Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Inspirational faculty committed to joyful and rigorous education.

Professional Development

Our teachers are life-long learners. As an ongoing practice, they look for meaningful professional development opportunities.

Supportive Community

The care and support that our teachers offer, helps our students to thrive in a positive and supportive school community.

Distributed Leadership

We welcome application from qualified teachers who want to join a dynamic school, and help to make a difference for our students.

The Faculty

Whole School

  • Rachel Keys
    Head of School
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    Rachel Keys is the Head of School. Originally from the UK Rachel has worked in international education and boarding schools for over 30 years, enjoying a variety of leadership roles in the UK, Germany, Monaco, Thailand, Oman, China and Switzerland.

    Rachel earned her first Master's degree in English Literature at Oxford University (St. Hilda's College), and began her career as an English and Theatre Teacher; she later gained a further post-graduate Master's degree in Education from Goldsmiths, University of London, which focussed particularly on the development of global-minded citizens within international education.

    Outside of school, Rachel enjoys artistic performances and exhibitions of every kind. She is joined at Prem by her family, husband Richard, and children, Sophie (Grade 11) and James (Grade 4).


  • Wannapa Suksang
    Thai Director
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    Wannapha Suksang or Ajarn Tiew has a BA in English from Lampang Rajabhat University and an MEd in Elementary Education from Chiang Mai University.

    She also completed a Diploma course in Educational Administration and Management and received a BEd in teaching Thai Language from Sukhothai Thammathirat University.

    Ajarn Tiew was the recipient of an Excellent Teacher Award in 1999 and is a qualified ONESQA Assessor.

  • Lee Stevens
    Athletics and Activities Director
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    Prior to joining Prem, Lee has served in the British Council in Chiang Mai, Nakorn Payap International School also in Chiang Mai and most recently in Traill International School in Bangkok.

    Lee holds a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University, a B.Ed from the University of Winnipeg and a Masters in Athletic Administration from Endicott College in the United States. Lee also holds current coaching qualifications, most particularly in football.

    Lee has one son, who plays football in England, and one daughter who studies at Prem.

    Lee is interested in playing numerous sports and amongst those he mentions; soccer cycling, golf, badminton, basketball and Triathalons.

  • Roxanne Hickie
    Director of Admissions
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    Roxanne Hickie, from the United Kingdom is our new Director of Admissions. Roxanne graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2004 started her professional career in Thailand, before joining the University of East Anglia in 2007 in admissions in the Faculty of Social Science. In the last nine years, Roxanne has led many initiatives in the University of East Anglia, most latterly in international student recruitment; which sharpened her nascent marketing skills. Roxanne will be accompanied by her partner, Michael, and her daughter, Lauren, who will be enrolled in our Junior School.

  • Linda Buck
    Director of External Relations
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    Linda Buck came to Prem as a House Mother in 2004 and progressed from there to Director of Boarding in 2006. Her background is in public relations and marketing, having spent fifteen years working with major airlines to set up and run their Conference and Event Handling Divisions. For her pioneer work in this field Linda won a UK Business Woman of the Year Award. As of 2017, Linda will take on the new role of Director of External Relations.

    Linda relaxes by writing and has had articles published in international and national newspapers and magazines both here and in England. She has had two factual historical books published in the UK and a childrens's book published in Thailand, with the profits helping to fund education for children in Bhutan.

    Linda enjoys the opportunity of on-line study.

    She completed her TEFL six years ago, and over the last few years has completed he qualification to work as a Counsellor for Children and Adolescents and has also completed her qualification as a Child Psychologist.

  • Alex Soulsby
    creative Director
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    Alex is an International Creative Education Consultant with over 18 year's experience of Teaching, Arts Advocacy, Creative Projects Management and educational management.

    His project work has been twice nominated for the prestigious British, National Charity Award and he has been both a project lead on National Arts campaigns in the UK and a strategic advisor to International Schools and Children's Arts Organisations.

    Outside of work as a photographer and artist, his clients have included the Royal National Theatre London, Arts Council England, English Touring Theatre and Orchestras Live. To date his work has appeared in publications and websites including the Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail and Grazzia Magazine, as well as on the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK.

  • Simon Hobbs
    Director of IT
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    Simon Hobbs is from the United Kingdom and is our Director of IT. Simon graduated from the University of Bournemouth with a BA in International Business Administration (major in IT Management) and subsequently from Liverpool Hope University College with a PGCE in 2003. Simon has taught in England, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and most latterly in China as an ICT Integration specialist as well as a Director of IT. Simon is a mountaineer, rock climber, runner, plays soccer and enjoys playing the guitar. Simon is accompanied by his wife.

  • Stacey Taylor
    Director of Library and Media Services
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    Prior to joining Prem, Stacey has served in school libraries in a number of different capacities since 1985 and has also taught Theory of Knowledge to IB Diploma students. From January 2016, Stacey has served as the Acting Director of Global Connections at Kambala in Australia.

    Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts in Library Science from Kuring-gai in Sydney, A Masters of Information degree from the University of Technology in Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University.

    Stacey’s interests include travelling, reading and cooking. Stacey is passionate about swimming.

  • Igor Van Bever
    School systems manager
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    Belgian Igor Van Bever has been working with the Three-Generation Farm programme and as a volunteer in boarding for the last year. He has been a valued member of the boarding community, and we are delighted that he is now a member of the Prem staff.

    Igor studied at the University of Ghent in Belgium where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in psychology. He has also studied biology and biomedical sciences. Igor is taking on the role as Cultural Learning Mentor and House and Activity Co-ordinator in Boarding. He is very well suited for this position, as he has a passion for cycling, squash, aikido, kite surfing and spinning.

  • Amandine Lecesne
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    Amandine Lecesne is in her 5th year of working at Prem. Amandine is a French/American citizen and has a BA with honours in Psychology from UC Davis USA, and a Master's degree with honours in Counselling Psychology from Capella University, USA. She has worked as a counsellor for 15 years, working both with adults and children. Her parallel passion is helping street dogs. She co-founded the shelter "Care for Dogs" in Chiang Mai in 2006 and runs our Hand to Paw program here at Prem.

    Amandine speaks French and English fluently. She is committed to providing quality workshops and compassionate sessions for students and their families.

  • Catherine Parent
    Js and SS Health and Physical Education
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    Catherine is from Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Université de Montréal with a B. Sc. in Physical Education and later received a M.Sc. in Multidisciplinary Studies from State University of New York. She has been teaching HPE, dance, health education, photography and drama since 1997. She has spent 15 years teaching in South-East Asia, but has also taught in Canada, Lebanon and Tanzania. Catherine is an avid swing-dancer & scuba diver and she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, as well as behind the lens of her camera.

    Catherine teaches PE in both the Junior and the Senior school and coaches a variety of different sports at PREM.
  • Emily Gumb
    School Counsellor
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    Emily comes from London, England where she graduated with both a Degree and a Masters Degree in Health Education and Community Studies. Her career spans over 20 years of working with, supporting and helping young people firstly within social services in London and more recently here in schools in Thailand.

    Emily moved to Thailand in 2010 due to a passion for Muay Thai and just fell in love with living and working here. She has a young son who will be joining the school in Early Years and she is truly excited to be able to help and support the community here at Prem.

  • Sukullaya Utalert (Aree)
    IT Manager, School Network Manager
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    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi.
    Master’s Degree in Master of Information Technology and Management from Chiang Mai University.
    Certification in MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate), MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), CCNA(Cisco Certified Network Associate), Mac OS Support Essentials, iOS Deployment.

  • Susan Morgan
    Art Teacher: JS and SS
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    Susan was a pre-school teacher at the Ivy Hill Pre-school in New Jersey, USA, for three years and was owner and teacher at her own alternative pre-school in Chiang Mai for five years. She has conducted Early Education workshops for Burmese refugee women and teachers and has a wide range of experience teaching at other international schools.

    She has a BA in Art and Culture, an Art Students League of New York coursework certificate equal to a BFA in art and education qualifications from the Brookdale Community College. She also has a Master in Art Education from the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

    Susan is also an artist and lecturer who recently gave a talk on 100 Years of Thai Women Artist at the National Art Museum in Bangkok.

    In 2010, Susan was a guest lecturer at Chiang Mai University’s Language Institute where she gave talks on her research work related to food and spirit worship in Thailand.

    Susan is the co-producer and videographer for the documentary Threads of Life: Hemp and Gender in a Hmong Village (1994) which premiered at Asia Society in New York and Hong Kong. During the 1980s, Susan was the personal assistant for Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and had the great opportunity to work with them on Surrounded Islands: Project for Miami and Pont Neuf: Project for Paris. She has written articles including Skydancers & Other Mystiques Works by Skowmon Hastanan. Susan has also exhibited her own work in New York and Chiang Mai.

    Susan has completed her Master's degree in art education from the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Senior School

  • Jeff Marquis
    Senior School Principal
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    Hailing originally from London, Ontario Canada, Jeff has been living internationally (Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Brazil, Korea, and Bulgaria) for 24 years since he received his Bachelor degree from the University of Waterloo and teaching certification from Western University in Canada. With his wife, Angela and 3 children, Kenan, Hannah, and Sophia, the Marquis’ have enjoyed their international experiences at every turn. Jeff also holds Master of Educational Leadership – School Principal degree.

    Jeff’s career in international education includes teaching IB Geography, Computer Science, Information Technology, and TOK, as well as Computer Graphics, and Service Learning. Additionally, he has served in the roles of Athletic Director, Assistant Middle and High School Principals, and most recently Secondary Principal.

    Jeff’s passions include his family, cottage life on Lake Huron, developing teams, tending to his ever expanding perennial garden, running, the beach with his family and watching baseball preferably in a stadium he hasn’t visited before. Jeff also keeps active, coaches, and plays various sports when time permits.

  • Simi Shah
    Deputy Senior School Principal, Mathematics Teacher
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    Simi is a highly qualified and experienced teacher of mathematics and technology. She joins us most recently from the British School of Jakarta where she was the Head of Mathematics and Computer Science. She taught in the UK for seven years before going abroad - this is her third international posting. Before teaching she worked in the technology industry and is a certified google educator.

    Simi is joined at Prem by her 10th grade daughter Priya.

  • Akane Yoshida
    Student Support teacher
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    Akane is a fully grown Third Culture Kid, having been born in the US to Japanese parents and spent her formative years in the UK and China. She holds a BA in Modern and Classical Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; a PGCE from the University of Sunderland; and an MSc in Language and Communication Impairment in Children from the University of Sheffield. Her past experience includes working alongside children with moderate to profound learning differences in China and Romania. Akane is a tireless champion of learner diversity in international schools, and strongly believes that schools should work harder to create communities that truly reflect the heterogeneity of the real world.

    Akane is joined at Prem by her husband, Justin, and two boys, Niall and Otis. Baking is her form of meditation, but having a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old means she is generally too sleepy to have hobbies.

  • Alan Fleming
    Curriculum Leader Humanities: Psychology, TOK Teacher
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    Alan Fleming teaches Psychology, English B and Theory of Knowledge in grades 11 & 12. He is also the Grade Level Leader for those grades.

    He holds degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, Legal Studies and Teaching. Given his educational background, Alan integrates critical thinking and philosophy into every class he teaches. When not philosophizing with students, Alan likes to run long distances and make short documentary films.

  • Andrew Parlby
    MYP Coordinator; PE, Science Teacher
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    Andrew is from Nottingham, in the United Kingdom. He has a B.Ed Honours in Movement Studies and Science from The University of Greenwich. He started teaching Science and Physical Education in Kent, before moving Internationally in 2003. His International Journey started in Milan, Italy, then a move to Lisbon, Portugal in 2010. In 2016 Andrew worked for two years in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before moving to Prem in 2018.

    During his 6 years in Portugal, he worked as the MYP coordinator, leading and introducing the online MYP exams. He is a workshop leader for the IBMYP as well as a consultant for candidate schools and a curriculum reviewer for the IB

    Andrew moved to Prem with his wife and two children. He is a fan of both playing and watching sports, listening to music and going to concerts.

  • Bernard Autet
    French Teacher
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    Bernard Autet, a French national, Bernard is a French teacher in the Senior School. Bernard rejoined the school after stepping in for six months in 2014 and continues where he left off teaching both MYP and IBDP courses. Bernard is the former Head of Language B at the British International School in Phuket where he taught from 1998 to 2013. Bernard has both a BA and MA from Nantes University in France and qualified as a teacher in Montreal where is also worked as a language teacher.

  • Bruce Zeemel
    MYP, IB, TOK Gr10
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  • Catherine Schlei
    IBDP Spanish, TOK, IBDP Coordinator
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    Cathy holds a BA in History, an MAT in Spanish and a Diplôme Universitaire, Société Française in French from the Université Aix-Marseille. Originally from the Bahamas, Cathy has 32 years teaching experience and has taught in The U.S., the Bahamas, France, Vietnam, and most recently in Phuket before joining Prem in 2016.

    Cath teaches IBDP ab initio Spanish and TOK. She is also an IB examiner for Spanish Ab Initio.

    Cathy enjoys reading, tennis, skiing, cooking and spending time with her soi dogs in her free time.

  • Charles Owuor Ochola
    Science Teacher
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    Charles Owuor Ochola is Kenyan; He joins Prem as MYP Science and IBDP Chemistry teacher. Most recently Charles was the IBDP Chemistry teacher at St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo (Japan) and prior to that he taught at United World College of Southern Africa- Waterford Kamhlaba (Swaziland), The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi and Makini School (Kenya). He holds a Bachelor of Education (Science) Honours degree; Chemistry and Mathematics double major from Kenyatta University and a Diploma in Science Education (Chemistry, Mathematics & PE) from Kagumo Science Teachers’ College. Charles is an examiner for the IBDP Chemistry and is a CIS Accreditation Evaluator.

    He is passionate about sports and will be an assistant Athletics (Track and Field) coach.

  • Claire Gordon
    Drama Teacher
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    Claire has been teaching drama since 2004 and has had the privilege of being inspired year in and year out by a diverse range of amazing young people, who have taken the risk to tread the boards with gusto and unending enthusiasm. From short devised performances to full scripted plays, she is passionate about enabling young people to take the word from page to stage. To not only entertain but to educate and ignite the imaginations of the audiences who come to see as well as themselves as participants.

  • Daniel Foggo
    HPE, Humanities Teacher
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    Daniel Foggo has dual citizenship – Ireland and New Zealand – and is a graduate of the Auckland College of Education, NZ.

    He has taught at Vientiane International School (Lao), Parnell College (NZ), Barclay Primary Schools (UK) and Fulham Prep School (UK) where he was also Head of Sport.

    At Prem he teaches Health and Physical Education to Grades 6 – 10.

  • David Puckey
    Curriculum Leader EAL
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    David Puckey is originally from the United Kingdom but has been based in Thailand since 2000. He is joining Prem as the new Curriculum Leader for Secondary EAL. David has worked in international education for 17 years and graduated from the University of Sussex, UK, with a BA Honours Degree in English and American Studies and subsequently obtained his PGCE from the University of Greenwich in London. He also has a Trinity TESOL certificate from the University of Sussex.  David enjoys tennis, drawing, music and exploring Thailand.

  • Dawn Parry
    Careers and College Counsellor, Grade Level Leader 9 - 10
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    Dawn joined Prem as the Careers and College Counsellor and is also the Grade Level Leader for years 9 and 10.

    Originally from the U.K., Dawn has taught in schools in both England and Thailand. She has a B.Sc (Hons) from King's College London, a P.G.C.E. in Secondary Education from the University of Greenwich and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support with the University of Aberdeen.

    Dawn lives in Chiang Mai with her husband Bob, 6 dogs and numerous birds. In her free time, she enjoys reading, studying British and French history and helps to run an animal welfare charity.

  • Edwin Kyle
    CL for Maths, Gr10 HR teacher
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    I come to Prem having taught Mathematics for 25 years. Most recently I was Head of Mathematics at Taipei European school In Taiwan, but I spent 12 years in Brunei prior to that and 3 years in Oman as my initial overseas school. I will be continuing in a similar role here as the Curriculum leader for Mathematics. I am joined by my wife, Katherine and 2 children ; Elinor will join Grade 9 and Eoin will join Grade 8. I love being in the outdoors and have been involved with the International Award for most of my adult life, both as a Gold award holder and a leader. I also enjoy ultra-trail running and have completed a number of "Beast Runs". My collection of interesting ties and cufflinks have travelled here to Thailand with me - watch out for those in the coming weeks!

  • Elisabeth 'Beth' Wojciuk
    IBCP Coordinator, Learning Support Teacher
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    Before coming to Prem, Beth was teaching in public schools in Wisconsin working with a variety of students with various Learning Difficulties. She graduated from St. Ambrose University with a BA in History and then received her Special Education degree from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Along with being a Learning Support Teacher, Beth is also the IB Career-Related Program Coordinator which allows students to focus on specific career areas while still in high school.
    Beth has many nieces and nephews that enjoy when she goes home in the summer and bring them trinkets from her travels. She enjoys reading, being with friends and staying up at all sort of odd hours still following her favorite American Football teams. GOOOO Badgers!! Go Pack Go!!
  • Elizabeth Hassall
    Curriculum Leader of Arts, Arts teacher
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    Elizabeth holds a BA(Honours) in Fine Art from the University of the West of England as well as a PGCE in Education from University of Bristol. She is also a graduate of the BTEC Art & Design from Burton Upon Trent College.

    Elizabeth joins us from the International School of Brunei where she was the Head of Arts and Global Issues Coordinator teaching IB and IGCSE Visual Arts. She has more than 10 years international school experience teaching in Germany and Brunei. She has been an IB Visual Arts examiner for the past 8 years and is very committed to supporting students through a broad range of co-curricular pursuits.

  • Emma Shaw
    IBDP Environmental Systems and Societies teacher IBCP PPS teacher
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    Dr Emma Shaw joined Prem in 2012 and teaches IBDP Environmental Systems and Societes.

    She has worked with Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Central Lancashire (UK), the University of Manchester (UK) and Chiang Mai University.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, a PhD in arachnological ecology from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and a PGCEI from The University of Nottingham.

    She is an internationally published arachnologist, has been involved in a number of post-doctoral research projects. Emma is a founding member of the the Asian Society for Arachnology and held the 2nd annual conference here at Prem.

    Emma has recently published an exam preparation textbook for IBDP Environmental Systems and Societies.

  • Euna Tang
    Mandarin Teacher
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    Euna holds a BA in Language Education from the China West Normal University and an MA of Educational Management from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Euna joins us from her most recent post as Chinese Department Coordinator at the QSI International School of Chengdu, China where she worked teaching various senior school levels of Chinese Mandarin and English over the past nine years working with both IB and AP curriculum. She also taught in Malaysia and other parts of China since 2003.

  • Gina Ryan
    Pamoja Education Site-Based Coordinator, Music Teacher
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    Gina received her PhD in music education from McGill University, where she also completed her Master's degree in percussion performance. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States, France, China, and Japan.

    Gina has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from universities and arts councils, including a production grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec to produce the percussion solo show, Transitions. She was the percussionist for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble as a Susan and Ford Schumann Fellow.

    Gina has commissioned several composers, and their compositions as well as her own have been featured in various festivals, including the International Sound Symposium and Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival.

    She has studied with members of Nexus at the University of Toronto, where she received her Bachelor's degree in performance and has studied with Don Wherry at Memorial University where she received her Bachelor's degree in music education. Gina has taught music in Canada, Switzerland and Thailand.

  • Jason Hunt
    English Teacher
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    Originally from California, Jason is a teacher of IBDP English and MYP English. He holds a BA in English from Azusa Pacific University, an MA in Literature from National University, California, as well as a California State Clear Teaching Credential. He joins Prem from the International School of Hamburg, in Germany, and has previously taught in China, South Korea and Phuket. He is a senior examiner for the English: Language & Literature course, and a member of both the standardization team and the grade award team for the subject. He enjoys reading, photography, swimming and cooking.

    Jason is joined by his wife, Nikki, and their young daughter, Catherine.

  • Joseph Holroyd
    Curriculum Leader Language A
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    Something of a globetrotter, Joe Holroyd comes from London, his wife Nicole from California, and their son Bobby was born in France! Joe has a background in teaching IB DP & MYP English, plus DP Film, TOK, Psychology and Global Politics. Former roles have included Deputy Head (Ecole des Roches, France), IB Coordinator (Canadian International School, Hong Kong), TOK Coordinator (NIST, Bangkok) and Head of English (YCIS, Shanghai).
    Joe also works for the IB running workshops across the IB Continuum, visiting schools to perform evaluations, and developing and running webinars. A passionate advocate of lifelong learning, Joe has pursued postgraduate qualifications in Education, Literature, Philosophy, Creative Writing and Counselling throughout his teaching career. These interests converge on an interest in human complexity and creativity - which he shares with Nicole, who is a marriage and family therapist (MFT).
    Recent professional development Joe found enriching include the MiSP .b mindfulness trainer certification and PYP Administration, and Joe is in the midst of doctoral studies exploring innovation in education and industry at Paris Dauphine University. Previous publications have included a Lacanian literary analysis of Philip Roth’s The Human Stain (Purdue UP), and short fiction in Flash! The International Short Story Magazine(Chester UP). When not scribbling / being a perpetual student, Joe loves being outdoors with Nicole and Bobby, various sports, the arts and travel.
  • Kenneth Baba Jacob
    Mathematics Teacher
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    Always looking to grow and learn, Ken is an explorer of natural patterns and Mathematical beauty. Being thus inspired, he completed his studies in both Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oregon with a Mathematical thesis on 3D Fractals. An American expat, Ken has been teaching overseas for over decade. A lover of life, Ken is accompanied by his best friend and wife along with their youngest daughter. His current hobbies are studying the Electric Universe Theory and Sacred Mathematics along with energy medicine, yoga, meditation/hypnosis and healthy living practices. An out-of-the-box thinker, Ken always sees himself as a beginner and sees mistakes as opportunities for learning.

  • Kirk Stewart
    Language B Teacher, Gr 7 HR teacher
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    Kirk Stewart is from Southampton in the U.K. and is an MYP Language B English teacher. Kirk graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA Hons in Performing Arts and holds a PGCE from Nottingham University.  He has worked in the MYP in China and has lived and worked in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Vietnam and Taiwan before moving to Thailand. Kirk’s hobbies include reading, football and traveling.

  • Lisa McSweeney
    CP Teacher (Finance and Enterprise)
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    Lisa is originally from Scotland and has been teaching internationally for 9 years. She has a MA (Hons) in Business and Finance from the University of Aberdeen. After graduating and traveling around the world she has worked in industry for 10 years including positions such as an auditor, trainer and international sales manager. Since becoming a teacher she has taught in Kuwait, Spain, China and now Thailand specialising in Business, Finance and Humanities. Lisa is here with my husband James (PE Teacher) and their two sons; Michael and Joseph. She love the outdoors and take advantage of Prem's ideal location to hike, run and bike.

  • Lucy Kyte
    Mathematics Teacher
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    Lucy joined Prem as a Senior School Mathematics Teacher in August 2005 having previously taught Mathematics in England and then at the International School Milan, Italy, before moving to the International School Brunei as Head of Mathematics, where she later joined the Senior Management Team as Curriculum Manager for Sciences.

    She has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and a PGCE from the University of Southampton, England.

    She enjoys reading, cooking and chess.

  • Mala Dorset
    Mathematics, Science Teacher
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    Mala is originally from New Zealand teaches MYP Science at Prem. She holds a degree in Kinesiology and a Diploma in Secondary Education from Otago University, New Zealand. She has more than 10 years international school experience. Mala has been an IB MYP Science examiner for 2 years and always looking to further herself by reflecting on her teaching practice. She enjoys keeping fit and healthy and spending time with her family.

  • Marie Anne Rismann
    Curriculum Leader for Language B, English teacher
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    Marie Anne Rismann is originally from the United Kingdom but has been based in France for a number of years. She is joining Prem as the new Curriculum Leader for Language B. Marie Anne graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA Honours Degree and subsequently obtained her a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. She also has an Agrégation in English Language and Literature. Marie Anne has worked in England, Singapore, France, Germany, Rumania, Cameroon and India. Marie Anne enjoys cooking, walking and anything related to the arts.

  • Mark Bosworth
    Digital Design, Product Design Teacher
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    Mark Bosworth, along with his wife Ros and their two young children, began his new life at Prem in August after having lived in Beijing where he was the Head of Design Technology at Harrow International School, and Ros was a school nurse. Prior to this, British citizen Mark worked at The British International School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and at the Shanghai Rego International School in China as Head of Design Technology.

    Mark holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in furniture design from Bournemouth University and a PGCE from Brunel University, London. He is an active member of after-school activities in the classroom and on the sports field specialising in rugby, football, shooting, orienteering and athletics.

  • Martin Nielsen
    Economics, Humanities Teacher
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    Teaching Economics and Business Management in the Senior School, Martin joined Prem in August 2015. He is an experienced international teacher, having served at United Nations International School in Hanoi, Anglo-American School in Moscow and most recently at American International School Lusaka in Zambia. Prior to teaching, he was a commodity futures and options trader at the Chicago Board of Trade.

    His qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in international relations, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National-Lewis University, Illinois USA.

  • Mee Ra (Helen) Kim
    Korean Teacher
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    Helen is a highly qualified teacher of Language and Literature holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Korean Language Education from Sang Myung University in Seoul.

    Helen has been teaching Korean Language and Literature to senior school level students for over 15 years with 10 years of experience overseas most recently coming from the Overseas Family School in Singapore. She is an examiner with the IBO and also enjoys coaching students when the opportunity arises.

    Helen is joined by her daughter who will enroll as a full IB Diploma student at Prem.

  • Michael Wilson
    MYP Digital Design
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    Michael Wilson is from East Anglia in the United Kingdom and will be teaching MYP Digital Design. Michael graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc (Hons) in Computing and initially worked in the IT industry as a website programmer (helping to launch the Aquascutum website) and a game designer and programmer.

    He changed career to teach, initially in China, before returning to the UK to take his PGCE.  Michael taught Computing and Design in schools around London before venturing abroad to Vietnam and Malaysia. Away from school, Michael loves to restore old cars and Vespas, drink Earl Grey tea, and spend time with his wife and two children. 


  • Mtheto Kadoko Hara
    English Language Acquisition Teacher; Boarding Parent
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    Mtheto Kadoko Hara is from Malawi and joined Prem as a Boarding Learning Mentor in August 2016. Currently he will be serving as a Boarding Parent in Cluster 11 as well as a Language Acquisition Teacher in Senior School.

    Mtheto has a BEd in English from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He taught English as a Second Language in Malawi from 2007 to 2012 before engaging in youth empowerment projects in Nairobi,Kenya.

    He has published some poetry and a short story, and spends most of his free time writing , producing and performing rap music. His music is available online under the stage name "Cooletic Muzek."
    He is married to K. Aey who works in Junior School.

  • Rajalakshmi Pillai
    Mathematics Teacher
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    Rajalakshmi is Indian having taught in International schools in India, Georgia, Namibia and now in Thailand for the past 14 years. She has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the School of Education, Boston University and has a Masters in Analytical Chemistry. She is in Thailand with her daughter who will join Grade 7 at Prem. She loves cooking Indian food, reading and listening to music.

  • Rob Handley
    Science Teacher
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    Rob came to Prem in 2007 from Saint Stephen’s International School in Bangkok, having previously taught in the UK and on Saint Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. He is a qualified engineer and worked in Control Systems design and integration in the UK and Europe for many years prior to his teaching career.

    He holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Staffordshire University), a PGCE in Secondary Education (Manchester Metropolitan University), a Diploma in Industrial Management (Staffordshire University), a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Staffordshire Polytechnic) and a Michelin Technical Apprenticeship.

    At Prem, Rob is the Curriculum Co-ordinator for Science and teaches Diploma Physics, MYP Science and Senior School Mathematics. He also runs the Audio Visual Group which involves students in managing the sound and lighting for school productions and assemblies.

    His interests include playing blues harmonica, drums and vocals, performing live or in a recording studio, motorcycling and spending time with his family.

  • Samantha Dawkins
    EAL Support Teacher
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    Samantha Dawkins is from the United Kingdom and is a new member of the EAL team. She has a BA (Hons) Humanities, Masters degree in Cultural Studies (University of Birmingham), PGCE (University of Keele) and a CELTA. She has worked in the UK, China, Singapore and in Thailand for the last five years. She is passionate about collaboration and educational research. Samantha is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys riding around Thailand, Vietnam and Asia in the holidays.

  • Sarah Porter
    Humanities, English B Teacher
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    Sarah Porter has taught in her native USA and in Thailand and comes to Prem having taught most recently at Northbridge International School in Cambodia. She has a master’s degree in education (California State University) and additional degrees in Liberal and General Studies.

    Sarah is a middle school specialist with experience of IB programmes and she is teaching across a range of MYP subjects in the Senior School. She has travelled extensively in South East Asia.

  • Shaoguo Deng
    Mandarin Teacher
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  • Simon Grimmer
    Curriculum Leader of Science; Science Teacher
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    Simon Grimmer comes to PTIS most recently from Bonn, Germany, but has taught internationally for more than 10 years across 3 continents. Simon grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand and received his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology (BPHED) and Post-Grad Diploma in Teaching here. He has delivered IB MYP and DP programmes for as long as he has been abroad and is an experienced IB examiner. Simon has a passion for outdoor pursuits and nature which he is looking forward to sharing with PTIS students alongside his love of science.

  • Skye Rivett
    MYP Science and Humanities Teacher
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    Skye Rivett joins Prem as an MYP Science and Individuals and Societies teacher. Prior to her role as teacher Skye has worked as an Ecologist and Conservation Biologist throughout the world in a variety of organisations including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature 

    (IUCN), The Jane Goodall Institute, as a Researcher, and Consultant with an Engineering firm.

    She holds degrees in Applied Science and Teaching, with a Masters in Conservation Biology. In her spare time kye enjoys hiking in forested habitats, photography and trail running.


  • Sukanya Charpentier
    Thai Teacher
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    Sukanya “Boo” Charpentier has been teaching Thai language and culture classes at Prem since 2007. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching Thai language from Chiang Mai University and a bachelor’s degree in Thai language and Literature from Prince of Songkra University.

    Prior to joining the staff at Prem Boo was a language teacher in the Faculty of Business Administration and Liberal Arts at Rajamangala University of Technology. When now sharing her love of her native Thailand, she enjoys travelling, watching movies and gardening.

  • William Schlei
    IBDP Geography and Business Management Teacher
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    William Schlei, who hails from both France and the USA, teaches DP Geography and Business Management, and serves as Director of Prem’s Model United Nations program. William joined Prem in 2016 from Phuket International Academy Day School (now United World College Thailand). He has over 18 years experience teaching MYP and DP Humanities subjects in Thailand, Vietnam, The Bahamas and France. William holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, a Juris Doctor from the University of California, and a Masters of Education from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys photography, reading, music, cooking, hiking and skiing.

Junior School

  • Justin Jarman
    Junior School Principal
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    Justin has worked as an Elementary Principal, PYP Curriculum Coordinator, Early Years Coordinator and as an English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator. He is truly excited by the challenges associated with working as a leader, to empower teams and the wider school community, in order to promote the highest level of student learning and well-being. 

    Justin holds an MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath (UK) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria (Canada). He also holds a Certificate of International School Leadership from the Principal’s Training Center (UK). Justin enjoys serving on accreditation teams for both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). He is certified as a PYP Visiting Team Leader and an IB Workshop Leader.

    Justin has sixteen years of experience working as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) educator and school leader across four different IB World Schools in China, Indonesia, Romania and Thailand. Justin began his teaching career in 1997 working as a Kindergarten teacher in New Zealand. He has worked in several schools in Canada, including one position serving as Head Teacher in an isolated First Nations community. He was a Grade 4 classroom teacher for several years. 

    Justin believes in holistic approaches to education, through which students develop a strong foundation and a life-long love of learning. Justin believes there is value to offering students agency over their own learning, assessing students for the purpose of differentiating instruction, and personalizing learning to meet students’ varying abilities and interests. Justin strives to ensure that the educators he works with hold an enhanced image of the child, perceiving the students in their care as being inherently capable.

    In his spare time Justin enjoys spending quality time with his wife and boys who both attend the Junior School at Prem. He likes to practice speaking Mandarin Chinese. In a former life, Justin worked as a sea kayak guide on Vancouver Island, offering base-camp trips in the realm of the orca.


  • Mary Ann Van De Weerd
    PYP Coordinator, EAL Teacher
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    Mary ann Van de Weerd's first education qualification was in Early Childhood in 1988. She then acquired her Bachelor of Education and shifted into Primary Education in 2005.  She has been an IB educator for 15 years, with international experience in Turkey, Indonesia, Sudan and Switzerland. She has been an art teacher, a PE teacher, a drama teacher, a literacy integrated specialist, a class teacher and PYP Coordinator in two international schools overseeing two successful IB evaluations.
    She holds a masters degree with a focus on International Education and Administration from Endicott college in Massachusetts, Boston, USA.
    She is extremely passionate about the IB programmes. Their underpinning philosophies aligning with her own beliefs that these programmes prepare the students for the constant changes of the 21st century through inquiry-based learning and academic rigor.
  • Agnes Wdowik
    Learning Support Teacher
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    Agnes, originally from Poland, has a Master’s degree in Education, from The Bronisław Czech Academy of Physical Education, in Kraków University, Poland; and a PGCert in Special Education from the University of Nottingham. She also has a Choreography Instructor certificate in Contemporary Dance, from Nowohuckie Culture Centre, Kraków and an Instructor Certificate of Fitness from the Fitness School B. Buchowicz, Kraków.

    She has been living and working in International and Special-Needs schools abroad, for the past 12 years. This is her 8th year with Prem. She started as a Boarding Parent, before joining the teaching faculty. For the past five years she has been a Learning Support Teacher in the Junior School.

    As an SEN teacher, she appreciates the uniqueness of each student and loves finding different ways to allow students to be successful, often incorporating kinesthetic activities into their learning programmes.

    Agnes is passionate about dance, drama and the arts, so she enthusiastically joined the Production Team and has been choreographing and coordinating for both Senior and Junior School Productions at Prem, for the past 7 years.

    And finally, when she is not at school… Agnes enjoys travelling, photography, reading and motorbike adventures.

  • Alison Thompson
    Grade 4 teacher
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    Alison is from the UK and is a Homeroom teacher in the Junior School. She has been a teacher for 12 years and most recently taught Grade 4 in Yangon, Myanmar. Before teaching internationally, Alison was a Secondary Mathematics Teacher and is passionate about teaching Maths for understanding. She has a BA in Geography from The University of BIrmingham and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Liverpool Hope University. In her free time, Alison enjoys baking, photography and gardening. She recently learnt how to scuba dive and loves being in or under the water.
  • Colette Hirst
    English as an Additional Language coordinator
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    Colette Hirst, from the United Kingdom is the English as an Additional Language teacher in the Junior School. Before joining Prem, Collette most recently taught at the Steve Jobs school in Alicante, Spain and is a qualified and experienced teacher and counsellor working with students in a range of educational settings in the United Kingdom and Spain. Having completed her BA in Education at Huddersfield University, Colette has gone on to study counselling and numerous other courses in the UK. Colette loves travelling and learning new languages and cultures and seeing new places. She is joined at Prem by her daughter in the Junior School.

  • DianLiang Wang (Peter)
    Mandarin Teacher
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    Prior to joining Prem, Dianliang Wang has experienced teaching Mandarin for over 12 years by serving as a mandarin curriculum head in Tunas Muda International School and Binus International school in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Diangliang Wang is from China holding a BA in Chinese literature from Heibei Yan San University and being qualified as Senior Chinese Language teacher by International Profession Certification Association. He is passionate in working with children and strives to transfer the life-long learning strategy to students leading them to achieve their full potentials beyond language itself.

  • Elena Parlby
    Learning Support Coordinator
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  • Fanqi Zeng
    Mandarin Language Teacher
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    Qi comes from Chengdu, China. She holds a BA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Beijing Language and Culture University and another BA in International Finance. Qi also has an MA in International Education from Framingham State University, USA. She is fluent in two Chinese dialects on top of Mandarin and English, and she continues to learn Thai. As a language learner, Qi fully understands the power of language; and as a language teacher, she is always seeking an enjoyable and engaging way to teach language.

  • Gillian Turner
    Grade 5
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    Gill is a Junior School homeroom teacher and most recently taught Grade 5 at Dubai International Academy, an IB World School in Dubai. Gill’s experiences the past thirty years include teaching all primary levels in schools in the UAE, Qatar and Australia. She also has experience leading the PYP Exhibition and she has led student well-being teams along with school-wide kitchen / garden programmes. Gill has a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from Burwook Teachers’ College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health for the Teaching Profession from Monash University, both in Victoria, Australia.

  • Helen Keogh
    Early Years 3
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    Helen joined her first international school in 2002, gaining extensive experience of the IB in Asia and Europe. She has taught Early Years and Junior School in 5 International Schools before joining Prem this year as the EY3 homeroom teacher. Helen holds an Early Childhood
    Specialization, a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s of Science. She is passionate about her work and creating an inquiry-based learning environment for young students. Helen has experience in Reggio Emilia programs and previously managed the Early Years program at The
    Nature School. Helen is from Australia, she enjoys being outdoors in nature, camping and cycling.

  • James McSweeney
    Health and Physical Education, Grade Level Leader for Grade 9 & 10
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    James is a highly qualified teacher of HPE with more than a decade of experience teaching both in the UK and in three different international schools across three continents. He has experience and professional development in service learning and house experiences as well as swim safety and first aid. He has taught across the entire range of primary through high school. He is joined by his wife Lisa and 2 children.

    James holds a BSc in Sports Science from the University of Brighton and a PGCE in Physical Education from Brunel University


  • Jeremy Gaysek
    Grade 3
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    Jeremy is well-versed in PYP practices with eleven years of PYP experience. He was previously working at International School Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jeremy is also an IB Workshop Leader, and he has trained other professionals in Creativity, Digital Citizenship, Introduction to PYP, Mathematics and Language Arts. He has a California Teaching Credential certified to teach Kindergarten through Grade 12. He has a BSc in Human Development and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the USA. Jeremy has also helped to open a children’s learning center in Redwood Shores, California. When he is not teaching, Jeremy enjoys traveling with his wife (Tammy) and children (Noa and Mia). His interests include turntable mechanics, rhythmic studies and music appreciation.

    IB Workshop Leader

  • Kate Rock
    Grade 1 Teacher
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    Prior to joining Prem, Kate was a Grade 2 class teacher in London, UK. She has worked with students from EY1 – Grade 5, and has had leadership experience in a number of schools as the Science Coordinator. Kate is an enthusiastic and imaginative teacher with over 20 years of successful classroom experience. She is passionate about her work and strives to create exciting lessons that engage and extend her students. Kate believes in the importance of developing the reading skills of all her students, and tells her class that ‘Reading is the Key’ that will unlock the rest of the curriculum.

    Kate has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Qualified Teacher Status, from Warwick University, UK. She also has a diploma in Counselling Skills from London Metropolitan University and is a Certified Life Coach. Kate’s hobbies include reading, photography, singing, learning Thai and discovering new, delicious foods.

  • Katie Brailsford
    Grade 2
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    Katie Brailsford, from Canada, is a Prem Junior School homeroom teacher. Katie completed her studies at Trent University and Queen’s University in Canada where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Prior to joining Prem, Katie taught at CIS Beijing where she was the lead teacher for her grade level team. Katie has attended numerous PYP training courses and is a strong believer in inquiry based learning, developing fresh ideas and creative ways and strategies to engage students through provocations and lessons.

  • Keiko Shofu
    Learning Support
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    Keiko, from Japan, is a learning support teacher and joined Prem in August 2018. She has 11 years of teaching experience, and before arriving in Chiang Mai, she taught in Guatemala, Honduras, and Vietnam as a learning support teacher and a classroom teacher. Keiko holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Baika Women’s University and in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She also has a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of British Columbia. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures, finding new restaurants and cafes, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Khaekhai Maimaytee
    Thai Language and Culture teacher
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    Ajarn Kik works across the PYP and MYP programmes as a Thai Language and Culture teacher.

    Khaekhai Maimaytee or Ajarn Kik has a B.A. in Mass Communication and M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chiangmai University. She also has B.ED. in Guidance and B.A. in Thai Study from Sukhothai Thammathirat University.

    Prior to joining Prem, Ajarn Kik has worked in a number of International Schools in Chiang Mai. She has a particular interest in working with students to develop their understanding of Thai Culture.

  • Laurent Chiarelli
    Music Teacher
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    Laurent Chiarelli, from Belgium. Laurent is our Junior School Music teacher. Laurent obtained his Bachelor Degree in Education (English and Dutch as a second language) at ISELL Sainte-Croix College of Education, Liege, Belgium. In addition to this degree, he has also completed Thai classical music studies at Natasin College of Dramatic Arts, Chiang Mai, and Music and Drama at “Cesar Franck” music and theatre academy in Vise, Belgium. Prior to joining the Junior School, Laurent has taught English in the Intensive English Programme at Prem, lectured in English and French at Chiang Mai University. Notably, Laurent is the Co-founder/President of the “Sangob Foundation”, in Mae Taeng, Thailand. Laurent has a strong taste for learning and for challenges and enjoys music, philosophy, meditation, travel, culture and literature in his spare time.

  • Melissa Sweeney
    Health and Physical Education Teacher, Forest School
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    Mel Sweeney has been at PTIS for three years in a variety of Physical and Health Education and Pastoral Care roles across the Junior and Senior school. Mel graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelors of Exercise and Health Science and a Diploma of Education. She began teaching in remote Western Australia and has since taught in Tanzania, London and Berlin. Mel has since completed Forest School training in California and Hong Kong and is passionate about getting children outdoors! Her personal interests include cycling, traveling, open water swimming, diving, hiking, yoga, camping, and photography.

  • Renuka Suayan
    Thai Language and Culture teacher
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    Renuka Suayan or Ajarn Noina is a Thai language and culture teacher in the Junior School.

    Noina obtained her Bachelor Degree in Thai language and literature at Chiang Mai University and a Master 's Degree in Education, with a major in Elementary from Chiang Mai University. She has experience teaching Thai language and culture in International schools for 14 years before coming to Prem in 2015.

    Ajarn Noina interested in cooking and baking and she loves working with young people.

  • Stephen 'Steve' Service
    Grade 4
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    Prior to joining Prem in 2011, Steve taught in other schools in Thailand, as well as in Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, Indonesia and his home country, Canada.

    Steve has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Northern British Columbia. He also has certificates in electronics and design from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

    In his spare time, Steve enjoys traveling, mountain biking, motorcycling and maintaining his yard and garden.

  • Tammy Gaysek
    Early Years 1 Teacher
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  • Taura Khongsat
    EY2 Teacher
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    Taura comes from a small town in America. She has been teaching for ten years in international schools in Asia. Taura graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on the Reggio Emilia approach. Joining her in Chiang Mai is her husband, Pek, and their daughter, Mali. In her free time, Taura enjoys cooking and baking, going to markets, being crafty, traveling, going to the beach, gardening, and camping.

  • Yuwadee Makpan
    Thai Language and Culture teacher
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    Yuwadee Makpan has a Master of Education in Teaching Thai from Chiang Mai University, a BA and a Dip Science in Education. She taught at a bilingual school for three years prior to coming to Prem. Ajarn Yuwadee has been teaching Thai language and culture classes at Prem since 2005. She has completed IB PYP and IB MYP Language Acquisition training.

    Yuwadee is keenly interested in environmental education, meditation, sport, music, and the arts.

Intensive English

  • Jun Zhang
    IEP Director
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    Jun Zhang is from China and has been an IEP teacher, teaching Core English and Math, since 2014. He graduated from Yunnan University of Finance and Economics with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Business English. Before Jun obtained his Master of Arts (Honors) in English Language and Literature from Yunnan University, he worked as a licensed English teacher in several universities and some prestigious English Language Centers. As a keen language learner, Jun is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin and he hopes to instil in his students the same love for languages that he has and inspire them to be successful in IEP.

    His Buddhist faith brought him to Thailand seven years ago, where he completed an ESL/ESOL teaching course. As a former EAL learner himself, Jun’s philosophy for teaching in IEP is as follows: “Translanguaging of the mother tongue can bridge the English learning for EAL students better through intercultural exchanges.” In other words, translanguaging is where the student bridge any gaps in their EAL language knowledge through the use of their mother languages. By making connections between vocabulary and grammar in different languages, they can improve their English.

  • Cara Templeton
    Boarding Learning Mentor/IEP Teacher
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    Cara is an Australian teacher who came to Chiang Mai in January to volunteer at Wat Phra Singh and loved it so much, she decided to stay in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor of Communication, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Research. Cara joined Prem in April, 2018 and works in Boarding and assists with EAL in the Junior School. In her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, drinking coffee and spending time with her friends, family and pets.

  • Iryna Myshakova
    IEP Teacher

    Iryna is an experienced teacher of YE, PYP and MYP Music and English as an Additional Language. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from St. Thomas University, USA. Iryna joined Prem in January after 10 years of teaching in Qatar and China. She plays violin and speaks multiple languages. Iryna is joined at Prem by her husband A. Bruce. Their two adult children study and work in Waterloo, Canada.

  • Sam Brigstock-Barron
    IEP teacher
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    Sam is from Yorkshire in England and joins Prem as an IEP teacher and Prem FC coach. Following 4 years as an IEP teacher in Bangkok, he returned to England to qualify as a Primary School Teacher, gaining a PGCE in Primary Education from London Metropolitan University. Sam joins after 2 years working as a homeroom teacher and football coach at a British International School in Bangkok.

    Sam is a passionate football player and coach. He studied for a BSc in Sport Management at Sheffield Hallam University and is a qualified FA coach.

  • Tshering Dem
    Boarding Parent/IEP teacher
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    Tshering Dem joins us as a Boarding Parent from Bhutan where she has been teaching various subjects to primary students. Tshering has a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan, and also studied at La Trobe University in Melbourne for her Certificate in Master Teacher.


  • Nicole Duhig
    Director of Boarding
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    Nicole Duhig is currently the Director of Boarding. She is originally from Oxford, England. She has been at Prem since 2012 having started initially as the Careers and College Counsellor.

    Since 2014 Nicole has also been the IB Career-related Programme Coordinator and Alumni Coordinator.

    Nicole enjoys most sports especially running, cycling, walking and horse riding.

  • Cara Templeton
    Boarding Learning Mentor/IEP Teacher
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    Cara is an Australian teacher who came to Chiang Mai in January to volunteer at Wat Phra Singh and loved it so much, she decided to stay in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor of Communication, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Research. Cara joined Prem in April, 2018 and works in Boarding and assists with EAL in the Junior School. In her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, drinking coffee and spending time with her friends, family and pets.

  • Alex Prescott
    Boarding Parent
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    Alex Prescott is from the United Kingdom and joined us as a Boarding Mentor in 2016. Previously she worked in boarding at a school in Suffolk, England. She has a BA (Hons) in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool and a TEFL qualification. She has worked in Tanzania, Spain and Peru, and speaks Spanish to an advanced level and can hold a conversation in Swahili; she is also attempting to learn Thai. Having boarded in the past herself, she understands the joys and challenges of boarding from both staff and student perspectives. Her hobbies include travel, reading and video games.
  • Chamchit Pongpipat (Nong)
    Secretary to Director of Boarding
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  • Danielle Oliveira (Dani)
    Boarding Learning Mentor
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    Danielle comes from the country side of São Paulo state in Brazil.  She has a bachelor degree in Physical Education and Sports, and a diploma in Administrative Management. Dani is an adventurous person, passionate about travel and sports. She is interested about new cultures and has experienced living in different places, like The US, Belgium, The Netherlands and on board of Cruise ships. Which have enriched her experience and growth. As she was always into sports, she decided to direct her career to Physical Education. She also loves hiking in the mountains, explore beautiful beaches and nature landscapes.
  • Ersong Zhang
    Boarding Parent
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    Ersong Zhang is from China. Before arriving in Prem, he taught mandarin in International Institute of Kunming University of Science and Technology. He joined Prem in August 2016. This term his role is Boarding Parent who is responsible for G8 and G9 in Cluster 11. Ersong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and had one-year exchange study in Darlana University in Sweden. He also has a Master degree in International Chinese Language Education.

  • Francia Laya
    Boarding/Learning Mentor
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    Francia is a recent university graduate in search to explore and work in the educational system abroad. She is seeking new experiences, and developing self-growth while simultaneously stimulating self-growth in the youth of PREM, her equals and superiors!

  • Jing Jia (Maggie)
    Boarding Parent
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  • Julia Simhony
    Boarding Learning Mentor
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    Julia Simhony, she was born in Germany but she is half German half Thai. She graduated from Prem in 2010 then completed her BA in English in Mae Fah Luang University, and her MA in Applied Linguistics in Mahidol University. During her year of studies, she interned in the Municipality in Chiang Rai, and also interned as a Thai airways ground attendance in Chiang Rai International Airport. When she had free time she always taught English to young Thai Students. After she completed her Master degree, Julia worked as a special English Lecturer in Maejo University. Julia is working now as a Boarding Learning Mentor and is looking forward to this new experience

  • Lee Pearce
    Boarding Parent
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  • Mtheto Kadoko Hara
    English Language Acquisition Teacher; Boarding Parent
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    Mtheto Kadoko Hara is from Malawi and joined Prem as a Boarding Learning Mentor in August 2016. Currently he will be serving as a Boarding Parent in Cluster 11 as well as a Language Acquisition Teacher in Senior School.

    Mtheto has a BEd in English from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He taught English as a Second Language in Malawi from 2007 to 2012 before engaging in youth empowerment projects in Nairobi,Kenya.

    He has published some poetry and a short story, and spends most of his free time writing , producing and performing rap music. His music is available online under the stage name "Cooletic Muzek."
    He is married to K. Aey who works in Junior School.

  • Panika Santivarakom
    Boarding Learning Mentor
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    Panika Santivarakom (Ni)from Thailand, is our new Boarding Mentor. She graduated from Kasetsart University in Humanities Faculty. During her university, she had opportunities to join in various volunteer work camps. After her experiences, she found out that she is obviously passionate in working in multi-culture and working with children and nature. She gain experiences for working in international school for five years in Bangkok and one year working abroad as a Thai Instructor for teaching Thai for foreigners. In her free-time, she enjoys biking and doing craft work.

  • Siddharth Patel
    Boarding Learning Mentor
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    I am a boarding learning mentor and work in marketing with A.Linda, i studied aviation business administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical university and also am an ex student of Prem from the class of 2010. I come from Bombay, India and have lived in London, New York and Singapore. I enjoy playing tennis and football and have a passion for aviation.

  • Sonam Yeshey
    Dzongkha Teacher, Boarding Parent
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    An honours graduate (Dzongkha language) from the Institute of Language and Culture in Bhutan, Sonam is an experienced teacher, Headmaster, MYP proponent – and a keen singer who has released many audio CDs.

    He joined the Senior School as Dzongkha teacher, and as a boarding House Parent.

    He taught at the prestigious Kodaikanal International School in India from 2004 until his appointment to Prem, and during that time acted as MYP Personal Project supervisor, school’s camp assistant and as a leader in social and community service in the area.

  • Thomas Hiller
    Boarding Learning Mentor
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    Thomas Hiller is from the UK and is a recent graduate of Religious and theological studies from Cardiff University. He focused on eastern religions in particular Buddhism and Hinduism. He is planning to become a teacher but after several experiences including teaching English in Spain he found the pastoral side of education very rewarding. As such he wanted to spend some time working in boarding and exploring that side of education. He enjoys sports in particular football and is looking forward to experiencing living in Thailand and at Prem.

  • Tshering Dem
    Boarding Parent/IEP teacher
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    Tshering Dem joins us as a Boarding Parent from Bhutan where she has been teaching various subjects to primary students. Tshering has a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan, and also studied at La Trobe University in Melbourne for her Certificate in Master Teacher.

Teaching Assistants

  • Alina Wilson
    Science Lab Technician
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    Alina is originally from Romania and will be working as a Middle School Lab Technician. She holds a BSc degree in Biochemistry and has previously worked in China, Vietnam and Malaysia. She is joined at Prem by her husband Michael and 2 children, Carla and Eddie.

  • Matchima Yawichai (March)
    PE and Athletic Assistant
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    Matchima Yawichai (March) has a Bachelor in Sport Science from Institute Physical Education Chiang Mai and Master degree in Sport Science from Chiang Mai University.

    Her interests include sports and sport Science.

    She is the PE teaching assistant.

  • Napapon Poovananuwat (Pom)
    JS Art Teaching Assistant
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  • Pirawan Pankham (Miew)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant
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    Pirawan Pankham (Miew) has a Bachelor degree in Agriculture from Chiang Mai University.

    Her Interests include backpack travelling and photography.

    She is the Grade 2 teaching assistant.

  • Piyamard Suayan (Look Tarn)
    Teaching Assistant
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    Piyamard Suayan (Look Tarn) has a Bachelor degree in Thai Studies from Chiang Mai University.

    Her interests include the arts and pets.

    She will be the Gr4 teaching assistant.

  • Pojanalai Promjai (Tae)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant
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    Pojanalai Pakdeeyotin (Tae), has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Kindergarten from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

    She taught in Thai Schools for two years. She is currently the EY2 Teaching Assistant and has previously been ‘Little Explorers’ kindergarten teacher.

    She has completed IB PYP training.

  • Ratchanee Jindamorakot (Oh)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant
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    Ratchanee Jindamorakot (Oh) has a Bachelor degrees in Education and Mass communication.

    Her interests include music.

    She will be the EY1 teaching assistant.

  • Sahahpanh Prapaipanich (Bigz)
    Senior School Art Teaching Assistant
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    Sahahpanh Prapaipanich is an artist and illustrator who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University.

    In 2007, He was an exchange student at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm, Sweden in Linnaeus-Palme Programme. Sahahpanh's artworks have been included in several major exhibitions, such as the Third Bangkok Triennale International Exhibition in 2012 and the First ASEAN Illustration Contest in 2017.

    He is currently studying for a Master of Fine Arts Program in Visual Arts at Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University.

  • Sarada Saksoong
    Science Lab Technician
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    Sarada Saksoong (Toey-Sara), has a Bachelor degree from the Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences in Major Medical Technology. Furthered trained with a course 1.JAWS whilst science Technician at Regents International school, Pattaya
    She is also qualified to be a Radiation safety officer : Basic level (Radioactive Sources).
    Toey-Sara loves to travel, music and party!
  • Waraporn Numpha (Nui)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant
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    Waraporn Numpha (Nui) has a Bachelor degree in Education from Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai.

    Her interests include spending time with her family.

    She is the EY3 teaching assistant.

  • Wassana Kheunnin (Ting)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant
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    Wassana Kheunnin (Ting) is the Grade 3 teacher assistant at Prem. She has also worked with the Kindergarten and Grade 3 students and special area classrooms which include IT, ESOL, Music, Thai and French.

    She has her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Rajamangala University of Technology in Bangkok. Ting also attended the IBAP in-school workshop for the Primary Years Programme in Inquiry.

    Her interests include technology, travelling, reading, outdoor activities and swimming.

Joining the Prem Team

We welcome application from qualified teachers who want to join a dynamic school, and help to make a difference for our students.

Faculty Home Countries

United Kingdom 26%
USA 15%
Australia 12%
Canada 11%
Thailand 9%
New Zealand 8%
China 3%
France 3%
Other Countries 13%