Will joins us from the prestigious Dulwich Prep School in London, where he taught English up to Year 8, was a Year 6 Form Tutor and Head of Boarding. He has taught drama and history, written and directed school plays and musicals, coached rugby, football and cricket, led a Debating Club and co-ordinated lower school literacy. He is described as ‘a great team player…who promotes joyful enterprise and makes learning both challenging and fun.’
Will has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and was assessed as ‘outstanding’ during his teacher training. His approach towards the teaching of creative writing is particularly innovative and exciting, with sessions such as ‘freewriting to music’, ‘The Learning Pit’, ‘soundtrack stories’ and ‘slow writing’.
Will enjoys music, cycling, surfing, golf, drawing, acting, and is a qualified fitness instructor. He has joined Rugby School Thailand with his wife and young daughter.
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 young daughter, who is in Pre-Nursery.
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.
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.
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.
Chris joined us from Highfield School, a well-known private prep school in the south of England, where he was a Year 4 Teacher, Assistant Head of Boys’ Boarding and leads the Under 9 Sport. He has a degree in English from Durham University and a PGCE from Cambridge University. He describes teaching it as his ‘joie de vivre’, and whilst he enjoys teaching all subjects, English is where his passion lies.
Chris is a very enthusiastic sportsman, naming cricket as his first love. He also enjoys playing and coaching football, rugby and hockey.
His contributions to school life have been described as ‘substantial and far reaching’ and his rapport with pupils as ‘outstanding’. He believes that ‘education should develop all aspects of a child’, and that the aim of a teacher is to ‘instill a love of learning’.
On completing her double degree – Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Teaching – in Australia, Felicity moved to the UK and for five years was a Year 3 class teacher, Religious Studies teacher and Girls’ Games coach at St Andrews Prep, a private school in England. Described as ‘an exceptional teacher who is always prepared to go the extra mile’, Felicity has organised overseas school trips and has produced several school plays. She coaches a range of sports, runs half-marathons, and has obtained the UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Coaches.
Felicity is a qualified mentor for newly-qualified teachers, and has led staff training on the fostering of growth mindsets in both pupils and teachers. Felicity says that “each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature intellectually, physically, and spiritually.”
Tim joined us in September 2017 with his wife, Felicity Jones (Year 3 teacher), and has already made his mark at Rugby School Thailand as our IT teacher and as a part-time PE teacher. Prior to joining, Tim was the Head of Physical Education, a member of the boarding staff and Outdoor Education co-ordinator at The Oratory Prep School in the UK. At the Oratory, above and beyond his talents as a ‘fantastic, well-organised and dynamic sports coach’, Tim was recognized for his ‘integrity, adaptability, empathy, professionalism and organisational skills’.
Tim began his career in schools as a Gap Student at Oswestry School in the UK, before returning to his native Australia to obtain his degree in Sports Science. He qualified as a teacher (PGCE) through Buckingham University in the UK, and has a coached a range of sports including rugby, football, hockey, basketball, cricket, swimming and gymnastics.
Steve has enjoyed a range of teaching experiences from Year 4 to Year 8. He has taught maths at a private Prep school in London UK (where he was a founding member of staff), spent two years teaching in an international school in Malaysia, and then returned to his native New Zealand when he has taught maths, coached sport, and been a Deputy Principal. He has a BA from University of Otago and qualified as a teacher at Dunedin College of Education.
Steve speaks of his ‘passion’ for maths. Whilst his primary focus is upon learning, he wants the children to enjoy the subject and ‘to leave the classroom happy and positive’. Steve is also a keen sportsman and a well-qualified coach with particular experience and interest in swimming, rugby, athletics, badminton, volleyball and netball.
Described by one of his former Principals as ‘a hard worker, a clear thinker, a considerate colleague and an excellent teacher… who always seems to get the best out of his students’, Steve joins us as with his wife and their three children, who are all pupils.
Previously Assistant Head Academic, Modern Languages teacher and a member of Senior Management at Northcote Lodge, a private prep school in London, Sara brings a wealth of experience. Her previous roles have included curriculum review, staff development, diagnostic testing, coordination of internal and external exams, and Director of Studies.
Sara has a degree in French and German from the University of Liverpool, and a post-graduate Certificate of Education and a Masters in Learning and Teaching from the University of Nottingham. She believes that “happiness and innovation lead to a vibrant and enjoyable teaching and learning atmosphere, which is vital for achievement amongst staff and pupils”.
Sara is keen skier and a PADI advanced diver. She is married with two children, both of whom are in Pre-Prep.