Our Team

SopheapOur Founder and Director: 

Mr. Sopheap Yin, is the founder of Krou Yeung Centre and therefore engaged since the very beginning of our school. Born in 1972 in Siem Riep he experienced the Khmer Rouge era as a child and its aftermath. After graduating high school in 1994 he went to the University of Phnom Penh to study Law which he graduated in 1999. To be able to afford his studies, in addition to his mothers support (his father died in 1979), he raised chicken, planted sugar-can and fixed shoes in local markets as well as he was living in the Unnaloam Buddhist Pagoda (Convent) to keep his living costs at a minimum.

Since his Bachelor graduation Sopheap worked in different positions in NGOs and the UN, such as:
  - translator and financial assistant for the NGO “Health Unlimited” in Ratanakiri during which he also founded Krou Yeung Centre
  - legal advisor of land rights for “PLG-UNDP” in Ratanakiri
  - project coordinator for land-rights and natural resources for “Community Legal Education Centre” (CLEC) 
  - legal specialist with the “Access to Justice of UNDP” in Phnom Penh
  - project coordinator of a cultural development in provinces of the north of Cambodia for  the “International Labour Organization” in Phnom Penh

In parallel he further studied Law to graduate with his Master in 2009 as well as married and became the father of a son and daughter. End of 2011 he then decided with his family to take on the director position of Krou Yeung Centre as a full time position, ensuring the further development of the school and quality of services.


TouchOur current General Manager Touch Mean:

Born in 1982 in a refugee camp at the Khmer Thai Border Mr. Touch Mean was raised by foster parents as his mother died shortly after his birth. After the Peace Accord of Paris in 1991 his family came to the Ratanakiri province where he went to high-schoool and studied Business Management graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor degree.

Mr. Mean joined the Krou Yeung team as a volunteer in 2001 and helped building the school to what it is today. He taught English, built play grounds and classrooms, assisted student transportation, developed teaching methodologies and materials and much more. Right after his graduation, he spent a year as a general manager’s assistant of a graphic design company in Siem Reap for 12 months. He then returned to Krou Yeung Centre as the general manager’s assistant in 2008 and then was nominated as the general manager in 2009.

 a All StaffOur former General Managers who still are engaged at KYC:

- Our first General Manager Mrs. Daline Seng
She was born in 1982 in Kratie, Cambodia and moved with her parents to Ratanakiri in 1995. She graduated secondary school in 1998 and started to work as a government official in the department of water resources in the province. She was the first volunteer to join Krou Yeung Centre in 2001 and then was nominated the first general manager one year later. Apart from managing Krou Yeung, she

also taught students, was our accountant, looked after our library and did much much more. Though not fully paid she was one of our most dedicated staff we ever had and without whom Krou Yeung Center would not exist as it is today. Since 2005 Mrs. Seng is working for an international NGO but is still engaged at KYC as a technical advisor - for which we are very thankful.

- Our second General Manager Mrs. Lang Siev
Siev Lang was born in 1979 in Batambang and came to Ratanakiri in 1995. After graduating high school in 1999 she started working for a local airway company. She joined the Krou Yeung team as a volunteer in late 2001 and worked as the administrator and financial accountant until late 2004 when she was elected to become general manager. In parallel she graduated with a business management Bachelor from a local University in Banlung city. Not different from her predecessor Mrs. Sive Lang was and still is very dedicated to Krou Yeung Centre and she is considered by the team as the best general manager KYC ever had. She helped building up our strong reputation, the quality of teaching and the morality among staff, parents and students. Mr. Lang Siev left Krou Yeung in 2006 to take on the financial manager position of a local NGO but however is still engaged as a advisor for KYC.

 - Our third General Manager Mrs. Sophavy Long (nick-name Mom)
Being educated in Phnom Penh, Mom graduated high school in 2000 and started working as kindergarten teacher in a local school. In late 2002, Mom left for Ratanakiri with her mother and brother. Arriving in Banlung City, she stared to teach English in her part time, as well as being a transportation assistant. Later in 2003 she joined KYC as a full time staff being a kindergarten teacher. She was elected as our third general manager in 2006. Leading the school without a director being around she had to face many challenges like increasing numbers of students, leaving full-time staff as local NGOs started hiring massively, expansion of our school facilities and many more. Having left her personal note on KYC during her time as a General Manager, she decided to not continue after her 3 year term and rather focus on her personal life. Just like her predecessors though, she still engaged as a technical advisor of KYC.


Admin StaffOur Team:
Our man for just everything (2nd from the right):
Tscheun is our man for everything. He is organizing our drivers and security, supervising our building site and

makes sure any aspect of our infrastructure  is working.

Our Organizational Team (our three ladies and the gentlemen 3rd from the right):
Our organizational team consists of 2 class administrators and 2 general administrators. Our class administrators ensure the smooth operations for our part-time and full-time class-schedule and teachers. Our 2 general administrators are not just the good soul of the school, but also for example make sure the kids get picked-up by the right people, are nurses if there is any accident, visitors are shown around, new students settle in properly and much much more...

Our Security Team (on the very left and very right - night shift is missing):
Securing our school 24 x 7 and making sure all the children are safe during the school hours and breaks.

Our Part time teachers:

Our part time teachers are teaching classes mainly around noon and in the evening-hours. Our evening classes are the most advanced levels we have in our school. Our part time teachers are only English teachers as we don’t teach any Khmer in the evenings - so all teachers have graduated at least with a “New Headway” Advanced class.

Full Time TeachersOur Full time staff:
Our full time teachers are Khmer and English teachers who convey knowledge to all levels of students from the young years of 6 all the way up to 20 year old ones.