Christopher Sizer (British)

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.

Samantha Rigg (British)

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.

Mark Symmonds (British)

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.

Miki Tokumitsu (Japanese)

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’.

Hannah O’Brien (British)

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.

Katie Bundy (British)

Previously a Reception teacher at Clifton College in the UK, Katie joined Rugby School Thailand from her role as a Nursery teacher, boarding house tutor and sports coach at Dulwich College, China.  She has been described as being ‘a real asset to a school’ and having ‘a very bright future ahead of her’.

Katie’s teaching philosophy centre’s around building a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem; she has high expectations and wants children ‘to be able to shine and have a real love of learning.’ Katie has run many extra-curricular activities in the past, including drama, dance, cooking and netball, and this continues to be a strength she brings to her work here.

Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Studies and qualified in the UK as an Early Years teaching specialist.

Georgia Wicks (Australian)

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.

India Collings (British)

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.

Carly Sizer (British)

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.

Joanna Schloemer (British)

Joanna has enjoyed a range of experiences as a teacher of Nursery and Pre-Prep children. Her previous role was ‘Senior Teacher’ at a London Primary School, with responsibility for overseeing teaching and learning in the Early Years. Before that she held roles as Lead Nursery Teacher, Music Coordinator, and Gifted & Talented coordinator.

Joanna has a BA Arts degree from the University of Durham, a postgraduate Certificate of Education from Cambridge University, and a masters in Education also from Cambridge University. She has a Performance diploma in Piano, has run school choirs and even a Lego club. Joanna says that “Education is about instilling a deep love of learning that affords children the courage to develop their imagination and explore their individuality.”