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
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Nguyen Duyen

Play Group Teacher
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Cao trang

Playgroup Nanny
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Tran Thi Thanh Phuong

Bilingual Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Ly Duy Tam

Playgroup Nanny
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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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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

Ms 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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Trinh Thi Dieu Linh

Bilingual Learning Lead / Grade 2 Teacher

TBA

Grade 3 Teacher
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Jeanri Smit

Preparatory-Grade 3 Teacher & Drama Teacher

Nguyen Thi Tham

Preparatory-Grade 3 Teaching Assistant

Nguyen Thi Chung Ha

Grade 4-5 Teacher
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Lam Phuc

Grade 4-5 Teacher
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Helen Trethewey

Learning Enhancement Coordinator & Grade 4-5 Teacher

Tran Thi Phuc

Grade 4-5 Teaching Assistant / Teaching Assistants Learning Lead

Secondary Teachers

Balint Kocsis

Secondary English & Enterprise Teacher

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

Mark Ecob

World Languages Co-ordinator / ESL & French Teacher

Daniel Maguire

Secondary Digital Literacy & ICT Teacher

Marianne Deporte

French & ESL Teacher
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Nguyen Thi Khanh Linh

Secondary Teaching Assistant
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Tran Vu Thi Thuy Anh

Lab Technician / Secondary Teaching Assistant

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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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.

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.

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.

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: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Craft and Material Studies), Postgraduate, 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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.