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 social studies, along with an administrative credential in education. This is my 8th year at Yangon Academy. Prior to joining Yangon Academy I was the HS principal for nine years in a large Catholic school in Bangkok, which offered both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework.

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.

Ad astra! To the stars!

Mike Gordon

Secondary Principal

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(Administration experience)

M.Ed. School Administration 29 24

With this start to the 2020-21 school year, I am honored to begin my fourth year of employment at Yangon Academy. Moreover, it is the privilege of my career, specifically during this unprecedented time for educators worldwide, to assume my new role as Secondary School Principal. As we are blessed with an experienced, talented, and dedicated international faculty, I have no doubt the challenges of this school year will be thoroughly well met, with students and parents exceedingly well served.

For our new students and parents, please know I am an American national and, for the past 29 years, I have been an English and Social Studies teacher, a multi-sport athletic coach, and an 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 all Yangon Academy faculty and staff know and appreciate, our greatest strength as a school community is our wonderful students and supportive parents. And, it is with this strength in mind that inspires the teacher-administration team to make sure 2020-21 will be the secondary school’s best year yet!

Go Wolves!

Kim Philot

Assistant Secondary Principal

Highest Degree Years (teaching experience)
Master’s Degree- Educational Leadership 16

Hello!

I am so excited and happy to be joining Yangon Academy this year and working with all of you!  I am originally from Trion, Georgia (USA), although I have not lived there since 1999 (I still have the Southern accent, though, don’t worry).  In the last 16 years, I have been lucky enough to teach in Arizona, Egypt, The Republic of Georgia, Austria, Italy and even did a few summers in Switzerland.  Most recently, however, I was the Head of Teaching and Learning and IB Coordinator at a school near Venice and I recently became a mom to a little girl named Ivy (born on April Fool’s Day).  While I am mainly known an English teacher, I also have tried my hand at history, photography, journalism and even Theory of Knowledge.  A few years ago, I felt ready to move into administration and went back to school for my Master’s in Educational Leadership.  I am so happy I did. I have loved the challenge and really feel I have grown these last three years both personally and professionally.  When not spending time with my students and fellow teachers, I suppose my favorite thing to do is to travel the world and I have been to over 80 countries to-date.  In addition, I  also enjoy taking pictures.  Many years ago, I was convinced that is what I wanted to do with my life and even got a Bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from The University of Nebraska (go Huskers).  I cannot wait to take my camera around Myanmar and try to capture the beauty of this amazing culture.  I love sports and I am a diehard Atlanta Falcons fan, although they make it heartbreaking to cheer for them at times.  Being married to a Brazilian, I have even grown to love soccer; I never thought I would find myself such a fan, but here we are.  I cannot wait to see what this year holds for us as a team and (above all) for our students.

Roll on, August!

Aaron Mayo

Counselor

Highest Degree Years (teaching experience)
M.A. in International Education 7

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 three children, and two loving parents who I hope will come to visit me in Yangon. I 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 usual. This year will be my third year in Myanmar, and I am looking forward to taking a Burmese class to improve my language skills. At Yangon Academy, I am particularly eager to help YAIS students identify and reach their personal and career goals, as well as help students get into their dream school! I am also looking forward to coaching basketball! We are in a new, more competitive conference this year, and I am looking forward to challenging myself and my players. This year is going to be our best year yet. Go Wolves!

 

Robert Powers

Curriculum Coordinator

Highest Degree Years (teaching experience)
M.A. in International Education 23

My name is Robert Powers.  This is my 3rd year at Yangon Academy.  I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade English.  My sons and I continue to be excited to live in Yangon and support Yangon Academy. I have taught American curriculum and IB Programme at international schools for 24 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

Andre Carli Philot

SAT and Capstone Seminar

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Master of Modern and Contemporary 9

A true Carioca, born and raised in the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but with family roots back in Verona, Italy. I can’t dance samba or make pasta, but I’m definitely up for a soccer match and a pizza (make it a pepperoni, please!).

Being a speaker of multiple languages, I’m looking forward to learning some Burmese!

Students in my class are encouraged to look at knowledge without borders and my international teaching experience (in Brazil, Egypt and Italy) can help them in this task. I believe this approach gives them a more realistic representation of the world and, as a consequence, their learning experience becomes more meaningful.

I can’t wait to meet my students and start connecting with the community at Yangon Academy.

Dr. Tun Liang Ong

HS Mathematics

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Ph.D. (Oceanography, Rhode Island) 15

Dr. T. L. Ong an innovative educator who has taught in the United States and China for 15 years. He has a Ph.D. (Oceanography, Rhode Island). His core teaching areas are Science, Math, and Statistics. Before becoming a teacher, he was a research scientist and had successfully re-trained and brought many under-performing students to professional success. Over the years, he has enrolled over 100 Houston inner-city students for outdoor Geoscience camp run by UT Austin. The exposure spurred many of them to major in Science and Engineering in college. His motto is REACH OUT and TEACH EFFECTIVELY. He enjoys teaching because it is challenging but rewarding.

Susan Omernik

MS Mathematics

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Mathematics minor 28

I have 28 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 fifth 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 15+

I am very excited to be returning for my second year as a 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 15 years of experience in math and science education. I am a warm and caring teacher who wants all children to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students. I anticipate that I will be able to contribute to helping students meet their curriculum goals, and providing them with a wider view of perception of these subject areas. Since I have taught students ranging from grades 6 through 12, I am very familiar  with multiple levels of education and can quite comfortably incorporate technology into regular lessons. Last year I taught middle school math and science, Physical Science and SAT Prep here at Yangon Academy.  Before that, I taught middle and high school math in the Philippines for three years and middle school math and science for 11 years in the United States prior to that.  I love to read, travel and practice yoga. I look forward to meeting all of all of my new and returning students and working together for another successful and rewarding school year.

Sincerely,

Marsha Lea Woodward

HS Language Arts/ School Counselor

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Master of Science School Counciling 21

My name is Lea Woodward, and I am entering my 21 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

Hello, I’m Tom Thayer, and I’ve been with Yangon Academy for four years, and I have been a teacher for over ten years. 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 11

I was born in South Korea and moved to the United States at the age of two. Having spent a majority of my life in Illinois, I have also lived on both coasts of the continental United States.  In 2006, I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in English Literature and received my teaching certification from the University of West Florida. My experience of being raised in a family of diverse cultural backgrounds has instilled in me a deep fascination and respect for other histories, traditions, and environments from around the world. This experience also led me to a career in international teaching that began in the country of my birth. After seven years of teaching in Korea and Spain, I arrived in Yangon in 2016. I am proud and honored to have been part of the Yangon Academy family for four years and look forward to the 2020-2021 school year.

I absolutely love teaching middle-school students. Nothing pleases me more than to see a student immersed in a book and deeply invested in a character’s outcome. My goal this year is to help students develop and hone their reading skills in order to foster a passion for reading. At the end of each year, I am always inspired by the progress that students have made in their writing and I hope to help them find their voice as they learn to express their multitude of ideas and thoughts in written and oral communication.

Gordon Ricketts

High School Social Studies

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

B.S.MBA in International Management 14+ 2+

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 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.

Andrea Go0drich

MS Social Studies

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

M.Ed 6+

My name is Andrea Goodrich and I am excited to be joining the Yangon Academy team and school community. I was born in Bolivia and moved to the United States as a kid. I spent many years in Arizona getting my BA in Cultural Anthropology, a Masters in Library Science, and an M. Ed from the University of Arizona. Before receiving my M. Ed, I spent 5 years abroad teaching English as a foreign language in Ecuador as a Peace Corps Volunteer and in South Korea (from 2011-13 and 2014-17). Those 5 years spent abroad taught me that I had a knack for teaching and enjoyed being an educator. In 2018, I joined a fast track teaching program and taught World History for one year (2018-19) as a student teacher in Pueblo High School located in Tucson, Arizona. I took the lead teacher role for two Honors World History and observing an AP World during the spring semesters. Soon after graduating with my M. Ed I joined an international school in Shanghai, China as the History teacher and School Librarian. I had a great time teaching in Shanghai and will miss my students, friends, and colleagues dearly.

I am extremely excited to bring my background experiences, teaching philosophy, and my enthusiasm about history into my classroom. As a teacher, I believe that we have the power to awaken students’ curiosity to learn by expanding their skills, challenging their minds, and encouraging growth within. I cannot wait to meet the Middle School YA students this year and welcome them into my classroom!

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.

The last four years at Yangon Academy have been some of my most challenging because of the addition of more AP classes. I continue to think that the student at YAIS have stepped up and performed at a very high level on AP tests.  I look forward to experiencing more of that success this year, despite the distance-learning challenge set before us.

Adam Lewandowski

Science

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

PhD 14

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 before coming to Yangon Academy in 2018. He teaches math, science and computer programming at YA.  He enjoys swimming, reading, playing music, and learning new things.

Michael Kent Fluge

Science

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

B.S. degree in Applied Science and Technology 13+

My name is Michael Kent Fluge, and I am from Los Angeles California. I have been teaching for 10 years in Thailand, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Yangon Academy International School in Myanmar. I have a B.S. degree in Applied Science and Technology majoring in environmental science from Thomas Edison State University and I am currently working on my Masters of Arts degree in secondary education. I worked for the EPA in Washington DC, solid waste division, as a summer intern 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, staff as well as teaching the students at Yangon Academy and experiencing the culture of Myanmar.

Mr. Thomas Edward Veach

MS Science

 

Highest Degree

Years (teaching experience)
M.Sc in Education 33

I am beginning my third 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 and am so happy to be back in class. 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 10

This is my 9th year working at Yangon Academy International School. I have been teaching Chemistry for 33 years from grade nine to university level. I came to Yangon Academy International School after teaching in Yangon, Pathein University, and Yangon, Pyae, Hlaing Thar Yar Technological Universities and also Bright Star Education Center. I hold two Bachelor’s 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 on the weekends. Now I am teaching General Chemistry and AP Chemistry for high school students

Toni Rose Tanudra

Music

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Bachelor of Music in Music Education 14

Hi! I am Toni Rose T. Juario. I am a music teacher with 14 years of teaching experience. Teaching music has always been my passion. I have taught music in the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.

I graduated from Silliman University with the degree in Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I believe that music has the power to change lives- to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a medium for personal expression.

I am excited for another fruitful year in Yangon Academy International School.

Naw Lin Nandar Zaw

Music

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Bachelor’s Degree in English 5

Hi! I am Naw Lin Nandar Zaw.I have acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in English and I have studied Diploma Violin Performance and Elemental Music Pedagogy in Tiroler Landeskonservatorium, Austria. I have participated in several orchestra performances internationally in my twelve years of experience. I have had the opportunity to hold a number of professional roles including music Teacher, musician instructor, and private musical instruments instructor. As a Music teacher, in my student-teaching experience, I taught music education principles to students in kindergarten through high school. Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. The main reason that allows be to be a very strong music teacher is I want to enable the child to enjoy and understand music and to appreciate it critically. My vision to my students is to nurture the child’s self – esteem and self- confidence through participation in musical performance and to a faster, higher – order thinking and lifelong learning through the acquisition of musical knowledge, skills, concept and values – enhance the quality of the child’s life through aesthetic musical experience. I am very excited to be a part of the Yangon Academy International School family!

Justin Golob

Physical Education/ Athletic Director

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

Bachelor of Arts Geography 5

My name is Justin Golob and I am extremely excited to be starting my third year at Yangon Academy. 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 that 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 where I spent two years teaching PE. 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.

Barani

Physical Education

Highest Degree Years (teaching experience)
M.A. in International Education 7+

My name is Ms. Barani, and this is my second year as a faculty member at Yangon Academy. I am very happy and proud to teach your children PE here at the secondary school! For my education, I received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of East Yangon in 2006, but my passion is with competitive athletics and coaching students. I have been practicing Karate since I was 7-years-old, and I coached for many years at Thuwanna Karate-do Club. I received my Karate-Do Coaching Certificate in 2004. In my own Karate experiences, I have won many medals in various competitions. In addition to coaching Karate, I also have 4 years’ experience in coaching swimming at Horizon Kindergarten School and 4 years’ experience in teaching primary PE at Shuu Khinn Thar International College. I have the training and knowledge to create lesson plans that teach students the proper skills for PE: Stamina, Agility, Endurance, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship. Just as importantly, I also possess the patience and dedication needed to work with teenagers and to maintain an orderly and safe learning environment. Beyond teaching and coaching, I enjoy adventure travel, cooking, making new friends, playing with my pets, and, of course, playing sports!

 Jessica Pieczynski Brickus

Computer Studies 

Highest Degree Years

(Teaching experience)

Years

(AP experience)

Library Science 18  

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. I have three children, Jaeden, McKenna, and Greyson with my husband, Jeff, who is the elementary vice principal. This is my 18th year teaching. I spent 11 years as the Library Media Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland. We then moved to China where I taught library media 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. This is my second year in Yangon at YAIS and I’m looking forward to teaching Computer Studies to grades 6 through 10.

 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.

Nyein Nyein Ei

Art

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

BA (Painting) in NUAC (2001-2004)

MA in Painting studies (2018-2020)

12

Hello! I am Nyein Nyein Ei. I am a professional art teacher with over ten years of experience teaching art at all levels, ranging from kindergarten to college. I am an expert at encouraging creativity while simultaneously teaching solid technical skills. Backed by a master’s degree in Art, my specialty is in fine art painting, and art history. I graduated from the National University of Arts and Culture in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Art Education. I attended the master’s degree course expected in 2018-2020 at NUAC. Teaching Art is my passion and I want to use my passion to spread knowledge about arts and crafts. My teaching method is based on what I have learned and experienced, and my main focus is to inspire the students to create something on their own. Sharing this with students adds so much happiness to my world. I have the pleasure of teaching Visual Arts to the students and am also very excited to be an art teacher in the Yangon Academy International School family!

Khin Ma Gyi

Secondary Teacher

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

BA History 14+

My Name is Khin Ma Gyi. This is my 12nd 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 freelance 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 8+

Hello, my name is Chit Loon Kyin. I have over eight years of experience in education. I am thrilled to say this is my 4th year teaching at Yangon Academy International School. I have many fond memories of this wonderful school and I’m happy to be back for another great year! I graduated with a Business Management Degree from Wigan & Leigh college of United Kingdom. I have also experienced teaching Myanmar Language in Thailand. My passion is teaching. I am a 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. In my time outside of the classroom, I enjoy cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. I look forward to many more years here!

Phyo Min Han

Secondary Teacher

Highest Degree Years

(teaching experience)

B. Ed  11+

My name is Phyo Min Han and I have had the privilege of being a part of Yangon Academy since 2018. After spending nine years teaching in local and international education fields, I was excited to expand my role at YA, first as a Beginner teacher for Myanmar Studies and now as Grade 9 and all levels of Myanmar Studies teacher. Together, with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing my students with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. The number one reason I chose to become a teacher is because I enjoy seeing children progress and learn new concepts. I was serving as a teacher volunteer in government school. In my time outside of the classroom, I enjoy traveling, reading, dancing, advocating for social justice, and working in the ministry.

My Education and Professional Background

1- Certificate in Education

2- Diploma in Teacher Education

3- Postgraduate Diploma in Education

4- Bachelor of Education

Currently, I am trying to continue my Masters Degree.