a teacher new to the profession.

Present Responsibilities: Year 2 Teacher

Zoe Hall

Nursery Teacher/Head of Early Years and Foundation Stage

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, University of Roehampton 2013, BA Hons PGCE, Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training 2014

Previous teaching experience: After completing her PGCE, Zoe began working in an Academy in London. She worked there for six years and was part of the senior leadership team as acting vice principal. She spent 5 years teaching in Reception and one year teaching in Year 1. Whilst there, some of her responsibilities included Early Years, Reading and Forest School Leader, Educational Visits Coordinator and NQT mentor. She coordinated parent workshops, early years training and consulted in other early years settings within the federations academies.

Present Responsibilities: Zoe is the Head of Early Years and Foundation Stage.

Jenny White

Swim Coach

Nationality: Filipino

Qualifications: Certified Swim Coach with The American Association of Swim Coaches, previously Philippine Swimming League Director for Foreign Affairs for Uganda, Qualified Muay Thai Instructor.

Background: Prior to joining ABCIS, Jenny was a volunteer swimming and athletics coach at the Kampala International School in Uganda. Her Swimmers have competed in competitions in Dubai, Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, Singapore, The Philippines and Qatar. She loves teaching all levels of swimmers and developing their skills, techniques and mindsets, ready for competition.

Present Responsibilities: Jenny is responsible for teaching KS2 and KS3 students. She also runs an Elite swim club before and after school.

Robert West

PE Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications:  B.A. (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching, Northumbria University, UK. PGCE Primary Teaching, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Robert has multiple years of teaching experience. He was the Head of PE at Livingston American School, Shanghai. He developed the Whole School PE curriculum and was responsible for all Primary and Middle School Athletics, as well as creating and implementing the House System. Robert has coached a number of different sports including football, volleyball, basketball and athletics, and has previously worked as Aquatic Director at Shanghai Rego International School. He is a keen triathlete and football player, and is passionate about promoting sports and healthy lifestyles..

Present Responsibilities: This year Robert will be PE across the entire school. He is responsible for developing the whole school swimming scheme. He is also the coach of the Primary and Secondary School Swimming Teams.

David Waite

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 1

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Social Ethics and Drama, Lancaster University, UK; Graduate Teacher Programme, NPQML

Previous Teaching Experience: David has 15 years experience working in UK schools. He entered the teaching profession through the Graduate Teaching Programme and has been working with Primary aged students ever since. In his previous school in Cambridge, David held the position of Year 2 Teacher, Member of the Senior Leadership Team and was also the Deputy Child Protection Lead. David is a keen sportsman and has been involved in setting up a wide variety of after school sports clubs for students.

Present Responsibilities: David is primarily a Primary Teacher though he also enjoys being a part of the reporting aspects group.

Keeley Smith

Primary Teacher/ Primary Science Coordinator

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA QTS Geography (Hons) Southampton, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Keeley has 18 years teaching experience in the UK. She has held responsibilities of leading mixed age range year groups and coordinating assessment. She has managed Science, PE and organised whole school outdoor learning activities, including residential trips.

Present Responsibilities: Keeley is now teaching her seventh year at The ABC International School. Alongside teaching in Year 3, Keeley is the Science coordinator for Key Stages 1 and 2. Additionally, she runs an exciting Science Film Club as part of the ECA programme, which is designed to promote scientific understanding. Keeley is also a member of the Aspects and Vision Aspects Group.

Dan Schoner

Primary Maths Coordinator

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Human Genetics, The University of Nottingham. Teach First – Primary PGCE, NQT at Bath Spa University.

Previous teaching experience: Dan has been teaching for 6 years. He began his career in Bristol (UK) where he taught Year 5 for two years and Year 6 for two years before starting at The ABC International School where he continues as a Year 6 teacher. During his time as a teacher in the UK, Dan was the Upper Key Stage 2 leader, Leader of Computing and delivered sessions for the TeachFirst initial teacher training programme. He is passionate about teaching and learning and instilling a love of learning in all his students.

Present Responsibilities: Alongside teaching Year 6, Dan  is a member of the Sharing Good Practice aspects group. This year, he is running a Coding ECA.

Daniel Richards

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 3

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.A (Hons.) Primary Education with QTS, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Daniel taught in the UK for 13 years. Alongside his role as a Year 3 Class teacher, he also has additional responsibility as Head of Year 3.  Additionally, Daniel has experience as a Science and P.E. Coordinator at his previous school.

Present Responsibilities: Daniel is a member of the Student Welfare Aspects Group and will also be involved in running a Mini Movie Maker ECA.

Philip John Randall

Primary Teacher/Head of Year 5

Nationality: : British /Australian (Dual National)

Qualifications:  BA (Hons.) Economics and Economic and Social History, University of Kent.  PGCE Primary, Christ Church College, University of Kent

Previous teaching experience: Philip has been teaching for over 30 years and is currently Head of Year 5 at the ABC International School. He started his teaching career in the UK where he taught Years  3, 5 and 6 at Kennington Cof E Primary School in Ashford, Kent. During his 4 years at Kennington, he had responsibility as PE Coordinator and then Mathematics Coordinator. In 1991 he moved his family to Singapore to take up a position as Year 6 Class Teacher at Tanglin Trust School. Philip taught at Tanglin Trust School for 10 years and during this time held a number of responsibility posts including Year 6 Library Coordinator, Junior School Head of Mathematics and finally, Head of Year 4. In 2001, Philip returned to Australia to live in Perth, where he worked at a large independent co-educational college, All Saints‟ College. He taught at All Saints‟ for 13 years as a Year 6 class teacher and then as part of the Learning Support Team, teaching Mathematics and English to students in Years 3 to 6. For eleven years at All Saints‟ he was also the Junior School Curriculum Coordinator. In 2014 he was drawn back to Asia again to teach at Dulwich College Suzhou in China. In 2017, he moved to Vietnam to teach at the ABC International School.

Present Responsibilities: Philip is currently a member of the school's Social and Welfare Aspects Group and runs an after school Maths games club.

Martyn Pilkington

Primary PE Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Liverpool John Moores University; PGCE Physical Education, Bangor University (UK).

Previous Teaching Experience: Martyn has been teaching for 5 years. He began his career in the Czech Republic where he taught whole school PE for three years. Martyn then moved to Kuala Lumpur where he has spent two years teaching PE in the Primary School. His interests outside teaching include playing ice hockey and football, hiking/running and obstacle course racing.

Present Responsibilities: Physical Education teacher and part of the Student Welfare aspects groups.

Abimbola (Bim) Oyetade

Primary ECA Coordinator

Nationality: : British Qualifications:  BA (Hons.) Primary Education, Roehampton University; MA Language, Ethnicity and Education, King’s College, London.

Previous teaching experience: Bim has been teaching for 10 years. She has 5 years teaching experience in London and she taught for 2 years internationally in Egypt prior to coming to Vietnam. Bim has worked primarily in Key Stage 2 and had taught in Years 4, 5 and 6. Her additional responsibilities have included the role of Key Stage 2 Literacy Coordinator and Religious Education Coordinator. After returning from Egypt, Bim taught Year 6 in an Independent School in London. She also carried out Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 group interventions with EAL students during this time.

Present Responsibilities: Bim is currently the EIP teacher for Year 6 and teaches Year 3, 4 and 5 EAL groups. She is a member and chair of the Primary Google Aspects group, leads Key Stage 2 Student Council and is running the Quiz Club ECA this session.

Clodagh McHenry

Primary Teacher/ Primary House Coordinator

Nationality: Irish

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University; PGCE Primary QTS, Liverpool Hope University.

Previous Teaching Experience: Clodagh has 5 years teaching experience. After moving from Ireland to England to complete her Undergraduate degree and PGCE, Clodagh moved to Abu Dhabi where she taught in British International schools for four years as a Year 2 and Year 5 teacher; she was also a Head of Year. Clodagh is an outgoing, creative and imaginative teacher who strives to instill a passion for learning in children, whilst guiding and supporting them through their journey.

Present Responsibilities: Clodagh is the Primary House Coordinator and runs the Drama Games ECA.

Josephine Lynch

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Education, University of Bolton, UK, PGCE Primary Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Josephine has 8 years teaching experience. After completing her PGCE, Josephine worked at a community primary school in Manchester. She supported the school in transitioning from a small one-form entry to a two-form entry during her time there and played a key role in developing the curriculum; focusing primarily on mathematics and cooperative learning. Josephine is passionate about cooperative learning in the classroom and after winning a scholarship to train in America was then able to bring subject expertise back into school and provide professional development for her colleagues. She loves to learn and to see others succeed and brings this ethos into the classroom to inspire the children that she works with. Her interests outside teaching include yoga, reading and walking.

Present Responsibilities: Josie is a Year 2 Teacher and is also part of the Communications Aspect Group.

Sophie Lamb

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, York St John University, 2015.

Previous Teaching Experience: Sophie has 4 years teaching experience. She graduated with a Maths specialism and an enthusiasm for teaching. She discovered her passion for teaching whilst working at The British International School Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a Teaching Assistant for a year. After returning to England, she worked as a class teacher in both Years 3 and Year 5.

Present Responsibilities: Sophie is a Year 3 Primary Teacher, part of the Student Welfare Aspects group and helps to run KS2 School Council.

Kristen Hughes

Primary Teacher/ Head of Year 2

Nationality: : British / Australian  

Qualification: BA (English), Curtin University, Perth; PGCE (Primary) University of Northumbria; MA (English) University of Northumbria.

Previous teaching Experience: Kristen has been teaching for 21 years and has taught in both Key Stage 1 and 2. She taught in the North-East of England for 14 years, starting her career in Year 4. She then worked in Year 6 for a number of years before starting her Key Stage 1 teaching experience. In 2014 she relocated to Brunei where she worked as a Primary English teacher in Reception and Year 1. Kristen has coordinated many subject areas in her career but is particularly passionate about English and the Arts. This is her fourth year at the ABCIS.

Present Responsibilities: Kristen is Head of Year 2. She is a member of the Reporting Aspects Group.

Heather Holdway

Primary Teacher/ Primary English Coordinator

Nationality: : British

Qualifications: BA Hons Classical and Archaeological Studies and Comparative Literature (University of Kent), PGCE (Canterbury Christchurch University).

Previous teaching experience: Heather has 10 years teaching experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. She has taught Year 3 for 4 years at The ABC International School. Prior to this, she taught for 6 years at a school just outside of Canterbury in England. During this time, she taught Year 2 and Year 3. She led History and Reading across the school and launched the school library with a focus on promoting reading for enjoyment.

Present Responsibilities: Heather is the Primary English Coordinator. She is also a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group and currently runs the Card Games and Board Games ECA.

James Glisson

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) History, The University of York, England (2004),  PGCE  Primary Bath Spa University, Bath (2005).

Previous Teaching Experience: James has 15 years teaching experience. He began his career as a Year 6 teacher in Barnsley, UK. 5 years later, he was appointed as an Assistant Head teacher in a large Primary School in Sheffield, UK where he led Key Stage 2 and the introduction of the 2014 National Curriculum. He was also appointed Head of Escafeld Initial Teacher Training Programme working closely with Sheffield Hallam University. Eager to return to a greater teaching responsibility, he accepted a position as a teaching deputy in a Primary school in Newark, UK. He taught in Years 4 and 6, led Key Stage 2 and was Head of English.

Present Responsibilities: Year 4 Teacher and a member of the Sharing Good Practice aspects group.

Iwan Davies

Primary Teacher/ Primary Engage Coordinator

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: B. A. (Hons) Liverpool John Moore's University, UK. PGCE Primary Teaching (ages 5-11), Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Iwan has 14 years teaching experience; he started his teaching career in the UK before taking up a post at the ABCIS, where he taught for 5 years. He left Vietnam to work in the Sultan‟s School, Oman and then at Dulwich College, Seoul, before returning to ABCIS. A keen participant of many sports he also has experience in coaching football, rugby, athletics and tennis.

Present Responsibilities: Iwan is a Year 5 class teacher and Primary Engage (information management system) Coordinator. He is involved in running a Table Tennis ECA.

Philipa Dakin

Primary Music Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BMus (Hons) Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2002), PGCE Music with QTS, University of Sussex (2004).

Previous Teaching Experience: Philippa has 15 years teaching experience. She began her teaching career in a boys school in Worthing, West Sussex (UK) as Head of Music. After seven years she was looking for a new challenge and decided to teach internationally. She worked at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok where she taught music from KS2 to KS5. Swapping the heat for the snow, Philippa then joined the British School of Moscow, where she enjoyed teaching music to both Senior and Junior classes for two years. It was whilst in Moscow that she realised her main passion lay in Primary teaching, which prompted her to move back to SE Asia to join the staff at the ABCIS.

Present Responsibilities: As well as teaching music from Pre-Nursery to Year 6, Philippa also leads a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Choir. She also enjoys being a part of the Google Aspects group.

Alex Condon

Head of Year 6

Nationality: : British Qualifications:  BSc (Hons.) Psychology, The Open University (UK); QTS (Primary) Institute of Education (at UCL), London.

Previous teaching experience: Alex is entering his fourth year teaching Year 6 at the ABCIS. Prior to this, he taught for 2 years in South London, England, working in Upper Key Stage 2. Outside of his classroom duties he took an active role in coordinating the PE program. Before gaining qualified teacher status, Alex spent 10 years as a tennis teaching professional, teaching players of all ages and backgrounds, with his career spanning the UK, USA, Australia and China.

Present Responsibilities: Alex is a Year 6 teacher and is the Head of Year 6. He is part of the Communication Aspects group.

Caitlin Brookes

EIP Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications:  BA (Hons) Combined Studies (Literary Studies and Classics), University of Manchester; PGCE in Primary Education (Manchester Metropolitan University).

Previous teaching experience: Caitlin has been a Primary school teacher for 20 years. After qualifying, she worked at a Primary school in Manchester for 7 years, teaching across Key Stage 2 where she was coordinator of Geography. Prior to moving to Vietnam, Caitlin spent 10 years at a European School in Southern Germany, where she was seconded by the UK Department for Education to work as a Primary School Teacher. Her responsibilities included being coordinator of the Anglophone Section.

Present Responsibilities: Caitlin is now in her fourth year at ABCIS and she teaches Primary EAL & EIP Classes. She is a member of the Google Aspects Group and runs a Key Stage 2 Homework Club.

Chelsea Batchelor

Primary Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, SNITT- Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training 2014.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completing her PGCE, Chelsea began working in a comprehensive school in Ipswich (UK). She has worked there for four years; two years teaching Year 4 and two years teaching Year 1. Whilst there, she coordinated a range of subjects including MFL, EAL and Science as well as training a student teacher.

Present Responsibilities: This year Chelsea is running a Construction ECA and is also a member of the Yearbook Aspect Group.

Melanie McLardie

Assistant Head - Head of Key Stage 1

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.Ed (Hons) Liverpool University (1998)

Previous Teaching Experience: Melanie joined The ABCIS in 2008 after working in North-Western England and Moscow, Russia. Her over 20 years‟ teaching experience have seen her work throughout the Early Years and Primary, both as a teacher and leader. These roles have included leading the teaching of English across the Primary School and the role of Special Educational Needs leader.

Present Responsibilities: Mel is the Head of Primary Curriculum including EAL and a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects group. She also teaches Year 1 and 2 EAL.

Kevin Reay

Deputy Head of Primary

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, Early Years, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2005)

Previous Teaching Experience: Kevin has 14 years teaching experience. He began his career as a Primary teacher in Gateshead (UK) where he taught Reception for two years and Year 1 for one year before teaching in Shanghai, China for two years. In Shanghai he worked as a Year 1 and Year 3 class teacher. He then moved back to the UK and taught Years 2 and 5. Kevin taught Year 2 at the ABC International School for two years before he joined the Senior Management Team. He has also coordinated a range of subjects including ICT, PE and Humanities.

Present Responsibilities: Apart from his role as Deputy Head of Primary, Kevin is also the Senior Management Team member of the Communication Aspects Group.

Christopher Carr

Head of Primary

Nationality: Irish

Qualification: BSc Management & Information Systems, Queens University Belfast (2004), PGCE Primary Education, Liverpool Hope University (2007)

Previous Teaching Experience: Chris has 14 years teaching experience, beginning in the UK and then at the British International School of Moscow, before joining The ABC International School in 2009. He has taught across both Primary Key Stages, and was previously the Head of Year 4, Head of Upper Primary and Head of Campus 1 (Key Stage 1 and 2)  before taking up his current position.

Present Responsibilities: In addition to his role as Head of Primary, Chris is the Senior Management Team member of the Google Aspects Group.

Hannah Charman

Secondary PE/Head of Year 8

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Physical Education BA (Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status, University of Brighton

Previous Teaching Experience: Hannah is in her 6th year as a Teacher of Physical Education. During this time she has taught at two successful schools in the London Borough of Havering, UK, before moving to Vietnam. Hannah coached a variety of school sports teams to district and borough finals and assisted in the development of an Elite Player Development programme.

Present Responsibilities: Hannah is currently the Head of Year 8.

Alexander Flores

Sound and A/V Technician

Nationality: American

Qualifications: 5 years experience as Hired/Freelance sound engineer, photographer, videographer, graphic designer, musician, and music technician.

Previous Teaching Experience: Alex spent his first 3 years in the music industry touring with performing bands and learning the ins and outs of the music industry. During this time period he had taken on the roles of performer, roadie, guitar/drum/bass tech, stage manager, Front of house, tour manager, and driver. The passion evolved and eventually led him into the professional studio environments working alongside platinum album producer/ Music Entrepreneur Paris A. Cabeza and his protege, Lead Sound Engineer Mariano Aponte. It was here Alex developed a more in tune ear for music production and was opened up to a world of professional etiquette and an elevated standard for modern music. Amidst all this music development he took advantage of the artist’s and companies needs for professional promotional material and worked as a freelance photographer/ videographer/graphic designer throughout its entirety.

Present Responsibilities: Alex currently operates and maintains the schools theatre for all events on ground. Apart from that he works hand in hand with the music department, helping students navigate equipment and performance, as well as assist all school faculty in any event that one of his many talents would be needed.

Hoc Le

ICT Technician

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BS Information Technology Engineering at Saigon University, HCMC, Vietnam

Nhorwiene I. Lobaton

ICT Technician

Nationality: Filipino

Languages:

Qualifications: B.S. Software Engineering at Central Philippine University - Iloilo City, Philippines

Voong An Minh

ICT Technician

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: Computer Technology at HCMC College of Information Technology, Vietnam; CCNAs at Trung Tam Dao Tao Nhat Nghe, Vietnam

Ferdie Cruz

ICT Technician

Nationality: Filipino

Languages:

Qualifications: BS Electronics and Communication Engineering at AMA Computer College - Binan, Philippines

Jeronimo Oliva

Head of ICT Technical Support

Nationality: Spanish

Languages:

Qualifications: BS in Computer Science, University of Texas, Austin, TX. Software Engineering, Escuela de Sistemas Informáticos, Madrid, Spain

Eva Anderson

Librarian

Nationality: American

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Liberal Arts; Masters in Library Science, Texas Women’s University, Texas, USA.

Previous Teaching Experience: Eva has over 25 years‟ experience as a librarian, almost 15 of which have been in schools. She was middle and high school librarian for a small district in rural Colorado, then worked in Washington D.C. and Huntsville, Alabama. Her international work began in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She joins us from Ascend International School in Mumbai, India. Eva has also worked in public, private, university, and research libraries.

Present Responsibilities: Eva is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.

Nimfa N. Bordallo (Ms. Nicole)

Nurse

Nationality: Filipino

Languages:

Qualifications: BS in Nursing at Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines

Karen Esporlas-Samia

Librarian

Nationality: Filipino

Languages:

Qualifications: PBA Communication Arts, TESOL

Hanh La

Admin Officer

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in Business English at University of Education, HCMC, Vietnam; TESOL

Bui Tran Tuong Vy (Ms. Vy)

Admin Officer

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in English at Department of Da Nang University of Education, Vietnam

Van Duong

Admin Office

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in Business at Saigon University of Education of HCMC, Vietnam

Mihyun Jung

Admin Officer

Nationality: Korean

Languages:

Qualifications: Master in Education at University of Sydney (TEFL)

Bui Thi An (Ms. An)

Director’s Assistant/EY & Primary Finance Officer

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in Russian, Department of HCMC University of Education; BA in English, Department of HCMC University of Socials Sciences & Humanities; Certificate of Assistant/ Secretary Course (HCMC CADASA University)

Ao Thanh Van (Mr. Van)

Admin Officer

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in English Language and Literature at Tay Nguyen University, Vietnam; Certificate of Management of Administration and Personnel at the Institute of Asian Studies, Vietnam

Kim Hye Young (Ms. Hye Young)

Admin Officer

Nationality: Korean

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in Fashion Design at Kookmin University, South Korea

Voong An Ni (Ms. Ni)

Secondary Finance Officer

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA Chinese Department of HCMC University of Foreign Languages & Information Technology, Vietnam

Giang Dang (Ms. Giang)

Secondary Office Manager

Nationality: Vietnamese

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in Business Administration at Hung Vuong University HCMC, Vietnam

Ro Hyunkyoung (Ms. Celena)

Primary Office Manager

Nationality: Korean

Languages:

Qualifications: BA in English Language at Colegio De Los Banos,  Laguna, Philippines; TESOL

Suki Chan

Early Years Office Manager

Nationality: British

Languages:

Qualifications: First Class BA Hons Early Childhood Studies

Jiin Yang

Mathematics Teacher

Nationality: Korean

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Kent, UK. PGCE Secondary Mathematics, University of Cambridge.

Previous Teaching Experience: Prior to coming to the ABCIS, Jiin worked at St. Bedes School in Cambridge (UK). She has experience in preparing students for logic and Maths competitions including the UK Maths Challenge. Jiin is looking forward to providing students at the ABCIS with new and exciting methods of learning Maths.

Present Responsibilities: Jiin currently runs the World Puzzle Challenge club.

Mark White

ICT Teacher / Tutor of 13M

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Education Studies, University of Plymouth, UK. PGCE ICT, University of Brighton, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completing his PGCE in 2012, Mark began teaching in a new start up school in Hammersmith, Central London where he taught ICT and Computing to Key Stages 3 to 5. After three successful years in England, he made the move to Vietnam and has been teaching ICT and Computing at ABCIS for the past years.

Present Responsibilities: Alongside his role as an ICT teacher, he is also a Year 13 tutor. Mark also runs the International Award.

Gavin Wheatley

Business Studies, Economics Teacher/Head of Social Sciences

Nationality: : British

Qualification: BA (Hons) Business Administration, University of Wolverhampton (UK). Certificate of Education (Cert Ed), University of Birmingham (UK). PGCE International, University of Sunderland (UK). MA International Education, University of Sunderland (UK).

Previous teaching Experience: After working for a short time in the UK hospitality industry, Gavin began teaching and worked for 7 years in two of the West Midlands’ largest colleges, where he taught A-level and GCSE Business Studies and Economics, before moving into international Secondary education. He then moved to China, where he worked for 4 years. During his time there he taught IGCSE and A-level Business Studies and Economics. Gavin is a big believer in inspiring confidence as an essential tool for success; during his time in China he ran the school choir and assisted in the running of the school's dramatic society. He has been teaching for 15 years and is the co-author of an IGCSE Business Studies textbook.

Present Responsibilities: Alongside teaching Business Studies, Economics and History across the Secondary school, Gavin coordinates Work Experience for Year 11 students. He will also be running a Secondary Baking Club and is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects group. Gavin is also the Head of Social Sciences.

Joe Tracy

Assistant Head - Head of Key Stage 3

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons Business and Management, University of Greenwich, London, UK (2010) QTS (Bromley Schools Collegiate)

Previous Teaching Experience: Joe taught in the London Borough of Bromley, UK for 10 years. He has worked as a teacher of ICT and Business Studies as well as being part of the pastoral team holding the position of Head of Year 7 for the last 7 years. Joe is committed to ensuring students are well prepared for Secondary school life and has worked with a number of Primary schools to ensure Secondary school support is fit for purpose. Joe believes that everyone has the potential to be successful and was coordinator of the school‟s Growth Mindset strategy.

Present Responsibilities: Joe is currently Head of Key Stage 3 and was previously the Head of Year 8. In addition to being part of the Student Welfare and Leadership aspects group. Joe also currently runs the Enterprise ECA with Mr. Alun and Badminton with Mr Grant B.

Bryan Richards

Head of Science

Nationality: : British

Qualifications:  BSc in Physics at the University of East Anglia; PHD in Low Temperature Physics, University of East Anglia,UK;  PGCEi, Nottingham University.

Previous teaching experience: Bryan has 31 years teaching experience in the UK and overseas. He began his career at Sevenoaks School in Kent and moved to Jerudong International School, Brunei in 2007. He has taught Physics to Years 7-13. He has been Head of Physics and is an experienced A level and IB examiner.

Present Responsibilities: Head of Science and a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.

Grant Pratt

Design & Technology Teacher & ECA Coordinator

Nationality: New Zealander

Qualifications: BSc. Botany, Otago University. Dip. in Landscape Architecture, L. A. Lincon University. Dip Ed. Wellington College of Education.

Previous Teaching Experience: Grant has 26 years teaching experience both in New Zealand and in a range of International schooling systems. He has taught in New Zealand, Japan, England, Poland, Finland and Vietnam.

Present Responsibilities: Grant currently teaches Key Stage 4 & 5 Design and Technology and is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group. He is coordinator for Extra Curricular Activities at Secondary Campus.

Lee McGovern

Head of Information Technology and Computer Science

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc. (Hons.) Computer Science and Information Systems, Salford University, UK. PGCE ICT, Bangor University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Lee has 10 years of teaching experience and has worked at large secondary schools in Hampshire and Northamptonshire where he taught ICT and Computing. Over this time he has gained significant experience in curriculum development and in pastoral areas.

Present Responsibilities: Lee is the current head of ICT & Computer Science and teaches Key Stages 4, and 5. He is also the chair of the Charity and Service Aspect Group and runs the De-stress Colouring Club for all Secondary students.

Robert Jessop

Head of Secondary Physical Education

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons.) Sports Science & Coaching, University of Bolton; PGCE PCET, Edge Hill University

Previous teaching experience: Rob has been teaching for 11 years. He began his career in Ipswich, UK where he worked as a Lecturer of Sports Science and had responsibility for improving teaching, learning & assessment across the college. He moved onto a renowned Sixth Form College in Birmingham, UK in 2013 where he founded the Physical Education Department as Head of Physical Education. Rob has coached at successful basketball clubs and academies in the UK culminating in multiple championship wins. Rob is a Basketball England Level 3 certified coach which is one of the highest certifications recognised by FIBA. He has a keen interest in the use of technology within Physical Education and is a Google Certified Educator & Trainer.

Present Responsibilities: Rob is currently coach for the Under 14 and Under 19 Boys Basketball and Volleyball teams.

Mustansar Hussain

Mathematics Teacher/Tutor of 11M

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Meg Medical Engineering, Queen Mary University of London, UK PGCE Secondary Mathematics, The Institute of Education, London, MA Education and International Development, UCL, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Mustansar has 9 years of teaching experience. He is an experienced specialist Mathematics teacher who joined us from BIS HCMC. He has previously taught Secondary Mathematics to Sixth Form level in London and gained international teaching experience as Head of Department in the UAE. He recently developed his professional interests by completing a Masters in Education and International Development at UCL in November 2017.

Present Responsibilities: Mustansar is part of the Charity Aspects group and also runs the cricket ECA.

Katherine Hawke

Geography Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Double Hons) Geography and Business Management, Oxford Brookes University, UK. PGCE Secondary Geography University of the West of England/ CLF SCITT. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (2019).

Previous teaching experience: Katherine has been teaching for 6 years, 3 of which were in a large academy in Bristol (UK) before moving to The ABCIS. Katherine was a Head of House for 2 years in the UK, an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh (International) Award and is also a registered Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). As part of this role, she supported multiple schools with their Geography provision, working with exam boards to develop their assessments across all key stages and creating a new attainment system after the removal of curriculum levels. Katherine has also supported teachers with the development of teaching and learning through CPD and teacher training.

Present Responsibilities: Katherine is Chair of the Student Welfare Aspects Group and is leading the Global Issues Network (GIN) ECA. Katherine is also the Head of Year 7.

Gareth Groves

Music Teacher / Head of Visual & Performing Arts / Head of Creative Outreach

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Hons), University of Wales, Cardiff. GTP Secondary Music, University of Gloucestershire. QTS UK (both Primary and Secondary).

Previous Teaching Experience: Gareth has been involved in music education for over 18 years and has been classroom teaching for 16 years. Initially working in a secondary school, he went on to split his teaching across all key stages, eventually leading the music programme for the Gloucester Schools Partnership which included 39 Primary schools. Gareth was a singing teacher at Cheltenham College as well as a freelance coach for the UK's national 'Sing Up' programme for the South West of England.

Present Responsibilities: Gareth took over as Head of Visual & Performing Arts in 2018 and looks forward to working with the expanding PA Faculty over the following years. Gareth has also become Head of Creative outreach, where he seeks to build on opportunities available to our school community. He runs several ECAs linked within Music including the Schools Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Google Aspect Group.

In May 2015, Gareth was elected onto the FOBISIA‟s Executive Committee for Music and became Co- Chair of the committee in September 2017. Gareth has also been Artistic Director of the International Choir and Orchestra of HCMC (ICO) since July 2016.

Rhys Drury

Teacher of Computer Science and ICT

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc Hons Computer Science, University of Hull (2013), PGCE Computer Science, Staffordshire University (2014).

Previous Teaching Experience: Rhys has 6 years teaching experience. He began his career as a Computer Science teacher in Cleethorpes (UK) where he taught Years 7 – 11, teaching a range of topics from digital literacy to games development. Rhys was responsible for computer science development, training and development across the multi-academy trust until moving to the ABC International School.

Present Responsibilities: Teacher of Computer and ICT.

Alun Bidmead

Economic and Business Studies Teacher / Tutor of Year 13A

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Studies, PGCE Business and Economics, University College London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Alun has been teaching Business Studies and Economics for over 12 years in the UK, Thailand, China and Vietnam. He commenced his teaching role after a successful commercial career in the retail and leisure industries. As well as being a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, Alun is a qualified scuba diving instructor and technical diver.

Present Responsibilities: Alun is a form Tutor for Year 13, coordinates Work Experience for Year 11 students and co-runs the Saigon Enterprise Challenge ECA. He is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspect group.

Anish Dhokia

Mathematics Teacher / Head of Year 12 & 13

Nationality: : British 

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences, City University London; PGCE Mathematics, UCL Institute of Education.

Previous teaching experience: After completing his PGCE, Anish worked in a successful voluntary aided school in North London, teaching Mathematics from Key Stages 3 to 5. As a form tutor, he supported the pastoral work of the school, including promoting the general progress and well-being of individual pupils. As well as being a committed and enthusiastic teacher, Anish enjoys a wide range of sports and is passionate about boxing and rock climbing in particular. He has 7 years of teaching experience.

Present Responsibilities: Anish currently runs the Chess ECA and is a member of the Staff Welfare Aspects Group.

Ann-Marie Cubbin

Drama & English Teacher

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Drama, PGCE, (Drama & English as a Second Language) Aberystwyth University (UK) 1991.

Previous Teaching Experience: Ann-Marie is an experienced teacher of Drama who has spent the past 28 years teaching Drama and English in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. She has previously worked at a number of schools in both the UK and the Middle East, including at The English College Dubai, Jumeirah College Dubai, The British International School Abu Dhabi and Brighton College Abu Dhabi. During her career she has held various positions of responsibility including those of Head of Drama and Head of Department. She has taught Drama to pupils from Years 4 to 13, including to GCSE and A levels and has also prepared students for the Trinity College London Graded Drama Examinations. She has also directed a wide variety of major musical and drama productions, including Bugsy Malone, Arabian Nights, Roald Dahl‟s Revolting Rhymes, Oklahoma and Macbeth in addition to directing annual GCSE and A level showcase performances.

Present Responsibilities: Annie is a Teacher of Drama and is also part of the Student Welfare and Leadership Aspects Group.

Emma Cowen

EAL Teacher/ Tutor of 8E

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Modern Foreign Languages (German and French), University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK. PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (German and French), University of Sunderland UK. Certification to teach English as Foreign Language.

Previous Teaching Experience: Emma has been teaching for 20 years. She started teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Poland in 2000 and then in Japan and Germany. After returning to the UK to teach German and French, she then moved to Kuwait to teach French, German and English. Later she worked in Fujairah, UAE which was followed by another career opportunity to teach French, German and Travel & Tourism in Al Ain, UAE, where she held the positions of Head of the House System and Head of Extra-Curricular Activities.

Present Responsibilities: Emma currently teaches EAL in the Secondary school and helps with the Fox Football teams for the U19 girls. She is a member of the Staff Social and Wellbeing Aspects Group.

Mark Kenny

English Teacher and Head of Year 10

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BA (Honours) English and Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Chester, UK, PGCE in Education, Liverpool Hope University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Mark has 6 years of teaching experience. He trained to teach in Manchester as part of the Schools Direct Programme and taught in the same school as an NQT for 1 year before moving to Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi he taught English in international schools for 4 years and was also Head of House for the last 2 years of his time there. His interests outside of teaching include sport, music and travelling.

Present Responsibilities:Mark runs the Fantasy Football ECA and is also part of the Student Welfare and Leadership Aspects group.

Hannah Hewitt

Assistant Head - Head of Key Stage 5

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English and Communication Studies, University of Liverpool, UK. PGCE Secondary English and Drama, University of Manchester, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Hannah began teaching in 2004, spending the first eight years in a school in Liverpool, UK, before moving to an international school in Malaysia. This is her sixth year at The ABCIS, and her first as a part of the Senior Management Team. She passionately believes in the role of a holistic education, helping students to develop into well-rounded members of their community.

Present Responsibilities: Hannah is Head of Key Stage 5 and was previously the Head of English, Drama and Secondary EAL, co-director of the production and a member of the Communication Aspects Group.

Alexander Britton

Head of English/English Teacher

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: First Class LLB (Hons) Law, The London School of Economics and Political Science; PGCE Secondary English, Canterbury Christ University (UK); QTS UK (Secondary schools)

Previous Teaching Experience: Alex has over 5 years teaching experience. He entered the teaching profession through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. In his previous school in London, Alex held the position of Literacy Coordinator, taking responsibility for raising literacy standards, recreational reading and staff development. Outside of school, Alex is a keen traveller, writer, photographer and scuba diver.

Present Responsibilities: Alex runs the Conservation Club ECA.

Bo Zhong

Secondary Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Nationality: Chinese 

Qualifications:  M.ED International Teaching, Framingham State University, USA; Graduate Diploma, Teaching Profession (International Program), Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand; B.A. English, Yunnan University, China.

Previous teaching experience: Bo has been teaching Mandarin Chinese for 14 years. He has 9 years teaching experience in International schools both in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City covering 3 IB programmes (PYP, MYP and IBDP), IGCSE and AS Chinese.

Present Responsibilities: Bo teaches Secondary Mandarin Chinese and is the Tutor of 9B. He is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects group and supports the table tennis ECA.

Stacey Liu

Secondary Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Nationality: Taiwanese 

Qualifications: M.A. in English Literature, National Chung-Hsin University, Taiwan. PGCE, Secondary Mandarin Chinese Teaching, Keele University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Stacey has more than fourteen years‟ experience teaching both English and Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, Vietnam and New Zealand. She has previously taught Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as Secondary Mandarin Chinese.

Present Responsibilities: Stacey is teaching Mandarin Chinese to KS3 and KS4 pupils as well AS Level and is a Year 11 form tutor. She runs a Chinese Creative Art Club for students and is a member of the Reporting Aspect Group.

Annie Keane

French Teacher

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BA (Hons), University of Reading, PGCE St Mary’s College, London.

Previous Teaching Experience: Annie has 34 years teaching experience. She taught French and German at various schools in the UK where she was also Head of Modern Foreign Languages. In 2001 she moved to St Christopher’s School in Bahrain where she taught French at IGCSE and A Level and German at Key Stage 3 level, as well as being a Head of Year. She then worked at Bangkok Patana School for 14 years where she has been a Head of House, a Head of Year and a French and German teacher.

Present Responsibilities: Annie is a teacher of French and is also part of the Reporting Aspects Group.

Antoine Boussageon

French Teacher / Head of MFL

Nationality:  French 

Qualifications: B.A. English Language, Literature and Civilisation, Sorbonne University, Paris, France; PGCE Modern Foreign Languages, French and German, Goldsmiths University, London UK; QTS UK (Secondary).

Previous Teaching Experience: Before moving to Vietnam four years ago, Antoine taught languages in London for eight years where he trained Secondary teachers and became Head of Department. Through teaching German and Spanish at Primary and Secondary alongside French (up to Key Stage 5), Antoine has sought to stimulate his students' interest and broaden their horizons with an ever-growing conviction that languages are the best way to deepen our understanding of other people and cultures.

Present Responsibilities: Antoine is our current Head of Modern Foreign Languages, he is also a member of the Google Aspects group and runs the Table Tennis club after school. Antoine and the MFL department organises annual Language events such as the French Café and the Language Perfect competition.

Steven Over

Physics and Science Teacher

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: B. Tech Honours Applied Physics, University of Bradford. PGCE Physics, University of Leeds.

Previous teaching experience: Steven has over 35 years teaching experience. After 9 years in Warrington (UK ) he took part in a Commonwealth teacher exchange programme to Perth, Western Australia. On return he then took up a position in Dubai (UAE) which lasted for 24 years, where he was also examination officer for 8 years. This was followed by a year in the Channel Island of Guernsey before returning to the UK where he taught at a 14-19 Studio school in Liverpool.

Present Responsibilities: Steven is part of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group and assists with boys under 14 football for his ECA.

Adam Jennings

Biology Teacher / Head of Year 10 / Engage Coordinator

Nationality: : British  Qualifications: BSc (Hons.) Natural Sciences (Biology & Anthropology), University of Durham. MA Education, University of Durham. PGCE Science (Biology), University of Durham.

Previous teaching experience: Adam has 8 years of teaching experience, previously in the UK and now in Vietnam. He has previously taught in both Leeds and Lincoln in the UK prior to The ABCIS. Adam was Head of Biology during his final two years in the UK and was also heavily involved in educational visits, coordinating trips to Turkey, South Africa and also the International Award.

Present Responsibilities: Adam is the Head of Year 11, is running a Strategy Board Game ECA and is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group. As the ‘Engage’ Coordinator for the Secondary Campus, Adam is responsible for facilitating the input of various data into the school’s management information system, including timetables, ECAs and report mark sheets.

Christine Easton

Science Teacher / Tutor of Year 13C

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Queen Mary and Westfield College, UK. PGCE. General Science and Chemistry, King’s College London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Christine taught Science for 14 years in three London schools before moving to British International School, Phuket, where she taught Science and IB Chemistry. After 2 years there she got married and moved back to her ancestral roots in Vietnam. She previously taught at BIS Vietnam and the ABCIS for three years before taking time out of teaching to raise a family.

Present Responsibilities: Christine currently teaches Science at KS3 and KS4 as well as Chemistry at KS5. She is a tutor of a Year 13 class, whose welfare and progress she will monitor this year. Christine runs a Chemistry club which gives students experience of individual research, planning and carrying out experiments in their chosen field of interest. She is also a member of the Parent Advisory Group.

Grant Bowdery

Biology & Science / Head of Year 11

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physiology and Sports Science, University of Leeds; PGCE Secondary Science QTS, University of Sussex.

Previous Teaching Experience: Mr. Grant is in his 17th year of teaching having started in Brighton in the UK and has since been teaching in international schools in the Middle-East and Kenya before moving to Vietnam. Mr. Grant teaches all three sciences with his specialism being Biology.

Present Responsibilities: Grant is Head of Year 9 and with his love of running leads the Running Club ECA challenging students to run a 100km by the end of the year.

Andrew Akam

Chemistry Teacher / Tutor of 9A

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, The University of Portsmouth, UK; PGCE Science, The University of Exeter, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Before joining the ABCIS in 2015, Andrew worked for 5 years in an independent boys‟ school in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and in a large comprehensive school near Peterborough, England. Andrew takes part in a wide range of sports and has been involved in coaching youth rugby teams and has volunteered at a rugby academy in Ho Chi Minh City. He enjoys the outdoors and has played roles in supporting both the International Award and Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Present Responsibilities: Andrew is chair of the Staff Social and Welfare Aspects Group, is House Coordinator, and helps to run the International Award ECA.

Amy Beale

Assistant Head - Head of Key Stage 4 and Exams Officer

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BA Geography, University College London, TeachFirst – Geography, QTS Secondary, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Previous Teaching Experience: Amy has 14 years teaching experience in both British and International Schools. She worked in East London and Brunei prior to joining the ABCIS and held the position of Head of Year 8 in her London school. Amy has worked for The ABCIS for 10 years as a Geography teacher and previously held the positions of Head of Humanities and Head of Key Stage 3.

Present Responsibilities: As a member of the Senior Management Team Amy is the Head of Key Stage 4 and Examinations Officer. She teaches Geography, runs a charity ECA and is a member of the Student Welfare Aspects Group.

Stephen Ford

Head of Secondary

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: First Class BSc (Hons), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Trent Polytechnic Nottingham, UK. PGCE Physics and Science, Nottingham University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Stephen has 31 years of teaching and leadership experience in different Secondary schools. He has taught in three different schools in the UK, has leadership experience as a Head of Science in two of them and additionally as an Assistant Head teacher in a large secondary school. This is his sixth year at the ABCIS and his previous roles included Head of Science and Head of Key Stage 4.

Present Responsibilities: Teacher of Year 13 Physics and is a member of the Yearbook team.

Ian Bosonnet

HEAD OF SCHOOL STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT & PUPIL PERFORMANCE

Nationality: Irish 

Qualifications: B.A (Hons) double degree: History /Ancient History and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin (1992), Higher Diploma of Education, Trinity College Dublin (1994), QTS UK (all Primary and Secondary Schools), Level 2 Qualified School Inspector (all UK and international schools).

Previous Teaching Experience: Ian has 27 years teaching experience in both Primary and Secondary areas and 17 in management and leadership. He worked at schools in Dublin (Ireland) and in South London (UK) for 6 years before arriving in Vietnam. He was commended by the Department for Education for bringing about outstanding academic improvement while working in one of the schools in London. He has held a number of middle and senior management roles throughout his career.

Present Responsibilities: Ian has a broad range of responsibilities within the school which extend from Nursery to Year 13. These include lead responsibility for child protection and safeguarding matters, data analysis and reporting/advising about student performance to drive academic improvement, admissions and monitoring and advising on improvements in a range of different areas throughout the whole school. He leads in ensuring all health and safety, medical and safeguarding practices and policies within the school conform to expected UK standards. He was twice lead evaluator of all evidence for the ABCIS during inspections by UK Department of Education inspectors in 2013 and 2017, on both occasions in which the ABCIS received an outstanding rating as a British School Overseas in all areas. Ian is chair of the Parent‟s Advisory Group and also leads the Model United Nations at the ABC international School.

Steve Shaw

PRINCIPAL / MATHS TEACHER

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), The University of Birmingham. PGCE, The University of Cambridge

Previous Teaching Experience: Steve spent 10 years working in the UK in city comprehensive schools in Cambridge, Derbyshire and Nottingham before moving to the UAE to support educational reform in Abu Dhabi. He then spent 2 years working in local government schools training Principals and Vice Principals in school improvement before moving to the British International School Abu Dhabi as the Head of Academic Studies. He spent three years there helping set up the Secondary school, overseeing the school application to become an IB World School, managing the curriculum, reporting and assessment and the tracking of student progress. Steve spent five years as the Head of Secondary at ABCIS before becoming the school Principal.

Present Responsibilities: Steve currently works across all three campuses and is a member of both Charity and Staff Welfare Aspects groups.