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Secondary Teachers

VFIS’s academic team comprises teachers and other academic staff. All are highly dedicated and motivated educators with advanced qualifications.

Our high-quality teaching team is selected based on the school’s principles and core values through a strict recruitment process. 100 percent of the Finnish teachers are experienced and skilled, and have earned a master’s degree in education. They play an important role in delivering and training the academic team on Finnish pedagogy. Regular and intensive professional development is essential in enhancing the quality of teaching and keeping our teachers updated with innovative teaching practices. VFIS teachers are given a great deal of autonomy to research and choose teaching methods in their classroom and make pedagogical decisions by themselves. Together our aim is to enable each VFIS pupil to reach his/her full potential and become an active participant in a caring and happy environment.

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MEd. Catherine Symes-Matheus
  • IBDP Coordinator, Chemistry Teacher
  • Post Graduate certificate in Education, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • Master of Education, University of Bath, UK
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, University of Surrey, UK
  • catherine.matheus@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
MEd. Sophia Laroma
  • Home Economics Teacher
  • Master of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • sophia.laroma@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Mr. Bao Nguyen
  • Physics Teacher
  • Bachelor of Physics Education, Sai Gon University, HCMC, Vietnam
  • nguyenlequocbao@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Mr. Hao Dinh
  • English Coordinator, English and EAL Teacher
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, USA
Mr. JOONAS HAKASTE
  • Visual Arts Teacher
  • Master of Arts, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
  • pekkajoonashakaste@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Mr. Keith Aisthorpe
  • English and EAL Teacher
  • Master of Communication for Teachers and Trainers (NQF 7), College of Teachers, UK
  • keith.aisthorpe@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Mr. Sang Pham
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Bachelor of Chemistry Education, HCMC University of Education, Vietnam
  • phamduongthanhsang@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Ms. Huong Nguyen
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Master of Mathematics, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh city
  • nguyenthihuong@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Ms. Katja Grekula
  • History, Social Studies and Economics Teacher, Guidance Counsellor
  • Master of Social Studies, University of Tampere, Finland
  • European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation
  • katja.grekula@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn
Ms. Ngoc Phan
  • Vietnamese Language and Literature Teacher
  • Bachelor of Vietnamese Language and Literature, HCMC University of Education, Vietnam
  • phanthibichngoc@vfis.tdtu.edu.vn