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OUR HOMEROOM TEACHERS
Silka graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, 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, and food. Thus her return was inevitable. In university, Silka worked alongside a variety of therapists inside the classroom with developmentally disabled, as well as typically developing students. 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!
Áine obtained her Bachelor of Education from Mary Immaculate College, the center of excellence for teacher training in Ireland. She is a compassionate and talented educator with a passion for innovative ways of teaching and learning. Since her graduation in 2013, she has gained four valuable years of teaching experience and has taught children of all ages, from four to eleven years old. 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. Her lessons have clear and concise goals, and 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. A violinist and an award winning choir director, Áine incorporates her love of music into her teaching.
Elisma obtained her Post Graduate Certificate of Education, with distinction, from North West University of South Africa. While she was studying Education Theory, she was top of her class 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 focuses on the development of self-care, curiosity, social understanding, creative thinking, fine motor skills, individual progress, and so much more. Not only is Elisma creative and caring, she is very musically inclined and highly skilled in playing the piano, the flute, the clarinet, and singing. She shows great compassion for Performing Arts, too.
Rebecca attended the University of the Pacific in California, USA, after finishing her career as a professional water polo athlete on the Canadian National team. Awarded Most Outstanding Graduate by the University of Pacific, she graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Multiple Subject and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. While working towards her M. A., Rebecca gained an immense amount of theoretical and practical experience as a graduate teaching assistant in Teaching English Language Learners and Literacy Development. 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 years of experience 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.
Katherine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from East Tennessee State University, USA, and then completed 19 of 30 credit hours for a Master’s degree in Education. She has seven years of experience teaching kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 in the United States. In 2015 Ms. Kat was selected to be observed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education, who used her classroom as a model for the state. Her classrooms achieved Model and Master Classroom certifications, where her students were recognized for reaching shared goals. Ms. Kat loves the outdoors, yoga, poetry, writing, reading, teaching, and learning. “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
Sarah is a United States citizen, holding a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a current American teaching license. She taught for six years in American elementary schools 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. She 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.
Laura 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 becoming part of Raffles American School, Laura taught at a prominent international school in Thailand for two years. She works 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 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 good, engaging lessons. Next, David spent more than a year managing a new language school, but he decided that this position was not fulfilling his passion for teaching, 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 where he strives to create a fun and interactive learning environment for his students.
Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Social Science from Keene State College, USA, and holds a United States teaching license. Throughout her four years in college and eight years in South Korea and Thailand, Courtney has worked with many different children, varying in ages and backgrounds. Before coming to Thailand she spent two years teaching elementary and middle school English in South Korea. Then, in 2013, Courtney moved to Thailand and continued her teaching career. She worked for four years at a prominent international school in Bangkok before transitioning to Raffles American School. She loves motivating children to be critical thinkers, excited about learning, working both independently and in groups to create a fun learning environment.
Melanie (Mel) is from Dunedin, 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!
Grade 7 / Language Arts
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.