Hyelim Yang, our new Academic Coordinator, is a South Korean native with various international experiences. She has backpacked a number of countries in three continents before she moved to the US for her Master’s degree at George Mason University in the Washing D.C. area. She also has lived in Central America for about 5 years, mostly in Guatemala. Prior to her current role at TEF/KKEC, she worked as Bilingual Program Director at a local school funded by a British NGO for two years in Antigua, Guatemala. Her main responsibilities were creating an English Language Curriculum and managing the team of English teachers. Her work was not only highly demanding and challenging but was also a great learning experience. This experience definitely made her prepared for her current job at TEF and makes her appreciate TEF’s efficiency and organization. Along with her teaching licenses both in the US and S. Korea, she holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in International Education. She says that her current job at TEF is her dream job. The friendly, helpful, resourceful staff members and highly motivated, prepared young leader students make all the difference. She is still new to Myanmar but she feels settled with the help of TEF staff. She loves the warmth of the people in Myanmar and can’t wait to travel around the country in the near future.
Enric Alonso joined the KKEC’s CLASS program at Thabyay as a social studies teacher in 2016. He is originally from Barcelona, Spain and worked there as an English teacher, preparing young adults for official exams. He has a background in political science and graduated from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in public policy and social studies in 2015. He is particularly interested in the field of education and has had previous experience teaching political science subjects as a volunteer in Myanmar.
Eline Braakman joined Kant Kaw Education Centre in January 2017 as a Social Science and English teacher. She is originally from the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor degree at the University of Amsterdam in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology with a minor in Asian Studies. During her studies she was involved in the Erasmus Student Network and organised activities for exchange students at her home university. She herself went on an exchange program to the National University of Singapore and lived there for 5 months. Besides this she has backpacked extensively through Southeast Asia. Being Dutch one of the first things she did after arriving in Yangon was to buy a bicycle, so she can explore areas around Yangon. One of her other hobbies is scuba diving.
Kirstin Sonne joined the CLASS program as a teacher since January 2017. She teaches Academic Reading and Writing and Speaking and Listening as part of the CLASS program. Originally from Malta, she grew up in Germany and studied English Literature and Linguistics at the University of York, UK. After graduating she worked in publishing and marketing but quickly realised she preferred teaching and undertook the CELTA course to teach English as a foreign language. She gained classroom teaching experience at international language schools in Malta and London, where she enjoyed working with teenagers and adults from all over the world. Before joining Thabyay she volunteered as an English teacher for an educational NGO in Yangon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring Myanmar and trying the local cuisine.
Marie Starr is a teacher from Ireland and has been living in Myanmar for over three years. She has been an instructor at Kant Kaw Education Centre since July 2015. Previous to KKEC she taught in a number of international schools around Yangon and in Thailand as well as volunteering in non-profit schools in Karen State and Rakhine State. At KKEC she teaches Academic Reading and Writing and Workforce Exposure. Outside of KKEC she is a photographer specializing in travel and cultural photography and articles for various local and international publications. As well as photography and travel she is passionate about learning Burmese.
Shivani Suresh joined the Thabyay team in May 2016. She teaches International Relations, Economics, Global Issues, Health, Study Skills and Critical Thinking. Originally from India, she spent most of her childhood in East Africa, particularly Rwanda. She obtained her BA in Anthropology, Sociology and Ethnic Studies from Cornell College, USA. While there, she served as a Co-Chair for the institution's Diversity Committee. After graduation, she spent a few months backpacking through Mexico, learning Spanish along the way, meeting indigenous tribes, and eating lots of guacamole. In the following year, she worked as an Associate and Special Projects Coordinator with a conflict resolution NGO in Bangalore, India. While there, she gained experience creating curricula, and leading workshops and training programs for certain life skills. She has previously taught English and Social Sciences in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Her hobbies include reading, adventure sports, and siestas.
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Ko Nge teaches Academic Reading and Writing at Intermediate Level. He has been residing in Yangon since his early childhood. Looking back his academic success, he achieved B.A (Honors) Degree majoring in English Language and Literature from Dagon University in 2013. Then, being eligible for further study he continued postgraduate degree and earned his M.A (English) in 2015. Having an innate passion to teaching, he commenced teaching “English for workplace” to City Mart staff in 2016 March which was his first step in shaping his career. He has recently been presented Certificate in Teaching English to Adults by American Center; furthermore he is now pursuing Teaching Civic Education there again. For the time being he is working at Impact Skill Development Center as a full time English language teacher specialized in General English and Academic Reading. He loves traveling to remote places to facilitate education to children and adults who don’t have chance to study with various reasons.
Kyaw Thurein studied Electrical Power Engineering at the Yangon Institute of Technology. However having developed a passion for teaching he started a career as language instructor in 2004. In his own studies he received an IELTS score of 8.5 and currently teaches the IELTS preparation course. He loves traveling and has formed a group with like-minded friends to do volunteering work in local communities.
Cung Khin Dim, nicknamed Rody, has a BA in English from Dagon University and a Master Degree in Rural Development Management from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. She is originally from Chin State and a native speaker of Falam, Tedim, Khual Sim and Zanniat. She spent several years for teaching English to Myanmar students and Burmese to foreigners who live in Myanmar. She has been involved in translation ministry both paid and unpaid/volunteer for more than 10 years. She is a pioneer student of Kant Kaw and alumni of KKEC. She was a Sunday School teacher at Hlaingtharyar Christian Church (HCC). She has a certificate of Social Entrepreneurship from Myanmar Egress and many volunteer works in many institutions as a librarian, consultant and research assistant. She is married and expecting a baby boy. She loves playing piano and guitar, singing and reading for pleasure.
Rose Nge Nge, a teacher with over nine years teaching experiences in an international school and private English institutes in Myanmar and Thailand, recently joined KKEC. She graduated from Mandalay University majored in Computer science, received advanced diploma in Business management from Association of Business Executives (ABE,UK), and Teaching Language as a Foreign Language(TEFL) from London Teacher Training College. As she always wants to broaden her teaching and learning horizons, (1) she took Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) and got 850 points. (2) She attended many teaching seminars such as teaching in 21st century skills with Oxford university press and workshops such as training course for foreign teachers to qualify for teaching license while she worked as a communicative English teacher at Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus School in Bangkok and Mary Immaculate Convent School in Chonburi, Thailand. According to her all-time favorite Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, she strongly believes in “A teacher is not someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the students to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
Kyawt Shin Phyu has 5 years of teaching experience at various levels and age groups. Her expertise is in English and IT. She has a degree in Physics from Yangon University of Distance Education as well as other diplomas in English and Computer Studies. She also volunteers as a teacher in disadvantaged communities. Sharing knowledge is one of her passions. During her leisure time, she enjoys learning new languages, traveling and tailoring.
Pwe Say Htoo, nicknamed P.S.Htoo, is from Myaungmya in Ayeyarwaddy Division. Earning Bacheloar of Arts in Communicative English (B.A.C.E.) from Karen Baptist Theological Seminary (KBTS), Liberal Arts Programme, Insein,Yangon, he started teaching since he was a university student. Now he’s teaching at KBTS, Liberal Arts Programme as a demonstrator. Additionally, he teaches at Dr. Chit Maung Library which is also called Crest Vantage Language School and Tyrannus English Proficiency Course which is an outreach of Thabyay and organized by Myanmar Baptist Convention. He has got nearly four years of teaching experience to different levels of students.He likes traveling and learning different cultures around the world. Swimming and cycling are his favorite sports. And P.S Htoo is determined to study abroad in order to pursue his master degree in education.