As part of the International School network, each year we farewell staff moving on to new schools and new adventures. We thank them for their contribution to Prem and wish them well for the future.
- A. Maxine leaves Prem after nine years at the school. She first came in April 2004 for a visit to learn more about the International Baccalaureate and to take ideas back to her school in Australia, Kardinia International College. She was then offered the position of Deputy Head/Junior School Principal in 2005 and Head of School in 2009. During her time at Prem Maxine has been driven to improve the school and its programmes to ensure our students receive the very best education possible. She has lead teams across the school to develop and implement FuturePrem, our strategic plan to move Prem forward in the 21st century: in technology as an Apple school and establishing ISIS, an information tool for recording important school and student data; in developing a highly qualified Student Support Team to improve the individualization of our student learning programmes; in improving our accreditation process by embedding quality assurance into our school; by encouraging parents to develop the Parent School Community and ensuring that PTIS collaborates with Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning to provide our students and families with value-added learning opportunities. She is returning home to Australia to be closer to her family where she will launch a new global enterprise – her next big dream!
Maxine has been an inspiration and a positive example to us all at Prem. We wish her and her husband Rodney, who has been a wonderful supporter of many school programmes including the arts, sports, safety, maintenance and staff orientation programmes, all the very best for the future.
- A. Mike Galligan has worked tirelessly for the past four years as our Athletic Director and Activities Coordinator. A Mike is a quiet achiever and an innovator. Very early into his time at Prem he developed ‘Exploria’ a new innovative way to focus on our activities and encourage students to try new experiences. Under A.Mike’s leadership our Explora programme has flourished and collaborated with the Traidhos academies and programmes. A. Mike has coached many Prem teams ensuring that our students have won 22 CMAC championships during his time at Prem. Always one to like a challenge A.Mike worked with A. Stephen to introduce the IB Career-Related Certificate to Prem, the first school in Asia to offer this programme. A. Mike, as the IB Career-Related Certificate Coordinator, has lead the Sports Management Course, qualified as a BTEC Sport teacher and has done all of the planning for the Hospitality course for AY2014-15. A. Mike has been trained by the IB as an IBCC Consultant to help other schools offer this programme. A Mike has worked tirelessly to improve the sporting opportunities available for our students and for all the students in Chiang Mai. As the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference Chair, he is now developing a new network called GTAC to give our students even more opportunities in Bangkok next year. A.Mike just gets on and does the job! We are so thankful for all that he has achieved and we will miss him greatly. We wish him great success and happiness in his next role in Singapore and in his new adventures.
- A. Vicki Simmonds our inaugural Student Support Coordinator, has worked tirelessly, initially developing and then leading a team of eight energetic and enthusiastic teachers and learning mentors across the school for the past two years. Vicki has researched and investigated whole school admissions and assessment data as well as individual students assessments to create learning support programmes to meet the needs of all of our students. Vicki has trained staff in differentiation, she has met with teams of teachers, Counselors and Grade Level Leaders regularly in her quest to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students at Prem. Vicki has made wonderful relationships with students, teachers and parents alike. All can see that she is totally dedicated to improving the learning programmes for each and every child. Vicki has also given tremendous support to the boarding programmes and offered many activities for students living away from home. Vicki is now returning to home in Australia where she has three lovely children and seven gorgeous grandchildren who have missed her enormously. We will all miss Vicki a great deal and wish her well as she returns home to her family and further adventures.