Mr. Lyle Moltzan is qualified with a Masters of Education degree. He has also been in education for 29 years. His teaching experience includes Mathematics, Science, and Information Technology. In addition, Lyle served as a Technology Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Department Head, IB Coordinator, Principal, and School Director. He started his teaching career in Alberta, Canada where he met his wife, Rita. After getting married, they decided to experience overseas teaching and have not looked back after 24 years of International education. They are proud to have lived in Jordan, South Africa, Indonesia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
Elementary School Principal
Mr. Tim Shepherd has been in education for the past 20 years. He has been involved in vocational instruction, been a classroom teacher, a testing coordinator, technology integration leader and an English Language Coordinator. He has a Bachelors of Sciences Degree and a Post Gradguate Certificate of Education. Tim started his educational career in agricultural instruction and, after meeting his wife, embarked upon a life overseas. They have lived in Switzerland, Thailand, Estonia and most recently, Bali, Indonesia. They have 2 children have been happily living abroad for the last 15 years.
Secondary School Principal
Tyler’s life mantra has been “Work Hard, Play Hard”. Throughout his career in education, this has shown itself by his participation in competitive sports, by the numerous sports teams he has coached and the numerous overseas trips for students that he has led. He has always encouraged students to work hard on academics and then pursue athletics or fine arts with equal vigor. Numerous students from schools he has led have earned national recognition/scholarships in Canada. His undergraduate degree was earned at the University of Alberta, where he specialized in PE & Science. He subsequently earned his Masters Degree from Gonzaga University where he specialised in Administration and Curriculum.
With a B.A. in Kinesiology, a Masters in Education and a certificate in Secondary Social Studies, Josh has worked in schools in Shanghai, Singapore, Myanmar and the Dominican Republic. His upbringing and travel experiences have fostered a focus in historical and cultural perspectives within his curriculum. As a big advocate for education outside the classroom, Josh enjoys coaching sports, developing community service programs and leading environmental clubs. In all aspects of learning, Josh’s philosophy towards education is simple: To educate is to empower; we empower by showing others how to learn; we learn by asking questions, seeking answers and reflecting on the process. Based upon this ideology, Josh practices a project-based learning style that allows students to pursue questions they are interested in while utilizing skills they have confidence with. He believes that by making learning relevant and focused on individual strengths, students become empowered to seek self-actualization.
Rita is passionate about working with both students and teachers alike in the library. Her 20+ years of varied experience in 8 different countries includes work in admissions, journalism, as a librarian, a pre, upper elementary and middle school teacher covering language arts, creative writing and drama, as well as English and Social Studies in High School. With a Masters in Reading and Literacy and experience as a Literacy Mentor teacher, Rita enjoys opportunities to assist students in developing a passion for reading, writing, and poetry. She loves traveling the world with her family, playing tennis, yoga, making jewellery and writing.
Learning Support Specialist
Jean joined RAS from her home in Vermont, USA, where she is in her tenth year as a middle school special educator. She has been an international educator in Nigeria, Brazil, Pakistan, Japan, and Kuwait. Jean earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.Ed. from Harvard University.
Gregory van Goidtsnoven
Mr. Gregory van Goidtsnoven (Mr. Van) comes to us with an extensive background in international education. With his Masters degree in education and 20+ years working overseas he brings to us a wide range of experiences from around the world. Having himself grown up internationally, he has a unique perspective on what it is like to be a student at an international school and as such is a “Third Culture Kid”. With experience and certification in bilingual education Mr. Van believes that the more we enhance our children’s lives with diversity the more we enrich the world. As in his life and in his profession he believes in the words of J.R.R Tolkien “ Not all who wonder are lost”.
Director of Admissions
Ms. Sharon Brown has a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Her work experience includes over 10 years in administration and communications in a variety of fields including education, eco-hospitality, community development, affordable housing and refuge resettlement. Sharon enjoys life at RAS with her husband, a secondary school Social Studies teacher, and their two children, both RAS students, aged 5 and 7. Over the past 10 years, she has been fortunate to live in Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Ecuador and Malaysia. Sharon is proud to be a part of the admissions team at RAS, helping students join the RAS community and building a foundation upon which to achieve their dreams.
Kimberly is a native of the United States and has been teaching English in Asia for seven years, having previously worked as an EFL teacher and literacy specialist in Taiwan and Singapore. She completed her M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Foreign Language Pedagogy from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2015, adding to her B.A. in English with a minor in Chinese Studies from Boise State University in 2009. She is passionate about helping students gain communication skills and confidence while learning English. Kimberly believes that learning a language is like opening a door to a new world and she is excited to be teaching the English Immersion Program (EIP) for learners who are new to English. She seeks to create an atmosphere that will allow students to acquire the linguistic skills necessary to successfully integrate into the classroom, as well as gain the intercultural communicative competence necessary for using English in their daily lives.
Mr. Christian Choyce has been in education for 13 years and has a Bachelor of Education degree. His teaching experience includes History, Business Studies and Geography. He has been involved with boarding facilities for the majority of his schooling and professional career. Chris has been a head of department, head of a boarding facility, and a grade head. He is married to Natalie, a Pre-K teacher, whom he has known since Grade 1. Guiding and nurturing childrens’ development is a passion, a calling and a pleasure for Chris.