Dr. Witit Rachatatanun, B. Sc. (Econ) London; M.A. (Essex); Ed. M (Harvard); Ed. D (Harvard);�
Diploma in Teaching and Curriculum (STOU)
Dr. Witit spent over twenty-two years in the Government service at the National Economic and Social Development Board. Before early retirement at the age of fifty, he also supervised the planning and research work at NESDB in social development. During 2004-2007 he worked as advisor to Mitr Phol Sugar Corp. He also helped advise Thawsi Buddhist School on dhamma communication since 2002 and taught briefly at Thawsi School in 2008 before helping found Panyaprateep School in 2009.
Why he has chosen Panyaprateep?
“I would like to spend my post early retirement years for my own spiritual training and for the benefits of others. I have been closely involved in the area of dhamma propagation on behalf of Ajahn Jayasaro and for Thawsi School community since 2002. To rise up to the challenge of building up Panyaprateep Buddhist Boarding School is another key component which makes my life more fulfilled and truly worthwhile.”
Deputy School Director
Ms. Patchana Mahapan
Ms. Patchana Mahapan, with her outstanding educational background and interests, has played a key role in shaping the direction and implementing Buddhist education at Thawsi School for the last eleven years. Ms. Patchana has also helped lay the necessary ground work for the setting up of Panyaprateep Boarding School. Ms. Patchana has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese from Thammasat University and a Master of Arts in Communications from Washington State University. During her student days she won numerous prizes, awards and scholarships and travelled extensively and speaks Japanese, English and Thai fluently.
My “Triple L”: Life Long Learning at Panyaprateep
“For me, being a teacher means being a perpetual learner…..you cannot stop learning from people around you. It’s a career that requires you to open your mind to new information as well as old and new ways of thinking. It’s truly as if I have returned to a life of a real full-time student!
But this round, it is very different from my time as “a registered student” at a school or a college. In those days, the roles were prescribed to me. Now, I am a student of my own volition.
Being a parent teacher, nurturing students in their teenage years – a period many view as the most tumultuous and vulnerable – is a challenge I welcome and have grown to love. It’s a chance for me to learn about the unpredictable mood and constantly changing views of my students. That also gives me room to look at myself and learn about the arising of defilements in my mind and the fear I would not be loved and accepted by my students. I have ample opportunities to learn about my own emotion to be a stronger teacher. I learn about all kinds of fears that cloud my mind and about the disappointments when my students can’t match my expectations which somehow dampen my spirit. But through this natural reflective learning process through loving kindness (Metta) and good friends-society (Kalayanamitr) at Panyaprateep, I got a chance to observe the impermanence and the arising , and the ceasing of all natural living things. This helps me let go more easily. I see myself experiencing the disappointment with a greater degree of understanding. I now confront problems more comfortably, finding a way to have fun in the process. Most importantly I have more understanding and loving kindness to others
That makes every step of my life at Panyaprateep filled with meanings and the joy of learning.”
Head of Social Studies Section
Ms. Kridsanah Pornpibul
Ms. Kridsanah Pornpibul has a Bachelor of Arts degree with specialization in history from Thammasat University and a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Prior to joining Panyaprateep School as a pioneering teacher, she was a lecturer in history at the Faculty of Liberal arts, Thammasat University, Deputy Director of Southeast Asian Studies Project. Ms. Kridsanah was frequently invited as a special guest lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Thammasat University and at Silapakorn University and Kasetsart University.
Why she has chosen Panyaprateep?
“I believed that an important component of Buddhist education lies in student nurturing scheme which will bring about knowledge acquisition and learning process. This in turn will enable learners to draw diverse internal potential to create their own choices to live their life in a virtuous manner. Such learning process will cultivate ones’ lives and help people to mature and realize full human potential. This kind of education is quite different from mainstream education system stressing priority of the national development plan. This tends to limit students’ choices, and forcefeeds the students with the single largest ideology of consumerism.
Getting to know the “real education” at Panyaprateep.
Having an opportunity to administer the high-school level education seriously enables me to thoroughly understand about what we have lost since the schooling system was established and centralized. In such a system, the learning approaches are not well-integrated where the connecting point to our lives is barely found. At present, we are trying to restore what we have lost for over a hundred years. The exercise is a big challenge which can be energizing and occasionally tiring.
The first prerequisite before doing anything with the schooling system is to effect change about myself. I have found that this could be done by means of conceiving the way of looking inside my mind and at the outer world based on dhamma. The wholistic way of examining the inner self and the outer world generates many valuable lessons. I realize that I the new learning process and the day to day exercises that I have to undertake represent the “real education”. This is the most highly cherished aspect of being a small secondary school teacher at Panyaprateep (as opposed to being a university professor!).”
Ms. Napalin Kanchitwattana, Head of Occupational Training and Technology Section, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Personnel Management from Siam University. She used to work as senior staff for personnel department for a private computer company before moving to Thawsi School and worked briefly as assistant to the School Director. She was a founding teacher of Panyaprateep School.
Why she has chosen Panyaprateep School?
“I want to help train modern Thai youths to be better prepared to lead a good life with Buddhist education. I also want to train myself to be a better person.”
Mr. Wichet Pothivisutivati, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He has had experience doing consulting work on environment at ERM Siam Company. He teaches mathematics and leads many other life skills training activities.
“Traditional schooling emphasizes one way transfer of knowledge from teachers to students which is not useful, nor relevant and tends to be boring. I want to be part of an education system which trains students to know themselves, to know how to think, know how to lead their lives and live with other people happily.
At Panyaprateep I have learned valuable lessons particularly from the students, such as the practice of mindfulness and self control, the fun of finding solutions to new challenges which occur and rarely take the old forms. There are plenty of opportunities to practice loving kindness and try to understand other teachers, the students and their parents.”
Mr. Pratheep Meesakoon graduated from Suphanburi College of Fine Arts, then went on to obtain
Bachelor of Applied Arts from the Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University. He used to work as a designer for several design companies before accepting an invitation to be a pioneering art teacher at Panyaprateep.
“I want to learn about what I do not yet know. I also want to share what I know with other people.”
Mr. Sutthilak Noihrai graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai. He worked briefly in a private business company. He has strong interest in Buddhism and would like to learn more in order to share with the younger generation as he believes the Buddhist way of life is a truly noble one which would help the youths to have better knowledge about themselves.
Mr. Sutthilak joins our school as a “parental teacher” helping train the male students to look after themselves in their dorm life. He confined that he has never had a dull moment as the youths under his supervision always come up with new challenges. His personal source of happiness stems from the ample opportunity to practice dhamma with Ajahn Jayasaro and to find inner peace. He considers the school environment to be pleasant for self-training. He has enjoyed sharing meditation practices with his students throughout.
Mr. Prem Shankar Upadhaya, aged 47 years old, received all formal education in Mussoorie, foothills of Himalayas, India in an international institution, PINEWOOD majoring in Science, English and above all Mathematics. For the last quarter of a century he has been working with over 2000 students from international schools in Bangkok helping them achieve confidence in Mathematics so as to further up their education in universities abroad.
Why at Panyaprateep?
“Having met the director and some teachers at Bahn Boon who were kind enough to give me an opportunity to work and share some Mathematical experiences where I wish to ensure a new and interesting perspective in Maths for the students under the name “Fun Maths in English”.
All members of Panyaprateep School are amazing human beings where I feel so much at home and above all we share the common target of students’ learning through training of their body and mind. Surrounded by nature, it’s a wonderful school and I feel blessed to have such an opportunity working with them.
Above all I’d extend my highest regards for Phra Ajahn Jayasaro, who with all his loving kindness (Metta) has bestowed me and my wife, Somporn much more than we could ever think of and undoubtedly feel blessed to be his lay followers and practice Buddhism, heading towards peace of mind.
Ms. Athitaya Campratik holds a Higher Vocational Certificate in Accountancy from Thonburi Technical and Commercial College. She worked in the accounting department of several companies before joining Panyaprateep as financial officer. Her reason for joining our school is simple. She wanted to live in the countryside with fresh air and close to the dhamma so that she can learn to better herself and her family.
Why I chose Panyaprateep?
Ms. Athitaya told her friends that her experience has been very positive as the climate of Pakchong has been nice and cool. The school community has been very supportive and friendly and full of understanding.
Mr. Panom Yaprayong, (Ben) graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) from the Physical Education College of Suphanburi. He had working experience at the Sports Center of Ambassador City Jomtien.
“I want to learn about Buddhist education and be a good sports teacher and for my own training and practice. The pleasant natural environment at the school is always refreshing. I am happy to teach the students. They enjoy the lessons together. We also have a caring community among good friends.”
Miss Chongklao Maolanont, or Khroo Pam as known to her students, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University. She has been assigned to teach Thai. Asked why Panyaprateep? Her response is short and to the point. “I choose to be a teacher here because I have confidence in the Buddhist wisdom education. In actual practice, while I do the teaching, I realize that I learn new things all the time and am able to train myself to be a better person.”
Ms. Sukaya Thawinprawat, Khroo Pang, holds a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts (1st Class Honours) from Chulalongkorn University. Panyaprateep is her first teaching job as an art teacher. And she is enjoying every moment of it!
Miss Suphawadi Thongpiu, Khroo Ewe, holds a B. A. degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Ramkhamhaeng University. She has had some business experience in the private sector and has been attracted by Buddhist wisdom education. She has been assigned to work as “parental teacher” looking after all the female students. Khroo Ewe believes that by being a teacher at Panyaprateep, she has great opportunities to generate benefits in dhamma for other people.
Mr. Jirasak Wangprungklang, Khroo “Big Bird”, is our IT support personnel and represents our front Office administrator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in general management from Rajaphat University. Big Bird confides to our school staff that he has been attracted by the peaceful environment, the calm, and the serenity of the whole place. He used to work in a very noisy surrounding and wants to try the green and eco-friendly environment of the school.
Miss Prapa Songjinda, Khroo Poom, holds a Ph.D. in Bioscience and Biotechnology from the Division of Microbial Science and Technology, Graduate school of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University, JAPAN (Monbusho Scholarship). She had a few years of experience teaching science to university students at Kasersart University. As she has strong interest to learn about Buddhism and Buddhist wisdom education, she considers that being a teacher at Panyaprateep is a good way to train oneself and to share experiences with other people.
Mr. Terdsak Mahawongsanant, Khroo M, holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Chiangmai University. He chose to be with Panyaprateep because he believes he will have ample opportunities for dhamma practice and will learn a great deal from senior monks who have practiced well.
Mrs. Sasiwan Intakesorn is our English teacher. She holds a Master degree in marketing from the UK and has had experience in business and marketing. She trained as an English teacher at Tesol Teacher Training Program before joining our school. When asked why she chose to join Panyaprateep School she seems to have a ready made answer. “I have always been interested in Ajahn Chah’s teachings and started to log into youtube website to listen to Ajahn Jayasaro. Since the first time I listened to the talk, I was hooked and felt very strongly about coming to join the Sunday talk at Bahn Boon, Pakchong. On my second visit, I noticed the advertisement for a new English teacher, I was excited and decided to approach Kroo Onn (The head teacher of Thawsi School, Bangkok) to ask for information. That day led me to be at Panyaprateep School today and I can now tell everyone proudly that I work here. So for me it’s the right job, the right school that is unique for all the right reasons and the right job for the right path of Buddhism.”
Miss Arisara Kongcheep holds a Bachelor degree in Science ( Agriculture) from Kaset sart University and MBA (Finance and Banking) from Ramkhamhaeng University. She worked briefly as research assistant at KU before teaching full-time at Thawsi School for 4 years.
Mr. Eknarong Wannapago, Khroo O is our health education teacher, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Public Health Science, Sirindhorn College of Health, Ubon Ratchathani. He used to work in the Pharmacy Department of a public hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Mr. Thammaphon Jongram, Khroo Nai our music teacher, graduated with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Degree with a major in music from Srinakharinwirot University and a Master of Fine Arts Program in Ethnomusicology from Srinakharinwirot University. Khroo Nai has had extensive experience teaching music at several well-known organizations and schools, such as Satitbangna School and Bangkok Music Art School.
Saowanee Vongjinda (Khroo Moei) is our drama teacher, having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Faculty of Anthropology, majoring in Thai from Ramkamhaeng University. She has had experience in designing performance art for young children and had practical experience in organizing community plays and taught creative plays for young children at KDS.
Miss. Shutiya Srisettakarn
, our latest member recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business English from Khonkaen University. She has a strong interest in Buddhism and would like to learn more about Buddhist wisdom education. Panyaprateep Foundation staff is her first job, this job makes her happy every day and fulfills her spiritual goals because she has a good chance to make merit, meditate, listen to dhamma teachings from Ajahn Jayasaro, spend time with the students and follow the path of Buddhist training. Panyaprateep is the school of her dream. She intends to do her best both to learn and to contribute to Panyaprateep School as much as she can.