Terri Bakker

Terri Bakker

hod english language acquisition


I am a creative, flexible, experienced educator with abundant energy and enthusiasm.  I enjoy working in a dynamic and challenging IB World School in which collaboration, creativity, and high standards are emphasised.

Work History

Work History
Dec 2014 - Present

HOD English Language Acquisition

Chatsworth International School

Organised and promoted a clear language pathway program based on current research and student needs

Conduct Language Placement testing for students applying and for all English Language Learners

Liase with parents to explain pathways and programs, outline student expectations

Link to: Language Pathways at Chatsworth International School

2014 - Present

MYP Workshop Leader and School Visit Team Member

International Baccalaureate Educator Network

Lead Regional and In School Workshops for the IB Middle Years Program

Have led Regional 3-day Category 1 and Category 2 workshops in Beijing, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong

Aug 2014 - Present

Personal Project Coordinator

Chatsworth International School

Responsible for 

  • implementing the Personal Project for the first cohort to experience the project in 2016
  • writing the Personal Project Guide 
  • Link here: Chatsworth Personal Project Guide
  • liaising with other teachers to offer an introductory experience for the students
  • educating the teachers and parents about the Personal Project and leading them in standardisation of assessment
Aug 2007 - Jun 2013

Teacher of Spanish, English, German

British International School Phuket

British International School, Phuket, Thailand(850 students

18 months to 18 years)

  • Teacher of IB MYP Spanish (2007-2013) and Teacher of IB MYP German (2010-2011)
  • Teacher of IB Diploma Program (DP) courses in Language B Standard and Higher Level and Teacher of Ab Initio Spanish
  • Teacher of Cambridge IGCSE Language A English (2011-2013)
  • Head of Faculty Modern Foreign Languages (2009-2010)
  • IB MYP Coordinator of Language B (2008-2010)
  • PADI Dive Instructor for Activities Program (2007-2013)
Aug 2004 - Jul 2007

Teacher of English, Drama

Amsterdam International Community School

Amsterdam International Community School (60 Students, age 11-18 years)

  • Teacher of English Language A, MYP 1- MYP 5
  • Teacher of English Language B, MYP 1- MYP 5
  • Teacher of Drama: Taught all students within the curriculum, annually directed and produced full school main stage productions
  • Personal Project Coordinator for MYP
  • Mentor for MYP 5
  • Area of Interaction Leader
Dec 2002 - Feb 2004

Master Scuba Diver Trainer and EFR Instructor

PADI Dive Instructor

Sea Saba Advanced Dive Center, Saba, Netherlands Antilles

  • Taught PADI diving courses in English, Spanish, French and German
  • Provided weekly informational evenings about marine biology for tourists
  • Served as dive guide and boat personnel

Pro Dive International, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, US

  • Served as director of admissions and administrator of dive institution
  • Taught PADI diving classes in Spanish and German
  • Served as dive guide and boat personnel

Hippocampo Dive Centre, Sosua, Dominican Republic

  • Taught PADI diving classes in German, Spanish, English and French
Aug 1999 - Jun 2002

Teacher of Spanish

Poland Regional High School

Poland Regional High School, Maine, US (350 students age 14-18)

  • Founding faculty member of a new school with a progressive pedagogical approach
  • Teacher of Spanish 1,2,4
  • Mentor of sophomore, junior, senior group from the class of 2002
  • Class advisor for the class of 2002
  • Advisor of the downhill ski club
  • Advisor of the Spanish club
Sep 1989 - Jun 1999

Teacher of Spanish, Director of Drama

Keene High School

Keene High School, Keene, New Hampshire US (1200 students age 14-18)

  • Teacher of Spanish 1,2,3,4,5, AP
  • Designed and implemented Spanish Advanced Placement course
  • Director and Producer of Drama club: annually staged one main stage musical and one dramatic performance as well as numerous student directed or written performances
  • State Coordinator of National Spanish Examination


2007 - 2010

Diploma in English Literature

Open University
1987 - 1989

Master of Arts

University of Massachusetts Amherst
1983 - 1987

Bachelor of Arts

Houghton College

Using skills in new situations

Fostering Student Well Being



Costume Designer

Language Proficiency in Thai

Language Proficiency in French

Language Proficiency in German

Language Proficiency in Dutch

Language Proficiency in Spanish


Jul 2011 - Jul 2016

Teaching Certification

State of New Hampshire USA Department of Education

Certified in Secondary English Language Arts, Spanish Language and German Language

2002 - Present

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)
2007 - Present

Teaching Certification

Thailand Department of Education
2002 - Present

Emergency First Responder Instructor

Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)