Stephen Roderick

Stephen Roderick

Principal
This is my 42nd year as an educator and my second as your Principal. The opportunity to work internationally – first in Vietnam and now in Thailand –  has been unbelievably rewarding both personally and professionally.  I am inspired each day by students who are eager to learn from teachers who are passionate about “doing what is best for kids.” I am equally encouraged by parents who are supportive of the learning environment we have developed at NIS and our plans for the future. In all my early years as a student at Whittier College and Cal-State University, Fullerton, I never imagined a career that would be so fulfilling.

Stephen Roderick
Principal
Benjamin White

Benjamin White

Head of Academic Affairs
I first joined Nakornpayap International School in January 2013. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from the University of Leeds (England). I also hold a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Before my current role, I was a Language Arts teacher as well as the head of our Middle School program. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and fostering student/ teacher connections. It is a pleasure to come to school every day to work with a special group of teachers and students.

Benjamin White
Head of Academic Affairs
Carole Ketnourath

Carole Ketnourath

Head of Student Affairs
I have been at NIS since August 2009 when I had the honor of teaching NIS’ very first dance class and became one of the first women in the Physical Education department at NIS. Throughout the years, I have taught PE, Dance, and Fitness to High School students and established the Creative Movement program for ECC and Elementary students. Even though most of my work has been in physical education and performing arts, I actually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (honors) from Hamilton College, New York USA. During my undergraduate studies, I studied abroad at the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China and Khon Kaen University, Thailand where I studied the role of education in sustainable community development. I also received a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand. I wholeheartedly believe that co-curricular programs that boost creativity, confidence, and character are the foundation for our students’ success as they grow up and pursue their life goals after graduation.

Carole Ketnourath
Head of Student Affairs
Narvinder Ahuja

Narvinder Ahuja

Director
This is my 25th year working at NIS. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Delhi University (India), and Master of Biochemistry degree from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India. I also have a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I feel truly honored to have been with NIS from its very first day; and as I look back over the last 25 years, I am profoundly moved by the way in which that fragile little school has grown into the strong educational institution it is today. I am thankful to have been a part of its accomplishments as it has met successive challenges over the years. My vision for NIS in the coming years is to encourage a nurturing educational experience where high academic standards challenge our students and our teachers to reach their full potential as we prepare students for success in the years that follow.

Narvinder Ahuja
Director
Warunee Swanson

Warunee Swanson

Deputy Director
I have over 30 years of experience in education. For 25 of those years, I taught at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) as a classroom teacher and at various times also served as Head of the Thai Department, Head of the Foreign Languages Department, and Head of the ESL Department. I also served one year as the Acting Principal/Manager of the school. In 2003, I joined the NIS family as the Thai Principal and Elementary School Supervisor. In 2007, my husband and I moved to the United States, but I came back to NIS as an advisor every year for 4-6 weeks. It was fulfilling for me to maintain my wonderful relationship with the school for the ten years I lived overseas. This year, 2017, I have returned to NIS full-time as Deputy Director and Supervisor of the Early Childhood Center (ECC). It is an honor for me to work with a committed, amazing administrative team. I particularly appreciate the commitment of the school’s owner who always has the school’s best interests in mind. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Philippines Christian University, Manila, and I have Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Westminster College, Pennsylvania USA, and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey USA. I have also completed a special course of study at Bowie State University, Maryland USA, which led to my certification as an elementary teacher by the State of Maryland.   I love teaching. I always have. And I love children. My constant goal is to instill in them a love of reading, which is the foundation of learning. I enjoy working in the happy environment of NIS and look forward to working with the parents, teachers, and staff in the coming year.

Warunee Swanson
Deputy Director
Oil Muangsaen

Oil Muangsaen

Manager
I graduated from Chiang Mai University with a Bachelor’s Degree in German Language and a minor in Mass Communications. In 2004, I began working at NIS as the School Secretary and School Registrar. In 2016, I took on a new role as the School Manager. NIS is my second home. I feel that working in the school is similar to living in a large family. Families focus on caring for their children. Parents would like to see their child succeed, we do too. We encourage each student to be successful and we celebrate diversity. We want our children to try new things, be confident, and be different. If I had to find one word to describe NIS, I would choose the word “colorful” because NIS has a lot of flowers and plants, and also a lot of different people and cultures. NIS is a fantastic place to work. In 2018, NIS will be 25 years old, another big year for NIS to highlight and celebrate our students’ successes over the many years.
Oil Muangsaen
Manager
Libby Williamson

Libby Williamson

Kindergarten Teacher
I am from the Charleston area of South Carolina. I am trained as an early childhood educator and have my Bachelor of Science degree and graduate courses in Early Childhood Education. I have taught for 36 years. I have four daughters all living in the USA. I absolutely enjoy teaching in the Kindergarten program here at NIS. Coming to Thailand is a new and exciting experience for me and I am looking forward to the many, rich learning experiences at NIS and Thailand.

Libby Williamson
Kindergarten Teacher
Matthew Whitwell

Matthew Whitwell

Grade 1 Teacher
This is my sixth year of teaching and my third year at NIS, and my second year as the Elementary Department Leader. I am a graduate of the University of Brighton, UK with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Globalization: History, Politics, Culture. I went on to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education with the Open University, UK. I am a big proponent of facilitating independence in the classroom, in order for students to take responsibility of their own learning. I strongly believe in creating a warm and creative environment for students to feel safe and realize their potential.

Matthew Whitwell
Grade 1 Teacher
Mark Hefner

Mark Hefner

Coordinator
I moved to Thailand after I retired (20 years) from the U.S. Army in 2003. My U.S. Army experiences took me around the world where I was both a nuclear weapons technician, a Patriot Missile technician as well as being a U.S. Army Recruiter. I have since earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Business from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After earning my MBA, I was the Director of the Language Enhancement Center at Payap University prior to being the Coordinator of the Academic Access Program (AAP) at Nakornpayap International School. I feel great satisfaction from being part of a dynamic team that is so influential in changing a young person’s life for the better. Of all that I have done in my life, this is the most rewarding and the most important.

Mark Hefner
Coordinator
Maz Anastas

Maz Anastas

Middle School ELA Teacher
This is my third year teaching at Nakornpayap International School. I have a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education from RMIT University, Australia. I have taught in Australia, the Middle East and Europe. My philosophy for teaching is that each child is unique, learns in their own special way, and it is the responsibility of the teacher to help each child discover that uniqueness and to bring it out into full fruition.

Maz Anastas
Middle School ELA Teacher
Matthew Ingle

Matthew Ingle

High School Mathematics Teacher


Matthew Ingle
High School Mathematics Teacher
Paul Hipperson

Paul Hipperson

Science, Mathematics and Electronics Teacher
I have over a decade of teaching experience; teaching electronic engineering at the London Electronics College (UK), physics at Hereford Sixth Form College (UK), Advanced Placement physics and math at the Ecole d’humanite (Switzerland) and various subjects, from consumer math to calculus, here at NIS. I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Imperial College (London), and Master of Science degree from the University of Westminster (London), England. In the classroom, I aim to foster an inclusive environment for all students and I am very much in favor of adopting a “hands on” approach to student learning.

Paul Hipperson
Science, Mathematics and Electronics Teacher
Terry Tunnell

Terry Tunnell

Middle School Social Science Teacher
I have been teaching at Nakornpayap International school for the past 8 years at both elementary and middle school levels. My home in the USA is Portland, Oregon, and that is where I taught for 19 years as a 4th and 5th grade teacher. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Portland State University and also earned a Master of Science degree in Science Education. As a teacher, it is my goal to help my students gain the confidence, knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to achieve happiness and success as they enter the adult world. I also wish to instill in my students the passion for life-long learning.

Terry Tunnell
Middle School Social Science Teacher
Tom Bell

Tom Bell

High School Spanish Teacher and School Counselor
This is my fourth year as the NIS School Counselor and Spanish teacher. I have lived in Costa Rica, Spain, and served two years in the Peace Corps in Peru. Most recently I finished my Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore USA. I have worked in the Social Service field for more than 10 years and am obsessed with street food. In addition to being the School Counselor and Spanish teacher, I’m also the Advanced Placement Coordinator in the High School, the Teacher Representative to the School Governing Board, and a basketball coach.

Tom Bell
High School Spanish Teacher and School Counselor
Graham Bowker

Graham Bowker

Video Production Teacher & WASC Co-Coordinator
I have enjoyed the amazing opportunity to contribute to our community as an educator, technology director, school Principal, department leader, student mentor, WASC coordinator, parent, and most recently as the film and media teacher at Nakornpayap International School since 2013. Having completed a Bachelor of Education degree in Australia has allowed me to enjoy a rewarding career through the challenge and pursuit of my vocation over a period of several decades. Advancements in technology have made films accessible, allowing me to realize the dream of sharing my love of film with my students. I feel great pride in working with a diverse group of very talented NIS students, both past and present. I encourage my students to explore their creative passion while developing an appreciation of the power of film and the application to academic, vocational and everyday life.

Graham Bowker
Video Production Teacher & WASC Co-Coordinator
Derek Joly

Derek Joly

Kindergarten and Elementary Music Teacher
This is my third year as the Elementary Music teacher at the Nakornpayap International School, and I currently serve as the Department Leader for the Arts. I am a graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts in the United States. I have over 12 years of experience working with various ensembles, from Drum Corps and Symphonic bands, to Saxophone Quartets and Elementary Recorder ensembles. I strive to maintain a high standard with all my students, and help them to establish a strong musical foundation at an early age.  

Derek Joly
Kindergarten and Elementary Music Teacher
David Fitzhugh

David Fitzhugh

Elementary PE Teacher
This is my first year at NIS and looking forward to working with students and parents alike. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University that includes certification in all level physical education and health. I also have teaching certifications in driver’s education, all level art and social studies composite which includes economics, geography and social studies. I have taught in both public and private schools in 6 countries and have 35 years of experience working with students in every grade level. I have coached teams of all grade levels in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, track and field, baseball, softball, badminton, soccer and also sponsored chess clubs and several academic teams.

David Fitzhugh
Elementary PE Teacher
Amy Pothong

Amy Pothong

College Counselor and Psychology Teacher
As a Thai native who grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, I’ve always missed the taste of street food and fresh markets. My husband and I moved to Thailand in 2014 to teach at Nakornpayap International School and we’ve been here ever since. This is my fourth year as the College Counselor and I teach Psychology and AP Psychology to 11th and 12th grade students too. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Family Studies from Towson University’s School of Education, Maryland USA. I also earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Community Counseling from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. I am constantly learning as a teacher and that’s what I try to plant in my students: “never stop learning because no day is ever the same … EVER!”

Amy Pothong
College Counselor and Psychology Teacher
R Manipuntee

R Manipuntee

Middle & High School Thai Language Teacher
I have worked as a Thai teacher at Nakornpayap International School since March 2012. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Thai from Payap University, Chiang Mai, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Chiang Mai University. I thoroughly enjoy working with my students especially in encouraging their creative expression. My goal is to create a classroom atmosphere that is positive, enjoyable, fosters class participation, and encourages the students’ diverse learning styles.

R Manipuntee
Middle & High School Thai Language Teacher
Nin Manosoi

Nin Manosoi

Middle & High School Thai Language Teacher
“I am a farmer”. That is what I tell people when they ask what I do. I am a farmer who plants seeds of knowledge for the future generation and I am proud to be doing what I am. Students are different in many ways. A teacher has to be an active person and a fast learner at the same time. As a teacher, I have to be a reader, a gamer and a fighter. That means that even though I teach the same topics as last year, I have to make it better and different to engage the students for this year. I always try to make my material suit my students best possible way I can and I try to make it fun and interesting. I have to be a fighter. I will identify and fight any mistakes I may have made in my teaching. If what I teach today isn’t successful, I have to find other ways to make it better tomorrow. I constantly strive to improve my teaching methodologies, my material and better my relationships with my students. I have taught both Thai students and international students for over ten years and have a Bachelor of Arts in Thai Language from Chiang Mai University.

Nin Manosoi
Middle & High School Thai Language Teacher