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
Mrs. Anita McCallum has worked as a Primary Principal, a Deputy Principal, and Curriculum Coordinator in her 20 plus years teaching experience, including over a decade in international schools. While she joined RAS as the Elementary Principal in 2019, she has held leadership roles in schools around the world for the past sixteen years. Anita has worked internationally in Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as in rural and city schools in her home country of Australia. Her credentials include a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University, and she is a visiting team member for the Council of International Schools. Although she has many interests when it comes to education, Anita is particularly passionate about personalizing learning through differentiation, the importance of developing strong literacy skills, and Early Childhood education.
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.
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.
Director of Admissions
Eric Saitta serves as the Admissions Director at Raffles American School. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri (USA) he has been working in the Education field since 2011, with his previous role being Assistant Principal of a private Catholic school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Eric also served as Co-Director of a corporate training company in Bangkok, Thailand and is currently finishing his Post-Graduate Certification in Education from the University of London
Lennart Van Vlerken
Lennart joined RAS in August 2018 together with his wife Ms. Ann McCormick. He is teaching Physical Education as well as Health and Life Skills to Secondary students. Lennart grew up in the Netherlands, where he lived until the age of 21. He was awarded a scholarship to study in Australia and has since lived in Curacao, Qatar and China. Lennart and Ann are the proud parents of their daughter Nahla, who was born in Shanghai in November 2016. Lennart believes that the main goal of Physical Education is to create lifelong active citizens. He aims to do this by providing the students tools to be successful. Teaching specific techniques and tactics, showing the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, introducing them to a wide variety of activities and creating competitive and non-competitive opportunities are some examples of how he believes all students will enjoy being active. Besides enjoying teaching students Physical Education, Mr. Lennart is a passionate football player who also enjoys wave-surfing, playing pool and almost all other games and sports.
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.
David has mentored and coached children for many years in a variety of formats. After leaving retail management, he spent sixteen years in the New Zealand Police Force. His work with the effects of domestic violence, as well as the youth in the community, gave him a passion to help people succeed and led him to complete a Bachelor of Counselling. He has used this to counsel, guide and mentor groups of men and worked, for 3 years, as second-in-charge at a large 24/7 supportive accommodation facility. Dave believes that everyone deserves a chance and thoroughly enjoys building relationships with people, helping them understand themselves and their strengths better in order to succeed and reach their fullest potential. Dave enjoys a variety of sporting activities, including coaching and playing football, and is glad to be part of the Raffles team.