THAI & MANDARIN TEAM
Dr. Rattana Chanruam (Aoy)
Thai Coordinator & Thai Studies
Bachelor of Education Thai and Counseling Psychology - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Master's Educational Administration - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Hello! My name is Rattana Chanruam. I’m delighted to be starting my fifth year as a part of the Berkeley community. I have been teaching in a British International school for 8 years, and am excited about continuing the American model of instruction. I believe in learning by doing and plan my lessons around student inquiry. In addition to my teaching experience, I was formerly a researcher for the Project of Ministry of Education, “Brain-Based Learning”. I also was a volunteer teacher in Los Angeles, CA. Now I am pleased to be named the Thai Coordinator and instructor at Berkeley. Berkeley, cheers!
Krittika Rupraman (PuiFai)
Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education - Majoring in Thai language teaching - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Hello! My name is Pui Fai and I am originally from Bangkok. I have had a two-year experience teaching the Thai language to Thai secondary students and have spent two years and a half abroad in Japan conducting Thai classes for international university students.
Missing spicy food and international school atmosphere brought me to Berkeley!
I love the diversity in the classroom where students can share ideas and learn things together with respect. The classroom where full of fun and activities are waiting for my students.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy baking, cooking, and eating. I am looking forward to meeting you all this school year. Be ready and let’s enjoy learning Thai together!
Metavadee (Kate) Duangkaew
Bachelor of Education (Art Education) Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Hello! Sawasdee ka! My name is Metavadee Duangkaew or you can call me “Kate”. I’m pleased to be part of the Berkeley team as a Thai Teacher for Kindergarten. I graduated from the Education Faculty of Chulalongkorn University. Berkeley International School is my first place in Thailand that I choose to start my work life, but here is not my first year of teaching experience. Before I start my job here, I was and a trainee teacher at Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Elementary school and Triam Udom Suksa School a year before graduated. After that, I was an instructor at the Heavenly Children's Adventure Center in California, United States. Until now I have teaching experience 4 years already and most of my teaching experience has been with children ages 3-10 years old. I will try to do my best to create my class enjoyable and safe for all of my students to reach their full potential. Teaching students is not only my job, it's my PASSION. Their smiles are my HAPPINESS. We are Berkeley Lions! Hear us roar!
Yaowamal Poolkijwattana (Rung)
Bachelor degree in Education (Major in Thai teaching and Non-formal education)
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Hello !! My name is Yaowamal Poolkijwattana, You also can call me Ms.Rung. I am very glad to be a part of the Berkeley team. I was a volunteer teacher to teach the Thai language and Thai Culture at Houston and Maryland, USA. I had experienced teaching the Thai language at a Thai government school and an International school in Thailand as well. I love teaching and I’m happy when my students are happy to learn Thai with me. I will try my best to be a good instructor at Berkeley international school.
Mandarin Chair / Mandarin Studies
Bachelor of Law, Harbin Engineering University
Master of Law, School of Law, Shandong University
Graduate diploma in Teaching, St. Theresa International College
Hello! I am Amy Liu, Mandarin Chair and Elementary School Mandarin teacher. I am from Qingdao, China and have been working at Berkeley since 2012. Wow 8 years and I love it! I also have 4 years of experience teaching Mandarin in Satit Kaset Thailand along with 2 years of teaching Law in China.
Mandarin equips students to participate more actively in the global community and to be more adaptable in an ever-changing world. The aim of the Berkeley Mandarin Program is to provide opportunities for students to acquire Mandarin language skills, as well as gain knowledge of the Chinese culture. I hope to teach students how a "local" would communicate ideas and practices by creating a fun, engaging and interactive classroom. Looking forward to seeing more students join our Mandarin program!
Bachelor of Elementary Education - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Sawasdee ka :) I’m Ms. Thayika. I graduated from the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University. Before moving to Berkeley, I was a trainee teacher at Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Elementary school and Mater Dei Institute a year before graduating. So Berkeley is my first place of work and this year is going to be my fifth year as a Thai teacher here. I’m really proud to be a part of Berkeley. I do love teaching students and always try to create a classroom environment that suits for learning Thai language and cultures. Although the Thai language is hard to learn, I will try my best to let all of my students reach their full potential and have fun in my class. We are Berkeley Lions! Hear us roar!
Bachelors Degree in English Language and Literature , Shandong University
Bachelors Degree in Education, Shandong University
Masters Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Shandong University
Nihao, my name is Yan Wang and I am the MS & HS school Mandarin teacher. I'm from Jining, China, a famous historical and cultural city, and the hometown of Confucius. I have been living and teaching in Bangkok since 2011, and started to work at Berkeley in the year 2016. Before moving to Berkeley International School, I taught Mandarin at Eastern Asia University for three years and at Kasetsart University for two years. I wanted to be a teacher because it's a lot of fun interacting with the students, learning with them, and open a new perspective on the world around them by learning a new language and culture.