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.

Management

Rachel Keys
Rachel Keys
Head of School
Sukanya Charpentier
Sukanya Charpentier
Thai Principal
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Rick Spadafora
Assistant Head of School
Justin Jarman
Justin Jarman
Junior School Principal
Jeffrey Marquis
Jeff Marquis
Senior School Principal
Elizabeth Hammond
Elizabeth Hammond
Director of Admissions, Advancement and Development
Crispian Waterman
Crispian Waterman
Director of Boarding
Benjamin Freud
Benjamin Freud
Whole School Teaching and Learning Lead, DP History and I&S Teacher

The Faculty

Whole School

  • Lee Stevens
    Athletics and Activities Director

    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.

  • Chris Johnson
    Director of Prem Music Academy

    As a Director of Music, Chris has successfully led flagship Music Departments for the last 25 years in ‘A’ list Independent Schools both in the UK and abroad, most notably as Director of Music and Tutor to the Choristers, St. John’s College Choir School, Cambridge and more recently as Director of Music at Harrow Bangkok from 2004 – 2020.

    Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he spent his formative years as professional pianist, composer, arranger and conductor and it is this real-life experience in the professional music world that he has combined with the academic depth and breadth as a music educator; enabling him to have a strong vision for taking things forward in exciting and innovative ways. The setting up of the Prem Academy of Music, although in its infancy is already growing strong foundations for the future.

    At the core of his philosophy is ‘music for all and a special platform for those who are clearly very able’. Providing remarkable musical experiences, stimulating learning environments and reputational performances that are as equally rewarding to those involved as they are in ensuring the School’s place at the top of the league table, both nationally and internationally. A snapshot of an outstanding performance is worth a thousand words in any marketing strategy or advertising campaign!

    The beginning of the new academic year looks very exciting indeed as new visiting specialist music staff join our team and more students are taking advantage of the individual instrumental lessons program – understanding the links between studying a musical instrument and academic success. Chris will continue to lead on our exciting partnerships and musical collaborations as was evidenced in March 2021 with Prem String students forming part of the Thai Northern Youth Orchestra.

  • Linda Buck
    Director of External Relations

    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

    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.

  • Michael Koronkiewicz
    Director of IT

    Michael returns to Prem after a ten year absence. He has served as IT director in Thailand, Nigeria, Chile and Myanmar. He has also worked for software development companies and the United Nations.

  • Surutsada Prominta(Ivy)
    Head of Library and Information Services.

    Khun Ivy has a BA in Library Science from Chiang May University (CMU)

    She is a personable librarian, knowledgeable about library sciences, reference materials and literary collection management and development with management skill experiences as a library manager.She will support all teachers, parents, students and Prem staff to access the library resources and provides the digital content database for the students to read online.

    She has experiences work within library for almost 20 years and enjoys working in school-based environment.

    Originally from Lamphun province of Thailand with additional talent in Thai dancing and Northern Thai music instruments.

  • Igor Van Bever
    School systems manager

    Belgian Igor Van Bever started working in Prem with the Three-Generation Farm programme and as a volunteer in boarding. Later he became the exploria coordinator and currently he is the school systems manager.

    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. His main interests are psychoanalytical theory, philosophy, science and mathematics and he enjoys nature and sports.

  • Ian Johnston
    Development Director for the Theatre Arts

    Originally from the UK Ian has worked in international schools throughout South America, Europe and Asia. He has also been an Ensemble and Master-class Leader for ISTA for the past decade and has a wealth of teaching and leadership experience in Theatre Arts. Ian trained at ALRA and Rose Bruford drama schools and holds an MA in performance from the University of Manchester.

    He is also a professional director, performer and comedian, having won awards for his original theatre shows that have toured around the globe and garnered critical acclaim. He brings this industry experience and practical philosophy into his classes.

  • Sukullaya Utalert (Aree)
    IT Manager, School Network Manager

    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.

  • Angela Marquis
    IT Exploria & Admissions Coordinator
  • Jane Waterman
    Marketing and Admissions
  • Catherine Parent
    Js and SS Health and Physical Education

    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, pottery 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, teaches grade 6 Visual Arts and coaches a variety of different sports at PREM.

  • Dawn Parry
    Whole School Careers and College Counsellor

    Dawn is the Whole School Careers and College Counsellor. Originally from the U.K., Dawn has taught in schools in both England and Thailand and has been a college counsellor for 7 years. She has a B.Sc (Hons) from King's College London, a Masters degree in Education (M.Ed) from the University of Aberdeen and is currently studying for an Education Research Doctorate (Ed.D) with the University of Bath.

    Dawn lives in Chiang Mai with her husband Bob, 7 dogs and numerous fish and birds. In her free time, she enjoys reading, studying British and French history and helps to run an animal welfare charity.

  • Amandine Lecesne
    Counsellor

    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.

  • Nicole Lee McGowan
    Counsellor

    Nicole was born in South Korea and grew up in Toronto, Canada where she started her social work career working with at-risk street youth and women struggling with addiction. Her first undergraduate degree was in Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Master’s degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology. She has been working in the field of education for 7 years.

    Nicole lives with her husband, Paul and their dog, Kami. During her spare time, she enjoys watching crime documentaries, walking Kami in the park, and visiting new coffee shops in the city.

    Nicole hopes to influence and inspire her students to create positive changes within themselves, in relationships with others, and in their communities.

  • Petal
    Canine Cuddle Coordinator

    Petal will be available for doggie cuddles throughout the year as part of our amazing Counseling Team. She has several years experience of being a very good girl.

Senior School

  • Jeff Marquis
    Senior School Principal

    Hailing originally from London, Ontario Canada, Jeff has been living internationally (Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Brasil, Korea, Bulgaria and Thailand) for 27 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 a 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.

  • Sarah Porter
    Teacher, Assistant Principal for Middle School, MYP Coordinator

    Sarah is originally from the United States. Through California State University, Fresno she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration.

    She holds both a teaching credential and an administrative credential through the State of California. She taught in Math, Science and English in an intermediate school in the US for 8 years before embarking on an international career. Sarah comes to us from her post at Northbridge International School, Cambodia to teach across a range of MYP subjects in our Senior School.

    Sarah is passionate about empowering students through student council and creating community service opportunities for students to engage in.

  • Joseph Holroyd
    Teacher, Assistant Principal Diploma Years, Extended Essay Coordinator, DP Coordinator
    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.
  • Alec Wright
    Teacher Gr8 HR, Individuals and Societies, Learning Support
  • Anna Lister
    EAL Asst., HPE TA, Deputy Head of House, G8 Deputy
  • Dawn Parry
    Whole School Careers and College Counsellor

    Dawn is the Whole School Careers and College Counsellor. Originally from the U.K., Dawn has taught in schools in both England and Thailand and has been a college counsellor for 7 years. She has a B.Sc (Hons) from King's College London, a Masters degree in Education (M.Ed) from the University of Aberdeen and is currently studying for an Education Research Doctorate (Ed.D) with the University of Bath.

    Dawn lives in Chiang Mai with her husband Bob, 7 dogs and numerous fish and birds. In her free time, she enjoys reading, studying British and French history and helps to run an animal welfare charity.

  • Abbie Neall
    DP English teacher

    Born and raised in London, England, Abbie is a well experienced IB English teacher, IB examiner and IBDP Coordinator. She has taught in South America, Europe Asia and the USA.

  • Adam Copus
    Head of House / Boarding Parent and MYP English teacher

    Head of Air House / Boarding Parent / MYP Lang & Lit Teacher / JS Prem Parent

    Adam is a Canadian educator with 15 years teaching experience in international IB schools in Asia.

    Now in his second year at Prem, Adam recently worked at Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong where he served as IB DP CAS & Student Affairs Coordinator for nine years.

    A passionate advocate for experiential learning outside of the classroom Adam can often be found working with a group of students on one project or another.

    He is joined at Prem by his wife A. Wendy (EY3 Teacher), daughter Daisy (EY3), and son Dylan (EY2).

    Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) degree from Saint Mary’s University (Nova Scotia) & a Bachelor of Education, from University of Maine (Magna Cum Laude).

  • Akane Yoshida
    Student Support teacher

    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.

  • Ambika Subrahmanya
    Teacher, G12 HR, I&S, Economics and Bussiness Management

    Dr. Ambika Subrahmanya is a new addition to the I & S department.

    Ambika has been teaching IB DP Business & Management and Economics since 2007. She has been an IB Business Management examiner for the past 4 years. She has worked in two different international schools in Bangkok and for a year in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is in education for 20 years, and completed Bachelor in Business & Finance, M.Ed. in Educational Administration and PhD in Educational Leadership from Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.

    Ambika is originally from India but has been based in Thailand with her family since 1999. Her hobbies include reading, travelling and outdoor activities. Loves chocolate and ice-cream, listening to Ted talk and music.

  • Andrew MacKenzie
    Teacher, G7 HR, MYP Science, Biology

    Andrew has over 20 years teaching experience in Canada, Hong Kong, Tanzania, to name a few. Before coming to Prem, he worked at the Anglo American School of Moscow, where he taught IBDP Biology and Environmental Systems & Societies. Andrew is here with his wife, Anne Carole, and his daughter Emma.

    Outside of school, Andrew enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his friends and family.

  • Andrew O. Eastman
    MS Science

    Andrew has a Masters in Science Education and joined Prem from Myanmar International School of Yangon. Previous to this he has worked in schools in Tbilisi Georgia and Indonesia as well as in his native USA.

  • Bernard Autet
    French Teacher

    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.

  • Claire Gordon
    Drama Teacher

    Claire is from the UK and has a BA Hons degree in Psychosocial Studies. This coupled with her keen interest in drama and theatre as a mode of social change led her to complete her PGCE in Drama and start a career in education. She has been teaching drama for the past 17 years and has been a Head of Drama, a Head of Faculty for the Performing Arts and examiner for Edexcel GCSE and A Level before arriving here at Prem.

    She has been an active member of The Space Theatre in East London as director, performer and committee participant. More recently she has been working with The Gate Theatre here in Chiang Mai, also as a performer and director. Her involvement with outside organisations helps to inspire the classroom teaching and learning experiences that she delivers. For Claire, drama and theatre enable us all to inquire and explore the world in which we live in order to reach a place of knowledge and understanding. Students are able to develop their self confidence and ability to have their voice heard in an environment of creativity, imagination and where it is safe to take a risk.

    “Theatre is a form of knowledge, it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it”. Augusto Boal.

  • David Roberts
    Teacher, CL for Maths
  • David Puckey
    Curriculum Leader EAL

    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.

  • Deborah Chatillon
    MYP & DP French/Spanish teacher

    Aj.Deborah  has two degrees and two masters to her name. Originally from Lille in France she has taught French and Spanish in the UK and China. Deborah is also passionate about Dance and promises to enliven our community with this.

     

  • Elizabeth Hassall
    Curriculum Leader of Arts, Arts teacher

    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

    Emma is from the UK and has over 20 years of experience teaching at different levels of education.
    Originally a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Emma has a strong belief in the power of lifelong learning and enjoys instilling this passion on her students.

    Emma has a BSC (Hons) in Environmental Science and a PhD on Agricultural Arachnology, where her research concentrated on the implementation of spiders as elements of Integrated Pest Management programs.

    Emma brings her research passions into the school and is also one of the the founders of the Asian Society of Arachnology.

    Emma is an advocate for sustainability and environmental regeneration and is tackling waste plastic on campus through Precious Plastics.

    Emma is also an Examiner for the IB and recently wrote an exam preparation textbook for the IBDP ESS course.

  • Erica Denison
    MYP I&S, Gr 12 DP History

    Originally from Canada Erica joins Prem from German European School Singapore (GESS), Singapore. 

    As well as her experience of teaching I&S in international Schools. Erica also has an interesting range of skills and experience relating to creativity, design and art history.

    Erica is a native English speaker with a fluency in French, a passion for sustainability and service, and is a long-time water sports enthusiast, with PADI certification, first aid and lifeguard training, and many years of camping, canoeing and hiking experience.

     

  • Ersong Zhang
    Mandarin Teacher

    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.

  • Hae Kyoung (Anna) Oh
    Korean Teacher

    Aj.Anna holds a BAS in Korean Literature and Sociology. She has previously taught in Brunei, and South Korea.

  • Jamie Williams
    Teacher, G8 HR, MYP, HPE

    Jamie Williams.is working within the MYP and Athletics Programs at Prem. He holds a masters degree in sports physiology, a degree in sport and human movement studies and an education degree in physical education. Prior to working at Prem Jamie,worked in international education in both Thailand and Kazakhstan. His interests include cycling and health and fitness.

  • Jeff Henningsgaard
    Teacher, G8 HR, Science, Physics, TOK

    Jeff Henningsgaard has 27 years of international teaching experience in Thailand, China and Japan. His most recent teaching experience before coming to Prem was at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan. He has a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University and additional bachelor’s degrees in education and geology.

    Jeff teaches IB physics and TOK as well as MYP physics and is the ersoncurriculum leader for science. He and his wife Orachat have been coming back to their home in Chiang Mai since 1995. His hobbies include bicycling, walking, swimming, visiting coffee shops, reading books and listening to or watching baseball games.

  • Jeff Lowman
    SS DP History Gr 11, MYP I&S

    Jeff Lowman is interested in issues of social justice and environmental sustainability. He has been teaching at IB schools for the past seventeen years and is a firm believer in conceptual learning and the application of classroom theory to real life situations.

  • JianYong Du
    Teacher, G9 HR, Mandarin
  • Kaoru Shimomura
    Teacher, G11 HR, MYP and DP Maths
  • Kirk Stewart
    Language B Teacher, Gr 7 HR teacher

    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
    Career-related Programme Coordinator CAS / Service Learning Coordinator CP Teacher (Business & Sustainability)

    Lisa is originally from Scotland and has been teaching internationally for 13 years. She has a MA (Hons) in Business and Finance from the University of Aberdeen. After graduating and traveling around the world she worked in industry for 10 years including positions such as an auditor, trainer and international sales manager. Since becoming a teacher she enjoys bringing in her industry experience and making learning as hands-on as possible.

    She has taught in the Middle East, Spain, China and now Thailand specialising in Business, Finance and Service Learning. Lisa is here with my husband James (PE Teacher) and their two sons; Michael (Grade 3) and Joseph (EY3). She loves the outdoors and takes advantage of Prem's ideal location to hike, run and bike.

  • Lucy Kyte
    Mathematics Teacher

    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.

  • Mark Bosworth
    Digital Design, Product Design Teacher

    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.

  • Max Bruck
    Teacher MYP Maths and Sciences, G8 HR

    Max Brück is originally from Germany, where he gained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Berlin Technical University. He gained his PGCE from Sunderland University, UK, where he is also currently working on his Master's degree in Education.

    Ajarn Max teaches MYP Maths and Physics and is equally passionate about the importance and elegance of both subjects.

    His hobbies include cooking, cycling and finding things out. He spends his weekends and evenings with his four, very lively, 'rescue dogs'.

  • Nae Hota
    Boarding Assistant/ Middle School Assistant.

    Khun Nae Tatsanant Hota holds a  Bachelor's degree in Business English.

    She has also studied food safety and hygiene and  has a chef certificate too.

    Khun Nae has joined our community in 2011 as a cooking teacher. Khun Nae believes passionately in providing 'joyful and effective' learning experiences for students.

    In 2020, she became a Boarding Assistant. she is also supporting Middle School students as a Middle School Assistant.  Khun Nae also  provides homework tutoring for I.E.P. students.

     

  • Natayathon Intarakumhang (Jang)
    MYP Thai L&L, Thai Culture

    Jang is originally from Maha Sarakham, Thailand. She has been in the education field for more than 10 years. She has been teaching Thai for foreigners at language school (YMCA - Chiang Mai) for over 5 years. In 2012, She graduated Master’s degree in Thai language, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University and started teaching in Thai Language and Thai Culture Program, Faculty of Humanities of Chiang Rai Rajabhat University for 6 years and teaching Chinese students at UNISERV, Chiang Mai University for 1 year.

    Her experience covers both teaching foreign and native Thai students, also has experience in teaching Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, and Adults. She is adept in a range of teaching methods and able to establish clear objectives for the classrooms.

  • Panika Santivarakom
    Boarding Learning Mentor

    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.

  • Richard Keys
    MYP Visual Art. IBCP SCAD mentor

    Originally from the UK,I have taught in international schools for 25 years. I am also a painter and IBDP Examiner.

  • Samantha Dawkins
    EAL Support Teacher

    Sam is originally from the UK where she taught A level Psychology. She then taught EAL in China(Guangzhou) and Singapore before coming to Thailand in 2014. She is an avid motorcyclist as well as enjoying cooking and golf in her spare time. She has a Masters degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Birmingham.

    In addition she has a PGCE in Social Science as well as being CELTA and CLIL trained. Sam has been a WASC coordinator and has presented her collaborative action research into reading programmes at the South East Asian Librarians conference at UWC in Singapore.

  • Samuel Carroll
    Head of House / Boarding Parent. Round Square coordinator, MYP I & S, TOK Teacher

    Sam has a Masters and experience of being Housemaster and holding leadership positions in schools in the UK and Internationally.  He also has MUN experience,  is passionate about sports, particularly rugby. He is a Philosophy graduate, and volunteered over several years in India and countries in Africa. Joined by Jenny and his two year old daughter.

  • Sandeep Varma
    MYP Biology

    Sandeep joined Prem in 2020 and teaches Biology and Mathematics at MYP level. He holds a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and was working as a researcher at the Indian Institute of Science before joining the Prem Family. He is a published herpetologist with deep interest in ecology and taxonomy.

    He likes to observe and photograph wildlife, go for nature walks and hikes during his free time. He also likes to read, especially non-fictional works. He is currently completing his PGCE from University of Sunderland, England. He is from the state of Kerala in India.

  • Saurabh Deshwar
    Teacher MYP Science, Chemistry
  • Sonam Yeshey
    Dzongkha Teacher

    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.

  • Susan Morgan
    Art Teacher: JS and SS

    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.

  • Trisha Pospisil
    Head of House / Boarding Parent / DP English & G10 HR

    Trisha has over 20 years of teaching experience in local and international schools in the USA, Czech Republic, UAE, South Korea, Malaysia, China, and now Thailand. She has worked in school management and as a teacher trainer, but her true teaching passion lies in the IB DP curriculum, specifically in the Language and Literature courses where she has been an examiner for nearly a decade.

    Trisha holds a Master's in Education from Antioch University, Seattle, a PGCE in Management and Leadership from Derby University, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication from The Ohio State University. She has led numerous competitive academic student clubs and looks to already be taking on multiple activities here at Prem focused on enhancing student life and well-being, especially through her role as House Parent in Boarding.

    Though a native of rural Minnesota, Trisha has joined Prem from her second home just outside of Prague with her son, Filip, who is looking forward to finishing the MYP this year. Trisha is/was an avid traveller, outdoorsperson, and culinary mischief-maker who, before coming to Prem, built a tiny house with her son all last year. This teamwork with Filip has been one of her proudest parental achievements to-date! She believes there is little a person can't do in life, if shown the right YouTube video and having the gumption to take a few interesting, unexpected risks.

Junior School

  • Justin Jarman
    Junior School Principal

    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

    Mary-ann is originally from NZ. She started her IB international career 16 years ago in Istanbul Turkey and has worked in Indonesia, Sudan, Switzerland. She recently returned to international teaching to join us here at Prem two years ago.

    She is a passionate PYP practitioner and believes wholeheartedly that the Primary Years Programme provides many opportunities for the students to develop the skills, knowledge and ways to be that will allow them to be successful in the future of an ever changing world.

    Mary-ann enjoys working with the whole school community to implement the best Primary Years programme for our students at Prem.

    Mary ann also coordinates and teaches in the Junior School EAL programme providing the best support for students to develop English and enhance their language acquisition.

  • Agnes Wdowik
    Learning Support Teacher

    Agnes, originally from Poland, has a Master’s degree in Education from Poland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education from the University of Nottingham. She is also a Choreography Instructor in Contemporary Dance and a Fitness Instructor.

    She has been living and working in International and Special-Needs schools abroad for the past 15 years. This is her 11th year with Prem and she has been enjoying her role of 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 routines.

    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 11 years.

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

  • Alison Thompson
    Grade 5 teacher

    Alison is from the UK and is a Grade 5 Homeroom teacher and Mathematics Coordinator in the Junior School. She has been a teacher for 14 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.

  • Charlotte Hankin
    Junior school teacher

    Originally from the UK, Charlotte has extensive educational experience spanning 20 years and four countries. Charlotte started her career as a teacher where she trained as a facilitator, coach, Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and held various leadership and management roles, including school to school consultancy. Charlotte moved to Hong Kong where she set up a first-of-its kind bookstore aimed at challenging the critical thinking skills of academically advanced students through books and film.

    From there, she set up an Extension Department at The Harbor School, a 21st Century World School finalist, that values personalized, and experiential pedagogy. With a passion for dynamic, progressive pedagogies, Charlotte moved to Misk Schools, Riyadh, as Head of Lower Primary School, where she worked to develop Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 to empower future leaders to lead and innovate Saudi Arabia. Deepening her educational experience on a macro level, Charlotte later became Education Policy Advisor for the UK government, working with Education ministers to support social change across Saudi Arabia.

    One year ago, Charlotte returned to her grass roots as a class teacher at Prem to learn about the IB programme and study for an Education Doctorate (EdD). Charlotte is interested in how schools use and refer to animals, and how this might indicate anthropocentric or biocentric values towards the earth.

    Charlotte believes that learning is a personal process since curiosity, competencies, confidence, experiences (and so much more) vary greatly from person to person and that school is a social experience; a place where people come together to form communities, build collective intelligence, and learn how to care for one another.

  • DianLiang Wang (Peter)
    Mandarin Teacher

    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.

  • Ersong Zhang
    Mandarin Teacher

    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.

  • Georgina Wroe
    Teacher Early Years 1

    Georgie has been singing, dancing and acting since the age of 2,which is why she loves to be in the classroom with EY1!

    Originally from a small town in Somerset she gained a scholarship to study at The Urdang Academy, from which she received her Undergraduate Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Since graduating Georgie has performed for Adidas, Warner Brothers,ITV and many more. However, her first love has always been teaching and providing young people with opportunities to express themselves and find joy from working together creatively.

    I have lived in Thailand for 6 years now and am also the owner of Chiang Mai Drama Centre.

    I have recently completed my Postgraduate Certificate of International Education specialising in Early Years and am so excited to have the opportunity to develop my knowledge and experience in such a beautiful campus and enabling environment.

    I am hoping to bring wonder and magic to our EY1 classroom and am a deep believer in the Reggio approach and trusting the child to guide their own learning.

  • Grace Gedrich
    Teacher Grade 2G
  • James McSweeney
    Health and Physical Education, Grade Level Leader for Grade 9 & 10

    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

    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

  • Katie Brailsford
    Grade 2

    Katie is from Toronto, Canada where her journey started in a Montessori classroom. She then moved to Beijing and taught Grade 1, where she enjoyed immersing herself into the inclusivity of the PYP curriculum while learning about the rich cultures of Asia. Four years later, Katie moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to continue her journey of learning and exploring the many new experiences this world has to offer. She has now been teaching at Prem for the past six years, and continues to put her beliefs into practice everyday in the classroom. For example, Katie believes in making learning fun and purposeful.

    As an educator-- Katie’s mission is to create kind and dedicated individuals who can work together to make the world a better place. She is passionate about supporting students’ social emotional development, therefore she works hard to teach and implement strategies which encourage students to build confidence in their own learning skills. In her free time, she loves to jump on her motorbike and explore new places around Thailand-- All the while having bubble tea in her hand, of course!

  • Katie McLean
    PYP Teacher - EY3

    Katie is originally from the New York City area, where she began her teaching career in the private school system. She is passionate about social-emotional wellbeing, community-building, mindfulness in education, and sustainability. Her undergraduate degree is a dual certification in Elementary Education and Middle Years Mathematics.

    She also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in mindfulness. Katie enjoys working with children, families, and adults on developing wellbeing and a deepening our sense of self-understanding.

  • Keiko Shofu
    Learning Support

    Keiko is from Osaka, Japan. ​​She joined Prem in August 2018, and she has 13 years of teaching experience. 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

    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

    Laurent Chiarelli is originally from Belgium but has been living in Chiang Mai for over 14 years now. He speaks 5 languages and graduated as an EAL/DAL teacher (English and Dutch). He started his journey with Prem as an English camp teacher/coordinator, moved on to the IEP, before serving as the PYP music teacher for 5 years.

    He currently acts as our MYP music teacher and offers classical guitar lessons through the Prem Music Academy. In 2012, Laurent created the “Sangob Foundation”, an NGO aiming to preserve local Traditions through Education. Besides music and gardening, one of his main passions is “fine-dining” cooking.

  • Matchima Yawichai (March)
    PE EY 2 & 3 and Athletic Assistant

    Matchima Yawichai (March) Originally from Chiang Mai, I have taught at PREM since 2012. I have a Bachelor in Sport Science from Institute Physical Education Chiang Mai and Master degree in Sport Science from Chiang Mai University.

    My interests include sports and sport Science.

  • Mayada Lowman
    Grade 1 Teacher

    Mayada Bayomi is a Prem Junior School Homeroom teacher.  She has received her teaching degree and Masters of Education from The College of New Jersey, USA.  Mayada has 19 years of teaching experience, with 14 years of which working at international IB-PYP schools.  Prior to teaching at Prem, she taught junior school students ages 6-8 at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman. This is where she has taken an extra leadership role as a curriculum coordinator.  Mayada has gained administrative experience when she worked as the Early Years Assistant Principal at the American International School of Kuwait. Throughout her work experience, Mayada attended multiple workshops and received extensive training on learning and teaching through inquiry and developing a love for learning and discovery.  She is passionate about the IB learner profile and approaches to learning and lives by them.  Mayada is always keen to take risks and learn new things and encourages her students to do so.   

     

  • Megan Gless
    Teacher Grade 4

    Megan is originally from the USA and is a homeroom teacher in JS. Megan completed her studies obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts in interdisciplinary studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Before joining Prem this year, Megan spent 2 years internationally at an IB school in South Korea where she spent her time teaching Grade 4 and Grade 5. Over Megan’s time internationally, she has attended numerous workshops and training courses on PYP.

    Megan strongly believes in focusing on the well-being of children and inquiry based learning. Throughout the past few years, technology has been an interest to Megan, and she took courses to become a Level 1&2 Google Certified Educator, as well as a Seesaw Ambassador. Megan is always looking for ways to authentically bring different technology tools into the classroom.

  • Renuka Suayan
    Thai Language and Culture teacher

    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.

  • Sonnie Schlossmacher
    Teacher Grade 1S

    Sonnie Schlossmacher is originally from Minnesota, USA. She moved out to Seattle Washington to begin her teaching career as a Grade 3 teacher. Sonnie found her passion working with emergent readers when she transitioned to teaching Grade 1. This past year she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from City University. She enjoys kinesthetic based learning and is passionate about fostering a love for learning in her classroom.

  • Susan Morgan
    Art Teacher: JS and SS

    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.

  • Tammy Gaysek
    Early Years 1 Teacher

    Tammy has nearly twenty years of experience in international schools, joined Prem from International School Dhaka in Bangladesh. At Prem she has taught in both the Junior School and as well as the Senior School, and is currently teaching MYP English Acquisition. As an educator Tammy strives to nurture the whole-person development in which students' full identities are seen, valued, and celebrated.

    Tammy holds a Masters of Education in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners with a focus on ELL from George Mason University, a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science with a focus on International Relations from the University of California at Berkeley and an Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education from Skyline College. She is an IB School Visit Team Member and a Workshop Leader.

    Having been brought up in the U.S. by Japanese parents, Tammy is an Adult Third Culture Kid and is now raising her two children Noa and Mia as second generation Third Culture Kids. Her passion to find good food and her love of hot springs have always been motivating factors for exploring new places.

  • Taura Khongsat
    EY2 Teacher

    Taura comes from a small town outside of Seattle in America. She has been teaching for thirteen years in international schools in Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. Taura graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and has extensive training in Early Childhood Education.

    She gains inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach where children are viewed as competent learners, each bringing unique gifts to the world. Taura values and promotes kindness and integrates mindfulness practices into the every day of Early Years. Joining Taura in Chiang Mai are 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.

  • Wendy Mills
    EY1 Teacher
  • Yuwadee Makpan
    Thai Language and Culture teacher

    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

  • Cara Templeton
    Curriculum Coordinator for IEP

    Cara is originally from a small town in Victoria, Australia and has been working at Prem since 2018. She speaks English, French and Thai and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication), a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and a Graduate Certificate in IB Primary Years Programme.

    Cara is passionate about supporting students to enhance their English language acquisition and has created an innovative and comprehensive curriculum within the Intensive English Programme. Holistic development and wellbeing is an area of interest for Cara and her teaching philosophy provides opportunities for students to inquire, reflect and engage in both mindfulness and creativity.

    In her free time, she enjoys visiting Chiang Mai’s many cafés, spending time with friends, teaching yoga and volunteering with Hand to Paw.

  • Sam Brigstock-Barron
    IEP teacher

    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
    IEP teacher

    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.

Boarding

  • Crispian Waterman
    Director of Boarding

    Having been a House Master in boarding schools since 2006, both in his native UK and in Asia, Crispian brings a wealth of experience to this role. His background as a Biology teacher, coach, surfer, examiner all inform his outstanding professional persona. Affable and at the same time insistent on students stretching themselves he is a great addition to our team. Crispian is joined by Jane and two children.

  • Anna Lister
    EAL Asst., HPE TA, Deputy Head of House, G8 Deputy
  • Adam Copus
    Head of House / Boarding Parent and MYP English teacher

    Head of Air House / Boarding Parent / MYP Lang & Lit Teacher / JS Prem Parent

    Adam is a Canadian educator with 15 years teaching experience in international IB schools in Asia.

    Now in his second year at Prem, Adam recently worked at Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong where he served as IB DP CAS & Student Affairs Coordinator for nine years.

    A passionate advocate for experiential learning outside of the classroom Adam can often be found working with a group of students on one project or another.

    He is joined at Prem by his wife A. Wendy (EY3 Teacher), daughter Daisy (EY3), and son Dylan (EY2).

    Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) degree from Saint Mary’s University (Nova Scotia) & a Bachelor of Education, from University of Maine (Magna Cum Laude).

  • Chamchit Pongpipat (Nong)
    Secretary to Director of Boarding
    secretaryboarding@ptis.ac.th
  • Constance Ellery
    Boarding Asst, EAL Asst., HPE TA
  • Federica Dito
    Deputy Head of House and Boarding Assistant
  • Frédérik Derdi
    Deputy Head of House and Boarding Parent
  • Jing Jia (Maggie)
    Head of Junior Boarding
  • Nae Hota
    Boarding Assistant/ Middle School Assistant.

    Khun Nae Tatsanant Hota holds a  Bachelor's degree in Business English.

    She has also studied food safety and hygiene and  has a chef certificate too.

    Khun Nae has joined our community in 2011 as a cooking teacher. Khun Nae believes passionately in providing 'joyful and effective' learning experiences for students.

    In 2020, she became a Boarding Assistant. she is also supporting Middle School students as a Middle School Assistant.  Khun Nae also  provides homework tutoring for I.E.P. students.

     

  • Nichole Herndon
    Boarding Assistant and EAL Teacher

    Nichole was born in Long Beach, California, but was raised near Washington, DC, in Maryland. After University, she moved to England, where she lived for 5 Years. While in England, Nichole hosted a radio show and performed poetry at the National Theatre and the Birmingham Hippodrome.

    Nichole also lived in China for 5 years and continued to perform poetry and teach English. Her love
    of the English language has led to many opportunities in teaching, hosting workshops and performing;
    Nichole is passionate and enthusiastic about building confidence in her students for clear, effective communication.

  • Samuel Carroll
    Head of House / Boarding Parent. Round Square coordinator, MYP I & S, TOK Teacher

    Sam has a Masters and experience of being Housemaster and holding leadership positions in schools in the UK and Internationally.  He also has MUN experience,  is passionate about sports, particularly rugby. He is a Philosophy graduate, and volunteered over several years in India and countries in Africa. Joined by Jenny and his two year old daughter.

  • Trisha Pospisil
    Head of House / Boarding Parent / DP English & G10 HR

    Trisha has over 20 years of teaching experience in local and international schools in the USA, Czech Republic, UAE, South Korea, Malaysia, China, and now Thailand. She has worked in school management and as a teacher trainer, but her true teaching passion lies in the IB DP curriculum, specifically in the Language and Literature courses where she has been an examiner for nearly a decade.

    Trisha holds a Master's in Education from Antioch University, Seattle, a PGCE in Management and Leadership from Derby University, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication from The Ohio State University. She has led numerous competitive academic student clubs and looks to already be taking on multiple activities here at Prem focused on enhancing student life and well-being, especially through her role as House Parent in Boarding.

    Though a native of rural Minnesota, Trisha has joined Prem from her second home just outside of Prague with her son, Filip, who is looking forward to finishing the MYP this year. Trisha is/was an avid traveller, outdoorsperson, and culinary mischief-maker who, before coming to Prem, built a tiny house with her son all last year. This teamwork with Filip has been one of her proudest parental achievements to-date! She believes there is little a person can't do in life, if shown the right YouTube video and having the gumption to take a few interesting, unexpected risks.

Principals

  • Crispian Waterman
    Director of Boarding

    Having been a House Master in boarding schools since 2006, both in his native UK and in Asia, Crispian brings a wealth of experience to this role. His background as a Biology teacher, coach, surfer, examiner all inform his outstanding professional persona. Affable and at the same time insistent on students stretching themselves he is a great addition to our team. Crispian is joined by Jane and two children.

  • Jeff Marquis
    Senior School Principal

    Hailing originally from London, Ontario Canada, Jeff has been living internationally (Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Brasil, Korea, Bulgaria and Thailand) for 27 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 a 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.

  • Justin Jarman
    Junior School Principal

    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.

     

  • Sukanya Charpentier
    Thai Principal

    Sukanya Charentier(A.Boo) was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is an educator with 20 years of experience in Thai and International Education.

    A.Boo is a IBDP Workshop Leader Thai Literature and Language and Literature since June 2010 and MYP Personal project examiner since 2016.

    A.Boo is interested in creating a trusting atmosphere through sensitivity to student's strengths, weaknesses and personal learning styles.

    Master of Education (Teaching Thai) Chiangmai University, Thailand (August 2009). Bachelor of Arts in Thai language and literature Prince of Songkla University, Thailand (May 1996).

Teaching Assistants

  • Bhiromya (Emily) Sukanta
    Teaching Assistant Grade 5

    Khun Emily is the Gr 5 Teaching Assistant. She had training in the Program of Tourism Industry, from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

    She has been trained in CPR and First Aid Training at PREM, and prior to being the Gr 5 teaching assistant she worked as an operator at Prem for 3 years, and an Admissions Officer at Prem for 6 years.

    She believes that too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve, and to teach is to learn twice.

    She is friendly and with her enthusiasm, she has created inspiration for our Grade 5 students in the PYP Exhibition.

    Her hobbies included reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family and her puppies.

  • Matchima Yawichai (March)
    PE EY 2 & 3 and Athletic Assistant

    Matchima Yawichai (March) Originally from Chiang Mai, I have taught at PREM since 2012. I have a Bachelor in Sport Science from Institute Physical Education Chiang Mai and Master degree in Sport Science from Chiang Mai University.

    My interests include sports and sport Science.

  • Napapon Poovananuwat (Pom)
    JS Art Teaching Assistant

    Napapon Poovananuwat (Kru Pom)

    Kru Pom is the Junior School Art Teaching Assistant. She has a passion for art. She has had teacher training in visual art at Dalarna University, in Falun, Sweden. Prior to that, she studied at Munka School of Fine Arts in Skåne, Sweden.

    From the years 2010-2016, she worked with Thai students, at a primary and secondary level, who attended the Integration Programme in Skåne, Sweden.

    Kru Pom came to Prem in the year 2017. Previously K.Pom also worked with music class and EY3 students.

    She believes in lifelong learning. She thinks working and sharing with children is a gift.

    Her hobbies included reading. gardening, and making art, and especially spending time with her daughters.

  • Panadda (Fara) Sripawin
    Science Lab Technician (Middle School)
  • Pirawan Pankham (Miew)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant

    Pirawan Pankham (Miew) earned her degree in the Bachelor of Science Program in Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University. She has had CPR and First Aid Training at PREM and has worked here for over five years.

    Her Interests include backpack travelling and photography.

    She is the Grade 2 teaching assistant.

  • Piyamard Suayan (Look Tarn)
    Teaching Assistant

    Piyamas Suayan (Looktarn) has a Bachelor of Art(Thai Study) Faculty of Social Sciences from Chiang Mai University. She is our Gr4 teaching assistant.

    Before working with Grade 4 she worked as EY1, Art Teaching Assistant, and worked with kindergarten 2 at American Pacific International School.

    Look- Tarn is very creative and she is a person who has overcome great obstacles.

    She is an inspiration to our Grade 4 students. She believes that action speaks louder than words.
    Looktarn loves spending time with her family and her pets.

  • Pojanalai Promjai (Tae)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant

    Pojanalai Pakdeeyothin (Tae), has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Kindergarten from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

    She is currently the EY2 Teaching Assistant and has previously been ‘Little Explorers’ kindergarten teacher. Khun Tae has been at Prem for over 14 years.
    For 2 years, She has worked as the whole school Art Teaching Assistant at Prem. Prior to joining Prem she worked in Thai schools for two years. She has also completed the IB PYP training.

  • Ratchanee Jindamorakot (Oh)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant

    Ratchanee Jindamorakot (Oh) is the Early Years 1 Teaching Assistant. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Mass communication. Oh is a nature lover. Her interests include music and she loves spending time with her family.

  • Rujira (Pao Pao) Chen
    Teaching Assistant Music

    Pao Pao has been passionate about music since she was young and because she grew up in a church which built her into becoming a church pianist. She was trained to be a Church Pianist at the age of 6 and constantly played piano and served God in Church through music. When she was in Grade 6, she was selected to be the main church pianist, school pianist, and later on a Church Choir Pianist. She also helped sing 2nd Alto in the choir. She joined the Music Club in school when she was in Grade 10-11 playing the Keyboard for the band and helped sing the harmony part. Later in University, she became one of the University Pianists and a leader leading University Thai Church Pianists. She also joined the University “Chamber Chorale” singing 1st/2nd Soprano.

    She holds a degree from the Asia-Pacific International University:Major: BA in English for Business (International Program): Minor: Marketing.

    Her working experience including Internship Teaching Assistant at California Prep International School (2014), Internship English Teacher at IQ Nursery School (2016), Internship Piano/Ukulele Teacher at Peace Music Academy (2016), Part-Time Piano Teacher (2004-Present), EY3 and G1 Teaching Assistant at Prem Tinsulanonda International School (2020), Music Teaching Assistant at Prem Tinsulanonda International School (2020-2021). She has training in “Movement is Music” workshop on August 20-22, 2021. She has training in First Aid and Fire Safety.

  • Sahahpanh Prapaipanich (Bigz)
    Senior School Art Teaching Assistant

    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
    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!
  • Sasikan (Pear) Sangsawangsatjakul
    Teaching Assistant Grade 1

    Khun Pear is the G.1 Teaching Assistant. She is cheerful, generous, and energetic. She is passionate about working with children. She realized that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

    She is very well qualified having studied the American Pre-academic and Professional ESL Program From Montgomery College, USA, and holding a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, English Major from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chiangmai.

    She also has American Red Cross Training and Cultural Exchange in the USA.
    She enjoys exploring other cultures, sports, painting, and reading.

  • Waraporn Numpha (Nui)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant

    K.Nui is the EY3 Teaching Assistan. She has a Bachelor of Education from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University and she practices the profession as a Teacher under the law and regulations of the Teachers’s Council of Thailand.

    Before working at Prem. She has more than 14 years of teaching experience in Thai schools. Khru Nui has been working with Prem for 6 years.

    She has a wealth of PD training and prior experience, including teaching techniques Courses, Emergency Response Training.

    K.Nui believes that empowering young learners to become independent is the key to their future.
    Her interests include cooking, reading, travel, music, and spending time with her family.

  • Wassana Kheunnin (Ting)
    Junior School Teaching Assistant

    Wassana Kheunnin (Ting) is the Grade 3 teaching assistant at Prem. Kru Ting has over fifteen years of experience working at Prem joining in August 2005.

    She has worked with different grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 5. She has also worked as an IT support at Prem for 3 years. She has a kind-hearted, caring personality, and is truly supportive to students, parents, and staff.

    She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Rajamangala University of Technology in Bangkok.
    Kru Ting has also completed IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) training, workshops on Learning Awareness, Coaching Techniques, and Student Motivation Strategies, and she has training in First Aid and Fire Safety.

    She believes that “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut”.

    Her interests include technology, traveling, hiking, outdoor activities, and spending time with her friends and family.

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%