Su Su Nwe joined the Thabyay Education Foundation in June 2017 as a Program Manager of the Community Leadership and Social Studies (CLASS) program. She has nine years of working experience in teaching and school management in private sector. She received training from IATSS program in Japan on Leadership Training. She studied Social Work course at Yangon University to fulfill her knowledge and to contribute her efforts in the field of community development. She believes that training young community leaders from diverse backgrounds is crucial to the development of the country. Thus she decided to dedicate herself to this job to contribute her input as a part of Thabyay. Su Su Nwe oversees both academic and program activities in the CLASS program.
Claire Burgess recently joined Thabyay Education Foundation as its newest Social Science instructor in the Community Leadership and Social Studies Program. Prior to joining the CLASS program as its teaching staff, Claire spent 2.5 years as a Research Advisor for the youth-based training organisation Action Aid Myanmar where she co-managed with youth leaders research projects and produced policy briefs on Land Governance, Development Economics and Myanmar, Local Governance and Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Education. She developed and conducted various trainings on research, advocacy and thematic topics to support staff development and capacity build local youth “Fellows” working in rural and remote areas. Claire was an academic assistant for the School of Social Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2013-14. This involved facilitating four classes of students enrolled in the third year course “Social inequalities and differences”. Claire holds two masters degrees – Masters of International and Public Law (2016) and Masters of Development Studies (2012) – both from the University of Melbourne.
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.
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.
Pierre Le Dorven joined KKEC's CLASS program in 2017, as a social sciences and English teacher. He is a proud native from Brittany, a Celtic country in Western France. Coming from a farming background, he graduated as an engineer in agriculture from UniLaSalle in 2007. He had first worked for 7 years as a sales manager and direct marketing expert in the B2B European agri-business sector. Then he went for a 15 month long trip, discovering Australia and South-East Asia which was a life changing experience! During a brief stay in France, he passed his Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge. Then he returned to Asia to volunteer with a French NGO supporting education for socio-economically disadvantaged children for two years as a Field Coordinator in Northern Myanmar. He then realized that training young community leaders was paramount to Myanmar’s development, and as such, he decided to dedicate himself to this task. When he is not listening to Britton music, reading, or talking about the history of Brittany, he enjoys riding motorbikes in the remote Chin State tracks (especially during rainy season!). He is always up for a Kachin Manau, and would give anything for si tofu and Shan khao swe.
Mr. Moses teachers and coordinates the Service Learning program in CLASS. He has a bachelor degree in Psychology. He then attended one-year Teacher Training Course at Teacher Training Center opened by Infant of Jesus Congregation and Yangon Archdiocese which is formally named Pinya Sanpyae Institute of Education (PSIE) now. He also went to study a short course titled English Language Training for Academic Setting at Ateneo Language Learning Center, Manila, Philippines. Moses has three-years experiences of project managements, conducting trainings, organizing and involving meetings with different organizations at Episcopal Commission for Education (ECE) – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar and seven-year experiences of English teaching, student relations and events organizing Campion Institute.
He loves the work of organizing and coordination activities and events and found his talent in these fields. It is his philosophy that we human are born as gardener so it is our moral responsibility to be a part in caring ALL creatures and plants dwelling in the garden, OUR PLANET.
Founded in 1996, Thabyay is a not-for-profit education foundation registered with the Ministry of Education, committed to providing comprehensive educational and professional services in support of human development, peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.
English for Professional Program (EPP) Teachers
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.
Iryna Kyrylenko is a Ukrainian graduate who has been teaching English in Vietnam for the past three years. She finished National Academy of Statistics, Accounting and Auditing in 2009 and holds a degree in Finance. She also has a TEFL Certification from the TEFL UK. Throughout her years in teaching she always has taken a creative approach to problem solving and taken pride in being a dependable hard worker with great organizational skills. She believes that teaching is a great way to pass on knowledge and passion about subjects. She hopes to help young people discover more about themselves and their future and her goal as a teacher is to create a dynamic and positive learning environment.
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.
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