Senior Leadership Team
Mr. Alun Thomas
Head of School
Dear Parents, Staff, and Students,
It is my honor and pleasure to introduce myself to you.
My name is Alun Rees Thomas and I have been offered and accepted the prestigious position as Head of School at TAS for the next academic year.
I am a British national, having graduated and trained as a teacher at the University of Wales. After working in the UK in both the Primary (Elementary) and Secondary (Middle/High School) sectors, I embarked on an extensive career in an international career, working as Headmaster/Principal at schools in Ascension Island, Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Sudan, Thailand, South Korea, and China as well as being the first Principal of BIS in Ho Chi Minh City and the founding Head of School at Renaissance International School Saigon. My experience has provided me with the opportunity of working within both the British and American systems and I have personally taught classes of students from the age of 4 — 18.
I very much look forward to joining TAS and to working with a dedicated and committed staff, supportive parents, and enthusiastic students to ensure that all of them are given the best possible teaching, support, and guidance to achieve their full potential.
I am looking forward to meeting you all personally and to working with you to make what is already a good school, into a truly great one.
Head Of School
Mr. Garth O'Donnell
Elementary School and Early Childhood Principal
Garth O’Donnell serves as Elementary and Early Childhood Principal at the American School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is currently in his eleventh year as an administrator with TAS. Prior to joining The American School, Mr. O’Donnell served for seven years as K-12 Vice Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at another WASC-accredited school in Ho Chi Minh City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as a Master of Arts in Education and a Certificate in School Management and Leadership. Garth was born and raised in New York. He is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys time in the gym and beach holidays during his free time.
& Early Childhood Principal
Ms. Wanda McCullough
Middle School & High School Principal
Dr. Wanda has been a teacher and Principal in the U.S.; Egypt; Morocco; and Vietnam for the past 23 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Romance Languages from Hunter College; Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Vietnam with her husband and her 3 cats.
& High School Principal