Meet our talented Early Years teachers.

We read over 250 applications each year before carefully selecting candidates for any new teaching positions. All teachers receive 2 weeks of rigorous training before they start and benefit from around 70 hours of ongoing professional development support throughout the school year.

Teachers must be qualified and experienced, but most of all they must be ready to be role models to our students. We know we ultimately teach through modelling and expect all teachers to fully embrace the values of the school and develop personal attributes in line with the school’s 12 Wise Habits.

At Panyaden, we value passion, personality, commitment.

Myra Cardenas (Kru Myra)

Fireflies Homeroom Teacher

Kru Myra is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has been an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for over 14 years and spent 3 years teaching in an international school in Bangkok. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies as well as a Master’s in Teaching with a Post-Master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist.

Wanlaya Loetphornphisit (Kru Mint)

Fireflies Homeroom Teacher

Kru Mint has been teaching for over 14 years now. She holds a Bachelor of Education, from Chiang Mai 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.

Nittaya Thongrat (Kru Nit)

Fireflies Teacher Assistant

Kru Nit graduated with a Bachelor of Public Administration from Sukhothai Thammathirat University. She has over 16 years experience working in various kindergarten schools throughout Thailand. She loves being with children, supporting their learning, and seeing them progress developmentally through creative ways of play. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and spending time with her family.

Vanessa Amor Marcos (Kru Vanessa)

Caterpillars Homeroom Teacher

Kru Vanessa graduated from the University of the Philippines with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a focus on Special Education. After four years working as a Montessori teacher in the Philippines, she accepted an international teaching position in Myanmar and then in Vietnam before moving to Panyaden. Kru Vanessa has taught kindergarten, first and second grades during her career. Her favourite level is preschool because she finds the little kids naturally curious and fun. Whenever she can, she loves to travel, swim and play the ukulele.

Christine Centofante (Kru CJ)

Kindergarten 2 (Busy Ants) Homeroom Teacher

Kru CJ is from Arizona, U.S.A., home of the Grand Canyon and saguaro cactus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing and is an AMS certified, early childhood, Montessori teacher. Before moving to Thailand, Kru CJ worked closely with the Montessori philosophy for over nine years and sees her role as fostering the growth of the whole child.

Tassanee Naksin (Kru Jeab)

Kindergarten 2 (Busy Ants) Homeroom Teacher

Kru Jeab has over ten years of 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.

Laksamee Thepwongsa (Kru Kung)

Kindergarten 2 (Busy Ants) Teacher Assistant

Kru Kung graduated from Rajabhat Bansomdejchaopraya University in Bangkok with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught English at a secondary school in Bangkok and a primary school in Sakon Nakhon before moving to Panyaden. This is her fourth year as a TA at Panyaden. Kru Kung enjoys working with and supporting children in a natural environment. In her free time she likes spending time with her daughter, Lilymay.

Anthony Biddlecombe (Kru Anthony)

Kindergarten 2 (Honey Bees) Homeroom Teacher

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 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), he has been teaching kindergarten in Chiang Mai for many 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.

Naranya Tanakulparat (Kru Neung)

Kindergarten 2 (Honey Bees) Homeroom Teacher

Kru Neung has been teaching for the past 15 years, both in the US and in Bangkok.  She is very excited to join the PYD community where we focus on developing the academic and spiritual pathways.Kru Neung believes that all of the important values that we share with our children will help them become healthy, happy, and responsible people. These values begin to develop at a very young age. Kru Neung is very committed to supporting our children’s overall well being. This is why she chose to be a teacher in the Early Years.

Nanticha Chutikul (Kru Gift)

Kindergarten 2 (Honey Bees) Teacher Assistant

Kru Gift is originally from Chiang Rai. She graduated from Maejo University, majoring in Food Sciences and technology in her Bachelor’s Degree. Afterwards she moved to Sydney, Australia to complete a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting. She used to be a volunteer in the local library where she read stories to young children which made her realise that she really loves being and working with young children. She joined Panyaden because she likes the environment and architecture of our school and she is very happy to be here.

Sureerat Prayoonwong (Kru Tookta)

 Kindergarten 2 Homeroom Teacher

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.