academic leadership team

Tim Vanderpool

Head of School (HOS)

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 National Curriculum

Mr. Truong Ton has more than 15 years of experience working in Education and Training with many different roles such as Teaching Mathematics in Middle and High school, Educational Management. Before joining Tesla to take on the management position, Mr. Ton was Vice Principal in charge of Secondary School and the Specialized Vice Principal of the Inter Level School.

His education perspective: Teaching with Compassion – From the Educator’s Heart

Education background:

  • BA in Pedagogy of Mathematics – An Giang University
  • MA in Theory and Mathematical Methodology – Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University
  • Certificate in High School Educational Management – Institute for Educational Management HCMC.

Angela Baker

Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Mrs. Angela Baker has been living and working abroad for sixteen years. Angela grew up in Michigan, attended Michigan State University, and spent several years teaching Middle and High School Social Studies in Michigan before moving to China. She has been fortunate to work at International Schools in Shanghai and Chengdu, China, and Ho Chi Minh City during her time overseas. Mrs. Baker has been teaching social studies here in Ho Chi Minh City for the past five years and has two years of experience with the IB MYP curriculum. She brings a passion for education, a strong work ethic, and a dedication to leadership to build educational programs where all students can be successful while developing their sense of self and instilling a commitment to their community. 

Education background:

  • Mrs. Baker has a B.A. in History from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum with an ESL specialization also from Michigan State University.
  • She is certified in grades 6-12 in Social Studies from North Carolina and has IB training certificates in MYP.

Angela is thrilled to be working at Tesla and looks forward to collaborating with colleagues to implement the IB MYP program.

To Kim Yen

Primary Years Programme
Coordinator (PYPC)

“With more than 20 years of teaching experience in the international educational environment, I am very excited to take on the position of Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator at Tesla Education. Accompanying other teachers and school staff, I hope to provide the students with comprehensive development of knowledge, learning abilities, and skills necessary to become global citizens”.

 Education background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Educational Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Applied Linguistics

Le Thi Hong Son

Head of EY National Curriculum (HoENC)

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.

Education background:

  • University of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh City, major is Early Childhood Education.

Pham Thi Huong Tra

Early Years Programme 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.

Education background:

  • Bachelor in Education, University of Pedagogy Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Master in Education, University of Pedagogy Ho Chi Minh city.

Doan Thi Truc Ly

Head of EY National Curriculum (HoENC)

With 12 years of experience in education, she is committed to providing comprehensive skills for children and building them a solid foundation of knowledge, so they can be well-equipped for future development. Ms. Truc Ly is an experienced teacher in Early Childhood Education. Before joining Tesla, she was a great teacher, a Vice Principal, and a Principal in international schools.

Education background:

  • BA in Early Childhood Education – Ho Chi Minh City University of Education
  • Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals

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.

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