Nursery : Wanlaya Lertphornphisit (Kru Mint)
Kru Mint has been teaching for over 12 years now. She holds a Bachelor of Education, from Chiangmai Rajabhat University. In her free time, she likes travelling with her family and photography. She also loves cooking, painting and gardening. Kru Mint joined Panyaden because of the environment, which she believes will provide the best education for children.
Nursery : Kelsey Rupert (Kru Kelsey)
From Boston, Massachusetts, Kru Kelsey has been involved in all aspects of early education, including teaching, creating curriculum and enrollment. She has been a pre-school teacher, a nanny and a children's activity organiser. Graduating with a degree in Communications with a minor in child psychology and holding certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Kelsey's hidden talents include snowboarding, drawing and field hockey.
Nursery Teacher Assistant : Sureerat Prayoonwong (Kru Tookta)
Kru Tookta holds a Bachelor of Science from Chiang Mai University and a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Education and Communication Technology from Sukhothai Thammathirat University. She loves singing, reading, teaching and being happy with children!
K.1 (Caterpillars) : Jeerawan Panma (Kru Aae)
Kru Aae graduated from Maejo University with a major in Ecotourism. She started as a teacher assistant at Panyaden five years ago but after training and showing us her natural gifts as a teacher, she graduated to homeroom teacher and loves it! She is always mindful and cheerful when working with children. Kru Aae loves travelling and taking part in outdoor activities.
K.1 (Caterpillars) : Mallory Olita (Kru Mallory)
Kru Mallory is excited to join the Panyaden team this school year. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish. Mallory facilitated children's activities on board cruise ships around the world before deciding to settle down and teach in Thailand. Her passions include comedy, film, singing, nature, travelling, softball, and anything adventurous!
K.1 (Caterpillars) Teacher Assistant : (Kru Yo)
Kru Yo holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Thai Language from Chiang Mai University and has experience teaching Thai to children and adults. She enjoys reading and telling stories to children, but most of all Kru Yo loves to see children's smiles!
K.2 (Butterflies) : Teeraphon Arunkanjanaroj (Kru Tee)
Kru Tee holds a Bachelor's degree in General Management, a Teaching Certificate from Rajabhat Suan Dusit University and a Certificate of Proficiency in Mandarin from Beijing. She has many years of teaching experience including at an international school for 7 years where she was both Mandarin teacher and school secretary. She has also been an English Programme Coordinator as well as homeschooling her son. She believes that every child is extraordinary and as a teacher, her role is to liberate and develop the potential of children to the maximum.
K.2 (Butterflies) : Cada Driscoll (Kru Cada)
Kru Cada really enjoys working in the beautiful and natural environment that Panyaden provides each day. She holds a teaching license from the United States, a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. Cada has taught in a variety of educational settings in the US and in Thailand. She believes that it is important to cultivate a curiosity for lifelong learning in her students, as well as in herself. Some of her interests include whole foods nutrition and yoga.
K.2 (Butterflies) Teacher Assistant : Duangporn Srisupha-O-larn (Kru Eedd)
Kru Eedd graduated from Ramkamhang University where she majored in advertising and public relations. She spent 4 years working towards preserving local forests and developing the handicraft industry with local hill tribe groups for the Chiang Mai Development Foundation. She loves being with children, making art and doing needlework together. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the garden.
K.2 (Busy Ants) : Tassanee Naksin (Kru Jeab)
Kru Jeab has ten years’ experience working with kindergarten children. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Ramkhamhaeng University. She has been with Panyaden since we opened in 2011. For Kru Jeab, the most important thing is to enjoy working and to spread happiness to people everywhere, especially children.
K.2 (Busy Ants) : Anthony Biddlecombe (Kru Anthony)
Kru Anthony comes all the way from the tiny Isle of Wight in the south of England. A graduate in psychology from the University of Sussex in Brighton, and holder of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE),
he has been teaching kindergarten in Chiang Mai for over 5 years. He discovered his passion for teaching when he worked as a swimming teacher, gaining over 10 years’ experience. Anthony enjoys swimming, hiking, SCUBA diving, sunsets and being in nature.
K.2 (Busy Ants) Teacher Assistant : Kamonwan Krachaiwong (Kru Kwan)
Kru Kwan graduated from Chiang Mai University, majoring in English, and is currently continuing her studies there with a master's degree in psychology. Before joining Panyaden, she worked for 2 years as an activities organiser at a child development center in Chiang Mai. Kru Kwan loves reading, exercising and simply spending time with herself!
Year 1 : Pawitra Harnsakunatai (Kru Fern)
Kru Fern graduated from Chiang Mai University, the faculty of Humanities with a major in English. Before joining Panyaden, she had more than 4 years' experience as a teaching assistant at an international school in Bangkok and in Chiang Mai. She was also a support teacher for special needs children in Bangkok. She loves to read, make pastries, and exercise, especially cycling and walking her dog.
Year 1 : Sabina Poulsen (Kru Sabina)
Kru Sabina is a trilingual teacher who comes from Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in teaching as well as a diploma in teaching English. Kru Sabina also has a diploma in psychology and has many years' experience as a primary school teacher, special needs teacher and psychotherapist. She has a special interest in bringing mindfulness into the classroom from her studies of Buddhism and teaching mindfulness to different groups. Sabina loves hiking, painting and reading.
Year 1 Support Teacher : Mayuree Jaijaroensakundee (Kru Gai)
Kru Gai graduated from Huachiew Chalermprakiet University with a major in Chinese. She has 5 years' experience working with kindergarten children at an international school in Bangkok and this is her third year at Panyaden. Kru Gai loves cooking, reading and travelling.
Year 2 : Amporn Panthong (Kru Ta)
Kru Ta has been teaching kindergarten and primary students for more than 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Primary Education Management, majoring in sports, from Srinakharinwirot University. Kru Ta is passionate about exploring different teaching methods and integrating a Buddhist approach. He believes this will improve both himself and his students. His goal is to help his students enjoy learning. Kru Ta moved his family from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to work at Panyaden.
Year 2 : William Starner (Kru William)
Kru William is from New York. He has a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and has been teaching for 11 years. Kru William also studied photography in Boston, and loves travelling, running and
spending time with his wife, Brooke, and his son, Jet, a K.1 student here at Panyaden.
Year 2 Support Teacher : Warisara Jirasitanon (Kru Nam)
Kru Nam is a graduate from Khon Kaen University where she majored in English. She previously worked as a volunteer with children with serious long-term illness, helping them with their studies and reading them stories. This brought her so much joy, she was inspired to apply for full time work with children. Kru Nam loves travelling, watching movies and reading.
Year 3 : Phatcharaphorn Kwan Tong (Kru Pond)
Kru Pond has 14 years of teaching experience in Thailand and internationally at kindergarten, primary, vocational education and university levels. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Chiang Mai University. Kru Pond strongly believes in the importance of developing the social and emotional abilities of children in order to build their self-confidence, self-discipline and capacity to care for themselves, others and the environment. She loves cooking and is passionate about art therapy and its benefits to children with special educational needs.
Year 3 : Tamara Rytter (Kru Tamara)
Kru Tamara comes from Vancouver Island, Canada. After travelling the world seeking knowledge and experience, she returned back to Canada and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. After graduation she moved to Okinawa, Japan where she spent four years teaching both elementary and high school. Last year she joined the Panyaden team and taught the Prathom 6 class. Tamara enjoys cooking, travelling, music, gardening and nature.
Year 3 Support Teacher : Pattarasin Chuppava (Kru Pat)
Kru Pat holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Art and Culture Management from Chiang Mai University. She has more than 5 years' experience teaching art to students in various settings. In her free time she likes art, travelling and music. Kru Pat loves being with children and is passionate about teaching her students new skills in art.
Year 4 : Jantrarat Nualkaew (Kru Tai)
Kru Tai graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a Bachelor of Education, majoring in English and Educational Technology. She joined Panyaden this year after many years teaching and supporting in language centres and schools. Kru Tai enjoys music, reading, movies and travelling. She is adventurous and likes to explore new things.
Year 4 : Lindsey Vollrath (Kru Lindsey)
Kru Lindsey holds a Master's Degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University, and is certified in elementary and special education as well as middle school mathematics. With 9 years of teaching experience in America, Kru Lindsey is passionate about teaching children. She also loves music and dancing, making jewellery, yoga, and travelling.
Year 4 Support Teacher : Ananya Duangjai ( Kru Nan)
Kru Nan joined Panyaden because she shares the school's educational philosophy. She believes that mindfulness, meditation and education strongly support each other. She is passionate about studying about the mind, how the brain works and how we learn. Kru Nan holds a Bachelor of Education in English from Burapha University. She taught English to children for more than 3 years and taught Thai to foreign adults for 2 years. She loves outdoor activities like caving, trekking and camping. She also enjoys spending time by herself reading, carving and drawing.
Year 5 : Janjira Butsaen (Kru Jan)
Kru Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. After graduation, she worked in different roles but became inspired by teacher friends to become one herself. This led to a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg, Canada. In her free time, Kru Jan likes reading Thai and English books and watching interesting documentaries to gain more knowledge. She believes that self-development should never end, no matter how old you are!
Year 5 : Elizabeth Binyon (Kru Elizabeth)
Kru Elizabeth is from Portland, Oregon in the US. She has been a teacher at Panyaden since October 2011, and has taught children and adults for a total of 19 years in Thailand, the US, Japan and Colombia. She has a Master’s in Education, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, as well as a certificate and a Master's Endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language. Kru Elizabeth is passionate about education and believes that each child can learn in an environment that is engaging and supportive. Her interests include travelling, reading, writing, yoga, hiking with her dog, gardening, cooking, ceramics, surfing, languages, and being a life-long learner.
Year 6/7 : Bongkot Theppiman (Kru Ying)
Kru Ying graduated with honours from Chiang Mai University and worked as a Thai language and culture teacher at an international school in Chiang Mai and an English teacher in her hometown, Kamphaeng Phet before joining Panyaden three years ago. She is passionate about working with children and believes that the focus of education should be to teach children a sense of responsibility towards themselves, their community and the environment. Kru Ying is a trained Zumba dance instructor – you might even catch her teaching at one of the fitness centres in town!
Year 6/7 : Timothy Mercer (Kru Timber)
Timothy Mercer, nicknamed Timber, joined Panyaden after 7 years of teaching English and Drama in Chiang Mai. A graduate in education from Youngstown State University, Ohio, Kru Timber also spent 8 years teaching on a tiny island country in the Central Pacific called the Republic of Kiribati. A fan of cycling and running, he loves the family atmosphere and mix of cultures at Panyaden.
English as Second Language (ESL) : Suzanne Greenwood (Kru Suzie)
Kru Suzie comes from Manchester, in the north of England, and has worked in the field of education since graduating from university in Sheffield. She has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for over 10 years in a variety of places around the world including the U.K, Europe, S.E Asia and South America, but it is Thailand where she has enjoyed living and teaching for many of those years as she loves the scenery, the culture and the people. She enjoys being outdoors and has a passion for music, cycling, camping and exploring new places.
Thai as Second Language (TSL) : Apiram Ganjanasarid (Kru Ownaen)
Kru Ownaen graduated from Bunditpatanasilpa Institude with a degree in Art Education. Kru Ownaen has nine years' experience teaching dance, drama and Thai language at a school in Bangkok. In his free time Kru Ownaen enjoys listening to music and playing the guitar, singing, movies, cooking and basketball.
Visual Arts : Karuna Ruamthammarak (Kru Or)
Graduating with honours in Fine Arts from Chiang Mai University, Kru Or is studying for a graduate teaching diploma at Far Eastern University. Panyaden’s Art teacher for 5 years, she is lively and funny and every day you will see groups of children enjoying art with laughter. With experience as a primary school art teacher, and having run many art workshops for children during the weekends, she is clearly a passionate artist in every facet of her life.
Performing Arts : Thirapan Naksin (Kru Tee)
Kru Tee graduated with a Political Science degree from Ramkhamhaeng University. Because of his passion for music and children, he changed direction to become a music teacher and now has more than 10 years' experience in teaching music. Kru Tee is living his life according to the Buddha’s teaching and aims to teach children to understand and lead the Buddhist way of life.
Performing Arts : Georgina Wroe (Kru Georgie)
Kru Georgie gained her Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from The Urdang Academy in London. She is trained in singing, acting, ballet, tap, contemporary and street dance and performed and taught in England for 6 years, including teaching dance and PE in a primary school for 2 years, appearing in a number of television shows, commercials and even at the London 2012 Olympics! Although she enjoys performing and choreographing, Kru Georgie’s main passion is teaching and nurturing creativity. She believes that through acting, dancing and singing students will gain many important life skills such as perseverance, creative communication, problem solving and collaboration.
Physical Education & Life Skills : Sathaporn Sriphet (Kru Noy)
Kru Noy is head of PE and Life Skills. He joined us from an international school in Bangkok where he worked for 10 years as a primary level PE teacher. He has both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physical Education. He is very active and in his free time he enjoys gardening, photography and cycling.
Life Skills : Pawarut Palanan (Kru Ota)
Kru Ota has a Bachelor degree in Education from Rajabhat University, as well as a chemistry diploma. He previously worked as a community educator for several research projects at Chiang Mai University. He has been training and teaching at Panyaden since 2010. Kru Ota enjoys gardening, caring for koi fish, and is an accomplished chef with specialties in Thai cuisine!
Librarian : Kritush Chainon (Kru Ocean)
Kru Ocean has a lifelong love of reading and writing who discovered the joys of sharing books while volunteering at a local library. Graduating from Chiang Mai University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Kru Ocean has worked at a Child and Youth Development Camp and has almost 10 years' experience as a writer, columnist and blogger. His goal is promote literacy and a love of reading in young people.