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TEACHER AND STAFF//

DIRECTOR

Head of School

Dr. Thomas Hamilton

Gary Stout

Gary Stout has a Master’s degree in Science from Edinburgh Napier University, a Post Grad in Education from Derby University and a diploma in Music Recording Arts from the Grove School of Music, California. Prior to his career in education, he worked in the music industry for over twenty years as a recording engineer, producer and business owner in the USA, UK and Japan. After retiring from the entertainment industry he retrained as a chef and functioned as an operations director for international organizations, NGOs and embassies in East Africa. 

Prior to joining RAS, Gary was employed by GEMS Education, Dubai where he functioned as Technology Advisor and Head of the Creative Arts at GEMS Cambridge International School, Uganda. He is qualified as an IGCSE and BTEC examiner and has taught from KS2 to KS5 as a Food and Nutrition and Music Technology teacher. Gary is passionate about education and dedicated to creating harmony between the functions of administration, students and teachers to deliver excellence in schools.

Anna Ahn

April Cruz

Head of Secondary School

Mr. Kyle Young

Qualifications

  • M.Ed International Education Administration (USA)
  • B.Ed Junior & Intermediate (Canada)
  • HBA English (Canada)
  • B.Sc Natural Sciences (Canada)

Experience
15 years in education, 9 years in Senior Leadership

Personal Statement

Kyle’s greatest passion as an educational leader is in watching happy students and teachers collaborate and grow in meaningful ways. At RAS that means leading innovative change year round that benefits our whole community and results in ever-increasing academic excellence. Above all else, he values relationships with teachers, students, and parents, and finds leading a school community one the most rewarding experiences of his life. Over the past decade, he has experienced and contributed to educational improvement in a variety of ways in Canada, the UK, the US, and Thailand. His experiences as a Classroom Teacher (G3-10), Discipline & Department Head, Accreditation Coordinator, Divisional Principal, and Head of School/Principal have lead to his belief in constant growth and progress, and that all students and teachers are capable of both.

Kyle’s primary goal at RAS is to lead lasting school improvement, and to develop a culture where the status quo is feeling good about the changes that take place because they ultimately propel our students and staff to overall excellence. Teachers remain indisputably the greatest resource in any school, so treating them well, building up their skills and confidence, and valuing their contributions and endless effort, are the greatest ways to ensure our children get the exceptional international educational experience they deserve. At the end of the day, success is marked by the number of students and teachers who not only learn and grow, but also think of RAS as a family.

NURSERY

Nursery A

Sarah Bush

Hello, my name is Sarah Bush. I grew up in New York, USA. My Bachelor’s Degree is from The University of Delaware in USA. In April 2022 I will complete my Master’s Degree in Teaching English Learners, from the American College of Education.  

I am TEFL certified, have training in CPR, and 5+ years of teaching experience. Before Bangkok I lived in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.  

I am new to the RAS teaching team, however, I have many years of experience teaching English, including through the USA, China, South Africa, and Thailand.  

I have also been an acting and dance teacher in America.  

I love teaching young learners and making each class a fun learning experience. 

Nursery B

Helena-Joan van Niek

KINDERGARTEN 1

Kindergarten 1A

Lauren Rowntree

Lauren Rowntree is from the United Kingdom and completed her BA of Honours degree in Sociology and Social Psychology. Following onto complete a PGCEI with Merit from Nottingham University.

Kindergarten 1B

Ashley Mitchell

KINDERGARTEN 2

Kindergarten 2A

Claire Doyle

Claire is originally from the United States, where she 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 K2 students.

Kindergarten 2B

Maria Kasianova

KINDERGARTEN 3

Kindergarten 3A

Stephanie Herron

Kindergarten 3B

Fiona Cunneen

Kindergarten 3C

Tinsley Nulph

GRADE 1

Grade 1A

Eilidh Louise Blackhall

Grade 1B

Kelsey Wilson

Kelsey graduated from Texas State University with a degree in elementary education. In addition, Kelsey has obtained an ESL certification and has done special training for teaching students with different cultural backgrounds. Kelsey started teaching in South Korea where she gained experience with grade 1 students. After spending a year at a bilingual school in Thailand she has decided to join our international school team! 

Kelsey believes that center-based learning is the most beneficial for students. It promotes group discussion and gives the students a sense of independence. In her classroom, Kelsey creates an open, safe environment that allows students to thrive. She encourages students to ask questions and take pride in their work. Her end goal is to create lifelong learners out of her students.

Grade 1C

Emillia Harris

GRADE 2

Grade 2A

Alastair MacDonald-Fraser

Alastair is from a seaside town in the South West of England and is in his tenth year of teaching. He graduated from the University of Southampton Solent and holds a Postgraduate Certificate

in Education from the University of Nottingham. After moving to Thailand in 2010, he began teaching at one of Bangkok’s most successful language schools and was rapidly promoted to

the position of trainer. Following this, he moved to a language school that specialised in phonics and reading and as well as teaching, developed a new preschool curriculum. He then spent three years within Bangkok’s oldest boys’ schools before finally joining a prominent international school with a reputation for academic excellence. Alastair believes in the importance of understanding each child’s individual needs and making learning as engaging and exciting as possible.

As well as trying to develop subject based learning skills, he also strives to build the life skills of all his learners.

Grade 2B

Soughne Dellar

Soughné graduated from the University of South Africa with a BA in Psychology, specializing in child and adolescent behaviour. She then went on to complete her PGCE (Intermediate and Senior Phase) and focused all her energy into teaching. Soughné is currently completing her Masters in Education through Liverpool John Moores University in England to expand her knowledge. Her passion for working with children started when she volunteered at a children’s home. What started with caring for children led to mentoring and teaching. Since then, she has used her experience and qualifications, including her dance teacher’s qualification, to teach in her home country as well as abroad in France and Thailand. Soughné has a student-centered approach and aims to facilitate her students according to their personal needs. She believes that every child is capable of reaching their full potential with proper guidance and support. She encourages her students to always strive to be the best they can be.

Grade 2C

Ornina Abacioglu

GRADE 3

Grade 3A

Dave Lankester

David Lankester is from the South West of England and has been teaching for twelve 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.

Grade 3B

Andy Weron

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.

GRADE 4

Grade 4A

Nicole Tirado

Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in educational leadership. Prior to 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.

While in the Western Hemisphere, Nicole served as a missionary, helping a non-profit organization build an elementary school in Haiti, years after the 2010 devastating earthquake. She went on to help sustain a community school for three years, including occasionally teaching in the classrooms.

After relocating to Thailand, she taught upper grade science, health, and English in Saraburi before joining the Raffles team. Her desire to teach and touch the lives of students around the world is apparent. 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. She is thrilled to be teaching at Raffles!

Grade 4B

Daniel Pennington

GRADE 5

Grade 5A

Darryl Crump

Darryl has a Master’s degree in International Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Darryl began his journey as an educator over seventeen years ago here in Thailand, and quickly progressed from teacher to teacher trainer. After moving to a prestigious, well known private school in Bangkok, he was promoted to the position of Academic Manager, a post he held for ten years before moving to Raffles American School.

As an educator, Darryl believes passionately in teaching children how to think, not what to think, in order to create critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Equally important, Darryl believes that learning must be fun and engaging for best results.

Grade 5B

Matthew Tate

Matthew is from the south of England and has been teaching and improving his craft for eight years. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Thailand to begin his teaching journey and worked at various schools in Bangkok, as well as in Beijing. He is currently writing his Master’s dissertation on promoting student voice in International Schools and strives to create a classroom environment where every child’s voice is heard. Matthew is now in his second year with Raffles and alongside promoting students’ voices he aims to build a classroom environment that helps create a love for learning and encourages students to be independent lifelong learners.

GRADE 6

Grade 6A

Mark Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell began teaching when he was in high school. He taught sailing and merit badge classes with the Boy Scouts of America. He continued this while at University where he earned two degrees: a BA in International Studies from the University of Oklahoma, USA, and a MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. He has minors in German and History. He is fluent in German as he was an exchange student. He worked for a number of years for Dallas ISD in Texas teaching 6th Grade. He is engaged and is a fan of the Werder Bremen football club.

Grade 6B

Alexander Warrington

Secondary

Grade 7

Lanita Sangalang

Grade 8

James Perriam

Grade 9

Adrienne Goetz

Grade 10

Daisy De Vera

An enthusiastic educator with unyielding commitment in teaching children, Daisy is a licensed teacher who has been in the teaching profession for more than a decade. She is a graduate of multiple degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in mathematics as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics.

Her experience includes teaching mathematics to levels ranging from primary to senior high school in multicultural and inclusion classrooms.

Daisy is able to remain flexible, ensuring that every child’s learning style and abilities are addressed.

She never stops expanding her horizons to be able to offer only the best for her students. She considers teaching her passion and her calling, and in addition to instructing students, she has also written mathematics books for learners in her home country.

Chinese

Head of Chinese Department

Sunantha Meesin

Sunantha Meesin is a Teacher in advanced Chinese courses. She has studied in Taipei for a BSc in food science and technology and in Bangkok, Thailand for an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.

Sunantha Meesin started her career as a teacher in private international schools in Taipei and Bangkok, teaching both English and Chinese language studies to students from kindergarten to high school. This was followed by her work as an Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese teacher for AP students, who have all performed successfully in AP Chinese Language and Culture examination. Her students have gone on to perform successfully in examinations for well-known Chinese universities.

Sunantha is highly enthusiastic about teaching and her experiences in foreign language instruction reflect her strong interest in enchaining student learning performances across all grade levels.

Jielin Qin (Monica)

Jing Wang (Dana)

Sunantha Meesin is a Teacher in advanced Chinese courses. She has studied in Taipei for a BSc in food science and technology and in Bangkok, Thailand for an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.

Sunantha Meesin started her career as a teacher in private international schools in Taipei and Bangkok, teaching both English and Chinese language studies to students from kindergarten to high school. This was followed by her work as an Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese teacher for AP students, who have all performed successfully in AP Chinese Language and Culture examination. Her students have gone on to perform successfully in examinations for well-known Chinese universities.

Sunantha is highly enthusiastic about teaching and her experiences in foreign language instruction reflect her strong interest in enchaining student learning performances across all grade levels.

Stacey Suchaoli

Sunantha Meesin is a Teacher in advanced Chinese courses. She has studied in Taipei for a BSc in food science and technology and in Bangkok, Thailand for an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.

Sunantha Meesin started her career as a teacher in private international schools in Taipei and Bangkok, teaching both English and Chinese language studies to students from kindergarten to high school. This was followed by her work as an Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese teacher for AP students, who have all performed successfully in AP Chinese Language and Culture examination. Her students have gone on to perform successfully in examinations for well-known Chinese universities.

Sunantha is highly enthusiastic about teaching and her experiences in foreign language instruction reflect her strong interest in enchaining student learning performances across all grade levels.

LiHan

Sunantha Meesin is a Teacher in advanced Chinese courses. She has studied in Taipei for a BSc in food science and technology and in Bangkok, Thailand for an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.

Sunantha Meesin started her career as a teacher in private international schools in Taipei and Bangkok, teaching both English and Chinese language studies to students from kindergarten to high school. This was followed by her work as an Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese teacher for AP students, who have all performed successfully in AP Chinese Language and Culture examination. Her students have gone on to perform successfully in examinations for well-known Chinese universities.

Sunantha is highly enthusiastic about teaching and her experiences in foreign language instruction reflect her strong interest in enchaining student learning performances across all grade levels.

Thai

Head of Thai Department

Supattra Saptaseekarin

Supattra have been teaching for over 15 years  in Thailand. Most of her experience comes from working in International schools as a Head of Department,Thai Teacher, Homeroom Teacher, Consultant and Teacher Assistant. She graduated from Burapha University in Thai Language Major and Teaching Diploma from Ramkhamhaeng University. She is currently the Head of Thai Department at Raffles American School Bangkok . She teach G6 – G10 Thai and Non Native Students.

She loves teaching and helping to support school activities. As being the leader, She aim to encourage and support Thai Teachers, Students and School to preserve Thai Language, History and Culture. She always train students about Manners and how to be respect to others.

She believes that all children has potential and teachers must guide them to use their abilities fully and also not to forget to be happy, strong and resilience.

Phichsinee Pawatphong (Pat)

Phichsinee graduated from Payap University with a Bachelor of Arts in Thai language. After graduation, she worked as a journalist and an editorial staff at various publishing and magazine companies for 10 years. This is the reason she always makes sure that she uses Thai language correctly. She shares her language with others and helps them use Thai properly.

Also, she furthered her studies in Teaching Profession from Dhurakij Pundit University and graduated in 2015 as well as holding Teaching License from Teacher’s Council of Thailand. And she is currently pursuing a master degree in Education Administration at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.

Phichsinee has been a Thai Teacher for international schools for the past 7 years. She has taught Kindergarten to Elementary levels both Native and Non-native speaking international schools. She participated in the training course of Techniques to Succeed in Teaching Thai to Foreigners from School of Language and Culture Technology Promotion Association (Thailand – Japan).

She learned about many problems of different people from different countries around the world, and how to motivate students to understand Thai better.

Wasana Jonkrajang (Som)

Teaching is Wasana’s dream career. She loves to excel in this field so much that she decided to focus her studies in Home Economics Education at Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep. After earning a Bachelor’s degree, Wasana began her first teaching career at Sarasas Witaed Suvarnabhumi School where she, as a Homeroom Teacher, was responsible for five general education classes, i.e., Thai, Mathematics, Science, Social Science (Religions and Cultures) as well as History. Knowing that these classes are significantly important as they are the foundation to build students’ success in life and future career, Wasana focused her teaching on physical and mental activity participation that enhanced her students to ‘learn by doing’.

In addition to her basic teaching responsibilities, she encouraged and trained her students to participate in invention from waste materials. They won gold medals in national competitions from various reputable organizations.

After eight full years there, for personal and professional growth, Wasana joined Thai-Singapore International School and continued on to Raffles American International School Bangkok. Because of valuable years of teaching experience she has gained, she applies such knowledge to students here with various activity participation as well as instructional media she invented by herself.

Wasana is very content when she sees students succeed in their work. Those happy faces are her dream comes true.

Alinya Bunyium (Bew)

Since August 2021, Ms. Alinya Bunyium has been teaching at Raffles. She graduated from the University of Verona, Italy, with a bachelor’s degree in Languages and Cultures for Tourism and International Commerce. She lived in Italy for over 15 years and worked as an administrator and accountant manager in a language school, where she developed a passion for teaching.

Her teaching methodology is student-centered, and she strives to meet the needs of our students. Her classes are designed to foster an open-minded approach to learning and a friendly classroom environment. Her teaching style also encourages students to make choices in their learning and to follow their curiosity.

With this teaching attitude, she is dedicated to ensuring that each student reaches his or her full potential while offering meaningful learning opportunities for the children.

Titayapa Atthapulsap (Air)

Titayapa holds a Mahidol University Master’s degree in Management and a Chulalongkorn University Bachelor’s degree in Education. Prior to entering the field of teaching, she spent five years in Thailand as a cabin crew member and business owner.

 

Prior to joining RAS, Titayapa worked as a Social Studies and Thai Literature teacher at Roong Aroon International School . She is also a member of Roong Aroon School’s International program’s opening team. She has a Teaching License from the Thai Teacher’s Council and has completed the International Baccalaureate training program (IB). She currently works as a Thai teacher at the Raffles American School in Bangkok. She teaches students in G6 – G10 Thai.

 

She believes that every child is unique and that they need an engaging educational environment for their all development. It is her goal to provide an environment where students can reach their maximum potential. She will provide a safe environment in which students may express themselves and take risks.

ELL

Simi

Social Studies

Kevin Cotter

Mark Mitchell

Alex Warrington

Swim

Ailene Lambanicio

Ailene has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Tarlac State University. After completing her degree in the Philippines, she decided to further her education by becoming a teacher. Ailene moved abroad in 2014 and began her teaching career in the South of Thailand. She completed 4 years teaching at her previous school before moving to Bangkok to join the Raffles team. Ailene holds a Level 1, Swim Instructor Certification through Swim Life International, She has completed her Certificate in Teaching in the year 2020 and is eager to use her new teaching skills that she has required.

Ailene likes to build a fun and creative learning atmosphere for all of her students. Her creative skills used to help develop different learning strategies and outcomes for the children. This makes her class more enjoyable and entertaining for the students. She also enjoys swimming, travelling, playing guitar, and being active. 

Ailene is thrilled to be part of Raffles American School.

Ivan Clark Lacson

Mr. Ivan is a licensed Swim Teacher under Swim Life International, an Australian swim club and school based in Bangkok through its SCA (Swim Coach Asia) License Accreditation Program. He is holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and a licensed maritime officer before he pursued teaching here in Thailand. His interest in swimming was honed in college, having it as one of his core fields of study in the university. He earned his Diploma in Teaching at Inter-Asian International Education. Before joining Raffles, he had vast experience in teaching swimming both in private institutions and schools, both here and in the Philippines. He wants to bring in the culture of safety, fun and effective learning and inclusivity as he faces a new chapter of his career. His love for swimming makes him more passionate to bring Raffles to the next level.

Science

Gazelle Palencia Loja

James Perriam

James is from Perth, Western Australia and has been teaching Science for almost 9 years. He completed a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Education at the University of Western Australia. 

Prior to joining RAS, James taught High School Science and Mathematics in Australia, and he also worked in environmental science for several years before deciding to move into teaching. 

James

Craig Lawrie

PE

Ryan William Holt

ART

Ariën van Lavieren

Ariën van Lavieren is a Dutch Certified Art Teacher from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

He has a BFA Ed from the University of the Arts in Amsterdam and he has a permanent Thai teaching license.  He has been teaching Art to different age groups/levels in the Netherlands and Bolivia.  For the last 4 years, he has been teaching Art to students in Bangkok at American International Schools. Ariën van Lavieren also graduated from two Dutch art schools: Gerrit Rietveld Academy (BA) in Amsterdam and from the Royal Academy of the Arts (BA) in The Hague. And he has over 20 years of experience working as a visual artist, producing and selling his art, and being active in cultural and creative areas. 

“Art is very important for students because they will learn to discover their creative potential and imagination. Through art, pupils learn about themselves, and their eyes are opened to the society around them”.

Nursery B

Helena-Joan van Niek

Music

Benjamin Melmoth

Mr Ben earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production from the University of Brighton, UK, and a PGCE (QTS) in Secondary Music from the Open University. Ben has taught a wide range of curricula in the UK, Thailand and China and believes that music can ignite a lifelong authentic, passion for the arts. Ben believes music has the power to transcend social and cultural barriers, providing a way for students to express themselves in unique and important ways. Ben is excited to help grow the Music program at Raffles.

Beverly Alejandro

Librarian

Erma Rixyl Aukay

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