Iain Fish, Head of School
Iain Fish joined European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) in July 2015. For the previous 14 years, he was based in Singapore, where he most recently served as Vice Principal and Head of European Section at the German European School Singapore (GESS). He has worked in IB schools for the last 13 years and was Chairman of the Singapore IB Heads Network for three years.
Prior to moving to Singapore, Mr Fish lived and worked in South East London where he taught geography, coached and played competitive field hockey, and ran Duke of Edinburgh programmes. Mr Fish graduated from the University of London where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree and his Post Graduate Certificate of Education.
Mr Fish is joined in Ho Chi Minh City by his wife Tracey, and his two children, Maya and Owen, who both attend EIS. When he is not working or playing with his kids, Mr Fish enjoys listening to music and playing one of his many guitars. He even occasionally performs!
Rodney Stone, Business Manager
Rodney Stone joined EIS in July 2015 after a long career in the accounting and financial planning industries in Australia. He worked with some of the region’s largest accounting firms and funds management businesses before establishing his own practice in 2002. Silvan Ridge Business Advisers now occupies five offices across South Eastern Australia and employs over 50 professional and administrative staff. Mr Stone remains a Non-Executive Director of the Silvan Ridge group today.
Mr Stone also held a position on the Finance Committee of Bayview College for six years, overseeing the establishment of sound business policies within the college and establishing a sustainable business model for the current and future needs of the organisation. Bayview College is a private ecumenical college in Australia steeped with a rich history dating back to 1885 and an enviable reputation for educational standards.
Amongst Mr Stone’s other interests is the charity he established to help the underprivileged in Vietnam. The Thanh Loc Project was born out of the desperate need he saw for education and basic standards of living during a visit to the Thanh Loc commune in southern Vietnam in 2008. Helping the people of Kien Giang Province and surrounds is Mr Stone’s passion, and a large part of his life is now devoted to developing, planning, funding and implementing projects to help the poor.
Josephine McAleer, Deputy Head of School & Head of Primary School
Josephine McAleer joined EIS in February 2014 after having taught at another international school in Ho Chi Minh City since 2011.
Born on the Copperbelt of Zambia, Ms McAleer moved to Canada as a teenager. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree before returning to Zambia to teach at the International School of Lusaka. She is also a graduate of Australia’s Charles Sturt University, where she attained her Master of Education Teacher Librarianship degree.
For most of the past 28 years, Ms McAleer taught in Sydney, Australia, enjoying a variety of roles in both the public and independent school systems. One of her most enjoyable positions was a brief stint working as a learning support teacher for visually impaired children in mainstream classrooms.
Ms McAleer treasures family and is a proud mum to John and Alana. When she is not at work, she enjoys reading, watching sport and listening to music.
Mark Rees, Head of Secondary School
Mark Rees joined European HCMC in July 2015, but he is not new to Vietnam. Prior to joining EIS, Mr Rees worked in another well known International School in Saigon for seven years. He is an experienced IB teacher and is also an IBDP examiner and has held several management roles in schools.
Prior to living and teaching in Vietnam, Mr Rees worked in one of Australia’s oldest private schools. Before that, he worked as a Hotel General Manager for Accor, one of the world’s largest hotel companies. He has also worked as a Business Consultant in Indonesia, was a Regional Manager for Australian Unity and was the first Director of Macquarie University College, one of Australia’s largest residential colleges.
Mr Rees is an avid rugby fan and played in his earlier years at school, although he will readily admit that he had more heart than ability as a rugby player. He is an avid long distance walker and has walked the 800km Camino de Santiago twice. He is married to a fellow teacher, Thuy, and they have two children, Gabby and Isabella. Gabby attends the Early Years section at EIS.
Jo Roberts, Head of Early Years
Jo Roberts has been with EIS since 2011, initially as a homeroom teacher in Toddler Class, Kindergarten 2 and Preschool. She also held the role of English Coordinator and Deputy Head of Early Years before she was appointed as Head of Section in 2013.
Ms Roberts is passionate about Early Childhood Development and is committed to providing the highest quality of education to very young learners. She believes in a holistic approach to teaching and learning that equips children with an excellent foundation to becoming lifelong learners.
Prior to joining EIS, Ms Roberts worked for many years at the British Council in Ho Chi Minh City. She has been teaching internationally for almost 15 years, having taught in Taiwan, China and New Zealand before settling down and calling Vietnam home in 2003.
Ms Roberts enjoys spending most of her free time with her daughter and is currently completing a Masters in International Education.