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WELCOME

Letter from Head of School

I want to welcome you to Concordia International School Hanoi's website. As parents, selecting a school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make. There are many factors that affect the decision to attend a school such as location, facilities, teacher experience, academic performance, the culture of the school community, and the care given to each student.


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Mission

At Concordia, students, teachers, and parents are dedicated to academics, creativity, and service in a caring and engaging community of learners discovering their talents as scholars, artists, and athletes.

Vision

To be the premier international school in Vietnam and a well-connected relational community committed to learning, respect for others, and service.

Values

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Community

We are passionately committed to building a strong, healthy community with each other, students, families, and the people of Vietnam.

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Excellence

We are passionately committed to achieve the greatest level of excellence in education and everything we do being highly professional, innovative, creative and effective.

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Service

We are passionately committed to providing outstanding service learning opportunities for our students and families throughout the community.

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Student Focused

We are passionately committed to placing the needs of students at the forefront of our decisions.

Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRs)

We expect Concordia students to:

Pursue Personal Excellence

  • In Academics
  • In Co-curricular activities and the Arts
  • In Creative Endeavors
  • In Thinking Critically

Become Active Global Citizens

  • Value and live service
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Respectful community members
  • Cross cultural communicators

Make Ethical Decisions

  • Value and live with integrity
  • Respect others
  • Exhibit stewardship of resources (time, talent, and treasure)

CONCORDIA HANOI STAFF

Did you know that the average teaching experience at Concordia International School Hanoi is 18 years and 90% of Concordia Hanoi educators have a Masters degree or higher? Click below to learn more about our staff.

Steve-Winkelman

Steve Winkelman

Head of School

Our Head of School, Mr. Steven Winkelman is just finished his 20th year as a professional

educator. He has served as a teacher, principal, and senior administrator at the Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary levels in both the United States and Vietnam. He has B.A. degree in Secondary Education and a M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership. He loves the challenges of developing new schools.

Mr. Winkelman lives in Hanoi with his wife and two children who attend Concordia. He serves as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Hanoi Board of Governors and consults with several other groups seeking to expand education in Asia.

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Kristin-Kappelmann

​Kristin Kappelmann

Elementary Principal

Kristin is from Kansas City, Missouri, and received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a focus on Math and Science and her M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Missouri, Columbia. She has completed certification from the Principal's Training Center for International Schools and served at our sister school, Concordia Shanghai for eleven years.

She is the proud mother of Kara whom she adopted in 2008. Kristin enjoys learning Mandarin, playing guitar, jogging, and singing with the worship team at church.

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Ian Sutherland

Dr. Ian Sutherland

Upper School Principal

Dr. Ian Sutherland has worked in international education as a teacher, principal, and director for academic affairs. He has also worked as a university professor in the United States, and as an Educational Specialist in the field of development in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He has an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Dr. Sutherland is passionate about authentic learning communities, and researches and writes about the social and cultural dynamics of learning ecologies. Dr. Sutherland enjoys playing and coaching a variety of sports, surfing, and experiencing new places and cultures.

Dr. Sutherland, along with his wife and three children, will arrive in Hanoi in late December.  He will be assuming his duties at Concordia in early January.  He will make an immediate impact on the development of the middle school and high school programs.  We are excited to have Dr. Sutherland and his family joining the school.

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David Elliott

David Elliott

Director of Technology

David was the Technology Coordinator at Hong Kong International School (HKIS) for more than 25 years. He taught technology through AP Computer Science and designed technology programs for administration, faculty and students of all ages.

In 1998, David launched one of the first comprehensive web systems that was designed and maintained by high school students. In 2004, he led the design and implementation of an integrated class/curriculum management and ePortfolio system called MyDragonNet.

Since joining Concordia Hanoi in 2010 David has developed one of the first educational and administrative technology environments totally based in the cloud. He has helped launch the Hanoi Ed Tech group that brings technology educators in Hanoi together for support, workshops and sharing of insights.

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Dr Sharon Voss

Dr. Sharon Voss

EAL Coordinator & Specialist, Humanities

Dr. Voss comes to Concordia Hanoi from Shanghai American School. She has taught from elementary to university levels of education during her career. Her experience includes teaching positions in Asia, with three years at Hong Kong International School, and in the Middle East. In addition, Dr. Voss taught undergraduate and graduate students in the Concordia University System in the U.S., both on the Portland, OR and Irvine, CA campuses and internationally. She is privileged to serve as Coordinator of Concordia Hanoi's English as an Additional Language Team and Humanities Teacher.

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Tim Winterstein

Tim Winterstein

Director of Operations

Mr. Winterstein will be joining Concordia to serves as the Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement will oversee the admissions, communications, marketing, and development program of the school. Mr. Winterstein has experience teaching, coaching, leading diverse educational programs, and leading a nationwide advancement program. He has an undergraduate degree in education from Valpariso University and a Masters from Concordia University – Michigan. He loves meeting new people and learning about new cultures. He enjoys a wide variety of sports and coaches multiple teams in his community.

Mr. Winterstein will be joining the Concordia Hanoi staff for the 2014-2015 school year. We look forward to having him as part of our Concordia family.

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Mary Jane Elliott

Mary Jane Elliott

Preschool

Although Mary Jane is an American, she and her husband taught in Asia for the majority of their teaching career. Mary Jane earned a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. As an international educator she taught preschool in Germany, Hong Kong, the USA and Hanoi. Mary Jane and her husband are founding members of Concordia and have been with the school since April 2011.

At the heart of Mary Jane's teaching is her passion for engaging children's minds in the learning process using inquiry and project work. Throughout her career, she has shared this approach with many teachers.

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Jeanette Johnston

Preschool Assistant

Jeanette moved to Hanoi in July 2015 with her husband of eight years, Rev. Michael Johnston. She joined Concordia International School Hanoi in September 2015 as Elementary Teacher’s Aide. In 2006, shortly after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in the Philippines, she moved to Thailand to begin her teaching career. In Bangkok she worked with private and government schools as well as a private tutor to children from 1-11 years old. The move to Viet Nam completed her fruitful service of four years at her International School in Bangkok as pre-school home room teacher. While working in Bangkok she earned her education with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education at Ramkhamhang University, Thailand. She then earned her Master’s degree in Education and received her teaching license in 2013. Her move to Thailand and Viet Nam has been a positive experience.

Dancing, cycling, boxing and meeting new friends are just a few of the many activities she enjoys. She is happy to be a part of Concordia family.

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Jeni Nelson

Jeni Nelson

Preschool

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Trina Roberts

Trina Roberts

Preschool Assistant

Born and raised in beautiful Hawaii, Trina lived in paradise most of her life. While in university she took a semester off and traveled to Europe with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This trip gave her a “bug” to see distant lands and experience new cultures.

Trina graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1991 with a Bachelors degree in Speech. She worked for the State Legislature for two years, worked two years in a Christian pre-school, and also as a substitute teacher in the Hawaii state school system. She took a break from work when she started having babies- and lots of them! Trina and her husband, Vince, have four boys and one girl ages 6 to 16.

Trina has been active with Concordia as an assistant volleyball coach and other capacities since the first year Concordia Hanoi was in session and is excited to be helping Mary Jane Elliot in the preschool as a Teachers Aid again this year.

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Katherine Sharpe

Katherine Sharpe

Reception

Ms. Sharpe was born in Germany but spent most of her childhood in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a Chaplain in the army and her mother is a social worker. Her mother and father instilled the importance of travel and learning about other cultures at an early age-traveling throughout the USA, Europe and the Middle East. She is a graduate from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She has two Bachelor of Art degrees from Montevallo, with majors in English and Speech Communication and a minor in journalism. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2004 with a Master of Arts in Education. She spent her first five and a half years of teaching at a title I school in St. Petersburg, Florida before moving to Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

While teaching in Florida she was fortunate enough to participate in a teacher exchange and teach in Japan for a summer, which sparked her interest in international teaching. Ms. Sharpe has spent the past four and a half years teaching kindergarten in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Sharpe was the Sports Information Director at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Jaea Conde

Jaea Conde

Reception Assistant

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Michelle Glover

Grade 1

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Rizza Wood

Rizza Wood

Grade 1

Maria Rizza Wood was born and raised in the Philippines and earned her Bachelor's in Education degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila and a Masters degree from the State University of New York. She has lived in Hanoi since April 2010 and previously taught in one of the international kindergartens.

Mrs. Wood has been teaching for the past 17 years and gained her early teaching experiences in Manila at two of the top exclusive girls-only and boys-only schools as a librarian and as Multi- Media Teacher. Her first international school experience was in Bangkok 13 years ago and from then on she has had the privilege of gaining more knowledge about different types of curriculum and worked with various teaching methodologies. She tries integrating these ideas into her teaching to create a diverse classroom atmosphere.

Mrs. Wood met and married her husband Paul, an Executive Chef at one of the international hotels in Hanoi; in Bangkok and together have lived in 10 different cities over the past 16 years.

Mrs. Wood shares, “I am a very family oriented person. I try to go home and spend time with my family every chance I get. Other than family focused time, I also enjoy reading, watching movies, dancing, discovering new things and an occasional fishing trip with my husband during my free time.


I am excited to be part of the Concordia family. I look forward to knowing each of the children in my class and building a fun, healthy, secure and informative year with them.”

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Heidi Breedon

Heidi Breeden

Grade 1 Assistant

Heidi arrived in Vietnam in 2010 when her husband, Jason, took a job working for the Vietnam National University to teach English. At that time their children were 12,11 and 7 years of age. Coming from Knoxville, Tennessee USA near the beautiful Great Smokey Mountains, Heidi recounts just arriving in Vietnam, “How would this great adventure and huge transition go for our family? Thankfully we have been blessed with a great community of friends- now Hanoi is our home.”

Heidi received her Bachelors of Science degree from Johnson University that also included classes in learning about other cultures and building international relationships. Since then, Heidi has put that learning to good use and traveled to many different countries.

Before coming to Vietnam, the Breedens were part of a home school co-op where Heidi taught History, Science and Art. This gave her invaluable experience in teaching to many different ages and learning styles.

In 2011, Heidi’s children began attending school at Concordia and Heidi became an assistant teacher in the Preschool program. She shares, “It is my privilege to serve the youngest in our Concordia community. Working with Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Roberts has also been a joy.”

Heidi enjoys dinner dates with her husband, sipping tea with friends, walking in shaded areas, spending time with her kids, and reading the National Geographic cover to cover.

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Angela Shih

Angela Shih

Grade 2

Ms. Shih was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States at the age of six. Ms. Shih earned a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton before moving to Japan for three years. In Japan, Ms. Shih learned a lot about her Asian heritage while learning more about the Japanese culture. It was in Japan that Ms. Shih realized that she wanted to live and teach in Asia.

After moving back to California in 2006, Ms. Shih earned her teaching credential and M.A. from Azusa Pacific University in California. Ms. Shih began to teach in the San Bernardino City Unified School District in 2006 to students who learned English as a Second Language. She taught fourth grade and second grade before moving here to Hanoi and becoming a part of the Concordia Hanoi family.

In her free time, Ms. Shih enjoys cycling, cooking, watching movies, and studying Vietnamese. She is very happy to be living in Hanoi and being a part of the Concordia Hanoi family.

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Faith Lubaton

Grade 2 Assistant

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Merrian Mills

Grade 2

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Michelle Beard

Michelle Beard

Grade 3

After substitute teaching at Concordia for the past few years, Concordia was finally able to bring her on to our staff. Michelle Beard completed her BA in Education and teaching certificate in 1993 from California State University Long Beach. After teaching for several years in California public schools , she moved with her husband, Mike and their four children to Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) where they both lived and worked for ten years. During this time, she taught multiple grade levels, organized curriculum and served as the lead teacher for the Osh Academy of Kyrgyzstan. She also developed a desire to support families of children with special needs because her own experience as a parent of a child with Down syndrome. In 2010, Michelle and her family moved to Hanoi where she continued teaching at an international school in Hanoi.

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My Bach

My Bach

Grade 3 Assistant

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Alexis Snider

Grade 4

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Teresa Winterstein

Teresa Winterstein

Grade 4

Mrs. Winterstein has taught a variety of subjects and age levels during her career. She tuaght Language Arts and Science to middle school students in the Bedford School System in southern Michigan and Curriculum and Instruction to university students at Lourdes University. She has an undergraduate and a Masters degree in education. She has been named a Teacher of the Year twice in the Bedford School System. She is married to Tim Winterstein, Concordia’s new advancement director, and they have two elementary age children. Mrs. Winterstein is an avid runner, reader, and enjoys time with her family.

Mrs. Winterstein joined the Concordia Hanoi faculty in August 2014.

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Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Grade 5

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Jennifer Lopez

Grade 4 & 5 Assistant

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Terry-Umphenour

Terry Umphenour

MS Assistant Principal

Terry, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, has a B.A. in Education and an M.S. in Elementary Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Terry has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum specialist since his teaching career began in 1984. Terry, who is married with two daughters, received Citicorp Corporation's Innovative Teacher of the Year Award and Emerson Electric Corporation's Teacher of Excellence for curriculum he developed and implemented. He has published four novels for young people and was awarded the Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher award for 2015 by the Lutheran Education Association.

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Keith Snider

Keith Snider

Middle School

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Marie Robinson

Marie Robinson

Middle School

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Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Humanities & HS Assistant Principal

Mr. Conroy taught in the New York City Public School system. He has several years of experience working with middle school and high school student Language Arts and Humanities. He possesses an undergraduate degree in English and a Masters in education. Mr. Conroy enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures, and participating in a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities. Mr. Conroy will be teaching middle school and high school language arts and humanities classes.

Mr. Conroy joined the Concordia Hanoi faculty in 2014 and currently teaches Humanities and serves as the Assistant High School principal.

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Neil Whitehead

Neil Whitehead

MS/HS Math & Physics

Neil Whitehead is originally from Wisconsin in the USA. He has degrees in math, Spanish and physics as well as a Masters degree in International Education. He has been teaching combinations of Math, Spanish and Physics since 1991. He has taught in the US, Puerto Rico, Mexico, China (at Concordia Shanghai), Korea and now Hanoi. His wife is from Mexico and also teaches Spanish while his two children attend Concordia Hanoi. His family has been actively involved in community service including teaching English to migrant children in China, bringing running water to rural villages, and raising money to build libraries in China. He enjoys traveling, ultimate frisbee, and reading.

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Dr Brent Kilback

Dr. Brent Kilback

MS/HS Biology & Chemistry

Brent is originally from Western Canada. He has worked extensively in international education over the past 25 years and especially in developing countries. He has taught Middle school and high school sciences, served as an administrator, and university professor in Canada, Guatemala, and Papua New Guinea. Dr. Kilback has a degree in microbiology and chemistry, and master’s in educational leadership and a Doctorate in educational development from Concordia University – Nebraska.

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Dr Todd Nelson

Dr. Todd Nelson

HS Humanities

Todd and his wife, Jeni, are veteran expats originally from Florida in the USA. From 1998 to 2013, they lived in Kuala Lumpur where they raised their two daughters. In KL, Todd was the founding pastor of an international church, director of an NGO, and a lecturer and dean for pre-university studies at a private college. From 2013 to June 2016, the Nelsons lived in Doha, Qatar where Jeni taught preschoolers at Qatar Academy and Todd managed a learning center and taught humanities courses online for an American university. Dr. Nelson has earned degrees in business management (BA) plus theology, philosophy, and intercultural studies (MDiv & PhD, Southwestern Seminary). He loves learning, teaching, and encouraging people. He enjoys sports and music and food of all kinds, plus sketching, reading, tech gadgets, traveling, and good coffee with good conversation. The Nelsons are glad to be back in SE Asia. Their daughters are spread around the world now. One is teaching English to Saharawi refugees in North Africa. The other is a PhD student at Vanderbilit University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Hazel Mc Naull

Hazel McNaull

EAL Specialist

(Teacher for the Elementary and Middle Schools)

Hazel was born and grew up in the UK where she received her B.Sc. and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (P.G.C.E.). She immigrated to Canada with her husband and there they had four sons. When their boys were older she taught in the public elementary school system in Ontario as a classroom teacher, teaching various grade levels. She was an elementary mathematics specialist and team leader in her school. Hazel has a love of learning and was continually seeking to keep up to date by enrolling in courses and participating in professional development whenever possible.

When their family had grown, Hazel and her husband moved to Asia. She taught English as an Additional Language (EAL) in an international school in Singapore before moving to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hazel has now completed her M.Ed. specializing in Teaching English as Another Language (TEAL). She endeavors to pass on her love of learning to her students. She finds teaching English internationally very rewarding and enjoys building relationships with her students, encouraging them to speak English as much as possible, both inside and outside the classroom.

In her spare time Hazel enjoys reading biographies, cooking international cuisine, listening to classical and sacred music and traveling. She usually tries to spend her winter and summer holidays in Canada with her growing family.

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Jeaneth Caballero

Jeaneth Caballero

EAL Specialist

Jeaneth finished a degree in International Studies from Xavier University and completed her post graduate Professional Teaching Certification from the University of the Philippines (Open University). She took TESOL certification in 1999 as part of her preparation to relocate to Hanoi.

She has been teaching since 2002 and have spent over half of those years as an EAL Specialist. Her goal and passion is to see young English Language Learners succeed in the classroom by providing opportunities to learn without language barriers.

Jeaneth moved to Hanoi together with her husband in 2000. They are now blessed with two girls, Alythea Francesca and Natasja Rinnah.

In her spare time, Jeaneth enjoys spending time with her family, singing, driving around Hanoi and visiting the beautiful countryside.

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Pat Copple

EAL Specialist

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Marilyn Trinidad

Marilyn Trinidad

EAL Specialist

Ms. Trinidad has been teaching EAL since 1997. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the City College of New York and Master’s Degree from Buffalo State University, in Leadership and Education. After gaining valuable experience in the New York public schools, Ms. Trinidad was blessed with the opportunity to teach EAL abroad in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She has taught English as an Additional Language to students ranging from Primary to Middle school in all three continents. Teaching abroad helped her discover that the joy of teaching and learning goes beyond any language barriers.

Marilyn came to Concordia Hanoi in August 2015 after teaching EAL in Shanghai, China. She has two beautiful daughters Jennifer, who is twenty years old, and Tiffany, who is sixteen and attends Concordia Hanoi.

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Hang Nguyen

Hang Nguyen

Vietnamese Lang. & Culture Studies

Originally from Hanoi, Hang received a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education and Linguistics from Hanoi University. She completed her international Master’s degree in Child Studies with Linkoping University, Sweden in 2012 and in 2015 received her Master of TESOL with Victoria University, Australia.

Prior to her joining Concordia in 2012, Hang taught Vietnamese at Singapore International School Hanoi. Later, she worked with grade 3 and 4 teachers and students at the United Nations International School Hanoi for five years. Hang also spent time as an exchange teacher with Rivervale Primary School in Singapore, where she had opportunities to obtain new knowledge and share her experience with the other overseas teachers.

In her free time, Hang loves learning new languages and traveling. She has benefited from experiencing diverse cultures, an experience that enables her to continually develop her knowledge and understanding of the educational experience. She is also passionate about coaching badminton as an after school activity to young students.

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Rosalinda Alcala Whitehead

Spanish

Mrs. Whitehead is from Mexico. She has a Masters in Secondary Education from Columbus University and she is certified to teach Spanish at all grade levels. Mrs. Whitehead has taught at Concordia Shanghai, China and Korea.

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Jacqueline Ngin

Jacqueline Ngin

Mandarin/ Art

Jacqueline Ngin, was born and raised in Singapore and moved to Hanoi in 2001. She earned her diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore, specializing in Art Education. She taught at St. Andrew’s Secondary School for 6 years, home schooled her daughter for 8 years and had experienced working as a pre-school teacher in Singapore and Hanoi. She had worked and volunteered in her field of expertise in both the United States and Vietnam. Jacqueline enjoys working with people from different cultures and beliefs.

She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese fluently and loves to watch foreign films and dramas. Together with her husband and only daughter, they enjoy travelling, meeting people and tasting a wide variety of foods. She enjoys baking and cooking. Sometimes she feels at home at the airports.

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Liu Jin Hua

Mandarin

Liu Jin Hua, originally from Beijing, China, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Economic and Trade from University of HoHai, China. After her time there, she studied Advanced English in the Cambridge Institute of Singapore. In 2012, she received her Teacher Qualification Certificate from the Beijing Education Bureau of China as well as a Certificate of Proficiency in Mandarin, The State Language Commission of China and Certificate of Pedagogic and Educational Psychology, Beijing Education Bureau, China.

Liu joined the Concordia Hanoi faculty in August 2013. Prior to joining Concordia International School Hanoi, Liu taught Mandarin to students in Year 3, 5 and 8 at Singapore International School- Saigon South in Ho Chi Minh City.

Liu and her husband, Viet, have one daughter Kristel Jade who was born in September 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and watching dramas.

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Cindy Hsieh

Cindy Hseih

Mandarin

Sara Sokola

Sara Sokola

Athletic Director

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Micah Buss

Micah Buss

Elementary PE

Micah Buss comes from Columbus, Indiana, USA. He received a B.A. in Lutheran elementary education from Concordia University Chicago. He has taught at the elementary and middle school levels both in the US and internationally, served as a technology coordinator, and coached a variety of athletics. He has been living in Hanoi for three years with his wife and their two young children. He is currently completing Masters degrees in Curriculum and Educational Technology through Ball State University.

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Martha Seibel

Martha Seibel

Music

Martha is from Missouri, USA. Her parents are both music educators and active musicians in their community, so music has always been important in Martha's life. She earned her Bachelor's degree in music education from Concordia University Chicago and completed her Level I Orff Schulwerk Certification to enrich her teaching. In 2015 Martha completed her Master's degree from Kent State University by writing a comprehensive elementary music curriculum that encourages music literacy and creativity.

Martha began her teaching career in St. Louis, MO. In August, 2014 she was able to pursue her interest in teaching internationally by joining the Concordia community. Martha's primary instrument is french horn and she has performed in numerous wind ensembles, orchestras, musical theater productions, choirs, and church groups in various countries.

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Nancy Durance

Nancy Durance

MS/HS Music

Nancy Durance began piano studies at the age of 4, and has been a music teacher, performer, and composer/arranger since 2000. Born in western Canada, she received an undergraduate degree in Secondary Music Education (Distinction) with a Vocal major from the University of Regina, and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She is currently completing a Masters in International Education from the University of Bath. Nancy has extensive experience performing and directing vocal and instrumental ensembles in Canada. In the spring of 2014, she was a featured performer at the grand opening concert for Prelude Music School in Hanoi. She is dedicated to developing excellence within the Concordia music program, and is especially passionate about using music to bring inspiration and enrichment to people’s lives, both at school and in the Hanoi community.

Nancy has lived in Hanoi since 2011, along with her husband David and their 4 children. She loves green tea, hiking, swimming, travelling, and making pizza every Saturday night for her family. She has been a part of the Concordia faculty since 2013.

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Margie De Villiers

Margie De Villiers

School Librarian

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Oanh Nguyen

Oanh Nguyen

Librarian Assistant

Oanh, originally from Hanoi, spent 7 years in Poland where she received her Master’s Degree in International Relations from Cracow University in 2008 and later a Certificate of Pedagogic on Professional Teaching Certification Course from Hanoi National University of Education in Vietnam. Oanh also completed a degree in Linguistics at the University of Foreign Trade in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Oanh worked as a volunteer teacher during her time overseas when she not only taught Vietnamese but also educated people on Vietnamese culture and customs. Prior to her work at Concordia Hanoi, she worked with Middle and High School students at the British Vietnamese International School. She has enriched her teaching skills and experience by working within the Vietnamese as well as the International curriculum. Oanh is working as a Vietnamese Culture teacher at Concordia this year. Besides lessons, she is also working as a library assistant with the goal of building a beautiful new library for the school.

Oanh enjoys teaching Vietnamese Cooking as an after school activity. She spends her free time playing with her six year-old son as well as meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. She joined the Concordia Hanoi staff in August of 2013.

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Linda Bloemberg

Linda Bloemberg

School Counselor

Linda Bloemberg has worked in the field of education since 1998 and joined Concordia Hanoi as founding faculty in 2011. Prior to that Linda worked in the counseling field for 15+ years.

Originally from Pennsylvania, USA, Linda and her husband, Jacob, arrived in Vietnam in 1997 and have raised three children while living in Hanoi. She has a Master's degree in Education in addition to two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Work.

Additionally, she has an International School Counselor certification from Lehigh University and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Her passion is to see all "third culture kids" thrive overseas. Having 'launched' two children to the USA for university, Linda is very familiar with the joys and pain of parenthood and the challenges of raising children and teens in a multi-cultural, global world.

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Christina Reed

Christina Reed

University/College Counselor

Christina graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Psychology. After graduating from UCD, Christina began working for the university as an Academic Advisor. She truly enjoyed this experience working with and helping students, but chose to take a break from working outside the home once she started having children. When her youngest son was ready to begin school, Christina was excited to return to academic advising, this time as the College Counselor for Concordia.

Christina was born and raised in northern California. Although she is from a small community, exploring the world has always intrigued her. In 2007, when her family had the opportunity to move to Vietnam to work with a small Christian NGO, she was excited to go. At the time she had two boys aged 3 and 1. Since moving to Vietnam, she has had 2 more boys – for a total of 4! During her time in Hanoi, Christina has studied Vietnamese language and culture, been active in one of the international churches and briefly homeschooled 2 of her boys.

Christina enjoys spending time with her family, having coffee with friends, reading, swimming, and cake decorating (when she has the time!)

If you are a University recruiter interested in meeting with Concordia students, please email Christina to set up a school visit.

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Robin Miller

School Nurse

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Cristal Ritzema

School Nurse

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Kim Stephens

Kim Stephens

Director of Admissions

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Eri Hayashi

Eri Hayashi

Japanese Community Liaison

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Andrew Kim

Andrew (Jung Hyun) Kim

Korean Community Liaison

Andrew (Jung Hyun) is originally from Busan, Korea and first came to Vietnam in 2004 to learn the Vietnamese language and culture. During the past 6 years, he has served in the Foreign Language Department at Hanoi University as a Korean teacher to Vietnamese pupils. Through his work at the university, Andrew has enjoyed working with students and seeing them become leaders of their communities. He has a big heart for Vietnam and its people and says, “it is always wonderful to see them (his students) grow up to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

Andrew is married and has three lovely children- Sharon, Grace and Samuel of which the youngest two attend Concordia. He speaks Korean, English and Vietnamese.

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Lia Garcia Halpin

Director of Communications

Lia is originally from the Mexican border in south Texas, USA. She received her Bachelors in Accounting from Concordia University Texas and also holds a dual Masters- an MBA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a Degree in Education (Math and TESOL) from Concordia University Portland.

Lia first moved to Vietnam in 2005 to work with LCMS World Mission, teaching educational methodology at a Teachers College in Phu Tho Province. She has since taught at the School of Public Health, Bach Hoa University, Raffles Singaporean College, and pull-out teaching (IEP) at Hanoi International School. She joined the Concordia family as a founding member in January 2010.

Being involved in the Hanoi community is a passion of Lia’s and she has done so through involvement as the newcomers coordinator for the Hanoi International Women’s Club, Concordia Middle School Girls Basketball Coach, singing in the church choir, the American Chamber of Commerce, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce where she served as Vice-Chairwoman. Lia lives in Hanoi with her handsome Irish husband, Daragh.

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William Badger

Director of Community Outreach

William joined Concordia as Director of Community Outreach in October 2015.

Prior to joining Concordia, William served as Director of Project Marketing with property developer Tung Shing Group, where he oversaw sales at Golden Westlake Executive Residences and commercial leasing at Tung Shing Square; Director of Marketing of Bitexco Group, where he oversaw the Bitexco commercial and residential portfolio including Bitexco Financial Tower and the Manor as well as pre-launch activities for The ONE Ho Chi Minh City and The Manor Central Park in Hanoi; and Associate Director of Office Services with CBRE, where he worked with Lotte Center Hanoi and represented major multinationals such as HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank and Unilever.

Originally from New Jersey, William has lived in Vietnam since 1997 and speaks Vietnamese.

He also enjoys playing music, painting, writing and reading.

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Lien Trang

Lien Trang

Admissions Assistant

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Ibrahim Bossan

Ibrahim Bossan

IT Database

Ibrahim Bossan has a background knowledge in software engineering with a Bachelors degree from the University of Greenwich, England, which he completed as an Honors graduate. As part of a furthering education 2.5 year program, Ibrahim also attained two additional Diplomas in Software Engineering from the National Institute for Information Technology (NIIT) and another from APTECH here in Hanoi. He has experience in working with databases from individual projects and brought these wonderful skills to Concordia when he joined the school staff in May 2016.

Ibrahim was born and raised in the northern parts of Nigeria before moving to Vietnam in 2013 where he had the opportunity to work with an Organizations such as AISEC Hanoi. He has also worked in the Vietnamese country side as an English Teacher in summer camps.

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Hai Quang Trinh

Hai Quang Trinh

Operations & Facilities

Director of Vietnamese Relations, Facilities & Grounds Coordinator

Hai grew up in Phu Tho, Vietnam, where he was an English student of LCMS volunteers. Hai received his Bachelors degree in International Relations from the Institute for International Relations- Hanoi, Vietnam.

For the three years prior to coming to Concordia Hanoi, Hai had served as a program assistant for LCMS World Mission Vietnam. At Concordia, he works closely with the head of school in the areas of government negotiations and Vietnamese relations.

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Linh Dam

Linh Dam

Purchasing

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Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen

Billing & Accounts Receivable

Mai is originally from Lao Cai- the North Eastern province of Vietnam, near Sapa, and received her Bachelors of Art in International Economics from the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi. After graduation, she worked as a program officer in an Indian run NGO named CUTS International Hanoi - which focused on economic development and consumer protection. Just before challenging herself as a purchasing manager for Concordia International School Hanoi, she gained valuable experience in the same field by working for the leading Japanese company, Panasonic, for one year.

Mai is married and has a beautiful baby girl.

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Amy Winkelman

Amy Winkelman

Accountant

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Hanh Nguyen

Hanh Nguyen

Accountant

Hanh graduated from the Academy of Finance and earned her Chief Accountant Certificate from National Economics University. She's had many years working in the accounting field at different levels. Before joining Concordia, she worked as a Chief Accountant for a Real Estate Company being in charge of managing the finance department and advising/analyzing the company's financial situation and investment.

She loves to travel, read and spend time with her family. Hanh is married and has got 1 son and 1 daughter.

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Monica Nguyen

Monica Nguyen

Head of School Assistant

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Huong Do

Huong Do

Assistant to Director of Operations

Ms. Huong first started becomign interested in the Education field while she was a teaching assistant at a language center while still attending university. This really sparked a greater interest in education, especially early childhood education in an international environment. She realized that spending time with kids, teaching and learning from her students are what she loves to do.

Ms. Huong then finished her studies and earned her Bachelors degree in International Relations and Vietnamese Diplomacy from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and worked at a Canadian kindergarten before moving to Ho Chi Minh where she worked for a year and a half.

Upon moving back to Hanoi, Ms. Huong has found a home working at Concordia and says she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work here.

Ms. Huong enjoys going camping as well as traveling with friends.

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Hau Ha

Transportation Coordinator

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Loc Nguyen

Loc Nguyen

MS/HS Secretary

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Hoa Pham

Hoa Pham

ES Secretary

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Chien Nguyen

Chien Nguyen

Security & Facilities Upkeep

Mr. Chien joined the Concordia staff in the Summer of 2014 and does a wonderful job of keeping the Concordia campus at its best. Before coming to Concordia, Mr. Chien worked for Delta construction company.

In his free time, Mr. Chien enjoys spending time with his family on the weekend and especially his two daughters who are 11 years old and 9 months.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A self-perpetuating Board of Directors from throughout Asia governs Concordia. The Board of Directors manages the school for the LCMS, the owner and investor of Concordia Hanoi. Concordia searches for board members, who are strategic in thinking, diverse in talents, and supportive of the mission, vision, and values of the school. All board members are appointed by the LCMS.

The primary roles of the Board of Directors is to carry out the operations of Concordia through policy development, strategic planning, fiscal management, and the oversight and support of the Head of School and staff.

The Head of School and the school staff are assigned the task of carrying out the policies and plans of the Board of Directors and the LCMS.

The Board of Directors is always looking for additional members to serve both on the Board and in a variety of committees. Anyone interested in serving on the Board should contact Steven Winkelman, Head of School.

Ken-Fowler

Ken Fowler

CFO, Hong Kong International School

Ken Fowler has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Hong Kong International School since early 2007. He and his wife Sandy moved to Hong Kong from Miami in early 2000, although both had lived in Hong Kong during the ‘90s as well. Ken has two adult children living in the United States and an 8-year old (3rd grade) daughter, Alina, in Hong Kong. Ken and his family worship at the Church of All Nations in Hong Kong.

Ken is originally from Kansas City, Kansas, but has also lived in Mississippi, Hawaii, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri and Florida. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BA from the University of Mississippi. He has worked with Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse, SkyTel Communications, Chinadotcom and Corgi Toys.

Ken is an avid runner and also enjoys tennis, rock climbing and skiing.

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Van-Pham

Van Thanh Pham

Co-Chair, Women Corporate Directors

Pham Thanh Van is Senior Independent Consultant and Certified Master Coach. She is currently working with a number of clients (in Vietnam and overseas) in strategic people and organisational development; and executive coaching.

Besides her work, Van serves as a Co-Chair of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Vietnam chapter which is part of the global WCD, a membership organization and community of women corporate directors.

Prior to working as a consultant, Van held the position of Vice President Human Resources at BP Upstream, Asia Pacific Region which encompassed BP upstream operations in Australia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

With 19 years working in human resources and 11 years serving in business leadership teams at different levels, Van has deep and broad experience in shaping and implementing HR strategy for different stages of the business cycle. Her direct involvement in organization capability development and localization, as well as her leading role in a number of business and functional transformations have given her invaluable experience. She also gained a lot of experience in planning and execution of organizational and people part of merger and acquisition activities. Van has extensive understanding and familiarity with complex matrix organizational structure and business processes, and can provide deep insights about corporate governance and delegation of authority.

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GreggPinick

Gregg Pinick

Head of School, Concordia Shanghai

Gregg has been in Lutheran education since graduating from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska in 1980 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. He later received his Masters in Educational Administration from California State University, Fullerton in 1991. He has served in US schools from Pre-k through grade 12 in Michigan, Missouri, and California as a Teacher, Principal, and Executive Director. He currently is the Head of School at Concordia International School in Shanghai.

He and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of three grown children. They are both excited for the future of Concordia International School Hanoi!

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J.P. Cima

Country Director, LCMS International

J.P. Cima, along with his wife, Aimee, and two girls, Celeste and Bella, have lived happily in Vietnam since 2007. J.P. is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). He serves as the Country Director for LCMS's humanitarian NGO in Vietnam, which has provided Christian humanitarian assistance to Vietnam for the past 20 years.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, J.P. received an M.A. in theology from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina in 2004. Immediately after, he completed a Masters of Divinity at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Vietnam is the Cima family's first post-seminary placement, and they are delighted to call Hanoi home. Their daughters were proudly a part of the inaugural class of Concordia Hanoi.

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Fred Voigtmann

Attorney-At- Law, Concordia Consulting Ltd.

Fred Voigtmann was born in the State of Iowa, USA, and graduated from Concordia College, St. Paul MN (A.A. Degree), Valparaiso University IN (B.A. Degree) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. Degree). He is a retired LT Col in the U.S. Air Force, and since 1983 has been an Attorney at Law for Concordia Consulting Ltd. in Taipei, Taiwan.

He is married, with three grown children and five grandchildren.

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Rich-Sherwood

Richard Sherwood

Board Member, AEG Vietnam

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Laura-Birner

Laura Birner

US Embassy in Vietnam

Laura Birner works for the U.S. Department of State and is currently the Office Manager for the Political Section at Embassy Hanoi. She previously supported the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara from 2012-2015, and also served as a Program Assistant managing a variety of Stability Operations courses at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute from 2008-2012. Additionally, she has experience in both the education and social work fields as she taught music at the Anglo-American School of Moscow and counselled students at the Twin Parks Upper School in the Bronx, New York prior to her government service. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts in Oboe Performance from Indiana University and has performed with several orchestras throughout the Mid-West including the St. Louis Symphony. She is married to Timothy Birner who is also a State Department Foreign Service Officer. Together, they have three young daughters – Hannah, Heidi, and Holly.

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HISTORY OF CONCORDIA HANOI

Concordia may be the newest international school to Hanoi, but we bring over 150 years of educational experience to Hanoi. Concordia is part of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the United States. The LCMS has been actively developing schools in the United States since the 1860’s and throughout Asia for the past 40 years. Concordia Hanoi is modeled after our two sister schools: Hong Kong International School, and Concordia International School – Shanghai, China.

The Hanoi school concept developed out of a number of different invitations and possibilities throughout Asia. Vietnam was selected as the primary site for the next LCMS international school since the LCMS NGO, headed by Ted Engelbrecht and his staff, have been successfully working in Vietnam for the past 13 years. There is also a great need for education generally and for international education specifically in the city of Hanoi. In addition, the people within the U.S. Embassy and the business community expressed a desire for a school like HKIS and CISS to come to Hanoi: a high-quality, values-based school that could serve the foreign and American populations as well as local students.

In the fall of 2006, the leaders of LCMS World Mission team visited Hanoi with Dr. Allan Schmidt and Dr. Greg Sawyer for an assessment and validation of the opportunities presented to the LCMS. A feasibility study was completed in November of 2007. The study looked at both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Strong evidence of need and opportunity pointed to Hanoi. In the spring of 2008, LCMS leaders came to Hanoi to meet with government officials. Some attended a reception for Vietnam and US government officials, educational leaders and corporate leaders in Hanoi held by U.S. Ambassador Michael W. Michalak. Over seventy people listened to Ambassador Michalak extol LCMS schools in the U.S. and abroad.


The writing of many documents for the application to the government of Vietnam was in the process for the next two years. Some of the documents included were a PS-12 curriculum, a feasibility plan, a charter application, a financial plan, a temporary building plan and/or permanent location plan for the proposed school. After several revisions and adjustments, the application was accepted for review by the Hanoi government and the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. After numerous meetings, resubmissions, and clarifications, Concordia received approval to open by the Hanoi’s Peoples Committee.

Concordia is excited to start a new chapter in the long history of LCMS education.

Concordia's Green Scheme

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Practices

Green Practice:

At Concordia International School Hanoi, we define sustainability as the economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations and economies.  

Concordia’s dedication to reduce our environmental footprint is exemplified by the commitment to sustainability through gold-level application in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.

Concordia's effort to sustainability is reflected through the design, build, and operate stages.

DESIGN

Careful research and planning allowed Concordia to embed sustainable features into the space before construction was ever started. Sustainable planning activities in the concept and design stages were crucial to building Concordia. Green design optimizes indoor environment, resulting in a healthy and comfortable indoor condition to guests.

Air Quality Control

  • Ventilation meet the minimum requirement of the ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, improving indoor air quality and promoting occupant comfort, well-being, and productivity. 
  • Low VOC supplemental material were used to achieve more healthy indoor environment.

Water Saving

  • Water efficiency fixtures were applied to reduce 40% of water use when compared with US EPA standard.
  • Local plant species were planted, reducing permanent watering needs. 

Maximize Open Space

  • The project has been designed to maximize vegetated open space to promote biodiversity.

BUILD

Selection of Site

  • The location encourages the use of public transportation as it is surrounded by bus and subway stations, thus reducing pollution produced by private vehicles.

Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan

  • Partitions and protection are implemented to obstruct pollution source spread.
  • HVAC duct and indoor environment is protected during construction stage.

Regional Materials

  • Over 10% of the building’s products and material are from within 500 miles to support the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Systems – Lighting Controllability

  • Individual lighting controls enables occupants to adjust the lighting system that meet needs and preferences.

OPERATE

Material and Indoor Air Quality 

  • To ensure sustainable indoor air quality, all material used to build the school is within the allowable VOC limit, such as adhesives and sealant products, painting and coating products.

Thermal Comfort

  • In order to provide a comfortable indoor thermal environment that promotes occupants’ well-being, 100% of the occupants have access to individual comfort controls for meeting individual needs and preferences.

Protection of Natural Environment

  • The project uses refrigerants and HVAC&R that minimize the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global climate change.

Water Use Reduction

  • Water use reduction strategies are employed to reduce water use when compared to water use baseline calculation for building.

Energy Conservation

  • At least 10% improvement in the proposed building performance rating is achieved to optimize energy performance when compared with the baseline building performance rating.

Green Education

  • The school seeks to communicate our efforts and success to the public, to spread education about sustainability and green built environment.
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