Head of Primary
Qualification: BSc Management & Information Systems, Queens University Belfast (2004), PGCE Primary Education, Liverpool Hope University (2007)
Previous Teaching Experience: Chris has 13 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 (Key Stage 1 and 2), Chris is the Senior Management Team member of the Google Aspects Group.
Deputy Head of Primary
Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, Early Years, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2005)
Previous Teaching Experience: Kevin has 13 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 Head of Campus 2, Kevin is also the Senior Management Team member of the Communication Aspects Group.
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 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.
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 Construction ECA and is also a member of the Yearbook 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. This will be her 5th year teaching at The ABC International School.
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 19 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 third year at ABCIS and she teaches the Year 3 and 4 EIP class and the Year 5 EIP class. She is a member of the Google Aspects Group and runs a Key Stage 2 Homework Club.
Year 6 Teacher /Primary ECA Coordinator
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 third 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 also the Primary Extra Curricular Activities Coordinator. He is part of the Communication Aspects group.
Head of Year 3
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Middlesex University, 2007
Previous teaching experience: Jo has 12 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 Student Welfare and Leadership 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 13 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" (management information system) Coordinator. He will also be involved in running a Table Tennis ECA.
Year 1 Teacher
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland (2012).
Previous teaching experience: Sinead has 7 years teaching experience. After completing her degree in Primary Education, she worked in Ireland for 3 years teaching in the Primary area. Following that, Sinead moved to Dubai (UAE) where she taught for 3 years. Her priority is to build positive relationships with all the children, getting to know each of them so they can make great progress and achieve their full potential through engaging, fun and active lessons.
Present Responsibilities: This year, Sinead is running Bug Club ECA for KS1 children and is also a member of the Service and Charity aspects group.
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. She currently runs a Sewing ECA.
Qualification: Master Degree of Education (The College of New Jersey, USA). Montessori Teaching Certificate (China). National Mandarin Proficiency certificate: A level (State Language Commission, China)
Previous Teaching Experience: Hong has 9 years of teaching experience in international schools. This is her 7th year in The ABC international school. She worked for a Montessori international school in China for 1 year, after that, she moved to Vietnam to work for Saigon Pearl international school for 2 years. Hong joined The ABC international school in 2013 and she really likes the teaching and learning atmosphere in the school.
Present Responsibilities: Hong Gao is teaching Mandarin from Year 1 to Year 6. Additionally, She is a member of the Staff Social and Well-being Aspects Group and runs the Chess ECA in KS2.
Year 3 Teacher
Qualifications: BA (Hons) History, The University of York, England (2004), PGCE Primary Bath Spa University, Bath (2005).
Previous Teaching Experience: James has 14 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 3 Teacher and a member of the Sharing Good Practice aspects group.
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 9 years‟ teaching experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. She has taught Year 3 for 3 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.
Head of Primary Physical Education
Qualifications: BA (Hons.) Physical Education with QTS, University of Brighton (2013).
Previous Teaching Experience: Emily has 6 years teaching experience. She began her career teaching PE in two different secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, before moving to London. She then spent 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 leading U11 Athletics and U11 Girls Basketball ECAs, as well as assisting with the U11 Girls Football ECA. She is also involved in the Charities and Fundraising Aspect Group.
Year 1 Teacher / Head of Year 1
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 20 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 third year as a Year 1 teacher at the ABCIS.
Present Responsibilities: Kristen is Head of Year 1. She is a member of the Reporting Aspects Group.
Year 3 Teacher
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, York St John University, 2015.
Previous Teaching Experience: Sophie has 3 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.
Year 2 Teacher
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Education, University of Bolton, UK, PGCE Primary Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Previous Teaching Experience: Josephine has 7 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.
Year 4 Teacher
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University; PGCE Primary QTS, Liverpool Hope University.
Previous Teaching Experience: Clodagh has 4 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 runs the Drama Games ECA.
Abimbola (Bim) Oyetade
Year 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 9 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.
Primary PE Teacher
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.
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 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.
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 5 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 leading Computing and e-Safety across the primary school and is a member of the Sharing Good Practice aspects group. This year, he is running a Coding ECA.
Year 2 Teacher
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 sixth year at The ABC International School. Alongside teaching in Year 2, 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.
Year 1 Teacher
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.
Year 5 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 14 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. Since working at The ABC International School, she has worked in Year 6 and Year 4.
Present Responsibilities: Claire is currently a Year 5 class teacher and this is her seventh 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 Swimming from Year 2 to Year 4. He is responsible for developing the whole school swimming scheme. He is also the coach of the Primary and Secondary School Swimming Teams.
Year 4 Teacher
Nationality: : British
Qualifications: BEd (Hons) Primary Education, University of Leeds, UK; Foundation Course in Art and Design, NOTC, Oxfordshire, UK
Previous teaching experience: Tony has been teaching for over 27 years, both in the UK and abroad. He started his teaching career in the North of England where he worked as a class teacher in Years 3, 4 and 5 as well as Art Coordinator. 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 one of London‟s top schools for 6 years as Head of Upper Key Stage 2 and both Assessment and PE Coordinator; the British International School of Moscow as an Assistant Head Teacher and Assessment Coordinator; in the British School of Costa Rica as a member of the Primary Management Team, IPC Coordinator and Year 6 teacher and most recently at the British International School Bratislava in Slovakia where he worked as a member of the Primary Leadership Team as well as coordinating the IPC, Literacy and Art over a period of 6 years.
Present Responsibilities: Tony is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group and runs the KS2 Reading Club.
Year 1 Teacher
Nationality: : Canadian
Qualifications: BA (Hons) History and Political Science, Saint Francis Xavier University, Canada; PGCE Primary with Humanities Specialism, University of Exeter, England.
Previous teaching experience: Meagan has been a Primary teacher for over 15 years and, in her previous post, taught Year 2 as well as Year 3 in Bratislava, Slovakia before beginning maternity leave with her son, Samuel. She has had extensive experience teaching both Key Stages 1 and 2 in British International Schools in Bangkok, Moscow and San Jose (Costa Rica) and has led a range of subject areas including Literacy, Mathematics, Humanities and Student Voice. Meagan also spent 2 years in the UK and taught Year 5 before moving to Russia where she met her husband, Tony, who is also a member of the ABCIS teaching team.
Present Responsibilities: Meagan leads KS1 Student Council, KS1 Coding Club and is the Chair of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.
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.