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 2017

​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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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

Director of Operations, Tim Winterstein, has 20 years in education, starting as a teacher for ten and a half years before moving into administration roles.

Mr. Winterstein holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Ann Arbor along with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Valparaiso University.

“I love the community feel that Concordia has. I honestly believe we have an elite educational environment with fantastic career educators that want the best for all of our students. Working here has truly made me grow as a leader and better understand that, although our building is wonderful, it really is the people that make Concordia such an amazing place to work.”

During his career, Mr. Winterstein has presented at many academic conferences, including multiple presentations to smaller groups of teachers, administrators, and school boards in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, and Illinois about what special education is and what it can look like in your school.

He was co-presenter with Rich Schumacher to Mid-South DIstrict Administrators and Midwest District Educational Executives on ‘What is Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging and why do we or don’t we use it in/for our school.’

Prior to joining Concordia in July 2014, Mr. Winterstein taught for ten and a half years at Trinity Lutheran in Toledo, OH, teaching Second grade, Fourth grade, and Middle School and serving as multiple Department Heads, Coaching, Outdoor Education Chair, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students.

In his nine and a half years in administration, Mr. Winterstein served for six and a half years as a National Director of Programs and Services/Director of Development at Lutheran Special Education, prior to his role as Director of Advancement and Operations at Concordia International Hanoi.

Mr. Winterstein’s hobbies include “traveling with my family and just being with them wherever we are in the world; I have fun working out by riding my bike, running, and being in the weight room. I like being together with friends enjoying a good meal and great conversation.”

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Michael Gilliland

Michael Gilliland

Director of IT

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Jeni Nelson

Jeni Nelson

Preschool

Jeni Nelson has been teaching for 24 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Education along with a BS in Elementary Education.

A respected international educator, Mrs. Nelson has presented at a number of professional academic conferences including “Music and Movement in the Classroom” at Qatar Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Forum;  “Music! Music! Music!” at the Teachers Teaching Teachers workshop at Awsaj Academy, Qatar; and “Using iPads in the Elementary Classroom” at Qatar Reads, American School of Doha, Qatar.

“I love the atmosphere at Concordia.  There’s a unique camaraderie among the faculty.  The facilities are beautiful.  There is plenty of grass and ‘wildlife’ to explore and study.  Everything is new.  I appreciate the expertise represented among the faculty, and of course the students are who I like best. Parents are supportive and involved in our preschool program.  Concordia maintains a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset.  The Vietnamese staff keep us going with their professionalism, their knowledge, and their contacts.”

Mrs. Nelson has also completed the requirements for her Certificate of International School Counseling, from the Counselor Training Center of Miami, FL, and has attended professional development annually for 19 years.

Prior to joining Concordia in July 2016, Ms. Nelson taught at elementary schools in Florida, Texas and South Carolina (USA), before shifting her career overseas, where she taught preschool and elementary school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Qatar, where she also served as Technology Integration Facilitator.

Ms. Nelson’s hobbies include knitting, reading and cycling.

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Ly Ngo

Ly Ngo

Preschool Assistant

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Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns

Reception

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Trina Roberts

Trina Roberts

Reception 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

Reception

Katherine Sharpe is entering her 12th year in teaching.  Ms. Sharpe holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, in St. Petersburg, Florida in the United States.

Ms. Sharpe also holds a TEFL Professional Certificate and an ESOL Endorsement, along with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Speech Communications from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama.  In 2010, Ms. Sharpe took part in a Teacher Exchange in Nagano, Japan.

“I love working at Concordia. The best thing about teaching here are the students and families I am able to work with it and the impact I have in their lives. I love to watch my students learn and experience new things.  I also love the positive and supportive work environment.”

Prior to joining Concordia in August, 2016, Ms. Sharpe taught elementary school in St. Petersburg, Florida and in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Her hobbies include walking, reading, relaxing and socializing with family and friends, going to the beach and being outside.

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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

Grade 1 teacher Rizza Wood has been teaching for 20 years and holds a Master of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from State University of New York at Buffalo, along with a Bachelor of Secondary Education from Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines.

Mrs. Wood has been with Concordia since July 2013 and has been one of the pillars of our Elementary School program.

“The support from the administration, especially from my Principal, is what I most appreciate about Concordia, along with the camaraderie amongst the teachers and the sense of community.”

Herself an ongoing learner, she has continually bolstered her credentials through ongoing professional development, having most recently attended the Reading and Writing Institutes at Teachers College, Columbia University

Other Professional Development she has pursued include an EAL Conference: Elements of ELL Support by Virginia Rojas; Google Tech Conferences; National Conference for Differentiated Instructions; Writing Essentials for PS - G6 Classrooms by Mark Glover; Online PD by Staff Development for Educators; RTI (Response to Intervention): Reading Strategies That Work and Teaching Writing K- 3.

Prior to joining Concordia, Mrs. Wood has taught in international schools around the world, including China, Thailand and the Philippines.

Her husband, to whom she has been married for 20 years, is an executive chef, and they enjoy learning about life and other cultures through travel.

Mrs. Wood loves to read, dance, and explore new places.

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Jeanette Johnston

Grade 1 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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Angela Shih

Angela Shih

Grade 2

Ms. Shih enters her 10th year in the classroom and holds a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific, along with a BA in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University Fullerton.

Ms. Shih joined Concordia 2 years ago after 7 years teaching at Lytle Creek Elementary School in the USA, where she also served as an Academic Coach mentoring new teachers in classroom management and curriculum development.

“I love the diversity of Concordia!  We teach students from all around the world who are learning to be responsible global citizens who choose to make a difference in our world!  We work with a staff who not only care about academics but also care about the physical, emotional, and social growth of the child. I love our school and I love my job!”  

“Some people ask what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I always think, “This. This is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life - pouring into the lives of our kids!”

“I’m thankful for our administrators who care about us, our school, our students, and our community, and I’m grateful to our parents who entrust to us their children!”  

Outside of the classroom, Ms Shih’s Hobbies include guitar, tennis, running and cooking.

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Merrian Mills

Grade 2

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Faith Lubaton

Grade 2 Assistant

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Michelle Beard

Michelle Beard

Grade 3

Michelle Beard has been teaching for 16 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from California State University, Long Beach in the U.S.A.                   

“I love that we are a community of learners,” said Mrs. Beard of her work at Concordia. “We all have different gifts, talents and abilities which we are investing in our students so that they will grow and impact their world.”

Mrs. Beard writes a professional educational blog called “Learning in Global Communities”, and has presented on “Strategies for Developing Literacy through Literature Circles” to the Paramount CA, USA Unified School District.

Mrs. Beard is also a Life Coach, a Presenter for Vietnam Coaching Network, a Shine Trainer (organization for disadvantaged women) and is working on her Certificate in Education Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL).

Mrs. Beard and her family lived in Central Asia for 10 years before moving to Vietnam in 2010, and she is fluent in Russian.

Prior to joining Concordia in August, 2015, Mrs. Beard taught at elementary schools in California, Kyrgyzstan and Hanoi.

Mrs. Beard’s hobbies include reading, running (marathon and half-marathons), gardening and cooking.

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Anne Stuart Gunay

Anne Stuart Gunay

Grade 3

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Boram Lee

Boram Lee

Grade 3 Assistant

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Alexis Snider

Grade 4

Alexis Snider has been teaching for 14 years and holds a Masters’ Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States, from which she also received her Bachelor of Science.        

“I love working with highly motivated students and being part of a family-centered community,” said Mrs. Snider of what she likes best about teaching at Concordia.

An experienced international educator, Mrs. Snider taught at Curacao American Preparatory School, Qingdao International School and ISG Jubail (International Schools Group), prior to joining Concordia in August 2016.

Her hobbies include swimming, sewing and traveling.

Mrs. Snider’s husband Keith also teaches at Concordia.

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Teresa Winterstein

Teresa Winterstein

Grade 4

Teresa Winterstein has spent 22 years in the classroom and holds Master’s Degrees in both Education in Curriculum & Instruction and Writing from Lourdes University in Ohio (USA) as well as a BS Elementary Education from Valparaiso University.  

Twice named ‘Teacher of the Year’ in the Bedford (Michigan) Public School system, Mrs. Winterstein was also a contributor to Erik Palmer’s latest book: Good Thinking: Teaching Argument, Persuasion, and Reasoning.

“The moment I first entered Concordia, the community vibe was almost tangible. I enjoy working side by side with like-minded colleagues and students who are passionate about learning and serving. The cohesiveness and spirit for learning and connecting within Concordia, as well as globally, inspires me daily.”

During the course of her career, Mrs. Winterstein has also coached GOTR (Girls on the Run), a comprehensive emotional health and running program, as well as coached basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer, and was Curriculum Designer for the Toledo Museum of Art

Prior to joining Concordia in August 2014, Mrs. Winterstein taught in elementary school in the US in Michigan City, Indiana; Toledo, Ohio; and Bedford, Michigan and was a Graduate Education Professor at Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio.

An avid runner, Mrs. Winterstein has completed a multitude of marathons, her favorite and most brutally challenging being the Great Wall Marathon in China.

Her hobbies include spending time with her two children, Meleyna and Henry, traveling with my family, running distance races and running for recreation, reading, participating in Twitter book chats, painting, drawing, and writing.

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My Bach

My Bach

Grade 4 Assistant

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Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Grade 5

Michael Mills has been teaching for 15 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A., along with a Bachelor’s Degree in: Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA, U.S.A.

“I have worked at many schools around the world looking to find the one that best fits me as a professional and as an individual…...I’ve finally found the school that feels like home at Concordia.”

A truly global educator, Mr. Mills taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools, International School of Aruba, International School of Monterrey, International School of St. Lucia, RASG Hebrew Academy Miami Beach, American International School Egypt, and American International School Cyprus prior to joining Concordia in August 2016.

Mr. Mills’ teaching career has also come with a number of notable personal achievements, including: reaching the national championship coaching high school boys basketball team in Aruba; living through the 2nd revolution in Egypt; hasn’t missed a Steelers game in over 20 years even though he’s lived abroad; and getting married to his wife, Merrian, (also a teacher at Concordia), 7 years ago in a helicopter flying over Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mr. Mills’ hobbies include sports, travel, and coaching.

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Keith Snider

Keith Snider

Grade 5

Keith Snider enters his 18th year in the classroom and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.

“I love being part of a value-driven community, which celebrates diversity and places students at the center of all decision making,” Mr. Snider said of his work at Concordia.

Prior to joining Concordia in August 2016, Mr. Snider taught at Qingdao International School (China) and the International Schools Group of Saudi Arabia.

A keen video-drone operator, Mr. Snider’s other hobbies include exercise, travel, and spending time with his wife (also a teacher at Concordia) and three kids.

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Jennifer Lopez

Grade 5 Assistant

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Mr 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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Jennifer Zimbrick

Jennifer Zimbrick

Middle School

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Marie Robinson

Marie Robinson

Middle School

Wisconsin, USA native, Marie Robinson holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Ms. Robinson taught in the School District of Black River Falls, Wisconsin before joining Concordia at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

“I love that the kids are so creative in my drama classes and when presenting their projects.

I like that the students and faculty work hard and celebrate each other’s successes.”

Ms. Robinson has attended more than 70 hours of Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop training as part of her ongoing educational training.

Her hobbies include coaching MS/HS Volleyball, dancing, piano, guitar, Concordia Faculty Choir, hiking and trekking.

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Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Humanities & HS Assistant Principal

High School teacher, Stephen Conroy, enters his 8th year in education at Concordia.  Mr. Conroy holds a Masters’ Degree in Secondary Education from Queens College, in New York, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Binghamton University.

A dedicated professional educator and administrator, Mr. Conroy was also named Secondary Assistant Principal for 2017-18 school year.

“The amazing students and the opportunity to share my knowledge with young people from around the world make my work extremely rewarding,” said Mr. Conroy of his work at Concordia.

Originally from Queens, New York, Mr. Conroy taught at Louis Pasteur Middle School in New York City prior to joining Concordia in July 2014.

Mr. Conroy’s hobbies include fitness and traveling, and in April 2015, he became one of the first 500 people in the world to enter Son Doong Cave, the world’s largest cave, located in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.

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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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Mike Burns

Mike Burns

HS Humanities

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Julien Mabika

Julien Mabika

MS/HS Math & Physics

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Jeaneth Caballero

Jeaneth Caballero

ES 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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Sarah Noye

Sarah Noye

ES EAL Specialist

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Pat Copple

ES EAL Specialist

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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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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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Oanh Nguyen

Oanh Nguyen

Vietnamese Lang. & Culture 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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Lan To

Lan To

Vietnamese Lang. & Culture Assistant

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Rosy Alcala

Rosalinda Alcala Whitehead

Spanish

Spanish teacher, Rosy Alcala Whitehead, enters her 14th year in the classroom and holds Master’s Degrees in both Education from Columbus University and Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León, Mexico, from which she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Originally from Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, Ms. Whitehead also holds certificates in Methods of Teaching  and Spanish Language from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA); ACFTL - AP Spanish Language & Culture; ACFTL - Spanish Grammar, and was a DELE Examiner at the  Instituto Cervantes, Ministry of  Education Spain Teacher Formation.

An avid proponent of Mexican cuisine, Mrs. Alcala Whitehead has also published two cookbooks written in 3 languages - Spanish, English and Mandarin. This started as a project for her Spanish AP class, and the class assisted in preparing dishes, taking photos, and translating the Spanish recipies into both English and Mandarin.

Proceeds from the sale of the book went to support three libraries for children of migrant workers in Yunnan Province and to support the Will Foundation charitable endeavors in China.

In her previous schools, Mrs. Whitehead has organized a Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Cooking Club and she brings this strong background to developing Concordia’s Spanish Department programs.

Prior to joining Concordia in August 2015, Mrs. Whitehead taught at Dulwich International School Shanghai, China Europe International Business School, Concordia International School Shanghai, and Korea International School.

She is also married to high school math and physics teacher Neil Whitehead.

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Liu Jin Hua

Mandarin

Mandarin teacher, Liu Jinhua (“Jessica”), has been teaching for six years and holds a BA in International Economics and Trade from the University of HoHai in Nanjing, China.

Ms. Liu also holds several teaching certificates, including Advanced English from the Cambridge Institute of Singapore; Certificate of Pedagogic and Educational Psychology from the Beijing Education Bureau, China; and Teacher Qualification Certificate from the Beijing Education Bureau of China.

“I really love to work at Concordia because the great community makes everyone feel included and that helps everyone benefit from understanding experiences and cultures that may be different from their own. Teachers show more understanding and care towards others and we feel comfortable and well supported in our work here. I also love working with students and will continue to strive to be a positive influence in their lives.”

Ms. Liu worked at Singapore International School in Saigon South prior to joining Concordia in August, 2013.  

In her spare time, Ms. Liu enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and watching dramas.

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Cindy Hsieh

Cindy Hseih

Mandarin

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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Sara Sokola

Sara Sokola

Athletic Director & MS/HS PE

Athletic Director Sara Sokola brings 8 years experience teaching in Physical Education and Health, math, and science.  Ms. Sokola holds a Master’s Degree in International Education Administration from Endicott University, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management and Administration from Florida State University in the United States.

Ms. Sokola was named “Teacher of the Year” at Korea International School in Jeju, South Korea in 2012-2013, and “Coach of the Year” at Shanghai Community International School in 2015-2016, prior to joining Concordia in August 2016.

“I love the opportunities at Concordia both inside and outside the classroom to inspire our community to live life to the fullest by prioritizing health and wellness in their daily lives.”

Prior to moving overseas, Ms. Sokola also taught middle school math and science with Teach for America in Houston, Texas. Ms. Sokoa has always loved serving others.  She recently discovered great opportunities for service in Uganda and Ghana, which facilitated the developed of the Lead movement “Love, Educate, Advocate, Develop” to promote health and wellness in local and global communities.  Her hobbies include zumba, walking her two dogs and experiencing different cultures through travel.  

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Martha Seibel

Martha Seibel

ES Music

Elementary School Music teacher Martha Seibel enters her 7th year of teaching and holds a Masters of Music Education Degree from Kent State University, along with a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from Concordia University Chicago.

Ms. Seibel also holds “Orff Schulwerk Certification Level I and II” and has developed a music curriculum for Concordia that encourages literacy and creativity.

“I love watching students help each other to create music together,” she said of her work at Concordia.

A talented musician and arranger, Ms. Seibel brings to Concordia an acute musical ear and regularly orchestrates groups of multi-age elementary students to sing intricate three-part harmonies in school performances.

Ms. Seibel is classically trained in the French horn and performed with the St. Louis Wind Symphony as well as in various musical production pit orchestras around Missouri.

Originally from Perryville, Missouri (USA), Ms. Siebel taught at Arrowpoint Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri, prior to joining Concordia Hanoi in August 2014.

Ms. Seibel’s hobbies include running, traveling, and watching and performing musicals.

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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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Jill Allyn Carter

Jill Allyn Carter

P-12 Art

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Margie De Villiers

Margie De Villiers

School Librarian

School Librarian, Margie de Villiers has run and managed school libraries for 20 years.  Ms. de Villiers holds an advanced degree in Library Science along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science/Social work.

During the course of her career, Ms. de Villiers has developed and created programs for six libraries - from designing the space and furniture to developing the collection.

Ms. de Villiers has developed libraries in rural schools and in hospitals, as well as  created and built a prison library and trained the inmates to run it.  

Dedicated to cultural preservation, she has run fundraising events at schools to renovate heritage sites, and recently presented on “Academic Honesty” at the Vietnam Librarian Conference.

“I love the bright and shining faces of all the students at Concordia. The colleagues are so supportive, and all of us work towards a common goal of doing our best for the students each and everyday. I appreciate the support and understanding of senior administration, and the parents who work very hard with us to make this a great school.”

“Concordia School is a very special place, and working alongside IT expertise and teaching masters is allowing me to reach my full potential. My many years teaching internationally, and in  such diverse schools can only be a benefit to my approach to education.”

A native of South Africa, Ms. de Villiers has run school libraries in Johannesburg, Shanghai and the British Virgin Islands before joining Concordia last year to open and manage the library in our new Van Tri facility.

At Concordia, she has worked hard to add local cultural insights to the library, bolster the core curriculum through reading and complement the English offerings with reading selections from the many native languages represented at Concordia, including books in Swedish, German, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese, along with many others.  

Ms. de Villiers hobbies include reading, travel, writing, cycling, designing new programs and volunteering, creative crafts, and learning IT.

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Ngan Trieu

Ngan Trieu

Library Assistant

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Katie Sutherland

Katie Sutherland

ES Counselor

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Linda Bloemberg

Linda Bloemberg

MS/HS 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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Cristal Ritzema

School Nurse

School Nurse, Cristal Ritzema, has been a Registered Nurse (California Board) for 26 years. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and Nursing from the University of San Francisco, and is working toward her Master’s Degree in Public Health - Health Promotion through Liberty University.

“Interacting with the students provides a daily dose of fun and satisfaction,” said Mrs. Ritzema on what she likes best about working at Concordia.

Mrs. Ritzema’s extensive nursing career prior to joining Concordia includes numerous professional positions including as Trauma RN; ICU/CCU RN in San Francisco (CA) General Hospital; Neuro/Trauma ICU RN at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA; CU RN, Occupational Health Clinic RN at St. Luke Hospital in Pasadena, CA (I); ICU RN/PACU RN, Endoscopy/Procedural/Sedation RN, Outpatient Surgery Center Recovery RN at Sutter Davis Hospital, as well as Refugee Medical Transport Nurse Roster with the International Office of Migration.

She has also consistently devoted her nursing skills to helping those less fortunate, serving abroad with Salvation Army Summer Service Corps for the Blind and Handicapped in Kenya and Tanzania; as well as at home with the Salvation Army Golden State Division Flood Relief Team, Modesto Corps.

While in Vietnam, she has devoted time to assist Hagar International, Vietnam as a Volunteer Community Health Consultant/Educator.

“My husband Randall and I have five wonderful children, all of whom attend Concordia, with our eldest being a member of Concordia’s first graduating class in June 2017.  Before moving to Hanoi, we lived in California (USA), Luang Prabang (Laos), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).  I’m fortunate to have had many opportunities to practice global public and community health nursing while living in these developing countries.”

Mrs. Ritzema’s hobbies include cooking and baking, and adventuring with her family.

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David Elliott

David Elliott

Registrar

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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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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Ms Lia Garcia

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 in Marketing 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, and son.

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Bill-Badger

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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Mary Jane Elliott

Mary Jane Elliott

Community Builder

One of the bedrocks of our Elementary program, Mary Jane Elliott has been teaching for 39 years and holds a Masters Degree from Michigan State University along with a Bachelor’s Degree from Marian College.

An internationally-renowned specialist in applying Project-Based Learning to the field of Early Childhood Education, Mrs. Elliott has published in her field, including an Article in Young Children magazine: 1999  “Great Moments of Learning in Project Work”, and has presented at numerous academic conferences including four presentations on the Project Approach with Dr. Lilian Katz at NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Conferences in New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.  

Mrs. Elliott has also presented at OMEP conference in Hong Kong, and at the retirement conference for Dr. Lilian Katz, one of the global leaders in Early Childhood Education, at the University of Illinois.

“Since the day I arrived at Concordia, I have been ‘empowered’ to be a Preschool teacher who is entrusted to design a curriculum that is best for engaging the minds of young children.  Throughout my six years at the school I have felt supported and as a result, my dedication to creating the best teaching and learning environment for young children has continued to grow and thrive.”

“Being able to teach at Concordia with my husband has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  We share common hopes, concerns, cares and dreams for this school, its administration, teachers, families and students.  Being at this school gives us hope in the future of education.”

Over her career, Mrs. Elliott has also founded a Preschool for  three-year-olds in Berlin, Germany for the Emmaus Kirchengemeinde (1968);  developed the full-day kindergarten and four-year-old programs for Hong Kong International School (HKIS); while teaching at HKIS, did extensive teacher training on how to initiate the Project Approach in the classroom, offered to many schools including Hong Kong Academy, Hong Kong University student teachers, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Salvation Army teachers, Lee Wai Lee College students, teachers at the Victoria Kindergartens, and the Social Welfare Department teaching staff.

Mrs. Elliott also developed the Preschool program for Concordia International School Hanoi.

Prior to joining Concordia in August 2011, Mrs. Elliott taught at Kindergartens in Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany before spending the next 20 years at Hong Kong International School.

Her hobbies include flower arranging, baking decadent desserts, traveling, and urban hiking.

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Ha Nguyen

Ha Nguyen

Science Lab Technician

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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

Mrs. Mai Nguyen has worked in the Concordia administration since July 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from The Institute of Foreign Relations, (now Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam), in Hanoi.  Mrs. Nguyen oversees our Accounting and Purchasing departments.

“Working for an international school, talking with experienced teachers and observing children playing and studying every day has helped me learn more about the western education system, applying it in bringing up my child to be a caring and independent person and a book lover.”

After graduating university, Mrs. Nguyen worked as a Research Assistant, conducting market studies on consumer protection, with CUTS Hanoi Resource Center, an Indian NGO implementing regional projects on competition policy, law, and international trade issues.

From there, prior to joining Concordia in 2011, she joined Panasonic Electronic Devices as Procurement Officer, seeking new suppliers; purchasing materials; acting as a liaison between related warehouse, sales and productions sites; and following up with customers.

Ms. Nguyen’s hobbies include gardening, interior design and reading.

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Amy Winkelman

Amy Winkelman

Accountant

Mrs. Amy Winkelman has been with Concordia since 2011 handling accounting duties.  Mrs. Winkelman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Concordia College in Austin, Texas.

“It’s the students that I love to see and get to know.  I volunteer to read in Mrs. Jeni Nelson’s Pre-school class once a month and that brings me joy.  I love to watch the older students in their House Activities and watch students come out of their shell and do silly activities.  I enjoy all the drama productions and concerts that the school puts on.  The talent these students have is amazing and humbling to watch. I also enjoy the sports programs we have at our school, I take joy in going to the games and see the older kids mentor the younger ones on what it means to have integrity and honesty in the midst of a heated game.”

Originally from Maryland, Mrs. Winkelman worked in the accounting departments for schools in Michigan and Texas prior to her work at Concordia.      

Mrs. Winkelman’s hobbies include scrapbooking, yoga, reading, and hanging out with friends.

She is married to Concordia’s Head of School, Mr. Steven Winkelman.

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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

Assistant to Head of School

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Huong Do

Huong Do

Assistant to Director of Operations

Ms. Huong Do has worked in the education field for seven years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

She has served as Assistant to the Director of Operations since April 2014, helps run our campus facility, and is a receptionist welcoming all Concordia’s students, parents, and visitors.

“At Concordia we have very exceptional children and very independent learners. Thanks to the experienced, dedicated, and caring teachers and staff, children are encouraged to rigorously learn and they find their learning fascinating. They love to read, love to explore, love PE, and get to participate in many service learning activities for underprivileged children, which is the best thing I see in children.”  

Ms. Huong’s education career has included work at Maple Bear Canadian Kindergarten as a Teaching Assistant and Education Management Group as Academic Coordinator, both in Hanoi. 

Ms. Huong’s hobbies include travelling and camping, running, hiking, listening to music, and watching movies.

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Hau Ha

Transportation Coordinator

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Ha Le

Ha Le

Receptionist/ Transportation Assistant

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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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Thuyen Le

Thuyen Le

Technician

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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 Trustees

A self-perpetuating Board of Trustees from throughout Asia governs Concordia. The Board of Trustees 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 Trustees 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 Trustees and the LCMS.

The Board of Trustees 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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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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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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Curtis Johnson

Trustee

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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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