Leadership Team

Nathan Swenson

Head of School

Nathan Swenson has been an educational leader for over 20 years and has had experiences in 4 different countries before moving to Vietnam. He has been a principal in the USA, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Brazil and he is now in his second year here at ISHCMC – American Academy. Nathan is passionate about helping children learn and grow as they prepare for the rest of their lives. At ISHCMC-AA we have a positive, caring, and engaged environment and Nathan embraces these values in all that he does. He spends time getting to know each student and helps meet their individual needs. He has high expectations for the school and students and encourages everyone to reach their fullest potential. Nathan does have one daughter who is in her second year of college at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, but he cares for each child in school as if they were his own.
Nathan enjoys meeting with families and encourages parents to be involved in their child’s development. He is available to meet with families as often as needed.

Jennifer Pratt


Rob Wilson

Director of Student Services & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Robert Williams

Academic Dean

Michael Tower

Clinical Specialist & Designated Safeguarding Lead

ISHCMC - American Academy Faculty

Highly Qualified International Teachers

Over 70% of our teachers hold Master’s degrees in their specialist subjects

Over 70% of our teachers hold Master’s degrees in their specialist subjects

Our teaching staff at ISHCMC – American Academy are highly experienced, dedicated, caring and passionate about their subject and student age range. Without exception, they are excited and motivated to work within our dynamic international community.

Open-minded and curious, they engage with students in helping to open their minds and form connections across disciplines and emphasize proactive, collaborative learning.

Our teachers benefit from continuous professional development as part of their own lifelong learning journey, via tailored courses, workshops, conferences and lectures by leading international educators and supplemented by regular team building activities. They – and in turn, our students – also benefit from being part of the Cognita family of over 60 schools across 3 continents, providing unique opportunities for global information sharing and cultural exchange.

English Department

Rachel DeRozario

English Department Head

Garry Forde

Humanities Teacher

Susan Scott

English Teacher

Sarah Meston

English Teacher

Ryan Shields

Librarian, Health & Safety Lead

Jennifer Weeast

English Teacher

Language Support Department

Phil Anderson

Language Support Department Head

Elizabeth Eckenrode

Language Support Specialist

Paul Gillespie

Language Support Specialist

Amy Swenson

Language Support Specialist

Joël Krasso

Language Support Specialist

Mathematics Department

Samuel Down

Mathematics Department Head

Alan Gray

STEM Teacher

Nancy Smith

Math Teacher

Pedro Proenca

Math Teacher

Science Department

Deepa Rani

Science Department Head

Julie Helgerson

Science Teacher

Chad Phares

Science Teacher

Tuan Nguyen

Science Teaching Assistant

Melissa Wiggins

STEM Teacher

Gearoid Clarke

Science Teacher

Social Studies Department

Seth Laffin

Social Studies Department Head

Nicholas Daniels

Humanities Teacher

Justin Beghly

Social Studies Teacher

World Languages Department

Hoang Anh Nguyen

World Languages Department Head & Vietnamese History Teacher

Phillip Lin

Mandarin Teacher

Tam Huynh

Vietnamese Literature Teacher

Van Anh Nguyen

Vietnamese Geography Teacher

Yen Dao

Vietnamese Literature Teacher

Quynh Trang Nguyen

Vietnamese Language Support Teacher

Electives Department

Ryan Geers

Computer Science Teacher

Thomas Zehmeister

Technology Teacher

Kris Cirullo

Athletics Director, Health & PE Teacher

Evelyne Versol

Health & PE Teacher

Allen Miles

Art Teacher

Jarrett Fuller

Band Director

Dhruv Kalakoti

Outdoor Education Coordinator

Student Services Department

Rob Wilson

Director of Student Services & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Michael Tower

Clinical Specialist & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Phuc Truong

Student Services Support Coordinator & Registrar

Thao Nguyen

School Communications & Parent Liasion

Lien Do

Teaching Assistant

Minh Trang Nguyen

Teaching Assistant

Jeffrey Dickau

Learning Support Coordinator


Nguyen Tuyet Nhung

Head of Admissions

Nguyen Thi Mong Thuyen

Admissions Officer

Office Admin

Larissa Harwood

Office Manager & PowerSchool Coordinator

Thi Tran

IT Service Coordinator