Mr. Barry joined AISVN in July 2019. He has more than 25 years teaching and administrative experience in Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Tanzania and Cambodia. He has served as head of school in these latter three countries for the past 19 years - each of them IB World Schools.
Mr. Barry serves on the EARCOS (the East Asia Regional Council of Schools) Board of Directors. He also leads school inspections throughout the world for the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); the same two accrediting bodies which accredit AISVN.
Mr. Ross is originally from Scotland in the United Kingdom and spent 10 years as a teacher and school leader in Melbourne, Australia. Most recently he worked as Elementary School Deputy Principal in a highly regarded K-12 independent school. Before that, Mr. Ross has also worked in leadership roles relating to Learning Technologies and Innovation as well as Head of Physical Education & Sport in Australia and the United Kingdom. Mr. Ross was selected to be part of the National Emerging Leaders Program in Australia in 2016 and was part of the coveted Google Teacher Academy in 2015.
His passion is working with children and teachers to ensure the highest quality of learning every day, inspiring curiosity, wonder, resilience and imagination.
Mr. Ross especially enjoys playing sports, reading books and playing the guitar. Outside of school, Mr. Ross enjoys being the parent of two girls, spending time with friends and exploring the wonders of Ho Chi Minh City.
Mr. Martin joined the AISVN faculty in August 2015 and previously served in the role of English Language Development Coordinator for the secondary schools. Mr. Martin holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Oregon and master's degree in Education Administration from California State University at Northridge. Additionally, Mr. Martin also holds the Secondary Teaching Credential in English from the State of California, and prior to joining the AISVN faculty, he served on the faculties of secondary schools and universities in South Korea, Thailand, and the United States.
Mr. Martin is an avid soccer fan and has enjoyed his opportunities to play and coach the sport. Before entering the field of education, he worked in advertising and film where he learned the importance of creativity and adaptability. One of his favorite quotes comes from Mahatma Gandhi and reads: “Live as you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.
Dr. Chandra Michael McGowan joined the American International School Vietnam community in 2020 as the Secondary Principal. She received her Doctorate in International Education from George Mason University and has served as a Service as Action, MYP, and DP Coordinator and has taught Secondary Mathematics and Theory of Knowledge in the United States, Finland, and Germany.
Dr. Chandra also is passionate about collaborating with educators from all over the world to develop globally minded schools. She has recently completed a certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and aims to support the development and capacity of achievement in the Secondary School community.
Ms. Tracy joined AISVN in 2019. Prior to working at AISVN, Ms. Tracy's career spans 26 years and five countries, UK, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Cambodia. Ms. Tracy started her career as a teacher in England and has worked in various capacities in school leadership, curriculum coordination and latterly as a school Principal. Ms. Tracy’s latest role has been Head of School at an international school in Cambodia.
Ms. Tracy is a lead educator, consultant and school visitor team leader for the International Baccalaureate (IB). The work of an IB educator takes her to different schools around the world, supporting teachers, evaluating schools to be authorized, evaluating the implementation of the curriculum and acting as a remote consultant for schools.
Ms. Tracy is passionate about implementing school improvement initiatives and supporting the inclusive approach that all students can learn. She enjoys working with parents and students to support the school’s mission and vision.
Mr. Balo joined AISVN in 2016. He has over 26 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. Prior to working at AISVN he worked in Bangkok as Assistant Principal for Sports and Activities at Bangkok Patana School in Thailand, and as Athletic Director at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Mr. Balo's professional development is extensive and on-going with an emphasis in IB and providing children with multiple opportunities to reach their full potential.
Ms. Stafford joined AISVN in 2018. Prior to working at AISVN, Ms. Stafford worked at Highton Primary School in Australia as an Assistant Principal and PYP Coordinator and for the past two years as the school Principal. She has worked as an instructional teaching and learning coach for the Victorian Department of Education, working with school to improve student outcomes and building teacher capacity.
She is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry, skilled in K-12 Education, Staff Development, Educational Leadership, Classroom Management, and Program Development. She has presented at international conferences on the PYP, inclusion, inquiry learning and building teacher capacity to improve student outcomes.
Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, collaboration and growth, Ms. Carly consistently strives towards creating a learning and teaching environment that enables learners to be engaged, capturing their interests and igniting their curiosity. Her strong understanding of education spans over 20 years and she is driven by ensuring all students achieve success.
Mrs. Alison Tillery joined the AISVN team in July 2017 in her 27th year of education. Alison has taught and been a school-based leader in both elementary and middle school. While she began her career in Louisiana, she has worked in schools in Maryland, Iowa, Bahrain, Finland, and most recently the United Arab Emirates. Working in both elementary and middle-level education, Mrs. Alison has an excellent perspective on how students progress through the various learning stages and enjoys working with teachers to plan and implement curriculum that excites and challenges students.
Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places and cultures. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and walking. After four years in the desert, she is looking forward to the abundance of green trees, flowers, and rain in Vietnam.
Ms. Sonia Matthews joined AISVN as Schoolwide EAL Coordinator in 2020. Prior to that, she worked as an IB teacher and administrator for over 25 years. She has taught from pre-school through to graduate school at tertiary level, with her experience mainly at IB schools. Her career path started in Montréal, Canada and since then she has continued to work at international schools in Japan, New York, Singapore, and most recently The Netherlands.
Ms Sonia has a passion for both literature and applied linguistics. In addition to being a licensed IGCSE examiner in ESL, she has over 20 years of experience working as an IB examiner for English B in Group 2 (Language Acquisition). She loves to experience new cultures and has traveled to over 80 countries.
Mrs. Lam joined the AISVN Elementary in July, 2009. She has 5 years of teaching assistant and teaching Vietnamese experience in international schools in Ho Chi Minh City, 3 year experience as coordinator and 1 year experience as manager in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten School. With her love for children and her passion for work, Mrs. Lam always wishes to bring students lessons that are light, fun, interesting and useful. Mrs. Lam is very happy to be a part of AISVN team.
Ms. Tuyet joined AISVN in 2007. Up to now, she has 12 years of teaching experience. She was successful in applying the experiences that she has collected from the elementary schools in HCMC, such as: Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ho Thi Ky…into teaching at AISVN. Besides, she has got many opportunities to learn more about new teaching methods from expat teachers come from America, Canada, Australia, etc. into the teaching lesson. To her, student is a precious pearl that every teacher must try all their best to make the pearl keep shinning and shinning.
Ms. Duong Giao Tien has been Vietnamese Coordinator at AISVN since 2010. Her career ranges from Vietnamese program planning to teacher mentoring and evaluation. With nearly 20-year teaching experience at public schools and 18 year at international schools, she has excellent experience and initiatives in teaching methodology. She received 3rd prize in “the Chu Van An Award” for Excellent High school teachers in school year 2001-2002 and 3rd prize in the Contest of ICT Application in Teaching in 2007. Ms. Tien is dedicated to spending her time encouraging students to love Vietnamese Studies subjects as well as Vietnamese culture, people and the country itself.