academic leadership team
Director of Studies
Mr Tim Vanderpool has nearly 30 years of experience in education as a teacher. Mr Tim grew up in California, attended Occidental College, and spent the first 14 years of his educational career in a coastal suburb of Los Angeles. His international experience started in 2005 in Tokyo where he spent 9 more years teaching IB Physics and leading curriculum development. The last 6 years have been dedicated to the transformation of teaching and learning at international schools in Ho Chi Minh City as the Curriculum Director.
Mr Tim has a M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, a B.A. in Physics, has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2003, and will complete his Certificate of Management and Leadership this summer. This will be the third time in his career that he has helped a school in their quest to become an IB World School and is looking forward to this exciting opportunity as Tesla.
Nguyen Truong Ton
Head of MOET
Mr Truong Ton has more than 15 years experience working in Education and espeacially is the experience in yeaching Mathematics Secondary and High school. Before joining Tesla, Mr Ton was Vice Principal in West Australian School System, Vice Principal, Teacher in Luong The Vinh High school. His education perspective, understand your student before teaching them, put yourself in their position to guide them to go further with the way that they are easy to catch up.
- BA Mathematics Teacher Education, An Giang University.
- BA Mathematics Teacher Education, University of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh city.
- Education Management Certificate.
Le Thi Hong Son
Moet Head of Early Years
Ms Hong Son is an experienced teacher in Early Years Education, she has worked in different education eviroments as Vietnam and Internation School. Ms Hong Son is Principal of Early Years (MOET programme) at Tesla, along with her love in career and children, she would like to contribute to equip them with strongly basic life skills and knowledge to prepare well for the academic ahead.
- University of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh City, major is Early Childhood Education.
Nguyen Ha Huyen Kim
Ms Huyen Kim is an experienced teacher with more than 30 years working in Education. She has worked in many high schools including Le Quy Don, Tran Khai Nguyen, Go Vap, Bac Lieu and International School of Ho Chi Minh City and now Tesla. Ms Kim hopes to work closely with the Pedagogy Leadership Team of Tesla in bringing the students the best opportunities of international learning experience, so they can develop themselves to their fullest abilities and become learners with most wanted skills, knowledge and attitudes.
- BA English Education, University of Pedagogy Ho Chi Minh city.
- IB training certificates.
Nguyen Thi Quynh Dien
With more than 21 years of teaching experience in international and bilingual education environment, Ms Quynh Dien expects to give Tesla students a new and effective way to learn. Her perspective is not only to teach students about knowledge, but support them to be more creative in each of their ideas, expressing their personality and thoughts. From there, students will become proactive and confident to step out into society.
- BS Civill Engineering, Polytechnic University, Ho Chi Minh city.
- BA English, University of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh city.
- Cambridge international diploma for teachers and trainers
- Arts & Design, University of Cambridge.
- Teaching Vietnamese Methodology, Saigon University, Ho Chi Minh city.
- Web-based Resources of Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL), University of Oregon.
- IB training certificates.
Pham Thi Huong Tra
Early Years Coordinator
Ms Huong Tra is an experienced teacher at Kindergarten schools before become to Early Year Coordinator at Tesla. Combining between knowledge from many educational environments, pesonal experience and her own inquisitive spirit, Ms Tra built a curriculum in which students are the focus, take the initiative in learning activities, complete basic skills to prepare them for learning in the future.
- Bachelor in Education, University of Pedagogy Ho Chi Minh city.
- Master in Education, University of Pedagogy Ho Chi Minh city.
To become a leading education group by giving students a passion for science and technology through developing strong language skills. To provide students with an educational environment that combines the teaching of modern science, technology and education in Western cultures with the Oriental values.