Jacqui has been teaching in early childhood settings both internationally and in the USA since 2007. She has taught at GEMS schools in Dubai and in Universal Prek programmes in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and has a CACHE early years teaching qualification from the UK. She last lived in New York and will be joined by her husband later in the year. They have two adult children.
Marianne has been teaching in Early Years education for the past 7 years. She previously worked at a Reggio Emilia inspired school in Hanoi and prior to that The British School of Guangzhou in China. Marianne began her career in Dublin, Ireland working in Montessori schools and also Special Education. Marianne has a BA in Montessori Education, is British and has 2 children attending UNIS Hanoi.
Michelle is Australian and has been teaching since 2006. She graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Education in early childhood and began her teaching career in North Sydney Australia. She has spent the past 8 years teaching grades K1-G2 in international schools in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Michelle has a passion for inquiry, play based learning.
Jenny-Lee is British and lived in Belgium from 2009 until coming to Hanoi. She is a graduate of European languages, which led her to a career in EU policy, starting in the European Parliament and taking her through human rights, healthcare, environmental law and education. She taught 2nd Grade at the International School of Brussels for 7 years, where she was also Data Privacy Officer as a certified Data Protection Specialist. She has a UK PGCE and a Masters in Education specialising in smart technology. Jenny-Lee is married to Charlie (ES Teacher), and has two children at the school.
Charlie taught 5th Grade at the International School of Brussels for 10 years where he also coached cross-country and coordinated the school’s mentoring program. Previously, he worked as a political assistant to a British MEP and on Government Affairs and on Branding for GlaxoSmithKline. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies, a UK PGCE and is a graduate of the PTC. Charlie is British, a keen runner, triathlete and musician. Charlie is married to Jenny-Lee (ES Teacher) and is the father of two children.
Harry is from the UK and has been teaching elementary students for over ten years. Before completing a postgraduate certificate in education(PGCE) , Harry studied Psychology in Liverpool.
He began his teaching career in London, gaining experience in a range of classroom and leadership positions. Interested in more inquiry-based approaches, he moved to the International School of Basel in Switzerland with his partner, Barbara (MS Math teacher) in 2014. He is teaching third grade and so far is loving life at UNIS and Hanoi.
Margaret (Maggie) Magowan is originally from San Francisco. This is her 8th year teaching and living overseas. Maggie has taught in Bucharest, Romania and most recently at Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. Last year she took a year off to be with her daughter, Elizabeth, born in May 2018. Currently she is working on her Masters of Education in Evidence Based Teaching through the University of Melbourne. This past summer, she married Matt Magowan (Elementary PE teacher).
Darren has been co-conspiring with 4th and 5th graders for the past 18 years, initially in Seattle (USA), and for the past three years in Accra, Ghana. He holds an M.Ed (Admin) and is National Board certified. Originally from the Canadian Prairies, he met his wife Jill (ES EAL) in Japan. He has two children at the school.
Aga has been teaching English as an Additional Language since 2000 in both Poland and the United Arab Emirates. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English as a Foreign Language, a Master’s in International Relations, and a Master’s in International Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialisation. Aga is from Poland and has two children at UNIS Hanoi. She is married to Scott Schaffner, the High School Principal.
Jill spent the past three years as an elementary EAL/Learning Support teacher in Ghana. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher for many years in the U.S, before starting her international career as an English instructor in Japan. She has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and is currently in a master’s programme in International Education (ESL). Born in Hawaii, she grew up in the Marshall Islands. Jill is at UNIS Hanoi with her partner, Darren (ES Grade 4 Teacher) and two children.
Jenn Szwarc came to UNIS Hanoi from Bucharest, Romania, where she was the ES learning support teacher. She spent three years in Romania and prior to that, taught in Thailand and San Diego, California. Jenn was born and raised in southern California and received degrees in Psychology and an MA in Teaching with an emphasis in mild/ moderate special education. Her husband Micah (ES Physical Education) will join her in Hanoi. She enjoys traveling, hiking and meeting new people.
Claire has been teaching a range of complex learners for the past 7 years in a Special School in the South West of England. She has been supporting staff in her wider role as an advisory teacher for learners with Multi Sensory Impairment. She has an Environmental Science Degree from Plymouth University and previously taught in mainstream Secondary Science, specialising in Chemistry. Claire was the Science Coordinator in her previous role. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma, the Mandatory Qualification for teaching Multi Sensory Impaired Learners from Birmingham University. Claire is from London and has moved to Hanoi with her husband and son.
Liz received her BM in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory and her MM in Music Education and Piano Performance from Boston University. She has previously taught in schools in Massachusetts, Cairo, Yangon, Delhi and Abu Dhabi and has joined the ECC team at UNIS Hanoi.
Shannon is from the USA and has been teaching Physical Education and Health for 8 years internationally. She has a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a K-12 PE and Health Certification. Shannon has worked in India and China before moving to Vietnam with her husband, Anwer (MS Counsellor).
Originally from the United States, William joins UNIS Hanoi following 10 years at GEMS, UAE. He began his journey with GEMS as a Grade 4 and Grade 5 homeroom teacher and for the next 6 years occupied the role of Technology and Innovation Coach. Collaborating with teachers to meaningfully and successfully integrate technology and innovation in their classrooms is a big part of that job, one that he is wholeheartedly committed to. William holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. He is joined in Hanoi by his wife, Stephanie.
Milène has experience teaching French and Spanish from grade 3 to grade 12. She earned her PGCE in French and Spanish in the UK. After a few years teaching in Birmingham, Milène decided to take on a new challenge and to move to China. In Shanghai she developed her knowledge of Mandarin and taught French and Spanish from grade 2 to grade 12. Milene arrived at UNIS Hanoi last year and worked as an MYP French Teacher. Milene is passionate about languages and she takes every opportunity to learn new phrases in Vietnamese.
Micah is from Palo Alto, California and previously worked as a Foreign ESL Teacher in Thailand and Romania. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a TEFL certification. He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Teaching. His wife, Jennifer Szwarc, is an ES Learning Support at UNIS Hanoi. They both enjoy hiking, travelling, and meeting new people.
T.K. began her career in the corporate industries advancing the mission and helping these organisations understand customer service including telling a story about their vision. Since leaving the corporate sector, she has spent 15 years in Admission/Advancement with schools in the United States, China, and Guatemala. She has also provided her expertise as a consultant with international schools throughout the world. T.K. has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and is from the United States.
Brian has been a speech-language pathologist, providing therapy to children and adults, for more than 20 years. Before becoming a SLP, he taught English in Papua New Guinea and China. Most recently, Brian was the SLP at the American School in Japan. He has spent the last year traveling and working in Europe. Brian and his wife are originally from the United States.
Jo has been working as a Registered Nurse for 14 years in New Zealand and Australia and for the past 4 years as part of the clinical education team within the private healthcare sector in Australia. Jo has a Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing from New Zealand. During the 90’s Jo was an expat child in Hanoi for 7 years, which is where her passion for nursing was born. Jo has 2 children. Jo and her husband are originally from New Zealand.
Marc is a Certified Athletic Trainer, dealing with the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Previously, Marc worked at the Delbarton School for 8 years and also worked for a physical therapy clinic, while serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Mamaroneck High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences. Marc, and his wife Cydny, are from New Jersey, USA.