Teacher Profile

IMG_2951Patricia (Tricia) Chesson is new to the Kant Kaw Education Center and will be teaching Social Sciences and English. She is very excited to be teaching World Politics, Sociology, Leadership & Sustainability, Academic Reading & Writing, and General English to this very bright and diverse group of students. Tricia spent last year living in Thailand working with Burmese migrants and refugees in Mae Sot on the Thailand/ Myanmar border. Prior to her work in Thailand she has worked with survivors of sexual violence in North Carolina while studying at the university. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Global Studies.  Tricia enjoys traveling – she loves to explore new places, meet people from different backgrounds, learn about new cultures, and test distinct cuisines. She also enjoys swimming, playing football/soccer, and writing. Tricia is thrilled to start a new chapter in Yangon and fully immerse herself in the Myanmar culture.

Brett-HendricksBrett Hendricks is a teacher for the Kant Kaw Education Center and is originally from Kansas City.  He will be teaching Environment Studies, World History, Sustainable Leadership, and English.   Brett first came to Myanmar in 2012 and prior to landing in Myanmar, he has taught in Portland, Oregon, US and Sapporo, Japan.  Brett received a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and also holds a masters in Transformative Leadership from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).   He is passionate about preparing students for the future,creating sustainable educational models, and addressing environmental issues.

LaurenLauren McPhee is a teacher for the Kant Kaw Education Center, teaching Critical Thinking and Research (Academic Reading and Writing II), Film and English. This term she is also thrilled to be continuing with Term 3 for Public Speaking and Debate. Lauren is originally from Scotland, but has been travelling her whole life. As a child, she lived in Dubai, UAE but continued to travel after returning to Scotland, including visiting Myanmar several times between 1998 and 2004. Since then, Myanmar has been her favorite country to visit and after 9 years, she was finally able to return in 2012. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a BA in English and Film, Lauren started work with Nexus Language Learning Centre, Yangon and joined Kant Kaw Education Center in May, 2013. Lauren enjoys popular culture (literature, film, TV, comic books, music), as well as martial arts, travelling, writing, art and learning Myanmar language.

ZeeZahnur (“Zee”) Rofiah is an English teacher at the Kant Kaw Education Center. She is also working for the British Council, Yangon teaching adults and young learners. She is from Indonesia, and has always been working with English speakers who often have problem saying her actual name, ZahnurRofiah—hence “Zee” became her nickname. Prior to Kant Kaw, she taught in East Java, Bali, Bogor, near Jakarta and Yangon for an NGO, language schools, and an International School for the past ten years.  She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature in Indonesia and a Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) with the British Council, Burma. She loves traveling and eating and would really love to see snow someday. Her personal blog is http://zeezahnur.blogspot.com

KarenKaren Schousboe is a teacher for the University Foundation Program at the Kant Kaw Education Center. She has been teaching Social Sciences for the past year, including history and politics. For this upcoming term, she will be teaching Current International Politics to Term 3 students. Before coming to Kant Kaw, she managed NGO youth education programs for resettled refugee youths in the United States. She holds a B.A. degree in International Development Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She enjoys yoga, travel, and having long discussions about development with her students. So don’t hesitate to come and share your opinion and ideas with her.

JenelleJenelle Thomson is new to the Kant Kaw Education Center and will be teaching World History and Development I, International Relations II, English Conversation, and IELTS II. Before moving to Yangon, she taught English andInternational Studies in Vietnam at the university level. Prior to working abroad, she spent four years with several NGO’s in the United States providing academic support and mentorship to urban and refugee youths. She obtained a B.A.degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC). She lovestraveling, the beach, and animals—she (perhaps unwisely) tries to befriend any dog she meets.

Myo-Than-HtunMyo Than Tun is a teacher for the University Foundation Program at the Kant Kaw Education Center responsible for Academic Reading & Writing, IELTS, Civic Education and Service (Experiential) Learning Classes.  Prior to Kant Kaw, he was the Academic Director at Myanmar Noble College, Yangon, and an ESL Instructor at Y.E.S. International English Language Education Center for six years. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Dagon University, Yangon, and an M.A.in Teaching English as a Foreign Language(TEFL) from the Yangon Institute of Education. He also has a certificate in Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) with Cambridge University and a certificate in English as a Foreign Language Assessment with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He loves traveling, reading and teaching and is currently into photography and photojournalism.