SENIT Team 2018-19

History

The Special Education Network in Thailand (SENIT) was founded in 2011 as as a local chapter of the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA). Since that time we’ve hosted twice yearly network meetings at International Schools around Thailand.

Our membership now stands at over 200 people, representing more than 50 schools within Thailand (and a couple in neighbouring Cambodia).

Our mission

SENIA is a network of educators, professionals and parents across Asia dedicated to supporting individuals with special learning needs.
Working together, we will provide a network to combine our strengths to help raise awareness and advocate for the individuals in our lives.

Our Board

Tamara Redmond (Co-ordinator/Founder)

HS Learning Support Teacher – International School Bangkok

Tamara has been teaching as a Special Education/Learning Support teacher for more than 18 years. She taught in public school in Australia for 5 years before moving overseas and working in International Schools in Singapore, Beijing and Bangkok.  Having seen the strength of the SENIA (SENIB) network in Beijing, she sought permission to establish a local network in Thailand in 2011 and within months of landing in Bangkok she was hosting the first SENIT networking meeting.

 

Philip Bowman (Professional Development & Events Coordinator)

HS Learning Support Teacher – International School Bangkok

Phil has been teaching as a Special Education/Learning Support teacher for 12 years.  After teaching for five years in the USA, he moved overseas and started working at the International School Bangkok.  Phil helped Tamara co-found the Special Education Network in Thailand in 2011 and is currently offering support for SENIT events.  If you are interested in hosting an event and/or running a session at an event, contact Phil at pbowman@isb.ac.th

Max Simpson (Community Outreach & Communications support)

Founder – Steps with Theera
PG CERT Special Educational Needs Coordination, MA Special Educational Needs & Inclusion

I have been working with young people with special needs for the past 10 years and it continues to be my passion. Originally from the UK, I have worked in a variety of settings including learning support departments and with young people in care. I then went on to focus on transition to employment before moving to Bangkok and becoming deputy head of a special needs school. After working there for 4 years, I saw the gap between education and employment and the need for transition services for people with special needs. I am one of the founders of Steps with Theera.

What I love about Steps: It is more than a training centre or coffee shop, it is a safe community space for all which promotes individuality. The community we work with have so many skills to offer and I love seeing them get the opportunity to do that in our real work environments.

 

Anna Gambles (Parent representative)

Anna left a career in banking in London to move to Thailand almost 25 years ago, where she’s developed and pursued a passionate interest in all aspects of education. Throughout that time, she has taken an active role in many different charitable organisations including currently being a board member of LEAP (a support and advocacy group for parents of students with learning challenges) for over five years. Now a mother of two teenagers,  Anna’s focus on the last decade has included being a  PTA board member and president and a board member of an international school.

MacGregor Grier (SENIA Youth Thailand)

Learning Support Teacher – NIST

A combination of curiosity and perseverance has led MacGregor through a lifelong journey of learning and teaching. Procuring and dissecting abandoned computers from a young age led to a career in teaching technical support. Passionate about both teaching and the concept of troubleshooting, MacGregor sought to translate those skills to young learners, and moved to the Philippines and started to teach special education. He is now a Learning Support teacher at NIST International School in Bangkok, where he works along with his wife Janelle, a high school counsellor. Being an advisor to the SENIA Manila Youth Group has inspired MacGregor to explore establishing a similar group in Bangkok, where kids with special needs and their friends can learn more about self-advocacy, teamwork, and confidence.

MacGregor lives in Bangkok with his wife, and together they have a son and another child on the way. He enjoys travel, learning languages, technology, fishing, reading, and acquiring new hobbies all the time!

In addition to our board, we are excited to receive support by Steps With Theera trainee Nicky Wedemeyer

Nicky Wedemeyer (Communications)

Trainee (Steps with Theera)

I’m Nicky, I’ve been working at Steps since July 2016 as a trainee. My current role here includes office assistant which includes scanning, printing and laminating, making PDF forms, making documents, making sheets and making monthly newsletter for Steps. I like working at Steps because it is a very nice environment and comfortable place to work.