I am very proud to have been the headteacher of Hua Hin International School since our opening in 2015. We have had an amazing journey and the school continues to flourish. We swiftly gained our silver accreditation award in 2018 from the British EDT inspectors, became a Cambridge School and international exam centre and now we are recognised as a World IB School. These have all been notable achievements along the way but it is the enthusiasm, zest for learning and ‘spark’ of our students that lift my days. The recent challenges of the global pandemic have led to an even greater appreciation of the strong support and commitment to our school by staff, parents, Directors and the wider school community.
My previous experiences include being a Headteacher both internationally and in England. I was also Assistant Dean and Principal Lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University.
My qualifications include: Masters in Education, BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS, DIp Ed (Higher) and the UK qualification for headteachers, NPQH. My teaching career has been across all age groups; I have taught nursery age, all ages at the Primary stage, English to secondary students and also taught trainee teachers at the university.
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.
Head of Secondary
I am proud to say that our students are the strength of HHIS. I thoroughly enjoy my role in leading the Secondary phase and shaping future opportunities for all our students and families. I qualified from the University of Southampton with a Business and IT Degree and then completed my Masters in Education with Portsmouth University. I have enjoyed a wide range of experiences and highlights, but I can certainly say the achievements we have enjoyed as a team at HHIS have been my proudest. Our school continues to grow and I look forward to guiding and celebrating our students’ future successes both in the classroom and beyond.
IB Coordinator and Humanities Teacher
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 since 2010 and have been fortunate enough to work with students aged 4-18 across a diverse range of subjects at HHIS. I am excited to continue sharing my passion for History with our IGCSE and IB students, as well as the core IB subjects ‘Theory of Knowledge’ and ‘Creativity, Activity, Service’.
Having taught our eldest students since they first joined the school, it fills me with immense pride to oversee the final leg of their journey with HHIS as IB Coordinator for 2021-22.
Head of Key Stage Two
I am excited to be leading the KS2 phase for a second year at HHIS, having previously worked in schools both in the UK and across the world. I have a strong knowledge and understanding of the current UK primary curriculum, and I look forward to using this to further support the development of our primary children. 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.
Head of Early Years
I am delighted to be leading the Early Years and Key Stage One phases. My career in education began as a Nursery Nurse with 0-5 year olds and progressed to qualifying with QTS in Primary Education from Edge Hill University. I taught in the North-West of England in EY, Year 1 and 2, and then my interest in travel and culture led me to Thailand. Having spent a decade leading in the Early Years at an International School in Bangkok, I have enjoyed being able to spend more time outside in Hua Hin’s natural environment with my young family. I am passionate about helping children to become independent, creative and inquisitive learners and I look forward to continuing to develop the curriculum and the environment.
Science and Computing Teacher
I have taught the National Curriculum for twenty years across a range of subjects. My qualifications include: Master of Education (Management), PGCE and BSc 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 includes offering the opportunity for older students to participate in the International Award.
I am very excited to be teaching at HHIS this year, and am so pleased to be able to share my passion for English studies with students in Thailand. Most recently, I have been working in the UK as a Head of Department and have completed an Associate Senior Leadership programme at my previous school. I obtained my PGCE through Teach First in 2014 after I graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in English Literature. Recently, I was very pleased to obtain my MA in Educational Leadership, also at the University of Manchester. Outside of school, I enjoy yoga and cycling and, of course, reading! I love teaching English and I believe studying literature is such a wonderful way for students to develop understanding of the world we live in, and expand their own imaginations.
My name is Rick Blakemore and I’m really looking forward to joining the HHIS team. I have a BSc (Hons) degree, PGCE (QTS) and extensive experience in teaching – the last five years as Head of Computing/ICT at a prominent International school in Bangkok and previous to that, as Director of ICT/Computing for 15 years in a school in Jersey, Channel Islands. Prior to teaching, I was a professional Firefighter in South Yorkshire (UK) for fifteen years and a keen sports player and later, coach. I try my best to use past experiences to form communities within the classroom where students feel valued and connected, hopefully giving them fond memories to look back on as they get older. I enjoy riding British motorbikes, playing golf and getting off the beaten track looking for snakes. With this in mind, I am sure Hua Hin will be the perfect place.
Year 13 Form Tutor and Business Studies Teacher
I have been a qualified teacher since 2008 and hold a PGCE and BA Hons. Degree in Business. I have lived in Thailand and worked in international schools in Bangkok since 2012 having previously taught in a large sixth form college in the south of England. I enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, rock climbing and kayaking and have shared this passion for the wilderness with students through the International Award’s ‘Adventurous Journey’. I also enjoy rugby and hope to support a Touch Rugby team here at HHIS.
I am an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about supporting young people in their learning journey but also in their development as young, confident adults.
Year 12 Form Tutor and English and Extended Essay Teacher
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. Recently, I fulfilled an ambition to complete an MA, specialising in performance poetry and dystopian fiction. I write regularly and have had work published.
Year 11 Form Tutor | Head of Physical Education
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. For the last three years I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and working with the students at HHIS. It has been great to see our sports teams developing and competing during my time here. I am very passionate about the IGCSE PE course and I also look forward to teaching IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science in 2020. 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.
Year 10 Form Tutor and Mathematics Teacher
I am delighted to have joined the HHIS team. I previously taught in an International School in Bangkok and also taught for a number of years in the UK, taking on responsibility as Head of Maths. I, myself was inspired at school by my maths teacher, Mr Wilson. He nurtured my love of Mathematics and now I seek to emulate this and inspire the students of HHIS.
I understand Maths is not everyone’s favourite subject but I like to find innovative ways to teach my lessons in a fun enjoyable way, hoping to inspire others as I was inspired before.
Year 9 Form Tutor and Mathematics Teacher
I am really excited to be part of the team at HHIS. I previously taught mathematics at a Secondary School in London. I am half Brazilian half German. Eating Apfelstrudel while dancing Samba? Certainly! I like to think that I merge the easy going of a Brazilian with the efficiency of a German. Having a degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from the UK. I am delighted to continue having fun teaching Maths at HHIS. In my free time I enjoy doing, making music, carpentry, origami, and playing football.
Year 9 Form Tutor and English Teacher
I am excited to be a part of the HHIS team as of this year. I am an English teacher with five years of teaching experience across two, different age groups. After graduating in 2013 from the University of Lincoln with a BA in English & JournalismI have taught in the Further Education Sector and have recently been teaching in a school in central Manchester. I have supported the school with projects which aim to improve diversity within the school curriculum as well as developing younger pupils find their voice through the school’s oracy initiative. In addition to my teaching, I have also worked as an examiner for the last three years and have worked for the National Tutoring Programme back in the UK. I believe English is an amazing subject as it encompasses so much of human nature. The possibility to travel back in time or into a completely different world through people’s stories and experiences is something to be treasured by all age groups.
Year 8 Form Tutor and English, Humanities and Computing<br /> Teacher. ECA Coordinator
I have been teaching for almost 20 years, many of those in Thailand. I have taught a wide range of 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 the further exciting developments that are ahead of us.
Year 8 Form Tutor and Science Teacher
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.
Year 7 Form Tutor and Science Teacher
I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2019 with a degree in Biomedical Science, including a year working as an applications scientist in the chemical industry. During this time, I shared my passion for science through visiting schools as a STEM ambassador. Whilst teaching EAL at HHIS, I completed my teaching qualifications with the University of Derby and I am excited to begin my new role, where I can share the wonders of science, how it shapes our world and affects our lives every day. 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 believe learning comes from a dynamic and innovative classroom environment and I look forward to inspiring our future scientists.
Year 7 Form Tutor Business Studies and Humanities Teache
I graduated from Hertfordshire University in 2013 with a MSc in Environmental Management in after previously undertaking a BSc (Hons) in Geography at Loughborough. After graduating from my masters programme I worked in higher education institutions both in the UK and abroad. In 2017 I decided to follow my passion for languages and completed a CELTA English teaching course. After completing the CELTA I moved to Thailand where I have spent two years working as an English language lecturer in the Thai University system. I am very excited to use these skills to inspire students whilst teaching English here at HHIS.
Year 6 Class Teacher
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 proud to have been part of the growth and development of HHIS over the past few years and am looking forward to continuing that journey. I value the child-oriented ethos of HHIS and particularly enjoy the warm and vibrant atmosphere of the school.
Year 6 Class Teacher
I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 with a BSc Psychology degree (Honours), and after completed a PGCE in primary education. Prior to joining HHIS, I taught in a school on the outskirts of Sheffield. During my time teaching in the UK I saw the value of developing a classroom environment and ethos where children can express their thoughts and ideas freely. Through this, I have seen children progress well in their learning and social development, enjoy their school experience and develop a ‘can do’ approach to new challenges. Outside of school, I enjoy engaging in outdoor pursuits and most sports.
Year 4 Class Teacher
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 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 and love teaching here, as I feel I continue to make a positive contribution to such a forward thinking, child-centered school, as it continues to grow and develop.
Year 4 Class Teacher
After gaining my BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS in 2003, I worked for 4 years in the north of England before moving to a large international school in Spain where I taught for 9 years. There I gained a lot of experience working with children with EAL in a range of different year groups.
I am a dedicated teacher who is passionate about making learning fun and engaging to enable every child to thrive and achieve their true potential.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and experiencing new cultures, as well as keeping fit by working out in the gym and running.
I am delighted to be a part of this ever-growing school and I look forward to another exciting year ahead!
Year 3 Class Teacher
I graduated from Marjon, Plymouth in 2009 with B. Ed. First Class Honours in Primary Education. After a year in Plymouth, teaching mature students with learning difficulties, I moved to Kent to teach at a small village school where I taught both key stages over a period of 10 years. As I have a passion for mathematics, I was also the maths subject leader at the school. Outside of the classroom I will have a go at anything and have led a number of extra-curricular activities including gymnastics, volleyball, ICT and art club. I am thrilled to be part of the HHIS team.
Year 3 Class Teacher
I am delighted to join the KS2 team this year and cannot wait to begin inspiring the minds of the young people in my class. Since joining HHIS as Learning Support Teacher in 2018, I have completed an iPGCE and a Masters in International Education, both through Sunderland University, UK. I am passionate about inclusivity and will continue to be involved with Learning Support throughout the school with the belief that all children can reach their goals no matter what challenges they face. My previous experience in teaching was as an EAL teacher at an International School in China, where I was inspired to realise my lifelong dream, to work with children.
Year 2 Class Teacher
I am delighted to be joining the HHIS community this year. My career in education began in 2016, when I gained a PGCE at Bangor University. I have taught in the beautiful, mountainous areas of North Wales UK ever since. As a teacher, I am always looking for innovative ways to spark the children’s curiosity and ignite their imagination. I have a background in Fine Art and Performing Arts, which I quite often bring into the classroom. The use of drama provides a fun and purposeful learning environment where the children are excited to learn and eager to ask questions. I believe that each child holds a unique magic within, and I am very excited about supporting the children of HHIS to uncover theirs.
Year 2 Class Teacher
I’m extremely excited to be joining Hua Hin International School community in January. I gained my post-graduate teaching qualifications in South Africa and have experience of teaching in British Curriculum International schools across the world, including Egypt, Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, Italy, Turkey, and recently Malaysia.
As a teacher, I am inspired by my hero: the mole. When asked what he thought was the biggest waste of time, Mole said, “comparing yourself with others.” I believe that learning is about being curious, embracing challenge, taking responsibility for your own growth and absolutely having fun.
Outside of the classroom, I am all about family and making sure every day has something good about it, no matter how small. I have 2 children in university in Holland. Our sailing boat is our home and I am enjoying the challenges and experiences that this brings.
Year 1 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 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.
Year 1 Class Teacher
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 taught at a school in Torquay before coming to HHIS. I am enjoying my role as a Primary Teacher at HHIS.
Early Years Teachers
Early Year 3 Class Teacher
My name is Dr Lynn Blakemore and I am very excited to be moving to Hua Hin in the summer to join the HIIS community. I have over 30 years of experience teaching and working with children and young people in the UK, Jersey and Thailand. My most recent post was as the Lead Nursery Teacher at an International School in Bangkok.During my career I have worked with, and supported a broad range of age groups and abilities. These have included Pre-school and Primary aged children as well as Secondary and University students. This has given me an in-depth understanding and admiration of the art of learning, across different stages of development. That said, my particular passion has always been with the Early Years and I am an advocate for promoting children’s rights, which includes their right to play!I am also a great believer in the concept of lifelong learning which is evident in my own educational journey. I have a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, which was subsequently followed by an MA and then Doctorate in Early Childhood Education, with the University of Sheffield in 2017.My hobbies include swimming, travelling and exploring new places/cultures and food. I love spending time with our two grown children (twin girls) and I cannot wait to introduce them to the delights of Hua Hin once travel opens up again. In the meantime, I am looking forward to meeting all the children and families of HHIS very soon!
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. In Addition 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 enjoying exploring all that Hua Hin has to offer for family adventures.
PE and Swimming Teacher
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’m delighted to be joining the art department at HHIS. My journey to Thailand began in rural Sweden, where I was brought up and acquired my love of art and nature. From Sweden I moved to London to study, completing both a degree in Fine Art and a PGCE in Art and Design. Since then I have taught in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong – three amazing cities with very diverse and rich cultures.
I’m looking forward to sharing my years of experience and knowledge of art with the students at HHIS. I believe that art is not only about acquiring new skills and processes, but also encourages creativity, critical thinking and an understanding and empathy for other people, cultures and beliefs.
In my spare time I continue my own art practice. I also love being outdoors, especially hiking, free-diving and yoga.
It has been a pleasure to watch HHIS grow since joining in 2017 and also grow myself as an educator! As Art Specialist, I have lead and taught art across the whole school, developing the art department to flourish into an exciting, creative space for children to explore their artistic side. I studied BA (Hons) Art History/Art Philosophy before getting my PGCE in London. Outside of the classroom, I work on creative projects, primarily as an illustrator. Supporting wellbeing is central to my role, I have trained in art therapy, mental health foundation and am a 200hr certified yoga teacher. My classroom is a nurturing, expressive and fun space where young people can explore self awareness, develop their artistic skills and understand the place of art in society.
I graduated from Hull University with a BMus (Bachelor of Music) in 2006 and immediately went on to complete my PGCE at The University of Reading in 2007. Since then I have taught in the UK, Malaysia, Jordan and Vietnam. I am excited to move to HHIS and am really looking forward to meeting my new students and being part of the HHIS community.
I am passionate about Music, particularly singing, and believe it to be vital for a well rounded education. I look forward to meeting the young musicians at HHIS and working with them.
I am very much looking forward to sampling lots of delicious Thai food but may well have to build up my spice tolerance!
I joined HHIS as a Teaching Assistant and with a BSc in Engineering and TEFL certificate, I supported many disciplines throughout the Key Stages. I have completed my PGCEi from the University of Nottingham and I am currently enrolled with Chulalongkorn University in intensive Thai. I also look forward to continuing my studies with a MA in Library and Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield, which will enhance my goal in inspiring our students to become ‘lifelong readers’.
I was born in the south of Spain but I relocated to complete my Higher Education studies in London, UK. Once I completed my BA Hons in Education Studies I continued studying a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages, with Spanish and French languages. I have since worked in a wide range of schools in the UK getting to inspire many students into speaking and loving foreign languages. One of my passions whilst teaching languages is to work with exciting International Projects, as a result I am a British Council and Eurodesk ambassador, connecting students from many different countries. My whole family are thrilled to be part of HHIS.
Learning Support Teacher
I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2002 with a BA in Social Work and from there spent the following 17 years working as a social worker. My role enabled me to work with a variety of client groups including children, adults with learning disabilities, older people and safeguarding with adults who lacked mental capacity. I am committed to giving my absolute best to those that I work with and to help and encourage them to see their own potential. Since moving to Hua Hin with my family in 2019 I have completed a TEFL teaching certificate and have spent time supporting children with English as a foreign language in a school setting. My role as Learning Support teacher will enable me to share my passion for learning and development with the children I work with. I am extremely excited to join HHIS and truly believe in the I values which foster the mindset that all children are individuals. I am looking forward to supporting the children I work with to achieve their goals and aspirations.
English as an Additional Language Teacher
After graduating from Mahidol University, I travelled the world, worked in several different posts for many international companies, but realised that to me there is nothing more rewarding than a teaching job.
I fell in love with teaching many years ago and started my full-time teaching role in 2014. Apart from a certificate of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), I am also pursuing my second master degree in education. As a teacher and learner, I am knowledgeable about ways of implementing learning methodologies and activities oriented to the attainment of educational objectives. I also believe that teaching is a combination of art and science which varies for each learner. That is one of reasons why I am so passionate about teaching, it is intriguing!
With my passion and years of teaching and tutoring experience, I am thrilled to be in a teaching team at HHIS where I can promote a stimulating positive learning environment to our EAL learners.
I am very happy to be part of the excellent team of Thai teachers and everyone else at Hua Hin International School. I first graduated from Suan Sunandha University with B.A. Tourism Industry and I also have a B.Ed. and a certificate in Teaching Thai as a Second Language from Mahidol University. I have 13 years of experience working in UK curriculum schools, most recently at Bangkok Patana, which have helped me to incorporate learning activities to develop the whole child concept through play and other age-appropriate activities into my teaching.
My name is Gluay and I enjoy teaching Thai 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 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.
I have taught Mandarin and Chinese culture in British and international institutions, including the Vietnam National University Hanoi, the British School of Beijing China (Primary), Stockport Grammar School UK (Secondary) and the Manchester University Confucius Institute. I have enriched my study and practice with my BA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Guangxi Normal University, China, and MA Educational Leadership from the University of Manchester, UK.I am thrilled by the opportunities presented to students by the diversity and inclusiveness at Hua Hin International School. I look forward to using my full potential as a Chinese language and culture teacher in this rich and fertile environment. Being a member of the HHIS school community I would love to see the students to be inspired and encouraged, through in-class and extra-curricular activities within and beyond the classroom, to be well-rounded in their learning.
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 five years at Hua Hin International School. I believe that students learn the best when it’s fun for them to do so! Therefore, I continue to discover and devise new methods and content to ensure that students always get the best learning experience in my enthusiastic, dynamic and engaged Mandarin class.