TEACHING STAFF PROFILES
GRAEME SIMPSON - Acting Headteacher
Born in London, I was educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys before attending Newman College of Higher Education (now Newman University), where I received a 2:1 and Qualified Teacher Status.
I began my career teaching English Language and Literature at New Brompton College (now Brompton Academy) in Gillingham, Kent, some 30 miles outside of London, where I was regularly rated ‘Outstanding’, before becoming lead teacher for the newly created Media Studies department. I then became Senior Core Strategist, a mentoring role aimed at providing examination students with additional support across a vast spectrum of subjects.
Following 10 years teaching in Gillingham, I became Teacher of English at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai in 2015 before taking on the posts of Head of Curriculum and Deputy Headteacher, opportunities that have enabled me to play an integral role in the development of our students and the school as a whole.
I am passionate about education and believe that every child should be supported and encouraged to attain excellence. As a life-long learner myself, I want to inspire others to expand their outlook and to prepare our young people to excel in a rapidly changing world.
Outside of school, I enjoy exploring Hatyai’s many fine food establishments, playing football and golf, and reading my vast collection of literature.
ANDREW ELLIOTT - Head of Sixth Form
Mr Andrew Elliott holds a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford, UK, and an M Phil degree in Linguistics / Education from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has held various posts in teaching and educational management. In the UK, he worked as a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, as Examinations Officer at Wolsey Hall, Oxford, as Course Director at Concorde International in Chichester College of Technology and as Principal and Director of Irwin College, Leicester. In Thailand he has held the positions of Director of IES Co Ltd, of Headmaster and Director of Nantawan International School, Bangphli, of Head of International Development at the Regent’s Schools, Bangkok and Pattaya, of Principal International Consultant at Varee Chiang Mai School and of Director of the Centre for International Studies and Continuing Education at Shinawatra University.
Since moving to Thailand in 1999, he has co-ordinated various international educational projects with a range of parties which include over 40 universities, 25 schools, the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, the British Council, the British Embassy in Thailand, the Ministry of Education, the Office of the Higher Education Commission, the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the International Schools’ Association of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police. In February 2017 he assumed the headship of the Sixth Form at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai.
His interests include local history, comparative religion, anthropology, classical music, international educational accreditation and pathway development and ethnographic research into cross-cultural behaviour.
CORRINA GRACO - Pre-Primary teacher
My name is Corrina Graco, and I’m originally from a small town just outside the city of London, however, for the past 4 years I have been living in Thailand with my husband and 3 cats.
We spent 6 amazing years from 2001 travelling to many beautiful countries around South East Asia, and then onto Australia. In 2006 I decided to move back to the UK where I completed my degree in Early Childhood and Youth Studies. I have a passion for working with young learners and have in my experience, have had the opportunity to work with children aged 2-6 years. I have also completed my TEFL which gave me great knowledge and an understanding about Thailand, culture and people.
In my spare time, we enjoy visiting many places in and around Asia. I love going to the beach, fishing and kayaking, as well as, having a passion for cooking. I really enjoy teaching in an international environment due to the diversity it brings to the school. My aim as a Pre-Primary teacher is to deliver education in a fun environment through spontaneous and structured activities gained through play and the classroom being a stimulating place where children can flourish in all areas of development.
AMY REID - Year 1 teacher
My name is Amy Reid and I am from a town just outside of London called Colchester. I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Psychology from the University of Sunderland. I then moved to complete my PGCE specialising in special needs at the University of East London which I gained in 2014. I spent a year working in a mainstream school, then a year in a special needs school working with children with severe Autism. I enjoyed this challenge very much although I have always aspired to teach internationally. I moved to Thailand in October 2016 and completed a TEFL course, then briefly worked as EFL Teacher in Vietnam.
I am very patient, caring and enthusiastic teacher and am very able to differentiate lessons to suit individual pupil's learning style to help them flourish as individuals and become well-rounded global citizens. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, running and travelling around Thailand and its surrounding countries!
EMMA WILLIAMS - Year 2 teacher
Hello! My name is Emma Williams. I am the year 2 teacher in Bloomsbury International School Hatyai. I grew up in a rural town in Mid Wales called Builth Wells. I graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 with a BA Hons History degree. I went on to complete my PGCE in Swansea in 2011. I spent four wonderful years teaching in a school within London, but I have always had a passion for travelling and learning about new cultures so I decided that teaching within Thailand would be a fantastic opportunity for a new adventure. I am an extremely passionate, dedicated and caring teacher and I enjoy making learning as fun and creative as possible. In my spare time I really enjoy travelling and swimming alongside visiting the theatre and taking part in amateur dramatics.
SARAH EPPERSON - Year 3 / SEN teacher
My name is Sarah Epperson and I come from Seattle, WA U.S.A. I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Master’s Degree in teaching K-12. I have taught a couple of years back in America. Currently, I am in my 2nd year teaching at Bloomsbury. I am the Year 3 teacher as well as the SEN teacher. I am a very enthusiastic, passionate, caring teacher who loves enriching student’s lives. In my spare time, I enjoy running, playing soccer and travelling around Thailand!
SCOTT MACLEOD - Year 4 teacher
My name is Scott Macleod and I come from Portsmouth, England. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary History from the University of Bedfordshire and gained my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) from the University of Nottingham. During the past nine years, most of which was in Thailand, I have taught students from primary level through to IGCSE English as a second language and IELTS. Last year, I worked as a primary teacher at an international school in Myanmar. As an educator, I enjoy the challenges of working with learners of all ages. My teaching philosophy is to promote high-quality education through a positive child-centred learning environment, where every student is able to actively engage with the surrounding world and school curriculum. I have travelled around a large portion of Asia, but consider Thailand to be my home – I have a lovely Thai wife, a son who has just joined the school and a second child on the way. I look forward to exploring Hat Yai, and the surrounding area, while working at Bloomsbury International School.
CRAIG ROWARK - Year 5 teacher / E.C.A. & House Coordinator
My name is Craig and I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2011 with a degree in Sports and Leisure Management, before moving to the Middle East. During my time in the Middle East I ran my own sports coaching company for children aged between 5-16 in a variety of sports including football, basketball and touch rugby. I moved to Dubai to work at an International School in 2013 teaching Physical Education to both primary and secondary students including a GCSE exam class. At the beginning of 2014 I went to work in an International School in Penang, again teaching Physical Education to primary and secondary school students. I recently completed my P.G.C.E. at Canterbury Christ Church University.
ROSS MILES - Year 6 / Music teacher
My name is Ross Miles and I come from Bournemouth in the south of the UK. I graduated in 2012 with degree in Music from Plymouth University specialising in composition. I moved to Reading near London to teach Music and Maths in a secondary comprehensive where I ran extracurricular clubs such as guitar and songwriting. During my time in Reading I also trained as a supervisor for the Duke of Edinburgh programme. I am hoping to offer a broad skill set to Bloomsbury and I’m excited to move to Thailand to start my first year of teaching in an international environment.
ANDREW STRUBELT - EAL teacher
My name is Andrew Strubelt and I am from Los Angeles, California. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science and from the University of Nottingham with a PGCEi. I have taught English as an Additional Language or EAL for over thirteen years in Thailand and China. My strong points include knowledge of tests such as: Cambridge English Starters, Movers and Flyers as well as KET, PET, TOEFL and IELTS. My passion for teaching can be observed by the tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm in every class. At the weekend, I enjoy spending time with my wife and children.
KEITH CAMPBELL - Maths teacher
I'm Keith Campbell from London, England. After graduating as a teacher and spending time in schools in Britain, I aspired to work internationally. My most recent teaching post was in Vietnam where I spent two years teaching IGCSE Science and Mathematics. I am excited to be returning to Bloomsbury again this year due to its beautiful setting and unique, small school environment. I also enjoy meeting and working with a new groups of students. My teaching aim to challenge the common misconception that Mathematics lessons are uninteresting! My hope is that my students will develop a passion for the subject and enjoy their time in the Mathematics classroom.
ADAM KNIGHT - Art teacher
My name is Adam and I come from a small town in North East England called Hartlepool. I am a graduate in Graphic Design from Northumbria University, and I gained my PGCE in Applied Art and Design from Edge Hill University.
I have taught in schools and colleges in Liverpool, Wigan and St Helens, and I am currently into my second year of teaching at Bloomsbury and my third year of fully qualified teaching.
I have a broad range of skills across Art and Design that I integrate in my lessons, including: printing, 3D design, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, digital media and illustration. I am passionate about creativity; in particular Art and Design.
I believe that creative education is integral to the development of well-rounded students, as art enables us to participate more fully in the world around us. It develops openness and an appreciation of culture in young people.
JONATHON ALLINSON - Business Studies teacher
My name is Jonathon Allinson and I come from Newcastle, England. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Hull before gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the same institution. Since achieving qualified teacher status I have lived in Thailand, teaching at one of the largest government schools in Hat Yai. My time in English and Thai schools since graduating has led to me teaching a unique range of subjects and cultures, something I have thoroughly enjoyed.I believe the experience I have gained from teaching in both the UK and Thailand stands me in good stead for the challenges that teaching at Bloomsbury International School has to offer. I hope to apply my adaptability to different school environments and knowledge of the English curriculum, as well as a true passion for teaching, to my role.
RYAN WINDSOR - Humanities teacher
My name is Ryan and I was born and raised in Saskatchewan Canada. After completing my Bachelor of Science in Geography I was eager to get out and explore the world. I came to Hatyai in 2007 and fell in love with the weather, the culture and the lovely people. I have been happily teaching here ever since. I find the world to be a fascinating place filled with interesting people, wonderful stories and breathtaking experiences. My goal in teaching is to encourage my students to be just as inspired by our shared human experience as I am. Together we can better understand our past and look brightly towards our future. I feel both excited and fortunate to begin my second year at Bloomsbury International.
In closing, I would like to ask everyone to always remember these two things: 1) Our world is amazing and 2) Never stop exploring!
NUTTANANUN NONTHISIT – Primary Thai teacher
My name is Nuttananun Nonthisit and my nickname is Nid. I have graduated from Faculty of Humanities at Srinakarindwirot University, Songkhla in 1995. My major is Thai and I have been teaching Thai for almost 20 years. I am very happy to work here at Bloomsbury. Thank you for trusting us to teach your children.
CHEERARAT BUASAI - Secondary Thai teacher
My name is Cheerarat Buasai. I am the Secondary Thai Teacher. I finished my studies at Ramkamhaeng University. My major is in the Thai language and my minor in teaching Thai language. I have been teaching for 13 years. In my freetime I am a part time DJ at 105.5 Sabaii Radio in Hatyai.