I am enjoying my first year as Director, and we have had an excellent start to the school year. Our innovative Pathway Program has proven to be a great innovation, and our Senior Class, the first in school history, has already achieved fantastic results in gaining early acceptance to university. In addition, our many robotics teams continue to excel, with our national championship WRO team competing in Hungary, and with teams competing in Taiwan and Japan in the very near future.
The KMIDS family has shown its strength and commitment to the school by helping us with Open House activities, in attending Parent-Teacher conferences in large numbers, and in supporting our extracurricular and academic programs. I am very pleased to be a part of such a caring community, and I am looking forward to our students’ continued growth and achievement.
Originally from Michigan, U.S., Ron Anderson studied Business Administration at Andrews University, MI and subsequently completed a Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration from Michigan State University, MI. Ron initially started his teaching career working with young learners in an elementary environment before embarking on to pastures new, internationally. Having completed a short stint in Singapore during the late 1970s, Ron saw the vibrancy and potential within Thailand and, with his extensive experience of the American curriculum, successfully contributed to the developing of international schools both in Bangkok and Pathumthani.
In his capacity as an educational practitioner, Ron has been responsible for the strategic oversight of several schools in Bangkok and has been particularly instrumental in providing leadership for schools in achieving WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation for the first time. At present, Ron collaboratively directs the Academic Leadership Team at KMIDS. With the scope and vision to take KMIDS to the next level, Ron sees the great potential and uniqueness within KMIDS and continually looks forward to embracing the challenges that come with a newly-established international school in Thailand.
During his spare time, Ron takes an interest in music and despite travelling to over 50+ countries, is still ever-more determined to explore the world, including back home in the U.S.
A Los Angeles native, Greg Armbrister abandoned surfing and beach volleyball long enough to pursue one of his other early passions in life, competing as a scholarship skier at the University of Denver in Colorado. Denver is where Greg met his best friend, a Thai international student, and this was the genesis of an interest in Thailand that continues to the present day. Finding enough time away from the slopes to earn his B.A. in literature, Greg then returned home to L.A. to study education at his beloved University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), earning a Master’s degree in education and thereby beginning a lifetime of professional fulfillment. Finally achieving his longtime dream of relocating to Thailand, Greg has enjoyed a total of 7 years as Head of School at an established K-12 international school in the Sukhumvit area. Fascinated by the possibilities inherent in a young school and by the commitment to academic excellence so evident at KMIDS, Greg was delighted to join our community in September of 2019.
Greg has been incredibly fortunate in his career as a teacher and coach. English, social studies and Latin have been his primary academic teaching subjects, and he has also enjoyed the opportunity to coach interscholastic American football, martial arts, volleyball, golf, mock trial, and Model U.N. He left full-time teaching and began his administrative career some 25 years ago, serving as an Activities Director, Director of Admission, Head of Middle School, Director of International Studies, and finally Associate Head of School at one of the leading independent schools in L.A.
Inspired by the academic excellence of our students and by the commitment of our talented faculty, as Deputy Director for Academics Greg hopes to make KMIDS “home” for the duration of his professional career. Of special interest to him is the opportunity to help shape the school and the student experience as much as possible to create an environment in which our students are not only “masters of innovation,” but also one in which they learn and model the importance of empathy, personal and academic integrity, and ethical responsibility. You will find Greg supporting KMIDS athletic teams, coaching the Aikido club, spending as much time in classrooms as possible, and meeting with parent and student groups to share ideas among our stakeholders so that we can all achieve our goals at what should soon be one of the very best learning communities in the country.
Marc is driven by a sincere sense of duty to the individual accomplishments of every KMIDS student and the shared success of the entire school. In 2018, when the school was just in its second year, Marc joined KMIDS, excited to be a member of its mission to transform the school’s young scholars into “masters of innovation.” Over the years, KMIDS scholars have proven to possess the intelligence, skills, curiosity and creativity to be truly the next generation of global innovators—an ambition that shapes Marc’s resolve to provide and preserve a challenging yet supportive learning environment that hones all of these traits.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Marc travelled extensively throughout the three continents bordering the Mediterranean Sea as a young man in the United States Marine Corps. After serving four years in the military, Marc returned to Boston to earn a BA in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Teaching at Tufts University, where Marc first developed his devotion to the role of educator. In 2003, Marc took this commitment abroad and has dedicated his career to international education ever since. South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, and Thailand—in all of these countries, Marc has had the privilege to serve as both a classroom teacher and an administrative leader.
Of the dozens of countries Marc has had the good fortune to travel to or work in, Thailand had always stayed with him since first touching toe to sand on the shores of Phuket in 2003. An opportunity to work in Thailand first arose in 2010, one that Marc happily and gratefully accepted. This sense of gratitude—derived from a life of work Marc’s passionate about and cultivated in a home abroad he’s passionate for—has only grown after joining the KMIDS family. It’s a family he’s proud to be member of because its mission is one he believes in and one the whole school community is dedicated to accomplishing.