Mr. Garth O'Donnell
Academic Director/ Senior Principal
Mrs. Betsy Suits
Mrs. Betsy Suits, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been named TAS Elementary School Vice-Principal reporting to the Head of School, beginning August 2016.
In her professional career, Mrs. Suits has been a Director of Curriculum and Professional Development K-12, Learning Support Coordinator, Language Arts Coordinator, Reading Specialist, and Elementary Classroom Teacher. Her leadership skills have been enhanced by her positions at schools in The Netherlands, Italy, South Korea, China, Thailand, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Mrs. Suits also taught Graduate Education Courses for the State University of New York and the Educatore School of Education in Washington, D.C.
In school accreditation work, Mrs. Suits has been a member of four WASC Visiting Teams to numerous international schools. She has also served on WASC Self-Study Organization for Student Learning Committees in multiple international schools.
Mrs. Suits has been active in professional organizations with many publications and presentations at professional conferences. Mrs. Suits has given 21 presentations at Educational Conferences around the world including EARCOS, ECIS, MAIS, AAIE, CIRA, and the ILA.
Mrs. Suits has published ten articles in Educational Journals on Language Arts, International Mindedness, Metacognition and Cyberethics, and two short fiction stories. She also created an award winning children's board game, "Some Body" that is available in both English and Chinese. Mrs Suits was also selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board and as Guest Reviewer for "The Reading Teacher Journal" published by the International Literacy Association. She was also an Invited Member of the International Literacy Association Committee on "Issues in Literacy Assessment."
In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, write, and take long walks. She also values her volunteer experiences with children including a Cambodian Orphanage. Mrs. Suits enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren who live around the world.
- Post-Masters Principal K-12, California University, PA, USA
- Post-Masters Educational Leadership for International Schools, SUNY Buffalo, New York
- MA Teaching: Multidisciplinary Studies K-12, Webster University, MO, USA
- MA Elementary Education: Emphasis in Reading K-6, California State University, USA
- BS Elementary Education K-6, University of Colorado, USA
- Principal K-12, State of Pennsylvania, USA
- Administration Endorsement K-12, Exceptional Student Education Endorsement K-12, Reading Endorsement K-12, Elementary Education K-6, State of Florida, USA
- Educational Leadership for International Schools, SUNY Buffalo, New York, USA
- Principal Training Center (PTC) "Leadership and Group Dynamics" and "Curriculum Leadership"
- Project Zero Classroom, Summer Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- 20+ years of teaching experience in the Netherlands, Italy, South Korea, China, Thailand, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, and USA
Ms. Chelsea Armstrong
Ms. Chelsea Armstrong, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been named TAS Middle and High School Vice Principal reporting to the Head of School, beginning August, 2016. In her professional career, Ms. Armstrong has been an English teacher and school leader at Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, Illinois USA and a Middle and High School Principal on Majuro Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Ms. Armstrong is also an adjunct instructor for the College of Education at the College of the Marshall Islands.
In school accreditation work, Ms. Armstrong has served on WASC visiting committees in Hawaii and Guam. She has served as an advisor to public schools in the Marshall Islands seeking school accreditation. In her spare time, her hobbies include swimming, traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.
- MA Educational Administration, Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Certificate in Special Education, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- BA degree in Secondary Education and English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
- Illinois State Teacher and Administrator Certification
- Republic of the Marshall Islands Teaching Certification
- 11+ years of teaching experience in Marshall Islands, USA, and Vietnam
College & Guidance Counselor
Ms. Jacqueline Contreras is a licensed professional counselor who brings rich clinical experience, sensitivity, and multicultural consciousness to her work as a counselor with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has been named the College & Guidance Counselor for both TAS Middle-High School and Elementary School. She has worked with children and families in many settings, including clinics and schools around the world, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, Kuwait and in the US: New York City and Boston. Ms. Contreras’ previous work as a bi-lingual teacher, school counselor and clinical social worker, and her experience with children and adolescents across the special needs spectrum, enhances and informs her guidance and college counseling work today. This is Ms. Contreras' first year at TAS and in Vietnam.
- Master in Social Work (MSW), New York University (NYU), NY, USA
- MA School Leadership, City College of New York, NY, USA
- BA Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA
- School Building Leader Certification, State of New York, USA
- School Counselor K-12 License, State of New Mexico, USA
- 20+ years of clinical and education experience in Arabia, India, Thailand, Kuwait, USA, and Vietnam
Ms. Karen Jacobi
College & Guidance Counselor
Ms. Karen Jacobi has been named the 9 – 12 College & Guidance Counselor beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year, reporting to the Head of School. She joins TAS with varied professional experience that includes K – 12 Art and Secondary Guidance Counseling in Texas, USA, and China. Her hobbies include painting, reading and traveling.
- Post-Masters: School Counselor Certification, Angelo State
- University, San Angelo, Texas
- MA, Teaching: Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
- BFA, Illustration: Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
- Counseling, K-12 Art and English as a Second Language Certification in the State of Texas
- AP® Institutes in Counseling, Studio Art and Art History Gifted and Talented Training
- Curriculum Development Consultant for the University of North Texas College of Information, developing Career and Technology Education materials.