Early Years Programme

Dr. Rachael Stevens (Kru Rachael)
Early Years Phase Leader & K1B Butterflies

Kru Rachael is the Early Years Phase Leader and a teacher in our K1 Butterflies class. She is dedicated to creating play-based learning opportunities for our young students and holds a PGCE (Lower Primary) where she specialised in Early Years education. Kru Rachael is passionate about incorporating mindfulness and a Buddhist approach into her classroom and holds a Masters in Buddhist Studies and a Doctorate in Tibetan Buddhism. She has found her home at Panyaden as she believes strongly in the benefits of an international, bilingual education where children are greeted with compassion and kindness, paired with academic rigour and high expectations. In her free time she enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and trying to learn Thai!  

Nursery

Myra Cardenas (Kru Myra)
Nursery Fireflies Homeroom Teacher

Kru Myra is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has been an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for over 11 years and has spent the past 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. Kru Myra is a lifelong learner who creates learning environments that instill a sense of community, nurtures multiculturalism, and believes in building strong character skills. She enjoys reading, the art of eating, training Muay Thai, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

Wanlaya Loetphornphisit (Kru Mint)
Nursery Fireflies Homeroom Teacher

Kru Mint has been teaching for over 12 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.

Parimol Chutimakorn (Kru Nora)
Nursery Fireflies Teacher Assistant

Kru Nora studied Industrial Design at KMITL in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduating she moved to the United States to study Psychology. She is highly experienced in working with adults with intellectual disabilities. She is fluent in both Thai and English and also studied American Sign Language at a pre-intermediate level. In her free time, she likes making pottery and listening to music.

Sureerat Prayoonwong (Kru Tookta)
Nursery Fireflies Teacher Assistant

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!

Kindergarten

Jeerawan Panma (Kru Aae)
K1 Caterpillars Homeroom Teacher

Kru Aae has been teaching at Panyaden for the past seven years. This will be her 7th year as a Homeroom teacher for K1 and she love it! She graduated from Maejo University with a major in Ecotourism and has since discovered her passion for early childhood education. She is always mindful and cheerful when working with children. Kru Aae loves to be outdoors doing fun activities.

MA Vanessa Amor Marcos (Kru Vanessa)
K1 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. Kru Vanessa has taught kindergarten, first and second grades during her career. Her favourite level though, is preschool because she finds the little kids naturally curious and fun. Whenever she can, she loves to travel, swim and play ukulele.

Yupapan Nikhom (Kru Murn)
K1 Caterpillars Teacher Assistant

Kru Murn holds a Master Degree in International Graduate Studies Human Resource Development from Burapha University and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She is looking forward to teach and guide Panyaden children this year. She loves our school environment and our Buddhist oriented curriculum. Her two sons have been studying with us at Panyaden for years and her family is very happy. In her free time, she likes traveling with her family, practicing meditation and cooking especially Korean food.

Natcha Tanrattanawong (Kru Natcha)
K1 Butterflies Homeroom Teacher

Kru Natcha is excited to join the Panyaden team this school year and she is very happy to be in the school environment as she loves nature. She graduated from Thammasat University with a major in English and recently finished her Master’s degree in Education (Early Years) from the U.K. Natcha has experience in various nursery settings and is passionate about working with children. She is fascinated to learn, play, and grow along with them and wants to help children experience and enjoy play at the beginning of their childhood. In her free time, she likes to read and travel to explore new places.

Nanticha Chutikul (Kru Gift)
K1 Butterflies Teacher Assistant

Kru Gift is originally from Chiang Rai. She graduated from Maejo University majoring in Food Sciences and technology in her Bachelor Degree. Then she moved to Sydney, Australia to do the Professional Accounting as a Master Degree. She used to be a volunteer in the local library where she reads stories to young children which makes she realize that she really loves being and working with young children. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, meditating and cooking. She joined Panyaden because she likes the environment and architecture of our school and she is very happy to be here.

Christine Centofante (Kru Christine)
K2 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. She says, “Within every person, there is a higher self” and she aims to guide the child’s attention to focus on their best qualities in order to strengthen their sense of security, self-esteem, cooperation, and responsibility. Mindfulness and meditation have changed her life and she believes Panyaden is a very special place to learn and grow. Whenever she can, she enjoys drinking coffee, being in nature, connecting with friends and family, traveling, and eating food!

Tassanee Naksin (Kru Jeab)
K2 Busy Ants Homeroom Teacher

Kru Jeab has more than 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.

Surasri Srisuk (Kru Yui)
K2 Busy Ants Teacher Assistant

Kru Yui received her bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Beijing Language and Culture University in 2010.  She has been a Year 1 Chinese support teacher in Bangkok for 6 years. She enjoys working with children and this year is her first at Panyaden. Kru Yui loves the environment here and would love to learn more about our green ethos!

Anthony Biddlecombe (Kru Anthony)
K2 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 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.

Kamonwan Krachaiwong (Kru Kwan)
K2 Honey Bees Homeroom Teacher

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!

 

Primary Programme

Jiranat Sriphet (Kru Dokmai)
Y1 Ladybirds Homeroom Teacher

Kru Dokmai has a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Early childhood Education with honours) and a Master’s degree in Education (Developmental Psychology), both from Chulalongkorn University. She was one of the founding teachers of Panyaden International School after 10 years of working as a primary level Thai teacher and coordinator at an international school in Bangkok. Kru Dokmai combines teaching Year 5 (Y5) with her role as Head Teacher for Thai teachers. Kru Dokmai loves to spend time with her family, gardening and taking care of the animals on her small farm. She also loves to cook and prepare meals for her family.

Mayuree Jaijaroensakundee (Kru Gai)
Y1 Ladybirds Teacher Assistant

Kru Gai graduated from Huachiew Chalermprakiet University with a major in Chinese. She has five 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.

Brianne Paige Martin (Kru Bri)
Y2 Grasshoppers Homeroom Teacher

Kru Bri is from Toronto, Canada and has a Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Lakehead University, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. She has developed a passion for teaching through her extensive work with children, both in an academic, and athletic setting. Outside of school, she enjoys coaching youth soccer, playing sports, traveling, and enjoying nature. Kru Bri is very excited to share her active learning approach in such a beautiful atmosphere at Panyaden school!

Aumporn Panthong (Kru Ta)
Y2 Cicadas Homeroom Teacher

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.

Leah Johnston (Kru Leah)
Y3 Manta Rays Homeroom Teacher

Kru Leah holds a Bachelor’s degree in teaching from Roehampton University in London. She has 10 years’ experience of teaching from K1 to Year 5, in a number of different primary schools across London, specialising in Design and Technology. She has worked with head teachers in London schools to implement Assessment for Learning across all Year groups. Kru Leah enjoys hiking and fitness in her spare time. She also loves the snow and has learned to snowboard in the last few years, a hobby which may be harder to maintain in Thailand! This is Kru Leah’s first year teaching in Thailand and she is very excited to be here.

Araya Wanintip (Kru Jacky)
Y3 Manta Rays Homeroom Teacher

Kru Jacky has a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Chulalongkorn University. Since studying in high school, the early years has always been her first choice. Her passion lies in teaching language to young learners and also teaching English as a foreign language. Kru Jacky has worked as an English teacher, homeroom teacher, curriculum developer, and the head of an academic department at a Thai school for five year. She also has seven years of experience as a Co-Teacher and Thai language teacher at an international school in Nonthaburi. In her free time, Kru Jacky enjoys creating handicrafts and riding a bicycle with her daughter. This is her first year at Panyaden International school as a Thai homeroom teacher. Her goal as a Thai homeroom Teacher is to instill a love for learning the Thai language and to support student differentiation in Thai Language. She is excited about joining at Panyaden this year.

Napaponpa Puangwanna (Kru Im)
Y3 Manta Rays Teacher Assistant

Kru Im has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Chiang Mai University. Since studying in high school, Her passion lies in teaching to young learners and take care children. Kru Im has worked as a science teacher at a Thai school. She also has four years of experience at a Kowittomrong Chiang Mai school. In her free time, Kru Im take photo and exercise.

Katelyn Demirese Warner (Kru Kat)
Y3 Sea Turtles Homeroom Teacher

Kru Kat graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in public and private schools in the United States and China, helping children cultivate their interests and stimulating their natural desires to learn new information. Her main goal as an educator is to make learning exciting, engaging, and effective. In her free time, she enjoys camping, reading, kayaking, doing yoga, and singing.

Phatcharaphorn Kwanthong (Kru Pond)
Y3 Sea Turtles Homeroom Teacher

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.

Ellisa Schlotzhauer (Kru Ellisa)
Y4 Homeroom Teacher

After eight years in South Korea, Kru Ellisa is excited to begin teaching Year 4 (Y4) at Panyaden. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Education in leadership and administration. Originally from Canada, Kru Ellisa has been teaching abroad since 2006, and has experience working with students of all ages from early years to university. In her free time, Ellisa loves hiking, board games, and podcasts.

George Andrew Robinson (Kru George)
Y5 Homeroom Teacher

Kru George is a teacher from the UK. He initially worked as a TEFL teacher in Suzhou, China, before gaining his PGCE from Nottingham University. He went on to spend 4 years in a bilingual school in China before joining us here in Thailand. Kru George is excited to settle in to life at Panyaden and can’t wait to help his students to be the best they can be. As a History graduate, he is especially interested in all things historical and matters of the past! In his spare time, he likes reading, watching movies and playing football.

Timothy Mercer (Kru Timber)
Y6 Homeroom Teacher

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.

Janjura Stevenson (Kru Jan)
Y6 Homeroom Teacher

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!

Duangporn Srisupha-o-larn (Kru Eedd)
Teacher Assistant

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.

 

 

Jantrarat Nualkaew (Kru Tai)
Y4

Kru Tai has been working in the field of Education for 10 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education, double majoring in English and Educational Technology from Chulalongkron University in Bangkok. After graduation, she joined an exchange student programme in U.S.A. for a year. She finds working with children fascinating because they always surprise you with their creativity and talent! Kru Tai likes to explore and learn new things and believes that to be a great teacher you have to be a lifelong learner. She likes books, music, travelling, adventure and fitness.

Ellisa Schlotzhauer (Kru Ellisa)
y4

After eight years in South Korea, Kru Ellisa is excited to begin teaching Year 4 (Y4) at Panyaden. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Education in leadership and administration. Originally from Canada, Kru Ellisa has been teaching abroad since 2006, and has experience working with students of all ages from early years to university. In her free time, Ellisa loves hiking, board games, and podcasts.

Ananya Duanjai (Kru Nan)
Y4 Teacher Assistant

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.

Jiranat Sriphet (Kru Dokmai)
Y5

Kru Dokmai has a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Early childhood Education with honours) and a Master’s degree in Education (Developmental Psychology), both from Chulalongkorn University. She was one of the founding teachers of Panyaden International School after 10 years of working as a primary level Thai teacher and coordinator at an international school in Bangkok. Kru Dokmai combines teaching Year 5 (Y5) with her role as Head Teacher for Thai teachers. Kru Dokmai loves to spend time with her family, gardening and taking care of the animals on her small farm. She also loves to cook and prepare meals for her family.

Elizabeth Binyon (Kru Elizabeth)
Y5

Kru Elizabeth is from Portland, Oregon in the U.S. 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.

Janjira Stevenson (Kru Jan)
Y6

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!

Timothy Mercer (Kru Timber)
Y6

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.

Secondary Programme

Meriska Bock (Kru Meriska)
Y7 Homeroom Teacher

I am an enthusiastic and energetic Science and Mathematics teacher who will be living out my passion for teaching and traveling, teaching Science and Mathematics at Panyaden International School. Previously I taught in South Africa at an under-privileged school for two years followed by three years in an International school in Dubai. In 2013 I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Life sciences and Psychology and in 2014 I qualified as a teacher after completing my PGCE(Post Graduate Certificate in Education). I received both qualifications at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. I enjoy teaching in a multicultural environment where we can learn from each other and am looking forward to continuing to do so at Panyaden International School. As a teacher I strive to create an environment where my students can develop curiosity and a passion for learning, not just in the classroom. My classroom is very interactive, I do my best to provide a safe environment for my students to engage and ask questions. The subjects that I teach, Mathematics and Science lend themselves to experimentation and discovery which will equip any child with a specific skill set that will benefit them for the rest of their lives and I am excited to provide this to the children at Panyaden International School.

Bongkot Theppiman (Kru Ying)
Y7 Homeroom Teacher

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!

Lin, Hsin-Ju (Kru Amy)
Y8 Homeroom Teacher

Do what you love and love what you do.

Keep moving forward.

As well as a passion for Mandarin teaching, I am also passionate about many sports such as trail running, yoga, rock climbing, badminton, squash and last but by no means least, scuba diving! I moved to Thailand to join the team at Panyaden with my husband Kru Robbie. We are both International School Teachers who have worked and lived abroad since 2007. Most recently, I have taught Mandarin in both Garden International School in Malaysia and the United Nations International School in Vietnam. Before this, I spent few years as a Scuba instructor in the South China Seas, Maldives and UAE. I believe it is true to say that language learning is a continuous process for all of us. In my lessons I always endevour to create a positive environment of teacher-student and student-student interaction. I achieve this through a variety active learning strategies, positive encouragement and discovery to understand the different ways of learning Mandarin in speaking, writing, listening and reading. Exploring and learning from different dimensions of the whole Chinese culture and using the IMYC to resonate with an International perspective make it a more meaningful and stimulating learning journey.

Dean Jackson (Kru Dean)
Y8 Homeroom Teacher

From: Tasmania, Australia Education: University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Education / Human Movement Hello, my name is Dean Jackson and I am an Australian teacher and administrator of Physical Education and Health. I hold a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia. I have been teaching internationally for 15+ years in Kuwait, Jordan, Mexico, Dubai, Thailand and China. I have also taught extensively in Australia prior to teaching internationally. Aside from my teaching and coaching, I pride myself in providing fair, professional pastoral care for all my students in such areas as;

• Behavior problems          • Personal and home issues          • Bullying

• Study difficulties              • Dress codes                                  • Safety

     As well as being qualified to teach Physical Education and Health, I am also a qualified Varsity Basketball coach, teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, and a Level 2 coach of Volleyball, Badminton, Tennis, Cricket, Gymnastics and Aussie Rules Football. My passion is and has always been to teach and coach the benefits that a healthy, active lifestyle has to offer. Music is my second passion and I play and teach guitar (however I am a very poor singer, haha). I believe I have an immense amount to offer Panyaden International School. I will support and play an important role in the school’s development plan, as well as the wider school community.

Denison Lane (Kru Denny)
Y9 Homeroom Teacher

Kru Denny joins us from his hometown of Sonoma, California, where he has taught 9th grade for the past 3 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and teaching degree from Sonoma State University, where he focused on literacy for English Learners. He enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, cycling, and playing games with friends and family, especially his daughter Maury, a Year 4 student here at Panyaden.

Specialist Teachers

Christine Vithayathil (Kru Christine V.)
Middle School and EAL Coordinator

I originally come from a small and beautiful village in the Austrian Alps. I hold teaching qualifications from Austria, as well as the UK. In addition to this, I hold a Masters in English Literature and various certificates in English language teaching. After several years of teaching in Austria and the UK, I ventured into the big wide world of teaching in international schools.

As an English language learner myself, I feel very passionately about being an advocate for them. This passion I have shared with students, parents and staff at international schools in India, Japan, China, the Philippines now at Panyaden International School.

At Panyaden I am serving as the whole-school English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator and the Middle School Coordinator. I also teach English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in years 7 – 9, Media and Communication in years 7 – 9 and co-teach classes throughout the secondary school.

Outside of school I keep myself busy by reading books about education and connecting with and learning from educators around the world. I enjoy spending time in our kitchen baking bread, sweet treats and making jams. I also enjoy knitting and drinking cups of tea in our garden. Most of all, I love spending time with my family: my husband Daiju, our daughter Nina (Year 3) and our two cats. Our family is excited to be part of the Panyaden community and to contribute to it in any way we can.

Patthawan Assawaprapa (Kru Pat)
Thai as Second Language (TSL)

Kru Pat graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts (major in Speech Communication). She has worked at international schools supporting Preschool, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. In her free time, she likes cooking with her family and reading. Kru Pat believes a teacher’s role is to create an environment that makes children curious to learn. At Panyaden, she is looking forward to encouraging enthusiastic young learners who love to learn.

Tiwaporn Yeamyuttapoom (Kru Namphung)
Thai as Second Language (TSL)

Kru Namphung graduated with honours from Chiang mai University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She has worked at Research Institute for Health Sciences Chiang Mai University. In her free time, she likes gardening and bakery with her mom. Kru Namphung believes that each child can learn in an environment that is engaging and supportive.

Karuna Ruamthammarak (Kru Or)
Visual Arts

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 6 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.

Pattarasin Chuppava (Kru Pat)
Arts Teacher Assistant

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.

Teeraphan Naksin (Kru Tee)
Performing Arts

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.

Sasipa Nuntasomboon (Kru Grace)
Music Teacher Assistant

Kru Grace graduated from Silpakorn University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (Violin) and recently graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a Master’s Degree in Music Education. She trained by participating in “Where Love Is Deep” seminar with Ms. Wan Tsai Chen Suzuki Teacher Trainer, Dalcroze Inspired Movement, ORFF Schulwerk to develop herself in order to become a better teacher. After graduation, she would like to go back to her hometown to work and give back to the people in Chiang Mai. She has a passion for sharing knowledge, inspiring students and understands the importance of creating a challenging, fun, and safe environment for students. She takes pride in getting to know students on a personal level to better understand their needs.

Sathaporn Sriphet (Kru Noy)
Physical Education & Life Skills

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.

Kritush Chainon (Kru Ocean)
Librarian

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.

Podchanart Manipuntee (Kru R)
Thai head teacher

My name is Kru R and I will be a Head teacher and Thai studies teacher. I join Panyaden after I teaching at an international school in Chiangmai for 8 years. I have a Bachelor of Art (Thai) degree from Payap University, Thailand and Master of Educational (Educational Administration) degree from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. I’m enjoys working with my students and encourages creative expression. During my class I try to create the classroom atmosphere to be positive and enjoyable to foster class participation and adapting to students’ diverse learning styles. I’m excited to be part of the team at Panyaden. I like to plant and travel to nature place.

Vivaldie Smith (Kru Vivaldie)
Special Education Teachers

Kru Vivaldie has 16 years of teaching experience in the U.S. public school system and abroad. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Childhood Studies, a Master’s in Educational Teacher Leadership and is a dual certified Elementary School Teacher and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. She believes that all children can succeed. Her pedagogical approach to teaching focuses on multi-intelligence, self-consciousness, and global citizenship. She enjoys reading, astrology, and nature.

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