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KINDERGARTEN TEAM

Jessica Melton

Kindergarten 1 

B.A Integrative Studies: Organizational Administration, Minor in Consciousness and Transformation - George Mason University, USA

Postgraduate Certification in K-3 Education, Moreland University, USA

M.Ed Teaching Multilingual Learners, Moreland University, USA

 

Hi everyone! My name is Jess and I am originally from Northern Virginia. I have been living in Thailand since 2016 and am so excited to join the Berkely family this year! I started my teaching journey in Thailand in a rural town called Pranburi, but eventually made my way up to Bangkok for the fast paced lifestyle. Although I’ve joined the K1 team as a homeroom teacher, I have experience both as an Early Years Art Specialist, and an Early Years EAL Specialist. I believe in creating a learning environment that is inclusive, culturally responsive, and child-led. I am looking forward to collaborating with you all to make sure each child’s thoughts, ideas, and interests are heard and explored. Outside of the classroom, I have lots of hobbies! I like to make music, play sports, learn Thai, make art, eat spicy food, read, and travel to new places.

Tara Savage

Kindergarten 3

Bachelor's in Music and Religious Studies - Hartwick College, United States
Master's in International Education - Framingham State University, United States

 

Hello everyone, I'm very happy to have joined the Berkeley team! I love the diverse backgrounds of all of the students! This is such an exciting place to work!
I am originally from the United States, but Asia has been my home for many years. Most of my teaching experience has been with kindergarteners and Pre-K students; however, I have taught primary aged children as well.
As a mother of three children (all born in Thailand!), I understand how children grow and interact. I can also connect with each of you as a parent, and understand your concerns and interests. I will aim to make school an enjoyable and safe place for your children. Please say hi to me, I would love to meet you!  

Lauren Wellbourne

Kindergarten 2

​Masters in International Education - Framingham State University, United States

B.A. (Hons) Marketing and Advertising - University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
 

Hi! I'm Lauren Welbourne, a K2 Homeroom Teacher at Berkeley. I’m from the UK and have been living in Thailand since 2015, working at International Schools as a Homeroom Teacher and Early Years Headteacher. My true passion is teaching, every day and every student is unique and presents an opportunity to learn and grow. I adopt a student-led approach, encouraging children to learn through hands-on experiences that incorporate the natural world whenever possible. I strive to make learning engaging and fun, whilst students develop their independence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. In my spare time, I like to run, hike, do crafts and travel. I’m a dedicated educator and it’s a privilege to be part of the Berkeley community, guiding young minds at the beginning of their learning journey.

Bridget Dangel

Kindergarten 3

Hello!  I am Bridget Dangel and I am the K3 Homeroom teacher at Berkeley International School. I have been teaching since 1999.  My teaching experience has granted me the opportunity to teach children ages 2-10 over the years and I am truly thrilled to be teaching K3 this year.  Along with teaching I have been Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal and operated my own Private Preschool/ Elementary school in the States.  I grew up in Canada and spent 21 years in America.  My family has travelled extensively and we are so happy to call Bangkok home.  My three children all love being in Thailand and they are excited to attend school at Berkeley.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, swimming, paddleboarding, running, and gardening.  I am a passionate and dedicated teacher and I feel fortunate to be a part of the Berkeley community.  

Bela Geddis

Kindergarten 2

Bachelor of Elementary Education and Special Education - St. Scholastica's College                 

Hello!  My name is Bela Geddis and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach my favorite grade level, Kindergarten, and join the reputable Berkeley Community. I have been teaching for the past 7 years, with experiences in learning support, early childhood PE, and early childhood music & movement. I am looking forward to teaching Kindergarten and encouraging skillful creativity and fostering curiosity. I love teaching young kids as they keep me energetic, passionate and happy!  I am beyond excited to explore the fascinating city of Bangkok, as well as the vast nature and culture of Thailand. I am looking forward to a fruitful school year! 

Ursula Davies

Pre-Kindergarten

Bachelor of Teaching - Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia.

Bachelor of Education - Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia.

Masters in International Education - Melbourne University, Victoria, Australia - 2020-21.

Reading Recovery Teacher - Victorian Department of Education, Australia.

ESL in the Mainstream - Adelaide, Education Department, South Australia & Amman, Jordan.

 

Hi, my name is Ursula Davies, and I am the Pre-K Teacher. I have been teaching full-time since 1997. I love teaching and leading because it's the personal moments, laughter, sincerity, the unexpected that keeps me on my toes. I strive to be a positive role-model and I believe in validating my student's and staff's own uniqueness whenever the opportunity arises. I am an Australian citizen and my husband is Welsh. Our children and grandchildren live in Wales, in the UK.  I hold an extensive international travel background, one that I find I am relaxed with and I appreciate working and living amongst diverse cultures. I am passionate about helping internationally displaced people & refugees, protecting animals, and promoting education in regards to sustainability initiatives/projects. My experiences range from being a Primary Teacher, Team Leader, IB PYP Coordinator and Acting Head of Primary. I have taught in Australia and in countries such as the United Kingdom, South America, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and my last posting, in Iraq.