ICD Staffs

Head of ICD

Full Name: Edward Bews
Nationality:
British
Position at Kinderstar: Head Of ICD 

Education and Qualifications:
I completed my Bachelor in Business Computing in 2006. I then studied for my Bachelor in Early Years in 2012 and then completed my Masters in Education in 2015. I also hold a Diploma in Child Psychology and a TESOL certificate. 

Teaching Experience:
This is my forth year at KinderStar  and this will be my 9th year teaching Early Years. Previously I was the Head Teacher for Stamford Grammar Kindergarten in District 3, overseeing 2 campuses and 12 foreign teachers.

Description:
I moved to Vietnam 9 years ago with my wife. Since moving, we have had two sons, Archie who is six years old and Tommy who is four years old. I chose to work at KinderStar because I fell in love with the facilities and vision of the school.


ICD STAFF

Name: Nicole Gabriel

Nationality: American
Position at Kinderstar: ICD Preschool Teacher

Education and Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego CA, 2012
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA, 2007
Teaching Certification for Prekindergarten/Primary Education(Age 3 - Grade 3), University of West Florida, Florida, U.S.A. (in progress) 2016
TESOL Certificate-TEFL International, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,  2015

Teaching Experience:
This will be be for my second year teaching Preschool at Kinderstar
( 1 st grade) ENGLISH SUMMER CAMP- Canadian International School  2015

Description:
I moved to Vietnam in the spring of 2015 with my fiance and small dog from California in the U.S.A.   I am so happy to finally be living my life long dream of teaching English abroad.  I have always wanted to become a teacher ever since I volunteered in Mexico teaching English to young children a few years ago.  I felt in those moments seeing those kids from Mexico so excited to learn gave me my life purpose. I choose to work at Kinderstar because I wanted to work at a school that was enthusiastic and passionate about teaching kids as I am.


ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Jonathan William Barrett

Nationality: United States of America
Position at Kinderstar:
Pre-Kindergarten Educator

Education and Qualifications:
Ed.D in Educational Leadership - University of Southern California Rossier - Est. Completion, 2019
TEFL- ITTT School for International Education - 2011
BA Business Administration- Davenport University- 2008
BS Business Information Systems - Davenport University - 2008
Teaching Credential - California - 2018
Jeremy Harmer Workshop on Teaching English K/12- CNA Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2013
TEFL- ITTT School for International Education - 2011
Davenport University Teaching with Technology Workshop – 2008

Teaching Experience:
6/12 Teacher - Vietnam Public Schools, HCMC, Vietnam - 2016

PS/12 Teacher - Sunshine Language Center­ Hai Duong, Vietnam - ­2015
Executive Coach - Trend School­ Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2014
PS/12 Teacher - CNA­ Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2013
PS/12 Teacher - Toledo Eco­Tourism Association­ Punta Gorda, Belize - 2012
University level SQL Database 202 - Davenport University - 2008

Description:
After building a successful career and business in the technology industry in the United States, I wanted to pursue a more fulfilling life. I started my journey doing volunteer work in the jungles of Belize with Mayan Tribes people and I found I had a passion for education. I wanted to make an impact on the world and I believe that it begins with educating our youth. There truly is no greater reward than helping a child achieve his or her goals. I find the more I put into teaching, the more rewarding it becomes.


ICD STAFF

Full Name: Kim Ocean Ireland

Nationality: South African
Position at Kinderstar:
ICD Kindergarten Teacher

Education and Qualifications: 
I received my BA Honors Degree in Information Design in 2009. Then I completed a TEFL course in 2012 and now hold a CELTA certificate completed in 2016.

Teaching Experience:  
I previously taught for 4 years in South Korea at a Kindergarten and Elementary school. I was the head of the ESL and Afterschool Conversational curriculum for grades 1 to 6. I also ran summer and winter camp courses for all grades as well as a governmental program for students to study overseas.

Description:
Before teaching, I worked as a graphic designer in South Africa for two years. Then I moved to South Korea and taught at an Elementary school for four years. I left Korea to travel through South East Asia for three months and then moved to Vietnam earlier this year.
I always knew that I wanted to work with children and be involved in education. I enjoy teaching young learners very much. I chose KinderStar because of the wonderful facilities and the curriculum that allows me to use creativity in the classroom.


ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Laarni Devoma Diaz
Nationality:
Filipino
Position at Kinderstar:
ICD- Extra Curricular Teacher

Education and Qualifications: 
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and completed a TESOL course program in 2012.

Teaching Experience:
I have 7 years of experience in teaching preschoolers and this is my fourth year teaching at Kinderstar.

Description:
I have the passion for the children and teaching them is really a great experience. I am learning a lot everyday and having fun at the same time.
In four years of working here, I have gained lots of knowledge through trainings and workshop offered by Kinderstar. I love the child friendly environment and the great facilities of the school.


ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Anne Irene Bosa
Nationality:
Filipino
Position at Kinderstar:
ICD Teacher

Education and Qualifications: Bachelor in Education, Major in English, 2012

Teaching Experience: My first teaching experience was in the Philippines. I worked there as an English teacher for grade 7-10, for 2 years. Also, I worked at Universal English Center for a year as an ESL teacher for Koreans. Now, I’ve been teaching at Vietnam-Australia Society of English Center as General English teacher for adults, and ESL teacher for beginners and teens.

Description:
I’ve been working as a teacher for 5 years now, and I can say that I chose the right profession that fits to my character and to the things that I love to do. Every day is always a challenge, and at the end of the day I feel fulfilled when I see how my students enjoy and learn in class. I moved to Vietnam 3 years ago. Since then, it was really my dream to work abroad that’s why I took Education major in English. I searched for the countries that needs English teachers and Vietnam is always on the top. Cost of living here is very low, and a perfect place to save money. I chose KinderStar for its high standards in every aspect of the school. Their facilities really help the development of the students and also they provide materials for teaching that all teachers need. I enjoy every single day here. Students are always eager to learn, that makes me to be more motivated to teach.


ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Ana Marie Belarmino Abis
Nationality: Filipino          
Position at Kinder Star: ICD- Extra- Curricular Teacher

Education and Qualifications:
I completed my Bachelor in Elementary Education (Major in Early Childhood Education) in 2006.

Teaching Experience:
This is my fourth year at Kinder Star and this will be my 9th year of teaching. Previously I was a Preschool Teacher for Kids World Preschool in District 7. And I was a Preschool Teacher for Ohana Child Learning Center in the Philippines.

Description:
I moved alone to Vietnam 6 years ago. Since moving, I become more independent person. I decided to be a teacher because it’s an opportunity to work with young people and make a difference in their lives. I choose to work at Kinder Star because it is huge school for preschool and educational philosophy of the school.

 

ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Dina Absalon
Nationality:
Filipino
Position at KinderStar:
ICD Teacher

Education and Qualifications:
I completed my Bachelor of Elementary Education with specialty in English in 2004 and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in 2005. As part of my Professional Development, I attended several trainings and workshops such as “Seminar Workshop on “Teamwork Strategic Planning and Innovative Teaching” in the Philippines in June 2004 and Montessori Training Workshop held at Global Indian School in Singapore in August 2008. I also hold a TESOL Teaching Certification conducted by Christian Harvest International School in Cebu Philippines in 2009.

Teaching Experience: 
I have been working for three years at KinderStar now and this will bemy 12th year teaching Primary and Early Years. I spent my first year of teaching in Our Lady of Assumption College, Philippines in 2004 as Elementary and Preschool teacher before moving to Vietnam in 2005. I then continued my teaching career and worked as a Primary teacher at Vietnamese American Primary School (VAPS, now VASS) in HCMC from 2006-2007. I also worked as a Nursery teacher at Saigon Star International School, HCMC from 2007 – 2009. Then I recently worked as a Lead Instructor at Gymboree Play and Music, HCMC from 2009-2013.

 

Description:
I moved to Vietnam 11 years ago back when I was still single, got married after a year and now I am living here with my husband and my five-year old daughter who was born here in Vietnam. I chose to be part of KinderStar simply because they value the building blocks of education the way I value my chosen career.


ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Aiza N.Calisura
Nationality: Filipino
Position at KinderStar: ICD Teacher


Education and Qualifications:

I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. I completed my TESOL certification in 2012.


Teaching Experience:

I’m on my third year of teaching at Kinderstar. I am also currently working at Apollo Education and Training as an ESL teacher.  I teach across a range of leveIs, ages and courses. I participate in professional development activities, such as attendance at training sessions and peer and senior observations amongst other things.  

Description: 
Moving to Vietnam was one of the best decisions I have made. The people are very kind and warm-hearted making adjustment easy.  During my interview at KinderStar, I was asked this question. ‘What is a good school?’, I realized that a good school does not only teach the children how to read and write but rather it hones them to become better people mentally, emotionally, psychologically, physically and socially. This is what Kinderstar is all about.


ICD STAFF

 

Full Name: Ana Pamela Felesilda
Nationality:
Filipino
Position at Kinderstar:
Extra-curricular Teacher

Education and Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in Social Studies

Teaching Experience: 
I’ve been teaching in Kinderstar for four years. Prior to that, I used to work in Vietnam National University language school for a year. Then, I got a full time job in ABC International School. Also, I’m a private tutor to Korean students and adults.

Description:
I moved to Vietnam in 2008. Since then, I’ve been teaching English at different levels and ages. I took up education to grant my father’s request. Being a teacher in the Philippines is not easy, especially when you work in public schools. There is an enormous demand of time. Gladly, there are plentiful job opportunities in Saigon for foreign teachers. So, I took the chance when someone invited me to come here in Vietnam. From then on, English teacher has been my profession. Working in Kinderstar is a dream come true. I always wanted to teach in a big school where facilities are high class and my teaching skills are nurtured through workshops and trainings provided by the school.

· M.A in International Education, University of Leicester, U.K Distance learning, 2013 (present)