Welcome New Faculty 2017 - 2018Every new school year brings a renewal of the learning community. Welcome to the new members of the TASIS England family.
Marijke Andries joins TASIS England as the English-as-an-Additional Language (EAL) teacher in Middle School. She has 14 years of experience as an EAL and Dutch Language and Literature teacher in both the UK and Belgium. In addition to EAL, Marijke is a member of the Safeguarding and PSHE team in Middle School. She received her bachelor's degree in education in Antwerp, Belgium.
Helen Badger joins TASIS England as a 4th grade teacher in Lower School. She taught in the English primary school system for 12 years as a senior teacher, PE instructor, and Numeracy Coordinator. Helen worked as an English language teacher for two years with the VSO program in Eritrea, South East Africa. Helen also taught in Colorado as part of the Fulbright Scholarship Programme.
More recently Helen enjoyed raising her two daughters in California and working part time as a reading support teacher at the local elementary school. She returned to the UK last year, working at Claires Court School Junior School in Maidenhead and as a regular substitute teacher at TASIS.
Helen Bartlett joins TASIS England as a Middle School Mathematics teacher. Helen is originally from the UK and her husband is from the Pacific Northwest. As a US Air Force family, they have been privileged to live and work in many interesting places. Helen taught at international schools in South Korea and Moldova. She has also taught online to students at remotely located international schools.
Helen holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Bristol and a doctorate in engineering from the University of Cambridge. She is passionate about STEM subjects and excited to share her love of learning with the students at TASIS.
Spencer Bentley joins TASIS England as a House Parent and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher. For the past three years Spencer taught ToK in Scotland while concurrently teaching within the Divinity School at the University of St Andrews. While in Scotland, Spencer and his wife Lauren (MA, MLitt.) gained valuable experience living and working within boys boarding. Spencer is also completing his doctorate on Conversion and Catechism in 4th Century Jerusalem, which he will defend in September. Spencer holds a Master of Letters in scripture and theology, and a Master of Arts in modern history and theological studies, both from the University of St Andrews.
Alexandra Blazey joins TASIS England as a 4th grade teacher in Lower School. Originally from Rochester, New York, Alexandra studied musical theatre at the Boston Conservatory and was an actor before pursuing a career in education. She earned her master’s degree in elementary education from Northeastern University and spent the last two years working as a 4th grade teacher at the Chatham Elementary School in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Robert Clelland rejoins the TASIS England school community as a member of the college counseling team. During his previous tenure (2003-13), Robert taught Spanish and served as a dorm parent, college counselor, and faculty sponsor for yearly community service projects. In his current role, he will help to deliver a comprehensive Upper School college counseling program and participate in the boarding program as a Deputy House Parent. Robert’s early career included teaching at a variety of private boarding and day schools in the US and Europe beginning in 1989.
Robert earned Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from West Virginia University in industrial and labor relations and international studies. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Marietta College and an Ohio teaching certification.
Curtis Coney is from Reno, Nevada and joins our Middle School as a science teacher. With eighteen years of teaching experience, Curtis enjoys working in international schools He recently taught for two years in Beijing, China, and two years in Ankara, Turkey. Curtis is looking forward to the opportunity to teach at TASIS England this year and contribute to the Middle School science program.
Fairoz D'Cruz joins TASIS England as an Upper School biology teacher from his post as Head of Science at the International School of Frankfurt in Germany. Hailing from Singapore, Fairoz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Nanyang Technological University.
Fairoz served his country as a Military Policeman with the Singapore Armed Forces before working as a Genetics Researcher with the Genome Institute of Singapore. Fairoz found his true calling in teaching and has taught AP, IB, and A-Levels in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Ana del Moral joins TASIS England as a teacher of Spanish in the Upper School and as a House Tutor. Her previous experience includes working in international schools in the USA, India, Japan, and Armenia. Ana holds a CertHE in philosophy from the University of London and a master’s in classics from the University of Oxford.
Stuart Duncan joins TASIS as a full-time member of the Upper School mathematics faculty and as the Dean of Student Life (Day Students). Stuart completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, majoring in sociology and environmental sciences. He then completed his Bachelor of Science Honours degree in atmospheric science. Following a gap year in London he returned to Cape Town to complete his PGCE. He taught in the UK for the last seven years and brings experience of teaching at some of the top state schools in London.
Taniea Engel joins TASIS England as an Upper School English teacher and House Parent. She previously worked as an ESL specialist at universities in the US, and as a teacher and dorm head at boarding schools in Hawaii and Massachusetts. She has spent the last three years teaching English in Italy.
Taniea received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word and a master’s degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Prior to her teaching career, she spent five years in the US Army as a cryptologic linguist in Farsi and Korean.
Kirsten Forsythe is joining TASIS England as a Deputy House Parent, and will work in the PE department and Fitness Center. After living in the UAE for 18 years, Kirsten returned to the UK to study for a Bachelor of Science in health, exercise, and physical activity at St Mary's University in Twickenham.
Kirsten lived in Austria for the past two years where she worked as a Movement and Wellbeing teacher, while simultaneously completing an International PGCE degree and attempting to learn how to ski. She enjoys playing multiple sports and is looking forward to coaching the girls soccer team.
Juan Miguel Garrido Delgado joins TASIS England as an Upper School Spanish teacher after previously teaching in the City of London School for Girls. Before moving to the UK in 2013, he lived and taught Spanish in Berlin. Prior to that, Juan Miguel worked in the Nordic United World College in Norway as an IB teacher and the teacher responsible for the Outdoor Education program.
With a degree in teaching (specialized in PE) from the University of Valladolid, two master’s degrees in teaching foreign languages, and a BA in sciences of information from the University Complutense of Madrid, Juan Miguel has dedicated most of his career to education. He also volunteered in extracurricular activities, youth training events, and summer camps.
Cassandra Headley joins TASIS England’s PE department, taking a lead in dance, and will also serve as a Deputy House Parent. Cassandra spent the majority of her teaching career leading dance within British Academy schools. She thoroughly enjoys teaching the artistic aspect of PE and brings years of experience as a regional competitive gymnast and a national All-Star Cheerleader. Cassandra received her bachelor’s degree with honours from Kingston University and continued her studies at the University of Brighton to complete her PGCE in secondary dance.
For more than 40 years, David Jepson has been a teacher and administrator in several US schools as well as at TASIS England, where he served as Academic Dean, Head of Upper School, and Director of Technology in addition to teaching various English, computer science, Latin, and humanities courses. Currently, David is the Director of Studies for both TASIS England and The American School in Switzerland. He is also a Board Trustee at Campion School, a British and IB school in Athens.
Charles Joscelyne brings three decades of independent school teaching experience as he joins TASIS England as an Upper School math and science teacher and Deputy House Parent. He most recently taught at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico for two years. Prior to that, he served as the Advanced Placement Director for math and science at the Beijing National Day School in Beijing, China for three years. Charles earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the Pennsylvania State University. As an undergraduate, Charles was awarded the Eastman Kodak and Freeman Stekker prizes in mathematics, and was elected to the Phi Mu Epsilon Physics Honor Society. He earned his master's degree in pure mathematics at Columbia University in New York, where he later undertook mathematical research towards a doctorate. Charles is author of the book Crossings: A Swimmer’s Memoir.
Prior to joining TASIS England as the Middle School Counselor, Pamela Kakalec was the School Counselor at Cold Spring Elementary in Potomac, Maryland. She had the privilege of being the school counselor to students who were part of the Gifted and Talented program, as well as students who received accommodations for learning disabilities. Her responsibilities included serving as the 504 Coordinator, which involved continually monitoring the reductions of barriers for individuals with disabilities, and ensuring that all accommodations were in place to provide the relevant students with the opportunity to thrive in school.
Prior to her career as a school counselor, Pamela taught preschool for three years and worked for two years as a Mental Health Technician and Counselor at a children's hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a master’s in counseling from Johns Hopkins University.
Jerry Kearns joins TASIS England to teach AP Computer Science A and math. Jerry graduated with a degree in chemistry from St Francis University in Pennsylvania, and began his career as a programmer with IBM and Intel. After working as a programmer, Jerry shared his industry experience by teaching high school computer science in the Portland, Oregon area. There he also coached his high school tennis teams to District Championships. Jerry earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Western Oregon University.
Kostas Konstantinou holds multiple degrees in pure mathematics and jazz performance music from the City College of New York. He has travelled and performed in more than 60 countries around the globe. He taught in international schools in New York City and Athens, Greece throughout his career. He has been a member of the TASIS England Summer Program faculty since 2014, and joins as a full-time member of the Upper School math department and House Tutor this year. He will primarily teach IB Mathematical Studies, a course that he has taught with success for the past seven years. As an IB examiner, Kostas will do all he can to guide his new students to achieve great results.
Jessica Lee joins TASIS England as a history and humanities teacher after recently moving with her family to England. Previously, she worked at an IB school in New Hampshire. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and her Master of Education from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Rhonda Leshman joins TASIS England as the Associate Director of College Counseling. Prior to moving to England, Rhonda spent three years in Shanghai, China creating a University and Careers Counseling program for a private Chinese school. With 24 years of experience as a college counselor and university admissions officer, largely in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Rhonda is delighted to join our established and well-respected community. She earned her BBA in marketing from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Graham Lowe joins TASIS England as Upper School chemistry teacher and House Tutor. Graham has taught science with a chemistry specialism since 1992 in six different countries including Australia, Thailand, Qatar, UAE, and China. Graham has taught A-levels, IGCSE, AP, and IB chemistry to students of over 50 different nationalities.
Amy Maurer joins TASIS England to teach environmental science and chemistry in the Upper School. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Saint Mary's University and a bachelor’s degree in field biology and secondary science education from the University of Northern Colorado. Amy comes to TASIS with 18 years of teaching experience, of which 13 years were spent in international schools in China, Columbia, and Kuwait.
Julia McAdams is from Silver Spring, Maryland, a town just outside of Washington, D.C. She joins TASIS England as an Upper School English teacher. For the past five years, Julia taught English to French and international students of all ages, from two to 80 years old. She also worked as a lecturer at the University of Toulon and as an IB teacher at the International School of Nice. Julia previously taught English Literature to secondary school students in the United States. Her university degrees include BAs in both English and French and a master’s in secondary English education.
Michael Mezzo joins TASIS England as an Upper School English and humanities teacher from Weston High School in Connecticut, where he taught English and coordinated the Writing Center. He will also serve as a House Tutor. Prior to his career in education, Michael was an acquiring editor of fiction and narrative nonfiction at Random House and Little, Brown and Company. He holds a Master of Teaching from Sacred Heart University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and communications from Fordham University.
After nearly 20 years of working in dentistry, Paul Murray decided to change careers to do what loves: working with young people and literature. He earned a BA in English literature and psychology from Nottingham Trent University in the UK and embarked on a teaching career that took him to Turkey, Colombia, and Armenia before his return to the UK. He completed an MA in education this year at Bath University. During his 16 years of teaching he has become an outspoken advocate of the International Baccalaureate program and boarding school life.
Paul, who joins TASIS England as an English teacher and House Parent, believes the boarding experience should empower our family of students to become confident individuals and world citizens. The educational opportunities that TASIS students have are matched by the wonderful surroundings in which they find themselves. He is truly excited to be here as a member of such a special learning community.
CamTu Nguyen joins TASIS England as a Lower School 3rd grade teacher and House Tutor. Originally from Minnesota, this will be her 24th year of teaching elementary school. CamTu received her bachelor's degree in child psychology at the University of Minnesota, her master's degree in social work at the University of Iowa, and her Master of Education at the University of Minnesota.
April Pierce, who joins TASIS England as an Upper School English teacher and Deputy House Parent, grew up in California. She completed a BA in English literature and philosophy at Boston College, and went on to study interdisciplinary humanities at New York University, where she obtained her MA in 2011. In 2016 she completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where she founded Oxford Writers' House, a not-for-profit organization supporting young writers and literacy across Oxfordshire.
Whitney Pyatt joins the TASIS England community as a Middle School Science teacher. Originally from North Carolina, Whitney most recently lived in Kuwait working as a Grade 8 science teacher for the American Creativity Academy. Prior to that, she held positions in Switzerland and Spain teaching English-as-a-Second Language.
Whitney received her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science as well as a Master of Arts in environmental management from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She also holds TEFL certification and a Graduate Teaching Certificate in Middle and Secondary Education. Whitney has worked on several research projects in North Carolina, California, and Texas focusing on the protection of lands and threatened and/or endangered birds.
Erika Toren joins TASIS England as Director of College Counseling and Student Services. She was born in Chicago, has dual nationality (USA and Spain), and speaks fluent English and Spanish. Erika obtained her BA at Bowdoin College with a double major in international relations and Spanish. She later finished her MS in educational administration at the University of Miami, graduating with honors.
Erika worked in American boarding and day schools and as the Assistant Director of International Admissions at the University of Miami prior moving to Madrid in 1995. She worked at International College Spain as Director of Student Services until 2015 when she moved to South Korea. While there, she worked as the Director of International Guidance and Outreach at North London Collegiate School Jeju. Erika is looking forward to another expat adventure at TASIS England.
Tiffany Trent joins TASIS England as the Lower School MakerSpace teacher. Prior to coming to the UK, she served as the ICT teacher and technology administrator for the International School of Ulm in Germany. Tiffany also taught and supported computer technology in elementary schools in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, she taught at an elementary engineering summer camp for North Carolina State University and at the Grand Canyon University.
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University and a Master of Education degree for elementary education from East Carolina University. Tiffany also possesses a Technology Facilitators license.
Stavros Triantafyllidis joins TASIS England’s Upper School as a mathematics teacher. He has taught IB mathematics since 2001. He served as IB coordinator for six years and the head of an IB Diploma mathematics department for the last six years. Stavros pursued his higher education here in England, and received his bachelor’s degree from Wolverhampton University, his master’s degree from Reading University, and his doctorate from Exeter University.
Jill Vincent is thrilled to join the faculty of TASIS England as an AP and IB English teacher and cross country coach. She has worked in 12 schools and run an impressive 36 marathons. Most recently, Jill was teaching in Beijing for School Year Abroad, China. Jill’s adopted home is Villach, Austria.
Molly Wagner joins TASIS England as the Middle School Librarian. She holds a BA in politics from Fairfield University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. Molly has lived in the UK since 2011 and, before coming to TASIS, was the school librarian at St. Michael's School, a British primary school in Ascot for students aged four to 11. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked in the library of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a US federal agency in Washington, D.C.
Tim Wainwright joins TASIS England to teach history and politics, and to serve as a House Parent. He taught history and politics in the UK at both state and independent schools for 14 years before moving into the international sector. He and his family have just returned from six years in Thailand where Tim was Head of History and Politics, as well as serving as a Deputy Boarding Housemaster, at Harrow International School in Bangkok. He received his bachelor's degree in history and politics from Liverpool University and his PGCE from Roehampton University.
Andrew Watson joins TASIS England as an Upper School art teacher and will primarily teach IB Visual Art. Andrew studied at Edinburgh College of Art and completed a doctorate in history of art at Aberdeen University. He also undertook studies in philosophy of art and was awarded the Associate Award from the International Society for Philosophers. Andrew delivers public lectures and regularly publishes his art historical research. He is a practicing artist and exhibits his work. He has taught fine art and history of art in the private sector for 28 years.
Upper School German Teacher
Eleonora Zadunaiskaja has a master’s degree in physics from The University of Tartu. In 2009 she obtained a British Teaching Qualification (QTS). Since then Eleonora taught mathematics and physics in England before continuing her career internationally, teaching A-level physics. She now joins the TASIS England Upper School science department.
Her international experience includes working in Estonia, England, Spain, China, Kazakhstan, and Jordan. Teaching different curricula within different cultures makes her open-minded and flexible. Eleonora can speak four languages, and her six years of experience in teaching mathematics and physics in Estonia led her to the position of Deputy Head of School. She is excited about the wide range of experiences and opportunities that teaching at TASIS England can offer her. She teaches physics with a great sense of commitment and passion, because of the difference it makes in the lives of her students.
Andriani Komninou, Deputy House Parent