Jo Connolly : Head of Year 3

Jo Connolly

Head of Year 3

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Middlesex University, 2007

Previous teaching experience: Jo began her teaching career in London, England where she taught Year 4 for 2 years. She then taught for 2 years in an international school in Cambodia, working with Year 3 before moving to the ABCIS where she taught in both Years 4 and 1 as well as being primary Science Coordinator. She then returned to the UK for 3 years to teach Year 1 and then Reception and has also been a PE Coordinator

Email: joconolly@theabcis.com


Emily Howard : Primary P.E. Teacher

Emily Howard

Primary P.E. Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) Physical Education with QTS, University of Brighton (2013)

Previous Teaching Experience: Emily has 5 years teaching experience. She began her career teaching PE in two different secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, before moving to London. She has spent the last 4 years teaching PE at James Allen’s Preparatory School in South London. Emily loves teaching and taking part in sport and has a passion for instilling the importance of a healthy active lifestyle.

Email: emilyhoward@theabcis.com


Chelsea Batchelor : Year 2 Teacher

Chelsea Batchelor

Year 2 Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, SNITT- Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training 2014

Previous Teaching Experience:After completing her PGCE, Chelsea began working in a comprehensive school in Ipswich (UK). She has worked there for four years; two years teaching Year 4 and two years teaching Year 1. Whilst there she coordinated a range of subjects including MFL, EAL and Science as well as training a student teacher.

Email: chelseabatchelor@theabcis.com


Dan Schoner : Year 6 Teacher and Primary Computing Coordinator

Dan Schoner

Year 6 Teacher and Primary Computing Coordinator

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Human Genetics, The University of Nottingham. Teach First – Primary PGCE, NQT at Bath Spa University. University of Durham.

Previous teaching experience: Dan has been teaching for 4 years. He began his career in Bristol (UK) where he taught Year 5 for two years and Year 6 for two years. Dan prides himself on fostering independent learning skills in all the pupils in his care. During his time as a teacher in the UK, Dan was the Upper Key Stage 2 leader and Leader of Computing. His appointment at the ABCIS marks the beginning of his international teaching career.

Email: danieschoner@theabcis.com


Jade Pooley : Year 4 Teacher

Jade Pooley

Year 4 Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch University (UK), Human Geography BSc, The University of Reading (UK)

Previous teaching experience: Jade has been a Primary School Teacher for 10 years. She started her career at Swalecliffe Community Primary School, in Kent, UK, where she quickly discovered her passion for the teaching of reading and writing. She taught Years 3 and 2 for four years, before moving to the Middle East to teach at Sherborne Qatar Prep School. At this school, Jade experienced teaching Years 2, 6 and 4 and has enjoyed working with a dynamic group of diverse children from around the world. Jade has organised and run the annual Health and Fitness days at her current school and enjoys teaching yoga to children as part of this.

Email: jadepooley@theabcis.com


Phillippa Dakin : Primary Music Teacher

Phillippa Dakin

Primary Music Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BMus (Hons) Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2002), PGCE Music with QTS, University of Sussex (2004)

Previous Teaching Experience: Philippa has 14 years teaching experience. She began her teaching career in a boys school in Worthing, West Sussex (UK) as Head of Music. After seven years she was looking for a new challenge and decided to teach internationally. She worked at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok where she taught music from KS2 to KS5. Swapping the heat for the snow, Philippa then joined the British School of Moscow, where she enjoyed teaching music to both Senior and Junior classes for two years. It was whilst in Moscow that she realised her main passion lay in Primary teaching, which prompted her to move back to SE Asia to join the staff at the ABCIS.

Email: philippadakin@theabcis.com


Sinead Dunleavy : Year 1 Teacher

Sinead Dunleavy

Year 1 Teacher

Nationality: Irish

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland (2012).

Previous teaching experience: Sinead has 6 years teaching experience. After completing her degree in Primary Education, she worked in Ireland for 3 years teaching in the Primary area. Following that, Sinead moved to Dubai (UAE) where she taught for 3 years. Her priority is to build positive relationships with all the children, getting to know each of them so they can make great progress and achieve their full potential through engaging, fun and active lessons.

Email: sineaddunleavy@theabcis.com


Hannah Beatwell-Moore : Head of Year 2

Hannah Beatwell-Moore

Head of Year 2

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons Primary Education with Art, University of Reading, England (2011)
Previous Teaching Experience: Hannah began her career as a primary teacher in Reading (UK) where she taught Year 3 for 3 years as well as taking on the role of Arts Coordinator. She then moved to Vietnam to work at the ABC International School, teaching first in Year 3 then afterwards in Year 2, where she was appointed Head of Year. After a year of travelling and visiting her family, Hannah is excited to return to the ABC International School and her previous role.

Email: hannahmoore@theabcis.com


Christopher Carr : Head of Upper Primary

Christopher Carr

Head of Upper Primary

Nationality: Irish

Qualification: BSc Management & Information Systems, Queens University Belfast (2004), PGCE Primary Education, Liverpool Hope University (2007)

Previous Teaching Experience:  Chris has 10 years teaching experience, beginning in the UK and then at the British International School of Moscow, before joining The ABC International School in 2009. He has taught across both Primary Key Stages, and was previously the Head of Year 4 before taking up his current position.

Present Responsibilities:In addition to his role as the Head of Upper Primary (Key Stage 2), Chris also oversees the curriculum development for the Primary core areas, working with Subject Coordinators and Heads of Year. Chris is also the Senior Management Team member of the Sharing Good Practice Group. Within Key Stage 2, Chris is involved with various Football ECAs.

Email: christophercarr@theabcis.com


Caitlin Brookes : 3/4 EIP Teacher

Caitlin Brookes

3/4 EIP Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications:  BA (Hons) Combined Studies (Literary Studies and Classics), University of Manchester; PGCE in Primary Education (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Previous teaching experience: Caitlin has been a primary school teacher for 17 years. After qualifying, she worked at a primary school in Manchester for 7 years, teaching across Key Stage 2 where she was coordinator of Geography. Prior to moving to Vietnam, Caitlin spent 10 years at a European School in Southern Germany, where she was seconded by the UK Department for Education to work as a Primary School Teacher. Her responsibilities included being coordinator of the Anglophone Section.

Email: caitlinbrookes@theabcis.com


Heather Buckley : Year 3 Teacher/ Primary  English Coordinator

Heather Buckley

Year 3 Teacher/ Primary English Coordinator

Nationality: : British

Qualifications: BA Hons (1st Class) Classical and Archaeological Studies and Comparative Literature (University of Kent), PGCE (Canterbury Christchurch University)

Previous teaching experience: Heather taught for 6 years at a school just outside of Canterbury, England. During this time, she taught Year 2 and Year 3. She led History and Reading across the school and has enjoyed developing the new curriculum in this school setting. She also enjoyed holding responsibility for creating and launching the school library and promoting reading for enjoyment. Heather has taught for 6 years in the UK and is now looking forward to gaining new experience in Vietnam.

Present Responsibilities: Heather is the Primary English Coordinator. She is also a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects Group and runs the Creative Writing ECA.

Email: heatherbuckley@theabcis.com


Alex Condon : Year 6 Teacher

Alex Condon

Year 6 Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications:  BSc (Hons.) Psychology, The Open University (UK); QTS (Primary) Institute of Education (at UCL), London

Previous teaching experience: Alex has been teaching for 2 years in South London, England, working in Years 5 and 6.  During his time there he has also been a prominent member of both the Maths and PE Curriculum teams, aiding in the restructuring of schoolwide Maths delivery and running several school sports teams/clubs.  Prior to gaining qualified teacher status Alex spent 10 years as a tennis teaching professional, teaching players of all ages and backgrounds, with his career spanning  the UK, USA, Australia and China.

Email: alexcondon@theabcis.com


Iwan Davies : Year 5 Teacher

Iwan Davies

Year 5 Teacher

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: B. A. (Hons) Liverpool John Moore's University, UK. PGCE Primary Teaching (ages 5-11), Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Iwan has 11 years teaching experience; he started his teaching career in the UK before taking up a post at the ABCIS, where he taught for 5 years. He left Vietnam to work in the Sultan’s School, Oman and then at Dulwich College, Seoul. A keen participant of many sports he also has experience in coaching football, rugby, athletics and tennis.

Present Responsibilities:  Iwan is a Year 5 class teacher and Chairman of the ‘Service and Charities’ Aspects Group and during this academic year he will be involved in running a Chess and Backgammon, as well as a Tennis ECA’s.

Email: iwandavies@theabcis.com


Susan Frolish : Year 6 Teacher/ Head of Year 6

Susan Frolish

Year 6 Teacher/ Head of Year 6

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: Certificate of Education, Stockwell College of Education. Diploma in Multicultural Education, Goldsmith’s College, London University.

Previous Teaching Experience:   Sue has more than 30 years teaching experience in Primary in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. She worked in schools in London for most of her career before coming to Vietnam 12 years ago. In her previous schools, she held a variety of Coordinator positions across the curriculum.

Present Responsibilities: Sue is the Head of Year 6, teaching alongside two other teachers. She currently runs a Sewing ECA which is popular across the year groups. She is a member of the Charities and Services Aspect Group.

Email: susanfrolish@theabcis.com


Tracey Garbarino : School Librarian

Tracey Garbarino

School Librarian

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English and European Studies, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK.

Previous Experience:  Tracey has 13 years experience as a Secondary School Librarian in the North of England. She is also the school’s Literacy Coordinator which includes activities like; organising reading promotional days, teaching students who require literacy intervention, running a journalists club, a book club and a comic creator’s club as extra-curricular activities. She has also been involved with residential trips run by the History Department.

Present Responsibilities: Tracey currently runs a Fiction Addiction ECA for secondary students and provides support for EAL and EIP students.

Email: traceygarbarino@theabcis.com


Hong Gao : EYEP/ Primary Mandarin

Hong Gao

EYEP/ Primary Mandarin

Nationality: Chinese

Qualification: Master Degree of Education (The College of New Jersey, USA). Montessori Teaching Certificate. Teacher Qualification Certification (China) .

Previous Teaching Experience:  Hong has 6 years of teaching experience in international schools. This is her fourth year in ABC international school, and she is running a drawing club.

Present Responsibilities:  She is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group and is also running a drawing club in KS1.

Email: honggao@theabcis.com


Warren Haines : French Teacher/ Tutor of 9W

Warren Haines

French Teacher/ Tutor of 9W

Nationality: British

Qualifications: M.A. (Hons) French, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. PGCE (Middle Years), De Montfort University Bedford. QTS UK..

Previous Teaching Experience:  Warren has over a dozen years teaching experience across a range of age groups in both Primary and Secondary. He worked at schools in London and Dorchester (England) and in Athens (Greece), teaching Years 5 and 6 as well as Secondary French and P.E. While working in London Warren held the post of P.E. Coordinator. Warren lived and worked in France before moving to Vietnam 8 years ago.

Present Responsibilities:  Warren is in his sixth year at the ABCIS. He has previously taught Year 5 and Year 6 and this year will again be teaching French to KS2, KS3 and KS4 pupils. Warren is a Year 8 form tutor. He runs a tennis club for Key Stage 3 and 4 students and is a member of the House Aspects group.

Email: warrenhaines@theabcis.com


Rachel Keatley : Year 3 Teacher

Rachel Keatley

Year 3 Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications:  BA (Hons.) History, University of Sheffield. PGCE Primary, Forest Independent Primary Collegiate, London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:  Rachel has been teaching for 7 years and began her career as a primary teacher in London. She has taught Years 3 and 5 and has experience of coordinating a range of subjects including Literacy, History and Geography.

Present Responsibilities:  Rachel currently teaches Year 5. Rachel is a member of the Service & Charity Aspects Group during this academic year and will also be involved in running an Art ECA.

Email: rachelkeatley@theabcis.com


Stacey Liu : Mandarin Teacher/ Tutor of 8S

Stacey Liu

Mandarin Teacher/ Tutor of 8S

Nationality: Taiwanese

Qualifications: M.A. in English Literature, National Chung-Hsin University, Taiwan. PGCE, Keele University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:Stacey has more than twelve years’ experience teaching both English and Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, Vietnam and New Zealand. She has previously taught Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as Secondary Mandarin Chinese.

Present Responsibilities: Stacey is teaching Mandarin Chinese to KS3 and KS4 pupils and is a Year 7 form tutor. She runs a Chinese painting club for KS3 students and is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group.

Email: staceyliu@theabcis.com


Melanie McLardie : Head of EAL and EIP

Melanie McLardie

Head of EAL and EIP

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.Ed (Hons) Liverpool University (1998)

Previous Teaching Experience: Melanie joined The ABCIS in 2008 after working in North-Western England and Moscow, Russia. Her 18 years teaching experience have seen her work throughout the Early Years and Primary, both as a teacher and leader. These roles have included leading the teaching of English across the Primary School and the role of Special Educational Needs leader. This year Mel will be running Cross Stitch Club for Years 4 and 5. She is also a member of the House Aspects Group.

Present Responsibilities:  Mel is the Primary Literacy Coordinator. This year she will be running a Water Confidence Club for Year 3 and 4. She is also a member of the Curriculum Development Aspects Group.

Email: melmclardie@theabcis.com


Abimbola (Bim) Oyetade : 5/6 EIP Teacher

Abimbola (Bim) Oyetade

5/6 EIP Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications:  BA (Hons.) Primary Education, Roehampton University; MA Language, Ethnicity and Education, King’s College, London

Previous teaching experience: Bim has been teaching for 7 years. She has 5 years teaching experience in London and she taught for 2 years internationally in Egypt. Bim has worked primarily in Key Stage 2 and had taught in years 4, 5 and 6. Her additional responsibilities included the role of Key Stage 2 Literacy Coordinator during her final year in Egypt. After returning from Egypt, Bim taught Year 6 in an independent school in London. She also carried out Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 group interventions with EAL students during this time.

Email: abimbolaoyetade@theabcis.com


Philip John Randall : Year 5 Teacher/ Head of Year 5

Philip John Randall

Year 5 Teacher/ Head of Year 5

Nationality: : British /Australian (Dual National)

Qualifications:  BA (Hons.) Economics and Economic and Social History, University of Kent.  PGCE Primary, Christ Church College, University of Kent

Previous teaching experience: Philip has been teaching for 30 years and is moving to the ABC International School to become Head of Year 5. He started his teaching career in the UK where he taught Years  3, 5 and 6 at Kennington Cof E Primary School in Ashford, Kent. During his 4 years at Kennington, he had responsibility as PE Coordinator and then Mathematics Coordinator. In 1991 he moved his family to Singapore to take up a position as Year 6 Class Teacher at Tanglin Trust School. Philip taught at Tanglin for 10 years and during this time held a number of responsibility posts including Year 6 Library Coordinator, Junior School Head of Mathematics and finally, Head of Year 4. In 2001, Philip returned to Australia to live in Perth, where he worked at a large independent co-educational college, All Saints’ College. He taught at All Saints’ for 13 years as a Year 6 class teacher and then as part of the Learning Support Team, teaching Mathematics and English to students in Years 3 to 6. For eleven years at All Saints’ he was also the Junior School Curriculum Coordinator. In 2014 he was drawn back to Asia again to teach at Dulwich College Suzhou in China.

Email: philiprandall@theabcis.com


Daniel Richards : Year 4 Teacher/ Head of Year 4

Daniel Richards

Year 4 Teacher/ Head of Year 4

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.A (Hons.) Primary Education with QTS, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:   Daniel has 13 years teaching experience in the UK. Alongside his role as a Year 4 Class teacher, he also has additional responsibility as Head of Year 4. Additionally, Daniel has experience as a Science and P.E. Coordinator at his previous school.

Present Responsibilities: Daniel is a member of the Yearbook Aspects Group and will also be involved in running a Mini Movie Maker ECA.

Email: danielrichards@theabcis.com


April Warren : Year 6 Teacher

April Warren

Year 6 Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualification: Bachelor of Music, Bangor University, Wales, UK. GTP Primary, Reading University,

Previous teaching Experience: After completing her GTP through Reading University, April taught Year 6 in a school in Oxford, UK. She then decided to move to an international setting and accepted a position at Regents International School, Pattaya (Thailand). She taught there for 2 years as a Year 5 teacher and also took on the role of Curriculum Events Coordinator. This year at ABCIS, April is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group. April is very passionate about Music and will be offering a Musical Theatre ECA this year.

Email: aprilwarren@theabcis.com


Claire Webb : Year 4 Teacher/  Primary Maths Coordinator

Claire Webb

Year 4 Teacher/ Primary Maths Coordinator

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc. Econ European Union Studies with French and Spanish, Cardiff University, PGCE Primary Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Claire has 12 years of teaching experience. She completed her PGCE in Cardiff before gaining NQT status in a school in London. Before moving to Vietnam, Claire spent 6 years working in a British School in Gran Canaria (Spain), teaching in both Year 2 and Year 6. During this time, she also had the additional responsibility of Head of Key Stage.

Present Responsibilities: Claire is currently a Year 6 class teacher and this is her fourth year as Mathematics Coordinator for the Primary Department. She is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects Group. In Term 1 and 2, she will be running a Maths Club for Years 5 and 6.

Email: clairewebb@theabcis.com


Robert West : PE Teacher/ Primary House Coordinator

Robert West

PE Teacher/ Primary House Coordinator

Nationality: British

Qualifications:  B.A. (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching, Northumbria University, UK. PGCE Primary Teaching, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Robert has several years of teaching experience. He was the Head of PE at Livingston American School, Shanghai. He developed the whole school PE curriculum and was responsible for all Primary and Middle School Athletics, as well as creating and implementing the House System. Robert has coached a number of different sports including football, volleyball, basketball and athletics, and has previously worked as Aquatic Director at Shanghai Rego International School. He is a keen triathlete and football player, and is passionate about promoting sports and healthy lifestyles

Present Responsibilities: This year Robert will be teaching PE and Swimming from Reception class up to Year 7. He is responsible for the Reception and Key Stage 1 PE curriculum as well as developing the whole school swimming scheme. He is the coach of the U11's Boys Basketball team as well as coaching both the Primary and Secondary School Swimming Teams. Robert is also the Primary House Coordinator and chair of the House Aspects Group.

Email: robertwest@theabcis.com


Antony Wilson : Year 4 Teacher

Antony Wilson

Year 4 Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications:  BEd (Hons) University of Leeds

Previous teaching experience: Tony has been teaching for over 25 years, both in the UK and abroad. He started his teaching career in the North of England where he gained experience as Art Coordinator and class teacher in Years 3, 4 and 5.  In 1996, Tony moved to Egypt where, in addition to teaching a Year 6 class, he held the posts of Deputy Head Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Literacy Coordinator in one of Cairo’s largest international schools. Since then, he has worked in London for 6 years as Head of Upper Key Stage 2 and both Assessment and PE Coordinator; in Moscow as an Assistant Head Teacher and Assessment Coordinator; in Costa Rica as IPC Coordinator and most recently in Slovakia where he worked as a member of the Primary Leadership Team as well as coordinating the IPC, Literacy and Art over the past 6 years.

Email: antonywilson@theabcis.com