At Branksome Hall Asia, students are inspired to think reflectively as they explore their growing sense of confidence and independence, while developing critical skills as globally minded learners and leaders.
Your daughter will increase her confidence and independence in developing conceptual understanding, knowledge, skills, and attitudes through programs designed to foster complex problem solving, ethical decision making, and the development of international perspectives.
We are dedicated to ensuring your daughter receives individualized support for her intellectual, physical, creative, and affective growth and development.
In the Middle School, we aim to:
- Implement the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) that provides the best preparation for the IB Diploma Program
- Heighten creative, critical and reflective thinking skills while emphasizing intellectual challenge and encouraging students to make connections between their studies and the real world
- Foster the development of effective communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century
- Offer rigorous learning in all subjects, inviting students to tackle relevant issues and apply their ideas in new local, national and global context
- Require students to explore and reflect upon the complexities of our world
- Develop skills and attitudes for responsible action
- Ensure the breadth and depth of knowledge through the implementation of an academically rigorous curriculum
- Examine the interconnectedness of subject areas
- Ensure a low teacher to student ratio – maximum of 22 students per class
- Offer an expansive co-curricular program
- Provide robust pastoral and counseling resources including membership in a clan (house)
- Provide opportunities for study abroad programs
- Implement supervised study programs
- Provide additional language acquisition programs
- Challenge your daughter with the use of world-class facilities and leading-edge technology
Your daughter is destined to discover her ‘Remarkable’ at Branksome Hall Asia.
Head of Senior School
Dr. Cinde Lock
Ph.D., M.Ed., B.Ed.
B.Sc.Hon. Chemistry (Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Cinde Lock has taught and administered in schools in the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Trinidad, and Canada and she has coordinated both the Diploma and Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programs. Cinde is the Head of Academics for the Middle and Senior school and is an external assessment team leader for DP mathematics and is very passionate about helping students succeed in the challenging but rewarding IB programs.
Head of Middle School
M.Ed. Admin (Endicott College)
M.Sci. (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
B.S. Biology (Cornell University)
John is an experienced international educator who has taught and served in varied leadership roles both in Europe and in Asia (Munich, Milan, Singapore, and Korea) for the last 20 years. John has a significant amount (17 years) of experience within the IB program and currently serves as the Diploma Coordinator for Branksome Hall Asia. He is passionate about science and education and looks forward to guiding our students and faculty in achieving academic success and continued intellectual growth.
B.Ed (University of Toronto)
B.A (University of Toronto)Z)
Veronica joins the Middle School this year as the Grade 6 English and Humanities teacher. She is a qualified IB MYP educator with previous teaching experience in Canada. She has a passion for language development and promoting critical thinking through inquiry-based learning.
Head of Languages
MA., Dip Teaching (University of Auckland, NZ)
PGDip. Senior Management (Unitec, NZ)
Cert. School Middle Management (Carrington, NZ)
Ray was the former Head of Year 7 students and Self Taught Language Coordinator at Renaissance College in Hong Kong. He is currently the Head of Languages and a qualified IB Workshop leader for MYP Language and Literature. Ray teaches MYP and DP Language and Literature, Theory of Knowledge and supervises the personal project and the extended essay. He has a passion for foreign languages especially those from the European and Asian continents.
B.Bus Economics & Marketing (Swinburne University of Technology)
B.A Japanese (Swinburne University of Technology)
M.B.A. (Queensland University of Technology)
Grad.Dip. Ed Secondary (University of Ballarat)
Grad. Cert TESOL (Deakin University)
Kassandra has held a number of teaching and leadership roles. Recently, she was the DP EAL Specialist for an international school in China. Kassandra has worked in public, private, international schools and universities in various locations throughout the world including Australia, Japan, China and now South Korea. She is a highly experienced language acquisition teacher with a keen interest in creating the leading ladies of tomorrow.
EAL MYP/DP Korean language Acquisition
B.Ed. (Sookmyung Women's University)
B.A. English and Psychology (Sookmyung Women's University)
KAL Certificate (Seoul National University)
Katie has been teaching in various schools including ACG and American International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is a qualified IB MYP and DP Language Acquisition teacher. Katie has worked in public and international schools in Korea and has a keen interest in language development.
BA Flinders University Adelaide
Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary Griffith University Queensland
Theater Arts, Philosophy and Literature Major
Head of Department Brent International School 2005 and Pembroke School 2014
Jean has taught all over the world, spending her intial years in Australia and spending time in the International system in the Phillipines and Taiwan. For the past eight years, she has been at Pemboke School in Australia, teaching both the Australian curriculum and the Literature A course. She spent half of last year in a Head of Department role and has been active in curriculum design, particulalrly in visible learning and critical and creative thinking. Jean has also been involved in student wellbeing, attending courses in mental first aid and healthy minds.
M.A., American Literature (East Anglia)
B.A., English (Gustavus Adolphus)
English/Communication Arts Teaching (Hamline)
College Counseling Certification (UCLA, in progress)
Nikolai began his teaching career in the United States, at Minnesota’s first K-12 IB World School (South Saint Paul) and has taught at international schools in China and South Korea. In addition to his interest in literature and language teaching, Nikolai is an avid tennis player and coach.
Masters Degree in Teaching English (University of York)
Natascha joins us from Munich International School, where she has been the Head of the EAL (K-12) department for the last three years. She has an excellent track record as an EAL teacher and has been teaching since the last sixteen years. Natascha holds a Masters degree in teaching English from the University of York, England.
Masters Degree in English as a Second Language (College of New Jersey)
Andrea is our new Learning Specialist. She joins us from the American International School in Chennai, India where she has been the Literacy coach for the last four years. She has taught in Egypt, Myanmar, New Zealand and the UK for the last seventeen years. Andrea holds a Masters degree in English as a Second Language from the College of New Jersey, USA.
Masters Degree in Education (Harvard University)
Originally graduating from Harvard University with a Masters degree in Education, James joins us after having been a Senior Essay Consultant for Insight Consulting in Seoul. He has been directing high school seniors in the development of college application essays and designing and teaching creative writing and developing curriculum for Middle/Senior School students to develop English writing skills for the last six years.
M.Ed (La Trobe) Grad Dip. Ed.(Monash)
Weifei joins us from Kuala Lumpur where she has been teaching Chinese for the past two years. Previously, she taught Chinese at the University of Melbourne and various grammar schools in Australia. Weifei holds a Masters of Education in Language teaching from Australia.
Bachelors Degree in Chinese Language and Literature (Northwest University of China)
Ruijian joins us from Dulwich College, Shanghai where she has been the Senior School Mandarin Teacher. She has ten years of teaching experience in international schools in China. She holds a Bachelors degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Northwest University of China.
Nayoung has been teaching IB program in international schools in various locations of the world and has a passion in life long learning. She enjoys developing curriculum and delivering Korean Language and Literature program in BHA.
Hons B.A(Korea Univ.) Korean Language
Hwayoung is an experienced teacher who has taught Korean Language and Literature and Korean as a Second Language in public, independent and international schools in Korea and the UK. She is passionate about the development of language function and performance.
B.A.,Language and Literature (Pusan National University)
M.A.,English Education :Applied Linguistics (Pusan National University)
Korean Language Teacher certificate
Certificate in Philosophy (Univ. Edinburgh UK)
IB Examiner and Moderator for DP and MYP Korean.
Jungsook has been working as a qualified IB examiner and moderator for DP Korean and MYP Korean. She is an experienced teacher who has taught Korean Language and Literature in various locations of the world. Jungsook has a keen interest in developing IB Korean and bilingual education.
Head of Mathematics
MS (United States)
Kerry is a Mathematics teacher in Middle and Senior School at Branksome. He has worked in southern Canada, arctic Canada, as well as at international schools in Russia and Zambia. Mr. Bidder enjoys developing academic independence for students by making their thinking visible.
Grad Dip Ed (Melbourne)
James is a Mathematics teacher in Middle and Senior School. He has worked in IB World schools in Australia and Asia where he has also taught psychology. He is interested in the developmental psychology, social psychology, culture and identity. He is the Grade 9/10 Level Coordinator and values an integrated approach to the social, emotional, academic and co-curricular education.
Donna joins us from Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, New Zealand, where she has been the Mathematics and Economics teacher for the last two years. In her spare time Donna is a keen hiker and sports enthusiast is looking forward to bringing these interests to our school.
Hons.B.A. (Toronto), English, Mathematics, History
Michael worked as an English and Mathematics teacher at a British Columbia off-shore school in China. He has worked in Special Education and has an interest in ELL.
Head of Science
B.A. Life Science/Biology Education (Gustavus Adolphus)
Middle and Senior School Science.
Jennifer began her teaching career at Minnesota’s first K-12 IB World School (South Saint Paul) and has taught at international schools in both China and South Korea. She is a qualified IB DP environmental systems and societies teacher, MYP science teacher and CIE A-Level geography teacher. In addition to teaching Mrs. Johansen is an experienced tennis instructor and photographer.
B.Ed., B.Sc. (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Michael Poirier previously taught physics, computer science, and mathematics at Canadian international schools in China and South Korea. In addition to teaching he has developed after-school programming clubs for middle school students, and is passionate towards integrating technology into the classroom. Michael looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm of the sciences with his students, and challenging them to achieve their best.
Louise du Toit
B.Sc (University of Cape Town)
PCCE (University of Bath, UK)
Louise du Toit has been an Education Training Consultant for the past three years after many years teaching IBDP, A Level IGCSE Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Mathematics in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. She has written and edited Science text books and brings experience in service initiatives, environmental rehabilitation programmes, organic vegetable growing and musical accompaniment.
Bachelor Degree in Education and Health Science
Joel joins us from Australia, where he has been teaching Physical Education and Science for the last three years. In his spare time Joel is an avid sportsman and enjoys outdoor activities and is looking forward to bringing these interests to our school. Joel has a Bachelors degree in Education and Health Science.
Masters Degree (Monash University)
Amy joins us from Singapore International School in Vietnam, where she has been teaching Science for the last year. Preceding her teaching career she taught tertiary Science at the University of Western Australia and carried out scientific research at the University of Melbourne and University of Western Australia. Amy holds a Masters degree from Monash University.
Masters Degree in Education (University of Victoria)
Kathryn joins us from the Ras Al Khaimah Academy, UAE where, she has been teaching Science for the last two years. She is a highly experienced Science teacher and has taught in Bangladesh, Russia and Canada. In addition to being a teacher she is also a registered nurse. Kathryn holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Victoria in Canada.
Head of Humanities
Grad. Dip. of Education, Secondary English and History (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
B.A.History (University of Ottawa, Canada),
Chad Kuffner was the former Humanities teacher at American International School (Middle School) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is a qualified IB MYP and DP History teacher. Chad has worked in public and international schools in various locations throughout the world and has a keen interest in ELL, languages and developing inquiry skills.
B.A. International Relations, History and Education (Loras College)
Morgan is a MYP individuals and Societies teacher and will be coordinating the grade nine Canada Exchange Program. She was a former teacher at John F. Kennedy American School of Queretaro Mexio and has experience with coaching volleyball and leading student organizations such as student council. Morgan has worked in international and independent schools in various locations throughout the world and has a passion for curriculum development and problem-based learning.
Ph.D in Education (Queen's University, Canada)
M.Ed (Queen" University, Canada)
B.Ed (University of Toronto, Canada)
Mark holds a Ph.D in Education and for the last three years has been the Director of the International School Port of Spain. He has also been the Director of Casablanca American School in Morocco and the Principal of Yanbu International School in Saudi Arabia. In addition he has been a Professor at Trent University in Canada and has been an educational consultant and program evaluator.
MAT in Curriculum & Instruction (Univ. of Vermont)
B.A (Univ. of Vermont). MYP/DP Geography
Harrison was the former Model United National an AP Human Geography teacher at the International School of Myanmar (Yangon, Myanmar) and is a qualified IB MYP and DP Geography teacher. Harrison has worked in both American public schools and international schools in various locations around the world. He has a strong interest in constructivist education, curriculum development, the performing arts and cross-curricular planning.
Korean History & Social Studies
M.A.(Seoul National Univ.), B.Ed(jeju National Univ.)
B.A.(Jeju Naitonal Univ.)
Korean History(Individuals and Societies)
Hyoseon was the former social studies teacher at Seoul Global High School and is a qualified middle and high school teacher by Korean government. Hyoseon has worked in public schools in various locations and has a keen interest in Korean history and geography.
B.A. in History, Teaching, All Social Sciences (Loras College)
Matt was the former DP Economics teacher at the John F Kennedy American School of Queretaro and is a certified DP teacher. Matt Dean has worked in both international and public schools in Mexico, Botswana, United States, and now Korea. Matt has a keen interest in helping students find their own passions and creating life long learners.
Bachelors Degree in Business and Information Management (Glasgow University)
Mark joins us from the British International School in Vietnam, where he has been teaching IB Business, Management and Economics for the past three years. He has taught in international schools in Qatar and the U.K. Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Information Management from Glasgow University.
Head of PE
M.Ed. (University of Western Australia), B.P.E. (Memorial University of Newfoundland), B.Ed. (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Health and Physical Education
Mervyn was the former Head of Department at Renaissance College in Hong Kong, and is a qualified IB PYP and MYP educator. Mervyn has worked in international education for 20 years in Korea and Hong Kong, and has a keen interest in curriculum development and athletics.
B.PhEd (University of Otago)
B.Teaching (University of Otago) Physical Education
Amber has taught secondary Physical Education in New Zealand for 6 years where she was the junior head of department and a pastoral dean. Amber is a qualified PYP educator and has taught primary physical education for the past 3 years at Branksome Hall Asia. Amber is an established sportswomen and certified coach of numerous sports.
PE / Health
Bachelors Degree in Education (University of Mauritius)
Fatma joins us from The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa where she has been the Head of Physical and Health Education Department for the last three years. Fatma is a highly experience Physical and Health Education and has taught in Mongolia and Mauritius. She holds a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Mauritius.
B.A. Business Administration/ Sports Management
Corey Edmondson manages the sports equipment, fitness center, athletics webpage, game day events, student/athlete consent forms, and other functions in Branksome's athletic department. Corey is also an avid basketball player and coach for the middle school and high school basketball team. Corey is currently taking a teacher certification program through the University of Sunderland in the UK concentrating on Physical Education.
Head of Design Technology
MAT (Massachusetts), B.A. Graphic Arts (Illinois)
Gwyneth was a former teacher don at Branksome Hall Asia, and high school intern at the American International School of Budapest. Gwyneth has also been trained in MYP Language and Literature. With her background as a Graphic Design major in college, she has taken the opportunity to teach MYP Digital Design at Branksome Hall Asia.
Head of Visual Arts
Masters Degree in Public Art and Design (Dundee University)
Mark joins us from Guangdong Country Garden School in China, where he has been the Director of an International Art Program. He has also worked at the International School of the Hague and Hilversum International School in the Netherlands for the last sixteen years. Mark holds a Masters degree in Public Art and Design from Dundee University in Scotland.
Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (York College)
Jessica joins us from Berlin Brandenburg International School, where she has been teaching Visual Arts for the last three years. She is an experienced Art teacher who has been teaching in various schools in the UK and Austria for the last six years. Jessica holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from York College, UK.
Head of Performing Arts
M.Mus. Hons. Conducting & Musicology (University of Canterbury)
PGCE (Institute of Ed. University of London)
B.Mus.Hons (Royal Academy of Music)
Dip.LRAM / Dip. LTCL (Piano, Double Bass, Voice)
Mary was formerly Director of Orchestras and DP Music at Shanghai American School and Seoul Foreign School. Before entering the International system, she taught in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has also been on the IB Diploma Music Composition and Musicology moderator Panels. She enjoys Musical theatre and has conducted and performed in over 70 operas and musicals and is also a certified Sweet Adelines Barbershop Director. She was also heavily involved with the AMIS International Honor Orchestras and is hoping to invlove BHA.
M.F.A. Theatre- Theatre for Youth (Arizona State University, Arizona, USA)
B.A. Theatre- Acting & Directing (Beloit College, Wisconsin, USA)
Leslie was formerly Teaching Theatre Arts Coordinator and faculty member at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, USA. She is a published author and award-winning educator. She has previously taught theatre in Hong Kong and Australia and worked throughout the United States as a teaching artist. Leslie seeks to engage and empower youth through art.
M.A., Applied Theatre (University of London)
P.G.C.E., Drama with English (University of Leeds)
B.A.(Hons), Drama, Theatre, Film and Television (Bristol University).
Paula is a theatre teacher and director. She has taught and directed in the UK and internationally for 20 years, both at Secondary and University level. She specialises in developing original, contemporary theatre with young people, whilst continuing research into the applications of ‘The Viewpoints’ in arts education.
Music / ToK Coordinator
M.Ed.Hons (University of Wollongong)
Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (Catholic CEO in conjuction with Catholic College of Education, Sydney)
Graduate Certificate in Orchestra and Conducting (A.B.O.D.A.)
B.Ed. Arts (Catholic College of Education, Sydney)
Dip.Teaching (Macarthur Institute of Higher Education)
Robert has had a distinguished career as an educator and musician. He has taught in several well-respected and established prestigious schools. He is an advocate for listening, pastoral care and restorative practises, and is he currently undertaking educational research in the area of student voice and curriculum design. He is an avid sportsman and is a qualified as ski instructor, ski patroller, surf lifesaver, and international rugby official. He enjoys golf, photography, alpine skiing and travelling. He looks forward to exploring Jeju and the rest of Korea on his motorbike with his wife, and he has an immense love for his family. He is currently enjoying learning Korean and the culture of his newly adopted land. At BHA he treats everyone with respect as if they were part of his extended family.
M.F.A. Dramatic Writing (Arizona State University)
B.F.A. Video Production and Computer Animation (Arizona State University)
Writers Guild of America (WGA) member
Dramatist Guild of America (DGA) member
José Zárate was an Artistic Assistant at Cornerstone Theater Company, Managing Director of Teatro Bravo and a National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Writing Lab Fellow.
He has worked as a photo editor for Getty Images on nationally televised events like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and has a keen interest in Film and Television production.
He is a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region VII Festival XLV Meritorious Award recipient as a Playwright for his play American Victory.