School Director/Year 5 & 6
Welcome to ISC! I am pleased to be here for the 2020-2021 school year. 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 majoring in General Management. It was after my graduation that I got 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 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. After that, it was one professional development after another specialising 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 envisioned 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. All 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 have never stood still and that is why I ended up doing another Master’s Degree in Education, this time in Educational Administration. I have visited many schools as I am on the inspection committee of different accrediting agencies, which is where I learn and 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.
Deputy Head of School
Kia Ora and Sawasdee Kha. I'm Linden McDougall, the Deputy Head of School 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.
Early Years 1 Teacher
Let's play, learn, and grow together. Hi, my name is Freda Santos Catawe. Teaching is my passion and for that I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, majoring in Pre-school at Benguet State University in the Philippines.
As an educator, and throughout my teaching experiences, I have always wished to share my big heart to make a difference, have a great impact on the lives of my students and to facilitate the development of their skills, talents, attitudes and maximise their full potential.
I am excited to teach Early Years at ISC and to have this opportunity to work together with all our community members.
Early Years 2 Teacher
My name is Ms. Gede Lou M. Alejan and I teach Early Years 2. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Education, specialising 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 and Isaiah. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Rommel, for six years now.
I strive to make a difference by teaching future leaders and decision makers!
Early Years 3 Teacher
So nice to meet you all! I am Gabriela Fanelli, and I am an Italo-Argentinian. I have worked in Beijing as a homeroom teacher for the past 2 years and I am super excited to be back in Thailand, working at the International School of Chonburi from August.
My parents grew up near the mountains, so I developed a strong bond with nature from an early age, as well as a love for books – writing and illustrating them. When I am not reading about educational trends or learning about science, I work on my art projects. I am currently starting my second illustrated little book for children of all ages.
I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2013. I have always been privileged to connect my passions in education and design in the most beautiful places and varied work environments: a National Park near glaciers, a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian desert. In 2017 I became an English homeroom teacher in Chiang Rai.
As a ‘scientific artist’, I respect children as the young, yet deep, souls they are. I build a loving environment with them where all voices are important and where we acquire knowledge by investigating and developing creative strategies to express it. I have always worked in education to facilitate students to become active users of culture and media, instead of passive consumers, to help develop critical thinking. As a drama teacher, I also focus on the basis of self-mastery for inner confidence.
Year 1 Teacher
Sawatdee Ka, Kon’nichiwa, Ni hao, Namaste, Hola, Hello! My name is Shelia Bruton and I am the Year 1 teacher for this academic year. I was born in Chicago, Illinois but raised across several states in America. As a young child we travelled and lived in various states such as Illinois, Arkansas, Florida, Texas and, most recently, Missouri. My travels as a child helped me develop a love for researching and immersing myself in other cultures and backgrounds.
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis, I worked for over 8 years educating children between 2 to 8 years old.
Prior to joining ISC, I worked at an International Kindergarten in Chonburi, where I had the opportunity to interact and teach in the pre-nursery program while gaining knowledge of Thai culture.
I believe that every child is a unique individual and my mission as an educator is to take that individuality and help each child grow into the best version of themselves that they can be.
In my spare time I love to read, listen to music, cook and spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling with my son and immersing ourselves in the history and culture of the lands we travel to.
Year 2 Teacher
My name is Natalia Vallejo and I am from Malaga, Spain. I have been a teacher for seven years, having qualified with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, a Major in Analytical Chemistry, and having been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education by the University of Sunderland in the UK.
I started teaching in Primary and since then have taught Science to KS3 and KS4. I am very excited to get back to in primary and guarantee that we will have lots of Science experiments throughout the school year.
I came to Thailand with my family. My husband and I are both teachers and we have taught in International Schools in Brunei, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, and Spain.
In my spare time, I love to cycle and play badminton with my family.
Year 3 Teacher
Hello, all students and parents. My name is Michelle Savva. I am excited to be a part of the International School of Chonburi.
I have joined the school from Mpumalanga, South Africa and I qualified with a Bachelors in Education, specialising in Visual Arts and Technology from North-West University, Potchefstroom. I have been teaching for seven years and, in my opinion, there is no greater calling. It brings me great joy seeing students grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Being intimately surrounded by nature, inherently I spend most of my time outdoors. I enjoy spending time hiking, scuba-diving, horse-riding and setting my hammock up in a tree. I love field-hockey and swimming, too. I played and swam provincially as a teen, but now I find pride in coaching these sports and passing on my love for the sport and skills.
Year 4 Teacher
My name is Vida Ebrahimi and I am originally from Iran. After finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Tehran I moved to Sweden. Ever since then I have worked in international schools around the world. I believe teaching has always been my destiny. I come from a family of teachers. My first ever job was teaching English to my cousins. As a child, my role plays involved teaching and I ended up marrying a teacher.
I received my qualification from University of Sunderland, England, and continued my studies to a Masters in International Education.
Living an international life has made me a risk-taker and I challenge myself to trying new things. In my spare time I read, practice yoga, paint, cook and write stories. I also enjoy learning different languages.
I feel very lucky to have such an amazing job and am very excited to start a fresh school year here at ISC.
There is a poem, Butterfly in the Wind, that inspires me when I teach Art. It asks us not to compare children, because each child is different but they all do the best that they can. I see this in every child in my Art classes and I am proud of each final piece that they produce.
I am from Ban Bueng in Chonburi, the fourth daughter of five children. I went to Chiang Rai for university but came back to Chonburi because of my family. I'm lucky to have them close by so I get to go home on the weekends to be taken care of by my mum. This is my third year teaching Art at ISC. I have found that art has always relaxed me and challenged me creatively. I also enjoy traveling. One of my goals is to visit every national park in Thailand with my friends. Another is to teach art to children in a rural school in Thailand.
The ISC community is like another family and I enjoy working here very much.
My name is Liliedale Gladden and I am from The Philippines. It has always been my passion to follow in my dad’s footsteps to be an inspirational teacher since I was very young. After I graduated high school, I received a Bachelor of Elementary Education with a specialisation in primary music.
I have also worked as a Homeroom teacher for children between the ages of 3 to 7 years old so I understand the needs of every individual child that walks into my classroom. Teaching children is an honour I take seriously as I am helping to shape their lives and using my skills to create a perfect environment for them to learn and grow.
I have a number of hobbies such as playing basketball and volleyball. Of course, being a music teacher I love singing, dancing and performing arts. My number one passion in this area is playing the piano.
I am blessed to be able to travel the world and teach and am delighted to be in Thailand. I am keen to learn the language and culture of this amazing country and I hope my enthusiasm and passion shines through to every child who steps into music class at ISC.
Hello, everyone. My name is Andy Wiriya. I am from Thailand and I teach Physical Education (P.E.) and swimming at ISC.
I have roughly 7 years of experience in term of teaching P.E., swim coaching and football coaching. Prior to working at ISC, I worked in several International schools in Bangkok, as well as two football academies.
I finished my bachelor’s degree, majoring in Sports Coaching Sciences, at the Faculty of Physical Education, Srinakharinwirot University (SWU).
My desire is to be the best coach and sports teacher I can be. I love to inspire my students and I am always happy to see their face with smiles during my lessons as they improve in terms of their physical skills and their mentality.
As a teacher and parent, I love to see our students grow up and I enjoy supporting them as much as possible as I try to instil a passion for sport and exercise which will help them stay fit and healthy throughout their lives.
Teacher of Thai
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 16 years in international schools and have worked at ISC for 6 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.
My name is Samik Majumder. I am a professional yoga, rikki and wellness instructor, and I am delighted to be able to share my passions and explore the many benefits of yoga with our ISC community.
I started my journey in 2005, travelling the world and have received a range of yoga teacher training qualifications during that time, including from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India.
In 2019, I was awarded a best yoga instructor award in Thailand.