I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Having spent all of my school life as an international student in Bangkok, I am a true reflection of the international school student. I understand and experienced it first hand.
In 1997, I graduated from Ekamai International School. After high school, I joined Assumption University in the Faculty of Business Administration. There I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (B.B.A) majoring in General Management. It was after my graduation that I had gotten a chance to start working at the Early Learning Centre in Bangkok, at the time, the only Reggio-Emilia inspired school in Thailand. My experience there changed my life, and I discovered a new world of learning and teaching. I had this immense passion and enthusiasm for learning and development, that is when I realized that this was my true calling. I had always thought I was going to end up in the corporate world wearing a power suit, but as I had also worked as a consultant at IBM/PWC and a research executive at ACNielsen, I knew that it did not resonate with my intention for life at all. I found my inspiration in being within a learning environment, in supporting the child and most importantly in believing in the importance of the journey that never ends, the journey of learning. That is when I went back to school and got myself a Master’s Degree in Education majoring in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed-CI).
After that it was one professional development after another specializing in Early Years and Multiple Intelligences. Although I have worked in several schools, my best experience would be with the team that brought in Helen Doron Early English into Thailand. There I was encouraged to fill in the missing gap in education and with that intention I started ISC. I envision ISC as a school that values people, a school that is real and what idealists have written about.
I promised myself that as long as I am here, I will be guided with my intentions as providing the very best for every single child that walks through these doors. Every progress matters no matter how small. Being an educator is like being on a never ending adventure, there is so much more to learn every single day. I never stood still and that is why I ended up doing another Master’s Degree in Education, this time in Educational Administration (M.ED-EA, with Honours). I have visited many schools as I am on the inspection committee of different accrediting agencies, which is where I learn and a keep myself updated on best practices. Everywhere that I go, I end up looking back at my school and think to myself that ISC is a very special place. At ISC we really put the children first and every child matters
Kind regards and best wishes
Ms. Laxmi Dangmaneerat
Kia Ora and Sawasdee Kha. I'm Linden McDougall, the Academic Head at ISC, and very fortunate to be able to call New Zealand and Thailand home.
I have been both, a student at international schools in Thailand and a teacher, first coming to Thailand as a child and then marrying a Thai and making my life here.
I left Thailand to finish high school and go to university and teachers college in New Zealand
My husband and I have two wonderful sons; Boss and Sam. I treasure family and friends and love getting the Sunday morning paper and finding a cafe somewhere to read it. I never miss a rugby game when the All Blacks are playing and find the perfect balance, coming to ISC each day, where the staff, parents and children give me great pleasure.
Key Stage 2 Teacher
Hi. My name is Emma Dunn and I am the Year 3/4 teacher at ISC.
I’m originally from Australia, where I gained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education.
I have lived and taught in Bogotá, Colombia, for the last two years, with my husband, Alex. We have a one-year-old daughter, Isobel, who loves the Kindertime programme here at ISC!
Before Colombia, we lived in Pattaya, so this is our second time living here.
In my spare time, I like to travel, swim and play with my daughter.
Early Years Teacher
My name is Ms. Gede Lou M. Alejan and I teach Early Years 2. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Education, Specializing in Early Childhood at West Visayas State University in the Philippines.
Prior to teaching at ISC, I lived and taught in Denmark for two years. I enjoyed teaching Danish children as much as I did learning from them. I learned to speak the language and learned to ‘hygge,’ which means to relax after work and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
My training and education background have taught me to love and embrace diversity in a multicultural school. This is my seventh year at ISC and I am immensely thankful to have this opportunity to teach, and help children to learn and grow. It is also a privilege to work with a team of dedicated, compassionate and phenomenal staff.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two beautiful children, Psalm (who is in EY1) and Isaiah. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Rommel, for four years now.
I strive to make a difference by teaching future leaders and decision makers!
Key Stage 1 Teacher
Hello. My name is Ms. Georgia and I am the Year 1 teacher at ISC. I have moved from England to the school and this is my third year teaching.
I studied a Primary Education degree for 4 years in England and completed my first year teaching in Year 1. In my second year, I gained more experience by supply teaching for a year in all classes from EY3 to Year 6. I chose to teach in Thailand after I volunteered in Chiang Rai for 6 weeks. I fell in love with the culture, children and the country.
I have taught sports in America and worked with a Year 1 group at a camp in New York. This gave me a passion for traveling, volunteering and working with children.
I enjoy playing sports and exploring new places whenever I have time.
Hello! My name is Mr Joe and I am the PE and Swimming teacher. I have been teaching for 9 years since I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Four years of that was in the Philippines and I have spent another five years at other international schools in Bangkok. I enjoy sharing my knowledge about sports and find joy in seeing children grow up with a “healthy mind and body.”
I love to do adventurous sports and have completed a couple of Olympic distance triathlons. I hope to do a full one by the end of next year.
Being with such a wonderful community at ISC is one of the best things that has happened to me and I’m looking forward to learning and growing more as a person. I am very proud to be a part of the ISC family!Regards,
Key Stage 2 Teacher
My name is Lily Thorp and I am the Year 5 and 6 teacher at ISC. I’m half French and half English and I grew up in both Belgium and the U.K.
I studied Marine Biology at Newcastle University (UK) and I’m passionate about the sea and everything that lives in it.
Following my time at university, I worked in the banking industry, and although it wasn’t a career I wanted to pursue, I was lucky enough to spend my lunch breaks reading to children from various primary schools. That’s when I decided I had to work with children. I was pointed in the right direction, returned to university in Bristol, got my teaching degree and haven’t looked back since!
I love my career, the fun atmosphere within the ISC team, and doing my hobbies which include swimming, photography and traveling.
Early Years Teacher
Hi! My name is Lynneth Firmeza, although all of my students call me Miss Lynne.
I teach the EY1 class here, and have been part of the ISC team for seven years. Before that, I was teaching for three years at Colegio de San Ignacio, Davao City, Philippines.
When I am not planning exciting activities for our little students in EY1, I am relaxing at the beach or chatting and spending time with friends. I love reading inspiring books and sharing that inspiration with others via Instagram or Facebook.
I hope to see you soon in Early Years 1!
Early Years Teacher
Hi! My name is Marc Zwartepoorte and this is my second year at ISC. My wife and I moved here 2 years ago to chase our dream; living and working abroad, in the country we fell in love with. I am originally from The Netherlands, where I did my studies and started to work with children. Before we moved to Thailand, I was working at the British School of Amsterdam where I got to know more about the possibilities of leading an international life as a teacher. I enjoy spending time at the beach watching the sunset while having a nice dinner. I have always played baseball, but at the moment there is no team in Pattaya. I play football and I just started rugby, which I find just as entertaining and challenging.
My name is Nikol, and I have been the music teacher and a very active parent at ISC since 2014. I hold a Master’s Degree from the Czech Republic, my country of origin, and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth College, Georgia, USA. I love music in all its forms; listening to both modern and classical music, singing, playing a variety of instruments, and dancing.
I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy; traveling, exploring new places, swimming, playing, and cooking together. When we moved to Thailand in 2009, my daughter was three years old. We were looking for a safe and caring environment to start her schooling. We were really lucky to have found ISC.
The staff has become a part of our family, always ready to help and stay close to us. As a parent, I am extremely happy to see my children grow into the open-minded, knowledgeable, respectful people they are becoming.
My name is Pray Charuchinda. I teach Thai to Thai students (Thai Language) and Non-Thai students (Thai Studies). I have been a Thai teacher for 15 years in international schools and have worked at ISC for 5 years.
I did my Masters Degree at Dhurakijpundit University, majoring in Business Communication (PR and Advertising Marketing). At the same time, I worked with my uncle's production company for Channel 3, Thailand. I was an Assistant Director. I enjoyed this work but in my mind, I thought this is not for me. I love children and I wanted to stay or work with them.
I feel all children are like a white cloth. As adults, our job is to give them colour. At home, I live with my retired parents and our family cat. We enjoy cooking, eating and spending time together.
Key Stage 1 Teacher
My name is Mr Rob and I am the Year 2 Teacher at ISC. This is my first full time teaching position outside of the UK. As part of the route that I have taken to get here, I have completed a BA Hons degree in English and Education Studies, which enabled me to get a taste of teaching abroad.
Between my first and second year, I taught in a government school in Kuraburi (2 hours north of Phuket) for twelve weeks, which made me even more determined to become a fully qualified teacher and eventually return to Thailand. I completed my degree and then worked for a year in the UK and I am now in my second year as a fully qualified teacher.
I love sports, both watching (particularly Manchester United) and playing them. I have continued to play rugby since arriving in Pattaya and I hope to join a cricket team as well in the near future.
I am extremely happy to be here and have been made to feel so welcome. I hope the children enjoy being part of my class as much I enjoy teaching them.
Kind regards and best wishes