Julia Jones, Director of Student Support

I’m excited to join RIS for the 2018–2019 school year! After spending the past 11 years in Chicago, USA, I am honored to embark on my first international education experience at RIS. I earned my master’s and Educational Specialist degrees in school psychology in Ohio, where I began my career as a school psychologist. After earning an additional MA in school leadership, I most recently worked in two suburban school districts, serving as Director of Student Services and as Student Services Administrator. I’ve also enjoyed being a running coach for 7 years and am proud to have been a mentor for inner city high school students for the past 6 years.


The primary goal of our school counseling and psychological services is to promote and enhance student learning through the three broad, interrelated areas of student development: academic, personal, and social.

The psychologist at RIS Ratchapruek provides a variety of services, including whole-class, small-group, and individual support, psychoeducational assessment, and consulting services and welcome meetings with parents, teachers, and administrators to discuss and advise on any matter concerning a student’s personal and academic welfare.  Our school psychologists also work in collaboration with external mental health professionals from the wider community.

At RIS Ratchapruek, we spend time getting to know each of our children individually, including how they learn best through our Student Study teams, comprising teachers, administrators, and the school psychologist. When a student with issues related to academic achievement and/or behavior is referred by a Student Study Team, our school psychologists carry out psychological and educational evaluations in collaboration with the student and his/her teachers and parents. An evaluation provides information about a student’s academic, cognitive, and social-emotional development. These details then inform the development of an individual plan to support the student in any identified areas of need.


The English Language Development Program (ELD) recognizes that one of the top priorities in a quality international education is the attainment of an academic-level of English fluency. English language learners are designated by their level of proficiency, from beginner to advanced, and each level requires matched instructional strategies to facilitate rapid skill development. At RIS Ratchapruek, ELD students are immersed in a rich English-speaking environment and selectively enrolled in core mainstream subjects to give them frequent opportunities to interact with classmates and teachers. ELD students also get individualized support to accelerate their academic success.

Small-group pull-out and language support classes provide specialized learning time where content instruction and the development of English skills are closely integrated. Push-in support gives English language learners help within mainstream classes.

RIS uses MAP NWEA and WIDA MODEL testing to track progress in English skills development. Students who progress to higher proficiency levels receive adapted curriculum and assessment accommodations based on their individual needs throughout the year.

Click here to learn how the ELD program at RIS is further tailored to each section—ES, MS, and HS—to meet the specific needs of students at different ages and developmental stages.


The Learning Support program is designed to help students develop skills, access the general school curriculum, reach their potential, and realize their ambitions. The program is based on the belief that students vary in their level of ability, achievement, motivation, and interest, and that individuals learn best with programs that provide challenges in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Students who find it difficult to achieve success at school need support. They may develop negative attitudes about themselves and not feel as capable as their classmates or siblings. The Learning Support program helps students to be confident and to build on their successes, despite having an identified learning difficulty in key academic areas such as reading, writing and mathematics.

When teachers raise concerns about a student’s progress, students are brought into the program through a team approach that involves parents, teachers, and the school psychologist. Upon referral, a full psychological and educational evaluation of academic, cognitive, and social-emotional strengths and needs is completed and discussed with parents and teachers prior to being enrolled in Learning Support. Exiting from the program also requires a similar assessment.

Our Learning Support program is focused on a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), which has been developed collaboratively with the student, parents, teachers, counselors, psychologists, learning support teachers, and speech therapist. Each student has a Learning Support teacher to keep track of their progress. Students’ needs are met in the mainstream classroom with Learning Support and core content teachers working together.


Halie Peveto, Speech-Language Pathologist

I completed my Master of Speech-Language Pathology at Lamar University. Since graduation, I have worked with many children with diverse needs in school districts in both Texas and Pennsylvania, in private clinics, and in home environments. I enjoy working internationally as it allows me to take my passion for speech therapy across the globe. I also enjoy traveling, reading, and trying new foods.

The Speech-Language Therapy program serves PreK through grade 12 students at RIS who need specialized intervention in order to communicate effectively. Our certified Speech-Language Pathologist (Speech Therapist) provides evaluation and interventions for students in the program. Students receiving these services may have difficulties in one or more of the following areas: the pronunciation of specific sounds, understanding or expressing spoken language, and speaking smoothly.

Another component of the Speech-Language Therapy program involves supporting the language development of all our RIS students. The speech-language therapist provides consultation and classroom-based support for teachers who see a need to develop specific communication skills in their classrooms. In these instances, the speech-language therapist will provide small-group or whole-class language lessons to address certain language skills. This model is used most frequently with our younger students as a way to stimulate early language development and assist in quickly identifying students who have speech-language needs.