Meet our Amazing Summer Teachers
Our team of highly experienced teachers from around the world will teach students through our live and interactive virtual classes.
Our teachers have extensive experience in delivering our summer courses and many years of experience of teaching at international schools across the globe. Many of the courses are taught by actual TASIS teachers!
Students will have invaluable engagement with their teacher and will benefit from their extensive knowledge in their area of expertise.
Please read our teachers' biographies below and discover their passions.
- ACADEMIC (IB, AP, SAT)
- SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- ART & DESIGN
- MEDIA & PERFORMANCE ARTS
- WRITING SKILLS
Anna Krastina - EAL
Anna Krastina is a dynamic and enthusiastic English-as-an-Additional Language teacher from Cambridge, England living in southern Italy. She enjoys exploring and keeping active, whether that's hiking in the mountains or running along the beach. When Anna has some spare time, she loves to curl up on the sofa with a good book or plan her next adventure around the world.
SOPHIA ANASTASIADOU - EAL
Sophia Anastasiadou has been a loyal member of the TASIS family for twelve consecutive summers, teaching English-as-an-Additional Language to students from all over the world and loving every minute of it! Her twenty-four years of teaching experience helps her identify and tend to each learner’s needs and make the lesson an engaging and unique experience. When she’s not working, she enjoys baking and making a variety of delicious desserts for her family and friends. She also loves watching movies and Netflix series and reading literature. Sophia has a lovely, very ladylike cat Named Loli, and loves to spend time with her.
Michel Lishman - EAL
Michael Lishman is an eager English-as-an-Additional Language teacher who has been teaching Spanish teens in his hometown of San Sebastian, Spain for the past four years. He has been part of the TASIS summer program for over 10 years, first as a student and later on as a member of the faculty. In his free time, he enjoys playing rugby, as well as playing around with gadgets and learning about the latest technology.
ANNA BITOUNI - IB MATH
Anna Bitouni is a caring and experienced Math teacher who takes pride in the accomplishments of her students during her 20+ years of teaching IB courses. Being an IB examiner for Math gives her an insight in the course philosophy and she is looking forward to helping you maximize your potential and improve your performance. Traveling and meeting people from all parts of the world, learning about their culture and especially about their food is what she loves most. This is why she enjoys teaching in international schools, including TASIS Summer session.
MIGUEL GARCíA MONTES - IB SPANISH
Miguel Angel Garcia Montes, IB Spanish teacher at TASIS England, is a passionate Spanish language teacher with over 25 years of international teaching experience, including summer camps. Being a gifted multi-linguist means he understands the challenges and rewards of getting to grips with another language. He loves to travel and, during the last two years, has led students trips to Perú to support a local orphanage.
ELEONORA ZADUNAISKAJA - IB PHYSICS
Eleonora Zadunaiskaja is a passionate physics teacher with wide international experience, who believes physics is a subject for everyone not for just a few. Her teaching philosophy is based on the oft-quoted proverb, “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand.” She can speak four languages. Eleonora enjoys traveling and being home with her family and playing bridge.
NIKKI HOLDAWAY - IB INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
Nikki Holdaway is currently the Head of Theatre at TASIS England Winter School and this will be her first time working for the summer program. She has over twenty years of camp counseling under her belt and although she will miss the lake, sailing and swimming she is excited to continue to share her love of theatre with young actors all around the globe.
STUART DALLAS - PRE-IB BIOLOGY
Stuart Dallas, a passionate Science teacher of eleven years in various schools and universities worldwide, comes from a medical research background and has had a strong interest in science from a young age. An avid lacrosse player and cyclist, he has taught at TASIS England for over four years, where he embraced his role as a teacher, mentor, and coach within its international community. Favorite topics to discuss are football, movies, and photography.
MICHELE COLLIAS - SAT TEST PREP
Michèle Collias has been preparing students for the SAT for more than 30 years, initially in the US, then the UK, and recently in Russia and Oman. Over the years, she has taught students from all over the globe. She majored in Political Science at Wellesley College (B.A. with honors) and then studied law at Suffolk University in Boston (J.D. cum laude) and passed bar exams in NY, MA, and D.C. She teaches the SAT preparation course at TASIS during the academic year; this is her first time teaching in the TASIS summer program. In addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys everything water related: swimming, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, and fishing.
CHRIS BOWSER - WRITING SUCCESSFULLY IN AP HISTORY CLASSES
Chris Bowser has taught history at TASIS England for 15 years and is someone who loves to see his students reach their greatest potential. He encourages them through high expectations, but also through grace and guidance. His primary character flaw is that he is an Arsenal supporter. He will never turn down a day with family that is filled with laughter and cooking.
MARGUERITE BOWDEN - PRE-AP BIOLOGY
Marguerite Bowden has taught Biology and Science in schools and colleges in the UK and the Middle East. She has been teaching High School Biology and AP Biology at TASIS for two years and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to develop the curiosity of the students for Biology. Home is in Somerset and hobbies include travel, swimming, snorkelling, cycling, and walking Murphy, a lovely Lab cross Collie, and the new addition to the family Maisie, a Springer cross Cocker Spaniel!
JOHN ARCAY - IB ITGS (Information Technology in a Global Society)
Technology has always been of great interest to me: from growing up in Miami, Florida playing arcade video games, to later being involved in the Cable-TV industry and building the first Cable-TV system in Caracas, Venezuela. Growing up I enjoyed amateur motorsport racing (both car and boat), horseback riding, and much of the outdoor life sunny Florida had to offer. Moving overseas allowed me to see the world through a different lens. I met my wife, who was a teacher at an International school in Venezuela. In 1996 we moved to Panama, where I decided to go back to university to get a degree in teaching. I also trained with Microsoft Panama, where I became a MS Certified Professional. I later returned to get a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and the rest is history. Being a Digital Citizen is very important to me and a topic that is close to my heart. This is why I introduced the IB ITGS course to TASIS England in 2014, with the vision of educating each student to become Digital Citizens themselves.
JUDY AGUAIS - IB AB INITIO REVISION
Mrs. Aguais is new to the Summer School but has for two decades enjoyed teaching and sharing about her Peruvian culture. She may have an MBA and an affinity for numbers but her true passion is food and cooking. “Getting to know my students and watching their progress in their learning journey is my reward.”
CHRISTINE KHOO - IBDP ENGLISH A CLOSE READING AND LITERARY ANALYSIS
Christine Khoo has been teaching the IBDP English A course and examining both Papers 1 and 2 for over a decade. Having gained her teaching qualification in Australia and a graduate degree in Linguistics from SOAS in London, Christine has also taught English and Media Studies in New Zealand, Bermuda and Qatar. She initiated a sailing programme at TASIS that resulted in several students achieving RYA Level 1 certificates, and continues to be a leisure sailor herself when time and opportunity permits. She enjoys sharing her Chinese-Malaysian culture with her friends and students. This is her first year with the TASIS Summer School.
RITA CHIOU - CYBER SECURITY
Rita Chiou is a returning staff member, ready for her second year as part of the TASIS team, who is passionate about combining her computer science studies with teaching younger students how to get a better understanding of the web and navigate it safely. In her free time, she likes to train in self-defence, bake, and travel to inspiring destinations. Her favourite time of the day is the afternoon when she can enjoy the sun on her balcony with her cat.
SAVVAS SAVIDIS - STEM BEGINNERS
Savvas Savvidis is a science teacher who enjoys grilling delicious foods with his friends more than anything. For the last 12 years, he has spent much of his time exploring with and demonstrating to his students that we are surrounded by science. Currently, Savvas lives in Manchester and, when he is not teaching, he enjoys watching movies and playing football.
MICHAEL TZANIS - STEM ADVANCED
Michael Tzanis is a dedicated STEM teacher who loves to play the guitar and practice his tennis technique. His passion about new technologies allowed him to relocate to his dream city, London. Falling in love with TASIS England’s iconic campus, he says working for TASIS all year long was a no brainer. In the summer time, you will find him enjoying the sun on one of the Greek islands.
FILIMON DIAMANTIDIS - COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Filimon Diamantidis, a passionate Design Technology (Engineering) teacher of twenty-three years in Athens, Greece, enjoys cross-training in the winter, teaching at TASIS and canoeing in the summer, and his wonderful family throughout the year. For seven summers, he taught Robotics at TASIS England, where he thoroughly appreciated the experience of getting to know students and teachers from all parts of the world. When Filimon has some spare time, he loves spending quality time with his two great kids, reading, and working out.
AGAPI GKIOUNA - FASHION & TEXTILE DESIGN
Growing up among fabrics and threads thanks to her seamstress mother, Agapi discovered her artistic side from a very early age. She studied Theatre Arts and got her two postgraduate degrees in Stage and Costume Design and in Museology. For the past twelve years she has been working in education as a drama teacher, while her summers are full of amazingly creative Fashion and Textile designs at TASIS England. In her free time she enjoys photography, and will watch every play that comes to the city. To this day, fashion remains one of her biggest passions and she spends many an hour in front of her beloved sewing machine.
ELIZABETH MURRAY - THE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO
Elizabeth Murray, a creative and passionate Art and Design teacher of four years in Edinburgh, Scotland, enjoys outdoor sports, reading, and travelling. For six summers, she taught at TASIS England, where she fell in love with the campus and teaching students from all around the world. When Elizabeth isn't teaching she is getting lost in a good book.
KOSTAS ELEZIS - ARCHITECTURE & 3D DESIGN
Kostas Elezis is an enthusiastic architect of ten years in Athens, Greece. Since 2018, he has spent his summers teaching Architecture and 3D Design at TASIS England where he thoroughly appreciates working on creative, hands-on projects with inspiring students from all around the world. For the past five years, he has spent his evenings on his cooking passion, working as pastry chef at a Japanese restaurant. In his spare time, Kostas loves to mountain hike and go fishing with his children, Kento and Ellie.
EDWARD NEVILL - ART IN ENGLISH
Edward Nevill is English and teaches on a BTEC Foundation in Art and Design in Greece for students aged 16+, and "Art in English" for 7 to 12 year-old children. He says, “It is a delight to teach as it enriches my life (and those I teach) every day.” He has also taught at TASIS England summer school for the last two years. “Sunlight and cycling have always been my inspiration but my own children (Ruby and Victor) are now part of that inspiration too.”
ANDREW WATSON - ART HISTORY
Teacher, painter, and art historian Dr. Andrew Watson has lectured at the Burrell Collection, National Gallery of Scotland, the Wallace Collection, and Brussels National Museum, and published articles in major peer-reviewed journals, including those of the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and in the Burlington Magazine. In 2010, he wrote a book about the Glasgow sugar refiner, philanthropist, and art collector, James Duncan. Recently, he spoke about Duncan for the BBC TV program, Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs.
KRISTEN HUY - INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA
Kristen Huy is a Mathematics teacher in San Diego, California. She has worked at TASIS England for seven summers as a dance and Maths teacher. Kristen loves to cook, travel, and go to the beach with her dog, Shadow. She looks forward to another summer working with students from around the world!
MAUREEN ALLDRIDGE - GEOMETRY
Maureen Alldridge originally hails from Rhode Island, USA. She has been a teacher of Mathematics and Music for thirty years, twenty-five of which she has taught at TASIS England! She loves walking in the beautiful Surrey hills near her home. To relax, she enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and solving math puzzles! Maureen has taught in the summer program for six summers, and working with young people from across the globe is what she enjoys most about the program.
LEFTERIS FILIPPAKIS - DIGITAL MUSIC
Lefteris Filippakis, a guitar player and teacher from Greece, is a big martial arts enthusiast and a Chemical Engineering undergraduate. As a former TASIS Summer student, and after spending the past few years working in the Music Industry, he came back to teach his favorite course as a kid, Digital Music. If Lefteris is not at the Dojo, the Studio, or the Lab, he is likely to be found enjoying some good food.
REISS SIMM-WILLIAMS - EDIT LIKE A PRO
Reiss Simms-Williams is a third-year media related degree student, currently studying abroad in Mauritius. With prior experience working in mentoring and instructor capacities internationally, this will be Reiss' first TASIS Summer School program teaching role. Reiss' passions stem from childhood and he enjoys creative exploration in photography, graphic design, and video editing. Reiss enjoys adventuring into exotic environments while travelling, and often spends time on projects and portfolio-building by filming and photographing wildlife.
PAMELA BUSSEY - DOCUMENTARY FILM
Pamela Bussey, a high school English Language Arts teacher from Montreal, Canada, loves cats, books, art, and travel. The best part of teaching for her is supporting students through the creative process, so that the end result is something which they can be truly proud of. Currently, she is focusing on improving her Spanish, with the hopes of intensifying her study next year in Oaxaca, Mexico.
ARIELLE WEGBREIT - THE INFLUENCER
Arielle Wegbreit is an enthusiastic English/EAL teacher of eight years in the U.S. and England. She loves reading books and exploring the world. For four summers, she taught at TASIS England, where she absolutely loved getting to know students from all over the world in the beautiful English countryside.
COLIN WILLIAMS - TV PRODUCTION
Colin Williams has worked as a Houseparent and Compliance Officer at TASIS England for the past two years and joined the TASIS England Summer School last year as the teacher of TV Production. Colin describes working with students from around the world as "an inspiring and exhilarating opportunity" and loves the international community of TASIS England. A very keen amateur photographer and filmmaker with a background and passion in all things creative, Colin's spare time is often spent exploring new countries or on native English soil amongst nature trails, lakes, woodlands, caves, and mountains while filming and photographing wildlife.
MAI ROJAS - ACTING SKILLS
Mai Rojas is a funny mime and dramatic actor who had the honour of working with the Cirque du Soleil in several productions. For the past four years, he has been part of the TASIS England Summer Program. As an acting teacher and dramatic actor himself, his aim is to create stories that make his audience laugh, cry, and of course, get lost in their own dreams. In his free time, he enjoys going to the cinema, but never without a huge pop-corn bowl and pistachio chocolate.
ROBERTO LEITE - STOP MOTION ANIMATION
Roberto Leite is passionate about digital arts and outdoor activities. He likes spending time with his dog Biscoito at the beach in Rio de Janeiro, his favorite place in the world. Exchanging experiences with students from all around the world for six years at TASIS allows him to continue to learn and expand his thinking.
SARA DREZDZON - STORYTELLING
Sara Drezdzon, a passionate Primary School teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is excited to teach for a second summer at TASIS. Her favorite thing about working in the TASIS England Summer Program is spending time with people from all over the world. When Sara is not in the classroom, she loves to practice yoga, travel new places, and take tennis lessons!
NASEER AHMED - WRITING ENHANCEMENT
Naseer Ahmed brings his passion and twenty years of English Language teaching experience to our TASIS Summer Program. Since 2017, Naseer has taught English-as-an-Additional Language at TASIS and loves to be a part of our dynamic international work environment. Apart from teaching, Naseer’s passions are writing, blogging, sketching, meditating, and travelling to the remotest countryside of Scotland.