Our Leadership

 

Simon Leslie

Simon Leslie

Headmaster
Australian
SimonLeslie@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.Ed. Dip Teaching, Charles Sturt University

Experience:

  • Headmaster at New International School Thailand (NIST) in Bangkok, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering all 3 IB programmes
  • Head of Geelong Grammar School Timbertop, Australia
  • Almost 4 decades of teaching experience with 17 years of IB experience

“I am delighted to be joining such a fine international school with such a great reputation in the educational community.  My experience running three international IB World Schools will be utilized here as we continue to grow and ensure we are well poised to maintain an excellent school focused on academic excellence, leading-edge technology and the creation of a new generation of global citizens.”

   
Adrian Watts

Adrian Watts

Director of Academic Studies and Deputy Headmaster
British
AdrianWatts@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.A. Economics, History and Sociology, Durham University
P.G.C.E., Loughborough University
M.A. Educational Management, Bath University (in progress)
COETAILS Masters, SUNY University (in progress)

Experience:

  • Deputy Head and Director of Academic studies at New International School of Thailand (NIST) in Bangkok
  • 30 years IB experience.
  • Head of Secondary School and Deputy Director at International College of Spain in Madrid

“Having lived and worked abroad for more than twenty five years my philosophy of education has been strongly influenced by the different schools I have been fortunate to work in. I believe that students must be educated for the global society of the twenty-first century and be challenged to reach their full academic potential. They have to be critical thinkers and able to communicate, connect and collaborate effectively with others. Their minds need to be creative and disciplined, able to synthesize information and to make ethical and principled decisions. It is essential that they are made aware of their learning style and that the school actively supports the use of varied teaching and assessment methodologies.”

   
Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

Secondary Principal (Grades 6-12)
British
MichaelRoberts@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.A. Hons in English and European Literature, University of Essex
P.G.C.E., English and Drama Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University
M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Management, University of Bath

Experience:

  • High School Principal at International School of Myanmar. 
  • An IB examiner, 10 years IB experience.
  • A Council of International Schools Accreditor (CIS).

“Effective schools nurture collegiality and community and are bound by a shared educational philosophy. Communities that share the same vision and goals and whose foundations are built upon effective teaching and quality learning are powerful entities.  I have an unshakable belief that a learning environment where the voices of all community members are listened to and valued, will be a place where robust connections are formed and harmony created.”

   
Kevin Curran

Kevin Curran

Secondary Vice-Principal (Grades 6-12)
American
KevinCurran@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.A. History, Humboldt State University 
M.Ed., Teaching, College of New Jersey
Post Masters in Educational Leadership and and Principal Certificate,  College of New Jersey

Experience:

  • Site Administrator at the College of New Jersey in Bangkok
  • High School Testing Coordinator and WASC Coordinator at Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok
  • 20 years experience in Education

“One of my main beliefs about education is that it is very important that students understand the relevancy of what they’re learning and how it applies to their life. It’s all about the kids! With that in my mind, I believe it is imperative that students see the value of what they are learning. I feel that students learn through social experiences and teachers should challenge their classes through inquiry. Students should also have the opportunity to develop skills that focus on 21st Century Learning. These learning activities should be student centered, and should relate to real life experiences and the cultural backgrounds of the school community. Schools should foster a caring learning environment and teachers should utilize methods that will address a variety of learning styles and abilities so that all students have the opportunity to be successful.”

   
Kurtis Peterson

Kurtis Peterson

Primary Principal (EE2-Grade 5)
Canadian
KurtisPeterson@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.Ed., Queen’s University
B.A. History and English, University of Alberta
Primary-Junior Teacher Certification, Ontario College of Teachers
M.A. History, Queen’s University

Experience:

  • Primary Principal at Beanstalk International Bilingual School in China
  • Head of Primary Kampala International school in Uganda 
  • Has led the IB PYP candidacy application process and has implemented the PYP programme
  • Over 7 years of experience as a Primary Principal

“I believe that students, staff and parents have an obligation to make the school’s learning environment a stimulating one where collaboration and empathy are nurtured, risks will be taken, an inquisitive mind will be developed and learning will be fun. It is known that all students learn differently and all lessons, units and programmes must be differentiated to meet the needs of everyone.”

   

Lianne Kalapaca

Primary Vice Principal
Canadian

LianneKalapaca@ishcmc.edu.vn 

Graduate Diploma of Education K-6, University of Western Sydney-Nepean, Australia
Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph

 

Experience:

  • IB Workshop Leader
  • 14 years IB experience

“I believe that we should appreciate our differences but celebrate our commonalities. We are all different from our cultures and beliefs, talents and learning styles, looks and nationalities and it is the differences that set us apart and makes us unique. However, when we celebrate our commonalities, we are united in our philosophy, goals and efforts and it makes our experiences together richer. It’s all about the kids and making ISHCMC the best school in Vietnam through engaging lessons, collaboration, and responsible sustainable action.”

   

Emma Collins

IB DP Coordinator
Australian/British
EmmaCollins@ishcmc.edu.vn

Previous Diploma Coordinator at The United Nations International School Hanoi
IB Language and Literature Examiner
MYP Coordinator and Cambridge A Level Coordinator

“I have been fortunate enough to have had a career that spans three continents and to live and work in environments rich with cultural diversity. My belief, to borrow the words of Nelson Mandela, is that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We all have a responsibility to nurture our fragile planet, value the perspectives and diversity in our world and to contribute to our shared humanity.”

Experience:

  • IB career began 7 years ago in the Netherlands, the UK and Singapore
  • Develops and leads IB workshops

 

   
Martin Grist

Martin Grist

IB MYP Coordinator
British
MartinGrist@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.A. (Hons) Languages, London Guildhall University
P.G.C.E., York University
M.Ed., University of Bath (in progress)

Experience:

  • MYP Coordinator at Sotogrande International School in Spain.
  • Personal Project Coordinator, English teacher - MYP Language A and Language B, Diploma Language A
  • Over 10 years IB experience

“Today’s curriculum must allow for teaching and learning to take place within a context if it is to be meaningful and memorable. To be truly successful within such a curriculum, students need to learn skills such as research and reflection, creativity and communication. Crucially, a well-developed curriculum must provide the opportunities for critical thinking, creative thinking, reflective thinking and problem solving. The MYP fosters and encourages the development of these skills, and I am excited to see how the students at ISHCMC put these into action.”

   
Sam Sherratt

Sam Sherratt

IB PYP Coordinator
British
SamSherratt@ishcmc.edu.vn

B.Sc. (Econ) in International Relations, University of Wales
P.G.C.E., Graduate Teacher Programme, Center for British Teachers
Postgraduate Diploma in Law, University of East Anglia

Experience:

  • NIST International School Bangkok, Thailand
  • IB Workshop Leader
  • 9 years IB experience

“I believe that learning takes many subtle forms and happens all the time. Good teachers know what learning looks like and know how to enhance it. When children are empowered and respected, they can achieve great things. As their competencies expand and their understanding of the world becomes more sophisticated, students are equipped with the things they need to become confident and ethical citizens. A powerful education is one that makes this happen.”

   
 

Matthew Gollins

Athletic and Activities Director
New Zealander
MatthewGollins@ishcmc.edu.vn

M. Ed. (Educational Leadership), Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
B. Ed. University of Otago, New Zealand
Diploma of Teaching, Specialised in Physical Education and Outdoor Education, Dunedin College of Education, New Zealand

Experience:

• 18 years teaching experience, (4 years MYP and PYP teaching)
• Principal, Primary School, New Zealand
• Deputy Principal, Western Australia

“I believe that students learn in by constructing meaning and understanding by building on previous knowledge with rich experiential activities. School is in partnership with parents to develop a child that will be an active and influential member of society. Athletics and activities are no different; students need to build their skills from previously learnt experiences. My goal is to help give students opportunities to experience activities that they may not have had or have access to in the classroom.”