Meet the IH Bangkok Staff

Management Team

Daniel Willcocks

Managing Director/Teacher

  • B.A. Business Studies – Swansea, UK
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics – Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – Paignton, Devon, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Cambridge, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge UK
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment Team Leader, Thailand
  • IELTS Examiner

 

My name is Danny, I am the Managing Director at International House Bangkok, and I spend my time setting up courses and programmes and taking care of the day to day running of the school. However, I am a teacher at heart, teaching all ages as much as I can and I also enjoy training teachers on our Cambridge CELTA courses whenever needed. I have been a teacher for over 25 years in total in the UK, Italy and Thailand. In Thailand I have enjoyed teaching students from prestigious international schools and here happily with IH Bangkok for more than 17 years. In fact I liked it so much that I got married and my daughter, Jasmine, comes to IH to study English for Young Learners courses as well.

I have prided myself on successfully teaching students for exams whilst at the same time having fun. We have had a 100% pass rate for Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA) main suite exams including KET, PET and FCE in many, many exam sessions and also helped international school students get ‘A’s for many subjects including IGCSE English, IGCSE ESL and IGCSE business studies – I leave the other IGCSE subjects to IH Bangkok teachers who know better. I have also been very fortunate to teach a lot of talented students from Thai schools who have gone on to get the King’s scholarship, the Thai government scholarship and the Japanese government scholarship all to study abroad to a masters or doctorate level. Out of school, I enjoy following and doing sports including fitness activities, cycling round the countryside of Thailand, swimming and cheering for Tottenham Hotspur.

Marshall Owen

Marketing Director

  • BS in Business Accounting, Minor in Economics – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

My name is Marshall and I am 27 years old from California in the U.S. I take care of the marketing, day to day running of the school, and advising clients on their programs of study. I received my BS in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I lived and taught in Costa Rica for half a year which gave me a passion for new cultures and travel. This passion led me to Thailand at the beginning of 2013. I took my CELTA shortly thereafter and started working for International House in March of 2013. I changed jobs to become the Marketing Director in 2014. A majority of my time in Bangkok is spent exploring the city or with friends in good restaurants.

Although I rarely teach now, I can teach Science, Math, Economics, Business, and History.

Our Teachers

Tom Duerden

Tom Duerden

Director of Studies

Qualifications

  • BSc (hons) Environmental Science, University of Chester, England.
  • Cambridge Delta – International House Bangkok
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

My name’s Tom and I’m 36 years old from Chester in England. I graduated from the University of Chester with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. I have volunteered on marine conservation projects all over the world working with sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and coral reefs. I worked as a field coordinator for sea turtle conservation projects in the Caribbean for 2 years and I have also worked on conservation projects in Thailand since 2009. During my time on these projects I found that I enjoyed teaching children and adults as much as enjoyed the research. It was this discovery that led me to take a teaching job at an English school in Taiwan. I found that teaching was the perfect profession for me and I decided to return to one of my favourite countries (Thailand) to complete a CELTA and look for work. I was lucky enough to be offered a job straight away at International House Bangkok and I have been here ever since. Outside work, I still maintain my passion for the natural world, exploring Thailand’s amazing national parks whenever I can to study, photograph and film wildlife. I can also teach IGCSE science and geography.

Leslie Cunningham

Leslie Cunningham

Senior Teacher / Corporate Trainer

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in History – Open University
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hello, my name is Leslie and I am 30 years old. I am from Manchester in the north of England and a keen supporter of Manchester City Football Club. I am fascinated by the past and graduated from the Open University with a First Class Degree in History. Having an interest in Asian history and culture, I have travelled to various countries in Asia, including China, India, Cambodia, Malaysia and Nepal, as well as Thailand. My love of travelling, as well as both learning and teaching, are the reasons I chose to do the CELTA here in Bangkok. Bangkok is a city I have come to view as home and I intend to learn the Thai language while staying here as I believe it is important to know the local language wherever you live.

Daniel Mancini

Daniel Mancini

Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology – Middlesex University, London, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hello, my name is Daniel and I come from London in the UK. I am an English teacher here at International House Bangkok, and I spend my time teaching a variety of classes and students with a range of levels.After graduating with a Psychology degree, I spent several years working as an assistant psychologist with a variety of mental health teams. I then worked as a support worker in a secure psychiatric unit for several years. During this time I did some travelling across South East Asia and Thailand.  I loved my stay in Thailand and decided to combine this with my other ambition of becoming a teacher.  A year after undertaking my CELTA here at International House I am now pleased to be working for a school with such high standards and to be a part of a very dedicated and professional team.

Max Smith

Max Smith

Qualifications

  • BS in Business – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hey, I’m Max. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the southeast United States. Before joining IH, I worked in various marketing roles and then decided to follow my dreams of becoming a teacher. I moved to Bangkok shortly after receiving my Business/Marketing degree from Georgia Tech, and joined IH after completing my CELTA through them in Bangkok. I chose to work for IH because of their great reputation, friendly environment, and relaxed atmosphere. In my free time, I enjoy meeting new people, exploring this massive city, and checking out places with good live music.

Aaron Knox

Aaron Knox

Qualifications

  • French – University of North Georgia, 2012
  • CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hello, my name’s Aaron and I’m a CELTA-certified English Teacher at International House Bangkok. I’m also a lifelong lover of language, having earned my BA in French from the University of North Georgia in 2012, and having lived and studied around the world in Québec, Korea, and Thailand.

My teaching experience includes planning and giving courses to children as young as seven years old, to teenagers, and to adults of all ages and skill levels. I also have experience in exam preparation, to include IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, GED, and SAT. In addition, I also enjoy working with professional learners in Business English classes to improve their linguistic resources in the workplace.

Since earning my CELTA in early 2016, I have been convinced that the natural and interactive acquisition of language that International House promotes is the best way for any language learner to progress. Additionally, this approach allows me, as a teacher, to tailor my lessons directly to my students to help them gain the most practical experience possible.

When I’m not teaching, I love exploring Thailand and studying its language and culture. I also maintain a passion for physical fitness and you can find me in the gym almost every night of the week. I’m happy to be a part of the IH Bangkok team and look forward to helping any and all new students as they arrive to this school.

Lynn De Souza

Lynn De Souza

Qualifications

  • BS in Organisational Psychology – University of Cape Town
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hi, I’m Lynn from South Africa, and I’m 23 years old. I grew up in a small city called Mombasa, just off the coast of Kenya, and then moved back to South Africa. I went to the University of Cape Town, where I studied something called Organisational Psychology, which is an applied field of Psychology that looks at human behaviour in the workplace. During my degree, I did some private tutoring lessons, as well as tutoring for two of my university’s courses, which led me to realise that I very much enjoy teaching. Having grown up in Africa, I decided it would be great to gain some experience living in Asia, and so as soon as I graduated, I decided to come to IH Bangkok to do my CELTA. I was instantly attracted by the exceptionally high teaching standards, the warm and friendly atmosphere at the school, and the diversity of the student body, and so I consider myself really lucky to have received an offer to stay at IH. I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures, and being able to share some of my own experiences (of growing up with lions in my back yard, of course!)

Teacher Jake

Jacob Scott

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry – University College London (UCL), UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Chiang Mai

My name’s Jake and I’m 25 years old from London in the UK. I have a degree in biochemistry from University College London (UCL). After completing multiple laboratory-based internships around biochemistry, I found I wanted to work in a more people-focused industry, and switched into business. I worked for a consulting firm for almost three years, advising companies and my clients on how to improve their businesses and minimise risk.

I found after this the aspect of my education and work experiences that the part I enjoyed the most was teaching people. I decided to make a change and teach English as a foreign language. I love travelling, having explored lots of Europe, Africa, and South America, and felt a desire to see Asia and I moved to Thailand.

I have the Cambridge CELTA qualification from International House Chiang Mai, and love teaching English, and with my experience I also enjoy teaching science, maths and business. I also have experience teaching IELTS, SAT, IGCSE, and TOEFL.

Outside of work, I like travelling and exploring, cooking, and I love music; I play guitar, saxophone and piano. I am also passionate about the environment and social issues.

Our Teacher Trainers

Matt Parks

Matt Parks

  • BA Honours in South East Asian Studies, University of London
  • DELTA, Oxford House College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Oxford House College, London, UK

I was born in London. After completing a B.A. in South East Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where I taught at an English language school. After that, I taught English language courses in London and Istanbul before becoming involved in teacher training in 2006. In 2007 I began working as a CELTA tutor in London before moving to Thailand in 2008. My hobbies include running, playing football and reading about contemporary South East Asian history.

Barry Nonweiler

Barry Nonweiler

  • MA Honours in English and Drama, Glasgow University
  • CTEFLA, Hammersmith & West London College
  • DTEFLA, Waltham Forest College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Capital Language Academy, Wellington, New Zealand

I was born in England and educated in Ireland and Scotland. I started my teaching career as a university lecturer in English literature in Wellington and then Melbourne but I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language since 1987, first in Spain and later in London. I became a CELTA trainer in 1996 and since then, I have trained in Greece, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. I dream of having breaks between CELTA courses long enough to play the piano, to walk in mountains, to watch live performances of 17th and 20th century drama and to get back to writing fiction again. In practice, I am usually only able to spend my spare time deep inside books and trying the patience of my partner.

Tim

Tim Brown

  • BA (Hons) PPE, Oxford University, UK
  • MMUS Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
  • Trinity TESOL, Windsor Schools, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA, IH Bangkok, Thailand

My name’s Tim and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1995, when I spent 2 years on the JET programme teaching Junior High School students. It made me realise the need for some proper training and I ended up doing the Trinity College TESOL certificate in 1999. After that I moved to Russia and spent over 10 years teaching general and business English to all levels, both groups and one to one.

I also studied music in Russia, doing a degree in vocal studies at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music to add to my BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in the UK. I later also did an MMUS in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music.

I extended my TEFL qualifications by taking the inaugural DELTA at IH Bangkok in 2011, which led to a job at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok followed by coming back to IH in 2014 to become a CELTA trainer.

I’m interested in teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and helping students prepare for the IELTS exam.

I love opera and ballet, which is rather rare in Bangkok, where I’ve begun to do more exercise, getting into swimming and badminton.

Gary Steven

  • MA English Literature and Philosophy- Glasgow, UK
  • MPhil Creative Writing
  • Cambridge CELTA- Krakow, Poland
  • Cambridge DELTA- Budapest, Hungary
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge, UK

My name is Gary and I got into teaching through a desire to live abroad and see as much of the world as I could. This has allowed me to travel to and live in a range of countries in Europe and Asia. I’ve spent more than ten years getting to know different places and after starting in Asia, spending a long time in Europe, I’m now happy to try Asia again.

Along the way, I discovered that teaching was something I enjoyed and that I could be good at. I’ve taught young children, teens and adults but the teaching I’ve found most rewarding is preparing adults for exams or university students for academic study. I’ve been lucky to have colleagues from around the world and great training courses provided by schools in the IH World network (one to one teaching, younger learners teaching, and language awareness courses). Eventually, that led to me taking the Cambridge DELTA in Hungary and becoming a CELTA tutor a short time later.

Since then, I’ve trained teachers in Hungary, Spain, France and Thailand. I like to encourage an approach where the teacher’s agenda acts as a platform for ‘helping people to communicate’. I think learners are happiest and most successful when they are encouraged and supported in expressing something of themselves in the second language.

When I’m not training or teaching, I like to spend time with a good book, learning more about history, science or language.

Diana Vaselenko

  • B.A. English Language Teaching. Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • M.A. English and French Translation, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • IHCTL, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • IH CAM, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • IH CYLT Kyiv, Ukraine
  • IH DoS Course (online), IHWO
  • Cambridge Delta, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Cambridge English Speaking Examiner, Cambridge UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer Approval, Cambridge, UK

My name’s Diana and I’ve been working in ELT for over eight years as a teacher, ELT manager and teacher trainer. I started my teaching career with International House Kharkiv and later spent six years with International House Kyiv as a teacher and Director of Studies.

Before becoming a teacher I obtained BA and MA degrees in English and French Language Teaching and Translation and spent two years in the USA in a Master’s of Arts program in English Language and Literature. So I have a passion for learning foreign languages, linguistics and literature.

During the years I spent with the International House network I obtained the following certificates: IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology, IH Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers, and completed the IH Director of Studies course. I completed my Delta with IH Wroclaw in 2013 and I’ve also been a Cambridge Examiner since 2012.

As a teacher trainer I’ve worked on CELTA courses in Ukraine, Poland, Lebanon and China and I’m very excited and enthusiastic to have joined IH Bangkok/Chiang Mai as I’ve always been passionate about travelling and working with people from other countries.

Language learning and teaching have been my hobby for many years now, but I’m also interested in art and I love travelling. I believe that all of my interests combined make me a better language teacher and teacher trainer.

Adam Bejsovec

  • TESOL – Aston, Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge Delta Trainer approval, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name’s Adam and I’m an enthusiastic and dedicated ELT professional with expertise in teaching, teacher training and development, as well as in academic management. I did the Cambridge Delta in 2008 and got my master’s degree in TESOL. I also have a Diploma in ELT Management and I continue developing in this area (I recently completed a course in YL centre management with IH London). I love languages, linguistics and the diversity my job involves as well as having the chance to work and network with so many interesting professionals from IH, and the field in general.

My almost twenty years of teaching experience spans all age groups (from 3 y.o. to adults) and levels (pre-A1 to C2); teaching individuals as well as groups of various sizes. Apart from General English, I enjoy teaching different strands such exam classes (Cambridge Exams, IELTS, TOEFL etc.), ESP, EAP and Business English.

I’ve been tutoring on a range of courses starting from pre-service TKT, CELTA, Delta as well as courses for teaching young and very young learners (IHCYLT or IHVYL) in several European and Asian countries.  Apart from face-to-face courses I’ve been tutoring various blended and online courses including IH DoS, IH BET, IH CAM or Delta M1 & 3 courses.

I am convinced that teaching and teacher training should be done in an interactive, communicative way and in contexts which are meaningful and directly relevant to learners and teachers respectively. I strongly believe in CPD, individual approach and localisation of teaching and training while maintaining and exceeding the set standards.

My work has always been my hobby so the boundaries between my working and free time have been quite blurred. Apart from the ELT, I love cooking & even more eating, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and movies, and an occasional run and swim.

Our Administrative Team

Chutima Willcocks (Pum)

Office Manager
Pum leads the administrative team, she has a BA in Business Management and is married to our Managing Director Daniel Willcocks. She worked at Harrow International School for three years before joining International House Bangkok.

Pichayawan Ngarmsa-ard (Mint)

Receptionist
My name is Mint. I graduated from Bangkok University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I have been working here as receptionist at International House Bangkok since 2010 and I love working here. Communication with foreigners is interesting and challenges me. The staff and teachers here are very friendly and helpful. I’m so glad to be part of International House Bangkok.

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