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Ashley Peek


​Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - American College of Education


My name is Ashley Peek and I am the Headmaster at Berkeley. I was born in Virginia, raised in Texas, and have lived in Thailand for quite a while, now. I have been at Berkeley since it opened, initially as an elementary teacher, then as a secondary teacher, and now as a school administrator. It has been so rewarding watching the school grow and change over the years, and I look forward to helping it continue to improve in the future.


JP Casanova

Secondary Principal

Masters of Arts in Educational Administration- San Francisco State University, USA

Bachelor of Arts in History- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA

CA Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Studies- Chapman University, USA

CA Administrative Credential- San Francisco State University, USA


Hello, my name is John-Paul but people call me JP. For the last decade I’ve been a high school administrator at two very unique public high schools in California. However, I began my career as a social studies teacher. I loved the classroom but found my second love was working with other teachers to develop curriculum. After a few years I transitioned into the role of district Instructional Technology Coordinator. I worked with teachers on how to integrate technology into their classrooms. After a few years I took on the added responsibility of school administration in an affluent school for 7 years then an urban high needs school for the last four years. This is my first time working abroad and I’m excited to bring my family to Berkeley.​

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Elizabeth Frantz-Larson

Social & Emotional Counselor

Social and Emotional Counselor

B.A.  in Psychology - Arizona State University, USA

M.ED in International Education - Framingham State University, USA

Hello, I’m Elle and I am so excited to be part of the Berkeley family as the Social and Emotional Counselor. I have lived in Thailand since 2011 with my husband, Eric, and we consider this place our home. I have also worked as a counselor, mentor, educator and yoga teacher in the USA. I have studied mindfulness and yoga since I was 16 and love to share this practice as it has helped me grow in my own life. I love to read, learn and talk with others about life and believe taking care of ourselves, both physically and mentally, is very important. My door is always open with an empathic ear and open mind. I am so looking forward to getting to know everyone this year!

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Dr. Ying Sangwilai Charuwatee

Thai Director

B.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Chulalongkorn University
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Chulalongkorn University
Ed.D. Educational Studies, Rangsit University


Sa-wad-dee-ka, hello everyone. My name is Dr. Sangwilai Charuwatee or Ms. Ying.

I have my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education from Chulalongkorn University, as well as Education Doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction. 

My experiences in working in international schools inspires me to always develop better learning and teaching experiences for our beloved children. I believe in Berkeley's vision “We inspire excellence and responsibility.”  Our students are expected to work their best to become EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS, INDEPENDENT LEARNERS, GLOBAL CITIZENS in worldwide community. All staff will make sure that we support our students the best we can to establish in these expectations!

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Emily Foster

Academic & College Counselor

Academic and College Counselor

B.S. Communication, Journalism - Appalachian State University, USA

M.S. School Counseling - Mercer University, USA

Certificate in College Counseling - UCLA, USA

Hello! My name is Emily Foster, and I am excited to be the Academic and College Counselor at Berkeley! I grew up in North Carolina, and some of my favorite memories are of attending college in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. I have worked with students both as a college admissions counselor and a school-based counselor in the United States. In 2017, I made a huge change and moved to China to pursue a counseling job at an American international school. My favorite part of academic and college counseling is helping students discover their strengths and interests while exploring various postsecondary options. In my free time, I enjoy getting outdoors and staying active. I love to run, hike, play tennis, and explore any destination with a beach!


Jake Varley

Primary Principal

Bachelor of Primary Education
Master in Public Administration

My name is Jake Varley and I am proud to be part of the Berkeley team! Born on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, and having worked in international schools in South Africa, China and the Philippines, it is a privilege to live in such a beautiful country with amazing people. I consider it an honor to combine my passion for education with my love of traveling, and am constantly inspired by the places I visit, and the people I meet. I am excited to be able to play a central role in the growth of Berkeley and see it as my mission to help the school reach its formidable potential.  


Karen Hendren

Curriculum Coordinator

Masters of Education Administration - Endicott University - Madrid, Spain

Bachelor of Elementary Education - Oklahoma State University

Hello Everyone! I have been working at Berkeley since 2015 and have loved every second of it! I have had the opportunity to work in both the elementary and kindergarten divisions. It has been such a joy to be in the classroom watching our bright students grow and develop everyday. I am thrilled to work as Curriculum Coordinator to not only continue working with our students but also working closely with our staff to push ourselves to make Berkeley the best it can be! In my free time I like to get outside- ride bikes, play softball and tennis. I also enjoy a good doodle session on my ipad creating different kinds of print materials. I am looking forward to another great year at Berkeley!