Welcome to our Teaching Staff
On behalf of all staff – teachers, administration and ancillary – I extend a very warm welcome as we approach the opening of our school for its foundation year of operation. During the past months I have had the privilege of meeting lots of parents and children all expressing a sense of excitement and anticipation as we approach this unique moment in our short history where we shall open the doors for the first day of classes.
I would like to introduce you to our academic staff. Please join us in ensuring a very warm welcome and your full support.
Nursery Teacher – Ms. Amy Pons
Amy has recently had extensive experience working in Vietnam where she has achieved considerable success teaching younger learners. She believes it is a privilege to work as a teacher. Amy displays high levels of creativity and much enthusiasm, along with the ability to organise her classroom in a way that engages all learners. Amy is passionate about yoga, hiking and cycling.
Reception 1 – Ms. Maria Thwaites
Maria has recently been working in China where she has achieved lots of success teaching younger learners. She has a vibrant and outgoing personality and uses song, dance and film to inspire children within her classroom. Maria strives to establish a strong individual rapport with all children. She has a keen interest exploring new cultures and will bring to our community a wonderful set of teaching skills that will allow many students to flourish.
Reception 2 – Ms. Samantha McCormick
Samantha brings to our school community a dynamic set of teaching skills with an ability to differentiate teaching content to cater for a range of abilities within a classroom. She has taught a variety of ages and has impressive skills planning curriculum materials and using ICT. Samantha is a skilled athlete and has achieved high honours in the sports of hockey and football.
Year 1 – Ms. Lorna Hewson
Lorna’s teaching career has taken her to countries including Korea, Thailand and England. She is wonderful at establishing a positive working relationship with pupils, parents and all members of the community. Within her classroom there is a strong focus to develop independence and curiosity for learning in each child. Lorna has previously worked as a free-lance producer, writer and announcer for a variety of radio shows. She is very creative and is looking forward to pursuing her interests working in Laos.
Year 2 – Ms. Lucia Byrne
Lucia has a wonderfully positive outlook on life and displays a unique ability to relate to younger learners, tap into their interests and design specialised programs to cater for differing abilities within a classroom. She is passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and during her free time Lucia enjoys music, running and yoga. Lucia comes to us with specialised coaching skills, in particular for the sports of football, tag rugby and basketball.
Year 3 – Mr. Peter Dowling
Peter has vast teaching experience, a journey that has seen him work in several international schools in Africa and Europe. He is a passionate and energetic teacher, with specialised skills teaching English to non-native speakers. Peter thoroughly enjoys coaching many sports including football.
Our school will offer the highest standard of education in Laos for expatriate and local children. Each day will be an opportunity for our quality teachers to facilitate dynamic learning in the classroom and through our extensive programs covering the arts, sports and personal development. This will occur in an environment where all students will be encouraged to strive to excel and become life-long learners. Our support for those learning English as a new language will be first-rate. Students will be given many opportunities to develop leadership skills, express their individuality and develop their passion for learning.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Mr Mike Anderson
Heathfield International School Vientiane.