TEACHING STAFF PROFILES
ANDREW ELLIOTT BA (Oxon); M Phil (Cantab) - Principal
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.
CRAIG ROWARK (BSc, PGCE) - Vice Principal
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 an IGCSE 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.
JAMES MULLIN (BA(hons) PA, AO, QTS) - Primary Co-ordinator / Year 6
Hello Hatyai, Bonjour Bloomsbury! My name is James Mullin and I am very excited to be joining the teaching staff here at Bloomsbury International School HatYai. Although this is my first international teaching placement, I have also lived and worked in; Paris, France and Sydney, Australia. Having lived in London for the rest of my life, I graduated from Middlesex University in 2003 with a BA in Performing Arts, majoring in Drama and have taught in a range of primary and secondary schools, all over London, ever since. However, I am looking forward to working in a school where I get to teach both age ranges at once. My teaching ethos can be best summarised by a quote from Albert Einstein: "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge".
ANDREW STRUBELT (BSc, PGCEI) - Student Services Co-ordinator
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.
VANESSA WILLIAMS (B.Ed., NVQ in Childcare) - Nursery
My name is Vanessa Williams and I am really looking forward joining Bloomsbury International School. I am from London, England and I graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies. I also have a Foundation Degree, an NVQ in Childcare and Education and an introduction to Autism certificate. I have more than fifteen years of childcare experience and I am passionate about working with children in their early years and laying the foundations for a positive schooling experience. These years are important for building confidence, lifelong learning and the development of skills. In the UK, Early Education Sector I have worked in various roles such as Teaching Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Nanny, Child Wrangler for a television production company, Special Educational Needs support and before coming to Hatyai, I was an Early Years Teacher in International Schools in Myanmar and Brazil, respectively. Although I have visited Thailand on several occasions, I am excited about living here, and I intend to spend my free time reading and exploring more of the Thai food and culture.
CORRINA GRACO (B.Ed., PGCE) - Reception
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.
EMMA KIRK (BA, PGDE) - Year 1
Hello, my name is Emma Kirk and I come from Dublin, Ireland. When I finished school I pursued a two year, full time dance and drama course. During this time I worked in numerous dance classes assisting those with additional needs. In my spare time I also took part in many television and theatre shows. After graduating with a FETAC certificate I moved to Glasgow, Scotland and enjoyed completing a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I then went on to study my PGDE in Primary Education from The University of Glasgow. I adore children and am so excited to work with Year One. I am passionate about creating engaging active learning environments and work to cater for all my learner’s needs. In my spare time I like to be outdoors with my family, travel, learn about new cultures, try my hand at different crafts and read. I have always wanted to learn more about Thailand so I am thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to relocate here with my family and work at Bloomsbury. I look forward to getting to know all the staff, children and parents better. Thank you.
EMMA WILLIAMS (BA, PGCE) - Year 2 / KS1 Creative Arts
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.
ELLEN FERGUSON (BA, PGCE ) - Year 3
Hi! My Name is Ellen Ferguson and I am very excited to be joining Bloomsbury International School Hatyai. I am from Australia, in fact almost the very centre of Australia, a small town called Alice Springs. After completing my Bachelor of Arts, Design and Communication from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2010, I did some volunteer teaching in the Solomon Islands. This experience developed my passion in education and so I returned to Australia and complete my Graduate Diploma of Education in 2011. I have been teaching in central Australia for over 5 years and also 2 years in Queensland. This is my first time teaching internationally and I am eager to learn and gain new skills. I am very dedicated to making a learning environment challenging but with added fun and interest. I particularly like getting to know my student’s skills and personalities and use this to make their learning more enjoyable. I am thrilled to be teaching in Thailand and look forward to learning more about the culture and eating amazing food!
SCOTT MACLEOD (BA, PGCEI) - Year 4 / KS2 PE
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 ten years, most of which was in Thailand, I have taught students from primary level through to IGCSE English as a second language and IELTS. Before coming to Hatyai, 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 and two boys, one who is studying in Year 7 and the other who was born in Hat Yai last year. I have found Hatyai to be a great place to bring up my family and look forward to further exploring the surrounding area while working at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai.
JAMES CLARE (B.Ed., QTS) - Year 5 / KS2 ICT
Hello Bloomsbury! My name is Mr. Clare and I’m from the UK. I studied Primary Education and have taught in the UK, Spain, South Korea and Thailand. I have already been in Hat Yai for two years but this is my first year at Bloomsbury. I love asking questions and I’m hoping to bring an enquiring mind to the year five class this year. I’m passionate about active learning and have high expectations of all students. We will cover a great deal during year five and learn lots of new skills too. In my free time I like to travel and eat new foods, spend time outside with my dog, drink coffee and read. My motto for year five is “what do you think?” I want to encourage students to form their own opinions and be inquisitive in their learning.
NUTTANANUN NONTHISIT (B.Ed.) - Primary Teacher of Thai
My name is Nuttananun Nonthisit and my nickname is Nid. I graduated from the Faculty of Humanities at Srinakarindwirot University, Songkhla in 1995. My major is Thai studies 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.
KANTAMANEE KAEWLAM (B.Ed.) - Primary Teacher of Thai
My name is Kantamanee Kaewlam (Kru Prae), Primary Teacher of Thai. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education at Thaksin University. I have 4 years experience teaching Thai. I have a passion for teaching Thai to preserve the language and raise awareness of the value of the Thai language. Thai language is part of a beautiful cultural identity in terms of its unique characteristics, values, attitudes. I believe that through language we can gain a sense of cultural identity and self-respect, which is essential in all children's development.
JESSICA EVANS (BSc) - Year 7
My name is Jessica Evans, I am originally from a small town in Essex called Canvey Island. I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSC in Biomedical sciences. After graduating I started to work at The King John school in Essex, where I specialised in exam technique for A level Biology and Chemistry as well as GCSE science. During the summer holidays I carried out volunteer work at a local medical centre in Maetaman, Chiang Mai. This experience gave me a great insight to Thai culture and spurred me to make the move to Thailand. In 2016 I completed my TEFL course in Thailand and began working at a school in Nakhon Pathom before moving to Hatyai. I believe the key to students success in education is developing their passions and developing essential thinking skills which they can apply to every subject they learn. As well as teaching my subject I love to share my passion for dance and gymnastics.
CHASE NOONAN (BA, M.Ed.) - Year 8 / Music
Hi all! My name is Chase Noonan. I am from Australia. I grew up in the southwest area of Sydney and have spent most of my life living and working in Australia. In 2013, I completed a Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University and then went on to complete a Master of Teaching as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of other languages. Upon completing my Master of Teaching degree, I began teaching in Australian schools and other educational institutes. I also have experience teaching in Thai schools, and for the past year I have been working as a lecturer at Walailak University. I have a real passion for music and enjoy sharing that passion with my students while helping them to reach their full potential. I am excited to begin the next chapter of my career at Bloomsbury and share all my knowledge and experience with the students and community.
JONATHON ALLINSON (BA, PGCE) - Year 9 / English
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.
JASON LUNN (BA, QTS) - Year 10 / Business & ICT
My name is Jason Lunn and I have been teaching Business Studies and ICT in the UK for 8 years. Before that I worked across several business functions in the private sector, including sales, product development, marketing, training, recruitment and customer service management. It was during my work with the UK's largest teacher training provider that I decided to become a teacher, so I worked hard to achieve a BA (Business Studies) degree and then Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). I discovered very quickly that teaching isn't just about presenting information to students, it is encouraging them to learn for themselves, to be inquisitive, independent, creative and resourceful so that they can excel in the real world. Being a part of their journey is incredibly important and very rewarding.
JEEVAN GILL (BSc, PGCE, QTS) - Year 11 / Science
Born in New Zealand and raised in the rich international cultures of Brunei and China, I gained a BSc in Psychology at Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom. As a result of completing my PGCE in Chemistry with Balanced Science, I taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics as well as BTEC Science in schools across both Wales and England. Joining the diverse team at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai, I am excited to inspire in students a genuine interest in science, contribute to the development of their individuality and further explore the magnificent culture of Thailand.
MEGAN ALLFORD (BA, PGCE) - Year 12 / Art & Design
My name is Megan Allford and I come from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. I graduated from the University of Tasmania’s School of Art in 1995 and then spent a year at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide as an artist in residence before returning to Tasmania to complete my Honours degree in Ceramics. Coming from such a remote part of the world I’ve always had a strong desire to travel, experience other cultures and learn new languages so on completing my post graduate degree in 1999 I set off on an adventure that lead me to live in Sweden, Italy, France and the UK where I taught English and worked with learners with special needs. Having a passion for teaching and learning saw me return home to complete my Bachelor of Teaching which would enable me to continue working in London where I spent many years working in a range of settings. In 2013, looking for more adventure I moved to Bangkok and taught Art and ICT at an international school there. I fell in love with Thailand, the food, people and landscape, and it was here that I discovered a new passion: scuba diving. I have now dived all around SE Asia, the Great Barrier Reef and Red Sea and am now looking to become a Dive Master, something I hope to achieve while here in Hatyai. I won’t let this distract me however from passing on my passion for art, craft and design as well as my sense of wonder and curiosity to the learners of Bloomsbury International School.
RITA PEVERALL (BSc, PGCE) - Maths Co-ordinator
My name is Rita Peverall and I am from a town near Milton Keynes, England. I graduated from Leeds University in Maths and Management in 2015, and decided to use my passion for the subject to teach. After being successful in applying for the TeachFirst programme, I began studying towards my PGCE alongside teaching full time in a challenging secondary school in Huddersfield. I am very excited to start teaching Maths at Bloomsbury this year, and to explore East Asia in my free time. I believe that giving students the confidence to take risks and think creatively in maths allows them to develop a fuller understanding and enjoyment of the subject. Using a variety of tasks and activities, I hope that my students leave the classroom as successful mathematicians who share my passion for the wonders of numbers.
ROBERT GOLDTHORPE (B.Ed., M.Ed.) - Learning Support Officer
My name is Robert Goldthorpe, I am originally from South Yorkshire in the UK, although Birmingham is now my home town. I graduated from Sheffield City Polytechnic with a B.Ed in Physics in 1990 and became a secondary school science teacher. I made the move into Special Educational Needs in 1999 and completed an M.Ed in 2004 at the University of Sheffield. I now have 28 years teaching experience, 19 of which have been in the field of Special Educational Needs. I have held the position of SENCO in 6 schools, 4 of which are in the UK and 2 of which are international schools. I am a qualified & recognised Dyslexia specialist teacher. I am passionate about the education of students with learning difficulties and about making a difference to their lives. By providing students with appropriate support they are more able to access the curriculum, consequently making progress at a comparable rate to their peers and enhancing their chances of succeeding in the wider world beyond school.
RYAN WINDSOR (BSc, PGCEI) - Humanities
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 third year at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai. In closing, I would like to ask everyone to always remember these two things: 1) Our world is amazing and 2) Never stop exploring!
CHEERARAT BUASAI (B.Ed.) - Secondary Teacher of Thai
My name is Cheerarat Buasai. I am the Secondary Teacher of Thai. I finished my studies at Ramkamhaeng University. My major is in Thai language and my minor is in teaching Thai language. I have been teaching for 17 years. In my freetime I am a part time DJ at 105.5 Sabaii Radio in Hatyai.