About Us

Welcome to the European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS), one of the few fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum Schools in Vietnam offering three dedicated IB programmes – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).

Leadership Team

Sean O'Maonaigh - Head of School at EIS
Sean O'Maonaigh Head of School
Mr. Sean O’Maonaigh has been active in various capacities in international school education, particularly in developing countries, for over 30 years. Most recently he served as Director of Bilingual Programs at Vinschool, Vietnam. Sean has considerable experience in educational management and leadership and uses this expertise to expand, improve and build capacity in international education. He has been in involved with the International Baccalaureate...

Mr. Sean O’Maonaigh has been active in various capacities in international school education, particularly in developing countries, for over 30 years. Most recently he served as Director of Bilingual Programs at Vinschool, Vietnam. Sean has considerable experience in educational management and leadership and uses this expertise to expand, improve and build capacity in international education. He has been in involved with the International Baccalaureate and the Council of International Schools and is practiced with school authorization and accreditation.   

Jo Roberts - Head of Early Years & Primary at EIS
Jo Roberts Head of Early Years & Primary
Jo Roberts has been with EIS since 2011, initially as a homeroom teacher in Toddler Class, Kindergarten 2 and Preschool. She also held the role of English Coordinator and Deputy Head of Early Years before she was appointed as Head of Early Years in 2013 and Head of Primary in 2017. Jo is passionate about  childhood development in the Early and Primary Years and is committed to providing the highest quality of education to young learners. She...

Jo Roberts has been with EIS since 2011, initially as a homeroom teacher in Toddler Class, Kindergarten 2 and Preschool. She also held the role of English Coordinator and Deputy Head of Early Years before she was appointed as Head of Early Years in 2013 and Head of Primary in 2017.

Jo is passionate about  childhood development in the Early and Primary Years and is committed to providing the highest quality of education to young learners. She believes in a holistic approach to teaching and learning that equips children with an excellent foundation to becoming lifelong learners.

Prior to joining EIS, Jo worked for many years at the British Council in Ho Chi Minh City. She has been teaching internationally for almost 16 years, having taught in Taiwan, China and New Zealand before settling down and calling Vietnam home in 2003.

Jo enjoys spending most of her free time with her daughter and has recently completed a Masters in International Education.

Mark Rees - Head of Middle & High School at EIS
Mark Rees Head of Middle & High School
Mark Rees joined EIS in July 2015, but he is not new to Vietnam. Prior to joining EIS, Mark worked in another well known International School in Saigon for seven years. He is an experienced IB teacher and is also an IBDP examiner and has held several management roles in schools. Prior to living and teaching in Vietnam, Mark worked in one of Australia's oldest private schools. Before that, he worked as a Hotel General Manager for Accor, one of the...

Mark Rees joined EIS in July 2015, but he is not new to Vietnam. Prior to joining EIS, Mark worked in another well known International School in Saigon for seven years. He is an experienced IB teacher and is also an IBDP examiner and has held several management roles in schools.

Prior to living and teaching in Vietnam, Mark worked in one of Australia's oldest private schools. Before that, he worked as a Hotel General Manager for Accor, one of the world's largest hotel companies. He has also worked as a Business Consultant in Indonesia, was a Regional Manager for Australian Unity and was the first Director of Macquarie University College, one of Australia's largest residential colleges.

Mark is an avid rugby fan and played in his earlier years at school, although he will readily admit that he had more heart than ability as a rugby player. He is an avid long distance walker and has walked the 800km Camino de Santiago twice. He is married to a fellow teacher, Thuy, and they have two children, Gabby and Isabella. Both girls attend the Early Years section at EIS.

Tony Shadwell - General Director / Business Manager  at EIS
Tony Shadwell General Director / Business Manager
Tony is a seasoned education management professional; is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand); and holds an MBA degree, awarded by 21 universities globally.   Tony worked together with EIS’ new incoming Headmaster, Mr Sean O’Maonaigh, at one of Saigon’s most prestigious international schools (ISHCMC) for over 14 years; filling various roles in that time, including Business Manager and Member of...

Tony is a seasoned education management professional; is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand); and holds an MBA degree, awarded by 21 universities globally.  

Tony worked together with EIS’ new incoming Headmaster, Mr Sean O’Maonaigh, at one of Saigon’s most prestigious international schools (ISHCMC) for over 14 years; filling various roles in that time, including Business Manager and Member of the School’s Board of Management.  

Tony has also orchestrated several start-up businesses in Saigon, mostly within the hospitality industry, growing them from incubation to thriving profitable businesses.  

Tony is married to ‘Doctor Jane’ (Family Medical Practice) and they have two daughters, aged 16 and 14. 

Having lived and worked in HCMC for more than 20 years, Tony is truly familiar with the local landscape and brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to the senior leadership team.

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