Meet our new HS teachers

MS/HS Technology & Innovation Coach: Jonathan Ray Gomez

Jon’s life has centered around education in a variety of ways over the past nine years. Formally an English teacher from the USA, Jon has spent the preceding five years honing his areas of expertise and experience as a Design Teacher and Technology Coach. He most recently resumed said roles at Seisen International School. Jon has a Bachelor’s in English, and a Master’s in Instructional Technologies. He joins UNIS Hanoi with his wife Sandra (MS/HS Counsellor).

 

HS Counsellor: Franko Cifizzari

Franko, his preferred name,  has worked in education for 26 years, 15 years as a counsellor and has been in international schools since 1999. He was the Head of Counselling at Western Academy of Beijing before arriving at UNIS Hanoi. Prior to this, he worked as a DP coordinator at Bali International School in Indonesia, counsellor at the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland, IB teacher at ACS in Athens, Greece and originally began his career at a private school in California.

IB DP Global Politics, Business Management, and MYP HS Humanities Teacher: Stephan Anagnost

For the past 18 years, Stephan’s career included international peace building, human rights training & sustainable development work for the United Nations Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe, the Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights and as a private sector consultant. Stephan began his teaching career in 2008 at AIS Vienna, moved to the International School of Curacao in 2012 and prior to UNIS Hanoi taught Global Politics & TOK at the Lincoln Community School in Accra Ghana. He is married to Kay Strenio-Anagnost; they became full-time parents in November 2016 to their son Aaró.

Librarian/Media Specialist: Catherine Hodgson

Originally from Australia, Kate has over 30 years experience in classroom teaching and school libraries. Prior to coming to UNIS Hanoi, she worked at Jakarta Intercultural School, Indonesia, (20 years) and Seoul International School, South Korea (2 years) as well as several schools in Australia. Her husband Murray is currently in administration for a mining corporation in Indonesia. Australia is her homeland where her two grown sons, lovely daughter-in-law and gorgeous grand-daughter now  reside.

IBDP Biology/ESS: Joseph Christie

Joseph is Canadian and has been teaching science, primarily Biology, for the last 13 years. More recently, he has been focussing on the IB Sciences. After completing his Education degree from the University of Calgary, Joseph moved to South Korea where he met his wife, Lianne (MS Science) and was bitten by the travel bug. He has lived in Guatemala City, Alexandria, and recently Dubai with his wife and daughter.

MYP/DP French: Cynthia Frey

Cynthia has been teaching French over the past 16 years in the UK, Egypt,   Switzerland and Dubai. She currently teaches MYP and DP French at UNIS Hanoi. She also delivers MYP workshops, and is an examiner for IB French B.  Cynthia holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Management, and a Master’s in English Language and Civilization. Cynthia is from France, but has not lived there in a very long time! She speaks French, English, German, Arabic and some Spanish.

IBDP Biology and IBDP Chemistry/MYP Integrated Science Teacher: Carly Bilke

Carly is joining us following a position at the Catholic Education Office in Darwin, Australia. Her job there was to provide curriculum, assessment and instruction support to leadership teams and teachers in all Catholic secondary schools across the Northern Territory of Australia. Prior to this, Carly taught senior school Chemistry and Biology as well as middle school Science and Maths for 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Education and a Master of Educational Leadership.

EAL: Garry S Seabrook

Garry has been teaching EAL for the past 15 years, most recently for two years at the International School of Tianjin, China. Garry has an honors degree in English Literature, a Master of TESOL and Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. He spent time recently at UNIS Hanoi, working in HS EAL, as part of his research for a doctorate. Garry’s wife is originally from Hanoi, and they have a son at the School.

HS Physical Education: Andrew James Ostrom

Originally from New York, Andy has been involved with teaching and coaching student athletes for over thirty years. In the United States he has taught school in North Carolina and Florida. Internationally, he has taught and coached at the Shanghai American School, and the International School of Beijing. Most recently he was a high school teacher at the American School of Guatemala. His wife, T.K., is working here as the Director of Enrolment and Marketing Management. They have two children.

Director of Enrolment and Marketing Management: Teri K. Ostrom 

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.

D-12 Speech and Language Pathologist: Brian Walker

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. 

School Health Centre Coordinator: Joanne Connolly (Jo)

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.

Athletic Trainer: Marc Voicechovski

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.

High School Teachers Leaving in 2019

This is the time of year when our entire community is in transition.  Members of our school community are either leaving, entering a new place, or being left behind. Transition impacts us all.  As a school, our teachers and counselors engage our students in conversations about managing transitions with resilience and positivity.

Many of our teachers are also in transition.  We are grateful to the following educators who have put their hearts and souls into creating meaningful learning experiences for our students, while contributing actively to our school values of Learning, Community and Responsibility.  We know that they have touched the lives of many students and their families during their time at UNIS Hanoi.

  • David Coultas (4 years of service)
  • Paul Swanson (6 years of service)
  • Kirk Jackson (2 years of service)
  • Dragana Damljanovic (1 years of service)
  • Casey Nolen Jackson (2 years of service)
  • Paula Wilcox (2 years of service)
  • Deborah Wells Clinton (5 years of service)
  • Tanya Lee Parker (3 years of service)
  • Melanie Do (9 years of service)
  • Joan Hargrave (3 years of service)

These teachers have all helped our students to ‘climb their own mountains’ and for that, we are incredibly grateful.  Please join me in wishing them well for their new adventures ahead as they continue to make a difference in the lives of children in other parts of the world.

STEAMfest – TOMORROW!

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Who: UNIS Ha Noi MSHS students, staff and families

What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas to celebrate and share

Activities include:

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Opening talk with local STEAM entrepreneur guest speakers
  • 9:30 – 12.00 Variety of STEAM demonstrations and challenges run at booths by MSHS students and staff (Picnic lunch provided)
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Underwater robot obstacle course challenge in pool; Prize raffles and closing slideshow

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)

When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Cost: 100k entrance fee for lunch and activities

RSVP: Formal invite will be sent out by 12 Apr, RSVP by 26 Apr

What if I want to present an activity at a booth? Students and staff interested in presenting at STEAMfest should fill out this form.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org

Student-directed inquiry driving High School learning

It has been another busy week of student-directed inquiry and research in the High school. Highlights have included two annual events for the Grade 11s–the Science Group 4 project and the Extended Essay work day. Grade 9s have also met as a whole class to continue to think about a personal interest to pursue next year for their Personal Project. During visits to classrooms and talking with students about their learning, what continues to stand out is the breadth of areas of inquiry and interest that our students engage in:
Grade 9 student about Personal Project Workshop
The PP is more dependent on what we are interested in and so we can feel more motivated. We get to build our own knowledge that we really care about.

Last chance to get your Graduation Dinner Tickets!

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin, mniklasson4@gmail.com, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
MUA VÉ TIỆC TỐI BUỔI LỄ TỐT NGHIỆP NGAY HÔM NAY!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (mniklasson4@gmail.com)
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
  • 이메일mniklasson4@gmail.com

Get your Graduation Dinner Table Early!

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin, mniklasson4@gmail.com, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
MUA VÉ TIỆC TỐI BUỔI LỄ TỐT NGHIỆP NGAY HÔM NAY!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (mniklasson4@gmail.com)
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
  • 이메일mniklasson4@gmail.com

Class of 2019 – Graduation Dinner

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin, mniklasson4@gmail.com, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
MUA VÉ TIỆC TỐI BUỔI LỄ TỐT NGHIỆP NGAY HÔM NAY!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (mniklasson4@gmail.com)
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
  • 이메일mniklasson4@gmail.com

Vietnam Military Museum – Stories of Resilience and Grit

 

Grade 12 DP History class spent Tuesday morning exploring the Vietnam Military Museum.  One of the museum curators took time to give us a guided tour. The study of history is more than just the study of facts. Students learn to think critically about all the sources of information that they are presented with as historians. The museum allows for very interesting perspectives on the First and Second IndoChina War.  Although the students felt they could have spent more time at the museum the students got a different perspective on Vietnam’s history. Some of the discussions in the bus on the way back to school centered around how do we know what is the right history? How do we define nationalism? Allowing the students to think critically and question is at the core of the DP History course and the DP program.

The photo is taken is of a young Vietnamese girl who was barefoot and pulling parts of the B-52 that had been shot down out of a body of water. Resilience and grit are themes we saw throughout the museum in all the displays and conversations that the tour guide explained. Whether it be the story of villagers learning to read and write after independence to the military victory at Điện Biên Phủ the students saw the resilience of people who were struggling for their independence.

Donna Frose

DP History/Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Parent Series: Applying the MYP

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend the Middle Years Programme (MYP) parent session- part 2 focusing on ‘Applying the MYP’. The session will begin at 8.30 in the Community Room (B7). Please register here
Applying the MYP is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.

If you were unable to attend the part 1 session – ‘What is the MYP’ – which gives you basic understanding of the MYP concepts, please make sure to register for the next one coming up on January 22. The part 2 – Appyling the MYP will also be repeated on January 29.

What is the MYP (Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.

  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
 Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper: mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org