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SPECIALIST TEAM

James Carlin

Secondary Music Director

​Masters in Music and Human Learning- The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Bachelors of Instrumental Music Education - Troy University, USA

My name is Jay Carlin, and I am the secondary music teacher at Berkeley. I have been teaching music since 2006, and have freelanced as a songwriter and music producer for more than 10 years. In addition to assisting other musicians and students record and produce their own songs, I am a songwriter with original music distributed through Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. I grew up in a military family, living in 10 different states and 3 different countries during my lifetime, including living in Bangkok since 2012. I believe everyone has the ability to be creative and musical, and so my passion is guiding people to discover their own inner creative voice through music!

Chonlathip Boonthue

Physical Education

Bachelor of Physical Education, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Master of Education Administration, Pathumthani University, Thailand

 

Hello! My name is Chonlathip Boonthue and you could call me ‘Ms.Sauce’.

I am very pleased and proud to be part of the Berkeley family.

In my past experiences, I was a government physical education teacher in primary and secondary levels for 5 years in the Chaiyaphum province.

Then, I decided to move back to Bangkok and join Berkeley community. I have received many great experiences and enjoy the opportunity to learn new things.

I love Berkeley’s beautiful environment, all the kids and kind-hearted colleagues. Everyday, I am so happy to wake up and go to work at Berkeley.

This is my first year to work as a kindergarten physical education teacher; I am so excited to teach my students. 

I can’t wait to see their smiles and lots of happiness. Roar, Berkeley Lions!

Erin Jinks

Creative Arts

​Bachelor of Arts, Art Education - University of Georgia, USA

 

Hello everyone! My name is Erin Jinks and I am from Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. My journey abroad began in high school, volunteering in Mexico, building schools and teaching English. In university, I worked with non-profits using art as therapy. Later, I moved to Costa Rica for 2 years where I taught art and music at a K-12 American-International school. Since 2012, Bangkok has been my home where I am married to a Thai man and have been teaching at an International school.

 

From pottery to jewellery and photography to print-making, there is a medium and method for everyone and I want to help children of all ages express their creativity in the classroom. I look forward to getting to know the Berkeley Lion family this year as we make art together! 

Sarah Nickel

Secondary Learning Support

B.S. Special Education – University of Oklahoma, United States
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - American College of Education, United States 

Hello! I am a member of the Berkeley Learning Success team, focusing on the middle school students. My vision as an educator is to empower diverse and unique learners to recognize and reach their highest potential as global citizens. I believe this can be done through open communication and intentional collaboration with staff, students, and families. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Boomer Sooner! Prior to moving to Bangkok, I lived in Washington state teaching special education and providing professional development across the district. Joining me on this adventure are my husband and son. As a family, we are excited to explore Thailand and be active members of the Berkeley Lion community.

Lacey Casanova

Learning Support

CA Education Specialist Instruction Credential - Saint Mary’s College of California, USA

M.A. - Interdisciplinary Studies - Northern Kentucky University, USA & University of Victoria, Canada

B.A. - Theatre Arts - Northern Kentucky University, USA ​& University of Cape Town, South Africa

 

Hello, I’m Lacey, and I am part of the Learning Support team here at Berkeley International. For nearly two decades I’ve been supporting and empowering young people of all ages and backgrounds to become the best versions of themselves, and I’m thrilled to be continuing this important work at BIS!  

Michael Strunk

Physical Education

​Radford University
University of Saint Mary

 

I was born in Washington D.C and was raised just outside the city in Virginia.  From a young age I knew that my passion would always be in sport.   I grew up as a swimmer and played basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and American football. I came to Berkeley to build a competitive sport program and spread my love of physical activity to the Berkeley community. Bangkok has been my home for over 10 years and I really like the endless summers and quality of life here in Thailand.  My hobbies are spending time with my beautiful wife and kids, hiking, riding motorcycles and playing cricket.  I enjoy every minute I spend on this campus and look forward to seeing all the smiling faces when I walk through the school gates.  My job is the best in the world and I am very proud to be a member of the Berkeley family, We Are Berkeley!

Chrisitne Archer

Theater & Performing Arts

​B.A. Drama and Physical Theatre - St Mary's University, UK.

BTEC in Performance (Musical Theatre) - Kingston College, UK.

 

Hello Berkeley Lions! My name is Christine and I am so excited to be at Berkeley. I have always been in love with performing arts from a young age, taking part in any musical I could! I have performed in some  great shows, such as: Annie, Sound of Music and West Side Story. While living in Dubai, I was lucky enough to share the stage with actors from the West End in the production's of Hairspray and High School Musical 1&2. I hope to instill the same love for Drama into my students by creating a fun, creative and collaborative classroom. Let's get our jazz hands ready! 

Ron Van Zelst

Information Technology

​B.A. Music Production - Wolverhampton University, UK

 

Hi! I’m Ron, and I have been part of the Berkeley family for many years now since my wife Amy started as Mandarin teacher in 2013. I’ve been actively involved in many projects at Berkeley and started working full-time as a theater tech and music department support technician in Berkeley 2018. 

I come from a creative technology background which has always been my passion. I started really getting into computers when I found out how I could use them for creative purposes and it resulted in working as a music producer for various record companies for many years. In the Netherlands I used to handle the IT and video side at a foundation for local history education throughout the country. 

In 2019 I  also started teaching coding at Berkeley’s elementary school and am excited  to now get the opportunity to further share my knowledge with the creative kids at Berkeley in my upcoming IT/Design and Berkeley TV classes.

Courtney Lynch

Elementary Learning Support

​Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Social Science from Keene State College, USA

Hello! My name is Courtney Lynch and I´m very excited to join the Learning Support team at Berkeley International School. Throughout my four years in college and eight years in South Korea and Thailand, I have worked with many different children, varying in ages and backgrounds. Before coming to Thailand I spent two years teaching elementary and middle school English in South Korea. Then, in 2013, I moved to Thailand and continued my teaching career. I worked for five years at prominent international schools in Bangkok before transitioning to Berkeley International School. I love motivating children to be critical thinkers, be excited about learning, working both independently and in groups to create a fun learning environment.

Naun Luna

Physical Education

​Graduate Diploma of Physical Education  - Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan, Honduras

 

Hello! My name is Naun, and I am so happy to have the opportunity and honor to teach PE to the Future Champs of Berkeley International School. I have been teaching PE since 2002. I have had the opportunity to teach PE in Honduras for ten years and four years in Egypt. I am looking forward to challenging students to use critical thinking skills to solve problems, build social skills and self responsibility through a rigorous physical education program that will provide students with the knowledge and skills to enjoy athletics. I grew up having the opportunity to practice many sports and outdoor activities, which lead me to my passion for Physical Education. I hope to inspire my students to pursue their passions. My wife (Kelly Taylor Gr.1), son and myself love visiting beaches and we look forward to visiting the beaches of Thailand!

Michael Brantley

Librarian

​Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies  University of South Carolina

Master of Library and Information Science  University of South Carolina

Master of Arts in Teaching  University of South Carolina

 

I enjoy working with our students, teachers, and staff here at Berkeley. I think that our Berkeley family is a great group with a positive attitude. I enjoy reading to elementary classes and helping students to find the just right book.  I like to see enthusiastic students like ours. Our Middle School and High School students also enjoy using our library resources. They have dedicated teachers who help them to focus on reading.  

My wife and I both like living here in Thailand. We are fascinated by the Thai culture and enjoy the kind hearts of the Thai people. The Thai language is very difficult and I’ve been studying it since I arrived in Thailand. I am always appreciative of the Thais who try to help me with the language. Whether I’m in the market buying fruit or taking a motorcycle taxi at the head of my soi, I have noticed that Thais are always patient and take the time to listen to me and to try to understand me.

Kristine Watson

Elementary Learning Support

​B.A. Business Administration, Washington State University - United States

M.S.Ed. Elementary Reading and Mathematics, Walden University - United States

 

Hello! My name is Kristine Watson, and I am thrilled to be joining Berkeley International School as an Elementary Learning Success teacher. My family has lived in Bangkok for several years and love the vibrant city along with the beautiful beaches and other picturesque destinations in Thailand. We have a special fondness for Berkeley as our two children attend and enjoy the close-knit, warm community that Berkeley exudes. Each and every child is unique, and we as educators must appreciate this gift and encourage the diversity that each student brings to the classroom.  

 

I look forward to getting to know the students and families this year! Go Lions!

Kobus Roux

Elementary Drama

Bachelor of Arts (TESOL) from Siam Technology College

 

Hello everybody, I am Kobus! I am very excited to be part of the Berkeley Team and part of this amazing school! I will be teaching G1 and G2 Drama as well as overseeing the High School Language Lab. I have been living in Thailand for nearly five years, but I am originally from South Africa. I started my teaching career as an English Teacher but am looking forward to immersing myself in the diverse facets of such an incredible international school. I enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds and find joy in seeing them develop into independent, ambitious and enthusiastic learners. During my free time I like to play rugby, make some noise on my guitar and recently became a certified scuba diver! Ready to Rock!!

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