David Dawson (British)

David was previously Director of Studies, geography teacher and Boarding Housemaster at Fettes Prep School in Edinburgh, Scotland (often touted as ‘Eton of the North’). He has been Activities Coordinator and sat on the Fettes Joint Consultative Committee with Governors and Senior School Head. In his early career David lived in Tanzania and Malaysia, and he remains a Trustee of an East African charity.

David has a degree in Agriculture, a Master’s in Rural Estate Management and a post-graduate Certificate in Education from Edinburgh University. He coaches sport (rugby, cricket, basketball, badminton and squash), and enjoys diving and water sports. David believes that Rugby School Thailand’s “holistic approach inspires children to challenge themselves both inside and outside the classroom,” and that “children should be instilled with a love of life and a love of learning.”

David is married with three older children. He lives here with his wife, Corinna, and their two dogs.

Charlie Rowe (British)

Having previously held roles as Deputy Head, Head of History, English Teacher, Head of Pastoral Care, Head of Boarding and Head of Racquet Sports at some top private prep schools in the UK, Charlie took on a new challenge when he joined Rugby School Thailand in 2017 as our Head of Admissions. He rose to the challenge and successfully recruited pupils in excess of expectations – but the lure of school mastering proved too strong and Charlie is now Assistant Head, overseeing the activities programme and the arrival of new children, and Head of History.

Charlie was educated at Cranleigh School in the south of England before obtaining a degree in War Studies at King’s College, London and his teaching qualification at Buckingham University. He is a talented sportsman, playing A team tennis for the Hurlingham Club, Real Tennis, Eton Fives, lacrosse, skis and is a member of the Austrian Alpine Club. Charlie’s passion for history has seen him coordinate many history trips and work as a Battlefield Tour Director.

Charlie’s wife, Bud, is Expatriate Senior Administrator for the school and their three children are all pupils at the school.

Pakanatt (Natt) Thadruk (Thai)

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.

Ellen Barnes (British)

Before relocating to Thailand, Ellen was Arts Leader at a UK Primary School, where her multi-faceted role included delivering lessons in both art and drama. Achievements included overhauling the arts curriculum to gain ‘Artsmark’ status for the school, arranging art exhibitions and open air art galleries, as well as writing and directing school plays, choreographing ‘flash-mob’ dance events, and running drama workshops for both pupils and staff. Here at Rugby School Thailand she remains active and involved with creative activities beyond her role in art & design.

Ellen holds a BA degree (1st class) in English in Education from the University of the West of England and has completed a Fine Art Foundation Course at the University of Derby. She lives here with her three children, who have been at Rugby School Thailand since it opened its gates to pupils.

Margarita Betanzos Alonso (Spanish)

With over sixteen years of teaching experience, Margarita’s role prior to joining Rugby School Thailand was a French and Spanish teacher at Windlesham House, a well-known private prep school in the South of England. Described as ‘a true professional and an outstanding, reflective practitioner’, she teaches languages from Reception through to Year 8, with a key focus on the Spanish curriculum.

Margarita has previously set-up and run her own business teaching Spanish to children of all ages, while also having experience teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Margarita has a BA degree in Business Administration and a BA degree in Modern Languages Teaching from Cadiz University, and a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. She is familiar with the most up-to-date teaching resources and technology and says that she ‘enjoys working with children and helping them to achieve their best in both knowledge of language and in social skills’.

Margarita, her husband Dave and their two children are valued members of the Rugby School Thailand team.

Namprao (Tao) Siriwat (Thai)

Khun Tao has a wealth of international school experience, having previously taught Thai Language and Culture at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok, the British International School in Phuket, and the Pan Asia International School in Bangkok.

Khun Tao graduated with 1st class Bachelor of Education degree from Chulalongkorn University alongside a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities degree specialising in English and Mass Communication.  She has been part of an SAT monitoring team; as group leader, she has accompanied Thai students to an Activity Camp in the UK; and she has been Head of Academic Activities in the Government Housing Bank Youth Camp team.  She plays the trumpet and sings. And she has travelled extensively.

Khun Tao rightly prides herself on the creativity of her lesson plans, which eschew the traditional textbooks, draw from her extensive multi-cultural experiences and successfully incorporate modern classroom technology, flexibility and fun to ensure impressive pupil progress.

Sophie Meister (British)

With a 2:1 degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Exeter under her belt, Sophie joins us from a private Prep School in Sussex, England. Teaching PE to 3–13 year-olds, coaching a range of sports, including netball and athletics, and working as an Assistant Boarding Houseparent, Sophie subsequently obtained her PGCE. She has joined us having worked at two more schools, qualified as a trampoline coach, and having been a Head Coach and Multi-Sports Coach in Wales.

Sophie is able to offer tap dancing, ballet and jazz dance as co-curricular activities, and has experience with music and drama. She also has a strong academic record, having been awarded the ‘academic excellence’ prize for top PGCE student, and with capabilities to teach both Psychology to A Level and  Spanish up to Year 6. Sophie has been noted for the ‘great rapport’ that she develops with her classes and we are delighted to have her here to inspire the pupils of Rugby School Thailand.

Katy Douglas (British)

Having set up a DT workshop from scratch at Sedbergh Prep School in Cumbria, UK, while also being involved in developing a Centre of Advanced Technology in the region, Katy joins us Head of Design Technology. She has a degree (1st class) in Product Design and Technology from Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a qualified teacher for 8 years.

Katy has great enthusiasm for design and views it as part of her lifestyle, not just her career. Though she has enjoyed significant exam success with older pupils, it is the teaching of prep school age pupils that has provided her with the most joy and reward. She aims to enthuse her pupils at a young age so that they are more likely to consider engineering-based careers in the future.

Described as a ‘driven and self-motivated teacher’, Katy enjoys challenging her pupils and herself. She competes in triathlons and ‘Iron’ events, is a competitive swimmer and a keen snowboarder. Katy and her husband, Stuart (Head of Design Technology for the Senior School) have joined Rugby School Thailand along with their two young sons.

Corinna Dawson

Corinna has had experience providing learning support to children with a variety of needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD and EAL. Having gained the Hornsby Diploma in teaching children with specific learning difficulties, she worked at Fettes Prep School in Scotland for 10 years before joining us here. She loves helping children to realise their potential, seeing their confidence increase, and particularly appreciates the opportunities they get to excel in non- academic areas such as music, drama, art and sport at Rugby School Thailand.

Corinna originally trained in Agriculture with a Bsc Degree from Edinburgh University and has a keen interest in the natural world and environmental issues, heading up the Eco Committee. She started teaching English as an additional language when living overseas in Tanzania and Malaysia. Whilst at Fettes, she gained a wealth of pastoral care experience as a Houseparent of the Girls’ Boarding House (SVQ in Health and Social Care) and was a member of the Senior Management Team.

Corinna enjoys a variety of water sports and outdoor pursuits. She is married to David Dawson (Deputy Head Pastoral). They have three older children who are working/studying in UK.

John Gore

John is an experienced teacher who was previously Head of Science at Ardvreck Prep School, a private school in Scotland. He used to organise an annual science fair, chaired meetings for local science teachers, and was the Scottish Prep School Science Coordinator. He incorporates as much practical and investigative work into his teaching as possible and is skilled in the use of modern technology.

John has previously been a boarding Housemaster, a Director of Studies and a member of the Senior Management Team. He coaches sport, particularly rugby, hockey, cricket and volleyball. He has run a Debating Society, and is keen on outdoor pursuits such as hillwalking, kayaking and skiing. He enjoys engaging the pupils with video production and photography.

Having achieved a BSc degree in Biological Sciences, John qualified as a teacher with a PGCE from the University of East Anglia.