Head of Upper Primary
Qualification: BSc Management & Information Systems, Queens University Belfast (2004), PGCE Primary Education, Liverpool Hope University (2007)
Previous Teaching Experience: Chris has 10 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 before taking up his current position.
Present Responsibilities: In addition to his role as the Head of Upper Primary (Key Stage 2), Chris also oversees the curriculum development for the Primary core areas, working with Subject Coordinators and Heads of Year. Chris is also the Senior Management Team member of the Sharing Good Practice Group. Within Key Stage 2, Chris is involved with various Football ECAs.
Head of EAL and EIP
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 18 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. This year Mel will be running Cross Stitch Club for Years 4 and 5. She is also a member of the House Aspects Group.
Present Responsibilities: Mel is the Primary Literacy Coordinator. This year she will be running a Water Confidence Club for Year 3 and 4. She is also a member of the Curriculum Development Aspects Group.
Year 2 Teacher
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 Storytelling ECA and is also a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspect Group.
Head of Year 2
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with Art, University of Reading, England (2011).
Previous Teaching Experience: Hannah began her career as a primary teacher in Reading (UK) where she taught Year 3 for 3 years as well as taking on the role of Arts Coordinator. She then moved to Vietnam to work at the ABC International School, teaching first in Year 3 then afterwards in Year 2, where she was appointed Head of Year. After a year of travelling and visiting her family, Hannah is excited to return to the ABC International School and her previous role.
Present Responsibilities: This year, Hannah is head of Year 2 and part of the Student Welfare Aspects Group.
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 18 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 teaches the Year 3 and 4 EIP class and EAL in Years 2, 5 and 6. She is a member of the Google Aspects Group and runs an ECA on Origami and Free Drawing.
Year 3 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 8 years’ teaching experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. She has taught Year 3 for 2 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 has enjoyed developing the new curriculum in this school setting. She also enjoyed holding responsibility for creating and launching the school library and 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 ECA.
Year 6 Teacher
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 second year teaching at the ABCIS. Prior to this, he taught for 2 years in South London, England, working in Years 5 and 6. 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 also the Primary Extra Curricular Activities Coordinator. He is also part of the Engage Aspects group.
Head of Year 3
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Middlesex University, 2007
Previous teaching experience: Jo has 11 year teaching experience and began her teaching career in London, England where she taught Year 4 for 2 years. She then taught for 2 years in an international school in Cambodia, working with Year 3 before moving to the ABCIS where she taught in both Years 4 and 1 as well as being primary Science Coordinator. She then returned to the UK for 3 years to teach Year 1 and then Reception and has also been a PE Coordinator.
Present Responsibilities: Jo is Head of Year 3 and is part of the Green Team Aspects group.
Primary Music Teacher
Qualifications: BMus (Hons) Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2002), PGCE Music with QTS, University of Sussex (2004).
Previous Teaching Experience: Philippa has 14 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.
Year 5 Teacher
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 12 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. 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’ (management information system) Coordinator. He will also be involved in running a Chess and Backgammon as well as a Touch Rugby ECA.
Year 6 Teacher/ Head of Year 6
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 6, teaching alongside two other teachers. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Group.
Qualification: Master Degree of Education (The College of New Jersey, USA). Montessori Teaching Certificate. Teacher Qualification Certification (China).
Previous Teaching Experience: Hong has 7 years of teaching experience in international schools. This is her sixth year in ABC international school, and she is running a Mandarin club in KS2.
Present Responsibilities: She is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group and is also running a Mandarin club in KS2.
Primary P.E. Teacher
Qualifications: BA (Hons.) Physical Education with QTS, University of Brighton (2013).
Previous Teaching Experience: Emily has 5 years teaching experience. She began her career teaching PE in two different secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, before moving to London. She has spent the last 4 years teaching PE at James Allen’s Preparatory School in South London. Emily loves teaching and taking part in sport and has a passion for instilling the importance of a healthy active lifestyle.
Present responsibilities: This year Emily will be assisting with the U11 Girls Football ECA, and leading the U11 Girls Basketball ECA. She is also involved in the Charities and Fundraising Aspect Group.
Year 3 Teacher
Qualifications: BA (Hons.) History, University of Sheffield. PGCE Primary, Forest Independent Primary Collegiate, London, UK.
Previous Teaching Experience: Rachel has been teaching for 8 years and began her career as a primary teacher in London. She has taught Years 3 and 5 and has experience of coordinating a range of subjects including Literacy, History and Geography.
Present Responsibilities: Rachel currently teaches Year 3. Rachel is a member of the Service & Charity Aspects Group during this academic year and will also be involved in running an Art ECA.
Abimbola (Bim) Oyetade
5/6 EIP Teacher
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 8 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 included the role of Key Stage 2 Literacy Coordinator during her final year in Egypt. 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 years 5 and 6 and teaches year 3 and 4 EAL groups. She is a member and co-chair of the Google Aspects group and is running the Photography ECA this session.
Year 4 Teacher
Qualifications: PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch University (UK), Human Geography BSc, The University of Reading (UK).
Previous teaching experience: Jade has been a Primary School Teacher for 10 years. She started her career at Swalecliffe Community Primary School, in Kent, UK, where she quickly discovered her passion for the teaching of reading and writing. She taught Years 3 and 2 for four years, before moving to the Middle East to teach at Sherborne Qatar Prep School. At this school, Jade experienced teaching Years 2, 6 and 4 and has enjoyed working with a dynamic group of diverse children from around the world. Jade has organised and run the annual Health and Fitness days at her current school and enjoys teaching yoga to children as part of this.
Present Responsibilities: Jade currently runs the Sing Up ECA after school.
Philip John Randall
Year 5 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 30 years and is moving to the ABC International School to become Head of Year 5. 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 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.
Present Responsibilities: Philip currently runs an after school educational computer games club.
Year 4 Teacher/ Head of Year 4
Qualifications: B.A (Hons.) Primary Education with QTS, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK.
Previous Teaching Experience: Daniel has 13 years teaching experience in the UK. Alongside his role as a Year 4 Class teacher, he also has additional responsibility as Head of Year 4. 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.
Year 6 Teacher and Primary Computing Coordinator
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 4 years. He began his career in Bristol (UK) where he taught Year 5 for two years and Year 6 for two years. During his time as a teacher in the UK, Dan was the Upper Key Stage 2 leader and Leader of Computing. His appointment at the ABCIS marks the beginning of his international teaching career.
Present Responsibilities: Alongside teaching year 6, Dan is leading Computing across the primary school and is a member of the Sharing Good Practice aspects group. He is supporting an Under 11s football ECA this year run by Fox Football.
Year 5 Teacher
Nationality: : British
Qualification: Bachelor of Music, Bangor University, Wales, UK. GTP Primary, Reading University.
Previous teaching Experience: After completing her GTP through Reading University, April taught Year 6 in a school in Oxford, UK. She then decided to move to an international setting and accepted a position at Regents International School, Pattaya (Thailand). She taught there for 2 years as a Year 5 teacher and also took on the role of Curriculum Events Coordinator. Since starting at ABCIS, April has taught Year 6 for two years and will now be teaching in Year 5.
Present Responsibilities: This year at ABCIS, April is working with a small team to coordinate the production of the Yearbook. She has taken on responsibility as the House Coordinator and will be continuing to offer a Musical Theatre ECA.
Year 4 Teacher/ Primary Maths Coordinator
Qualifications: BSc. Econ European Union Studies with French and Spanish, Cardiff University, PGCE Primary Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.
Previous Teaching Experience: Claire has 13 years of teaching experience. She completed her PGCE in Cardiff before gaining NQT status in a school in London. Before moving to Vietnam, Claire spent 6 years working in a British School in Gran Canaria (Spain), teaching in both Year 2 and Year 6. During this time, she also had the additional responsibility of Head of Key Stage.
Present Responsibilities: Claire is currently a Year 4 class teacher and this is her sixth year as Mathematics Coordinator for the Primary Department. She is a member of the Google Aspects Group.
PE Teacher/ Primary House Coordinator
Qualifications: B.A. (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching, Northumbria University, UK. PGCE Primary Teaching, Institute of Education, London, UK.
Previous Teaching Experience: Robert has several 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 teaching PE and Swimming from Reception class up to Year 7. He is responsible for the Reception and Key Stage 1 PE curriculum as well as developing the whole school swimming scheme. He is the coach of the U11's Boys Basketball team as well as coaching both the Primary and Secondary School Swimming Teams. Robert is also the Primary House Coordinator and chair of the House Aspects Group.
Year 4 Teacher
Nationality: : British
Qualifications: BEd (Hons) University of Leeds
Previous teaching experience: Tony has been teaching for over 25 years, both in the UK and abroad. He started his teaching career in the North of England where he gained experience as Art Coordinator and class teacher in Years 3, 4 and 5. In 1996, Tony moved to Egypt where, in addition to teaching a Year 6 class, he held the posts of Deputy Head Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Literacy Coordinator in one of Cairo’s largest international schools. Since then, he has worked in London for 6 years as Head of Upper Key Stage 2 and both Assessment and PE Coordinator; in Moscow as an Assistant Head Teacher and Assessment Coordinator; in Costa Rica as IPC Coordinator and most recently in Slovakia where he worked as a member of the Primary Leadership Team as well as coordinating the IPC, Literacy and Art over the past 6 years.
Present Responsibilities: Tony currently coaches the Year 4 boys’ football team.