OUR HOMEROOM TEACHERS
Cecile van Enter
Miss Cecile van Enter is a passionate, caring, and enthusiastic educator, with a focus on the developmental milestones and individual growth of each child through self- exploration and play. She obtained her Bachelors and Honors degrees in Psychology and Education, completing with distinction. Following her undergraduate studies, she has continued her professional development through her enrollment in a Master’s degree in Play Therapy. Currently being completed through an internationally recognized institution based in the United Kingdom (UK). With 8 years of experience in working with children in various disciplines including education, recreation and counseling, she is very passionate about the well-being and development of each child’s unique potential. She is by nature very nurturing and caring towards all her students, and strives to encourage individuality and self-exploration and development. As children learn best through play, exploration and social interaction, these are some of the key focus-points in her teaching practice.
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.
A caring, creative, and result-driven teacher who studied Bachelors in Psychology and Languages, and later decided to take a route into the field of Education. Not long after that, she obtained her Post Graduate Certificate of Education, with distinction. While she was studying Education Theory at the North West University of South Africa, she has been chosen as the best student in Philosophy of Education. She later obtained her Certificate for Teaching Subject Content through English, equivalent to TELFL. After she completed her studies, she gained valuable years of experience working as an Early Years Teacher. As an Early Years teacher, she often focuses on the development of self-care, curiosity, social understanding, creative thinking, fine motor skills, individual progress, and so much more. Not only is she creative and caring, but also very musically inclined, as she is highly skilled in playing the piano, the flute, the clarinet, and singing. She shows great compassion for Performing Arts, too.
Silka’s innate sense of teaching and magnetism for children began at a young age. Growing up with three younger siblings, Silka would often be found in multiple classrooms assisting with timid kids, lessons, or reading book upon book. Silka is an enthusiastic, personable, optimistic, and dedicated educator who strives to feed curiosity and learning within the classroom.
Silka graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) on the Honours Roll in 2017 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Fine Arts. While attending UNCW, Silka studied abroad for one year in Thailand at Mahidol University International College. Throughout her time at Mahidol, Silka became captivated by not only people of Thailand, but also the culture, natural environment, food, and thus, her return was inevitable.
In university, Silka worked alongside a variety of therapists and inside the classroom with developmentally disabled, as well as typically developing students, at Easter seals. With her psychology background and exuberant demeanor, Silka is able to teach and communicate effectively with children inside and outside of the classroom setting. Positive reward, self exploration with guidance, and accommodation according to a student’s needs are just a few of the several teaching standards employed in Silka’s classroom. In addition to teaching, Silka is a fitness fanatic, book worm, avid outdoor adventurer, and professional artist. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might just see Silka running to the beat of old school rock to Raffles International School in the mornings!
Ms. Kat, a teacher from the United States, has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has also completed 19 of 30 credit hours for a Masters in Education. She has experience teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade. In 2015 Ms. Kat was selected to be observed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education. Her classrooms achieved Model and Master Classroom certifications, where her students were recognized for reaching shared goals. Ms. Kat loves nature, poetry, writing, reading, yoga, teaching, and learning. She is very excited to be part of the Raffles team! “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true educator should be to unlock that treasure.” – Emma Goldman
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.
Ms. Laura Dutton-Gallagher is a United States citizen, holding a degree in Education and a current American teaching license. She received her degree from Rhode Island College, which has the best teacher preparation program in the state. She has taught children from ages three to eleven. Before making the move to Raffles American School, Laura taught at a prominent international school in Thailand for two years. Laura wishes to create a classroom environment where children feel loved and valued, which enables them to reach their full potential. She combines research from the field of positive education with play-based learning so that her students enjoy coming to school and are active in their education.
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.
Rebecca Wright attended the University of the Pacific in California, USA, with a full sports scholarship, after finishing her career as a professional water polo athlete for the Canadian National team. She is from Ontario, Canada and has been teaching for 4 years. Rebecca graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Multiple Subject and Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate by the University of Pacific. While working towards her M. A., Rebecca gained an immense amount of theoretical and practical experience as a graduate teaching assistant for the two courses Teaching English Language Learners and Literacy Development at the University of the Pacific. These two courses focused on effective ways to meet the needs of English Learners through studying, developing, and implementing appropriate strategies and approaches for developing language proficiency. While working in Thailand, she has had many different titles, such as the Head of Kindergarten Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Science Curriculum Coordinator, and she has gained a lot of experience from working with many different grade levels. Her teaching philosophy is to facilitate the acquisition of lifelong learning skills and to create a learning environment that fosters the intrinsic motivation to explore and to lead.
Melanie Wilson (Mel) is a teacher originally from Dunedin, in New Zealand, but has been living and traveling around the world for the past ten years. Mel graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Education in New Zealand. Since then, she has been an elementary substitute teacher in New Zealand; she taught kindergarten, early childhood, and elementary in Korea, Canada, Taiwan and NZ; she volunteered setting up a school in a Syrian refugee camp in Greece; she worked with children on cruise ships out of Australia; she coached gymnastics and dance; and she became a qualified yoga teacher in India. For Mel, teaching is a passion, not a job. She inspires and motivates children to work to their full potential, creating a fun, engaging, interesting classroom environment, where students will be responsible and enthusiastic about learning, and becoming knowledgeable, critical thinkers! Mel looks forward to a wonderful, splendid, exciting year with the Grade 5 students and RAS this year! Welcome to Grade 5!
Courtney Lynch is originally from Connecticut, USA and is a qualified teacher in Elementary Education. She is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Social Science. She worked with many different children that vary in age and come from diverse backgrounds throughout her four years in college and the eight years she has been abroad in South Korea and Thailand. Before coming to Thailand she spent two years teaching elementary and middle school English in South Korea. Courtney then continued her teaching career in Thailand when she moved here in 2013. She worked for four years at a prominent international school in Bangkok before transitioning to Raffles American School. She loves motivating Grade 6 children to be critical thinkers, excited about learning, working both independently and in groups to create a fun learning environment. Courtney is thrilled to be apart of the Raffles team!
Jeremy Sinsimer is a teacher from the United States and has been working in education for 8 years. Before arriving at Raffles American School as head of the ESL department, he was the Grade 4 level head at a prominent international school in Thailand for 3 years. He is passionate about teaching English to students who may have had difficulty acquiring a new language in the past. Mr. Jeremy also enjoys learning about new cultures, languages, and countries, and he can speak four languages in addition to his native English. Because he has spent so much time struggling to learn these other languages, he understands the difficulties non-native speakers can face when trying to understand English. Mr. Jeremy wants to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for the ESL students. He hopes to build their confidence, teach them the value of mistakes, and inspire them to explore everything that the English speaking world has to offer.
Nick Foster is a United States citizen who has been teaching for 15 years. He began his career as a journalist, but he discovered a love for teaching with AmeriCorps in 2004. After that, he taught with the U.S. Peace Corps for nearly three years in the small Central American country of Belize. This experience changed his life and piqued his interest in world travel. Before and after teaching at a school for three years in Los Angeles, California, he traveled to more than 20 countries. When he arrived in Thailand, he realized it was his favorite place, so he never left! He has been teaching here since 2014. One thing that he has learned about teaching English in Thailand is that the sounds of the two languages are vastly different. When he begins teaching a new student, he always focuses on sounds. His students learn to speak while simultaneously learning how to read and write — even if they don’t know it right away.