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OUR HOMEROOM TEACHERS

Silka Cole

Silka Cole

Nursery

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 Raftery

Áine Raftery

Kindergarten 1-A

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.

Cecile van Enter

Cecile van Enter

Kindergarten 1-B

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 Bachelor’s and Honor’s 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.

Cicely New

Cicely New

Kindergarten 2-A

Ms. 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 the university, Ms. Cicely worked with students of all ages. This is where she found her passion to teach primary ages. Following graduation, she went on to teach 8th and 9th grade digital health and Physical education. While teaching a digitally sound class, Ms.Cicely mastered an abundant amount of skills in computers and digital education in which she plans to implement in her class.  She went on to explore the world the following year by teaching abroad in Thailand. Although this is her first year here at Raffles, she has one year of experience teaching at a private Kindergarten in Bangkok. Ms.Cicely strives to teach her students to be cooperative, independent, creative learners, and overall to be lifelong learners.

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright

Kindergarten 2-B

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 Cross

Katherine Cross

Kindergarten 3-A

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 for her students’ outstanding and achievement. 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

Leandra Green

Leandra Green

Kindergarten 3-B

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. While studying, she was also a full time teacher’s assistant and coach for hockey, netball and athletics. 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, were she immediately fell in love with the beautiful scenery, people, culture, and of course the food. Ms. Leandra also loves exploring, meeting new people, art and keeping fit. Her focus is to create an environment that is child centered and provides each child with many opportunities to reach their full potential. “Tell me & I’ll forget; show me & I may remember; involve me & I’ll learn”. – Benjamin Franklin

Devora Ashkenazy

Devora Ashkenazy

Grade 1-A

Devora earned her Master’s degree in Education from Lipscomb University, Tennessee, USA. She holds an American K-12 teaching license, as well as a ELL (English Language Learners) certification. Before joining the team at Raffles, Devora taught grade 1 for two years in Metro Nashville Public Schools and one year at a public school in Netanya, Israel. Ms. Devora believes that a strong elementary education is a foundation for a child’s future success. She strives to create a nurturing and positive environment that encourages children to realize their full potential.

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Grade 1-B

Miss 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.

Laura Dutton-Gallagher

Laura Dutton-Gallagher

Grade 2-A

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.

Megan Peiffer

Megan Peiffer

Grade 2-B

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 has four years of teaching experience and will be continuing her fifth year teaching with Raffles this year. She 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. She is excited to see her students grow and learn this year.

Dave Lankester

Dave Lankester

Grade 3-A

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 Weron

Andy Weron

Grade 3-B

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.

Courtney Lynch

Courtney Lynch

Grade 4

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 Wilson

Melanie Wilson

Grade 5

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!

Nick Foster

Nick Foster

Grade 6 / Language Arts

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.

Paul Lukens

Paul Lukens

Grade 7 / Math

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.