Mr Chris Walton joins WCIB in 2019. Chris has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and has a varied and fascinating background, which includes running his own motorcycle business and working as a Yacht Technician.
Before coming to Thailand, Chris worked at one of the most interesting British schools in the world, the British School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Most recently, he was Head of Mathematics in Khao Yai for three years, where he learned a great deal about Thailand and its people.
“I am particularly looking forward to working on the risk–taking and critical thinking aspects of life at WCIB, and I am excited about the opportunity to listen to students thinking outside the box. I am also delighted to be a part of the team which will forge our future generations.”
Mr Fabrice Blum joins WCIB in 2019. He will lead the development of the Computing curriculum and work with the Leadership Team on whole-school development and improvement. Fabrice started his career as a language teacher but subsequently decided to retrain and follow his passion for Computing. He has taught Computing in both the UK and overseas and has a PGCE teaching qualification from the University of Greenwich, London.
WCIB is Fabrice’s third international school. He worked at the British School in Manila for six years, where he taught children aged 6 to 18, and more recently in Thailand where he worked as Head of Computing. Fabrice is passionate about helping his students develop problem-solving skills in Computing as well as critical-thinking skills and resilience to help them cope with rapid changes in technology and the world around them.
“Being a Wellington teacher means I constantly have to look for new ways to push and challenge myself and my students, ensuring that I create a classroom atmosphere which is student-centred and which clearly focuses and fosters values of student questioning, collaboration, creativity, independence and reflection.”
Mr. Jack Burkill joins WCIB in 2019, having previously been Director of English at Reach Academy Feltham, a through-school in London. Jack attended the University of Sheffield and then trained to teach via the well-regarded Teach First Programme.
WCIB will be Jack’s first experience of international school teaching, and he is excited about the opportunity to welcome WCIB’s first cohort of Year 7 students to the school. Jack has had experience teaching students of a variety of ages, from Years 3 to 13, but his passion is Senior School teaching of literature. He has experience in backwards-planning curriculums, allowing all learners to be successful, and he is hoping to inspire a love of reading in every WCIB student he meets.
“I am determined to help students become well-rounded through academic success and engagement with the world as a whole. I am looking forward to developing an outstanding English curriculum, as well as being involved in a variety of Wellington’s enrichment opportunities.”
Mr Findlay joined WCIB in August 2018, working in Y5 and assisting in EYFS. In August 2019, he will return to Senior School teaching as Head of History and Geography. At the University of Dundee, Stewart attained a Master of Arts in History. He also has a PGDE from the University of Glasgow in Secondary History teaching.
Wellington College Bangkok is Stewart’s first international post; however, he established his outstanding teaching practice working in Scotland for 6 years, at Morgan Academy in Dundee, where he helped to implement a new History, Geography and Modern Studies curriculum throughout the BGE phase. In his final year, Stewart took a middle management role, running a newly formed department which collaborated with SLT, external partners and the school pastoral team to maximise student engagement with school life.
“A teacher at Wellington College is passionate, engaging and someone who consistently encourages all Wellingtonians to endeavour to reach their academic, sporting and social goals. We must always go the extra mile for our students and constantly question and adapt our practice for a more effective outcome.”
Miss Duna Carbonell joins WCIB in 2019. She has a BA in Fine Art from London’s Central St Martins School of Art and a PGCE teaching qualification in Art and Design from Goldsmiths, University of London. Before becoming a teacher, Duna worked as a professional photographer, and was drawn to teaching after running Art workshops for young people in institutions like the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum in London.
Since then, Duna has taught children aged 8 to 18 in the UK, New Zealand and Thailand, a country she is excited to call her home again. Her most recent post was at Dulwich Prep School in London, where she led the Art department, helping students achieve places and Art scholarships at some of the most prestigious Senior schools in the UK.
“As a Wellington teacher, I feel a strong commitment to providing my students with an inspirational education that awakens in them a love for learning, celebrates individuality, promotes creative thinking and gives them the confidence to solve problems independently and collaboratively.”
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.
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.
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.
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.