Hannah joined Wellington College Bangkok in August 2020 as Head of Junior School, having previously taught and led in a number of world class schools including Dulwich College Suzhou, one of the top International schools in China.
Hannah’s passion for developing the most effective and engaging educational practices begun during her BA at Newcastle University, focused on Philosophy and Psychology. She then completed her PGCE followed by further research into educational practices during her MPhil. After teaching for a few years, in 2009 she partook in further study at King’s College London, focused on the power of creative arts in the classroom and the importance of cross-curricular teaching to support children in making personalised connections to their learning.
Throughout her experiences in schools, Hannah has continuously focused on forming strong, trusting relationships with children, parents and teachers in a school, believing fully in developing a caring and inclusive environment where every individual is supported to achieve their full potential. She also believes in the importance of educating the whole child – providing students with a wide range of authentic learning opportunities that develop their creative thinking skills, ability to solve problems, and developing their understanding of how they are able to apply their learning to the world around them.
Hannah is delighted to be leading the Wellington College Junior School team, developing endless opportunities for extraordinary learning that really encompass what it means to be a Wellingtonian.
Katie Byrne is Deputy Head – Junior School at Wellington College Bangkok, responsible for children from Pre Nursery to Year 2. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Education from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate qualification in Primary Education from Homerton College, Cambridge. After almost a decade of teaching in the UK, Katie has held senior positions at Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong and The British School in Tokyo. She is passionate about ensuring the best start for young learners and maintains a keen interest in curriculum development.
Sinead joined WCIB in 2018 as Director of Music. She has a degree in Music from Colchester Institute and completed her teacher training at the Institute of Education, University College London.
WCIB is Sinead’s fourth international school; she has taught children aged 3-18 in Korea, Singapore and, most recently, Mexico City. Her extensive teaching experience covers the English National Curriculum, IGCSE, IB Dip and A-level. Sinead also led the Music Department in a school in Essex, where she spent six years.
Mr. Jonathan Fudge joined WCIB in 2018 as Director of Sport. He teaches Physical Education throughout the school and oversees the outstanding extra-curricular provision for Sport offered at WCIB. Jonathan has a degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Science from Durham University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of East Anglia.
WCIB is Jonathan’s second international school; he came to us from the British International School Shanghai Puxi, where he taught pupils aged 2-18 in his role as Head of PE. Jonathan was in Shanghai for four years, having previously taught in the UK for seven years in a variety of roles. These roles included Physical Education teacher, Head of House and School Sport Coordinator.
Having represented Great Britain in the finals at 3 Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012), Mr. James Goddard will join WCIB as Head of Swimming in September 2020.
James knows exactly what it takes to make it to the top level of professional and elite sport. Aside from competing in the Olympics, he has won gold medals at various major World Championships.
James is excited to begin coaching at Wellington College and is keen to share his experiences with young swimmers to improve their technique but more importantly their love of the sport.
Ms Claire Herault joined WCIB in 2018 as Head of Learning Support.
WCIB is Claire’s fourth international school; she has taught children aged 2-10 in Koh Samui, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Claire trained and taught in the UK for seven years before beginning work internationally. She has always been most interested in enabling all children to reach their potential. She has vast experience working with children with varied additional support needs both as a Class and Learning Support Teacher. Claire believes in fostering strong working relationships with parents, Class Teachersm and outside professionals to support all children to access the curriculum.
Mr Robert Bradley joined WCIB in 2018 as a Year 5 Class Teacher. He leads the Mathematics curriculum team and works with whole-school Leadership Team on whole-school developments and improvement. Robert has an undergraduate degree in primary teaching from Hull University in the UK and a postgraduate Masters degree from the School of Law and Politics, also Hull University.
WCIB is Robert’s second international school; he previously taught at the original Wellington International school, in Tianjin, China. Whilst in Tianjin, Robert had responsibility for leading, at different times, Mileposts 2 (yr3-4) and 3 (yr5-6) as well as being a professional mentor for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) candidates. His teaching experience has been exclusively in the English National Curriculum, supplemented by inquiry-based learning from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
Ms Ailsa Carr joined WCIB in 2018. She has a degree in English Literature and Culture from the University of Hull and an IPGCE from the University of Sunderland. Before becoming a teacher, she worked with children for nearly ten years in a variety of roles through the theatre, youth groups, educational outreach programmes and the UK government’s National Citizen Service.
WCIB is Ms Carr’s second international school: she qualified as a teacher at Wellington College Tianjin and taught Y2 for two years there. Her teaching experience has been exclusively in the English National Curriculum. She is passionate about facilitating independent pupils who are enthusiastic about learning and resilient. Ailsa’s particular interests are facilitating and adapting the classroom for EAL learners in all subjects whilst maintaining the highest expectations for all.
She is also keen to encourage pupils to take to the stage as much as possible! In addition to writing and producing high quality class assemblies, she has run a singing group, an annual poetry reading competition, fashion shows, and even a circus show with younger pupils!
Miss Emma Cornick joined WCIB in 2019. She completed her Bachelor of Education with the University of Tasmania and has been working in early years classrooms for 11 years. Emma has worked internationally in Qatar, England, the United Arab Emirates and now Thailand. During this time, she has taken on team leader positions as well as running a nursery attached to a primary school in England.
Last year Emma was invited to speak at a conference in Prague to discuss how STEAM can be integrated in classrooms across the Early Years and ways to link with other year groups.
She is passionate about play-based learning as well as the natural environment and how to bring this indoors. She came to Wellington seeking new challenges while working in a school with an amazing reputation, incredible facilities and highly experienced teachers.
“I aim to provide the best opportunities for children to learn while also nurturing a love for life through wonder and awe. I look for opportunities to inspire children and encourage them to think independently and to question the world around them.”
Ms. Eden has been living in Bangkok and teaching Early Years for 6 years. Wellington College is her second international school in Bangkok.
Ms. Eden says, “I am always looking for the most effective approaches to learning to provide my students with the best opportunities so they can reach their full potential. These opportunities must allow for the students to become independent, focused and driven whilst also ensuring the students are healthy and happy individuals who love to learn.”
In September 2020, Ms. Eden joined the school’s leadership team as Head of Pre-Nursery.
Mrs Gill Elrick joined WCIB in 2018 as a Y3 Class Teacher. This is not her first international post: she has previously worked in Spain, Brunei, Taiwan, China as well as here in Thailand, and was Deputy Head of Juniors at Wellington College in Tianjin. Gill has a Bachelor of Education Degree from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has been teaching for twenty-one years, fifteen of which have been in Asia. She brings a wealth of experience in curriculum, school leadership and development. Over the years, Gill has held various co-ordinator posts and led the implementation of the IPC in Tianjin.
Gill is excited to be part of the next phase in the development of Wellington College. She is passionate about developing children’s thinking and encouraging them to take risks with their learning within a supportive environment. She particularly enjoys a creative curriculum and exploring concepts in different ways.
Miss Palesa Gunn will join WCIB in 2019. She has previously worked as a Year 2 and Early Years teacher in London, working with the Middle Leadership Team and supporting whole-school improvements to English planning, teaching and assessing. Palesa has a degree in History from The University of York and a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church.
Palesa acquired her love of teaching while volunteering in an orphanage school in Watamu, Kenya during her summer break as an undergraduate. Since then her teaching experience has been exclusively in London following the English National Curriculum. WCIB will be her first international school, and she is eagerly awaiting the experiences she will gain from being immersed in a new culture. Her favourite subject is English and she passionately believes that every child should leave school with a lifelong love of reading and the ability to effectively write in a variety of genres with their own authorial style.
“I will strive to ensure that every single child has the confidence and drive to work to their full potential in every lesson. I think that being a Wellington teacher is about nurturing scholarship, creativity and individuality so that pupils are ready for a university or career of their choice and a happy, fulfilled life.”
Miss Emily Jefferis joins WCIB in 2019. She has previously taught children in KS1 and KS2 in schools within the UK, most recently teaching in a school just outside of Bath. Emily has a degree in Primary Education from Worcester University specialising in cross curricular links between Mathematics and Science.
Emily’s teaching experience has been exclusively in the English National Curriculum, and she is passionate about delivering engaging hands-on lessons that get her pupils thinking and asking questions. Her current areas of particular interest are enabling learners to overcome their barriers in tangible way, forensically analysing data to identify individual next steps in learning for children and creating classroom environments that are engaging and vibrant.
“I endeavour to provide children with opportunities to grow as individuals, to develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world around them and to feel respected and be respectful of others.”
Mr Christopher Jenkins joined WCIB in 2018 as a Y4 class teacher. Chris has a degree in Welsh Language from the University of Wales, Lampeter; a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Wales, Carmarthen; and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Leicester University.
WCIB is Chris’ fourth international school: he has taught primary school children in Chiang Mai, Cairo and Shanghai, having started his career in the United Kingdom. More recently, Chris was a Y4 Leader at Duwlich College Shanghai, for four years. His teaching experience has been almost exclusively in the English National Curriculum and he is passionate about the excellent all-round education it provides young learners. Chris’ particular interests are Assessment for Learning techniques, the development of a Growth Mindset amongst students, as well as pastoral learning opportunities through Philosophy for Children (P4C).
Mrs. Josefsen joined Wellington College Bangkok in August 2020. She brings with her a wealth of Early Years’ experience to Wellington, having taught and led in schools in the UK and the Middle East. Prior to joining Wellington, Sarah taught in Pre-Nursery at Rugby School, here in Thailand.
Mr John Ludvigsen joined WCIB in August 2018 as a Junior School Class Teacher. He leads initiatives in progressive outdoor learning, literacy through film and digital technologies to facilitate relevant, tangible and creative contexts for learning. John has an honours degree in Sports Science from Edinburgh University and a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education from Dundee University.
John established his teaching practice in a rural coastal primary school in Scotland. He has taught innovatively across stages, gaining comprehensive experience in both infant and junior classes. John utilises his knowledge of Scotland’s inclusive ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ to enhance his delivery of broad, enriched and meaningful learning experiences, complementing his holistic and reflective nature. The opportunity to become part of a lasting legacy at WCIB represents a natural step towards fulfilling his ambition – to inspire students within a dynamic, internationally-minded community.
Mrs. Entwhistle joined WCIB in 2019 and has been an excellent addition to the Early Years team. She has a BA Honors Degree in Early Childhood Studies, a Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics Education and a PGCE. Prior to moving to Bangkok she taught all Early Years age groups in two excellent schools in the UK and was the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for a group of Reception classes.
2020 is Georgia’s second year in our outstanding Nursery team. She is passionate about developing all student’s individuality and creativity. Georgia is particularly accomplished at supporting the development of a child’s language and confidence in the classroom.
Ms. Bridden joined Wellington in August 2020. She holds a BA in Primary Education from Roehampton University and previous to joining Wellington College Bangkok, taught Year 4 and 5 in London for five years.
Through her teaching, Ms. Bridden aims to encourage and nurture each child’s love of learning through providing exciting and stimulating experiences. She believes that being creative and encouraging curiosity are the heart to enabling autonomous learners.
Ms. Grace Collins joined Wellington in August 2020. She has previously taught students across the Primary age rages in schools in London.
Grace has strong passion for developing children’s engagement and enthusiasm for their learning, encouraging them to be independent and curious. She particularly enjoys sharing her love of music and dance with students as this gives children opportunities to explore different cultures and express themselves through different art forms.
Ms. Xiaoya Li joined Wellington College Bangkok in August 2020 as a Mandarin teacher. Ms. Li has a degree in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Jilin International Studies University, a Teacher’s Qualification License of China, and a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Language (CTCSOL) from Confucius Institute.
Wellington College Bangkok is Xiaoya’ s second international school having taught in Thailand and China for four years. She has a strong passion for developing children’s enthusiasm for their Mandarin learning, encouraging them to know different cultures and express themselves in Mandarin.
Ms. Monro joined Wellington in August 2020. She holds a PGCE and a Batchelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kent. After consolidating her training in the UK, Ms. Monro has taught students of all ages in Europe and China, most recently leading Reception for the British School Guangzhou. She lives in Bangkok by her husband and twin daughters.
Mrs. Patel joined Wellington in August 2020. After graduating from the University of Manchester as a Bachelor of Music and gaining her Primary PGCE, Charlotte taught in the UK, USA and Shanghai.
Charlotte values building individual relationships with her WCIB students, allowing her to personalise their learning and inspire them to excel and achieve their next goal. In her classroom, Charlotte instills a sense of trust, pride and independence, ensuring high expectations are met whilst developing a love of learning across the curriculum.
Jamie Perrin began his teaching career in Istanbul, Turkey and has since taught Year 5, Year 1, Reception and Nursery in various British international schools in both Europe and Asia. After earning a degree in law, Jamie earned a Master’s Degree in Education. He is a firm believer that in order to develop a child to their full potential a teacher must create an environment where children are not afraid to experiment, confident that it is okay to ask questions and make mistakes.
Jamie’s favorite part about teaching at Wellington is working in a team with such energy and positivity as well as the sharing and openness that everyone brings. “Working at Wellington also gives me the opportunity and resources to develop students who have the best chance of becoming lifelong learners in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built school with the very best facilities.”
When he is not teaching or spending time with his wife and son, Jamie is training for his first Ironman triathlon.
My name is Sasitorn Plobthung, but you can call me Kru Kaew. I joins WCIB in 2020. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Thai Language from Mahidol University and Master of Arts in TESOL from Adelphi University, New York. I’m a Thai teacher. I have been working at international school for 6 years. I like to be a teacher because I love kids and love the idea of doing something different each day while making difference. I also love travelling to different places and exploring the culture nature and religions.
Ms. Stewart joined Wellington in August 2020. She has an Honours Degree in Primary Education from the University of Dundee and has been teaching in an International School here in Bangkok for the past two years, having previously worked in Spain and the UK.
Before joining Wellington, Katie was a Year One teacher and enjoyed devising new approaches to the curriculum rooted in the belief that children should experience the world around them in a state of awe and wonderment.
Ms. Chunzi Tian joined Wellington College Bangkok in August 2020. She has over 8 years’ teaching experience in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Ms. Tian has a degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Huaqiao University, China, and M.A. in English Language Teaching from Assumption University, Thailand.
Ms Tian passionately believes in the power of language learning in providing opportunities to children now and in the future. She comments that “a different language is a different vision of life. I aim to provide the students the key to open the door of many new worlds. ”
Outside of School, Ms Tian’s interests include playing the violin, Chinese dance and drums.
Ms. Tickner joined Wellington from the UK in August 2020. She came to teaching through the Teach First Leadership Development Program. She has worked in a diverse range of roles in education, having taught young adults and students throughout the Primary age range.
Ms. Tickner believes that every child should feel a sense of reverence and inspiration in every lesson and is looking forward to working towards building children’s sense of individualism and independence as they move through their educational careers
Lucy Trotter joined Wellington College Bangkok in 2018 as an EYFS teacher. She has a First Class Honors degree in Geography from Queens University Belfast, UK; a Buisness Diploma from Arcadia University, USA; and a PGCE from Buckingham University, UK. Lucy has been working in education for four years, with the majority of her experience focused on the Reception yeargroup. Before completing her PGCE, Lucy gained very valuable experience working as a teaching assistant in two international Early Years settings for several years.
Lucy works to ensure that children in the Early Years are given solid foundations based on real life experiences, using relatable and practical scenarios to help them understand the world around them. She particularly enjoys sharing her love of reading with the children, and the teaching of early phonics, which gives children their first opportunities to read and write independently. Lucy is keen to foster a ‘can-do’ attitude in her pupils, where children are aware of their own strengths and try their best. She enjoys giving the youngest members of the school family the skills to improve their independence, make choices for themselves and be resilient.
Ms. Truman is joining Wellington in August 2020. Most recently she has taught EYFS children at an Outstanding National Teaching School in Bristol, UK.
Miss. Truman has a First-Class undergraduate degree in Education and has been practicing in the UK for four years. Through her work with the Literacy Hub, she has become a model for the teaching of early Phonics and reading. She is particularly interested in ensuring children overcome any barriers to learning and has a strong commitment to making sure all children are able to reach their full potential.
Kru Aom joined WCIB in 2018 as Leader of Thai Teacher. She has a degree in Education (majoring in Thai) with an honour from Chulalongkorn University. During her student life, she was a volunteer teacher to make a contribution to the education of growing poor children. Her team designed teaching materials and books to help them learn Thai through visual and audio perception.
Kru Aom started her first teaching since 2002 as a role of Thai teacher at St. Stephen International School followed being Head of Thai Department at Regent’s International School Bangkok. She has taught children aged 5-18 in Thai Language and Culture including IGCSE and IB Thai.
During working with youngers, to enhance her teaching and value her professionalism, she was a part of lecturers and examiners at The Sirindhorn Thai Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University with offering an online Thai language course for medical, engineering, pharmaceutical sciences and architectural university students.
One of her proud as a teacher is helping her students attend their dream university.