Meet the Team

At UNIS Hanoi we endeavour to employ only the very best and most experienced staff and personal, and pride ourselves on our exceptional 296 -strong team of faculty and staff at the heart of our learning community. 

Please also see our Faculty and Staff Directory.

Dr Chip Barder, Head of School 

Dr. Barder is entering his 46th year as a professional educator. He has a B.A. degree in Economics with a teaching credential in the social sciences, an M.S. degree in Counseling, and a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching. He has been a teacher, counselor, and principal at all three levels: Elementary, Middle, and High School. He has also been a university faculty member in teacher education and school administration. He has been the head of three different international schools before UNIS Hanoi for a total of thirteen years. He has served in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo again); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pekanbaru, Indonesia; Damascus, Syria; Moscow, Russia; and Warsaw, Poland. In the U.S., he has worked in Bloomington, Indiana; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tampa Florida; East Lansing Michigan; and Bellingham, Washington. He believes his greatest achievement is being a parent of three successful adult children, all products of international schools around the world. 

 

Elementary School

Megan Brazil, Elementary School Principal

Megan joined UNIS Hanoi in August 2015. Prior to UNIS Hanoi she was a key member of the Senior Leadership Team at GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE, where she has spent seven years in a range of impressively growing educational leadership roles. She holds a BA in Education, Postgraduate certificate in International Education, and a Masters in Education. Megan is also an IB-PYP workshop leader role, having delivered workshops to PYP teachers within the Africa, Europe and Middle East regions. Since the first  adventure to England to experience  the life of international educators 12 years ago, Megan and her family have still been very much passionate about being global citizens. She  brings to us over 20 years of experience in teaching, school administration, staff professional development and curriculum management, built up and enriched from IB world schools in Colombia, India and UAE. Megan is from Australia. 

Nitasha Chaudhuri , Lower Elementary School Deputy Principal

Nitasha joined the UNIS Hanoi school community in August 2015. Nitasha has a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and a Master in curriculum and teaching. Previously, Nitasha was Associate Principal at the American School of Bombay - India, leading the overhaul of ECC - G1. Prior to AS Bombay, Nitasha was a teacher and a curriculum coordinator at Highgate School, London. Nitasha is from India.

 

 

Stephen Lush , Upper Elementary School Deputy Principal 

Before joining UNIS Hanoi in August 2015, Stephen was Principal  of the International School Nido de Aguilas, Santiago, Chile. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal studies and a Master's in Educational Leadership. An educator for mỏe than 20 years, Stephen has over 14 years of administrative experience in both US and international schools.

 

 

Angela Meikle, Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator

Angela joins UNIS Hanoi from Western Academy of Beijing, where she has been working since 2006, with the last 4 years in the capacity of PYP Coordinator. Angela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent development, and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision. In her 13 years experience as an educator, she has been involved in various roles - teacher, team leader, pedagogical leader, and curriculum coordinator both in the U.S. and internationally.

 


Anissa Zotos, Elementary School Counselor  

Anissa joined the UNIS Hanoi team in 2014 after seven years as a Learning Support teacher in lovely Scotland and a successful career as a Special Educator and Behavioral Specialist in her native USA. Anissa arrived in Vietnam with 21 years in education, degrees in Behavioral Science and Special Education, and a passion for meeting the needs of all learners. She is thrilled to be part of the vibrant, dynamic learning community that is UNIS Hanoi.




Dylan Meikle, Elementary School Counsellor

Dylan joined UNIS Hanoi in August 2016 as Grade 3 teacher and this year taking on the Elementary School Counsellor role. Dylan has 13 years experience being involved in teaching and learning, first for a primary school in his home country Australia and then internationally at Western Academy of Beijing for the past 11 years. Dylan has two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Psychology, the other in Education, a Diploma in Counselling, and a Masters of Education in Leadership and Administration. At WAB, he was working for many years as an ES homeroom Teacher across grade levels, before taking the role ES Counsellor 2 years ago.

 

 

 

Middle/High School

Scott Schaffner, High School Principal

Before joining UNIS Hanoi in August 2017, Scott was the HS Principal at the Dubai American Academy in the UAE where he had served in this capacity for the last 5 years. He started his career as a lawyer and, after practicing law for three years in New York City, decided to change career paths and enter education. After gaining his teaching credential, he taught in the inner city of New York for 3 years before going overseas to teach Social Science and IB History at the American School of Warsaw. Prior to serving in the capacity of HS Principal in Dubai, Scott had proven to be a highly successful international educator for 11 years in the classroom.

 

Marc Vermeire, Middle School Principal 

Marc Joined UNIS Hanoi in 2012. Prior to UNIS he worked in China assisting schools with IB development and authorization. His 20 year career in education also includes time in the United States, where he served as a classroom teacher, Director of Athletics, Deputy Principal, and Principal in secondary schools. Marc holds a BS in Science and Asian Studies, a MA in Marine Science, a MA in Education, and a Postgraduate certificate in Educational Leadership. Marc comes from a family of educators and shares this passion with his wife , a K1 teacher at UNIS Hanoi and his children.


 

Glenda Baker, Middle/HighSchool Deputy Principal

Glenda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Education, a Master’s in Educational technology & assessment and is now working towards a second Master’s in Educational Leadership and Management. Prior to joining UNIS Hanoi in August 2016, Glenda has 22 years experience, 11 of which have been at the American School in Japan. While at ASIJ she advanced through various positions including HS Visual Arts Teacher, Teacher Leader, Department Chair, HS Instructional Technology Coach and the Director of Strategic Innovation. Glenda is from Australia.


Cindy Barnsley, Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator

Cindy joined UNIS Hanoi in 2014 as MSHS Humanities Teacher and as the Middle Years Programme Coordinator in August 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in History and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Prior to joining UNIS Hanoi, she has had 9 years’ experience in teaching and leadership positions in Middle and High Schools. Before UNIS Hanoi, Cindy served at the MS Curriculum Coordinator and senior Modern History Teacher at the Armidale School in Australia. Prior to enter the educational arena Cindy was an award winning journalist. 

 

Clark Stroupe, Diploma Programme (DP) Coordinator

Clark joined UNIS Hanoi in 2015-2016 school year and is currently teaches Economics and Business Management. He has vast experience with the IBDP has taught in four IB schools over eight DP/MYP subjects. Clark has worked for IBO since 2005 as an Examiner (Theatre), Workshop Leader (English/DP Coordination/TOK/Administrators), School Authorization Visitor and Field Rep. In 2008 Clark led the authorization of the first IB school in Myanmar where he served as DP Coordinator. Clark also conducts training for new PYP/MYP/DP Workshop Leaders and has recently been designated an “IB PD Lead Educator”

 

Paula Wilcox, Grade 6-9 Counsellor

Paula holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling children & young people. Before joining UNIS Hanoi in August 8, she has had 10 years of experience in counselling positions at various levels. She was PreK-12 Counsellor at the Anglo-American School of Saint Petersburg. Prior to that, Paula worked at the International School of Dusseldorf for 5 years as Grades 6-10 Counsellor. She is member of American School Counselor Association and of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Paula is from the UK.


Kirk Michael Jackson, Grade 6-9 Counsellor 

Kirk’s qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Studies, a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology, and various certificates in counselling, behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, and child protection. He is bringing to UNIS Hanoi 6 years experience in Counselling and Student Support. Kirk worked at SEK International School Qatar. Besides counselling, he also has had many years experience in youth work, coaching sports, project management and community development. Kirk is from the UK.

 

Lee Cassidy, D-12 School Psychologist 

Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Educational Psychology. She is joining UNIS Hanoi in August 2017 with 23 years of experience, 18 of which are international with Rabat American School Morocco and American International School of Johannesburg. She has held various counseling and guidance positions, including ES Counselor, MS Counselor and D-12 School Psychologist.

 

Brenda Manfredi, High School Counsellor 

Brenda joined UNIS Hanoi in August 2016. Prior to UNIS Hanoi, she was the High School Counsellor and Department Coordinator at NIST in Bangkok. She was a school counsellor in NY for 11 years before moving to the international school arena. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in School Counseling. Brenda is originally from the U.S.  

 


Casey Nolen Jackson, High School Counsellor 

Casey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History & Geography, and certificates in College Counselling and Enrollment Management. She is joining UNIS Hanoi from Antwerp International School in Belgium, where she was the Grade 9-12 Counsellor. She has more than 15 years working in education, 5 years as a teacher, 7 in admissions and the last 4 in social, emotional, academic and university counselling. She is no stranger to Vietnam, having worked previously as Director of College and University Counseling office for ISHCMC.

 


Administration Team

In addition to the Head of School, the Principals and their Deputy Principals, the following administrators make up the Admin Team at UNIS Hanoi.

Rebecca Caudill, D-12 Curriculum Coordinator 

Rebecca has 25 years of educational experience as a Teacher, Curriculum developer and Administrator. She began her career in a public school district in the southern U.S., and after 17 years she embarked on her overseas adventure in Ghana. Rebecca has served in various roles in her educational career, including special education Teacher, Reading Specialist, PYP Coordinator, ES Vice Principal ... Prior to UNIS Hanoi, she was Director of Educational Programmes at Lincoln Community School, Ghana. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She is originally from the U.S. 
 

Ed Gilbreath, Director of Technology

Ed has been a professional educator for more than 40 years. His involvement with technology began early in his teaching career when he introduced the Apple Plus in his classroom. Ed began his overseas working in Amsterdam, followed by a short return to the states and for the last 10 years has worked as a Tech Director in Singapore. His passions include travel, swimming, reading, hiking, cycling and cycle racing. He believe UNIS Hanoi provides an excellent opportunity to implement technology in support of learning and to learn from students and teachers.

  
 

Misty Shipley, Director of Finance & Operations 

Before coming to UNIS Hanoi in August 2017, Misty was the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations at the Seoul Foreign School. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Organisational Development and she has a Masters in Business Administration. She is a Certified School Business Specialist - Accounting, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is Certified in Risk Management Assurance. Prior to Seoul, she worked in various public and private schools and organisations as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Internal Auditor, Director of Administration and teacher at Austin Business College in Texas. She has also run her own business on two different occasions. She has managed several multi-million dollar building projects and was a Strategic Plan Facilitator for a school district of 36,000 students. 
 

Tarique Al-Iesa, Director of Activities

Tarique has a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in physical education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and many years’ experience as a teacher and director of Activities. Before joining UNIS Hanoi in 2014, he spent 19 years working at international schools in the Middle East including the American School of Kuwait, The American School of Dubai, and The KAUST School. Tarique grew up in both Kuwait and the U.S. and is a citizen of both countries.

 

 

Emma Silva, Director of Advancement

Emma joined UNIS Hanoi in 2011 from the American School of Paris where she worked for nine years, launching and growing their Advancement Programme (Marketing, Communications, Constituent Relations and Fundraising). Prior to ASP, she was Head of Fundraising at the Outward Bound Trust in the UK, her first role in the not-for-profit sector, combining her love for outdoor adventure with education and supporting disadvantaged young people. Her move to Outward Bound marked the end of a ten year career as a journalist in the British media in both print and television. Emma is British.


Liana Bianchi, Senior Manager - Marketing and Enrolment Management 

Liana is joining UNIS Hanoi in August 2017. She has had more than 15 years of experience working in management, business development, communications, and fundraising for the international humanitarian and development organisations in Congo, Indonesia, the US and UK. Most recently she was Head of Programme Design, Fundraising & Assessment for International Alert. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and a Master’s in International Relations. Liana is originally from Idaho, USA.


Bronagh Lucardie, Admissions Senior Manager 

Bronagh originates from Belfast, Ireland. She has a BS degree with honors in Sociology, post graduate diplomas in both Guidance and Counseling, and in the Management of Training and Development, and is a licentiate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has held various management, supervisory and leadership roles in her career working within both the private sector and non-governmental organizations, and previously worked as the Elementary School Secretary at the International School of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, before moving to Hanoi in 2007.


Carl Strefford, Senior Manager - Operations 

Carl is joining UNIS Hanoi in August 2017 with 25 years of management experience with British Armed forces and NATO allies, and subsequently 22 years in the private sector in operations management. He has been in Vietnam for the past 15 years, having served as a COO and in other senior operations management positions, most recently as the Security Director of Ciputra. Carl’s educational background focused on telecommunication engineering from the Royal Corps of Signals, the Institute of Supervisory Management and Project Management certification. 


Thang Vu, Senior Manager of Business Administration 

Thang Vu (Thango) joined UNIS Hanoi in September 2014. Born in Vietnam, Thango immigrated to Canada and attended school there, graduating from Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Canada. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from Mount Allison University in Canada, a MBA degree from City University, USA. He is also a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Canada. Prior to joining UNIS Hanoi, Thango worked in a number of senior management positions both with a private college in Canada and with Municipal Governments of Canada. Thango has a keen interest in international education, international understanding and is an enthusiast in implementing IT solutions, accounting systems, and business processes. Thango speaks Vietnamese, English, Japanese and some French. 

 

Adam Archer, Senior Manager of Information Technology 

Before joining UNIS Hanoi in 2015, Adam had served as a Senior IT Architect for Stemcell Technologies for 11 years.  He has 16 years experience in IT, 8 in leadership roles. Adam has Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Professional certificates in Windows Systems and Google Apps.  Before joining Stemcell Adam founded ArcherVentures - a technology service provider with applications for military, property management, public relations and legal services.



Monica Huang, Senior Manager - School Information Systems 

Monica is joining us from Follett Software - a company that provides educational technology products to schools. She has 8 years experience leading and implementing school wide technology projects. She has worked with and served 4 international schools in China and Malaysia. Apart from experience in technology, Monica was also a teacher and curriculum developer, having worked as Academic Lead for Yew Wah International Education Foundation. Monica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Educational Psychology. She is American citizen and is married. She and her husband Samuel has a daughter, Alexandra born 2009.

 

Quyen Tran, Senior Manager - Human Resources 






Nathalie Grun, Community Liaison Officer 

Nathalie joined UNIS Hanoi community in 2013. Nathalie has a BA in Global Studies with an emphasis in Socioeconomic Politics and a Minor in German Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She spent four years at the United International College in Zhuhai, China, teaching Academic Reading and Writing classes before moving to Hanoi. Prior to that Nathalie has worked together with several not-for-profit organisations, including the Hanoi International Women's Club, coordinating logistics for large scale events, fundraising and collaborating with teams of volunteers. She has both American and French citizenship and embraces a multi-ethnic identity with a Filipina, Chinese, Spanish mother and a French and German father. Her interests include learning about different cultural traditions and culinary exploration. She has a daughter in Elementary School.


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