Dr. Thomas Guy Hamilton, PhD

Dr. Thomas Guy Hamilton, PhD

Head of School

Dr. Thomas Hamilton is a United States citizen with twenty years of teaching experience.

Áine Raftery

Áine Raftery

Head of Kindergarten

A compassionate and talented educator with a passion for innovative ways of teaching and learning. Áine comes from a family of teachers. She obtained her Bachelor of Education from Mary Immaculate College, the center of excellence for teacher training in Ireland. Since her graduation in 2013, she has gained four valuable years of teaching experience and has taught children of all ages from four years to eleven years. She has experience in both multi grade and single stream classrooms. Áine’s background in early years education dictates that lessons are formed around structured play. Lessons have clear and concise goals. She strives to push children to achieve their own personal best. She wishes to equip children with skills and problem solving abilities that they will utilize throughout their education. She is focused on individual goals and implements a child centered approach. Áine is a violinist and is an award winning choir director. She incorporates her love of music into her teaching.
Sarah Templeton

Sarah Templeton

Head of Lower Primary

Ms. Sarah Templeton is a United States citizen, holding a degree in Early Childhood Education and a current American teaching license. She has taught for six years in American elementary and preschools. Before coming to Thailand, Sarah taught Grade 1 in the Anchorage, Alaska public school district for three years. While working in Alaska, Sarah was head of the Multi-Sensory Instruction team. Sarah has cultivated international experience in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. However, her fondness of Southeast Asia led her back to Thailand to continue her teaching career. She is ecstatic that working at Raffles will combine her passion for teaching and life in Thailand.
Dave Lankester

Dave Lankester

Head of Upper Primary

David Lankester is from the South West of England and has been teaching for eight years. After completing his degree, he moved to Thailand to begin his teaching career. After a few years of experience teaching in private schools, David was chosen to train new teachers for a major language school in Bangkok. This experience taught David the value of self and peer reflection when it came to planning and executing a good, engaging lessons. Next, David spent a year and a half managing a new and upcoming language school, but he decided that this position was not fulfilling his passion for teaching and so he decided to return to the classroom. David taught for a year in a prominent International School in Bangkok before making the move to Raffles American School. He is excited to have the opportunity to create a fun and interactive learning environment for his students.