Degree in Sociology, Morehouse College
Teaching Certification, The University of West Florida
David Law is from Atlanta, GA. He graduated with a degree in Sociology from Morehouse College and earned my teaching certification from The University of West Florida. David has spent the last ten years teaching in Shanghai, China, and is excited to join TCIS. He is committed to making sure his students are well rounded individuals, who are global citizens, capable of critical thinking. In David’s free time, he loves puzzling, bike riding, and scuba diving. David is looking forward to a great year!
B.Sc. Chemistry (2008), B.A. Teaching (2012)
While he is new to TCIS, Mr. David has been teaching for several years, and he is passionate about languages. He was born in Quebec City, Canada, where he learned both French and English at a young age. After first pursuing a career in science, he realized his calling was teaching. In order to get some international experience, he left Canada to spend a few years teaching in a private school in Taiwan, all while picking up some Chinese along the way. He moved to Thailand and has been enjoying the change in lifestyle.
Mr. David loves to encourage his students to learn by appealing to their interests and by integrating technological support to both teach and entertain. He enjoys trying new things that he learns through professional development workshops. In his spare time, Mr. David enjoys learning languages and has been trying to understand Thai culture better.
Mr. Douglas Swartz feels honored to be the new Grade 2B homeroom facilitator for the upcoming new school year. Mr. Douglas is from the USA and he is very eager to meet all his students and welcome them into the Grade 2B class. Over the last 14 years Mr. Douglas has taught in Bangkok in international schools. Hen is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and uses his experience and training to provide his students with a learning environment that helps to encourage student involvement & success. He is looking forward to making the Grade 2B class a great success this year.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, ACE program Queens’ University
Elizabeth was born and raised in Canada. She has a degree in Fine Arts, where she focused on sculpture and painting, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, where she was accepted into the prestigious Artist in the Community (ACE) program. She is a qualified Primary/Junior teacher and Senior Visual Arts teacher. Over her twenty-five-year career, she has taught EAL, and elementary/ middle school art and has been the TCIS HS Art teacher for the last thirteen years. Her students have been accepted at top 10 art schools, including the University of the Arts London, Parsons, SAIC, and Pratt. A dedicated professional, Elizabeth received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Private Educational Association of Samutprakarn in 2018. Elizabeth has had a life-long love of art and history. She has used her travels to visit many of the world's most famous art collections and has twice participated in an archaeological dig in Greece at a 3,500-year-old Mycenaean site through the Iklaina Field School Project that is run by the University of St. Louis, Missouri. As a vegetarian and educator, she is always cautious of her environmental footprint and believes care for our planet should be embedded in all learning. She runs a classroom that is focused on sustainability as well as creativity and exploration. Elizabeth has been the Head of the Arts Department for six years.
Gabriel Jose Flores
Degrees in Political Science (BA, Ottawa; MA, Carleton) and Education (B.ED, Queen’s University; IB PYP, Windsor),
Teaching Licenses in Canada (Ontario College of Teachers), the United Kingdom (QTS) and Thailand
Gabriel Flores is from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He holds degrees in Political Science (BA, Ottawa; MA, Carleton) and Education (B.ED, Queen’s University; IB PYP, Windsor), along with teaching licenses in Canada (Ontario College of Teachers) and the United Kingdom (QTS) as well as Thailand. With over a decade of international teaching experience across multiple countries (Korea, United Kingdom and Thailand); He have enjoyed helping his students develop both academically and socially so that they can realize their fullest potential and become internationally minded, responsible and respectful global citizens who can make a positive contribution to their community and the world. Beyond teaching, Gabriel Flores loves reading, traveling, and watching the Premier League with friends whilst supporting Chelsea! Previously, he served as a policy analyst for the Government of Canada.
Gerardine (Gigi) Perez
Bachelor in Education, Master Degree in International Teaching & Post Graduate Diploma in Early Years Care and Education
Gerardine Perez, or as most people know her "Ms. Gigi", was born and raised in Lucena, Philippines. Ms. Gigi has a BA Education degree, a Master of Education in International Teaching, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Years Care and Education. She has over 24 years of experience in teaching and motivating young learners at international schools throughout Bangkok. Although Ms, Gigi has dedicated almost half of her life to teaching, her passion for instilling a love of learning in each one of her students remains undiminished. In her spare time, you will find her sipping coffee, immersed in the latest Korean soap operas, and planning her next trip overseas.
Grace (Bell) Khaobanna
Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science,
Teacher's Professional Degree Major in Education
Ms. Grace Khaobanna (Ms. Bell) has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, Philippines. She took her Teacher’s Professional Degree with a Major in Education at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University. Her license comes from Kurusapha, The Teachers Council of Thailand. Ms. Bell has worked at TCIS as an early childhood and primary teacher since the year 2000.
Ms. Bell has experience in teaching first grade and as an ESL Support Teacher for Grades 2-4. She considers her passion for teaching to be a gift and tries to inject that into her classes. She believes that the more excited you are, the more excited your students will be.
Haley Erin Crane
BA in Secondary English Education with a focus in Literature (Ball State University);
MA in International Education with a focus in Innovation and Reform (University of Leicester)
Originally from Indiana, Haley received her BA in Secondary English Education from Ball State University where she developed her philosophy of education and pedagogy to meet the needs of a variety of learners from different backgrounds and experiences. After completing her Bachelor's degree, she studied for a Master's degree in International Education from the University of Leicester. After graduation, Haley worked in Mainland China for 6 years teaching a variety of courses and programs to second language learners. She has experience teaching AP courses such as AP Language and Composition, Pre-AP, and now AP Seminar. Haley has also taught A-Level courses ranging from Global Perspectives to AS & A Level English - Literature, and IB Language B.
Hong Jian (Mateo) Cheng
Mr. Hong Jian Cheng (Mr. Mateo) is from Taiwan. He has been a Chinese language teacher in different parts of the world where he has accumulated six years of teaching experience overseas in different countries such as Panama, Mongolia, and Vietnam.
Hsing Yun (Jamie) Peng
MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from National Taiwan Normal University
M.Ed in Bilingual Education from Rangsit University
BA in Chinese language and literature from Tzu Chi University
Ms. Jamie (HsingYun Peng) has been teaching Chinese in Thailand for 16 years, since 2006. In the first 8 years, she taught in 2 universities and a public school. In 2014, she started teaching at TCIS. Ms. Jamie grew up in Taiwan, was educated in Traditional Chinese, and majored in Chinese language and literature at university. This background has equipped her well with the knowledge and skills to teach Chinese. Ms. Jamie has extensive knowledge of Chinese culture and literature as well as the teaching techniques and approaches for Chinese as second language students. Ms. Jamie has two Master’s degrees, one in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from National Taiwan Normal University and another in Bilingual Education from Rangsit University.