Hello and welcome to my school! I am the founder and school director at CMMIS.
Since I opened the school in 2010 I have covered most of the roles, from leading my own class of 3-6 year olds to driving the school bus!
It has been both a humbling and rewarding experience, as well as an immense privilege to lead CMMIS all these years.
I maintain an active role throughout the school, though I do not have the time to teach these days.
Although my first love is leading a Montessori class and experiencing the joy of learning first hand, I am also passionate about building a team that can help the school reach its full potential.
It’s a difficult job sometimes but one I take on with all my heart.
I was approached by CMMIS in June 2022 to help it develop and expand from the very successful base it has had these past twelve years.
I graduated from the University of Manchester (UK) with a BA, Geography and I was one of the first to enrol in the University of Bath’s ‘Masters in International Education’ programme.
I have been fortunate throughout my career to experience many different educational systems and cultures, having worked in a variety of schools in South Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.
I enjoy working with my fellow teaching colleagues who are so dedicated and enthusiastic about teaching and learning, thereby encouraging me to maintain the passion I have for education.
Outside of education I am an avid traveller and wildlife enthusiast, with a particular love of elephants.
I am also a long time Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society(UK) and Arsenal supporter.
My name is Dr. Variyakon or you can call me Dr.Vari. I graduated from Rangsit
University in the Doctor of Education Program and M. Ed. Program in Educational Administration.
I work at Chiangmai Montessori school as its school director.
My name is Jocelyne Pena. I am part of the school’s toddler team. This is my sixth year working for the school. I have been working for the past thirteen years in the Montessori field. I took my Montessori training in Toronto, Canada. I love working with toddlers and helping them in every way possible. During the past years, I had wonderful opportunities to work in multicultural settings in Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila and Thailand. I am very grateful to be in this profession and am determined to continually hone
my craft. During my spare time, I enjoy cooking and traveling.
My name is Aom. I have been working as a teacher in the Toddler community at Chiang Mai Montessori
school for 6 years. I received a Bachelor degree from Prince of Songkla University and earned my AMS
(American Montessori Society) Early Childhood Education credential from Westside Montessori school
in New York. Working with children has always been a great passion of mine. I love seeing them grow
and help them fulfill their potential. I am happy to work at this school because of the nice working
environment and my colleagues are a pleasure to work with and make it enjoyable to come to work.
I came to Chiang Mai Montessori International School with over 25 years of experience working
as a Montessori Primary teacher. I fell in love with Montessori education after working as an
assistant in one of the Montessori schools in my hometown. I earned my diploma in Primary
Montessori Education from the Foundation for the Advancement of Montessori Education in the
Philippines (FAMEP), which is affiliated with the Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado.
In my free time, I like to stay home and watch my favorite shows or movies. I also enjoy going
out to eat at new restaurants.
One of my favorite quotes from Maria Montessori is “The greatest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist”.
Hello, my name is Asela De Vicente. I would like to tell you about myself and how I came to be a Montessori teacher.
I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Biology from Central Philippine University, Iloilo, Philippines. I came from a family of educators. I started loving Montessori Philosophy when I started working in a
Montessori school in Singapore in 2009. Then I became a certified AMI Montessori Directress.
I completed my training from R.T.I. Montessori Training Centre at Mumbai, India. I have been teaching
children to love learning for over a decade and have grown deeply with joy and pride teaching the
Montessori way wherein you see children develop their life skills and enjoy learning independently.
Hello, my name is Yingbo(Jenny) Zhou. I hold a master’s degree from Zhejiang University and I received the AMI diploma in SIMS, Arizona, USA.
Before becoming a Montessori guide, I was a university teacher in China and from there I realized the importance of early childhood education to children and families. Thus I switched my career to early childhood education and set up a preschool in China. The more I work with the children, the deeper my understanding of the role of a lead guide in the classroom becomes. A Montessori guide is a facilitator who journeys alongside children in the process of learning, and guides them toward their innate human potential.
“I saw it, I forgot, I heard it, I remember, I did it, I understand.” and “help me do it by myself.” are two of my favorite quotes from Maria Montessori in the classroom.
Passion of working with young minds. and thirst for progressive and authentic knowledge about
childhood education enabled me to pursue Masters in Elementary education from The College of New
Jersey, New Jersey. I earned a certificate of qualification, global teaching license from TCNJ, New
Jersey . At the core of everything I do, lies strong belief in montessori pedagogy and my training in 3- 6
and 6 – 12 montessori from MMI, London and Indian Montessori centre supported my desire to work
and understand both elementary and primary children I also hold a Bachelor in science, a Bachelor in
education and prior to a teaching career, I worked as a human resource professional after completing MBA more than a decade ago. I have enjoyed working in various cities of India. Myanmar and Bangkok in Montessori and IB schools for around 8 years and hope to continue igniting the active minds.
My name is Dina, and I am a certified English language teacher with an IMBA degree and 10 years of international experience. I also hold a degree in English Philology and Translation.
I currently lead the Intensive English program for our children at CMMIS.
Prior to my role at CMMIS I was an English language teacher in China, where I worked for popular international English language institutions such as BBC, English First and Elite Pal.
Being a part of CMMIS, I see smiling faces at CMMIS every day. Here time flows differently; students can find joy and feel free of obstacles or barriers to their learning.
For children whose first language is not English, this is a very unique and valuable aspect of the Montessori approach to learning, and the environment here at CMM.
Hello everyone! My name is Nunthanut but you can call me Ms. Nut.
I am 33 years old and I graduated from the faculty of Education.
I have been working at Chiangmai Montessori school as a teacher assistant in CH3 for 8 years. I have had the pleasure of assisting class alongside 4 different trained Montessori teachers and I have learned so much in that time.
I’m so happy to come to work at CMMIS. Our teachers and staff are very nice and the children make me smile and laugh all the time.
If anyone needs assistance I’m very willing to help and I’ll do my best!
Hello My name is Peachamon Intaraksa.
My nickname is Onchan, you can call me On. I have a
bachelor’s degree in English for International Communication.
I grew up in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I love my hometown because it is full of lovely people, has a unique culture and beautiful nature.
Language is very important to me and I love working with children from different communities & cultures because it opens up the world to me.
I am Ms. Philawan Sinwal also known as Ms. Nang. With a background in English Literature and
humanities, I have been working in the lower elementary classroom for the past 5 years and enjoy the
enthusiasm and curiosity among children.
Hello everyone! My name is Suda or you can call me Ms. Da. I am 25 years old and I graduated from Chiangmai University in the faculty of English humanities. I have been working at Chiangmai Montessori school as a teacher assistant in CH2 for one year. I love Chiangmai Montessori School because everyone is very nice and supportive. I feel like it is my second home. I love being around the children and I am trying my best to support and assist them with their needs. Thank you!
Hello my name is Ms. Sang. I have been working in Chiangmai Montessori School for five years. I
started working as a teacher assistant and Thai teacher in Children House (CH2). Currently, I am working as a full Thai teacher. I love Montessori education because children can choose their work independently.
I am Julia from Alaska, USA, and I have been a kindergarten teacher in Chiang Mai for 7 years. I love
teaching hands-on projects focused on nature, art and the sciences. I consider Chiang Mai my long-term home and love to explore the North of Thailand on the weekends. Outside of school, I make pottery at a local studio and work on my garden every day.