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.
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.
Astrid joined WCIB in 2018 as the Leader of Junior Science. At the University of Nottingham, Astrid studied Biochemistry and then completed her PGCE teaching qualification. Astrid began her teaching career at Wellington College, Crowthorne, where she taught Biology and was an Assistant Housemistress. WCIB is Astrid’s second international school; she has taught Biology and Science to children aged 8-18. Her teaching experience includes the English National Curriculum, IGCSEs, A-levels and the IB DP.
Astrid works closely with Junior School Class Teachers to maximise the impact of the Science curriculum, so that it specifically develops skills, encourages collaboration and emphasises practicals. The aim of the curriculum is to foster academic curiosity and for students to experience deep learning to prepare them for studying in the Senior School and beyond.
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.
Susan K.S. Grigsby joined Wellington College Bangkok in 2018 as the Junior School Librarian. She has an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from University of West Georgia, a Masters in Library Media Technology from Georgia State University (GSU), and a B.S. from GSU in Commercial Music Recording and Production. She has been a school librarian for twenty-three years and has worked with children from Pre-Nursery through Year 13. She is a regular contributor to professional library journals and was one of only twenty-five library leaders in the USA invited to join the first cohort of the prestigious Lilead Fellows Program. Before moving overseas, Susan was the Program Coordinator for Georgia’s Summer Institute, an annual two-day professional conference for the State’s school librarians. She is currently on the team of instructors for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Leadership Induction Program.
Susan is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and has written extensively on professional development, future-ready library spaces, and information literacy. She has extensive experience working with teachers to infuse thoughtful uses of technology, critical thinking, research skills, and creative knowledge production into their lessons and unit plans. Her Ed.S. dissertation was on creating blended learning models to improve professional development for teacher librarians and how those models could also be used to maximize class time and reach diverse learners. Susan feels that the mission of the school library is to prepare students to be competent problem-solvers with strong research skills and the ability to read critically. She believes independent self-selection of reading materials is one of the most powerful ways to develop readers and that putting the right book in the right hands at the right time can be truly transformative.
Mrs Mandy Carter joined WCIB in 2018 as an Early Years Teacher. She qualified as a teacher in 1998 from De Montfort University in Bedford with a Bachelor of Education with Honours. Her four years of study enabled her to specialise in Primary Education with an emphasis on the Early Years. During her training and subsequent years of teaching, she has taught all the qay from Pre-Nursery to Y5. She has also had the privilege of working in a variety of schools both in the UK and in Germany, where she worked for Service Children’s Education. In the past, she has also led subject areas in History, DT, ICT, PE and has been a Phase Leader for Key Stage 1. More recently, Mandy taught in a British school in Poland, where she was Phase Leader for the Early Years.
Juliet started her teaching career in Australia, at Calliope State school, teaching Year 1. From Australia, she moved to Turkey and worked for five years at the British International School of Istanbul. From Turkey, she moved to the UK and worked at Rockingham Primary School in Northamptonshire for five more years. Subsequent to that, she worked for a number of years at another International School in Thailand.
Juliet adores working in Early Years and has previously been Head of Pre-Nursery and Nursery as well as Leader of the Foundation Stage.
Mr Mark Paxton joined WCIB in 2018 as an EYFS teacher. He has a Masters degree in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate qualification in Primary Education from Moray House, University of Edinburgh.
Mark has taught a wide range of age groups at both state and independent schools in the UK, but with a principal focus on the Early Years. His most recent post was Kindergarten Coordinator at an International School in Japan. There, he developed an interest in the development of literacy, particularly for EAL students. Mark has experience with several curricula, particularly the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. He is passionate about contextual, experiential, play-based learning. Mark has a particular interest in storytelling, the development of phonics and outdoor learning. He came to WCIB to seek new challenges and work in a school with world-class facilities and an exceptional reputation.
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.
Mrs Eirika Jakobsen joined WCIB in 2018 as an EYFS class teacher. She has a Primary Education degree from Birmingham University. WCIB is Eirika’s second international school: she previously taught in Egypt, also using the British Early Years Curriculum.
Eirika believes in inclusion for all and enjoys finding new techniques and strategies to use in the classroom to help all children achieve.
Since graduating from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a BA in Education and PE, Andrea has worked in five international schools, spanning four continents, as well as in a high achieving independent school in England. In previous contexts, she has successfully introduced yearly residential trips and encouraged the idea of letting nature be your classroom, as well as completely overhauling a school’s curriculum and assessment methods.
Andrea spent her formative years as a young athlete travelling around the UK to compete – being part of a team gave her a sense of identity and belonging. It opened her mind to different perspectives and encouraged her to broaden her horizons.
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!
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.
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).
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 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 Chantelle Matthews joins WCIB in 2019. She graduated from Birmingham City University in 2010, with a degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. Since then, she has been teaching children aged 2-7 in both England and Thailand.
Chantelle has a strong passion for teaching young learners and believes that all children should be given optimum opportunities to succeed. She does this by providing her students with active, hands-on learning experiences. As an early year’s teacher, she believes in a holistic approach to teaching and learning, and she strives to ensure that children develop not only intellectually, but physically, socially and emotionally too. She believes that these skills help to promote lifelong learners who are kind, confident, independent and willing to take risks.
“I work to inspire and encourage students to strive for greatness, reach their full potential and see the best in themselves. At Wellington I aim to instil a ‘can do’ attitude into even the youngest of learners to help promote positive feelings of self-confidence and self-worth.”
Ms. Sophie Eden joins WCIB in 2019. Sophie initially graduated in 2012 with a sports degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, she started her teaching career as a children’s sports coach amongst primary schools within Manchester, England. Sophie then moved to Thailand in 2013 and completed her PGCEI with the University of Nottingham. She has been living in Bangkok for 5 years and WCIB is her second international school in Bangkok.
Sophie has 5 years’ experience working with the EYFS curriculum and she enjoys reading new articles on effective approaches to Early Years learning; she then tries to implement them in the classroom as much as possible.
“I am always looking for the most effective approaches to learning to provide my students with the best opportunities when reaching 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.”
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.”
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.”