About the Founder and Principal, Saowarak Srisukkho
Saowarak was born and educated in Bangkok and Australia and arrived in Perth in 1987.
After becoming familiar with her new way of life, she was soon able to combine her culinary interests with teaching. In 1990 she became an Australian citizen and between 1992 and 1998 enjoyed considerable success as a restaurateur in Northbridge.
She has a particular interest in languages and has taught extensively at the primary, secondary and university level. She holds the qualifications of an Honours degree from Curtin University where she examined intermediary and authentic script in teaching Thai. She also holds Bachelor of Education degrees from both Edith Cowan University and Srinakarinwirot University in Thailand. She undertook Japanese language studies at the University of Western Australia. In addition she has also conducted numerous adult education programs, including courses for the Australian Army.
During this time, she has become increasingly involved in representing the Thai community in Western Australia, particularly through the Thai-Australian Association of WA.
2004 – 2015
Japanese teacher, Padbury Primary School, WA
2001 – 2015
Japanese teacher, Cloverdale Primary School & Education Support Centre, WA
2000 – 2004
Japanese teacher, Belmont City College, WA
Japanese teacher, Leeming Senior High School, WA
1998 – 1999
Thai lecturer; ADF, Special Air Services Regiment, Swanbourne, WA
1990 – 1997
Lecturer in Thai Language and Culture, Curtin University of Technology, WA
1993 – 1996
National Chief Examiner for Thai Language program at upper secondary level; Curriculum
Council of WA
1993 – 1995
Thai language teacher, Kelmscott Senior High School, WA
1992 – 1998
Proprietor and Manager, Thai House Restaurant, Aberdeen St, Northbridge, WA
1988 Thai language teacher: John Curtin SHS, Adult Education (Inaugural course in WA)
Thai cooking instructor: John Curtin SHS, Adult Education (Inaugural course in WA)
Thai – Australian Association of WA Committee 2008 – 2015
Event Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Pageant & Sponsorship Director,
President, 2009 – 2015
Thai Festival Perth 2009
Asian – Australian Association of WA
Executive committee member, 2009 – 10