Welcome to the European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS), one of the few fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum Schools in Vietnam offering three dedicated IB programmes – Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma (DP).
Iain Fish joined European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) in July 2015. This year, Iain completed 20 years in education, something that continues to surprise him. In his educational career, Iain has been lucky enough to take on many different roles from initially training and working as a geography teacher, to coordinating IB programmes, leading school expeditions, leading start-up schools, chairing Head's Committees and inspecting international schools. He believes passionately in the power of education and of its importance in contributing to making the world a better place.
Iain's wife, Tracey, also works (much harder) at the school as the Teacher Librarian and University Guidance Counsellor. His two children, Maya and Owen, are very much Third Culture Kids who have travelled and experienced cultures that their parents had not even dreamed of at their age.
When he grows up, Iain would very much like to be a folk singer-songwriter, and is happy to consider any record labels looking to make an offer.
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 Early Years in 2013 and Head of Primary in 2017.
Jo is passionate about childhood development in the Early and Primary Years and is committed to providing the highest quality of education to 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, Jo worked for many years at the British Council in Ho Chi Minh City. She has been teaching internationally for almost 16 years, having taught in Taiwan, China and New Zealand before settling down and calling Vietnam home in 2003.
Jo enjoys spending most of her free time with her daughter and has recently completed a Masters in International Education.
Mark Rees joined European HCMC in July 2015, but he is not new to Vietnam. Prior to joining EIS, Mark 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, Mark 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.
Mark 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. Both girls attend the Early Years section at EIS.
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. Rodney remains a Non-Executive Director of the Silvan Ridge group today.
Rodney 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 Rodney '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 Rodney 's passion, and a large part of his life is now devoted to developing, planning, funding and implementing projects to help the poor.