Stephen RoderickSchool Principal
Narvinder AhujaSchool Director
Benjamin WhiteHead Of Academic Affairs
Warunee SwansonDeputy Director
Oil MuangsaenSchool Manager
Carole KetnourathActivities Director
Anzie YangmiDean of Students
Mack SissinePE & ATHLETICS
Michael OakleySOCIAL SCIENCE
Derek JolyFINE ARTS
Tom BellGUIDANCE & COUNSELING
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
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
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
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
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
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 Activities Director
The mission of the Early Childhood Center (ECC), Nakornpayap International School, is to assist and guide our students so that they will discover their world through play, creative activities, appropriate instruction, and grow in all aspects of their young lives including physically, socially, emotionally, academically, and morally. The ECC seeks to fulfill this mission by communicating with and working with parents and families to encourage our students to become independent learners who discover a foundation upon which to grow into the future.
The Elementary Department at NIS provides high quality holistic education from dedicated professionals, preparing students to become responsible, empathetic, and productive citizens. We aim to inspire a love of learning and curiosity about the world in each student, helping them to become lifelong learners, thinkers, and problem solvers.
As high school ELA teachers, it is our goal to provide challenging and stimulating materials in order to prepare students for college and careers. We aim to develop the students’ creativity and critical thinking skills of through a variety of reading, writing and spoken language tasks focusing on original thought and critical thinking instead of regurgitating information. We want to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to flourish. Therefore, we study a range of texts from a variety of different eras and countries and encourage all students to complete tasks in range of different mediums. As a department, we cover both fiction and non-fiction extensively. Fiction reading includes novels, short stories, plays and poetry. Non-fiction nonfiction readings include essays, journalism, political writing, science writing, nature writing, autobiographies/biographies, diaries, history, and criticism. We emphasize philosophy, psychology, and moral reasoning in conjunction with all of our texts.
The Science Department aims to provide students with a strong foundation in the elements of scientific method, theory, laboratory practice and how to effectively communicate their findings. We encourage our students to be inquisitive and strive to find answers to questions using scientific methodology.
PE & ATHLETICS
The mission of the department of social sciences at NIS is to develop capable citizens who are empowered with knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to make informed and responsible decisions in a diverse and interdependent world. We strive to serve the school and the community as a source of social science information in addressing matters of concern to the future world citizens our students will become. We endeavor to promote understanding, respect, sensitivity and acceptance of differences and are committed to peace, social justice, equity and human rights.
The Electives Department provides meaningful experiences, individual support and educational opportunity for success in practical disciplines that are connected to the world beyond our community. We are facilitating foundations for personal growth within the diverse, international demographic that is our student body.
The goal of the NIS Fine Arts department is to foster excitement about music and visual arts in students at an early age, in order to stimulate a sense of self-appreciation, self-worth and self-expression that allows them to grow into passionate, disciplined, appreciative and cultured young adults.
“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
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
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
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING
The Whole School Counselor and College Guidance Counselor work in partnership with parents, staff, students and the community utilizing data-driven decision to ensure that all students will develop aptitudes in academic excellence and educational planning, occupational exploration, and social/emotional development in order to contribute to a changing world as meaningful global citizens.