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Sarah Shuttleworth

Head of Pre-Prep

Sarah joined Rugby School Thailand in September 2017 after five years as an ‘outstanding’ Assistant Head and Head of Pre-Prep at Feltonfleet Prep, a private school in southern England. She brought 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 to Roger who runs the Intensive English programme at the Pre-Prep and they have a son who is now in the Senior School at RST. 

Carmen Gonzalez

Modern Foreign Languages Teacher - Subject Specialist Lead

Carmen joined Rugby school in 2018 as a Language specialist TA in Prep and subsequently subject specialist in Pre-Prep where she teaches Reception, Year1 and Year 2. A polyglot, Carmen speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French. Having grown up in Australia until she was ten years old, Carmen spent the last 17 years in Rugby (UK) before coming to Thailand.

Carmen’s teaching experience spans over two decades, teaching English in Spain and Spanish in the UK, where she taught in Adult Education and in local junior schools, as well as running her own ‘Spanish for toddlers’ group.

Carmen is a strong believer in whole person education, bringing great creativity and energy to her classes in order to ensure all of her pupils develop a love of learning and a love of languages.

Philippa Boyd

Reception Teacher

Philippa has been teaching children of many nationalities in a variety of Eastern Seaboard and Bangkok schools in Thailand since 1997. With a 5 year gap in the Middle East – Saudia Arabia and Jordan she is very experienced with 26 years of multi-lingual education. Originally coming from Rutland in England, Philippa holds a BSc (hons) in Food Science from Sheffield University and A PGCE in Science and Technology from Newcastle Northumbria University. More recently Philippa has become a qualified IB teacher with specialisms in Agency and Safeguarding.

Philippa believes strongly that happy children are learning children and strives to create a safe and inviting environment for her students where she enjoys helping the children to become independent learners. Philippa has a passion for teaching reading and writing.

Philippa lives with her small white Jordanian cat and enjoys a range of sporting activities and cooking many cuisines.

Wendy Wilms

Year 2 Teacher

Wendy joined the Pre-Prep in April 2019 from her teaching position at a local school where she was pivotal in planning a new curriculum for the Early Years pupils. Wendy used both the UK and Dutch Early Years curriculum to inspire her pupils. She follows a thematic approach to learning and likes to engage the pupils with fun activities.

Wendy qualified as a teacher, with Early Years as her specialist, at her home University in Holland. She is fluent in both Dutch and English and hopes to bring some of her creative curriculum into her lessons. Wendy has experience working with non-native speakers, focusing on developing their language skills through play.

Wendy joins us with her husband who will be working in the Prep School.

Debbie Fineberg

Nursery Teacher

Debbie joins us as a Nursery teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and comes to us with a range of experience working in both China and the UK.

Debbie has a keen passion to promote STEAM in the Early Years, as these fun and challenging activities allow the children to use their problem solving skills to shape the world around them. 

Debbie joins us with her husband and 2 children, aged 6 and 8, who will be joining the Pre-Prep and Prep schools.

Chris Douglas

Year 3 Class Teacher and DT (British)

With a Bachelor of Fine Art from Loughborough University in the UK and as qualified teacher with a PGCE from The University of Sunderland, Chris started his career in education in 2006, teaching English in a wide range of schools across Asia.

In 2010 he formally moved to Thailand to become a full-time teacher. Since then, he has worked at two well-known international schools in Bangkok. He has been a Year 3 Classroom teacher, Head of Elementary, Primary Maths Coordinator and Primary Design and Technology Instructor. Chris believes in inquiry-based learning, a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems and scenarios to create lessons that are engaging for all.

He enjoys teaching a wide range of subjects, with a particular passion for science and design. He has run a pupil newsletter, an ICT club, and a Woodwork club.

Chris is a keen explorer, enjoying travel and extreme sports including motocross, mountain biking, trekking, bushcraft and camping. As such, he has organised and run numerous very successful summer school and adventure camps.

Sophie Corr

Head of Nursery/Pre-Nursery Teacher

Sophie comes to us with over 15 years of professional experience working in wonderfully diverse educational settings around the world. In her previous setting Sophie was the Deputy Head of Early Years and instrumental in establishing the toddler programme and has experienced all age ranges in the Under 5s.

Sophie holds a degree in Early Childhood Studies (University of Hull) and a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Sophie says her aim as an Early Years teacher is to “ensure she offers the best possible education for her students, while promoting a professional, safe and secure environment that will lead to academic and social excellence.”

Sophie resides here with her husband and two children, aged 16 and 13 who both are students in the senior school at Rugby School Thailand.

Daniel Allen

PE Teacher

Dan joined Rugby School Thailand in 2019 as a PE teacher after spending three years at an international school in Seville, Spain. He has been a Primary class teacher, a boarding staff member and a sports coach with experience of both the UK National Curriculum and the IB Primary Years Programme. Dan is an avid cricketer, having represented both Yorkshire and Wales at junior level.

He is a dedicated and enthusiastic coach, currently leading the U7 and U11 boys football teams along with being part of the RST cricket coaching team. He has a BA in Journalism and Digital Communication and a PGCE in Primary Education from the University of Leeds.

Sarah Perkins

Year 2 Teacher

Sarah joins us as a Year 2 teacher. She has a Bachelor and Commerce degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has worked with children in many countries, including Korea, Australia, Canada and England. She has worked across all ages in Primary education from Nursery to Year 6. Sarah also spent 5 years working in special education where she was able to focus on the children’s individual needs and how best to progress their learning, she is looking forward to using these expertise in her classroom.

Sarah has a strong belief in prompting the whole child, allowing them to develop and grow in everything that they do to the best of their ability. Rugby School Thailand’s philosophy of Whole Person, Whole Point was one of the many reasons she was excited to be joining our school, a shared passion for developing all aspects of the child. Sarah loves to see the learning process through the eyes of the children and enjoys developing learning opportunities that are fun and exciting for the children. Her class goes on a learning adventure together, sharing and growing as a team throughout the year.

Sarah joins us with her husband and two children, both aged 6 who are also joining the Pre-Prep.

Tracy Greening

Nursery Teacher - Year Lead

Tracy has been teaching in Thailand since 2006 and has a wealth of experience working in the UK and in international schools across the globe.

She holds a first class Bachelor of Education (Hons), specialising in Early Years and Key Stage 1 from the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

Tracy cares deeply about the students in her care and carefully identifies what each student needs to succeed. She values the importance of developing communication skills, social skills and independence. Tracy loves to use Makaton, a communication tool that uses signing alongside spoken words, to improve the students’ vocabulary, understanding and confidence.

 

Tracy joins us with her husband and 12-year old son, who is entering Year 8.

Carly Sizer

Reception 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. She recently has her first son Sammy and has been on maternity leave but is due to return to work in 2021. 

Chris Sizer

Year 2 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. Chris has been teaching at Rugby School Thailand for four years. He quickly develops a rapport with the children and, allied with high expectations, has an instinctive appreciation of their educational needs.

Chris is a keen sportsman and a talented, enthusiastic sports coach. 

Chris is married and joined here by his wife, Carly. They have recently had a son, Sammy. 

Hannah O’Brien

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

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. 

Pakanatt Thadruk (Natt)

Thai Principal

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.

India Collings

Reception Teacher - Year Lead

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’ 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 excellent 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 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 is the Assistant Director of music, contribute extensively to extra-curricular musical activities within the school.

Mark Symmonds

Deputy Head (Academic)

Mark joined Rugby in September 2018 from Brighton College in the UAE and is our Deputy Head in the Pre-Prep. Mark’s career in education has spanned 17 years and having begun his career in south London he has worked in Vietnam, Singapore, Brazil, the UAE and now Thailand. 

Education is Mark’s passion, seeing children and teachers become the best they can be. Through his career to date Mark has held a wide range of leadership roles and has led Mathematics in a number of schools being a keen believer in Mastery of Mathematics. A love of learning and being at school is something that Mark strives for each and every day for the children at Rugby. 

Mark holds a Masters degree in International Education as well as a certificate in leading and managing schools from Harvard University. He enjoys playing and coaching football, reading and travelling. Rugby is a family affair for Mark as he has two children in the Pre-Prep and is married to Nyl who works in the EAL department in the Prep School.

Joseph Simpson

Head of Politics, Teacher of French and EAL (Irish)

Joe took his degree at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he majored in French and Politics, and his MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham. He is fluent in French and Japanese.

He lived in Japan for eight years before coming to RST. He was a part of the Japan Exchange Teacher programme when he first went to Japan, and then taught at Keio University’s Keio Shonan Fujisawa Junior and Senior High School in Kanagawa for three years.

Joe is a keen sportsman, particularly football. He has a coaching qualification from the Irish FA, and enjoys coaching school football teams. Among his interests, he lists being a singer-songwriter, and he teaches and ran an elective course in songwriting at his former school.

Liang (Terry) Chi

Mandarin Teacher (Chinese)

Terry took his undergraduate degree at Shenyang University, and his Masters degree at the University of Malaya.

He joined RST from UCSI International School in Malaysia. Terry lived in Malaysia for 12 years.

Terry enjoys playing table tennis,reading fashion magazines, travel, and would like to join a body combat class. He was in charge of the student fashion club at his previous school.

Lisa Cook

Biology Teacher, Assistant Head of Sixth Form (British)

Lisa took her degree at Surrey, and her Masters through Endicott College in the US.  She joined RST from Bangkok Prep International School where she was a member of the Secondary School Leadership Team as Key Stage 4 Leader overseeing the academic and pastoral needs of Year 10 and 11 students.

She is currently studying a Diploma in Counselling from the Institute of Counselling. Lisa cites a notable achievement in being an author of activities for both Key Stage 3 and 4 for Science published by Hodder Education.

She is married with two young children, Reece age 3 and Davina 10 months. She also has two rescued Soi dogs.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, swimming, drawing, diving, and singing.

Nathan Chisholm

Physics Teacher, Head of Basketball (American)

Nate took his degree at the University of Illinois, where he was a Physics Scholar. He joined us from YWIES (Yew Wah International Education School) in Shanghai.

He has a passion for sports, particularly basketball. He played competitive basketball and football while at university, and was involved in athletics at high school.

He is Head of Basketball at RST.

Nate also has a passion for photography and cinematography, and enjoys reading books and playing video games, and scuba diving. He also has a keen interest in Philosophy.

Nina Hartley

Child Protection Adviser (British)

Nina took her degree in Psychology at Plymouth, and then her Masters in Social Work at London Southbank. She is employed part time as RST’s Child Protection Advisor 

Before joining RST, Nina was a Deputy Team Manager at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Children’s Services. In that role, she managed a team of social workers.

Nina has also worked as a Programme Manager at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and the British Council, on a youth programme called Global Xchange.

Nina has a keen interest in Ashtanga yoga and loves the outdoors. Nina is married to Tom, and together they have two sons, Ewan and Leonard.

Dr. Alisha Millard

Mathematics Teacher (British)

Alisha took her degree at Bath, and then her PhD at Liverpool. She joined RST from the British International School of Houston, and taught at the British School of Nanjing before that.

Alisha enjoys ballet, crocheting, sewing, and maths and science. She cites achieving Grade 8 RAD Ballet with Distinction, and achieving DofE Gold as notable achievements.

Alisha is married to Steven, and together they have three children – Elijah (Year 3); Louisa (Year 6); and Luke (F Block).

Anita Pardoe

Teacher of Art (British)

Anita took her degree at the University of Staffordshire, specialising in Design and Ceramics. She joins RST from the British School of Kathmandu, where she was the Head of both the Art and D&T departments.

Anita enjoys sailing and diving during the holidays. She looks forward to continuing as a practising artist at RST, using hand building techniques to produce sawdust fired ceramics.

Anita is married to Ian, and together they have a son, Woody (Year 5).

Pongtida Geawsoongnern

Head of Thai Language (Thai)

Kru Gwang took her degree at Prince of Songkla University, and her masters at the University of Delhi.

She joined RST from UWC in Phuket.

Kru Gwang enjoys going to the beach and exploring new places. She is also interested in diverse cultures, international cruising, history, and mindfulness practice.

She cites volunteering at Hestia Hellas, the Refugees organisation in Athens, Greece last year as a significant achievement. Kru Gwang was a volunteer teacher in Thai rural areas and she also supported dog shelters in earlier years as well.

Marcus Large

PE Teacher (British)

Marcus took his degree at Southampton Solent University. He joined RST as a Graduate Assistant Teacher in the Prep School in 2017, and is now completing his PGCEi.

Marcus is teaching PE and Games, although his degree is in Business. He will specialise in Physical Education when he completes his PGCEi.

Marcus participates in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits in his free time, including playing rugby for the Pattaya Panthers, skiing, and diving.

He spent his last two summers playing semi-professional rugby in Colorado.

He has worked as a ski instructor in Japan, Switzerland, and New Zealand. He cites completing the GR-10 hiking trail through the Pyrenees Mountains that follows the French and Spanish border, and through Andorra, as well as riding his motorcycle through the Mee Hong Song loop and Chiang Rai national park as significant achievements.

Andrew Mark Maguire

Head of Languages, Head of Town House, Senior Housemaster

Andrew took his degree at the University of Coventry, where he received First Class Honours in Spanish and French. He also has an MA in Applied Translation from the University of Luton. 

Andrew was a teacher of Spanish and French, Contingent Commander of the CCF, and Master in Charge of Squash at Rugby School, UK before coming to RST.

Before joining the teaching staff at Rugby in 2006, he was a freelance technical translator.

Andrew’s interests include international film, literature, snorkelling and wildlife photography. He is married to Carmen, and they have a daughter, Mia (Year 5).

He is married to Carmen, and they have a daughter, Mia (Year 5).

Vanessa Devesa

EAL Teacher (British)

Vanessa taught EAL at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire before joining RST.

She took her degree at Huddersfield University, where she was awarded an Honours degree in Music. She took her TEFL qualifications at St Giles College. As well as teaching EAL, Vanessa is a passionate musician, having played violin in the Banbury symphony orchestra. She also helped out with the Music programme at Bloxham.

Vanessa is a fluent Spanish speaker and has taught Spanish to Year 8. Vanessa taught English in Spain and the Canary Islands for many years, and also taught Spanish in Colorado.

Vanessa lists keeping fit as one of her passions, and she enjoys swimming, hiking, cycle interval training, squash, and tennis. Vanessa is married to Richard and they have two children.

Simon Forrester

Director of EAL

Simon took his degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then completed his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Leicester. 

Before joining RST he was Head of EAL and Assistant Boarding Housemaster at Kingswood School in Bath. Simon has taught English Language and English for Specific Purposes in the Royal Air Force of Oman, and spent three years teaching English for a private language school in Tokyo. 

Simon has extensive experience teaching EAL examination classes, including IELTS, Cambridge FCE, and Cambridge IGCSE ESL.

James Rees

Head of Science, Assistant Head of Tudor House (British)

James took his degree at the University of Liverpool, majoring in Genetics. 

He joined RST from Green Oasis School in Shenzhen, China, where he was Head of Science.

James enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking and photography. He cites being a BASI Level 2 Snowsport Instructor as one of his notable achievements.

He is married to Nat, and together, they have a son, Kit (Pre-Nursery)

Bud Rowe

PA to Head of Senior (British)

Bud took her degree in Archaeology at Newcastle University, before joining the BBC as a Production Manager where she was responsible for delivering a wide range of productions on schedule, and on budget. Her BBC career includes flagship programmes Panorama, Watchdog, EastEnders, Newsround as well as being instrumental in CBBC’s first co-productions with Australia’s Network 10 and ABC.

She moved to Thailand with her husband who is Assistant Head and Head of History and Philosophy for RST Prep school. Together they  have 3 children who all attend RST Prep.

Bud is a highly proficient horse rider, enjoys playing netball and tennis, and also plays lacrosse to a strong standard.

Dr. Viput (Pop) Visitkul

Teacher of Physics (Thai)

Pop attended Gordonstoun School, and then completed his university education in the UK. He took his degree at Heriot-Watt, his masters at St Andrew’s, and his PhD (in Biophotonics) from King’s College London.

Before joining RST, he was a teaching assistant at Shrewsbury Bangkok, where he also ran his own tutoring school for Thai secondary students.

He has almost completed his PGCEi, which he started when joining RST.  His high school days in Elgin gave him an appetite for the outdoors and our DofE programme.

Pop enjoys playing squash and photography. He cites reaching Uhuru Peak (top of Mt Kilimanjaro) as a significant achievement, as well as adopting an old soi cat that he has successfully socialised with after 3 months.

Andrés Moreno Sánchez, BSc, DipEd

PE Teacher, Head of Rugby (Chilean)

Andrés took his degree at Universidad Metropolitana Ciencias de la Educación (UMCE0 in Santiago. He joined RST from Downside School, where he was a PE and Games teacher, Assistant Housemaster, and Tutor.

Before joining Downside in 2016, he taught at The Grange School, Santiago, where he was Director of Sport and PE, and where he went to school.

Andrés was a GAP student for two years at Strathallan School in the early 90’s.

He enjoys sports, travelling, listening to music, and dancing.

His notable achievements include completing Route 4 (or NCR 4) of the National Cycle Network in the UK; running from London to Fishguard (697.8 kilometres); and having driven the whole coastline of England, Scotland and Wales a total of (7548 kilometers). Andres also played for both the Chilean national Rugby team, and the Chilean Sevens. He also worked with the Bath U13-15 Rugby Academy.