DR. THOMAS GUY HAMILTON, PhD
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dr. Thomas Hamilton is a United States citizen with twenty years of teaching experience. He has taught students from more than 40 countries, from primary to graduate level courses. His passion for education led him to study the teaching and learning of language and literacy in seven universities around the world before earning his Doctorate of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics.
Dr. Hamilton began his career in 1997 teaching youths in California while still studying to earn his teaching credentials in secondary education. In 2003 he was employed by the Thai Ministry of Education to train primary school teachers. A year later he became Assistant Director of a Thai Bilingual Primary School while also teaching first grade.
After being appointed to a lecturing position at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in 2009, he was then recruited to become the Director of the Language Center at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) where he worked for six years helping students prepare for higher education writing and research. After noticing the difficulty many Asian students had adjusting to Western style higher education, Dr. Hamilton decided to return to primary and secondary education with the hope of developing an international school where independent and creative thinking inspires our future leaders.
HEAD OF UPPER ELEMENTARY
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.