Branksome Hall Asia
a remarkable journey

Senior School

At Branksome Hall Asia Senior School, your daughter will benefit from the best college preparation programs. Our students develop the ability to be creative and critical thinkers. Through our exceptional academic program, girls become confident and capable women who are inspired to meet life’s challenges with intelligence, sensitivity, and courage.

At the Branksome Hall Asia Senior School, we offer an academically rigorous program. The program is well supported in an environment conducive to ensure that your daughter’s needs are met and her academic success is enhanced.

At Branksome Hall Asia, we:

  • Offer the IB Diploma as our crowning program to your daughter’s Branksome experience
  • Provide our students with the gold standard in pre-university qualifications
  • Implement experiences that ensure a rigorous, relevant, and significant education
  • Provide opportunities for local and global leadership
  • Ensure a low teacher-to-student ratio of 1 to 10
  • Offer robust academic, pastoral, and university guidance services
  • Challenge and encourage our students to become women of substance who are prepared to help shape their world, locally, nationally and globally
  • Foster your daughter’s ability to become self-motivated with reliable organizational and time management skills
  • Emphasize the creation of original thoughts and products, while encouraging students to challenge their assumptions and engage in meaningful problem-solving
  • Teach students how to work both independently and collaboratively, with efficiency and with care for the needs of the broader group dynamic
  • Provide our graduates with the academic rigor and work ethic they require to experience success in their future university studies

At the Branksome Hall Asia Senior School, your daughter will engage in leadership opportunities and she will be expected to role model the profile of an exemplary Branksome Hall Asia student. Branksome Hall Asia Senior School students are pivotal contributors to the values that drive our school.

Your daughter is destined to discover her ‘Remarkable’ at Branksome Hall Asia

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Senior School Faculty

Senior Leadership Team

Head of Academics
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 Administration
John Gasparini

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.

Head of Student Affairs
Noeline Young

BSc., PGD Educational Leadership
Dip. Teaching (University of Auckland, NZ)

Noeline was Head of Residence at Branksome Hall Asia and formerly Vice-Principal of Discovery College, Hong Kong. She has been a teacher of science and biology for over twenty years. Noeline is a trained facilitator of ‘Restorative Practice’, which specializes in conflict resolution and has led its implementation in two schools. She is an advocate for building strong support teams, collaborative environments and strengthening relationships to improve student outcomes.


Head of Languages
Ray Young

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.

English/EAL Coordinator
Kassandra Rieck

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
Katie Yu

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.

Jean Matheson

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.

Nikolai Johansen

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.

LiJuan Ren

B.Ed. (China)
B.A. (China)
MYP/DP Chinese Language and Literature

LiJuan has taught English and Chinese at independent schools and international schools in China and Vietnam. She currently teaches MYP/DP Chinese Language and Literature at Branksome Hall Asia. She is a MYP personal project supervisor and the DP Pamoja Chinese ab initio course site-based coordinator.


M.Ed (La Trobe) Grad Dip. Ed.(Monash)
B.A (China)

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.

Korean DP
Nayoung Son

M.A.(Hanyang University)
B.Ed.(Sangmyung University)

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.

Korean MYP/DP
Hwayoung Choi

B.Ed(Korea Univ.)
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.

Korean Language
Jungsook Yoon

B.A.,Language and Literature (Pusan National University)
M.A.,English Education :Applied Linguistics (Pusan National University)

Jungsook is an experienced teacher who has taught Korean Language and Literature at an international school in Indonesia and Korea. She has been working as an IB moderator and examiner for MYP Korean and DP Korean as well.


Head of Science
Jennifer Johansen

MAEd (Hamline)
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.

Physics/Digital Design
Michael Poirier

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.

Wayne Hodgkinson

B.Sc (Universirty of Otago)

Wayne Hodgkinson is an IB Diploma Biology and MYP Science, Biology and Chemistry teacher. Wayne is a current IB Diploma Examiner and Internal Assessment Moderator. Wayne has worked in public schools in New Zealand, as well as international schools in Vietnam and Qatar. Wayne has a keen interest in using technology in meaningful ways to enhance learning inside and outside the classroom.

Soojung Lee

B.A., Physics (Soonsil Univ)
Cambridge Intermediate IGCSE Physics
PGCE in Physics (University of Sunderland, UK)

Soojung joins us from Shanghai Singapore International School where she was teaching science. She holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from Soong Sil University in Seoul.


Head of Humanities
Chad Kuffner

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.

Morgan Murphy

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.

Mark Lee

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.

Harrison Shulman

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
Hyoseon Kang

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.

Korean Langauge/History
Jeehyun Lee

Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea/Queens University,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada/ Ontarin Institute for studies in Education of the University of Toronto M.Ed., Language and Literacies Education

Jeehyun rejoins our community after a short break to continue teaching Korean language and literature. She holds a Masters degree in Education with a specialization in Language and Literacies Education from the University of Toronto. Her Bachelors degrees are in Language and Linguistics from Queen’s University in Canada and a double degree in Korean Language Education and History from Inha University in Korea.

Matthew Dean

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.

Business Management
Alan Barbee

M.A., Economics (New Mexico State University), B.B.A.
Business Administration, B.A.
History and Secondary Education (Colorado Mesa University)

Alan's former background in teaching ranges from the traditional to the alternative education classroom. He is a former AP Economics teacher . Additionally, he taught World Geography, U.S. History and American Government. He has an interest in outdoor education and working with students on internatinal learning adventures.


Head of PE
Mervyn Newhook

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.

MS/SS PE & G7/8 Coordinator
Carly Beard

B.Ed.(Ballarat), G.Dip OEED (Ballarat), Health and Physical Education

Carly was the former Health and Physical Education Coordinator at Sacred Heart College, and has taught MYP PE for six years. Carly has worked in girls' education in a variety of countries and has a keen interest in outdoor education and experiential education as a means to empowering women.

Athletic Director
David Felvus

B.Ed. (Ballarat), Health and Physical Education

David spent 3 years at Holmesglen Vocational College where he became the Personal Development Coordinator. In all three years there he was the coordinator for Interschool sports and was a conference coordinator in his last year. He started at BHA in 2012 as one of the initial staff members, and worked in the Junior School as an EAL Teacher. He then moved into the Middle School to teach PE and then became the Athletics Director. He has recently become a Certified Athletic Adminsistrator with NIAAA. He has also been on three Canada Exchanges, leading two of those.

Athletics Assistant
Corey Edmonson

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
Ian Johnson

Graduate Diploma (University of Glamorgan)
PGCE (University of Wales)
B.A Hons (Loughbourough), Design Technology

Ian was the former Head of Design Technology at Renaissance College, Hong Kong and previously Assistant Vice Principal at St Domminic’s International School Portugal. Ian Johnson has worked in public, international, and independent schools in various locations throughout the world. Ian is a Distinguished Apple Educator.

Design Technology
Gwyneth Ochs

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 Mathematics
Kerry Bidder

BPE (Canada)
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.

Maths MYP/DP
James Caudle

B.Sc (Adelaide)
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.

Maths MYP
Thomas Peters

M.Sc MS Mathematics (USA)
B.Sc. (Hawaii)

Thomas is an MYP Math and Science teacher and has taught DP Mathematics as well. He has taught in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Morocco and is also a founding faculty member here at BHA. Thomas enjoys working with students inside and outside the classroom . He has coached high school baseball and basketball, middle school basketball and American football, and has been a part of high performance athletic training.

Michael Kim

B.Ed (Toronto)
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.

Rob Matheson

B. App Sc (Charles Sturt University)
M.Teach. (University of South Australia)

Rob is a MYP Mathematics teacher. He has an extensive business and professional background prior to teaching. He has worked teaching mathematics in Middle Schools in Australia. He has also taught Chemistry, Biology and MYP Science. Rob is a keen volleyball coach and has a passion for curriculum development through problem based learning.

Mathematics DP
Stephen Spice

M.A (Information and Communication Technology in Education/ DP Computer Science)

Stephen joins us from the Shanghai Singapore International School in China. He joins us with many years of experience in IBHL and IBSL from schools in London and Greece. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Visual Arts

Head of Visual Arts
Janet McGifford

M.F.A (RIMT, Australia)
B.D.E.S (Victoria University, New Zealand)
B.F.A (Otago University, New Zealand)
Dip.Ed. (Massey University, New Zealand)

Janet has been a Visual Arts educator for 12 years and is a qualified IB teacher. Janet has worked in public and independent schools in New Zealand and as a external moderator for student art portfolios. She is passionate about Art education and believes it is instrumental in developing a deeper understanding of human behavior, diversity, culture, and history.

Visual Arts
Marilyn Batte

B.A. Hons, Architecture and Art history (Carleton University)
B.Ed. (Queen's University)


Marilyn joins us from the Gems World Academy, Dubai where she has been the MYP and DP Visual Arts teacher since 2010. Marilyn is an experienced international teacher having worked in Germany, Singapore, Egypt and Canada. Marilyn is also a professional artist, with international and national solo and group exhibitions.

Performing Arts

Head of Performing Arts
Mary Siew

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.

Leslie Stellwagen

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.

Paula Mor

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
Rob Chaytor

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.

AV / Theatre Technician
Jose Zarate

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.


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