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MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

Colt Nickel

Middle School Science

​B.S. Geology (minor Zoology) – University of Oklahoma, United States
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - American College of Education, United States
M.Ed. Educational Leadership - American College of Education, United States

 

Greetings! I am honored and excited as I begin this new epoch of my life as a Science teacher at Berkeley. I hail from the plains of Oklahoma but come way of passage of the great state of Washington, home of the Missoula Floods and Columbia River. With a major in Paleontology and a focus in Digital Literacy, along with my spouse and offspring with a Y genetic marker, I’m sure this new venture will be as much of a learning experience for me as the one I will provide for the students at Berkeley International School. I am hopeful this experience will become an index layer of my professional and personal life.

James Glewwe

Middle School Social Studies

B.A. in Social Studies Education - University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

M.A. in Teaching American History and Government - Ashland University, USA

Greetings! I’m James Glewwe and I am so thrilled to be the middle school Social Studies teacher at Berkeley. I was born and raised in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I have been teaching secondary social studies since 2013. I spent two years teaching in Houston, TX and then moved to Minneapolis, MN where I taught for 6 years. I love teaching social studies because it helps students build literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills, as well as an understanding of how past and current events, ideas, and people impact their world. When not in the classroom, I love to watch and play sports, try new restaurants around the city, travel, and relax with my wife and our three cats at home. 

Danielle Glewwe

High School English

B.A in Teaching Communicate Arts/Literature -  University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

M.A Education - Concordia University, USA

Hello! My name is Danielle, and I’m very excited to be teaching high school English at Berkeley! I’m originally from Fargo, ND, but consider Minneapolis, MN to be my home.  I’m very excited to be trading in frigid winters for Thailand’s sunny skies. I have been teaching middle and high school English Language Arts since 2013, and I feel very lucky to have found my dream job. These students are our futures, and I feel very fortunate to play a small role in helping them find their path forward. I love working with students, and encouraging them to find themselves in literature and words.

Outside of teaching, I love exploring and trying new things! I don’t like to sit still! I am very passionate about theatre, running, cooking, eating, traveling, reading, and spending time with my husband and our cats. Can’t wait to meet everyone and have a great year! 

Stef Edmisson Mirjah

High School Science

Hi!  I’m Stef Edmisson Mirjah, and I am thrilled to be teaching Biology and Chemistry here at Berkeley! I grew up in a small town in the midwestern USA, and attended college in Wooster, Ohio, where I studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in History.  Soon after graduating I moved to New York City, where I taught high school Biology for four years, before moving to Seattle and teaching Biology and Chemistry for 5 years! 

 

My favorite things in the world are science (especially cells), baking (yeast is amazing), and going on adventures with my husband and our dog Yoshi!  Although my dog is named after a Mario character, my one true video game love is the Legend of Zelda, and I have played every Zelda game released! Additionally, I’m a massive fan of D&D, and I run a game for a group of my friends, and one for my family!  I can’t wait to get to know all of you and discover so many exciting things about the world around us through SCIENCE!!!!

Jasmine Tyler

Middle School Language Arts

B.A. Literary Studies - Granite State College, USA

M.Ed. English Education - Plymouth State University, USA

Hi, I’m Jasmine and I’m very excited to be joining Berkeley. I’m originally from northern NH, but moved abroad in 2011 to teach in the UAE, and most recently, in Egypt. Teaching English is a passion of mine and I love exploring how texts, time periods, and culture teach us more about the world. I’ve had a special focus in my education in encouraging students to find their voices in writing,  as they become both better communicators and more self-aware. When I’m not teaching, I like to travel, explore beaches, read, and catch up with family and friends. 

Sabrina Ellis

High School Math

B.S. in Mathematics Education - Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA

Hi there! I’m Sabrina, and I am so happy to be part of the Berkeley community! I enjoy sharing my love of mathematics with my students, and love watching them become problem solvers. I am originally from a small town in Utah. I spent the first two years of my career teaching high school math in Utah, and then relished in Hawaii as a high school math teacher for another five years. Because of my rich college experience in attending such a diverse school, I have realized the importance of international communities. I have become a more humbled, and flexible person. I am a people person, and love learning about other people and cultures. I feel that my philosophy for teaching has changed and developed over the years, and I have really come to adapt the mantra of the growth mindset. One of my favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” I look forward to new challenges in teaching, and gaining more experiences through teaching in our international community here at Berkeley. Last but not least, I have a great love for my family and the outdoors. I love spending my free time adventuring outside with my son, and my husband. I love the water, and would spend all of my time at the beach, pools, lakes or rivers, if I could!

Shobhit Pathak

High School Science/Math

Graduate Diploma in Teaching – St. Theresa International College, Thailand

Bachelor of Science – Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna University, India

Hi, I am Shobhit Pathak and I have been teaching science and maths at middle and high school level for the last 14 years. I was born in Meerut, India and grew up in the beautiful valley of Dehradun, India. I moved to Thailand in 2011 and have driven all around the country since then and loved each and every part of it. I enjoy reading and cycling in my free time.

I love working at Berkeley International School due to the friendly atmosphere here with colleagues and students. I became a teacher as I relish the responsibility of teaching young adults and enjoy challenging them so they find new boundaries for themselves. I had always worked in boarding schools before moving to Thailand and that allows me to see individuals before I see them as students. Students in international schools offer unique challenges and opportunities and I am sure I will learn while teaching as I always have.

Steven Riss

High School Social Studies

Masters in Business Management - University of Colorado at Denver, USA

Bachelors in Sociology - University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

My name is Steven and I was born and raised in the great state of Colorado!  I have been teaching internationally since 2014, including a previous stint of four years in Phuket, where I met my wife.  We are happy to call Thailand our home and love the charm of its people.  I have taught World Geography, AP Human Geography, Sociology, World History, Ancient Civilizations, US History, Comparative Government, Economics, American Literature, Language Arts and Composition, in addition to also writing curriculum for a school in Shanghai.  Before my time as an educator, I worked for Apple, and then worked in finance, before finally owning a small construction business that specialized in home remodels.  In my spare time I enjoy watching and playing sports, traveling and visiting Bangkok’s best restaurants.  

Chase Holmes

Middle School Math

​Bachelors in Education - University of Memphis, United States

 

My name is Chase Holmes and I love working at Berkeley International School.  I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and having taught for several years in the American education system, decided to combine my love of teaching and travel. I love coming up with new ideas and ways to help students understand the many concepts of math. In my spare time, I love to travel and see what the world has to offer, and being based in Bangkok is perfect for this!

Jill Vinson

High School Language Arts

​Hello, and sawadee-ka! My name is Jill and I'm thrilled to be a part of the dynamic team at Berkeley International School. I'm a nomad by nature, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; then I lived in South Carolina after earning my BA and MAT from Clemson University (Go Tigers!). I taught English and Spanish there for three years, and afterwards embarked my journey as an international educator in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where I've been living and teaching for the past seven years. I have a passion for travel and believe in seeing as much of the world as possible; learning is a lifelong endeavor and I love to explore new cultures. I firmly believe that every place has something unique to offer and every person has something important to teach. I bring that philosophy to my classroom where I love to give my students opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other. As a teacher of language and literature, I strive to bring real-world relevance of texts out into the light for students to explore. When I'm not in a classroom or boarding an airplane, you'll either find me in a cozy chair with a book and a cup of coffee or else in the kitchen cooking up something tasty.   

Jana Roberts

High School Social Studies

BA History - Georgia College and State University, USA

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

Hello, I am Jana from Georgia. Being from a small town outside of Atlanta, I had to learn about history and the beauty of the world through books. So after university, I was overjoyed to learn about the world firsthand. My journey took me to South Korea where I lived for three years. I developed a love of kimchi, hiking, and I met my wonderful husband. We moved to sunny Thailand in 2013. Since being here, I have had three beautiful children, and have adopted a fair few furry friends. I’ve taught secondary students for over 10 years. I am so fortunate to be able to share my love of culture, history, and diversity with my students. I am very excited to join the Berkeley community!