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Who's who

Julie Way | Headteacher

I am thrilled to become the headteacher of Hua Hin International School.  

I was previously Headteacher of a school in the UK, which was recognised by the Minister of Education for the high standards achieved by the children. Prior to that, I was Head of St Andrews International School,  Sukhumvit 107, Bangkok, which at the time was only the third school in Thailand to gain a silver accreditation from CfBT. For several years before coming to Thailand, I enjoyed working as a Principal Lecturer at a University for teacher training.

My qualifications include: Masters in Education, BA (Hons), PGCE and the UK qualification for headteachers, NPQH.

My teaching career has been across all age groups and I have taught 2 year olds, all ages at the Primary stage, English to secondary students and taught trainee teachers too.

My personal interests are centred around sport and being in the outdoors so obviously,  Hua Hin is just a perfect place for me!

You can contact me on: juliew@huahinschool.com


Specialist Teachers


Jan | Thai Director

I’m grateful and thrilled to be working with Hua Hin International School to help set up and support the school from the very beginning.
I have a rang of experience in education – including as a teacher, administrator, teacher-trainer and Inspector – in both Thai and International Schools. At HHIS I will work alongside Ms. Julie, the Head of the school, to ensure a high standard of Thai Programmes as well as to ensure that the school runs smoothly within the Thai cultural context. If you have any queries regarding Thai aspects at the school, please feel free to contact me at natapatu@huahinschool.com

Dawn Shepherd | Music Teacher

After gaining a BA (Hons) and PGCE in Music teaching at Bath University in the UK, I worked to create my own music workshops and also developed my interest in ’Food for Health’ I have been working at an Academy in Bristol developing music skills as well as using music to support learning across the curriculum. Teaching music and releasing children’s musical creativity is very fulfilling. I am very much looking forward to taking on this role at HHIS. Dawn can be contacted at dawn.s@huahinschool.com

Andrew Barnett | Physical Education Teacher

I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in 2007. Before training to be a teacher, I worked as a football development administrator for the Football Association at Wembley Stadium. Here I helped to organise large scale sports events and festivals that encouraged children to get involved in sport and physical activity.

It was during my time at The FA that I discovered a passion for working with young people. I gained my PGCE in 2012 and have spent the last three years teaching primary and secondary physical education at a large London school. I am qualified to teach a broad range of physical activities and also have experience delivering the GCSE physical education course.

I am thrilled to be joining Hua Hin International School. I will be working closely with colleagues and specialist external coaches to develop a diverse and exciting physical education programme for our students. We fully intend to make the most of the school’s beautiful natural surroundings for our PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs.

Much of my time outside of school is spent watching and playing a variety of sports. I particularly enjoy playing football, running and hiking. I recently achieved my ‘open water’ scuba diving qualification and hope to put that to good use during my spare time in Thailand!

Tom Walters  | English Language support

I’m so excited about the prospect of starting my new career at Hua Hin International school and my new life in Thailand.

I graduated from the University of Reading in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Afterwards, I joined the police for five years working initially as a call handler, a voluntary police officer and then an acting supervisor.

I am a fluent Welsh/English speaker and have always had a passion for languages. In June 2015, I graduated with a certificate for teaching English language from Trinity college in Bristol. There I learnt the importance of not only speaking good standard English, but also the importance of making the words and sentences sound natural when spoken to a native speaker(s).

In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching rugby and football. I also love eating good and plentiful food, playing guitar, weightlifting and running.

Bonnie | Mandarin Teacher

I am Bonnie from Taiwan. I graduated from Chung Hsing University with a BA degree in Chinese literature. I also gained a teaching certificate from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. I have eight years teaching experience in Taiwan and have taught Mandarin for about a year in Hua Hin.
I believe that students learn the best when it’s fun for them to do so! Therefore, I apply various activities to enhance students’ speaking and listening proficiency, as well as to enrich and engage students in learning through songs, games, art activities, worksheets, storytelling, and one on one speaking practices.

The target language will be used for the majority of time in class. I will use many gestures and facial expressions to help students make connections and understand the learning content better.

I love teaching! I love the radiant and innocent smiles on children’s faces. It makes me have a sense of accomplishment and happiness. I am so glad and excited to get to know your child and start this Mandarin learning journey with him/her together! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Bonnie can be contacted at bonnie.c@huahinschool.com

Gluay | Thai Teacher

My name is Gluay and I am the Thai teacher at HHIS. My academic background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Kasetsart University and a Master of Arts Degree in Second Language Teaching from Birkbeck University in London.

I have over ten years experience in teaching Thai and English and have taught the Thai language in a language school in London for over four years. I returned back to Thailand and worked as a Thai teacher at St. Andrews Sukhumvit International School before joining HHIS. My teaching style is varied and I like to make my lessons fun for the students. I really enjoy seeing the students’ progress. I will ensure that my students improve their Thai while having fun everyday!

Aom | Thai Teacher

I am delighted to be a part of expert team at Hua Hin International School.
I graduated from Suan Dusit University with teacher’s Bachelor degree of Education in 2003 and have now more than ten years of experience working in education in several international schools in Bangkok.
I have taught Thai language to both native Thai speakers as well as foreign children in British School of Bangkok for seven years.
After that, I was a part of teaching team at St.Andrews International School Sathorn, working closely alongside teachers both Thai and international staff who used a wide variety of engaging and effective teaching and learning techniques.
I believe that learning should be fun, creative and inspiring. This in turn motivates them to share their learning with others and use their new knowledge in their daily life.


Secondary/Upper Primary Teachers


Alasdair McLeod

I have taught the National Curriculum for fifteen years across a range of subjects including Science, Mathematics and ICT at Key Stage 3 and 4 and Physics at IB Diploma level. I have therefore gained extensive teaching experience in the IGCSE and IB courses that HHIS will soon be offering. My qualifications include: Master of Education, PGCE and BSc (Hons) in Maths and Science. I am wholly committed to the ambitious extra-curricular programme that HHIS will establish. At two previous schools, I set up and ran the Duke of Edinburgh (International) Award. I have also worked in Outdoor Education; leading Geography and Biology field trips in the UK. At HHIS, I will be working to use the diversity of the Hua Hin area as an outdoor classroom to bring learning to life with the best opportunities for the students to engage with the Key Values of the school. When not working, I enjoy photography, videography, hiking and sailing. Alasdair can be contacted at alasdair.m@huahinschool.com

Jeremy Stokes

After qualifying and teaching in the UK I have lived and worked in Thailand for ten years, the last four as Principal of a growing and successful international school in Bangkok. My qualifications include: MA Education, PGCE and BSc (Hons) in Biological Science. I am currently further developing my expertise in Special Educational Needs by working to gain the UK National Award for SEN coordination. I look forward to the challenges faced by joining a school in its infancy and helping shape the education provided in what promises to be an excellent opportunity for the children and families of Hua Hin. I will be joining Hua Hin International School along with my children who are really excited by the prospect of the improved quality of life that living in Hua Hin offers. Jeremy can be contacted at jeremy.s@huahinschool.com

David Coulson

I graduated from the University of Warwick with a history degree in 2008. After a sixth-month position teaching business I.T. for a company merger in England, I left the UK for Asia. I have been teaching in Thailand for six years and also worked translating Thai doctoral theses for publication in English. I am married and have a young daughter so much of my free time is now spent reading story books, singing nursery rhymes and playing hide-and-seek. I am a keen sportsman and have represented teams at many levels in cricket, football, hockey, rugby union and snooker. I also love cooking (and then eating!) good food, learning new languages and travelling. I am really excited about working at Hua Hin International School. The conditions are perfect for creating a stimulating learning environment guided by the eight key HHIS values. I look forward to meeting all the new students, staff and parents and ‘getting education right’ together. David can be contacted at david.c@huahinschool.com

Paul Manning-Fox

I completed my teaching degree at Edge Hill University in the North West of England in 2003. I then taught in a primary school in Liverpool before moving to Spain, where I worked in an international school for 10 years.

I am very excited about joining HHIS with its child-oriented ethos and am already enjoying the warm and vibrant atmosphere of the school.
Paul can be contacted at paul.m@huahinschool.com

Sarah John

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Portsmouth in 2008 and completed my PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education in 2009. I have been working as Head of Psychology at a large sixth form college in North London and my main interest lies in the field of positive psychology.

I am very excited to have joined the HHIS community where I will mainly be supporting our secondary students.
Sarah can be contacted at sarah.j@huahinschool.com


Lower Primary Teachers


Jake Miles | Phase Leader for KS2

I have a BA Honours in Education Studies including PGCE with over five years’ teaching experience in nursery, primary and secondary schools. For the last two years I have been teaching Year 4, 5 and 6 in a primary school in the UK. My further responsibilities at this school include being ICT Coordinator and being a member of the School Board. With a background in drama and performing arts I am able to incorporate these passions creatively into my teaching. I also enjoy finding new, fun and inspiring ways of integrating ICT into my lessons. Hua Hin International School is such a wonderful environment for teachers and children to achieve their maximum potential. Jake can be contacted at jake.m@huahinschool.com

Jess Sharkey | Phase Leader for KS1/Early Years

I began my career providing reading support  for young children in a Forest School in Devon. After a year, I decided teaching was for me and moved to the City of Bristol, where I undertook a 3 year Primary Education teacher training course. Once I had qualified with a BA (Honours) in Primary Education, I moved to Bristol and began my teaching career. Over the last 3 years, I have been teaching Year 6 in a challenging inner city School. Whilst teaching in this school, I have engaged and motivated children with a wide range of abilities and needs. Creativity is my passion! I love art, drama and literacy and I think it is vital to provide opportunities for all learners to use their imagination. I am enthusiastic about creating an environment that inspires children to become lifelong learners and to view learning as an adventure. In my spare time I rock climb, attend gym classes and bake. Having visited Asia before, I am drawn to its beauty and welcoming ambience. I love the idea of being part of the start of such an exciting new journey and I cannot wait to work at Hua Hin International School to meet not only the children but the whole community. Jess can be contacted at jess.s@huahinschool.com

James Walton

I graduated with a degree in Primary Education. I worked in a primary school South East London for 3 years before moving to Thailand.

It has been fantastic to work at Hua Hin International School and helping children reach their full potential. Seeing the school grow whilst also maintaining the feeling of a small community school, has been a pleasure.

To me HHIS provides an engaging and supportive environment that respects and nurtures the individual child.
James can be contacted at james.w@huahinschool.com


Early Years Teachers


Morna Watson

Born in New Zealand then brought up and educated in England, I have been an early years specialist for over thirteen years and have taught in early childhood settings with two to five year­old children from a wide range of nationalities, backgrounds and cultures. I hold a Bachelor of Education degree from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and have been teaching internationally for over eight years. I have been based in Thailand for the last four years at an IB world school in Bangkok and I am passionate about the Early Years; I pride myself on providing quality inquiry and play based learning. I view each child as a strong, competent and capable individual who is each unique and special with their own learning styles and patterns of development. I look forward to meeting and working in partnership with you to provide the very best care and education for your child. I am delighted to be joining Hua Hin International School as I am particularly drawn to the like-minded community spirit and commitment to optimal learning for every student. Morna can be contacted at morna.w@huahinschool.com

Emily Wood

I have a long and varied background in Early Years education. Following the completion of my BA in Psychology at University, I worked at a Private Day Nursery in England, where I discovered my passion for working with young children. That was 10 years ago, and I can’t imagine doing anything else now! I completed my teacher training at Liverpool University and specialised in Early Years Education. I was then employed as a Nursery Teacher at a Primary School in Manchester. In 2009 I embarked on my first overseas post in Bangkok, where I worked as a teacher and Early Years Phase Leader at an International Pre-School. It was a fantastic four years of teaching and leading a team. I then taught a class of Reception aged children at an International School in Brunei, Darussalam and took the opportunity to start my MA in Early Years Education. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my daughter, eating at exotic restaurants, travelling and keeping fit. I am very excited to be joining Hua Hin International School and believe it will be a very special place. It also gives me the opportunity to return to Thailand, which always has a place in my heart. Emily can be contacted at emily.w@huahinschool.com

Hannah Manning-Fox

After gaining my BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS I worked for 4 years in the North of England before moving to Spain for 9 years. There I gained a lot of experience working with children with EAL in a range of different Year groups.

I am delighted to become a part of this growing school and taking on the new challenge of living and working in Thailand with my family.
Hannah can be contacted at hannah.m@huahinschool.com


Learning Support Teacher


Jarde Cahilig

Mr Jarde has a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Philisophy. He also has many qualifications and experience with a range of special needs including Autism, Sensory Processing, Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties.

Mr Jarde has supported children with learning difficulties in international schools in Bangkok. Such is his reputation and expertise that Mr Jarde has acted as advisor to schools in the city of Bangkok regarding children with special needs.

Mr Jarde is very excited to be taking up his post at Hua Hin International School.