- Benjamin Devere WhitePrincipalBenjamin Devere WhitePrincipal
I first joined the NIS family in January 2013. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics (1st Class Honors) and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from the University of Leeds (UK), and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg (Canada). I also hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Management from the Open University (UK).
During my time at NIS, I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful students, parents, and teachers in my various roles as an English Teacher, Head of Middle School, Head of Academic Affairs, Assistant Principal, and now as Principal. I have seen the school grow from under 300 students, to over 500 prior to the global pandemic. I have seen the expansion of our facilities as a result of our ‘do what is best for kids’ philosophy, supportive owner and governing board, and fantastic parent representatives.
I am passionate about teaching and learning, fostering student/ teacher connections, and future-ready learning. It is a pleasure to come to school every day to work with a special group of students and teachers.
- Narvinder AhujaDirectorNarvinder AhujaDirector
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.
- Warunee SwansonDeputy DirectorWarunee SwansonDeputy 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.
- Oil MuangsaenSchool ManagerOil MuangsaenSchool 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.”
- Anzie YangmiDean of StudentsAnzie YangmiDean of Students
I am so happy to be here at NIS! What a great school with great leadership, amazing students, strong curriculum, fully accredited and a supportive crew of brilliant minds. I grew up in Chiang Mai like many of the students here and graduated at another international school then went on to study a business degree called Organizational Leadership and worked in America for over a decade and then came back to Thailand. I consider Chiang Mai as my home and feel a strong sense of camaraderie with the students because of my similar background as them. As the Dean of Students my job is to work closely with the Principal, school personnel and the students to build and maintain a positive, safe school climate. Your child’s safety and wellness is my priority. As a parent myself, I believe there’s dignity and love in discipline. I will do my best to give each student what they need in order to be successful. At NIS we want all our students to be successful in all areas of their lives. We work tirelessly with them and with parents because collaborative team work is what we are about. “When parents are involved, we do our best!”
- Carole KetnourathActivities DirectorCarole KetnourathActivities Director
“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. ”
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
- Libby WilliamsonKindergarten TeacherLibby WilliamsonKindergarten 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.
- Katia OlivoK2 Homeroom TeacherKatia OlivoK2 Homeroom Teacher
I am very excited to be joining the NIS Team this year as the K2–Pre-School teacher. I have been teaching young children for four years and worked both in Bahrain and Thailand. I strongly believe that teachers should engineer
fun learning experiences and ensure the learners take the driver’s seat as they graciously get out of the way. Shaping little minds gives me overwhelming joy and purpose.
I look forward to a fabulous year!
- ElJay Luke EricksonK2 Homeroom TeacherElJay Luke EricksonK2 Homeroom Teacher
I was born in Chiang Mai and lived here until graduating from Chiang Mai International School (CMIS). I attended Calvin University in Michigan (USA) obtaining degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education in 2019. I am, happy to be returning to Chiang Mai and joining the NIS Family. I am very excited about working with the ECC program and will be teaching K2. I look forward to a spectacular year!
- Sara WindschitlK3 Homeroom TeacherSara WindschitlK3 Homeroom TeacherI am thrilled to be starting my second year in the AAP department at NIS! Prior to NIS, I was an elementary teacher of the deaf in St. Paul, Minnesota for 14 years. NIS is a family affair for us--my husband Nick teaches K3 and our 3 children attend school here as well. I received both my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Sciences from Western Maryland College in the U.S. I am passionate about social skills education, helping students develop a LOVE of reading, and using technology to give students a voice in the classroom. I’m proud to teach alongside such ambitious and caring teachers, and couldn't be happier with the educational and social experiences my own children are getting at NIS!
- Kristopher BanksK3 Homeroom TeacherKristopher BanksK3 Homeroom Teacher
My first year with NIS will be my 8th year teaching kindergarten. I am a young, passionate and experienced teacher in early childhood education. I have gained this wonderful experience through study and teaching in wonderful international schools around China and Thailand. I studied in the UK and became a bachelor of art in Computer Science at Aberdeen University and a Post Graduate of international education at Keele. My passion in the classroom is being able to create an open learning environment, so that every child can become connected and learn in a positive setting. ‘Capturing curiosity’ has always been my motto in early years learning and I’ve found it always to be so rewarding for the children and myself.
- Rodita DomingoECC Art and Music TeacherRodita DomingoECC Art and Music Teacher
I have been working in Nakornpayap International School since April 2017. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Management from the Philippines. I have 7 years of experience working in a Kindergarten ESL environment. I believe that young learners learn best when they are having fun and when they are provided with first hand meaningful learning experiences. Therefore, I use my creativity to produce and utilize teaching resources that are relevant in the classroom.
- Olive VeratadECC Support TeacherOlive VeratadECC Support Teacher
I have been working in the Early Childhood Center [ECC] since April 2013. In addition, I became the Thai Language teacher for the Early Learners class. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Silpakorn University, an Education Diploma from Sukhothai Thammatirat University and a Master of Science degree in Geosocial Based Sustainable Development from Maejo University. I like to be involved with young children’s education. My aim is to help students develop their learning in a friendly,fun and encouraging atmosphere.
- Aeaw KanthaoopECC Support TeacherAeaw KanthaoopECC Support Teacher
This is my first year at Nakonpayap International School, but I have been a support teacher in Thai schools for the past twelve years. I have a Bachelor of Education degree in early childhood education from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, and I am a support teacher in the first year Kindergarten class (K.1). I love to play and learn with young children, and I think that the earliest years up to age five are extremely important. They are when the children begin to learn and develop. My goal is to help them do that to the very best of their ability.
- Film KampangtiipECC Support TeacherFilm KampangtiipECC Support Teacher
- Big FuthamECC Support TeacherBig FuthamECC Support Teacher
- Nuey ThongsukECC Support TeacherNuey ThongsukECC Support Teacher
- Mard SakesonECC Support TeacherMard SakesonECC Support Teacher
I have worked in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) program at Nakornpayap International School since October 2000 and have been a support teacher in ECC for 18 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. I have many friends at NIS and outside the school. I use art to teach students in class. I believe learning should be fun. I am happy to be at NIS and teaching at the Kindergarten level.
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Erin SmithGrade 1 Homeroom TeacherErin SmithGrade 1 Homeroom Teacher
This will be my 16th year teaching first grade at Nakornpayap International School. I graduated from Trent University, Peterborough, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Native Studies and Psychology and later obtained a Bachelor of Education degree (Primary/Junior divisions) from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada. I have a passion for teaching and love watching students reach their fullest potential by engaging them in high-energy and hands-on lessons.
- Mary DunningGrade 1 Homeroom TeacherMary DunningGrade 1 Homeroom Teacher
This is my second year at NIS and I am proud to be teaching at such an exceptional school that emphasizes diversity and community. I am from the USA and have taught elementary for many years in Seattle, Washington. I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement. I also earned a Masters in teaching at Miami University with an emphasis on science education. I believe in providing students with an environment that celebrates diversity while engaging and appropriately challenging students through hands-on activities and interactive lessons.
- Christine ThorpGrade 2 Homeroom TeacherChristine ThorpGrade 2 Homeroom Teacher
This is my ninth year teaching grade two at NIS. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a second major in Psychology, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the United States. I also have a Master’s Degree in Education from the same university. I believe that all children are unique, creative, and have an inborn desire to learn. My classroom is a happy, lively community of eager learners! I sincerely enjoy creating lasting relationships with the students and families of NIS.
- Jacek PierzynskiGrade 2 Homeroom TeacherJacek PierzynskiGrade 2 Homeroom Teacher
I am thrilled to start my second year at such an exceptional school as Nakornpayap International School. Prior to NIS, I was a Grade 1 elementary teacher for five years at Montfort Primary Section in Chiang Mai as well as EFL instructor at EFL Language School. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Cumbria, United Kingdom. I also hold Master of Arts degree in Law. I have a great passion for teaching. I find joy in witnessing a child learn something new, knowing I was a main influence in their doing so. I look forward to continuing to have a positive impact on my students' growth with an amazing team here at NIS.
- Luke EastmanGrade 3 Homeroom TeacherLuke EastmanGrade 3 Homeroom Teacher
This will be my second year teaching Grade 3 here at NIS. I grew up in the Green Mountains of Vermont, USA and graduated from The University of Vermont in 2009 with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Fine Art. I attended the Upper Valley Educators Institute and received my certification in both Elementary and Art Education.
I began my teaching career in Grade 4 at Walt Disney Elementary, one of Chicago’s most prominent magnet schools, before transitioning to the art room at the Frances C. Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH. Over my six years at Richmond, I was the lead art teacher and spearheaded their digital arts and 3D printing program.
In addition to teaching, I am an active illustrator and I also spent several years as a magazine editor and graphic designer. In addition to teaching Grade 3, I also produce the school’s newsletter, Voices, as well as the yearbook.
Last year I was delighted to offer an after school 3D Design Club and this year I hope to introduce even more digital arts opportunities for our students.
- Phillip PingetonGrade 3 Homeroom TeacherPhillip PingetonGrade 3 Homeroom Teacher
I'm very happily entering my fifth year as an elementary teacher! I’m originally from Washington D.C. and I’ve been working with children in various capacities for nearly a decade now. I'm proud to bring a diverse professional experience to NIS. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Social Studies Teaching from the University of Virginia. My career has brought me to high schools, rural elementary schools, pupil transportation, Peace Corps volunteering, youth outreach, another international school in Thailand, and finally NIS! I believe in empowering lifelong learners to develop a growth mindset and the skills to help make this world a better place. As an educator, I commit myself to creating a nurturing learning environment where students can create, collaborate, reflect, and forge strong relationships. Nothing gives me greater joy as a teacher than watching young learners grow into who they are and become more confident in themselves. All teachers live for those "aha!" moments and I cherish them deeply. I am very excited to be joining NIS!
- Annemi WaltersGrade 4 Homeroom TeacherAnnemi WaltersGrade 4 Homeroom Teacher
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the NIS family. I’m originally from Cape Town, South Africa and graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B.Ed degree specializing in elementary education.
I am passionately dedicated to the education of a diverse range of students by establishing a positive and productive learning environment where my students feel belonged, have fun and grow towards their academic potential.
Beyond the curriculum I strive to teach my students problem solving skills, innovative thinking and responsibility that will hopefully continue on outside of the classroom.
- Carly SwotekGrade 4 Homeroom TeacherCarly SwotekGrade 4 Homeroom Teacher
Hi all, my name is Carly Swotek and I'll be a fourth-grade teacher this upcoming year. I started my international teaching career three years ago in Beijing, and what a wild ride it has been! Originally from the state of Nebraska in the U.S., I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. My certification for elementary education with an emphasis on English language development is through the state of Arizona, where I taught third grade for five years. After teaching in a public school in Phoenix, Arizona, my family decided they were up for an adventure of a lifetime and made our way to Beijing. Our time in Beijing has been an invaluable experience teaching us the importance of being flexible. While in Beijing, Thailand provided respite while we were on breaks. We loved this country from our first visit and we are so excited to live here permanently. I am honored and look forward to growing professionally and being a part of the NIS family.
- Sandy SchoenlaubGrade 5 Homeroom TeacherSandy SchoenlaubGrade 5 Homeroom Teacher
This is my 10th year as a homeroom teacher. I hold 2 Bachelor degrees; in International Business and Education and have taught in the US as well as in China and Thailand. This is my fifth year at NIS as a Grade 5 teacher and I am truly happy to be back after 1 year in Shanghai. I really missed the NIS community and realized Chiang Mai has truly become home for my family. This is my promise to all my NIS students’ parents: “I promise you every day your child will learn something. Some days they’ll bring it home in their hands. Some days they’ll bring it home in their heads. And some days they’ll bring it home in their hearts.” Valerie Welk
- Justin SwotekGrade 5 Homeroom TeacherJustin SwotekGrade 5 Homeroom Teacher
Hello! I'm Justin Swotek, and I'll be a fifth-grade teacher this upcoming school year. I have been teaching seven years; four years in Arizona and three years in Beijing.
Although I consider Arizona, U.S. my home, I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. I am a second career teacher, having spent most of my adult life in different management roles. After moving to Arizona, I went back to school and earned my teaching certificate in elementary education. Following teaching in public schools in Phoenix for four years, we started researching international teaching. And here we are! My family and I are excited to start our new adventure at NIS and to live in Thailand. I am looking forward to growing personally and professionally and being a part of the NIS culture.
- Lanny YangElementary Chinese TeacherLanny YangElementary Chinese Teacher
This is my second year at NIS as a Chinese teacher. This is also the second year that NIS has Chinese language as a class for Elementary students. I am very happy to be part of this program!
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from South West University of China, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Beijing Language and Culture University, China. In China, I was a high school teacher in Kunming for 12 years and also worked at the Teaching Research Center in Kunming for 2 years. I have lived in Chiangmai for 4 years already and I taught Chinese language in the elementary school of Chong Fa Xin Seng School for 1 and a half years before I came to NIS. I love teaching, love children, and I hope I can guide them into the colorful Chinese Culture.
- Jordan WeightLearning Support SpecialistJordan WeightLearning Support Specialist
I feel extremely grateful to be a part of the NIS family. This is my third year serving students and teachers as the school's Learning Support Specialist. I have a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Minnesota, USA. Prior to relocating to Chiang Mai, I taught Grade 3 in America for 5 years. As a teacher, I strive to create a learning environment where students have a strong sense of belonging, significance, and fun. I want to foster learning experiences that are interactive, appropriately challenging, instill global competency, and are connected to students’ interests.
- Nim TangprasertElementary School Support TeacherNim TangprasertElementary School Support Teacher
This is my fifth year working at Nakornpayap International School. I worked as a teacher assistant in second grade for 3 years and this is my second year as a support teacher in first grade. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. I love working with grade 1 and 2 students.
- Ya KammeemoonElementary School Support TeacherYa KammeemoonElementary School Support Teacher
I have worked at the school since August 2016 and I live in Chiang Mai. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Language from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. I love to work with children and see them learn many new things.
- Yee KudpikElementary School Support TeacherYee KudpikElementary School Support Teacher
I have worked as the Elementary School Grade 3 support teacher at NIS since April 2011. Before that, I worked at international schools in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Korat. I have a Bachelor of Business English degree from Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Bangkok and an Education Diploma from Far Eastern University, Chiang Mai. I like working as part of the friendly team here at NIS, and I love working with children.
- Bam TimklibElementary School Support TeacherBam TimklibElementary School Support Teacher
I am glad to be a part of NIS Team since I was a fresh graduate from a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in English from Maejo University. I am delighted to meet new people and I would love to communicate with the students. I really appreciate having a great time with my forth grade.
- Nink PromkesaElementary School Support TeacherNink PromkesaElementary School Support Teacher
This is my first year working at Nakornpayap International School. I work as a teacher assistant in fifth grade. I graduated from Uttaradit Rajabhat University with a Bachelor of Art in English major. I am delighted to join the NIS family! Working with kids makes me learning new things every day. The feeling of inspire, support, and sharing knowledge with students are very rewarding. In addition, I love and enjoy seeing them grow in knowledge, confidence and skills to achieve goals and success in their life.
ACADEMIC ACCESS PROGRAM
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
- SOCIAL SCIENCE
- WORLD LANGUAGES
- Penny HowellHigh School ELA TeacherPenny HowellHigh School ELA Teacher
I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at NIS. Initially I moved to Chiang Mai in 1999 and taught for 6 years at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS). I loved Chiang Mai then, but I was too young to settle down - so I moved to Istanbul, Turkey and taught for a few years there as well. I then returned to my country, Canada, where I have spent the last 12 years at a private school. I have always longed to come “home” to Chiang Mai. The biggest gift and source of pride for me as a teacher is to now be able to work as a colleague with two of my former students - Ms. Anzie and Ms. Rachel. I look forward to working with you and your child as well, and hope that someday I will also be able to witness their success.
- Kyle CravenHigh School ELA TeacherKyle CravenHigh School ELA Teacher
I am excited for my first year at NIS. I majored in English at Boston College and earned a Masters in Teaching from Concordia University in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I spend my free time writing and revising poetry and short stories. Besides my love for English language and literature, I also take pride on my prowess on the rugby pitch and basketball courts. I hope to coach or start a new club within the NIS family. Prior to moving to Chiang Mai, I taught in Khon Kaen, Thailand for four years at both the 1st grade level and the undergraduate level. The five goals of my classroom philosophy are to build student success through collaboration, meta-cognition, critical inquiry, creative empowerment, and empathy.
- Claire NorthMiddle School ELA TeacherClaire NorthMiddle School ELA Teacher
Hello, my name is Claire, and I come from the UK. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Post Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, and Post Graduate Certificate for Professional Teaching. I am currently studying for an MA in TESOL & Applied Linguistics. I worked for the UK government for 17 years, supporting ministers in their parliamentary duties, before moving to Thailand. This will be my 9th year teaching in Thailand, and I’ve been blessed to enjoy many happy experiences in different schools here. I’ve taught in primary, secondary and university posts, teaching English through literature, conversational English, English for Academic Purposes, Critical Reading & Writing, and Secondary School English as a Second Language. I am delighted to be joining NIS and hope that the students will have fun with me as we learn and grow together.
- Ronan PerseMiddle School ELA TeacherRonan PerseMiddle School ELA Teacher
Returning to Thailand this summer, I will have completed my 10th year of teaching after spending the past 5 years in China. Starting my teaching career in Thailand, I taught ESL in government schools before being able to focus on humanities teaching at my first International school. Completing my Masters in Education in Thailand allowed me to progress professionally and moving to China opened up many exciting opportunities for me to develop as a teacher. My experiences in China were rich and rewarding and I believe have allowed me to develop greatly, both personally and professionally. Having visited Chiang Mai many times over the years, the culturally vibrant environment of the city is something I am very much looking forward to being a part of. I hope to share and pass on the benefit of my experiences to all, in the classroom and beyond and I look forward to many more years of learning and exploring.
- Paul KleinschmidtMiddle School TeacherPaul KleinschmidtMiddle School Teacher
I am a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and have been working at Nakornpayap International School since January, 2017. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) from Keele University, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Product Design from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. I have been a teacher of English Language Learners (ELL) for eight years. I believe that when a student develops a love for reading they will discover endless opportunities to learn. Therefore, I strive to instill a love for reading when I teach.
- Paul HippersonScience, Mathematics and Electronics TeacherPaul HippersonScience, 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.
- TJ Jansen van VuurenMiddle and High School Mathematics TeacherTJ Jansen van VuurenMiddle and High School Mathematics Teacher
I’ve been working as a teacher in Thailand for the last seven years, and prior to that I was doing software development for a living. Even though I’ve spent a great deal of my teaching career as an English teacher, my true love has always been the sciences which is why I’m thrilled to be teaching Mathematics and Statistics here at NIS. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a professional diploma in Financial Markets and Instruments, a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and I’m in the process of completing my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), specializing in Further Education and Training.
- Ava HoustonMiddle and High School Mathematics TeacherAva HoustonMiddle and High School Mathematics Teacher
I’ve been working as a Middle School and High School Mathematics teacher at Nakornpayap International School since 2008. I have a Bachelor of Mathematics from Naresuan University, and a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Chiang Mai University. Teaching students to truly understand math is something I’m very good at and I really enjoy doing it! I think math is amazing and fun to learn, so I work hard to help my students feel the same way about it as I do.
- Katelynn RussellMiddle School Mathematics TeacherKatelynn RussellMiddle School Mathematics Teacher
I am originally from Ohio, USA. I graduated from Bowling Green State University, USA with a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education, specializing in Mathematics and Language Arts instruction. I also have a TESOL certification accredited by Cornerstone University, USA.
Many of you may know me as your student’s grade 4 teacher! I have been with NIS full-time since the beginning of 2015 as a fourth grade homeroom teacher. This is my second year as the middle school mathematics teacher and mathematics department leader. I am very excited to teach my grade 4 graduates again and get to know all our students who have joined our NIS family since elementary.
As a teacher, I seek to foster an environment where students feel motivated, engaged, and challenged to be critical thinkers who can problem solve!
- Justin ParkerMiddle School General Science TeacherJustin ParkerMiddle School General Science Teacher
I have been living and teaching in Chiang Mai, Thailand for over a year now since March 2020. During this time, I have taught English and General Science (both online and in the classroom) at two private schools. I adore the eclectic charm and warmth that Chiang Mai offers its residents and truly feel at home in this city as a teacher and a citizen.
I’ve always had a deep affinity for science and the human element; science is beautifully logical and clean and new students bring inquisitive eyes and genuine passion to its realm. My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to see beyond the obvious and find their own passions through exposure to science and collaborative instruction.
I am looking forward to this coming academic year at NIS and am excited to be part of the team!
- Colin MercerHigh School Science TeacherColin MercerHigh School Science TeacherI have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from San Francisco State University. I also received a Master of Education degree from Framingham State University. I am a chemistry and physical science teacher and passionate about STEM education. I believe project-based education is vital to engage students with learning science and connecting it to the real world. It is exciting to work with such dedicated teachers and students here at NIS.
- Insha JavaidHigh School Biology TeacherInsha JavaidHigh School Biology Teacher
Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly appointed Science teacher at NIS. Leveraging my 5+ years of experience, I anticipate that I will be able to contribute highly to helping students meet their curriculum goals and provide them with a wider view of perception in the field of science and technology. After I graduated from high school majoring in science, I pursued a diploma in pharmaceuticals followed by a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. I later completed a Master of Science in Biotechnology in Molecular Biology, Immunology and Biochemistry. Currently I am pursuing Doctor of Education, expecting to graduate by the end of this year. I was selected as Project Associate and Junior Scientist at University of Hyderabad India in the lab of animal biotechnology, working on Therapeutic Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery in Cancer. I also worked as a research and development scientist at a pharmaceutical research laboratory in India. For me, teaching is more than a profession – it is my passion, it is the mentorship of young minds. I feel delighted when I am surrounded by kids who are willing to embrace all the ways of learning. Through my experiences, I have developed expertise in lesson planning, classroom management, assessment, classroom action research and evaluation of students. I am well versed in assisting young children to build social, cognitive, emotional, and physical skills. I am adept at providing a stimulating yet safe classroom environment. In addition, I am committed to creating a friendly as well as language-rich atmosphere. I look forward to meeting all of you individually while “learning the ropes” so that my transition is as smooth as possible. I hail from the paradise on earth called Kashmir.
- Fozia Jan MirScience Lab TechnicianFozia Jan MirScience Lab Technician
I have worked as the High School Science Lab Technician at Nakornpayap International School since January 2007. The labs are used by grades 1 to 12 and it is my responsibility to ensure a safe learning environment for any and all science experiments that have been planned by the teachers. I also provide support to students in the science lab so that they can understand the scientific principles of each experiment. Before moving to Chiang Mai, I taught science in Kashmir for 7 years. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kashmir, India and I also hold a Bachelor of Education degree as well.
- Matt FoleyMiddle School Social Studies TeacherMatt FoleyMiddle School Social Studies Teacher
I am excited to join the NIS family as a Middle School Social Studies teacher. This will be my first year at NIS, but my 8th year teaching social science subjects. I received both a Bachelor’s and a Master's in International Relations from my home state of Arizona. Throughout my 10 years of teaching, I have taught students of various ages from elementary to university. This year I am fortunate to be teaching the active and curious minds of NIS Middle School. I hope my interest and excitement for social studies will drive students to see the world and themselves in a new light. When I am not teaching you can usually find me outside enjoying some outdoor activities with my golden retriever Daisy.
- Dave DuncanSocial Science and Design Technology TeacherDave DuncanSocial Science and Design Technology Teacher
Due to the high level of academics as well our campuses warm environment, it has been easy for me to be committed to serving our students and community for over 15 years. I graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, Social Sciences and have been teaching for over 20 years. In addition, with more than 30 years of experience in the vocations I am excited to bring this knowledge to our new and expanding Design Technology program.
- Michael OakleyHigh School Social Science TeacherMichael OakleyHigh School Social Science Teacher
“I am the Modern History and World Cultures teacher for high school at Nakornpayap International School. I grew up in a small town in Arkansas, USA where rice fields made up the surrounding scenery. Soon after I graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, I began my teaching career in Asia. With over a decade of teaching experience, I have dedicated myself to providing a comfortable yet interactive learning environment where I adapt my teaching methods to meet the needs of my students. ”
- Hendrick RozendalHigh School Social ScienceHendrick RozendalHigh School Social Science
For the past 10 years, I have been teaching History in the Netherlands. Besides this, I worked for 5 years as a general learning coach in a very innovative form of personalized education. I received a Masters for Education from VU University, Amsterdam. My Masters Military History and passion for storytelling make a powerful educational cocktail. It enables me to transfer my profound enthusiasm for history to the kids. Creativity, humor and flexibility are cornerstones of my teaching philosophy.
I take great pride in developing a meaningful relation with all my students. My classroom is a place where kids always feel appreciated. As an experienced general learning coach I truly believe in the value of motivating my students. By letting them learn who they really are, they are ready to start learning and achieve great things. I am a real team player who believes parents and teachers need to work closely together to support the student. My wonderful wife two daughters will join me in this great story that is about to be written.
- Gary MorecraftComputer Science & Digital Literacy Teacher, Tech Coach.Gary MorecraftComputer Science & Digital Literacy Teacher, Tech Coach.
This is my eighth year at NIS and I teach Computer Science and Digital Literacy to both Middle and High School, as well as Advanced Placement Computer Science. I have a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Honors from the University of Brighton, United Kingdom; a BTEC Diploma in Computer Science from Mid Kent College; United Kingdom; a Diploma and a Professional Teachers’ Education Certificate in Education from Asia Pacific International University; and a Virtual Teacher Diploma from the University of California, Irvine. I aim to bring an open mind, a thirst for knowledge, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each and every day.
- Mark HefnerMiddle School ICT TeacherMark HefnerMiddle School ICT Teacher
I’ve always had a passion for technology. After growing up and watching science fiction shows like Star Trek or Star Wars, I was hooked on the idea of technology having a major role in my life.
After high school, I took advantage of military opportunities to work on U.S. Army Nuclear Weapons for about 8 years until a peace treaty determined they were no longer needed. The army retrained me as a Patriot Missile System Repairer which I did for another 8 years before being assigned as an army recruiter before my retirement.
I moved to Thailand after I retired (20 years) in 2003, and taught English for 2 years near Cambodia in small villages as a volunteer. Since my retirement, I've earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Business from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Currently, I'm working on another Master's Degree in Education in Teaching and Technology.
After earning my MBA, I was the Director of the Language Enhancement Center at Payap University prior to moving to NIS and working in the Academic Access Program (AAP). I'm now working in Middle School as a Computer Science and Digital Literacy teacher.
Although I've only been here for nearly 4 years, I feel like I've grown so much. I feel great satisfaction in being part of a dynamic team that is so influential in changing young people's lives for the better. Of all that I have done in my life, this is the most rewarding and the most important.
- Toeko OgawaHigh School Japanese TeacherToeko OgawaHigh School Japanese Teacher
I have worked as the High School Japanese teacher at Nakornpayap International School since August 2012. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Japanese Teacher’s certification for high school and middle school from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. I try to make my students get a solid knowledge of Japanese and Japanese culture by effective and active teaching. The most important thing to me is to build the relationship of mutual trust with each other.
- Andres LiendoMiddle School and High School Spanish TeacherAndres LiendoMiddle School and High School Spanish TeacherI’m from the Chilean Patagonia. I graduated as an English teacher at San Sebastian University in Chile, the same place where I got my bachelor’s degree in education and teaching license. During most of my twenties, I traveled to many other countries in South America and had the opportunity to build amazing relationships with the locals in every place. I really want my students to learn my native language, but also get them immersed in the Hispanic culture through the many experiences I have to share.
- Kevin BradleyMiddle & High School Music Teacher and WASC Co-CoordinatorKevin BradleyMiddle & High School Music Teacher and WASC Co-Coordinator
I have worked as the High School and Middle School music teacher at Nakornpayap International School since August 2009. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada and a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I feel strongly about making positive relationships with all my students. And I try to create an environment that fosters a positive attitude towards learning and an appreciation of the Arts.
- Sue SpellerElementary Art TeacherSue SpellerElementary Art Teacher
I am currently lucky enough to be the Elementary Art teacher at Nakornpayap International School. I fervently believe that art fosters creative thinking and aids problem-solving in all areas of life, in and out of school. Exploring the ideas and imagination of children and working with other teachers to combine subjects and topics makes my job extremely fun and rewarding. I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree in Fine Art, L.L.B (honprs) degree in Law and a Bachelor of Education degree.
- Debbie FossMiddle and High School Art TeacherDebbie FossMiddle and High School Art Teacher
I have worked as the Middle School, High School and AP Art & Design teacher at Nakornpayap International School since 2005. I have a Bachelor of Education degree from The Pedagogic Academy, Alkmaar, The Netherlands, a Bachelor’s degree of Fine/Visual Arts from “In Holland”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and a Master’s degree of Fine/Visual Arts from Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
I have dedicated myself to providing an interactive learning environment in which students challenged themselves to create art that goes beyond observation in developing personal identity as critical thinkers and discover the world around them through the processes of visual media.
- Luke RamsdaleAthletic Director & Middle School Physical EducationLuke RamsdaleAthletic Director & Middle School Physical Education
Originally from Rugby in the UK, I have been teaching for 20 years, 13 of which have been in International Schools in China, Tanzania, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Fiji. In addition to my teaching credentials, I have completed a Masters in Education and Athletic Administration. These experiences have helped me to develop a philosophy of education which is centered on equity of opportunity, whether this be on the sports field or in the classroom. I am also a great advocate of lifelong learning and all the associated benefits this has regardless of your stage in life. Outside of work I am a keen but limited guitarist and golfer as well as enjoying many other sports and physical activities. I have also recently embarked on an online PhD in Education and Social Justice.
I am very excited about relocating to Chiang Mai, a city which I have been fortunate enough to have spent time in in recent years. I will be bringing my wife and 10-month old daughter with me on this exciting new chapter at NIS. I look forward to getting to know the school community when school begins.
- Taylor HerringHigh School PE TeacherTaylor HerringHigh School PE Teacher
I am so thrilled for my 2nd year at NIS, especially with the many exciting changes we have happening in the Health and Physical Education department! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2014 and just completed my Master of Arts in Teaching Health and Physical Education from Georgia State University in December 2018. My goal as a teacher is to instill the importance of having fun while becoming physically literate in a positive and supportive environment that will continue on beyond the classroom and graduation.
- Tee SaokaewECC, Middle and High School PE TeacherTee SaokaewECC, Middle and High School PE Teacher
I have been working at Nakornpayap International School since March 2015. I have a Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. I also completed an Associate Degree in Physical Education from the Physical Education Institute, Chiang Mai and completed graduate-level coursework in Non-formal Education at Chiang Mai University. Before coming to NIS, I worked for ten years as a teacher at non-profit organizations educating underprivileged children. Through my years as a teacher and sports coach, I believe that physical education and sports have the power to motivate and transform children’s experience at school. Sports challenges students to push their limits and work together as a team to achieve a shared goal and vision. As students grow up and enter the real world, they will always be working in teams and the foundation from team sports will help them be successful in any environment.
- Jack ThirachECC & Elementary Swimming Teacher, AAP PE TeacherJack ThirachECC & Elementary Swimming Teacher, AAP PE Teacher
I graduated from Chiang Mai University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and a Master in Education, majoring in Physical Education. I have been a Thailand National Team athlete and coach for over 20 years. As a competitive athlete, I am always challenging myself to do better – and I do the same with my PE classes at NIS since 2007. I use the lessons I have learned from my experience as an athlete and teach my students to love sports and physical education and to improve their skills with every class.
THAI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
- Anchasa ChaibundiElementary School Thai Language TeacherAnchasa ChaibundiElementary School Thai Language Teacher
I have taught at Nakornpayap International School for over 20 years at all levels from the Elementary grades to High School. It was my privilege to be the first Thai teacher at NIS. I was also the first Thai principal; and I started the school’s ROTC program, which continues as a strong program down to the present. One of the things that gives me great pride in our school is to have our graduates come back to visit and to see the success they are having in their lives. It is an honor to have had a role in setting them on the road to their success. It is a privilege to teach here at NIS. My goal as a teacher is to teach our students to be well-rounded, responsible individuals. My motto is, “society will enjoy happiness if every one of its members is a good, moral person.” I have BA in education from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai.
- A ManiwongElementary School Thai Language TeacherA ManiwongElementary School Thai Language Teacher
I have worked at Nakornpayap International School since 2002. I have Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Master of Arts from Payap International College. Being a mother and a teacher is my life enjoyment, thus every single day at home and at school is always meaningful and joyful for me to contribute the best I can do to my children and students.
- Eiam WongkanchaiElementary School Thai Language TeacherEiam WongkanchaiElementary School Thai Language Teacher
I have worked in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Nakornpayap International School as a Support Teacher since August 2015. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Management Media and Technology from Chiang Mai University. I believe that a child’s education is the most valuable thing in the world. I’m happy to see the children grow up physically and emotionally, especially when they apply the skills that I taught them for their everyday life.
- Tik Sonrjai JaikamMiddle & High School Thai Language TeacherTik Sonrjai JaikamMiddle & High School Thai Language Teacher
I have worked as a Thai teacher at Nakornpayap International school since October 2015. I graduated from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Thai. I enjoy working with my students and encouraging their creative expression.
- Benny AnthiMiddle & High School Thai Language TeacherBenny AnthiMiddle & High School Thai Language Teacher
“I have worked as an Early Childhood Center (ECC) Support Teacher at Nakornpayap International School since August, 2015. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Maejo University, Chiang Mai. I enjoy working with students in the classroom, and I love helping them gain independence in their work. It is a delight for me to observe our students build the foundations of their creativity, brick by brick. “
- Bombam KongpaengMiddle & High School Thai Language TeacherBombam KongpaengMiddle & High School Thai Language Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. I have been working at NIS since last year, and I enjoy every aspect of teaching. In my year at the school, I have come to realize that the children can teach us as much as we teach them. That is one of my favorite things about teaching. I am also proud and feel fortunate to be part of such a great group of teachers.
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
- Amy PothongCollege Counselor and Psychology TeacherAmy PothongCollege 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 so it was an easy decision to make when we were making our big move. My partner and I moved to Thailand in 2014 to teach at Nakornpayap International School and we’ve been here ever since. We want our two children to grow up in this wonderful community and so far so good. This is my seventh year as the College Counselor and I also teach both classes in the AP Capstone program (Seminar and Research- NIS has a 100% pass-rate since we adopted the program). 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 a US Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the state of Wyoming and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am constantly learning from my students and very thankful to be a part of such a strong and supportive community here at NIS.
- Mihoko SuzukiFull-Time Substitute TeacherMihoko SuzukiFull-Time Substitute Teacher
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miyagi University of Education in Sendai, Japan and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education in Teaching English as a Second Language. I also have a certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language.
I taught at Rajabhat University Chiangmai, at Marianas high school in Saipan(USA), and Oberoi School in Mumbai for 20 years. I believe that students learn the best when actively engaged. I would like to create a warm and positive environment for our students. I’m very excited to start my second year at NIS!
- Rodel EchonFull-Time Substitute TeacherRodel EchonFull-Time Substitute Teacher
I am honored to be part of the NIS family and this will be my 5th year as a full-time teacher, working with all grade levels- Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School and the Academic Access Program. Additionally, I have worked at Napa-Bilingual School as an English Program Social Studies and Physical Education teacher. I attended the University of Cagayan Valley, Philippines and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. Prior to teaching at NIS, I was a teacher for 6 years at the Advanced Montessori Education Center of Isabela, Philippines. Also, I got the opportunity to gain international work experience in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I strongly believe that NIS is a diverse and friendly environment school that’s why I enjoyed working here and being part of the school. As an educator, I do believe that we are the "burning torch" for the students, illuminating their dreams into reality.