Our Specialists

Name

Mr. Jim David

Email

jimmy@cris.ac.th

Position

ELL Coordinator

Qualifications

Degree in Education, Sociology, and Psychology

Experience

After a decade working with at-risk youth, I began a teaching career that has challenged and immensel satisfied for over 20 years now, both in the U.S. and Thailand.\nI have learned that , although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I've been blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis. They have taught me the importance of teaching to a student - and not to a test.

Favorite Qoute

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Name

Will Hope-Ross

Email

will@cris.ac.th

Position

Curriculum Coordinator

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA), English Literature, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Masters of Education (M.Ed), The College of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
  • Teacher Certification in Secondary Language Arts, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
  • TOEFL Certificate, Prague, Czech Republic

Experience

International educator in ten different countries at the secondary and university level.

Favorite Qoute

Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information.~ Paulo Freire

Name

Mr. Robert Balcer

Email

robert@cris.ac.th

Position

ELL Teacher

Qualifications

MA (Linguistics), CTESL, BA

Experience

Originally from Canada, I have been teaching for over 25 years in International schools in Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Favorite Qoute

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.~ Thomas Paine~ Thomas Paine

Name

Mr. Graham Sampson

Email

graham@cris.ac.th

Position

Golf Coach

Qualifications

  • Class 'A' PGA of America Member
  • 30-years teaching experience Head Instructor John Jacob's and Golf Digest Schools USA.
  • Director of Instruction - Shanghai Silport Golf Club, China
  • Guest PGA Instructor - Discovery Bay Golf Club, Hong Kong
  • Head Instructor - Happy City Golf Academy, Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Affiliated with Taylor Made Golf and V1 Interactive Golf Software.

Favorite Qoute

First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

Name

Josiah Manzanares

Email

josiah@cris.ac.th

Position

P.E. Teacher

Qualifications

  • BLAS: Philosophy from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • TESOL: Certificate From Chiang Mai University

Experience

I am a new teacher but I have over 15 years experience teaching Martial arts, and running summer camps.

Favorite Qoute

Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunities wont.

Name

Rikky Murphy

Email

rikky@cris.ac.th

Position

Athletic Coordinator / P.E. Teacher

Qualifications

Bachelor of Learning Management (Secondary and Vocational Teaching)

Experience

  • PE Teacher at Mackay Christian College, Australia - (2013 -2014)
  • PE Teacher at Chiang Rai International Christian School (2015-2017)

Favorite Qoute

Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.~ Martin Luther King Jr

Name

Hope Johnson

Email

hope@cris.ac.th

Position

Careers Counseling

Qualifications

  • B.A. in Communicative Disorders, The University of Alabama
  • M.A. in Counselor Education from The University of Alabama

Experience

10 years teaching experience in an International School in Thailand 3 years teaching experience at Mae Fah Luang University 4 years homeschooling experience 10 years experience in University Counseling, Residence Halls and Career Planning 5 years experience in Special Needs, Social Work and Crisis Pregnancy Counseling

Favorite Qoute

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Name

Katherine Tenenbaum

Email

katie@cris.ac.th

Position

ELL Teacher

Qualifications

  • M.A. Ed Teaching Culturally Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (ESL) - George Mason University
  • B.A. Communications -University of Kentucky
  • TEFL Certification, 2008 - USA

Experience

I have taught ESL full time, internationally and within my home country of the United States for eight years. I absolutely love the diverse nature, unique challenges and perspectives that second language learners bring to the classroom.

Favorite Qoute

Darling your comfort zone is a beautiful thing, but you'll never grow there.

Name

Liesl Bryant

Email

liesl@cris.ac.th

Position

Music Teacher

Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Comprehensive Music Education from the University of Puget Sound, 2013
  • Masters in Choral Music Education from Colorado State University, 2017

Experience

After earning my undergraduate degree, I spent five years as the Director of Children's Music at FCC Boulder, and spent over a year as a substitute teacher in public schools around Colorado. While pursuing my Masters at CSU, I was a Choral Graduate Teaching Assistant and realised two of my passions by becoming a private voice and piano teacher. As a classically trained vocalist, pianist, and ukulele player, I am excited to share in the music making and music learning at CRIS!

Favorite Qoute

Perhaps it is music that will save the world.~ Shinichi Suzuki

Name

Mitch Vezeau

Email

mitch@cris.ac.th

Position

Bible Teacher

Qualifications

  • BA in Intercultural Studies, Minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University
  • TESOL Certification from Biola University

Experience

This is my first year as a full-time teacher, but I've been teaching Bible to kids for 13 years.

Favorite Qoute

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.~ Jim Elliot