Meet the Teachers

 

 

THE TEACHING TEAM

Elementary School Level

 

Dear Parents,

This is my fifth year at CIA PP. I came all the way from the Philippines and have worked with kids for the past eight years. I completed my studies at the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Philippines and have been a licensed teacher since 2010.

At CIA PP, we work together as a big family, always bearing in mind the well-being of the children as our top priority. Learning is always fun-filled with opportunities for children to verbalize their views and get motivated to learn. Our high-tech facilities and well developed curriculum enables us to facilitate the daily teachings meaningfully and effectively.

“Train a child in a way he would go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). I believe strongly in moral values development amongst children, too. In addition to being equipped with skills needed to move forward to a higher level, it is crucial to mold and build our children’s moral character. This is the main reason why my teaching methods provide every child with concrete methods in forming good habits. Positive habits form character. Only then, they will learn to become responsible members in the community.

I enjoy working at CIA PP. It is the joy of witnessing such tangible positive development amongst our students that keeps me going all the time. Seeing them proactively helping each other be better makes me feel that I have done my job well. Every day is a learning journey with new challenges that create opportunities for me to grow and thrive as an inspiring educator in the children’s lives.

I am looking forward to a great school year.

Jennine Karmiel Baculi
Deputy Principal

 


 

I have completed a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education and have passed the Philippines Licensure Examination for Teachers in 2002. I am very proud to say that this is my 15th year of teaching.

I have always been passionate about teaching. I love to witness change within my students from the first day of school to the end of the school year. I believe that it is my mission to instill a love for learning to my students. I attempt to teach with passion and enthusiasm so that each member of my class will develop a desire to become lifelong learners. Let’s be partners in making this school year awesome and great!

Lourdes Lintag – Bromo
Grade 1B Teacher

 

 


 

I am a graduate with a Bachelor in Secondary Education at DEBESMSCAT, Philippines in 2008 and acquired my Master’s Degree in Education with specialization in Administration and Supervision in 2011 in the same institution. I am also a licensed teacher. It is my eighth year of involvement in the world of the teaching profession. This is my second year here at CIAPP and I am so honored to be part of this family.

My main goal is to help students become confident learners and well-rounded individuals. I will do my very best to help make this year a positive and fun experience for your children. I look forward to working in partnership with you throughout the coming year.

Geraldine E. Cortes
Grade 1C Teacher

 

 


 

Great improvements and new challenges both welcome us all to this new school year. I am Rayzel Daganos, a licensed professional teacher from the Republic of the Philippines. I have been teaching students in private international schools in my country for about 5 years before I moved to Cambodia.  My teaching experiences have optimized opportunities for me to hone my principles in education. This is my third year in this competent and progressive institution, CIA PP International School.

I am convinced that great things are yet to come. Let us embrace it as we build better partnership for the welfare of our children.

Rayzel Daganos
Grade 2A Teacher

 

 


 

Dear Parents,  
I am a German national who has worked with young people in Cambodia for the past two years. I was in software development in Germany for five years before I came to Cambodia to teach.
I am looking forward to teach the amazing kids at CIA PP this year.

In the classroom I establish a healthy mix of fun and structure to make it enjoyable for the kids to learn in a healthy environment. I highly value independent thinking and curiosity and encourage my students to question things and come to their own conclusions.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via ClassDojo or the student’s diary.

Lucas Platz
Grade 2B Teacher

 


Dear Parents,
My name is Rosa Mom. I am a teacher from the United States of America and I have been working with young students both in Phnom Penh and in America for the past 6 years. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Norwich and I am also a fitness trainer. I came to Cambodia at the end of 2015 to teach English.

It is a great pleasure to be able to teach here in Phnom Penh and be a part of CIA PP. I have a class full of outstanding students and I am certain that the year ahead will be extremely fun and educational for both the students and myself. Getting to know my students has already been an amazing experience and I will continue to do my best to ensure they have a productive and enjoyable year.

In my classroom the students are encouraged to think, ask questions, and influence their own learning as much as possible. There will be many group discussion for students to participate in and they are able to give their own opinions and knowledge on the lesson. All students are registered in ClassDojo. We encourage all parents to join, this will allow parents to monitor their child’s performance over the course of the school semester. Any questions, concerns, or comments can be noted in ClassDojo. It is my responsibility to respond to any inquiries you may have in a fairly reasonable time and I am very approachable so please do not hesitate if you have any questions.

Rosa Mom
Grade 2C Teacher

 


 

My name is Cherryl Mae Aurita and I am from the Philippines. I graduated from  the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Philippines in 2009 with a degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Major in English. I am delighted to know that I will still be a third-grade teacher this school year. This is my second year at CIA PP and I think it’s the best grade level ever!

I am looking forward to a year full of new friends, new adventures and new discoveries. In the classroom I value students’ ideas, thoughts and actions. I absolutely love my job and I wish to make this school year great!

Cherryl Mae Aurita
Grade 3A Teacher

 

 

 


 

Dear Parents,
I am a South African teacher who has worked with young people both in South Africa and Asia. I completed my studies in South Africa and done a follow up TEFL and YLP course in Thailand. I have been in Asia for the past year, and fell in love with the culture and its people.

It is a great pleasure to be able to teach here in Phnom Penh and be a part of CIA PP. My class, G3B, is full of amazing students and I am certain that the year ahead will be extremely fun and educational for both the students and myself. It has already been a fantastic experience to get to know the kids and I will continue to do my best to ensure they have a productive and enjoyable year.
In the classroom the students are encouraged to question and influence their own learning as much as possible. Participation in group discussion and independent thinking is valued highly and will be focused on during the year. All students are provided with handbooks and every day they will contain homework or general comments about progress and upcoming events. I encourage all parents to write any concerns or questions in the handbooks and I will be happy to respond as best I can.

 

Michele Van Rensburg
Grade 3B Teacher

 

 

 


 

Hi!
I am Sarel from South Africa. I teach G4. I have been teaching since 2015 in three different countries. I have a TEFL and a boatload of IT certifications. I am a proponent of digital classrooms and I believe that modern education needs to focus less on memorizing facts and more on critical thinking and research skills.

Kids today grow up with the wealth of humanity’s knowledge literally in the palms of their hands. My goal is to teach them how to access and utilize that knowledge instead of only using their mobile devices to play Fortnite and look at pictures of handsome K-pop stars.
I hope that my students’ parents are open minded and forward thinking, so that we can prepare our kids for the digital age.

Sarel Myburgh
Grade 4A Teacher

 

 

 

 


 

Hi. My name is Daryl. I am a TEFL certified Australian teacher, and I have been living and teaching in Asia for the last eleven years, six of them spent here in Cambodia. Prior to starting with CIAPP, I spent four years at Home of English.

I see CIAPP as a very progressive school with excellent facilities, curriculum, and staff and I am proud to be a part of it again for my third year as a Grade 4 elementary educator.

My classroom strives to balance conventional “book, pen, and paper” methodology in partnership with the efficiency of digital technology and electronic device usage, in a student centred learning environment. Students receive constant group and individual feedback on their efforts and are expected to learn from, contribute to, and measure their efforts, against those of their peers with a view to self directed continuous improvement.

I look forward to a fun, yet challenging, educational, and rewarding year with my grade 4 students in Campus 2.

I also hope to build respectful relationships with you, the parents during the school year and hope that you will offer your complete support and interest in the educational journey and academic achievements of your child.

Kind regards,

Daryl Henley
Grade 4B Teacher

 

 


 

I am Teacher Gino and I am from the Philippines. I am a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree and am a registered licensed nurse. I have been living and working here in Cambodia for more than 5 years. Since then I have been working in various education fields such as grade school teacher, ESL, and an art instructor. Before working here at CIA PP, I was an art instructor  for almost 2 years in a globally brand art school “Global Art”. My years of experience, dedication, and passion to influence students by means of teaching gives me the drive to do my best. I am very excited coming back as a Visual Arts and Creative Movement teacher. My first year has been an amazing experience: teaching, discovering, and nurturing students’ potential through creativity. Seeing them grow excites and encourages me to do my best. I believe creativity plays an important role in a child’s  development mentally, physically, and socially.

CIA PP is an advocate of creativity and working here gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge to my students. Creating a fun, dynamic, and boundless learning environment for my students is what I envision. I am looking forward to discovering new talents, enhancing students creativity, and setting up new heights of achievement for this new school year.

“Creativity is my passion.”

Antonio Lopez
Creative Arts and Movement Teacher
School Event Coordinator

 


 

Hi! My name is Arnel Fortus from the Philippines. I graduated from University of Lipa Batangas with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. I have been working here in Cambodia as a teacher since 2011. This is my second year as an ICT and art teacher at CIA PP.

As an art teacher, my favorite part of interacting with the children is watching them discover through their expressions, wonderment, and awe. I hope that together we can use art to communicate ideas and feelings.

Being an ICT teacher, it is an achievement to see the growth of students in technological literacy and increase their ability to use ICT effectively and efficiently.

I look forward to a productive, rewarding, and exciting school year.

 


Arnel Fortus
ICT and Visual Arts Teacher

 


 

I am T. Green.  I am a native of the pearl of the orient seas, the Philippines. I completed my studies at the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Bacolod, in 2009 and moved to Cambodia in 2013. I have experience as a basketball and swimming coach.

I am the physical education also known as P.E. and swimming teacher for the elementary level. I believe that my experience provided me with the necessary skills to face this challenging and colorful world of teaching the young hearts and minds of Cambodia. It is a great honor to be able to teach here in Phnom Penh and be a part of the CIA PP family. CIA PP International School is a child-friendly and safe environment.

I am look forward to fun-filled learning and progress during  this academic year.

Yves Yaesser Imam Din a.k.a. T. Green
Elementary Level Physical Education Teacher

 


 

Hi! My name is Feng Xiaojing from Shanxi, China. I got my Bachelors Degree in Teaching from Shanxi Normal University in 2006 and also achieved Masters Degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Western Sydney in 2010. I used to be a high school English teacher for more than 4 years and did some translation work in China. In 2015 I finally decided to go abroad again to explore more and make the best use of my specialties.

I spent a year in Indonesia teaching Chinese to young kids and now I am here in the land of wonder, doing the same. To be honest, this job may be challenging at times, but a highly rewarding profession. This will be the first year in CIA PP and I feel really excited and honored to be here to teach!


In my class, I usually focus on the students’ practical language abilities especially when it comes to learning a foreign language for young kids. This means that they are encouraged to speak more and practice more before they are able to actually apply what they learn into their daily life. Helping the kids to bring Chinese to their real life is my first priority during my teaching.


I am confident that I will continue and develop more effective and interesting ways to let the students enjoy and grasp Chinese easily and quickly! I hope to inspire the kids and assist them to learn more. I am looking forward to make a difference in this new year!

Feng Xiaojing
Chinese Teacher

 

 


 

Hi! I am Teacher Leah Vanessa Salvacion.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Tourism in the Philippines. The passion of teaching brought me to pursue a course in TESOL HOUSE which is an internationally recognized institution from INTESOL Worldwide UK and Accredited by ALAP.

I have been teaching kindergarten in Cambodia for over eight years.  My teaching philosophy is progressive as I continuously incorporate Montessori teaching methodology. The primary goal is to foster and enhance each child’s natural sense of joy and wonder. I feel that children should delight in childhood, that the school day must include laughter and the buzz of creative silliness. I am glad to be a part of the CIA PP Family. This is my first year as a kindergarten teacher and I am wholeheartedly committed to CIA PP’s child-safety standards, vision, and mission statement.


Leah Vanessa Salvacion
K2 Teacher

 

 


 

Hello. I am Teacher Bless from the Philippines. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, completed a TESOL course and earned certificate in Early Childhood Learning through distance learning from Australia.

I came to Cambodia first as a volunteer in Administration, pioneering together with a team of educators and schools in provinces. This will be my sixth year with the CIA family.

Teaching children is a personally enriching experience. I acknowledge that children’s families are their first teacher and also acknowledge their importance to their sense of belonging. Therefore it is of utmost importance that parents, guardians, and teachers do collaborative work together in educating a child.

My role is to help children find strategies to help build positive relationship and find ways to meet the challenges that arise during the school day. Kindness is the first goal I desire my kids to learn as it takes lifelong process learning. When you are kind to yourself, you will also be kind to others and the environment around you.

Watching children go, grow and glow to be what we desire them to be gives me encouragement that the world will be a better place.

Blesilda Osida
K3B Teacher

 

 


 

My name is Analeah Gonzalez Arceo and I have been teaching in Cambodia for four years. Prior to CIAPP, I was a teacher for a General English Program at a university. During my three years there I handled level 1 to level 12.

I have always believed that being a teacher is not just about following the books it is way much more than that. In this field, we should be open minded and have an open heart which will make this experience a remarkable one. I try to understand my students by looking at their point of view.

In my classroom, I encourage a friendly and family-like environment. I ensure that students feel comfortable and that they would enjoy coming to class each day. My goal is to contribute as much as I can in my students’ progress and development.

Analeah Gonzalez Arceo
K4A Teacher

 

 


 

I am Jesan Marie D. Lebeng and I am from the Philippines. This is my fourth year working at CIA PP. This will be the third year working as a Kindergarten 4 teacher.
I believe in what Lorenz Malaguzzi has said: “Children need the freedom to explore the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes, and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds, and colours.” As a kindergarten teacher, a child ought not to be limited in their thinking. They are to be provided with resources to explore things, their abilities, and what more skills they can acquire. They have to be given opportunities to grow and to make choices independently. And that is what we strive to do in the class.
I look forward to working with the students and parents and earnestly anticipate the new school year!

Jesan Lebeng
K4B Teacher

 


 

Hello everyone. My name is Teacher Helen from England, UK. Before I moved to Cambodia six years ago, I worked and lived in the UK as a management consultant predominantly in the Utilities Industry. I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Information Technology and also my Master of Business Administration. After more than 10 years in the industry, I decided to make a career change and pursue my passion for teaching. I completed my TEFL, headed to Southeast Asia and shortly after, began teaching in Phnom Penh. It has been challenging and exciting but not a choice I have regretted since arriving in the Kingdom of Wonder.

I believe that it is my role as an educator is to empower the students to become independent thinkers that can apply what they learn in the classroom to everyday life. Class time should be fun and exciting and I hope that my enthusiasm builds eager students with a thirst for knowledge. This is my first year at CIA PP and I am excited to be part of a great team of wonderful educators and such delightful students.

Helen Garritty
K5A Teacher

 


 

Greetings! My name is Diorella C. Sanchez and I am from the Republic of the Philippines. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Major in Pre School at Bulacan State University, Philippines in 2007 and passed the Philippine Licensure Examination for teachers in the same year. I have been teaching for 11 years, I spent the first 5 years in my home country and 6 years here in Cambodia. This is my 1st year at CIA PP and I am so excited to be working with this high performance team.

I believe in the innate desire of people to grow and become better at whatever they do and my job is to figure out where my students are, where they are heading, and to help them get there. In my classroom, students are encouraged to get involved, be persistent, develop mutual respect, and make decisions.

Let us work together and support each other to make this school year wonderful, fun, and successful!

Diorella Sanchez
K5B Teacher

 


 

Hi! My name is Rhena Sanchez and I am from the Philippines. I am a licensed Secondary Teacher and I accumulated experience teaching preschoolers as well.
I came to Cambodia to work as a volunteer at a local NGO. I started my career as a preschool teacher when I moved to Phnom Penh in 2011.
This is my second year as a K5 teacher at CIAPP International School. I am enjoying my time with my students. I employ discipline, order and freedom at the same time in the classroom. The students are free to ask questions, share their thoughts and ideas. I give equal opportunity to all so that each voice can be heard in the class.

I look forward to fostering a safe and fun learning environment with my students this school year! As I teach, I know that I am learning a lot from them too.


Rhena Sanchez
K5C Teacher