Our Staff

Ajarn Suvanna, owner and founder of the Intensive Thai Curriculum, has co-worked with Ajarn Sasithorn and Ajarn Maturot to design the curriculum at Sumaa Language and Culture Institute

Our instructors specialize in teaching Thai language to foreigners in a fun and engaging manner, while giving them a deep insight into real Thai culture. We’re dedicated to providing the highest level of teaching as well as dedicated personal attention to each and every one of our students.

SUVANNA KRIENGKRAIPETCH

SUVANNA KRIENGKRAIPETCH

Director & Founder

Education

Education record M.A. (Anthropology) 1985 Cornell University, U.S.A.
M.A. (Thai Lang. & Lit.) 1971 Chulalongkorn University,Thailand
B.A.Hons. (Thai Lang. & Lit.) 1968 Chulalongkorn University,Thailand
Fields of Studies Cultural Anthropology (minor: Southeast Asian Studies)
Thai Language and Thai Literature
Specialization Modern Thai Literature (Literary Criticism)
Folklore and Folktale / Ethnic groups in Southeast Asia (Cultural studies)

Professional experience

2005 – Present Director, Sumaa Language and Culture Institute
1998 - 2001 Department Head, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1970 – 2001 Department of Thai, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1992 – 1993 Deputy Dean (Foreign Affairs) Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1987 – 1993 Deputy Director (Admins.) Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute
1993 – 1995, 2001- 2005 Visiting Professor, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan
2009 – 2012 Director, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (Public Organisation)

Academic Experience

1985 – present Committee member for Thai Dictionary of Literary Terms, The Royal Institute
1993 - 2004 Special Expert on Thai language and Literature, and Southeast Asian Cultures, Min. of University Affairs

Academic Awards

1996 The Honorable Award For The Best Thai Language Teacher, Min. of Education
1994, 1995 Children Book Awards from The National Committee on Book Promotion, Min. of Education

SASITHORN PITYARATSTIAN

SASITHORN PITYARATSTIAN

Principal and Curriculums Supervisor

Education

1994 - 1997 M.A. Thai Literature Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1990 - 1993 B.A. Thai (Major), English (Minor) Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Professional experience

1996 - Present Former teacher and curriculum planner at Intensive Thai Program, Chulalongkorn University (10 years)
Co-founder, Sumaa Language and Culture Institute
Principal and curriculum advisor, Sumaa Language and Culture Institute
Teaching Thai to foreigners focusing on diplomat and military officers
Thai pronunciation and speech coach
Lecturer and trainer in the field of Thai language, Thai literature and Thai culture.

MATUROT PENSRI

MATUROT PENSRI

Manager

Education

2000 - 2004 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Maters of Arts in Translation and Interpretation
1992 - 1996 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Bachelor of Arts in Thai Language and Literature
1991 - 1992 Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland, New Zealand (1-year Exchanged Student in AFS programme)

Professional experience

September 2005 - Present Manager, Thai Language Instructor, Translator
The Embassy of the United State, Bangkok Thai Language Contract Instructor
June 2014 – September 2014
September 2008 – December 2008
Thai Instructor, CIT Solutions International Language Training Canberra, ACT Australia
Thai Instructor, “Get by in Thailand”, The Mary Ward Centre, London
June 2005 - October 2006 Guest Lecturer “Foundation Thai” (June–October 2005), “Literature and - Society” (June-October 2006)
Department of Thai, Faculty of Humanity and Science, Dhurakijbandit University, Thailand
June 2006 – February 2007 Guest Lecturer “English I, English II”
Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, Thailand
November 1996 – April 2002 Instuctor Intensive Thai Programme,
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

TIRATTAMAR JIAMJUANKHAO

TIRATTAMAR JIAMJUANKHAO

Vice Principal

Professional experience

2001B.A (2nd Class Honours), Pali – Sanskrit with English and Thai Minor
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2011 M.A. (Linguistics) Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2008 – present Head of Cultural Training Program
Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
Trainer : the Teaching Thai to Foreigners Training

JUTAMAS BUPPHA

JUTAMAS BUPPHA

Instructor

Education

B.A. (2nd Class Honours) (Thai) Faculty of Arts, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2011 – present Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
Trainer : the Teaching Thai to Foreigners Training

MAYURA PULWAMARA

MAYURA PULWAMARA

Education

B.A. (1st Class Honours) (Business English) Faculty of Arts,
Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand
M.A. (Thai for Career Development) Faculty of Arts,
Silpakorn University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2012 – present Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
Trainer : the Teaching Thai to Foreigners Training

WICHAYAPAT  PIROMSAN

WICHAYAPAT PIROMSAN

Education

M.Sc. (Education), University of Pennsylvania
B.A (English and German) Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2018 Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute

SILADA  KHAMHUNG

SILADA KHAMHUNG

Education

B.A (Thai) Faculty of Humanities, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2018 Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute

NICHABOON  PHUANGSAI

NICHABOON PHUANGSAI

Education

B.A (Thai), Faculty of Arts, Thammasat University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2018 Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute

JARUJIT ARNPOTHONG

JARUJIT ARNPOTHONG

Education

B.A (Thai), Faculty of Arts, Thammasat University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2018 Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute

SURANGKANANG KIANGKITIWAN

SURANGKANANG KIANGKITIWAN

Education

B.A. (2nd class Honours) (Thai), Faculty of Liberal Arts,
Mahidol University, Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2018 Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute

WATCHARAPORN THANOMRATTANA

WATCHARAPORN THANOMRATTANA

Administrative Assistant

Education

B.A. (English) School of Humanities, Bangkok University, Thailand
RELATED EXPERIENCE
2007 - present Administrative Assistant, Sumaa Institute