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School Leadership Team

Anders Hjelm
Sweden
Head of School

20 years of experience as an international educator and leader in schools worldwide on 3 continents

My name is Anders Hjelm, and I am Head of School of SNA. Since I moved from his native country of Sweden about 20 years ago, I have been an international educator and leader in schools worldwide on 3 continents; with extensive experiences of the IB Diploma, Middle and Primary Years Programmes. I have held positions at UNIS Hanoi, Bali Island School, International School of Havana, International School of Monagas, International School of Helsingborg, St Dominic’s International School of Lisbon, and Hangzhou Wahaha International School, before joining SNA as the Head of School.

As an IB examiner, field representative, as well as workshop leader for teachers, coordinators, and administrators; I have enjoyed working with the IB and grown with the organization. I have also served on visiting teams for CIS and NEASC school accreditations, which could be very helpful going for the prestigious WASC accreditation. I also enjoy being involved in music as a trumpet player – playing with symphony orchestras and jazz bands. And I am a keen player of football, tennis, badminton and ping-pong; and love scuba diving.

I believe that SNA provides a caring and supportive learning environment with a culture that encourages students to ask questions, be innovative, while respectfully accepting each individual for who they are. We cultivate responsible, independent, lifelong learners with good character, empathy and leadership qualities. To meet the high demands of information intense societies, where new technologies and digital communications are constantly created and modified, and coexisting well within economic and cultural globalization; certain transferable skills and attitudes would be required:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Dexterity
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility.

I am very inspired to be part of such a hard-working, professional and growing school as SNA, and look forward to a successful partnership with everyone involved – preparing all students for the future!

Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy
Vietnam
Managing Director

Nearly 11 years of experience as Managing Director of renown education centers.

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today ” – Malcom X.

As former Country Head of Overseas Study Center in ILA Vietnam, Thuy has an outstanding track record of level KPIs and operational excellence through many years in an educational leadership position.

Also, her international experience comes from attaining a Master’s Degree in Business & Marketing Management from the Solvay Business School, Université libre de Bruxelles. She pursues her ambition for raising global citizens, constructing innovative curriculum, and inspiring students to succeed.

Through providing a holistic array of operation strategies and delivering seamlessly integrated learning and teaching approach, Thuy offers a clear strategic vision which shapes SNA as a leading international student-centric school. She is also a creative, visionary leader who inspires teachers, students, and the community.

Mike Miller
United Kingdom
Deputy Head of School

Nearly 20 years experience in International schools in Europe and Asia.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.

Mike is originally from Scotland in the United Kingdom and has been involved in international education and leadership for nearly 20 years. His teaching background includes teaching chemistry, biology and science at all levels. He has worked in schools in his home country, Scotland, Spain, and China before arriving in Vietnam 2 years ago. He has significant and extensive experience in working in IB schools in a variety of roles. In addition to his role at SNA, Mike is also an IB workshop leader, an IB school visiting team member and an accreditation officer with the Council of International Schools. Mike is committed to professional development to complement his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management. He recently completed IB’s Leadership in Practice certificate. When not busy working, Mike loves to travel, work out at the gym, and cycle.

Patric Elder
Sweden/Canada
IB MYP Coordinator

Experience teaching in Europe and Asia.

Education is about Experiences. Students making real world connections through practical applications of knowledge and skills. They identify, analyze and solve problems for the benefit of themselves and others. The best part of this job is helping young people find what they are passionate about and guiding them on the start of their own exciting journey. We are all successful, we just need to discover our path.

Lauralynn Stefureak
Sweden/Canada
IB DP Coordinator

IB-experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East

My own experiences as a language learner have nurtured and strengthened the belief in offering as many opportunities as possible for my students to express their knowledge and understanding in ways that are timely, relevant, creative and unique. How has this influenced my work? Teaching English as a second, and sometimes third or fourth, language is challenging in itself. Teaching in English, where students are a mixture of near-native English speakers and those who see English more as a foreign language, is exciting. Provocative. Encouraging. Motivating. Frustrating. And rewarding. We live in an information age and schools are the heart of Information Literacy. Access to information is steered by language, making language competency a vital part of student engagement with lifelong learning.

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