Meet the Teachers of Phuket Has Been Good To Us
Jerraleen Balais, Senior English Teacher
Jerraleen, a Filipino national, graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in School Guidance and Character Education. She is a licensed teacher in the Philippines who started teaching in 2001. She has been teaching high school students in the Philippines since then as well as being involved in various non-government organizations, teaching and organizing activities for the indigenous children, troubled youth, abused and prostituted street girls. In 2005, Jerraleen travelled to Thailand to do education-related volunteer work for the children of migrants and refugees along Thai-Myanmar border as well as helped in the outreach program in Phang Nga province for the displaced Karenni victims of the December 26, 2004 tsunami. Jerraleen has many years of experience teaching English and other subjects in Thai government and private schools, and has taught in and managed international schools in Thailand and Malaysia.
In her last position, Jerraleen was the Primary Years Programme Coordinator of an International Baccalaureate school in Penang, Malaysia. She was directly involved in the curriculum planning, teacher training, evaluation, events and charity projects of the program. She identifies herself as both a teacher, teaching for 17 years already, and a human rights advocate and is very happy to be a part of Phuket Has Been Good To Us.
Besides teaching and getting involved in promoting children’s rights and gender equality, she is also a photographer who is always inspired by the wonders of the human condition. She is passionate about poetry, music and art. Jerraleen is our Senior Teacher and teaches at Rajaprachanukroh 36 School in Kamala.
Iuliia Sorokina, English Teacher
Phuket Condos & Homes kindly sponsor Teacher Iuliia.
Iuliia, a Russian national, graduated from the Russian Academy of Education. She has BA in Linguistics and a degree in fine arts and design. She is teaching for 8 years now and has been teaching ESL to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in Russia.
In 2010, she moved to the United States to continue her education abroad. She completed several linguistic courses in New York and an ESL course in California. While completing her courses, she was also teaching English to Russian-speaking kindergarten students.
Before stepping into the role of teacher in Asia, Iuliia earned her TEFL certification after completing an on-site 120-hour course in Thailand. Iuliia joined Phuket Has Been Good To Us as a full-time volunteer teacher in November 2015, moving to a paid teaching role from May 2016 onwards. Iuliia is very excited to be part of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us team.
In addition to teaching, Iuliia is passionate about art, travelling and photography. Teacher Iuliia teaches at Rajaprachanukroh 36 School in Kamala.
Jeslynn Loo, English Teacher
Anantara Vacation Club is Kindly Sponsoring Jeslynn's Kamala Kindergarten Class.
Jeslynn, a Malaysian national, graduated from the University of Roehampton, London. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and started teaching in 2011. Since then, she has been teaching kindergarten and primary school students in Malaysia and Thailand. She was also the Co-curricular Activities Coordinator in two of her previous schools in Malaysia where she was directly involved in planning and organizing events/activities for the schools.
While Jeslynn was teaching in Malaysia, she was also involved in a reputable non-government organization, teaching and organizing activities for the refugee children before relocating to Northern Thailand in 2016. She has years of experience teaching English and other subjects to students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in Malaysia. She taught English to Kindergarten and primary school students for two years in a private school at Northern Thailand before moving to Phuket.
Jeslynn is very pleased to be part of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us team, in hopes of being able to make a difference to children beyond the classroom curriculum. In addition to teaching, Jeslynn is passionate about martial arts, cooking and craft works.
Esra Dolot, English Teacher
Baan Rim Pa Restaurant Group kindly sponsor Teacher Esra.Esra graduated from the University of Santo Tomas, with a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education and Majored in Special Education. She became a licensed teacher in the Philippines and has gained a strong foundation and experience in handling students in the general education classroom as well as with special needs students. She specializes in working with students with autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aside from teaching, she has also trained and worked as a behavioral therapist, following Dr. Lovaas’ Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Through such trainings and experiences, she has developed key strengths in handling both kids and adults with behavioral problems. In 2017, she moved to Thailand to teach conversational English to Thai students in a small town located in the northeastern part of Thailand.
Esra has always had a soft spot in her heart for working with kids, and since an early age; she was already exposed to this field of educating. Her mother and grandmother, who are both teachers, have inspired her to become one also. She loves learning and wants to inspire students with her passion for education. Esra hopes to continue inspiring youth through Phuket Has Been Good To Us.
Aside from teaching, Esra enjoys baking and cooking, travelling and meeting new people.
Vezah Rojas, English Teacher
Australian Embassy's Direct Aid Program (DAP) kindly sponsor Teacher Vezah.Vezah is a licensed teacher from the Philippines who moved to Thailand in 2016. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Santo Tomas with a major in Special Education. During her 4 years at the University, she was able to interact and teach children with special needs. This ignited her passion towards teaching. She had her first teaching experience as a professional teacher in 2015 when she was a kindergarten adviser and a grade school teacher in the Philippines. After a great year of learning and experience, she decided to move to Thailand and taught English to secondary students (Mathayom 1-5) in a public school.
Vezah's dream is to teach underprivileged children. She values education and sees it as an opportunity which plays a vital role towards achieving success. This inspired her to work with Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. Vezah is grateful to be a part of PHBGTU which allows her to do what she loves (teaching), achieving her dream (helping underprivileged children), moulding young people's minds and hearts to build a good future for themselves, and enhancing her knowledge and skills as a professional teacher.
Aside from teaching, Vezah loves travelling and learning about new cultures. She simply enjoys her free time by walking around, sitting while looking at a nice view and smelling the fresh air, watching movies, and listening to music. Vezah teaches EIS Primary level 4 classes at Rachaprachanukroh 36 School in Kamala.
Sapeer Kadoch, Coconut Club Teaching Fellow
Sapeer joined the PHBGTU team as a full-time volunteer in April 2018. Originally from California, Sapeer graduated with honors in Psychology and Law from the University of Southern California (USC). For the past two years, she has been working to improve mental health among the college student population at USC’s Student Counseling Services. Throughout her career, Sapeer has been driven to help further the lives and opportunities for children and young adults. In addition to working in a counseling setting, she has conducted research on investigative interviewing with maltreated children and coordinated free air transportation for children with life-threatening illnesses. During her spare time, Sapeer also volunteered as a tutor in ESL and college preparatory programs.
Sapeer hopes that as a Coconut Club Teaching Fellow, she will open her students to new worlds and new possibilities through the power of education and creativity. In return, she is also excited to learn more about Thai culture through the children. An avid lover of everything water, Sapeer is excited to visit Thailand’s beaches and hike to waterfalls and to just take in all the natural wonders this beautiful country has to offer.