Lana was born and raised on a farm outside a very small town in Saskatchewan, Canada. She lived in Thailand for 10.5 years before moving to Cambodia in August 2016. She has a Bachelors in Secondary Education, with an extra certification in Special Needs Education, at the University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada). She is an experienced and trained IB educator in both the PYP and MYP programs, as well as being a certified Mindfulness in Schools Project teacher.
Her teaching career has taken her from Bangkok to Quebec, back to Bangkok, then Phuket, and now Cambodia, where she is the MYP Learning Support Teacher and about to also become the Life Skills Coordinator. During her free time Lana enjoys acting, singing, meditating, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband and daughter
Karen Rivera Geating
Karen began her professional career as an attorney in Washington, D.C., but switched to teaching in 2007 when she moved overseas as a trailing spouse. She started as a volunteer in a small school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and took things to a formal level when she returned to the US in 2009. A few years later she obtained a Master’s in Education with a focus on supporting English Language Learners.
She has since held roles in EAL, Reading Intervention, and Student Support in international schools in Niger, Mexico and Cambodia, as well as in public schools in Washington, D.C. Karen moved to Cambodia following her husband’s career, but also works as the Learning Support Coordinator and PYP Learning Support Teacher in Northbridge International School. She has two daughters in Middle School, and enjoys biking, hiking, going on long walks, practicing yoga and spinning.
Having a dyslexic son and being dyslexic myself has introduced me to SEN, which led to new opportunities in my career path. Prior to becoming a Learning Support Coordinator in one of the international schools in Phnom Penh, I have earned 7 years of teaching experience in general education. Although, I do not have special educational background, I have dedicated my Master’s Degree thesis on Dyslexia and Multi-sensory teaching approach. Working with dyslexic students for a year made me realize to pursue this field further and as a result I have earned several certificates on understanding dyslexia and giving appropriate and evidence-based intervention.
Lex Hamilton is an Early Years professional from the UK with a PGCert in Special Educational Needs Coordination. She has worked with children for 20 years in various countries including Australia and Rwanda. She moved to Cambodia with her husband in 2015 with the desire to increase quality SEND provision within the country. She is SENCO and Head of The Giving Tree School’s Early Years campus in Phnom Penh. As well as supporting her fellow teachers she also teaches a class of two year old students. Lex is passionate about early intervention and networking with other professionals to bring awareness and high quality provision to all children with SEND in Cambodia. She also has 2 young boys at home that love to keep her busy when she’s not teaching! In her down time she loves traveling, the beach, photography and a good cup of tea!