Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Educating, encouraging, inspiring... and always learning

Our commitment to the recruitment, professional development and strong support of our teaching staff is reflected in the excellent results we consistently achieve.

Highly experienced and qualified, over 40% have master’s degrees in their specialist subjects. Beyond their dedication and passion for their specialist areas, our teachers help students form connections across subjects and emphasize active, collaborative learning. We are proud to have an international faculty, over 45% of whom are American, that is enthusiastic about working in our diverse school community, where they continually inspire our young charges to achieve more.

Open-minded and curious, our teachers never stop learning. We prioritize their continuous professional development using the latest practices from leading educators. Only in this way can we ensure adherence to our professional standards, expectations and reputation.

2017-2018 Teaching Faculty

Early Education

Suzan Twigt
Early Education 1/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Suzan Twigt

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, The University of Applied Sciences, Leiden
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Years and Primary Education, Leiden University
  • Diploma in Secondary Education

Maritel Macarine
Early Education 2

Maritel Macarine

Qualifications:

  • BSc. Elementary Education, University of Cebu
  • MA Education English Language Teaching
  • TESOL Certificate
  • Licensure Examination for Teachers

Peter Nguyen
Early Education 2

Peter Nguyen

Qualifications:

  • Master in Elementary Education
  • BA in Education, The College of New Jersey
  • BA Business and Economics: Marketing; History, George Fox University
  • CELTA certificate

Anastasia Anzh
Early Education 3

Anastasia Anzh

Qualifications:

  • Specialist Degree in French and English, The faculty of Foreign Languages, Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after V.P. Astafiyev
  • Graduated cum laude

Helen Orobia
Early Education 3

Helen Orobia

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur

Lanie Nacario
Early Education 3

Lanie Nacario

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Emilio Aguinaldo College
  • Bachelor of Special Education, University of the City of Manila
  • Leading Teacher Teams Program, Cognita Centre for Leadership and Learning

Alpha Butil
Early Education 4

Alpha Butil

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education in English (Secondary), Mindanao State University
  • Teacher Licensure (Board) Examination
  • TESOL Certificate, West Visayas State University
  • Certificate of Classroom Management West Visayas State University
  • Diploma of Montessori Early Childhood Education

Darren Clark
Early Education 4

Darren Clark

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Culture and Media, University of Sunderland
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education - University of Nottingham
  • Masters of Arts - Teaching English to Young Learners

Jade Smith
Early Education 4

Jade Smith

Qualifications:

  • BSc. Early Childhood Studies, Swansea University

Katherine Walkington
Early Education 4

Katherine-Walkington

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Illinois State University
  • Approval to Work with Developmentally Delayed Children

 

Elementary

Elizabeth Elliott
Kindergarten/Social Studies Leader

Elizabeth Elliott

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Education in International Education from Framingham State University
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Simone Barrett
Kindergarten

Simone Barrett

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Winnipeg
  • Certified Teacher K-12

Maera Marfael Palma
Kindergarten

Maera Marfael Palma

Qualifications:

  • BA Psychology, University of St. La Salle.
  • Teaching Certificate, PRC Philippines.
  • Continuing Graduate School Student for Early Childhood Education, University of St. La Salle

Hollie Slater
Grade 1/Literacy Leader

Hollie Slater

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree, University of Southampton
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Greenwich
  • Hospital Play Certificate with Young People and Children, Islington College of London

Amy Melton
Grade1

Amy Melton

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Elementary Education, East Carolina University
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education, East Carolina University

 

Carolyn French
Grade 2

Carolyn French

Qualifications:

  • BA Sociology, University of Southern California
  • MA Elementary Education, University of Missouri at St. Louis

Jonathan Molayem
Grade 2

Jonathan Molayem

Qualifications:

  • BA Political Science, University of Southern California
  • MA Elementary Education, University of Southern California

 

Christine Schoaps
Grade 3/Math Leader

Christine Schoaps

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Mathematics Education, Southwestern State University

Catherine Mihowich
Grade 3

Catherine Mihowich

Qualifications:

  • BA English Literature, York University
  • MSc Education from D'Youville College
  • Education Specialist: Leadership from Liberty University
  • Member of the Ontario College of Teachers

Garret Lang
Grade 4

Garret Lang

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Educatio, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Diploma of Teaching; University of Otago College of Education, Dunedin, New Zeland
  • New Zealand Teachers Registration, New Zealand Teachers Registration Board

Indie Alford
Grade 4

Indie Alford

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Certificate IV in TESOL
  • BA International and Global Studies, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business International Business and French, Queensland University of Technology

Thomas Rudduck
Grade 4/ Science Leader

Thomas Rudduck

Qualifications:

  • Sports Studies Bsc (Hons) University of Southampton
  • Qualified Teaching Status via The Graduate Teacher Program (GTP), University of Canterbury Christchurch

Andrew Hardwick
Grade 5

Andrew Hardwick

Qualifications:

  • BA(Hons) Upper Primary / Lower Secondary Education – English, University of Brighton
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Sara Niewkoop
Grade 5

Sara Niewkoop

Qualifications:

  • MEd with a concentration in TESOL, Grand Valley State University
  • BA Elementary Education with minors in English and social studies, Calvin College
  • Literacy Certificate: Intermediate Grades
  • Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate, USA

 

Specialist Subjects

Emma Brookes
Art

Emma Brookes

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Design, University of Northampton

Dorota Koziel
English as an Additional Lanuage

Dorota Koziel

Qualifications:

  • MA School Counselling and Education, Rzeszow University
  • BA Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Krosno College
  • Post Graduate Studies, Human Resources Management, Tischner European University

Tiffany Clark
English as an Additional Lanuage

Tiffany Clark

Qualifications:

  • BSc. Early Childhood Education, North Georgia College and State University

Reyna Lazarou
ICT Technology Integration

Reyna Lazarou

Qualifications:

  • MEd., Colorado State University
  • BA Sociology, California State University
  • Certification K-6

Elizabeth Kangas
Librarian

Elizabeth Kangas

Qualifications:

  • BA International Relations, Boston University
  • MSLIS focus in School Library Studies, Simmons College

Gina Zhang
Mandarin

Gina Zhang

Qualifications:

  • BA Art, East China Normal University Majored in Teaching Chinese as Second Language to Foreigner, East China Normal University

Emma Cohen-Joppa
Music

Emma Cohen-Joppa

Qualifications:

  • BA Music Education, Frost School of Music at University of Miami
  • MEd, International Education from Endicott College

Jerett Knoblock
PE/Althetics Coordinator

Jerett Knoblock

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Jillian Knoblock
Aquatics EE-PE/Activities Coordinator

Jillian Knoblock

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science of Health and Physical Education, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Grace Rivera
Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Grace Rivera

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education, St. Scholastica's College
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Teaching License, PRC Philippines
  • Autism Certificate, International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

Luu Le Minh Trung
Vietnamese Studies

Luu Le Minh Trung

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Primary Education, Ho Chi Minh City University
  • Master of Primary Education, Vinh University

Le Minh Ha
Vietnamese Studies/Host Country Studies

Le Minh Ha

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Primary Education, Ho Chi Minh City University

Nguyen Than Thao Nguyen
Vietnamese Studies/Host Country Studies

Nguyen Than Thao Nguyen

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Primary Education, Ho Chi Minh City University

Nguyen Nhu Thuy
Early Education Vietnamese/Host Country Studies

Nguyen Nhu Thuy

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy
  • Certificate in Teaching Vietnamese as a Foreign Language

Where to find us

International School Saigon Pearl, 92 Nguyen Huu Canh St., Ward 22, Binh Thanh Dist., HCMC, Vietnam
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