CIS LAO CAI TEAM

THE LEADERSHIP

Dr. RICHARD TAPAJNA

Principal CIS Lao Cai

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

University of Calgary, Alberta, July 2014 – June 2017

  • Dissertation title: Leadership to support teacher beliefs and practices of fostering critical thinking

Master of Education, Educational Leadership

University of Lethbridge, Alberta, 2009-2011

  • Capstone title: Cultural issues in our schools: Curse or blessing
  • Action Research Project: Supporting teachers of EAL students

Bachelor of Education

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 2002-2003

Completed additional qualifications for Special Education, Learning Disabilities

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 1997-2001

Professional Learning

Harvard University, Massachusetts, January 2019 – ongoing

Using Research to Inform Decisions

The Opportunity of Bilingualism: Serving Today’s Young English Language Learners

  • Educating Global Citizens
  • Ensuring Success for All: Tools and Practices for Inclusive Schools
  • Brain Story Certification

Years of Experience

20 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator

Dr. RICHARD TAPAJNA

Principal CIS Lao Cai

THE
LEADERSHIP

TEACHING STAFF
CIS LAO CAI

An inclusive curriculum requires a team of commensurately qualified teachers to best support student learning.

This has an impact not only on academic achievement but also on the development of core competencies and the personality of students.

Improving self-esteem in the learning environment increases students’ motivation to learn, and character education supports students’ inclusive growth.

Truong Thi Huong

Fine Arts Pedagogy
Ha Noi national University of Arts

Kendra Straub

 Bachelor of Education, Alberta University, 2021

Natalie Nicole Ouimet

Bachelor of Education, Alberta University, 2019

Garnet Miles Court

Bachelor of Education, Alberta University

Stephen Joshep Levac

Bachelor of Education, Queen Kingston University, ON, 2022; Bachelor of Art, Bishop’s University, 2021

Huynh Quoc Thy

Bachelor of Vietnamese Language and Literature, University of Education in Ho Chi Minh City

Nguyen Thi Hong Nhung

Bachelor of Elementary Education, University of Education in Hanoi City

PHILIP DAFYDD HAY

Bachelor of Arts History Major, University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 2009

EDUCATION
PROGRAM

Strong early learning programs, a well-developed curriculum, highly qualified and trained teachers, and high standards contribute to students reaching their full potential.

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QUALITY TEACHERS
TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

Best trained Teachers

Canadian-certified teachers are among the best-trained educators in the world, and they invest their hearts and souls in their students. 

Flexible problem - solving approach

All of the teachers at CIS-Lao Cai are certified by the Alberta Ministry of Education and have been trained to meet professional requirements as well as to apply teaching and access student methods in a flexible manner.

Support the critical thinking of students

Alberta-certified teachers will encourage students' critical thinking and ability to ask pertinent questions about what they are learning.

Are respected and welcomed

Alberta-certified teachers provide an inclusive learning environment in which differences are respected, welcomed, and cared for by the school community.