Dr. John McGrath is the Superintendent and Head of Schools. He is a Canadian with over 30 years experience in education from early years through graduate programs at the university level. He has been a successful administrator for more than 20 years. Dr. John served as Head of High School at TCIS for four years and has been a resident in Thailand for more than 10 years. Dr. John gained most of his experience teaching and leading in Canada at a variety of schools as well as having taught at the University of Ottawa Master’s Program as well as at Queen’s University where he taught the Principal Qualification Program. Dr. John received his degrees from the University of Ottawa before pursuing Administrative and Superintendent Qualifications. His licensure comes from the Ontario College of Teachers. Dr. John has published several articles over the years and has written multiple curriculum documents. He is a former World Champion in the Art of Tae Kwon Do and enjoys participating in a number of sports. He has two children who have both completed their university studies and are avid travellers.
Ms. Penporn (Rung) Kaewmark
Thai Director/Head of Thai Department
Ms. Penporn Kaewmark (Kru Rung) has a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts from Silpakorn University and is studying to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University. She has worked at TCIS as the Thai language and culture teacher since 2006. She has been the Head of the Thai Department and a member of the Student Services team since 2012. Kru Rung was promoted to Thai Director in May 2017.
Kru Rung has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Private Educational Association of Samutprakarn in 2014 and 2015 and also received the Outstanding Assistant Executive Director Award from Private Educational Association of Samutprakarn in 2016. Kru Rung has provided many Thai cultural and academic events and activities for the TCIS community. Her goal is that TCIS students will be able to maintain Thai traditional values within the international environment at TCIS.
Mr. Chung-An, Hsieh (Tony)
Head of Chinese Department
Mr. Tony earned his Master’s degree from the Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. He has over 25 years of experience in education as a high school teacher, middle school teacher, elementary school teacher and administrator. From 2001-2003 Mr. Tony was Chief of Curriculum at Yuanlin High School in Changhua, Taiwan and was also Head of Chinese Department 2008-2012 and Head of International Department 2012-2017 at TCIS. He is a keynote speaker and presenters for many TCSL conferences and workshops. Mr. Tony is also a lecturer for Overseas Chinese Teacher Training of OCAC.
Dr. Betsy Fitch
Head of Elementary School
Dr. Betsy Fitch was an educator in California for 15 years. The first nine years were spent in the classroom teaching grades kindergarten through 8th grade. During that time she helped start two schools - one was a parent participation program and the other a STEM middle school. From there she transitioned to administration as an elementary principal with more than 700 students.
Dr. Fitch received her teaching credential, master’s degree and doctorate all from San Jose State University. She also has an undergraduate and master’s degree in marketing. She is a champion for student-centered practices in education and strives to help student develop the skills they will need to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Dr. Fitch is experienced in Writer's Workshop, Reader's Workshop, Project-Based Learning, and Positive Discipline.
Dr. Michael Purser
Head of Middle School
Dr. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He has worked on four different continents and has traveled to over 80 countries. He is a firm believer that there is no greater calling than being an educator. He is a trained AP English Literature teacher and is a certified English as an Additional Language (ELL) educator. Before he came to the TCIS, his specialization was in creating and organizing Gifted and Talented Education programs. He is passionate about Socratic Seminars, ways to encourage students to talk and have dialogue, and technology.
Mr. Thomas A. English
Head of High School
Mr. Thomas A. English is TCIS high school principal and previously served as curriculum coordinator during the 2016-2017 year. Prior to joining TCIS, he retired from a distinguished career in public education in Michigan, USA serving as a district superintendent, director of instructional services, special education coordinator, principal and teacher. He has chaired numerous visiting teams for North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation and achieved NCA-CASI Ambassador status. Mr. English earned an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Administration from Oakland University, a Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences and Mathematics with specialization in teaching from the University of Michigan-Flint. He and his wife, Robin (also a TCIS employee) enjoy traveling and exploring southeast Asia. Mr. Thomas enjoys running, reading and loves to eat! Tom and Robin’s four children all reside in the United States.