VERSO LEARNING DESIGN TEAM TEST

CAMERON FOX

Founding Head of School

Cameron Fox

Cameron has been immersed in international education for more than 25 years and has been involved in the VERSO project from its inception. Originally from Scotland, Cameron has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1993, and for the past 14 years has served as the Head of School at the American International School. As well as being a long-serving Head of School, he has significant expertise in school accreditation through his work with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As an experienced and respected WASC Visiting Committee Chair, Cameron has worked with many international schools across the East Asia region to support their ongoing growth and school improvement processes. As a school leader Cameron is inspired and excited by the future of education. By reimagining and redesigning the school experience in a bold and exciting way, VERSO offers students, teachers and families a learning environment that will inspire everyone to reach beyond the traditional expectations of school.

MEET OUR LEARNING DESIGNERS

MEET OUR LEARNING DESIGNERS

Lower loop (Early Years 2 – Grade 4)

Karen O'Neill

Lower Loop Leader

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Cameron Fox
Nicholas
Garvin (Nick)
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Moira
Litchfield

Karen O’Neill from Australia is our Lower Loop Leader, facilitating a team of educators in designing and implementing the unique learning experiences at VERSO. Karen received her diploma in teaching in Queensland, has a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Learning Management. She has 20 years of experience teaching a diverse range of students from kindergarteners to seventh graders, including 17 years of leadership across Australia, Japan and Thailand. She loves children and is especially fascinated by their innate sense of curiosity and wonder. Karen has coached and mentored teachers on educational leadership and has worked with indigenous communities in reshaping and repositioning schools to embrace current practices in teaching and learning. “Seeing kindergarten students documenting their learning on iPads and sharing it with their parents, makes me reflect on how much learning has changed in schools, and it’s a wonderful profession to be a part of,” says Karen. When not in the classroom, Karen is learning how to dance flamenco and wants to learn surfing.

WHY VERSO? “The opportunity to work at VERSO is gift. I am delighted to be a part of a school that has the foundational pillars, mindsets and learning experiences created by IDEO and to bring that alive to create a learning experience that will support students to be successful in this constantly changing world.”

Nicholas Garvin (Nick)

Early Years Cohort Leader

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Moira
Litchfield
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Mihoko
Chida

Nicholas Garvin (Nick) is our Early Years Cohort Leader who has worked in six of the seven countries he has lived. He is a workshop facilitator & conference organizer for the 21st Century Learning Conference, an annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, staff, and school leaders come together to learn, share, and discuss current and emerging topics in education with thought leaders, technology and learning experts, and their peers. An adventure-seeker, Nick has gone shark diving in South Africa, bungee jumping in Cyprus, and skydiving in the US. He attributes his career in education to his grandfather.

WHY VERSO? “I am looking for an opportunity where I can help ‘create change by design’. Joining a diverse team of progressive international educators, willing to challenge the status quo and make global impact was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”

Moira (Moi) Litchfield

G1 - G2 Cohort Leader

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Garvin (Nick)
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Litchfield
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Mihoko
Chida

Moira Litchfield, our G1-G2 Cohort Leader, believes in the importance of building a strong culture where every learner feels empowered to take risks in new, challenging and unfamiliar territories. From Australia, Moi has worked with learners aged 2 to 16 in diverse environments including a small NGO school in Tanzania, alternative education units for youths at risk in Australia, bilingual international schools and a large, well-established IB PYP international school in Bangkok.
Moi loves the outdoors and continually seeks new ways to experience the world around her. She enjoys scuba diving and is currently learning to kiteboard.
At VERSO, she is excited about the opportunity to re-imagine the education system so that it aligns with how children learn and to meet the ever-changing needs of our world.
“Schools have been making incremental changes in response to new insights about how we learn, and to the demands of modern life, but there is still so much more that needs to happen in our education systems if we are to truly meet the needs of our youth and our communities. At VERSO, we are designing a learning environment where the needs of our learners are at the center of everything we do,” she says.

WHY VERSO? “It’s time to overhaul our education systems to align with the ever changing needs of our world and our learners. VERSO is a place where we believe in the need for change and have insights into how to make change happen in schools.”

Mihoko Chida

G3-G4 Cohort Leader

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Garvin (Nick)
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Moira
Litchfield
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Chida

Mihoko Chida is our G3-G4 Cohort Leader. Born in Japan and grown up in California, Mihoko holds a BA from Occidental College, an MA from UCLA, and is working on her Doctorate in Education through East Carolina University. She started teaching in public schools that served students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in Southern California. Fluent in Japanese, she worked at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo for eight years, serving as the Curriculum Coordinator for three years and as the Elementary School Principal for three years. She has always wanted to work in education because of her love for learning and enjoys being in a ‘job that allows you to be creative, solve problems, and forces you to think on your feet’. She has presented at EARCOS conferences and served on accreditation teams for WASC and CIS at schools. She admits to loving boy bands, was known to be ‘very shy and quiet’ in high school and loves to travel.

Why VERSO? “We're challenging the status quo and questioning everything (including ourselves). Students are at the heart of what we do. I chose to come to VERSO because it allows me to question the things I have been upholding in schools for most of my career. It’s challenging but such a learning experience!”

Middle loop (Grade 5 – Grade 8)

Chad Walsh

Middle Loop Leader

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Cameron Fox
Andrea
Schmuttermair
Cameron Fox
Suzanne Joy
Kitto

Chad Walsh is our Middle Loop Leader. After completing his degree and teaching in Australia, Chad spent the last twenty years working as a teacher and administrator across the globe with positions in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has held teaching and leadership positions in seven different countries. His educational philosophy has been influenced by his experiences at every school he has worked at. Chad embraces new opportunities for learning, reflection and growth. His passion as an educator lies in developing connected and meaningful relationships. Chad believes learning should be inclusive, flexible, challenging and fun and that his role as an educator is to inspire and empower learners to explore and discover who they are by providing them with authentic experiences. For Chad, promoting a culture where students learn to struggle, fail, and make mistakes is essential.

WHY VERSO? “I am excited to join VERSO and build a school where there is a rich and rewarding culture of collaboration among colleagues and learners. That way, learning at VERSO can be vibrant, meaningful and relevant for everyone.”

Andrea Schmuttermair

G5 - G6 Cohort Leader

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Cameron Fox
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Cameron Fox
Suzanne Joy
Kitto

Andrea Schmuttermair is our G5-G6 Cohort Leader. She has a teaching degree from the University of San Diego, an MA in Educational Technology and Leadership from George Washington University, and a Masters Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy. German born and raised in San Diego, Andrea has lived and worked in the USA, Finland and Germany. She was one of the 42 teachers in the US to earn the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grant in 2016 to spend six months in Finland researching education, project-based learning, and STEM education. With the tide pools and canyon as her classrooms, Andrea grew to love the outdoors and quickly identified careers that would allow her to grow, interact with the outdoors, work with kids and see the world. A true adventurer, Andrea has backpacked the Colorado trail (782km) solo with her dog, Wesson, and has worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on scientific research boats in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska through the Teacher at Sea grant program.

Why VERSO? “I am here with VERSO as it gives me the opportunity to work with learners of all ages, helping to guide them on their journeys as they connect in the community.”

Suzanne Joy Kitto

G7 - G8 Cohort Leader

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Cameron Fox
Andrea
Schmuttermair
Cameron Fox
Suzanne Joy
Kitto

Suzanne Joy Kitto is our G7-G8 Cohort Leader and is helping to create a VERSO classroom environment that is conducive for learning and living the 3 VERSO pillars. Suzanne holds two bachelor degrees – one in teaching and another in Japanese from the University of Waikato. She started her teaching career in New Zealand as a Japanese as a Second Language middle school teacher and then moved to Japan in 2005 to teach in an international school, where she worked in the PYP Exhibition year and held coordinator positions for both PYP and Primary Maths. She has lived in New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore and leads workshop across Asia. Suzanne was a founding member of Studio 5 (self-directed learning model) at the International School Ho Chi Minh City. She has coached netball teams for a local primary and high school. She was also the goalkeeper for the hockey team at university, is a self-taught graphic designer, and proud mom to her daughter, Trinity.

Why VERSO? “Joining VERSO means stepping out of your comfort zone to make real change happen. I look forward to ‘being a part of a revolution in education that reprioritizes the uniqueness of each learner and instills the understanding that school is about cultivating a love of learning and independent thinking.”

Schoolwide

Marlon Ng

Learning Designer

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Rolly Maique
Paul
O'Neill
Pote Pothongsunan
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Pothongsunan

Marlon Ng is our Learning Designer who helps the team design the learning experiences for VERSO’s students. He holds a Doctorate in Education and comes with 26 years of teaching experience. He has volunteered at socioeconomically disadvantaged children's centers in Canada (where he’s from), in Hong Kong (he speaks Cantonese), and now in Thailand. He chose a career in education ‘to make a difference in the lives of the next generation’. A former Curriculum Director at American International School in Hong Kong, Marlon has worked with staff to build a cohesive and guaranteed curriculum. Fun fact: He plays the accordion!

WHY VERSO? “I wanted to work in a school whose approach to learning is centered on design thinking and designing for change. Today’s youth need be creative, adaptable, and critical thinkers, which are the values that VERSO provides.”

Paul O'Neill

Hub Director

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Paul O'Neill, our Hub Director, is tasked with designing and implementing the unique learning experiences at VERSO. His role is centered around building networks and partnerships with the local and global community to support our program.
Paul has a diploma of teaching and a master’s degree in further education and training. He has taught visual and performing arts, was a senior project officer for Education Queensland for eLearning Model Schools, and a manager for library and digital services.
Paul was drawn to teaching design technology because ‘I love making things with my hands’ and felt inspired to ‘make learning more connected and relevant for young people’.
Prior to joining VERSO, Paul was Director of Learning Innovation at the American School in Japan, where he and his colleagues developed the IMPACT Program, an incubator space, for a year-long mentorship program around big ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Paul speaks French & Japanese and once owned a restaurant in his home country Australia.

WHY VERSO? “In my view there’s no other school in the world that’s being real and brave enough to turn the old narrative of schooling on its head. VERSO will be a unique school where we are creating something very agile, flexible and responsive for the future.”

Pote Pothongsunan

STEAM Integrator for the Lower and Middle Loops

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Rolly Maique
Paul
O'Neill
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Pothongsunan
Rolly Maique
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Pote Pothongsunan is our STEAM Integrator for the Lower and Middle Loops with over twenty years of teaching experience. He has lived in Taiwan, Thailand, seven US states, South Korea, Hong Kong and has taught in the US, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Pote got interested in Design Thinking (DT) while living in the San Francisco Bay Area and started teaching DT to teachers and students. He attributes a series of serendipitous events that have led him to his career in education. Pote received a Wallenburg Foundation grant to research teaching science with a video game controller (Wiimote) with a group from Stanford University and participated in an exchange program with a school in Sweden. A fountain pen geek, Pote also loves experimenting with various methods of coffee making, driving cars with manual transmission, and is thankful to be living the Second Golden Age of Television with shows like Firefly, Terriers, The Wire, The Americans and Breaking Bad.

Why VERSO? “I love Design Thinking and have been teaching this to students and teachers in the US. When I found out that there was a school in my home country that engaged IDEO, I jumped at the opportunity. I believe introducing Design Thinking to children at an early age will equip them with the skills and create a mindset to face challenges in the world with empathy and creativity.”

Rolly Maiquez

Technology Director

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O'Neill
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Rolly Maiquez is our Technology Director and tasked with leading, planning and implementing the educational and operations technology at VERSO. Rolly holds a Doctor of Education, an MA in Counseling Psychology, a BA in Psychology, and an Associate of Science in Biology. He has lived and worked in six countries: Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, England, Guam (US), and the Philippines. He has always been involved in volunteer work serving in the Catholic Church, running outreach projects, working as a physical therapy volunteer and an environmental cleanup volunteer. Rolly was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2010 and has set up robotics competition teams and programs in the previous schools he’s worked with. Hidden talent: He can play the keyboard and his original composition was selected for the South Pacific Games in Guam in 1998.

Why VERSO? “VERSO is different and I enjoy working with students. We have an opportunity as a team to bring something new into the world of education that could hopefully be seen as a model for other schools. Starting with a clean slate, we aim to create an educational experience that will truly prepare our students for the future.”