Our teachers embody:

  • Experience in the field of education
  • Devotion to the education and personal growth of their students 
  • Motivation and enthusiasm for teaching students
  • Awareness of international and Vietnamese culture and values

Ms Ngoc Anh Thi Dang/ Acting Head of School

Ms Ngoc Anh Thi Dang

Ms Ngoc Anh Thi Dang certified from Montessori training course of Montessori Institute of America (MIA) in Korea. With over 10 years of teaching experience in the bilingual and international environment, she is sure to bring to Kindergarten students interesting and rewarding Montessori lessons.

Mr Peter McGuigan/ Deputy Head of School

Mr Peter McGuigan

Mr Peter is the Deputy Head of School and he is from Ireland. After a few years as the president of the local youth club, Mr Peter became interested in teaching. For him, working with children and helping them develop is an ideal job. Mr Peter has been teaching at Hanoi Academy for 4 years and is considered as an important member of the school’s Primary teachers.

Every day he likes the feeling of going to school and helps students to overcome challenges and make a difference in their lives. Mr Peter is also actively involved in school events and is one of the most beloved teachers among the students of Academy Elementary School.

Ms Patricia Macabulos/ Head of Department

Ms Patricia Macabulos

I am Patricia Limjoco-Macabulos and for the Academic Year 2019-2020, I will be the Kindergarten English Coordinator as well as the MGN teacher for Early Years. This is my fifth year teaching in Hanoi Academy and I have been the International Homeroom Teacher for the MGL level in previous years.

I have been an educator for 14 years teaching 4 to 7-year-old and I have taken various roles in the Early Years setting. I taught as a Kindergarten Teacher at the International Schools in Bangkok and Singapore, and an Early Years Teacher in the United States. I completed my Master’s Degree in Child Development Education in Manila and eventually opened my own preschool where I took on the role of Curriculum and Preschool Coordinator. It was a good experience for me to have trained teachers in the classroom while adapting to an eclectic approach. I have likewise taught as a roving teacher at the United Nations International School. This year marks my sixth year in Hanoi and I am a parent myself. I have three sons attending university in Vancouver, Canada. Aside from my Masters in Child Development degree, I have a TEFL certification, a Diploma in Early Years Teaching Strategies and in the process of completing a Certificate in Caring for Children with Special Needs. I have also attended various workshops to strengthen my knowledge and practice as an educator in a bilingual setting. I am a certified yoga teacher and have experience in teaching yoga to both kids and adults.

I believe that kindergarten is a magical phrase for both children and their parents and giving the children a venue for exploration, discovery and creativity will create a lifelong love for learning. I look forward to an enriching year with your children. Thank you for your trust and support.

Patricia Macabulos

Ms Thuy Giang Bui/ Academic affair officer

Ms Thuy Giang Bui

Ms Amy Joy/ Teacher

Ms Amy Joy

My name is Amy Joy and I am excited to be a new addition to Hanoi Academy this year. I am from Ireland. I am a qualified TEFL teacher with a Bachelor of Law plus a Sociology Degree from the University of Limerick.

I had my first taste of teaching through a semester abroad with the University of Limerick. I went to Spain and taught English to teenagers. This was where I fell in love with teaching, I moved to Vietnam to teach right after I graduated from college. I have 12 months teaching experience in Vietnam where I gained most of my experience teaching in a private kindergarten. I was also a tutor for Grade 2 and 3 learners at Washington English Centre.

I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the children in NT and MGN this year. I hope to guide them as best as I can during the course of the year and have patience in the classroom. I know that each student has their own unique way of learning and I hope I will be able to support each child to discover which way works best for them.


Amy Joy.

Ms Chelsea Blandford/ Teacher

Ms Chelsea Blandford
I am Chelsea Blandford and the academic year 2019/2020 will be my first year at Hanoi Academy. I have taken various roles in education in the past 12 years. First, working in the education departments of a history museum (the Charleston Museum) and an art museum (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). Later, I became an outdoor educator in California, hiking students age 10 and 11-years-old through the San Bernadino National Forest, teaching sciences and environmental education.
After my outdoor education role, I focused my career on early intervention and became a behavioural therapist. In this role, I worked with young children (18 months to 5-year-olds) with developmental disabilities on a one-on-one basis. To prepare for this position I began taking classes through a college
to gain my associate’s degree (on top of the bachelor’s degree I already obtained) in Early Childhood Education. I have taught previously in Hanoi at Eton House International Kindergarten as the headteacher in the 18-months to 2-year-olds class, using Reggio Emilia teaching. I moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand where I earned my CELTA certificate. I stayed and taught as an English teacher for 3 to 6-year-olds at Varee Chiang Mai International School for two years. Wanting to further my education, I took courses to obtain my American Teaching License. When completed I will have a license specializing in Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language. I have now moved back to Hanoi with more qualifications, and experience and I am excited to use this knowledge to create a fun learning environment.
This year will be the beginning stages of writing, reading and numeracy memory. In the coming academic year, we will focus on the studies of phonics and numeracy. I will make sure the students have a vast knowledge of vocabulary and can respond to simple questions in English. The students will be expected to listen to instructions and perform them, respond when spoken to, and control their behaviour. I look forward to working with students. Thank you for your support!

Ms Tanya Martin/ Teacher

Ms Tanya Martin

Hi. My name is Tanya Martin and this will be my second year teaching here at Hanoi Academy. I am very excited to be teaching MGL this year and looking forward to getting to know you and each of your children.

I was born in Ireland. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the National University of Galway Ireland, where I studied for four years. I moved to Hanoi from Abu Dhabi, where I taught kindergarten students from the ages 3-4 for two years. I taught many subjects including, English, Mathematics, Computer literacy, Art, Music and Physical Education. In addition, I also taught English and Mathematics to grade 1 and 2 students. I am a big sports enthusiast and have participated in football tournaments, not only in Ireland but also in the Gulf league in the UAE. It is important to make kids active in the classroom to improve their interest for learning and to increase their participation in studies and I aim to do this with my students by bringing my interest in sport to the classroom.

I am a dedicated and highly motivated educator with a keen interest in helping students reach their academic potential in a caring and nurturing environment. As a kindergarten teacher, I believe it is important to engage the children in practical and oral activities to help improve and develop their English. I ensure children’s safety and welfare is of utmost importance at all times. I look forward to the year ahead.

Ms Hong Huong Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Hong Huong Nguyen

Ms Ngoc Bich Thi Dinh/ Teacher

Ms Ngoc Bich Thi Dinh

Ms Thi Tinh Hoang/ Teacher

Ms Thi Tinh Hoang

Ms Thi Ngat Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Ngat Nguyen

Ms Thi Nga Le/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Thi Nga Le

Ms Thu Hang Thi Nguyen/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Thu Hang Thi Nguyen

Ms Thu Huong Thi Do/ Teacher

Ms Thu Huong Thi Do

Ms Thuy Hang Phung/ Teacher

Ms Thuy Hang Phung

Ms Thi Mung Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Mung Nguyen

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) – Hanoi National University of Education

She has 11 years of experience working in education. With professional qualifications and love of work, she has continuously achieved proud achievements.

Ms Quynh Trang Thi Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Quynh Trang Thi Nguyen

Ms Thu Huong Thi Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thu Huong Thi Nguyen

Ms Thi Thu Tran/ Preschool teacher

Ms Thi Thu Tran

Ms Thi Yen Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Yen Nguyen

Ms Thuy Hang Bui/ Nursemaid

Ms Thuy Hang Bui

Ms Kim Van Nguyen/ Nursemaid

Ms Kim Van Nguyen

Ms Xuyen Thi Vu/ Nursemaid

Ms Xuyen Thi Vu

Ms Lan Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Lan Nguyen

Ms Ngoan Cao/ Teacher

Ms Ngoan Cao

Ms Giang Luu/ Teacher

Ms Giang Luu

Ms Thu Nga Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thu Nga Nguyen

Ms Phuong Anh Pham/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Phuong Anh Pham