Teaching staff

Currently, the teaching staff at UDIS consists of the following teachers.

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Preschool – Olga Svyrdova

Olga holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philology and Translation, a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and is a fully qualified teacher from the Ukraine. Olga previously worked at the British International School of the Ukraine (an IB world school) and the Volksschule Sankt Kathrein am Offenegg school in Austria as an English teacher and Early Years Teacher. She has also completed two official training courses in the PYP and is able to speak Russian, Ukrainian. English and German.

Olga is a warm and caring teacher who takes pride in her meticulous preparation for her classes. We look forward to her adding a European flavour to our staff with her passion and experience with the inquiry approach.

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K1- Jennifer Chapman

Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in Primary Education from Sheffield Hallam University and Early Years Professional Status. Jennifer has worked in schools, Early Years Settings across the UK and childcare centres in Switzerland and Austria. She has come to us from a being a Preschool room leader in the UK and has considerable experience working within the 2-4 year old age range. She has recently completed a TEFL qualification.

Jennifer loves planning hands on child led exploration based on children’s interests and abilities, where children learn through play and having fun. She works closely with the children and their families to meet the child’s individual needs and areas of further development.

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K2 (Reception) – Jo Fletcher

Jo gained a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) from Canterbury University and is a fully qualified teacher from New Zealand. She has over 5 years’ experience working in early childhood centers in both Wellington and Christchurch. Working at UDIS is her first experience working overseas but she was previously an international student in Brunei and has travelled widely.

Jo really enjoys working with 3-5 year old children and is passionate about teaching these ages. She loves to know where children are from and ensures this is incorporated into her teaching as she helps children develop their own identities. She is also interested in fashion and computing and seeks to introduce these interests to her students as well.

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Year 1 Teacher – Jane Sutton

Jane holds a Bachelor degree in Music and teaching from Ripon and York University in the UK. With thirteen years teaching experience in schools across the UK, Cambodia, Norway, China and Taiwan. Jane has considerable experience working with the 3-7 year-old age range as well as coordinating Sports, Music, Art and Phonics. She also holds TEFL certification.

Jane is an energetic and caring teacher who takes great pride in her class. She firmly believes in teaching children how to think while building their confidence and allowing them to prosper.

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Year 2 Teacher – John Kelly

John was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where it is usually cold wet and windy and lived there for the first 16 years of his life before immigrating to Australia with his family. In Western Australia he was awarded a Bachelor of Education at Curtin University. John has taught in Australia, England, Turkey, Thailand, Qatar and Kuwait over nearly three decades. During his time in these various countries he has taught all grades of primary school and worked with students and teachers from across the globe. John is looking forward to returning to Thailand with his wife and son.

John considers himself an open, creative, friendly and reliable teacher who is a keen advocate for the development of community within a school. In past schools, he has taken pride in being able to utilise parents in the development of students learning. John believes that students must be engaged, challenged and able to reflect independently and collaboratively about their learning.

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Year 3 Teacher – Emmi Hines

Emmi holds a Master’s Degree in Administration of Education from Grand Canyon University. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University, TEFL and ESL certified from the USA. She has 12 years teaching experience in USA, China and 3 years at our sister school, NEBS, in Khon Kaen. Her passion is helping her students become the best they can be using a variety of teaching techniques that works best for each student.

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Year 4 Teacher – John Eastham

John holds a Masters degree in International Education from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and has taught throughout the Primary age range (5 to 11) in the UK, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand and most recently in Myanmar. John has worked in a variety of roles including Principal, curriculum leadership and class teaching. He is delighted to be joining UDIS at a time when it is developing its membership of CIS, and is an IB Primary Years candidate school, as this will ensure quality internationally based learning for all UDIS students. John is looking forward very much to being the Y3/Y4 classroom teacher enabling students to become active and independent learners.

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Year 5 Teacher – Robert Langridge

Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Education and an Ontario Teaching Certificate from the University of Toronto. He also holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Special Education Certificates. Robert has over 20 years of experience working in Canadian schools before teaching internationally in China, Egypt and Thailand. Robert is passionate about physical education and is a certified coach in track and field, soccer and volleyball. He has extensive experience in special education where he is trained at identifying the learning needs of students and intervention programmes to help them.

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Year 6/7 Teacher – Thomas Schuck

Thomas (Tom) comes to UDIS with over 25 years of educational experience in both public and charter schools with experience with the Core Knowledge, Singapore, Cambridge, IGCSE, PYP and MYP curriculums. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from the University of Colorado and his Master of Arts in Education (Administration and Supervision) from the University of Phoenix. Tom also has a track record of success in school leadership with prior roles from Assistant Principal to Head of School. Parent involvement and student achievement were at the core of his success in providing the best possible education for all students.

Tom and his wife have moved to Thailand to enjoy new experiences and to broaden his classroom experience. Tom has been involved with a number of community organisations and is an active board member of ‘Parents Challenge’ a group providing scholarships to underprivileged children. Prior to his career in education, Schuck spent 12 years working in the private sector with the Denver Nuggets NBA team, the cable TV industry and advertising. Tom’s personal life consists of his wife Christine, and their wonderful children and grandchildren. His favorite sports are tennis, hockey, running, basketball, skiing and of course football.

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Nanny – Paiwan Delcavo

Paiwan (Noon) is an Udon Thani native and has spent many years looking after children of various ages. Paiwan is kind and patient with students and is able to encourage students to be independent. She loves to be around children and is very helpful to the needs of the class and the homeroom teacher.

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Nanny – Kesorn Chompunimit

Kesorn is from Udon Thani and has spent many years looking after children in different settings. Kesorn has a lot of love for children and works hard at the school to care for the children in her care.

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Early Years T/A – Warisa Thepsurin

Warisa (Ploy) attended Wellington High School in New Zealand before returning to Thailand to study for her Bachelors Degree. Ploy also studied Thai Traditional Painting for four years at the Poh-Chang School of Arts and Crafts where she completed an internship at the Grand Palace. Ploy believes that happiness is the most important for children and is linked to the creativity that children have within them.

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Nanny – Banchong Preechachatchaval

Banchong (Oh) grew up in Udon Thani completing high school here. Before joining UDIS, she worked as an Assistant Pharmacist and a Nanny working for four years with a family in Udon Thani and their young children. In her free time Oh likes to learn about Chinese culture and teaches a community class of students from 3-10 years of age.

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Early Years T/A – Sriwong Chananchida

Sriwong (Dae) graduated with a Bachelors degree in English Communication from Rajabhat Udon Thani and a Masters Degree from Burapha University in Chonburi. Dae previously worked in quality control and as an English teacher in Bangkok, Chonburi and Udon Thani. She has a strong interest in Montessori teaching methods and hopes to contiue to develop new skills working with our K2 class.

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Primary Years T/A – Patthaya Deemuangkhong

Patthaya (Keb) has a Bachelor degree in Humanities from Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Santapol College in Udon Thani. She comes to us from Udon Christian Suksa School where she spent 5 years as an English teacher. Keb has an excellent understanding of teaching and an interest in helping people throughout the Asian region.

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Primary Years T/A – Potjanaporn Thanacharoen

Potjanaporn (Aom) spent a year as a youth exchange student in America while she was in high school. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industry Management from Rajabhat Suan Dusit University. Since then, she has worked at Thai Airways, Griffith Laboratories and Mead Johnson Nutrition. However, Aom has always had a passion for teaching and wants to begin a teaching career at UDIS and we are lucky to have her here.

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Primary Years T/A – Jiraporn Phetdee

Jiraporn (May) has a Bachelor of Arts (English, 1st Class honours) from Udon Thani Rajabhat University. She previously worked at Santapol Technological College as an English teacher and has also worked in private hospitals and at the Nation newspaper group. May is a hardworker who loves to be involved in the education of the students in her care.

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Primary Years T/A – Bunchayoot Thanajaroen

Bunchayoot (Toyo) has a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering (Management Technology) from Mahasarakham University and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Mahasarakham University. Toyo has work experience in quality control and automotive production and 3 years experience as a mathematics teacher in Thai schools. Toyo is a teacher with an excellent attitude towards his students and helps to develop the science and mathematics abilities.

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Thai teacher – Hattaya Sirito

Hattaya (Doum) holds a Bachelor of Art in English from Udon Thani Rajabhat University in Udon Thani and a Graduate Dipoma in Teaching from Santapol College. Doum has worked as a teaching assistant and clasroom teacher for 7 years at Paramin School and Tumble Tots in Udon Thani. Doum enjoys reading, drawing, Thai dance and handicrafts.

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Thai Language Teacher – Pakanatt Thadruk

Pakanatt (Natt) holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts in Regional Studies from Chiang Mai University. She has been working as a Thai language teacher for the past 5 years and comes to us from American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai. Natt is also experienced in the PYP and has completed a number of IB courses in her field. Natt teachers Thai language to all our students in a holistic fashion involving a number of different activities where the students can inquire and explore.

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Thai as an Additional Language (TAL) Teacher – Paew Kaewpakdee

Paew comes from the south of Thailand and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Ramkhamhaeng University, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Ramkhamhaeng University and a Graduate Diploma in Curriculum and Teaching. Paew has almost 15 years teaching experience in schools in Thailand and the Middle East and comes to us as our TAL teacher. She is very organised and reliable and loves to teach both Thai and English to her students.

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Chinese Language Teacher – Qiuxia Long

Long has a Bachelor of Education (Chinese language and literature) degree from Chongqing University of Education. She is a trained Chinese teacher who has previous Chinese teaching experience in schools in Chongqing. UDIS is the first international posting for Long and the first time she has been to Thailand.

Long is familiar with teaching Chinese to both non-Chinese speakers and Chinese language speakers using art, music, pictures, videos and resources. She believes that the best way to teach Chinese is through speaking Chinese to the students. She also enjoys travelling and has hiked in Tibet and did a self-driving tour of Route One in the USA.

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Physical Education/Swimming Teacher – Donato Nucciarone

Donato is a fully qualified PE and swimming teacher from Canada. He gained his Bachelor’s degree in Education (Physical and Health Education) from McGill University and also gained a TEFL certificate from the University of Toronto. He worked in various schools in Canada before setting off overseas and working at Assumption College in Bangkok. Donato operates his own summer camp in Canada and takes an active interest coaching, nutrition, personal development and electronics.

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Music, Art & Drama Teacher – Dr. Bernie Warren

Dr. Bernie was born in England and has lived in Canada since 1982. He is a trained English, Drama & Dance/Movement Specialist Teacher, holding a BA (Hons.) in English/Drama and a PhD in Psychology/Drama. He has taught Drama, Dance, English, Art and Music in school classrooms and is experienced in working with children with different abilities and learning styles. He also has 35 years of University teaching experience and remains the Professor Emeritus in Drama in Education & Community at the University of Windsor.

Bernie has worked as a professional actor, choreographer, dancer, theatre director and musician; is a respected author and a published poet and playwright. Dr. Bernie is a Master Teacher of clown-doctors and has studied Eastern martial and healing arts since 1969 and is recognised as a Qigong & Tai Chi ‘master teacher.’ He loves teaching, is very successful at motivating students to learn, and above all else … makes learning FUN

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EAL Coordinator – Phibzia Siddiqui

Phibzia holds a Master’s Degree in Education (TEFL) from the National University of Laos. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) and an Advanced diploma in “Early Childhood Development” from ECD-Affiliated Edith Cowan University (Australia). She has 13 years of teaching experience around Asia and has training and experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Phibzia comes to us from a position as EAL teacher at Vientiane International School.

Phibzia has the passion and the energy for English language learning and teaching across all levels of students. She has used a range of teaching strategies to accommodate student’s different learning styles and their unique needs.

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ICT Coordinator – Richard Slack

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education from Sunderland University. He has worked previously in schools in Thailand and Turkey teaching technology to students from different levels. Richard has a particular passion for IT which he used during a successful career in programming and systems management.

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School Nurse – Benjawan Potisarach

Benjawan (Som-O) is our school nurse. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Medicine and has a variety of prior experience working with young children.