BLOOMSBURY TEACHING STAFF PROFILES
DAVID TANSEY (B.A. Hons, PGCE, NPQH) - Principal
My own education and my career in education have provided opportunities that I never dreamed of when I was growing up in Liverpool, England. For the last five years, I have been the principal of international schools in Yangon, Myanmar after holding similar roles in Kuwait and Bahrain in the middle east. Prior to that, I was the Headteacher of two secondary schools in the north of England My specialist subject is English Language and Literature and I am looking forward to teaching A Level English at Bloomsbury. Outside school I enjoy running, swimming, cycling, and playing the drums, all of which I do with great enthusiasm and very little talent. My aim is always to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, and values they need to thrive in and make sense of their rapidly changing world.
THOMAS BINNS (BEd, MEd. UK) - Head of Primary
Education, for me, is more than a job; it is a passion. My teaching career has seen me teaching every age up to and including at Oxford University. My own pursuit of lifelong learning has garnered 98-100% grades in a Masters degree in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship and a lifetime membership of the Golden Key International Honours Society. I have helped to guide International schools towards excellence and am eager to do this again for Bloomsbury International School as the Primary Headteacher. School is where people learn to become part of a community. Common values of equality, diversity, inclusion, and human rights must be modeled and shared in all aspects of the school creating a family environment where children feel safe, nurtured and empowered to realize their potential as socially active contributors to sustainable local and global communities. My role will be to facilitate this environment and help each individual member of the school community realize their own passion for learning. Outside of school I’m looking forward to exploring and experiencing a new country, continent and culture. My passion for music isn’t matched by any talent in that field, so if you see me in a karaoke bar it won’t be with a microphone in hand. My other passions, as a producer and consumer, include poetry, theatre and cooking.
TIM POSTLETHWAITE (BSc, MA, PGCE UK) - Head of Secondary
I spent the first years of my career in Good and Outstanding UK schools, before making the jump into the international sector. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to work with institutions in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. I am now very excited to be joining the team at Bloomsbury and look forward to contributing to the school in every way I can. I am passionate about holistic education. As a school, our main aim should be to help everyone to explore and develop their abilities in as broad a range of avenues as possible so they can find their gifts and passions. After all, a person's development in both childhood and adulthood is defined by far more than just their academic knowledge and skills. As well as being a teacher and educational leader, I am also a father, musician, fitness, and yoga enthusiast, motorcyclist, surfer, rugby fan, cook, avid reader of science fiction, environmentalist,etc. We need to support all aspects of individual and social development in the young people under our care and I believe Bloomsbury fully embraces that in the same way that I do.
TABITHA RODRIGUEZ (B.Ed.) - Pre-Nursery
My name is Ms. Tabitha Melodias Rodriguez. I’m a Filipino and am currently working as a Learning Support Staff at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai. I have a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, majoring in General Science from Divine Mercy College, Philippines. I have worked with different learners for the past 8 years. I’ve been living in Thailand for more than 6 years and I used to be a Primary Science and Health teacher in a Thai government school. Being an educator for me is not just something that I am truly passionate about it is my first love. I enjoy talking with children and helping them to discover and develop their own abilities and skills and encouraging them to give their best in everything they do. In my free time, I enjoy reading, travelling, listening to music, doing different types of thrilling activities, singing and dancing. Working with young learners has taught me to be more patient, understanding, and to enjoy every minute of the learning process.
PELRENA BYFORD (BSc, PGCE UK) - Reception
Hello! My name is Pelrena and I am excited to be joining the team at Bloomsbury International School. I was born in Phuket and grew up in London. I graduated with a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Aston University in Birmingham and completed my PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. I began my teaching career in Manchester in a variety of different schools, teaching EYFS, KS1 and KS2. In addition to that, I have also taught in Thailand for two years now. I have taught the Cambridge curriculum at a bilingual school and most recently taught the EYFS Framework at a British curriculum school. I believe resilience is so important and try to nurture a growth mindset in my classroom. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking, listening to music and spending time with my family.
SERYNA LAZENBY (BSc., PGCE UK) - Year 1
Hello, my name is Seryna Lazenby and I am from the U.K - more specifically - Cardiff, the capital of Wales. I am delighted to be joining the Bloomsbury family this year as the Year 1 class teacher. In 2016 I completed an Education and Early Childhood Studies BA at Cardiff Metropolitan University and graduated with 1st class honours. I then spent six years teaching in Wales and at an international school in Bangkok. Last year, I returned to Cardiff Metropolitan University to complete my PGCE Primary. I feel extremely excited to put all I have learned into practice, by helping Bloomsbury students to reach their full potential. In my free time I like to travel with my family. Seeking out exciting experiences, learning about different cultures and trying out delicious new foods are my passions. I am looking forward to getting to know my students and their families and to us working together so that we can have an exciting and productive year!
RAY TONEY (BA, MA, PGCE UK) - Year 2
As a committed and experienced teacher, I have had a diverse upbringing and have acquired extensive travel and teaching experiences. Starting my journey in London, I spent four years as a teaching assistant before pursuing a career as a teacher. I then spent three years teaching full-time in a London school. Following this, I had an international teaching stint in China for three years, living in Guangzhou and Shanghai, where I taught across Year 1, Year 4 and Year 6. After returning home, I continued my journey as a supply-teacher in London. This past year, I have been teaching in Year 6 and have had the pleasure of preparing our cohort for their SATs and have witnessed their exceptional results across our core subjects, outperforming the national average. My passion is to develop knowledge, understanding as well as valuable skills and instil a desire for our children to make the most of the opportunities the future has in store. Outside of teaching, I am an amateur photographer who specialises in shooting land and cityscapes, macro, and portraiture. I also have a keen interest in 3D-modelling, mainly cars, reading (mainly science fiction), and exercising at the gym. I cherish sharing my passions with our children, with the ultimate goal of building their passions and helping them thrive in a fast-paced world.
MUENI GUGGEMOS (BSc., PGCE UK) - Year 3
My name is Mueni Guggemos, and I am delighted to be part of Bloomsbury International School Hatyai. I was born in Kenya and have lived and worked in Africa, North America, Europe, and Central Asia. Having a degree in Community Development with a minor in Business Administration & Management, I am currently working on my Master's Thesis at the University of Applied Sciences, Kempten. Before teaching, I worked as an International Relations manager for over ten years and served as a board member for a humanitarian organization for over six years. I have an iPGCE from the University of Sunderland, specializing in Primary Education, and completed my TEFL certification this year. I am moving to Thailand with my three daughters after having taught at a British International School in Italy. My goal is to facilitate a holistic, lifelong transformation in the lives of my students, paving the way for them to embrace education and confidently take charge of their learning. Being an avid reader who enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines, I look forward to discovering Thailand and South East Asia. Most of my free time is spent exploring nature with my daughters. I am excited to use my experiences, abilities, and skills to enrich the lives of my students.
PRIYA PATEL (BSc., QTS) - Year 4 / KS Co-ordinator
Graduated with a Psychology degree from City University London in 2015, and completed my teacher training qualifications in 2017 at UCL (University College London). I was born and raised in London and have taught in three different primary schools. The year groups I have previously taught are Year 3, 4 and 6. I have always wanted to teach in an international school and experience a different country, which is why I moved to Hat Yai and joined Bloomsbury in August 2022.
SHAMIMA DAVIDS (B.Ed.) - Year 5
Hello, I am from Cape Town, South Africa. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, reading, swimming and the outdoors. I look forward to learning about Thai culture and traditions. This is my ninth year of teaching in a British curriculum school internationally. I taught in Kuwait for five years, before going to Myanmar. It was at the Cambridge English School in Kuwait, where I was employed as a kindergarten teacher, where I was introduced to EYFS teaching and the English National Curriculum. We used a largely play based approach that was natural for me after my Waldorf teacher training, which wholeheartedly focuses on children being educated holistically.My teaching is all about children learning actively, creatively, finding meaning in their learning and also enjoying the process. I strive to work with each child as a unique individual and to accommodate him/her accordingly.We have been teaching exclusively online since March last year and I have been able to make this the focus of my Masters research programme. Learning from birth to five years, is one of the most critical periods in a child’s development. Young children thrive in a learning environment which allow them to grow, explore and discover the world. I believe that this can be enhanced by giving children lots of opportunities to learn through play facilitated by the teacher to encourage language-rich play. Storytelling not only develop children’s early literacy skills, it also develops their brains, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and their communication skills. Therefore, it is important to read aloud to children everyday so that they become readers before they learn to read. Young children develop at a rapid pace and I am always amazed at how much they grow and develop within an academic year. I look forward to bringing out the best in each of my young learners as well as being part of the Bloomsbury International School community. “We are not, ‘JUST TEACHERS.’ We are the managers of the world’s greatest resource: “CHILDREN!” – R.J. Meehan
DIANNE IRVING (DipTGDEd) - Year 6 / SENDCO
My name is Dianne Irving and I am so happy to have the opportunity to be joining the Bloomsbury family. I am from Australia and grew up in an outer suburb of Melbourne in a beautiful area called The Dandenong Ranges. For the last seven years I have lived in the small country of Brunei with my husband and two children. My children have now finished their secondary schooling and are both studying at university. I studied teaching at Deakin University in Melbourne and began my teaching career in special education, teaching students with special needs. I then taught in a local primary school as both a teacher in KS1 and a literacy specialist. I had some time away from teaching when my children were young. During this time we lived in different parts of Australia as well as Singapore. I worked as a writer and have over 60 published books. My most recent teaching position was in Brunei where I taught KS2. I am passionate about teaching a my goal is to ensure all my students feel valued and are able to reach their potential. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to live and work in Thailand, a country I have travelled to many times as a tourist and have a deep respect for. In my spare time I love to explore, swim, dive, travel, spend time with family, try new things and eat Thai food!
TOM SCHACHINGER (B.A.) - Head of EAL / EAL KS2 teacher
Hi, Hallo and Ni Hao. My name is Tom and I am super happy to be a part of the Bloomsbury academic team. I graduated in 2002, from Canterbury University, South Africa, were I gained a BCOM Business Management degree. I started my teaching career as an ESL teacher in China in 2004, working in a key government school in ChongQing. In 2008, I took a senior teaching position with EF English First, furthering my education with the company and later becoming a valuable member and the senior director of studies for Sichuan province. In 2010, I then switched to the private sector and started at an IB kindergarten, where I became a certified IB educator. Since then I have been focusing on Kindergarten and Primary schools, working for Etonhouse International School in Chengdu, China. I enjoy learning languages, and can speak German, Chinese and Afrikaans. I’m looking forward to the new challenge of learning Thai. I have a passion for history and culture, I enjoy traveling to historical places across the world. I hope to pass this passion on to the students, guiding them to be the best they can be. I am an enthusiastic outdoor person and enjoy traveling by motorcycle, flying my drone and water sports. According to Confucius, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”, I feel this reflects my approach to education, as well as my own continuing education.
SARANYA PANTURAT (B.Ed.) - Primary Teacher of Thai
Hi! My name is Saranya Panturat (Kru Goy). I have a Bachelor of Arts from Walailak University and three years teaching experience. I am really happy to be a part of the Bloomsbury team and thank you so much for allowing me to work here. I believe that using play for learning will make my students happy and fun. And then, they will want to learn Thai better.
NUTTANANUN NONTHISIT (B.Ed.) - Primary Teacher of Thai
My name is Nuttananun Nonthisit (Kru 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.
RYAN WINDSOR (BSc, PGCEi) - Year 7 / 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 sixth year at Bloomsbury International School Hatyai and I am eager to start my new role as Secondary Coordinator. In closing, I would like to ask everyone to always remember these two things: 1) Our world is amazing and 2) Never stop exploring!
ANDY ANDERSON (BSc, PGCE) - Year 8 / Head of Science
My name is Andy Anderson and I am delighted to be joining the team at Bloomsbury International School. I am a Physics specialist but will also be teaching science. Originally I am from Northern Ireland and after completing a degree in Physics at Queens University Belfast, and subsequently my P.G.C.E, I first started teaching in a sixth form college in England. After seven enjoyable years teaching in England I returned to Northern Ireland and took up a position in a further education College followed by a position in a local Grammar School. In 2015 I decided to join the international circuit and since then taught in a variety of schools in Spain, UAE, Qatar, Thailand. In my last position, I taught in a school Yangon in Myanmar but unfortunately due to covid19 restrictions I never actually made it into Myanmar and instead taught the entire academic year online! For over 20 years I was an A-level Physics examiner for an examination board.
I love teaching in the international arena, not only does it allow me to see different parts of the world but it also allows me to experience other cultures and customs and gain a better global perspective. In international schools, I also enjoy the vibrancy that there is with staff and students from all parts of the world. Teaching throughout the world also allows me to see how my subject is contextualised in different environments. Outside school my big passion is rugby (union). After playing for a number of years I hung up my boots continued my interest in the sport by coaching at my local club. I also enjoy soccer and love everything to do with motorbikes.
SEBASTIAAN LEBER (B.A., PGCE) - Year 9 / Teacher of English
My name is Sebastiaan Leber. I am from a town called Frome in the southwest of England. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Middlesex University in London, U.K., and then went on to study for my PGCE at the University of Bath. I began my teaching career in the U.K. as an English and drama teacher. I have and an insatiable curiosity about different people, places, and cultures. It was this curiosity and a sense of adventure that led me to apply at Bloomsbury and I am so happy and honored to have been given the opportunity to teach here in Hatyai. I am amazed and inspired by the people and the culture here every day. I have always loved learning and that is why I became a teacher and why I still have thirst for knowledge and still have so many questions about the world we live in. I firmly believe that learning itself is a skill that can be learned and practiced and that learning is the key to a more fulfilling life. I see it as my duty to help every student I teach to develop a lifelong love of learning that will enrich and improve their quality of life and keep them asking questions!
SANDRA DUNCAN (B.A., PGCE) - Year 10 / Art and Design
Hello, my name is Sandra Duncan. I come from a small coastal town in Ireland called Donegal. I have always had a passion for the arts so after my gap year travelling around Europe, I moved to Sheffield, England where I completed a BA Hons in Creative Art Practice. This course allowed me to explore many aspects of the visual arts in both the fine art and craft based disciplines. During my degree I worked in a local school delivering art workshops. It is thanks to this that I decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed my PGCE in Secondary Art in Bangor University in Wales. Since then I have worked in schools across the UK delivering exciting and engaging art lessons in many specialisms, including photography, textiles, graphic design and fine art. In addition to my love of art and travel, I enjoy spending as much of my free time as possible in the water, whether it be swimming, surfing or paddle boarding. I look forward to joining the Bloomsbury team where I hope to provide lessons that will inspire a love and appreciation of art in my pupils.
CHRIS WRIGHT (B.A., PGCE) - Year 11 / Maths
My name is Chris, originally from a small town on the outskirts of Manchester, England. Having completed my undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, I subsequently fulfilled my desire to teach through completion of a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics. I believe completely, that Mathematics is a fundamental tool for understanding the world around us and I can recognise the importance of linking education to the physical world. My teaching experiences have varied considerably, from teaching in a challenging secondary school in Hull, to teaching in bilingual secondary school in Amersfoort, Netherlands. I have always been interested in sport, with a passion for football and golf. I have a fondness for travel and enjoy immersing myself in different cultures, thus cementing my excitement to become a part of the Bloomsbury school community.
RUDY CECCATO (BSc., MA, PGCE) - Year 12 / Secondary IT teacher
My name is Rudy Ceccato, I have an extensive background and a deep, passionate interest in computing and audio-visual arts and sciences, both from a theoretical and practical standpoint. This interest is fueled by rigorous research and studies that keep me up to date with the newest applications and innovations. Throughout the years and the diverse work opportunities I experienced, I developed a keen sense of duty and a willingness to always do my best and to always strive to improve myself. I am very perceptive and can adapt quickly to any situation. With my teaching, I aim to equip the pupils with the tools to succeed in their academic and life endeavors and to help them to become modern digital citizens and the best persons that they can be.
CHASE NOONAN (B.A., M.Ed.) - 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.
DEVON NICHOLLS (BA, PGCE UK) - English
English always piqued my interest throughout my education, leading me to study English Language and Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire, and then complete my PGCE in Secondary English at Edge Hill University. My teaching career began in the midst of Covid-19 in the North West of England and I can confidently say it has made me an extremely resilient educator, and individual. Since then, I have found new ways to adapt my teaching practice and I’m now uniting my love for travel and culture with my passion for education by working at Bloomsbury. Working in Asia has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m honoured to be able to educate future generations at Bloomsbury. As an educator, my aim has always been to create a safe environment for children where they can develop academically, socially, and emotionally as individuals. I aim to create future citizens that are ready for the obstacles of life! Outside of school, I’m a huge book worm who loves to hike at every given opportunity, and who also likes to spend far too long in the gym.
DAVID BERNARD (BSc, MSc, PGCE UK) - Maths
Hi, my name is David Bernard and I have been a teacher since 2007. I have a BSc Hons in Computer Science with a year in industry and a MSc in Information Security and Biometrics along with a PGCE. I have taught both Computer Science and Mathematics out here in South East Asia. I have been in Thailand a total of 8 years now as well as working for 5 years on the island of Borneo in Malaysia. Before I became a teacher I was mainly in the marketing and sales industry and I also served in the British Army for a while. I try to bring my experiences from my previous working experience into my lessons as part of making them interesting, challenging and relevant. I enjoy working with young people and seeing them develop and take great pleasure in their achievements. I find teaching to be both stimulating and challenging and believe that my influence as a teacher at an early age is essential for promoting lifelong learning.
EVIE POWELL (BSc., PGCE) - Teacher of PE
Hi, my name is Evie Powell, I’m 25 years old and I’m from England. I grew up on a farm in a small town called Selby in North Yorkshire. In 2018 I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University achieving a 2:1 in BSc Physical Education and School Sport then continued to complete my PGCE with QTS in secondary PE with Geography. I have worked in multiple schools in the UK as well as coaching volleyball in the USA for 3 summers and living in Australia for a year. Sport is my passion especially volleyball and netball both of which I have played at a high standard, I also love the outdoors camping and snorkeling as well as traveling and meeting new people. I can’t wait to share my passion for sport with the students of Bloomsbury. I am thoroughly excited to begin the next chapter of my career at Bloomsbury and I can't wait to see what the future brings.
COLLINS BARMINGA (BSc, PGCE Kenya) - Science
My name is Collins Barminga, a dedicated educator from Kenya, driven by both passion and professionalism. I hold a Bachelor's degree in BSc Biochemistry from the University of Eldoret, followed by the completion of my Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). With a specialization in biology and chemistry, I have had the privilege of instructing students at key stages 4 and 5. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable teaching experience in both Rwanda and my home country, Kenya. My philosophy of teaching centers around empowering learners to acquire the necessary skills for lifelong learning, while simultaneously fostering an environment of enjoyment and enthusiasm. I firmly believe in instilling a love for learning within my students, thereby enabling them to become independent and self-driven learners. I am eagerly looking forward to contributing my expertise and passion to the educational community at Bloomsbury International school Hat Yai
RUTH STEVENS (BA, PGCE) - EAL KS3 & KS4
My name is Ruth and I am from England. I grew up in Leicester, a very diverse city with a fantastic mix of languages and cultures. I have a BA Honors degree in History from the University of Leicester and a PostGraduate Certificate of Education from the University of East Anglia. I began my career teaching in Leicester, and the majority of my students were English as an additional language. I have taught English in Poland and spent 2 years teaching IGCSE Humanities subjects in China. I taught in Myanmar for 3 years and unfortunately my time there was cut short due to the pandemic. After a brief return to England, I could not wait to come back to South East Asia and I am absolutely delighted to be teaching at Bloomsbury this year. I have a passionate love of travel and other cultures and love to train Muay Thai. I am dedicated to ensuring that students leave my classroom with a sense of achievement and value. Being surrounded by a new language can be a challenge, however with a positive approach and a willingness to try it should be an enjoyable challenge with achievable goals of which every student can feel the reward. I am excited by the prospect of what I can bring to the Bloomsbury team this year.
JOSEPH CHANG (BSc.) - EAL Secondary
My name is Joseph Chang. I am from Los Angeles, California. I went to Calpoly San Luis Obispo and got a BS in Graphic Communication. I love interacting with children to young adults because of their energy and vitality. The last school I worked for was in Taiwan called Yuteh Bilingual School and I was the Head of Science. I also doubled as a college advisor and was the SAT testing supervisor. Before that, I was the KS4 EAL instructor at Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok. I've also taught in Erbil, Phnom Penh, and Mandalay. In my free time I love to travel and dabble in the stock market. I am also an avid NBA fan, especially the LA Lakers. I hope I can make solid contributions here at Bloomsbury and help our pupils get into tertiary schools in UK, Australia or USA.
ARIYA BINPA (B.Ed.) - Secondary Teacher of Thai
Hello, I graduated in 2018 from Prince of Songkla University, Department of Thai Language and Literature, Pattani Campus, and began teaching Thai topics in grades 3 and 6 for four years from 2018 to 2022. This time, I took a fresh and unusual road by transferring to teaching Thai at Bloomsbury International School's secondary level. It was yet another fantastic experience. I hope to assist my students in growing up well in society by precisely conveying knowledge to them with love and caring.
In my spare time, I always do what I enjoy, such as producing articles with good ideas distilled from my sentiments and expressed in writing that will benefit others.
YANG DONGYAN (B.A.) - Teacher of Chinese
Hello, my name is Yang Dongyan. I am from Yunnan province in China. I have been working as a Mandarin teacher for more than ten years. I started my teaching career in 2008 and came to Thailand in 2009. I will never forget that feeling when I heard the kids saying “hello, teacher” in Chinese, and I was melt into their lovely faces. I told myself that I would do my best to teach them. For the past decade, I have kept learning and improving. I joined many training programs for teaching foreigners Chinese including kids and adults as well as other conferences about education, even now as long as time is allowed, I will join any meeting about teaching. Students need to learn, and so does a teacher.
I graduated from Beijing Forestry University, majoring in English in 2004, and got a diploma in teacher education from Philippine Christian University in 2020. Now I am studying a Master's course in Education at Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University on weekends. It will be my third term in July. I love kids and teaching, just as I mentioned, I will try my best to teach each kid. I am not a perfect person, so any comment or advice about teaching is welcome.
I had worked at Srithammarat Suksa School for 8 years (2009 to 2014 and 2019 to 2022）, so I speak some Thai language. I went to South Korea in 2014 and had been working for 4 and a half years there as a Mandarin teacher. I also speak some Korean.
I love teaching also love learning. It is so grateful to leaning with your kids. I like to hang out with friends but recently just stayed at home and stay with my kittens. I have three kittens, they are very adorable.