Faculty

David Miller

Director and Secondary Principal

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

MA Education Administration 20 16

I have more than 30 years’ experience in K-12 schools, with twenty of those years spent internationally.  My teaching and administrative experience has been split almost evenly.  I hold a BA, MA, and four years’ work toward a PhD at Stanford University (not completed), all in the educational field.  I have worked in both large and small schools, and in both boarding and day schools. I am currently certified in mathematics and political science, along with an administrative credential in education. This is my 7th year at Yangon Academy. Prior to joining Yangon Academy, I was a grade 6 mathematics teacher and department chair in Korea (Jeju-do).  Before that I was the HS principal for nine years in a large Catholic school in Bangkok.As you can see I’m fairly versatile, and I hope all this experience and formal training will make for a high level of contributing support for students, parents, and teachers — particularly as we continue to celebrate the prior and current successes of Yangon Academy, while moving into greater future accomplishments.  I’m very happy to be here and a part of Yangon Academy.

Mike Gordon

Assistant Secondary Principal

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

M.Ed. 28

As I begin my third year as Yangon Academy’s secondary school assistant principal, I am more excited than ever to start the school year!  For our new students and parents, please know I am an American national and, for the past 28 years, I have been a school teacher, multi-sport coach, and administrator in independent schools throughout the state of Massachusetts.  After earning an undergraduate degree from Villanova University in History and a graduate degree from Boston College in Educational Administration, my career has been characterized by a diversity of educational leadership roles, but with always a student-centered focus.  From serving students and families in an inner-city neighborhood to serving stakeholders in independent boarding and day schools I, like my colleagues at Yangon Academy, have enthusiastically worn the “many hats” of an educator.

As we begin the 2019-20 school year, I am eager to build upon the school’s many successes and to serve our exemplary students and dedicated parents in the realization of Yangon Academy’s inspiring Mission and Vision.

Aaron Mayo

Counselor

Highest Degree Years (teaching experience)
M.A. in International Education 6

My name is Aaron Mayo and I am originally from a small town in Minnesota called Saint Peter. I received my B.A. in Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2009, and then my M.A. in International Education from Concordia University – Irvine in 2014. I have taught English in Korea and China, and I worked as a College Counselor at a Beijing Number 80 High School in Beijing, China. I have also worked in the U.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Richland as an International Student Affairs Coordinator and as an International Admissions Counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

My family life consists of one younger sister who has a big family of her own, and two loving parents who I really hope I can get to come visit me in Yangon. I really enjoy playing and watching basketball with my friends as well as traveling and taking pictures. Recently, I have been getting into biking and exercising a bit more than I typically do. I have never been to Myanmar, and I am really looking forward to learning more about the people, the culture and the food! At Yangon Academy, I am particularly eager to help YA students identify personal and career goals, as well as help students get into their dream school! Something I am really looking forward to is coaching basketball! I have coached at the high school and university level and I am eager to coach again. So much to look forward to! Go Wolves!

Robert Powers

Curriculum Coordinator

Highest Degree Years (teaching experience)
M.A. in International Education 22

My name is Robert Powers and I will be the Curriculum Coordinator at Yangon Academy. I also will be teaching 7th and 10th grade English.  I cannot express how excited my son and I are to be returning to Yangon Academy.  I have taught American curriculum and IB Programme at international schools for 22 years in Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Taiwan and Indonesia, and India.  But I have never had the opportunity to work in Myanmar.  This is truly thrilling for my sons, Danny, Alex, and myself to be in Yangon.

Before I became a teacher, I was a US Navy Musician. We performed on saxophone throughout the Philippines, Australia and other Asian countries as “Ambassadors of Good Will.”  I hold a BA in film composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston and an MFA in creative Writing from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Man Yee Lee

HS Mathematics

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Master Degree in Mathematics and Education 13

Lee Man Yee has joined the Yangon Academy International School since August 2017. She is originally from Hong Kong. The Bachelor degree she obtained is at the University of Hong Kong majoring in Mathematics. She has been working as a Mathematics teacher for over 10 years after taking a Postgraduate of Diploma in Education in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Having studied a Master degree in Mathematics and Education, she traveled for one year discovering more than 20 countries and worked as volunteer in Nepal and India. Yangon Academy International School is her second school she has worked at overseas following Morocco. Meeting new people, learning new cultures and new language are what she is passionate about.

Susan Omernik

MS Mathematics

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Mathematics minor 27

I have 27 years of teaching experience, mostly teaching math in 6th-9th grades. Algebra is my favorite, and I thoroughly enjoy connecting it to real life for students. I have an MS in Curriculum and Instruction with a Math minor. I have some classes towards a PhD in Math Education, but, I had to choose between traveling and finishing the degree, and I’ve temporarily chosen traveling. I taught for many years in the U.S., then two years in Egypt and two years in Malaysia.

I am from Oregon, so I really enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking and trekking.

I am looking forward to starting my fourth year at Yangon Academy, and I continue to enjoy the culture, people and nature in Myanmar.

Michelle Dunham

Science and Mathematics Teacher

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Bachelor of Science in Education 14+

Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly appointed secondary math and science teacher at Yangon Academy. I have a Bachelor of Science in education and have 30+ hours of graduate credit. I have more than 14 years of experience in math and science education. I anticipate that I will be able to contribute highly to helping students meet their curriculum goals, and provide them with a wider view of perception of these subject areas. Since I have taught students ranging from grades 6 through 12, I am well aware of all levels of education, and can quite comfortably incorporate technology into regular lessons. I have been teaching in the Philippines for the last three years and 11 years in the United States before that.  I love to read, travel and practice yoga. I look forward to meeting all of you individually while learning the ropes so that my transition into the system is as smooth as possible.

Marsha Lea Woodward

HS Language Arts

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Master of Science School Counciling 20

My name is Lea Woodward, and I am entering my 20 years of teaching, of which, the past eight have been in international postings.  I have taught grades 6 – 12, and I have held numerous roles both as a teacher and in leadership positions. Besore Yangon, I was in Monterrey, Mexico as the Gifted/Talented Learning Specialist with grades; 6-9.

My guiding principles include encouraging student choice, creating an environment of authentic learning, and helping students feel comfortable enough to participate and share their results with a public audience. I feel that it is important for students to understand that learning is a dynamic, exciting and, often, a surprising process!

Edmund Thayer

MS Language Arts

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

BA in English Literature, Pitzer College, California 10

My name is Edmund Thayer, and I’ve been teaching for over 6 years in the US and South Korea. I received my BA from Pitzer College in California, where I studied English literature and filmmaking. My specialty is in creative writing. I believe that reading and writing are the foundations of a good education. I want to help my students develop their writing skills so that they can find their own unique voice.

I am originally from Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in the Sonoran Desert, and have always had a love for wildlife and nature. Some things I enjoy include writing and illustrating comics, running long distances, card games, and board games.

Anna Naddeo

MS Language Arts

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

BA in English Literature, Southern Illinois University, Illinois 10

My name is Anna. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.A. in English Literature. My teaching experiences include teaching in after-school programs, public schools, and language academies. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States when I was two years old. In 2009, I returned to Korea, where I realized my passion for working with children of all ages. After teaching in Korea for six years, I spent this past year as the bilingual instructor at an elementary school and high school in the south of Spain. It is with great happiness that I return to Asia once again.

I come from a household of many ethnicities, so I enjoy celebrating and discovering new cultures and customs. I can’t wait to teach again and learn from the staff and students at Yangon Academy. This is my third year at Yangon Academy. In my free time, I enjoy watching documentaries, traveling, writing poetry, reading books, and playing the flute. What do you do in your free time? I would love to hear about it.

Gordon Ricketts

High School Social Studies

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

B.S.MBA in International Management 13+ 1+

I have over 13 years of teaching experience in K-12 schools in USA. In addition, I spent 6 years teaching English in Tokyo, Japan. I have taught in Metro, Atlanta. I have taught in high schools in Savannah, Georgia and in Metro Atlanta. I am certified to teach Economics/ Business and German/ English. Regarding my formal training, I hold a B.S. MBA in International Management. Prior to teaching, I worked with Siemens in the USA and with a BASF/ Siemens joint venture in Mannheim, Germany.

Before joining Yangon Academy, I was an AP Economics and Business teacher for an International School in Yangon. With my international work experience, I look forward to working with my students at Yangon Academy. I feel very fortunate to be a part of Yangon Academy!

David Rowland

Social Studies

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

M.A. 22+ 3

My name is David Rowland-an American national- and since 1989, I’ve been teaching a variety of subjects in a variety of different locals, accumulating 21 years of teaching experience in the process. This is my fourth year at YA.

After completing a B.A. in Education, I started teaching special Needs in my home state of Kentucky while working on an M.A. in history & political science. After finishing my M.A., I taught U.S. history and political science course at community college and started a Ph.D. on the History of the South (dissertation incomplete). I also taught World Civilization courses as part of my assistantship, being very active – as president of Phi Alpha Theta-writing and presenting papers at academic conferences.

In 2003, I started teaching both English-language and content courses at university in South Korea, completing a CELTA while there, which changed my teaching style greatly. After seven years, I moved to Kunming, China. For Kaplan International, I taught American Studies to university students transferring to American and British university. By combining my education & experience with the strong language based approach that CELTA instills, I hope to continue helping non-native English speakers break down and understand difficult content in the field of Social Studies.

Moreover, the opportunity to live and work in Myanmar is something I would never want to miss out on.The longer I stay in Myanmar, the more comfortable I feel here. The decision to relocate here is one I rarely regret.

Dave Ballantyne

Social Studies

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

B.Ed 13

Born in the Land of the Living Skies, Saskatchewan Canada, David began his teaching career after graduating with a Bachelors of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.

After a short stint in Busan, South Korea, David returned to his homeland and taught grade 6 in Tisdale Saskatchewan. Longing for adventure he returned overseas, this time to Dalian China, to teach Social Studies, Physical Education, Earth Science and Planning at a Canadian international school.

­His next adventure would take him to Bangkok, Thailand this time to teach grade one and then eventually on to Myanmar where he became the Head of Physical Education and Athletics at MISY.

He looks forward to his third year as a teacher in Middle School Social Studies at Yangon Academy. He holds a BEd in Social Studies, along with current certification in his field of teaching.

Adam Lewandowski

Science

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

PhD 12

Dr. Adam Lewandowski comes to Yangon Academy from the United States.  He studied Applied Math and Physics at the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998.  He went on to earn a Ph. D from Johns Hopkins University in Physics in 2003.  His doctoral research was on theoretical particle physics studying physics in higher dimensional warped space-times.  He worked as a research associate for two years at the Stanford Linear Accelerator before working as a faculty member at the United States Naval Academy physics department, where he taught all levels of college physics.  He also earned a Pastoral Counseling master’s degree at Loyola University in 2010.  And, he has worked both professionally and as a volunteer with social service agencies serving the homeless population in the U.S.  Dr. Lewandowski has taught high school math in Thailand at Mahidol University International Demonstration School from 2014 to 2016.  He is excited to return to Southeast Asia and learn more about Myanmar’s culture.   He enjoys swimming, reading, playing music, and exploring new places.

Michael Kent Fluge

Science

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

B.S. degree in Applied Science and Technology  

12+

My name is Michael Kent Fluge, and I am from Los Angeles California. I have been teaching for 10 years in Thailand, Korea, Philippines and Taiwan. I have a B.S. degree in Applied Science and Technology majoring in environmental science from Thomas Edison State University.  I worked for the EPA in Washington DC, solid waste division, as a summer intern (AmeriCorps) and found the work there to be very rewarding. I worked for the air quality division in Pima County Arizona and found the work there to be rewarding as well.

I have many ideas and inventions relating to wind, hydro, and magnetic field systems to generate electrical energy that have been submitted to National Institutes of Standards and Technology(NIST), Los Angeles department of Water and Power and Pacific Gas and Electric.

I look forward to working with the faculty,studets and staff at Yangon Academy and experiencing the culture of Myanmar.

Mr. Thomas Edward Veach

MS Science

 

Highest Degree

Years (teaching experience)
M.Sc in Education 32

I am beginning my second year at Yangon Academy. I have previously taught overseas in Bulgaria, Kuwait, Poland, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and China. I grew up Missouri (USA) and received my undergrad and graduate degrees from Missouri State University. I am certified in Middle School Science and P.E. and Health (K-12).

I am the father of two beautiful daughters who teach in the U.S. My hobbies include travel, dining out, hanging out with friends and almost all sports. I also like to fish and golf. I am very excited about the upcoming year. I will be teaching 6th and 7th grade Science and 9th grade Health.

Mar Mar Wai

Science and Lab Coordinator

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Years

(teaching in universities)

Years

(teaching in Int’l school)

Ph.D, Yangon Technological University 33 23 9

I have been teaching Chemistry for 32 years from grade nine to University level. I came to Yangon Academy after teaching in Yangon, Pathein University, and Yangon, Pyae, Hlaing Thar Yar Technological Universities and also Bright Star Education Center.

I hold two Bachelor Degrees, B.Sc (Chemistry) and B.Sc (Hons:) from Yangon University. When I was serving as a Demonstrator in Yangon University, I received my Masters degree, M.Sc (Organic Chemistry), in the research work of “Isolation and Identification of Yeasts from Different Fruits”.

My Ph.D degree is from Yangon Technological University and my research topic is “Synthesis of Metal Extractant from Renewable Resources”. I also had a training course with a scholarship on “Environmental & Health Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Toxic Chemicals” held in Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand while I was doing my research.

I have had experience in supervising M.Sc, Ph.D Candidates from Engineering Chemistry, Yangon Technological University.

As a scientist, my hobbies are doing research, reading, traveling and doing needle work, like knitting, crochet, tatting and design making.

Also I work on the training of IGCSE Chemistry students at the weekends.

 

Toni Rose Tanudra

Music

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Bachelor of Music in Music Education 13

Hi! I am Toni Rose Juario. I am a professional music teacher with solid eleven-year experience in the classroom. Teaching music has always been my passion. I have taught music in the Philippines for two years, in Bangkok for five years and in Myanmar for four years.

I am comfortable teaching musical concepts, as well as performance, reading and listening skills. I possess a strong understanding of these concepts and skills in context of various musical periods and genres.

I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, which I earned in Silliman University and 27 units of Master of Education in Special Education in the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a medium of personal expression.

I am very much excited to be a part of the Yangon Academy International School family!

 

Justin Golob

Physical Education

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Bachelor of Arts Geography 4

My name is Justin Golob and I am extremely excited to be joining the Yangon Academy family for the 2019-2010 school year.  I am born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and have a Geography diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University where I also played on the university basketball team against some of the best players in Canada.

After university the mountains were calling my name and I relocated to Whistler, British Columbia to work and ski every day.  During my time in Whistler I was the Head Coach of the Whistler Secondary School varsity basketball team and opened a basketball academy for children aged 6-16.  During this time I began working to obtain the highest level of basketball coach certification in Canada but this was put on hold as I decided to make the move to Myanmar in June 2016.  At this point I was offered a position at ILBC Yangon and I have spent the last three years as a Physical Education teacher here in Yangon.  During that time I spent 6 months as the Head Coach of the Myanmar Women’s National Basketball Team, and travelled to the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to represent Myanmar.

My goal at Yangon Academy is to have a fun, inclusive and dynamic Physical Education program which will give students skills that will translate to healthy lives, and lessons that will stretch outside of the gymnasium.  As Athletic Director I hope to bring a fun and easy going mentality mixed with a winning and competitive culture to a successful sports program that has already been established.

 

Jessica Pieczynski Brickus

Computer Studies 

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

Library Science 17+  

I graduated from Kutztown University where I played basketball and received my degree in Library Science. I went on to receive my master’s degree in Instructional Technology at Towson University and then received my certificate in ESOL at Western Governors University. My husband and I have three amazing children and a dog named, Royal. This is my 17th year teaching. I spent 12 years as the Library Media Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland. We then moved to China where I taught library and ESOL. After two years in China, we moved to Egypt. We spent three years in Egypt where I taught computers to elementary aged students. I’m so excited to now be living in Myanmar and teaching computers to high school students here at YAIS.

 

Thiha Kyaw

Art

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

BA Fine Art 30+

 This is my eight-year teaching Art at Yangon Academy.  I graduated from the State School of Fine Art, Yangon in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.  I have over 30 years of work experience as an Art Teacher; 1982-1988 – in High School No (1) Latha, Yangon, 1991-1994 – in High School No (2) Latha, Yangon, 1995-2006 – in BEHS (2) Kamayut, Yangon and now Yangon Academy.  I have participated in many art activities as an Artist including:

  • Myanmar-Japan Friendship Association First Children Art Exhibition (Kyoto, Japan)– 1997
  • Little Artist Children Art Exhibition (Yangon) – 2004
  • Group Show (National Museum, Yangon) – 2005
  • Group Show (Lawkanat Art Gallery, Yangon) – 2010
  • Also the founder of the Little Artist Art School

My motto is to teach the children the skills, techniques, and aims to create a pleasant future for themselves.

 

Khin Ma Gyi

Secondary Teacher

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

BA History 13+

My Name is Khin Ma Gyi. This is my 11th year working at Yangon Academy. I received my BA in History from the Yangon University of Distance Education. I’ve completed the certificate of completion for Secondary English Language Teaching (CiSELT) from British Council. I’ve got a certificate of TexT (Teachers Exchange and Training) training from the Suu Foundation and East West Center in 2014, 2015 and 2018 summers.

While teaching at Yangon Academy, I have also volunteered as an organizer and volunteer teacher with the Myanmar Children’s foundation to teach children from poor families at the different monasteries on the outskirts of Yangon in our Doorway to English Program.

(www.myanmarchildrenfoundation.com).

I do volunteer work as a trainer for TEXT Program to give the training to the teachers from the monastic and nunnery schools which have a very low quality of teaching (www.suufoundation.org).  At the same time, I also ran the Community Service Program with the secondary school students at the Monastic School on the outskirt of Yangon. For me, it has been an extraordinary period of collaboration. It has taught me about the remarkable opportunities that exist from harnessing the power of people’s natural instinct to help each other.

Before coming to Yangon Academy, I worked as a free land teacher for several years. I love to teach the children and listen to the music. I enjoy teaching, camping, traveling, cooking, and learning new things.

 

Chit Loon Kyin

Secondary Teacher 

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

(HND) Business Management 6+

Hello, my name is Chit Loon Kyin. I am thrilled to say this is my 3rd year teaching at Yangon Academy International school. It is going to be a great year full of new adventure, and new discoveries. I graduated with a Business Management (HND) from Wigan & Leigh college of United Kingdom.

I have experienced teaching Myanmar Language for three years in Thailand. Myanmar Language is difficult lesson for most of Thailand students, but I use fun teaching technique for students, so the students did not feel bored. I have established curriculum plans, performance student’s evaluation, conducted exams and tests for students and actively participated staff meeting.

I am creative, energetic and a patient person. My effective instructional techniques allow me to teach my students properly. I am able to manage students and able to apply self-discipline for my students.

I enjoy cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

I’m really looking forward to meeting all of my students and working with them this year!

 

 

Phyo Min Han

Secondary Teacher

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

B. Ed  11

This is my third year at Yangon Academy International School and already I’m delighted to be part of such a positive and caring team. The school’s strong values radiate throughout.

      Having completed a degree in Education (B. Ed), I spent ten years in the Education field. I have spent the last three years in a High-school in South Shan State and I’m now really pleased to be doing my third year as a Myanmar Studies teacher. I love teaching young leaners and it’s a privilege to help them grow and develop their enquiring minds.

      Out of school, I love anything to do with the outdoors, especially mountain biking, walking, reading, paddle boarding and travelling with my friends.