THOUGHT LEADERS

Australian International School Phnom Penh has recruited highly qualified international educators. We call our teachers Thought Leaders as they are passionate about preparing our students for success in the 21st Century.

Maxine Driscoll

Founding Head of School

is an award-winning educator who draws on outstanding leadership experience in Australia and internationally.

She has led international and independent schools in Asia and Australia for 20 years.

Maxine has consulted on school leadership and strategic planning in Australia, Asia and the USA and been invited to speak at conferences in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA.

Maxine has completed a Leadership Fellowship at Columbia University, New York, USA, a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Education at Deakin University, Geelong and Melbourne, Australia.  She is both highly qualified and passionate to inspire a new generation of 21st Century teachers and students at AISPP.

Betsy Hanselmann

Secondary Principal

is a highly qualified and experienced IB Secondary Principal. An American citizen, Betsy has held leadership and teaching positions in IB schools in Europe and Asia for almost 20 years. Betsy has gained a Masters of Education and Education Administration from Grand Canyon University, Arizona and a Bachelor of Science, Biology at Tufts University, Massachusetts. Betsy’s most recent posting was Head of Secondary at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia an IB World School, where she has served in a leadership role for ten years. Betsy is fluent in German and conversational in speaking French.
Betsy is accompanied by her husband Stefan. They are the proud parents of two IB Diploma graduates.

Todd Bazley

Director of Learning – Primary
Music and Visual Arts Thought Leader

is a qualified IB teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music and a Graduate Diploma of Primary Teaching from Dunedin, New Zealand.

Todd has also undertaken leadership training in the education sector. He has experience teaching the Australian, New Zealand and International Baccalaureate curricula. Todd has taught Grades 2, 3 and 5 students as well as being an ICT specialist and Sports Coordinator.

He studied music all through high school and then went on to study Music Technology and the Music Industry at university.

Todd is also passionate about rugby and personal fitness and strongly believes in teaching about living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Annamaria Kalman

Director of Learning – Early Years

is a passionate and innovative early childhood educator who has taught in Europe and Hong Kong.

As Principal, Anna has successfully lead her school to become an authorized International Baccalaureate IB school. She has a Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Principal Certification.

Anna is greatly influenced by the world famous Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and the inquiry based teaching approach used by the International Baccalaureate IB.

As a teacher she uses innovation to provide the best education possible for the children in her care and as a leader she inspires and motivates her team always scaffolding their learning to create success.

Katie Abarr

Years 3 and 4

is an IB qualified teacher who has attained a Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University and a Teaching Licence for Elementary Education both from the USA.

Katie provides students with an exciting, positive learning experience; instilling in them curiosity, enthusiasm and a passion for seeking their own challenging learning opportunities.

She has taught Grades 4 and 5 using the Primary Years Program PYP of the International Baccalaureate IB.

She is a stimulating and enthusiastic teacher who thrives on working collaboratively and bringing people together through a mutual interest in learning, exploring and sharing.

Katie always challenges her students, ensuring that their learning is always the central focus.

Christelle Bazin

Years 5 and 6

is a widely experienced educator and a highly qualified International Baccalaureate (IB) teacher.

Christelle taught in the United Kingdom before joining the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and then worked in The Hague, Netherlands and Cardiff, Wales, to further develop the IB Middle Years Program (MYP).

Following this she went on to work in the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) at an International School in Korea. Christelle was awarded a Bachelor of Arts – Language and Literature from the University of Nantes and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

She has successfully collaborated with educators around the world. Christelle strives for excellence in the classroom; providing students with opportunities to develop their critical and creative thinking to explore personal and global issues from different perspectives.

Carly Honey

Foundation, Years 1 & 2

is an enthusiastic educator with a Bachelor of Education from Auckland, New Zealand.

She has taught both in Australia and New Zealand. Carly has experience teaching students with a wide range of abilities having worked in an integrated mainstream and special education school.

She has organized and coordinated many extra-curricular activities and events for students and successfully delivered the Australian Curriculum, significantly raising literacy and numeracy levels in 90% of her students.

Carly is a passionate, caring and dedicated teacher who does her utmost to ensure the success of all her students.

Carly inspires her students to strive for excellence, to be problem solvers, risk takers and global citizens who take pride in their behavior and the way in which they interact with their world.

Marc Ritter

Health and Physical Education

is a qualified IB teacher with a Bachelor of Science and Economics and a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education Civics and Government from Pennsylvania, USA.

Marc is dedicated to developing global citizens in a natural learning environment through inquiry. He believes his well-rounded life experiences bring a unique influence to teaching.

Marc has been able to learn and experience the world through his many travels around the globe, professional work and education.

Along with his certification in Education, his degree in Economics has provided occupations in the financial sector including Internet startup companies all the way up to Fortune 500’s. He has most recently been teaching at Chadwick International School, Korea.

Nicole Li Hoi Yu

Mandarin Language and Culture

Nicole is a widely experienced teacher with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (English) from The Hong Kong Institution of Education, Hong Kong.

Nicole also has a Bachelor of Computing Systems and a Certificate in Business Computing from Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

Nicole has global experience from Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Cambodia. She is also fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Her ability to connect with her students is an asset in ensuring that their learning is always the central focus.

Chhum Chantra

KhmerLanguage and Culture

Ms Chantra has a Bachelor Degree in English from the University of Management and Economics, Banteay Meanchey Province.

She also has a Certificate of Pedagogy (Secondary School) from Regional Teacher Training College, Battambang Province, and a Certificate of Pedagogy (Primary School) from Teacher Training College, Banteay Meanchey Province.

Ms Chantra is an experienced Khmer and English teacher and holds Cambodia in her heart.

Her passion for Cambodia is shared with her students and our international Thought Leaders and brings a positive impact to everyone at AISPP.

Adam Clark

Years 6 and 7

is an IB qualified primary and middle years teacher. Adam has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Human Geography and Sociology from Keele University, UK. Although a British citizen, Adam has has spent most of his life growing up in Singapore. Adam attended United World College of South East Asia UWCSEA and is an IB diploma Graduate.
Adam is married to Josephine Simmonds, one of our Early Years Thought Leaders. Adam is a keen footballer, cross fit trainer and an expert at publishing our news and blog articles using his social media skills.

Josephine Simmonds

Early Years – 2 year old program

is a highly IB qualified primary teacher. Josephine has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and American Literatures from Keele University, UK, a Diploma in Counselling and Psychology from the College of Allied Educators (Singapore) and an Advanced Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching DAS Academy (Singapore)
Josephine has taught Special Education in Singapore and has a real passion for Learning Support for our students.
Josephine is married to Adam Clark, one of our Middle Years Thought Leaders. Josephine is also a yoga enthusiast and offers yoga classes for our students in the RISE Program.

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