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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. Silka has 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.
Madison graduated from the University of Arkansas, USA, with a degree in Hospitality. Madison has had a variety of experiences with children; ranging from coaching in sports to teaching photography. She has experience teaching in an international school setting where she became familiar with various teaching methodologies. Her focus is to help create an environment that is child-centered and safe; allowing students to build their confidence through play.
Lauren graduated with a degree from the UK in Sociology and Social Psychology. She believes in presenting highly interactive and positive teaching methods that facilitates learning through play tactics and project-based work. Lauren believes students grow best and reach their full potential when they are treated with respect, understanding, and encouragement.
Nabila is a certified Montessori teacher and possesses an international teaching license. Nabi started teaching in international preschools in 2011 and joined RAS during Summer School 2019. Much of her teacher training was completed at the New England Center for Children in America. This advanced training includes the following: Teaching Social Skills and Writing Effective Social Stories, Preventing and Reducing Challenging Behaviors, Adapting Curriculum for Students with Special needs, and Articulation Phonological Disorder.
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Eithne graduated from the University of Surrey with BSc Hons. in Nutrition and Dietetics and subsequently spent the next five years teaching in Seoul, South Korea. After gaining a breadth of experience teaching English in a variety of educational settings, she acted as a kindergarten homeroom teacher for 3 years. Eithne’s teaching philosophy lies in her belief that all students are capable of succeeding and that the best way to set up young learners for success is by promoting self inquiry and building confidence. In addition to being an academic teacher, Eithne has taught the violin and banjo to adults and children. Eithne is also an active yoga and acro yoga teacher who brings her entire skillset into the classroom to provide a holistic learning experience.
Cicely, from the United States, graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelors of Science in Health and physical education. She has a minor in Nutrition and Family Consumer Science. While attending university, Cicely worked with students of all ages and found her passion for teaching primary age students. Following graduation, she went on to teach 8th and 9th grade Digital health and Physical education. While teaching, Cicely mastered a myriad of skills in computers and digital education and she went on to explore the world the following year by teaching abroad in Thailand. Cicely strives to teach her students to be cooperative, independent, and creative learners.
Claire completed her undergraduate degree in Global Justice Studies at James Madison University. Since graduating from university in 2013, she has lived and taught in Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, and Thailand. In 2016, she received her master’s degree in International Education from the Universidad de Alcala in Madrid, Spain and in 2017 completed her teaching certification in Arlington, Virginia. Claire has had so many great experiences working with children from a number of different countries and backgrounds. She enjoys being able to create a fun, inclusive, and upbeat environment in which students can flourish and learn. She is looking forward to an exciting, positive, and successful school year with her K2B students.
Kira attended both Rhodes University and AFDA in South Africa. Kira has always been involved in academics and graduated with cum laude. She grew up with a very creative mother who was involved in the educational field, which inspired her to seek a profession in the education industry. Kira was always passionate about education and began tutoring children during her university days, this triggered the inspiration to commit to children’s academics. She has previously worked in South Korea at two international schools for six years and then made the transition to Thailand, where she is currently based. Kira is dedicated to children’s education wholeheartedly. When Kira is not teaching at Ras she is painting, baking or creating. She also volunteers with a children’s special needs organization in Thailand on the weekend.
Caitlin earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Rutgers University in the US, graduating with high honors. She taught for five years in urban schools in grades one and two, and received marks as a highly effective teacher. She holds two valid teaching certificates for Early Childhood Education. Caitlin has significant master’s course work in elementary Mathematics, with a focus on English Language Learners. She holds a balanced literacy certification and a Google educator certification, as well. Caitlin’s philosophy of education is based in research and experience; she believes that all students can learn at a higher level when they are in an environment full of love and creativity, and strives to make every student feel welcome and challenged.
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Vivienne graduated from the European Global School France, with a Bachelor’s in Education. Upon completion of her university studies, she traveled abroad visiting a host of countries and in the process, experienced a raft of cultures and people. It is her first year at Raffles International School though she has been residing in Thailand for the last six years. Vivienne believes that all students have the ability to learn; this requires collaboration between students, parents and the teacher. When this relationship is built on mutual respect and trust; students will go far in their educational journey. She is a firm believer in a learning environment filled with positivity and laughter.
Leandra earned her Bachelor’s degree in Foundation Phase Education, with distinction, from AROS in South Africa. She has a Level 3 Certificate in Music Performance from Trinity College, London and loves to play the piano and cello. Making it possible for children to reach their full potential is the greatest gift a teacher can strive to give. Her interest in traveling brought her to Thailand first, where she immediately fell in love with the beautiful scenery, people, culture, and of course, the food. Her focus is to create an environment that is child centered and provides each child with many opportunities to reach their full potential.
Munira completed her Undergraduate degree in South Africa and has lived and taught in Kenya, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. She is currently undertaking a masters degree in special needs education. As a play based educator, she believes that every child is different and has their own unique learning style and pace. Munira creates an open and positive learning environment where each child can succeed as an individual. She aims to spark student curiosity, ignite their interests and talents and engage them in a way that is meaningful to who they are as individuals, no matter what their starting point is.
Micaela graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in child development with an emphasis in elementary education. During her time at university, she was employed as a teaching assistant in lower primary classrooms. Following graduation, she co-taught an intervention reading program for English Language Learners in the United States. Previously to teaching at RAS, Micaela taught in Nonthaburi, Thailand before becoming part of the team here. She believes education is the backbone of our future and that each child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.
Laura is a United States citizen, holding a degree in Education from Rhode Island College and a current American teaching license. 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 participants in their education.
Megan graduated from Ohio University with degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology in 2014. From there, she went on to join a teacher preparation program through Americorps and taught in the United States in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Megan also has experience teaching English Language Learners through online courses. Megan believes that a student-centered classroom with many different styles of learning allows for the best success and growth from the students. Megan also believes that differentiating and individualizing activities to each student in her classroom will help students achieve.
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.
Andy graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and holds a current United States teaching license. Andy has teaching experience in grades 3, 4, and 5, as well as in a specialized program for children with developmental and learning disabilities. He came to Thailand to fulfill his desire to teach abroad and experience other cultures. After obtaining his TEFL certification, he taught in Ayutthaya, Thailand for one year before moving to Bangkok and joining the Raffles community. Andy is very active and enjoys playing all sports, especially basketball. He also enjoys a wide variety of music and attends concerts whenever he can. Andy strives to promote an engaged classroom that values individuality, personal responsibility, and a deep understanding of the material. His goal is to create a love of education within his students so they become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in educational leadership. Before her journey to Thailand, she was an Acting Assistant Principal and Assistant Director of Education in Florida, USA. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is certified to teach lower and upper-grade students. Nicole has also served as a missionary, helping a non-profit organization build an elementary school in Haiti, years after the 2010 devastating earthquake and helped sustain a community school for three years, including teaching in the classroom. After relocating to Thailand, she taught upper-grade science, health, and English in Saraburi before joining the Raffles team. She values a strong parent-teacher relationship and believes it is a great way to advance a child’s performance in and out of the school environment.
Martin completed his undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Hertfordshire and gained his PostGraduate Certificate in Education in 2012. Martin is originally from the UK, but has lived in Thailand for many years and has had experience teaching students at various grade levels throughout his teaching career. He enjoys making his lessons fun and engaging for his students and strives to make his classroom a positive and engaging learning environment for all of his students.
Megan graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and became a certified teacher through The University of West Florida. Megan has teaching experience at all grade levels in a public school district, Oregon, USA. She joined the Raffles American School to further her career abroad and fulfill her goal to teach in an international setting and has now lived in Thailand for nearly 5 years. Megan’s teaching philosophy is to make a meaningful and lasting impact on her students through the creation of an engaging environment for all students to succeed.
Megan graduated from Ashland University in the United States with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a valid teaching license to teach Kindergarten to Grade 3, and a special license to teach Reading to students of any age. She has five years of experience teaching in the United States, South Korea, and Germany. Megan has worked with students of varying skills, levels, and backgrounds and she prides herself on being able to adapt and differentiate her lessons to reach each and every child. She believes students grow best and come to reach their full potential when they are treated with respect, understanding, and encouragement. She aspires to instill her love of learning into every child in her classroom.
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Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin, USA, with a double major in Biology and Broad Fields Science, along with a Teacher Certification and a Department of Public Instruction Teacher License. Paul has over 25 years of teaching experience, including American public schools, and he was a teacher in the United States Army. He also taught guitar at a Music Conservatory for children in Southern California. Paul has been a teacher in Thailand for 7 years, teaching Biology, Science, and Mathematics.