Head of Campus 2
Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, Early Years, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2005)
Previous Teaching Experience: Kevin has 12 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 Environmental Improvement and Sustainability 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 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 1 Teacher
Nationality: : British
Qualification: BEd (Hons) Primary Education, University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK).
Previous teaching Experience: Lorna has 4 years teaching experience. After completing her degree in Primary Education, she worked in a rural primary school in Aberdeenshire (UK) where she taught Year 2. In 2015, she moved to Vietnam to teach English as a second language before joining The ABC International School. Lorna has taught Pre-Nursery and Year 1 during her time in the school. She is passionate about ensuring the children enjoy learning and feel comfortable to express themselves in the school environment.
Present responsibilities: Lorna is a chairperson for the Staff Welfare and Social Aspects Group. She also is running a Mindfulness ECA for KS1 children this year.
Email: lornaballantyne @theabcis.com
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 1 Teacher
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland (2012).
Previous teaching experience: Sinead has 6 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 an English ECA for KS1 children and is also a member of the Service and Charity aspects 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 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 19 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 second year as a Year 1 teacher at the ABCIS.
Present Responsibilities: Kristen is Head of Year 1. She is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects Group.
Year 2 Teacher & Primary Science Coordinator
Qualifications: BA QTS Geography (Hons) Southampton, UK.
Previous Teaching Experience: Keeley has 17 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 fifth 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 and the ABCIS Social Committee.
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 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 runs the KS1 Student Council, the KS2 Chatterbooks Book Club and is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.