BLOOMSBURY TEACHING STAFF PROFILES
JOHN CALVERT (BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH, NPQSL) - Principal
I have been a Headteacher/Principal in a number of different schools. Most recently, as an Executive Headteacher responsible for two London schools, I have led large schools of 780 pupils and smaller schools of 200. I have been a Senior Leader in schools with mainly EAL students, outstanding smaller rural English schools and international schools.
I have a real passion for everything to do with education, I believe that no barriers should be placed upon a student's potential and that with the right opportunities, anything is possible. School life in its entirety should be central to this. I believe we are all learners and that enabling high-quality learning opportunities for students benefits teachers and leaders as well. Helping to shape student lives and instilling curiosity, respect and personal high standards by allowing them to carve out their future through educational opportunity, should be at the heart of a school community.
I am originally from Holywood, Northern Ireland (pronounced Hollywood, like in America). It is a small town by the sea, where the hottest ever temperature is 30°C. However, I have lived most of my adult life in Bristol, England which is where I went to university. I have a wife who will be joining me later, a daughter and two delicious grandchildren. While I was a keen rugby and football player, I am now a keen spectator of both sports. However I do paraglide, play golf, scuba dive, windsurf and sail.
FRANCESCA BEERS (B.Ed Hons and Theatre Studies) - Vice Principal
I have been very privileged in my career to have worked in both the UK and Internationally. During my career, I have held a number of different roles as a teacher, school leader and teacher trainer. Most recently, I was the Deputy Head of Primary in a large International School in Shanghai.
I firmly believe that all children have a right to learn in a positive, supportive and caring environment that enables them to challenge themselves to feel and be successful. I also believe this is only possible if teachers continue to develop their skills throughout their careers. As part of the team here, I am really excited about the opportunities that we will have to continue to use our collective experience, expertise and curiosity to grow as a school team and deliver the very best learning opportunities for all our students. I am also delighted that I will be teaching Year 7 English!
I love travelling and have been lucky enough to explore Thailand and other parts of Asia, South America and Europe with my family over the years. These trips have also given me the opportunity to learn to ski and scuba dive – both of which I love but I do with more passion than skill! I am also an avid reader who enjoys cooking and going to the gym.
MARK ELLIS (B.A., PGCE) - Head of Primary/Pre-Primary
Sharing the joy of learning and celebrating our achievements is one of my biggest motivators in being an educator. Another is the neuroscience of learning. The fact that we never stop learning and our ever increasing understanding of how we learn keeps me enthused and young at heart, which is useful, especially considering my teaching career spans three decades and two centuries! My teaching and leadership experience from the UK has been enhanced by my teaching and leadership experience in Asia including teacher coaching. Enabling learners to understand how we learn and to take responsibility for their own learning helps to create vibrant learning communities, of teachers, pupils and parents. I am looking forward to helping our school become the best possible learning community that it can be, celebrating our successes and challenges as all part of our learning journey.
DAVID TANSEY (B.A. Hons, PGCE, NPQH) - Head of Secondary
My own education and my career in education have provided opportunities that I never dreamed of when I was growing up in Liverpool, England. For the last five years, I have been the principal of international schools in Yangon, Myanmar after holding similar roles in Kuwait and Bahrain in the middle east. Prior to that, I was the Headteacher of two secondary schools in the north of England My specialist subject is English Language and Literature and I am looking forward to teaching A Level English at Bloomsbury. Outside school I enjoy running, swimming, cycling, and playing the drums, all of which I do with great enthusiasm and very little talent. My aim is always to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, and values they need to thrive in and make sense of their rapidly changing world.
CHELSEA BRINDLEY (B.Ed.) - Nursery
My name is Chelsea Brindley and I’m beyond excited for my newest venture as the Nursery Teacher (EYFS) at Bloomsbury International here in Hat Yai! I’m a Canadian Certified teacher from Ontario, Canada but I’ve been living here in southern Thailand for over 3 years now.
My past three years were spent in a small, rural village in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where I had a very unique experience learning about life in Thailand while teaching at a public Thai high school. Teaching EFL at a high school level was a new and interesting experience for me, but my true passion and professional background is almost entirely with pre-school and primary levels, so it feels great to be able to work with young learners again!
I have been working with children between the ages of toddler up to about 12 years old for more than fifteen years now in a variety of different roles. As a child I grew up witnessing open-ended childcare firsthand as my mother operated a home daycare; and as a teenager, I worked in various summer-camp leadership positions, and eventually decided to follow my passion into university, studying Childhood and Social Institutions, graduating with an Honors Specialization from Western University (King’s College) in the field of child-led research. Upon graduating from this 4-year degree I took an opportunity to go abroad for my first time, teaching for 1 year in Busan, South Korea. After completing one year and gaining some ‘real life’ teaching experience, I returned to Canada to finish my 1-year Bachelor’s of Education degree in Primary/Junior from the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. Since graduating and holding a teaching certificate, I have worked in organizations such as the YMCA after-school programs with diverse groups of children and in both Montessori and Reggio Emilia learning centers as both a Kindergarten and pre-school teacher.
My personal philosophy of learning for EYFS is greatly influenced by my formal education that considers children of all ages to be active change-making agents, which presumes that children are very capable beings who constantly assess their role within the world around them. This perspective leads my classroom teaching in a way that is generally student-led and allows me to teach based on the ever-changing interests of the students. Incorporating play-based learning and encouraging the use of English in real life situations, along with unique age-appropriate assessments to ensure we are on the right track will all be utilized in order to grow and develop the students in EYFS towards a lifelong journey of learning and opening a world of opportunity to connect and communicate with others.
SHAMIMA DAVIDS (B.Ed.) - Reception
Hello, I am from Cape Town, South Africa. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, reading, swimming and the outdoors. I look forward to learning about Thai culture and traditions. This is my ninth year of teaching in a British curriculum school internationally. I taught in Kuwait for five years, before going to Myanmar. It was at the Cambridge English School in Kuwait, where I was employed as a kindergarten teacher, where I was introduced to EYFS teaching and the English National Curriculum. We used a largely play based approach that was natural for me after my Waldorf teacher training, which wholeheartedly focuses on children being educated holistically.My teaching is all about children learning actively, creatively, finding meaning in their learning and also enjoying the process. I strive to work with each child as a unique individual and to accommodate him/her accordingly.We have been teaching exclusively online since March last year and I have been able to make this the focus of my Masters research programme. Learning from birth to five years, is one of the most critical periods in a child’s development. Young children thrive in a learning environment which allow them to grow, explore and discover the world. I believe that this can be enhanced by giving children lots of opportunities to learn through play facilitated by the teacher to encourage language-rich play. Storytelling not only develop children’s early literacy skills, it also develops their brains, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and their communication skills. Therefore, it is important to read aloud to children everyday so that they become readers before they learn to read. Young children develop at a rapid pace and I am always amazed at how much they grow and develop within an academic year. I look forward to bringing out the best in each of my young learners as well as being part of the Bloomsbury International School community. “We are not, ‘JUST TEACHERS.’ We are the managers of the world’s greatest resource: “CHILDREN!” – R.J. Meehan
AMBER BLAMIRE (B.Ed.) - Year 1
My name is Amber Blamire and I am from Blackburn in England. I started my journey when I completed a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education at Edge Hill University. Shortly after graduating, I relocated to the United Arab Emirates for my first-ever teaching post. Since then I have taught in Singapore, the UK, Ukraine, and now Thailand. I am super excited to be here and I am really enjoying teaching at Bloomsbury.
I have a passion for early education and my teaching philosophy is for students to explore, inquire and engage in a play-based setting with lots of freedom and choice. I have a particular love of reading and phonics, ensuring that I instill a love of reading in my students. I love to travel, explore new places, and enjoy a range of sports such as Muay Thai, skiing, and running. I am outgoing and friendly and love to push myself out of my comfort zone.
ELIZABETH SCHACHINGER (B.A., PGCEi) - Year 2
Hello I’m Lizz, and I come from a little village by the sea called Kessingland, in the UK. I completed a BA in English in 2010. After taking sometime to explore the working world, I completed a TEFL and moved to China in 2013 where I taught English as a second language and was lucky enough to meet my husband. We are both teachers, and taught in Vietnam for a year before being lead by our stomachs back to Sichuan, China and their delicious spicy food. After teaching English as a second language for 5 years, I completed my PGCEi from the University of Nottingham in 2018. I believe my experience in Additional language teaching gives me a value insight into teaching non native speakers. Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy seeing how children interpret information to further their learning, it’s a magical process to be a part of. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading and doing my best to lead an active lifestyle. I enjoy cycling around and exploring with my husband, and enjoy finding some time to practice yoga and mindfulness. I’m looking forward to settling in Thailand after many visits which have made me fall in love with the country and the people.
HARRIET BULLEN (B.A., PGCE) - Year 3
My name is Harriet Bullen and I am excited to be joining the Bloomsbury School community this year. I am originally from a small town in North Yorkshire, England, and have a passion for the Arts and Languages. I completed my BA in French and Art History at Manchester University, England, followed by a PGCE teaching qualification. I began my teaching career at a village school in England, teaching EYFS and KS1. However, I have always had a strong urge to live and teach overseas, so in 2012, I decided to move to Egypt to work as a KS2 teacher at an international primary school. Since then, I have lived overseas for 8 years, teaching at international primary schools in Egypt, Malaysia, and China. As a teacher, I enjoy creating stimulating learning environments for my students, in which their individual creativity and curiosity can evolve. I love learning, and I am passionate about encouraging my students to love learning too! In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, hiking and biking with my family. I also spend a lot of my time practising yoga, meditation, and holistic healing.
CHARLOTTE HUNTER (B.Ed.) - Year 4
My name is Charlotte Hunter and I come from a small Somerset town in the South-West of England. I am thoroughly excited to be joining Bloomsbury school and community as well as making the most of traveling to the beautiful country of Thailand. I have been a teacher for the past 7 years working in both Somerset – England for the first 5 years after I graduated. I have then recently spent the last 2 years teaching in Arusha – Tanzania. I have always been very passionate about working with children and knew at a very young age that teaching was for me! This led me to do a B.Ed. in Primary Education with a specialism in PE, at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. I have experience teaching across the key stages both inside the classroom and on the sports pitches (EYFS, KS1, KS2, and KS3). During my time as a teacher, I have learnt and highly value the importance of building up a positive relationship with the children and creating an active, inclusive, and hands-on learning environment. I feel it is vital that all children have an opportunity to learn and develop through a wealth of challenges, new experiences, and having fun. It is vital that children learn the importance and value of mistakes as they grow and develop. I am extremely passionate about being in the outdoors, exploring different places, and being adventurous. Finally, I love to meet new people and to travel. I am a very active person taking part in many sporting opportunities in the local community. I personally love to play; field hockey, netball, and volleyball.
DIANNE IRVING (DipTGDEd) - Year 5
My name is Dianne Irving and I am so happy to have the opportunity to be joining the Bloomsbury family. I am from Australia and grew up in an outer suburb of Melbourne in a beautiful area called The Dandenong Ranges. For the last seven years I have lived in the small country of Brunei with my husband and two children. My children have now finished their secondary schooling and are both studying at university. I studied teaching at Deakin University in Melbourne and began my teaching career in special education, teaching students with special needs. I then taught in a local primary school as both a teacher in KS1 and a literacy specialist. I had some time away from teaching when my children were young. During this time we lived in different parts of Australia as well as Singapore. I worked as a writer and have over 60 published books. My most recent teaching position was in Brunei where I taught KS2. I am passionate about teaching a my goal is to ensure all my students feel valued and are able to reach their potential. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to live and work in Thailand, a country I have travelled to many times as a tourist and have a deep respect for. In my spare time I love to explore, swim, dive, travel, spend time with family, try new things and eat Thai food!
ELLEN FERGUSON (B.A., PGDE) - Year 6
Hi! My Name is Ellen Ferguson and I am very excited to be joining Bloomsbury International School in Hatyai. I am from Australia, in fact almost the very centre of Australia, a small town called Alice Springs. After completing my Bachelor of Arts, Design and Communication from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2010, I did some volunteer teaching in the Solomon Islands. This experience developed my passion in education and so I returned to Australia and complete my Graduate Diploma of Education in 2011. I have been teaching in central Australia for over 5 years and also 2 years in Queensland. This is my first time teaching internationally and I am eager to learn and gain new skills. I am very dedicated to making a learning environment challenging but with added fun and interest. I particularly like getting to know my student’s skills and personalities and use this to make their learning more enjoyable. I am thrilled to be teaching in Thailand and look forward to learning more about the culture and eating amazing food!
NANCY SACHDEV (B.A.,M.A.) - EAL KS1 teacher
Hello, my name is Nancy Sachdev. I have a Bachelor of Business English from Bangkok University, a Master Degree of Education from Ramkhamheng University and a TESOL Certificate from AUA. I am very happy to be a part of Bloomsbury family. I used to teach many Thai and international schools in Bangkok. As a teacher, I still get to learn many new things from teachers, staffs and even the students. Coming to school every day is a blessing for me as I can remember the time when I was a student. I want to share my knowledge with all of the students. I thank Bloomsbury family for accepting me as one of them and I will contribute the best I can.
TOM SCHACHINGER (B.A.) - EAL KS2 teacher
Hi, Hallo and Ni Hao. My name is Tom and I am super happy to be a part of the Bloomsbury academic team. I graduated in 2002, from Canterbury University, South Africa, were I gained a BCOM Business Management degree. I started my teaching career as an ESL teacher in China in 2004, working in a key government school in ChongQing. In 2008, I took a senior teaching position with EF English First, furthering my education with the company and later becoming a valuable member and the senior director of studies for Sichuan province. In 2010, I then switched to the private sector and started at an IB kindergarten, where I became a certified IB educator. Since then I have been focusing on Kindergarten and Primary schools, working for Etonhouse International School in Chengdu, China. I enjoy learning languages, and can speak German, Chinese and Afrikaans. I’m looking forward to the new challenge of learning Thai. I have a passion for history and culture, I enjoy traveling to historical places across the world. I hope to pass this passion on to the students, guiding them to be the best they can be. I am an enthusiastic outdoor person and enjoy traveling by motorcycle, flying my drone and water sports. According to Confucius, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”, I feel this reflects my approach to education, as well as my own continuing education.
SARANYA PANTURAT (B.Ed.) - Primary Teacher of Thai
Hi! My name is Saranya Panturat (Kru Goy). I have a Bachelor of Arts from Walailak University and three years teaching experience. I am really happy to be a part of the Bloomsbury team and thank you so much for allowing me to work here. I believe that using play for learning will make my students happy and fun. And then, they will want to learn Thai better.
NUTTANANUN NONTHISIT (B.Ed.) - Primary Teacher of Thai
My name is Nuttananun Nonthisit (Kru Nid). I graduated from the Faculty of Humanities at Srinakarindwirot University, Songkhla in 1995. My major is Thai studies and I have been teaching Thai for almost 20 years. I am very happy to work here at Bloomsbury. Thank you for trusting us to teach your children.
SEBASTIAAN LEBER (B.A., PGCE) - Year 7 / Teacher of English
My name is Sebastiaan Leber. I am from a town called Frome in the southwest of England. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Middlesex University in London, U.K., and then went on to study for my PGCE at the University of Bath. I began my teaching career in the U.K. as an English and drama teacher. I have and an insatiable curiosity about different people, places, and cultures. It was this curiosity and a sense of adventure that led me to apply at Bloomsbury and I am so happy and honored to have been given the opportunity to teach here in Hatyai. I am amazed and inspired by the people and the culture here every day. I have always loved learning and that is why I became a teacher and why I still have thirst for knowledge and still have so many questions about the world we live in. I firmly believe that learning itself is a skill that can be learned and practiced and that learning is the key to a more fulfilling life. I see it as my duty to help every student I teach to develop a lifelong love of learning that will enrich and improve their quality of life and keep them asking questions!
SANDRA DUNCAN (B.A., PGCE) - Year 8 / Art and Design
Hello, my name is Sandra Duncan. I come from a small coastal town in Ireland called Donegal. I have always had a passion for the arts so after my gap year travelling around Europe, I moved to Sheffield, England where I completed a BA Hons in Creative Art Practice. This course allowed me to explore many aspects of the visual arts in both the fine art and craft based disciplines. During my degree I worked in a local school delivering art workshops. It is thanks to this that I decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed my PGCE in Secondary Art in Bangor University in Wales. Since then I have worked in schools across the UK delivering exciting and engaging art lessons in many specialisms, including photography, textiles, graphic design and fine art. In addition to my love of art and travel, I enjoy spending as much of my free time as possible in the water, whether it be swimming, surfing or paddle boarding. I look forward to joining the Bloomsbury team where I hope to provide lessons that will inspire a love and appreciation of art in my pupils.
STEVE WELLER (BSc, MA) - Year 9 / Mathematics
My name is Steve Weller and I started my wonderful journey in a small town in Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching Mathematics, Business, and Economics now for the past 12 years and I've been fortunate to teach in Canada, Egypt, Malaysia, China, and now in Thailand. Before I became a teacher, I completed my Bachelor of Science Honours in Economics and Mathematics and went on to complete my Masters of Science in Adolescent Education for Mathematics in Buffalo, New York. My experiences have helped me develop into a well-balanced, caring, passionate person who is eager to get involved and act as a positive role model for the young minds of tomorrow. I believe that Mathematics is the foundational language for every student's future, which opens doors to many different careers. Some of the key concepts that are inherent to my everyday practices are mindfulness, transparency, social and environmental responsibility, gender equality, human rights, and community. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, practicing yoga, running, and hiking.
OLA HALL (BSc, PGCE) - Year 10 / Science
Hello! My name is Ola Hall, and I am delighted for the opportunity to be joining such a progressive and prestigious school as Bloomsbury. I was born and raised in London, England where I studied for a Human Biology Bachelor of Science Honours degree at Oxford Brookes University and obtained a PGCE in Science Education from the University of Nottingham. I have a lifelong interest in public health issues and epidemiology, and how these affect the next generation – our pupils. It is thrilling to see how excited children are when they realize we have the resources at our fingertips for promoting optimum health and preventing disease. Simple educational tools like adequate exercise, water, nutrition, sunlight, rest, moderation, and fresh air are easily understood by my pupils. In particular, I am motivated to guide children and adolescents to recognize that the human body will heal itself given the right conditions. I taught in England, America, and Taiwan, before spending the last two years teaching in Thailand. In classrooms across the age range from primary up to college level, I have been inspired by my pupils as they make discoveries and ask questions about the world in which they live. I have learned that true education is like an infinity loop of teaching and learning the two being inextricably one. It is built on pillars of physical, intellectual, and spiritual truths, and as such all students can learn progressively, and will realize their full potential when they are taught in this way. Music lessons and practical skills such as agriculture, woodwork, and sewing, are essential to ensure that the excellence in academics is shaped into a balanced package for student lifelong success and peace of mind. Simply put, true education trains the head, hand, and heart equally to produce balanced, innovative, compassionate members of our communities. When I am not working, I enjoy being with my family as well as gardening, walking, camping, badminton and introducing plant-based meals to people who are seeking to improve their health. I look forward to being a part of the Bloomsbury family.
RYAN WINDSOR (BSc, PGCEi) - Year 11 / Humanities
My name is Ryan and I was born and raised in Saskatchewan Canada. After completing my Bachelor of Science in Geography I was eager to get out and explore the world. I came to Hatyai in 2007 and fell in love with the weather, the culture and the lovely people. I have been happily teaching here ever since. I find the world to be a fascinating place filled with interesting people, wonderful stories and breathtaking experiences. My goal in teaching is to encourage my students to be just as inspired by our shared human experience as I am. Together we can better understand our past and look brightly towards our future. I feel both excited and fortunate to begin my sixth year at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai and I am eager to start my new role as Secondary Coordinator. In closing, I would like to ask everyone to always remember these two things: 1) Our world is amazing and 2) Never stop exploring!
ANDY ANDERSON (BSc, PGCE) - Year 12 / Head of Science
My name is Andy Anderson and I am delighted to be joining the team at Bloomsbury International School. I am a Physics specialist but will also be teaching science. Originally I am from Northern Ireland and after completing a degree in Physics at Queens University Belfast, and subsequently my P.G.C.E, I first started teaching in a sixth form college in England. After seven enjoyable years teaching in England I returned to Northern Ireland and took up a position in a further education College followed by a position in a local Grammar School. In 2015 I decided to join the international circuit and since then taught in a variety of schools in Spain, UAE, Qatar, Thailand. In my last position, I taught in a school Yangon in Myanmar but unfortunately due to covid19 restrictions I never actually made it into Myanmar and instead taught the entire academic year online! For over 20 years I was an A-level Physics examiner for an examination board.
I love teaching in the international arena, not only does it allow me to see different parts of the world but it also allows me to experience other cultures and customs and gain a better global perspective. In international schools, I also enjoy the vibrancy that there is with staff and students from all parts of the world. Teaching throughout the world also allows me to see how my subject is contextualised in different environments. Outside school my big passion is rugby (union). After playing for a number of years I hung up my boots continued my interest in the sport by coaching at my local club. I also enjoy soccer and love everything to do with motorbikes.
CHASE NOONAN (B.A., M.Ed.) - Music
Hi all! My name is Chase Noonan. I am from Australia. I grew up in the southwest area of Sydney and have spent most of my life living and working in Australia. In 2013, I completed a Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University and then went on to complete a Master of Teaching as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of other languages. Upon completing my Master of Teaching degree, I began teaching in Australian schools and other educational institutes. I also have experience teaching in Thai schools, and for the past year I have been working as a lecturer at Walailak University. I have a real passion for music and enjoy sharing that passion with my students while helping them to reach their full potential. I am excited to begin the next chapter of my career at Bloomsbury and share all my knowledge and experience with the students and community.
JERRY HALL (BSc, MSc) - ICT / Humanities
Hello everyone. I am Jerry Hall and I am excited at having the opportunity to teach at Bloomsbury. I was born and raised in Birmingham, England and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University of Science and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Computer Modelling from Birkbeck College, University of London. At present I am part way through a Master of Education degree in Advanced Teaching. For more than twenty years I worked as a software engineer, designing and writing software for numerous companies in the automotive, aeronautical and communications industries (cars, planes and phones). Before moving to Thailand I spent more than ten years teaching in the USA and Taiwan. My engineering background has enabled me to teach mathematics and computing from a real-world point of view. In my classrooms I teach the students how to solve difficult problems by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks - something engineers do daily in their work. Cross-curricular, hands-on projects are a feature of my classes. It is important for students to understand how their subjects interconnect with each other and for them to be using their hands and their brains together while they are learning. A number of my students were inspired to study mathematics, engineering or computing at degree level as a result of their projects in my classes. When I am not in the classroom I spend much of my time with photography and music - I am a classical organist and organise music for choirs and my family's piano quintet.
JORDAN CHALK (BSc., PESS, PGCE, QTS) - Teacher of PE
My name is Jordan Chalk and I come from Portsmouth, England. I am extremely excited to be joining Bloomsbury school and thoroughly look forward to meeting new people and creating long-lasting connections. I have been in education for 9 years, working in both England and Thailand. Teaching has always been a growing passion in my life with the aim of inspiring people and providing opportunities towards achieving success. My journey into teaching started at the University of Winchester, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in sports coaching. Through my love for sport and football, I stepped into football coaching where I worked with the world-famous Chelsea Football Club supporting the development of future football stars and the development of football within schools, colleges, and universities. During my time working with Chelsea Football Club, I coached at their state-of-the-art training facilities and their home stadium, Stamford Bridge. After gaining experience in teaching sport, I continued my journey into physical education (PE) teaching in primary and secondary schools. Moreover, I love supporting charities and taking part in challenging events to raise money for many causes. My favourite event I completed was in 2021, when I climbed the three highest mountains in the United Kingdom (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Mount Snowdon) within 24 hours. I completed this challenge in 23 hours and 14 minutes, raising £2,500 for Winston’s Wish. If you don’t see me on a sports field teaching sport, you will find me in a coffee shop reading a book – Harry Potter is my favourite! My goal in Thailand is to provide children of all ages the opportunity to discover a sport they feel passionate about and provide them with the tools to be successful. Every person has a role model in their life, mine is Steven Gerrard (ex-Liverpool Football Club and England Captain). I have his signed Premier League shirt hanging on my bedroom wall, reminding me to always work hard, inspire and strive to be better than I was the day before.
HAZWANI CHOBNGAM (B.Ed.) - Secondary Teacher of Thai
My name is Hazwani Chobngam (Kru Ya). I moved from Rayong. I hold a B.Ed. (2nd Hons) in Thai Language from Thaksin University. I have had experience in teaching Thai for 20 years. I always enjoy learning new things to improve myself and I also love cooking and creating new dishes.
YANG DONGYAN (B.A.) - Teacher of Chinese
Hello, my name is Yang Dongyan. I am from Yunnan province in China. I have been working as a Mandarin teacher for more than ten years. I started my teaching career in 2008 and came to Thailand in 2009. I will never forget that feeling when I heard the kids saying “hello, teacher” in Chinese, and I was melt into their lovely faces. I told myself that I would do my best to teach them. For the past decade, I have kept learning and improving. I joined many training programs for teaching foreigners Chinese including kids and adults as well as other conferences about education, even now as long as time is allowed, I will join any meeting about teaching. Students need to learn, and so does a teacher.
I graduated from Beijing Forestry University, majoring in English in 2004, and got a diploma in teacher education from Philippine Christian University in 2020. Now I am studying a Master's course in Education at Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University on weekends. It will be my third term in July. I love kids and teaching, just as I mentioned, I will try my best to teach each kid. I am not a perfect person, so any comment or advice about teaching is welcome.
I had worked at Srithammarat Suksa School for 8 years (2009 to 2014 and 2019 to 2022）, so I speak some Thai language. I went to South Korea in 2014 and had been working for 4 and a half years there as a Mandarin teacher. I also speak some Korean.
I love teaching also love learning. It is so grateful to leaning with your kids. I like to hang out with friends but recently just stayed at home and stay with my kittens. I have three kittens, they are very adorable.
JOSEPH CHANG (BSc.) - EAL Secondary
My name is Joseph Chang. I am from Los Angeles, California. I went to Calpoly San Luis Obispo and got a BS in Graphic Communication. I love interacting with children to young adults because of their energy and vitality. The last school I worked for was in Taiwan called Yuteh Bilingual School and I was the Head of Science. I also doubled as a college advisor and was the SAT testing supervisor. Before that, I was the KS4 EAL instructor at Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok. I've also taught in Erbil, Phnom Penh, and Mandalay. In my free time I love to travel and dabble in the stock market. I am also an avid NBA fan, especially the LA Lakers. I hope I can make solid contributions here at Bloomsbury and help our pupils get into tertiary schools in UK, Australia or USA.