Faculty

NAME: David Miller
JOB TITLE: Director and Secondary Principal
Highest Degree MA Education Administration
Years (Teaching experience) 20
Years (AP experience) 16

I have more than 30 years’ experience in K-12 schools, with fifteen 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 (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 fifth 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.

 

NAME: Mike Gordon
JOB TITLE: Assistant Secondary Principal
Highest Degree M.Ed.
Years (Teaching experience) 27
Years (AP experience)

Mingalaba!

My name is Mike Gordon, and please know I am both humbled and honored to be joining Yangon Academy’s community. I am an American national and, for the past 25-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 I begin this next chapter to my professional career, I am eager to help our school community live its vision. Together, we will help our students – your children – fulfill their potential, while they, in turn, help us become an even stronger school community.

NAME: Aaron Mayo
JOB TITLE: Counselor
Highest Degree M.A. in International Education
Years (Teaching experience) 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!

NAME: Robert Powers
JOB TITLE: Curriculum Coordinator
Highest Degree M.A. in International Education
Years (Teaching experience) 22
My name is Robert Powers and I will be the new AP & Curriculum Coordinator at Yangon Academy. I also will be teaching 7th grade English. I cannot express how excited my son and I are to be at 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 son, Alex, and myself to be in Yangon.
Before I became a teacher, I was a US Navy Musician. We performed 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.
NAME: Michael Kent Fluge
JOB TITLE: Science
Highest Degree B.S. degree in Applied Science and Technology
Years (Teaching experience) 11+

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 and staff at Yangon Academy and experiencing the culture of Myanmar.

NAME: Thomas Edward Veach
JOB TITLE: MS Science
Highest Degree M.Sc in Education
Years (Teaching experience) 31
Yangon will be my 8th overseas post. I’ve taught in Bulgaria, Kuwait, Poland, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and China. I’m originally from Missouri, and received my undergrad and graduate degrees from Missouri State University. I am certified in Middle School Science, P.E. and Health.
I have two beautiful daughters who live and teach in the States, but I am not married at this time. My hobbies include travel, good food, hanging out with friends, and almost all sports. I also like to fish and golf when I can, but that is difficult overseas. I very excited about coming to Yangon. Myanmar has been on my bucket list for several years.
NAME: Adam Lewandowski
JOB TITLE: Science
Highest Degree PhD
Years (Teaching experience) 11

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.

 

NAME: Man Yee Lee
JOB TITLE: HS Mathematics
Highest Degree Master Degree in Mathematics and Education
Years (Teaching experience) 12
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.
NAME: Susan Omernik
JOB TITLE: MS Mathematics
Highest Degree Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Mathematics minor
Years (Teaching experience) 24

I have 24 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, trekking.

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

 

NAME: Marsha Lea Woodward
JOB TITLE: HS Language Arts
Highest Degree Master of Science School Counciling
Years (Teaching experience) 19

My name is Lea Woodward, and I am entering my 19th year 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. My last position 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!

 

NAME: Edmund Thayer
JOB TITLE: MS Language Arts
Highest Degree BA in English Literature, Pitzer College, California
Years (Teaching experience) 8+

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.

 

NAME: Anna Naddeo
JOB TITLE: MS Language Arts
Highest Degree BA in English Literature, Southern Illinois University, Illinois
Years (Teaching experience) 9

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 and learn from the staff and students 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.

 

NAME: Dave Ballantyne
JOB TITLE: Social Studies
Highest Degree B.Ed
Years (Teaching experience) 12

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 new role as Athletic Director and as a teacher in Secondary Social Studies at Yangon Academy. He holds a BEd in Social Studies, along with current certification in his field of teaching.

NAME: Hart Murphy
JOB TITLE: Social Studies/ English
Highest Degree M.A. in Government
Years (Teaching experience) 20
Years (AP experience) 4

My second year here at YA will be my twentieth in teaching at the secondary level. Originally from Texas in the United States, I lived in Massachusetts for ten years, where I studied English and Philosophy at Williams College and Boston College. I went back to graduate school in 2010 to earn an M.A. in Government from UT Austin. Though I have been privileged to enjoy a quite varied career in terms of both settings and subject matter in the States, I started teaching overseas three years ago in the Middle East. Arriving in Myanmar renews a deep fascination with Asia that a period living in Tokyo greatly intensified. I am humbled by the opportunity to help students prepare for AP exams in both English and Economics at YAI this year. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, music, exercise, cinema and following civic affairs. I am extremely keen to experience all I can of the cultural traditions and social and ecological systems of this peninsula and especially the proud nation of Myanmar in every way I can throughout my time here. I hope that by encouraging my students to grow into more proficient college-level readers and writers, and perhaps also savvier entrepreneurs and investors, I can contribute to some of the pivotal development they seek for themselves and their community.

NAME: David Rowland
JOB TITLE: Social Studies
Highest Degree M.A.
Years (Teaching experience) 21+
Years (AP experience) 2

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.

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.

NAME: Mar Mar Wai
JOB TITLE: Science and Lab Coordinator
Highest Degree Ph.D, Yangon Technological University
Years (Teaching experience) 32
Years (Teaching in Universities) 23
Years (Teaching in Int’l School) 8

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 Master 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.

 

NAME: Thiha Kyaw
JOB TITLE: Art
Highest Degree BA Fine Art
Years (Teaching experience) 28+

This is my seven 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 20 years of work experience as an Art Teacher; 1982-1988 – in High School No (1) Latha, Yangon, 1991-1994 – in bHigh 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.

NAME: Toni Rose Tanudra
JOB TITLE: Music
Highest Degree Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Years (Teaching experience) 11

Hi! I am Toni Rose Juario. I am a professional music teacher with solid nine-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 two 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!

 

NAME: Justin Golob
JOB TITLE: Physical Education
Highest Degree Bachelor of Arts Geography
Years (Teaching experience) 2
My name is Justin Golob and I am extremely excited to be joining the Yangon Academy family for the 2018/19 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 two 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.
NAME: Sylvia W.Tankerson
JOB TITLE: Computer Studies
Highest Degree M.A.T. Computer Science, Xavier University, LA
Years (Teaching experience) 28+

My name is Sylvia W. Tankerson and I am a retired educator who is the mother of two sons and five grandkids. I am a resident of the 24/7 city, New Orleans, Louisiana, where there is good music, good people and really good food.

My first teaching position was in the area of special education, servicing emotionally disturbed and behavior disordered students. I decided to become certified in computer science/literacy and later became a computer science/literacy teacher with administrative duties. After thirteen years of being a classroom teacher, I worked as a scheduling coordinator for five years at a high school.

My next assignment was that of an HR Specialist, hiring middle and high school teachers as well as conducting interviews. After five years of working as an HR Specialist, a new administration moved in and most of the employees were transferred to various school sites. For four years, I served in the capacity of an acting assistant principal. I then transferred to an alternative school where I served as Administrator in Charge. The largest and most strongest storm ever, Hurricane Katrina, made landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm left serious property damages, a high death toll and many residents were left unemployment. This lead to my retirement. One day, I was surfing the internet and I came across a website called teachaway.com. I applied for a teaching position in Cairo, Egypt where I taught computer science/literacy for 3 years and worked as a research coordinator for one year. After four years of working in Egypt, I decided to return home to the states to help take care of my sister who became ill with cancer. Unfortunately, my sister died February 8th and her death devastated our family. Despite the pain felt from my sister’s death, I still find time to laugh because laughter is good for the soul.

NAME: Khin Ma Gyi
JOB TITLE: Secondary Teacher
Highest Degree BA History
Years (Teaching experience) 11+

My Name is Khin Ma Gyi.This is my 10th 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 the certificate of TexT ( Teachers Exchange and Training) trainings from Suu Foundation and East West Center in 2014 and 2015 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 as a trainer for Suu Foundation to give the training to the teacher from the monastic and nunnery schools which has very low quality of teaching (www.suufoundation.org). At the same time I also ran the Community Service 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 the music. I enjoy teaching, camping, traveling, cooking, and learning new things.

 

NAME: Chit Loon Kyin
JOB TITLE: Secondary Teacher
Highest Degree (HND) Business Management
Years (Teaching experience) 3+

I am Chit Loon Kyin. This is my first-year teaching at Yangon Academy International School. It’s going to be a great year full of new students, new adventure, and new discoveries. I graduated of (HND) Business Management from Wigan & Leigh Collage of United Kingdom.

I have experienced in teaching Myanmar Language for three years in Thailand. Myanmar Language is difficult lesson for most of Thailand students. I tried to use fun teaching technique for students, so students did not feel bored. I have established curriculum plans, performed student’s evacuation, conducted exam and test for students and actively participated staff meeting.

I am creative, energetic and 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 love teaching, travelling, eating and making new friends. I would bring my expertise to work in this school.

 

NAME: Phyo Min Han
JOB TITLE: Secondary Teacher
Highest Degree B. Ed
Years (Teaching experience) 9

This is my first 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 two years in a High -school in South Shan State and I’m now really pleased to be doing my second 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.

NAME: Edwin Zaw Wunna
JOB TITLE: Music
Highest Degree Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Years (Teaching experience) 10+

Hi! I’m Edwin Zaw Wunna. I am a professional music teacher with more than ten years of experience in the classroom. Teaching music has always been my passion. I have taught music in India for several years, in China one year, and in Myanmar for a decade.

I am comfortable teaching musical concepts and instruments such as Piano, Guitar and Vocal Skills. I possess a strong understanding of these concepts and skills in context of various periods and genres.

I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, which I earned in the Musical Department of the University of Culcutta in India.
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!

 

NAME: Than Daing
JOB TITLE: Physical Education
Highest Degree Bachelor of Science in Botany
Years (Teaching experience) 32+

In 1975, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Yangon Arts and Science University. As an internationally approved qualification, I managed to get a Level 2 Coaching Certificate awarded by International Amateur Athletic Federation, which is under the International Olympic Committee.

When it comes to my teaching experience, from 1975 to 1985, I used to be a Track and Field Coach working for Arts and Science University, Ministry of Construction, Department of Housing Board, Department of Telecommunication and Institute of Sports and Physical Education. As a Physical Education teacher, I have worked for the International School Yangon (ISY), Crane International School, and currently I am happily working for Yangon Academy. Moreover, I am also a physical teacher (trainer) at Myanmar Yachting Federation.