Our Teachers

Behind every success is a great teacher. At HAIS, our teachers believe in every student and have the skills and commitment to guide them towards their dreams.

Early Years Teachers

Charlotte Mills

International Early Years Learning Lead & International Kindergarten Teacher

Vo Tuong Vy

Bilingual Learning Lead & Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher

Joseph Darby

Bilingual Early Years Teacher
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Vo Thi My Chau

International Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Nguyen Hong Hanh

Bilingual Early Years Teaching Assistant

Cao trang

Playgroup Nanny

Tran Thi Thanh Phuong

Bilingual Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Ly Duy Tam

Playgroup Nanny

International Primary Teachers

Simone Kidd

Year 1-2 Teacher

Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoang

Year 1-2 Teaching Assistant

Kerry Dowden

Year 3 Teacher

Nguyen Thi Tra My

Year 3 Teaching Assistant
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Nguyen Thi Kim Chau

Year 3 Teaching Assistant
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Amanda Gustin

Year 4 Teacher / General Coordinator / Swim Coach

Ms Tinh

Year 4 Teaching Assistant
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Emma Pook

Year 5 Teacher / Debate Coach / Tennis Coach

Nguyen Thi Huong Lan

Year 5 Teaching Assistant
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Tom Dowden

Primary Learning Lead
Year 6 Teacher

Huynh Thi Kim Van

Year 6 Teaching Assistant
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Bilingual Primary Teachers

Nguyen Thi Long Trinh

Preparatory Teacher
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Nguyen Thi Khanh Ly

Grade 1 Teacher
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Cao Thi Hoang Nga

Bilingual Preparatory & Grade 1 Teacher
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Trinh Thi Dieu Linh

Bilingual Learning Lead / Grade 2 Teacher
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Jeanri Smit

Preparatory-Grade 3 Teacher & Drama Teacher

Nguyen Thi Tham

Preparatory-Grade 3 Teaching Assistant
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Hồ Thị Thu Hồng

Bilingual Grade 4 Teacher
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Nguyen Thi Chung Ha

Grade 5 Teacher
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Helen Trethewey

Learning Enhancement Coordinator & Grade 4-5 Teacher

Secondary Teachers

Balint Kocsis

Secondary English & Enterprise Teacher
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Hannah Lord

Secondary Learning Lead / English, Literature & Global Perspective Teacher

Seth Lagao

Secondary Science & Math Teacher
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Mark Reeve

Secondary Science & Math Teacher
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Paul Starkey

Pastoral Care Coordinator / English, Global Perspectives Teacher

Daniel Maguire

Secondary Digital Literacy & ICT Teacher

Marianne Deporte

French & ESL Teacher
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Tran Vu Thi Thuy Anh

Lab Technician / Secondary Teaching Assistant

Nguyen Thi Khanh Linh

Secondary Teaching Assistant
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Specialist Subjects Teachers

Frances Dobson

Specialist Subjects Learning Lead / Art Teacher

Luke Garner

Music & Secondary Drama Teacher
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Yoann Labrue

Physical Education / French Teacher
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Le Gia Huy

Physical Education Teaching Assistant & Aquatics Manager

Jeanri Smit

Primary Drama Teacher
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Library

Nguyen Thi Thu Hang

Head Librarian

Nguyen Thi Thuy An

Library Assistant
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Charlotte Mills

International Early Years Learning Lead & International Kindergarten Teacher

Name: Charlotte Mills
HAIS Teaching Roles: Kindergarten 1 & 2 Teacher
Years of Teaching Experience: 5+ 
Degree & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts, PGCE, EYFS Bitesize, Middle Leadership Essentials

With degree qualifications and a PGCE, Charlotte has been teaching since 2013 in early years, primary and secondary teaching roles. Having lived in Vietnam for nearly a decade, Charlotte has focused on Early Years as her specialty.  

As our Early Years Learning Lead Charlotte has taken on the role with gusto and in the last 12 months completed the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework course, Middle Leadership Essentials and Dyslexia Awareness under the HAIS Professional Development programme.

For Charlotte, teaching is more than just a job – she enjoys incorporating her passions and enjoyments into her lessons and classes, including music, dance, yoga, cooking, art and drama. She believes that the role of an Early Years teacher is to encourage children to take ownership of their thoughts and ideas, to know their voices are listened to and respected and to foster a love and motivation of learning that will continue through their educational journey. 

Fun Fact: Charlotte loves walking her little dog on the beach, travelling, cooking and yoga.

Vo Thi Tuong Vy

Bilingual Early Years Learning Lead

Joseph Darby

Bilingual Early Years Teacher

Name: Jo Darby
HAIS Teaching Roles: Bilingual/International Early Years Teacher, Basketball Team Coach
Years of Teaching Experience: 10+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. in Early Childhood Studies, TEFL, P4C, EYFS Bitesize, Early Years SEN, IB (PYP), Middle Leadership Essentials.

Jo has over a decade of teaching experience throughout different Asian countries. Since growing up in London, he has actually spent a significant portion of his adult life working in international schools in China to build and strengthen their bilingual programmes. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Jo completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness,  Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS Bitesize), Early Years SEN, EAL for Classroom Teachers and Middle Leadership Essentials.

While his degree is specifically in Early Childhood Studies, Jo believes there are always new things to learn and has continued his professional development as a teacher by adding additional certifications, including a TEFL, P4C and IB (PYP) training. 

Fun Fact: Jo likes to write music in his spare time and has released one studio album. He is also a life-long learner of languages. He is conversational in Chinese and Thai, and is currently studying Spanish during his free time.

Võ Thị Mỹ Châu

International Early Years Teaching Assistant

Nguyễn Thị Hồng Hạnh

Bilingual Early Years Nanny

Cao Thị Trang

Playgroup Nanny

Tran Thi Thanh Phuong

Bilingual Early Years Nanny

Lý Duy Tâm

Playgroup Nanny

Simone Kidd

Year 1-2 Teacher

Name: Simone Kidd
HAIS Teaching Roles: Year 1/2 Teacher
Years of Teaching Experience: 3+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. in Education.

Simone completed her bachelor’s degree at Embury Institute in South Africa before beginning her journey abroad. From 2017 – 2020, she trained on and worked with Cambridge curriculum at international schools in China and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Simone completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, EAL for Classroom Teachers, Differentiation for Practice, Differentiation for Catch-up, Positive Relationships and the Teacher Development Programme.

Simone loves learning and obtaining new ways to reach higher and higher heights. She wants to teach and inspire her future students to be the best they can be by creating a fun, safe, and positive environment where her students can learn and express themselves. 

Fun Fact: Simone loves to sew, make crafts and pain in her spare time.

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Hoàng

Bilingual Preparatory & Grade 1 Teaching Assistant

Kerry Dowden

International Year 3 Teacher, World Languages Teachers

Name: Kerry Dowden
HAIS Teaching Roles: International Year 3 Teacher, World Languages Teachers
Years of Teaching Experience: 5 years 
Degree & Certifications: Bachelor Teaching (major: Early Years), Diploma Early Childhood, Certificate Effective Guided Reading and fluency, Certificate Explicit Teaching Instruction

Bio: With a degree in teaching and extensive experience in early years education, Kerry was teaching in primary schools in Australia for 2½ years, prior to making the move to Vietnam to teach in an international school near Ho Chi minh City. After 3 years in Vietnam Kerry has been able to develop her skills in teaching diverse learners and has focused on continuing to build upon her experiences  in teaching instruction and in student centred support roles.

Kerry believes the aim of education is to prepare students for life. Education and a love of learning is something that is instilled in students from an early age. Education should initially focus on each individual, fostered through the promotion of positive self-esteem and the valuing of yourself and others. While teaching at HAIS, Kerry hopes to encourage students as lifelong learners and instill confidence and curiosity into each and every student she encounters.

Fun Fact: As a child, Kerry spent a lot of her time sailing and camping on the local islands around South East Queensland. She continues to enjoy a life filled with adventure and outdoor activities as she instills her passion for discovery, curiosity and travel in her two young children. Kerry is wife of HAIS’ new Primary Learning Lead, Mr Thomas Dowden, and is proud to have children, Lily and Henry along for the journey in our HAIS community.

Nguyễn Thị Trà My

Bilingual Grade 4 & 5 Teaching Assistant

Amanda Gustin

Year 4 Teacher / General Coordinator / Swim Coach

Name: Amanda Gustin
HAIS Teaching Roles: Year 4 Teacher, Swim Coach
Years of Teaching Experience: 3+
Degree & Certifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Craft and Material Studies), Associate Degree in Arts (Art & General Education), TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate, Level 2 U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Certificate

Amanda started her interest in teaching early as a water safety and first-responder instructor during secondary and college years. Whilst undertaking her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Amanda worked for four years coordinating the university’s student affairs programmes for student health, wellness and recreation – this work continued well after Amanda finalised her degree.

Since leaving the United States, Amanda has taught primary and secondary students in Korea, worked as the HAIS Learning Support teacher from 2019-2020, and spent a year as the HAIS Head of Administration from 2020-2021, whilst at the same time completed her post graduate degree in primary education. In addition, Amanda is proud to have founded and be the Head Coach for the HAIS Swim Team. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Amanda has completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, EAL for Classroom Teachers, Preventing and Tackling Cyberbullying, Preventing Extremism and Radicalism, Sexual Exploitation and Grooming Awareness and Early Years SEN. Amanda is currently completing the SEND Inclusive Teaching programme and Cambridge Understanding Assessment course. 

Amanda passionately believes that knowledge is the most valuable commodity that a person can possess and that learning can take many forms and Amanda has dedicated her life to instilling these learning values in younger generations. Although we all learn differently, the most important factor is that we always continue to learn.

Fun Fact: Amanda’s father was an army special forces instructor and growing up he taught her defensive combatives, how to train and push the mind and body, wilderness survival and respect and understanding of wildlife. Her father was continually teaching her, which instilled in her the desire to teach others.

Đàm Thị Tình

International Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Emma Pook

Year 5 Teacher / Debate Coach / Tennis Coach

Name: Emma Pook
HAIS Teaching Roles: Year 5 Teacher, Debate Coach
Years of Teaching Experience: 5+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. in Psychology and English Language and Linguistics, Postgraduate in Education, Certificate in Coaching Debate.

At university, Emma studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Psychology and English Language and Linguistics. She later went on to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education. During her fourth year at university, she also coached tennis at a private boarding school. Starting in 2016, Emma taught for 3 years in South Africa before making the leap to Vietnam where she taught at an international school in Saigon from 2019-2020. While working in Saigon, she also accepted the role of Master of Ceremonies for school events. Emma recently completed a communications course to become a certified debating coach, as well a Special Needs course to build and refresh her knowledge of special needs.

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Emma completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, EAL for Classroom Teachers, SEND Inclusive Teaching Programme and Effective Self-Care.

Emma decided to become a teacher because she is passionate about education and making a difference in children’s lives. Her pedagogical philosophy consists of motivating students to become their best possible self. Emma believes in education that encourages students to become solution-oriented thinkers that are passionate about making the world a better place. 

Fun Fact: During her school years, Emma played tennis very seriously and was chosen to represent a South African Tennis side in Scotland and England when she was in Year 11.”

Nguyễn Thị Hương Lan

International Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Tom Dowden

International Primary Learning Lead
International Year 6 Teacher

Name: Tom Dowden
HAIS Teaching Roles: International Primary Learning Lead, International Year 6 Teacher
Years of Teaching Experience: 12 Years
Degree & Certifications: Bachelor of Journalism, Graduate Diploma of Education (middle years)

After a career in journalism and public relations in London, Tom became focused on searching for a profession that would have more of a positive impact on society and would allow him to help others in a more direct manner.  This naturally led him to the profession of teaching where he has happily provided his services for more than a decade.  Tom discovered his passion for teaching early on and has been working ever since on a journey of lifelong learning with the children under his care as his sole inspiration.  Students in their primary years of schooling are naturally curious about the world around them and Tom found that it was his responsibility to not only nurture this curiosity, but to expand on it and take it to levels the students never imagined.   

Throughout the course of his career and because of his background in journalism, Tom developed a desire to become an expert at teaching literacy.  He enrolled the services of a literacy coach for 5 years to hone his craft and learn as much as he could about the explicit teaching of reading and writing.  As a result of this, Tom has taught countless numbers of children to read, all of them with individual challenges and needs that needed to be met in order for them to access the incredible world of literacy.  Tom inspires children to not only read to learn, but to develop a lifelong passion in reading for pleasure.   

While Tom has become a specialised teacher of literacy, he is also devoted to providing the highest level of instruction in Mathematics and Science.  He is passionate about the scientific methods of investigation, both inside and outside of school, and believes that Science has always been the driving force behind developing a better society.  Unlike a lot of people, the heroes and inspirational people in Tom’s life have mainly been mathematicians and scientists.  He believes Math and Science should be taught practically, in a hands-on manner as much as possible, to excite students and to further develop that natural curiosity.

It is with this background that Tom joins us at HAIS as the Primary Learning Lead.  He is extremely excited to be joining the HAIS family and eager to support the students, parents and teachers.  He does not come alone, however.  Joining him in this new adventure is his wonderful family.  His two children will be joining the primary school in Year Four and Six with his wife, Kerry, becoming the new Year Three teacher.  His whole family cannot wait to meet all of the amazing community at HAIS and to start their new life here in Hoi An.

Fun Fact: Tom once held the Sgt. Pepper’s drum and some amplifiers belonging to Jimi Hendrix the day before helping to sell a £37 million painting.  For more information, you’ll have to introduce yourself to Tom.

Huỳnh Thị Kim Vân

International Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Nguyễn Thị Long Trinh

Trợ giảng lớp song ngữ Tiền Tiểu học

Họ và tên:Nguyễn Thị Long Trinh
Vị trí hiện tại ở HAIS: Trợ giảng lớp song ngữ Tiền Tiểu học
Trình độ và bằng cấp hiện tại: Cao đẳng Mầm Non

Kinh nghiệm giảng dạy: Tôi ra trường năm 2015 và dạy ở trường công lập và tư thục. Trong những năm làm việc, đa số tôi đều được nhận vào dạy ở các lớp mẫu giáo lớn có độ tuổi 5-6. Tôi có khá nhiều kinh nghiệm trong việc giảng dạy, truyền đạt kiến thức đến trẻ bằng các hoạt động thực hành vui chơi khác nhau rất đa dạng và phong phú.

Kinh nghiệm giảng dạy tại HAIS: Được biết đến HAIS một may mắn, tôi yêu HAIS với một không gian học tập xanh mát rộng rãi, không bị rập khuôn gò bó trong các lớp học với 4 bức tường. HAIS luôn lấy trẻ làm trung tâm và tôn trọng sự khác biệt ở mỗi trẻ. Ở đây, tôi được làm việc với cả một đội ngũ giáo viên chuyên nghiệp và hơn hết có một nhà lãnh đạo rất tuyệt vời, luôn tôn trọng và đặt quyền lợi tốt nhất cho giáo viên.

Những điều thú vị về bản thân mà thầy cô muốn chia sẻ?
Tôi 29 tuổi, đang bầu cũng sắp sinh đứa thứ hai (con trai). Mang đứa thứ hai tôi đã rất vui khi giữ được chỉ số cân nặng bình ổn mà không bị quá mức như đứa đầu tăng 28kg lô.

Nguyễn Thị Khánh Ly

Bilingual Grade 3 Teacher

Cao Thị Hoàng Nga

Bilingual Preparatory & Grade 1 Teacher

Trinh Thi Dieu Linh

Bilingual Primary Learning Lead, Grade 2 Teacher

Jeanri Smit

Bilingual Preparatory – Grade 3 Teacher, Primary Drama Teacher

Name: Jeanri Smit
HAIS Teaching Roles: Preparatory – Grade 3 Teachers / Drama Teacher
Years of Teaching Experience: 5
Degree & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Special needs Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Autism, Certificate in Junior Drama, TEFL Certificate

Bio: Jeanri grew up in South Africa with her first passion being a career in arts.  Jeanri felt a personal void in her life and had the urge to work with people and use her creativity to help others. This is when Jeanri decided to follow her dreams and become a teacher.

Jeanri remembers growing up and her mother always saying, ‘Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.’  For Jeanri her career as a teacher has never felt like a job, rather more of a calling, a passion, a lifestyle.

Prior to working at HAIS Jeanri worked as a teacher at primary schools in South Africa and Vietnam. Whilst working in South Africa Jeanri ran classes of up to 53 students. This taught Jeanri the value of good classroom management. Before moving to Hoi An, Jeanri worked as a bilingual primary teacher at a well renowned school in Hanoi, Vietnam.  

During the 2019/2020 academic year Jeanri worked as the substitute teacher at HAIS and supported the school across both primary and secondary sector throughout the year.  Jeanri was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities across the year, running art classes for our students. Over the last 12 months Jeanri has blended into our school and is well known for her positive attitude and warm welcoming smile.

Jeanri is excited about joining the HAIS family this year as a full time teacher.  Jeanri will begin her 6th year of teaching this year and her focus will be on encouraging students to ask questions, take risks and overcome any fear that may impede their learning.

Jeanri is looking forward to a wonderful year full of learning, laughter and growth and even more so she is thrilled about meeting all of the HAIS students and families.

Fun Fact:

Jeanri loves animals and watersports. Jeanri even trained her dog to join her when she heads out to sea on her standup paddleboard.

Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Thắm

Bilingual Preparatory – Grade 3 Teaching Assistant

Hồ Thị Thu Hồng

Bilingual Grade 4 Teacher

Nguyễn Thị Chung Hà

Bilingual Grade 5 Teacher

Helen Trethewey

Learning Enhancement Coordinator & Grade 4-5 Teacher

Name: Helen Trethewey
HAIS Teaching Roles: Learning Enhancement 
Years of Teaching Experience: 25+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. in Education with Second Class Honours,  Dyslexia Awareness,  Differentiation in Practice

Helen has been teaching for 26 years and has worked internationally for 17 years in Brussels, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Helen specialises in supporting students with Learning differences like Dyslexia and providing a challenge for Gifted and Talented students. Helen is a qualified specialist teacher and assessor, recognised by the British Dyslexia Association. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Helen completed professional development training in Accelerate Progress with Metacognition, EAL for Classroom Teachers, and Differentiation in Practice. She also facilitated training in Dyslexia Awareness and Questioning for Challenge.

Helen became a teacher because she wanted all children to be understood for who they are and be enabled to do their best. She believes that education should be child-centred and allow all children to believe in themselves, regardless of their ability. 

Fun Fact: She loves to travel and take photographs of nature, people and architecture.

Balint Kocsis

Secondary English & Enterprise Teacher

Name: Balint Kocsis 
HAIS Teaching Roles: History, Enterprise, English, IGCSE Enterprise, IGCSE English
Years of Teaching Experience: 10+
Degree & Certifications: M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), B.A. of Business Administration, Certified Teacher – Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, American Teacher’s Certification ABCTE (Secondary English Language Arts) – USA, Programme Leader – Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

With a career in teaching and leading Cambridge learners, Balint brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading successful literacy initiatives, a personal passion of his. Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme Balint completed professional development training in CPD Leadership: Strategy, Dyslexia Awareness, Marking & Feedback, Effective Lesson Planning and EAL for Classroom Teachers in support of increased technical awareness across the HAIS faculty.

He leads a team of dedicated educators who share a strong commitment to academic and pastoral excellence. Balint has completed several Cambridge training courses, including  IGCSE First Language English, Business Studies, and AS General Paper English and is a Cambridge Assessment Specialist for IGCSE First Language English. He is proud to be part of our devoted team of accomplished Cambridge IGCSE teachers and looks forward to guiding our IGCSE students to achieve successful results this year.

Fun Fact: Balint is a lifetime member of the U.S. Chess Federation and used to play to a 5-handicap in golf.

Hannah Lord

Secondary Learning Lead / English, Literature & Global Perspective Teacher

Name: Hannah Lord
HAIS Teaching Roles: English, Global Perspectives, IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE Global Perspectives
Years of Teaching Experience: 5+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. with Honours in Politics, PGCE, Cambridge Assessment International Education course in IGCSE Literature in English.

Hannah gained both a BA degree and a teaching certificate in the UK before moving overseas, and in 2022, she will complete her Masters in Education. In 2020, Hannah completed a Cambridge Assessment International Education course in IGCSE Literature in English.

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme Hannah completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, Marking & Feedback and facilitated training in EAL for Classroom Teachers.

Hannah always enjoyed learning and being in education as a student, so progressing to a teacher, where she gets to share that enjoyment with others, seemed like a logical career choice. Her teaching philosophy is to create an environment where students feel moved to learn – engaged learners are motivated learners. 

Fun Fact: Hannah has two cats and one dog, the best pets ever.

Seth Lagao

Secondary Science & Math Teacher

Name: Seth Lagao
HAIS Teaching Roles: Science, STEM, IGCSE Coordinated Sciences
Years of Teaching Experience: 5+ 
Degree & Certifications: B.S. in Health Science, Teachers Board Teacher’s Licence.

Before becoming a teacher, Seth was a hospital technician for eight years, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from the University of Sacramento in California. Seth then completed his US teaching certification, specifically for grade 7-12 Biology. Seth taught Cambridge Checkpoint and IGCSE classes for four years at an international school in Ho Chi Minh City. Previously, he was the head of secondary at a bilingual international school. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Seth completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, Marking & Feedback, EAL for Classroom Teachers, Managing Self-Harm and Tackling Low-Level Disruption

Seth became a teacher because he enjoys being engaged and being kept on his toes.

Fun Fact: Seth is an Eagle Scout and has a poodle named BeBe Zahara Benet.

Mark Reeve

Secondary Science & Mathematics Teacher, Year 11 Homeroom Teacher

Name: Mark Reeve
HAIS Teaching Roles: Secondary Science & Mathematics Teacher, Year 11 Homeroom Teacher
Years of Teaching Experience: 8 years ( including 6 years in Vietnam)
Degree & Certifications: MSc Chemistry with Industrial Experience, PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry specialism. 

Bio: Mark has been teaching in Vietnam for 6 years already and is the new maths and science teacher for the HAIS IGCSE programme. Mark has high expectations for all his students in the IGCSE programme. Mark really enjoys running practical experiments in science, in particular in the field of chemistry. Mark used to teach in Vũng Tàu before coming to HAIS, and in Mongolia before that. Before going into education, he used to work in water hygiene and treatment. 

Mark decided to become a teacher after volunteering to help visually impaired children back in the United Kingdom called Visually Impaired Children – Taking Action or VICTA.  Mark is very happy about teaching at HAIS and looks forward to his time in the school.

Fun Fact: The faster you are moving, the longer time takes to go by, and the shorter distance becomes. Hard to believe, but it’s true. 

Last summer my wife and I drove from Hà Nội to Vũng Tàu on motorbikes that cost us less than 5 million VND. Mine is still going strong. POWERRRRRRRRR!!!!

Paul Starkey

Secondary English, History, Commerce Teacher, Global Perspectives Teacher, World Languages Teacher, Pastoral Care Coordinator

Name: Paul Starkey
HAIS Teaching Roles: Secondary English, History, Commerce Teacher, Global Perspectives Teacher, World Languages Teacher, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Years of Teaching Experience: 7
Degree & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching

Bio: Paul is originally from Adelaide, South Australia.  Paul has been living in Vietnam for almost 4 years and moved down from Hanoi to Hoi An in June 2021. In his classroom Paul likes to ask more questions than give answers in order to really challenge the students and offer them a chance to become independent in their learning. It is important for Paul that students learn in a fun, practical and real world environment.

Paul’s focus is about bringing his experiences and enthusiasm to HAIS and also to promote the already strong sense of community in the classroom and across HAIS.

Prior to teaching at HAIS, Paul taught in his home town of Adelaide, South Australia before moving to Vietnam to teach a pre-university course in conjunction with the South Australian Government. Throughout that time, Paul was the Academic Director for SACE Vietnam and the English Principal for the Hanoi Adelaide School.

Fun Fact: Paul so far has won three cooking competitions in Australia and 1 cooking competition in Hanoi. As a hobby, Paul competed in several bbq competitions winning 1st place in certain categories and most recently won a cooking competition for a fine foods company based in Hanoi. 

Daniel Maguire

Secondary Digital Literacy & ICT Teacher

Name: Dan Maguire
HAIS Teaching Roles: Mathematics, Digital Literacy, IGCSE Mathematics, IGCSE ICT
Years of Teaching Experience: 10+
Degrees & Certifications: B.A. in Education (Mathematics and History), Cambridge Introductory Training – Lower Secondary Mathematics, Cambridge Extension Training – IGCSE Mathematics.

Dan received his Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Western Ontario, then taught for four years in Canada, before coming to Vietnam. In 2020, he completed two Cambridge training courses: Cambridge Introductory Training – Lower Secondary Mathematics and Cambridge Extension Training – IGCSE Mathematics.

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Dan completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, Marking & Feedback, EAL for Classroom Teachers, Understanding Stress and How to Manage it, Effective Self Care and Positive Relationships.

Dan became a teacher with the simple goal of demystifying Math for all students, so they can enjoy it and be successful. He has since realised that being a teacher goes beyond demystification and that the fundamental mission of education is to help students realise their own goals, and become happy, fulfilled and contributing members of the community.

Fun Fact: Dan is a big fan of NBA basketball, he has two dogs, Carlos and Omar, and you can usually hear music playing from his classroom while he prepares lessons.

Trần Vũ Thị Thúy Ánh (Jasmine)

Science Lab Technician

Nguyễn Thị Khánh Linh

Secondary Teaching Assistant

Frances Dobson

Specialist Subjects Learning Lead / Art Teacher

Name: Frances Dobson
HAIS Teaching Roles: Art & Design 
Years of Teaching Experience: 10+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. (Fine Arts), PGCE, Developmental Lesson Observation.

Frances has taught Art and Design across a range of age groups in both the UK and Hong Kong. She is a skilled painter and drawer and also enjoys printmaking, mixed media, conceptual art and ceramics. She brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the classroom, including the ability to instruct students across a broad range of techniques and processes. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Frances completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, EAL for Classroom Teachers, Tackling Low-Level Disruption and Developmental Lesson Observation.

Frances believes in the importance of providing outlets for creative expression at all ages. She feels that the HAIS programmes allow students to learn the fundamental elements of art and explore, experiment, and build on that knowledge, refining their skills as they progress from EYFS into primary, secondary and beyond.

Fun Fact: Frances loves to travel and has visited 37 countries in the last nine years. She is also an accomplished musician and plays piano and violin.

Luke Garner

Music Teacher, Secondary Drama Teacher

Name: Luke Garner
HAIS Teaching Roles: Music / Drama
Years of Teaching Experience: 6 years
Degree & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition, TEFL/TESOL, PGCE in Secondary Music

Bio: Luke has been a musician since the age of 6. He has played and composed for all types of music, including classical, rock, film and blues! He really enjoys music that is original and creative, and his broad musical experience allows him to help students learn about the music they love and those they are yet to explore.

He started his interest in teaching when he wrote a piece for childrens’ choir during music studies, and he found that working with children was very rewarding. As a result, he decided to train to become a music teacher in the UK. After some time, he wanted to explore different cultures and develop his international experience. This led him to come to Vietnam, of which he taught English and Music in Ho Chi Minh City for four years, working both within public and private schools.

Luke became a teacher because he loves providing opportunities to students in order to develop their creative mindsets, allowing them to discover new and novel ways of viewing the world. Luke aims to create a classroom where everyone feels welcome and respected through a strong community.

Luke loves to continue developing his passions, which is why he is always writing and producing music, and is currently doing his Master of Arts in Education to become an even better teacher.

Fun Fact: He loves Vietnamese coffee and Mi Quang noodles, and once played in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, a stage that became very famous from The Beatles.

Yoann Labrue

Physical Education / French Teacher

Name: Yoann Labrue
HAIS Teaching Roles: Physical Education, School Coach, French 
Years of Teaching Experience: 10+
Degree & Certifications: M.S. in Sports and Physical Education, M.A. in American Studies, Teaching Training and Certification Program (Physical Education), AustSwim Accreditation – Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

After completing his Master’s in Sports Education, Yoann spent one year in America as a teaching assistant. He then obtained a Master’s degree in American Studies. Yoann has a wide-range of experience with children in varying posts such as lifeguard, camp counsellor, coach, and most recently, as a PE teacher in Hanoi for six years. In early 2021, Yoann completed a Cambridge Assessment International Education course in Primary Physical Education. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Yoann completed professional development training in Dyslexia Awareness, EAL for Classroom Teachers, the Teacher Development Program and Middle Leadership Essentials.

Yoann decided to become a PE teacher because he wanted to share his love of sports with children and encourage healthy, active lifestyles. His teaching philosophy centres around teaching students how to be physically active, not just as youth, but to provide them with the tools and knowledge to remain healthy and active throughout their lives.

Fun Fact: Yoann participated in the World Championship of Ping Pong in London in 2013; it was shown live on SkySports TV.

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