Meet our talented Primary 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.

Dr. Rachael Stevens (Kru Rachael)

Y1 Ladybirds Homeroom Teacher &  Vice Principal (Early Years and Year 1)

Kru Rachael holds a PGCE (Lower Primary) where she specialised in Early Years education. Her passion for Lower Primary education is rooted in her belief that providing play-based learning opportunities for our youngest students, both indoors and out, allows them to learn more about themselves, explore their own interests and achieve their next steps, setting them up develop their love of learning for life. Kru Rachael is dedicated to incorporating mindfulness and a Buddhist approach into her classrooms and holds a Doctorate in Tibetan Buddhism from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Buddhist Studies (SOAS).

Jiranat Sriphet (Kru Dokmai)

Y1 Ladybirds Homeroom Teacher and  Primary Thai Coordinator 

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.

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.

Kayleigh Summerbell (Kru Kayleigh)

Y1 Dragonflies Homeroom Teacher and WASC Coordinator

Kru Kayleigh is from London, England. Kru Kayleigh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and coaching with early childhood studies and a PGCE where she specialised in Early Years education. Kru Kayleigh is passionate about play based learning and teaching early phonics to support children with early reading and writing.

Phatcharaphorn Kwanthong (Kru Pond)

Y1 Dragonflies Homeroom Teacher and Buddhist Education Coordinator

Kru Pond has 15 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. 

Kamonwan Kamdee (Kru Mai)

Y1 Dragonflies Teacher Assistant

Kru Mai graduated from Rajabhat Chiang Mai University with 1st honours Bachelor of Business English. She worked as  an international translator at Chiang Mai Ram hospital for over 10 years and also worked at Susan’s House Kindergarten for 8 years. She a mother of 2 sons and loves Thai desserts, cooking, kids crafts, reading and singing.

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!

Tamisa Wiboonkiat (Kru Jang)

Y2 Grasshoppers Homeroom Teacher

Kru Jang holds a Bachelor degree in English from Khon Kaen University and a Master Degree in Education from Sukhothai Thammathiraj University. She has 20 years experience teaching in English and bilingual programs in a private school in Chiang Mai. In the last 4 years at that school, she worked as a Head of English Programme. Besides, for the last couple years she went to further her study in EAL course in Melbourne, Australia.

Weeranut Srion (Kru Om)

Y2 Grasshoppers Teacher Assistant

Kru Om graduated in Mass Communication from Chiang Mai University. She has 10 years of experience working in international schools. At Panyaden, Kru Om has been working as an Academic Secretary for 4 years. This year will be her 2nd year working as a support teacher. Kru Om is passionate about Panyaden philosophy and fascinated by watching children grow and develop. In her free time she likes traveling, gardening, listening to music and spend time with her daughter, Pak, who will be in Year 5 at Panyaden this year.

Ashley Te’ Amber (Kru Ashley)

Y2 Cicadas Homeroom Teacher and Primary English Coordinator 

Kru Ashley is originally from a small town in Georgia, U.S.A. She taught English Language Learners of all ages in Morocco for 2 years before getting her Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. During her time in New Orleans, Kru Ashley taught Reading, Social Studies, and Science. She is passionate about making learning equitable, engaging, and student-centered. In her free time, she enjoys travel, gastronomy, and art!

Aumporn Panthong (Kru Ta)

Y2 Cicadas Homeroom Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

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.

Sasiwimon Muangnen (Kru Mair)

Y2 Cicadas Teacher Assistant

Kru Mair is a fun-loving and dedicated educator who loves reading, watching movies, and traveling. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Chiang Mai University, majoring in French. She joined the Panyaden family many years ago and after taking a few years off to start a family of her own, she has come back to join us. This is her second year in Y2 Cicadas and she nurtures the children’s sense of humour, creativity, and fosters independence.

Cora Moss (Kru Cora)

Y3 Manta Rays Homeroom Teacher

Kru Cora is from North Wales, she gained her BA in Fine Art at the University of Chester, where she was given the opportunity to volunteer as an EAL teacher in South Africa. This inspired her to return home and complete her PGCE. In 2016, she moved to Bangkok and taught Art with IA & Community Service at a top international school. She enjoys art, reading, hiking and kayaking and is very happy to have joined the Panyaden community.

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. 

Duangporn Srisupha-o-larn (Kru Eedd)

Y3 Manta Rays 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.

Katelyn Demirese (Kru Kat)

Y3 Sea Turtles Homeroom Teacher and Primary English Coordinator

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.

Sasithorn Khunyodying (Kru Mem)

Y3 Sea Turtles Homeroom Teacher

Kru Mem holds a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, both from Chiang Mai University. In 2019, she moved to Harbin, China to study Chinese language and got HSK4. Kru Mem has experience working in an alternative school in Chiang Mai as a homeroom teacher for 5 years. She is excited to be a Year 3 homeroom teacher this year.


Varinthon Wadkeaw (Kru Pat)

Y3 Sea Turtles Teacher Assistant

Originally from Bangkok, Kru Pat graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management. Her previous job was a full-time lecturer at Assumption University, Bangkok. Having 2 daughters that are attending Panyaden. Kru Pat is happy to become another member of Panyaden family as well. Kru Pat loves arts, reading and doing creative activities with children.

Peter Lucarotti (Kru Peter)

Y4 Jaguars Homeroom Teacher

Kru Peter is originally from Fredericton, a small city on Canada’s east coast. He has spent the past 10 years living in South Korea, working first as a middle school English teacher and then as a teacher trainer. He loves working in education and is passionate about creating engaging lessons that encourage students to pursue their own interests and love of learning.

Natsasipha Manosoi (Kru Nin)

 Y4 Jaguars Homeroom Teacher

Kru Nin is  thrilled to say this is her 14th year teaching Thai in both Thai schools and international schools.  She grew up in Chiangmai and Maehongson. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Thai Language from Chiangmai University in 2004 and  began her teaching career in a language school for 1 year, after which she taught in Thai middle school and high school for 5 years. 

Nattaya Holsakool (Kru Oh)

Y4 Jaguars Teacher Assistant

Kru Oh is originally from Lopburi. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in painting, from faculty of Fine Art Chiang Mai University. Prior to joining Panyaden, she has worked as an art teacher for 16 years, both in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Her passion is spending time and sharing happy moments with the children.

Timothy Mercer (Kru Timber)

Y4 Panthers 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.

Dr. Nanthawan Watthanawa (Kru Dear)

Y4 Jaguars Homeroom Teacher 

Kru Dear has a certification in teaching Thai as an additional language and earned her Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from Chiang Mai University. Before joining the Panyaden team, she taught at an international school for two years. She was also a lecturer in the German department at Payap University for eight years and in the Faculty of Education at Chiang Mai University for five years.

Supattra Pinnarat (Kru Whan)

Y4 Panthers Teacher Assistant

Kru Whan graduated from the Institute of Physical Education in Lampang. After that, she was a physical education teacher at a bilingual school for one year. She is now an assistant teacher at Panyaden International School. Kru Whan is fond of all kinds of sports such as soccer, table tennis, archery. She considers sports to be a physical activity that helps children relax from their classroom studies.

Todd Aydelott (Kru Todd)

Y5 Homeroom Teacher

Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Kru Todd holds a B.A. in Education from Western Oregon University, as well as a Master of Education with a specialization in reading instruction. He has taught internationally since joining the Peace Corps in 2003 and has worked at international schools in both Thailand and Vietnam. Kru Todd particularly likes teaching hands-on science activities. In his free time, Kru Todd enjoys running, rock climbing, writing, and playing with his new baby daughter.

Piti-An Jamoosri (Kru Thoey)

Y5 Homeroom Teacher

Kru Thoey has a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Thai Language, and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialisation in teaching Thai language, both from Chiang Mai University. This year is her third year at Panyaden. Prior to working here, she taught at an international school for 10 years and was Thai lecturer at Chiang Mai University for 4 years.In her free time, she loves reading books, and enjoys spending time drinking coffee with friends, and travelling.

Nundapatr Mongkolsitchoth (Kru Kookkai)

Y5 Teacher Assistant

Kru Kookkai graduated from Thammasat University with a degree in Social Work. She loves working with both children and elderly people. Before she joined Panyaden she worked in a child development centre, and also created activities for children in a tour agency. She is a fan of sports and likes to play table tennis, badminton, and football. In her free time, she watches movies and reads. If she has a chance, her and her friends like to volunteer to help develop children and the community.

Susan Kim (Kru Susan)

Y6 Homeroom Teacher

Kru Susan has a bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University and a master’s degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College. She is Korean-American and grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began her teaching career in 2001, teaching conversational English to students in South Korea. Kru Susan later moved to New York with her husband Kru Charles to study for her master’s degree and teach grade 4 at a Brooklyn public school. Afterward, they moved to Caracas, Venezuela where Kru Susan taught grade 5. She has spent the past seven years teaching grades 4 and 5 as both a homeroom teacher and an EAL teacher in Shenzhen, China. Her experience includes teaching students from the age of 4 in preschool to teaching English to adult international students.


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. 

Natha Tepparak (Kru Aua)

Y6 Teacher Assistant

Kru Aua graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Before joining Panyaden, she worked for more than 6 years in a Language and International School. In her spare time, she really enjoys spending time with her daughter and son.