Welcome to our new teachers – August 2019
Rachel Tweddle | EY Phase Leader and EY3 Class Teacher
My career as an Early Years practitioner began as a BTEC Nursery Nurse. I then progressed to Edge Hill University where I studied a BA Hons with QTS in Primary Education, with Art as my specialist subject. I began my teaching career in the north-west of England in Key Stage 1 and Early Years, with roles as art coordinator, creative curriculum leader and P.E. link teacher. My interest in travel and culture led me overseas, where I have been teaching/leading in the Early Years at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, for the past ten years. In that time, I have had two children (Charlie, 5 and Jack, 2) and we are looking forward to moving from the bustling city of Bangkok to the calm, natural environment of Hua Hin. I am joining Hua Hin International School as Early Years Phase Leader and teacher of EY3, and I am very much looking forward to being part of the HHIS community.
Joanne Marston | KS1 Phase Leader and Y2 Class Teacher
I am a dedicated and passionate teacher with a BA (Hons) degree, QTS and 15 years teaching experience in the UK. For the last 5 years I have been Assistant Headteacher at a large multi-cultural primary school in the Northwest of England, working mainly with children for whom English is an additional language. I am delighted to join Hua Hin International School and to have the opportunity to be part of the next phase of school’s development and journey. In particular, I am looking forward to working with the whole school community and creating engaging learning opportunities that will enable every child to thrive and progress. I am passionate about travelling and life-long learning and I hope to inspire this intrepid spirit in all my pupils.
Sacha Hancock | Year 2 Class Teacher
I graduated from St Mary’s University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS. I have been working ever since as a KS1 teacher.
Prior to my graduation I had the opportunity to work in a vast range of schools and with an some incredible children from many different walks of life, this included teaching English as a foreign language in a school in France.
One of my favourite parts of teaching is seeing the wonder in my students when they are engaged in their learning and the creativity that comes from this. I am a firm believer that all children are individuals and I aspire to make sure my approach to teaching reflects that! I love to engage children wholly in their learning and give them as many real life experiences as possible.
I cannot wait to travel to Hua Hin and become a part of the HHIS community.
Claire Peace | Year 4 Class Teacher
I am very excited to be joining the team at Hua Hin. I graduated from the University of the West of England in 2005 and received my PGCE from Canterbury Christchurch in 2012 after a short career in retail. I have spent the majority of my teaching career at an independent school in Tunbridge Wells, GB. I have been fortunate enough to have taught across the primary range. I have also had responsibility for the Special Educational Needs provision throughout the school and was lead phonics teacher. My approach to learning and teaching is to create mutually supportive environments where respect and the sharing of knowledge are promoted.. Having visited Thailand on holiday before I am excited to move to such a beautiful country and look forward to being part of Hua Hin International School.
Claire Finnegan | Year 5 Class Teacher
I am very excited to teach at HHIS! I can’t wait to join your school community and help children to flourish. My background is in teaching key stage two pupils from all over the world in Devon, Cornwall and South Wales. In the classroom, my particular passions lie with collaborative learning styles, encouragement and developing young people’s love of literacy. Outside of school (and in school!), I really enjoy having a go at anything creative and also love all outdoor adventures.
Rob Templeton | Year 6 Class Teacher
I am thrilled to be a part of the HHIS team next year. I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 with a BSc Psychology degree (Honours), and after completed a PGCE in primary education. I have been fortunate to have spent the last three years teaching in a school on the outskirts of Sheffield, which has been a great experience. Here I have seen the value of developing a classroom environment and ethos where children can express their thoughts and ideas freely.
Outside of school I enjoy engaging in outdoor pursuits and most sports.
I am relishing a new challenge in a new setting and cannot wait to get started.
Lucy Tongbunkuea | Secondary Science Teacher and Year 7 Tutor
I started my teaching career in Thailand 10 years ago after finishing my Marine Biology degree at Aberystwyth University. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching English and Science from age 2 all the way up to age 18. So much so that I decided to return to the UK to do a PGCE in Secondary Science and now have 8 years teaching experience in the UK. I have taught all 3 Sciences in that time at 2 fantastic secondary schools in Shrewsbury. I love that my job allows me to share my passion for Science, I believe that hands on learning is the best approach and brings Science to life. My other passions are reading and running and bringing up my 2 wonderful children. I can’t wait to join the team at HHIS.
Daniel Morrissey | Secondary English Teacher and Year 8 Tutor
I am an English teacher with more than 19 years of experience of working in the UK across a variety of secondary, sixth form and FE college settings. In recent years I’ve been a Lead Practitioner and a Head of Department. Throughout my career I’ve diversified into teaching media studies, drama and theatre studies as well as leading on outdoor pursuits and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. I love teaching English because I believe in the power of literature to evoke the imagination and challenge our understanding of humanity. I see it as so important in helping our young people to develop their own understanding of the world around them. I love reading and am a keen creative writer, so my job gives me the opportunity to share something I am passionate about. Last year I fulfilled an ambition to complete an MA, specialising in performance poetry and dystopian fiction. I write regularly and have had work published.
Mike Tweddle | PE Teacher
I am excited to be joining HHIS as a Teacher of Physical Education and Swimming. For the past 10 years I have been teaching Early Years through to Sixth Form at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok. My role included Performance Leader of Football and for the past three years I have been Year Team Leader for Years 7, 8 and 9. Additional to football I have a wide variety of sporting interests including tennis, cycling and golf. I have a keen interest in these both personally and as a teacher, supporting golf ECA in my current setting. I have a degree in Sports Studies from Edge Hill University and gained my teaching qualification after working in the Special Educational Needs department at a Senior School in the North West of England. I enjoy the outdoors and keeping active, and as a father of two young boys, I am looking forward to exploring what Hua Hin has to offer for family adventures.
Samuel Gustavsson | Music Teacher
Samuel is a music teacher from Sweden and is looking forward to extending the music provision through the school, including supporting the bands and choir.
His master’s degree is from the University of Gothenburg. Samuel has a wide range of experience from working in start up schools to larger schools. He will move to HHIS from China and will come with his wife and two daughters.
Olivia Searles | EAL Teacher
I am a Biomedical Science graduate from the University of Sheffield, after completing a 4-year course including a year working in the chemical industry. Alongside academia, I have always loved dance and music, performing the arts of ballet, tap, modern and jazz, and as well have gained my grade 8 cornet certification. I am passionate about working with children and have combined this with my love for science by becoming a STEM ambassador during my year in industry. This experience has influenced the path I would like to take upon graduating university. As a teacher of EAL I have learnt how a stimulating environment and meaningful communication are key to learning and speaking English to a good standard. I am joyed to be a part of the HHIS team and cannot wait to begin my teaching career at this exciting school.
I am very proud to be 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, QTS and the UK qualification for headteachers, NPQH. My teaching career has been across all age groups; 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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted to be a part of HHIS team. I graduated from Burapha university with a Bachelor degree in Education with Thai major. I have almost 20 years teaching experience in Thai and International schools.
These experiences have been important in the development of my teaching and leadership skills. One of the roles I particularly enjoy is promoting close relationships with parents.
I am delighted to be leading the KS3 and KS4 phases at Hua Hin International School. I qualified from the University of Southampton with a Business Degree and a PGCE in IT. In 2015, I also achieved my Masters qualification for the innovative use of Digital Technologies. My passion for learning and teaching however, extends well beyond balance sheets and circuit boards!
I look forward to another year working, running and achieving great things together.
I have been involved with the exciting journey of HHIS right from the very beginning and I love being part of it all. I am now leader of KS1 and this is giving more opportunity to play a part in the continued growth of the school. I then studied and I qualified with a BA (Honours) in primary Education and began my teaching career in Bristol. Before arriving in Hua Hin I was teaching in a challenging inner city School. I have also worked in Forest schools. I look forward to another exciting year ahead.
I have a degree in Education Studies including PGCE with experience in nursery, primary and secondary schools. Before arriving in Hua Hin I was teaching in a UK primary school. It has been a thrill to be part of the Senior Management Team at HHIS and work with such a great team of teachers.
HHIS is such a wonderful environment for teachers and children to achieve their maximum potential.
With a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts already behind me, my experience in education began whilst working with children and young people in various Special Education facilities throughout the UK. After four years, I returned to University to complete my PGCE in Early Years. This enabled me to combine my love of the Arts and education, it has given me an excellent basis for teaching young children.
I am so excited to be taking on the role of Early Years Phase Leader at HHIS and continuing my career within an environment that truly encapsulates my ideal for teaching and learning.
Secondary and Primary Teachers
I have taught the National Curriculum for fifteen years across a range of subjects. My qualifications include: Master of Education, PGCE and BSc (Hons) in Maths and Science.
At HHIS, I work 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.
This is now my twelfth year of teaching in Thailand, having taught many subjects to 5 year olds through to 16 year olds as well as being Principal of an international school in Bangkok. My qualifications include: MA Education, PGCE and BSc in Biological Science.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this successful and vibrant school and look forward to helping shape the education provided in what is an excellent opportunity for the children and families of Hua Hin.
I am a Visual Arts teacher with more than 18 years of teaching in the KS3/4 classroom, as well as 4 years experience at KS5. I am a BA Fine Arts graduate from the University of Plymouth,UK and have a Post graduate Certificate in secondary Art education.
My education practice pioneers the use of values based, experiential learning and growth mind set techniques whilst in Art, my expertise includes drawing, painting, photography and mixed-media conceptual work.
Outside the classroom, I love triathlon training, optimum health and well-being and exploring nature through Art.
I am very excited to be the Head of Hua Hin International School English Department. Throughout my own education, I was passionate about English and playing sports, particularly netball. I began teaching in Thailand, as a foreign language teacher, when I graduated from University in 2013. I worked there for a year before returning to England, where I have worked in Kent for the past three years. I absolutely love the fact that my job allows me to share my passion for English literature and language with my students and enjoy seeing the way it can broaden their understanding of the ever-changing world that we live in.
I am extremely excited to be part of HHIS and to be the mathematics teacher. I was previously Head of Maths at a school in the UK and have worked in that position since 2012 at two other London schools prior to this. My qualifications include: MA in Philosophy of Education, BSc and PGCE.
Professionally, I truly enjoy teaching as well as my specialist subject of Maths. Personally, I value an active and happy life with my family at the forefront.
I graduated from the University of Warwick with a history degree in 2008 and completed my teaching qualifications with Nottingham University. I have been teaching in Thailand for seven years and have been fortunate enough to work with students aged 4-18 across a diverse range of subjects. I am very happy to be bringing alive the subjects of History and English to our secondary students.
It has been thrilling to see HHIS l and everyone within it grow over the past 3 years. I am excited to be a part of that development going forward.
I graduated from Edge Hill University with BA First Class Honours in Primary and Secondary Education, with QTS. I have been working with children from Key Stage 1 up to Key Stage 4, including teaching GCSE Languages, for seven years. My teaching experience has predominantly taken place in Key Stage 2 across the UK and British Isles.
More recently, I have been teaching the British Primary Curriculum to classes in which the children are a mixture of native English speakers and children who speak English as an additional language in Malaga, Spain. My passion is creating opportunities for children to learn in exciting ways which encourage them to develop their curriculum knowledge and personal skills. I am delighted, and honoured, to be part of the Hua Hin International School.
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 to be part of HHIS with its child-oriented ethos and particularly enjoy the warm and vibrant atmosphere of the school.
I trained and taught in schools in and around Exeter in the UK and have thoroughly enjoyed these experiences. I have a strong knowledge and understanding of the current UK primary curriculum. My leadership role in the development of IT within HHIS enables me to make a further impact on the development of the school. Asides from work, I am a keen sportsman and enjoy long-distance running and have competed in both marathons and half-marathons. I also have a keen interest in music and current affairs and like to bring these interests of mine into the classroom to inspire the children.
I graduated from The University of Warwick with a BA (QTS) Science degree, in 2005. Since then, I have taught in a number of schools across the world including the Dominican Republic and most recently, Sri Lanka. I am a passionate, energetic teacher, who thrives in the classroom. I very much enjoy providing interactive, lively and engaging lessons, where the children not only learn, but also have a lot of fun!
I am thrilled to be part of Hua Hin International School, as I feel I can make a positive contribution to such a forward thinking, child-centered school, as it continues to grow and develop.
Previous to arriving at HHIs I was teaching in a Primary School in South Cumbria, UK. I am passionate about the outdoors and make sure that our learning in the classroom extends beyond the class room walls. Being part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award team is an important role for me at HHIS.
I want the children I teach to be as enthusiastic about learning as I am about teaching and try to run lessons where children are at the centre of the session and getting as involved and hands on as possible.
After I graduated with a BA(Hons) in Printed Textiles from De Montfort University in 2011, I have taught English in Thailand (Sakon Nahkon), China (Guangzhou) and Italy (Catania).
I moved back to England to study for my PGCE at the University of Exeter. I have taught in a school in Torquay for the past three years and I am very excited to travel back to Thailand now and be part of HHIS.
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 be a part of this growing school and enjoy spending my spare time with my family in and around Hua Hin.
I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS and worked as a Key Stage 1 teacher in Oxfordshire. My years prior to my arrival enabled me to gain a wealth of experience working with children of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds. I am passionate about giving every child the opportunity to thrive and succeed at school. I particularly enjoy teaching literacy and art, where children have a greater opportunity to express their individuality.
I am delighted to be part of Hua Hin International School at such an exciting time.
Early Years Teachers
I am so excited to be the EY1 at HHIS. My experience is within Early Years and I am passionate about child centred learning.
I graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in Journalism in 2009 and am currently completing my PGCEi. . I love living in Hua Hin and enjoy nothing more than getting into a good book!
I completed my Primary PGCE in London after undertaking a BA(hons) in History and Philosophy of Art. Since then I have taught in primary schools in Hertfordshire and Essex. I have a love for art and bring creative aspects into the classroom, across the curriculum, to inspire imaginative children. Children in EY3 love our drama and performances.
It is wonderful to be part of HHIS, which I believe to be a nurturing and inspirational place for children to learn and grow. I am throughly enjoyng sharing in the journey of this growing school and being part of this special community.
I am really excited to be Head of Physical Education at HHIS and share my passion for sport. I graduated from Marjon University (Plymouth, UK) with a degree in Sports Development in 2009.
I gained a PGCE in Secondary PE at the University of Southampton in 2014. Since then I spent three years at a school in the U.K. teaching PE. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and working with young people on a daily basis. I believe sport is a fantastic tool for students to gain key skills, such as teamwork, communication, leadership and confidence. It also allows people to experience achievement and enjoyment.
I love adventure. I have taken part in a range of adventure sports around Thailand and Southeast Asia, which include rock climbing, canyoneering, snorkeling and mountain biking.
I love spending time with my daughter, listening to music and exploring new places. I enjoy learning new skills and challenging myself, for example when I ran the north face 100km and had to learn how to run trail in the dark. I will continue to learn new skills in Hua Hin, and enjoy lots of water sports!
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. I enjoy developing these skills with the students of HHIS.
I am delighted to be a part of the 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 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 the teaching team at St.Andrews International School Sathorn, working alongside 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 motivates students to share their learning with others and use their new knowledge in their daily life.
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!
I am Bonnie from Taiwan. I graduated with a BA degree in Chinese literature. I have eight years teaching experience in Taiwan and have taught Mandarin for two years 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.
I graduated from Yunnan Normal University in China and gained my teacher qualification
certificate in 2010. I have been a Mandarin teacher for over seven years teaching students from Nursery to Secondary levels. In Thailand, I have taught Mandarin in International schools and Chinese programs for five years. I have also taught Chinese dual immersion program at an elementary school in the United States for two years.
I like learning new things, reading and shopping in my spare time. I also enjoy cooking very much.
My name is Emma King, I am from the United Kingdom and have been living in Guangzhou, China for the past three years with my husband and two children. I have been working at the Utahloy International school as an Intern, EAL (English as an additional language) teacher and supply teacher with a focus on children aged 2 to 8. I have been teaching children who have needed additional support. I have recently completed a Post-graduate Diploma in teaching.
I am very much looking forward to new opportunities and challenges at Hua Hin International School.