Leadership and Teachers

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Dr. David Snyder

Head of School

United States of America

Dr. David Snyder

Doctor of Musical Arts, Stony Brook University
Master of Educational Administration, Grand Canyon University
Master of Music, Yale University
Bachelor of Music, Royal Academy of Music, United Kingdom


Dr. Snyder has extensive experience with the US Common Core and the IB program as well as working with teachers to improve student learning outcomes. He has served in many administrative roles including Principal, Dean of Students, and University Counselor, and is truly international –minded having worked in Arizona (USA), Uganda, China, and most recently and Morocco. He also studied in the UK.

Dr. Snyder believes that everyone can learn in a highly collaborative environment. His top priority is to develop lifelong learners who are compassionate, culturally sensitive and open-minded global citizens.​

Our Teachers

Inspiring, experienced and passionate

Teacher quality is the most significant factor in student success. At Yangon American, our teachers are coming from a variety of countries while bringing a wealth of cultural knowledge and understanding to the classroom. All of our teachers are fluent English speakers and have an internationally-recognized bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Our teachers aspire to be life-changing mentors in our students’ academic and social development. They understand the importance of student-centered learning and create an environment that fosters curiosity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and student agency. They use science of learning practices to optimize learning experiences and engage brain development to promote long term memory.

Great teachers make a great school, and our teachers are truly our greatest strength.

Master of Meteorology and Oceanography, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (International), University of Nottingham, UK

Adrian Avery

Primary Vice-Principal and PYP Coordinator

United Kingdom

Master of Arts: Major in Education, Curriculum, & Instruction: Critical Pedagogy, University of Colorado Denver
Bachelor of Arts: Majors in Sociology and History, University of Adams State Colorado

Andrew Abdulla

Secondary Vice-Principal and MYP Coordinator

United States of America

Master of Education in Education Management, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Philippines
Bachelor of Education, Davao Central College, Philippines
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, Movement Institute of Mission, Philippines

Leizy Mae Abenoja



Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision, Meycauayan College, Philippines
Bachelor of Secondary Education in English, Adventist University of the Philippines, Philippines

Shiella Mae Reynon



Bachelor of Arts in Education, The Open University, United Kingdom

Stephanie Whibley


United Kingdom

Master of Education, University of Bologna, Italy
Master of TESOL, University of Bologna, Italy
M.B.A Law, University of Bologna, Italy
Graduate Diploma Education, University of Bologna, Italy

Leeza Silverman



Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida​

Katherine Arntson-Kynn

First Grade​

United States of America​

Bachelor of International Business and Business Administration, Florida International University​​

Teaching Licensure from The Illinois State Board of Education

Andrew Doblinger

Second Grade

United States of America​

Bachelor of Science Hons Psychology North West University​

Bachelor of Arts Human Movement Science University of Potchefstroom​

Post Graduate Education Certificate (cum laude) University of ​

Fiona de Beer Nel

Third Grade​

South Africa​

Bachelor of Arts: Education, Dower Teacher College of Education

Nicolette Jacobs

Fourth Grade

South Africa

Master of Arts: Education​

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Nottingham University, UK ​

Bachelor of Science: Computer Information Systems, Arizona State University​

Daniel Dion​

Fifth Grade​

United States of America​

Bachelor of Education in Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Australia​

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Nottingham, UK​

Stephen Ketly​

English Language and Literature​


Bachelor of Education (Intermediate and Senior Phase): Mathematics, Afrikaans, English
University of South Africa (UNISA) – Pretoria
South African Counsel for Educators (SACE) Certificate

Colette Van Der Watt


South Africa

Bachelor of Education in Mathematics, Northwest University, South Africa

John Ross Keyter


South Africa

Bachelor of Arts with Education, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda
Certified and Accredited International Mental Arithmetic Teacher and Trainer from IMA SMART, Turkey

Betty Adeke

Individuals and Societies


Master of Education, Moscow State University​

Bachelor of Economics and Finance, Moscow State University​

Ilya Goydenko​

Design Technology​

Russian Federation​

Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Mandalay
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Mandalay

Christina Moe



Teachers Training Institute, Saratov, Russia
Diploma of Teaching English as a Second Language

Anna Enina

ESL Coordinator

Russian Federation

Bachelor of Science, Open University, UK
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (International), University of Nottingham, UK

Jonathan Whibley

PE Teacher and Activities Director

United Kingdom

International Diploma in Computer Studies
International Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Dagon University
Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Pyone Pyone Khin



Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and Religious Studies
Music Theory Grade 5, ABRSM, Exam Board of the Royal Schools of Music London, UK
Certificate of English Learning, Level 3, 4, 5 & 6, The U.S. Embassy American Center




Bachelor of Arts in English, Yangon East University, Myanmar
Diploma in Painting, University of Arts and Culture
Certificate in English Language, Yangon University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar

Kyi Phyu Aung



Graduate in Economics and Social Section
Patent of Aptitude for the Training of Animator (B.A.F.A) registered Teacher, Ministry of Education and Sports

Olivier Cottone



Bachelor of Arts in Chinese, Mandalay University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar​
Diploma in English, Mandalay University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar​

Mi Mi Ko



Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Myanmar Language and Literature, University of Yangon
Korean Language and Business Korean, Sejong institute of Yangon

Hsu Nandar

Myanmar Studies


Bachelor of Arts in English, Yangon East University

Chaw Su Win