The Pre-Prep teachers are carefully selected with a focus on their experiences, interests and qualifications. Our teachers are predominantly British, but also hail from Australia and Europe. We look to seek motivational, energetic teachers who can add positively to the curriculum, and each Pre-Prep teacher brings their own unique talents to the Prep-Prep educational experience.
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Sarah Shuttleworth (British)
Head of Pre-Prep
Sarah joined Rugby School Thailand after five years as an ‘outstanding’ Assistant Head and Head of Pre-Prep at Feltonfleet Prep, a private school in southern England. She brings fresh ideas and vision, and ‘total commitment to the personal, social and academic development of the pupils in her care’, and has been a very highly-regarded Head of Early Years in three different countries, all following the British National Curriculum. These include Regents International School in Bangkok, Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok, and international schools in Hong Kong and Indonesia.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Qualified Teacher Status, from the University of Leeds. In 2011 Sarah qualified as an inspection team member for the CIS (Council for International Schools). She has established a wide range of initiatives in her career, from cursive handwriting schemes, to soft play rooms, to woodland nature areas. Sarah says that she ‘firmly believes that all we do must be for the good of the pupils’, and that she has ‘high expectations in terms of both the quality of work produced and the behaviour expected’.
Sarah is married with a son, who is a pupil at Rugby School Thailand.
Mark Symmonds (British)
Deputy Head of Pre-Prep and Year 1 Teacher
Mark has joined the school from his role as Head of Year One at Brighton College Al Ain in the UAE. There he was responsible for the Junior School maths curriculum, led the Teaching & Learning team, and designed the Staff Induction Programme (forming part of the dissertation for his masters degree in International Education). Described as ‘the consummate professional… popular with pupils, teachers and parents alike’, Mark has high expectations, and believes that ‘there is no better job in the world than playing a part in shaping young minds, developing their curiosity and love of learning.’
Mark qualified as a teacher in the UK and has previously taught both in the UK and abroad. He plays and coaches football, runs a maths activity, is a Level 2 Google Educator and has a keen interest in ‘all things technology’.
Mark has moved to Thailand with his wife and their two young children.
Hannah O’Brien (British)
Assistant Head of Pre-Prep & Reception Class Teacher
Hannah was previously a Reception teacher, Key Stage 1 / Early Years leader, and a member of the Primary Leadership team at The British School in New Delhi, India. Prior to that she has been a Reception teacher at private and state schools in the UK, as well as a PE coordinator and a curriculum coordinator. She has a BA in Primary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University College.
Hannah has a range of interests and has run cookery activities, a horticultural club, and after-school sports clubs in netball, football and cross-country. Hannah says that “a child’s future choices, attainment, wellbeing, happiness and resilience are profoundly affected by the quality of the guidance and care they receive during their first years of education”.
Hannah and her husband, Kieron, have two daughters who are both at Rugby School Thailand.
Ms Pakanatt (Natt) Thadruk
Thai Principal, Thai Teacher
Previously Thai Director and Thai teacher at Udon Thani International School and the American Pacific International School in Chang Mai, Khun Natt brings close to a decade of experience in international education to RST. Khun Natt is also a certified School Evaluator for the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Khun Natt combines an impressive career path with a keen interest in arts, meditation and cuisine. She continues to volunteer as a Thai Teacher and Cooking teacher of disabled children at the Dulabhatorn Foundation. Khun Natt has a Master’s degree in Southeast Asia Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Chiang Mai University.
Carly Sizer (British)
Year 1 Class Teacher
Carly is an Early Years specialist with a postgraduate Certificate of Education from Chester University UK, and a degree in psychology from Sussex University. She has UK classroom experience with Nursery and Reception age groups., and was was previously Head of Pre-School and Year Group leader at the Gulf English School in Qatar, with responsibility for curriculum planning and parental communication.
Carly’s own experience growing up in Africa has influenced her beliefs as a teacher that “learning should be an enjoyable experience”. Her relationship with the children in her class has been rated as ‘outstanding’ in all observed lessons, and she is involved with a variety of after-school clubs such as art, sport and dance.
Carly lives here with her husband, Chris, who is a Year 2 class teacher.
India Collings (British)
Nursery Class Teacher
India joins us from her role as an Early Years teacher, Science co-ordinator and music representative at one of the top-performing Primary schools in the UK. An ‘outstanding’ phonics teacher, India is described as ‘a strong and reliable member of the team who works diligently and with enthusiasm to ensure children are happy and make good progress’. She has gained experience working with EAL pupils and recognises that ‘it is important to create a positive relationship with all pupils so that they feel safe in their learning environment and achieve to their fullest potential’.
India has a PGCE (Primary and Early Years) and a degree in music. She is passionate about music and has extensive experience in leading choirs as well as singing professionally. Both her and her husband, Ben who teaches music, contribute extensively to extra-curricular musical activities within the school.
Georgia Wicks (Australian)
Year 2 Class Teacher
Georgia joins the school having worked at Elizabeth Moir International School in Sri Lanka and at a Primary School in Sydney, Australia. She brings great enthusiasm to her role here as a Reception class teacher, with a focus on art and creativity, and organising events such a science fun day, called ‘Whizzbangtechnitastic’.
Georgia has a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from Swinburne University in Australia, as well as a CELTA qualification for EAL. She describes her main focus as ‘fostering a positive learning environment for all pupils’. Going back a few more years, Georgia was educated at NIST, Bangkok, where her mother was a teacher whilst her father was a teacher at another international school in Bangkok.
Georgia joins the school with her husband, Previne, and their two children who are both in Pre-Prep.
Miki Tokumitsu (Japanese)
Year 1 Class Teacher
Fluent in English, Miki was educated at a British curriculum international school in Singapore and was based in Australia from 2005. She has experience teaching from Years 1-3, and for four years prior to joining Rugby School Thailand she was a classroom teacher at a public school in Sydney, where she was an active member of the Visual Arts Committee, the Concert Committee, the Mathematics Committee, the Technology Committee and the Environmental Committee. She has mentored trainee teachers, run many different curricular clubs and coordinated charitable fund-raising.
Miki obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Sydney, and is CELTA qualified to teach English as a foreign language. She says that her priority as a class teacher is to ‘provide a safe and supportive learning environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging’, and ‘where learning is engaging and enjoyable’.
Samantha Rigg (British)
Year 1 Class Teacher
Samantha has enjoyed a range of different teaching experiences. Her career began at a countryside primary school in the UK, where she taught mixed age groups. From there she moved to a private London Prep School as a Year 1 and Year 2 class teacher, and then onto a role as Year 2 class teacher in a British International School in Rome, Italy, which is where she joins us from.
Described as “an enthusiastic and motivated class teacher, who has nurtured and inspired her class”, and who “values each and every child in her class, very much encouraging their individual contributions”. Samantha strongly believes that school should be “a friendly and positive place where children are able to grow and learn, socially, emotionally and academically.”
Having led staff training on phonics and been a mentor to newly-qualified teachers, as well as enjoying painting and sewing, and running activities on creative writing and healthy eating, Samantha is able to support our co-curricular beliefs well.
Christopher Sizer (British)
Year 2 Class Teacher
Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the UK, and spent five years teaching at the Gulf English School in Qatar where he gained invaluable experience teaching EAL pupils. His talents were much appreciated by the Qatar parents, who regularly requested to have their children in his class. He quickly develops a rapport with the children and, allied with high expectations, has an instinctive appreciation of their educational needs.
Chris is passionate about the theatre, and looks to incorporate drama into his lessons to help reinforce learning. He is also a keen sportsman and a talented, enthusiastic sports coach.
Chris is newly married and joined here by his wife, Carly, a Nursery Teacher.
Jo Westlake (British)
Director of Music
Jo’s first appointment as Director of Music was at Packwood Haugh Prep, a renowned UK private school, where she revitalised the music department and taught music from Pre-Prep to Year 8. Jo subsequently played a significant role in the success of the music department at Brambletye Prep, whilst at the same time taking on a range of responsibilities as a member of the Senior Management Team. Earlier in her career, Jo spent several years teaching piano at Glenalmond College and Strathallan School, both in Scotland, before moving to Thailand to teach class music at Bangkok Patana School.
Jo studied piano at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and completed her postgraduate studies in Chamber Music with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, one of world’s leading conservatoires. Jo then won a scholarship to continue her studies in Canada as Pianist in Residence at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts.
Jo is married and has two boys, both of whom joined Rugby School Thailand in its first term.
Ben Collings (British)
Ben has over 18 years of experience working as a performer and musical director. During his career he has founded and directed choral societies, youth choirs, musical theatre groups and orchestras. He plays the French Horn and the piano. He is a music and singing teacher at his current school, and is described as an “enthusiastic and inspirational teacher” He strongly believes that music is an essential component to a well-rounded education, providing individuals with the opportunity to discover and express themselves in a different way to core subject areas.
As a scholar at Oundle School in the UK – a local rival to Rugby School UK – Ben went on to achieve a first class degree and masters in music from Bath Spa University. As well as his passion for music, Ben enjoys playing rugby, football, hockey and cricket, and he has achieved success in sailing at national level. He is a keen thespian and a ‘huge fan of Lego’.
Ben joins us with his wife, India, who is a Nursery teacher.
Craig Wood (British)
Head of Aquatics
Craig joins us from the Isle of Arran in the UK, where in five years he played a major role in transforming swimming and triathlon from basic programs to one of the top competitive clubs in the country. Within that time, the very first government-funded School of Sport was established at Arran High School – a first in Europe, and largely as a result of Craig’s efforts as Head Coach to push for excellence within the three disciplines: swim, bike, run. Craig founded the hugely popular Island-2-Island event, which attracts open water swimmers and triathletes from all over the country.
Craig is a UKCC Level 2 coach in both triathlon and swimming, as well as a UKCC Level 2 swim teacher. He has coached children from as young as eight to national titles, all the way up to Great Britain age group, European and world qualifications. Craig’s passion for sport extends beyond coaching: originally from a rugby and swimming background, he is also a keen and competitive triathlete himself, qualifying for multiple age group teams for Great Britain. In his first step-up to the Ironman distance, he recently qualified for the world championships.
Craig writes: “I’m really looking forward to developing one of the very best training and performance programmes at Rugby School Thailand and believe the school has everything required to make this happen.”
Craig joins us with his wife and their two daughters, both of whom compete in all three triathlon sports.
Nathalie Winters (Dutch)
Nathalie has had nearly 30 years of experience as a school counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist and a teacher. She has MSc in Psychology, MA in English Language and Literature and an International MBA. She started her career teaching English and literature.
Having gained experience in the educational field, she moved to school counselling and school psychology. Nathalie loves working with children and young people and is passionate about making a difference to the lives of the pupils. She is a result-oriented, dedicated, reliable and highly motivated professional.
Having worked as a school counsellor and psychologist with international students in The United States, The Netherlands, UK, Spain, Russia and Thailand, Nathalie has developed her own methodology and offers a tailor-made solution for each individual case using her extensive knowledge of cognitive and behavioral therapy, positive psychology, psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy. The students trust her approach and her working style. They appreciate her understanding, empathy and friendly demeanor. Being trilingual: English, Dutch and Russian, Nathalie can also work with lots of pupils in their native language.
Nathalie joins us with her daughter, who is in Nursery.