Sarah Best : Psychology & Sociology Teacher/ Head of Social Sciences

Sarah Best

Psychology & Sociology Teacher/ Head of Social Sciences

Nationality: British

Qualifications:  MSc Research Method, Nottingham Trent University, UK. BSc (Hons) Business Management, Essex University UK. PGCE Citizenship/Social Science (Sociology, Psychology) University of Leicester, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:   Sarah has five years teaching experience in the UK and Europe. She began her teaching career in Nottingham before moving to Spain and then moved to Vietnam in 2014. She has taught Years 7-13 and has been a Key Stage 5 coordinator.

Present Responsibilities:  She runs a Psychology Club for students in Key Stage 4 and 5 and is also a member of the Sharing Good Practice group.

Email: sarahbest@theabcis.com


Ian Bosonnet : Head of School Standards, Assessment and Student Performance

Ian Bosonnet

Head of School Standards, Assessment and Student Performance

Nationality:Irish

Qualifications: B.A (Hons) History, Ancient History and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin (1992), Higher Diploma of Education, Trinity College Dublin (1994), QTS UK (all Primary and Secondary Schools), Level 2 Qualified School Inspector (all UK and international)

Previous Teaching Experience: Ian has 23 years teaching experience in both Primary and Secondary areas and 13 in management and leadership. He worked at schools in Dublin (Ireland) and South London (UK) for 6 years before arriving in Vietnam. He has held a number of middle and senior management roles throughout his career.

Present Responsibilities: Ian has a broad range of responsibilities within the school which extend from Nursery at the beginning of Primary to Year 13 at the end of Secondary. These include data analysis, reporting and advising about student performance to drive academic improvement, responsibility for child protection, admissions and health and safety management throughout the school, monitoring and advising on improvements in a range of different areas throughout the various key stages. He was the evaluator of evidence for the ABCIS during inspection by UK Department of Education inspectors in 2013, an inspection in which the ABCIS received an “Outstanding” rating as a British School Overseas. Ian has a leading role in the organisation and editing of school promotional materials such as ‘Connect’ magazine. He also teaches History to Year 9, runs the Model United Nations at the ABC international School and is leading the creation of the Parent’s Advisory Group.

Email: ianbosonnet@theabcis.com


Amy Ausitin : Head of Key Stage 3 / Examinations Officer / Geography Teacher

Amy Ausitin

Head of Key Stage 3 / Examinations Officer / Geography Teacher

Nationality:British 

Qualifications: TeachFirst – Geography PGCE, NQT at Canterbury Christ Church University. Geography BA at University College London.

Previous Teaching Experience: Amy has 11 years teaching experience in both British and International Schools. She worked in East London and Brunei prior to joining the ABCIS and held the position of Head of Year 8 in her London school.

Present Responsibilities: Amy has worked for The ABCIS for 6 years as a Geography teacher and was formerly Head of Humanities. This year Ms Amy is the Head of Key Stage 3 and is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group.

Email: amyaustin@theabcis.com


Debra Hanna : Business Studies & Economics/ Tutor of 12D

Debra Hanna

Business Studies & Economics/ Tutor of 12D

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Business Finance and Investment, University of Ulster, UK. PGCE Business Education, University of Manchester, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Following a successful retail career Ms. Debra has spent two years teaching Economics at Rochdale Sixth Form Centre in UK which was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Present Responsibilities: Debra is also a member of our Sharing Best Practice Aspects group.

Email: debrahanna@theabcis.com


Alun Bidmead : Economic/ Business Studies/ Tutor of 12A

Alun Bidmead

Economic/ Business Studies/ Tutor of 12A

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Studies, PGCE Business and Economics, University College London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Alun has been teaching Business Studies and Economics for over 10 years in the UK, Thailand, China and Vietnam. He commenced his teaching role after a successful commercial career in the retail and leisure industries. As well as being passionate and enthusiastic teacher Alun is a qualified scuba diving instructor and technical diver.

Present Responsibilities: Alun is the form Tutor for Year 12. He helps run the Model United Nations ECA and is a part of the Vision and Ethos Aspect group

Email: alunbidmead@theabcis.com


Barbara McLellan : Business Studies & Economics

Barbara McLellan

Business Studies & Economics

Nationality:British

Qualifications: BA Business Administration, Strathclyde University, UK , Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Hamilton Teacher’s College, New Zealand

Previous Teaching Experience: Barbara completed teacher training in New Zealand and has 18 years’ experience as a specialist teacher of Accounting, Business Studies and Economics. She has taught in both the public and private sectors of education and was a Head of Department and a Boarding House Director at a leading co-educational school in New Zealand. Barbara also has a wide range of business experience and prior to entering the teaching profession she held management positions with large companies in the UK and owned and operated her own business.

Present Responsibilities: Barbara is currently teaching Business Studies & Economics.

Email: barbaramclellan@theabcis.com


Angelika Stredwick : History Teacher

Angelika Stredwick

History Teacher

Nationality: : Bristish

Qualifications:  MSc Training, University of Leicester. BA(Hons) History, University College Cardiff. PGCE History, Open University.

Previous teaching experience:After completing a commission as an Officer (Education) in the Royal Navy, Angelika completed a PGCE. She taught History in several comprehensive schools in Southampton and Bristol before completing 5 years in an all boys' grammar school in Gloucestershire. From here she was promoted to Head of History at Westonbirt School, an all girls' boarding school in rural Gloucestershire, where she was further promoted to Head of Sixth Form. She has a total of 16 years teaching experience. She will be involved in helping to organise the Model United Nations in 2016 – 2017

Email: angelikastredwick@theabcis.com


Ben Williams : Geography Teacher

Ben Williams

Geography Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Archaeology, Durham University, UK. PGCE Geography, University of Exeter, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completion of his PGCE in Exeter, Ben moved to Bristol to teach Geography in a brand new school which has now grown from 80 students to 750 in 5 years. Ben was appointed Head of Geography after 2 years and is passionate about expanding student’s experiences outside the classroom, running successful trips to Iceland and beyond, and setting up a partnership link with a school in Nepal. He is currently offering Homework Club as an extra-curricular activity and is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group. He has been teaching for 5 years.

Email: benjaminwilliams@theabcis.com


Gavin Wheatley : Business Studies/Economics Teacher

Gavin Wheatley

Business Studies/Economics Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualification: BA (Hons) Business Administration, University of Wolverhampton (UK). Certificate of Education (Cert Ed), University of Birmingham (UK). PGCE International, University of Sunderland (UK).

Previous teaching Experience: After working for a short time in the UK hospitality industry, Gavin began teaching and worked for 7 years in 2 of the West Midland’s largest colleges, where he taught A-level and GCSE Business Studies and Economics, before moving into international secondary education. For the last 4 years he has worked in a growing private-sector A-level school in North-Eastern China. During his time there he taught IGCSE and A-level Business Studies and Economics. Gavin is a big believer in inspiring confidence as an essential tool for success; during his time in China he ran the school choir and assisted in the running of the school's dramatic society. He has a total of 11 years experience and is looking forward to more ahead.

Present Responsibilities: Gavin will be running a Secondary School Choir and he is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects group.

Email: gavinwheatley@theabcis.com


Vicki Mole : History Teacher

Vicki Mole

History Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications: MA Education, Roehampton University. PGCE History, Institute of Education London, UK. BA Ancient History, King's College London, UK.

Previous teaching experience: After completing a PGCE Vicki went on to teach at a large comprehensive school in South London. She has a total of 6 years of experience. She established a Classics department at the school and was Deputy Head of History teaching all secondary year groups. She has a tremendous passion for History inside and outside the classroom and is excited about working at the ABCIS.

Present Responsibilities:Vicki is offering a Latin and Ancient History club as an ECA and is a member of the Charity and Service Aspects group.

Email: victoriamole@theabcis.com


Bruce Hector : Head of Mathematics

Bruce Hector

Head of Mathematics

Nationality: Australian

Qualifications: BS University of Newcastle, Australia. Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, Australia. Bachelor of Education (Computer Education), University of New England, Australia.

Previous Teaching Experience: Bruce started teaching in 1985 and has taught for over thirty years in a number of secondary schools in Australia, and more recently at the British School in Jakarta. During this time he has held a variety of positions: Coordinator of Computing, IT and Learning Technologies in two of these schools and also as a year leader. Last year Mr Bruce held the position of Head of Year 10 at the ABCIS. Mr Bruce has also had extensive experience in the Scouting movement and has a great interest in all sports. He is an avid golfer and was formerly a representative hockey player.

Present Responsibilities: Bruce is a member of the Service and Charity Aspects Group

Email: brucehector@theabcis.com


Steve Shaw : Head of Secondary/ Maths Teacher

Steve Shaw

Head of Secondary/ Maths Teacher

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), The University of Birmingham. PGCE, The University of Cambridge

Previous Teaching Experience: Steve spent 10 years working in the UK in city comprehensive schools in Cambridge, Derbyshire and Nottingham before moving to the UAE to support educational reform in Abu Dhabi. He then spent 2 years working in local government schools training Principals and Vice Principals in school improvement before moving to the British International School Abu Dhabi as the Head of Academic Studies. He spent three years there helping set up the Secondary school, overseeing the school application to become an IB World School, managing the curriculum, reporting and assessment and the tracking of student progress.

Present Responsibilities: Steve currently teaches Year 12 and 13 Statistics as well as being the Head of Secondary, writing the whole school timetable and managing the Secondary curriculum. He is a member of the Future Directions Aspects group which is investigating how we improve the school’s use of the technological advances available.
Email: steveshaw@theabcis.com


Paul Rispin : BSC (Hons) Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield. PGCE Mathematics and Physical Education, University of Southampton, UK.

Paul Rispin

BSC (Hons) Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield. PGCE Mathematics and Physical Education, University of Southampton, UK.

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSC (Hons) Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield. PGCE Mathematics and Physical Education, University of Southampton, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Paul has worked in two secondary schools in the UK as a Mathematics teacher and has also been Head of Mathematics in two sixth form colleges. In his most recent UK post he was head of a department of 22 teachers, and has vast experience in assisting students with university applications. He has also worked in summer schools in Ethiopia and Tanzania. He is a keen sportsman and has run many different football teams throughout his 23 year teaching career.

Present Responsibilities: Paul’s present responsibilities include guiding students through the university application process to attend universities through the world. He is also a member of the House Aspects Group. Paul is also currently completing a Masters in International Education with the University of Bath.

Email: paulrispin@theabcis.com


Barry McGhee : Maths Teacher/ Tutor of 10B

Barry McGhee

Maths Teacher/ Tutor of 10B

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc Physics, The University of Glasgow, UK. PGCE Mathematics, The University of the West of Scotland, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:  Barry has 10 years teaching experience having taught for 4 years in the UK as well as experience teaching in South Korea and China. Barry is a member of the House Aspects group and is running a language learning ECA.

Present Responsibilities: Alongside his role within the Mathematics Department, he is a Year 10 Form Tutor

Email: barrymcghee@theabcis.com


Katie Holmes : Mathematics teacher/Head of Year 7

Katie Holmes

Mathematics teacher/Head of Year 7

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) History, Cambridge University, UK. PGCE Mathematics, The Institute of Education, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completing her PGCE in London, Ms. Katie taught at a girls’ comprehensive school for 2 years in West London, where she taught mathematics across Key Stages 3 and 4. Ms. Katie then moved to Vietnam to continue her teaching career in an international setting. She has 3 years of teaching experience.

Present Responsibilities: This year Ms. Katie is Head of Year 7 and is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects Group. She will also be running a Destress ECA.

Email: katieholmes@theabcis.com


Cathal Hanly : Mathematics Teacher

Cathal Hanly

Mathematics Teacher

Nationality: : Irish

Qualifications: BComm. (Hons), BA. Maths studies, Professional Diploma in Education PDE, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completing his teacher training, Cathal moved to a start-up school in Dublin, Ireland which initially started with 400 students and now teaches over 1,000. Cathal was instrumental in developing a curriculum for the Maths Department. After 3 years there Cathal is now moving to the ABC International School to start a new chapter of his life. Cathal has a true love of his subjects and prides himself on his ability to develop strong student relationships. He has 4 years teaching experience.

Present Responsibilities: Cathal is a member of the vision and ethos aspects group and is coaching swimming at the school this year.

Email: cathalhanly@theabcis.com


Daniel Ingham : Mathematics Teacher

Daniel Ingham

Mathematics Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Manchester, UK. PGCE Secondary Mathematics, University of Brighton, UK.

Previous teaching Experience: After completing his PGCE, Daniel worked in a large comprehensive school in Crawley, teaching Mathematics from Key Stages 3 to 5. He then moved abroad, spending two years teaching IGCSE and A-level in China and 3 years teaching the IB programme in Colombia. He is passionate about fostering a sense of independence and responsibility in young people. In addition to his role in the Mathematics Department, he will be coordinating the International Award. His interests outside teaching include motorcycling, hiking and “the great outdoors”. Daniel has 7 years' teaching experience.

Present Responsibilities: Daniel is the International Award Coordinator and is a member of Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.

Email: danielingham@theabcis.com


Vincent Feeney : Science, Physics and Chemistry Teacher / Head of Science

Vincent Feeney

Science, Physics and Chemistry Teacher / Head of Science

Nationality: : British

Qualification: BSc (Hons) and PhD, Agricultural Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. PGCE University of Surrey, UK.

Previous teaching Experience: After a research and lecturing post at Newcastle Vincent was an independent consultant before commencing teaching in secondary schools 16 years ago. Since then he has taught in a large Science college near Durham and then posts that took him to France, Switzerland and the Philippines. He has held various positions of responsibility including Head of Pastoral Care and Head of Science.

Present Responsibilities: Vincent is currently Head of Science and teaches Physics for years 10-13 and Chemistry to Year 13. He is a member of the Green Aspects Group and offers an ECA called “Will it fly?”

Email: vincentfeeney@theabcis.com


Stephen Ford : Head of Key Stage 4 /Science & Physics Teacher

Stephen Ford

Head of Key Stage 4 /Science & Physics Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Trent Polytechnic Nottingham, UK. PGCE Physics and Science, Nottingham University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Stephen has over 20 years of teaching experience. He has taught in three different schools in the UK, has leadership experience as a Head of Science in two of them and additionally as an Assistant Headteacher in a large secondary school.

Present Responsibilities: Stephen is currently Head of Science at the ABCIS and teaches Physics to Years 10 to 13. He is a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.

Email: stephenford@theabcis.com


Grant Bowdery : Biology/Head of Year 9

Grant Bowdery

Biology/Head of Year 9

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physiology and Sports Science, University of Leeds; PGCE Secondary Science QTS, University of Sussex

Previous Teaching Experience: Mr. Grant is in his 14th year of teaching having started in Brighton in the UK and has since been teaching in international schools in the Middle-East and Kenya before moving to Vietnam last year. Mr. Grant has taught all three sciences with his specialism being Biology.

Present Responsibilities: Grant is Head of Year 9 and is chairing the Sharing Good Practice Aspects group. He will also be leading one of the swimming ECAs.

Email: grantbowdery@theabcis.com


Andrew Akam : Chemistry Teacher/ Tutor of 13A

Andrew Akam

Chemistry Teacher/ Tutor of 13A

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, The University of Portsmouth, UK; PGCE Science, The University of Exeter, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: Andrew has 6 years of teaching experience. Previous to his position at the ABCIS he worked in an independent boy's school in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and in a large comprehensive school near Peterborough, England. Andrew enjoys a wide range of sports, and has coached a successful school rugby team.

Present Responsibilities: Andrew is a member of the House Competition Aspects Group, and runs the Crossword ECA.

Email: andrewakam@theabcis.com


Sheryl Gelsthorpe : Biology & General Science Teacher / Tutor of 9S

Sheryl Gelsthorpe

Biology & General Science Teacher / Tutor of 9S

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Zoology), The University of Exeter. PGCE Secondary Science (11-18), Kingston University. QTS UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:  Sheryl has been teaching in Secondary schools since 1994 and has held positions of responsibility since 2008. She worked in schools in the UK for 12 years before moving into international teaching and working in an international school in Kazakhstan for 3 years. She then moved to Vietnam and has been working at The ABC International School since 2009.

Present Responsibilities: Sheryl currently teaches Biology and General Science. She runs the popular Secondary Green Team and is a member of the Green Aspects Group.

Email: sherylgelsthorpe@theabcis.com


Christine Easton : Science Teacher/ Tutor of Year 10C

Christine Easton

Science Teacher/ Tutor of Year 10C

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Queen Mary and Westfield College, UK. PGCE General Science and Chemistry, King’s College London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:  Christine taught Science for 14 years in three London schools before moving to British International School - Phuket, where she taught Science and IB Chemistry. After 2 years there she got married and moved back to her ancestral roots in Vietnam. She previously taught at BIS Vietnam and the ABCIS for three years before taking time out of teaching to raise a family.

Present Responsibilities: Christine currently teaches Science at KS3 and KS4 as well as Chemistry at KS5. She is a tutor of a Year 10 class, whose welfare and progress she will monitor this year. Christine runs a Scrabble club to encourage and help students widen their vocabulary. She is also a member of the Parent Advisory Group.

Email: christineeaston@theabcis.com


Emma Hamilton : English Teacher/ Head of English

Emma Hamilton

English Teacher/ Head of English

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) English Literature, University of Kent. PGCE English, University of Bristol

Previous Teaching Experience: This is Ms. Emma’s fourth year at the ABCIS as Head of English. Ms. Emma began teaching in London in 2007 and has experience in working in comprehensive schools where she held responsibilities such as Head of Key Stage 4 English. Ms. Emma has a passion for supporting charitable causes and will be running the Services ECA this year which will complement her work in the Services Aspects group with the aim of providing English lessons in local Vietnamese schools in the community.

Present Responsibilities: She has worked at the ABCIS since 2013 but previously was Head of Keystage 4 English at a West London School. During 2015/2016, she will be involved with the running of the Services ECA.

Email: emmahamilton@theabcis.com


Hanna Hewitt : English & Drama / Head of Year 10

Hanna Hewitt

English & Drama / Head of Year 10

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English and Communication Studies, University of Liverpool, UK. PGCE English and Drama, University of Manchester, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Hannah has been teaching for twelve years, spending the first eight years in a school in Liverpool, UK before moving to an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has experience of being a form tutor and organising extra-curricular activities, and was co-director of the school production while in KL. Working across all three Key Stages throughout her career, she has taught both IB and A-Level curricula in both English Language and Literature, in addition to Drama in Key Stages Three and Four.

Present Responsibilities: Hannah is Head of Year 10, co-director of the production and a member of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.

Email: hannahhewitt@theabcis.com


Isabel Lane : English & Drama/ Tutor of 8I

Isabel Lane

English & Drama/ Tutor of 8I

Nationality: British

Qualifications: MA Education, University of Manchester; PGCE, Sheffield Hallam University; BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Leeds; CELTA, International House London.

Previous Teaching Experience: Isabel has 6 years teaching experience. She completed her PGCE while working at a large co-educational academy in Hull, North East England. She taught here for two years before a further two years at a boys' academy in Central London, where she was Deputy Director of English. She has also taught English as a foreign language to adults and teenagers in the UK, Germany and India.

Present Responsibilities: TThis year Ms. Isabel is running a Production Support ECA and is a member of the Services Aspects Group.

Email: isabellane@theabcis.com


Lee Sirett : English & Drama Teacher/ Head of Year 8

Lee Sirett

English & Drama Teacher/ Head of Year 8

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) English and Literary Studies, PGCE Secondary English, University of Worcester, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Lee began his teaching career in a large secondary school on the outskirts of Birmingham where he taught English, Drama and Music. He then taught English as a Second Language in a private university in Beijing for one year, before moving to Gran Canaria (Spain) eight years ago to teach English Literature and Language from Key Stage 3 up to Key Stage 5. During this time he also taught A Level Philosophy as well as Drama, History and Music throughout the school.

Present Responsibilities: In addition to teaching English to Years 7-13, and Drama at Key Stage 3, Lee is also Head of Year 8. In this position he oversees the roles of four Year 8 tutors, who collectively ensure the pastoral and academic well-being of all Year 8 students. He helps run the School Production ECA and is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group.

Email: leesirett@theabcis.com


Rebecca Hoyle : English Teacher

Rebecca Hoyle

English Teacher

Nationality: : British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Westminster, UK. PGCE in English with Media and Drama, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Previous Experience: Rebecca has been teaching English, Media and Drama for a total of 8 years in the UK, Vietnam and Thailand. She also held the post of Deputy Head of Year 12 in her final year of teaching in London. She has returned this year to the ABCIS, where she had previously worked for 3 years in the Secondary English Department teaching English and Drama. During this time she also helped to co-direct a number of musical productions within the school. Rebecca is a member of The Green Team Aspects group, and is running the Production ECA.

Email: rebeccahoyle@theabcis.com


Gareth Groves : Music Teacher/ Head of Performing Arts

Gareth Groves

Music Teacher/ Head of Performing Arts

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Hons), University of Wales, Cardiff. GTP Secondary Music, University of Gloucestershire. QTS UK (both Primary and Secondary)

Previous Teaching Experience: Gareth has been involved in music education for over 15 years and has been classroom teaching for 11 years. He started his teaching career as a Secondary Music teacher at Pates Grammar School (UK) where he spent 2 years as Head of KS3 Music and 1 year as acting Head of Music. He went on to splitting his time between teaching across all key stages, eventually leading the music programme for the Gloucester Schools Partnership, which encompassed over 39 primary schools. Gareth was a singing teacher at Cheltenham Senior College as well as a freelance coach for the UK's national ‘Sing Up’ programme for the South West of England.

Present Responsibilities: Gareth will be overseeing all Performance based activities for the school as well as supporting teaching across all five Key Stages. He runs several ECAs linked with Music including the Schools Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Charity and Service Aspect Group.

In May 2015, Gareth was elected onto the FOBISIA’s Executive Committee for Music. Gareth is also the Artistic Director of the International Choir and Orchestra of HCMC.

Email: garethgroves@theabcis.com


Ronald Saw : Music Teacher

Ronald Saw

Music Teacher

Nationality:  New Zealander

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Primary Education), University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Previous Teaching Experience: Ronald is a qualified teacher with 11 years’ experience teaching Music in New Zealand, Bahrain and The United Kingdom. He has a passion for music and has had experience teaching successful rock bands, Jazz/Funk bands, choirs, and percussion groups as well as putting together musical productions. His interest in music extends well beyond his professional life as he has been part of rock bands and covers groups performing the local circuit.

Present Responsibility: Ronald is part of the ‘House’ Aspects Group.

Email: ronaldsaw@theabcis.com


Grant Pratt : Design & Technology & ECA Coordinator

Grant Pratt

Design & Technology & ECA Coordinator

Nationality: New Zealander

Qualifications: BSc. Botany, Otago University. Dip. in Landscape Architecture, L. A. Lincon University. Dip Ed. Wellington College of Education

Previous Teaching Experience:  Grant has 18 years teaching experience both in New Zealand and in a range of International schooling systems. He has taught in New Zealand, Japan, England, Poland, Finland and Vietnam.

Present Responsibilities: Grant currently teaches Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 Design and Technology and is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group

Email: grantpratt@theabcis.com


Blue Leal : Art & Design Teacher/ Tutor of 11B

Blue Leal

Art & Design Teacher/ Tutor of 11B

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Textile Design, University of Derby, UK. Secondary PGCE, University of Reading, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: Blue has been teaching Art and Design for 15 years and taught at a British International School in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Prior to this she taught at a number of locations within the UK. During the 15 years of teaching, she has managed several departments and taught numerous Art specialist areas including fine art, sculpture, photography, textiles and printing. In addition to teaching Art she has also taught Design and Technology and Citizenship.

Present Responsibilities: Blue currently teaches Years 8-13 Art and Design. She also runs the Basic British Sign Language and an IGCSE Art and Design ECAs. Blue is the chairperson for the Yearbook Aspects Group.

Email: blueleal@theabcis.com


David Nicol : Design Teachnology & Art/ Tutor of 11D

David Nicol

Design Teachnology & Art/ Tutor of 11D

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons.) Industrial Product Design, Aston University. PGCE Design Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: David has eight years of teaching experience at a secondary school in Birmingham, England. He taught Design Technology from Key Stage 3 up to Key Stage 5 and has also taught a range of other subjects including Art at Key Stage 3.

Present Responsibilities: David is the tutor of 11D and is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspect Group. He is running the Cricket ECA.

Email: davidnicol@theabcis.com


Lee McGovern : Head of ICT and Computer Science

Lee McGovern

Head of ICT and Computer Science

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc. (Hons.) Computer Science and Information Systems, Salford University, UK. PGCE ICT, Bangor University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience:  Lee has seven years of teaching experience and has worked at large secondary schools in Hampshire and Northamptonshire where he taught ICT and Computing. Over this time he has gained significant experience in curriculum development and in pastoral areas.

Present Responsibilities: Lee is the current head of ICT & Computer Science and teaches Key Stages 3,4, and 5. He is also the chair of the Future Directions Aspect Group and runs the Roleplaying Games club for Year 9 to Year 13.

Email: leemcgovern@theabcis.com


Kevin Stewart : Teacher of ICT and Computer Science/ Tutor of 9K

Kevin Stewart

Teacher of ICT and Computer Science/ Tutor of 9K

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc. Computer Science, Glasgow University, PGCE ICT, Sunderland University.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completing his teacher training in the North of England, Mr. Kevin spent 5 months teaching EFL with Apollo in Hai Phong, Vietnam. On completion of that job Mr. Kevin took up an international post teaching Computing and ICT in Indonesia at the New Zealand Independent School. He has 4 years teaching experience.

Present Responsibilities: Alongside his role as an ICT teacher, he is also a Year 9 tutor. Kevin is the chairperson of the Green Team Aspects Group and runs the Retro-Gaming ECA.

Email: kevinstewart@theabcis.com


Mark White : Teacher of ICT and Computer Science/ Tutor of  10M

Mark White

Teacher of ICT and Computer Science/ Tutor of 10M

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Education Studies, University of Plymouth, UK. PGCE ICT, University of Brighton, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: After completing his PGCE in 2012, Mark began teaching in a new start up school in Hammersmith, Central London where he taught ICT and Computing to Key Stages 3 to 5. After three successful years in England, he made the move to Vietnam and has been teaching ICT and Computing at ABCIS for the past year.

Present Responsibilities: Alongside his role as an ICT teacher, he is also a Year 10 tutor. Mark is a member of the House Aspects group during this academic year and will also be involved in running the senior boys football ECA and computing Club.

Email: markwhite@theabcis.com


Daniel Iddon : Head of PE Dept./ PE Teacher

Daniel Iddon

Head of PE Dept./ PE Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons.) Sports Science, The University of Sunderland. GRTP (QTS) Edge Hill University & St. Martins College.

Previous Teaching Experience:  Dan began his teaching career at a Specialist Sports College in Blackpool, UK. After two successful years in the North West of England, he made the move into international teaching when appointed Head of Department at a British curriculum school in Shanghai, China. After nine years coordinating the Physical Education curriculum and ECAs programme for his school in China, he made the move to Vietnam where he has been teaching at the ABCIS for four years.

Present Responsibilities:  Dan currently teaches Physical Education and Swimming in the Secondary school at the ABCIS, including the IGCSE examination course. He is responsible for all aspects of the PE curriculum and its further development. In addition, Dan serves as a member of the School Ethos and Vision Aspects Group, coordinates the school’s sports fixtures within HCMC or internationally and is Vice President on the Saigon International Schools Athletics Conference Executive Committee (SISAC). He will also be coaching boys Basketball and Volleyball again this year, aiming for a fifth City Championship win in what will be five years at the ABCIS.

Email: danieliddon@theabcis.com


Natasha Kenny : PE Teacher/ Head of Year 11

Natasha Kenny

PE Teacher/ Head of Year 11

Nationality: British 

Qualifications:  B.Sc. Sports Development, University of Portsmouth. PGCE (QTS), University of Chichester.

Previous Teaching Experience: Natasha has 9 years teaching experience in secondary education across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. She began her career at an Academy in South East London teaching Physical Education. During the last 3 years there, she also held the post of Progress Leader, responsible for the pastoral care of students across all year groups. This is her fourth year at the ABCIS, which was her first international teaching post. She has previously held the post of Head of Year 9, 10 and 11. In addition, has taught PE from KS2 through to the examination courses at IGSCE and A Level.

Present Responsibilities: Natasha is the Head of Year 11 and a member of the House Aspect Group. In addition, she runs the Under 14 and 19 Girls Basketball Teams and the Under 14 and 19 Girls Football Teams.
Email: natashakenny@theabcis.com


Robert West : PE Teacher / Tutor of 7R/  Primary House Coordinator

Robert West

PE Teacher / Tutor of 7R/ 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


Narsisa Chamelo : P.E. Teacher

Narsisa Chamelo

P.E. Teacher

Nationality: : Greek

Qualification: MSc Health Promotion, King's College London, UK BA (Hons) Physical Education QTS, De Montfort University, UK

Previous teaching Experience: Narsisa taught for 5 years at Queen's Gate School, an independent all-girls school in South Kensington, London. She then moved to Qatar and taught at Sherborne Qatar School for 2 years. Narsisa is an enthusiastic teacher who is keen to develop a positive attitude towards Physical Education. Her aim is to promote healthy and active lifestyles and to allow all children to shine in activities in and outside of the classroom.

Present responsibilities: Narsisa is a member of the House Aspects Group and is running Football, Basketball and Fitness Extra-Curricular activities.

Email: narsisachamelo @theabcis.com


Antoine Boussageon : French Teacher, Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Antoine Boussageon

French Teacher, Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Nationality: : French

Qualifications: B.A. English (Foreign Language, Literature and Culture), Sorbonne University Paris, France. PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (French and German), Goldsmiths University, London, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: Antoine is an enthusiastic teacher with 8 years of teaching experience in London. He has taught French from Y7 to Y13, German and Spanish up to GCSE level. He also recently taught Spanish at Primary level. Antoine led an MFL department for 2 years and he also enjoyed training new teachers over the past 4 years. He is a fervent believer that languages are the best way to deepen our understanding of other people and societies and has sought to stimulate his students' interest and broaden their horizons. Antoine is a member of the Green Team Aspects group and runs the ABCIS Secondary Table Tennis Club every Tuesday.

Email: antoineboussageon@theabcis.com


Warren Haines : French Teacher/ Tutor of 8W

Warren Haines

French Teacher/ Tutor of 8W

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


Julia Tang : Mandarin Teacher/ Tutor of 9J / Secondary House Coordinator

Julia Tang

Mandarin Teacher/ Tutor of 9J / Secondary House Coordinator

Nationality: Chinese

Qualifications:  B.A(Hons) in Teaching Mandarin Chinese as a Second Language - Hunan University of Science and Technology, China; PGCEi, Keele University, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: After gaining her teaching qualification at Hunan University of Science and Technology, Julia took the opportunity of taking part in a volunteer teaching program in Thailand in 2009 and spent two years teaching Years 5-10 in a Thai public school. In April 2011, Julia started teaching Years 1-9 in an International School in Bangkok and taught there for two years. Julia has been working for the ABCIS for 3 years and has been teaching for 7 years.

Present Responsibilities: In addition to teaching Mandarin Chinese from Year 8 to Year12, Julia is also the form tutor of 9J and Secondary House Coordinator. She runs a AS Chinese Club for students in Year 11, and is a member of the House Activity Aspects Group.

Email: juliatang@theabcis.com


Stacey Liu : Mandarin Teacher

Stacey Liu

Mandarin Teacher

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


Jim Botto : Head of EIP and EAL

Jim Botto

Head of EIP and EAL

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Bsc in Social Science, Bradford University [1989], PGCE Primary Education, Bradford University [1994]

Previous Teaching Experience: Jim has 21 years of teaching experience in both Primary and Middle Schools. Before joining the school in 2001, Jim worked in London and New Zealand. In his time at the school Jim has been a class teacher for Years 4- 6 and previously was Head of Upper Primary.

Present Responsibilities: Jim is presently Head of EAL throughout all areas of the school as well as coordinating the English Immersion Program in Upper Primary. Jim does some teaching with both EIP classes and also Year 4. He is the Senior Management member on the ‘Service and Charity ‘Aspects group. Jim helps coach the Boys Primary Football team as part of our ECA programme.

Email: jimbotto@theabcis.com


Emma Cowen : EAL Teacher/ Tutor of 11E

Emma Cowen

EAL Teacher/ Tutor of 11E

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Modern Foreign Languages (German and French), University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK. PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (German and French), University of Sunderland UK. Certification to teach English as Foreign Language.

Previous Teaching Experience: Emma started teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Poland in 2000 and then in Japan and Germany. After returning to the UK to teach German and French she then moved to Kuwait to teach French, German and English. Later she worked in Fujairah, UAE which was followed by another career opportunity to teach French, German and Travel & Tourism in Al Ain, UAE, where she held the positions of Head of the House System and Head of Extra-Curricular Activities.

Present Responsibilities:Emma currently teaches EAL in the secondary school and runs a German Language Club for students in Years 7 – 13. She is now a member of the House Aspects Group.

Email: emmacowen@theabcis.com


Alastair Fairman : EAL and EIP Teacher

Alastair Fairman

EAL and EIP Teacher

Nationality: British 

Qualifications: CELTA, BA (Hons) English with Creative studies, PGCE (Secondary English), Bath Spa University, QTS, HND Business and Finance, Greenwich University (UK)

Previous Teaching Experience: Alastair has been teaching for 9 years. After careers in bookselling, finance and corporate training Mr. Alastair began his teaching career by working in an EFL school in Hangzhou, China. After a year he realised that he loved teaching and intended to dedicate the rest of his working life to it; so he returned to the UK and studied for his PGCE and gained QTS teaching English at a Secondary School in Swindon. He then returned to China and taught EAL in a school in Rui'an where he became Senior Teacher and Assistant Director of Studies. This led him to a position teaching for the British Council in Bangkok where he specialised in young learner and teen classes. Mr. Alastair then moved from the British Council to an International School in Bangkok where he spent two years teaching Secondary English before moving to Vietnam and the ABCIS.

Present Responsibilities:  Alastair is responsible for teaching the English Immersion Programme for Years 5 and 6 and is also providing EAL support to Years 4, 5 and 6. He is a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects Group and is running a Dungeons and Dragons ECA.

Email: alastairfairman@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