- 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
I am proud to have been a part of the NIS school community since its founding in 1993. I began my career as a math and science teacher, and over the past 30 years, I have held a variety of teaching and leadership positions. In 2016, I was appointed as the school director.
My educational background includes a Master of Education in Educational Administration, a Master of Science in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Science from Delhi University in India, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg in Canada.
I am passionate about creating a supportive environment where everyone, including students, teachers, and staff, can thrive. I believe that when people feel supported and motivated, they can achieve their full potential. I am committed to providing a high-quality education that prepares students for success in college and beyond. I look forward to continuing to work with students, teachers, and staff to create a school that is both challenging and supportive.
- 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.
- Carole KetnourathActivities Director & College CounselorCarole KetnourathActivities Director & College Counselor
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.
- Kevin BradleyMiddle & High School Music / Assistant PrincipalKevin BradleyMiddle & High School Music / Assistant Principal
I have taught High School and Middle School music at Nakornpayap International School since August 2009. I have been the Assistant Principal since 2022. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I feel strongly about making positive relationships with all our students and creating an environment that fosters a positive attitude toward learning and an appreciation of the Arts.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
- Katia OlivoK1 Homeroom TeacherKatia OlivoK1 Homeroom Teacher
I have been an early childhood teacher since 2015 and joined the NIS team in 2018. I am thrilled to be the K1 teacher and help young students become mature and passionate learners. 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!
- Janet NailangK1 Homeroom TeacherJanet NailangK1 Homeroom Teacher
I am excited to introduce myself as an experienced and dedicated early childhood educator who will be joining Nakornpayap International School. My name is Janet Nailang, and I am deeply passionate about creating a nurturing and engaging learning environment that supports the holistic development of young children. With a strong commitment to innovative teaching methods, my goal is to foster dynamic educational experiences that allow students to thrive.
I previously worked as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at NIS and also held a similar position at the International School Eastern Seaboard in Thailand. I also have experience working in Canada as an early childhood educator and working with children with special needs.
I hold an Early Learning and Childcare Diploma from Lakeland College, along with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Honours Degree from Brock University. I am delighted to return to Nakornpayap International School and be part of the team. I am confident that my skills, experience, and unwavering dedication will contribute to creating a welcoming and secure learning environment for the students.
- Erin RademacherK2 Homeroom TeacherErin RademacherK2 Homeroom Teacher
My name is Erin Rademacher and I am proud to have joined the NIS community as a homeroom teacher in 2022. I am originally from Chicago in the United States and moved to Chiang Mai in August of 2022. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois State University in December of 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Education as well as with an additional endorsement as a Learning Behavior Specialist. I believe that building relationships is an essential component to a classroom and strive to support my student's as individual learners. I work toward creating a joyful learning environment for my students and look forward to a year full of learning and fun!
- ElJay Luke EricksonK2 Homeroom TeacherElJay Luke EricksonK2 Homeroom Teacher
I'm Mr. Luke, and I was born and raised right here in Chiang Mai. After that, I went to the United States to earn degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Since then, I've had the privilege to teach in schools in the USA, Peru, and Thailand. I joined the NIS ECC family in 2019, and I'm so excited for another spectacular year!
- Kristopher BanksK3 Homeroom TeacherKristopher BanksK3 Homeroom Teacher
I have been a teacher now for over 10 years and have been working at NIS since 2020. I am a young-at-heart, experienced and passionate teacher. 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 then received 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 learn at their own pace. ‘Capturing curiosity’ has always been my motto and I love to encourage my students to try their best!
- Siree McRadyK3 Homeroom TeacherSiree McRadyK3 Homeroom Teacher
Hello NIS families! I am excited to join the team as one of the new K3 teachers for the 2023/2024 academic year.
I was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand and began my academic career by attending preschool at NIS. When I was 16, I moved to Tennessee in the United States, where I finished high school. I then went to Berea College in Kentucky for my B.A. in Child and Family Studies. While attending college, I worked for two years as a Social Media Manager for Berea College’s marketing department. When I graduated, I continued working with the marketing department as the Digital Marketing Associate for a year. In that position, I continued managing Berea College’s various social media outlets while also helping design and launch Berea College’s new website. I earned a Digital Marketing Professional dual certificate from the Digital Marketing Institute and the American Marketing Association.
However, I missed spending time with children and as a child of teachers myself, I missed being in a classroom. I am so happy to be back in my hometown, Chiang Mai, and to work at the school where my father, Andrew McRady, used to be Assistant Principal.
Outside of school, I love reading, cross-stitching, eating Thai food, geocaching, playing DND, traveling and Thai dancing.
It is an honor being here and I can’t wait to meet everyone!
- Baileigh BarryK3 Homeroom TeacherBaileigh BarryK3 Homeroom Teacher
Hello NIS families! I am very excited and honored to be joining the team as the K3 homeroom teacher for the 2023/2024 school year. I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, United States. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education K-6 and my Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from The State University of New York at Fredonia. I fell in love with teaching while I was abroad in Cambodia in 2015 and have been teaching ever since.
While I was in school to become a teacher, I worked with a variety of different students of varying ages. I worked with students in a 6th-grade English as a Second Language math class, I worked as a Lead Teacher in a preschool classroom, I tutored a student in 3rd grade, I taught in an English-based afterschool program, I taught in a 1st-grade classroom in Belize, and I just recently was a Universal Pre-Kindergarten teacher in a school district in New York.
Teaching internationally has always been a passion of mine. I am very excited to move to Chiang Mai and provide my services to the students at NIS. I am dedicated to helping students learn and grow in a safe and fun environment. I will bring my passion and dedication to NIS to make it a successful year!
Outside of school, I love to take photos and explore nature. I am excited to learn all about you!
- Rodita DomingoECC Art and Music TeacherRodita DomingoECC Art and Music Teacher
I first joined NIS in 2016. My 16 years of rich experience as a teacher includes exposure in the teaching field in the Philippines, China and Thailand working in both kindergarten and elementary education. I have completed my Bachelor's Degree in Education major in English and have successfully earned Master’s in Educational Management in reputable universities in the Philippines. NIS has provided me with the opportunity to discover my renewed passion for educating children in their early years. My immersion as an Art and Music teacher has ignited my great interest in honing the creativity of each child under my care. Witnessing them come up with a unique masterpiece gives me a great sense of of fulfillment.
- Pat PotakiangECC PE TeacherPat PotakiangECC PE Teacher
- Film KampangtiipECC Support TeacherFilm KampangtiipECC Support Teacher
I have worked as a support teacher and Thai teacher in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at NIS since August 2019. I have a Bachelor's degree of Arts in English program (second-class honors) from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiangmai and a Graduate Diploma in the Teaching Profession from Chiangmai Rajabhat University. I enjoy working with young children. My goal is to help my children develop and promote their emotional, social, and ability. I look forward to seeing another wonderful year!
- 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.
- Oil DangsodECC Support TeacherOil DangsodECC Support Teacher
- 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.
- Mard MunthaweeECC Support TeacherMard MunthaweeECC 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.
- Donna GonzaloECC Support TeacherDonna GonzaloECC Support Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Donna Gonzalo. It's my very first year at Nakornpayap International School, and honestly, my first year living abroad in general. I can't help but feel very excited about this new adventure!
Back in my home country, I had the incredible opportunity to teach robotics, STEM, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) to students from diverse backgrounds. It was an enriching experience, and I learned so much from my Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Western students.
Now, as I step into NIS, I'm eager to be a part of this wonderful community and contribute my skills to help take care of the children and their education. My passion lies in fostering creativity and a love for learning in every student I meet. I look forward to helping these young minds grow and thrive this academic year and throughout my teaching journey.
- Tawan MuangsaenECC Support TeacherTawan MuangsaenECC Support Teacher
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Erin SmithGrade 1 Homeroom TeacherErin SmithGrade 1 Homeroom Teacher
I joined Nakornpayap International School in 2002. I love teaching at NIS where students come to school eager and ready to learn, families are positive and supportive and colleagues are inspiring and dedicated. 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 (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. I look forward to working together with you as partners in your child’s growth and development.
- Ruaridh MacDermotGrade 1 Homeroom TeacherRuaridh MacDermotGrade 1 Homeroom Teacher
This is my second year at NIS. Last year I was teaching K2 in the ECC, but this year I am very excited to be teaching Grade One in the Elementary School! In 2018 I won an Outstanding Achievement in Teacher Training across London. I then graduated from the University of Durham with a First Class Degree in Primary Education in 2021, having taught at an Outstanding rated school in the Northeast of England for three years. I believe children create their own unique understanding of the world through shared experiences, so working together is fundamental to my classroom pedagogy.
- Lauren LaiGrade 1 Homeroom TeacherLauren LaiGrade 1 Homeroom Teacher
I am incredibly excited to join the NIS family. I am from Phoenix, Arizona and have spent my first year in Thailand as an ESL educator. I have a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development and a Masters of Education in Elementary Education.
My approach to teaching is to create a safe and supportive environment that fosters growth and development, where students feel comfortable expressing themselves, making mistakes, and taking risks. I use a variety of teaching methods in my classroom, such as hands-on activities, group tasks, and project-based learning, to meet the various interests and needs of my students. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of growth, learning, and fun.
In my free time, I can be found adventuring to the beautiful Chiang Mai mountains and hunting for new cafes.
- Christine ThorpGrade 2 Homeroom TeacherChristine ThorpGrade 2 Homeroom Teacher
I joined the NIS faculty in 2011. 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.
- Jennifer CliffordGrade 2 Homeroom TeacherJennifer CliffordGrade 2 Homeroom Teacher
I have been living in Seattle, Washington in the United States for the last 18 years. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. After working in various careers, I decided teaching and working with children is really my passion. I went back to school and earned a Master’s degree in Education.
I have been teaching since 2011 in public schools in Seattle. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th grades. I love getting to know my students and learning from them. I enjoy integrating humor into my teaching and I try to make learning fun and engaging.
I am very excited to join the NIS community. I have friends who taught at Nakornpayap International School from 2009-2011. They always talked about how much they enjoyed their experience teaching there. I had NIS in my sights since and often looked on the website for teaching opportunities. I am so excited that it’s happening! I am excited about moving to Chiang Mai and bringing my teaching experience to my students.
Outside of school I love to run, weight lift, swim, and travel. I love to read and discuss world history. I am looking forward to meeting and learning about you all.
- Jacek PierzynskiGrade 2 Homeroom TeacherJacek PierzynskiGrade 2 Homeroom Teacher
I first joined the NIS family in 2019. However, I began my teaching career in 2013. Before coming to NIS, I was an EFL instructor and Grade 1 Homeroom teacher at Montfort College Primary Section in Chiang Mai. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Cumbria, United Kingdom. I also hold a Master’s Degree (MA) in Law. I have a great passion for teaching. I find joy in witnessing a child learn something new and 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.
- Mary DunningGrade 3 Homeroom TeacherMary DunningGrade 3 Homeroom Teacher
Hi, my name is Ms. Mary! I have been teaching for 10+ years now. I have a master’s degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement. I come from Seattle, Washington. I moved here with my husband and two kids. We have two silly cats named Snoop and Biggie. I love to read, watch movies, and exercise. I love to travel to new places and meet new people.
- Lindsey WaldrepGrade 3 Homeroom TeacherLindsey WaldrepGrade 3 Homeroom Teacher
I am so excited to join the team as a new Grade 3 homeroom teacher for the 2023/2024 school year! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas in the United States.
I spent four years teaching grades 1 and 2 in Houston, Texas before deciding to make the move into international teaching. I then spent two years at an international school in Mexico City, Mexico, teaching grades 2 and 4. After which, I spent two more years teaching grade 2 in Singapore.
Thailand has always held a special place in my heart and I am now very excited to make the move to Chiang Mai and support the wonderful students at NIS. I hope to bring all of my teaching experience and passion for character education to the classroom.
Outside of school I love to cook, hike, and am passionate about animals. I can’t wait to learn more about all of you!
- Jonathan Ryan MontgomeryGrade 3 Homeroom TeacherJonathan Ryan MontgomeryGrade 3 Homeroom Teacher
I am so excited to join the team as a new Grade 3 homeroom teacher. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas in the USA. I received a sociology degree from University of Central Florida in 2005. At the time I was planning to become a professor in Sociology but after a strong recommendation from my favorite professor I left the USA to explore other countries and cultures. I worked in South Korea and China as an ESL teacher for 10 years. I really enjoyed my time there and was able to learn a lot of culture and language.
Wanting to improve my teaching craft I applied and was accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows in 2014. In NYC I taught Grade 5 math for 2 years and simultaneously earned a Masters In Education at Hunter College on a scholarship. Following my time in NYC I moved back to China with my family and taught at an international school for 2 years in Kunming. In 2019 I moved back to my family farm to help my aging parents. At the time I ran a successful BBQ business and learned a lot about managing a restaurant. Also I received a US pilots license after significant study and effort. In 2022 I moved to Thailand to be closer to my family and worked as a 3rd grade teacher at another International School in Chiang Mai.
I really like Thailand and I am especially fond of the northern part of Chiang Mai. I own a home here and plan to spend many years here building my life and family. I understand many of you are concerned about the educational experience your children have had over the last few weeks. I am a dedicated and professional teacher and with the support of the 3rd grade team and admin I will work hard to create a fun and rigorous learning environment for your children.
Outside of school I really enjoy taking care of my orchids and fish along with cooking high quality healthy meals for my family. I also enjoy exploring new places in my car.
- Jordan WeightG4 Homeroom TeacherJordan WeightG4 Homeroom Teacher
I feel very grateful to begin my fifth year of teaching at NIS! Before coming to NIS I was a 3rd grade teacher in America for 5 years. I have a Bachelor of Science in both Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Minnesota, USA. In my classroom, I strive to cultivate a learning environment where students have a strong sense of belonging, significance, and fun. I am passionate about instilling a love for reading in my students, giving my students choice and autonomy over their learning experiences, and building strong relationships with my student’s families. I am proud to be a teacher at NIS and look forward to another wonderful year ahead!
- Megan ConheeneyGrade 4 Homeroom TeacherMegan ConheeneyGrade 4 Homeroom Teacher
I am very excited to join the team and become a part of the NIS community! For the past 3 years I have been living and working in Bangkok as a grade 2 Homeroom teacher at an International School, and I am thrilled for this wonderful opportunity to move to Chiang Mai to continue my teaching career at such an esteemed place.
I am originally from New Jersey in the United States, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Child Studies and my Masters in Teaching degree in Elementary Education. I have worked for the past 7 years as an educator, teaching grade 4 in the US, grade 2 in Bangkok, and ESL to grade 5 students in Chonburi, Thailand. My goal as a teacher has been to instill a passion for learning in each of my students through engagement, inquiry, and hand-on projects, enhancing their curiosity about the world around them, and I look forward to bringing this same energy into my classroom at NIS!
Outside of teaching I am passionate about traveling and nature, and I'm a pretty active person. I enjoy hiking, trail running, scuba diving, yoga, and competing in fitness competitions. I look forward to meeting all of you!
- Bori TamasGrade 4 Homeroom TeacherBori TamasGrade 4 Homeroom Teacher
I am excited to be joining the team as a new Grade 4 Homeroom teacher for the 2023/2024 school year. I am a creative, passionate elementary teacher, who believes that with care and respect I can support children to become the best version of themselves; global citizens who can and do strive to make a difference in the world in which they live.
After receiving my BA degree in Psychology and Fine Art in the UK, I completed my teaching qualification (PGCE) through the University of Sunderland, UK, and started my career teaching at an international school in Budapest. Born in Hungary, but having lived internationally in Asia through my childhood years, I followed my dream of moving back to South East Asia and moved to Yangon, Myanmar, to teach KS1 and KS2 at an international school there. I was also eco-coordinator and was involved in planning green school accreditation for the primary school.
In my free time I enjoy travelling, I love to explore books and the arts, teaching yoga and mindfulness, and Zumba.
- Rhyanna JamesGrade 5 Homeroom TeacherRhyanna JamesGrade 5 Homeroom Teacher
I’m originally from Ontario, Canada, and began my teaching career in 2017 in Surat Thani, Thailand
before relocating to Chiang Mai in 2019. I have an Honours Specialization Bachelor of Arts in Media and
Communication and am currently completing my iPGCE from the University of Derby.
I’m honoured and excited to be a part of the dynamic community at NIS! I believe that learning is both
enchanting and boundless, and that reading is the key to limitless knowledge and growth. I strive to
create a lively and engaging classroom wherein all students feel a sense of belonging and daily growth
through appropriate challenges. I’m passionate about nurturing the immense capacity for learning that
every student possesses and, through a focus on specific behaviors and attitudes, aim to instill in my
students the belief they can and will achieve excellence that will propel their lifelong success. I love
seeing my students express pride and joy in their learning as they grow into their greatest potential!
- Dr. Stefan RucmanGrade 5 Science & Social TeacherDr. Stefan RucmanGrade 5 Science & Social Teacher
I am an internationally published scholar in environmental materials and nanotechnology. My passion for science began in high school, where I was a fellow of the Center of Talents in Serbia. I graduated with a Biology degree from the University of Novi Sad and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Environmental Science.
My research focuses on environmentally friendly production of nanomaterials and their applications in electronic devices and wearable electronics. My work has garnered recognition worldwide and has been published in renowned scientific journals.
With extensive experience at Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, and now as part of the NIS family, I will bring a wealth of knowledge to my field. Alongside my research, I am committed to sharing his expertise and fostering the growth of young learners at NIS. My dedication to mentoring and inspiring the next generation of scientists makes me a valuable asset in the field of science education.
- Robert McGregorG5 Mathematics TeacherRobert McGregorG5 Mathematics Teacher
I am very much looking forward to joining NIS as the Grade 5 Mathematics teacher. I have recently returned to Thailand after teaching Mathematics in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the past two years.
I started my teaching career in Australia as an Elementary teacher but then specialized in Mathematics teaching when I realized it was the subject I enjoyed teaching the most. This was a surprise to me because I didn't particularly enjoy Mathematics at school. As such, I aim to give all Grade 5 students an understanding as to how interesting, intuitive and real-world Mathematics can be as a subject.
I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Macquarie University, Australia and a Masters of Education (Mathematics) from Newcastle University, Australia.
At NIS I am accompanied by my wife, Orathai, who is a Grade 2 Support Teacher. My son, Thomas, will be joining as a student in Grade 10.
- CC LinElementary School Chinese TeacherCC LinElementary School Chinese Teacher
This is my second year working at Nakornpayap International School. I work as a teacher assistant in elementary school. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Advertisement from China Jiliang University. I am very glad to be a part of the NIS family and I love working with children.
- Summer LiuElementary School Chinese TeacherSummer LiuElementary School Chinese Teacher
I am Ms. Summer and I am very excited to start my new journey at NIS. I have been a Chinese teacher for the past 16 years at different grades levels. I started teaching Chinese as a foreign language in 2014. I have been working in Thailand since 2019. For the past three years, I have worked as a secondary and primary Chinese teacher in an international school in Bangkok. At the same time, I also served as a teacher of dance, drama and Chinese culture. I have a Master’s degree in education, and have both Chinese and Thai teacher qualifications. I also hold an accredited grade senior Chinese language professional certification. I hope my students enjoy learning Chinese with me.
- 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.
- 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.
- Phet MasayawongElementary Support TeacherPhet MasayawongElementary Support Teacher
- Orathai McGregorElementary Support TeacherOrathai McGregorElementary Support Teacher
This year I have the pleasure of serving as a Grade 2 Support Teacher.
Prior to joining NIS, I gained experience in working in international schools in Thailand in various roles including Admissions, Marketing and Teacher Support. I have also worked in Australia as an Special Needs Support Teacher to assist students with learning difficulties. My Support Teacher certification is from Australia. Prior to coming to NIS, I lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for two years.
At NIS I will be joined by my spouse Robert McGregor (Grade 5 Mathematics teacher). Our son Thomas will enter Grade 10 at NIS.
- 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.
- Lyn SaetearElementary School Support TeacherLyn SaetearElementary School Support Teacher
- Ploy MasayawongElementary Support TeacherPloy MasayawongElementary Support Teacher
- Justin ParkerGrade 5 Support TeacherJustin ParkerGrade 5 Support Teacher
Hello, my name is Justin D. Parker and I began teaching at NIS in 2021 as the middle school science instructor. This year, I’m very excited to teach grade 3 and help our younger learners discover their passions! As my background is in Earth & environmental science, my goals for this year are rooted in helping to build a strong STEM foundation (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) for our grade 3 kids... All while keeping a fun and supportive atmosphere. (ALL subjects are important of course but I've always personally enjoyed science the most!) This school indeed makes me feel at home; I fell in love with NIS during the first year in which I taught. When I'm not teaching, I like exploring outdoors, learning languages, design and engineering/3D printing projects, learning fermentation/microbial hobbies, and of course I adore everything about science. I am looking forward to this coming year at NIS and am excited to remain a part of the team!
- Saw Paw OoElementary School Support TeacherSaw Paw OoElementary School Support Teacher
I have completed my internship at Nakornpayap International School (NIS) last academic year, 2022. I enjoyed working here. I graduated from Asia-Pacific International University majoring in Teaching. This is my first year working with NIS. I am grateful that I am part of the community of NIS and helping fourth grade as a support teacher. As I have decided to be an effective teacher one day, I believe that this will be the opportunity for me to learn from different experience teachers before I have my own classroom.
- BlueElementary Support TeacherBlueElementary Support Teacher
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
- SOCIAL SCIENCE
- WORLD LANGUAGES
- Sandy SchoenlaubMiddle School English Language Arts TeacherSandy SchoenlaubMiddle School English Language Arts Teacher
This is my 8th year teaching at NIS. I hold 2 Bachelor degrees; in International Business as well as Education and have taught in the US, China and Thailand. Chiang Mai has truly become home for my family and we are happy to be part of the NIS community. I believe that teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning. I want to get children excited about learning because after all, teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions!
- Alyssa DegalaHigh School AP Psychology & English Language & CompositionAlyssa DegalaHigh School AP Psychology & English Language & Composition
I first joined NIS in 2022. The past few years I’ve spent here in Thailand, I taught English at an international school to over 200 students and absolutely loved it. Prior to coming here, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island in 2014, where I also taught Experimental Psychology as an undergraduate. In 2017, I received my Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Research at American University. I am working on obtaining my Master's in Education from Colorado State University. In addition, I’ve worked directly in the field of Psychology as an Assistant Director. My roles as both a rehabilitator and mentor for adults suffering from a variety of mental illnesses and learning disabilities has given me unique insight as an educator. My peers, co-workers and students alike say that I consistently teach with passion and energy! Teaching brings me joy and I believe it is my mission both inside and outside of the classroom, to actively engage students to utilize and enhance their critical thinking skills while having fun. I praise NIS for their diverse and collaborative community they have built and feel honored to be a part of it.
- Claire NorthMiddle and High School ELA TeacherClaire NorthMiddle and High School ELA Teacher
I am from the UK and have been teaching for over a decade. I hold multiple degrees, including a
Bachelor’s degree in Law, Post Graduate Certificate for Professional Teaching, and an MA in TESOL &
Applied Linguistics. I’ve taught in primary, secondary and university posts, teaching English through
literature, conversational English, English for Academic Purposes, Critical Reading & Writing, and middle
& high school ELA, with a focus on grammar and language mechanics.
- Sandrine KaracaMiddle School English Language Arts TeacherSandrine KaracaMiddle School English Language Arts Teacher
This is my 6th year living in Chiang Mai and 1st year at NIS.
I hold two Bachelor’s Degrees: in English as an Applied Modern Language as well as in Operations Management. I also have a Master’s Degree in International Shipping.
Translator, I speak 4 languages (English, French, German, and Turkish) and I have 12 years of experience teaching EAL & English within the context of literature. My areas of expertise are grammar, parsing, reading/listening comprehension and writing. I’ve worked with several bilingual & international schools in Chiang Mai and I’m beyond excited for this new opportunity at NIS! In my free time, I enjoy going on long walks in nature, doing yoga, dancing and cooking.
I believe that learning is a personal process unique to each. I’m enthusiastic about understanding each student’s specific needs in order to help them build confidence for clear and effective communication through innovative & comprehensive learning methods that promote strong fundamentals, curiosity, ease and fun. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - T. Roosevelt. And we build up from there, fostering kindness and consistency in our classroom and beyond.
- Benjamin StorerHigh School English Language Arts TeacherBenjamin StorerHigh School English Language Arts Teacher
I have been teaching primary and secondary for eight years throughout the UK, Cambodia and the Philippines and I now have Thailand to welcome into my repertoire.
In my education, I received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Linguistics with American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, then went on to complete my PGCE at the University of Warwick in the UK and gained my NQT. I am currently halfway through my MA in Education with the University of Northampton as well.
I am a passionate educator and an excellent facilitator of learning, establishing good classroom routines and interesting pedagogical techniques for students to engage with. I believe strongly in holistic education, inquiry and inclusivity, and I am a strong supporter of learning from one another's culture, religion and life experiences through discussions and debates.
Outside of teaching, I have an eclectic variety of interests and hobbies including miniature model making, comic book writing, hiking, and playing video games, to name but a few.
- Paul KleinschmidtHead of Student Affairs Middle School Section LeaderPaul KleinschmidtHead of Student Affairs Middle School Section Leader
I first joined Nakornpayap International in 2016 as a teacher in the new English Language Learners Program. My abilities as a teacher and proactive problem solving skills helped me to grow the English Language Learners Program into an initiative that prepared students for the rigors of an international school education at Nakornpayap International School. In 2021 and 2022, I assumed the roles of Middle School Section Leader and the Head of Student Affairs. In these roles, I will be part of a team that strives to further develop a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students at Nakornpayap International School.
- Amy WyckoffMiddle School Social Science TeacherAmy WyckoffMiddle School Social Science Teacher
I grew up near San Francisco, California in the United States. I studied International Relations and Spanish at University of the Pacific, and studied for six months in Quito, Ecuador while I was in college.
After graduating from college, I taught English in Tulancingo, Mexico to people of all ages. When I came back to California, I taught classes for soon-to-be US citizens to help them prepare for their citizenship exam. I then received a scholarship to teach English in universities in Colombia for two years, and afterwards I taught for four years at a bilingual school in Pereira, Colombia, teaching both middle school science and high school social studies.
I am so excited to meet my new students and fellow teachers at NIS. I love seeing students come out of their shell and explore topics that interest them the most. Outside of the classroom, I love music, playing guitar, cooking, and salsa dancing. I can’t wait to join the NIS community and get to know all of you!
- Ava SuriyawongMiddle and High School Mathematics TeacherAva SuriyawongMiddle and High School Mathematics Teacher
I have proudly served as a Mathematics educator at Nakornpayap International School for both Middle School and High School levels since 2008. My academic journey includes a Bachelor's degree in pure Mathematics, along with a Master's degree in Statistics and a secondary Master's degree in education administration.
My deep-seated passion lies in nurturing a genuine understanding of mathematics among my students. Guiding them to grasp the essence of math is not just a profession but a source of immense joy for me. I firmly believe in the enchanting and enjoyable nature of mathematics, which fuels my dedication to instill this very sentiment in each of my students. My relentless efforts are aimed at fostering a shared appreciation for the subject, enabling my students to embark on a journey of mathematical discovery with the same enthusiasm that drives me.
- Zhibo ZhangHigh School Mathematics TeacherZhibo ZhangHigh School Mathematics Teacher
I joined NIS in 2022 as a High School Mathematics Teacher. I grew up in China and earned my bachelor's degree in Physics and Engineering. I always dreamed of becoming a teacher, so I chose to study secondary education when I went to the United States. After completing my master's program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I taught Algebra1, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus at Baraboo High School as a long-term substitute teacher. In 2021, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and became a 7th Grade math teacher at Empower College Prep. Being a teacher is a noble job, and I appreciate every opportunity to serve my students and their families.Outside of school, I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I am currently a blue belt and hope to become a black-belt one day.
- Raffy SalazarMiddle School Science TeacherRaffy SalazarMiddle School Science Teacher
I’m originally from the Philippines and I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a major in General Science from University of Mindanao in the Philippines then earned my Master’s in Education degree thereafter. It is my pleasure to be in the field of teaching for fifteen years now.
I was teaching at major English Program schools in Thailand for thirteen years before I moved to the United States and worked as a High School Science teacher in Charleston, South Carolina for two years where I earned my teaching certification and license in the state of South Carolina in the areas of Middle Level and High School Science.
I am excited to move to Chiang Mai to join our wonderful NIS community and share my international teaching experiences. I believe that every student has the potential to succeed and it is my goal to create a positive and supportive learning environment.
- Colin MercerHigh School Science TeacherColin MercerHigh School Science Teacher
I am a chemistry and physical science teacher with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry, as well as a Master of Education. These degrees have helped me develop a strong foundation in both the subject matter and teaching techniques.
In my classroom, I often use project-based learning. I find that hands-on activities make science more interesting and easier to understand. Students can see how what they learn in the classroom connects to the real world.
I work with other teachers and students who are eager to learn. We share ideas and help each other, creating a positive and supportive environment. This teamwork makes teaching and learning more enjoyable and effective.
I also believe in keeping up with new ways of teaching. By learning about and using modern methods, I can give my students the best possible education.
The different backgrounds and cultures of the students and teachers in our school add to the learning experience. We learn from each other and grow together. Our goal is to help students think clearly and solve problems, skills that will help them succeed in science and many other areas of life.
- Dr. Insha JavaidHigh School Biology TeacherDr. Insha JavaidHigh School Biology Teacher
I first joined the NIS family in August 2020. 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. Recently, I completed my PhD in Educational management through Ifugao State University. My Thesis is titled as: BILINGUAL EDUCATION, TEACHERS’ READINESS, and STUDENTS’ ENGLISH PROFICIENCY in PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS in RAYONG DISTRICT, THAILAND. 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. I am committed to creating a friendly as well as language-rich atmosphere.
- Axel PenaHigh School Physics / Mathematics TeacherAxel PenaHigh School Physics / Mathematics Teacher
Hello everyone! I am excited to join NIS as your new high-school physics and calculus teacher for the 2023/2024 school year. I am from the state of Hidalgo in Mexico, and Virginia in the United States. I received a Bachelors of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then upon graduating, became Adjunct Faculty, teaching physics and calculus.
I am excited to learn more about Thailand and continue my area of specialty at NIS. I hope to make a good impression on everyone and make this school year memorable for all.
Outside of school, I like to run, to play football and basketball, and go to the gym and hike in the mountains. I am also developing a new interest in Muay Thai that I will continue in the future.
- 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.
- Michael OakleyHigh School Social Science TeacherMichael OakleyHigh School Social Science Teacher
Head of Academic Affairs, member of the Student Support Team, member of the Assessment and Reporting Panel, Model UN Advisor, and current teacher of AP Seminar, AP Comparative Government, Modern History, and Current Issues. I have been a member of the NIS community since 2016 when I joined as a High School teacher. Previous courses I have taught at NIS include: AP World History and Contemporary History. It is a privilege to teach these academic challenging classes to passionate students and to work with such dedicated teachers.
- Jack RobinsonHigh School Social Science TeacherJack RobinsonHigh School Social Science Teacher
I have been teaching in different capacities for most of my adult life starting as an after-school tutor for AmeriCorps (a full time public service program in the United States). Since then, I have been a youth baseball coach and umpire (USA), an adult English teacher (Poland), an IELTS and academic writing tutor (various locales), a university writing consultant (USA) and a secondary English and Social Studies teacher (Thailand). Originally, I come from California’s San Francisco Bay Area. I have lived in Thailand since 2017.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in History and Global Studies, graduating summa cum laude. I have also completed a post-graduate diploma in the teaching profession. I have been working with teenagers in some capacity for nearly two decades, so I hope I prove to be a positive influence on your child’s life and if anything, instill in him or her the importance of “doing” history and analyzing the societies of the world.
- Richard PietAccounting, Business, and Economics TeacherRichard PietAccounting, Business, and Economics Teacher
After working for a large corporation in manufacturing, I went to university and obtained a degree in commerce. Then, subsequently, managed the finance and accounting for a division of that company. Eventually, I returned to university for a career change and obtained a degree in education and accreditation in the Ontario College of Teachers. I taught high school in Canada, and Thailand and lectured in university in Central Asia. To complement living overseas, I obtained a certificate in TESOL from Payap University.
However, most of my time has been spent working internationally in finance, banking and accounting. My experience includes serving on boards of governance for organizations in several countries. After my previous time at NIS, we returned to Canada where I took on the role of CEO in Canada for an international organization. My wife and I have returned to Chiang Mai and enjoy the culture and environment. We have two daughters, one in university in Canada and the other married and living in the USA with our two grandsons. NIS is a wonderful school. The students are amazing. I am very pleased to be a part of your journey of learning.
- 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. I’ve also earned a Master’s Degree in Education in Teaching & Technology from Assumption University.
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 6 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.
- Nagen RumbaHigh School Computer Science & Digital Literacy TeacherNagen RumbaHigh School Computer Science & Digital Literacy Teacher
I have been a member of the NIS community since 2022. I am a former Software Developer who has a passion for teaching and sharing my love for coding and computer science. I teach AP Computer Science and Digital Literacy. I have always been fond of technology and computer science. My first taste of coding started when we were introduced to a programming language called Java in high school. I further solidified my skills in the field of Computers, when I went on to pursue Computer Science in University. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering and soon found myself working at a tech company and later switched to a career in teaching.
I love to teach through analogies and classroom activities and practical project-based learning. I am also the AP Computer Science teacher. Besides computers, I also am a prolific guitar player and love music. I love to travel and experience new things and learn languages. I am very excited and look forward to meeting you all.
- Toeko OgawaHigh School Japanese TeacherToeko OgawaHigh School Japanese Teacher
I have worked as a middle and high school Japanese teacher at Nakornpayap International School since August 2012. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and a Japanese Teacher’s certification for both middle and high school teaching from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. I focus on making my students build a solid knowledge of Japanese and Japanese culture through effective and active teaching. The most important thing to me is to build a relationship of mutual trust with each of my students.
- Sandy LiMiddle and High School Chinese TeacherSandy LiMiddle and High School Chinese Teacher
"I'm so happy to be a part of the NIS family! This is my fourth year at Nakornpayap International School. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and a Chinese Teacher's certification for middle school and high school from Art University in Yunnan, China.
Before coming to Chiang Mai, I taught middle school and high school in China for 15 years. After that, I taught at Chinese universities for 3 years while still being a chorus conductor in China. In the classroom, my main goal is to help my students master the practical aspects of the Chinese language and understand the diverse culture of China. I love making my classes interesting and enjoyable for them, so they can feel the charm of the Chinese language. I'm passionate about teaching, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my love for Chinese language and culture with my students at NIS. Their enthusiasm for learning motivates me every day, and I'm excited to continue this wonderful journey together."
- Carlos DonosoMiddle School and High School Spanish TeacherCarlos DonosoMiddle School and High School Spanish Teacher
I come from Santiago, the capital of Chile. I am here to teach Spanish and to learn from all of you. I've been living abroad since 2016, first in Australia and now in Thailand. I initially worked in a language institute here in Chiang Mai, teaching Spanish and English for all ages. After I worked at Sarasas Witaed Lanna School for nearly 3 years. My experience there was wonderful and I learned about the Thai education system and culture.
I am a very social person and I love team sports, especially Basketball and Soccer. I’m definitely down for hiking, camping, or any other outdoor activity. My heart has always been with my students and now I have the opportunity to share my native language with NIS family. I am very excited to start this new year teaching, learning and having fun.
- Kevin BradleyMiddle & High School Music / Assistant PrincipalKevin BradleyMiddle & High School Music / Assistant Principal
I have taught High School and Middle School music at Nakornpayap International School since August 2009. I have been the Assistant Principal since 2022. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I feel strongly about making positive relationships with all our students and creating an environment that fosters a positive attitude toward learning and an appreciation of the Arts.
- 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 EastmanElementary School Art TeacherLuke EastmanElementary School Art Teacher
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.
As the art teacher it is my pleasure to share the joys of art with our creative, talented elementary students. I believe in exposing our students to as many different techniques and media as possible, so that each child is able to connect with the art form that most speaks to them. I also work to build up their confidence and help our students move beyond their missteps and realize that not being perfect is fine and that making mistakes is just part of the artistic process! In fact, happy accidents can often lead us in new and wonderful directions.
- Ryan LeeElementary Music TeacherRyan LeeElementary Music Teacher
Hello NIS families! I am so excited to be joining the team as the Elementary Music Teacher for the 2023/2024 school year! I was born and spent most of my life in the northern part of England. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Songwriting from The University of Sussex, and spent many years working as a professional musician in the recording industry.
After time spent working in an arts center in London, I became impassioned by teaching and turned my attention and career focus towards it. I moved to Thailand in 2021 and began teaching Grade 4 as a Homeroom Teacher before moving to a Bangkok-based International School where I was the sole Music and Drama teacher for Pre-school up to Secondary school.
I have been embracing every moment of my time in Thailand and have been met with open and loving arms by an incredible country. I am excited by my next steps in moving to Chiang Mai to join the NIS team and bring out the flair and creativity of the wonderful students in Elementary.
When I am not teaching, I am an avid football fan, regular cycler, and collect and shoot film on vintage cameras. I am looking forward to this academic year and learning all about the students and yourselves too.
- Nutt KasemsantMS HS Music Support TeacherNutt KasemsantMS HS Music Support Teacher
- Brenda LangstonElementary School PE TeacherBrenda LangstonElementary School PE Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Brenda Langston. I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I grew up surrounded by sports. I played softball and tennis competitively throughout high school, eventually earning myself a softball scholarship to play in college. While attending college in North Dakota, I earned my BS in Health and Physical Education, with a minor in sports coaching. Coaching is a great joy of mine, as I have been coaching high school athletics for several years. Before moving to Chiang Mai, I taught PE at a tK-5 elementary school in San Diego for many years. I also earned my M.Ed. in Physical Education and Athletic Administration. I love to travel and experience new things. Most importantly, I am so excited to meet all of you and hear all of your stories!
- Tee SaokaewMiddle School PE TeacherTee SaokaewMiddle 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 TeacherJack ThirachECC & Elementary Swimming Teacher
Hi everyone, I'm Jack. I'm a PE teacher. worked at this school for the 16th year. I graduated with a master's degree in sports science. specializing in physiology of exercise. I have experience in athletics teams in Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai University team and I have a license to be an athletics coach. so i bring my knowledge and experience to teach students in this school too. I hope students at every level I teach will gain knowledge, enjoyment, and love in PE. then grow up to be a quality person both physically and mentally.
- Bektur BoobekovHigh School PE TeacherBektur BoobekovHigh School PE Teacher
I love being part of the NIS community as a High School PE teacher. I excelled in football and swimming as a child, earning many gold medals. These sports taught me discipline, teamwork, and determination. I graduated from Shanghai Tongji University in 2019. Before NIS, I worked as a P.E. teacher and swimming coach in Shanghai. Having completed two years at NIS already, I am excited about the prospect of further personal and professional growth, while actively contributing to the vibrant NIS culture and community.
- Pat PotakiangECC PE TeacherPat PotakiangECC PE Teacher
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 Bachelor of Arts with First Honors and Master of Arts from Payap International College. I taught Thai Reading from 2002 until 2019 when I started teaching Thai Speaking Level 1. 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.
- Bam TimklibElementary School Thai Language TeacherBam TimklibElementary School Thai Language Teacher
I have been working at NIS since 2017. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and Graduate Diploma in Teaching Profession. I have a true passion for working with our Elementary students, helping each child progress in all areas of their development especially Thai Language and Culture. I am delighted to share my deep passion and experience with our students.
- Eiam WongkanchaiMiddle & High School Thai Language TeacherEiam WongkanchaiMiddle & High School Thai Language Teacher
I first joined the NIS family in 2015. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Management Media and Technology from Chiang Mai University and Graduate Diploma Program In Teaching Profession from The Far Eastern University. I believe that a child’s education is the most valuable thing in the world. I intend to pass on knowledge in terms of the language and culture of Thailand for students. In addition, I will also be a friend and advise students on various problems.
- Benny ArthiMiddle & High School Thai Language TeacherBenny ArthiMiddle & High School Thai Language Teacher
I first joined Nakornpayap International School in August 2015. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Maejo University and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching Profession from Far Eastern University. I enjoy teaching my students to acquire knowledge of the Thai language and Thai culture. I enjoy making positive relationships and sharing experiences with all our students and the NIS community."
- Immz JaijanMiddle & High School Thai Language TeacherImmz JaijanMiddle & High School Thai Language Teacher
I have worked in the Elementary at Napa Chiangmai School. I'm a Teacher of Thai dance,Thai language Head of student activities since May 11, 2016. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bunditpatanasilpa Institute . 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.
- Meena KantawongThai TeacherMeena KantawongThai Teacher
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Chiang Mai University, and an Education Diploma from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. I am a positive person and teaching is my life's passion. I believe that good learning is Active Learning so that students can enjoy learning with everything. I’m happy to spend time with students.
- Mook ThipsukumThai TeacherMook ThipsukumThai Teacher
I graduated from Phetchabun Rajabhat University. Faculty of Education Department of Thai Language, 5-year course, 1 year of teaching experience at Municipal School 3 Chan Wittaya. I am always ready to develop, strive and focus on teaching and be open to new experiences, be good counsellors, good teachers, good role models, I can learn and adapt to students, I hope students enjoy and gain positive energy with me.
- Rodel EchonFull-Time Substitute TeacherRodel EchonFull-Time Substitute Teacher
I am honored to be part of the NIS family and I have been working here since 2016 as a full-time teacher, working with all grade levels- Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and High School. Prior to teaching at NIS, I have worked as a subject teacher at Napa Chiangmai School, Thailand. Additionally, 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 attended the University of Cagayan Valley, Philippines and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Education. 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
- Micky SethiSubstitute TeacherMicky SethiSubstitute Teacher
I am a half Thai national who currently holds a Masters Degree in English Literature, Language & Philosophy from Delhi University, India. Subsequently, I have Minors in World History, French & Spanish Literature (Post-Colonial Encounters), Violence & Memory Studies, and Germanic & Romance Studies. I am also currently pursuing my PhD in English from Delhi University. My thesis is on "Displacement and Partition Literature".
I have been a part of local NGOs in India that provide education and placement opportunities to underprivileged children during my high school and university. Additionally, I started a Digital Marketing Agency in 2018 which is one of the only agencies in Thailand that provides all services related to Digital Marketing in-house; from Photo, Video to Marketing, Branding, Strategizing and Campaigns, both online and offline.
I like to explore new technologies and utilize it in everything I do. I am a fan of Afro-pop music and during my free time, try to improve my cooking skills.