Primary school

Primary school

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

Mr Van Khiem Le/ Head of School

Bachelor of Computer Education (B.C.ed) - Hanoi National University of Education

Mr Van Khiem Le
As teacher of computer science at Hanoi Academy Primary School since its establishment (2009), Mr Khiem Le has always strived to improve his teaching skills and earned several respectable titles and achievement including City-level initiatives 2009-2010 and 2012 – 2013; National Emulation Fighter 2013 – 2014 (district level), Intel® Education – Enhanced Learning with Educational and MOS: PowerPoint 2010. Microsoft Office Specialist

Ms Phuong Ly Vu/ English Teacher

Ms Phuong Ly Vu

Ms Terri McSweeney/ Primary Teacher

Ms Terri McSweeney

Ms Rachael Owen/ Primary Teacher

Ms Rachael Owen

Cô Rachael Owen đến từ Cheshire, Anh và mới chuyển đến Hà Nội vào tháng Hai. Cô là giáo viên có trình độ chuyên môn Giáo dục tiểu học và chuyên ngành về Khoa học. Cô đã bắt đầu sự nghiệp giảng dạy tại Đức ở khối lớp 1. Kể từ đó, cô tiếp tục dạy ở các khối từ lớp 1 đến lớp 4 tại các trường của Anh.

Với nhiều năm kinh nghiệm giảng dạy, cô Rachael Owen đã phát triển nhiều phương pháp dạy đa dạng và sự hiểu biết chi tiết về chương trình học. Đây sẽ là năm thứ bảy trong sự nghiệp giảng dạy của cô và cô Rachael rất mong đợi được đồng hành cùng các con học sinh tại trường Hanoi Academy.

Ms Grace Ollerenshaw/ Academic Coordinator

Ms Grace Ollerenshaw

Based on past teaching experiences,
Ms Grace Ollenrenshawbelieve in creating a learner-centred classroom with numerous communicative tasks to ensure learners have ample opportunity to practice the new language and skills with their peers. To maximize the success of a learner-centred classroom, a safe and supportive learning environment will be created to ensure learners feel confident and comfortable to participate in lessons. It is important that learners come to class with a willingness to participate, respect for their peers and classroom rules, and understand that they will be encouraged to become independent learners. The confidence to become a more independent and autonomous learner will be achieved through carefully facilitated and scaffolded lessons.

Ms Lisa Connell-Hegarty/ Teacher

Ms Lisa Connell-Hegarty

Let me take this opportunity to tell you about myself so that hopefully you can feel comfortable knowing who I am, as your child’s class teacher. I’m Lisa Connell-Hegarty, from Northern Ireland, UK. I have been living and teaching in Hanoi for 5 years, now embarking on my sixth year. I am excited to return to the Hanoi Academy team and not only apply my skills, but also develop them. I am delighted to work with a passionate team and wonderful students.

I have experience in different fields including Business, Law and Science but teaching and education are where I found my passion. Teaching has always been something I found rewarding, from being a student myself and looking up to my own teachers. We have a wonderful opportunity to positively affect young people’s lives and I believe that through education we can help them grow and develop. I find it truly rewarding to see my students apply their learning and enjoy it.

I’m sure that you expect the best education and teaching for your child and I will do my best to fulfil the expectations of both you and the students. In return, a positive work ethic and attitude from your child will go along way to help make our lessons happy and successful. I want your child to not only learn and apply their knowledge, and demonstrate understanding, but also to grow and develop. It is my aim to support and nurture their education as well as their characters and personality. I hope that students are ready and willing to learn. Speaking English in class is expected, as is showing respect to the teacher and peers. Expressing themselves and contributing to activities are important to get the best learning experience.

Ms Elizabeth Kathleen Torres/ Teacher

Ms Elizabeth Kathleen Torres

Ms Elizabeth Kathleen Torres comes from Fresno, California, USA. Over the past 4 years, she has spent most of the teaching time to children. She started working in South Korea in the first year and then moved to Vietnam for 3 years.

Before working at Hanoi Academy, Elizabeth Kathleen Torres has used to teach at ILA English centre for students at different ages and levels. One of her daily tasks at the English centre is building up the lesson plans and teaching interesting skill lessons for students. In addition, she also teaches ESL program (English as a Second Language) for the student in grade 1 in a public school nearby.

According to Elizabeth Kathleen Torres, the most important factor of a teacher is the ability to provide an active learning environment for students. To do that, the teacher has to make a  great effort in creating interesting and enthusiastic lessons.

Mr Robbert Koeslag/ Teacher

Mr Robbert Koeslag

My name is Robbert Koeslag and I am from the Netherlands. I have worked with young learners for the past 4 years. I began my teaching career here in Hanoi, working for two years at ILA Hanoi. I have also worked in Ecuador, South America and in Bangkok, Thailand. I am happy with the opportunity to return to Hanoi, the place where my teaching career started.

I became a teacher because I have a passion for English and for helping people. I have always enjoyed studying English and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with my students. Teaching English has allowed me to travel and to live in different places and being able to learn about the people, history, and culture. I enjoy taking this experience with me to the classroom and share it with my students so that together we can learn and grow.

I look forward to applying my previously gained experience to help my students grow. Being a part of the Hanoi Academy team gives me the opportunity to develop as a teacher as well as a person. I am certain that if we work together we can achieve our goals.

Mr Van Loc Nguyen/ PE Teacher

Mr Van Loc Nguyen

Ms Ha My Nguyen/ Primary Teacherr

Bachelor of Business English - National Economics University

Ms Ha My Nguyen

Ms Tamah Pnematicatos/ Teacher

Ms Tamah Pnematicatos

Ms Tamah Pneumaticos was born and raised in a beautiful beach town from South Africa. She has left her country since 2011 and has worked at many different nations. She loves the life in Vietnam and has been living here for about 2 years. 

Ms Tamah Pneumaticos has a BA degree in early education and becomes a teacher for 5 years. Before coming to Hanoi, she lived and taught in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. She completed CELTA degree when living in Ireland and continued to develop her teaching skills. She also taught at many English centres and schools in many countries in the world.

Mr David Vernon Poppinga/ Head of Department

Mr David Vernon Poppinga

Mr David Vernon Poppinga comes from San Francisco, California. He has 11-year experience in teaching primary students.

Before working in Vietnam, he used to work as a director assistant of an extra-curriculum program at Buena Vista Primary school, a bilingual school in San Francisco, California. In this position, he closely connected with students, parents and school staff to create an active and safe environment for students. His tasks include supporting homework assignments, manage school clubs, extra curriculum activities, and a tutor. Mr David started to teach Asian students when he first taught in Bangkok. After that, he came to Hanoi and has lived and worked for 6 years.


Mr Bao Lam Viet Nguyen/ English Teacher

Mr Bao Lam Viet Nguyen

Ms Sarah Payne/ Teacher

Ms Sarah Payne

Ms Thi Nguyet Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Nguyet Nguyen

Ms Thi Hanh Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Hanh Nguyen

BA degree in Primary Education – Education University of Hanoi

She has 10 years experience in teaching students in Primary school. With a professional qualification, she has trained many students to achieve high prizes in many competitions.

Ms Thi Huong Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Huong Nguyen

Ms Thi Trang Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Trang Nguyen

Ms Tuan Anh Ta/ PE Teacher

Ms Tuan Anh Ta

Ms Thanh Nhan Do/ Teacher

Ms Thanh Nhan Do

Ms Thi Yen Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Yen Nguyen

Ms Ngoc Huyen Thi Tran/ Teacher

Ms Ngoc Huyen Thi Tran

Ms Hoai Anh Nguyen/ Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Bachelor of English Language - Foreign Language University; International Economics - Hanoi National University

Ms Hoai Anh Nguyen

Ms Thuy Linh Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thuy Linh Nguyen

Ms Ngoc Anh Chu/ Teacher

Ms Ngoc Anh Chu

Ms Thi Hong Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Hong Nguyen

Ms Quynh Phuong Bui/ Teacher

Ms Quynh Phuong Bui

Ms Thi Huong Truong/ Teacher

Ms Thi Huong Truong

Ms Ngoc Khue Do/ Teacher

Ms Ngoc Khue Do

Ms Ngoc Mai Vu/ Teacher

Ms Ngoc Mai Vu

Ms Thi Lan Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Thi Lan Nguyen

Ms Thi Ngoc Tran/ Teacher

Ms Thi Ngoc Tran

Ms Thu Ha Do/ Teacher

Ms Thu Ha Do

Ms Minh Tu Hoang/ Teacher

Ms Minh Tu Hoang

Ms Hong Anh Pham/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Hong Anh Pham

Ms Hong Nhung Thi Doan/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Hong Nhung Thi Doan

Ms Thanh Binh Trinh/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Thanh Binh Trinh

Ms Thuy Huyen Do/ Teaching Assistant

Ms Thuy Huyen Do

Mr Van Loc Hoang/ Primary teacher

Mr Van Loc Hoang

Ms Ha Linh Nguyen/ Teacher

Ms Ha Linh Nguyen

Ms Mai Phuong Hoang/ Primary Teacher

Ms Mai Phuong Hoang