Our middle and high school teachers bring both experience and passion to the classroom to give students the guidance they need to navigate successfully through not only their academic but personal growth and prepare them for high school at Stamford.  Supported by our STEMinn experts they also ensure science, technology, engineering, math, and innovation) is integrated across subjects, fostering both curiosity and an innovative mindset in our students.

Grade 6 Teaching Team

Aidan Quinn

Grade 6 School Teacher, BEd

Aidan Quinn

Aidan joined Stamford after gaining international teaching experience in the U.K., Tanzania, the U.S. and Spain. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, and he was awarded a scholarship to study in the U.S. through the British Council for his academic excellence in his home university. In his latest role, Aidan acted as an English Literature and Business Management teacher in Madrid, Spain. Aidan stresses diversity, mutual understanding, and active learning in his lessons to promote a positive learning environment for all learners.

Aidan says, “Being able to ignite passions and nurture desires from a young age is one of the most rewarding things I have experienced, and it’s why I love teaching. Education helps drive cultural change, and it is an honor to facilitate this process amongst the youth of today.”

Ashley Heath

Grade 6 School Teacher, BEd

Ashley Heath

Ashley joined Stamford for her twelfth year of teaching secondary Mathematics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science Education in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Mississippi and is currently completing a Master’s in Mathematics Education from Harvard University (degree anticipated in 2020). Ashley has experience in both public and college preparatory schools in the U.S., instructing students in a wide range of mathematics courses from 5th-grade mathematics to Advanced Placement Calculus.

Ashley says, “I have known since a very young age that I wanted to make a career of teaching young people. I am passionate about helping students gain confidence and realize their abilities by encouraging them to continue exploring the vast world of mathematics. Throughout my career, I have worked with a wide variety of students and always enjoy witnessing their satisfaction when they come to understand and master a mathematical concept.”

Thao Hoang

Grade 6 School Teacher, BS, Post-Bac

Thao Hoang

Thao is a secondary science educator who has been teaching in America, Vietnam, and Thailand prior to joining the Stamford team in Hong Kong. She holds a double major Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Neuroscience in addition to a Post-baccalaureate in Secondary Education. Thao has experience delivering science content to a variety of learners from gifted to English language learners to students with special needs. She has used a variety of tools to access these learners at their level to create real-world problems for students to critically consider, research, and solve using creative and collaborative skills.

Thao says, “As an educator of science, I love seeing students overcome challenges and engage in what is typically a very content heavy course. This subject encompasses everything from anatomy and physiology of body systems to the metamorphic nature of the rock cycle to changes in the state of matter in physical science. Through teaching all the spectrum of sciences, I believe my students will be able to better engage with the world around them to make informed decisions about their bodies, health, and environment. Just as important, I love being able to show how learning is a lifelong journey by cultivating curiosity and giving joy to the whole learning process.”

Stacy Keevan

Grade 6 School Teacher, BA, MA, Ed.S

Stacy Keevan

Stacy has extensive experience as a classroom teacher in the state of Georgia. She has taught elementary grades (2, 3) and middle grades (6, 7, 8) English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Additionally, she held numerous leadership positions including grade level and curriculum chairperson, mentoring chair, and county lead for creating curriculum lesson plans and assessments for middle grades English/Language Arts.

Stacy says, “My overwhelmingly positive experiences as a student at an early age led me to the decision to become a teacher, and I have not regretted a single day that I’ve spent in the classroom, working with students. There isn’t a more rewarding profession than that of the educator, the person that helps students become who they were meant to be. I truly found my calling when I moved to middle school—getting to teach the subjects I am most passionate about, to children that are able to think and learn independently, brings me joy. I consider myself extremely lucky to be with these young people as they begin their journey into adulthood. Each year, I’m so excited for that first day of school, the official start of our time together.”

Grade 7 Teaching Team

Caroline Peel

Grade 7 School Teacher, BA, PGCE

Caroline Peel

Caroline joined Stamford with both experiences teaching middle school and high school. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Humanities from Stellenbosch University, South Africa with majors in English, Psychology, and History. In her Postgraduate studies, Caroline specialized in English, both home language and EAL, History and Life Orientation. In addition to teaching English and Humanities, Caroline has interests in educational psychology, reading and literature, public speaking, drama and singing, netball, swimming and community development.

Caroline says, “I am passionate about empowerment through education and teaching students to take ownership of the opportunities made available to them in a 21st-century classroom setting. I am also passionate about community development and learning new innovative techniques to facilitate and motivate learners to unlock their greatest potential.”

Marie Coote

Grade 7 School Teacher, BA, MEd

Marie Coote

Marie has over ten years of experience designing and teaching science curricula for schools in the U.S. She firmly believes anyone can learn science and that students become more invested when they make connections between class content and their world as they experience it. Because of this, she designs her classes around inquiry investigations and observations. She supplemented her formal training through fellowship positions (American Museum of Natural History, Firefox, Google, and NYC’s Billion Oyster Project) with the goal of enriching regular lessons with real-world applications. As a strong advocate of citizen science, Marie also aims to include local community issues into her lessons while still supporting students through skills and experiments.

Marie says, “I want my students to see science as a set of life skills they can use throughout their lifetime both for critical thinking and problem-solving. Even if they don’t prefer the subject, I’d like to create a classroom environment where they see science as an engaging way to practice and acquire these skills.”

Trisha Duncan

Grade 7 School Teacher, BS, MEd

Trisha Duncan

Trisha has been teaching for 15 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has taught in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Myanmar and taught classes that were comprised of at-risk, gifted/exceptional, ability-grouped, and culturally diverse students. Through these experiences, she has grown into a reflective educator which allows her to incorporate a wide variety of differentiated instruction and build a strong classroom community.

Trisha says, “It is my hope to make a difference in each of my students’ lives. I love working with children and helping them grow into being the future leaders of their respective communities and countries, and of our world. It is my dream to see the struggling students become leaders in the community, the gifted students share their knowledge with the world, and for all of my students to stand tall and go after their dreams.”

Grade 8 Teaching Team

Dennis Ming Nichols

Grade 8 School Teacher, BA, MA, PGCE

Dennis Ming Nichols

Originally from the U.S., Nichols brings to Stamford 10 years of international experience teaching Math, Science, ICT, History, and EAL in China, Guatemala, and Hong Kong. He has dedicated his career to middle school and believes the transition from adolescence to adulthood is a unique and fundamental moment for each student. He is also an experienced robotics coach and musician who looks forward to supporting these programs at Stamford.

Nichols says, “I am passionate about teaching because I care about our future, and our students are the leaders of that future.”

Carmen Tong

Grade 8 School Teacher, BA, MA

Carmen Tong

Carmen joined our Stamford team with eight years of teaching experience from the U.S. and Taiwan. She’s taught from 3rd graders in Taipei to college students in the states, but her favorite subject to teach is AP Calculus. She received her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Math from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Some of her favorite hobbies include practicing Cantonese and Mandarin, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, playing guitar, eating sushi, and listening to live music. She loves meeting people from different cultures and has always dreamed of continuing her travels and teaching abroad, never ceasing to learn new things.

Carmen says, “I hope to help and motivate my students in the same way I was inspired by my favorite teachers in life.”

Grade 9 Teaching Team

Tristan Benson

Grade 9 School Teacher, BA, MEd

Tristan Benson

Tristan joined Stamford with a decade of teaching experience in the U.S. and China. He has a Master of Teaching Secondary Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies. Tristan has taught Geography, Economics, Civics, and History and has also run many extra-curricular activities such as coding, fitness, and 3D printing.

Tristan says, “I am passionate about humanity and its role on Earth. This is why I decided to become a Humanities teacher. I enjoy engaging in debates and discussions with my students and helping them develop their critical thinking skills. I also have a personal interest in STEMinn as I am a drone enthusiast and coder. I love being able to combine the two subjects that I am passionate about and have students innovate solutions to complex issues using new technology.”