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.
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.
Dr. Nweni Wynn received a bachelor’s degree in medical science in 2003 and worked as a junior lecturer at the University of Medicine for six years. In 2008, she obtained a master’s degree in pharmacology: one of the basic medical science subjects offered. Since 2008, after Cyclone Nargis, she has volunteered with many community-based organizations to provide psychosocial support and free medical service to survivors of disasters. She obtained her post graduate diploma in Applied Psychology in 2010 from the University of Yangon and joined SalusWorld as a Program Director for 3 years. She was also a founder of Heal the World, providing counseling, trainings and community outreach to marginalized people. She was certified by World Learning’s School for International Training (SIT) in the Foundational Cycle Training of Trainers (FCTOT) program at the American Center. She has joined Institute for Political & Civic Engagement (iPACE) as a program trainer after helping to launch the “Human Rights Foundations & Mechanisms for Protection” course in April 2014. Currently working as a freelancer, she provides training & consultation, especially on human rights related topics & cases.
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.
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.
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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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